DXB Named Airport Of The Year At Business Traveller ME Awards

Dubai International has recently been named Best Airport in the Middle East at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards, 2015.

Held in Dubai, the Awards are judged based on the feedback from frequent flyers and Business Traveller readers, many of whom regularly fly through Dubai International.


“We are very pleased to win this award as it amply demonstrates our efforts to consistently provide quality customer service to our passengers even as we have grown to achieve the title of the world’s number one airport for international traffic,” said Anita Mehra, Vice President, Communications and Business Development at Dubai Airports.

Business Traveller’s Best Airport in the Middle East category recognises the quality of services such as check-in facilities, accessibility and transport connection, luggage handling, security checks and customs as well as availability of meeting rooms, restaurants and shopping.

Dubai Airports continues to invest heavily in new facilities and services with a view to help ease passengers’ journeys through Dubai International while providing world class options for dining, shopping or relaxing. This includes the recent $1.2 billion investment in the construction of Concourse D, the expansion of Terminal 2, and the refurbishment of Terminal 1.

Concourse D will feature a wide range of food and beverage options, including some world renowned names, when it opens in the second half of 2015 to serve the 100 airlines that fly into DXB.

Omniyat Celebrates Completion Of The Binary In Business Bay

Omniyat, Dubai’s leading privately-held real estate development group that creates livable art, has received the Building Completion Certificate for The Binary by Omniyat, its third completed project in Business Bay. The project, which will add almost 500,000 square feet of commercial and retail space to Dubai, is now ready for handover.

Located at a vantage point opposite The Opus in Dubai’s Business Bay along the upcoming Dubai Creek development, the Binary boasts majestic views of Burj Khalifah, the creek and the Meydan Hotel. Reflecting Omniyat’s philosophy to create structures with a distinct visual identity, the exterior façade of the statuesque commercial tower is inspired by the binary code.

Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Omniyat group, said: “We are committed to Dubai’s vision of leading by design. Our newest commercial project – The Binary – is a perfect example of marrying functionality with bespoke form at the heart of Dubai’s prime locale. The completion of The Binary brings to life the evolving vision of Omniyat and sets the stage for exciting developments in the pipeline. It also gives us the opportunity to share this vision with the city that has served as the inspiration for our ambitious plans.”

“The Binary is a testimony of our commitment to excellence in design, architecture and our conviction in creating buildings that serve every need of the end user. The market has responded very favourably to all our projects in the pipeline and the completion of The Binary will add momentum to our developments.”

The handover of The Binary pegs the value of Omniyat’s ready projects at over AED3 billion, with an additional AED9 billion worth of projects currently under development bringing the total to AED 12 billion. These  have been designed to articulate the developer’s focus on generating superior value proposition and yielding high returns.

Commenting on the immediate market uptake to The Binary, Mark Phoenix, Managing Director of the Omniyat group, said: “The Binary is completely sold and the offices are ready to be leased.  Owing to its location opposite Omniyat’s upcoming project – The Opus by Zaha Hadid, which will feature a ME by Melia Hotel – will ensure that it appreciates in value to command a premium of 20-25 per cent over the market average for Business Bay.”

The building interiors boast an awe-inspiring four-storey lobby that offers access to sleek and well-illuminated public areas embellished with high quality gilding, as well as private alcoves and state-of-the-art offices.

The 29-floor structure comprises two connected 21-storey and 24-storey towers sitting above five podium levels, offering unique amenities including 15 ground floor retail shops and three  basement levels with 1,218 parking bays. Taking advantage of its superb location, the double-tower structure maximizes the waterside view and is conveniently serviced by seven elevators, a concierge, prayer rooms and washroom facilities in the main foyer.

The retail areas, upon completion of fit outs, will include cafes, restaurants, master chocolatier, florist, convenience store, pharmacy, and banks. Both tenants and visitors will be able to enjoy a complete business eco-system, crafted as the city’s new center point for meetings, shopping and entertainment.

The entire development is comprehensively managed by Omniyat’s Property Services Team, offering ultimate convenience to tenants and guaranteed  return on investment to owners.

For details, leasing enquiries or interest in buying units listed with the Omniyat group visit www.omniyat.com or call 800 666 to secure an appointment with an advisor at the Omniyat Sales Suite.

World Classical Music Series A Night Of Opera – It’s All About Love…

M Premiere in collaboration with The Dubai Concert Committee brings you the long awaited night of Opera “It’s all about love”. From Berlin to Moscow, Paris to New York. Famous love songs in German, Russian, French and English languages.

In the young generation of French singers, Edwin Crossley-Mercer is an outstanding baritone discovery. In 2007 he was an HSBC foundation award winner at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and won the 1st prize as best singer at the Lili and Nadia Boulanger International Voice Competition, Paris. Edwin Crossley-Mercer gives a larger-than-life performance every time he is on the stage thanks to the spring in his step, his enthusiastic vigor and his vocal perfection. His  flawless technique with rich timbre, powerful vocal projection and confirmed stage presence leaves a long-lasting impression in the audience.

Semjon Skigin – a world renowned pianist, Professor of role study, winner of numerous competitions and festivals and an artistic director of the Theatre Barge Music Festival in Dresden will accompany on the piano.

Event Date: 29 May 2015

Venue: The One&Only Royal Mirage, Royal Ballroom

Doors Open: 19:00 – Performance Starts: 20:00

Pricing: Gold Seating: AED 250 / Platinum Seating: AED 350 / VIP Seating: AED 550

Reservation: booking@mpremiere.com; info@mpremiere.com

Hotline: +97150 870 2674

Tickets at: www.platinumlist.net

Cruise Arabia Once Again Extends Its Middle East Footprint In Time For ATM 2015

The alliance formed between Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), The Oman Ministry of Tourism (Oman Tourism), and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), along with its newest partners Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA), and Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) is once again participating under the branding of “Cruise Arabia” the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) 2015, from the 4-7 of May at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Cruise Arabia’s growing alliance works as a unified partnership to develop strategies which enhance cruise line and cruise visitors’ experiences in the region. At this year’s ATM – the Middle East’s biggest and most important travel trade gathering – the five tourism authorities are working to promote the region as a whole to the industry and encourage further cruise ship arrivals to the area.

Based in the Cruise pavilion on stand CP2520, Cruise Arabia representatives will be engaging with travel professionals across the tourism sector, targeting traditional cruise markets in Europe and North America, as well as emerging markets such as China, India, and the GCC. The focus is on highlighting the rich destination offerings and the many benefits of cruise such as its family-friendly nature, the affordability of cruise travel – which starts at 450 USD per person for one week – and the breath of on-board activities, entertainment and leisure as travellers explore multiple destinations at a leisurely and relaxed pace.

Hamad bin Mejren, Senior Vice President of Dubai Tourism said: “Since the inception of this alliance in late 2013, we have received a warm welcome from the industry and stakeholders unanimously and we have started to see the successful result in driving cruise visitors to the region. The recent joining of two new regional partners, Qatar and Sharjah Tourism authorities, will take this alliance to new levels of strength. After our successful participation in Cruise Shipping Miami event in March 2015, ATM is the first mega regional event where Cruise Arabia is represented by five member destinations. With this growing collaboration, great strides are being taken to achieve our vision for the alliance – to unify efforts for positioning the region as the leading winter cruise destination in the world – is not too far.

“Looking at the past year in Dubai, we have seen the busiest cruise season to-date. This comes as no surprise due to the introduction of the new multi-entry UAE visit visa for cruise visitors which allows cruise visitors to enter all UAE ports by using one visa – this had a big impact on our key source markets such as India, China, Russia, Commonwealth of Independent States, South Africa, and Brazil. In 2014, Dubai received 358,000 passengers from 94 cruise ship calls, and our forecast for 2015 stands at 425,000 cruise tourists from 115 ship calls.

“We look forward to our work as partners in Cruise Arabia to see these positive results sustained and developed further, as we work on enhancing cruise tourism perception by raising awareness to the many attractions that the region has to offer.”

Sultan Al Dhaheri, Acting Executive Director Tourism, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said: “The forthcoming cruise season is expected to usher in a new era for our cruise ambitions with the opening of the new Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal and the return of some of the world’s leading cruise lines to our shores. At Arabian Travel Market, we will be extending an open invitation to the cruise industry to encourage regional home-porting vessels to Abu Dhabi. The emirate’s cruise sector has seen rapid development since first receiving luxury vessels in 2006, and with Abu Dhabi Ports’ development of the region’s first and only dedicated desert island cruise beach stopover in tandem with the opening of the new permanent cruise terminal, Abu Dhabi’s cruise tourism ambitions are coming to fruition and we are ready to stake a claim as a leading cruise tourism destination.”

His Excellency Issa bin Mohammed Al Mohannadi, Chairman of Qatar Tourism Authority, said: “The Cruise Arabia Alliance is a successful example of advancing regional cooperation for the shared benefits of our respective tourism industries. We are delighted to be working with Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and Oman to further grow regional cruise services, showcasing our marine life, harbours and cities.”

Cruise Arabia will be at the Cruise Pavilion on stand No: CP2520, alongside several public and private sector cruise partners such as DP World, in addition to tour operators Sharaf Tours, Gulf Ventures, and MSC Cruises, Wilhelmsen, Seamaster Maritime, Abu Dhabi Port Company (ADPC), Etihad Airways, and Celebrity Cruises.

The Arabian Gulf is among the world’s top winter sun cruise destinations, where guaranteed sunshine, majestic desert landscapes and futuristic cityscapes meet. It offers a must-experience cruise and tourism destination with great air connectivity that is only eight hours flight from two thirds of the world’s population. The five destinations bring together the best of what the gulf has to offer from world class attractions, hotels, retail, and culture, all the way to authentic Arabian experiences.

Jumeirah Restaurant Week 2015 Invites You On A Culinary Journey

Jumeirah Restaurant Group Dubai (JRG Dubai) and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts will host the fourth installment of Jumeirah Restaurant Week in the UAE from 14–23 May 2015.

The Spring 2015 edition features over 40 Jumeirah restaurants located in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, including Pierchic, Pai Thai and The Noodle House at Madinat Jumeirah, Junsui and Al Iwan at Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and The Ivy, The Rib Room and Alfie’s at Jumeirah Emirates Towers. Restaurants at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Jumeirah at Etihad Towers are also participating.

UAE residents are encouraged to re-discover favourite Jumeirah restaurants and sample new brands during this celebrated annual 10-day event, which offers diners three-course set menus showcasing the best of each restaurant’s cuisine at a very affordable price.

With over 40 menus and dining experiences to choose from across four tiers, JRW enables diners to create their own culinary journey to accompany all manner of dining occasions, from a business lunch to a romantic dinner, or a casual catch-up with friends to a birthday celebration.

Chris Lester, Group Executive Chef, JRG Dubai said: “We are very excited about Jumeirah Restaurant Week 2015, which is aimed at welcoming UAE residents and visitors to experience the best of what we offer at a great price. We hope you join us for lunch and dinner over the course of the week and look forward to sharing with you our variety of cuisines, from Italian to Indian, Seafood to Spanish, and Asian to American.

“Jumeirah Restaurant Week 2015 will also celebrate the UAE’s reputation as a culinary hub, a status JRG Dubai is very proud to contribute to as we focus on developing home-grown brands for the local and expatriate markets.”

The restaurants are grouped into four price tiers to offer customers a range of experiences, with set menus available at lunch and dinner. Culinary journeys at casual restaurants start at AED95 for three courses, premium casual restaurants are priced at AED 120, high-end restaurants offer three courses for AED 180, and three signature restaurants feature a special set menu at AED 370.

New in 2015, there will also be four grape packages available during Jumeirah Restaurant Week at all participating restaurants, selected by JRG Dubai’s Director of Beverage Ian McEvoy to ensure diners have a complete restaurant experience.