ROYAL ARABIAN LAUNCHES 02 NEW OFFICES
Royal Arabian is pleased to announce the opening of two new offices.
Royal Arabian Destination Management now also operates from Abu Dhabi and Incentive and Conference team has found a new home at #2102 Jumeriah X3, JLT Cluster X. Royal Arabian thank all the partners for their continued support.
“The leadership of this country has always believed that in the pursuit of excellence, there are no finishing lines. At Royal Arabian Destination Management, this is our mantra and driving force. We are proud of our people, our destination and most importantly your support in making this journey with us” says Naveen Saldanha, Managing Director of Royal Arabian Destination Management.
ETIHAD MUSEUM OPENS TO THE PUBLIC
Dubai’s amazing Etihad Museum officially opened its doors to the general public.
In case you didn’t know already, the state-of-the-art facility will provide invaluable insight into the history of the United Arab Emirates, pre and post-unification.
Initially dubbed Union Museum, the cultural centre is now being referred to as the Etihad Museum, which is an approximate translation of union or unison. Through photos, films, documents and interactive pavilions, visitors will be taken on a journey from 1968 until 1974, a critical phase in the foundation of the UAE.
From old passports to personal artefacts such as rings, eyeglasses and pocket watches, stamps and letters and other rare items are on display for the public to add dimensions to the story of the UAE.
LAPITA HOTEL OFFICIALLY OPENED AT DUBAI PARKS & RESORTS
In the middle of the Dubai desert right next to Bollywood and Hollywood theme parks, you will now find a tropical and Polynesian-themed resort.
There’s a Cantonese restaurant inside. The hotel is Polynesian themed. It’s right next door to a French village-style shopping and restaurant complex, as well as an Indian-cinema-inspired theme park. And yes, it’s smack bang in the middle of the sand in the United Arab Emirates.
The new Lapita Hotel at Dubai Parks & Resorts is certainly full of contrasts, and it’s now officially open.
DUBAI’S NEW DESERT DINING SPOT QASR AL SULTAN OPENS IN JANUARY
When you think of desert experiences in the UAE, dune bashing, camel races and camping under the stars are probably the first things that spring to mind.
That’s about to change thanks to a novel dining concept set to be unveiled in January by Dubai Gourmet, a new subdivision of Dubai-based holding company Meraas.
The key notion behind this business is experiential dining. In other words, an eating out experience which is more than just about tasting food. The first of these multisensory dining spots is Qasr Al Sultan, which will give visitors the chance to enjoy the ‘life of a Sultan’.
According to Meraas, it will be located in the desert, close to The Outlet Village and Dubai Parks and Resorts, and have a Middle Eastern theme throughout. Guests can look forward to traditional performances, a grand food bazaar, live cooking stations and an authentic Arabian souk.
NIKKI BEACH RESORT & SPA DUBAI OPENS
Looking for a new staycation destination for 2017? One of Dubai’s newest hotel openings could be the perfect fit.
Set on the city’s Pearl Jumeira development, just off Jumeirah 1, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Dubai opened its doors in December 2016, making it the hospitality chain’s fourth such property in the world, and first in the Middle East.
Featuring a 450-metre-long beach, 117 rooms, 15 suites and 63 private residences, the Resort’s arrival follows the launch of Nikki Beach Restaurant & Beach Club earlier in 2016. With stunning views of the sea and skyline, each room, suite and villa is kitted out with an entertainment system, mood-lighting, a personalised minibar and high-speed wi-fi.
ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD TRANSFORM DUBAI STREET
Artists from around the world have been involved in transforming some of the buildings along 2nd December Street in Satwa into giant canvasses as part of the Dubai Street Museum project.
The 12 artists – which included Case Maclaim, Ernest Zacharevic, Julien Malland, and Julia Volchkova, among others – painted 16 murals on themes drawn from the country’s history and heritage.
The initiative was officially announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, in November last year.
The historic street, formerly known as Al Diyafah Street but renamed in honour of National Day, is the latest area to take part in the project that will eventually see work from local and international artists displayed across the city as well as in the mountain town of Hatta.
YAS ISLAND’S ‘WINTERLAND FESTIVAL’ SEES RECORD NUMBER OF VISITORS
A record number of guests visited Yas Island during this festive season, the island’s developer said.
This season’s increase in visitors to the capital’s island, resulted from a month-long ‘Winterland Festival’, which included events such as Ferrari World’s ‘Winterfest’ and Yas Mall’s festive programme featuring food trucks, games, rides and performances.
A snow-themed ‘Winterland Carnival’ at the du Forum alone saw more than 26,000 visitors during a 5-day period at the end of December, with Coldplay’s New Year’s Eve selling out the 40,000 capacity du Arena.
ABU DHABI CRUISE SECTOR CELEBRATES RECORD NUMBERS OF SHIPS AND PASSENGERS
Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), which is responsible for developing the tourism industry in the emirate along with its partners, expects annual growth rate to exceed more than 10 per cent following a highly successful 2015-16 season and a strong start to the new season, which will be the longest Abu Dhabi has held.
During the season, which runs from October until June, Abu Dhabi received more than 100 ship calls, for the first time ever, and also welcomed more than 228,000 passengers.
The previous season, Abu Dhabi reported 94 ship calls and 200,000 passengers. Ten years ago just 35,000 passengers and 29 ship arrivals visited the emirate.The rise in projected passenger figures, currently estimated at 250,000 passengers this season, to reach 450,000 by 2020 and 808,000 by 2025, is due to a series of initiatives to encourage the emirate to develop its cruise sector as this has been identified as a primary niche product in the emirate’s economic diversification.