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CONTENTS

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Rixos The Palm Dubai

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Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah

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Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi

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Ottoman Palace

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Conrad Dubai opens in United Arab Emirates 

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Armani Hotel Dubai 

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WTA to start 2014 in style at JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

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Le Royal Méridien 

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Pinnacle of perfection

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JW Marriott Marquis Dubai welcomes Tower 2

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A touch of Thai at Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa

The Meydan, Dubai

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

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Hospitality key to Dubai’s Expo 2020 plans

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Dubai prepares for new cruise terminal

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The Address Downtown Dubai

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Yas Viceroy Hotel

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Abu Dhabi set to break new records in 2014

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Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah

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Al Faisaliah Hotel

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Royal Caribbean returns to Arabia

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Al Faisaliah Spa 

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Etihad launches inaugural flight to Jaipur

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Yas Waterworld

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Royal Jet soars to new heights

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Atlantis The Palm Dubai

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Al Farrad

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Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai

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Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, Riyadh 

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W Doha Hotel & Residences

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St. Regis Doha, Qatar

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The Ritz-Carlton Riyadh

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The Address Montgomerie Dubai

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Sharq Village & Spa, Doha

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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa

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Katara makes key contribution to Qatar’s renaissance

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Jebel Ali Golf Resort, Dubai

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Palace Suite, Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

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Ski Dubai and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates

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The Saray Spa, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

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Inaugural World Ski Awards proves a phenomenal success

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Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche 

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Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

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Dates for 2014 World Ski Awards are announced

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Jebel Ali Golf Resort

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South America’s hottest city

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Mauritius to host World Spa Awards

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ROTANA OPENS FIVE-STAR RESORT IN SALALAH, OMAN

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ROTANA

Rotana is opening its first property in Oman, the five-star Salalah Rotana Resort. Its 400 rooms and suites are connected by an elaborate network of manmade waterways that link all waterfront hotels and residential areas in Muriya’s Salalah Beach Resort to the Indian Ocean. Omer Kaddouri, President & CEO of Rotana, says: “We are excited to begin a new journey today at the first hotel to be operated by Rotana in Oman. We will be working closely Oman’s Ministry of Tourism on developing the country’s appeal and establishing Salalah as a new and upcoming year-round tourist destination.” Salalah Rotana Resort form part of the government’s strategy to strengthen Oman’s reputation as a luxury hospitality haven. The resort offers guests a wide variety of food and beverage venues including a lobby lounge café, all-day dining and specialty restaurants as well as a beach restaurant and pool bar. The hotel is fully-equipped to cater to business visitors with a selection of meeting rooms, a business centre, Bodylines leisure and fitness club, a large outdoor pool, massage services, and a kids’ club.

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Guests can rest, relax and rejuvenate at the resort’s Zen the spa; Rotana’s home-grown spa concept derived from ancient holistic Asian philosophies. A calming space where stress melts away, Zen the spa at Rotana promises to provide each guest the opportunity to ‘rebalance the body’ with a wide variety of relaxing ‘ritual’ treatments from full body massages, facials and soothing wraps. In the coming months, the resort will grow to feature 45 villas and we expect the resort to be fully operational in time for the popular Khareef season when the area receives a large number of visitors. The resort has also been commended by Sheikh Khalid bin Mussalam Al Rowas, Director General of the Ministry of Tourism in Salalah, who commented that the hotel will have a profound impact on tourism in the region in line with the Government’s vision for tourism development. Salalah Rotana Resort will offer a fully-integrated destination in the city that supports increased investment and development of infrastructure which includes the new international airport and expansion of the Port of Salalah. In 2013, 435,000 visitors from the Gulf region visited Salalah during the Khareef season, an increase of over 80,000 on the previous year as visitor numbers continue to rise year on year. The new Salalah Airport is expected to be completed in 2014, with the capacity to handle one million passengers. Future expansion is planned to extend capacity to six million passengers. Spread over an area of 15.6 million square meters with 8.2km beach front, Salalah Beach is located in one of the most breath-taking natural settings in the Sultanate between spectacular mountains, fresh water springs and tropical scenery. Visitors find themselves immersed in traditional Arabian lifestyles and values expressed through the surrounding architecture, wildlife and frankincense trees.

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BURJ AL ARAB

Burj Al Arab, Dubai

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The definition of ultra-luxury, Burj al Arab is not just the leading hotel in the world, it is also one of the most unique. Its exterior, designed to resemble a billowing sail, has become one of the most photographed structures in the world. However only a small number of visitors to Dubai ever get to feast their eyes on the Burj’s spectacular interior. Al Mahara, the flagship seafood restaurant, typifies the quirkiness of the Burj. Diners take a simulated submarine ride down to the restaurant, which is surrounded by an aquarium. As you feast on such delicacies as beluga caviar, an aquatic soap opera starring fish and sharks unfolds before your eyes. For unrivalled views across Dubai, head to the Skyview Bar on the top floor and suspended 200 metres above sea level. From here you can walk across to the giant helipad, which was once transformed into a tennis court for a match between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. The helipad has also been converted into a golf bunker where US Open Champion Rory McIlroy hit a series of breathtaking bunker shots towards Jumeirah Beach.

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The sunny side of life with

EMIRATES PALACE IN ABU DHABI

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EMIRATES PALACE

Emirates Palace Abu Dhabi is constantly pushing the boundaries of luxury travel. Its latest addition is customised spa treatments in your very own beach cabana. An outdoor offering of the luxury treatments available at the Anantara Spa, the exclusive Emirates Palace Beach Club, introduces a new opportunity for rejuvenation and relaxation along the coast of the Arabian Gulf. From the East to the West of the resort, there is an array of offerings for both members and a limited number of day users.

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AQUA ADVENTURES The Cascades Adventure Pool offers both thrilling rides and a jet-propelled lazy river with waterfalls to refresh bathers. Nestled among palm trees allows guests and members alike to turn down the fun by a couple of notches with Jacuzzis, sun loungers, African day beds and pool hammocks, as they savour a range of healthy food options and mixers available at Las Brisas restaurant. Having recently been awarded Blue Flag accreditation, the clear blue waters of the Emirates Palace lagoon meet the highest international standards of water quality and environmental safety. With complimentary access to non-motorised water sports like snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding, wind surfing and sailing, guests can choose from a wide range of activities to fill their day. For those who like the added thrill of an engine, water skiing and wakeboarding are definite must-tries. Beyond the beach and plethora of activities available, members and day-users can enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality with Arabic coffee or saffron tea and dates under the ‘Bedouin Tents of Arabia’ or a camel ride along the coast for an extra touch of local culture. A bicycle ride or jog through the well-manicured gardens will lead guests along a six-kilometre path of discovery. From cricket and football pitches to floodlit tennis courts, badminton, and a beach volleyball court, members and day-users can explore a variety of activities and decide if they would prefer to stay dry or if they would rather take a dip in the Arabian Gulf. The resort picked up the trophies for ‘World’s Leading Luxury Beach Resort’ and ‘World’s Leading Hotel Suite’, for the Palace Suite at Emirates Palace at World Travel Awards 2013. The awards were given at the 20th annual World Travel Award Grand Final Gala Ceremony, hosted by La Cigale Hotel. Emirates Palace has won a handful of prestigious industry awards since its inception in 2005, including the 2012 World Travel Award’s ‘Best World’s Leading Conference and Meetings Hotel’ and ‘World's Leading Presidential Suite’.

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Ottoman Palace Turkey’s Ottoman Empire may have fallen decades ago but in Dubai – the land of limitless luxury – you can enjoy the opulence of the golden age at Jumeirah Zabeeel Saray.

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OTTOMAN PALACE

Situated on the western crescent of Palm Jumeirah, the celebrated man-made island in the shape of a palm tree, the palatial property offers stunning views over the Arabian Gulf. Jumeirah has recaptured the Ottoman opulence with Zabeel Saray. Hand-painted frescoes, Turkish artworks and spectacular murals, the hotel features one of the largest spas in the Middle East, ocean facing guest rooms, extensive leisure facilities and exquisitely designed beachside restaurants. At the heart of the property lies a peerless Talise Ottoman Spa. Covering thousands of square metres, it boasts everything from a snow room and floating baths to adventure showers. The spa also features four outdoor cabanas, alongside a unique VIP area which provides five treatment rooms, a dining room, hammam, relaxation area and steam room, sauna and showers.

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Another prime place to unwind is the hotel’s own stretch of private beach, soaking up the sun inbetween dipping your toes in the ocean. For an exhilarating day out for the whole family, take advantage of our shuttle service to Wild Wadi Waterpark and receive complimentary unlimited access throughout your stay. World-class sports, conferencing and banqueting facilities complete the offering, with ten authentic restaurants within the hotel. If sinking a Martini in the bright, contemporary Voda Bar is not to your taste, simply head over to Plaj where guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines while soaking up the sun. Even in the wonderland of Dubai, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray truly must be seen to be believed.

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ARMANI DUBAI

ARMANI HOTEL DUBAI

reigns supreme at World Travel Awards The ultra-luxury Armani Hotel Dubai was crowned as the ‘World’s Leading Landmark Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2013 Grand Final in Doha, Qatar. The hotel, located in the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is the flagship property of Armani Hotels & Resorts, chaired by Mohamed Alabbar, and celebrates the design aesthetics and hospitality of fashion legend, Giorgio Armani, with its renowned ‘Stay with Armani’ promise. In addition to its unmatched location in Burj Khalifa, a global icon and an architectural milestone by Emaar Properties, every aspect of the hotel’s design and service offerings has been designed and planned by Giorgio Armani – from the bespoke furnishings to restaurant menus and in-room amenities. Practicality and elegance, the cornerstones of Armani’s signature style, combine with precious materials and sophisticated finishes to create a highly personalised space. Armani Hotel Dubai is located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, described as ‘The Centre of Now,’ and is within walking distance of The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination, and some of Dubai’s most compelling tourist attractions, including The Dubai Fountain, the world’s tallest performing fountain. By drawing on the success of Armani Hotel Dubai, Armani Hotels & Resorts has opened its second hotel in Milan, Italy, and explores opportunity for opening ultra-luxury properties in other key cities globally. For more info visit: www.armanihotels.com APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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Le Royal Méridien

BEACH RESORT & SPA, DUBAI

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LE ROYAL MÉRIDIEN

Voted “World’s Leading Beach Resort” at World Travel Awards 2013, Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa enjoys a prime location on Jumeirah Beach, boasting superb views of the Arabian Gulf. Its numerous features include a Roman-themed spa, luxury bedrooms and beautifully-landscaped gardens. The hotel’s 504 rooms and suites cater for every type of traveller and with 14 international restaurants and bars, the hotel offers guests the world on a plate. Whatever, or wherever you choose to eat, the food, service and ambience is always the product of passion, care and imagination. Caracalla, the hotel’s Roman-themed Spa & Health Club, is the ideal retreat for mind and body. The spa also boasts five Hammam pools, saunas, steam rooms, Jacuzzis, state-of-the art gym and aerobic centre. The pool and beach facilities are quite spectacular: three temperature-controlled swimming pools, tennis, squash, watersports, supervised kid’s club with play area and daily activities. The Penguin Club has long been a popular feature of the resort for both guests and club members aged between four and twelve. For your special events, our conference and banqueting services provide international expertise to guarantee a truly unforgettable occasion.

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PINNACLE OF PERFECTION Grosvenor House Dubai is the pinnacle of perfection, set within the cosmopolitan heart of Dubai Marina.

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GROSVENOR HOUSE

Glittering against the skyline and standing majestically at the heart of Dubai Marina, is the exclusive Grosvenor House Dubai. An esteemed establishment with breathtaking rooms, suites, apartment suites and residence apartments, a world-class conference centre and a wide array of epicurean dining options. A gracious tribute to Arabian influences and contemporary design, where Jon Bujard stone columns, gleaming chequered marble floors and walls cocooned in Rosewood paneling create a scene of modern grandeur and timeless elegance. Large windows look out over turquoise waters, where dhow boats and super yachts beckon. And the scent of fresh flowers follows you, wherever you go. Grosvenor House is a name steeped in excellence. Grosvenor House Dubai, is the modern interpretation of such excellence, combining luxurious standards with futuristic flair. A guardian of tradition, perfectly refined. The Grosvenor House prides itself on its impeccable service, built on the legendary hospitality of Arabia.

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GROSVENOR HOUSE

Each of the 45 storeys in both Tower One and Tower Two redefine the word luxury. The breathtaking interiors are bespoke with the latest in hi-tech comfort. Every little detail is designed to delight – from the fine Bvlgari bathroom amenities, to the way we fold our towels. Grosvenor House Dubai comprises 749 rooms, suites, apartment suites, residence apartments and premier villas. Exclusive to Tower Two, are five prestigious premier villas that are in a class of their own. A feast of award-winning dining choices and bars are the talk of the city, as the places to see and be seen in. You can savour everything from the finest afternoon tea in Dubai at Rhodes in Residence, to the best of British cuisine with French flair at Rhodes Mezzanine, both headed by Michelin-starred chef Gary Rhodes. In a first that is unique in the Middle East, Grosvenor House Dubai offers a choice of two lavish spas offering a multitude of options to those who wish to be pampered. The Retreat Health & Spa features steam rooms, Rasuls, sauna and Jacuzzi, B/ATTITUDE SPA tempts you to enjoy a sublime immersion in the ancient rejuvenation therapies of the East. APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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STEP INSIDE, FEEL ALIVE. REVEALING THE VIBRANT DESTINATION IN DOHA

The W Doha Hotel & Residences, the first lifestyle hotel in Doha, brings all the buzz of New York City to vibrant Doha. Located in the heart of Doha, where “majesty meets metropolitan style, arts meet archaeology and history meets haute couture”, each room is filled with iconic design, tech savvy amenities and a stylish ambiance allowing guests to fully escape the day-today into the trend- setting W brand. Savour award-winning cuisine, at Market by JeanGeorges for an international culinary journey, or Spice Market, for a modern take on Southeast Asian street food, both by 3 star Michelin Chef JeanGeorges Vongerichten. Soak up the atmosphere in the W signature Living Room experience or linger over coffee before grabbing a cupcake to go in the W Café. Play the night away during memorable evenings listening to the latest world beats from international and up and coming DJs in Crystal, or mingle with the hippest crowd at Wahm, the indoor lounge and poolside retreat. Elsewhere the choice for guests is endless, from the Bliss® Spa experience, the first and only in the region, for indulgent spa days, to the SWEAT Fitness Centre and the WET pool area for private openair swims. Guests also have access to W Doha’s Happenings, reveling what’s new/next in the world of fashion, music and design. All of these experiences are supported by the brand’s signature Whatever/ Whenever® concierge service, providing guests whatever they want whenever they want it (as long as it’s legal!).

With nearly 1,000 square metres of ultra-modern meeting and event space, W Doha is able to host business and social gatherings of up to 600 people. WiFi internet access and state-of-the-art AV equipment are available for use at the click of a button. Welcome to where amplified entertainment and innovative cuisine are within reach of W Doha WHERE TO FIND US West Bay Area, PO Box 19573 Doha, Qatar t: +974 4453 5000 t: +974 4453 5343 f: +974 4453 5354 e: info.wdoha@whotels.com WWW.WHOTELDOHA.COM


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ANANTARA

Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas’ first Dubai property, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a luxurious, uniquely Thai inspired beach resort, prestigiously located on the iconic Palm Jumeirah. Set amidst lush landscaping, 293 guest rooms and villas redefine urban beachfront accommodation, and are designed with tasteful luxury and stunning lagoon and Palm views. Exclusive clusters of only four to eight guest rooms maximise privacy, and 130 of these rooms boast direct access to 10,000 square metres of lagoon pools. The resort offers Anantara Two Bedroom Beach Pool Villas for families and friends, in addition to the Middle East’s first Over Water Villas with most featuring glass viewing panels that reveal underwater glimpses of the Arabian Sea.

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Lazy days can be enjoyed at Anantara’s 400 metre long private beach, as well as at three beautiful lagoon-inspired pools and a 50-metre shoreline infinity pool. Making the most of the exotic climate, a variety of water sports includes kayaking, wake boarding and paddle boarding, as well as diving and snorkelling adventures. Two well-equipped gyms and two tennis courts extend the choice of energising leisure pursuits. A teens club, Chill and Tuk Tuk Kids Club keep younger guests happily entertained. The Anantara Spa offers distinctive pampering, beauty and wellness journeys from 16 luxurious treatment suites. Indulge in the revitalising traditional Thai Massage or sample one of Anantara Spa’s other signature treatments, such as the indigenous Arabian Massage. Six restaurants and bars serve a riveting diversity of culinary experiences. Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, such as hot and cold mezze, shish tawouk and um ali, and refined world flavours are accompanied by Australian-inspired flame grilled delights, speciality Asian and Mediterranean flavours. Casual swim-up bar refreshments can be followed later in the day by charming tea rituals and cocktails on the shisha deck. Romance and special occasions are celebrated with signature Dining by Design journeys, complete with a private chef and butler. The resort incorporates fascinating Thai touches such as floating market boats gliding across the lagoons serving tropical beverages and three wheeler tuk-tuks transporting guests around the resort. While infusing local culture, the resort lobby features a Dubai heritage corner, which showcases various indigenous artifacts and replicas of times gone by. Guests can soak up countless fascinating insights into the plentiful history of Dubai, such as its early pearl-diving heritage. For bookings and further information visit www.anantara.com

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DUBAI EXPO

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Dubai has announced plans to boost its number of hotel rooms by 80,000 following the emirate winning hosting rights to World Expo 2020. An estimated 25 million visitors are expected to attend the six-month spectacle, which will be held in the MENA region for the first time in the history of the event. Due to its geographic positioning, an estimated 70 per cent of visitors would originate from outside the host nation, making it the most international event in the history of Expo and offering unprecedented reach and exposure to participants and visitors alike. The world fair is the world’s largest non-sporting event, and the third-largest event behind the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. It aims not only to open up opportunities for trade and tourism, but also to put the UAE in the world’s spotlight. Dubai Expo 2020 will be hosted at Dubai Trade Centre – Jebel Ali, a single 438-hectare site, among one of the largest in Expo history. Situated between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, directly adjacent to the new Dubai World Central Airport, the site will provide optimal ease of access for visitors. Dubai Expo 2020 would serve as a platform for ideas and solutions across nations and organisation, inspiring a generation and driving lasting social change. The theme for Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” which offers a vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment in today’s highly interconnected world. The event will also generate employment for a growing region with a young and dynamic population, creating more than 275,000 jobs in Dubai over the next seven years. Meanwhile, the Dubai economy could expect to benefit from an estimated US$23bn as a direct result of Expo 2020.

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DUBAI EXPO Dubai Expo would take place immediately before the UAE marks its 50th anniversary in 2021, offering a unique opportunity to connect Expo to the national celebrations as the country enjoys a moment of collective reflection. The nation has outlined plans to invest $8 billion on infrastructure projects ahead of the event. Works include plans to extend Dubai Metro’s Red Line to Dubai World Central. The expansion also includes the construction of a new stretch of line from the existing terminus at Jebel Ali to Al Maktoum International Airport, which is next to the proposed Expo site at Dubai World Central. Voted “World’s Leading Destination” at World Travel Awards 2013, Dubai hosted more than 10 million visitors last year. Tourism is one of the key contributors to the city’s economy, generating US$4.4bn in revenues for Dubai in 2011. Among the city’s many attractions, The Dubai Mall, located at the foot of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, recorded a total footfall of over 65 million last year – more than the number of annual tourists to New York City.

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THE ADDRESS

THE ADDRESS DOWNTOWN DUBAI Located in the happening heart of Downtown Dubai, The Address Downtown Dubai has the world’s tallest tower, Burj Khalifa and the stunning Dubai Fountain on its doorstep and is flanked by The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping and entertainment centre. The ultra-sleek hotel offers a combination of outstanding facilities and superlative attention to detail makes it the premier lifestyle destination for international travellers. Standing an impressive 63 storeys high and featuring 196 lavish rooms and 626 serviced residences, The Address Downtown Dubai offers an extensive range of gourmet experiences, modern meeting and event venues, a signature Spa, a fully equipped Fitness Centre, chilled pools and indulgent amenities and services. The hotel is less than 15 minutes from Dubai International Airport and easily accessible to several of Dubai's landmarks and key destinations.

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ABU DHABI SET TO BREAK NEW RECORDS IN 2014

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ABU DHABI TOURISM

The first double points race in the history of Formula One will be watched by the largest crowd in the history of the Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 23. The capacity at Yas Marina Circuit has increased from 55,000 to 60,000 due to an increase in space in the Abu Dhabi Hill standing area, as well as more room in the Paddock Club. This year will also see the launch of even more ticketing options and specially created packages. Ticket prices for 2014 have been frozen from last year, with a 30 per cent reduction on ticket prices being offered if purchased before May 31. One-day tickets are also available for the Abu Dhabi Hill, as well as two and three-day passes in the area that were first introduced last year.

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Award-winning Abu Dhabi is currently enjoying a surge in visitor numbers. A total of 2,806,283 guests checked into Abu Dhabi’s 150 hotels and hotel apartments in 2013, up 18 per cent on 2012, according to figures released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority. Abu Dhabi’s hotels have witnessed their best ever year and the outstanding result means the emirate has smashed its target of 2.5 million hotel guests in 2013. The UK remains Abu Dhabi’s second largest overseas market, behind India, with 162,973 Britons checking into the emirate’s hotels last year, a 16 per cent increase on 2012. British guests accounted for 763,151 guest nights – an increase of 25 per cent year on year - with an average length of stay of 4.68 nights, again up seven percent from the previous year. “This is a highly satisfying performance, particularly as we have seen 13 more hotels and hotel apartments open throughout 2013. We now have just over 26,000 hotel rooms, a ten per cent increase on 2012,” said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi. He continued: “As we have now achieved the original hotel guest targets set for 2014, we have reviewed our goals and are uplifting our sights by ten per cent. We are now looking to achieve 3.1 million hotel guests in 2014, with a ten per cent year on year compounded growth in the near term.” The 2013 guest intake delivered close to 8.8 million guest nights, a 26 per cent increase on 2012, with total revenue reaching almost £902 million, up 18per cent.

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AL FAISALIAH HOTEL

Al Faisaliah Hotel A ROSEWOOD HOTEL, RIYADH

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In a city that gracefully melds tradition with sophisticated style, Al Faisaliah Hotel, A Rosewood Hotel defines ultimate elegance and prestigious location. With the introduction of dedicated 24-hour butler service, the 330-room property has elevated the art of personal service to new levels. Perfectly suited to the discerning business traveller, Al Faisaliah Hotel offers spacious accommodations, technologically advanced in-room communications systems, six culinary venues, a state-of-theart health club and easy access to world-class shopping. The signature restaurant of the hotel, The Globe, is unique among Riyadh restaurants. To many it has come to represent the jewel in the crown of the Kingdom’s first city – an golden geodesic orb sitting proudly on top of Al Faisaliah Tower, the country’s first skyscraper. Guests enjoy a unique perspective of the Kingdom’s first city. Within this dramatic three-story dome, delicious modern European cuisine and sweeping panoramic views of the city come together to create an unmatched Riyadh fine dining experience. Created by Sir Norman Foster, the design is said to be based on that of a ballpoint pen. The luxury restaurant proudly sits within the golden ball, and revolves to give 360-degree views that stretch for over 40 miles across the city and beyond.

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Glimmering and glistening like the Jewel in the Crown of the Al Faisaliah Hotel, the spa brings to life the vision of a unique, exclusive, luxurious ladies only retreat within the heart of the city. A tranquil oasis in which to relax, socialise and enjoy world-class treatments and services.

A welcoming haven of exclusive facilities, extensive treatments and the latest fitness offerings, provided by consummate professionals ensures that Al Faisaliah Spa by ESPA offers the ultimate spa experience to challenge international standards.

Sumptuous textures draw on local culture and heritage as glittering Swarovski crystals and cascading waterfalls combine to create a magical journey and sense of wonderment as guests voyage through the four floors of the spa. From dynamic social areas to quiet relaxation lounges, from Hammam and heat experiences to private spa suites and treatment rooms, guests are cossetted by the atmosphere and reassuring signature scent of the spa.

Global spa leaders ESPA have created a treatment menu that honours local traditions, drawing on indigenous elements and ancient modalities, thoughtfully uniting these with the latest scientific advances and international values to deliver effective, results driven treatments and solutions. Performed by highly skilled and trained therapists, ESPA’s focus is tailoring treatments to guests needs on the day of appointment is scheduled.

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Situated in the bustling city of Jeddah, the Rosewood Corniche faces the Red Sea beach and palm-fronded promenade. Designer shopping, the Jeddah old town, and the famous King Fahd’s Fountain are within walking distance and make exploring an easy diversion. Rosewood Corniche property is among the most admired luxury hotels in Jeddah, and is within easy reach of key business, diplomatic, government and designer shopping districts. The nearest airport, the King Abdulaziz, is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Designed for discerning travellers seeking five-star Jeddah accommodation, the 127 rooms and suites at Rosewood Corniche feature stateof-the-art entertainment and thoughtful amenities. As the first luxury hotel in Jeddah to offer 24-hour butler service, guests revel in a world of personal indulgence. A popular destination for dining, Rosewood Corniche presents a rich array of culinary options at its popular and varied restaurants. Featuring a choice of Japanese, Chinese, European, Middle Eastern dishes the hotel is always on the must-visit list for Jeddah dining.



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Yas Waterworld ABU DHABI Yas Waterworld boasts 43 rides, slides & attractions – five of which are one-of-a-kind. The Liwa Loop is the first looping waterslide of its kind in the Middle East. Drop through a trap door and slide at up to 40mph. Bubble’s Barrell is the world’s largest surf-able sheet wave. With a 3m-high wave and 1,250-horsepower pumps pushing 7,000 litres of water per second, Bubbles’ Barrel packs some serious surf power for an incredible adrenaline rush. The Dawwama is a six-person HydroMAGNETIC TORNADO™. It is the first of its kind in the world. Riders are dropped at a 100 percent grade into the 18-metre (60-foot) funnel. They experience the longest zero gravitational forces as the rafts sweep up the TORNADO™ wall until they are perpendicular to the ground, then across and along its equator line. After a series of exciting oscillations through the funnel, the rafts finally descend into the landing pool below. Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi offers a thrilling experience for all family members. The UAE’s first mega-waterpark offers 43 exciting rides, slides and attractions, including the world’s first interactive water and laser rollercoaster and the world’s longest, fastest tornado waterslide.

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Thrills and spills at the Atlantis waterpark Journey into the very heart of excitement at Aquaventure, the largest waterpark in the Middle East and Europe. Guests can spend the day enjoying a series of thrilling waterslides, a 2.3 kilometre tidal river, dramatic wave surges and beautiful waterfalls set amidst a tropical landscape. But not for the fainthearted is the centrepiece, the exhilarating Ziggurat, which at 27.5 metres high, plunges guests down the Leap of Faith, a near vertical freefall waterslide, through shark-filled waters. For quieter moments, guests can unwind on the sun speckled beach and indulge in light snacks and refreshments from Barracudas and Shark Bites restaurants as well as the kiosks across the park.

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Younger guests can have fun with Splashers, their own water playground in which to frolic. Climbing frames, rope bridges, water jets and cannons guarantee to make Aquaventure the perfect playground for the entire family. Visitors have unlimited access to Aquaventure, whilst entry is included for in-house guests. The waterpark provides a truly remarkable backdrop for school trips, celebrations or simply a fun-filled family day out. Guests can also visit Dolphin Bay, Dubai’s first mammal rescue and rehabilitation centre. Set within 11 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with lagoons, pristine beaches and dramatic waterfalls are the fascinating Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins of Atlantis. The focus is on education and conservation whilst offering a range of intimate and unforgettable shallow and deep water interactions. Qualified Marine Mammal Specialists guide guests through their memorable encounter with these playful and highly intelligent creatures. This allows a closer appreciation of the animals and their behaviour in an experience to charm and engage all ages with memories to last a lifetime. There are three vast lagoons where you can meet and play with these charismatic and graceful creatures during either a shallow water or deep interaction. Whether you are a hotel guest or a visitor for the day our dolphins offer a once in a lifetime experience.

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Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai

Situated between Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi Waterpark is located on Jumeirah Beach Road, a leisurely half-hour drive from Dubai International Airport. Wild Wadi Waterpark is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad. The park breaks new ground in that 13 of its 30 pulsating attractions are inter-connected, allowing thrill-seekers of all ages to experience one adrenaline rush after another without ever leaving the water. Throughout the day the paths are sprayed with water to ensure that guests can walk barefoot around the park comfortably. There are eight gravity-defying Master Blasters that operate on a series of high-powered water jets, taking guests on an aquatic roller coaster ride. The Wipe-out and Riptide Flow Riders offer the ultimate surfing experience with realistic wave effects which are great for body boarding, knee boarding or surfing. One of the Region’s largest wave pool is fringed by a bank of palm trees and creates waves of up to 1.5m in four different configurations.

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The Tunnel of Doom is a pitch black ride, longer and faster than any of its kind and guests braving this ride will travel in total darkness in an underground ring ride of sudden twists and turns before plunging into the Lazy River. For the ultimate adrenaline rush, test your mettle against Jumeirah Sceirah. Drop through the trap door from a height of 32 metres into the waiting water tunnel and race down the slide at 80km per hour. Hire your own exclusive cabana and enjoy a VIP experience at Wild Wadi Waterpark. Your private waiter will greet you, and be on-hand all day with food and drink orders. You will have your own private space on the Lazy River so you can catch the world go by in peace and quiet. And when you decide to enter the rides, you will have fast-track access to White Water Wadi! A great way to entertain your guests (8 guests maximum per cabana)! 78

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W DOHA HOTEL & RESIDENCES Whether it’s for business or leisure, or a mix of both, Doha is rapidly emerging into one of the Middle East’s most exciting destinations. The Qatari capital’s soaring skyscrapers, set against the glistening waters of the Arabian Gulf, lend it a futuristic feel and an air of exciting things to come. The W Doha Hotel & Residences is the city’s hippest hang-out, and reflects the energy of Doha. The spectacular home-from-home features fully-integrated kitchens, state-of-the-art home entertainment systems, plush comfort, and custom bathrooms with glass walls and walk-in showers. Living at the W Doha is like getting insider access to a backstage pass to everything cutting-edge, exciting and new in the heart of Doha’s West Bay. You can choose to meet your colleagues for a cocktail in the Living Room always buzzing with activity or show off your design-forward apartment residence. W Doha sets the standard in Doha in extraordinary, hotel-inspired living where you can indulge yourself everyday. Enjoy these benefits when you lease a serviced apartment at W Doha Hotel & Residences. These furnished apartments are perfect for long/ short stays and new relocations to Doha. Qatar’s compact size makes it particularly convenient for venturing beyond the city to beautiful destinations like the Al Wakra Beach, Singing Sand Dunes and the Inland Sea. 82

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RAFFLES MAKKAH PALACE Saudi Arabia

Raffles Makkah Palace, Saudi Arabia is an exclusive allsuite hotel with astonishing views of the Grand Mosque and the Kaaba, drawing inspiration from the heritage, culture and faith of the Middle East. In an outstanding location directly adjacent to Al Masjid Al Haram – the Grand Mosque – Raffles Makkah Palace, Saudi Arabia offers easy access to King Abdulaziz Gate, the main entrance to the Grand Mosque. Each of the 214 suites overlook the holy site and each provide gloriously generous accommodation, with separate living and dining spaces, and unrivalled attention to detail. Discreet personal butlers deliver Raffles’ signature style of service – anticipatory, thoughtful and thorough – and the entire experience is both inspiring and relaxing. The property boasts Raffles trademark sophistication and prides itself on being an extremely discreet yet highly refined residential sanctuary. The design draws inspiration from the heritage and culture of the Middle East, while keeping with Raffles’ style of having each property reflect a sense of its destination and journey. For the absolute summit in residential splendour, the majestic Royal Suites offer a majestic space, overlooking a sweeping panoramic view of the Ka’aba. These feature two bedrooms, an exquisite living area, a dining room, a kitchenette, a dressing room, three bathrooms, and 24-hour butler service. Raffles Makkah Palace is a place you'll never forget; an experience to be savoured, an exciting, enchanting place loved by those with an adventurous soul and a taste for the very best.

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Originally designed as a royal guest palace for visiting dignitaries, this incredible hotel in the capital of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has rapidly established itself as one of world’s great palace hotels. It was voted “World’s Leading Palace Hotel” at World Travel Award 2013. Native palms, 600-year old olive trees from Lebanon, and water fountains abound on the property, which sits within 52 acres of luxuriantly landscaped gardens, and provides an oasis of serenity amidst the city centre. Live like a king in the 425 square metre Royal Suite, which comes with divided living and sleeping rooms. Each suite features a separate working and dining area and full amenities.More than 5,800 square meters (62,000 square feet) of conference rooms and meeting space combined, including two colossal ballrooms in a separate wing. Indoor heated pool on the mezzanine level featuring garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. For more information visit www.ritzcarlton.com

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SHARQ VILLAGE & SPA, DOHA Sharq Village & Spa blends traditional architecture and design with modern amenities to create an unforgettable Doha hotel experience. The resort is inspired by traditional Qatari culture and architecture, and reflects the close-knit communities of fishermen, pearl divers and merchants that shaped Qatar’s vibrant history. Its modern facilities and amenities also meet the requirements of international leisure and business travellers. The courtyard reflects the legacy of Qatar’s old trade routes – Qatari chests, lanterns, and furniture surround a handmade wooden four-poster bed in a room with ornate arches, glowing recesses and wooden ceilings. Rooms are lavishly decorated with authentic copper, inlaid brass, and hand-woven carpets, providing a restive and private Qatari-style sanctuary. The hotel exterior resembles that of an elegantly marbled sheikh’s palace, and the interior is no less regal with crystal-draped chandeliers hanging from the towering arched ceilings. The lobby houses Qatar’s only indoor souq where you can buy everything from luxury designer wear to traditional Arabic ornaments. APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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All day dining restaurant Al Liwan offers authentic Middle Eastern dishes on the buffet for luncheons along with à la carte menu. Adding to the vibrant gastronomic mix of Doha’s culinary scene, Sharq Village & Spa introduces Parisa, the first Persian restaurant in The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, featuring traditional dishes with a contemporary, modern twist. Guests may also savour the breathtaking over view from Al Wanis, the roof top Shisha Terrace while enjoy a puff on the Shisha water pipe. Alternatively to sup from Middle Eastern tastes, sheets at Al Jalsa the hotel’s Arabic Café. For Cigar Connoisseurs, the Cigar Lounge offers a wide range of Cuban cigars amidst plush colonial surroundings. The 6,500-square-metre Six Senses Spa at Sharq Village & Spa, the largest in the region, features four villages that encompass 23 treatment rooms; stateof-the-art fitness facilities; changing, prayer and relaxation rooms; and private majlis areas. Respectful of Qatari traditions, this Doha spa resort provides a separate ladies’ entrance and reception area, full-service beauty salon and exercise facilities.

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local and international cultural scene by encouraging talented artists and provide necessary means to reach global levels. As part of its efforts to make Qatar a cultural destination and revive the popular tradition and ancient Qatari heritage, Katara offers through strategic partnerships with other institutions, long-term means to celebrate the Qatari culture and preserve it to future generations in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030, as Katara through these partnerships, will be able to transform the vision of (Katara) as a center for arts, theater, literature and music into a reality, through hosting various local and international events, which aim to realize the target of Katara to be a world cultural hub.

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PALACE SUITE, EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI

A palace within a palace, the three-bedroom Palace Suite at Emirates Palace represents the ultimate in Arabian luxury, spread across a gargantuan 680 square metres, and complete with your own butler on call 24-7, plus a dining room fit to host a banquet for royalty. It was voted “World’s Leading Hotel Suite” at World Travel Awards 2013. The Palace Suite also boasts an exhaustive list of lavish amenities and the latest technology. Guests can also enjoy shimmering views of the Arabian Gulf, and also avail themselves of all the facilities of the amazing Emirates Palace, which cost $3 billion to build. The bath butlers at the resort will prepare one of seven baths listed on the bath menu. Guests can also have their tub filled with champagne for a few thousand dollars.

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THE JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI The world’s tallest hotel, is also home to two of the world’s finest presidential suites – one in each tower. Best in Travel takes a look inside.

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The Saray Spa, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai The Saray Spa in the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai is a world-class luxury spa that seamlessly blends the best of Arabic rituals and style into modern wellness treatments. The Saray Spa is a haven of calm, transporting you to a relaxing realm of quiet luxury. The Saray Spa and Healthclub span the entire third floor of both JM Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai towers, resulting in 4,000 square metres of health and wellness facilities. The Saray Spa has 16 treatment rooms and Couple’s Suites, extensive Hydro facilities, Laconium, Swedish Dry Sauna, Steam Sauna, Circulation Shower, Dead Sea Floatation pool, Jacuzzi and Heated Stone Treatment tables. Saray Spa Hammam treatments include Dead Sea Hammam, Moroccan Rose Hammam, Moroccan Herbal Hammam, Traditional Turkish Hammam and Gentle Hammam. The Saray Spa also offers treatments inspired by healing influences and botanicals from the Far East. All products used in these treatments come from an exclusive line only found at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai in the UAE.

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leads Middle Eastern charge Gaze over the Arabian Gulf and Dhow Harbour from Sofitel Abu Dhabi Corniche, a skyscraping luxury hotel, which was voted “Abu Dhabi’s Leading Business Hotel” at the 2013 World Travel Awards. Discover pan-Arabic opulence blended with French art de recevoir. Designed by London WA International, this stunning Abu Dhabi hotel’s art deco facade belies chic modern interiors inspired by French artist Pierre Soulages. Whether you’re in Abu Dhabi for business, pleasure, or both, relish the hotels opulent amenities. Revitalise mind and body in the indulgent So SPA, plunge into an outdoor pool work out at So FIT, or sink back after a busy day into a soft MyBed. Throughout the property, sunlight streams into contemporary Abu Dhabi hotel rooms, spread over 44 floors, boasting stunning art deco style. Gaze over views of the Corniche as you bathe with Lanvin lotions under powerful rain showers. Luxury Abu Dhabi suites have breathtaking views, along with butler services, spacious living rooms and Nespresso machines. Watch TV while bathing with Hermes soaps, then drop in at Club Millesime for complimentary breakfast and hors d’oeuvres all day. Cuisine is equally sumptuous. Marine-inspired décor by the seafood bar contrasts with clean-lined wooden walls in La Mer, Abu Dhabi’s finest seafood restaurant. Discover the flavours of Bangkok at Silk & Spice, a unique Thai restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Fresh French pastries complement Saj bread at Corniche All Day Dining, a delectable rotisserie and other pan-Arabic specialties in this open kitchen. Rejuvenate mind and body with an exhilarating Abu Dhabi spa treatment at So SPA, blending local Shiffa products with the latest French cosmetology by Carita and Cinq Mondes. After a busy day relax in separate hammams and jacuzzis for ladies and gents. APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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Opened last summer, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah offering sweeping views of the Arabian Gulf, and brings true luxury and sophistication to the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Exclusively designed to reflect the magnificent classic features of an Arabian palace, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah boasts a wealth of superior features and services including beautifully designed over-sized rooms and suites, a first-class 18-hole championship golf course, a stunning 350-metre private beach, a luxurious, state of the art spa, four signature restaurants and six exclusive dining and entertainment venues - all reflecting the authenticity of individual cultures and style. Notably, the hotel includes two of Waldorf Astoria’s famous brand signatures – a grand lobby clock and Peacock Alley, a public area dedicated to the renowned dining area. Inspired by the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York, Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah clock has been exclusively designed to honour regional Arab culture and will include the five daily prayer times. Ras Al Khaimah, UAE is rapidly becoming a popular choice among a growing number of perceptive travellers seeking an authentic Emirati experience, whether it be leisure, adventure or cultural. Located just 45 minutes from one of the world’s fastest growing airports in Dubai, Ras Al Khaimah boasts majestic mountain ranges, expanses of red sandy desert and lush green plains along a series of creeks and lagoons. Charming historic sites, forts and abandoned villages also echo the Emirate’s 5,000-year heritage and add to the overall distinctive appeal of Ras Al Khaimah.

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Voted “World’s Leading Family Resort” at 2013 World Travel Awards, Jebel Ali Golf Resort is set on the golden shores of the Arabian Gulf and features its own private beach, making it the perfect choice for both family beach resort holidays or business stays. The resort is home to a breathtaking range of attractions. As well as the 800-metre palmlined private beach, guests can enjoy the championship golf course, horse-riding stables and diving centre. Featuring 231 rooms and suites overlooking the Arabian Gulf, private marina and hotel gardens, Dubai’s original beach hotel is part of the awardwinning JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort. There are several restaurants, excellent sporting facilities and children’s entertainment clubs just waiting to be explored.

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The ground to fourth floor rooms are a variety of both Golf and Sea View rooms and suites, whilst the fifth floor of the Dubai hotel is dedicated to the larger Superior Golf View and Superior Sea View rooms and suites. These feature spacious bathrooms with separate walk-in showers, large bathtubs, ceilinghigh mirrors and wide-marbled washbasin counter space. Every room in the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel can accommodate two adults and one child. The luxurious accommodation within the family beach hotel offers include tea and coffee making facilities, a safety deposit box for valuables, bathrobes and a minibar.

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RIXOS THE PALM DUBAI

Located on the tip of the Palm, otherwise known as the Eighth Wonder of the world, Rixos The Palm Dubai salutes the daylight under astonishing 360 degree ocean views.

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Bearing the signature of renowned architect Haldun Kilit, the hotel’s superb quality development allowing it to offer a highly individualized service to its 233 rooms and 28 residences. Three quarters of the land is dedicated to strikingly landscaped gardens along with a stunning beach promenade area featuring the White X – Beach & Lounge for lunch and tapas, Nar Beach the popular activities hangout for shows, music recital to big screen movie viewings; Suite Beach is a heaven of privacy lovers away from the buzz; last but not least, the Family Beach caters to families who seek a welcoming environment to be with their loved ones. The hotel’s interiors entail a modern minimalist approach blended with exclusive high-tech Innovative design elements featured in all aspects of the rooms and residences striking a balance between modern and comfortable. A La Turca is the hotel’s authentic Turkish restaurant. With its cutting edge design and versatility is moving well beyond the traditional hotel dining experience, reflecting the essence of Turkish Cuisine. International breakfast is complimented with authentic Turkish breakfast savories and all meals display never seen before range of genuine Turkish dishes from the Aegean and the Black Sea as well as from Eastern Anatolia. Families with kids staying at the Rixos the Palm Dubai benefit from the exclusive Rixy Club whose exceedingly proficient and multi-lingual team is dedicated into turning children’s experiences to memorable moments through age tailored entertainment programmes. Spa fanatics will be pleased to know that the hotel is home to the world-renowned Rixos Royal Spa consisting of several treatment rooms, bringing a myriad of treatments and rituals, its signature one being the Turkish Hamam, delivered with great authenticity deriving from true Rixos Turkish heritage.

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Rixos Bab Al Bahr, Ras Al Khaimah Rixos Bab Al Bahr is a confluence of modern luxuries and traditional Turkish hospitality. Located on the pristine beaches of man-made Al Marjan Island, the beach resort in Ras Al Khaimah, a rising Emirate that is only a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport. The extravagantly comfortable stay at this all inclusive-all exclusive luxury hotel in Ras Al Khaimah includes limitless food and beverage offerings from 14 distinct dining options, recreational and leisure activities, spa and wellness programmes coupled with live entertainment and impeccable service, exclusive only to the resort's valued guests. The resort also encompasses in-house gaming zone and souks, as well as water sports activities within its monumental premises, making a holiday experience truly all-inclusive. Rixos Bab Al Bahr offers its guests a comprehensive stay experience with 655 exclusive and spacious rooms and suites. Spread across three opulent pyramid structures, each flowing into the other and eventually intermediating into a central courtyard, the rooms and suites feature high speed internet access, state-of-the-art in-room amenities and stylish interiors with traditional Turkish artwork subtly woven in to the decor. Watch the Arabian Gulf merge into the clear blue skies or the golden morning sun rolling out of the rugged mountains from the private balcony or floor to ceiling windows of your room. Truly one of the most luxurious resort in Ras Al Khaima, Rixos Bab Al Bahr houses an Executive Club that extends additional amenities and personalised services to all its suite and king suite guests.

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CONRAD DUBAI

Conrad Dubai opens in United Arab Emirates For more information on the property visit www.conraddubai.com

Glitterati from Dubai society celebrated the essential mix of modern elegance and rich local heritage of Conrad Dubai as Hilton Worldwide’s luxury brand opens in the United Arab Emirates for the first time. Conrad Hotels & Resorts is the destination for the new generation of smart luxury travellers for whom life, business and pleasure seamlessly interact – people who know that the greatest luxury is the luxury of being yourself. A global brand consisting of 23 properties across five continents, Conrad Hotels & Resorts offer guests personalized experiences with sophisticated, locallyinspired surroundings and connections to people and places around the corner or halfway around the world. Intuitive service is delivered with the Conrad Concierge App that puts Conrad’s services and amenities at the guest’s fingertips, whether accessing the luxury hospitality segment’s first comprehensive pre check-in feature or ordering room service to customising the room’s pillow options or arranging reservations at our locally inspired cuisine and spa offerings. Conrad is a global luxury brand of Hilton Worldwide with plans to add 13 more properties to the brand’s portfolio.

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World Travel Awards will kick start its 2014 Grand Tour in sumptuous style at the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai on May 4th 2014. Since its full opening last year, the new landmark hotel has rapidly stamped its mark as one of the most desirable destinations in the Middle East for business and leisure, and was voted “World’s Leading New Hotel” at World Travel Awards 2013 Grand Final in Doha, Qatar. The most important decision-makers in the region’s travel sector will attend the glittering Gala Ceremony when they will celebrate and acknowledge their achievement over the past twelve months. They will be joined by a host of international media. The spectacular evening precedes the opening of Arabian Travel Market (May 5th-8th). The five-star property will serve as a fitting venue to host the inaugural 2014 event of the “Oscars of the travel industry”. Soaring at 355 meters, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai is just 26 metres shorter than New York City’s famed Empire State Building, and holds the Guinness World Record title as the “World’s Tallest Hotel”.

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It enjoys an elevated position above Dubai’s business district, on Sheikh Zayed Road and is spread across two iconic towers. The 72-story property is the first JW Marriott Marquis outside of North America and the 59th addition to the brand’s global luxury portfolio. The spectacular hotel features exceptional event settings for celebrations of all kinds, an enticing array of relaxing recreational activities, and the sublime SARAY Spa and Health Club. It includes a spectrum of business facilities and 14 diverse dining options for the most discerning of travellers. The hotel, which is owned by Emirates Group, targets the lucrative and increasingly important MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) market by filling a long-identified gap in the region. Groups, meetings and conventions of up to 1,000 people can now meet, stay and dine under one roof. The hotel is the first in Dubai that is able to accommodate large groups and is playing a key role in attracting major conventions and events to the destination. Along with cutting-edge business facilities, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai features more than 7,500 square meters of indoor and outdoor event space, including two ballrooms, and a large selection of world-class dining and entertainment options. The hotel’s accoutrements include ten restaurants, including Izakaya, Tong Thai, Prime 68 La Farina and Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin Star.

of-the-art telecommunications and pro-business environment have produced a country that is building energetically on the advantages which location, centuries-old trading savvy and oil wealth have given it. Sunshine, shopping, seaside, sports and safety - five of the key ingredients that have earned Dubai a growing reputation as one of the world's most attractive and rapidly developing leisure destinations. Both business travellers and tourists find that Dubai offers the highest standards of comfort and luxury. As befits a dynamic and prosperous business centre, Dubai's ultramodern hotels offer every luxury. Yet the comforts of the 21st century co-exist with the emirate’s rich Arab-Islamic culture. An intriguing land that combines old-world souks and modern shopping malls, rolling sand dunes and championship grass golf courses, remote Bedouin villages and an array of five-star hotels, Dubai defies easy definition. The emirate also won the right to host Expo 2020 in a few years time, with billions of dollars in investment now expected ahead of the event.

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WTA returns to the bustling emirate of Dubai as the stage for the first event of its global Grand Tour. City of merchants, cultural crossroads, Dubai is a country where the dust of the desert is clearing to reveal the potential for one of the most significant international cities of the 21st century. Wedged between Europe and Asia, buttressed by Africa, Dubai’s encouraging tax regimes, state-

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JW Marriott Marquis Dubai welcomes Tower 2 AFTER CELEBRATING UNPRECEDENTED OCCUPANCY RATES FOR TOWER 1 DURING ITS INAUGURAL YEAR, THE SECOND TOWER OF THE JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED OFFERING AN ADDITIONAL 294 LUXURIOUS ROOMS, BRINGING THE TOTAL ROOM COUNT TO 1,098.

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Once fully operational by the end of 2014 Tower 2 will comprise of 804 suites and rooms, bringing the total available suites and rooms to 1,608.

metres short of the Empire State Building, New York, the JW Marriott Marquis is Dubai’s first world-class convention and business destination hotel.

Owned by Emirates Group, the world’s tallest hotel originally opened in November 2012 and both towers are identical.

In 2013, the hotel won a total of 16 international industry and media awards for a combination of outstanding restaurants and lounges, architecture and design, and innovative business and convention facilities.

The suites and rooms of Tower 2 are contemporary and spacious, set to target the luxury business traveller and complemented by a new lounge which will build on the hotel’s current 14-strong portfolio of restaurants and lounges. The new offering will feature a 72nd floor two tier function space which will appeal to events planners worldwide thanks to its breathtaking views of the Dubai skyline. Commenting on the tower opening, Bill Keffer, hotel manager for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai said: “The second tower opening has opened at an important time in Dubai’s development; recent reports from Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing predict that by 2020, Dubai will receive around 20 million visitors per year. “This is due to the country’s growing prominence as a MICE destination on the world stage and the recent Expo 2020 win. “In light of this we are confident our hotel is in a strong position to cater for the increased number of visitors, particularly because our conference and event facilities are equipped to host over 1,000 people to meet, dine and stay.” Officially recognised as the world’s tallest hotel at a height of 355 metres, only 26

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Serving both the business and leisure traveller, once fully open the two towers will offer 1,608 hotel suites and rooms, nine diverse restaurants, six lounges, the worldclass Saray Spa and 8,500sqm of event space including two ballrooms. Keffer added: “Dubai is an attractive destination for large scale conferences and events - an area the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai specialises in. “Not only do we have the right facilities, we have a highly talented team made up of associates from all around the world meaning we are perfectly able to adapt to cultural needs; a key factor in today’s global economy. “We believe our hotel has the right offering to help Dubai build upon its reputation as the premier global MICE destination.” Located in the heart of Business Bay, minutes from Dubai World Trade Centre, the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre and close to Dubai International Airport, the JW Marriott Marquis resides in a prime location and is iconic in the Business Bay skyline.

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Standing proud amidst the glamour of Dubai, The Meydan is the Middle East’s new sporting and business hub, boasting spectacular architecture, a ground-breaking racecourse and an electric atmosphere. Its 284 luxurious rooms and suites offer magnificent views of the green grounds, stately meeting venues and thrilling entertainment options, making it one of the most coveted destination hotels in the Middle East. In December The Meydan was voted “World’s Leading Sports Resort” at the annual World Travel Awards Grand Final Gala Ceremony in Doha, Qatar. The Meydan is home to the Dubai World Cup, the richest horse race in the world. Every spring, the who’s who of fashion, business and sport fly in from all over the globe to be part of this spectacular sporting festival.

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Created in 1996, the race is the brainchild of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who owns Darley Stud and Godolphin Racing, one of the world’s leading thoroughbred breeding and racing operations. “Meydan” is translated from an Arabic word meaning “a meeting place”. In keeping with this philosophy, the development features an interconnected cityscape of four distinct districts where the worlds of business, sport and cosmopolitan-living merge and complement one another. The Meydan is positioned as a Destination Hotel, home not only to horse racing and The Dubai World Cup, but a tennis academy, 9-hole flood-lit golf course, IMAX theatre and the new Meydan beach facility, located at Dubai Marina.

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Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

VOTED WORLD’S LEADING DESERT RESORT AT WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2013, BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA IS THE ULTIMATE LUXURY RETREAT.

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BAB AL SHAMS An exclusive low-rise resort in the desert surrounded by gently sloping dunes and natural desert landscape, Bab Al Shams offers guests a one of its kind traditional desert experience that is true to the culture and heritage of Dubai and the UAE. With its literal translation from Arabic meaning ‘gateway to the sun’, Bab Al Shams is built in an Arabic fort setting in and around an oasis. Inside the walls, shaded courtyards, walkways and water features provide cool shelter and maintain the unique ambience and atmosphere. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa is located in the heart of the desert, adjacent to Dubai International Endurance City, yet is just a 40-minute drive from the city of Dubai and only 45 minutes from Dubai International Airport. For those seeking a unique desert experience within easy reach of Dubai, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa presents the ideal destination. Offering the ultimate in comfort and entertainment, at Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa your experience will be enhanced by history, splendor and magnificence.

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DUBAI PREPARES FOR NEW CRUISE TERMINAL

Dubai is welcoming a new cruise terminal this year, with DP World’s new 24,000 square metres Cruise Terminal 2 due to be completed at Mina (Port) Rashid during 2014. The ultra-modern facilities will strengthen Dubai’s position as the largest cruise hub in the Middle East. Mina Rashid offers one of the most comprehensive range of services to cruise operators and their passengers anywhere. Luxury is not an option for us at Dubai Cruise Terminal, where passengers will find competent concierge service, world-class duty free outlets and retail shops, authorised money exchanges, APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

a post office, a big screen entertainment centre, special conveniences for the physically challenged. In addition, the operators will find under one roof tour agents with knowledge of local heritage and cultural destinations.

Since 2008, Mina Rashid has been voted “World’s Leading Cruise Port” at the prestigious World Travel Awards every year, reflecting DP World and Dubai’s long-term commitment to developing a cruise destination of choice.

Dubai Cruise Terminal also offers business assistance to cruise tourists who choose to combine a bit of work with leisure such as a business centre.

This means a lot to Dubai, DP World and the cruise tourism industry at large. With more than 135 cruises vessels and 400,000 cruise tourists passes through Dubai Cruise Terminal in a season.

When fully operational, the cruise terminal at Mina Rashid will be able to handle more than 14,000 cruise passengers a day at its existing and the upcoming facilities, more than doubling the capacity.

Dubai expects to attract a million cruise tourists by 2020.

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The flagship project of the $36 billion Yas Island development, the Yas Viceroy Hotel is a breathtaking fusion of architecture, design and technology, set half on land and half on water. It is also the first hotel in the world built directly over a Formula One race track. The interiors of this Abu Dhabi resort embody a contemporary fusion of elegance and momentum, created with sensuous curves and sleek lines. The incredible LED canopy not only emits a concert of colour but also serves as a defining symbol of Abu Dhabi as one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations. The sumptuous Marina Executive Suites offer integrated living, spread across 145 square meters of living space and floor-to-ceiling glass windows to maximise the natural light and sweeping views. Alternatively, the two-story 400-square-metre Presidential Suite includes a private bar, full chef’s kitchen and in-suite elevators.

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A pristine white pearl surrounded by the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf, Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah is a remarkable destination with private beach, palatial public spaces and luxurious guest rooms. Located 35 minutes from Dubai International Airport, the tranquil island resort allows guests to experience the serenity and beauty of the area by day and the contemporary, cosmopolitan glamour of Dubai by night. Enjoy convenient access to extensive shopping opportunities, world-class restaurants, chic nightclubs and iconic Dubai attractions, such as the Burj Khalifa and the Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence. The hotel’s close proximity to major businesses, conference centres and commercial offices makes it an ideal base for business guests. Its unparalleled conference facilities and 24-hour business centre provide an ideal venue for important events of all sizes. Stylish dining and entertainment venues at the resort include three-starred Michelin cuisine at Social by Heinz Beck and Southeast Asian flavors at LAO. Sample bespoke beverages and small bites at Serafina Bar or enjoy Afternoon Tea at Peacock Alley. Lounge by one of two temperature-controlled swimming pools or stroll along 200 metres of private beach. The luxurious spa offers bespoke treatments that blend traditional philosophies with contemporary techniques to create therapies that balance, revive and rejuvenate. This grand hotel in Dubai’s Palm Island offers 319 spacious and elegantly appointed guest rooms, all featuring magnificent views of the Arabian Gulf and beyond to the glittering shoreline of Dubai. For guests seeking additional space and access to the exclusive club lounge, palatial suites are available, located on the higher floors of the hotel.

For more info about Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeriah visit www.waldorfastoria.com/dubaipalm

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ROYAL CARIBBEAN RETURNS TO ARABIA Cruise giant Royal Caribbean International is returning to the Gulf in winter 2015-16. The seven-night itinerary will visit some of the Arabian coast’s most intriguing destinations.

Guests sailing aboard Splendour of the Seas have a variety of restaurants, both fine-dining and casual, to choose from providing them with an exceptional and customizable vacation experience.

Splendour of the Seas is scheduled to dock in its home port of Dubai, UAE followed by calls to Oman’s capital of Muscat and Khasab along with Abu Dhabi.

Hamad M Bin Mejren, Executive Director, Business Tourism, Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, stated: “Cruise is going to play an increasingly important role in Dubai’s tourism sector in the future. Almost one year ago, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, endorsed Dubai’s Tourism Vision for 2020: to double the number of tourists coming to Dubai to 20 million by 2020. Much of its success will depend on evolving our tourism offer. We already have world-class infrastructure, continuous investment from the government and an unrivalled destination offering. With the further development of our cruise industry, Dubai can truly become a global cruise destination.”

The Centrum onboard Splendour of the Seas with its sweeping views and central location is a chic and sophisticated venue featuring enriching daytime activities, dazzling nightly entertainment and jaw-dropping aerial spectacles. During the entertainment, which takes place throughout the cruise, the soaring space comes alive with a series of aerial acrobatic vignettes blurring the lines between choreography and technology.

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Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has commenced daily operations between Jaipur and Abu Dhabi.

from around the world. It also known for hosting many international cultural events, including the renowned Jaipur Literature Festival.

A traditional lamp lighting ceremony greeted the disembarking passengers at Jaipur to celebrate the new service and the airline’s tenth destination in India.

“With the addition of the new Jaipur flights, to our existing Delhi services, we now fly to two destinations in the worldrenowned Golden Triangle, offering our guests more choice and convenient travel options.”

With the addition of Jaipur, Etihad now serves a total of 10 Indian cities including Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kozhikode, Mumbai, New Delhi and Trivandrum. Craig Thomas, Etihad Airways’ Regional General Manager-Asia Pacific North and Indian Subcontinent, said: “The addition of the Jaipur service reinforces Etihad Airways’ commitment to the Indian Subcontinent. We are confident that the new flights will continue the strong passenger growth between India and the UAE. “The new service will provide travellers from Jaipur with seamless connections to the Gulf region and Middle East, as well as Africa, Europe and North America, via our Abu Dhabi hub.” Neerja Bhatia, General Manager – India, Etihad Airways, said: “Jaipur is the perfect addition to our growing network of destinations. Jaipur is a widely recognised premium destination attracting leisure and business travellers

Jaipur is known as the pink city for its pink-painted cityscape. It is the capital, and the largest city, of the State of Rajasthan. Renowned for its distinct heritage and landscape, the city has witnessed a 70 per cent increase in tourist arrivals during the past 10 years. It is a modern yet traditional city offering the ideal gateway to ancient, cultural and historical sites within the State. Jaipur ranks as the country’s eighth largest economy fuelled by textiles, gems and jewellery, agro-processing, automotive , and mineral-based industries. The city is home to the glorious Raj Palace. Built in 1727 as Jaipur’s first palace, it serves as an unrivalled specimen of the Pink City’s charm and mystique. The fortified walls, gold-leaf walls, historic artefacts and beautiful courtyards border on the spiritual. It was voted “World’s Leading Heritage Hotel” at World Travel Awards 2013.

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Voted “World’s Leading Private Jet Charter” at World Travel Awards 2013, Royal Jet has consistently led the Middle East’s private aviation sector, always redefining the business from a superior customer service perspective. For the past seven years it has been recognised the World’s Leading Private Jet Charter by the prestigious World Travel Awards. Currently, Royal Jet is the operator of the world’s largest BBJ fleet with six of the magnificent jets. Royal Jet operated its highly-successful medevac service through the medevac-customised Gulfstream G300. Royal Jet is celebrating its tenth year milestone in 2014 having unveiled a bold new corporate identity and plans to go ‘above and beyond’ in providing bespoke service to its customers over the next few years. Royal Jet late last year announced a complete renewal of its fleet by 2020 at a total value of US$700 million, signalling a new era for the region’s leading private aviation operator. For more information visit www.royaljetgroup.com

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Al Farrad Voted “Middle East’s Leading Chauffeur Company” at World Travel Awards 2013, Al Farrad Car Rental Company targets a senior executives, professionals and their clients, whether travelling on business or for pleasure. Punctuality and reliability are critical elements of any chauffeur service. They are factors you can take for granted with ARCO Chauffeurs. Image is everything; Relax in the certain knowledge that the presentation of both our cars and our chauffeurs will always be everything you might hope and expect. Courtesy and helpfulness are obviously important, particularly when meeting overseas clients on your behalf. Whether conducting meet and greet services and airport transfers, corporate hospitality events, or roadshows, you can rely on ARCO chauffeur.

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AL MASHREQ BOUTIQUE HOTEL, RIYADH A Boutique Hotel in the Heart of the Capital

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Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel is a simply breath-taking a tribute to age-old architectural styles of majestic elegance of Arabia in an intimate ambiance of luxury with a personalized genuine service. This is the first Boutique Hotel in Riyadh and it’s ideally located within a short distance from major commercial sites and landmarks on the intersection of vibrant Ourouba Street and Prince Turki road within the Home Offices complex containing major corporate companies and restaurants with an area encountered with palm trees, green landscape and water fountains. Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel has 69 cozy rooms and suites with rich décor and interior; a showcase of Arabian taste with state of art technology including full IP televisions.

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All bed linen is designed by “Beaumont & Brown” with “Sealy” mattress, “Gilchrist & Soames” bathroom products and “Baal” leather amenities. The Hotel offers a complimentary wi-fi, mini-bar and snacks, tea and coffee facility and access to Business Centre and Mashreq Spa. Mashreq Spa offers an exclusive treat for those seeking a relaxing environment to rejuvenate and refresh mind and body. Offering Oriental treatment in an inimitable Moroccan Hammam, Massage room with private shower, bubble bath, steam room, sauna and impressive indoor pool. Try the authentic Hammam experience with a blend of organic essence and oil refreshing your body and soul.

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St. Regis Doha, Qatar Setting new standards of luxury service and excellence in the Middle East, the award winning St. Regis Doha is the finest address in Qatar. The hotel is part of Al Gassar Resort located in the heart of West Bay, adjacent to the Pearl Island and close to the Diplomatic Area.

Its location adjacent to Pearl Island – a Riviera-style man-made island filled with designer boutiques and mega-yachts – and the exciting Katara Cultural Village make it a hit with leisure travellers. Meanwhile the close proximity of the diplomatic and financial districts pitches it equally at the business traveller. Steeped in Middle Eastern mystique, The St. Regis Doha presents majestic interiors, an extensive range of leisure facilities and over 4,000 square metres of meeting and conference space, making it the preferred retreat for both leisure and business travellers. All hotel guests are provided with their own butler who will organise everything from a perfectly pressed suit to a thoughtful last-minute gift for a loved one. The hotel, which was voted “World’s Leading Business Hotel” at World Travel Awards 2013, introduces a collection of carefully selected restaurants, bars and lounges including Gordon Ramsay and Hakkasan where accomplished master chefs present exciting new fine dining experiences to the capital of Qatar. There are 336 guest rooms including 58 seductive suites. All guest rooms and suites offer extensive views over the Arabian Gulf's tranquil blue sea. With an exclusive private beach and discreet oceanfront cabanas, the hotel welcomes guests with unrivalled magnificence.

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Voted “Middle East’s Leading Golf Resort” at 2013 World Travel Awards, The Address Montgomerie Dubai enjoys world-class golf in an exclusive setting. Nestled within 265 acres of lush green fairways, landscaped gardens and lakes, the resort boasts a 7,396-yard championship, 18-hole golf course designed by Colin Montgomerie, in association with Desmond Muirhead. The course provides the player with undulating “links land” style fairways with generous landing areas which challenge and intrigue all levels of player. Although large in size, the greens can be very misleading, especially as they are consistently rolling above 9.5 feet. Plenty of shape throughout the greens can result in some very trying putts. The spectacular links-style course, managed by Troon Golf is managed by The Address Hotels + Resorts, and features 21 five-star hotel rooms, three international restaurants including the restaurant Nineteen, a fitness centre and a spa. The comprehensive practice facilities including a 24-acre long-game practice area, multiple short game practice areas, an indoor swing room featuring the latest in computerized video swing analysis technology. There is also a 9-hole par 3 floodlit Academy course. Meanwhile, two golf shops stock an extensive range of apparel, hardware and golf souvenirs. The hotel is located in close proximity to Dubai International Airport and easily accessible to several of Dubai's business and leisure hubs.

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The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is the hospitality heart of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club – a 27-hole championship course, home to the PGA European Tour Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. This golf resort offers a stark contrast to the futuristic glass and steel structures of Abu Dhabi, and puts the focus back on the outdoors and natural surroundings. An oasis of tranquillity carved out of the desert, Abu Dhabi Golf Club offers one of the most luxurious golf resort experiences in the Middle East. The 27-hole championship course weaves through undulating terrain that features pockets of palms, ornamental trees and shrubs, as well as seven spectacular saltwater lakes. The par-72, 7,334-yard Championship course provides a tough-but-fair challenge with 18 holes of lush fairways, strategicallyplaced bunkers and generous greens. The 3,299-yard, par-36 nine is more forgiving, making it an enjoyable experience for all players, especially those new to the game. All 172 guestrooms feature the Westin Heavenly furnishings and amenities and are facing the golf course with private balconies to soak in the atmosphere and rejuvenate. From the hotel, a short drive takes you to the premier attractions in Abu Dhabi such as the Yas Island Circuit, Ferrari World and the grand Sheikh Zayed Mosque. The hotel is located near the corporate headquarters of renowned companies both local and international and the Abu Dhabi International Airport is just 5km away.

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Jebel Ali Golf Resort, voted “World’s Leading Family Resort” at World Travel Awards 2013, is home to a spectacular 9-hole, par 36, championship course. Designed by Peter Harradine and opened in 1998, the Dubai hotel golf course is situated within the idyllic grounds of the resort, and has hosted the world’s best players as part of the official curtain raiser to the European PGA Tour event, the Dubai Desert Classic. Each hole is uniquely landscaped with exotic trees, shrubs and original desert flora and the Dubai hotel golf course also features a saltwater lake which comes into play on five holes. The wooden gazebos, views of the Arabian Gulf and peacocks which freely roam the fairways have added a special charm to this course that is a fair and exciting challenge for golfers of all abilities. The fabulous resort overlooks the Arabian Gulf, and is also home to a private marina, a palm-lined beach, spa and two swimming pools. There are several restaurants, excellent sporting facilities and children’s entertainment clubs just waiting to be explored. Visit www.jaresortshotels.com to find out more. APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski dome in the Middle East and boasts real snow covering an area the size of three football pitches. Don’t worry if you haven’t packed your winter woolies…. there’s a full range of ski clothing and equipment for hire. Despite being situated in the middle of a sun-baked desert, the feel is distinctly alpine – chocolate-box chalets, fir trees, chairlifts and ski runs graded from green to black. Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates has some of the most unique and stylish room products in the region. Fifteen stunning Ski Chalets marry sand and snow, and offer views of the Arabian Gulf on one side and ski slopes on the other. The übersleek Executive Tower Suites and the luxurious Presidential Suite are an exercise in modern elegance, providing an exclusive haven for discerning guests. Each of the hotel’s 393 deluxe rooms and suites is equipped with a large plasma flat-screen TV with access to 80 international satellite channels, as well as a DVD and multi-media player. In addition, all rooms have fully furnished dining areas, as well as stylish and well-appointed marble bathrooms. To find out more visit www.skidubai.com and www.kempinski.com APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

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The event, attended by 200 handpicked guests, saw the title of “World’s Best Ski Resort” go to Val Thorens (France), while Bighorn, Revelstoke (Canada) took “World’s Best Ski Chalet”, Aurelio Lech (Austria) won “World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel” and “World’s Best Ski Hotel” went to The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (USA). In a special presentation at the end of the evening, the WSA Academy presented a unique trophy for “Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism” to Dr. Josef Burger, chief executive of the Bergbahn AG Kitzbühel. Taking place over the weekend of November 15th-17th in Austria’s legendary winter sports destination, guests took part in a three-day programme of unrivalled networking events, dinners, and exclusive ski experience activities. Ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe Asia, South America and Australasia attended. Sion Rapson, managing director, World Ski Awards, said: “The reaction to this – our inaugural event – has been phenomenal. Hundreds of thousands travel professionals and skiers across the globe have voted for their favourite resorts, cha-

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lets and hotels. Tonight’s winners can take enormous pride – they have been voted the finest in class.” “On behalf of World Ski Awards, I would like to offer my sincere thanks to the ski tourism figureheads and market leaders who have joined us this weekend. From here in Austria all the way to Japan, Australia and Canada, our winners represent the best in ski from every corner of the globe.” “And what better place to celebrate than right here at A-ROSA Kitzbühel. Home to the legendary Hahnenkamm Race, this historic medieval town is synonymous with ski tourism and one of the world’s most iconic winter sports destinations.” World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is heralded as “the Oscars of the travel industry”. Uwe Schramm, general manager of A-Rosa Resort Kitzbühel said: “We are happy to have been the hosts of the first annual World Ski Awards ever. Welcoming the international players of the ski tourism industry in Kitzbühel and celebrating our achievements together is a great honour for us.”

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World Ski Awards, the only global initiative to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the ski hospitality industry has announced the dates and venue for its 2014 event. The 2nd Annual World Ski Awards will take place over the weekend of November 21st – 23rd November at the A-ROSA Kitzbühel, overlooking the legendary Hahnenkamm. The announcement follows the phenomenal success of last year’s inaugural event which was attended by ski tourism VIP’s from across the world. Sion Rapson, Managing Director, World Ski Awards, said: “We made the decision to launch World Ski Awards in reaction to overwhelming demand from the ski industry for a programme that was fair and transparent; a programme with a mission to serve as the definitive benchmark of excellence, and to help to foster a new era of growth in ski tourism.” The reaction to 2013’s launch event was vindication of this vision. Hundreds of thousands of travel professionals and skiers across the globe voted for their favourite resorts, chalets and hotels, whilst the audience who gathered for the unveiling of the inaugural winners served as a “who’s who” in ski hospitality.

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As well as accolades for the best products from the world’s leading ski tourism nations, awards for the “World’s Best Ski Resort”, “World’s Best Ski Hotel”, World’s Best Ski Chalet”, World’s Best Ski Boutique Hotel” and for “Outstanding Services to Ski Tourism” will be voted for over the course of the year. New to the 2014 programme will be awards for the World Best Resort Management Company, the World Best New Ski Hotel, the World Best New Ski Chalet and Spain will also enter the pantheon of the top 21 ski nations to be honoured. Gerhard Walter, Managing Director, Kitzbühel Tourism Board said: “Following the successful premiere of the World Ski Awards in 2013, the Kitzbühel Tourism Board is deeply honoured to accept the invitation to host the second World Ski Awards. Last year, playing host to the figureheads of the international tourism industry made all of us in Kitzbühel very proud and we cannot wait to welcome this prestigious and important event back to Kitzbühel in 2014. The home of skiing is once again the home of the World Ski Awards. Our slogan - “the legendary City of Sports in the Alps” - fits the World Ski Awards perfectly and our rich heritage is one of the reasons why Kitzbühel is the perfect stage for hosting sporting events and also the place for making history. Kitzbühel knows only too well that a strong brand

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is supported by excellence, with the best example of this being the honour of being chosen to host the World Ski Awards for a second time.” The host hotel – A-ROSA Kitzbühel General Manager Uwe Schramm said: “The entire team and I are enormously proud that the A-ROSA Kitzbühel has again been selected as venue for this glamorous event.

“We highly appreciate the huge positive impact and importance that these awards have in driving up standards within the ski industry. We can’t wait to welcome this important global audience to the legendary winter destination Kitzbühel home to the World Ski Awards once again in 2014.” The 2014 World Ski Awards will be a three-day programme of unrivalled networking events, dinners, and exclusive ski experience activities. The highlight event will be the red carpet World Ski Awards Gala Ceremony itself on the evening of November 22nd. Ski tourism figureheads and market leaders from North America, Europe, Asia, South America and Australasia will be in attendance as the 2014 World Ski Awards winners are unveiled. World Ski Awards is the sister organisation of World Travel Awards, which is heralded as “the Oscars of the travel industry”.

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South America’s hottest city Composed of an ancient mixture of peoples, cultures and traditions, the city of Quito – capital of Ecuador – has been a unique and treasured place for generations of Ecuadorians. Throughout its history the city has hosted travellers, worshipers, scientists, warriors, architects, emperors and any number of great men. Each knew the value of the land and offered their unique contribution to the development of this metropolis strategically located on the equator.

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Quito boasts a host of historical attractions, reflected in the city’s victory at World Travel Awards 2013 when it was voted “South America’s Leading Destination”. At the heart of the city is the Spanish colonial centre, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site as long ago as 1978. The area has recently undergone a renaissance, with the city government investing hundreds of millions of US dollars on improvements to infrastructure, attractions and amenities. The cobblestoned streets and pastel-coloured mansions which hem the revitalised San Francisco Church now dazzle once again as they welcome guests from around the world. Other projects planned as part of the 35th anniversary celebrations include recovering landmark buildings to house two new universities, the construction of the cultural complex and recreational Cumandá (in a former bus terminal), the opening of the Monastery of Carmen Alto Museum, the rehabilitation of the St. Augustine Sala Capitular and San Blas squares, Victoria Square and the Capitol Theatre.

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Close by, La Mariscal is considered the centre of entertainment in Quito. Here the city offers visitors endless options for dining, shopping, dancing and anything else they might desire. A meeting point for local people, the cosmopolitan atmosphere also takes in a huge array of cultural experiences, dance schools and craft shops. Latin Americans are renowned for their sense of fun, meaning festivities will extend well into the night! But it is not

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all partying, with Quito also offering a developed cultural sector. In recent years the city has carried out various projects to offer residents and visitors a range cultural sites and opportunities for artistic expression. Quito will step up to host its inaugural World Travel Awards ceremony in the summer of 2014. The glittering red carpet event will take place at the historic Centro Cultural Itchimbia. Forming the centrepiece of Parque Itchimbia, the Centro Cultural Itchimbia is a magnificent glass-and-iron building, modelled after the city’s original Mercado Santa Clara. The centre hosts regular art exhibits and cultural events, as well as serving as a museum.

World City Offering a significant boost to tourism in Ecuador, the Mariscal Antonio Jose d Sucre International Airport in Quito opened last year. Set to welcome five million passengers in its first year, the airport offers a longer runway than its predecessor meaning planes no longer have to stop at Guayaquil to refuel on the way to European destinations. Quito is also set to boost its business credentials with the launch of one of the largest urban development projects in recent years: the Quito Convention & Events Centre Complex. The project will occupy an 11 hectares site on the grounds of the old airport.

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MAURITIUS TO HOST WORLD SPA AWARDS

The tropical paradise of Mauritius, voted “World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination” at World Travel Awards 2013, will play host to the inaugural World Spa Awards in 2014.

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Mauritius boasts 177km of coastline, the majority of which features beaches of dazzling beauty. The coral reef means that much of the shoreline is protected by translucent, calm lagoons, with the opportunity for snorkelling, diving and watersports out by the reef. But there is plenty more to Mauritius than paradise beaches and cloudless skies. The island is also a paradise for adventure and exploration, and beyond its stunning coastal ring lies a less-explored yet equally spectacular interior – forested mountains and gorges, bright tropical flowers and palm trees, meadows and arable land, all interspersed with emerald-green jagged peaks. Visit the wild virgin forests of Black River Gorges National Park. Here the Black River waterfall cascades into a steep gorge, whilst the enchanted forest is inhabited by endangered birds, rare plant species and monkeys. The park is also home to the famous pink pigeon which is staging a very gradual comeback from the brink of extinction. APRIL 2014 // ISSUE 24

The southern interior rises sharply to the island’s highest peak, Mount Piton (828m). The village of Chamarel is surrounded by lush coffee and pineapple plantations, and is best known for its barren volcanic landscape. Perhaps the country’s single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people: a fusion of Asia, Africa, France and Britain, reflecting its history as an important trading post. Unsurprisingly, Mauritius is perfect territory for honeymooners, with palm-fringed beaches, crystal clear water and coral reef-sheltered lagoons – plus an incredible array of luxury hotels.

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