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General Travel News

Dubai Diner introduces the AED500 ‘Burger Khalifa’


Not the most expensive burger in the world, but it definitely is aiming to be the tallest. The appropriately dubbed ‘Burger Khalifa’, soon to be served for a limited time only at the Firebird Diner in Dubai, consists of two big burgers with a smaller burger on top. It also contains a prime USDA beef double patty, Maine lobster tail, seared foie gras, black truffle aioli, sunny side egg topped with an all-American slider and a pickle.


The burger will be available to customers during National Burger Week which lasts from May 22-28. Other offerings at this diner include the ‘All American Slider’ with onion marmalade and a secret sauce, the ’Arabian Burger’ which includes spiced lamb, the ‘Down South Dirty Bird’ which includes a chicken patty, tomatoes and Cajun remoulade, and ‘The Big Tex’ which consists of chilli, jalapeños and cheddar. Prices for these range from AED50-120.


Last year Galleries Lafayette in Dubai had the most expensive burger in the world for a whopping AED25,960.


The Firebird Diner is located in the Four Seasons Hotel, DIFC.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 16:04

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Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi opening in 2018


Situated on Yas Island, a $1 billion Warner Bros. themed park and the world’s first Warner Bros. branded hotel is set to open in Abu Dhabi in 2018. Construction is underway and rides are in production. 


Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi will bring together stories and characters from the studio’s unparalleled portfolio of DC Comics super heroes, including Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as Warner Bros. cartoons such as Bugs Bunny, Scooby-Doo and Tom and Jerry. Guests of all ages will be able to step inside Gotham City and Metropolis, and experience the cartoon worlds of Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and more, all under one roof.


Located alongside the world’s largest indoor theme park, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, and the iconic Emirati-themed water park, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi aims to help Yas Island take its annual visitor tally from 25 million in 2015, to 30 million in 2018.


Last Updated on Sunday, 08 May 2016 16:46

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"Give something back to Berlin" wins UN award

The United Nations and BMW sponsored Intercultural Innovation Award was presented to the "Give Something Back to Berlin" community initiative that was launched by Annamaria Olsson, the Swedish journalist who now calls Berlin her home.

"Give Something Back to Berlin" was a spontaneous idea that developed into a project platform and network which mobilizes and enables Berlin’s newcomers from all over the world to channel their time, energy and expertise in social projects and neighborhood work. The goal is to create meeting points for communities that would normally not engage with each other.

GSBTB supports and realizes numerous projects with Berlin’s refugee communities, thereby making a significant contribution towards sustainable integration and intercultural understanding. Those who have fled their countries are not only beneficiaries, but also become an integral part of the Give Something Back to Berlin community.

The Berlin initiative emerged as the winner amongst almost 1,000 applicants from 120 countries. The award was presented during the 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 April 2016 12:02

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Emirates wins Best Airline Worldwide Award

Emirates won the coveted ‘Best Airline Worldwide’ title, the Airline with the Best Economy Class, and Airline with the Best Cabin Staff awards at the Business Traveller Middle East Awards 2016 which were presented at a gala dinner attended by travel industry professionals, and were chosen through a voting process open to the readers of the Business Traveller magazine.

Representing the airline at the Business Traveller ME awards, Thierry Antinori, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Customers have always been at the heart of whatever we do. That is why ‎we continually invest in developing high quality products on board, and our cosmopolitan cabin crew put in every effort to deliver exceptional service. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts by Business Traveller Middle East’s discerning readers, and we will work hard to keep raising the bar to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

These awards show Emirates’ commitment to providing excellent service and innovation in an environment where many airlines are upgrading their offerings to compete globally.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 April 2016 20:25

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GCC travel industry confident of growth - Arabian Travel Market starts on April 25 2016

The largest travel industry event in the Middle East – Arabian Travel Market (ATM) – will start tomorrow, April 25 2016. At the inaugural press conference held today at The Address Hotel, Dubai Mail, the organizers of the event expressed their confidence in the region’s tourism sector.

Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Tourism, said that the opening of new theme parks in Dubai and the focus on mid-market visitors will help diversify what Dubai has to offer and help in achieving the 2020 target of attracting 20 million visitors to Dubai.

Thierry Antinori, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of Emirates Airline spoke about the partnership between Dubai and Emirates which is encouraging visitors to come to Dubai. He also said that despite global economic concerns, the airline is on track to add Taipei and Prague to the list of 38 destinations serviced by their flagship A380 aircraft.

Chris Newman, Corporate Director of Operations at Emaar Hospitality said that the hospitailty segment of Emaar is contributing about 16% to total profits for the group and the hotels are experiencing 86% occupancy rates – 10% above the industry average.

Nadege Noblet-Segers, Exhibition Manager of ATM and Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director ATM and WTM, spoke about the growth in ATM with 100 additional exhibitors and the likelihood that last year’s visitor numbers of 26,000 will be surpassed this year.

Dr Ali Abu Monassar, Chairman of The Vision, a destination management company, highlighted the dynamic changes that are taking place in Dubai and the importance of ATM as a meeting place for the region's travel and tourism industry.

The Irhal team will be covering the Arabian Travel Market over the next four days and we will be highlighting some of the new and interesting destinations and offers that will be unveiled for GCC tourists.


Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2016 17:16

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Germany gaining in popularity among GCC tourists

With more than 2 million overnight stays by GCC tourists in Germany in 2015 and a growth of 18% over the previous year, German cities are becoming popular tourist destinations for GCC tourists. And Maria Amaral, Director of the Marketing & Sales Office of the German National Tourist Office in the Gulf region is busy promoting Germany’s natural beauty, its lakes and forests , its horse riding trails as well as its family friendly theme parks and luxury shopping facilities.

GCC tourists can find many Halal restaurants in Germany. Besides, many large hotels are familiar with the dietary requirements of Muslim travelers and prepare special Halal dishes for their GCC visitors.

Last Updated on Sunday, 24 April 2016 02:04

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