In Brief

Singapore Grand Prix F1 tickets
Singapore is gearing up for Asia’s first ever F1 Grand Prix street circuit, as official ticket sales kicked off to the excitement of Middle East racing fans, who are looking forward to one of the international racing industry’s most exciting events on September 28.  A total of 70,000 tickets are available in its first release, including 15,000 walkabout passes and 55,000 grandstand seats strategically located around the circuit. The three day passes are priced from Dh435 for a walkabout to Dh3600 for the premier Pit Grandstand. These passes include a separate ticket for each race day at a special package price that offers savings of at least 15 per cent over buying individual day tickets. Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and each customer will be allowed to purchase a maximum of eight tickets. A three-day pass can be used by three different people over the three days. Tickets and passes can be purchased via the official website

Bahrain plans 24-hour e-visa services
Electronic visa services will soon be available in Bahrain 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  The new service will avoid paperwork, queues and delays, said Interior Ministry’s undersecretary for Nationality, Passports and Residence Shaikh Rashid bin Khalifa Al Khalifa.  Those applying for eNOCs should visit and click on the Visit Bahrain tab and Sponsors Registration in the eServices menu. A visit visa for a month costs BD22 and the endorsement at the airport or the causeway costs an extra BD5.

Bahrain plans new hospitality college
A training centre will soon undergo a BD2 million ($5.3 million) revamp to become the country’s first hospitality college. The Bahrain Institute of Hospitality and Retail (BIHR) in Barbar will offer diplomas and degrees in hospitality, which will complement vocational training courses already on offer at the institute. The new college will initially teach hospitality, but will later introduce retail courses. It is also planning partnerships in the construction of similar colleges in Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia and Oman.

Sata opens shop in Sharjah
Sharjah Airport Travel Agency (Sata), Sharjah’s leading travel agency, has opened their fourth fully-dedicated sales shop in the emirate.  SATA offers tickets sales for many local and international airlines, and provides retail and business travel, newly created government travel, holidays, Umrah service and visa assistance services. The company plans further expansion in Sharjah and other neighbouring emirates in the near future.

Award for Property Logic
Property Logic was awarded three of this year’s CNBC Arabian Property Awards for the categories of Best Architecture, Best Development and Best Golf Development for its flagship project, Le Jardin de Fleur located in Mediterrania-Saïdia, Morocco. The awards will be presented at a glittering gala dinner to be held at The Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai on October 19, 2008. Le Jardin de Fleur resorts form part of the first and the largest of the six Plan Azur coastal destinations within the Moroccan Government’s Vision 2010 Tourism Strategy. Recently the developer announced a management partnership with Radisson Hotels and Resorts and is due to announce further hotel operators over the coming months.