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October 2003 11

Music hits Abu Dhabi
ABU DHABI:
The world traveled Leesa Gentz Band, who hail from Australia, have arrived at the Harvesters Pub at the Sands Hotel Abu Dhabi.

They promise to please the Abu Dhabi society with their faultless musicianship. Their wide range of music from high-energy dance to funk, disco, soul will be sure to appeal to all tastes.
They have played to international 5-star hotel audiences as well as to the well to do cruises and pubs. They perform at the Harvesters Pub at the Sands Hotel every night from Monday to Saturday.

Al Mahara picks up award
DUBAI:
Burj Al Arab’s signature restaurant Al Mahara was recently voted amongst the top 10 best hotel restaurants in the world by the US-based magazine Hotels.

Hotels is the magazine of the worldwide hotel industry based in the USA and the award for ‘Great Hotel Restaurants’ was organised in conjunction with Villeroy & Boch.
It is the 14th time the magazine has honoured hotel restaurants that set the standards of excellence.

Face to face with DTCM
DUBAI:
As part of its ongoing campaign to create new business opportunities, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) is organising a series of Dubai ‘Face-to-Face’ workshops at The Westin, Dublin; at The Lowry, Manchester and at The Carlton Tower, London. 
Twenty-eight Dubai-based suppliers - an airline, hoteliers and ground handlers - will be joining the DTCM to promote Dubai as a sophisticated, all-purpose and year-round destination for leisure and business travellers.

Emaar wows German media
DUBAI:
Emaar Properties introduced its key developments to a delegation of German media and tourism industry representatives.
The company’s involvement formed part of an annual destination workshop, which was organised by FVW, a major travel magazine in Germany. The event was sponsored by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and is part of an ongoing effort to promote Dubai as a top class tourism destination and create increased awareness of the emirate’s key attractions.
“Dubai’s reputation as a tourism, leisure and business destination is unrivalled and Emaar is contributing to developing and enhancing that reputation. By offering freehold property investment in Dubai, Emaar is allowing people from around the world to make Dubai a home base or a permanent holiday destination. It is important to highlight this to global key markets such as Germany,” said Mansour Al Othaimin, corporate director, Sales and Marketing, Emaar.

Bridging the ‘Gap’
LONDON:
As the ‘Gap Year’ phenomenon becomes a popular part of growing up, World Travel Market is launching a Youth Pavilion, in association with The British Educational Travel Association (BETA).
More than 20 companies involved with youth and student tourism will be represented at World Travel Market (November 10-13, ExCeL, London, UK).
Young people now account for an estimated 17 per cent of all international trips, demonstrating the importance of youth tourism.

Batting with Gatting
DUBAI:
Dine in style and take part in the exclusive Question and Answer Cricket Dinner with Mike Gatting at Prasinos, at the Jumeirah Beach Club on October 18 from 8pm onwards.
Enjoy a four-course gourmet meal with a glass of bubbly and dine alongside the cricket star. Mike is a prolific county player who excelled in batting and bowling, an excellent short-leg fieldsman, and a very successful captain for the England cricket team.
You will have the exclusive opportunity to participate in an auction for a gift voucher for an amazing weekend getaway at The Jumeirah Beach Club, as well as a cricket bat signed by the England cricket team. The event is priced at Dh295 per person.

Health tourism highlighted
MANAMA:
India's Karnataka state put up an impressive stand at the International Health Tourism Exhibition which began here on September 30.

A 10-member delegation comprising hospital administrators, tourism officials and doctors took part in the show. Five leading hospitals from the city of Bangalore showcased their facilities.
Bangalore city, which is known the world over for Information technology, offers one of the best medical facilities in the world at a considerably low cost, said CS Kedar, the team leader.

Sail the Silverseas
DUBAI:
For those deprived of a summer holiday or longing for a break, Dnata Holidays has organised the perfect get-away - a luxury cruise. 
On October 16 the Silver Shadow, part of Silversea cruises, will embark on a cultural journey of discovery and luxury as it departs Port Said, Egypt on its 16-night Middle Eastern voyage. Cruise lovers or even first-timers eager to experience the adventure of the high seas can now book their passage through Dnata Holidays for an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

Shangri-La opens Dubai office
DUBAI:
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has opened a regional sales office in Dubai, managed  by  the  director  of  sales for the Middle East, Walid Wafik, and supported  by  sales manager, Claudia Kaiserseder.  
Reporting to the newly promoted vice-president of international sales, Austin Frost, Wafik’s mandate is to sell Shangri-La properties to the rapidly emerging outbound market in the Middle East.

Thousands expected for Rugby 7s
DUBAI:
With record numbers of overseas visitors expected to attend the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby 7s from December 3-5, the title sponsor has unveiled specially-tailored 7s packages for the duration of the event.
Thousands of visitors are set to flood into Dubai for the 34th edition of the Dubai Rugby 7s, and Emirates Airline has teamed up with a number of hotels across the city to offer discounted rates.
Starting from $196 per person sharing, Emirates Airline passengers will be offered three nights accommodation, breakfast, chauffeur driven airport transfers and a season ticket to the event itself.

Kuwait hotel gets hi-tech
KUWAIT CITY:
One of the prime services provided by the Radisson SAS Hotel Kuwait is the free high speed Internet connection in all its 200 rooms and suites as well as the conference and Banquet area.
“In today’s competitive business environment fast and secure communication facilities are basic need for any business traveller, and are as such one of the main criteria when it comes to choosing the place to stay away from the office,” says Andreas Fhickiger, general manager of Radisson SAS Hotel Kuwait.
“With this high tech installation all our guests can simply hook their laptop onto the net and get immediate connection, there is no need to dial-up for the connection any longer and with this value-added service we respond to the steady increasing need of the business travellers.”




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