In line with all the efforts to protect the environment in the United Arab Emirates in general and in Dubai in specific and with the vision of his Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the Department of Tourism and Commercial Marketing launches “Dubai Green Festival” activities in April 2013 For seven exciting days in various locations across Dubai.
William Harley Fleming, general manager, Oasis Beach Tower, Dubai, speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Awards 2012 Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Delhi, India.
In recent years Dubai has seen a boom in the offering of affordable yet quality accommodation, however demand for high-end luxury hotels remains strong with occupancy levels in the five star market at near capacity. Boasting many of the world’s most famous hotels including the Armani, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis the Palm, Dubai has become a popular destination for luxury holidays and over the next four years the emirate will see a number of five luxury hotels added to its portfolio, including the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah, the Palazzo Versace Dubai and W Hotel Dubai.
UAE authorities have introduced a multiple entry visa for businessmen, property investors and cruise passengers, a plan that has been under discussion for almost three years. The previous visa process imposed financial burden as well as a lot of documentation procedures for the tourists of 32 nationalities who did not automatically receive visas on arrival.
The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Dubai, last week started a 14-day program of interesting activities at Al Shindagha and Hatta heritage areas as part of Eid Al Adha celebrations.
Following the announcement venerable hotel group Jebel Ali International Hotels would become JA Resorts & Hotels as it seeks to boost its international profile, Breaking Travel News sits down with chief executive David Thomson to see just what the change will mean for the group.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) has signed an agreement with Dubai-based property developer Select Group to open InterContinental Dubai Marina. Part of the Bay Central development in the cosmopolitan Marina area, the hotel will offer rooms as well as residential suites for longer staying guests.
Despite tourism figures highlighting a decline in UK outbound travel during quarter two of 2012, Dubai continued to perform strongly as a destination, reporting an 11 per cent increase in guest numbers. According to the latest report from the department of tourism and commerce marketing, hotel and apartment bookings in Dubai were up to 170,452 from 154,180 during the same period of 2011.
Dubai International recorded the busiest first half in its history with 27.9 million passengers passing through its three terminals between January and June this year, according to the traffic report issued today by airport operator Dubai Airports. Dubai International handled a total of 4,714,746 passengers in June, a robust growth of 16 per cent from the 4,065,809 who passed through the airport in June 2011.
InterGlobe Technologies (IGT) has announced the opening of its Dubai global delivery center. The new center is a licensed partner of the Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ), a leading business park catering to the market demand for outsourcing companies.
Developers have confirmed Marvel Adventure, an indoor family entertainment centre spanning 350,000 square feet, will open its doors to comic book fans by the end of 2013. Located at the City of Arabia development along Emirates Road, it will include retail outlets selling Marvel merchandise, restaurants and interactive entertainment experiences with Marvel characters.
United Arab Emirates-based Nael & Bin Harmal Group has announced the opening of its first boutique hotel, the four-star Cosmopolitan Hotel. The property is situated in the Al Barsha area of Dubai.