Monthly Archives: January 2015

City Walk Celebrates Finale Of Dubai Shopping Festival’s 20th Anniversary Edition With ‘Enchanted Entertainment

Visitors to CITY WALK are invited to experience enchanted entertainment and delightful decor as part of the finale celebrations of Dubai Shopping Festival’s 20th anniversary edition.

Concluding on 01 February, DSF’s activities at the destination showcase entertainment ranging from a living statue duo to photo opportunities against the backdrop of the delightful décor at the ‘Enchanted Garden’.

the beach

Until the close of the festival, outlets at CITY WALK offer shoppers a chance to participate in the weekly raffle draw on every purchase of AED200 and win a 22K gold flower. The prize will be drawn on 02 February.

Organized by the Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM), the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Shopping Festival is themed ‘A Journey of Celebrations’ and offers citywide events, mega attractions, plentiful shopping opportunities and winning options for visitors and residents from around the world.

The remainder of DSF activities at CITY WALK include:

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Living Statues Running until 01 February 4pm, 6pm &8pm Located around the fountain and promenade

Emirates Announces Two New A380 Destinations In Europe: Dusseldorf And Madrid

Emirates, a global connector of people, places and economies, announced today the launch of A380 services to two European destinations: Dusseldorf and Madrid. For both cities, Emirates will be the first airline to operate a scheduled A380 service, offering an unmatched travel experience to business and leisure travellers alike.

The addition of Dusseldorf and Madrid to the list brings the total number of European gateways served by Emirates’ A380, the world’s largest passenger aircraft, to 13. Emirates currently has 57 A380s in its fleet, flying to 34 destinations globally and wowing customers everywhere it flies with its industry-leading onboard features.

“As the world’s largest operator of the A380, Emirates is proud to further expand the number of destinations served by this incredible aircraft. It offers passengers in all three classes a superior travel experience thanks to unique features like: the world’s only Shower Spas in First Class, the Onboard Lounge where First Class and Business Class passengers can socialise at 40,000 feet, our award-winning in-flight entertainment system with more than 2,000 ‘on demand’ channels, and free Wi-Fi,” said Hubert Frach, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President Commercial Operations – West. By introducing new A380 services out of Dusseldorf and Madrid, our customers can enjoy seamless connectivity on the most talked about aircraft, to popular destinations in Asia, Africa, Indian Ocean, Australia and the Middle East, via our Dubai hub.”

emirates--As of 1st July, EK055 will be operated by an A380, leaving Dubai at 0830hrs and landing in Dusseldorf at 1325hrs the same day, while EK056 will depart Dusseldorf at 1525hrs and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 2355hrs the same day.

As of 1st August, EK142 will be operated by an A380, leaving Madrid at 1530hrs and landing in Dubai at 0045hrs the following day. The return flight EK141 departs Dubai at 0740hrs and arrives in Madrid at 1340hrs the same day.

The Emirates A380 offers a total of 519 seats in a three-class configuration, with 429 spacious seats in Economy Class on the main deck, 76 fully flat-bed mini-pods in Business Class and 14 First Class Private Suites on the upper deck. In all classes, Emirates passengers enjoy spacious seating and the excellent service delivered through our multilingual cabin crew. Business Class and First Class passengers also benefit from a complimentary chauffeur-drive service as well as access to Emirates’ global network of airport lounges.

As with all Emirates flights, passengers will enjoy the extra generous Emirates baggage allowance of 30kg in Economy Class, 40kg in Business Class and 50kg in First Class.

Dubai Stakes Claim To Be The World’s Most Popular City Destination By 2020

Dubai is aiming to be the world’s most popular city destination by 2020, as part of the city’s long-term growth strategy.

The ambitious target is anchored on attracting 25 million tourists in the next five years, according to Issam Kazim, Chief Executive Officer, Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTCM), and is achievable despite lingering fears of plummeting oil prices and a strong dollar.

“The emirate is on track to achieve all the targets for the 2020 vision beyond the Expo,” says Kazim.

“Dubai will be looking at different types of tourists in the period leading up to and beyond 2020. There will be more cultural and business tourists, and as such the city will need to offer more mid-range hotels,” he adds.

Speaking at the Destination Dubai 2020 conference taking place at The Address Dubai Marina hotel in Dubai on 27 January, Kazim explains that the government has started to incentivise investors that are looking to develop three and four star hotels.

“We currently have 51 applications for mid-level hotels; this is an important component that will help the emirate achieve this target,” continues Kazim.

Kazim also goes on to confirm that there are 20,000 room keys in the pipeline that will be completed in 2016. “We are also on target to achieve our 150,000 keys by 2020.”

The expected influx of tourists will also require increased capacity of Dubai’s airports. In his keynote presentation, His Highness Sheikh Majid Al Mualla, DSVP Commercial Operations GCC, Iran, Central Asia; Emirates, says that the airline is on track to meet its 70 million passenger target by 2020, and can be seamlessly handled by Dubai’s network of airports, which by 2020 will have a capacity of handling well over 110 million passengers.

Al-Mualla said the number of tourists travelling to Dubai had tripled in the past decade.

A ‘Happy’ Martin Kaymer’ At Omega Dubai Desert Classic

Martin Kaymer put a positive spin on things when discussing his weekend in Abu Dhabi earlier this month, insisting that his major blip when he squandered a 10-shot lead on the final day was one of the biggest learning experiences he has had on the golf course.

“I don’t want to call it bad experience because it wasn’t. Days like that may create a bad scorecard, but it reveals truth about yourself; that we are not a machine and that you’re not the German engineering which usually works, but once a while gets stuck too. Therefore, it was a brilliant day for me.

“I am feeling very calm because I am fine. I don’t see it (the meltdown) as negative. I didn’t lose much. I may have lost a few World Ranking Points, a trophy and some money. But I can handle all those three things,” said the double Major winner ahead of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, dubbed the ‘Major of the Middle East.’

“I have good memories of this tournament. The field is good and so is the course. There is nothing that you shouldn’t look forward to. I am approaching this week as a happy Martin Kaymer,” said the German who finished runner-up to Tiger Woods in 2008 despite a stunning birdie-birdie-eagle finish.

It was super exciting then because I was just over a year on the Tour. I had a chance to force a playoff with Tiger, but he birdied the 18th to win by one.”

Omega Dubai Desert Classic - PreviewsMeanwhile, Henrik Stenson is also hoping that good memories of his victory in the 2007 edition of the event will spur him to another success.

“It’s great to be back at Emirates Golf Club,” said the 39-year-old Swede. “I made Dubai my home for almost ten years and I played and practiced an awful lot here at Emirates, so I feel like I know this course inside out. Then I had the success in 2007 and another few high finishes.

“So it’s great to be back, I will hopefully have lots of support and a really enjoyable week.  I had a good finish on Saturday in Doha, the best round of the week for me, finished off with a couple birdies, and got a decent result,” said Stenson who finished last week’s Qatar Masters with an impressive six under par 66 to steal into a share of 13th place.

“Of course, the local knowledge and slight improvement in form should give me the chance to hopefully go a little bit better than I did in Doha.”

Seve Ballesteros and José Maria Olazábal, both multiple Major winners, are among the Spaniards that have etched their names on the iconic Omega Dubai Desert Classic trophy and Stenson’s 2014 Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia is hoping that he can add his name to that list.

The World Number Six also finished well in Qatar with a final-round 67 and he is hoping to take that momentum into this week as he attempts to become the fourth Spanish player to win this event in the past six years, after Miguel Angel Jiménez (2010), Rafa Cabrera-Bello (2011) and Alvaro Quiros (2012).

“Any time you get your name on a trophy, it’s a great feeling,” said the 34 year old. “It’s one of the reasons why we love playing the game and why we practice so hard.

“Obviously it’s going to take a lot of good things to do that. I think Dubai has done a great job, and I feel like the field this year is probably the strongest it’s been in the last three or four years. You know, it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take a lot of patience, a lot of good golf and some good things to happen here and there when you need them the most.

“I think we’ve had five Spanish winners, if I recall, and it would be nice to make it six this week.”


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).