Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dubai Welcomes Royal Caribbean International’s Smart Ship Quantum Of The Seas To The Arabian Gulf

Quantum of the Seas, the first ship in Royal Caribbean International’s most advanced ship class, has docked in Dubai as part of an epic 53-day global voyage, from New York, USA to Shanghai in China.

Royal Caribbean International in collaboration with Dubai Tourism, commemorated the inaugural call of the ship at the Dubai Cruise Terminal in Port Rashid with a welcome reception followed by the traditional Plaques and Keys ceremony.

Hamad M Bin Mejren, Senior Vice President of Dubai Tourism said: “Quantum of the Seas is the largest cruise ship that has ever docked in Dubai’s state-of-the-art Mina Rashid cruise terminals. The liner’s overnight stop in Dubai and Royal Caribbean Cruises’ decision to conduct the ships passenger turnaround here reaffirms the destination’s position as the ‘Cruise Hub of the Region’. This occasion gives a further boost to the cruise industry in the UAE and the wider Gulf.”

“We are looking forward to the 2015/16 cruise season, especially the resumption of Royal Caribbean’s cruise operation in the region from December, deploying Cruise Ship Splendour of the Seas with Dubai as its homeport,” He continued.


On the 29th May, Dubai Tourism in collaboration with Royal Caribbean International, held a welcome reception to commemorate the inaugural call of the ship at the Dubai Cruise Terminal in Mina Rashid.

At the Plaques and Keys ceremony, organized in the transformative venue Two70, onboard Quantum of the Seas, commemorative plaques were exchanged by Dubai Tourism officials, invited dignitaries and senior officials from various Government Departments with the Captain of the ship. The dignitaries were then taken on a tour of Quantum of the Seas, followed by refreshments.

“It has been a pleasure to showcase Quantum of Seas to the Middle East as part of her Global Odyssey voyage”, said Helen Beck, Regional Director, International Representatives, EMEA. “Quantum class ships have been a game changer in the cruise industry, providing guests with the ultimate hi-tech vacation experience, including the fastest internet on the high seas; new adventures  such as the North Star and RipCord by iFly and a great choice of dining venues to suit your every mood”.

Dr. Abdulaziz AlOshban, Partner & Managing Director of Safeen Tourism L.L.C., the international representative of Royal Caribbean International and Azamara Club Cruises in the Middle East said: “We are delighted that Quantum of the Seas, the world’s first SMART ship, has made a stopover in Dubai, before sailing to Muscat en route to her new home in Shanghai, China.”

Quantum of the Seas spans 18 decks, encompasses 168,666 gross registered tons, carries 4,180 guests at double occupancy and features 2,090 staterooms. The cruise liner sailed to the Caribbean from her homeport of Cape Liberty for her inaugural season before departing on the 53 day voyage to her new homeport, with ports of call at Cochin in India, Malaysia’s Penang, Singapore and Hong Kong still to come.

Endless experiences await guests onboard Quantum of the Seas, with thrills that can only be found on Royal Caribbean. From North Star, providing guests breathtaking, panoramic views from 90 metres above sea level, to RipCord by iFLY, the first skydiving experience at sea, and SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea that is complete with bumper cars, a circus school, roller skating and more, there is no end to the fun that can be found onboard.

From ultrafast Wi-Fi and RFID technology, to virtual views from interior staterooms and robots that can mix up a mean cocktail, Quantum of the Seas, is packed with a bold lineup of technological advancements that will impress even the most tech-savvy modern traveler. Designed to seamlessly deliver unprecedented guest vacation experiences at sea, technology is prevalent throughout the ship, substantially increasing guest convenience and efficiency and ensuring a cruise onboard Quantum of the Seas in nothing but smooth sailing.

Quantum of the Seas features a fresh approach to cruise ship dining, thanks to a robust culinary experience that allows guests to customize their onboard dining experience to best meet their varying palates and preferences. An all-new Dynamic Dining experience gives guests a selection of 18 restaurant concepts, including five complimentary main dining restaurants, along with the opportunity to choose between Dynamic Dining Choice, which allows guests to decide when, where, and with whom to dine each evening, and Dynamic Dining Classic, which is designed for those who prefer a more traditional experience. In addition, Quantum of the Seas features a lineup of specialty dining restaurants, as well as partnerships with world-renowned chefs such as Jamie Oliver, Michael Schwartz, and Devin Alexander.

This Summer ‘Live It Up’ In Style With Emaar Hospitality Group’s Unmatched Experiences

This summer, travellers from around the world to Dubai have the unprecedented opportunity to ‘LIVE IT UP with Thrills, Flavours and Relaxation’ with the highly competitive packages specially tailored for the season by Emaar Hospitality Group.

Offering the best of Dubai, now visitors can look for even better unbeatable offers after simply booking to stay at any of The Address Hotels + Resorts or Vida Hotels and Resorts for 3 or 5 nights.

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Bookings have already started for hotel stays until August 31, 2015 through a dedicated portal,, which showcases numerous hotels across Dubai that are taking part in the campaign.

‘LIVE IT UP’ features unbeatable offers for exceptional lifestyle experiences through hotel stays including complimentary access to Dubai’s most popular leisure attractions, such as Dubai Ice Rink, Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, SEGA Republic, KidZaniaÒ, Reel Cinemas and At the Top, Burj Khalifa SKY, the world’s highest observation deck situated in the world’s tallest building for ‘LIVE IT UP’ with Thrills.

With ‘LIVE IT UP’ with Flavours and Relaxation, visitors will be able to experience value offers on a festive spread of diverse and unique culinary flavours and spa treatments, across Emaar Hospitality Group’s range of assets.

They can choose from 42 dining venues in the city to enjoy dining credits ranging from AED 300 to AED 1,000. Adding even more value to their stay, guests also receive spa credit valued at AED 500 to AED 1,000 for rejuvenation therapies at the world-class spas in The Address hotels.

The dining out offers are valid across various signature outlets in The Address Hotels + Resorts and Vida Hotels and Resorts as well as at Emaar’s leisure assets such as the Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club and Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

The choice of dining venues also extend to the independent restaurant portfolio under Emaar’s Lifestyle Dining division that includes At.mosphere, Burj Khalifa; The Pavilion Downtown Dubai, The Palace Café, and CUT, the award-winning, modern American steak restaurant by legendary chef and restaurateur Wolfgang Puck, at The Address Downtown Dubai.



City Centres Continue Suprising Shoppers For 20th Anniversary

City Centres in the Northern Emirates continue their 20th Anniversary celebrations by offering fantastic surprises every 20th of the month, for the whole year.

Majid Al Futtaim­the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa­thank loyal shoppers with movie tickets and complimentary lifestyle gifts.

On May 20th, City Centres Ajman and Fujairah rewarded 20 lucky shoppers with a pair of VOX Combo movie tickets. Hardcore movie-goers can check out some of those Oscar winning masterpieces, or just laugh along to a cheesy comedy, complete with Pepsi and Popcorn.

Additionally — in line with the healthy heart initiative ‘Feel the Beat’ — the health conscious spent the 20th Anniversary at City Centre Sharjah, where 20 lucky ladies were rewarded the ultimate health package, a Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose Monitoring Device.

City Centre Ajman, City Centre Fujairah and City Centre Sharjah are dedicated to providing a premium lifestyle experience whilst rewarding shoppers for their loyalty. With Majid Al Futtaim’s aim to create great moment for everyone everyday, all three shopping destinations will host a year full of compelling events, dynamic activations, community initiatives, and instant rewards to celebrate with shoppers and retail partners.

This Season, ‘Win It Big’ At The Dubai Mall!

Mark the season with your loved ones at The Dubai Mall, the world’s most-visited retail and entertainment destination, and ‘win it big’ to indulge in further retail therapy!

Experience retail like never before with The Dubai Mall ‘Spend & Win’ promotion from May 28 to June 17, 2015.

Spend AED 500 on shopping, dining and/or entertainment to win daily instant value prizes with the ‘Peel & Reveal’ cards and an additional opportunity to enter a weekly raffle draw to win AED 30,000 Emaar Gift Card.

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The instant daily prizes include great value prizes/gifts from Sephora, Galeries Lafayette, Tim Hortons, iPhone devices, Tablets and many more. UAE residents and visitors can claim their instant prizes from any of the 11 Guest Service Desks located across the mall for every AED 500 purchase they make at the mall during the promotion period.

This season, The Dubai Mall is the place to be – not only for retail and leisure but also to celebrate the joy of shopping with fantastic prizes!

Date: May 28 – June 17, 2015

Time: 10am to 12am (weekdays); 10am to 1am (weekends)

For more information, please contact The Dubai Mall at 800-382246255 or visit


Healthy Emirati Cuisine And Family Fun At City Centre Mirdif This Weekend

Healthy Emirati Cuisine and Family Fun at City Centre Mirdif this Weekend

Chef Khulood Emirati dishes

The UAE’s most widely-renowned female chef, Khulood Atiq, has just returned from Expo Milan 2015 to showcase how to prepare the best-loved Emirati dishes in a lighter and healthier format.  As part of The Heartburn Public Awareness Campaign, jointly organized by the Emirates Digestive Diseases Group (EDDG) and the Health Promotion Students Committee (HPSC), at the College Of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, Chef Khulood will be serving her version of Emirati dessert ‘sago’ made without oil and naturally sweetened.  Visitors to City Centre Mirdif can also consult with Chef Khulood on other favorite family-friendly recipes prepared with fewer calories.

“Given the rising levels of obesity in the Emirates, it can be a major challenge for families in the UAE to make healthy food choices that satisfy everyone’s palate,” said Chef Khulood, the Arabian and Emirati cuisine specialist for Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC).  “From traditional Emirati desserts through to snacks and special dishes for Ramadan, visitors to City Centre Mirdif this weekend can learn more about family food choices that suit their taste buds as well as their waistlines.”
Tobacco-Free Dubai

Complementing the family wellness theme, Dubai Health Authority (DHA) and Dubai Municipality (DM) are hosting a ‘Tobacco-Free Dubai’ event at City Centre Mirdif from 28-30 May for both smokers and non-smokers to enjoy free health screening, lung testing and counselling about healthy lifestyle choices.

Hag Al Laila

The family’s youngest members also have something they can look forward to ­ the celebration of Hag Al Laila, a tradition in the UAE, during which children wear national dress to collect sweet treats ahead of the holy month of Ramadan.  On Monday, 1 June, families visiting City Centre Mirdif as well as City Centre Deira can enjoy Hag Al Laila festivities.