Royal Arabian Destination Management was the exclusive Destination Management Partner for TAFI Convention 2018 which was held in Abu Dhabi from 25th – 28th of September 2018. TAFI showcased the finest travel experiences in Abu Dhabi and all that it has to offer. We thank the Department of Culture and Tourism Authority Abu Dhabi for giving us the opportunity to be the Exclusive Destination Management Partner for TAFI.

Dubai Metro to get first of new trains this year

Al Tayer attended the technical test run of the new train in Poland.

You could soon be commuting in a new Dubai Metro coach that boasts of a better design and swanky digital maps. The first of the 50 new Metro trains would arrive in November, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Saturday.
The last carriage in the new trains would be reserved for women and children, while a part of the first carriage would be for the gold class. All other carriages would be for the silver class. The design of the luggage compartment also has been modified to accommodate standing commuters. The new design would help the Metro train accommodate 696 passengers as opposed to the current 643. The coaches would feature an illuminated dynamic map of the Metro route and stations.
Additions include revamping the designs, without affecting the identity of handles, lighting, and locations of digital signage (VBSD). The project involves the extension of the Dubai Metro Red Line 15km from the Nakheel Harbour and Tower Station to the site of Expo 2020.

New Dubai attraction will take your mind for a spin

A new kind of museum has opened its doors in Dubai this September.

The Museum of Illusions Dubai will completely redefine what one would call a museum. It guarantees no restriction and instead of encouraging one to be merely a passive participant, the museum will invite you to be an interactive participant of the paintings created by the best artists from around the world.
Unlike more ‘classical’ museums, visitors to the Museum of Illusions Dubai will be encouraged to interact with the exhibits and take as many photos as they can during their visual, sensual and educational adventure.
The Dubai branch of the museum will boast the largest collection of optical illusions and will house 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes.
The Dubai venue will feature the Vortex Tunnel, a rotating cylinder that tricks the brain into thinking the ground under their feet is shifting, as well as the Ames Room, where guests shrink or grow depending on their position in the exhibit.

You can drive your supercar into this secret nightclub on The Palm

FIVE Palm Jumeirah has successfully established itself as the go-to hotel in Dubai for the city’s party people, thanks to a lively new brunch, stunning rooftop bar and sellout ladies’ days.

But there’s now another string to this hotels nightlife bow, with the opening of a hidden new nightclub. Aptly named Secret Room, the club is accessed via a graffiti-filled corridor for those arriving on foot, or just drive your supercar straight into the venue – a privilege that will be reserved for Secret Room’s super VIP guests.
The new club will be open three days a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with access granted by a unique finger print identification. Clients selected by Secret Room management will have their fingerprint registered, although those with reservations will also be able to access the secret spot.
The design of the new club takes inspiration from speakeasy-style concepts from the 18th century, featuring a hand painted mural, antique candelabra and elaborate crown motifs. By contrast, the central bar has been designed by modern architect Paolo Ferrari, and transparent tables and bar stools give the new secret spot a futuristic feel.
On the decks, expect a mix of hip-hop and R&B as the foundation for the tempo, but the venue also promises DJs will ‘delve into other soundscapes such as; Trap, Dancehall, Reggaeton, Afro beat, House & EDM’.

Dedicated walkways for People of Determination at Dubai beaches

Municipality has provided dedicated walkways for the People of Determination and the elderly on public beaches in the Emirate.

The special pathways have been built for the People of Determination and the elderly to enable them to cross the beach and reach the sea easily. They are provided at Al Mamzar Creek Beach, Al Mamzar Corniche Beach, Jumeirah 2 and 3 beaches, Umm Suqeim 1 and 2 beaches. They are built meeting international standards in this area, facilitating the movement of wheel chairs, allowing the user to reach the water and enjoy swimming in the sea. The locations were chosen closer to the parking lots assigned to the People of Determination.
The provision of these pathways, in addition to the provision of fitness equipment dedicated to the use of the People of Determination at all the beaches of the Emirate, reflects the efforts of the Municipality in providing the necessary services and facilities to transform Dubai into a city friendly for the People of Determination by 2020, in line with the community-based initiative, “My Community is a Place for All”.

Bigger than Dubai Mall: Emaar and Dubai Holding announce Dh10 billion mega mall

At 750,000 square metres, the mall will likely be world’s largest mall

Dubai: State-linked developer Emaar Properties and Dubai Holding will build a new mall, said to be larger than Dubai Mall, at their flagship project Dubai Creek Harbour.
Dubai Square, as the developer has named the project, will also have around 1,500 hotel rooms and thousands more apartment units. The mall, which will feature streets, plazas, and a glass roof, will give off the impression of an indoor city.
With industrial themed sections, traditional Arabic architecture in other parts and the previously announced Chinese city within the mall, the shopping center will act as a key feature of the Dubai Creek Harbour development.
A free metro link from the airport will transport travelers to metro hub Grand Central Station, as it will be called, located within the retail complex.
This will allow transiting tourists to spend their layover at the mall.

Dubai among world’s most visited cities for 4th straight year

Dubai has maintained its record of highest overnight visitors

Dubai has maintained its record of highest overnight visitor spend among the world’s top cities as well as its status of the fourth most visited city globally. This indicates that the city is maintaining its attraction as a tourism destination and as a result, its correlated retail and hospitality sectors are also benefitting.
According to Mastercard, Abu Dhabi has once again been named the fastest growing city for overnight visitor arrivals in the Middle East and Africa, with a compound annual growth rate of 18.21 per cent between 2009 and 2017. The UAE’s capital city is also among the top 10 global cities that experienced the strongest growth in international arrivals.
In the first half of 2018, Dubai received 8.1 million overnight visitors and it is expected to surpass last year’s tally of 15.79 million tourists.

Here’s what one of the Expo 2020 themed pavilions will look like…

It’s just over two years until Expo 2020 takes over the city, and as Expo excitement continues to build, images of one of the three themed pavilions – Opportunity Pavilion, have been released.

The 4,500 square metre pavilion will be built from 2,500 tons of stone and will have a spiral shaped canopy roof made from around 111 kilometres of woven rope.
All of the materials used to create Opportunity Pavilion will be recyclable and no concrete will be used in its construction.
The Opportunity Pavilion is a welcoming space that draws people together and sets them on a fun and engaging journey that progressively immerses them as active participants in a mind-awakening experience.
The pavilion will feature a ‘rope-and-light’ theme throughout, with intertwined ropes reflecting the coming together of people to contribute to human progress, giving them a sense of fulfillment and encouraging further action.
Once inside, the Opportunity Pavilion promises ‘engaging and interactive journeys that will feature decision-making and gaming components’. Visitors will have the opportunity ‘to explore how individual choices and actions can make a positive, collective contribution to global causes’.