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Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 18:30
Plans to turn DWC into golf destination
Dubai, UAE; December 11, 2013: Emaar Properties PJSC, the global developer of iconic projects, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dubai World Central (DWC), the world’s first purpose-built aerotropolis, to develop an integrated urban centre and golf destination in a prime location at Dubai World Central, the home to Expo 2020 and the Al Maktoum International Airport (AMIA). The MoU was signed by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation and President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Mohamed Alabbar, Chairman of Emaar Properties.
The new development reflects the need for more strategic projects that can meet the growing demand for luxury residences resulting from the ongoing increase in the number of senior investors, executives and employees at Dubai World Central.
The first of the key infrastructure development projects to be announced following the UAE’s winning of the World Expo 2020 hosting bid, the DWC-Emaar JV project is being developed in line with the theme of the Expo - ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and its three subthemes - ‘Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity.’
The development is spread over an area of 13.63 million sq metres with the first phase of the project to include a golf-course villa community, several hotels, a high-end shopping mall, leisure attractions, and a business hub that promotes youth entrepreneurship.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:48
A salt mine that has been converted into an unusual museum
The Salina Turda Salt Mines of Romania have been converted into a museum that showcases its history.
Visitors use a trio of elevators to reach a cavernous space filled with carnival-like contraptions that are glowing with LED lights. The elevators also lead to three exhibition chambers showcasing artifacts that include mining equipment.
Those less interested in mining can take a boat tour on the subterranean lake, admiring the patterns on the cave walls.
Recreational areas like a playground, sports arena, and amphitheater also cater to those who would like to imagine what it would be like to live underground.
Would you like to visit this unusual underground museum?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:05
London fog causes flight disruptions
A curtain of thick fog across the south-east of England has forced a number of flight cancellations at airports across the region.
Airports affected include London Heathrow Airport and London City Airport.
A total of 40 flights had been cancelled by 09:00 at Heathrow, with officials urging passengers to check with their airlines.
At London City Airport, 20 departing flights were cancelled while almost 40 arrivals were either cancelled, delayed or diverted.
Further delays are expected this morning as the fog lingers.
The Met Office warned visibility was lower than 50 metres in places with fog expected to linger throughout the morning.
Flights were also unable to land at Southampton Airport earlier and on Tuesday night four aircraft had to be diverted to Bournemouth.
Gatwick has been unaffected by fog so far this morning.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:42
A New Logo For Canberra, Australia’s Often Overlooked Capital City
Although Canberra is Australia’s capital city, many people living outside of Australia know very little about it—some have not even heard of it.
After a long time of being outshined by Sydney and Melbourne, the city of Canberra decided to do a rebranding campaign that aims to change its dull image.
Australian agency Coordinate designed a new logo for the city, comprising of its name in the abbreviated form of “CBR”—the letters also stands for “Confident, Bold and Ready”.
To be launched on all city-related materials in March 2014, this striking new logo is at the center of the larger campaign to create a stronger, more positive and unique identity for the city.
What do you think of Canberra’s new logo?
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 December 2013 16:29
Abu Dhabi plans permanent cruise terminal
Abu Dhabi is moving closer to having a permanent cruise terminal at Mina Zayed, delegates at the Seatrade Middle East Cruise Forum heard today.
Welcoming delegates to the Forum, which runs at the Rosewood Abu Dhabi hotel until Wednesday 11th December, His Excellency Mubarak Al Muhairi, director general, Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, said a decision on the concept design is expected next year.
Updating delegates on Abu Dhabi’s cruise sector progress, Al Muhairi said a site for the permanent facility had now been selected.
“We have made no secret of the fact that we intend to press ahead with the building of a permanent terminal,” he said.
“The current temporary terminal site has now been earmarked as the site of the permanent one.”
Addressing the Forum, at which key decision-makers from some of the world’s top cruise lines are being hosted, Al Muhairi called on the operators to input into the planning process.
“We want a state-of-the-art facility which meets all your requirements, including warehousing and cold storage.”
He added: “It’s essential to have your thoughts early in the planning process.
“We’re ready and eager to listen.”
Al Muhairi said in the meantime, Abu Dhabi would play to its strengths in serving the cruise sector.
“We do have some significant advantages,” he said.
“Mina Zayed’s deep draught with its dedicated cruise quay walls means we can handle three or four cruise ships at one time.
“We have the capability.”
He added that TCA Abu Dhabi has recently upgraded and expanded the temporary terminal to include a range of passenger services.
Outlining Abu Dhabi’s cruise ambitions – which span winning more host port business and securing home port status for some vessels – Al Muhairi said TCA Abu Dhabi, working with authorities in Al Gharbia, plan to develop a cruise day stop-over in the emirate’s western region.
“A team is working on this plan now,” he explained.
“It has identified a stretch of stunning beach on Delma Island and has the backing of the local municipality.
“We will now commission design of a dedicated cruise stopover beach, with amenities, for a totally relaxing stopover.
“We aim to have this ready for inclusion in your 2015/2016 itineraries.”
The TCA Abu Dhabi Director General said Abu Dhabi is differentiating its shore excursion itineraries for cruise passengers via its headline attractions on Yas Island, including Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Yas Waterworld, and said the upcoming cultural institutions on Saadiyat Island, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is due to open in 2015, would further set the emirate apart.
“All of these, I’m sure, are featured, or will feature, in your shore excursions,” he said.
Al Muhairi went on to pledge that the destination would work hand-in-hand with cruise operators and their agents to nurture sector growth.
“A joint approach to development will be key to ensuring we have a sustainable growth agenda,” he said.
“We have listened to your need for a streamlined multi-entry visa for cruise passengers.
“We are aware of your concerns and believe this is needed to growth your business, and ours.
“Rest assured, it’s high on our agenda.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 18:24
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