The Emirates Group Marks UAE National Day With An Array Of Celebrations

The Emirates Group celebrated the UAE’s 44th National Day today with a spectrum of activities across the organization. At Emirates Group Headquarters and across its offices and facilities in Dubai, departments gathered for a dynamic programme of activities that were enjoyed by both Emiratis as well as their expat colleagues.

To officially kick off the celebrations, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group commemorated UAE National Day with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Group’s Headquarters, which was followed by local Emirati dance performances.


Sheikh Ahmed said: At this time of the year, we all reflect on the nation’s achievements and the progress we witness day in and day out, thanks to the nation’s great leaders and the contributions of both UAE nationals and residents. Sharing our national pride and Emirati hospitality through initiatives across the Emirates Group is a great way to showcase the UAE’s rich culture and history, and I am proud to see our Emirati and expat colleagues who hail from over 160 countries celebrating the UAE’s spirit of patriotism and unity together on our 44th UAE National Day.

A purpose-built heritage house containing a majlis made its debut at the Group Headquarters atrium, draped in the colours of the UAE Flag. The heritage house aims to showcase the UAE’s rich traditions and history. Employees and their families at Emirates Group Headquarters participated in the Emirati heritage bazaar that included henna art, handicrafts and a special area for children which offered face painting and other activities.

At Emirates Flight Catering (EKFC), staff gathered at lunchtime where they were treated to a special menu that focused on local flavours and sampled traditional Emirati dishes.

Emirates SkyCargo and Emirates Engineering also marked the spirit of the union at their respective facilities, and captured the special day with staff proudly holding the UAE flag with an Emirates B747-400F and a recently delivered Emirates A380 aircraft respectively.

Two-Time Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova And Her Family Stay At Madinat Jumeirah, The Arabian Resort Of Dubai

Petra and her family stayed for 6 days at the newly renovated Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf summer houses and enjoyed the beach and nice temperatures, taking time to visit Wild Wadi Waterpark and Souk Madinat.

Coinciding with the celebration of UAE National Sports Day on 25 November, WTA world No.6 Petra was keen to participate in the sporting activities organised at Madinat Jumeirah’s private beach where guests and colleagues had the opportunity to engage while playing football, beach volleyball and beach tennis.

Petra said: “It has been an amazing opportunity for me and my family to be able to spend time together relaxing at Madinat Jumeirah and exploring all Dubai has to offer.  It was fun to take part in the UAE National Sports Day activities and encourage guests and colleagues at the resort to keep an active lifestyle.

A Fashionable Festive Season For All At Palazzo Versace Dubai

Dubai luxury, opulence and prestige will be taken to a higher level this coming festive season, owing to the premier destination’s latest attraction: the Palazzo Versace Dubai. With three exquisite venues offering different dining experiences, the fashion brand hotel will provide a feast for the senses, starting from December 6th until early in the New Year.
Envisioned and created by the world-renowned fashion designer Donatella Versace, in collaboration with premier developers Enshaa Group, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s interiors are a visualisation of the glamorous Versace lifestyle. As the Art Director of the hotel, Donatella Versace has exclusively designed each exquisite detail, from the 215 rooms’ interiors to the grand lobby with its 1000sqm marble mosaic floor, with designs of peacocks, falcons and horses adorning the graceful furniture and textiles.
Vanitas Table
“Versace, as a brand, emulates opulence and elegance – qualities and trademarks that we believe should manifest in every area of our business, be it fashion or lifestyle. This 2015 festive season, Palazzo Versace Dubai aims to ensure a luxurious experience like no other, a true feeling of style, class and celebration. We are delighted to invite the haute monde of Dubai to take a tour of this new premier food and high fashion destination, and to share their festivities over the New Year with us,” said Heinrich Morio, Palazzo Versace Dubai’s General Manager.
 Inspired by Gianni Versace’s famous mosaic scarf design, the Palazzo Versace Dubai lobby houses the Mosaico Lounge, with high floor-to-ceiling windows that offer panoramic views of Dubai Creek. Mosaico will offer a Festive Afternoon Tea, from December 6th 2015 until January 6th 2016. Guests can enjoy a wide selection of Dammann Frères tea, coffee, cocktails, holiday pastries and cakes served with a choice of delicious homemade jams and sandwiches at AED 220 pp, while they appreciate the venue’s 1.5 million pieces of intricately hand-laid tiles.
Guests will be able to enjoy a selection of festive dishes for lunch and dinner at the hotel’s signature restaurant, Vanitas, which will serve an enticing menu with A La Carte pricing or a four-course set menu at AED 480 pp for groups of 6 or more from December 6th to January 6th. Focused on pescetarian gastronomy, but with a flair for all meat dishes, the art-filled Italian dining room offers both indoor and outdoor seating and a distinctive celebratory mood.
The third venue offering Versace dining luxury this season is Giardino. Inspired by the enchanting silk chiffon dress worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 42nd Grammy Awards in 2000, the restaurant emanates a jungle ambience that is brought to life through bold decor, the favourite Ischia pool area and a social, interactive live stations. The Giardino Festive Buffet will take place on the 24th of December, and will cost AED 220 pp, excluding beverages. Booking is also essential for the special Christmas Day Brunch at Giardino on December 25th, which will cost AED 650 pp, with a wide selection of beverages and festive treats.
Both Vanitas and Giardino will host the most celebrated New Year’s Eve event of the year. Upon arrival to the hotel, guests will be welcomed with select beverages, and then be ushered in to the restaurant of their choice for dinner. Just before midnight, guests will be offered a celebratory drink followed by a magnificent fireworks display. The NYE package will cost AED 1900 pp, inclusive of house beverages. Guests will also be able to continue the celebration until the early hours of the morning.
Giardino will welcome in the New Year with a delicious brunch consisting of appetizing cuisines from all over the globe. Guests will have a choice of three options: AED 450 pp excluding beverages, AED 650 pp with a selection of house beverages, or the AED 790 pp package, which includes vintages and bubbly for that special celebration.
Opened in November 2015, Palazzo Versace Dubai is situated at the centre of the city’s new Culture Village, located on an elite waterfront plot with clear views of the Dubai Creek.

City Sightseeing Dubai To Give All UAE Residents Complimentary Hop-On, Hop-Off Tours On National Day, 2nd December

To celebrate the 44th National Day of the UAE, City Sightseeing Dubai, is giving all UAE residents complimentary tours on its hop-on hop-off tour buses on 2nd December. This is the first time the company is doing this since it started operating the unique hop-on hop-off bus tours in Dubai from October last year in partnership with dnata.

National Day is about celebrating the UAE, including Dubai,” said Jesus Ruiz Perez, Managing Director, City Sightseeing Dubai. For residents, a tour of Dubai is a great way to rediscover the city and we offer one of the best ways to experience it from the comfort a double-decker bus with amazing photo opportunities. We also have unique on-board commentary tailored for children, ensuring that every member of the family will enjoy our tours,” added Mr Perez.

To enjoy the complimentary tour, residents can collect a ticket by presenting a valid Emirates ID Card at the City Sightseeing kiosk in Deira City Centre on 2nd December. The tickets are valid for the same day and can be used from 9.00am to 8.00pm when the tours run. Ticket availability is subject to bus capacity. City Sightseeing Dubai operates 20 buses with a seating capacity of 70 persons each bus. Bus frequency is between 20 to 30 minutes.


There are four sightseeing routes available. The Blue Route offers 11 stops, including Dubai Mall, Burj Khalifa, Jumeriah Mosque, and Jumeriah Beach Park, the Umm Suqeim Public Beach, and Madinat Jumierah, taking guests onto the iconic Palm Jumeriah and ending at the Mall of the Emirates. The Red Route has 16 stops, including the Gold and Spice Souks, Dubai Mall, Dubai Creek, the Dubai Museum and finally, the Old Souk. The Golden Route shows off the Dubai Marina area and the Palm Crescent Route offers great views of the Dubai Marina on one end and the Burj Al Arab on the other.

City Sightseeing Dubai is part of City Sightseeing WorldWide, which offers tours on open top, double-decker, hop-on hop-off buses in 33 countries. The iconic red and yellow buses have built a reputation as being a great way to explore the city. The City Sightseeing Dubai tour highlights all aspects of Dubai’s past and present—from Old Dubai and the Creek to the towering skyscrapers of Downtoown Dubai and the Palm Jumeriah. More information is available on

Lewis Hamilton Visits The Gramercy Gastro Pub In DIFC

Lewis Hamilton made a visit to the Gramercy in the Dubai International Financial Centre for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton made a beeline to the Gramercy to spend time with his fans and well-wishers. Attending the Gramercy, Lewis Hamilton charmed the audiences with an impromptu exchange.

Speaking about Hamilton’s visit, Abdul Kader Saadi – Managing Director of Glee Hospitality Solutions, said, “We were very happy to welcome Lewis Hamilton among our fold at The Gramercy. It was wonderful and we wish him the best as he geared up for Sunday’s race.”


The Gramercy was launched in July 2010 as Dubai’s first genuine Gastro-Pub in DIFC. It is a Bar and Restaurant that takes pride in introducing its visitors to a place where casual conversation, delightful cuisine and an easy going vibe find themselves in perfect balance. Each evening comprises a variety of events, set to a different and unique theme.