What’s up Dubai: New openings, better attractions and more

Posted by - August 29, 2018

A constantly evolving hub of new openings and developments, Dubai is one of the fastest-growing tourist destinations in the world. According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), Dubai receipts represented 31.1% of the total in the Middle East in 2017, reaching AED 77.5 billion (USD 21.1 billion), 8% higher than the previous year.
Here’s what more Dubai has to offer this year:
Dubai’s first hotel-cinema is now open Reel Cinemas has opened the city’s first hotel-cinema. Situated within the Rove Downtown Hotel in Downtown Dubai, the 46-seat theatre caters to hotel guests and residents. It screens major movie blockbusters as well as alternative content such as football matches and concerts. In addition, there is also an Outdoor Vox Cinema where guests can watch the latest releases under the stars in a relaxed lounge-style setting.
Michelin-starred chef at W Dubai hotel [embedded content]
Chef Massimo Bottura, the mastermind behind three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana, is opening a restaurant in Dubai later this year. The chef, who saw Osteria Francescana crowned number one in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants this year, will open a more casual venue in Dubai, called Torno Subito — his first restaurant outside of Italy.
Rotana adds the Cayan Tower Rotana, a brand that manages more than 100 properties across the Middle East, Africa, and Turkey, signed a hotel management deal to support its presence in its home region. The company is now officially managing the Cayan Tower, which is the ninth tallest residential building in the world and its latest property in Dubai.
Olympic champion to launch fitness centre State-of-the-art fitness centre, Michael Johnson Performance Dubai, will open its doors in October 2018 in the cruise ship hub of Mina Rashid. The four-time Olympic gold medallist, Michael Johnson, has partnered up with the global organization, DP World, to re-develop Mina Rashid from a commercial port into a sea-oriented lifestyle destination. The 3,600 square metre facility located in the heart of the city is the region’s first sports performance training and fitness centre.
Emirates to launch new services from Edinburgh Emirates has expanded its network to include another direct route from the UK, announcing a new daily service from Edinburgh. The new route will launch on 1 October 2018 to capitalise on Dubai’s peak season. Services will be operated on Emirate’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, offering eight private first class suites, 42 lie-flat seats in business class and 304 roomy economy seats.
Shadow theatre show coming to Dubai World Trade Centre Shadowland will hold a three-night run of multimedia experiences at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 13 to 15 September. The show was created by the US performing arts company, Pilobolus, blending ballet, circus, shadow theatre and storytelling which follows a young girl’s world as she comes of age. Pilobolus incorporates a unique approach to modern dance with high-energy and fast-paced music which has been witnessed by over one million people in more than 30 countries worldwide.

Dubai World Trade Centre crosses 3.3 million annual visitors, breaks 2017 record

Posted by - March 23, 2018

Having welcomed 3.3 million delegates and attendees last year, the Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA) announced a record-breaking year.
In 2017, the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) hosted a whopping 353 MICE events including 103 mega-events that attracted 2.6 million participants. That’s almost one event daily which is not surprising for the region’s largest trade venue. Its growth this year reaches 9%, with a total of 18% since 2016.
These figures are naturally aligned with the UAE’s economic diversification strategy that targets a balance between industries (with more focus on tourism), ensuring sustainability and delivering new business opportunities.
“The strong increase in the number of key MICE and business events reflect sectors that are strategically aligned with Dubai Plan 2021”
The 2017 results are proof of DWTC’s ability to consistently attract increased and repeat foreign participation and is a strong endorsement of its reputation as a world-class business catalyst and destination.
The impressive data further reiterates the impact of its diversified content-rich calendar of MICE and business events, as it continues to grow its contribution to Dubai’s surging economy.
Furthermore, International participation also contributed to the steady increase. In 2017, DWTC hosted over 1.1 million foreign business travellers, representing 42% of overall participant volumes and 6% annual growth.
“The strong increase in the number of key MICE and business events reflect sectors that are strategically aligned with Dubai Plan 2021 and the goals of building an innovation-led economy that contributes to the development of the UAE and Dubai,” said His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai World Trade Centre Authority (DWTCA) and Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).
“We are committed to future-proofing DWTC’s businesses by sourcing smart solutions and integrating smart technologies that offer safe, secure and seamless experiences, setting the gold standard in digital innovation to attract more new and repeat international business visitors to Dubai, as the city accelerates towards the 20 million tourists target by 2020.”