Busy July for Royal Arabian

Royal Arabian has had a busy month of July from successfully managing 2 huge Indian MICE projects. The team strategically organized an extensive array of services and activities for over 2,000 guests with overnight stays at Crowne Plaza Hotel Sheikh Zayed Road and The Westin Hotel Al Habtoor City.
Special arrangements were made to access attractions earlier than operational hours to cater to the dynamic requirements of the operation.
With our creativity and enthusiasm, the team continues to “create experiences” for respectable corporates, leaving a rich legacy for repeat visitors to the UAE.

238-room Omega hotel opens in Bur Dubai

RC Hospitality added another property to their portfolio as they opened a new four-star deluxe Omega hotel just 20 minutes away from the airport, within the famous shopping precinct in the Bur Dubai area. The state-of-the-art property with plush interiors and 238 luxurious rooms, comprising over four different categories of rooms and suites, will fill the void for a much needed four-star deluxe hotel in the area.

You can now apply for UAE visa online in less than 10 minutes

The whole process can be done without ever needing to visit a service centre

The UAE has launched a new smart services system which lets you apply for entry permits and residency visas online.
The new system, called “E-channels”, means you no longer have to visit a typing office or customer service centre. You just have to register on the website, and select your required service – which should be able to be done within 10 minutes.

Using the service, UAE nationals can sponsor individuals, GCC citizens can apply for new visa permits, and UAE residents can apply for new visas, as well as renew or cancel existing ones. You can also pay for your visa through the website.

According to WAM, the official state news agency, the new system “will guarantee speed and accuracy in the visa and residence permits issuing process, and will eliminate the need for its users to go in person to service centres throughout the UAE”.
Perhaps best of all – it will also remove the requirement for hard copies of documents.
The idea is that it will reduce the need for customers to visit government centres by up to 80 per cent by 2018, and will include new features not available in any other countries, such as the ability to read official documents electronically and use fingerprint scanning for identification.
Considering how much of headache applying for and renewing a visa can be, these changes are certainly welcome.

Post-apocalyptic Last Exit to open on Sheikh Zayed Road next week

We’re totally digging the Mad Max vibe…

The site’s developer Meraas has just announced that they will be opening a brand new park on on the opposite side of Sheikh Zayed Road (at exit E11, to be exact) – this time with a post-apocalyptic future theme.

Dubbed ‘Mad X’, the 500,000 sq ft park is actually the fourth to open since 2016 (the other two being in Al Qudra and Al Khawaneej) and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week just like the others. It features all manner of awesome end-of-the-world-themed décor, with massive war rigs and monster trucks, as well as oil drum tables, camouflage netting for shade and flickering TV screens for signage. Proper authentic stuff.

Fun fact: a majority of the materials used to make the park have been upcycled from things like scrap metal, wires, cables, pipes, cars and recycled wood.

The Burj Khalifa has a brand new sunset pool party

We’re not short of pool parties in Dubai. In fact, we recently rounded up four brilliant heat-beating options for you. And now there’s another pool party to add to the list, and this one comes from a pretty special address.

The Burj Club at Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa has launched a new ‘Rooftop Soiree’. And it’s going to be happening three days a week too, every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

You can also take advantage of the daily happy hour from 6pm to 8pm, with special prices on a selection of fruity and bubbly beverages.
You can enjoy amazing views of Downtown Dubai, the temperature-controlled pool and unrivalled views of the Burj Khalifa above, sunset Rooftop pool access and groove to sultry tunes, whilst lazing on an assortment of pool floats, food and drink.

Year of Zayed to mark late founding father’s 100th birthday

To commemorate the 100th birthday of the late founding father Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the UAE will mark the year 2018 as the ‘Year of Zayed’.

The President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced the decision on Saturday during the anniversary of the late Sheikh Zayed’s Accession Day – the day he assumed leadership in Abu Dhabi on 6 August 1966 – which marked the start of a new epoch in the history of UAE. “The Year of Zayed is a great national occasion when we will proudly share memories of the life of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his gift to us of deeply-rooted values, principles and traditions that have become part of our Emirati identity.”

“On this day, August 6, a new era dawned upon us all when the late Sheikh Zayed assumed command of the Abu Dhabi government, and began the march towards unity, prosperity and societal development.” With his wisdom and goodness, Sheikh Zayed was able to lay down solid foundations for a strong, united nation that balanced the requirements for modernity while preserving the cultural and social heritage of the UAE. This effective model has been a source of inspiration for countries seeking progress.

Accordingly, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-president, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai said, “We celebrate the centennial anniversary of the birth of one of the greatest and most noble men who dedicated his life for the present and future of the nation. We are inspired by the Zayed School of leadership and management. With the founding blocks of the Union State placed by the late Sheikh Zayed, from which we are all reaping the benefits, we will continue this path and look forward with optimism to the future.

Tourist numbers outpace Dubai population: new study

Emirate is third-most visited city on earth, where there are more than five tourists for every local resident

Statistics have it that there are more tourists roaming the streets of Dubai than local residents. In fact, as tourist numbers outpace resident numbers, the total population of the emirate increased by a whopping 459 per cent in one year.According to a new research by On The Go Tours, Dubai is one of the top ten destinations in the world where tourist traffic is dwarfing the local population size, with total visitors reaching 15.3 million annually, compared to a resident population of only 2.7 million.
That means that for every resident, Dubai attracts more than five overseas travellers every year, marking a 459 per cent increase in total population, one of the highest in the world. That also makes Dubai the third-most visited city on the planet.

Abu Dhabi’s hotel guest arrivals surge 30% in June 2017

Abu Dhabi recorded a 30% increase in the number of hotel guest arrivals this June, compared to the same month in 2016, boosted by the Eid Al Fitr holiday period, which saw many fully booked hotels in the capital.

In the first six months of 2017, the emirate welcomed more than 2.25 million guests to its 165 hotels and hotel apartments – an increase of 7% over the first half of last year.
“I am pleased to say that we are on track to achieve our forecast guest arrivals growth for the year, and we are well placed to maximise these opportunities as we head into the second half of 2017,” said HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, director general of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).