Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15

April 12th, 2013

The third edition of the Volvo Ocean Race is gonna start in a year’s time, Abu Dhabi will host a major share. There will be various legs of racing, concerts and entertainment programmes. The stopover is from mid-December 2014 until January 3 2015, and the race starts on October 4 2014 with the first In-Port Race in Alicante, and finish with a final In-Port Race on June 27, 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

In January 2012, Abu Dhabi was the first Arabian destination to host the event. With much of the foundation work was done last time, Abu Dhabi is all set to take over the scene. Tourism possibilities are high, too.

The total course distance will be 39,895 nautical miles, with the journey made on 65 Volvo Ocean boats.

Dubai International Airport Second Busiest in the World

March 29th, 2013

Beating Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport, Dubai International Airport has become the world’s second busiest for international passenger traffic. The first position is held by London Heathrow airport.

The rankings were confirmed by the Airports Council International. Dubai International airport saw a rise of 13% passenger traffic this year. And by 2015, Dubai airport will overtake Heathrow, too, reports say.

Quranic Botanical Garden coming up in Doha

February 28th, 2013

A unique biological garden featuring the plants mentioned in the Holy Quran is being built in the ‘Education City’ in Qatar. The garden features will be based on more than 150 verses mentioning the Gardens of Paradise (Jannat al-Firdaws) in the Quran.

Named Quranic Botanical Garden, it will be a spot for meditation and a research centre. The place will also be used in educating people about Islamic heritage.
The Garden will comprise all the plant species mentioned in the Quran, and those in Sunnah (Deeds of the Prophet) and Hadith (sayings of the Prophet), and it is the first of the four components of the Qatar Foundation Green Project designed to promote conservation.

A Sidra tree was the first one to be planted here by the chairperson of Qatar Foundation. It was the traditional meeting place for scholars and travellers, who would gather to share knowledge under the shade of the Sidra. He had accepted the idea of this project by UNESCO in 2008. The Quran mentions many plants from the desert and Mediterranean climates as well as those in tropical regions. In three years, the garden will be open to the public.

New Entertainment Complex at Jebel Ali

November 27th, 2012

Jebel Ali, in Dubai, will get a new entertainment complex that includes theme parks based on movies, animals and fun characters. At a cost of Dh10 billion, the complex aims to appease the young and the old alike. Even preschoolers and toddlers have a separate play area.

There will be rides, film and musical theatres, a marine life park, children’s park and night safari. Bollywood Parks will showcase Indian cinema, especially Hindi ones. There will be interesting dining options at the entertainment complex, too.

Fourth Edition of Abu Dhabi Art

November 3rd, 2012

Abu Dhabi Art, a modern and contemporary art exhibition, will open in Abu Dhabi on November 7th and go on till the 10th. It is the event’s fourth edition. Abdulnasser Gharem, Ghada Amer, Mohammed Kazem, Marina Abramovic, Adel Abidin, Frank Gehry, Richard Armstrong, Jean Nouvel, Subodh Gupta, Bharti Kher and Stuart Haygarth are some of the artists that would be proudly displaying their works here.

They will be speaking to visitors, offering discussions and conducting various talks and seminars at the event. You can also watch film screenings, attend book launches and enjoy live music programmes. There’s a separate platform for children and youth to learn craft, painting and the nuances of architecture. Kids can be part of various games, storytelling and workshops. All programmes are free and open to the public.

Replica of Taj Mahal in Dubai – Taj Arabia

October 6th, 2012

At the Falconcity of Wonders in Dubai, you can expect to see the replica of one of the world’s seven wonders and one of the most visited monuments – the Taj Mahal. It will be called Taj Arabia, and much bigger than the original in India. Even the Mughal Gardens will be replicated around the Taj Arabia. The place will also have residential areas, apartments, malls, jewellery souks, wedding boutiques and shops.

Called ‘The World in a City’ project, the Falconcity of Wonders will have many historical and modern architectural marvels from around the globe. Besides the Taj Mahal, you can see the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Pyramids and the Great Wall of China.

GITEX Dubai 2012 in October

September 28th, 2012

In the middle of October, Dubai’s Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council will be organising the GITEX Dubai 2012. And about 40 Indian ICT companies will participate in it. This event, taking place from 14th to 18th, is one of the largest IT exhibitions and promotions of its kind in West Asia.

There will be several international companies, software experts, IT analysts, advertisers and other IT personnel at the event. You can see and buy many products, computer software, power supplies, hardware products and inverters, UPS, telecom cables and a range of telecom products.

New Ferry Route in Dubai

September 23rd, 2012

This October, a new Dubai Ferry’s route will connect the cruise terminal at Port Rashid with Al Ghubaiba station in Bur Dubai. Two other recently lauched routes that are popular are from Al Ghubaiba to Burj Al Arab and back, from Dubai Marina to Atlantis and back.

Marine transport services in Dubai are being refurbished to suite the growing residential and tourist needs. The latest safety methods are used here: the routes and vessels are completely monitored through GPS and other tracking systems. The vessels have spacious restrooms, kiosks for selling souvenirs and four LCD screens for entertainment.

Shark Safari at The Atlantis, Dubai

September 19th, 2012

It’s true a shark safari sounds a bit scary as a leisure activity. But don’t worry, Dubai’s The Atlantis launched its Shark Safari, an attraction where visitors can get real close to marine flora and fauna using a specially designed helmet. It is designed on the basis of the Sea Trek underwater system. It is safe and easy to use. The safari is open to all above the age of eight. There’s also an oxygen cylinder in a backpack for the visitors.

You don’t need to know diving to go for the safari. A short class on underwater sign language is available before each session. Underwater exploration has never been easier! In the Shark Lagoon, four visitors per dive are allowed, and is open for five hours a day. You can see black tip reef sharks, rare marble rays and coral and fish.

Dubai Tourism Dept Joins Cruise Council

August 5th, 2012

The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) plans to join with the International Cruise Council Australasia an associate member. The Cruise Council is a not-for-profit organisation established in 1996. It is committed to training travel consultants and raising consumer awareness of cruising.

What has helped Dubai steep itself on the international tourism scene are its strong tourism infrastructure, air connectivity and the strategic location in the Middle East. Dubai’s addition of a new cruise terminal in the city in 2010 has seen a rise in the number of cruise ships and vessels calling at the port. This Middle Eastern port has fast become a leading cruise destination in Asia.