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Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens now open for guests

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Moving into The Greens with a bang, Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens is the third hotel to open as part of Jumeirah Group’s upscale casual brand. Opening in Tower 3 of the Onyx Towers, the hotel is high on design synonymous with other hotels within the Zabeel House by Jumeirah collection; but inspired by New York loft living, with contemporary and yet quirky art and design throughout the hotel, representing the spirit of the Zabeel House by Jumeirah brand perfectly. The Onyx is a stylish integrated community with three towers of residential, commercial and hospitality buildings, as well as a podium of 32 retail and F&B outlets located in the heart of Dubai. A hotel to appeal an intrepid traveller, it is perfect for those looking to stay in a social destination in the heart of new-Dubai, but are also able to enjoy the conveniences of a Jumeirah-endorsed hotel, all at a great price. There are two restaurants too: LAH LAH, a pan-Asian eatery and Social Company – a ground-floor restaurant with a difference; Native Club, a new multi-purpose sports and leisure club open for both membership and hotel guests; outdoor pool perfect for a swim, or for sun-worshipping on the quirky pop-art and retro-inspired furniture and cabanas.

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3 million guests visit Global Village in the first two months in its 23rd season

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Opened just two months ago, Global Village, in its 23rd season, has already hit a record number of 3 million visitors attending the venue in this short period. Guest number and sales statistics for the period October 30 to December 31, 2018 showed a massive increase in its popularity and validated the status of Global Village as the leading family destination in the UAE and the Middle East region. This major increase in popularity of the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment has been helped by the drastic changes and upgrades its infrastructure this season. A resounding endorsement of the stellar guest experience it offers is the large proportion of repeat visits by guests. They find the variety of its cultural and entertainment shows attractive and the shopping options are exceeding expectations for both residents and tourists in the UAE. Bader Anwahi, CEO, Global Village, said, “We strive to achieve the highest international quality standards and provide a distinctive and diverse entertainment experience that brings out the rich heritage and diversity of the participating cultures. But that is not the only reason for repeat visits and our dedicated and growing fan following. We offer something for everyone and help them experience, explore and enjoy in a convenient and exciting environment. Guests have appreciated our quality improvements as well as the several infrastructure enhancements that we continue to develop upon every season to help make their visits a pleasure. We expect to welcome a record number of guests this season that will also positively impact the tourism industry in the UAE. Global Village has become an international family destination by any standard and is considered as one on …

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DTCM rolls out ‘Only in Dubai’ experiences for visitors

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Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) is rolling out a set of initiatives to deliver end-to-end ‘Only in Dubai’ experiences to ensure tourists get to enjoy an unforgettable stay in the emirate, and encourage repeat visitation, as part of efforts to further strengthen and sustain the city’s world-class propositions. One of the key pillars of Dubai’s Tourism Vision 2022-2025, the ‘Only in Dubai’ set of initiatives will deliver authentic and world-class end-to-end destination experiences across travel touchpoints that are tailored to relevant segments of tourists. The tourism strategy announced by Dubai’s visionary leadership aims to make Dubai the most-visited city in the world, targeting 25 million visitors annually by 2025, and the unparalleled ‘Only in Dubai’ experiences will offer regular unexpected delight moments and active reduction of detractor moments or pain points that will positively impact guest happiness to inspire the millions of tourists to re-visit Dubai. Measuring visitor recommendation and satisfaction is being done through Tourism’s Happiness Index, which was launched under His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister, the UAE and Ruler, Dubai. This index measures not only Dubai’s ability to exceed service expectations, but also helps ensure that every visitor to Dubai becomes a passionate loyalist and a firm advocate of the city. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), said, “While our world-class propositions and experiences showcase the diversity of the destination offerings and provide segment-based preferences for tourists, we are working closely with our partners and stakeholders to curate, create and deliver personalised end-to-end experiences. Visitors will be able to enjoy at every step of their journey, which starts from …

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Arabian Tea House opens at Souq Al Shanasiyah

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Arabian Tea House serves traditional Emirati cooking and Arabic cuisine to its visitors, sprinkled with cultural significance and a historical setting. Visitors can indulge in delicious Emirati breakfast trays, light lunches, grills and wide variety of teas from Australia, China, India, Canada, and Czech Republic. It’s an amazing place to experience Emirati culture, replete with adorning photographs that will take you down the memory lane to the Old UAE in the 1960s. Arabian Tea House is a perfect addition to the Souq as it’s the beacon of Emirati hospitality. In the 1950s, Souq Al Shanasiyah was a thriving trading area and point of convergence for traders from neighbouring countries. Today, Souq Al Shanasiyah at the Heart of Sharjah is a heritage and trading landmark that attracts visitors and tourists by linking the past with the present and keeping a visionary perspective on the future. Keeping its reputation of a vibrant and bustling commercial hub, Souq Al Shanasiyah features multitude of products of various products. The souq has just added – Arabian Tea House to its eclectic portfolio.

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Dubai gears up for GIAS 2019

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The first edition of the Global Investment in Aviation Summit (GIAS 2019) will kick off in Dubai with the participation of aviation ministers and heads of civil aviation authorities from around the world on January 28 & 29, 2019. Eminent personalities marking their presence at the two-day aviation event include HE Eng Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansouri, Minister of Economy and Board Chairman, General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA); Sheikh Salman Al Sabah, Chairman, Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, and Eng Kamal bin Ahmed Mohammed, Bahrain’s Minister of Transportation and Telecommunication; Abdul Hakim bin Mohammed Suleiman Al Tamimi, Chairman, Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation; Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, President, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO); Hadi Sirica, Aviation Minister, Nigeria; Blade Nzimande, Minister of Transport, South Africa; Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure, Ukraine; Monica Azuba Ntege, Minister of Works and Transport, Uganda; Captain Sameh El Hefny, President, Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority and Ricardo Fenelon Junior, Director General, National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil, and other decision makers. His highness Engineer Sultan bin Saeed Al Mansori, Minister of Economy and Head—Board of Directors, UAE- GCAA, stated, “The summit coincides with the remarkable achievement of increasing the number of passengers through Dubai international airport to reach over one billion, as it was stated by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the state, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, who expressed his delight over holding the event in Dubai to exchange experiences and information between international experts in aviation sector, as well as holding partnerships that would support investment in aviation. The Global Investment Aviation Summit in Dubai highlights UAE’s leading regional role in aviation sector which is …

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‘Super-Fi’ internet connectivity at Abu Dhabi Airport

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Abu Dhabi Airports has announced its airport-wide rollout of ‘Super-Fi’ that will increase internet upload and download speeds to a maximum of 200 mbps per user at Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). The Super-Fi internet access, the fastest airport Wi-Fi service in the world, has been installed and tested throughout all three terminals. The move comes as part of Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to enhanced passenger experiences, as well as its journey of digitalisation and innovation. It will now provide millions of travellers with improved online connectivity. Bryan Thompson, Chief Executive Officer, Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “We understand just how important WiFi has become to the travelling public. At Abu Dhabi Airports, we value our customers first and foremost, placing a primary focus on their experiences while coming and going from the UAE’s capital. Access to fast internet is a crucial factor that makes a big difference for our travellers. Providing our customers with enhanced connectively services is in line with our vision of becoming the world’s leading airports group. We are proud to have rolled out ‘Super-Fi’ across the entirety of Abu Dhabi International Airport, free for all of our travellers. It is fast and reliable and allows our customers to keep in touch.  Technology is at the heart of our digital transformation strategy, and this improved internet infrastructure will open the door to further smart services and connected solutions.” In October 2018, Abu Dhabi Airports and Cisco signed an agreement that provides AUH with cutting-edge solutions that will support its digital transformation strategy, including operational efficiency, digital capacity and customer experience.

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Hilton Garden Inn opens at Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village

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The latest addition to Dubai’s hospitality inventory is the opening of 326-roomed Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village. The hotel enjoys an ideal location between Dubai International Airport and Downtown Dubai and is just 100 meters from Al Jadaf Metro station with easy access to the Dubai Mall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and other key destinations in the city. Al Jadaf is one of the most historically significant neighbourhood’s in Dubai as it was the first hub for traditional dhow vessel building and repairing – putting it at the heart of the city’s vital trade routes. It remains the last location where dhows are crafted and with significant investment is shaping up to be a truly unique tourist destination in the region. “I am delighted to be opening Dubai’s fourth Hilton Garden Inn in Al Jadaf. While staying at the beautifully designed hotel, guests can relax by the rooftop pool, work out at the fitness centre, dine at the restaurant or attend an event in one of the spacious meeting rooms. I look forward to welcoming guests to this exciting new property,” said Jose Luis Ruiz Arroyo, General Manager, Hilton Garden Inn Dubai Al Jadaf Culture Village.  

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RwandAir to fly to Addis Ababa from April 2019

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RwandAir is set to commence flights to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa from April 2019. The airline will operate five weekly direct flights from Kigali to Addis Ababa with a CRJ-900NG aircraft. With flights to Addis Ababa, RwandAir will be offering seamless connections through its hub in Kigali between Addis Ababa and other African cities in its network. The addition of Addis Ababa is key to RwandAir’s growth in Africa and it’s also a bridge for strengthening the bilateral relationships and improving trade and tourism between the two countries. “As an expanding young airline, it is imperative for us to fly to Addis Ababa Bole International airport as it is one of the important hubs in Africa” said Yvonne Manzi Makolo, CEO, RwandAir. “By starting direct flights to Addis Ababa, we expect to offer better connections to East, West and Southern Africa” she added. With the addition of Addis Ababa to our network, RwandAir will reach out to 27 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Addis Ababa is not only the administrative, financial and commercial centre of the country but it also hosts the Headquarters of the African Union, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and many other regional offices for a number of international organisations.

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DWTC’s new free zone to be up early

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Dubai World Trade Centre’s One Central has completed the last phase of its commercial and retail development ahead of schedule. With the release of 742,000 square feet of Grade A office space, the commercial and retail component is now complete and brings the total completed commercial and retail space in One Central to 1.72 million square feet, complete with a four-level basement of 4,380 parking spaces. The rapid pace of development of Dubai’s newest free zone business district reaffirms DWTC’s role as a destination developer and is set to further draw international businesses to set up base in Dubai. One Central offers an inter-connected space, seamlessly integrating offices, retail, residences, hotels and a wide variety of F&B offerings to DWTC’s mega-events venue and the wider city through a world-class transportation network. The next phase for development is AccorHotels’ 25-hours Hotel Dubai One Central, scheduled to be completed by June 2020. The hotel will be making its regional debut of the German hospitality brand outside Europe, and will be the largest brand in the world with 434 rooms. The hotel will feature a mix of modern rooms and suites with an eclectic mix of arabesque design elements. Once completed, One Central development will be a new urban destination with commercial office, retail, hospitality, residential, car park and open green spaces. Hotel accommodation will range from affordable hospitality, perfect for corporate stays, to premium accommodation for the leisure traveller. Gurjit Singh, Senior Vice President — Real Estate, DWTC said, “Through place making and place management, we have created a new top-of-mind vibrant urban destination with One Central, one that offers a competitive advantage with excellent locational connectivity. It is designed to address …

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Gloria Hotels re-brands itseself as Two Seasons

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Al Ghaith Holdings has decided to re-brand its hospitality product Gloria Hotel to Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments under the management of Two Seasons Hotel Management LLC with effect from January 2019. The Two Seasons brand emphasises quality throughout its services, while the hotel offers comfortable accommodation in Dubai for travelling executives, families, holidaymakers as well as long-staying guests. The property has undergone substantial refurbishments from lobby to rooms to improve the product standards as well as in generating attractive selling points. The refurbishments have breathed a new life into the hotel and provide the new brand name with a strong foundation to reposition in the market. Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments boasts 1,010 rooms and suites in a prime location directly opposite to Dubai Internet City metro station. Apart from accommodation facilities, the key factor will be friendly and caring staff to exceed guests’ expectations. The new brand will still be an alcohol-free property but applying ‘BYO’ system. The concept of Two Seasons Hotel is determined as cutting-edge, trendy, funky and charming — echoes a new season of lifestyle hotels start up. Two Seasons Management Company is planning to launch brand new hotels in Dubai and Morocco in the coming two years which will include Hotel Deluxe Apartments, Beach Resort and Lifestyle Boutique Hotel. Freddy Farid, Managing Director, Two Seasons Hotel Management LLC, said, “The creation of our home-grown brand and the upgrading of our current property will enhance our guest interaction by offering personalised service and quality standard to our customers.”

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