DUBAI WOULD BE WORLD’S BUSIEST AIRPORT THIS DECADE
Dubai International Airport expects to become the world’s busiest within this decade, overtaking Beijing and Atlanta, spurred on by the expansion of Emirates airline. The airport, which overtook London Heathrow, sees passenger traffic climbing to 83 million this year from 78 million last year and expects 90 million people using the facility next year, Paul Griffiths, the chief executive officer of Dubai Airports, told Bloomberg TV in an interview.
Dubai, already the world’s busiest airport by international traffic, added 7.5 million passengers last year.
The design will make the 127-km long Dubai-Fujairah trip a matter of 10 minutes. Team Mobius from French engineering company Systra has beaten off 67 other international teams with their design for a supersonic means of transport called the Hyperloop. The 20-member strong team took part in Dubai Future Foundations’ 48-hour Build Earth Live 2016 competition held at Emirates Towers, impressing the judges the most with their renderings, professionalism and futuristic concepts. The Hyperloop is capable of travelling at 1,200km/h.
ROYAL ARABIAN RECOMMENDATION – BOAT FESTIVAL RETURNS TO YAS MARINA
The annual Yas Marina Boat Festival is returning this month on Friday October 28 and Saturday October 29. The two-day event will see guests head to Yas Marina to check out new kit for land and sea, try out some watersports and listen to live music. While there will be a boat sale for those so inclined (expect everything from 3 metre to 20 metre vessels), you don’t have to be in the market for a new boat to visit the festival.
There will be watersport trial sessions from Eywoa and a Wake Kicker Exhibition that will see wake boarders compete in the marina. Visitors can also try out discounted trial sessions in wake boarding, wake surfing, kayaking and Stand Up Paddle.
DON’T MISS THIS IF YOU ARE IN DUBAI
The dawn of a new era in entertainment will arrive in Dubai with La Perle, a new show produced and created by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural artistic directors and brought to you by Al Habtoor. The show is presented in a 1,300 seat purpose-built, state of the art theatre which is filled with 2.5 million litres of water and it will be opening in March 2017.
THE ADDRESS JUMEIRAH RESORT AND SPA UNVEILED
A brand new beachfront development has been unveiled by Emaar, and it sets a brand new tone for developments in Dubai. To be known as The Address Jumeirah Resort and Spa, the two-tower project will be located at the end of Jumeirah Beach Residence, dominating the southern end of the strip.
Made up of a luxury hotel in one 74-storey building and a residential complex in the other of the same 290-metre height, it will have 100 metres of private beach, three swimming pools and a range of restaurants and bars.
DUBAI CANAL WILL BE A FLOWING WATERWAY BY END OF YEAR
In January this year RTA announced that the Dubai Canal project was 61 per cent complete. Well the RTA has just tweeted out that the project will be finished by the end of this year, saying there will be an official opening in November. This means the waterway will be full of water, and all of the major roads and pedestrian bridges will be open (however it may then take a while for the residences, restaurants and hotels etc to be built and opened).
In fact, both of the bridges over Sheikh Zayed Road are complete and open, both the Al Wasl Road and Jumeirah Beach Road bridges are finished, and the pedestrian bridges over the canal near Safa Park look to be almost finished.
ABU DHABI CLASSICS RETURNS FOR 2016-17 SEASON
The brand new season of Abu Dhabi Classics will kick off next month on October 6. Running until May 2017, the classical and traditional music festival will feature a range of world-class performers including Jordi Savall, Canadian pianist Stephan Moccio and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
The season launches on October 6 with a performance by the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Emirates Palace Auditorium. Performing for the first time in Abu Dhabi, the show will feature a selection of Richard Wagner compositions.
DEWA UNVEILS FULLY SOLAR-POWERED HEADQUARTERS
When Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) celebrates its 60th birthday in 2019, the public utility will gift itself a new fully solar-powered headquarters, officials said on Tuesday. Once completed, it is expected to be the largest and tallest “net-zero” energy building in the world.Energy consumption in net-zero energy buildings is equivalent to the amount of renewable energy it produces on site on an annual basis.
Dewa’s new headquarters, Al Sheraa (Arabic for “The Sail”), was exhibited during the first Dubai Solar Show, which is part of the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Wetex) 2016 that opened on Tuesday.