DXB Takes Over Top Spot For International Passenger Traffic

Dubai Airports today released its year-end traffic report which confirm that Dubai International Airport, DXB, has secured its position as the number one airport for international passenger numbers. Full year passenger numbers totalled 70,475,636, up 6.1 percent from the 66,431,533 recorded in 2013.

This followed robust passenger traffic growth of 7.5 percent in December with 6,498,573 passengers passing through the facility compared to 6,047,126 recorded in the corresponding month the previous year.

“This historic milestone is the culmination of over five decades of double-digit average growth that were inspired by the vision of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It is a vision that has been carried forward strongly by our leader, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,” said H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Emirates Group, and Chairman of Dubai Airports.

He added, “The shared goal is to make Dubai a global centre of aviation and we are nearing that goal thanks to an open skies policy, a friendly business environment, Dubai’s growing attractiveness as a centre for trade, commerce and tourism, growing network connectivity due to the rapid expansion of Emirates and flydubai and timely investment in aviation infrastructure.” Aircraft movements in December rose 4 percent to 34,136, up marginally from the 32,832 recorded during December 2013. Full year aircraft movements totalled 357,339 compared to 369,953 in 2013, a contraction of 3.4 percent, primarily due to the temporary reduction of flights experienced during the 80 day runway refurbishment project during the summer, and the shift of freighter operators and general aviation to Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) earlier this year. Spurred by an ongoing increase in the number of wide bodied aircraft servicing the airport, the numbers of passengers per flight increased 5.1 percent to 208.3 passengers for the full year.

For the full year 2014, the top market for growth in passenger volumes was Western Europe (+1,192,831 passengers) closely followed by the Indian Subcontinent (+936,449), Asia (+716,180) and North America (+432,597). In terms of percentage growth in 2014, Eastern Europe (+21.0 percent) was the strongest market followed by North America (18.6 percent), Asia (12.6 per cent), Australasia (9.2 percent) and Western Europe (8.8 percent).

New Abra Service Casts Off In Capital

The epitome of Dubai’s sophisticated nightlife, Blends at The Address Dubai Marina is offering guests a 50% discount on all house beverages, serving as the perfect setting for a great night out.
Days: Every Sunday and Monday
Time: 4pm to 2am

Tuesday Tab Night
Enjoy five house beverages for just AED 100 available all night! Ladies will receive three complimentary signature blends that will be offered from 6pm to 12am. Check in to the city’s must-visit hotspot and enjoy the freshest beats with exclusive guest DJs.
Days: Every Tuesday



Price: AED 100 for five house beverages; ladies receive three free selected cocktails from 6pm to 12am

Ladies Night @ Blends
The ultra-stylish venue offers a paramount experience for the perfect night out. Ladies will receive complimentary beverages with an extended happy hour. Crafted especially for the ladies, Blends provides a chic retreat from the bustle of the city.
Days: Every Thursday
Time: 4pm to 3am

Price: Entrance for ladies and couples are free and AED 100 after 10pm for single gents. Free selected cocktails for ladies from 8pm to 12 midnight whilst men can enjoy the two-for-the-price-of-one including house beverages available from 4pm to 9pm

Friday’s @Blends
Enjoy the latest beats with a fusion of commercial and radio hits creating an upbeat ambiance within the chic décor. Ladies will receive complimentary beverages with an extended happy hour.
Days: Every Friday
Time: 4pm to 3am

Price: Entrance for ladies and couples are free and AED 100 after 10pm for single gents. Free selected cocktails for ladies from 8pm to 12 midnight while men can enjoy the two-for-the-price-of-one including house beverages available from 4pm to 9pm

Live Sports
Live Sports at Blends caters to all sport fanatics who can catch the latest sporting action
Date: Daily
Time: as per game schedul

Saturday Promotion
Price: Every Saturday, purchase a bottle of house vintage for AED 100, a bucket of a selected beverage for AED 100 or a jug of select concoctions for AED 100.
Time: 4pm – 2am

Blends Lounge
The premium beverage lounge is perfect for those who enjoy the art of pairing some of the finest selected beverages with our delicately prepared cuisines. Perfect for all times of the day; whether for lunch, after work or just catching up with friends expect a delightful experience in an intimate warm setting infused with jazz melodies.
Days: Daily
Time: 4pm – 2am
Price: A la carte


Ladies Night
The Address Marina welcomes all ladies to Shades every Wednesday to enjoy the picturesque views of Dubai’s shimmering night scene. Our “chill out” lounge is the perfect place to sit back, relax and take in the stunning views of Dubai, setting the scene for a stylish evening any night of your week.
Days: Every Wednesday
Offer: 3 complimentary house beverages
Time: 7pm to 10pm

Happy Hour
Shades, the trendy restaurant and lounge, is giving friends and family a unique opportunity to unwind in an exquisite atmosphere for the perfect evening out with great entertainment. Discounts of up to 50% are also available on select house beverages from the menu.
Days: Daily
Time: 5pm to 8pm

Geldof To Perform At The Irish Village

Bob Geldof will be appearing live in concert at the Irish Village on Friday 13th March 2015, joining his fans and Dubai’s Irish community, to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

The legendary Irish musician who will be performing a selection of his solo and Boomtown Rats classic hits, is appearing in Dubai courtesy of the Transguard Group, the sponsors of the gig.


Geldof performed last year at the Irish Village to the delight of thousands of fans. Traditionally the concert is the major highlight of the venue’s annual three-day festival celebrating St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

“I have been coming to Dubai for the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations since 2006, so this will be my ninth visit. Having the gig on Friday the 13th doesn’t phase me in the slightest. Last year, although the rain was ‘persistent’, we still managed to jam into the early hours courtesy of a makeshift stage and plenty of Irish spirit. So whatever the weather, this year is going to be a great craic as well,” said Geldof.

As one of the world’s best-known and, indeed, best-loved humanitarians and CSR (corporate social responsibility) advocates, Geldof has always made time to support a number of CSR projects initiated by Dubai-based Transguard Group and this year will be no different.

“Bob always takes a keen interest in our CSR initiatives. He has a serious message but manages to put it across so casually, it really resonates with people from many different cultures and backgrounds. He really is a great inspiration,” said Transguard Managing Director John Nolan.

“Geldof showed particular interest in Christel House a school for underprivileged children in Bangalore India, which Transguard has supported for many years,” said Nolan.

The concert and the associated events around Geldof’s visit are organized on behalf of Transguard by MJP Marketing & Events.

Dubai Classics Encores With First Ever UAE Performance Of Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, And Closes With World-Renowned Moscow Virtuosi

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, Dubai Classics is making a resounding return to the Emirate with two of the world’s leading critically acclaimed orchestras.

Hosted in collaboration with M Premiere and Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), Dubai Classics will host the world-famous Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time in the UAE, and the UNESCO Artist for Peace, violinist and conductor Maestro Vladimir Spivakov with his Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra across two harmonious nights, running from February 19 – 20 at DWTC.

The UK-based Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is hailed as one of the greatest orchestras of modern times, plucking at the heart-strings of audiences throughout the generations for nearly 70 years. The orchestra will play under the guidance of the famed Italian conductor, Alessandro Fabrizi, best-known for his unique passion for melding classical music with the study of neuroscience, and will be showcasing unrivalled classics from Beethoven to Mozart, Dvořák and Barber, to contemporary masters Sibelius and the film music of John Williams. Their performance in Dubai marks the first time the orchestra has come to the region, and is expected to see sell-out crowds on Thursday 19th February.

Ian Maclay, Managing Director of the Royal Philharmonic, added:

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“It’s a real pleasure being invited to perform in Dubai, one of the world’s most innovative cities. The Orchestra has performed on many world stages and I’m sure this experience will be one of the most memorable.”

Celebrating its 35th anniversary with a world tour, the Moscow Virtuosi is one of the most celebrated orchestras around the world, recognised by The New York Times as “First-class string performers brought to perfection by Maestro Spivakov.”. Led by its prolific founder, chief conductor, and UNESCO’s Artist for Peace 2006, Vladimir Spivakov, the orchestra is a favorite feature of the International Music Festival in Colmar, France. The orchestra’s 35 world-class instrumentalists, made up of top-ranking soloists from the great orchestras of Russia, will take the stage in Dubai to share a selection of classical masterpieces by Mozart, Tchaikovski, Rossini, Piazzolla, on Friday 20th February.

Vladimir Spivakov explained;

“In our 35th anniversary year, our world tour will reach more countries and more people than ever before, showcasing the range and beauty of many of our favourite composers, particularly Tchaikovsky. Every member of our orchestra is excited to meet and inspire both existing fans in Dubai but also those who may be hearing their very first concert orchestra.”

On behalf of the organizing team, who are celebrating bringing Dubai Classics back after a highly successful first 2014 season, Ahmed Alkhaja, Senior Vice President – Venues, DWTC commented:

“Our inaugural Dubai Classics held last year saw our concert hall packed with fans of all backgrounds and ages to relish the classical sounds of world-famous artists. We are increasingly finding a rich appetite for diverse events that touch a cultural cord among residents and visitors alike, and we are proud to usher in the new wave of live events to the region.”

Commenting on the partnership, Evgeniy Morozov, CEO, M Premiere said:

“Music is the most versatile universal language, making its relevance especially important for the multi-cultural mix in the UAE. The Philharmonic Orchestra and Moscow Virtuosi led by Vladimir Spivakov are each worthy of their own festivals – having them together over two eventful nights marks a milestone in Dubai’s music scene, and a must-attend weekend for classical music devotees or orchestral newcomers.”

Tickets are now available, with starting prices from AED 350. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://platinumlist.net/.


Nominations Now Open For The C4F Davos Awards – Communications For Future Awards Of The World Communications Forum Davos

Starting January 15, 2015, qualified nominators may submit their respective nominations for this year’s global Communication for Future Davos Award (C4F Davos Award). The C4F Davos is awarded as part of the World Communication Forum Davos (WFC Davos). This prestigious award recognizes outstanding experts with strong influence on the improvement of communications and with truly effective contribution in fostering new trends for the development of the communication industry worldwide.

‘It is the first global award in communications given to personalities rather than agencies or cases. We are proud to have had nominees and winners from Germany, Italy, India, China, USA, Poland and other countries last year and we look forward to welcome this year’s nominees’, comments Irina Zolotarevych, C4F Davos Awards Director, WCFDavos Committee member, CEO of Pleon Talan (Ketchum).

Yanina Dubeykovskaya, Chair of WCFDavos Coordination Committee, adds: ‘Our key mission is to form the guidelines for the communication industry, to support professionals who managed to break-through and foresee the next step in the development of transparency and connectivity. We believe that nowadays communication is the main driver of global changes’.

nnDuring the next four weeks, the national associations and awards’ organizing committees will be able to propose candidates. Our partners include the top names in the national communication awards like The Silver Archer (Russia), BAPRA Bright Awards (Bulgaria), and many others. Additionally, members of C4F Davos Awards Board, WCFDavos Board members, as well as former winners of the C4F Davos Awards can nominate candidates.

Nomination form is provided upon request.

The C4F Davos Award 2015 will select the best nominees by evaluating their creative approach and innovative vision of the future of communications. The Jury is composed of winners of C4F Davos Awards and leaders of the communication market.

C4F Davos Award will be granted in seven nominations:
• Titan of the Future (awarded to true global leaders who are creative in every aspect, available 24/7, and committed to maintaining high business and ethical standards)
• Image of the Future (awarded to professionals who develop the future visual communications)
• Media of the Future (awarded to those who foresee the next step in media development)
• Relations of the Future (awarded to professionals in reputation, crisis, and CSR management)
• Idea of the Future (awarded to specialists who communicate innovations that do not exist yet).
• Grand Davos Award (awarded to key figures of the industry for the their outstanding contributions to the development of communications)

Within the four years of its existence, C4F Award has managed to become a contest respected in both the European and worldwide communications community. Over the years, the awards have been granted to many of the industry’s gurus like Paul Holmes, founder of the Holmes Report; Maksim Behar, ICCO vice-president, CEO and chairman of the board at Ì3 Communications Group (Bulgaria); Gianni Catalfamo, CEO at Digital&Social Media Leadership boutique cc:catalfamo (Italy), James Gillies, Head of Communication in CERN (The European Organization for Nuclear Research) (UK), Anne Villemoes (http://www.forumdavos.com/people/120/Anne+Villemoes), Head of Corporate Communications at Danish Crown (Denmark).