Golfing In Dubai

Dubai is one of the wonders of the Middle East, offering everything from soaring skyscrapers and luxury hotels through to some of the best shopping you will find anywhere. However, one of the areas where Dubai really comes into its own is golf. Although it is set in the desert, it has some of the world’s best golf courses, along with luxurious surrounding residences – offering a year-round golf experience.

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One of the best is Jumeirah Golf Estates, which has two stunning championship courses named Earth and Fire. Designed by Greg Norman, these courses are challenging par 72 monsters, with the Earth course coming in at an astonishing 7,675 yards. As you imagine on a desert course, deep bunkers line the fairways, placing the emphasis on both accuracy and length. The elevated greens increase the challenge, often adding an extra club to approach shots. The Earth course is also home to the DP World Tour Championship – a testament to its world-class status. Continue Reading

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Dubai Hotels Emirates launches Ramadan Promotion

Emirates Airline has developed some special accommodation packages for passengers travelling to or via Dubai during the holy month of Ramadan, from 20th August to 20th September 2009.

Emirates’ passengers already holding a one-way or return ticket to or via Dubai are eligible to book a three-night stay in some of Dubai’s most sought after properties, at discounted packages starting from only US$67 per person, per night, based on two people sharing.

Ahmed Khoory, Senior Vice President Commercial, Gulf, Middle East and Iran said, “Ramadan is an important part of the Islamic calendar and in honour of this Emirates has developed some incredible accommodation packages that will allow people from around the world to experience the magic of Ramadan in Dubai.

“With the help of our valued hotel partners Emirates has endeavoured to offer our passengers the chance to explore this beautiful city whilst staying in some of the city’s newest hotel developments at a reduced rate.”

Skywards members will receive an additional bonus earning 20% more miles when they book a minimum three-night Ramadan package.

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Armani Hotel Dubai is Hiring

Armani Hotel Dubai, the first hotel to be opened under the Armani Hotels & Resorts portfolio, has launched a global recruitment drive to hire 600 hospitality professionals. The hotel is scheduled to open later this year.

The Armani Hotel Dubai, located in Burj Dubai – the tallest building in the world – occupies concourse to level 8 and levels 38 and 39 of the iconic tower.

The opening of the hotel this year will be followed by the launches of the Armani Hotels & Resorts in Milan, Marassi and Marrakech, and subsequently in key international destinations such as New York, Shanghai and London.

armani-hotels-dubaiMr Marc Dardenne, Chief Executive Officer, Emaar Hotels & Resorts and Emaar Hospitality Group, said, “The new recruits will be offered extensive training to align themselves with the overall operational philosophy of Armani Hotels.

We encourage individuals who consider themselves as potential Armani Hotels & Resorts brand ambassadors to log on to the website and register .”

The recruitment drive is expected to cover 16 countries to ensure that the hotel is serviced by a truly cosmopolitan team. This is to complement the truly very international demographic profile of Dubai and that of Burj Dubai visitors. Continue Reading

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Seawings in Dubai launches Fly and Dine Promotion

Seawings, a seaplane tour operator in Dubai, has launched a Fly and Dine promotion for couples this Valentines.

During the entire month of February Seawings is offering guests an opportunity to book a scenic city tour of Dubai, coupled together with a sumptuous and romantic meal catered by the highly trained chefs at La Traviata Restaurant, Jebel Ali Golf Resort and Spa.

Guests can now enjoy spectacular scenery, first class service and culinary delights in tranquil surroundings all for only AED 2500 per couple. Bookings are essential, as space is limited. Continue Reading

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Dubai’s new ventures drive tourism targets

The recent unveiling of a plethora of exciting new developments means that Dubai is well on track to achieve tourism targets of 15 million tourists per year by 2015.

Shows such as the recent Arabian Travel Market 2008, which opened to record crowds, provide the emirate with a platform to demonstrate its position as a leading destination for tourism by unveiling a series of awe-inspiring and pioneering new developments. Dubai is successfully diversifying its economy, and considerably increasing investment in infrastructure across a range of sectors pinpointed as crucial drivers in attracting visitors to the emirate.

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Dubai Aquarium welcomes 30 new Sharks

Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall now hosts the first batch of 30 Sand Tiger sharks, which were delivered under the stringent supervision of the Oceanis Australia Group.

Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world, will open to the public on August 28, 2008, alongside the mall opening. Developed by Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world, and will feature over 1,200 retail stores and over 120 restaurants and cafes.

The Sand Tiger sharks form part of the 33,000 expected population of aquatic animals in Dubai Aquarium. Also known as Grey Nurse sharks, Sand Tiger sharks are large bodied animals, reaching up to 11 feet (3.5 metres). They are a docile, non-aggressive species. These sharks can grow up to 30,000 needle-like teeth in their lifetime which they use to grab small prey. They are found in warm or temperate waters throughout the world’s oceans, except the eastern Pacific and have a tendency towards shoreline habitats.

Mr Yousif Al Ali, General Manager, The Dubai Mall, said, “With the largest viewing panel in the world, Dubai Aquarium is a fascinating attraction that will appeal to visitors. Apart from its leisure aspect, the aquarium will also educate visitors on the fascinating array of aquatic life. The Sand Tiger sharks are among the 85 species to be hosted in the aquarium.”

Mr Paul Hamilton, Curator of Dubai Aquarium added, “Total care was taken in the transportation of the sharks which are now adapting to their new environment. The management of marine species for Dubai Aquarium involves careful logistical planning and we are working with a highly qualified and vastly experienced staff. Sand Tiger sharks are amazing creatures and their arrival to the aquarium marks a major milestone for the project.”

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Wild Discovery opens a new door in Dubai

Fulfilled with the major growth in the travel and tourism market in Dubai, Wild Discovery the leading regional based one stop shop for travel and tourism has opened new offices in Dubai Healthcare City, one of the most reputed locations in Dubai.

These new offices are part of the vast expansion operations for Wild Discovery in the UAE and the Middle East.

‘Wild Discovery became a vital player in the travel and tourism industry in the UAE and the Middle East. Our new offices in Dubai Healthcare City are part of our plans for corporate business development and this new location represents a better geographical coverage of the market.’ Continue Reading

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Dubai : World’s Tallest Building to be completed in September 2009

Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building being developed by Emaar Properties, will be taller than previously envisaged, with height enhancement work already in progress. Construction of the two communication floors is ongoing and structural steel work has started. The final height of the Burj Dubai will be revealed only on its completion in September 2009.

Alongside height enhancement, Burj Dubai is also upgrading its interior finishes. International designers from California revisited the designs to make the residences more attractive and functionally superior. The redesign process, undertaken over the past three months, has been completed, with the emphasis on top-notch quality standards.

Mr Mohamed Ali Alabbar, Chairman, Emaar Properties, said, “We get one chance in a lifetime to deliver a world-class project such as the Burj Dubai. Our main objective is to ensure that the very best in engineering, architecture, interiors, finishes and infrastructure support are employed in the making of this iconic building, which is the pride of Dubai. In the process, we will ensure speedy execution without any compromise in quality. We believe that a completion date of September 2009 is possible and reasonable for a project of this global magnitude and significance.” Continue Reading

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Emirates to Launch First Commercial A380 Service to America

Air travellers will be able to experience Emirates Airline’s state-of-the-art A380 aircraft for the first time at the start of August, when the airline launches its first A380 commercial service from Dubai to The Americas.

The 14-hour non-stop flight will also be the first-ever commercial A380 service from Dubai to New York.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group said: “The Americas represent a key focus area in Emirates’ route development plans, and we are delighted to be the first airline to launch commercial A380 services to the continent. We are confident that Emirates’ customers travelling to and from North America will welcome the A380’s additional space and capacity, as well as our luxurious onboard amenities which will provide a very high quality travel experience previously associated only with private jets.” Continue Reading

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Building the biggest Sandcastles in Dubai

Dubai property portal,, has vastly increased the selection of residential and commercial property available on their website.

The total number of properties for sale in Dubai, including residential apartments, villas and townhouses, is now over 1900, with a further 200+ properties currently listed for sale or rent across the other Emirate states.

Sandcastles aims to be the largest single portal offering property and land in Dubai. Over the last 6 months it has increased the number of properties listed from 150 to over 2000. This in turn has seen visitors to the Sandcastles website looking to buy property in Dubai go up from 800 unique visitors per month in September 2007 to over 5000 unique visitors in March 2008. Property investors are obviously keeping a close eye on the latest new developments in Dubai, as 58% of visitors to the Sandcastles website in March 2008 were repeat visitors. Continue Reading

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Dubai to Host one of the World’s Most Important Airport Shows in June

Dubai’s status as a growing international aviation hub will be highlighted next week when the Airport Show, one of the largest airport construction, operations, technology and services exhibitions to be staged anywhere in the world, opens for business.

With a record line up of more than 600 suppliers from 40 countries, and over 6,000 visitors expected to attend, the show has grown by 12% this year in line with the ongoing aviation boom across the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Manufacturers and suppliers heading for Dubai from around the world have major incentives. According to research conducted by the show’s organisers, Streamline Marketing Group, airport projects and expansions across the region are currently valued at more than US$68 billion, with the Gulf countries accounting for US$43 billion of this growth. Continue Reading

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Dubai Mall to House World’s Largest Indoor Gold Souk

The Dubai Mall, the flagship project of Emaar Malls Group and one of the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destinations, is going to house the world’s largest indoor Gold Souk. A dazzling precinct with a collection of over 220 gold and jewellery retailers, including a selection of dedicated cafés and restaurants, the Gold Souk experience culminates at the treasury dome, a 25m x 13m atrium – a dynamic projection ceiling with ever-changing multimedia shows.

Designed by Northpoint architects, the Gold Souk recreates the traditional charm of an Arabian souk reflecting the rich regional heritage of the gold trade. Walking through its meandering corridors and themed courtyards, The Gold Souk reveals the journey of the travelling merchants crossing the desert expanse to trade gold and other commodities – the main north entrance begins the story with life-size bronze camel sculptures resting under a starry sky and an Arabian stallion in the south entrance. Accentuated with decorative gold and marble detailing, the Gold Souk’s traditional theme is a key attraction to The Dubai Mall.

Mr Jim Badour, CEO of Emaar Malls Group, said, “The Dubai Mall is redefining the shopping and leisure experience with its rich array of components, including the world’s largest indoor Gold Souk. The Gold Souk is much a tribute to the region’s rich heritage as to further strengthening the gold and jewellery trade, for which Dubai is renowned globally.” Continue Reading

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