ROYAL ARABIAN PARTICIPATES IN GLOBAL PANORAMA SHOWCASE 2016
Global Panorama Showcase (GPS) is a premier business networking event and business-to-business trade show that is held annually in Nagpur. Across the month of July, this tabletop buyer-seller meeting was also held in four cities in India, namely Chandigarh, Ahmedabad, Coimbatore and Kolkata. This facilitated a platform for interaction and business between tour operators and travel agents in Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities from Vidarbha, Chattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh region and for exhibitors to understand the tourism potential the region has to offer. Royal Arabian participated in all the venues and could directly engage with valuable tour partners from across these regions.
GPS being a home-grown event, motivated agents to ask and seek more information of tourism product available in the country and also enabled us to explore the business potential that lies latent in these regions otherwise.
UAE HAS 54,000 HOTEL ROOMS IN THE PIPELINE
There are 183 hotel projects and 54,000 hotel rooms in the pipeline, across the UAE, according to a new report.
The hotel construction report by Tophotelprojects prepared for The Hotel Show Dubai 2016 reveals that the majority of the new hotels are expected to open before 2020.
The busiest years are forecast to be 2017 (56 project openings) and 2018 (58 project openings). Hotels opening in this time include: Paramount Hotel Dubai (2017); Hard Rock Hotel Abu Dhabi (2017); Citymax Hotel Ras Al Khaimah (2017); and Marriott Dubai Jumeirah (2018).
ROYAL ARABIAN RECOMMENDATION -NEW GRAFFITI STREET ART IN DUBAI’S KARAMA
Synonymous with budget shopping and excellent Indian and Pakistani restaurants, Dubai’s Al Karama neighbourhood now has another unique selling point to draw in tourists and Dubaians alike.
Practically overnight and without any social media hype, many of Karama’s longstanding and traditional buildings have been given a fresh and colourful new coat of paint.
That, in fact, is a massive understatement, as the iconic Old Dubai district is quickly transforming into one of the coolest graffiti spots in the city. From a gigantic mural of a lion to one of a ship crashing into the waves, many of Karama’s building facades have transformed by a group of gifted local and international street artists.
DUBAI OPERA TICKETS FOR OPENING NIGHT SOLD OUT
Opening night for the Dubai Opera sold out in less than three hours, the stunning new venue have revealed.
More than 2,000 tickets were snapped up by buyers from more than 20 countries, all desperate to see the legendary Plácido Domingo take to the stage on August 31.
The new Downtown Dubai theatre, which stands proudly alongside Burj Khalifa and on the banks of Dubai Fountains, is the first dedicated venue of its kind in the UAE.
DUBAI SAFARI PARK TO HOUSE 1,000-SEAT THEATRE, INTERACTIVE KIDS GARDEN
Essa Al Haj Al Maidoor, the Deputy Director-General of Dubai Municipality, said that the main building work for Safari Dubai will include smart, secure and environmental-friendly services, including the use of treated water renewable energy, interactive software features for visitors, surveillance cameras, and free WiFi. He added that the building, which is due for completion at the end of the year, will include a theatre for hosting events to accommodate a thousand people, a clean energy production garden, and an interactive garden for children.
LAST EXIT FOOD TRUCK PARK OPENS IN DUBAI
Almost a dozen of the UAE’s most popular restaurant brands have a new home in what is probably the coolest service station on the planet.
Last Exit lies on the border between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and is not only a mighty useful spot for those driving between the two emirates, but is a foodie destination worth visiting on its own.
Home to 12 vintage airstreams, each individually customised by big name foodie brands including Clinton St. Baking Company, Poco Loco, Operation Falafel, The Hot Dog Stand, and Urban Seafood; it is an utterly original and totally unique drive-thru experience, the likes of which we haven’t seen anywhere before.
RAINFOREST INSIDE DUBAI HOTEL SKYSCRAPER
Located on Sheikh Zayed Road near Barsha Heights and The Greens, Rosemont Hotel and Residences will be a dual-tower development consisting of two skyscrapers, which were initially billed to be 47 stories high but will now be an extra six stories taller. Guests can expect to be surrounded by an immaculately landscaped tropical oasis with dappled sunlight and a hazy mist lightly spraying through the trees. There will be waterfalls, streams and a splash pool along the sand-less beach in which to cool down. Families can also look forward to trails and play zones and even a Jurassic-inspired marsh for the kids to enjoy.
Technology will even supply the illusion of tropical rain without actually getting wet, thanks to a sensory rainfall system which creates a 360-degree experience.
SOAR HIGHER WITH 100M-HIGH STEPS IN DUBAI
The project, which will be a 25-storey structure consisting of 500 steps, will challenge sports enthusiasts and serve as a new tourism landmark in Dubai. The structure will also be allocated to hold various events. According to a municipal official, the construction will take up to one year, serving as a continuation for vertical projects like Dubai Frame, which is currently under construction in Zabeel Park.
DUBAI TRAM PLANS EXTENSION
While people can currently catch the tram from the Marina to Dubai Media City and then on to the Palm Jumeirah, it looks like in the near future they’ll also be able to grab it from the Burj Al Arab to Mall of the Emirates (and even Satwa).
The Roads and Transport Authority has told Emirates 24/7 that it is currently looking into the feasibility for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the tram.
Phase 2 will transport people from tourist hotspots like the Burj Al Arab and Madinat Jumeirah to Mall of the Emirates. Phase 3 will be even more ambitious, extending along Jumeirah Beach Road to take people all the way to Satwa’s 2nd December Street (which is still called Diyafah Street to some).