WE HAVE JOINED HANDS
Royal Arabian Tours is pleased to announce that we have signed a partnership agreement with Dubai Parks and Resorts to offer package tours for family leisure and destination entertainment.
Dubai Parks and Resorts is set to be the region’s largest integrated theme park destination comprising three family theme parks: motiongate™ Dubai, a movie inspired theme park showcasing some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation, Sony Pictures Studios and Lionsgate; Bollywood Parks™ Dubai, the first theme park based on the sights and sounds of Bollywood; as well as LEGOLAND® Dubai, a unique, interactive theme park for families which will bring the well-known LEGO® brick to life in a playful learning environment; and LEGOLAND® Water Park, the region’s first water park catering to families with children 2-12.
The entire destination will be connected by Riverland™ Dubai – a retail, dining and entertainment walkway located at the heart of the destination and guests can stay at the Lapita™ Hotel, a Polynesian-themed resort catering to families, which will be managed by the Marriott Group.
W, NOW IN DUBAI!
Dubai’s landscape is going to see a major shapeshift with W Hotel making inroads into the hospitality plateau of the city. It has already made the heads turn with its bold red light show by the side of the new Sheikh Zayed Road flyover by Business Bay. Barely 20 years old as a brand, this rebellious little brother of the hotel scene eyes the younger populace with its dazzling dining and nightlife partnerships.
ROYAL ARABIAN RECOMMENDATION – MODHESH WORLD 2016
The largest indoor “edutainment” theme park is back for its 17th year. There are enough games, rides, competitions, activities, and performances to keep the family entertained over its two-month run – we reckon they’ll especially enjoy the new 50-metre zip lines, haunted house, dinosaur experience, and huge ice rink.
Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road,
Sat – Wed, 10AM to Midnight
FLYING EGGS IN UAE?
Abu Dhabi developer Miral Leisure signed the deal with SkyTran — a company created by the US’s iconic space agency NASA, for oval floating pods as a means of transportation for Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island. These are 2-seater, jet like vehicles that use magnetic levitation and you can witness this futuristic sight on Yas Island by 2018 with the opening of the highly anticipated Warner Bros. World theme park.
CHANGE OF NAMES IN DUBAI
The announcement was made by the parent company, Tecom Group. The cluster of tall towers wedged between First Al Khail Road and the northbound carriageway of Sheikh Zayed Road has been renamed as Barsha Heights while the area around Gems Wellington International School and Fraser Suites – which stand just before the Hessa Street turn off on southbound SZR – would be known as Sufouh Gardens.
DRINKING WATER HAS BECOME ALL FANCY IN DUBAI!
Tayseer Hadi, a Danish inventor in Dubai has devised a water bottle resembling the world’s tallest skyscraper – Burj Khalifa. Made out of K9 crystal (used in making high-end chandaliers), the water carafe is half a metre in height and comes with an LED-lit removable base adding a blue glow to the water inside. Hadi ideated this in 2013 to represent Dubai’s creativity and constant quest to be innovative, and hopes that the bottles priced at Dh700, will one day become an iconic Dubai souvenir.
ST REGIS THE PALM, REVEALS ROOFTOP POOL DETAILS
Located 210 meters above the ground, the pool will provide impressive views of the Dubai skyline including the Palm Jumeirah and Arabian Gulf. The top floor will serve as a viewing deck for those visiting the adjacent 350-shop Nakheel Mall and Al Ittihad Park, which has a 3.2km running track and 60 varieties of local plants. Also, there will be a St. Regis Beach Club and all-day dining restaurant for guests to revel.
The wider project includes The Palm Tower Residences which comprises of 504 apartments with a starting price of Dhs1.7million.
IF YOU ARE A GAMER AT HEART, YOU GONNA SKIP A HEARTBEAT NOW!
Targeted at gamers aged 10 and up, Hub Zero at CITY WALK Dubai, is region’s first immersive entertainment park with state-of-the-art gaming experience created in partnership with leading game developers including Electronic Arts, Capcom, KONAMI, Microsoft and Square Enix. Hub Zero’s LAN gaming area with 70 stations and 8 private booths caters to hardcore gamers and will serve as the hub for the region’s e-sports tournaments. A one-stop-shop for themed merchandise and collectibles and three food and beverage outlets complement the immersive, experiential entertainment destination.
SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD’S NEW BRIDGE IS FINALLY OPEN
Construction on the 16-lane flyover, which forms a key part of the Dubai Water Canal project, kicked off in November 2014, and the northbound bridge opened for business in January.Work on the eight-lane southbound bridge only began earlier this year, so its speedy opening is rather impressive.
The 800-metre flyover rises 8.5 metres, which will give plenty of room for boats to ferry commuters underneath. When finished, the Dubai Canal will run 3.2 km from Business Bay up to the Arabian Gulf, and will flow through Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road.
THE LOUVRE ABU DHABI HITS ANOTHER MILESTONE
The iconic museum on Saadiyat Island has reached another construction milestone – the removal of temporary walls blocking the sea from the main structure. The news is an important step in achieving the final space as envisioned by architect Jean Nouvel, which will see the museum flanked by water and look as if it is floating on the Arabian Gulf. The construction site for the Louvre Abu Dhabi is located on a platform of reclaimed land four metres above sea level and is surrounded by temporary walls and special pumps that have kept the construction site dry – until now.
With the removal of the walls currently underway, the museum is one step closer to completion and looks undeniably impressive.