Enjoy Fun March At The Beach With Exciting Attractions On Offer

This March, enjoy the lovely weather by the ocean with great attractions at THE BEACH.

​The rhythmic beats of the ‘Sunset Drum Circle’ at twilight led by Dubai Drums sets the tone for a relaxed evening with friends and family. Join the circle for a complimentary lesson while the setting sun plays to the mood.

Experience the lively ambience in ‘The Market at THE BEACH’ opposite JBR – now open through the weekend. Retailing a new set of quirky concepts including Lime Line and Dar Alyaza, The Market this month doubles up as a lovely seaside shopping venue. Visitors can now relish organic foods, take their pick of local produce, and browse through make-shift stores peddling handcrafted products, clothing and accessories.

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Starting today the venue will also feature an art market that’s complemented by outdoor 3D street art for the Dubai Canvas festival. Alleys within THE BEACH are transformed, displaying the works of renowned street artist Kurt Wenner and a host of others from all over the globe. The week-long festival until 7 March encourages passers-by to contribute to painting a street style installation with a fit-for-purpose car parked within.

Through the week, an art section runs classes from 4pm to 10pm with two 20-minute sessions every hour for children from 4-8 years. In addition, a 50-minute session is also held every hour for the 9-12 year age group. Each session accommodates up to 20 children.

Dubai’s Cruise Tourism Business Hits New High

Dubai Cruise Tourism today announced that Dubai’s cruise season saw its busiest month so far in January 2015. The cruise terminals in Mina Rashid welcomed over 30 ship calls, bringing over 150,000 cruise tourists to the emirate in just one month, including 26 hub ship calls from four cruise lines. Mina Rashid also accommodated five cruise ships at the same time on two occasions in January – a first in the terminal’s history – as well as welcoming Cunard’s Queen Mary 2, the largest cruise ship to call in the GCC.

Hamad bin Mejren, Executive Director, Dubai Tourism, said: “January was a busy month for Dubai’s cruise industry and we’ve reached some real milestones and made significant progress towards our targets. In 2014, Dubai received 358,000 passengers from 94 cruise ship calls, and the forecast for 2015 stands at 425,000 cruise tourists from 115 ship calls. With the total figure for January 2015 alone at 150,000 visitors, we’re confident that our 2015 target is achievable.”

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January 2015 saw major cruise lines visit Dubai, including Costa, Aida, TUI, MSC, Cunard, Phoenix Reisen, Fred Olsen and Holland America. The busiest week was 25-31 January with a total of ten ships in port. For the first time in its history, Mina Rashid twice catered to five cruise ships at the same time – on 10 and 31 January – representing approximately 50,000 cruise tourists. The Cruise Tourism Department arranged for a grand ceremony to welcome these international tourists with live band performances as well as entertainment events for all ages.

Mr bin Mejren commented further: “We’ve had a successful cruise season so far and we have further growth forecasted for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. The new terminal has enabled us to welcome even more ships than we’ve been able to in the past and this will have a significant impact on our cruise visitor figures.”

The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal, inaugurated on 11 December 2014, is the world’s largest and most modern covered cruise facility, enabling award-winning Mina Rashid to handle complete passenger turnaround of five cruise vessels simultaneously, accounting for more than 25,000 passengers.

Dubai’s cruise offering features regular sailings out of the emirate, including five-, seven- and 14-night itineraries in the Gulf, while international cruise itineraries also set off from Dubai. Cruise travellers are able to enjoy a wide range of luxurious facilities on board, including a choice of restaurants, a wide range of sports as well as entertainment and activities for all the family. Cruises from Dubai can be booked via the cruise line websites or through numerous leading travel agents in UAE.

Street Life At Madinat Jumeirah

On March 18-21 you are invited to experience a unique urban art project at Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah.

STREET LIFE is a colourful blend of nightclub vibes, cutting edge video art, world class hip-hop and break dancers and digital art.

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Featuring music by Macklemore, Lil Wayne, Avicii and Clean Bandit, STREET LIFE takes the raw energy of street dance, combines it with digital art and high-end production values, resulting in a 70 minute adrenaline rush of pure dance and music.

Created and directed by Madinat Theatre manager Joseph Fowler and choreographed by Guillaume Lorentz and famous Hey Crew from France, STREET LIFE brings the best of urban art forms together at Madinat Jumeirah.

Event Name: STREET LIFE

Ticket Prices:

Stalls Rows A ­ F: AED 200

Stalls Rows G ­ Q: AED 180

Balcony: AED 160

Performance Dates & Times:

Wednesday 18th March at 8pm

Thursday 19th March at 8pm

Friday 20th March at 3pm & 8pm

Saturday 21st March at 7pm

 

The Oscars, Live And Exclusively On OSN

With the Oscars just around the corner, viewers can see all the action, live and at the same time it airs in the US, exclusively on OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network.

As the home of blockbuster movies and series, OSN will broadcast the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on OSN Movies Festival HD, on February 23, 2015. It will be the first time that a broadcaster is providing such comprehensive coverage of the ceremony, with over 7 hours of live broadcast including red-carpet arrivals, the red-carpet walk and the awards ceremony.

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In addition, OSN will also host the massively popular Live from the Red Carpet, with Juliana Rancic, only on E!

As the excitement builds for the ceremony, OSN viewers are in for a treat as OSN Movies Festival HD is screening past Oscar nominated and winning titles, every night. Titles will include blockbuster releases like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, to name a few.

Khulud Abu Homos, OSN’s Executive Vice President for programming and creative services said, “This year’s Academy Awards show is guaranteed to be a night of high-wire tension after a year of blockbuster movies in 2014. Critics are likely to be left guessing until the very last moment on who will pick up the coveted best picture award, as epic movie successes like Boyhood, Birdman and American Sniper battle it out. We at OSN are excited to be the region’s first network to bring such a spectacular event to our viewers live and exclusive.”

In the running for the award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ is Steve Carell for his captivating role as John E. du Pont, in the American biographical drama Foxcatcher. The film is based on the tragic events surrounding multimillionaire wrestling enthusiast, Du Pont, in his efforts to train a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Foxcatcher will be screened on OSN Movies Box Office HD from 20th February. Also, hoping to clinch the same award are Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Other nominated movies currently available on OSN include Whiplash, The Judge and Gone Girl, to name a few.

MENA Golf Tour Patron Darren Clarke Appointed 2016 Ryder Cup Captain

‘golf in DUBAi’ have joined the sporting world in congratulating and celebrating the appointment of MENA Golf Tour Patron, Darren Clarke, as Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA.

“Darren is special and one whose charismatic personality transcends his sport and his appeal crosses all demographics This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for a golfer who was a mainstay on five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams from 1997,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.

“We are fortunate to have such a phenomenal player as the Patron of the MENA Golf Tour, who shares our belief that the region has the potential to create significant growth opportunities for the emerging talent,” added Buamaim, who is also Chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.

“His elevation to the Ryder Cup captaincy will certainly resonate on the MENA Golf Tour as he will be mentoring its members who are an integral part of stimulating and sustaining the growth of the game in the region.

“On behalf of ‘golf in DUBAi’ and members of the MENA Golf Tour, I wish him the very best and hope the team will continue its amazing winning streak under his astute leadership skills,” he said.

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Clarke delivered a shining example of a team-man when he famously helped Europe to victory at the K Club in 2006 just weeks after the death of his wife Heather, a clutch performance making him a living legend of the game.

And it came as no surprise when a five-man committee made up of the last three captains, European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady and former Ryder Cup player David Howell rubber stamped their choice at Wentworth on Wednesday.

A palpable excitement will be in the air when Clarke, who is one of the world’s most recognisable golfers, attends MENA Golf Tour events later this year and shares his knowledge with the region’s talent.

“We look forward to his strategic input in attracting more people to play the game because we have some of the best facilities in the world here,” said Buamaim.

Playing on the MENA Golf Tour has its own unique advantages for players aiming to graduate to a new level. Attractive prize funds, guaranteed spots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the DUBAi Open are good enough incentives for the players to join the tour.

Exemptions into the final stage of the Asian Tour’s Q-School for the top three professionals and a reserved spot for the top professional in the Hassan II Trophy, a European Tour event, are some of the other benefits for MENA Golf Tour members.

There is plenty to play for on the MENA Golf Tour. With the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain at the helm of an ambitious drive, players will not be short on motivation. Certainly, a welcome boost for the Tour.