Emirates is on a mission to raise awareness about the threat that the illegal wildlife trade poses to the survival of some of the planet’s most endangered and iconic animals.
Emirates today unveiled its fifth A380 emblazoned with special livery in support of United for Wildlife – an alliance between seven of the world’s most influential conservation organisations and The Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Unlike its four jet-powered siblings, this latest Emirates “United for Wildlife” A380 aircraft is featured in situ, at the traffic roundabout leading to London Heathrow airport – a highly visible site that reaches over million international travelers and their families and friends annually.
One of the largest known aircraft models in the world, the Emirates A380 model at London Heathrow’s roundabout is built to an exact 1:3 scale of a real A380 aircraft. Weighing more than 45 tonnes, the model is the same size as a real Boeing 737.
Over the past six months, Emirates has literally taken its message against the illegal wildlife trade to the skies and across the world. Since November, the airline’s four eye-catching “United for Wildlife” A380 aircraft have flown more than 4.2 million kilometres on over 800 flights, delighting customers, global travellers and plane spotters in 34 cities spanning five continents.
The interest, sharing and discussion generated on social media as a result has helped spread awareness on the issue, with consumers encouraged to refuse products made from endangered species.
Sir Tim Clark, President of Emirates Airline said: “The illegal wildlife trade has brought many of our planet’s most majestic animals to the brink of extinction. It is unthinkable that a generation from now, there may be no more rhinos, elephants or tigers to be found in the wild. The need for action is urgent, and both the demand and supply side of the illegal wildlife trade has to be tackled. Through our global brand footprint, Emirates can help drive consumer awareness and interest in the issue. And as the world’s largest international airline, we believe we can make a difference to help break the supply chain of illegal wildlife trade. We will continue to do all we can in this regard.”
Earlier in the year, as a member of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, Sir Tim signed the landmark Buckingham Palace Declaration on behalf of Emirates. The Declaration, developed by representatives from across the transport industry outlines key actions to strengthen defences against trafficking by removing the vulnerabilities in transportation and customs that criminals are currently exploiting. This agreement is a result of 12 months of meetings held in London, Geneva, and Dubai, and thousands of hours of work by legal, conservation, transport, and customs experts.
The Rt Hon The Lord Hague of Richmond, Chair of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce said: “Emirates and Sir Tim have contributed enormously to raising awareness of the illegal wildlife trade and are setting a great example for the world’s airlines. Their efforts are part of our work to eliminate the demand for illegal wildlife products. Through complementing other international efforts to tackle this issue airlines are disrupting illegal supply chains. Emirates’ actions are bringing this issue front and centre, taking us one step close to eradication of this appalling crime against wildlife.”
In addition to consumer awareness efforts, Emirates is collaborating with international organisations to train and better equip its ground and cargo staff to detect and deal with illegal wildlife products in transit. As the required paperwork for movement of some wildlife products is often forged, Emirates also made the decision to ban trophy shipments.
The Spanish group Meliá Hotels International launched a four-star superior Innside hotel in downtown Aachen on May 2nd. A stone’s throw from the Couven Museum, Aachen Cathedral and the famous city park, a new urban lifestyle hotel with 158 rooms had been erected. Following the unique design concept of the Innside by Meliá premium brand, the stylish residence that targets business and individual travellers combines fancy architecture perfectly integrated into the cityscape with modern interior design. On six floors, the new Innside Aachen displays an elegant purist ambience. With their modern furnishings, the bright rooms come with a classy wood look and monochrome floors, which develop into real eye catchers thanks to effective indirect lighting. All rooms offer king or queen-size beds, adjustable air conditioning, a 40-inch LED television set, a free minibar, free WiFi, desks including a media hub and high-speed Internet access, as well as luxury glass bathrooms with a rain shower. Two combinable, light-flooded event rooms measuring a total of 110 square metres are equipped with state-of-the-art conference technology and provide space for up to 100 people. Those who wish to keep fit during their trip may work out in the fitness area equipped with the latest fitness equipment and relax in the sauna including a recreation room.
A new hotspot in Aachen: Uptown Sky Lounge & Restaurant
True to its name, the exclusive Uptown Sky Lounge & Restaurant with its large panorama windows and an exquisite roof terrace on the sixth floor will be the overall highlight. Here, purism and avant-garde amalgamate: bold lines and curved forms, austere black and white with a striking purple tone. “Uptown” provides an elegant lounge, a bar, and both a breakfast and à-la-carte restaurant in one. This trendy location is to establish new standards with respect to design, cuisine and classic bar culture booasting an international fusion cuisine and innovative bar food concepts. Various DJ events on weekends, live performances, lounge nights, tastings, afternoon tea or Sunday brunches on the fantastic roof terrace are meant to attract both international hotel guests and particularly Aachen’s cosmopolitans and night owls. And as a location for extraordinary events, the Uptown Sky Lounge & Restaurant are already enjoying great popularity among event organisers.
The hotel runs under the experienced management of Christine Klein (32). Born in the Münsterland region, the graduate foreign language correspondence clerk has been active in various different positions and hotels of the Spanish Meliá Hotels International chain since 2003. Before being appointed general manager of Innside Aachen, she headed Innside Frankfurt Niederrad as well as TRYP Düsseldorf Airport and was vice general manager of Innside Neue Messe München. She lives Spanish hospitality and is a passionate host. With the new hotel in Aachen, she wants to address both business and leisure travellers together with her team: “One of the main features of our Innside by Meliá brand is its young avant-garde concept, softening the border between business and lifestyle hotels addressing all senses. Aachen is a multifaceted city with an increasing number of annual visitors. We want to offer these guests passionate guest-orientation and individual service at the highest level looking back at 60 years of experience in the hotel business.”
The opening rate for a single room starts at 99 euros compared to the standard rate of 129 euros (both including breakfast).
The Innside by Meliá brand was originally developed in Germany and has been part of Meliá Hotels International since 2007. It is one of Meliá’s most successful and strongest expanding city hotel brands on a global level. Innside stands for purist elegance, modern orientation and avant-garde flair. By 2017, there will be three additional hotels of the four to five-star brand segment in Leipzig (September 2016), Frankfurt (October 2016) and Hamburg (2017). Moreover, 20 new Innside hotels will open all across the world by 2019. The most recent addition is located in Manhattan.
Date: Throughout the month of Ramadan
Time: Iftar to 11:00pm
Venue: BikesnBites, BOXPARK, Al Wasl Road
Brief: This Ramadan, head down to BikesnBites, the bike lover’s paradise, as they whip up a mouth-watering menu especially for the occasion. Break your fast with the Texan inspired three course set menu featuring smoked tuna and avocado salad with lime dressing, roast zucchini salad with feta cheese for starters, low & slow cooked lamb leg served with mashed potatoes, smoky prime ribs served with marinated grilled veggies for mains, and Nutella banana split and warm sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream for dessert.
The flavoursome Ramadan set menu can be enjoyed from Iftar to 11:00pm at just AED 120 per person. In addition, a limited menu is now available on Deliveroo – the on-demand service for high-quality restaurant meals for those keen to order in and enjoy their favourite food within the comforts of their home or office. For more information, please visit www.deliveroo.ae.
BikesnBites is open from 10:00am to midnight, Sundays through Wednesdays and 8:00am to 1:00am, Thursdays through Saturdays. BikesnBites is located at BOXPARK on Al Wasl Road. For reservations or more information, please call 04 343 2855 or visit www.bikesnbites.com.
La Petite Maison Dubai, the home of Cuisine Nicoise, will be open throughout the month of Ramadan offering diners a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy delicious Mediterranean fare that is focused on non-GMO and organic ingredients.
For those not observing Ramadan, lunch will be at the usual timings from 12pm – 3.30pm each day. Diners can indulge in the award-winning à la carte menu, which is composed of 24 starters, 20 main courses, 9 desserts and 7 specials. These include signature dishes such as salad of green lentils, warm prawns, deep fried baby squids, burgundy snails, baby chicken, grilled lamb cutlets, grilled rib eye steak, grilled tiger prawns, baked sea bream, salt baked seabass, grilled veal chop, Riccioli pasta with and delicious desserts such as the pain perdu, cheesecake, and crème brulee.
For those wanting to break their fast, La Petite Maison will open their kitchen from 7pm and guests will be offered complimentary light soup and dates to begin their meal. La Petite Maison is famed for serving light and healthy dishes, designed for sharing, which is perfect for the occasion of Ramadan. After all, there is no better way to mark this sacred time of the year than with delicious meal sharing with your family and friends.
La Petite Maison will serve during the following times this Ramadan: