HH Sheikh Hamdan initiative:Dubai launches ‘Sports Destinations Map’
Wednesday, August 01, 2012


Dubai has come up with yet another first with the launch of the ‘Sports Destinations Map’ with the primary aim of forging a relationship between sports and tourism in the country.

The ‘Sports Destinations Map’ was unveiled at a press conference at the Dubai Sports Council headquarters by Dr Ahmed Al Sharif, Secretary-General of the Dubai Sports Council (DSC).

“This is a historic moment for all of us, not merely because we have a sports destination map for the first time, but also because Dubai has continued with its role of being a trend-setter in various fields,” Dr Sharif remarked.

The ‘Sports Destinations Map’ is the first of its kind in the world and the idea was mooted following a recent visit to the Dubai Sports Council by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Sports Council.

“It was Sheikh Hamdan’s desire that we embark on this unique project so that Dubai would once again firmly establish itself on the world map,” Dr Sharif noted.

The Sports Destinations Map lists around 100 venues with GPS coordinates, contact information and Dubai Metro connections to cater to a wide range of physical activity interests from jogging to cycling and diving.

The map also lists details of areas earmarked for fishing, locations for exercising, jogging, cycling, beaches, venues for entertainment along with routes for buses and metro. Shopping areas, malls and significant landmarks such as Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab have also been added on the map.

RTA decorates Atlantis The Palm Hotel, Marina Mall
Wednesday, July 18, 2012


The Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) is keen on the optimal implementation of the current and future drive of the Dubai Government towards stepping up the interaction between the public & private sectors; which is reflected in undertaking several joint projects to serve all community members including tourists and visitors of prime tourist hotels in Dubai Emirate with the aim of adding to the tourist profile of the Emirate through providing advanced tourist marine transit modes examples of which include the Water Taxi and Ferry Dubai.

In implementation of this principle and discerning vision, the Public Transport Agency has concluded a number of joint cooperation agreements with a host of major hotels in Dubai such as the Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, where it was agreed that the Hotel would provide a marina for the Water Taxi Station, and promote the services of the Water Taxi and Ferry Dubai, whether in the Hotel or on the dedicated buses of the Hotel.The Public Transport Agency has recently honoured Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah Hotel in the presence of Mohammed Ali Al Bastaki, Director of Marine Transport, Public Transport Agency; Serge Zaalof, COO Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah; and several managers from both parties. ”Atlantis ranks among the world’s finest & prestigious hotels offering tourist and entertainment services, and boasts premiere recreational and residential facilities.

The core objective of this joint cooperation with the Hotel is to achieve mutual benefits through chalking out a framework for partnership relationships and making joint efforts towards improving the marine transit services in general and enhancing the efficiency of the Water Taxi & Ferry Dubai services in particular. The Agreement also seeks to maintain bilateral communication in order to serve the common interests, and allows for the Hotel management to publicize the services of marine transit modes within the Hotel,” said Al Bastaki. Serge Zaalof, COO Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, expressed his delight with this decoration awarded by RTA Public Transport Agency and commended the projects carried out by the RTA to serve the users of mass transit systems in Dubai, including passengers of mass transit modes.

Tapas Tuesdays!
Welcome to charming Summer Place with its gorgeous red and black furnishings and flashing disco lights! Every Tuesday, take a break from the sultry Dubai summers with some Asian Tapas – Oriental fusion cuisine that is unusually served in true-blue Spanish Tapas style.

Individually prepared and carefully plated by the restaurant’s international chefs, ‘Asian Tapas’ is a combination of something from the ‘east’ served with the twist of Latin Europe. Summer Place is located on the 25th floor of the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa – so breathtaking views are guaranteed along with fabulous food!

At: Summer Place at The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, Dubai
For reservations: 04 399 5000
On: Al Sufouh Road

DTCM discusses ways to promote Dubai with industry stalwarts
Monday, June 11, 2012


The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) organised a joint meeting of the Tourism and Hospital Liaison Group at the Meydan Hotel recently to discuss tourism market trends and challenges and explore further ways to promote and market Dubai in overseas markets.
The meeting was chaired by DTCM Director General, Khalid A bin Sulayem, who briefed the gathering about the key performance indicators of Dubai tourism industry in 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 and comparison of Dubai’s tourism industry with other destinations.
He enlightened the participants about various initiatives launched by the department, including Do More in Dubai summer holidays promotion, and the new hotel classification scheme.
The meeting discussed the issues of concern to the tourism sector and the role played by the department in overcoming the obstacles and challenges faced by the tourism sector stakeholders.
Bin Sulayem spoke at the meeting on the trends in global tourism markets and how these trends and developments could be used to increase the number of tourists to Dubai.
Senior representatives of Nakheel gave a presentation to the participants on Cruise With Nakheel, a memorable experience for the tourists and residents about exploring the exquisite Palm Jumeirah and the World, touring the inner waters of Palm Jumeirah’s crescent which offers new views of the island’s luxury resorts, villas, apartment complexes and marina. The participants were briefed about various packages available for the tours and the pricing.

GCC VISA FOR CRUISE-GOERS ON CARDS
Wednesday, May 23, 2012


The plan for a single visa system for the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries for cruise passengers, which has been under discussion for almost four years, is finally expected to be in place by September, according to a senior Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing official. We have raised it [the visa issue] to the highest level and it is under way. Hopefully, we will have positive feedback. “It will happen for sure before the next season. So it should be done by September this year,” Hamad Mohammad Bin Mejren, DTCM’s Executive Director for Business Tourism, told Gulf News this week on the sidelines of a conference to announce the maiden call of Royal Caribbean International’s Voyager of the Seas cruise ship at Dubai’s Port Rashid. Asked if it would be a single visa for all the GCC countries, he said: “That is what we hope for. That’s what we have conveyed [to the authorities] we want and that’s what we hope will happen.”

He added that the visa process will be eased for cruise passengers and the region’s travel and tourism industry is pushing the federal authorities to introduce it as quickly as possible.

The region’s travel and tourism industry, along with cruise companies, has been pushing the federal authorities to introduce the single visa for cruise tourists.The visa will enable visitors to tour all six GCC countries — the UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman and Saudi Arabia.

Asked if the cruise industry also, expected the visa situation to be resolved by September, Helen Beck, Regional Director, EMEA for Royal Caribbean International, told Gulf News: “Yes, indeed. We have had verbal confirmation from the DTCM that it is very likely that the visa situation will be resolved [by September].”

Dubai tourism industry’s resilience to be on show at ATM-2012
Sunday, April29, 2012


Dubai’s vibrant tourism industry will be showcased as a business and leisure destination at the 2012 edition of Arabian Travel Market (ATM), one of the biggest travel and tourism shows in the world, taking place from April 30 to May 3.
Like the previous 18 years of its participation, the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) will be utilising the popular travel and tourism show to promote several of its initiatives including the New Hotel Classification Scheme, and Dubai Green Tourism Award.
ATM is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre (DICEC).
This year, the Dubai stand measures 1195 square meters and will have 183 co-participants. The 16 new co-participants on the stand include: Aero Space Tourism, Dubai Camel Racing Club, Skylink Travels, Rixos Hotel, Peacock International Hotel, Balloon Adventures Emirates, Suha City Hotel, Europcar, Easy Booking Tourism, Royal Pamir Travels, Belhasa Travel, Hues Boutique Hotel, Cosmopolitan Hotel, Tropic International Tourism and Travel, Mount Royal Hotel and Montreal Hotel.
Saleh Al Geziry, DTCM Director of Overseas Promotions and Inward Missions said “Dubai Stand co-participants will be showcasing their latest tourism products offering while the DTCM will be utilising the opportunity to promote and market various initiatives like New Hotel Classification, Definitely Dubai, Dubai Experts and Dubai Green Tourism Award.”
He added that the Dubai tourism industry posted a stellar performance in 2011 and in the first quarter of 2012. Dubai has further consolidated its position on the world tourism map with its hotels and hotel apartments posting impressive all-round performance in hotel guest numbers, cruise passengers, revenues, guest nights and average length of stay.
Dubai hosted 9.3 million hotel guests and cruise passengers in 2011, up by 10 per cent compared with the previous year’s 8.49 million. Guest nights rose to 32,848,190 in 2011, an increase of 23 per cent compared with the previous year. Revenues of hotels and hotel apartments increased by 20 per cent to touch AED16 billion. The emirate continued its strong growth levels with Dubai being placed first globally for hotel occupancy levels and average revenue per room (RevPAR) for the month of January 2012 in a STR Global report of Top 15 destinations.

Dubai plans art museum, opera house
Sunday, March 25, 2012


Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has announced an elegant project to build a modern art museum and opera house.
Sheikh Mohammed announced this week the launch of the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District, a stylish cultural destination that will be located in Emaar’s flagship development, Downtown Dubai.
The district, planned on the edge of Burj Lake will include an opera house, modern art museum, galleries, two new hotels and other lifestyle components.
The project aims to further strengthen UAE’s emerging role as the cultural hub of the region. “The design and architectural elements of the project are now being finalized and work will commence shortly,” a statement from government said.
The district, billed to be the UAE’s newest arts and cultural nerve-center, will attract more high-end cultural tourists to the city. In addition, it will encourage talented local artists and will facilitate global cultural exchange.
“The cultural accomplishments of a nation define its character and individuality. Having demonstrated our credentials in hosting world-class cultural events, UAE has established itself as a thriving destination for culture and the arts. We will continue to strengthen the infrastructure framework for promoting cultural initiatives, through projects such as the Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District”, Media office quoted Sheikh Mohammed as saying.
“The focus of Dubai Modern Art Museum and Opera House District is to stimulate the city’s cultural and artistic milieu through an Opera House, modern art museum, galleries and design studios – in short, the entire infrastructure for arts and culture to thrive,” said Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties.

FERRARI WORLD LOOKS TOWARDS CORPORATES
Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Ferrari World is looking to rent out its entire theme park to companies in an attempt to boost revenues, The National, an Abu Dhabi based daily English language has reported. The theme park is looking to attract more corporate guests. "We are working with corporates very closely, especially banks, local corporates and regional corporates," Fabian Laurent, director of sales at Ferrari World said. "We are currently handling requests for park privatisation for the entire venue. Most of these companies want to surprise either their customers or their employees."

DESPITE MIDDLE EAST POLITICAL UNREST, TOURISM IN DUBAI THRIVES
Saturday, March 12, 2011

Political unrest has devastated the tourism business across much of the Middle East, but influx of leisure and business travelers to Dubai continues to grow. A number of tourists have diverted and cancelled their trips from other regional destinations such as Tunisia and Egypt that have been hit by the turmoil.

The European harsh winter months are traditionally Dubai's peak season, as tourists flee the cold weather for the emirate's beaches. The spreading regional unrest has provided an additional boost to tourist arrivals in Dubai this season, as hotels and resorts are struggling to cope with demand.

Dubai has become a magnet for tourists avoiding holidays in North Africa, usually a popular winter destination for Europeans and others, because of the emirate's well-developed tourism infrastructure and its relative isolation from political unrest. The influx of tourists has provided a welcome boost for the emirate's economy as it struggles to emerge from a real-estate bust that forced it to seek a bail-out from its richer neighbor Abu Dhabi in 2009.

SUPER- YACHTS IN DUBAI!!
Monday, February 28, 2011


The Dubai Boat Show will parade a record number of world and regional firsts this year as the Middle East’s most illustrious The 19th edition of the Dubai International marine businesses unveil their winter and spring launches to tens of thousands of boating enthusiasts. The show, from March 1-5 at the Dubai international Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, will house more than 425 boats and yachts. There are first time appearances by Belgium, Czech Republic, Monaco, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka and Ukraine. Sri Lanka and South Korea will debut their national pavilions, bringing the total number of countries to 42, including marine industry powerhouses Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey, UK and US. With a growing trend towards boats of 40 feet and under, the Middle East market is becoming more accessible to many international marine companies..

ATM 2011 TO BUMP UP VISITOR NUMBERS TO DUBAI
Monday, February 14, 2011


Arabian Travel Market, the leading travel exhibition in the Middle East, has seen strong demand for exhibition space ahead of this year’s event. Both Dubai and Abu Dhabi experienced ongoing growth in visitor numbers over 2010, and this is set to continue through this year as well. According to the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, the number of hotel guests in Dubai reached just under six million (six per cent growth) between January and September 2010.

Similarly, a report from the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority states that visitors to the UAE capital has increased by 18 per cent last year. Tourism to the UAE has been boosted by a number of initiatives, including international sporting events such as the Abu Dhabi Formula 1, as well as a range of other sporting events and concerts, attracting international headline acts. Also, events such as the Dubai World Cup, Dubai Rugby Sevens, DSF and DSS continue to sustain their popularity.

Exhibitor bookings from the MENA region for Arabian Travel Market 2011, which takes place on May 2 to 5 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, are already very healthy, with over three months still left in the marketing cycle.
In light of such developments, organizers of the exhibition say that the increased interest in attending the Arabian Travel Market is not surprising. “Regionally, billions of dollars are being invested in tourism infrastructure – Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways are all aggressively expanding their fleets and flying to new destinations, diversifying their economies at a time when oil prices seem destined to settle comfortably above $100 per barrel,” said sources.

NEW HOTEL ON PALM JUMEIRAH
Friday, 28 January 2011


The Kempinski Hotel & Residences will open its doors to the public on the Palm Jumeirah in July, 2011. The property is nestled on the beach and promises a perfect holiday for the entire family. The hotel will offer a combination of exclusive suites, penthouses and villas apart from a variety of fine dining and entertainment experiences.

DINING SKY HIGH!
Tuesday, 25 January 2011


Where else can the world’s highest restaurant open? Dubai, of course! Welcome to At.mosphere. At 442 metres, located in the Burj Khalifa,  At.mosphere promises to offer a unique restaurant and lounge experience. The restaurant serves eclectic European cuisine, with an emphasis on healthy eating. The upscale lounge has a seating capacity of 135 and a private area for 35. It can host over 210 guests and features a spacious arrival lobby, a main dining floor, private dining rooms and display cooking stations.

Atmosphere "redefines the concept of a restaurant in Dubai, with a choice of two dining options and focus on offering a luxury lifestyle experience," says Marc Dardenne, CEO of the Emaar Hospitality Group,  At.mosphere will be the must-visit destination for not only high-profile guests who seek the world's best dining experience but also for leisure guests, who can unwind in a truly exclusive fashion.

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