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Dubai, a leading destination for business at IBTM World 2019

Dubai showcased its diverse business events offerings and capabilities at IBTM World in Barcelona held on November 19-21, 2019. Dubai Business Events (DBE) is once again leading Dubai’s strong presence at the trade show, joined by key partners and stakeholders as they collectively continue to grow the city’s business events sector, a key contributor to tourism and the wider economy. IBTM World has welcomed over 13,000 industry professionals, providing a business platform to promote Dubai’s qualities as a host city for meetings, conferences, and corporate incentive travel programmes during one of the largest trade events globally. Among the co-exhibitors joining DBE at IBTM World are Expo 2020 Dubai, showcasing the opportunities for meeting planners to host their events at the site or include visits into their itineraries, as well as 20 other key partners and co-exhibitors including Jumeirah Group, Dubai World Trade Centre and Nakheel, presenting the city’s world-class infrastructure and event capabilities across a variety of industries including hospitality, attractions and venues. Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said, “Our robust presence at IBTM World, along with valued stakeholders and partners from across the city, is testament to the level of importance we place on promoting the city’s business events offering, and the crucial role this segment plays in our wider tourism strategy. DBE will continue to engage with business events professionals from around the globe to highlight the city’s capabilities in hosting business events of all sizes, and to put the spotlight on opportunities for knowledge sharing.”

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Dubai all set for a successful cruise season

Dubai has stepped up its drive to attract more cruise travellers to further strengthen its position as a leading ‘cruise hub of the region’. The upcoming 2019-2020 season is expected to welcome more than 200 ship calls and an estimated one million cruise visitors. The upcoming season will see an increased efforts to promote cruise tourism in the region by the Dubai Cruise Committee which is comprised of leading industry partners; Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), DP World UAE Region, operator of the Mina Rashid, Emirates Airlines, The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs – Dubai, and Dubai Customs. Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and Managing Director, DP World, UAE Region, said, “Cruise tourism is steadily increasing its contribution towards making Dubai a multi-faceted leisure destination for international travellers. DP World, UAE Region is committed to developing Dubai’s cruise industry to its maximum potential.” Mohammed Abdul Aziz Al Mannai, CEO-P&O Marinas & Executive Director, Mina Rashid, said, “Mina Rashid’s status as the premier cruise port of the region is reflected in not just the number of tourists sailing in on an annual basis, but more importantly, the rising number of cruise liners making this their preferred homeport.” Hamad Bin Mejren, Senior Vice President, Dubai Tourism, said, “Dubai has continued to strengthen its position as the leading cruise hub in the region, and is now the preferred destination for cruise travellers looking to experience the diversity of Dubai’s tourism offerings including the Arabian hospitality, culture and heritage. We anticipate successful season ahead with the arrival of TUI Cruises’ Mein Schiff 5, marking a significant step in our efforts to promote Dubai as a ‘must-visit’ cruise destination.”

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Dubai remains fourth most visited city in the world: Mastercard’s GDCI 2019

Dubai has retained its position as the fourth most visited city in the world for the fifth year in a row, according to Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) 2019.  The city welcomed 15.93 million international overnight visitors last year. The UAE’s capital, Abu Dhabi, was ranked as the fastest growing city in the Middle East and Africa, with a Compound Annual Growth Rate of 16.7 per cent between 2009 and 2018 in overnight arrivals. “As the most attractive destination in the Middle East and Africa region for international visitors, Dubai connects people from all over the world with a diverse range of offerings for leisure and business travellers alike. As the official payment technology partner for Expo 2020, we look forward to delivering experiences to millions of visitors from across the globe as Dubai hosts the largest event ever staged in the region,” said Girish Nanda, General Manager, UAE & Oman, Mastercard. Sanjive Khosla, Chief Commercial Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, “Dubai continues to flourish as a world-class destination for both leisure and business travellers – as demonstrated by its status as the planet’s fourth most visited city in Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index 2019.”

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Dubai South to highlight key role of Dubai’s advanced connectivity in global trade

In line with its commitment to play a key role in further advancing Dubai’s leadership in global trade and e-commerce, Dubai South brought to the spotlight the emirate’s advanced logistics connectivity and innovation among a global network of transport, logistics, mobility, IT and supply chain management companies when it participated at the Transport Logistic Exhibitions in Munich from June 4 to 7, 2019. It showcased major projects under Dubai South’s Logistics District which provide various business solutions. Dubai continues to lead globally in terms of attracting foreign direct investments (FDI) as it increased by 41% in 2018, valued at AED 38.5 billion considering its pioneering efforts in innovation and digital transformation. From 2015 to 2018, the emirate has attracted a total of USD 21.6 billion worth of FDI in advanced technology transfers. It also continues to surpass leading economies such as the US, UK and South Korea in the Smart Service Index, having achieved sixth position in the global rankings. Dubai South’s multi model Logistics District provides seamless access to seaports, airports and major roads, reflecting its advanced connectivity and flexibility. It has created various solutions such as ready-to-occupy and built-to-suit options for various types of business operations such warehouses and distribution centers.  As well offering various office solutions through its facilities at The Business Park, a complex of 11 modern buildings equipped with state-of-the art amenities just right at the entrance of Dubai South. Commenting on the participation, Mohsen Ahmad, CEO, Dubai South’s Logistics District, said, “Participating at the Transport Logistic Exhibitions brings a lot of enthusiasm for Dubai South as we anticipate positive responses to our latest projects in the Logistics District. These initiatives are designed to offer …

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Emirates headed for busy travel weekend ahead of Eid break

Emirates anticipates a busy weekend ahead of the Eid holiday with heavy traveller volumes to and from Dubai. The busiest time for departures in Terminal 3 will be on May 31 with over 80,000 passengers travelling abroad. Customers are reminded to arrive at the airport at least three hours before their flight departure to avoid any delays. Peak travel is expected to continue until June 3, 2019 with over 309,000 Emirates passengers travelling from Dubai during this period of time. With expected traffic congestion around Terminal 3, and road works continuing to cause traffic delays around main airport highways and roads during this time – Emirates urges customers to build in extra time for their journeys to avoid potential delays. Passengers can physically check in at the airport as early as 24 hours before flight departure, and are requested to check in no later than two hours prior to departure, regardless of class of travel. Customers who check in less than 60 minutes prior to their scheduled flight departure will not be accepted for travel. Customers can also check in online on both their desktops and mobile devices from 48 hours to 90 minutes before flight departure. In addition to online check-in services, Emirates also offers convenient car park check-in facilities. Customers can use these to check in and drop off their luggage. Alternatively, customers heading to Emirates Terminal 3 can choose to drop their luggage at one of the 46 dedicated bag drop counters in Economy Class or separate counters in First Class and Business Class from six hours to 90 minutes prior to departure. Families travelling with small children can use dedicated Family counters in Check in Zone …

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Deutsche Hospitality announces first Jaz in the City hotel in Dubai

A new hotel brand to the region was announced by Deutsche Hospitality, as the group gets set to launch the first Jaz in the City hotel in Deira, Dubai in 2022. Serving as a home away from home for music-aficionados of all genres, Jaz in the City places music in the spotlight through DJ sets and live acts, sweet sound installations, carefully compiled all-day play lists and Jaz Radio Stream, Recording Studio as well as music-minded staff and a dedicated Corporate Curator. Jaz in the City Dubai will be located within the Deira Enrichment Project under development by Ithra Dubai, a fully owned subsidiary of Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD). It will comprise of 253 guest rooms, 234 Intune rooms (standard), 13 Bass rooms (junior suites) and six Offbeat rooms (one-bedroom suites). It will also encompass a range of F&B offerings that include Soul Food Restaurant, Grill Bar & Restaurant, Hotspot Pool Bar and unique Jazz’ Roof Bar as well as an all-day dining outlet and Lobby Café. Meeting rooms and a dedicated well-being area will also be available to guests. Leading German hotel company, Deutsche Hospitality, announced its assertive worldwide expansion plans, aiming to grow its global portfolio from 150 to 250 properties by 2024. The Middle East will play a major part in this growth, with plans to introduce new hotels in UAE, Oman and Saudi Arabia within the next year. Renowned for providing international hospitality of the highest professional level and combining the finest of German hotelier passion with international flair, Deutsche Hospitality is currently present in the Middle East with two Steigenberger and five IntercityHotel hotels. In addition, Deutsche Hospitality has also announced a complete relaunch …

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Paramount Hotel Dubai to open doors in Q3 2019

Paramount Hotel Dubai, the first-ever property of Paramount Hotels and Resorts in the Middle East, is set to open in the third quarter of 2019. Developed using the same bold imagination, inspiring talent and creative process that has been perfected over Paramount Pictures’ 105-year history, the Paramount Hotel Dubai, located in Business Bay, is synonymous with entertainment and creativity. Offering timeless Hollywood elegance and an innovative guest experience, the hotel brings to life the contemporary Californian magic with their studio-inspired entertainment, sophisticated design, gourmet dining experiences, luxury shopping options, spa and additional world-class amenities. Following the true spirit of a movie set, the hotel staff are actually called ‘Paramount Cast Members’, for instance – the General Manager for the hotel is known as the Director. Transporting guests to the sets of Paramount Pictures’ timeless classics, Cast Members embody the different characters as they adapt and improvise off the service script to promise an impeccable experience. In true Hollywood spirit, the hotel houses 823 rooms and suites grouped into Studio, Scene and Stage Guest Rooms; Premiere Paramount Suites; one Producer Suite which comes with a private screening room and private hammam; and themed suites taking inspiration from Paramount Pictures. All 69 floors of the hotel have exclusive never seen before, behind-the-scenes photography from their movies. A true production, Paramount Hotel Dubai features exciting elements such as immersive video walls in the lobby, Paramount Screening Room, a Californian Pool Deck, PAUSE – a Wellness and Fitness Center, state of the art meetings and events facilities as well as their signature co-working Work/Play suites.

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Two Seasons introduces an international living concept to cater to dynamic needs of travellers’

Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments Dubai is set to reveal updates on its four new upcoming properties at Arabian Travel Market (ATM) currently underway. The introduction of new living concepts was inspiration behind the foundation of Two Seasons Hotel Management Company — the one that reflects the ever-changing trends towards the specialisation of hospitality products catering to a variety of travellers including corporate guests, business and leisure groups, families and children, long-term guests and independent travellers. The Two Seasons brand represents deluxe hotels and guarantees guests fine accommodation, excellent services and unique atmosphere. The creation of the home-grown brand will certainly enhance guest interaction by offering personalised services and quality standards to guests. Following the same concept and guideline as the first hotel of the brand, Two Seasons Hotel & Apartments in Al Barsha boasts of 188 stylish lifestyle hotel rooms and is expected to open by 2021 with a swimming pool, all-day dining restaurant and a health club. New Seasons Resort and Spa in Dakhla City, Morocco boasts of a beachfront location and will house 120 supreme luxury rooms and suites, along with 24 villas of two-, three- and four-bedrooms. The resort is expected to open by 2022 and falls under a new concept of luxurious, trendy and charming that echoes a new season of lifestyle hotel start up. New Seasons Boutique Hotel, Rabat City, Morocco is a lifestyle property that will have 24 elegant and stylish units and suites with an organic farm is located in the capital of Rabat. Expected to open by 2022, this hotel also falls under a new concept of luxurious, trendy and charming that echoes a new season of lifestyle hotels start-up.

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Dubai ranks first in Middle East and ninth in world’s top maritime capitals in 2019

Dubai has moved up in the ranking of the world’s top 10 maritime capitals in 2019, the latest in its string of achievements that has made the emirate a globally competitive maritime hub. The emirate took the 9th spot this year, up from its 10th rank in 2017, according to a recent report issued by Menon Economics and DNV GL, the global organization that specializes in benchmarking top maritime capitals of the world. The report surveyed 200 experts and high-profile officials from leading maritime companies worldwide. Around 40 per cent of the experts were from Europe, 30 per cent from Asia, and 30 per cent from the US, Middle East, and Africa. H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DP World; Chairman of Ports, Customs & Free Zone Corporation and Chairman of DMCA, said, “We are delighted to achieve this new global achievement that demonstrates the progress of the maritime sector in Dubai led with a leadership vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, and his support to the industry and keen efforts to enable our teams to achieve better results in all areas related to the maritime sector. I would also like to thank the DMCA team for its work and dedication to ensure improved local maritime services at all levels.”    

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Dubai to host world-class musical events and festivals

Dubai’s annual entertainment calendar ushers in world-class international musical events and festivals – from unmissable concerts to stunning stage shows and legendary live performances, all weaving together a cultural tapestry that is unique to the city. The city’s buzzing music scene will once again come to life with non-stop entertainment and thrilling live acts this April. With Dubai Calendar’s top picks of musical entertainment, one can discover new sounds from across the Middle East, South Africa, and more this month. Dubai is set to host Wasla, the largest platform dedicated to Middle Eastern and North African musicians during its third edition this April. The music festival, derived from an Arab word used to describe a link or connection, is bringing its eclectic line-up to the city on April 5 with a specially curated set list of Arab artists including Massar Egbari, El Morabba3, Cairokee, 47Soul and Mashrou’ Leila. With an aim to bring together emerging talent from around the region to share a soulful stage, celebrating diversity, culture and alternative Arabism, Wasla is set to feature diverse cultural and artistic elements, with an array of great live entertainment and an immersive outdoor experience. Dubai is also warming up to host the Irish boy band, Boyzone, for the last time during a historical performance at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium on April 12. The band is set to rock the audience with tunes from their final album ‘Thank You & Goodnight’ as they celebrate 25 years of the band’s journey to fame. Additionally, singer-songwriter Ard Matthews of ‘Just Jinjer’ will share the stage with rock band Watershed at Dubai Opera on April 18, bringing the contemporary rock landscape to life …

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