Monthly Archives: February 2015

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.”


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.

street life

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.


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


The Oscars, Live And Exclusively On OSN

With the Oscars just around the corner, viewers can see all the action, live and at the same time it airs in the US, exclusively on OSN, the region’s leading pay-TV network.

As the home of blockbuster movies and series, OSN will broadcast the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on OSN Movies Festival HD, on February 23, 2015. It will be the first time that a broadcaster is providing such comprehensive coverage of the ceremony, with over 7 hours of live broadcast including red-carpet arrivals, the red-carpet walk and the awards ceremony.


In addition, OSN will also host the massively popular Live from the Red Carpet, with Juliana Rancic, only on E!

As the excitement builds for the ceremony, OSN viewers are in for a treat as OSN Movies Festival HD is screening past Oscar nominated and winning titles, every night. Titles will include blockbuster releases like Gravity and 12 Years a Slave, to name a few.

Khulud Abu Homos, OSN’s Executive Vice President for programming and creative services said, “This year’s Academy Awards show is guaranteed to be a night of high-wire tension after a year of blockbuster movies in 2014. Critics are likely to be left guessing until the very last moment on who will pick up the coveted best picture award, as epic movie successes like Boyhood, Birdman and American Sniper battle it out. We at OSN are excited to be the region’s first network to bring such a spectacular event to our viewers live and exclusive.”

In the running for the award for ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ is Steve Carell for his captivating role as John E. du Pont, in the American biographical drama Foxcatcher. The film is based on the tragic events surrounding multimillionaire wrestling enthusiast, Du Pont, in his efforts to train a team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Foxcatcher will be screened on OSN Movies Box Office HD from 20th February. Also, hoping to clinch the same award are Bradley Cooper in American Sniper, Benedict Cumberbatch in The Imitation Game and Michael Keaton in Birdman.

Other nominated movies currently available on OSN include Whiplash, The Judge and Gone Girl, to name a few.

MENA Golf Tour Patron Darren Clarke Appointed 2016 Ryder Cup Captain

‘golf in DUBAi’ have joined the sporting world in congratulating and celebrating the appointment of MENA Golf Tour Patron, Darren Clarke, as Europe’s 2016 Ryder Cup captain at Hazeltine National in Minnesota, USA.

“Darren is special and one whose charismatic personality transcends his sport and his appeal crosses all demographics This is a thoroughly well deserved honour for a golfer who was a mainstay on five consecutive European Ryder Cup teams from 1997,” said Mohamed Juma Buamaim, vice chairman and CEO of golf in DUBAi.

“We are fortunate to have such a phenomenal player as the Patron of the MENA Golf Tour, who shares our belief that the region has the potential to create significant growth opportunities for the emerging talent,” added Buamaim, who is also Chairman of the MENA Golf Tour.

“His elevation to the Ryder Cup captaincy will certainly resonate on the MENA Golf Tour as he will be mentoring its members who are an integral part of stimulating and sustaining the growth of the game in the region.

“On behalf of ‘golf in DUBAi’ and members of the MENA Golf Tour, I wish him the very best and hope the team will continue its amazing winning streak under his astute leadership skills,” he said.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic - Day Three

Clarke delivered a shining example of a team-man when he famously helped Europe to victory at the K Club in 2006 just weeks after the death of his wife Heather, a clutch performance making him a living legend of the game.

And it came as no surprise when a five-man committee made up of the last three captains, European Tour Chief Executive George O’Grady and former Ryder Cup player David Howell rubber stamped their choice at Wentworth on Wednesday.

A palpable excitement will be in the air when Clarke, who is one of the world’s most recognisable golfers, attends MENA Golf Tour events later this year and shares his knowledge with the region’s talent.

“We look forward to his strategic input in attracting more people to play the game because we have some of the best facilities in the world here,” said Buamaim.

Playing on the MENA Golf Tour has its own unique advantages for players aiming to graduate to a new level. Attractive prize funds, guaranteed spots in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the DUBAi Open are good enough incentives for the players to join the tour.

Exemptions into the final stage of the Asian Tour’s Q-School for the top three professionals and a reserved spot for the top professional in the Hassan II Trophy, a European Tour event, are some of the other benefits for MENA Golf Tour members.

There is plenty to play for on the MENA Golf Tour. With the 2016 European Ryder Cup captain at the helm of an ambitious drive, players will not be short on motivation. Certainly, a welcome boost for the Tour.

Land Rover Experience Bahrain Launch Of Centre At Bahrain International Circuit

Middle East off-road driving enthusiasts have a new facility to test and develop their skills. Land Rover, the global leader in the production of luxury all-terrain vehicles, today inaugurated its first Land Rover Experience Centre in the Middle East region, in collaboration with Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

The new Experience Centre will enable Bahraini residents, as well as wider Middle East consumers, to experience an all-terrain adventure. As the first Experience Centre by Land Rover in the region, the new Land Rover Experience Centre at Bahrain International Circuit will serve the Bahraini market, in addition to welcoming customers and prospects from around the MENA region. The facility boasts spacious grounds, diverse off-road tracks and is in close proximity to the Bahrain Grand Prix Circuit. The 2004 Grand Prix was the first held in the Middle East.

Land Rover

At the opening ceremony, Bruce Robertson, Jaguar Land Rover Managing Director, Middle East & North Africa together with Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa, Chief Executive of BIC and Nawaf Khalid Al Zayani, Managing Director of Euro Motors, Jaguar Land Rover’s exclusive dealer in Bahrain, declared the Land Rover Experience Centre at Bahrain International Circuit “open”. Mark Cameron, JLR Global Brand Experience Director, was also in attendance and had flown in especially from the UK Global Headquarters to support the official opening.

Bruce Robertson commented: “Land Rover is committed to delivering its unique brand spirit to customers through authentic brand experiences. This new Experience Centre represents another proud achievement for Land Rover. Customers and prospects will have even more opportunity to experience Land Rover products, while also gaining access to our professional off-road driver training. With all our Land Rover Experience venues we aim to give the customer a special, unique experience. The experiences are tailored to fulfil guests’ expectations, and to ensure that they are given a dynamic, hands-on and above all memorable experience.”

BIC Chief Executive Shaikh Salman Bin Isa Al Khalifa commented: “Bahrain International Circuit is delighted to be partnering with Land Rover and unveiling this wonderful new Experience Centre.

As ‘The Home of Motorsport in the Middle East’, we take pride in being able to offer some of the most unique motoring experiences in the world – whether it’s driving on our floodlit Formula One track, racing on our Grade A karting circuit, powering down our NHRA drag strip, or testing your 4×4 skills at this state-of-the-art Land Rover Experience Centre, we work hard to make sure that the very best of motorsport activities can be enjoyed, live, at BIC. We invite everyone to come down to the circuit and to give this facility a try. We and Land Rover look forward to welcoming you to BIC in the near future.”

Mr. Nawaf Khalid Al Zayani, Managing Director of Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover expressed his delight at what is considered to be yet another milestone achievement for Bahrain and said: “We at Euro Motors Jaguar Land Rover, are extremely proud that the Kingdom of Bahrain was chosen as the first market in the Middle East to launch a Land Rover Experience Centre. With its state of the art facilities and internationally acclaimed services, the Bahrain International Circuit perfectly matches the level of excellence and superior standards that are set by Land Rover.”

“With 49 Land Rover Experience Centres in 20 countries, including Bahrain, the Land Rover Experience is an ideal opportunity for existing Land Rover owners, potential customers and enthusiasts from the Kingdom of Bahrain, as well as those from the Middle East, to get behind the wheel and experience the all-terrain capability of the latest Land Rover vehicles. Here guests can experience the complete range of state of the art Land Rover vehicles under the guidance of professionally certified, experienced instructors on an exciting and challenging off-road course.” he concluded.

The BIC driving experience

Located in the heart of the Sakhir desert, BIC’s off-road course covers 3.5 kilometres of varying terrains such as sand, rock, hill and water landscapes. There are 32 natural and man-made obstacles allowing guests to traverse terrain including slide slopes, humps, rocks, gravel roads and watercourses, all the while assessing the driving environment, maximising the capability and technology of the vehicle and most importantly developing driving skills in the world’s most capable luxury vehicles.

The Experience Drives are unique and tailored to all guests, no matter what their skill level. The experiences range from a Half Day taster through to an Advanced Experience. All include an explanation of the Land Rover technologies on offer, instruction on how to best utilise these, and most importantly the chance to put them into action. Visitors will have the chance to choose between two experiences: the first is as a passenger in a Land Rover vehicle, while one of BIC’s expert Land Rover lead instructors drive the course, with the second being an opportunity to get behind the wheel to take on the facility’s many challenges head on, guided by a qualified Land Rover Experience instructor.

There are currently six Land Rover LR4 vehicles on site at BIC with future plans to offer the full line up of Land Rover models; from Range Rover to Discovery Sport and Range Rover Evoque.

Land Rover Experience Instructors

The Experience team at BIC are all qualified and certified instructors. Our Lead Instructors were sent to the UK to complete their training. The Centre is open on a daily basis and guests are advised to book in advance to avoid disappointment.In addition to the drive experiences, group bookings for events ranging from birthdays to team building sessions are also welcomed.

Further information

Information on Land Rover BIC Experience Centre can be found at or by calling +973-17-450000.



Over 26 Years of Experience

49 Land Rover Experience Centres in 20 countries

Range of courses tailor made to individual requirements ranging from Half Day Experience to specialist courses for professional users

Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent offer a range of destinations including Iceland, Morocco, Botswana, Tanzania, Namibia, Australia, the UK and Scotland – These self-drive holidays combine the very best of the outdoors with the ultimate in luxury and adventure.

What is Land Rover Experience?

Since 1989, the increasing portfolio of Land Rover Experience Centres has been created as the ideal opportunity for guests to get behind the wheel and experience the all-terrain capability of Land Rover vehicles.

Land Rover Experience allows guests to drive all the latest models at one of 49 Centres across the world including the Middle East, UK, China, Russia and South Africa. From taster sessions to fully immersive whole-day courses, participants enjoy a range of dynamic, interactive and hands on driving courses tailored to all skill levels.

Land Rover Experience Centres

Centres are based globally and are fully equipped with high specification Land Rover vehicles, ranging from the new Discovery Sport to the all-new Range Rover.

Packages can be tailor made to suit guests’ needs, with different options and experiences available.

Within the ten UK Centres available for these experiences, there are four key Land Rover Experience Centres based at Eastnor, Gaydon, Solihull and Halewood, each offering something unique to guests.

Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire – a private estate spanning 5,500 acres and set deep in the English countryside, which is seen as the ancestral home of Range Rover and is used by Land Rover engineers for the testing and development of all new models.

Gaydon, Warwickshire – the site of Land Rover’s Design and Engineering Centre, Gaydon offers a totally unique insight into the world of vehicle development. The purpose built Centre offers challenging multiple terrain courses as well as the Gaydon Design and Engineering Tour offerings guests a peek behind-the-scenes at a truly cutting-edge test facility.

Solihull, West Midlands – home of manufacturing for the Land Rover brand for over 60 years, with a Land Rover Experience Centre located right in the heart of the facility. Guests at Solihull have the chance to take a unique guided tour of the site to witness the latest state of the art manufacturing processes, and when it comes to driving, Solihull has 15 acres of ultimate test track to tackle, featuring a wide variety of terrains.

Halewood, Liverpool – a showcase of modern Land Rover, Halewood is home to the Range Rover Evoque and Discovery Sport. The Halewood factory tour covers every stage of the manufacturing process, whilst a purpose-built all-terrain course showcases the dramatic capability of each vehicle.

In addition to the driving on offer, these Centres offer further unique features including corporate days and training for professionals.

Corporate – tailored to the requirements of the guests, corporate days can be as competitive as they wish, and can also be complimented with activities for an off-site meeting with a difference.

Professional User – training for those who drive for a living, with clients including the police, armed forces, paramedics and fire and rescue teams.

Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie & Kent

Land Rover and Abercrombie & Kent are premium British brands synonymous with adventure, exploration and luxury. The two leaders in their respective fields came together in 2014 to combine expertise and offer travellers unforgettable experiences that are only possible through such a partnership.

The launch of Land Rover Adventure Travel by Abercrombie and Kent offers guests the chance to get off the beaten track and explore spectacular worldwide destinations from behind the wheel in Land Rover’s state of the art all-terrain vehicles. Each Adventure combines magnificent scenery, thrilling off-road driving, insider experiences and luxury accommodation. Qualified Land Rover Experience instructors provide expert guidance throughout and a dedicated A&K tour manager ensures that guests will enjoy unique local insight and every creature comfort en-route.

Guests will experience the adventure of a lifetime as they journey across the unique fire and ice landscape of Iceland, the breath-taking Atlas Mountains in Morocco or the ultimate safari into the wilds of the Serengeti in Tanzania – all from the front seat of their own Land Rover.

Adventures taking place in 2015 include: Iceland, Morocco, Botswana, Britain, Scotland, Tanzania, Namibia and Australia.

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Further information on all Land Rover Experience Centres can be found at

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