Dubai splashes out on Expo

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBA, 13 December 2017: Dubai has adopted its 2018 budget foreseeing expenditure of 56.6 million dirhams (around USD15.5 billion), a 19.5% increase over last year, as it prepares to host Expo 2020.

But the 2018 budget of Dubai, one of seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates, also forecasts a deficit of USD1.7 billion — the highest since the 2009 financial crisis, a government statement said.

“Dubai’s commitment to Expo excellence, and to UAE’s leading status on the international scene has led to approving a budget with an AED 6.2 billion deficit,” Abdulrahman Saleh Al Saleh, who heads Dubai’s government finance department, said. Read more

Dubai set for second Raffles

December 7, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, Middle east, News

CANNES, France,7 December 2017: AccorHotels signed a management agreement with Dubai-based master developer, Nakheel, to brand a new-build hotel in Dubai as  a Raffles Hotels & Resorts.

The signing ceremony was held, earlier this week,  at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) in Cannes.

Nakheel is developing PALM360, a twin-tower development on the world famous Palm Jumeirah. It will feature the Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. Read more

Wedding planners to meet in Dubai

November 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Events, Middle east, News

BANGALORE, 14 November 2017: Now heading for its 5th edition, Exotic Wedding Planning Conference (EWPC) will convene in Dubai, 29 to 30 April 2018.

Over the last four editions, this event has attracted wedding planners, worldwide, to share insights and creative ideas on various aspects of wedding planning to inspire, network ad explore new markets.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing supports the event  to draw luxury weddings to Dubai. Read more

Centara joint venture with Dubai group

October 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Hospitality, News

BANGKOK, 3 October 2017:  UAE-based master developer Nakheel and  Centara Hotels and Resorts, Monday, concluded the formation of a joint venture company and signed a management agreement for their 600-room beachfront resort and waterpark at Dubai’s Deira Islands.

The joint venture, cemented by Nakheel Chairman, Ali Rashid Lootah, and Centara Chairman of the Board, Suthikiati Chirathivat, at a signing ceremony at Centara’s headquarters in Bangkok, will deliver a family lifestyle destination at Deira Islands, Nakheel’s new, 15.3 sq km waterfront city.

The resort will also be managed by Centara, a group that already musters over 14,000 room keys across 67 hotels and resorts in Asia and the Middle East. Read more

Dubai unveils mega projects

September 14, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 14 September 2017: Property developers in Dubai showcased new multi-billion-dollar mega-projects on Monday despite falling prices, in the hope of stimulating demand and helping to end a three-year market downturn.

Exhibitors at the three-day Cityscape Global showed off models of high-end skyscrapers and even “Floating Venice”, a resort complete with underwater suites.

The USD680 million Venice development 4 km (2.5 miles) off Dubai will have capacity of 3,000 visitors. Read more

Emirates launches Hanoi service

July 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News, Vietnam

DUBAI, UAE, 6 July 2017: Emirates airline commenced daily direct flights from Dubai to Hanoi, Vietnam, 1 July, providing Emirates’ passengers from Dubai and across Europe faster travelling times to Vietnam.

Passengers travelling to Hanoi on Emirates will no longer need to stop in Yangon, saving approximately two hours and 30 minutes of travel time.

The first direct flight EK394 from Dubai departed at 0330 and arrived at Noi Bai International Airport at 1305 local time. Read more

First robotic cop joins Dubai police

June 6, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 6 June 2017: After bringing in Lamborghinis and Ferraris to patrol roads, Dubai police have enrolled a robotic officer, the first in a unit that aims to make up a quarter of the force by 2030.

The robotic cop stood to attention Wednesday night at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, as tourists and passersby snapped selfie souvenir photos by its side.

Wearing a police cap and moving on wheels, the robot features a computer touch-screen on its chest that can be used to report a crime or inquire about speeding tickets. Read more

Expo 2020 Dubai plans unfold

April 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

ABU DHABI, UAE, 4 April 2017: Alpin Limited has been appointed the commissioning authority for the 2020 World Expo, which will take place in Dubai.

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 180 nations and 25 million visitors, across a six-month period.

Alpin’s primary objective is to work with the organisers to integrate these three sub-themes into the urban design, construction, operations and legacy, while also ensuring the assets have a life after the expo closes. Read more

Emirates expands flights in ASEAN

February 22, 2017 by  
Filed under ASEAN, Aviation, Cambodia, Myanmar, News

DUBAI, 22 February 2017: Emirates will begin daily services to Phnom Penh, 1 July, by extending its Yangon service  to the Cambodian capital.

The service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two-class configuration.

On the same day Emirates will delink Hanoi from its Dubai-Yangon service, serving the Vietnamese capital with its own nonstop service out of  Dubai. Read more

Donald swings golf in Dubai

February 20, 2017 by  
Filed under Middle east, News

DUBAI, 20 February 2017: The American president’s sons opened the Trump International Golf Club Saturday as Dubai hosted the first foreign launch of a venue bearing Donald Trump’s name since he took office.

The Trump International Golf Club, developed in the glitzy Gulf city state by luxury real estate firm DAMAC Properties, was inaugurated by the billionaire’s sons Eric and Donald Jr.

The event marks the Trump Organisation’s first public overseas launch since the president’s 20 January inauguration. Read more

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