Dubai Property Show Receives Phenomenal Response At Its Debut Exhibition In London

The first annual Dubai Property Show concluded successfully on Sunday after receiving a phenomenal response on its first ever exhibition held at Londons Olympia from Feb 27th March 1st, 2015. Showcasing over 60 leading real estate companies from Dubai and UAE, the exhibition offered thousands of properties, educative seminars by experts for potential buyers and dazzling display of some of the new launches by Dubais developers. Show witnessed a footfall of over 6000 people, which was 3 times higher than what was expected initially, whereas participating real estate companies observed brisk business and high number of enquiries through the event.

Commenting on the success of the event, Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions, the organisers of Dubai Property Show said, The first ever Dubai Property Show was a huge success. We are extremely proud and overwhelmed with this extraordinary response that we have received over the 3 days of exhibitions. It virtually brought out the best Dubai has to offer and the stunning display of properties just wowed the visitors plus the educative seminars guiding potential buyers on their purchase were highly appreciated.  Lots of properties were sold and it was almost like as if people were waiting to put their money on Dubai real estate. The overall feedback from visitors as well as the exhibitors has been quite amazing. A big thank you to Dubai Land Department for all their support and guidance.  Also, many thanks to our sponsors , exhibitors ,speakers , visitors ,  partners , suppliers and each and every person who has worked directly or indirectly to make this event such a huge success.

HE Sultan Butti Bin Mejren, Director General of Dubai Land Department commented: Our participation at the Dubai Property Show in London showed civilized, honorable image of our country, our history and our heritage in one of the important cities in the world. The strategic participation in the property show was a mere episode in a series of activities and events to be organized by the department. With a view to market Dubai all over the world, and to promote the real estate market in order to achieve the vision of Dubai Land Department and to reach the highest echelons with our properties, is consistent with our strategic plan 2021. Moreover, we will never relent in providing all means of support and encouragement for such valuable initiatives which plays an important role in highlighting Dubai’s position as a global real estate leader in attracting investments.

Hisham Elassaad, Head of Sales – Select Group commented, Dubai Marina has been a preferred location for UK investor, which was evident from the response we received for our flagship development “The Residences at Marina Gate. All three days of the show were very positive and the project attracted exceptional interest.  With this venture of introducing our Marina Gate II project to UK audiences, we realized once again our brands existing recognition and reputation and we had a very successful experience.

Ibrahim Abdallah, Head of Sales – International at Emaar Properties< commented that London has always been a target market and Emaar has had a lot of successful launches in the past. Participating at the Dubai Property show was a good opportunity to meet the clients from London and invite them to invest in Dubai as this is the right time to invest as the market is really stable. The participation at the show was really successful and we had some good transactions on the first day itself.

Mr. Dereck Alexander  Jon Hoogenkamp, Sales & Marketing Director at Al Barari said, “Lot of Londoners are looking to move to Dubai  and are searching for  quality of life set in lush green destination like Al Barari – passion for life. Alll Barari in its literal terms means wilderness and our new project Ashjar means tree which is displayed at the Dubai Property Show. London Dubai property Show was the perfect place to announce that Al Barari will launch something new in April too.

Fakhreddin Mohammad, one of the Directors of Texture Group said, Here we have seen the magic of currency as our prices started from 70000 pounds and since there is no property in London you can buy less than 200000 pounds. We would like to expand our business network and Dubai Property Show in London was the right place to begin with. We got great response over three days and sold few units too.

With Dubai now the Brits third most preferred destination to invest in, the Dubai Property Show, organised by Sumansa Exhibitions, provided the opportunity to find out about every aspect of investing in Dubai. According to the Dubai Land Department, British investors were in second place for foreign investment (second to India), with 3,747 transactions worth Dh9.318 billion (approx. 1bn) in 2014.

Listing: Young Talents Mesmerize Audience At Kidzania Superstarz Season 3 Grand Finale

Young talents from across the UAE, representing the multicultural diversity of the nation, mesmerized audiences with their spell-binding music and performing arts skills at the KidZania SuperstarZ Season 3 grand finale held at Dubai Ice Rink in The Dubai Mall.

Captivating spectators with their amazing performances, the twenty finalists were selected after elaborate auditions and a closely contested semi-finals judged by experts. To a cheering crowd of families and mall visitors, they put forth awe-inspiring acts that posed a tough challenge for judges to choose the winners.

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Lola Martinez from Spain, and Elysha Mari Martinez, from the Philippines, both seven-year-old, clinched the first place in the 4 to 9-year-old age group in the performing arts and music category. The winners in the 10 to 16-year-old category were D’Fashionista Girls (Isabelle Cueva, Heart Evagelista and Sheena Celis – 11, 12 and 13-year-old) from the Philippines in performing arts, Adrianne Labiaga, 14-year-old, also from the Philippines in music. They were crowned as the SuperstarZ of Season 3 by Xavier Lopez, President of KidZania.

The competition was judged by popular RJs, Kris Fade and Priti Malik from Virgin Radio and Social Media Activist Bin Baz. The event was hosted by the ‘King of UAE Comedy,’ Nitin Mirani.

Dubai’s Hotel Establishments Welcome More Than 11.6M Guests In 2014

Dubai’s hotel establishments welcomed 11,629,578 guests in 2014, registering a 5.6% increase on 2013’s total. Figures released today by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) show steady year-on-year growth and significant increases across key indicators including hotel establishment revenues and guest nights. The figures for 2014 indicate that Dubai is continuing to maintain growth at a sustainable level, while also growing its portfolio of hotels and hotel apartment establishments, thus taking another step closer to achieving its Tourism Vision for 2020, which aims to welcome 20 million visitors a year by 2020.

Top source markets for hotel guests

Dubai’s top ten hotel guest source markets in 2014 remained almost entirely unchanged from 2013, with only slight shifts in positioning. For January to December 2014, Saudi Arabia was once again the top source market, followed by India, UK, USA, Iran, Oman, China, Kuwait, Russia and Germany.

China moved from tenth position to seventh, experiencing 24.9% growth in the last 12 months with 344,329 hotel guests compared to 275,675 in 2013. This surge can be attributed to the growth in the number of Chinese travellers, who are increasingly looking to travel outside of China, and the combined efforts of DTCM and its partners within Dubai’s aviation and hospitality sectors to position Dubai as a destination of choice for such travellers. India (ranked 2nd) and the UK (ranked 3rd) also showed significant increases in the number of hotel guests, rising 12.2 per cent and 11.3 per cent respectively. The March 2014 UAE federal ruling that exempted citizens of 13 European member states from requiring a pre-entry visa to the UAE – joining the other 15 European member states for which the exemption already applied – contributed to increases in hotel guest numbers from European countries.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of DTCM, commented: “The 2014 figures demonstrate healthy year-on-year growth for hotel establishment guest numbers with significant increases from Asia, Africa and Western Europe. The strong growth in hotel guests from China is hugely positive and reflects our targeted work in this market. For example, in April 2014 tourism industry partners from across the emirate collaborated closely to host the largest ever delegate group from China with the NuSkin conference bringing more than 14,500 Chinese visitors to Dubai over a three week period. Such events, as well as our hosting of the largest ever tourism industry FAM trip from India in December 2014 and steps taken to leverage the exemption of pre-entry visas for all European Union member states, are crucial to further strengthen ties with key markets and ensure that Dubai is positioned as a destination of choice for both new travellers and repeat visitors.”

HE Almarri continued: “The 5.6% increase in the number of hotel guests occurred despite the decrease in the number of Russian visitors – a result of the current geopolitical situation and the decrease in the value of the Ruble. Due to the long-held strategy and collaborative commitment between DTCM and our partners to diversify our inbound markets, Dubai’s tourism industry is insulated from any short-term fluctuations within any one market, and in 2015 we will continue to work with our partners to increase market share from newer markets. Driven both by China’s share of global outbound travel and rising wealth and changing consumer habits in emerging markets, the global travel industry is poised for a period of sustained growth over the next decade: Dubai is well positioned to leverage these factors to drive growth of our tourism economy.”

Hotel occupancy and revenues

Dubai’s hotels and hotel apartment establishments recorded an increase in guest nights in 2014, increasing by 7.4% from 41.58m in 2013 to 44.66 million in 2014. The average length of stay increased from 3.78 days to 3.84 days.

Revenues for hoteliers and hotel apartment operators saw significant growth, with total revenues reaching AED 23.9 billion for 2014, up 9.8 per cent from AED 21.8 billion in 2013. Room revenues increased by 12 per cent year-on-year and F&B and other revenues increased by 6.1 per cent year-on-year.

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri commented: “Growth in revenue is notable, considering the 9.2 per cent increase in available rooms in Dubai during this period. At the start of 2014, the emirate’s portfolio consisted of 84,534 rooms across 611 properties; by the end of the year this had increased to 92,333 rooms across 657 properties. The figures indicate that our hospitality industry is in a healthy state and, most importantly, that the growth is sustainable, which is crucial when it comes to meeting our Vision for 2020 targets.”

In addition to the increase in rooms demanded by the forecasted rise in visitor numbers, the Vision for 2020 targets also underlined the need to broaden and further diversify Dubai’s range of accommodation offering. In the last year, new additions include a number of properties across all star ratings including Sofitel Dubai Sheikh Zayed Road, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Residences Dubai, Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga, Pullman Jumeirah Lakes Towers and the Sheraton Grand Dubai.

The above 2014 hotel establishment guest figures have been released ahead of the ITB 2015 travel trade show taking place from 4-8 March in Berlin, where DTCM and a delegation of partners from the emirate’s tourism industry will promote Dubai’s diverse destination offering to key international buyers.

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.