Top Spring Holiday Spots

To encourage residents of Kuwait to enjoy a family holiday this spring, British Airways’ holiday experts have put together a list of their top destinations that will suit parents and children for a quick getaway. The airline is also going a step further and launching a special fares spring campaign running from today 2 March and allowing for travel until the 30 June 2015.

According to holiday experts at British Airways, some of the best spring break holiday spots in 2015 include Los Angeles (California), Milan (Italy), Washington D.C (USA), Toronto (Canada) and the British Isles in Jersey (UK).

From action packed activities, iconic Hollywood glamour, picturesque beaches and world-class entertainment for all ages, Los Angeles has it all. “A trip to LA wouldn’t be complete without walking the famous Santa Monica boulevard and visiting the Pier, sampling the best Ice cream Sandwich ever in Westwood at Diddy Riese or chilling out in one of the many magnificent beaches” says Alex Perez, Destination Manager at British Airways Holidays. With direct flights to London from Kuwait daily and multiple flights from London to Los Angeles operating daily as well, don’t wait to book your Californian holiday with British Airways.

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Milan can often surprise visitors with how much it has to offer. Travellers from Kuwait can embrace fashion, art and history on their Italian city break. Susan Gellatley, Destination Manager at British Airways Holidays suggests: “For the fashion savvy, Milan is the perfect spot for shopping, whether you are looking for designer boutiques, bargains at outlet stores or hidden gems in the flea markets. Dining out in Milan is an exciting experience – grab a pizza at Roqus-Rosticceria Di Qualita Del Sud or sample delicious gelato at La Gelateria Della Musica.” With direct flights from London to Milan operating multiple times a week, customers can add in extra time to enjoy time the UK and then take a short flight to Milan.

Holidays in Washington D.C combine history and politics with an energetic nightlife, outstanding cuisine and beautiful parks and gardens. “Go beyond the popular landmarks such as the White House and the Pentagon and discover what this captivating city has to offer. Its diverse neighbourhoods mean that there is something for everyone, from the urban buzz of the Penn Quarter to the tranquillity of Woodley Park and the ‘around the clock’ character of the Adams Morgan area,” Alex Perez, Destination Manager at British Airways Holidays. British Airways operates a number of flights daily to the capital of the USA allowing customers excellent connections from Kuwait to London and onwards to Washington.

Toronto is the most populous city in a country known for maple syrup and hockey. Tips from Alex Perez, Destination Manager at British Airways Holidays for Toronto include driving to the Niagara Falls to see the mighty curtain of cascading waters and seeing the amazing views from Canada’s tallest building, the CNN Tower. Multiple daily connections from London to Canada every week allow passengers flying from Kuwait to enjoy a stopover in London and take in some of the UK city sights and shopping before flying onwards to Toronto.

Lastly, when considering a break to the UK, don’t overlook the island of Jersey. “Whether you’re looking for adventure or a chance to unwind, customers are certain to find it when visiting Jersey. A short flight from the mainland, choose from 27 glorious beaches, including the family favourite at St Brelade’s Bay, relax on scenic golf courses and dine in style at Michelin starred restaurants,” added Robyn Anderson, Destination Manager at British Airways Holidays. British Airways operates a daily flight to London Heathrow offering residents of Kuwait the opportunity to visit the UK for as little as KWD 167. As flights to Jersey operate from London Gatwick, residents of Kuwait can include a stopover in the capital of the UK before taking a connecting flight to Jersey.

The discounted air fares will be available across Club World and World Traveller cabins and allows for travel until 30 June 2015. Fares start from as little as KWD 167* from Kuwait to the UK and Europe, and KWD 266*to the USA and Canada. A full timetable of British Airways’ flights to London and beyond is available online at ba.com, where customers can find the lowest fares and book, pay and check-in online for their flights.

 

CNN Serves Up A Menu Of Top Chefs To Taste The Wonders Of World Cuisine

CNN International is celebrating world cuisine with a new series that explores a different destination each month through the dish that has helped put it on the map.

Starting on March 6, each episode of Culinary Journeys will feature a different world-renowned, respected chef on a journey to explore the cuisine of one of the world’s food hotspots. In each 30-minute show, this cookery travelogue broadcast on CNN International will see a chef leave the bustle of their own kitchen to discover the ingredients, techniques and heritage that contribute to a culinary experience in another country.

First up is Massimo Bottura, the three Michelin-star chef from Modena, Northern Italy, who combines inspiration from contemporary art with Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage to create dishes that play with Italian traditions. Bottura travels to London to explore the British art scene and visit one of the city’s most famous restaurants, St John, to meet the renowned chef Fergus Henderson. His ‘nose-to-tail’ approach to cooking – using as much of every animal as possible – has helped to shape the British capital’s dining scene. Together, they will visit the ancient Smithfield meat market and cook one of St John’s most iconic dishes, ‘Roasted Bone Marrow & Parsley’ before Bottura returns home to Modena inspired to add a new twist to one of the region’s most-loved dishes, ‘Passatelli in Broth’

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Bottura told CNN: “Cooking is about emotion, about love, about memory. I am a gastronomic traveller, I close my eyes and I want to understand where I am. London is one of the world’s most important culinary destinations at the moment – it attracts the best chefs.”

Upcoming episodes will feature chefs from around the globe such as London’s Michel Roux Jr., San Francisco’s Dominique Crenn, San Sebastian’s Elena Arzak, Sao Paulo’s Alex Atala, Indian chef Gaggan Anand and Hong Kong’s Vicky Lau – recently crowned Asia’s Best Female Chef. They will travel to destinations including Paris, the Basque Country in Spain, Brazil’s Amazon forest and the Chinese city of Hangzhou to find out more about a particular dish or cuisine and the city or region it comes from.

“Culinary Journeys is a sumptuous and colourful show that gives our viewers a fresh perspective on new cuisines, foods and cooking techniques from all over the world,” said Ellana Lee, Senior Vice President and Managing Editor, CNN International. “Seeing a country or city’s cuisine through the eyes of a world famous chef will be a unique take on the food and culture that can define a travel destination. The first episode really sets a benchmark as CNN is the exclusive travel companion of three Michelin-star chef Massimo Bottura in his own personal culinary journey.”

Alongside the show, CNN.com will publish a wealth of interactive material offering fascinating insight and profiles about the featured destinations and chefs. Original travel stories will be accompanied by stunning photo galleries, informative maps and extensive social content. These, plus video clips from the show, will be presented on a special website created exclusively for the show. For the first instalment, CNN’s travel experts will join Bottura on his quest. They’ll also explore the incredible food legacy of northern Italy’s culinary crucible Modena and accompany some of London’s greatest aficionados of a classic dish on their unending quest to find its finest recipe.

 

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