1 billion passengers have now used Dubai Metro

Celebrating its eight-year anniversary last weekend on Saturday September 9 (the Metro opened on 09/09/09), the Dubai Metro broke the milestone occasion during August, and to date has taken 1.028 billion passengers across the city. That works out at roughly 128 million passengers per year, which equates to 350,000 passengers every single day across Dubai.

The popularity of the Metro has grown rapidly since its launch, with the Red Line seeing 121 million riders in 2016 compared to 39 million in 2010. The Green Line served 70 million passengers in 2016, compared to 37.5 million in 2012. In total, the Red Line has been used by 689 million since it opened in 2009, and the Green Line has had 339 million riders since opening in 2011.

Louvre Abu Dhabi Announces November Grand Opening

The Ateliers Jean Nouvel-designed Louvre Abu Dhabi is ready to make its grand first appearance, as the museum announced it will open to the public on November 11th.
Opening celebrations will take advantage of the unique structure, with a series of concerts, performances and events planned for a variety of spaces beneath the building’s 180-meter geometric dome. Comprised of nearly 8,000 Arabic motif stars, the steel pattern will filter sunlight into a dramatic ‘rain of light’ on the museum’s walls and floors that calls to mind shadows created by overlapping palm trees.

Dubai Opera launches backstage tours

Dubai Opera, which recently celebrated its first anniversary, has just announced that visitors can now embark on huge tours around the city’s first ever purpose-built opera house.

Access All Areas at Dubai Opera will let you experience the real workings of the performing arts centre. Head backstage with experienced team members who will reveal the secrets behind Dubai Opera’s design, creation and what it’s like to be behind the scenes on show night.

La Perle Dubai’s first Inaugural Show Launches

Produced by the cultural and creative company Dragone, directed by artistic director Franco Dragone, and brought to Dubai by Al Habtoor Group, La Perle represents a new era in the regional entertainment industry.
The story of La Perle is inspired by Dubai and its rich cultural past, vibrant present and aspirational future. The three main characters will take their audience on an exciting and visually captivating journey through time as they witness cutting edge stagecraft combined with state-of-the-art theatre technology.
La Perle executive producer Craig Hartenstine said: “It’s fantastic that we have sold out our first performances of La Perle, the excitement for the opening night on the 31st August has swept the nation and it’s no wonder – this is truly the best show in the world and we can’t wait to share it with everyone.”

Chris Rock is coming to the UAE

One of the biggest comedians in the world is coming to Dubai at the start of 2018.
He was the voice of Marty the zebra in Madagascar, and now Chris Rock, the Grammy and Emmy award-winning actor, director, writer and producer has announced he will be performing for two nights at the start of 2018, on Friday January 5 and Saturday 6 respectively.
Dubai forms part of the comedian’s 2017/2018 Total Blackout world tour, which has started in the US and will head over to the Middle East briefly before heading over to the UK, concluding with three nights in London. This is the first time in nine years Rock has embarked on a stand-up comedy tour, and will no doubt prove to be on the comedy highlights of 2018, less than a week into the New Year.

Sharjah hospitality sector revenues now worth Dh372m

Sharjah’s hospitality sector saw a 7.8 per cent increase in revenue during the first half of 2017, with its value reaching Dh372 million, according to the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority.
The SCTDA reported a 70 per cent occupancy rate from January to June this year. The total number of guests for the first half of the year reached 885,000, representing a 3.5 per cent increase versus the same period in 2016. Saudi nationals occupied many of the local hotels’ lists of top guests. During the first two quarters of the year alone, hotels welcomed at least 72,000 Saudi travellers.

Dubai International to offer free movies over Wi-Fi to passengers

The customer experience at Dubai International has taken another step forwards with passengers now able to enjoy free movies and TV shows before their flights, thanks to a partnership between Dubai Airports and regional content provider ICFLIX.
The initiative combines DXB’s world-beating free Wi-Fi experience, ‘Wow-Fi’, with ICFLIX’s award-winning video-on-demand service, allowing passengers to stream the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Jazwood (Arabic) content to their smartphones and laptops.
This is the latest in a series of unique bespoke concepts to be rolled out by Dubai Airports at the world’s busiest international airport as it strives to make DXB a destination in itself.