Monthly Archives: April 2010

Tourism Experiences The Ups And Downs Of Iceland Volcano Ash Cloud

The European community was affected by the forces of Mother Nature in a way that most of the population of the world has never seen within their lifetime.The repercussions of this have been seen all over the globe with people being stranded in countries far from home when the European airspace was closed on the 15th of April 2010, a grounding far more extensive than the grounding of trans-Atlantic flights after September 11 in 2001.

None have seen the results of this more than the global tourism and aviation markets. In the United Arab Emirates, Seawings Seaplane tours of Dubai have seen tourists stranded with little idea of when they will be able to return to their home in Europe. Some tourism companies like Seawings have decided to offer the people stranded in Dubai something to do other than just wait for their flights to be re-opened.

Travel Agencies, Destination Management companies and hotels are desperately seeking alternatives for these guests, as people who had initially planned a short stay have had to extend their booking far beyond what they were expecting. Even with flights starting to open up again, there is a large back log of flights and who know is the volcano will erupt again.

So what can you do to turn this into a positive event? Well, some companies and specifically lifestyle magazines and other such organizations have jumped on the opportunity to develop great articles on “what to do when you are stranded in Dubai/Hong Kong/London/Paris” and many more. Tour companies like Seawings are putting these people on their experiences and showing them that being stranded may not be so bad after all.

It is a crisis like this that makes one think how powerful Mother Nature is and how much there is going on below our feet every day. For some it is a time to sit back, relax and enjoy some well deserved and unexpected time off and for others it’s time to reflect on how lucky we are when our loved ones are always only a flight away.

So You Think You Are Tech Savvy?

Here are some vogue words created by individuals who fly the nerd bird.

Next time you are puzzled and a bit lost when your teenage offspring sprouts jargon that you thought had a literal meaning, you can smile because what you are going to read will put you in the driver’s seat, not literally!

Drum Driving
While you are driving and listening to music, you bang on the steering wheel as if it were a drum set.

Brain Bucket
A motorcycle helmet.

Soap Grafting
The act of attaching an almost completely used piece of soap to a new, unused piece because it is now too small to be conveniently used but you also don’t want to waste it.

The term for the room in an urban apartment in which the bathroom is located in the kitchen.

iPad Nano
A no brainer. A smaller version of the new Apple iPad!

The Long Tail
The niche strategy of selling a large number of unique items in relatively small quantities.

Facebook Bingo
On Facebook, this term refers to a posted photo that features five or more people, all of whom have Facebook profiles and are accurately tagged.

Air Guitar
If you are listening to a really sweet guitar solo and you have no real guitar to emulate the action of rocking, pick up your hands, put them in position, and rock and roll all night.

Directionally Challenged
Someone who has difficulty determining right from left and vice versa.

Tree Book
A book printed on dead trees, i.e. paper, as opposed to an e-book, which only exists electronically.

Stealth Call
When you have to call someone back but don’t want to talk to them, so you wait until you know they can’t talk and leave a voice mail.

Stoplight Party
A party where guests wear the the colors of the traffic signal to denote their relationship status: green means they’re single, red means they’re taken and yellow means their relationship status is ‘complicated’.

Where people go to avoid a future addiction.

Pi Time
The time of the day where a digital clock reads 3:14.

Nerd Bird
An airliner that flies between two high-tech cities. Eg. Bangalore to Hyderabad.

Pen You In
A play on the phrase “pencil you in” but adds additional emphasis on the intention of the commitment.

BBF – Best Behavior Friend
A friend whom you have very little in common with and you act on your best behavior when you’re with.

Stealth Abs
When your ripped six pack is covered by a thick layer of fat.

Verbal Handcuffs
When someone won’t stop talking (usually about a subject you have no interest in).

The combination of understanding and agreement.

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Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau ties up with Renaissance Hotel, Dubai to launch Sri Lankan Food Festival from April 7 to 21

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion’s Middle East Bureau announced the launch of a food festival in conjunction with the Renaissance Hotel Dubai from April 7 to 21 designed to raise awareness about Sri Lanka and its diverse cuisine.

Destination Sri Lanka reported a major influx of Arab travellers as Middle East Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka surged 50 per cent in January, 2010 compared to the same period last year, according to statistics compiled by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and announced by the Middle East office of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board (SLTPB

“Sri Lanka is ideally positioned as a destination to attract more regional travellers despite the credit crunch as stability has finally dawned on Sri Lanka with the war coming to an end  and the destination offers very good value for money,” Ms Al Mansoori remarked. “Sri Lanka is an exotic locale and peace has finally brought prosperity and development into the country and opened up more areas for tourism development which otherwise were not accessible during the war.”

Factors such as the government’s support for the tourism sector, and expansion of low-cost carrier services are also contributing to the growth of the tourism industry.

Ms. Al Mansoori, invited journalists and the public to sample Sri Lankan cuisine prepared by the award winning chefs of Spice Island. “The paradise island that is Sri Lanka boasts an amazing variety of food and styles of cooking. The island has a rich heritage of indigenous dishes and its regional cooking is strongly individual and varied,” she said.

Ms. Mansoori added that the Sri Lankan Food Festival was an excellent way of showcasing Sri Lanka’s attractions to the clientele of the restaurant.
Sri Lankans, who are following the lunar calendar, are celebrating the New Year in April. The Sri Lankan Chefs of Spice Island will feature delicious Hoppers and String Hoppers, Fish Ambulthiyal, Devilled Potato, Seeni Sambol and Kuttu Roti. There will also be Watatalapam, Rulang Dhosi.  The promotion also features the desserts of Chef Achala Weerasinghe, a native of Sri Lanka’. He will be presenting his personal favorites such as Watatalapam, Rulang Dhosi, Sweet pumpkin pudding, milk toffee and other sumptuous desserts.

“We are happy to celebrate the Sri Lankan New Year through our Sri Lankan Food promotion. After last year’s successful collaboration, we are delighted to partner once again with the SLTPB and Sri Lankan airlines to bring the promotion to greater heights,” Executive Chef Amgaz Zaki said.

Ms. Al Mansoori added: “Cultural attractions, entertainment, shopping, and dining are some of the factors that draw modern day Arab travellers to their preferred destinations and Sri Lanka offers a good product that scores on all counts and is less than four hours flying time away from the Gulf.”

The Middle East has outperformed all other regions of the world, by becoming the fastest growing source market for Sri Lanka.

“Sri Lanka is one of the best kept secrets in the world as a travel destination, especially for Middle East travellers. The food is exotic and wonderful, the people are gracious and friendly, the accommodation options are first rate and many of the sights are unparalleled anywhere in the world,” said Ms. Al Mansoori.

Mr. Shiran Perera, UAE Manager of Sri Lankan Airlines said “Avail this opportunity to win  two tickets to Colombo when you dine during the Sri Lankan Food festival, at the Spice Island. Sri Lanka  now a top  destination in the world is,just four hours away from  UAE, will be a wonderful weekend break. Sri Lankan Airlines fly daily to Colombo from Dubai and Abu Dhabi,
SLTPB’s Middle East office is responsible for all tourism promotional activities in the Arab markets including exhibition participation, marketing visits, presentations and road shows, advertising, brochure distribution, public relations, as well as familiarization visits to the island for influential business and travel journalists

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Eelctronic Vote to select UAE landmarks among the World Natural Seven Wonders

Abu Dhabi, April 11, 2010 The General Headquarters of Abu Dhabi Police, has created an electronic link on the website of Department of Community Police to avail an opportunity for all police personnel to vote the island of Bu Tinah and the Liwa Crescent among new seven wonders of nature in the world.

This step comes within the guidance of police leadership to develop partnerships among government, private sector and individuals to preserve the natural heritage and terrain, besides observance of traditions and historical heritage.

Major General Mohammad bin Al Awadi Al Minhali, Deputy Director General of Police Operations, stressed the importance of communicating actively with various sectors of society and forging closer ties based on the principle of institutional partnership.

He added that the establishment of the e-link comes in support of the national, Gulf and International campaign launched by the Environment Agency on the island of Bu Tinah and the Liwa Crescent under the theme: “Open your eyes and vote for the island of Butinah to be one of the Seven Wonders of Nature in the world” to motivate the public to vote with a view to documenting global landmark and protection under the motto: “Our heritage is Our Future”.

The choice of the seven wonders of nature will be officially launched in 2011 through the official global voting platform of New Seven Wonders of Nature.

Al Minhali underscored that the interdependence of community police with issues that concern community

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World’s tallest tower goes solar saving 3,200 KW/day

DUBAI, Apr 4th, 2010: In one of the region’s landmark sustainability initiatives, Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building developed by Emaar Properties in Dubai, is tapping solar power for meeting a bulk of the water heating requirements of residents.

A perfect complement to the sustainable development initiatives spearheaded by the UAE, Burj Khalifa uses solar panels to heat 140,000 litres of water every day, which will be distributed to homes and commercial entities within the tower. The solar powered water brings energy savings equivalent to 3,200 kilo watts per day and 690MWh of energy per annum.

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