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CYPRUS An in-depth look at the exotic island

Business Travel Show



The City Sculpted in Stone

ON ACTI na R T T A Rota h a r i a Fuj rt & Spa Reso

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xactly one year ago this month, my daughter and I took the trip to Dubai. The decision to relocate here as opposed to “the land of the free” seemed illogical, others would say, but so far I have not regretted the decision. There are struggles one has to endure like the traffic and the high housing rentals, but the benefits, I think, are much far greater than the disadvantages. My decision to move to Dubai is like one of those travels to other places in the world. It’s like taking a vacation and in doing such, preparation is needed. One has to look for the right travel agency to book the flight, making sure there are no delays and you reach your destination with no hassles and headache. Choosing the right accommodation is another consideration. Will it be child-friendly and depending on what season of the year your visit would be, will there be plenty of activities? I think activities for families, most especially for children matter most because the enjoyment and happiness of the kids could gauge the overall experience. Shopping is another factor. Shopping is an integral part of any travel so those who pick their destinations also look for places that have malls, boutiques and bargains. Be it shoes, accessories, bags, clothes, candles or items for the house. The feeling of getting an affordable item from a trip is always a treasured experience. Food of course matters. Whether it’s the Gulf, the Pacific, Asia or the Americas, home-cooked food always stands out. Although trips offer a variety of dishes, the fact that you can easily get the food that you eat at your home is another. Transportation. Galleries. Beaches. Golf. Spa. What else is there to ask? All these amenities are available in Dubai and more are still coming. So you see, people of different nationalities come here to visit and eventually stay. Maybe it gets really hot during the summer but that’s how life is. We can’t get everything that we want. The fact that you can afford to have the basic things in life

and even afford to have more than the basics is something to be thankful for. Having said that, I think Ramadan is the right time to express our appreciation for all the blessings that we received plus appreciate all the good people who don’t fail to remember us. I have been flooded with invites for iftar and suhoor during Ramadan and to me, it was a very generous and kind gesture from friends and colleagues who find time to arrange a meal together for the purpose of relaxing, socializing and togetherness. And to those who didn’t have time to celebrate Ramadan with their families and friends, it’s not too late to book a table or two at one of the restaurants in town. See our Eid Promotions (page 18) and make your reservations. Elsewhere in this issue is a thorough feature on Petra (page 32). We have featured Petra in our last issue as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World but we are running a story based on our author’s account of his trip to this land called “The Lost City”. I hope this helps our readers who are planning to visit the place. Another country that we are featuring this issue is Cyprus (page 40), known for its rich history and culture that go hand in hand with friendship. Here you will discover a world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. It’s been lovely talking to you. Till next issue, don’t miss it.

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Reader’s view of Travel Arabia.

Ramadan Reminders Thank you for the wonderful issue on Ramadan. I like your cover which is appropriate for the occasion as well as the feature about the celebration and some tips on what to do and not to do during Ramadan. The reminders I think are very important and should be relayed to visitors who visit the UAE and the rest of the Gulf during Ramadan. I’m not sure if the hotels or travel agencies have programs of reminding their guests about things that are prohibited during Ramadan. I saw one Asian couple walking along Deira who are drinking water right on the road and not mindful of others who are fasting. I don’t blame them. I don’t think they are aware that drinking is prohibited during fasting hours. I just hope our hotels, travel agencies, airlines or those connected to the tourism industry speed up their information campaign so visitors will have the opportunity to show their courtesy to others during this month of fasting. Sarah M.

A wonderful September issue

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I have been following your magazine for a year now and find it more interesting issue after issue. I would like to commend you for a nice September cover, which is fit for the Ramadan occasion as well as the promotions. I always check your magazine on the latest dining promotions and it’s good to see a variety of choices. My brother and his family who recently visited Dubai enjoyed dining at JW Marriott during their anniversary celebration. For a minimal fee, one can enjoy the buffet at three of their main outlets. They really enjoyed the food and it’s very reasonable. Thank you again for the information and keep up the good work. Liz Erin Ann B. Karama

Confusion on the road For the past weeks, I noticed the many road changes being done at Sheikh Zayed Road. It’s amazing how this government is trying to ease the traffic jam and find solutions to the never ending congestion at any time of the day. But this creates a lot of confusion to motorists like me. One time I was going to Deira and was driving on the farthest left lane thinking that it will take me to my destination faster. And seeing that there is less traffic there, I continued driving only to realize that the road will take me to another location. And there’s no turning back because the road is blocked so I simply had to take a long route to get to where I want to go. That’s a lot of time and energy wasted. I just hope these road constructions will finish soon because it really creates so much problem to the motorists. Richard Hill Dubai

Airport Porter

I recently took a trip to the Gulf and had to go through Abu Dhabi for my flight. Since I come from Dubai so I was happy to see porters outside the Abu Dhabi airport who will help carry your luggage and assist you to the counter for your flight check-in. I thought for a while that these porters are government employees whose duty was to help the travellers. To my surprise, after I had checked-in my entire luggage, the porter handed me a piece of paper which was a receipt for 10 dirhams. In short he was charging me for the service that he provided. I have not encountered such porters from Dubai. Or maybe I was unaware of it. But the point is, I hope these porters will tell you that their service is not free and ask you first if you need their help. That way, you won’t be surprised. Well, nothing comes free in this world, I guess. Anisha Dubai

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The Sharjah Ramadan Festival

Eid Promotions

Business Travel Show

Petra – A City Sculpted In Sandstone

Launched in 1990, the Sharjah Ramadan Festival is considered one of the oldest, most active and growing economic activities in the region. The festival aims to further boost the trade activities of the emirate by organizing entertainment, promotions and educational programs for Sharjah and the UAE as a whole. The festival will run until October 20th.

Eid ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting. For Muslims, Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion with important religious significance, celebrating of the achievement of enhanced piety. It is a day of forgiveness, moral victory, peace of congregation, fellowship, brotherhood and unity. Celebrate Eid with your family, friends and colleagues by booking a table or two at one of your favorite outlets.

The Business Travel Show, the leading event for everyone who buys or manages company travel or books business trips and sources meeting venues over the internet, the phone or through an agent will launch in Dubai. It aims to provide practical and independent advice, up to date information, and is a forum for learning.

Petra is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

About the Cover: Hiking in the mountains of Cyprus is one way of exploring the island, famous for its year-round warm Mediterranean sun.




The Mystique of Cyprus

Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club

Cyprus, an island of legends that basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A storied past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here.

Set against the brutal and rugged backdrop of the Fujairah mountains on the east coast of the emirate, the Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa is an ideal weekend (or longer) retreat from the city.

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club provides first class facilities for golf, recreation, paintball, pistol and rifle shooting. The Club opened in November 2005 and is complimented by the Sensi Restaurant, a fully equipped gymnasium, hair salon, swimming poll, tennis and basketball courts.


60 October Feast One of the most celebrated events in the world in October is the Oktoberfest, the festival of German food and drink. Beer plays a central role in the event and visitors consume large quantities of food. Outlets in the UAE also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event. Find out where you can celebrate the fun this year.

Children’s Painting Competition

Save Animals

Events OCTOBER Under the Kind Patronage of the Ministry of Education and AGMC – BMW, Coral International Hotels, Resorts & Spas, in association with Hamriyah Free Zone Authority, Qanat Al Qasba, Philips and Western Union, launched Save Animals Children’s Painting Competition. The objective behind this hugely popular annual painting competition is to generate awareness about pressing environmental issues in order to step up efforts to combat global warming. Save Animals Children’s Painting

Competition is targeted at all school children between the age of 6 and 13 years in the UAE and brings together leading companies under one umbrella to show their concern and responsibility towards the environment. Save Animals Children’s Painting Competition will run from September 6 to October 16, 2007. Over a 100,000 entry forms will be distributed in all participating schools in the UAE from September 6 onwards. The last date of receiving back entries is October 16, 2007. Out of these entries will be selected, the winners by a panel of judges headed by the Ministry of Education. The Grand Award Ceremony for the winners will be held on November 15 at the Qanat Al Qasba.  Participation for children in this competition is absolutely free of cost. Hurry up as forms are limited. Join Us in the Fight Against Global Warming. For more information call 04-2128220 or 050-1269327.

Double Decker’s Glittering Birthday 17th October 2007 Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites The double favourite pub of Dubai, Double Decker in Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites invites everyone to join its 2nd Birthday celebration in truly 70’s style on the 17th of October 2007. The event will be hosted by a specially flown band from UK “Glitter Ball”, which will play the best of 70’s hits and exclusive retro mix guarantying the night of fun and real entertainment. The celebration will be also highlighted by launch of Double Decker’s new & exciting theme nights. Double Decker Pub is open every day from 12:00 noon till 3:00 am. For more information, please call on (04) 3211111.

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La Traviata October 18 Qanat Al Qasba

Opera lovers will be thrilled to know that Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, one of the most popular operas ever written, is to be staged in Sharjah for the first time. The European Chamber Opera (ECHO), a leading European opera production company, will be performing the show at Qanat Al Qasba on October 18, 2007. Organised by Coral International Hotels, Resorts & Spas under the Kind Patronage of H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Faisal Al Qassimi and Qanat Al Qasba, the Grand Opera Gala will be sponsored by Guerlain Paris. Around 500 people are expected to witness the grand spectacle at the open-air theatre followed by a Gala Dinner organised by Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah at the Open Terrace by the canal at Qanat Al Qasba. La Traviata is the third most performed opera after Madama Butterfly and La Boheme. As far as melodies are concerned, it is the most poignant of the lot. La Traviata literally means The Woman Who Strayed or The Fallen One to put it figuratively. The 2001 film Moulin Rouge was inspired by this 18th century opera and even the Richard Gere-Julia Roberts film Pretty Woman features it. The tickets for La Traviata at Qanat Al Qasba can be bought from Coral Beach Resort, Sharjah. For more information contact: Hina Bakht General Manager MPJ (Marketing ProJunction) 009714-2128305 or Email: h.bakht@


Kindness, Welfare and Charity The Sharjah Ramadan Festival

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Launched in 1990, the Sharjah Ramadan Festival is considered one of the oldest, most active and growing economic activities in the region. The festival aims to further boost the trade activities of the emirate by organizing entertainment, promotions and educational programs for Sharjah and the UAE as a whole. Travel Arabia guides you on what the Festival brings this year.

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This holy month of Ramadan, the atmosphere in Sharjah turns festive and jolly as people from here and abroad visits the emirate for the yearly Sharjah Ramadan Festival. Now on its 18th year, the much-anticipated festival brings more activities to further promote trade and tourism in the region. The event which is expected to draw more than one million visitors will continue until October 20th. As it was in the previous years, preparation for the occasion was at its

Coordinator. This year’s festival offers 43 events in shopping malls plus 18 events in the markets as well as 28 events in the middle and eastern region beside the events at Qassba’a canal and ladies club. There are cultural, heritage and sports events at Sharjah universities and faculties. The different activities will not concentrate on the city alone but is being carried out in Al Dhaid, Kalba and Khorfakkan cities. As you enter Sharjah, beautiful lights and decoration adorned the streets, with concentration in the main festival areas such as Al Wahda Street, Khalid’s Lake, Al Nahda Street and the main roads, public squares and roundabouts. The palm trees in the area of Khalid’s Lake

held, a month long event that features a series of religious, entertainment and cultural happenings every night. Qanat Al Qasba will recreate the Arabian night ambience with the help of traditional lighting, delectable delicacies and a great family atmosphere at the ‘Al Qasba Fawanees Tent’. A series of religious lectures that will nourish the spirit of visitors will be held at the ‘Eman Oasis’ tent. In addition to ‘Zaman Awal’ heritage event, there will be Al Qasba Tournament, The Fun Zone and many more.

“The idea behind this event is marketing and promoting Sharjah and showing its economical, social, cultural and tourism position,” – Mohd. Ahmed Amin, Festival General Coordinator. highest with the organizing committee and the sponsors contributing mostly to its success. The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry is the main organizer of the Festival supported by different government departments, public and private sector. “The Festival aims at developing the importance of group work in promotion and marketing through innovative means for achieving similar objects useful and benefiting to all those connected with the festival,” said Mohd. Ahmed Amin, Festival General

and Al Wahda Street and Al Tauwn Street are decorated with beautiful and attractive adornment. The Sharjah Municipality is keen on putting the marvelous decorations to give pleasure into the hearts of the citizens and visitors of Sharjah.

Festival Activities The Festival committee has lined-up various programmes to attract both young and adult participants. One program called “Al Tahadi”, an entertainment and cultural program, is set to challenge the intelligence and creativity of the participant. In Qanat Al Qasba, a series of Ramadan programmes called “Ramadaniat Al Qasba” is being

Al Majaz Park, Al Qarayin Park and Al Hizamn Al Akhdar Parks have fixed activities like free drawings, pony riding and health culture exhibitions aside from the Al Tahadi programs and other traditional competitions. “There are family and children corners in the Festival ground as well as shopping malls. There will be separate competition among the small children, family cultural programmmes at Qanat Al Qasba and Expo Centre, Sharjah,” added Jamal Saeed Buzinjal, Deputy Head of Media

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Section of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since the festival is taking place during the Ramadan period, concentration on religious matters is important so there are recitations of the Holy Quran, the Hadith Competitions Memorization as well as religious lectures and seminars. The Sharjah Islamic Bank set up an Iftar tent near the Faisal Mosque where it provides more than 500 Iftar meals daily.

Shopping With the Festival comes an array of shopping bargains and prizes. The Higher Organizing Committee have allocated and approved the festival budget of AED 20 million and AED10.8 million in prizes. The committee also decided to arrange 61 events in the markets, malls and shopping centers. The Sharjah Expo Center will be the venue for the Ramadan Village or Ramadan Fair where traders in consumables, garments, gifts, novelties, leather products, carpets and furniture

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Sponsors of the Sharjah Ramadan Festival will have the chance to promote their products. The Sharjah City Center offers its valued shoppers opportunities to win prizes worth AED 300,000 in shopping vouchers and two luxurious Nissan cars, courtesy of the Higher Organizing Committee. “We are delighted to be partnering with the Sharjah Ramadan Festival committee once again. Ramadan is a time of peace and giving, and this is the essence of the Sharjah City Centre’s Ramadan promotion. We are dedicated to serving the community in the best way we can, and this festival is part of our continuous effort to offer our shoppers the perfect shopping experience whilst also showing our commitment to local community initiatives,” said Jassim Al Janahi, Deputy General Manager, Sharjah City Centre. With gifts becoming a significant and memorable item during Ramadan, Damas offers awe-inspiring gift ideas from its extensive collections of international and house brands of exquisite gold and diamond jewellery. This Festival, Damas launches an exciting promotion that gives its shoppers the chance to win an Umrha special Family package. “We offer outstanding gift ideas for those who only want to give the best gifts to their family and friends. Our host of exciting offers during this important season is designed to make every shopper a winner,” said Tawhid Abdullah, Managing Director of Damas. The Top Spender at Ramadan stores wins an all-expense paid Umrha exclusive package for a family of five. Each package includes a 4 days/3 nights stay in top hotel, full board meals plus

airfares and transfers. The Top 5 Daily Spenders, on the other hand, each wins a crystal Aya diamond pendant chain in a promotion lasting 30 days. There will be a separate set of winners for each identified sales zone, namely Gold Souk, Union coops, Dubai shopping centres, Al Ain/Abu Dhabi area and the Northern giving shoppers better chance of winning. The Crystal Aya pendant contains the world’s smallest complete rendition of the Holy Quran. “Since its launch, the Ramadan Festival has contributed in swelling Sharjah’s trading activity while providing days of joy for Sharjah’s residents and foreigners. It is contributing and encouraging the productivity and growth rate for all the business, tourism and service sectors in the emirate. These objectives represent significant parts of the general aim of the society,” according to the Economic Development Department, one of the official sponsors of the Festival. The Sharjah Ramadan Festival was launched under the instructions and guidance of HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The Festival’s official sponsors are the Sharjah Municipality, Qanat Al Qasba, Sharjah Police, Sharjah Electricity and Water Authority, Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, Economic Development Department and Expo Center Sharjah. The main sponsors are ADNOC, Etisalat, Arabian Automobiles and Damas. The sub-sponsors are Dana Gas, Air Arabia, Sharjah City Center, Al Khaleej Newspaper, Empost, Sharjah Islamic Bank, Al Ansari Exchange, ETCO & IFFCOI, Paris Gallery, Safeer Mall and Sharjah Cooperative Society.

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Healthy Meals For

Fasting and Feasting It is said that during the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. The diet should be such that we maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours. Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like wheat, oats, beans, lentils, whole meal flour, etc

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whilst fibre-containing foods are brancontaining foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, spinach and dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc. With this in mind, Executive Chef Fabien Martinez of Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers has incorporated all the necessary ingredients to ensure there are healthy options on the Iftar spread. On each table, there is a serving of dates, dried figs and apricots and assorted nuts. At this year’s Iftar spread, the hotel team has created a special Dates corner, featuring a wide variety of fresh and nutritious Dates. Executive Chef Fabien and his team scoured the emirates for some of the best dates in town. Dates or Tamr (in Arabic) have been a staple food of the Middle East for thousands of years. They are believed to have originated around the Persian Gulf, and have been cultivated since ancient times from Mesopotamia to prehistoric Egypt. Researches have shown that dates

may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits. The sugar content of ripe dates is about 80%; the remainder consists of protein, fat and mineral products including copper, sulfur, iron, magnesium and fluoric acid. Dates are high in fibre and an excellent source of potassium and are also reputed to be useful in treating respiratory disorders, as well as a salve and a heart stimulant. At the Sheraton Dubai Creek’s Dates corner, guests can sample the Majoul, or Sagii, Mabroom, Sifri and Sukari dates, amongst others. In addition to these sweets, there is also a special Dates cocktail, beverages and Dates desserts like Dates Crème Brulee, Dates Mousse, Dates Butter Cake and more. In addition to the Dates corner, there is also an expansive salads and mezzeh corner where guests are spoilt for choice over the variety of fresh garden vegetables on offer – beetroot, French beans, tomatoes, assorted lettuce, The varied Mezzeh corner is another healthy example as it’s mainly vegetables and fresh olive oil - Hommous Bi Tahini, Tabbouleh, Mutabbel, Babaghanouj, Labneh with mint, Fattoush, Stuffed Wine Leaves, Okra Bel Zayt , Tahini Salad, Broad Beans with Tahina Sauce, Fatteh with Yoghurt and Pine Nuts, etc Also on the buffet are charcoal grilled items like Shish Taouk, Shish Kebab, Kofta Kebab and others. Grilling is known to be one of the healthiest ways to cook. By choosing foods that are low in fat, high in nutrients and full of flavour you can get great meals that are also healthy. The foods eaten should be wellbalanced, from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. In addition, try to relax and avoid stress during Ramadan, because stress hinders the immune and digestive system, and eating during stress will not be very beneficial in terms of supplying nutrients. Ramadan is a time for renewing bonds with family and friends during the Iftar meal. Needless to say, that we should concentrate on enhancing family ties rather than on the food itself.

Kempinski Hotel Mall of Emirates


Eid Celebration

Eid ul Fitr, often abbreviated as simply Eid, marks the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. Translated as the Feast of the Breaking of the Fast, the Eid ul-Fitr is a joyous occasion and often includes eating together with friends, families and colleagues.

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Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Celebrate the wonderful occasion of Eid El Fitr at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel and enjoy a truly memorable dining experience. With the elegant ambience of the new Choices restaurant as the venue, this dining extravaganza is surely not to be missed. Enjoy specially selected traditional and international dishes specially selected by our expert chefs, complete with live cooking stations for the freshest and delectable dishes. To complete the celebration, entertainment is prepared for the kids. Savour this festive brunch buffet for only Dhs. 175 net per person inclusive of selected beverages.

Crowne Plaza Dubai! Celebrate Eid in scrumptious style at Al Dana international restaurant. Join us for the first and second day of Eid for a celebration brunch between 13.20-3.30pm. A feast with all the trimmings and traditional fare for only dhs150 per person excluding beverages. The evening comes alive at Al Tannour Lebanese Restaurant! The best live entertainment from our male and female singers and our belly dancer has been selected for you to celebrate the first and second day of Eid. The chef has created an authentic menu for this feast. Dinner starts at 8.30pm for the first seating and 11pm for the second seating for 222dhs per person excluding beverages. For more information call Crowne Plaza Dubai on 800 Crowne. Visit us www.crowneplaza. com/dubai

JW Marriott Dubai Celebrate Eid El Fitr at JW Marriott Dubai’s infamous 12-hour brunch with your family and friends. All three restaurants at the hotel: Bamboo Lagoon, The Market Place and Hofbräuhaus tie-up to bring you the only 12-hour brunch existing in Dubai. Diners are spoilt for choice by having access to all 3 restaurants featuring delicious Far Eastern, International and German specialities, allowing diners to have more choice throughout the day.

With a dedicated and supervised area just for children’s entertainment until 6pm the brunch at the JW Marriott becomes the perfect place for families, friends and colleagues to get together. Entertainment including a Polynesian band add some music and rhythm to your afternoon, evening and night, promising you an unforgettable day. For more information and reservations please call 04 607 7977/ 04 607 7099 or log on to

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi Celebrate Eid with your family and friends at the Award winning Moroccan restaurtant , Marakesh, as a fabulous set menu priced at Dhs.175 nett per person. Available on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Eid days. The Citrus restaurant will offer Eid Special Buffet available on the 1st,2nd and 3rd day of Eid for Lunch and Dinner, priced at Dhs.140 nett per person.

The Radisson SAS Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek The Holy month of Ramadan has come to an end, and Boulvar restaurant offers you a great way to break your fast and celebrate Eid Al Fitr, with an authentic setting created around the finest Arabic traditions. Our bustling 24-hour International restaurant, Boulvar, located at the ground floor of the hotel, has geared up for the occasion and offers the best of Eid Al Fitr delicacies. During the festive celebration of Eid Al Fitr, Boulvar Restaurant serves an exquisite, buffet menu during the entire 3-day holiday. The traditional Eid Buffet for lunch and dinner features hot and cold mezzeh, followed by a choice of main courses including the popular Ouzi carving, Shawarma, Lentil Soup, Hot dishes to include Sayadia Samak, Lebanese Sajouk, Grilled Chicken Egyptian style, Kebbeh Bil Laban, assorted mixed Grills and much more. Finish your meal with Arabic and Continental desserts like, Um Ali, Osmaliya, Baklawa, Kunafah, Assorted traditional cakes and delicious fresh fruits.

Celebrate Eid Al Fitr and savour the flavour of true Arabic cuisine at Boulvar, for only Dhs. 135 per person, for lunch and dinner. For more information, please contact the Information Centre on 04 - 205 7333

Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Enjoy the Eid celebrations with your family and friends in the luxurious embrace of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates. 24 Seven restaurant hosts this very special time of the year and provides a delectable generous Eid buffet. For only AED140 per person, diners will be delighted with the extensive variety of Royal Mezzeh or the sumptuous main courses on the buffet table, such as the Chicken with Potato in Lemon Garlic Sauce or the Oriental Mix Grill and Lamb Machbous. Desert promises to be a pleasurable delight with traditional favourites such as Om Ali as well as a selection of Baklava, Kunafa, and Mamoul with dates. For more information and booking inquires please call restaurant reservations at +971 4 4095999 or send an email to restaurants.

Renaissance Hotel The Eid Brunch at Spice Island is a family celebration of culinary delights. Enjoy a spectacular array of food displays and live cooking stations, featuring Mexican, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Italian, Indian, Indonesian and Mongolian dishes with a great selection of delicious meats and seafood or enjoy our delicious breakfast items like freshly made scrambled eggs from our egg station, bread baskets with Danish, muffins and bread rolls, cereals, yoghurts, waffles, and pancakes. Fun activities, like face painting,

Radisson SAS Deira cake decoration and entertainment by our clown will keep the young ones busy. The Original Grand Buffet inclusive of soft drinks is for Dhs 139; The Original Grand Buffet inclusive of regular house beverages for Dhs 179; and The Original Grand Buffet inclusive of a large selection of premium beverages for Dhs 239. Children (6-12 years) Dhs. 69/-.

Sheraton Deira Hotel Experience the true spirit of Eid festivities by partaking from the sumptuous and lavish Eid Lunch Buffet for AED 130- net per person, inclusive of soft drinks at The Terrace restaurant of the Sheraton Deira Hotel. Chef Robin, invites you to taste from his buffet preparations, ranging from appetizers to soups, main courses, live cooking station, dessert corner which change on a daily basis and includes traditional specialties like Chicken Harees, Fish Harra, Lamb Koobideh, Beef Thareed in the main courses, Live cooking and carving stations with shawarma of beef and chickens and Ouzi. You have varieties of healthy greens and other appetizers such as Foul Aktar, Babganoush, Loubia bil Zait, Seafood terrines, assorted cold cuts and more. The dessert corner includes favorites like Katayef, Baklawa, Aseeda, Basboosa, Legemat. For reservation or more information, please call 04-6068615.

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Celebrate Eid at Millennium Sharjah

Millennium Sharjah is offering sumptuous meals in celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, a special day marking the end of Ramadan. A joyous occasion when festivities and merriment are commonly observed, Eid ul-Fitr at Millennium Sharjah is one experience that one should not miss. Executive Chef Wassim. B. Fahkredeen said the hotel is offering brunch on the first and second day of Eid. The first day will focus on Moroccan dishes while the second day will have international dishes. During the Eid, a band will provide entertainment to families, friends or colleagues who are enjoying the delicious buffet while kids can enjoy their own corner filled with Ostrich mini steaks, chicken nuggets, croquet potatoes, burgers, hotdogs sandwiches, French fries, Pizza, popcorn and a whole lot more. There will be Entertainment for kids at the lobby complete with a play area with a TV and video. A clown will be around to entertain

the kids and activities like face fainting. Parents need not worry as to the safety of their kids as one of the staff will be looking after them. The Eid brunch will be served at both Citrus and Al Dallah outlets. Both outlets are decorated to look like the famous city of Djemaa el Fna in Morocco with the famous souk. Curtains, table lamps, cutlery, antique decorations and the traditional clothing for the staff all depict the Moroccan way of celebrating Ramadan. The hotel will be serving traditional Moroccan dishes like zalouk , taktoukah, Harirah Soup, couscous, selection of tagine , Mrouziah , pastilah,_ and other new dishes will be prepared by the Moroccan chef Tagine hammour with shrimps, etc. Salads will include Barbah Salads, Tomato & Pepper salads, Fakous bil Zaatar, Beans Salads, etc. Desserts will be Briwat bil louz , shibakiah, sableh bil louz, gouraibah bil caramel,

Sbiaat bil sesame. There will be an additional trolley filled with Arabic traditional foods, added Chef Wassim, plus a live cooking station for desserts. There will be adequate seats for the guests and because the weather will be much cooler, Chef Wassim guarantees that visitors and residents will be delighted to celebrate Eid at Millennium Sharjah. A tent will be set up at the terrace to give diners a complete view of the surrounding Khalid lagoon at dinner time. “I’m sure a lot of our hotel guests will be happy with this promotion because Millennium Sharjah always wanted to be the best in giving service to our clients,” Chef Wassim added. The brunch is AED 90 ++ per person and would include free pass to the hotel’s pool. It will be served from 11:00 am to 16:00 pm. For reservations, call +971 6 5566666 ext. 2045 or 2040.

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facilitates major deals GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has again demonstrated its strength as the region’s leading IT procurement platform, with major deals and high profile technology launches stealing the spotlight at the event. With three dedicated segments at this year’s event focusing on business solutions, telecommunications and consumer electronics, exhibitors have been able to focus their full attention on their intended audiences, with a range of dazzling displays for trade visitors. One of the largest and most significant announcements at this year’s GITEX Business Solutions exhibition was SAP AG’s acquisition of the software license and maintenance business of SAP Arabia, its exclusive long-term partner in the region. International industry observers commented that the deal will have significant implications for the business software market, and DWTC’s Director General, Helal Saeed Al Marri, was among the first people to congratulate both parties on the successful agreement. Other major announcements have included the unveiling of the master plan for SmartCity Malta, a new self-sustained industry township for knowledge-based companies to be developed by Dubai-based SmartCity in partnership with the Government of Malta, and the award of a multi-million Euro contract to Alcatel-Lucent from the Egyptian mobile operator Mobinil, to expand its wireless network. Vendors reporting an impressive run of new deals at the show include Oracle, hp, Avaya, Sun Microsystems, IBM and Fujitsu Siemens Computer. Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director General, Dubai World Trade Centre, said: “GITEX has a strong record of facilitating business development, and this year’s show – particularly with the new innovations that have enabled companies to focus on their key potential customers – has further

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developed its positioning in this area.” Over 3,300 companies are participating in the event to meet with potential and existing customers and many have brought the latest hardware and software to display on the showfloor. Given the volume of trade visitors, many companies have opted to host the regional launch of key new technologies at the show. In particular, the dedicated Consumer Electronics stream, which occupies the Sheikh Rashid and Sheikh Maktoum Halls, has witnessed the

Middle East premiers of a vast range of new products, ranging from the imaginative through to the potentially indispensable. Samsung has unveiled its expanded range LCD TV products at this year’s show, highlighting new technology that doubles the contrasts ratio and offers crystal clear visuals. IT distributor Trigon is displaying the world’s smallest battery-operated portable scanner, a product which is poised to make its way into the Guinness Book of Records, while SanDisk, the world’s largest supplier

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry of the United Arab Emirates, inaugurated GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK

of flash data storage card products, is showcasing its cutting-edge SSD product, a revolutionary alternative to the traditional hard drive. Meanwhile i-Mate, with the help of its own “technology evangelist,” has drawn significant attention with the launch of its new Ultimate series of mobile phones. Innovation has also been on display in the GULFCOMMS exhibition, with telecoms majors unveiling solutions and services for consumers and businesses. Visitors to the Etisalat stand have been treated to demonstrations of impressive advanced technologies and solutions, aimed at both business and individual customers. Juniper Networks is generating attention with its high-performance network infrastructure, which enables companies to deploy services and applications over a single network. Mohamad Abdul-Malak, Regional Director, Juniper Networks MEA, commented: “GULFCOMMS is an ideal opportunity for customers and partners to find out more about the application performance, controlling access and threat management solutions we’ve rolled out this year, and this has been a hugely successful show for us so far.” 2007 has also been a year when new companies – and first time exhibitors

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in particular – have made a splash. Over 570 companies are participating in this year’s show for the first time, including Blackberry, Harman House, HCL Technologies, NEC Philips and UTStarcom. WinSoft, a multilingual software provider, has launched its latest version of its Tasmeem Arabic design tool at GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK. In fact, several visitors have noted that this year’s GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK has marked a significant increase in the levels of localisation and innovation offered by regional technology groups. “Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the way in which companies function, as it introduces process and policy,” said Esam Himdy, Executive President, Sahara Petrochemical Company, of Saudi Arabia. “This event has been extremely important in helping drive forward the discussion for the Middle East,” he added.

Visitors Rush to GITEX Shopper 2007 Thousands of people from across the region rushed to the Airport Expo Dubai where the GITEX Shopper 2007 took place from September 6 to 12.

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Over 170 vendors, distributors and resellers try to outdo each other with a host of new offers, competitions and giveaways. Helal Saeed Al Marri, the Director General of DWTC, said, “we are delighted to see the response of the crowd, which is a clear indication of the buying power of the community.” Every sector of consumer electronics, from laptops to PCs, cameras to gaming and mobiles to office automation, have registered highly impressive sales figures so far. “The first day was good, the second day was even better” said Mr. Ganesh Iyer, CFO of Cellucom. “ New product launches have also added to the flavour of this year’s show. “This is our first year at GITEX Shopper, and we are very pleased with the quality of the crowd and with the overall experience. We launched Xbox 360 elite and we have had a tremendous response” said Mr. Aman Angar of Microsoft. Likewise, other first timers have also struck it rich at GITEX Shopper 2007. “This is our first year and the response has been tremendous” said Mr. Salim MA of Lulu Hypermarket. “We have some of the best offers in the show, and our stand has been tremendously active” he said. “The response for the promotion we are running with Samsung is very

positive. Visitors are having a fabulous time bidding for Samsung 32 inch LCD TVs, digital cameras, mobile phones and MP3s. We had an instance of a Mr. Aldrin bidding successfully for a Samsung 23 inch TV for just AED 260. The crowds seem very happy,” said Mr. Llewellyn Couto, Marketing Manager and Communications at Sharaf DG. What has made GITEX Shopper 2007 all the more exciting is the fact that this year’s event has some never-before seen promotions, offers, prizes and lucky draws. Some of the prizes in GITEX Shopper’s draws and scratch-and-win competitions included digital cameras, mobile phones, X-boxes and home theatre systems. The grand prize of this year’s GITEX Shopper Mega Draw was a Peugeot 207! Mr Efren, a Philipino national, who walked off with a brand new X-box at a scratch-and-win competition, said “I was planning on getting my son an X-box for his birthday next month, but looks like his birthday will be special this year thanks to this free gift! All these promotions really add a nice feeling to being at GITEX Shopper!” said the happy father. GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK will run next year from 19-23 October 2008 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

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Business Travel Show launches in Dubai

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The Business Travel Show, the leading event for everyone who buys or manages company travel or books business trips and sources meeting venues over the internet, the phone or through an agent will launch in Dubai on October 29-30 at the Madinat Jumeirah Arena. The Business Travel Show aims to provide practical and independent advice, up to date information, and is a forum for learning. Visitors will have the opportunity to discover what’s new in the industry, to meet with online and travel suppliers, as well as obtain independent professional advice and discover cost and time saving methods of approaching the business of business travel. In addition, the show will provide

the perfect forum for business travel buyers and bookers to network and develop successful relationships with each other and travel suppliers. Visitors to the show will include corporate travel managers or travel buyers, directors who sets business travel budgets and policies, managers who buy business travel services, PA or office managers who book travel and travel agents responsible for business travel. The event will also deliver an informative Educational Programme in association with The Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE), the shows education partner. A twoday educational programme has been tailored for delegates attending the event from the region who are keen

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EDUCATIONAL TOPICS AT THE EVENT WILL COVER: · Why you should introduce a travel policy within your company, learning how to minimize costs and maximize value; discovering how to source the right travel information and achieve maximum service for your travelers. · Safety and Security will also be addressed, with information on travel insurance and the most common safety issues. · Internet usage, how to obtain the best airfares using consolidated fares and the secrets of finding cheap tickets. · The debate as to whether you company should use a travel agency or book on line and the use of travel data to get better deals with suppliers. · The impact of low cost carriers and budget hotels and the integration of these services into travel policies will run alongside a review of whether private jets can save you time and money. The Business Travel Show Dubai, under the patronage of HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum Chairman & Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group and the President, Dubai Department of Civil Aviation, will become a yearly event in Dubai showcasing the finest business travel products and services from the world’s leading travel suppliers.

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to learn more about the benefits of establishing travel management policies for their organizations or to improve existing policies. These sessions will provide advice on booking and purchasing business travel more effectively - from how to maximise your current travel spend, to assessing the benefits of online booking and understanding the impact of low cost hotel and flight options. The daily seminar programme will provide eight educational sessions per day with opening keynote addresses on the future of the hotel sector in the Middle East region and future trends in air travel. Said Sally Pugmire Event Director for the Business Travel Show which is a joint venue between Centaur Exhibitions in London and Dnata World of Events in Dubai: “It is clear that there is a huge educational need in the Middle East and companies require knowledge of

best practice regarding managing their business travel effectively. From the education programme lead by industry experts, visitors can learn from and build upon their knowledge. Armed with this information, they are then well placed to discuss their specific company travel needs with the exhibitors present, finding the most suitable products and services.” Dnata, Jumeirah, Emirates and British Airways are founding partners for the debut event in Dubai, along with the show sponsor - Al Shamel, Qatar Airways and Air Arabia. Key industry partners already present include - HRG and Radius, with companies exhibiting including Austrian Airlines, National Air Service, Virgin Atlantic, International Air Charter, Jebel Ali International, Cabot, Air France/ KLM, Hilton, Premier Travel Inn, FCM, Lufthansa, Accor, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Etihad, Hertz, Chelsea Group, BCD Travel and Cathay Pacific.

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A City Sculpted In Sandstone One of the new wonders of the world, Petra is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago. CHUCK WIGHTMAN tells us more.

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“How,” I wondered, breezing down Jordan’s King’s Highway, “is it possible to lose a city for nearly a millennium?” Not a city destroyed – indeed one very much intact. Not an insignificant backwater, but once a major trade centre. Masked by an inspiring backdrop of mountains and valleys reaching Petra involves hiking a little over a kilometre from the modern town, past rudimentary cave dwellings and tombs, offering only the barest hint of the grandeur ahead. Carved by the Nabataeans into the sandstone walls of Wadi Musa, Petra disappeared from the map. Rediscovered in 1812, it would be over a century before the site was excavated,

the rock, the sun splits the sky. Petra’s Treasury is stunning in the first light of sunrise. Khazneh el-Faroun towers some 50 metres, cut into the cliffside’s honey-hued sandstone. Eagles punctuate the pediment, its upper face ornamented with figures from classic mythology. Notches on either side of the facade suggest footholds or scaffolding aided its carvers, but do nothing to diminish their accomplishment.

dressing rooms. Several tourists have seated themselves in the amphitheatre’s upper sections, almost in anticipation; alas a stray goat is the day’s only performer. Carved at a widening of the valley, the Royal Tombs have suffered significant wear from the elements. The Urn, Corinthian, Silk, and Palace Tombs, each feature strikingly different exterior details, perhaps indicating the stature of those they were constructed for. The Urn tomb commands particular prominence, perched on a raised courtyard overlooking the

Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron. the city centre remaining buried until 1958. The Nabataeans are considered the first Arabs in the Jordan Valley, building a society of prolific traders beginning in the sixth century B.C. A narrow alley wends its way through an obscure siq, whose sides nearly touch in places, casting long shadows in the early dawn. Water troughs trace the cavern collecting rain water, highlighting Nabataean ingenuity in this water-starved climate. Small shrines for worship and bathing welcome visitors, underlining the importance of both religion and trade to Nabataean civilization. Peaking through a narrow gap in

Dubbed the Treasury based on the legend of a pharaoh’s riches hidden in the facade’s urn, the square hall gives the sense of a banker’s vault. The interior is surprisingly austere, without ornament, but for a striking array of colour, owing to minerals found in the rock. Petra’s most phenomenal palette is showcased in the Silk tomb, it’s red and blue hues radiating an unmatched vibrance. Undergoing restorations and expansions throughout its history, Petra’s amphitheatre reaches high into the cliffs, its capacity estimated near 8,000. Columns marking the stage entrances and backdrop once stood two, perhaps even three storeys. The area beneath the stage remains largely intact, including indications of

Colonnaded street. The backbone of the urban Petra, the vista of the valley is stunning. The ruts of ancient chariots lead down the Colonnaded street to Petra’s Nymphaeum. Believed to have marked the confluence of the Musa and alMataha rivers, the fountain was also the culmination of the siq’s

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IF YOU GO 1. Visitors with a valid passport may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy, consulate, or legation abroad. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport or at any other border crossing except King Hussein Bridge and the ferryboat from Egypt. Visas are valid for 2 weeks, but can be extended at any police station. No inoculations are required for entry into Jordan, although preventive shots for hepatitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid are recommended. 2. Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Muslim women’s clothing often covers their arms, legs and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (Downtown), and outside the cities. Topless sunbathing is prohibited and one-piece swimsuits are preferred, although two-piece swimsuits are acceptable at hotel pools. 3. The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken – especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have travelled or have been educated abroad so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent. 4. The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol JD, which is often called the “jaydee”. There are 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 JD notes.

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The dinar is divided onto 100 piasters (pronounced “pee-aster”) of 1000 fils (“fills”). The fils is the unit most commonly used and you will usually see prices written as 4,750 (which is 4 JD and 750 fils). Currency can be exchanged at major banks, exchange booths and at most hotels. Street moneychangers are best avoided. Exchange rates are set daily by the Jordanian Central Bank. 5. Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors are encouraged not to waste it. Hotels rated 3 stars and above have their own water filtering systems and their water is considered safe to drink. Elsewhere, bottled water is cheap and readily available. 6. Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks 7. Telephone services within Jordan are efficient and reliable. Directories in Arabic and English are widely available and international calls can be made from public and private phones. Fax services are available at most hotels while telegrams can be sent from post offices. Internet access is widespread via Internet cafes and hotels. For more of Petra and other cities of Jordan, log on to www.

aqueducts. The Colonnade’s Temenos Gate, separates urban and sacred districts, the city’s adjacent baths suggesting early origins for Islam’s purifying traditions. The Colonnaded street finally delivers me to a sumptuous repast at the Forum restaurant. Featuring local and international cuisine, I tuck into a succulent offering of lamb kebab, and thick batatas (potato) stew, complemented with borek, delightful pastry triangles stuffed with cheese, spinach or minced meat. The adjacent

remind visitors of their limitations. More sensibly, multiple day passes can be arranged on first admission. Cost declines by the day, and the fourth is free. Women and children occupy small plateaus along the clamber, shilling everything from souvenirs to sandwiches and drinks. Though Petra officially no longer has any inhabitants, several caves have the discreet indications of modern housekeeping: camp stoves, bedrolls, small radios. The Monastery remains invisible

The Urn, Corinthian, Silk, and Palace Tombs, each feature strikingly different exterior details, perhaps indicating the stature of those they were constructed for. teahouse, provides an opportunity to refresh and relax, a breezy vista looking out towards the Royal Tombs. There is very little in the way of shade in Petra, so the canopied pause is welcome. If you spend only a day in Petra, you must decide between climbing to ed-Deir (the Monastery) or visiting the Crusader fort, and exploring the Garden tomb. While the Monastery is a must see, it is not for the faint of heart. Earning its nickname owing to its remoteness, the 900 steps will quickly

until you are practically on top of it. It has been suggested ed- Deir was a place of worship rather than a tomb, possibly explaining why it lacks some of the flash of the Treasury. Owing to its height and exposure, the Monastery has also suffered more from the elements, but there is no matching its tranquility. Scrambling up a short, rough path I discover a tremendous view of the surrounding mountains. The only sound, is a warm wind whispering to the peaks.


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Why Cyprus?

The very name Cyprus shimmers with an age-old mystique. Today, history and hedonism are comfortably intertwined on the island. Ravishing five-star resorts within walking distance of well-preserved Greek and Roman ruins offer every amenity the modern traveller has come to expect and more. GAEL ARTHUR explores this charming island.

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The island of Cyprus basks year-round in the light of the warm Mediterranean sun. A storied past 10,000 years long has seen civilizations come and go and the likes of everyone from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra stake their claim here.

Ignore the temptation to say “Why not?” or “Because”. Start instead on the litany of reasons, beginning with the archaeology, the water, the culture, working your way through to the average winter temperature of this Mediterranean paradise. Be prepared to be interrupted frequently. “But do you know where it is?” Cyprus lies in the Eastern part of the Mediterranean, closer to Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel than its closest Greek cousin, Rhodes. There are three reasons this small island boasts Neolithic settlements, Aphrodite’s birthplace, Hellenistic tombs, Roman mosaics, a pillar where St. Paul was reputedly beaten, a Crusader’s castle (Richard the Lion Hearted was wed here), Turkish forts and incomparable Orthodox monasteries. The three reasons? Location, location, location. The issue of safety is bound to be raised in any conversation about a tourist destination. While the “last divided capital” – as the melodramatic press consistently call Nicosia – has a barbed wire fence running through it, if you don’t actively seek out “the wall” (which doesn’t even vaguely resemble the old Berlin Wall), you won’t even see it. If you choose to learn about the Turkish invasion of the northern third of the country in 1974 (and all the subterfuge

that went along with it), the information is there, but there are few reminders of the political manipulations that surround the island. “But it’s such a small place. Won’t you be bored with a whole week there?” This question borders on the ridiculous. By day two you will be wishing you had two or three weeks to being to get to know the island. Even with a brutal schedule of touring and visits, you will miss “must-sees” all over the island. And that doesn’t allow any time for lolling about by the pool or at the beach. By day three, you will resolve to return and will be sketching out the itinerary for a three week stay, which might allow time for a short cruise. Perhaps a week in an agrotourism spot in a small town with hiking in the area. It’s an appealing idea, having coffee at the same little café every day, and buying dinner in the local

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stores. With any luck, the mother of the owner of the agrotourism spot will still make halloumi cheese in the traditional way, so you can learn not just how to make it, but hear stories about how it became such a mainstay of the cuisine. “But what kind of food and wine can there be in Cyprus?” This question is pretty easy to dispense with, as mellifluous worlds roll off your tongue – kleftiko, moussaka,

kourapiedes, dolmades, taramosalata, melomakarona, gyros, souvlaki. The food of Cyprus is not dissimilar from the Greek favourites you see in larger North American cities. “And the wine?” Well, unless you go, you aren’t likely to taste much more than the industrial brands which are exported to the UK. Cyprus has a wine tradition that stretches back four millennia. That’s right, 2000 BC. For the last several

Here you will discover a compact world of alluring beaches and fragrant mountain peaks, vineyards studded with olive trees and ancient ruins that stir the imagination, citrus groves and old stone villages where sweet wine flows as freely as conversations at the local café. decades, wines have been made to less than exacting criteria. There was a demand on the part of British importers for cheap serviceable product and the large manufacturers met that need. But like most countries where 80% of production is controlled by a small number of major companies, the little guys are working to produce high quality products in smaller quantities. The big four wine concerns are also aware that there is a market for premium products, so they are devoting more resources to quality enhancements. With indigenous grapes, there are distinctive flavors that

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may or may not be popular in the foreign markets, but fit the food of the country. Some winemakers are sticking with traditional vines, while others are embracing Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. These grapes should be successful here, as long as the right elevation and location are chosen. Cyprus has lots of choice, with mountains and foothills rising up from its sunny shores. The big challenge will be whether the value of a hectare of vines will ever approach the value of olive trees or retirement complexes

for pensioned Brits (for whom the tax treaties are extremely attractive). And finally, “But isn’t it expensive to travel so far?” Wherever you travel, when you calculate value, you have to include not only the price of the air fare, but also the costs of eating and living well once you get there. While food is a bit less expensive than in the United States, accommodation is the big win here. Three hotels in three cities, all offering great service, terrific amenities and waterfront locations, were all extremely well-priced. The Paphos Amathus, a five-star hotel (with superior service to many similarly rated hotels in both North America and Europe) is the kind of place you could just settle into for the season, at prices that make you wonder if you are doing the conversion correctly (www. Of course, the time of year is critical to getting the best prices, while optimizing the weather conditions. November and March are worth investigating. For great value and less luxury, agritourism is the only way to go. When you look at the compelling internet rates, you will be tempted to book right away. The packages are particularly attractive, as they often include a rental car, an absolute necessity if you are planning to really see the country.

Cyprus for All Seasons One of the benefits of being a Mediterranean island is plentiful sunshine throughout the year, and Cyprus is no exception. In fact, Cyprus epitomizes the ideal weather of the region with sunny days and fine temperatures almost every day. Extremes of temperatures are rare, meaning Cyprus has something to offer every month of the year, whether it’s swimming (as late as November) or enjoying cultural sites and

festivals (all year long). While seasonal fluctuations are not drastic, however, they are different. Here’s what to expect: Summer When It Sizzles For just about summer stretches from mid-May to mid-October and means high temperatures, cloudless skies and cooling breezes from the sea. It’s the ideal season for swimming, sunbathing and a whole range of watersports from sailing to scuba diving. At this time of year, explore the archaeological sites early in the morning or in late afternoon, avoiding the hottest part of the day. It’s always a good idea to bring along sun protection, such as sunscreen and a broad-brimmed hat. Even in the height of summer when it’s 32C (90F) degrees at the beach (and warmer inland), temperatures are refreshingly cooler in the Troodos, making the mountains ideal for hiking or simply relaxing. Fall Forecast Warm and Sunny Toward the end of October evenings do tend to get cooler, however. In October and through November the leaves change color in the Troodos and vineyards take on gold and crimson hues against a backdrop of crystal clear sunlight. In Cyprus even mid-November can feel like summer, but by month’s end medium-weight apparel for the late afternoons and evenings will enhance the traveller’s experience. It is still possible to enjoy swimming, while inland excursions to villages and vineyards for wine tastings can be very enjoyable. Fall also brings with it the annual Kypria festival, with prestigious local and international musical and dramatic performances at venues throughout Cyprus. Winter An Active Season December and January are the months of Mediterranean winter, bringing the possibility

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Into early February there is occasional rain, and often snow in the Troodos - ideal for skiing!

IF YOU GO • The currency of the Republic is the Cyprus pound - CY£, which is divided into 100 cents. • Driving in Cyprus is most advisable as regular transport service is not available to all remote areas where many places of interest are to be found. Fairly good surfaced roads complying with international traffic requirements link the towns and the various villages. Four lane motorways connect the capital, Lefkosia with the coastal towns of Lemesos, Larnaka and one part of Pafos. • Visitors wishing to bring their car to Cyprus can do so, for a period up to 3 months provided the car has a valid registration licence of its country of origin. The period may be extended accordingly, provided the person is considered a visitor by the Department of Customs & Excise. • During driving, the driver should take all necessary measures, so that his/her hands are free at all times in order to have full control of the vehicle. Therefore the use of a mobile phone is strictly prohibited. • Crime in Cyprus is, comparatively, at a very low level. The Police are always ready to assist anyone who needs help. In case of emergency, one may telephone 199

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or 112 (in all towns). All policemen speak good English. • Greek and Turkish are the official languages. English is widely spoken. French and German are also spoken within the tourism industry. • A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel and catering establishments. Additional tipping is at the discretion of the customer and it is a gesture which is appreciated by the employees. Taxi-drivers, porters, hairdressers etc., always appreciate a small tip. • The supply in Cyprus is 240 volts, a.c. 50Hz. Sockets are usually 13 amp, square-pin in most buildings. More than one low current rating appliance may be operated from the same supply point, by using an adaptor (i.e. radios, electric clocks etc.). For visa and other information visit www. or call the Cyprus Tourist Office at Al Ghurair City, Office Tower, 436B P.O Box 94670 Deira-Dubai, UAE Tel. (009714) 22 77637 Fax: (009714) 22 77638. E-mail: tourism@cyprusme. com or

of rain, but still an average of six hours of bright sunshine a day. This is the time of year when smaller Mediterranean destinations shut down for the season, but not so Cyprus. The island is a major business centre and has many important heritage sites and museums, all at their least crowded in winter. The cultural calendar is also alive and well throughout the winter, with new events coming all the time. The summer resort of Agia Napa, for example, offers a “Cultural Winter” with classical music concerts and modern and folkloric dance performances.

Spring Delights The first orchids bloom in January in Cyprus, and by mid-February the countryside is already alive with fresh green meadows and almond trees in bloom. March days can still be cool (daytime temperatures around 19C or 65F, 9C or 40F at night) but steadily moderate. Early spring is a wonderful time to visit to Cyprus, with pleasant daytime temperatures and many of the ancient ruins framed by a carpet of red anemones and other wildflowers. In April and into the middle of May spring is in full force. This is an ideal time for nature hikes and off-road adventures in the pristine Akamas Peninsula. Cyprus has 1,950 species of flowering plants, 140 of which grow nowhere else but on the island, and in the Akamas alone, there are 700 plant species, of which 40 are endemic. From February to April, pink cyclamen sprouts up from rocky foothills and thickets and forms a riveting adornment to the Baths of Aphrodite. From March to April, the pink wavy-leaved monkey orchid (Orchis italica) grows in dense patches around Pafos. If in summer Cyprus is the place to bask in the sun, then spring is the time to savor the natural beauty of the island in bloom.

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Fujairah Rotana Resort & Spa

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Set against the brutal and rugged backdrop of the Fujairah mountains on the east coast of the emirate, the Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa is an ideal weekend (or longer) retreat from the city. The feeling of spacious seclusion – if that is possible – is most obvious when you look back towards the three-sided complex from the enclosed resort beach, with the steep paprika-coloured hillside rising above it in the background. This spaciousness is carried over to the interior of the resort itself. You enter into a roomy glass-topped atrium of a reception with a water feature and Al Falaj café in the middle, and behind them a wall of glass doors opens out onto the water garden and the beach. Following on from hurricane Gonu the Rotana fortunately only suffered superficial damage to a few rooms as well as the total reshaping of the beach, unlike other properties along the coast which were forced to close. But what you see when you visit a mere six months later is a team spirit that only really comes from working through extreme situations. Whether you are resting by the pool, taking a diving lesson, playing

squash or tennis, dining in one of the two restaurants, enjoying a cocktail at the Tropicana pool bar, getting your hair cut, or using the Zen spa after a hard day’s relaxation, the staff are there to serve you with pleasantness and a smile. In the evenings this welcome continues in the Tabu bar with live and lively music being played every night, not to mention an excellent menu of bar meals. Besides the quality of the service, the accommodation and facilities are just as appealing with all the

complimentary services you could ask for including high-speed internet, daily housekeeping, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and 24-hour in-room dining. As well as the range of 250 rooms on four levels and pool-front private rooms, all in a colonial style and with terraces overlooking the ocean, the Fujairah Rotana is ideal for small to medium size conferences, boasting a choice of facilities, equipment and hospitality. If you are fortunate enough not to be having to work while at the resort then why not learn to dive, learn squash or tennis, beach volleyball, go kayaking, water-skiing, windsurfing, take a desert safari, visit one of many historic local forts or mosques… I think you get the idea. Basically, at this oasis on the cost of the Indian Ocean, the world is your oyster whether you want to just enjoy the warm sea breezes with a cocktail in your hand, or indulge in high energy pursuits in a crash helmet, it’s all there. And one of the best features of the Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa is the fact that it is not really that far away from the busy west coast: far enough to take you through unique landscapes and to give you distance from your weekly stress, but close enough that you can be there in an hour or so. And with regular weekend deals, you won’t need to break the bank to enjoy and completely de-stress yourself.

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Jumana Secret of the Desert

opens its second season

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The much-talked about extravaganza of grand scale and one of the most advanced shows ever put in the Middle East opens its second season at the Al Sahra Desert Resort.

storyteller. Some of the best partners in show business collaborated to create a spectacle of unmatched proportions in the region. Christophe Berthonneau, owner of Groupe F - renowned for lighting the Eiffel Tower with Yves Peppin at the turn of the millennium and the opening of the Greek Olympics in Athens - designed the pyrotechnics. Other famous names include composer Jean Musy, responsible for the Jumana soundtrack, and music arranger Mick Lanaro (who produced for Charles Aznavour amongst others). The show is performed on a stage set in a water body containing 10 million litres of water – the size of the stage is comparable to any world class opera or ballet theatre stage such as the La Scala in Milan, the Covent Garden or the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. In order to achieve scale and spectacular dimensions the show incorporates various imagistics theatre techniques. State-of-the-art laser effects are generated using three laser generators. Various large-scale water effects enhance the visual effects, the most impressive of which are the three 35m wide by 18m high water screens, which create a backdrop to the performance area.

“Jumana offers our guests a unique experience of the desert and the Arabian culture; it is great fun! A real wow!” Called Jumana – Secret of the Desert, the imagistics theater show brings a matchless feast of performance, excitement and technical innovation, including Omar Sharif ’s voice as the

The second season opened during the celebration of the holy month of Ramadan because the Jumana show reflects on Arabic traditions and customs. “It encompasses Arabic

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folklore and mythology. It is about good conquering evil; perseverance. It is performed under the desert skies – at one with nature,” explained Johan Viljoen, General Manager of Al Sahra Desert Resort. This season, 20 performers are added (now totaling 60) to compliment the light, sound, laser, water and pyrotechnics effects. The choreography is tighter and the production has added a couple more effects which will continue in the future. “The timings remain the same – we had a positive response to the

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starting time at 21:00 – it allows people sufficient time to dine before the show, and for the night owls, the evening is but a puppy when the show finishes at 22:05 – many of our guests prefer apres show dinner; they enjoy chilling out in the desert until the wee hours of the morning,” he added. Jumana is unique because it is the only permanent outdoor extravaganza in Dubai and the Middle East. The Al Sahra Amphitheatre employs some of the most advance projection techniques and projection equipment to enhance the excitement of the Jumana show

– animation, video and stills images are projected onto an eighteen meter high dune and the water screens, providing the creative team with a wide canvas to illustrate any story. The technology is rounded off by a lighting system customised for the desert climate, a sound system with an output up to 110dB at any point in the amphitheatre; and the first permanent pyrotechnics installation in the Middle East, including fireworks and flame. The technology used is some of the most advanced in the world and the fusion of different light, water, laser and pyrotechnic effects added to the vibrant soundtrack are sure to mesmerise Jumana audiences. “Jumana offers our guests a unique experience of the desert and the Arabian culture; it is great fun! A real wow!” prides Viljoen. “When people leave the resort after the show, they only have one thing to say, ‘This was our best night out in Dubai’.” The Jumana show is staged at Al Sahra Desert Resort, situated in Dubailand, a multi-billion dollar urban complex situated in Dubai, which is destined to become the biggest, most varied leisure, entertainment and tourism attraction on the planet. Al Sahra – a Dubai Heritage Vision LLC initiative – is set in 40 million square feet (400ha) of undulating sand dunes just thirty minutes from the heart of Dubai. This unique eco-tourism resort offers visitors an experience of Arab hospitality and culture; arts and crafts in a natural environment featuring typical clay-plastered stone pillars and arched structures - all conceived to afford visitors an unforgettable experience in the desert. Al Sahra represents Arabian culture and heritage from Persia, the Maghreb, the Levant, the Gulf region, Oman and Yemen. The main entertainment complex encompasses an amphitheatre with a seating capacity for up to 2 500 spectators. The amphitheatre façade incorporates a traditional Arabic craft souk, restaurants and a coffee shop,surrounded by indigenous regional flora and fauna in a typical desert oasis landscape. A date plantation; a camel farm; and stables complete the setting.

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There’s more to golf at

Sharjah Golf and

Shooting Club

Sharjah Golf and Shooting Club provides first class facilities for golf, recreation, paintball, pistol and rifle shooting. The Club opened in November 2005, under the auspices of His Highness Dr.Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. The club is also complimented by the Sensi Restaurant, a fully equipped gymnasium, hair salon, swimming poll, tennis and basketball courts. At the Golf Academy, you have the opportunity to learn and improve all your golfing skills. The totally grassed, floodlit driving range, putting green and short game areas are all designed and maintained to internationally acclaimed standards. Our Pistol & Rifle Shooting Range offers the opportunity to test your skill with 9mm pistols and .22 pistols and rifles. A veriety of top quality weapons

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are available here including .25 & 50 Meter German Technology Range, GLock, Anschutz, Magtech, Sabatti, Cobob, Henry Junior M etc. The most innovative Paintball Park in the Middle East which meets world standards and provides the most action packed thrilling experience. The park is able to accommodate up to 150 players in one session and maximum of 14 players in one team. It includes two phases - Jungle and Savannah. Sensi.. “Where all your senses are satisfied” offers an array of palate tantalizing food like wild mushroom soup served inside of whole meal bread exclusive to us. The Per Tutti I Suoi Sensi that incorporates fresh seafoods, Italian Cheeses and Crispy chicken prepared by our expert chef. For the sweet tooth the Ciocolato Fuso made from the finest Belgian chocolates and served with real vanilla ice cream will tease your taste buds. Opening in November 2007 will be our fully international restaurant offering an array of Eastern and Arabic dishes. Conference facilities accommodating up to 300 delegates, also catering for groups as small as 20, will

provide for State of the Art conferences with all the latest high tech aids to ensure that your business is conducted in an effective and efficient manner. The Gymnasium , state of the art facilities with the latest equipment is currently being expanded to provide a more spacious facility to shape that unique physique. We have highly professional and hospitable instructors who can guide you and assist you in developing special personalized training programmes and exercises to meet your needs. Here it offers Hi-Low impact, Taebo, Steps and Total Body Conditioning classes. You can enjoy the sparkling clear water from the Infinity Pool. A specially constructed sea-shell shaped pool for children with a water slide is set to one side of the main pool. Professional lifeguards ensure safety at all times. Our soon-to-open Spa Raha will be the ultimate place to restore and improve harmony in one’s world, the spa will embrace, nurture and enhance balance. In addition, the spa will take a personalized approach that allows guests’ encounters to be based on their individual needs.

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Limestone House The vision of the project is to provide exclusive luxury apartments for a select few discerning buyers.

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Limestone House is the creation of a vision to construct prominence and to design an incomparable standard of living focusing on opulence, style and traditional luxury. Expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2009, Limestone House featured an exceptional blend of architectural décor influenced by ancient Arabia and the exotic Mediterranean. This unique residence has been designed to the time-honoured specifications of the master stonemason, with window length, breadth and height determined by the traditional dimensions of masonry blocks. The development is a glorious representation of highly distinguished, luxurious living for the elite few, through the

inclusion of exquisite marble and timber finishes. The AED 1.1 billion property is located in a commanding position within the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC). It has 15 floors of one-, two- and threebedrooms plus penthouses for a total of 323 rooms. The Limestone House includes retail facilities at ground and podium floors. Great care has been taken to ensure the space within each home exudes classic style and functionality. Exquisite craftsmanship can be seen from the timber flooring to the mosaic tiles in the bathroom and the fully fitted, elegant yet practical kitchen designed with an exacting eye for detail.

The amenities feature complete concierge facilities to the health and wellness offerings, including an indoor lap pool, state-of-the-art fitness centre, Jacuzzi plus separate male and female changing facilities with steam rooms in each. In addition, a tranquil, private terrace with a sunken garden provides a natural environment in which to relax. To ensure the utmost privacy and personalized entry for the ‘apartments’ residence there will be exclusive lift access serving a limited number of apartments with secured parking entry and access control to operate the designated elevator to the resident’s home.

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Sing Your Way To Stockholm

from Charlie Parrots! The most engaging Karaoke nights filled with fun and talents straight from Charlie Parrots celebrated great success since its first start in August. Everyone was invited to grab the microphone and sing their favourites every Friday. Charlie Parrots has prepared the stage for excitement and thrilling competition for all participants who chose to test their vocal cords. Shane Jameson Sales Manager Jebel Ali International Hotels and Charlie Parrots MC entertained the audience with his pleasant voice and well chosen songs showed off his experience as a global entertainer. The final night grouped all the winning participants of all the past nights to compete against

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other winners in front of a board of judges consisting of Mr. Frederick Reinisch – Resident Manager Oasis Beach Hotel and Tower, Miss Sarah Herrlin Managing Director – Music 4 Arabia and Mr. Steve Johnson from Radio 2 FM. All participants competed for a grand prize of two return tickets to Stockholm. Caitey sang beautifully and impressed the audience as well as the judges and was announced as the lucky winner. Mr. Anders Lindstrom – SAS Media, PR and Marketing Communication manager was there to hand the prizes on behalf of Scandinavian Airlines International. The Karaoke nights will commence after Eid Al Fitr.

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Crocs You see them in airports, shopping malls, on the beach and around the pool. Crocs are everywhere and are being worn by just about every body. Crocs shoes are a new breed of footwear that provides comfort with a space-age material that has incredible benefits. Available in all leading department stores in the UAE.

ETRO Chic, Classy and Cool- that’s the way to beat the sun this year! Get this gold-rimmed shade from ETRO, tinted with gold and beautifully styled designs on the sides giving you ‘the look’ of the season. Available at all Paris Gallery outlets in UAE.

Handycam CX7K Smaller and Smarter: Beautifully styled and incredibly easy to use, the new Handycam HDR-CX7K is the world’s most compact AVCHD camcorder and also the first Sony camcorder to harness the convenience and portability of a Memory Stick™ for storing and sharing videos in High Definition. With only a Memory Stick™ slot inside and no tapes, discs or harddisk drive, the incredibly compact, stylish Handycam CX7K nestles comfortably in the palm of your hand, weighing just 450g.

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A visit to Arabia is incomplete without a trip to a carpet store. Dubai is one of the best places, outside of Iran, to buy Persian carpets. There are carpet outlets in most of the shopping centres. Here are some designs for you to check.

Nien combination of 70% Wool & 30% Silk, Shah abbasi Design Qum, 100% pure Silk, 950 Knot/Sq.Inch, Medallion Design

Available at NATIONAL IRANIAN CARPET 04 2219800/04 3499644

Qum, 100% pure Silk, 1,100 Knot/ Sq.Inch, Tree of Life Design

Persian Carpet House

Tabriz combination of 60% Silk & 40% Wool, 60 Radj, Dome Design

National Iranian Carpet


Qum 3x8ft Selling Price: 6000 Dhs

Available at PERSIAN CARPET HOUSE 050-6255231/ 043480223

Kashan 3x8 ft. Selling Price: 7000 Dhs

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October feast

One of the most celebrated events in the world in October is the Oktoberfest, the festival of German food and drink. Beer plays a central role in the event and visitors consume large quantities of food. Outlets in the UAE also hold Oktoberfest celebrations, modeled after the Munich event. Find out where to celebrate the fun this year. Or if you simply want to satisfy your appetite, the offerings at different restaurants are really tempting!

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Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites The award winning Latino House Restaurant & Bar in Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites will be offering culinary trip to Argentina to its diners from the 20th of October till the 3rd of November. The finest delicacies will be combined in exquisite a la carte menu which will be available during lunch and dinner service. Each dish has been specially selected and designed by a new Argentinean outlet master Chef Cesar Ramirez. Specializing in fine cuisine and having worked in signature restaurants in Chile, Argentina and UK, Chef Cesar guarantees an unforgettable epicurean experience to the connoisseurs of Argentinean food. The menu will be highlighted by succulent steaks, and will also feature many other Argentinean favourites. The cosy settings and warm welcoming ambience of Latino House Restaurant complemented by finest food will guarantee a truly enjoyable visit. The restaurant is open daily from 12:00 noon till 15:00

Court Yard

and 19:00 to 23:30 hrs. For reservations and more information please call (04) 321 1111.

Al Bustan Rotana Hotel Always look forward to an extraodinary dinner with the exciting theme nights at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel! It’s Benihana “Sushi Night” every Saturday when a lavish buffet of authentic sushi, sahshimis and other Japanese delicacies are freshly prepared by the Chef for only Dhs 139* net per person inclusive of unlimited selected beer, house wine and soft drinks, from 7:00 pm till 11:00pm. Sunday is Seafood Festival at Choices! From hammour to shrimps to lobsters, indulge in the freshest and widest selection of seafood cooked to perfection in live cooking stations, just the way you want them. Enjoy the Seafood Night for only Dhs. 159* net per person including unlimited selected beer, house wine and soft drinks, from 7:00pm till 11:00pm. Come Prima, the contemporary Italian restaurant at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel, welcomes you

for a warm dining experience every Sunday evening. ‘Come A Casa’, meaning ‘Feels like Home’ in Italian, offers you an array antipasti, meat and seafood main courses, fresh pizza, homemade bread along with traditional deserts, all served at your table, just like at home with the family. A selection of fine Italian wines and cheeses will compliment a wonderful evening at a fine price of Dhs. 139* net per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages from 07:00pm till 11:00pm. The Surf and Turf theme night at Choices every Tuesday blends together the key elements of creation, earth and water, to bring together a lavish selection of your favourite seafood, poultry and steaks creatively prepared in different types of live cooking. Enjoy this culinary adventure for only Dhs. 129* net per person inclusive of unlimited selected beverages from 7:00pm till 11:00pm. For further information about their theme nights, call 00971 4 2820000.

Burjuman Rotana Suites The all day dining

Al Murooj Rotana Hotel & Suites restaurant “The Gallery” is a unique dining experience offering the finest international cuisine from around the world including Burjuman Rotana

a daily buffet for breakfast (AED 79), lunch (AED 89) and dinner (AED 99) along with a wide selection of continental cuisine from a la carte menu. Savour the world’s best flavours from Asia, Europe and Middle East. Guests can choose from a variety of special theme nights and can enjoy meals in the comfort of their rooms with 24 hour room service. Open from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. For bookings and reservations, call 971 4 3524444 or E-mail: thegallery.burjuman@rotana. com.

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Grand Hyatt Habtoor Grand

Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai The celebration of Halloween today is a mixture of rituals and celebrations from various origins. The earliest origin is from the Celts, who lived in Scotland. On October 31, they celebrated what they Al Bustan Rotana called Samhain (pronounced So-in). It was the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the cold, dark winters. The Celts believed that on October 31, the Lord of Death released souls back to Earth. So, on this day, the Celts wore scary costumes Courtyard because they believed that the evil spirits wouldn’t recognize them as humans and wouldn’t mess with them. This is probably where the tradition of dressing up in costumes on Halloween came from. But now we know better! Don’t we? Still it is a good JW Marriott Dubai time to stay inside with friends and family and more importantly, with people you trust. And where to do this better than at the Viceroy Bar at Four Points by Sheraton Bur Dubai. We wouldn’t let you forget what this evening is, but at least it’s safe! For more enquiries, please call 04 397 7444.

Treat yourself to an elegant array of seafood fit for the most discerning mariner every Thursday at The Market Café! Each of the restaurant’s open kitchens will be serving a wide range of dishes with the freshest lobster, crab, prawns, fish of all shapes and sizes, mussels and of course oysters. Dishes on offer will include recipes from across the globe – Spanish paella, Japanese sushi, Boston lobster and Alaskan King crab to name just a few. Market-priced seafood will be prepared at the grill, in our Italian kitchen, Arabic style and at the Indian section. What better way for seafood lovers to enjoy their favourite delicacy, any way they want it! The world-famous Oktoberfest is coming to Dubai – and you can trust Grand Hyatt Dubai to give it all the authenticity of a true Bavarian celebration! The world-renowned festival of German food and drink, with a traditional 7-piece Oompah Band, long

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benches and cold steins, will take place from the 17th to the 24th of October all under one air-conditioned tent in Grand Hyatt Dubai’s beautiful gardens. The event will be opened by German footballing legend Sepp Maier, who will have the honour of tapping the first barrel. You can sample fresh pretzels and sweet mustard alongside many authentic German delicacies such as wurst and obazda, and taste the timehonoured brews of Bavaria. A traditional “Fruhschoppen” will also take place on Friday the 19th and Saturday the 20th of October, allowing you to try a weekend brunch the Bavarian way. So don your lederhosen, grab your Fräulein and yodel along at Grand Hyatt Dubai! From the United Arab Emirates, reservations for any Hyatt hotel worldwide may be obtained by calling +971 4 317 1700 or logging onto

Habtoor Grand A free flowing Prosecco with live entertainment every

Friday from 12:30 pm – 4pm at Al Dhiyafa. Priced at Dhs. 199 nett. Daily Theme Nights “all you can eat and drink” at AED199. Special set menu four courses minimum for 6 persons including 3 bottles of wine for only 250 Dhs per person at Luciano’s. Or an Ultimate Set Menu for only 95 Dhs at Munchi where guests will have the privilege to make their own set menu by choosing 1 appetizer, 1 soup, 1 main course and served with softdrinks. Buy Pork Chops and get one pint of Carlsberg for free for 60 Dhs only at the Underground. Baby Back Ribs comes for 45 Dhs. Only.

Jumeira Rotana Hotel The barrel has been tapped at Brauhaus!  Come over and indulge in an exciting beer fiesta from the 18th to 25th of October, 7pm til midnight. Wide selection of traditional Bavarian buffet is available for Dhs 139 exclusive of beverage or Dhs 179 with unlimited house beverages. A bubbly live band will

Sheraton Dubai Creek stir up some more fun with wild German-style music, plus a chance to win a roundtrip ticket to Munich! You’ll wish Oktoberfest could last forever!

JW Marriott Dubai It is time to pull out your lederhosen and stein, because the season for Oktoberfest is upon us. The world’s largest people’s fair will be coming to Hofbräuhaus, showcasing rich German heritage with tasty samples of German music, food and beer. From October 15th until the end of November, you can enjoy buffet nights everyday, except themed nights on Wednesday and Saturday. For Dhs. 148, you can eat all the Bratwurst and sauerkraut that you can handle, and Dhs.185

with unlimited soft drinks. Unlimited alcoholic beverages will be offered on the themed evenings. So come enjoy the some live German music by Herbert & Wiggerl, Bavaria’s talented duo, and take part in the traditional Bavarian game of Cow Clock. Highlights during the festival will include gigantic pretzels, gingerbread hearts, stone lifting, camel milking and Bavarian Olympics. For more information and reservations please call 04 607 7977/ 04 607 7099 or log on to www.

enjoy the new sumptuous brunch every Friday from 12:00 noon to 16:00 hrs. The brunch includes your Italian and international favourites plus unlimited beverages. In addition, your kids will be entertained with lots of activities such as face painting, clown entertainment, play area and buffet selection, while you enjoy your brunch. Book in advance and get free transportation (Free transportation is applicable for minimum booking of four guests. 24-hrs advance notice is required to and from the hotel). Prices start from Dhs 125 to Dhs 250. Children up to 14 years eat free! Set sail to a multitude of destinations with buffets from around the world every night at The Pine Grill. Enjoy this fresh and exciting concept with live cooking stations and Flavours from exotic locations. Indulge in this worldly adventure for only Dhs 119 with unlimited soft drinks, water and. coffee and Dhs 179 with unlimited house beverages For reservations call 04 885 2222 or log on to

Metropolitan Hotel Deira

Al Riqa offers both an international buffet with a good range of starters, salads, main courses and desserts, plus an à la carte menu. The restaurant offers a Sizzler Promotion this October and executive lunches from 29 dhs to 89 dhs. The Executive Lunch is available from 12:30Pm – 3:30PM daily. Don’t forget their theme nights, from Italian, Indian, Greek, English, Arabic, Seafood and International. Daily Buffet Price is Dhs. 89 nett per person and Dhs-95 per person with soft drinks. Summer Place, Dubai’s top Chinese Restaurant now has a second home at the Metropolitan Hotel Deira. Set in an authentic Chinese Ambience reminiscent of the Land of the Dragons, Summer Place brings you the most lavish selection of the most popular dishes. It is Chinese cooking in a new dimension, right in Dubai. For more information call 00971 4 2959171.

Metropolitan Hotel Dubai Summer Place offers Lobster, Crabs and Hammour this October. Simply order live lobsters, crabs and hammour and guess the right weight. Correct guess could win you


Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community Dine at Cucina and

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Metropolitan Palace Hotel a meal for free. At Fish Bazaar, order any live crab or lobster and get a complimentary side order. Shahjahan offers Diwali set menu for Dhs. 99/nett food only and the Navrathri set menu at Dhs. 69/nett lunch and dinner. For reservations and details, call 04 3430000.

Metropolitan Palace Hotel Enjoy the true taste of Arabian and Lebanese hospitality at Al Diwan with its generous, friendly service and the menu’s rich variety, featuring many traditional dishes as well as a great selection of hot and cold mezzeh. You can also experience a variety of shisha flavours, which are offered

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along with an exciting daily entertainment programme (Arabic singer, Lebanese band and belly dancer). Early Birds are Dhs. 129 including beers,softdrinks and arak. Surrounded by tropical decor, the bamboo village of Tahiti offers you the chance to experience exotic South Sea dancers and taste the spicy and exciting dishes of these islands. A mixture of salads, grills, fish, seafood and meats awaits you, whilst our teppanyaki table adds a Japanese flavour. Nightly entertainment from our Tahitian band and dancers. Eat and drink Dhs. 179 including regular beverages and Eat and drink Dhs, 209 including premium beverages. Sketch brings you an inimitable array of steak, seafood, pasta, snacks and much more. And, whilst indulging in the fine food, you can catch some real action from your favourite sports. This October sample their Pasta Promotion for DHS 38.

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi Cigar nights at Cristal every first and third Monday of the month, priced at

Dhs.250 nett per person BBQ Nights - It’s all Grill at starting after Eid. Armenian the Sevilo’s Terrace with our 6 piece Jazz Band performing BBQ nights under the stars, from 22 - 25th October 2007. every Friday night. Happy hours 7 days a week The Marakesh restaurant from 5 pm - 8 pm.( After will offer Ibn Battuta nights Eid.) on Monday Sevilo’s for Dhs.160 Sheraton Abu Dhabi offers / ++ per Business person lunch, inclusive a three of buffet course plus regular special house business beverages; lunch Moroccan menu, nights on priced at Tuesdays Dhs.75 / - nett per person. for Dhs.135 / ++ per person Ostrich Promotion - Eat inclusive of buffet plus right with our special Ostrich regular house beverages; menu to enjoy your meal Saturday and Sunday without worrying about the - Set menu and Ala carte for calories. The Great Italian Dhs.150 / ++ per person; Sea food nights - The most Wednesday, Thursday and popular sea food night in Friday - Set meu at Dhs.175 town continues its journey / ++ per person or Show at Sevilos at Dhs.160/ ++ Entrance at Dhs.125 / ++ per person inclusive of including fruit and desserts. house wines and beers, The Millennium every Tuesday. Sparkling Hotel Abu Dhabi takes Friday Brunch - Enjoy the you across for a journey lazy Fridays noons with to the enchanting land of your family and friends at Armenia, as it’s the Armenian our Friday Brunch. Priced festival at the hotel from at Dhs.100 / ++ including a 21st to the 25th October, lavish buffet and live cooking 2007. The Armenian Gala stations, unlimited house Dinner will take place at the beverages and Sparkling Elegant Grand Ball Room Wines, and free pool access. on the 25th October and tickets are priced at Dhs.150 nett per person. The rates are inclusive of a lavish Armenian food buffet and a galore of entertainment as 3 singers, violin players, six piece Jazz Band and eight ballet dancers. Also participating in the festival will be Cristal Bar, which will have a 6 piece Armenian Jazz band from the 22 - 25th October and Marakesh restaurant will feature a Fusion Buffet combining Armenian, Lebanese, Moroccan and Greek Delights for Dhs.150 nett per person inclusive of

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soft beverages and a glass of Armenian wine.

Renaissance Hotel Sails Restaurant gives you Fishing for Compliments every Saturday, Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm throughout October. See the biggest selection of fresh seafood on ice. The choice is totally yours when it comes to choosing what and how you like to eat your fish, prawns, mussels and lobster. It doesn’t end there; the buffet boasts a wide selection of soups, fresh salads, sushi, sashimi, main courses and our home made dessert buffet. On Halloween, say “trick or treat” at Harry’s Place and indulge in a special buffet offering pumpkin and mussel soup, braised chicken with spooky sauce and pumpkin muffins with chocolate glaze to name a few a including a special cocktail for just Dhs 72.

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Il Paradiso, the award winning romantic restaurant in Abu Dhabi offers a superb view of the lagoon and a sumptuous fish seafood display where the choice is endless from live lobsters to local delicacies and many other culinary delights. Its Mediterranean specialties are considered ‘musts’ on the Sheraton Dubai Creek Abu Dhabi dining circuit. . Il Paradiso is a perfect setting for a secret rendezvous. Open for lunch and Dinner from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM and 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM. For reservations call: 02 697 0279. Sheraton Jumeirah

Sheraton Deira

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Sheraton Dubai Creek the Mediterranean styled ‘The Terrace restaurant’, at the Sheraton Deira Hotel, for lunch anytime from 12 noon till 3pm for Dhs. 35 net. This dish may be served as an appetizer or an entrée. The term vol-au-vent , “flying in the wind,” refers to the pastry’s incredible lightness. Said to have been created by the famous French chef Carême, a vol-au-vent  is a Puff pastry shell that resembles a pot with a lid. It can be small (individualsize) or large (6 to 8 inches in diameter), round or square. The pastry is classically filled with a cream sauce-based mixture, usually of chicken, fish, meat or vegetables. The puff-pastry lid is set on top of the filling. For more information, contact 6068615.

Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotels & Tower Tandoor dishes have proven to be very popular at Ashiana and in October, tempt your tastebuds with delectable dishes such as Tandoori Jhinga Lehsuni, Sikandari Raan or Suva Salmon Tikka to name a few. Available from 3rd to 12th October. Prices start at AED33 per dish. For reservations, please call 04 207 1750. Welcome to the wonderful world of mushrooms at the Vivaldi restaurant during the month

of October. On the a la carte menu are specialities like Paccheri Spadellati Con Funghi Sanguinei E Pomodoro Fresco, Orecchiette A Funghi Con Guanciale E Sugo Di Carne or Filletto Ai Ferri Con Saltato Di Trobetta Da Norto E Rosti Di Patate and many others. Prices start at AED38 per dish. For reservations, please call 04 207 1717. The lobsters found at the Sheraton Dubai Creek this October are used for a more delicious reason than as an exhibit. Check out how Chef Fabien cooks up a mouthwatering spread of lobster dishes using fresh ingredients and traditional Japanese recipes. Sample authentic lobster recipes such as Omani Lobster Salad with Lemon Dressing, Tandoori Lobster Salad with Aloo Chaat served with Mint Chutney and Stir-fried Lobster with Thai Green Curry and Coconut Rice, to name a few. Prices start from AED25 per dish. For reservations, please call The Lobby Café

at 04 201 1719 and Chelsea Arms Pub at 04 201 1721.

Sheraton Jumeirah Come celebrate the “Oktoberfest” right here in Dubai! The Sheraton Jumeirah’s Palm Garden Restaurant and Terrace is hosting this world famous German fest from 23rd to 27th October 2007. Executive Chef, Engelbert Gamsriegler and his culinary team cook up a hearty German spread including the popular “Pretzel”; baked fresh by our guest baker flown in especially for the occasion. Wash down with a glass of the original Oktoberfest Paulaner beer while being entertained live by the 6 piece “Hemmendorfer Musikanten” band, who will ensure you leave the evening with a Prost on your lips and a spring in your step. Buffet is priced at AED 95 per person and all female diners will receive their very own gingerbread heart. For restaurant reservations, please call 04-315 3218.

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Ultimate Spa Experience at Banyan Tree Desert Spa and Resort, Al Areen

Pampering redefined at Natural Healing Wellness Spa

Focus on overall well-being is the philosophy at Natural Healing Wellness Spa, where your comfort and experience are their priorities.

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Packed with therapeutic delights to help relieve stress from everyday life, qualified therapists at Natural Healing Wellness Spa will ensure each treatment leaves you relaxed and happy. A luxurious, spacious and well-equipped haven for guests to relax, rejuvenate and revitalize the mind and body, Natural Healing Wellness Spa offers treatments to improve circulation of chi and blood, by regulating its flow and removal of external causes of blockage. The physical therapists at Natural Healing Wellness Spa use a wide range of techniques to perform the healing. Embracing a holistic approach to physical and spiritual well-being, guests can relax and rejuvenate through a selection of unique therapies and treatments. Inspired by traditional Asian healing philosophies, the signature treatments have been developed with the principle of restoring balance and harmony to the body and mind. The restorative properties of fragrant essential oils, aromatic herbs and spices are combined with their expert application in a variety of treatments by a team of therapists. Your spa journey has begun! Upon arrival at Natural Healing Wellness Spa, enjoy a sip of freshly prepared combination of mint, orange and cucumber drink to refresh and relax you. The spa attendants will then guide you to the relaxation

lounge and then on to your treatment room. Luxurious robes, slippers and (disposable) undergarments are provided for the use to all spa guests.

Treatments and Therapies Commenting about the treatments, Ms Mali Jing says: “To maximize on your experience at Natural Healing Wellness Spa, each therapy gives undivided individual attention. Our spa therapists have extensive knowledge of a wide range of specialized therapies available as signature treatments. Each guest is allowed to indulge in an unforgettable experience with variety of treatments that bring balance of chi and meridiens.” Treatments available at Natural Healing Wellness Spa include:

Oriental Full Body Healing with Footwork A powerful combination of Tuina, An mo, Dian Xue and Chi Healing massage techniques. Using herbal oils, integrated techniques with footwork on your back, access the meridians and acupoints on the body to improve overall body circulation. An excellent treatment to relieve stress, muscle strain and breathing discomforts, this treatment speeds up the healing of injuries, strengthens the body’s resistance to disease and eases emotional distress. Available in 90 minute and 60 minute sessions

Neck & Shoulder Herbal De-Stress with Mask The neck and shoulder are hotspots for stress and tensions. Our solution is triple herbal treat that begins with an Herbal Steam, followed by the application of an Herbal Mask on the shoulder area, which enhances the opening of the body’s meridians or energy lines. Herbal Bags are then used; along with a fusion of traditional deep tissue massage techniques that specifically address tensions and tightness across the neck and shoulder area. This treatment significantly liberates one from stress, mood swings and bad temperedness. Available in 75 minute and 60 minute sessions.

Payot Facial Treatment Deep cleaning method integrated with the use of Payot products. The therapist uses a combination of therapeutic skills and massage to identify any imbalances to properly address skin problems. Payot Products has various ranges of products for any skin type. This product is made in France and 100% natural. The perfect revitalizing treatment for the face. 60 minute session

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Full Body Energy Balance As massage enhances and speeds up the action of herbal remedies, this treatment makes use of Herbal Steam Bags applied to strategic acupoints and meridians of the body, this, used in combination with Herbal Oil based traditional massage techniques ensures a full restoration of vitality to reenergize the body. This is particularly beneficial for those who are suffering from severe fatigue and tiredness resulting from physical, mental and emotional over exertion. 90 minute session

Foot Reflexology with Herbal Soak By palpating the reflex zones and

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acupressure points of the feet, which are linked to every organ, tissue and gland of the body, energy is accurately channeled to facilitate the healing process. To begin the treatment, the feet are immersed in warm herbal water to enhance a relaxing treatment that will improve the overall circulation of your body. This treatment is effective in relieving pain and it is efficient in strengthening the body’s resistance to disease. Regular weekly treatments enhance the functions of the immune system. Reflexology is also known to greatly improve one’s sleeping quality. Available in 90 minute and 60 minute sessions

Ovary Care Treatment A combination of traditional massage techniques together with the use of Herbal Steam Bed & Herbal Bags, target the specific acupoints and meridians of the pelvic area to encourage and promote proper circulation in the area. This treatment is used to regulate the nervous system and the endocrine system. Particularly beneficial for those who suffer from hormonal imbalance, pre-menopausal syndrome, menstrual cramps and discomfort. Eases and reduces pain in the abdominal area. Regular weekly treatments enhance the functions of the reproductive system.

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Fire Glass Back Detox Chinese Traditional Fire Glasses positioned on calculated points of the back are used to facilitate the swift release of pressure and tension from the body. Jade, known for its healing qualities, is used on the body’s meridians, acting as a medium in reducing stored heat from the body. This is highly recommended for those who suffer from a high concentration of stress in the neck and back areas of the body. This treatment is also known to detoxify the body and balance ones’ energy. 45 minute session Meridian Harmony is based on a traditional Asian massage style which is designed to open-up the meridian channels, releasing and facilitating the free flow of energy. This is ideal for those who are low in energy or feeling tired. Natural Healing Wellness Spa has a range of treatments to balance the meridians. Price lists, gift vouchers and special packages are available. Please contact the Natural Healing Wellness Spa, Al Wasl Road, Dubai on Tel: (04) 3483896 or email:

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Sayad unveils Pacific Rim menu Emirates Palace’s flagship restaurant Sayad has unveiled a new menu concept that has caught the fancy of gourmet connoisseurs and foodies alike. Known as Pacific Rim, this concept has been developed by itinerant chefs – from Hong Kong to California - who brought together the many culinary traditions and exotic ingredients they acquired during their travels to countries in Asia, Australia and the Americas.

Although the term ‘pacific rim’ is seen often on menus around the world, true examples of this cuisine is found only in a few select venues. Sayad is the first restaurant to implement the true form of this exquisite cuisine in Abu Dhabi, an effort that reflects Sayad’s status as the flagship restaurant of the region’s leading resort hotel. Chef Bryan Chan of Sayad said the Pacific Rim menu is unique and not to

be confused with fusion cuisine. “It is an all together different menu offer, one that creates exciting new dishes of unusual combinations and flavours with a particular focus on seafood and Asian spices in addition to some of the more traditional meats cooked with a Pacific twist. We use only the freshest ingredients sourced locally, as well as from Europe and Australia.” For Chan, the Pacific Rim concept is something that allows him to express his creativity and talent as an artist: “I’ve always believed that cooking is an art, and when we thought of introducing a new menu, we said it had to be a creative effort. This menu concept, so refreshingly simple and yet so sassy, promises not only to be stimulating to the palates, but also guarantees a unique culinary experience,” added Chan. Among Chan’s signature creations are the Asian Nachos, as he explains, “It is a kind of Wanton-style snack with Guacamole and Sushi-ginger, roasted garlic, coriander and chili, fish sauce and many other ingredients. It is similar to traditional nachos but served in Asian style, an altogether different concept.” The Pacific Rim’s 3-course menu starts at AED500 per person, and includes a fine selection of signature deserts that include pineapple tiramisu and chili chocolate cake.

Jazeera Airways celebrates

‘Freedom Forever 2’ Jazeera Airways has unveiled their ambitious new winter routes, bringing the total number of the young airline’s destinations to 23. Jazeera Airways’ Chairman and CEO, Marwan Boodai, also unveiled their tie-up with UAE-based travel supplier Dnata, easy-purchase travel insurance, and the launch of Jazeera Airways’ new in-flight magazine; “J”. “We have a lot of exciting news,” said Chairman and CEO Marwan. “We have amazing new routes from

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Dubai and much awaited routes from Kuwait to Jeddah and Riyadh starting on October 27th. We will also be flying non-stop to the Maldives from Dubai, non-stop to Beirut from Dubai, and we will increase our Dubai to Mumbai service to 7 non-stop flights per week.” Jazeera Airways also announced a breakthrough alliance with American International Group (AIG), which offers online customers the option of purchasing travel insurance at the time of their booking. “Travel Guard covers our travellers against unforeseen circumstances such as lost baggage, missed flights, theft

of personal items and other incidents that can potentially ruin a holiday. It is optional and has a one-time fee average of 10 USD,” said Boodai. Boodai also announced the recent alliance with Dnata, which links the Jazeera Airways booking system directly to Dnata’s. The tie-up will enable customers to walk into any Dnata office throughout the region, and make a booking with Jazeera Airways. Attendees of Freedom Forever 2 also got a sneak preview of Jazeera Airways new in-flight Magazine “J”, which Boodai promises to be unlike any other magazine in the Middle East.

All Rhodes lead to Mezzanine Grosvenor House announced its latest culinary adventure with the opening of Rhodes Mezzanine. The eagerly anticipated arrival of celebrity chef Gary Rhodes brings to Dubai the best of modern British cuisine served in one of Dubai’s most stunning restaurants. The Michelin starred chef will be taking over the flagship Mezzanine restaurant at Grosvenor House. Rhodes, famous in the UK for having successfully re-introduced the nation to their rich culinary heritage, and for having placed British cuisine firmly back on the international map, is on a mission to delight Dubai local and expats palates. “Since opening, Mezzanine has become one of Dubai’s most renowned restaurants, and I look forward to building on this solid foundation to create a truly exceptional culinary destination in Rhodes Mezzanine. Dubai is a wonderfully vibrant city with an eclectic mix of cultures all fused together in harmony,” commented Gary Rhodes. “Food connoisseurs both living in, and visiting Dubai are able to sample the delights of an array of delectable foods from across the world. I am really looking forward to wooing customers and

Wall Street Journal tips Saadiyat Island as a top emerging trendy destination

challenging their current perceptions of modern British cuisine.” Often referred to as ‘the chef’s chef’, Rhodes is world renowned for his tireless attention to detail and unique mastery of the great British classics, which continue to set him apart from the rest. Rhodes Mezzanine adds to the list of 7 stunning restaurants across the worlds, which have won Rhodes a constellation of Michelin stars. “Gary Rhodes will bring with him the superior standards found in each one of his restaurants,” commented Pam Wilby, general manager Grosvenor House. “We believe that Gary’s relentless pursuit for perfection and dedication to his art makes him the perfect match for Grosvenor House and we are looking forward to introducing Dubai to exceptional British cuisine with an exciting modern twist!” “His challenging of the modern attitude towards British food fits perfectly well with the other celebrity chef we have in the two properties. Chef Sandolval at Maya and chef Bathia at Indego all join chef Rhodes in changing people’s perceptions and widening our horizons,” concluded Wilby.

Rhodes Mezzanine is a visual masterpiece - daring to be different by fusing baroque style furniture with modern lighting, all set to enhance the experience of mouth watering traditional and classical British dishes with an elegant modern flare. Located on the Mezzanine level at Grosvenor House, Rhodes Mezzanine is open to guests from 8pm – 12am, Monday to Saturday.

The international travel industry has tipped Saadiyat Island – the natural island lying offshore Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates – from the top 10 contenders to become one of the tourism industry’s most trendy destinations. Following research carried out by The Wall Street Journal, one of the world’s leading daily business publications, Saadiyat Island, was ranked by international travel scouts as a destination it expects “will become a hit in the coming years.” The travel scouts said Saadiyat Island’s main attractions would be the luxury hotels planned for its upmarket Saadiyat Beach district and its world-class museums, including the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which will be housed in the island’s Cultural District. Saadiyat Island – which is just 500 metres offshore the UAE capital – is being transformed into a signature leisure, residential and cultural hub and is the flagship project of Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), the asset development and management arm of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority. Other destinations tipped by the international travel scouts as the ‘hit’ destinations of the future include Honduras, Providence Rhode Island, Newfoundland in Canada, Montenegro, Rwanda, the Seychelles, Almaty in Kazakhstan, China’s Hainan Island and Boracay in The Philippines.

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Etihad to fly daily to Manila Etihad Airways has increased its Abu Dhabi to Manila service from four flightsa-week to daily starting October 1st. The Manila flights, launched in February 2006, have been hugely successful with customers from the UAE’s 200,000strong Filipino community, as well as leisure travellers visiting the Philippines on holiday. James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ chief executive, said: “Demand regularly outstrips supply on the Abu Dhabi to Manila service, especially in the economy

cabin which averages 90 per cent capacity, and therefore it is vital for the airline and our customers that we were able to increase the number of flights.” In addition to the new daily flights, Etihad has also signed a code share agreement with Philippine Airlines. The deal will enable Etihad’s customers to book and travel seamlessly from Abu Dhabi to Manila connecting on to other cities on the Philippines Airlines’ network such as Cebu and Davao. Etihad operates a two-cabin Boeing

777-300ER on the Abu Dhabi-Manila route, which is configured to carry 378 passengers, with 350 in economy class and 28 in business class. The new daily Etihad schedule will increase the number of seats available on the route 1,512 seats each week to 2,646. Mr Hogan added: “As well as providing a key service for Filipinos working in the Middle East, the new daily flights will also have a significant impact on global customers visiting the Philippines on business.”

The Largest Topshop in Dubai,

Now Open at Wafi

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Wafi’s new retail mix in the 250,000 square feet extension offers renowned brands, alongside exclusive designers to attract both genders from a broad age range. One of the latest stores that has opened in the new extension is Topshop including Topman, which happens to be the biggest branch in Dubai. Topshop was established in the United Kingdom in 1964. When Jane Shepherdson became the Brand Director in 1999, her vision was to establish the brand as a fashion authority. Since then, Topshop has become very successful with over 309 stores in the United Kingdom. Topshop has also been successful in expanding internationally and stores are due to open in Moscow and St. Petersburg in 2008. Kate Moss, the English supermodel, is a big fan of Topshop and now collaborates closely to promote a range of iconic pieces. “I have always been a huge fan of Topshop. I chose to work with them because they are able to interpret my ideas and designs in the right way.” Topshop offers a wide collection of fashion for women of all ages. There are different categories for the outfits that Topshop offers; such as maternity clothing, Mini Topshop that offers clothing for babies, Topshop Vintage clothing for teenagers as well as Vintage Shoes and accessories, Topshop Shoes, and Topshop Unique with catwalk designs for women. The only Topshop that includes Topman in Dubai, is at Wafi and offers males a wide collection of fashionable men’s wear. “Opening Topshop is a step forward to attract customers from the younger generation,” said Victoria Smith, MKM Marketing Director. “We are pleased to have one of today’s trendsetting stores open at Wafi. We are sure that it will continue to gain a great following and add another dimension to the collection of brands in Wafi.”

First Sharia all-suite hotel opens in Dubai

Indian singer Pankaj Udhas flies Qatar Airways to Bahrain As official carrier, Qatar Airways flew world-renowned Indian ghazal maestro Pankaj Udhas to Bahrain as part of the performer’s silver jubilee tour. The legendary singer enthralled the crème de la crème in Bahrain with his concert Jashn at a spectacular evening held at the Crowne Plaza over the weekend. Mesmerising the audience comprising government officials, diplomats and over 1,000 fans, he performed over a dozen hit numbers including Chandi Jaisa Rang Hai Tera, Chitti Aai Hai, Sabko Maloom Hai Main Sharabi Nahin, Thodi Thodi Piya Karo and other popular numbers winning standing ovations at several intervals during the night. During the show he was showered with rose petals and flower bouquets, transforming the evening into one of the hottest ghazal performances ever held in Bahrain. Prior to the show, the singer attended a press conference in Manama and took a moment to thank Qatar Airways for flying him and his crew in style and comfort. He commented on the Five Star service inflight and the Premium Terminal at the airline’s hub in Doha saying: “Courteous crew, a good inflight service and a comfortable seat make the journey memorable and I thank Qatar Airways for the excellent level of service on my journey from Mumbai to Doha and Bahrain. The facilities at the Premium Terminal certainly provided the journey with extra value and service.” He said his extensive and hectic

travel schedule meant he always looked to fly in comfort to enable him to relax and unwind before a big performance. “In the business I am in, it is very important to arrive in a destination fresh and in a positive frame of mind which is why the journey needs to be so comfortable and relaxing,” he added. Over the years, Pankaj Udhas, known as India’s ‘King of Hearts’, has captured his audience across the globe. The concert in Bahrain was one of a series of performances during the past 12 months covering 25 cities across India and 110 worldwide. Qatar Airways’ General Manager Commercial Ali Al Rais said: “Qatar Airways is pleased to play a major role in welcoming Pankaj Udhas to Bahrain. People across the GCC and around the world have followed Mr. Udhas’ career from his early years, and we are excited to offer Qatar Airway’s Five Star service to such a world renowned performer.” The singer’s Bahraini performance comes just weeks after Qatar Airways’ announcement to expand its routes into India. The Doha-based carrier announced it will launch twice-weekly fights to the central Indian city of Nagpur from September 23. Qatar Airways will start daily operations between Doha and Ahmedabad in the western Indian state of Gujarat on December 12. Nagpur and Ahmedabad take the airline’s network from 42 to 51 flights a week across eight Indian destinations. Qatar Airways already flies to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Cochin, Trivandrum and Hyderabad.

Millennium Burooj Suites Hotel Apartments opening October 2007 in Port Saeed, Dubai, holds the double honour of being the first all-suite hotel worldwide for Millennium Hotels & Resorts as well as the company’s first Sharia residential property. Commenting upon the announcement, Mr Reda Moukthar, General Manager said: “We are delighted to be opening the first all-suite five (5*) hotel for Millennium Hotels & Resorts in such an exciting growth market as Dubai. With an average suite size of 40 to 135 sqm, the Millennium Burooj Suites will be a truly five star property with services and facilities to rival any in the city. Whether for business travellers requiring spacious accommodations in which to work and relax, or suites with kitchen facilities and additional bedrooms for accompanying family members, the hotel will cater to a varied market and nationality base.” “Whilst we anticipate tremendous interest in the hotel from countries within the GCC due to the unbeatable location literally within walking distance of Deira City Center which offers over 350 shopping

outlets plus dining and entertainment venues, corporate guests from around the world will benefit from staying minutes from Dubai International Airport, close to outstanding golf courses and with easy access to all main Dubai highways,” he added.With 164 luxuriously spacious well appointed one and two bedroom suites plus two penthouse suite, Millennium Burooj Suites will also offer three restaurants, swimming pool, gymnasium and meeting rooms. Developed by Burooj Properties, a wholly owned subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank, Millennium Burooj Suites represents the first of several Sharia’a residential hotels to be announced by the developer. All-suite hotels are growing in popularity in the region due to the flexibility of the accommodations and additional facilities offered to guests whether on business or pleasure. Millennium Burooj Suites embraces the traditional values of Islamic hospitality, ensuring that all guests’ needs are catered for, whilst providing the excellence in service for which Millennium Hotels are recognised throughout the world. Arabic hospitality in a contemporary modern environment, enhanced by a highly respected management company is a primary focus of the newly appointed management team at Millennium Burooj Suites.

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Two Worlds

Three World Class Event Venues

WhiteWater World the most technologically advanced water ride park on earth is set to intensify the thrills and spills by adding a brand new dimension to the park. The ultimate shrine to surf, sand and sea is set to take you straight from the pool to the party with the launch of an in-park event venue. Located on the shores of WhiteWater World The Shell is the largest reservable area in a theme park on the Gold Coast. Spanning 1300 square meters The Shell opened in September offering a pearler of an event venue with endless possibilities. The impressive venue offers the ultimate beach party destination without the sand, wind, rain or harmful UV rays from the sun. Featuring clear pull-down sides, the innovative design allows you to watch the action within the park whilst still being in a protected area. The Shell is the perfect shelter for day groups, Gala Dinners, Cocktail Parties, Concerts, Corporate Functions, Cabarets, Fashion Parades, Christmas Parties and Product Launches. The large open plan accommodates 100 to 1200 guest banquet style with partitioning for smaller groups, creating a friendly social atmosphere. From board shorts to black tie the unique location of The Shell allows you access to the water powered WOW of WhiteWater World plus all the over the fence action of Dreamworld for your event. Hit the rides and slides before supper or keep it completely corporate within the venue, The Shell opens your next event up to a sea of possibilities! THE DREAM ROOM Dreamworld famous for being Australia’s favourite playground has now become the nation’s favourite place to do business. Home to some of the tallest, fastest thrill rides in the world, Wiggles World, Nickelodeon Central, Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience and reality television phenomenon, Big Brother; Dreamworld is the ultimate fantasy land. Becoming a reality this September is Dreamworld’s new and permanent on site event venue, The Dream

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Room. Located inside the land of dreams the new room offers for the first time ever an exclusive lunch venue for private groups at Dreamworld, also doubling up as an amazing after dark event destination. Dreamworld’s National Events Manager, Jennifer Neville is excited by the new possibilities that come with the new dream venue. “Providing new options is crucial to sustaining growth and is the secret to our continued success.” “Dreamworld offers a point of difference with themed worlds, amazing attractions and a host of entertaining characters.” Ms Neville said. Tantalize your taste buds before tackling the Tower of Terror or invite The Wiggles into your world with a character appearance at your next Dream Room event. The room where dream events come true caters for 100 to 500 people banquet style and is perfect for your next event, night or day!. BIG BROTHER HOUSE With their temporary tenancies terminated, the housemates head home while Dreamworld opens the infamous doors up for devoted fans desperate to take a peek. This prime real estate is hot property for corporate events, team building or cocktail parties. Invite your mates to a Big Brother House Party for an outrageous experience in one of the coolest venues in the country. Find out what life was really like and go inside the set of your favourite reality television show. Last year, truck loads of fans took a tour of the Big Brother house snapping up the opportunity to walk in the shoes of their favourite housemates. The Big Brother House is available for hire for exclusive after dark events and open daily for house tours. For the ultimate venues, it doesn’t get any better than Dreamworld with a host of options that capitalise on the venue, live up to and exceed people’s expectations. Dreamworld and WhiteWater World Events can be contacted on (07) 5588 1111 or log onto www.

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SAS to fly non-stop Dubai-Copenhagen from November

Major renovations on-going at

Sheraton Deira Hotel Standing proud as a Sheraton property for the last 11 years, Sheraton Deira Hotel with its 224 well appointed guest rooms and suites, has its strategic location in the busy residential and commercial district of Deira.  In order to keep astride with mushrooming new deluxe hotels with in its close vicinity as well as hearing the ‘voice of customer’s’ needs and requirements, the major renovation was planned for all the Classic rooms, which comprises of 180 from the total room inventory. With the help of Wa International, the well established interior design company in Dubai, 180 standard rooms from the total room inventory of 224 rooms and suites will undergo an intense facelift over 3 phases. The first phase commenced on 15th July and is expected to finish approximately 60 rooms latest by end October 2007. The 2nd and 3rd phase is expected 2nd quarter of 2008. The 3rd phase being the last should be completed by mid October 2008. The bathrooms will be completely redesigned and made new from scratch with the latest fixtures in taps / standing showers heads, vanity counter, bathtubs, audio speakers and lightings, magnifying mirror, hand held hair dryer while the bathroom walls will be designed with ceramic and mosaic tiling’s and flooring with granite tiles. The bath ware products are supplied by Sanipex UAE. the. The guest rooms will be painted in a soft pastel shade of cream, and endowed with new furniture’s’ like writing table and chair, 2 side tables, a coffee table, sofa’s, TV cabinet, table lamps, flat screen

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32” LG HDTV and elsafe for keeping valuables. The furniture’s come from Marley Furniture Co The overall aesthetic feel of the renovation has been perfectly blended to create a tranquil and cozy environment away from home for business and leisure travelers alike. Moreover the renovations also include the reupholstering of couches and chairs in the F&B outlets, Club Lounge and Lobby which will reflect the welcoming theme and ambience of the Sheraton brand. Our hotel owners’ Mohammed Omar Bin Haider Group have been very supportive towards the renovation project and understand how important it is to stay abreast in today’s very competitive business of hospitality, as such have gone all the way to ensure that the Sheraton Deira has a complete new look from the inside of the hotel, said Josef Sorger, general manager of the hotel. Moreover he added that besides a strong desire to keep astride with mushrooming new deluxe hotels with in it’s close vicinity, it is also giving hear to ‘voice of customer’s’ to their needs and requirements, that the major renovation was planned for all the Classic rooms at the Sheraton Deira Hotel.  The Sheraton essence will be instantly found in the new look and feel of the new renovated rooms. The rooms will have a totally new glowing look. Mr. Josef Sorger and his team are eagerly waiting to have guests’ experience their stays in these newly renovated guest rooms received from the 1st phase of renovation as of November 2007.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS), the award-winning multi-national airline for Denmark, Norway and Sweden and the leading carrier in Scandinavia, will launch a thrice-weekly, non-stop flight from Dubai to the Danish capital Copenhagen from 1 November. The service – the first to directly link the UAE with Scandinavia – will operate throughout the winter months until the end of March next year. The new service will operate from Dubai International Airport every Monday, Thursday and Sunday on a widebodied, 245-seater Airbus A340 with a three-class configuration – SAS Business, Economy Extra and Economy Class. “Travel between Scandinavia and Dubai is growing by about 20% annually and there are currently over 300 Danish, Swedish and Norwegian companies operating in the emirate, most of which are SAS’ most important corporate customers, “said Per Moller Jensen, Head of Europe, Middle East and Africa, SAS. “Aside from the business tourism market, Dubai is also becoming an increasingly popular leisure destination for Nordic travellers looking for longweekend breaks and golfing holidays and this new service is one step towards meeting this growing demand. We also anticipate there will be strong traffic flying via Dubai to other GCC countries, as well as India, Pakistan and Iran. “Conversely, Copenhagen Airport can be used as a hub for many connecting flights throughout Scandinavia and the Baltic countries and will be the Middle East’s gateway to Northern Europe.” The 6 hour 15 minute flight to Copenhagen can accommodate 46 passengers in SAS Business Class, 28 in Economy Extra and 171 in Economy Class. SAS Business Class is equipped with SAS Business Sleeper seats with a 170-degree decline; Economy Extra is SAS’ economy premium concept which comes in a 2-3-2 seat configuration, wider seats and increased leg space as well as video screens with video-on-demand. Economy Extra passengers are also entitled to check-in at Business Class counters. Economy Class also has individual video screens in all seats. Flight SK962 will depart Dubai International at 10.00 every Monday, Thursday and Sunday arriving in Copenhagen at 13.15 local time allowing adequate transfer time for onward flights. The return CopenhagenDubai service SK 961 will take off at 21.05 every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday arriving at Dubai International at 6.35 the following day. “This overnight return service will allow passengers to rest on board and be back in the Emirates in time for a full day’s business,” said Jensen. SAS has appointed Dnata, the Dubai-based airport and sales services provider, to represent the airline as its UAE General Sales Agent. “Dnata will offer ticket sales, booking and call centre services as well as a ticket office at Dubai International Airport, “said Magnus Engstrom, General Manager UAE, SAS.

Malia Holding and Rotana Hotels sign management agreement for a 5 star hotel in Erbil “Malia”, the prominent Lebanese holding group and “Rotana Hotels” the leading Hotel Management Company in the Middle East, announced the signing of a partnership agreement for the management of a 5 star 205 roomed hotel in the city of Erbil, located in the Iraqi Kurdistan region. The US$55 million plus hotel will be among a series of projects to be launched by Malia Holding through its tourism investment affiliated company,” Hotel Line”,. This announcement took place at the Gefinor Rotana Hotel in Beirut during which Mr. Jacques Jean Sarraf, President of Malia Holding sal and Mr. Selim El Zyr, President & CEO for Rotana Hotels presented full details of this milestone project. Malia’s plans to invest in Erbil stem from the city’s economic, social and political climate which makes it an ideal destination for investments, particularly in tourism. The Kurdistan area of Iraq has in fact gained a worldwide reputation of being a gateway to Iraq, a stable and thriving area with an increasingly prosperous population of 5 million. The region has 2 new international airports, a liberal foreign investment law that offers foreign investors. The 5 star Erbil Rotana Hotel will be built on a premium 20,000 m² parcel

of land strategically located in front of the large Sami Rahman park and between the convention center and Erbil Exhibition Fair. In addition to the 205 rooms and suites, the property will feature, among others, restaurants and complete recreational areas including Bodylines health and fitness club and a swimming pool. Commenting on this announcement, Mr. Jacques Jean Sarraf, President of Malia Holding sal expressed confidence and excitement in the new formed partnership saying that “The prospects of the Erbil project will also benefit the people of Iraq through the creation of hundreds of jobs. Malia is enthusiastic about developments in the Kurdistan and keen on taking an active role in shaping the outlook of tourism and helping rebuild a strong and solid economy in Iraq”. As for Mr. Selim El Zyr, President & CEO of Rotana Hotels, he in turn said “Year after year, Rotana Hotels is gaining strength and is imposing its position as the leader in the industry within the region. This is part of our strategic aim to have a property located in every key city in the Middle East and this goal is being steadily achieved through careful long-term planning and timely action. We are proud to

New Dining Venue at Al Bustan Rotana Hotel

The Al Bustan Rotana Hotel will launch this month the latest addition to its existing restaurants as part of the hotel’s major refurbishment. Previously Fontana, the suitably named Choices restaurant will be the perfect choice for dining pleasure with its international cuisine and numerous live cooking stations. Choices restaurant, showcasing contemporary design with innovative interiors will be open twenty-four hours serving lavish international

Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi holds Annual Staff Party Mr. Moine Kandil the General Manager of the Millennium Hotel Abu Dhabi held the annual staff party at the elegant Grand Ballroom of the Hotel. The theme of the event - which the staff awaits impatiently from year to year - was that each nationality wears the national dress of their country. The idea was so creative as it was full of colour and luster. Each department got together and performed a show which they practised for weeks before the party. This was in addition to a huge number of raffle draws, awards and certificates of appreciation, not to forget the mouth-watering buffet with lots of tentalizing dishes from all over the world. The Millennium Hotel management and team enjoyed this unforgettable evening which reflects the true team spirit of the Hotel. buffets for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Six live cooking stations will offer the freshest dishes from all over the world. Fun-filled theme nights will complete the gastronomic adventure. The brand new ala carte menu offered at Choices has been artistically created by our multi-awarded team of expert chefs, showcasing the most innovative and most delighting culinary dishes. The most discerning diners will surely be pleased with the extensive array of international cuisine.

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Singapore gets ready for

Magical Fall Festival Season

Singapore is preparing for its popular Fall Festival Season, as travellers from the region descend upon the island-nation to experience the magic of a special trio of upcoming festivals set to offer authentic cultural experiences. From September to November, Singapore celebrates three major ethnic festivals - Hari Raya, Mid-Autumn and Deepavali - when visitors from the Middle East can look forward to a traditional cultural offering through a host of activities specially designed for them. The celebrations are a perfect showcase of Singapore’s multi-cultural

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heritage and a unique opportunity for Arab families to discover the Lion City and experience its distinctive and diverse blend of cultures. Singapore’s fall festival line-up has consistently appealed to travellers from the region, many of whom head over during Ramadan and Eid to take part in a range of Muslim-friendly activities offered throughout the season. The Hari Raya Festival, one of the most significant celebrations for Muslims in Singapore, has traditionally attracted a significant number of visitors from the region and kicks off September 8 with its famous light-up ceremony and draws to an end October 21. The event is extremely popular in the South East Asian country, where over 15 percent of the population is Muslim. During this time, Kampong Glam and Geylang Serai will be adorned with multi-hued street lights, festive bazaars and food stalls offering traditional Malay food, handicrafts, clothes and accessories. From 8 – 30 September, Chinatown, the traditional venue for

the Mid-Autumn Festival, will feature stunningly-lit streets, bazaar stalls, Chinese folk arts and a Lion Dance competition. The celebration is a Chinese tradition where families gather for reunions at a time when the moon is at its fullest and brightest, enjoying mooncakes and pomeloes with a cup of fragrant tea. Deepavali, or the Festival of Lights is the most important date in the Hindu calendar. It celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and many homes light up oil lamps to usher in light and good fortune. For this occasion, the streets of Little India will be lit up from 12 October to 18 November. Festive highlights include the Nine Nights Festival from 11-21 October, the Fire Walking Festival on 29 October, as well as a lively street parade on November 3. “The fall festival season is a wonderful opportunity for visitors to soak in the Singaporean community’s colourful heritage and culture, which is an integral part of Singapore’s rich cultural heritage,” said Ke-Wei Peh, Area Director for the Middle East and Africa, Singapore Tourism Board.

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Embassies & Consulates Argentina 7 Rue Hamani 718683 643843 Australia 7 Rue Jean Rey, 75724 Paris cedex, France 40593300 592081 Austria Les Vergers,Rue No.2 DZ-16330 Bir Mourad Rais 562699 567352 Bangladesh 14 Ave.des Frères Oughlis 594805 603629 Belgium 22 Chemin Youssef Tayebi,El-Biar 922446 925036 Brazil 48 Boulevard Mohammad V 749575 749687 Bulgaria 13 Boulevard Bougara,El Biar 691514 691787 Canada 18 Mustafa Khaled St.,P.O.Box 48 914951 693920 China 34 Boulevawrd Des Martyrs 692724 693056 Colombia 7 Avenue Malika Gaid,El-Biar 922090 923817 Cote D’ivoire Parc Paradeaux P.O.Box 710,Hydra 692828 693683 Czech Republic P.O.Box 999,Villa Malika 692274 693031 Denmark 12 Ave.Emile Marquis,Hydra 692234 692846 Egypt P.O.Box 297,Hydra 691807 692952 Finland P.O.Box 256 Hydra 691212 691637 France 25 Chemin Gaddouche,Hydra 692488 691369 Germany P.O.Box 664,165 Chemin Sfindja 741956 740521 Greece 60 Blvd.Col.Bougara 600855 691655 Holy See 1 Rue Noureddine Mekiri 16090 Bologhine 623430 572375 Hungary P.O.Box 68 ,El-Mouradia 691709 694431 India 14 Rue Des Ambassades 923444 924011 Iraq 4 Rue Arezki Abri,Hydra 603125 601097 Italy

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18 Rue Mohammad Ouidir,Amellal Al-Biar Japan 1 Chemin Al Bakri,El-Biar Jordan 6 Rue Chenoua,Hydra Korea Repub 21 Rue Stambuli El-Mouradia Kuwait Chemin Abdel Kader Gaddouche Lebanon Rue Du Hoggar,Hydra Libya 15 Chemin Sheikh Bashir Ibrahimi Mauritania 107 Lot Baranes,Air de France, Bouzareah Mexico P.O.Box 329,El –Biar Netherlands P.O.Box 72 El-Biar Nigeria P.O.Box F629,Hydra Oman 126 Rue Didouche Mourad Pakistan P.O.Box 621,Djeann El-Malik,Hydra Poland 37 Ave.Mustafa Ali Khodja,El-Biar Portugal 12 Lot El-Feth El-Biar Qatar P.O.Box 118,Bin Aknoun Romania 24 Rue Arezki Abri, Hydra Russia Chemin Prince D’Amman El-Biar Saudi Arabia 4 Rue Arezki Abri,Hydra Spain 10 Rue Azil Ali Sweden Rue Olof Palme Nouveau Paradou,Hydra Switzerland P.O.Box 482,27 Boulevard Zirout Youssef Syria 11 Chemin A.Gaddouche Hydra Tunisia 11 Rue Du Bois De Bologne Hydra Turkey





08.00 to 12.00 Thu

2,381,741 sq.Kms



220 volts (110 volts in some

31,19 million (2000 est.)



A continental adapter is

El-Djazair (Algiers)

necessary 127 volts or 3-phase

Main Cities

127/220/380 AC 50 cycles.

Algiers, Wahran/Oran,

Hotels may have a mixture of 127

Qacentina, Annaba Al-Boulaida,

and 220 volts.

Si di Bel-Abbes, Setif, Tizi Ousou.



Visas are required by all except

Summer: 27 to 32C

nationals of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan,

Coast temperature,13 to 24C

Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya,

Winter:Temperature variations

Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan,Syria,

inland,dropping to as little as 10C

Tunisia, Yemen, Andorra Denmark,

in the Sahara at night

Finland, Guinea, Iceland, Ireland,


Italy, Leichenstein, Mali, Monaco,

Arabic (official)

Norway, San Marino, Sweden,

French (commercial)






Berber (in rural areas)




Customs Regulations

Algiers (920 Km from city centre)

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or



Annaba (12 Km from city centre)

400 gr of tobacco and 1 bottle of


Constantine (9 Km from city

wine are admitted free of Duty

921502 792139 924023 922828 691849


Currency regulations


Wahran 910 Km from city centre)

Any amount of foreign currency


Tlemcen (20 Km form city centre)

may be taken into Algeria but is

No airport tax on departure

prohibited to take any Algerian


currency into or out of the country.

Algiers (principal), Annaba, Oran,

Proof of all foreign exchange

Skikda, Mostaganem, Bejaia

transactions must be presented

Business Hours

on departure.All foreign visitors

Government offices and state

must change a minimum of AD



923770 691175






08.00 to 17.00 Sat to Wed



0800 to 12.00 Thu

1 Algerian dinar (AD) =100










603518 922713










09.00 to 16.00 Sat to Wed Chemin De La Rochelle, Blv Col.Bourgara UAE P.O.Box 454 El Mouradia UK P.O.Box 8,7 Chemin DES Glycines USA 4,CHEMIN Sheikh Bashir El-Ibrahimi Yemen Villa 41,Ave.Les Verges Venezuela Chemin du Kadous Hydra Zaire 5 Rue Saint Georges,Kouba














Embassies & Consulates



General Information Area

on depature BHD 3.

Tourist visas available at Bahraini embassies or on

707 sq.Km


arrival at entry points-Bahrain Airport or the King


Mina Sulman

Fahd Causeway from Saudi Arabia.Visas cost BD

(200 estimate) 642.000

Business Hours

10 for 72 hours or BD 15 for 7 days.


Government Offices

Customs regulations


07.00 to 13.00 Sat. to Wed.

400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or _ 1

Main Cities

Commercial Offices

bs.tobacco,some perfume,2 bottles of wine or

Manama, Muharraq Town, Isa Town, Jidhafs, Rifaa. 07.00 to 13.00 and 15:30 to 18:00 Sat To Thu. spirits.



Currency regulations

Summer: 40 to 45 C,hot, humid.

8.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 18.00 Sat. to Thu.

There are no restrictions on the amount of

Winter: Warm, dry, 10 C to 20 C.


currency bring in/take out of Bahrain.


220-240 volts, Single-phase AC and 400 volts,


Arabic (official), and English (commercial).

three-phase AC.

1 Bahraini dinar (BHD)=1.000 FILS



Qatari riyal and UAE dirham are exchangeable at

Muharraq (505 Km from Manama)

Visas required for all except GCC and UK

rate of DH 10 or QR 10=BHD 1.

Taxis, hotel reservations, duty free shop Airport tax


Algeria P.O.Box 26402,Manama Bangladesh P.O.Box 26718,Manama Belgium P.O.Box 5820,Manama China P.O.Box 3150,Manama Denmark P.O.Box 997,Manama Egypt P.O.Box 818,Manama France P.O.Box 11134,Manama Germany P.O.Box 10306,Manama Greece P.O.Box 5790,Manama India P.O.Box 26106,Adiliya Iran P.O.Box 26365,Manama Iraq P.O.Box 26477,Manama Japan P.O.Box 23720,Manama Jordan P.O.Box 5242,Manama Korea Rep P.O.Box 11700,Manama Kuwait P.O.Box 786,Manama Lebanon P.O.Box 2102,Manama Libya P.O.Box 26062,Adliya Morocco P.O.Box 26229,Manama Netherlands P.O.Box 350,Manama New Zealand P.O.Box 5881,Mnama Norway P.O.Box 10580,Manama Oman P.O.Box 26414,Manama Pakistan P.O.Box 563,Manama Palestine P.O.Box 1102 Philippines P.O.Box 26681,Manama Portugal P.O.Box11030,Manama Russia P.O.Box 26612,Manama Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 1085,Manama Sudan P.O.Box 5438,Manama Sweden P.O.Box 412,Mnama Switzerland P.O.Box 795,Manama Tunisia P.O.Box 26911,Manama Turkey P.O.Box 10821, Manama UAE P.o.Box 26505, Manama UK P.O.Box 114, Manama USA P.O.Box 26431, Manama Yemen P.O.Box 26193,Manama

















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General Information Area


997.738 sq.Km

Local airports at Aswan,


Customs regulations

Hurghada, Luxor, Sharm El

Currency,jewellery and other

(2000 est.) 68.5 million


valuables must be declared




Alexandria (principal), Port Said,

Goods valued up to £E100 may

Main Cities

Suez, Damietta, Safaga.

be exported.200 cigarettes or



on entry.


Business Hours


Government: 08.00 to 14.00

litre wine or spirits.

Temperature/ climate Wed,08.00 to 13.00 Thu,10.00 to 12.00 Sun.

Currency regulations

Summer 22 to 35 C in Cairo,

Businesses: Variable (some

The import or export of Egyptian

Winter: 9 to 22 C in Cairo.

closed on Fri, others on Sun.)

currency is prohibited.All receipts

25 cigars or 200 gms tobacco,1

More temperature along


Mediterranean coasts “Khamsin”

09.00 TO 13.30

currency into Egyptian pounds

(hot,dry wind in Spring)

Thu.,10.00 to 12.00 Sun.

should be kept to be presented

for the exchange of foreign



Arabic, ( official),English and

220/240 volts 50 cycles AC in


French ( commercial).

Maadi and Heliopolis some 110

1 Egyptian pound(£E)=100


volts, 50 cycles AC.

piastres=1.000 millimes.

on departure.

Cairo (22.5 Km from city centre).



Visas are required by all foreign

shop,airport tax on departure.

visitors except most Arab

Alexandria (8 Km from city


Embassies & Consulates Afghanistan 59 El Ourouba St. Heliopolis 4177236 Algeria 14 Al-Brazil Street, P.O.Box 39, Zamalek 3407671 Argentina 8 Al-Saleh Ayoub street,Zamalek 3401501 Australia 1191 Corniche El-Nile, Boulaq 5750444 Austria 5 Wissa Wassef St.Giza 5702974 Bahrain 15 Brazil Street,Zamalek 3407996 Bangladesh 47 Ahmed Heshmat Str.Zamalek 3402642 Belgium 20 Kamel El-Shinnawi St.Garden City 1125 3547494 Brazil Corniche El-Nile Maspero 5756938 Bulgaria 6 El-Malek El-Afdal Street, Zamalek 3543110 Canada 5 El-Saraya El-Kobra Square,Garden City 3543110 China 22 Bahgat Ali Street,Zamalek 3411219 Cyprus 23 A Ismail Mohammad Street,Zamalek 3411288 Czech Republic 4 Dokki St.,Giza 3485469 Denmark 12 Hassan Sabri Street,Zamalek 3402505 Finland 3 Abdul Feda Sreet,Zamalek 3411487 France 29 El-Giza Street, Giza 5703920 Germany 8 Hassan Sabri Street,Zamalek 3410015 Greece 18 Aisha El-Taimouria St.Garden City 3547200

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Holy See Apostolic Nunciature 5 Mohammad Mazhar Street 3402250 Hungary 29 Mohammad Mazhar Street, Zamalek 3408634 India 5 Aziz Abaza Street,Zamalek 3413051 Iraq 9 Mohammad Mazhar St.,Zamalek 3408087 Italy 15 Abdel Rahman Fahmi St. Garden City 3543194 Japan 2 Abdel Qader St.,Garden City 3553963 Jordan 6 El Guhaini Street,Dokki,Giza 3485566 Kenya 7 El-Mohandis Galal St.Mohandisin 3453628 Kuwait 12 Nabil Al-Wakad Street,Dokki 3602661 Lebanon 5 Ahmad Nesim Street,Giza 3610623 Libya 7 El-Saleh Ayoub,Zamalek 3402487 Mauritania 14 Mohu El-din Abou El-Ezz St.,Dokki 3490671 Mexico 6 Ahmed Shawki Street,Giza 5716156 Morocco 10 Salaheddine Street,Zamalek 3409849 Netherlands 18 Hassan Sabri Street,Zamalek 3401936 Norway 8 El-Gezira St.Zamalek 3413955 Oman 52 El-Hegaz Street, Mohandiseen 3031708 Pakistan 8 Al-Salouli St. Dokki 3487504 Portugal

3406152 3408648 3414038 3415075 3540657 3563540 3601027 3443400 3602657 3610463

3489060 5783040 3400937 3415249 3420709 3036464 3480310

57 El- Giza St.,Giza Qatar 10 El-Themar St.,Dokki , Giza Romania 4 Aziz Abaza Street, Zamalek Russia 95 Giza St,Giza Saudi Arabia 2 Ahmad Nessim St., Singapore 40 Babel Street, Dokki Slovakia 4 Dokki St. Dokki Spain 44 Ismail Mohammed St.Zamalek Sudan 3 El Ibrahimi Street, Garden City Sweden 13 Mohammad Mazhar St.Zamalek Switzerland 10 Abed Al Khalek Sarwat St. Syria 18 Abdel Rahim Sabri St. Dokki Thailand 2 Malik El-Afdal St.Zamalek Tunisia 26 El-Gezira street,Zamalek Turkey 25 El-Falaki Street,Bab el-Louq UAE 4 Ibn Sina St.,Giza UK 7 Ahmed Ragheb St.,Garden City USA 5 Latin America Str.,Garden City Yemen 28 Amin El-Rifaii Street,Dokki













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General Information Area 438.317 sq.Km

Population 21.7 million(2000 est.)

Capital Baghdad

Main Cities Baghdad, Basra, Mosul, Kirkuk

Temperature/climate Summer 24 to 42C in Baghdad,humid,hotter and more humid in Basra More temperature in north.Winter:4 to 16 C in Baghdad.

Languages Arabic (official and commercial).

Airport Baghdad (17 Km from City Centre) Coaches/taxis,duty free shop-airport tax on departure

Ports Basra (principal),Fao (oil) Government Offices: Summer 08.00 to 14.00 Wed & 08.00 to 13.00 Thu. Winter: 08.30 to 14.30 Sat To Wed. and 08.30 to 13.30 Thu. Shops and Firms: Summer 08.30 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 20.00 Sat.To Wed.& 08.30 to 13.00 Thu. Winter:08.30 to 14.30 and 17.00 to 19.00 Sat To Wed and 08.30 to 13.30 Thu.

Banks Summer 08.30 to 12.30 Sat to Wed. and 08.30 to 11.30 Thu. Winter: 09.00 to 13.00 Sat To Wed. and 09.00 to 12.00 Thu.

Electricity 220 volts,50 cycles AC.

Visas Visas are required for all visitors except nationals of Egypt, Jordan, and Sudan. Visa applications should be made well in advance and supported by a written invitation from a government organization.No admission granted to visitors holding passports showing evidence of travel to Israel. Visitors must register for stays exceeding 14 days and exit visas are required for visits exceeding 30 days.Apply to Directorate of Residence,52nd street Baghdad, Tel:92377 Test for HIV (The Aids Virus) is required.

Customs Regulations Country under UN embargo,The import of most goods is prohibited.


Embassies & Consulates Afghanistan P.O.Box 674 Algeria P.O.Box 444, Lane 35 Argentina P.O.Box 2443,Lane 24 Australia P.O.Box 661, Al Masbah Austria P.O.Box 294,Lane 2 Bahrain P.O.Box 27117, Lane 7 Bangladesh 75/17/929 Hay Babe Belgium Hay Babel,Mahallat 929 Brazil P.O.Box 2088, Lane 16 Bulgaria Amireyah Embassies Quarter Canada P.O.Box 323,Lane 1 China P.O.Box 225 Czech Republic Mansour St., Lane 37 Denmark P.O.Box 2001, Alwiyah Egypt P.O.Box 6315,Lane 11 Finland P.O.Box 2041, Alwiyah France P.O.Box 118 Germany P.O.Box 2036, Lane 2 Greece 63/3/913 Hay Al-Jamia AL-Jadiriya Holy See P.O.Box 2090,Lane 2 Hungary P.O.Box 2065 India P.O.Box 4114, Adhaiyah Indonesia St. 2, Houre 77, P.O.Box 420 Italy P.O.Box 2043,Lane 73 Japan P.O.Box 2369, Lane 17 Jordan Kindi Quarter 1 sec.213 Korea Rep.

5560562 5372181 7768140 7193434 7199033 5428945 7196367 7198297 5411365 5568197 5421459 5562741 7767367




5430572 7766271


7196061 7192037


7766572 7195183


7765000 4222014




7765058 7195157 5412892


915/222/8278, Hay al -Jamia Malaysia 6/14/929 Hay Babel Mauritania Al Mansour, Baghdad Mexico 601/11/45 Al- Mansour Morocco P.O.Box 6039,Lane 11 Netherlands P.O.Box 2064, Lane 35 New Zealand P.O.Box 2350 Norway 20/3/609 Hay-Al Mansour Oman P.O.Box 6180, Lane 13 Pakistan Al-Mansour 14/7/609 Palestine P.O.Box 3122 Philippines P.O.Box 3236,Lane 3 Poland P.O.Box 2051, Lane 13 Portugal P.O.Box 2123,Lane 25 Qatar P.O.Box 2445,Lane 46 Romania P.O.Box 2571 Russia 4/5/605 Al-Moutanabi Somalia P.O.Box 2078, Lane 1 Spain P.O.Box 2072, Lane 1 Sudan P.O.Box 213, Lane 15 Sweden P.O.Box 720, Lane 41 Switzerland P.O.Box 2107, Lane 5 Thailand P.O.Box 6062, Al-Mansour Tunisia P.O.Box 6057,Al Mansour Turkey P.O.Box 14001,Waziriya UAE P.O.Box 6192, Lane 13 Yemen P.O.Box 13037,Lane 28

7765496 7762622 5518261 7198039 5421779 7767616 7768176 5410097 5518198 5415120 7183146 7193228 7190297 7764953 5412186 7762860 5414749 5410088 7192852 5424889 7195361 7193091 5418795 5517786 2220021


5417026 7760647

1 Iraqi dinar (ID)= 1.000 FILS

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Embassies & Consulates Algeria P.O.Box 1223,3rd Circle,Jabal Amman Australia Bet.4th & 5th Circles,Zahran St. Austria Jabal Amman Bahrain Jabal Amman Belgium Hawari Boumedienne St.,Near 4th Circle Brazil Jabal Amman,3rd Circle Bulgaria Amman Canada P.O.Box 815403,PC 11180 China P.O.Box 2023,PC 11181 Egypt Jabal Amman,3rd Circle France P.O.Box 5348,Mutanabi St. Germany Jabal Amman Greece P.O.Box 35069 Holy See Amman Hungary Amman India P.O.Box 2168,1st Circle Italy 5/7 Hafez Ibrahim St.,Jabal El Webdeh Japan Al-Aqsa Street,Jabal Amman Kuwait Jabal Amman Lebanon 2nd Circle, Amman Libya Amman Morocco Jabal Amman Oman Jabal Amman Pakistan Jabal Weibdeh Philippines Amman Qatar Jabal Amman Romania Jabal Amman, P.O.Box 2869 Russia Jabal Amman Saudi Arabia Jabal Amman, 5th Circle Spain Jabal Amman Sudan Jabal Amman Sweden 12 Embassy St. Jabal Amman Jabal Amman Syria Jabal Amman, 4th Circle Tunisia Jabal Amman Turkey P.O.Box 2062,PC 11181 UAE Jabal Amman UK P.O.Box 87, Abdoun, Amman USA P.O.Box 354,PC 11181 Yemen Jabal Amman

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shop,airport tax on departure.

220 volts,50 cycles AC.



92.000 sq.Km




Visas required by all and can be obtained from



Population (2000 est.) 5 million

Business Hours

any Jordanian consulate.


Government Offices:

Some visitors may acquire visas on arrival at


08.30 to 15.30 Sat to Thu

International airports.

Main Cities

Ramadan: 09.30 to 13.30 Sat to Thu.

Customs regulations

Amman, Aqaba, Irbid, Zarka

Commercial Offices:

200 cigarettes,25 cigars or 200 g tobacco,1


Summer:08.00 to 13.30 and 15.30 to 19.30

bottle of spirits.

Summer 18 C to 22 C in Amman,Dry,

Sat to Thu.

Currency regulations








General Information





Winter 4C to 12 C in Amman,dry.

Winter: 08.30 to 13.30 and 15.00 to 18.30

Export of currency equal to the amount declared




Sat to Thu.

on entry is permitted.

Arabic (official), English (commercial)






08.30 to 15.30 Sat. to Thu.

1 Jordanian dinar(JOD)=1.000 fils.



Amman (32 Km from city centre. Taxi, duty free


























5931177 5931416

5930179 5930685















General Information General Information

Wed.08.00 to 12.30 Thu.


Ramadan 08.00 to 14.00 Sat to Thu.

17.8182 sq.Km



08.00 to 12.00 Thu.

(2000 estimate) 2 million

Ramadan 8.30 to 12.30 Sat to Thu.



Kuwait City

240 Volts single-phase

Main Cities

50 cycles AC

Kuwait City, Ahmadi, Hawali, Farwaniya, Al-Jahra



Visas Visas or entry permits are required in advance by all

Summer 40 to 45 C, dry, dust, storms.

visitors except for nationals of the GCC states.

Winter cool, some rainfall in November to January.

Transit visas are not required by passengers


continiuing their journey to a third country bt the same

Arabic (official), English (commercial).

aircraft,or by passengers transiting within 24 hours.


However,passengers must have tickets with reserved

Kuwait (16 Km or 30 mn from city center).

seats and valid documents for their onward journey.With

Taxis, duty-free shop, no airport tax.

visas for a visit sponsored by a kuwaiti resident a form in


duplicate must be validated by the Ministery of Interior.

Mina Abdulla (oil)

For a visit without a sponsor, form in duplicate can be

Mina Al Ahmadi (principally oil)

obtained from a Kuwaiti consulate.Some Nationals

Shuwaikh (container,ro-ro, slipway) Shuaiba

require a No Objection Certificate issued by Minister

Business Hours

of Interior.

Government Offices:

Customs regulations

Winter 07.30 to 13.00 Sat to Wed.,

No alcohol,500 cigarettes,2lb tobacco.

07.30 to 11.30 Thu.

Currency regulations

Summer 07.00 to 13.00 Wed.

There are no restrictions on the import or export of

Ramadan 08.30 or 09.00 to 13.00 Sat to Thu.


Commercial Offices:


08.00 to 12.00 and 15.00 to 18.00

1Kuwaiti dinar(KD)=1.000 fils

Embassies & Consulates Afghanistan P.O.Box 22944 Safat,13015 Algeria P.O.Box 578,Safat Austria P.O.Box 44180,Hawali 32056 Bahrain P.O.Box 196,Safat 13002 Bangladesh P.O.Box 22344,Safat 13084 Belgium P.O.Box 3280,Safat Brazil P.O.Box 39761,Safat Bulgaria P.O.Box 12090,Kuwait City Canada P.O.Box 25281,Safat 13113 China P.O.Box 2346,Safat 13024 Cuba P.O.Box 23685,Safat 13124 Czech Republic P.O.Box 1151,Safat Egypt P.O.Box 11252,Safat Finland P.O.Box 26699,Safat France P.O.Box 1037,Safat 13011 Gabon P.O.Box 1230,Hawali 32013 Germany P.O.Box 5930,Safat 13060































4830975 4817055


Hungary P.O.Box 5671,Safat 13057 India P.O.Box 1450,Safat 13015 Indonesia P.O.Box 21560, Safat 13076 Iran P.O.Box 4686,Safat Italy P.O.Box 4453,Safat 13045 Japan P.O.Box 2304,Safat 13024 Jordan P.O.Box 5242,Safat 13053 Korea Rep. P.O.Box 20771,Safat 13068 Lebanon P.O.Box 253,Safat Libya P.O.Box 21460,Safat 13075 Morocco P.O.Box 784,Safat 13008 Netherlands P.O.Box 21822,Safat Niger P.O.Box 44451, Hawali 32059 Nigeria P.O.Box 6432,Hawali 32039 Oman P.O.Box 21975,Safat 13080 Pakistan P.O.Box 988,Safat 1310 Philippines P.O.Box 26288,Safat 13123



































Poland P.O.Box 5066,Safat 13051 Qatar P.O.Box 1825,Safat 13019 Romania P.O.Box 11149, Dasmah 35152 Russia P.O.Box 1765,Safat 13018 Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 20498,Safat 13065 Spain P.O.Box 22207,Safat 13083 Sweden P.O.Box 21448,Safat Switzerland P.O.Box 23954, Safat 13100 Syria P.O.Box 25600,Safat 13112 Thailand P.O.Box 66647,Bayan 43757 Tunisia P.O.Box 5976,Safat Turkey P.O.Box 20627,Safat 13067 UAE P.O.Box 1828,Safat 13019 UK P.O.Box 2,Safat 13001 USA P.O.Box 77,Safat 13001 Yugoslavia P.O.Box 20511,Safat 13066

































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General Information


08.00 to 14.00 Monday to Thursday.

10.452 sq.Km

08.00 to 11.00 Friday, 08 to 13 Saturday.


Commercial offices

(2000 estimate) 3.6 million

08.30 to 18.00 Fri.




08.30 to 12.30 Monday to Friday.

Main Cities

08.30 to 12.00 Saturday.

Beirut, Tripoli, Jounieh, Zahle, Sidon, Tyre



110 Volts,50 cycles AC and 220 volts,50 cycles AC.

Summer 23 C to 32 C in Beirut, humid.


Winter 11 C to 17 C in Beirut,moist, rainfall, especially in January.

Visas are required for all visitors except nationals of Syria.Telex/Fax

Highlands are cooler, with winter snowfalls.

invitation required from sponsor to be sent to Embassy.


Westerners wishing to visit Lebanon can get instant visas at Beirut airport

Arabic (official), French and English (commercial)

,seaport or at Lebanese border checkpoints.


Customs regulations

Beirut ( 16 Km from city centre) Coaches/taxis,duty-free shop-airport tax

Visitors should check with airport duty-free shops on current regulations.

on departure.

Currency regulations


No Restrictions.

Beirut (principal), Tripoli (main port for North), Jounieh, Sidon (main port


for South)

1500 Lebanese pound(ÂŁLeb)= 1 US dollars.

Business Hours Government offices

Embassies & Consulates

Algeria P.O.Box 4794,Jnah Argentina P.O.Box 11-5245,Starco Area Armenia Rabieh Australia Bliss Street,Ras Beirut Austria Tabaris ,Ashrafieh

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04/418860 01/374701




Bahrain Bliss Street,Itani Bldg 03/611936 367952 Belgium Hebu Building,Baabda Beirut 05/920551 923987 Brazil P.O.Box 166175,Rue Des Antonins,Baabda 05/921138 923001 Bulgaria Raoucheh 01/861352 Canada Sheraton Hotel,Damascus 0211/6116851 611803 Jal el Dib Highway 04/713900 710595 Chile Naccache 04/418670 418672 China Ramlet Al-Baida 01/850315 822492 Denmark Ain Mreiseh 01/364264 372970 Egypt Ramlet El-Baida 01/867917 863751 France Hazmieh,Beirut 01/420000 420013 Germany P.O.Box 2820,Rabieh 04/914444 914450 Greece P.O.Box 309,Naccache 04/521700 418774 Hungary Fanar 01/898857 India P.O.Box 113-5240,Kantari St. 01/372811 373538 Iran Bir Hassan 01/821230 821224 Italy Centre Ville,Beirut 01/985200 985305 Japan P.O.Box 3360,Baabda 01/989751 989754 Jordan

Baabda Kuwait Bir Hassan,Jnah Libya Verdun,Beirut Mexico New Naccache Morocco Ain-el-Tineh Pakistan Shell Bldg,Raoucheh Philippines Raoucheh,Beirut Poland Baabda Qatar P.O.Box 6717,Chouran Romania Baabda Russia Mar Elias,Beirut Saudi Arabia Koreitem, Beirut Spain Palace Chehab, Hadath Antounieh Sudan Mme Curie St. Sweden Achrafieh Switzerland Ave.Fouad Chehab, Achrafieh Tunisia Hazmieh,Mar Takla Turkey Rabieh,Area 2,Str.3 UAE Wafic Tabbara Bldg,Jnah UK Zkak El-Blat USA Aoukar,Beirut Venezuela Zalka,P.O.Box 603 Yemen Bir Hassan,P.O.Box 114-5097 Yugoslavia P.O.Box 742, Sanayeh







04/418870 01/862966


















01/353270 01/339505





















Embassies & Consulates Afghanistan Sharia Al-Aftas 4771183,4775192 4775192 Algeria Sharia El-Kairouan 4440052 4447042 Argentina Sharia Ibn Mufarrej 4770588 TX20190 Austria Dahra 4443393,444 4440838 Bangladesh Hadbe El-Khadra 903807 900856 901866 TX 20970 Belgium Tower No.4,5th Floor 3333660 3333771 75618 Benin Quartier Gout-Shaal 830990 Tx 20357 Bosnia Ben Ashour 602406 602162 Brazil S.Ben Ashour 607969,608 3614895 Bulgaria S.Benin Ashour 609690/4444 Burkina Faso Gergaresh 4771221 4772626 Chad Dahra 4443955 TX 20341 China Andalous 4775131 4775689 China-Taiwan Gergaresh 4775052/478 4774980 Cuba Andalous 4771346 4776294 Cyprus Ben Ashour 609728/6015 609547 Czech Rep. Ben Ashour 361543/37 600839 Denmark Andalous 606848 TX 20978 Egypt Sharia-El-Shatt 4444945 4448909 4449262 Finland Ghot Eshaal 830559 830559 France Andalous 4778267 4773807 4778266 Germany S.Hassan El-Mashai 4448552 4448333 4448968 Ghana Al-Suwae Khetumi 4444256 TX 20879 India S.Mahloud Shaltut 4447899 4441835 3337560 Iraq Gourgi 4770487 4770780 Iran El-Jamahiriya 606871 6069 602687 Italia S.Uahran 3334131/2/3 3333447 3331673 Japan Tower No.4 Hall 13/14 607462/3 607462 Korea Gergaresh 833484/ 8331 833503 Kuwait Ben Ashour 4440282/ 444 607053 Lebanon Ben Ashour 3333733/ 334 TX 20609 Malaysia Andalous 833693/ 8337 833692 Mali Rue Dahanal 33313304/ 44 3331304 Malta

Rue Dahanal Mauritania S.Eysa Wokwak Morocco April Str. Nicaragua S.Al Nassr Pakistan Manshia Ben Ashour Palestine Tripoli Philippines Tripoli Poland Ben Ashour Ruanda Andalous Romania Ben Ashour Saudi Arabia Tripoli Slovak Rep Jallal Bayar St. Somalia Gurji Sudan

3338081/ 334


4443223/444 611101 3330800

TX 20346

608269 333600411

607619/ 6076

TX 20049

4772864/ 4772865


607904/ 6079

TX 20482

3330485/333 3332568/ 3332805 4773124/ 477


Gergaresh Syria Mohamed Rashed St. Switzerland Ben Ashour Togo Khalid Ibn Al Waleed Tunisia Tripoli UAE Gergaresh Uganda Ben Ashour UNDP Turkiya Street UNICEF Adr.UNDP UNIC Andalous Venezuela Ben Ashour Vietnam Gergaresh



3337955/ 333

TX 20218

607365/ 607366




33.310.613. 331.052 TX 20217 4773146/ 47

TX 20189


TX 20219

3330852/ 3/4/5/7



TX 20733

3600407/ 36


833704/ 8307


TX 2205

General Information Area

Business Hours

Visas are required for all visitors except nationals

1,757,000 sq.Km

Government offices

of all Arab countries.Passport may need Arabic


Winter:(1 31 March)

Translation.Invitation from Libyan company

(2000 estimate)5.1 million

08.00 to 15.00 Thu.



Summer:07.00 to 14.00

Customs regulations


Sat.To Thu.

No alcohol.200 cigarettes,250 grams

Main Cities

Commercial offices

tobacco,0.25 litre perfume.


07.30 to 14.30 Sat.To Thu

Currency regulations


16.00 to 17.30 Sat.To Wed.

A maximum of 20 Libyan dinar on entry and

In Tripoli:Summer:22 to 38 C,dry.


departure.No restrictions on other currencies

Winter:8 to 20C,most rainfall in January.

Winter:08.00 to 13.00 Sat. to Thu.

though the amount taken out must not exceed


Summer:08.00 to 12.30

that taken in.

Arabic(official),English and Italian(commercial) Thu.and 16.00 to 19.00 Wed.




1 Lybian dinar(LD) =1.000 dirhams.

Tripoli(25 Km from City Centre)

220 volts 50 cycles AC.

Benghazi(main port for East)


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General Information

Area 710,850 sq.Km

Population 30.20 million(2000 estimate)

Capital Rabat

Main Cities Rabat, Casablanca, Fez,Marrakech, Meknes ,Tangier,Agadir

Temperature/Climate Summer 35 to 45 C in the interior,dry 18 to 28 C along the Mediterrenean,dry. Winter wide daily variation in the interior,dry,8 C to 17 C in the North, With frequent frosts,rainfall in December.

Languages Arabic, French (commercial), Berber

Airports Tangier (15 Km from City Centre)

Embassies & Consulates Algeria 46 Boulevard Tarek Ibn Ziad Argentina 12 Mekki Bitaouri str.,Souissi Austria 2 Tiddas,Rabat Belgium 6 Marrakesh Ave., Rabat Brazil Cadi Benjalloun St.,Rabat Bulgaria 4 Meknes Canada 13 Bisr Jaffar Assadik China 16 Ahmad Balagies Ave Czech Republic Ate.Zaers,Km 4,Souissi Denmark P.O.Box 203, 4 Khemisset St. Egypt 31 Alger Avenue Finland 16 Khemisset Street,Rabat France 3 Sahnoun Street,Rabat Germany 7 Maduine St. Greece Rte. Zaers,Souissi Holy See P.O.Box 1303, Souissi Hungary 21 Bisoulad Jerrar,Soussi India 10 Michlifen Street,Agdal Indonesia 122 Ambassador Quarter Rte.Zaers Iran Route des Zaers,Bin Kasem Quarter Iraq 2 Oukaimdem St.Agdal Italy 2 Idriss Al Azhar St. Japan 39 Ahmed Balafrej Ave., Souissi

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Rabat (10 Km from City Centre) Casablanca (30 Km from Town Centre) Agadir (20 Km from Town Centre) Jordan Villa Al-Wafae, Soussi Korea Rep 41 Mehdi Benbaraka Blvd Kuwait 300 Iman Malik Street, Km 4 Lebanon 19 Fes Avenue, Rabat Libya 1 Chouaib Doukkali Street Oman 21 Hamza Street, Agdal, Rabat Pakistan 11 Azrou Street, Rabat Portugal 5 Thami Lamdouar Street Qatar 4 Tarik Ibn Ziad Blvd. Russia Km 4, Route des Zaers Saudi Arabia 43 Place de L’unite Africaine Spain 3 El Fath St. Sudan 5 Ghomara Ave, Souissi Sweden P.O.Box 428 Switzerland P.O.Box 169,Berkame Sq. Syria 5 Rte., Zaers, Km 1, Souissi Tunisia 6 Fez Avenue Turkey 7 Fez Avenue UAE 11 Alaouines Avenue UK 17 Tour Hassan Boulevard USA 2 Marrakech Street Yemen 11 Abou-Hanifa Street, Agdal

Ports 751125


Casablanca (main sea port)



Tangier (sea port for the North)














Winter 08.030 to 12.00,14.30 to 18.00 Mon to Fri 08.00 to 13.00 Sat. Summer 09.00 to 14.00 Mon to Fri. 08.00 to 12.030 Sat. Ramadan 09.00 to 14.00 Mon to Sat. Businesses 08.00 to 12.30 and 16.00 to 19.00 Banks Winter 08.15 to 11.30 and 14.15 to 16.30 Mon to Fri.

765681 753509

Business Hours

Summer 09.00 to 15.00 Mon to Fri 753590

Electricity 110V.,127V or 220V/50 cycles AC in Rabbat,


Casablanca and Tangier.



115/50 cycles AC in Marrakech,110V/50 cycles AC in Fez.










Visas required except by nationals of Andorra, Argentine, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Congo, Côte D’ivoire, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guinea, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Niger, Oman, Peru, Philippines, Porto Rico, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Korea, Spain,


Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, UAE, UK, US, Venezuela.









No Moroccan currency may be imported or exported.




Customs Regulations 400 grammes of Tobacco, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars are admitted free of duty.1 litre of wine or spirits.

Currency regulations 1 Moroccan Dirham (MD or DH)=100 centimes


Embassies & Consulates

Mina Qaboos, Muscat (principal), Mina Raysut,

of the GCC.

(2000 estimate) 2053 million

Salalah (main port for Dhofar)


Business Hours

Customs regulations


Government Offices

Main Cities

Currency regulations

Winter:7.30 to 14.30 Sat.To Thu.

No restrictions on the amount of currency taken


Summer:7.30 to 14.30 Sat Top Wed.

into or out of Oman.




Summer: 35 C - 47 C, Very humid

08.30 to 13.30 and 16.00 to 18.00

1 Omani Riyal(RO)=1,000 Baizas

Winter: 20.7 C men minimum

Wed. 08.00 to 11.30 Thu.



Arabic (official), English (commercial).

08.00 to 12.00 Wed.08.00 to 11.30

Algeria P.O.Box 216, Madinat Sultan Qabous 601698 Austria P.O.Box 2070, Ruwi 112 793135 Bahrain P.O.Box 66, P.C., 115 605912 Bangladesh P.O.Box 3959, Ruwi 112 707462 Canada P.O.Box 1275,Ruwi 112 China P.O.Box 315, Muscat 112 696782 Egypt P.O.Box 2252,Ruwi 112 600411 Finland P.O.Box 84, Muscat 113 702133 France P.O.Box 208, Muscat 115 604222 Germany P.O.Box 128, Ruwi 112 702482 India P.O.Box 1727, Ruwi 112 702960 Iran P.O.Box 3155, Ruwi 112 696944 Iraq P.O.Box 1848, Ruwi 112 604178 Italy P.O.Box 3727, Muscat 112 560968 Japan P.O.Box 3511, Ruwi 112 601028 Jordan P.O.Box 2281, Ruwi 112 786350 Korea Rep.of P.O.Box 2220, Madinat Sultan Qabous 115 691490 Kuwait P.O.Box 1798, Ruwi 112 699626 Lebanon P.O.Box 67, Ruwi 118 595844 Morocco P.O.Box 3125, Ruwi 112 696152 Netherland P.O.Box 3302, Rruwi 112 705410 Norway P.O.Box 89, Ruwi 112 703289 Pakistan P.O.Box 1302, Ruwi 112 603343 Qatar P.O.Box 802, Muscat 113 701802 Russia P.O.Box 80, Muscat 112 602893 Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 1411, Ruwi 112 601744 Sudan P.O.Box 3971, Ruwi 112 697875 Syria P.O.Box 85, Madinat Sultan Qabous 115 697904 Tunisia P.O.Box 220, Madinat Sultan Qabous 115 603486 Turkey P.O.Box 417, Muttrah,115 697050 UAE P.O.Box 551, Seeb 115 600302 UK P.O.Box 300, Muscat 113 693077 USA P.O.Box 202, Muscat 698989 Yemen



P.O.Box 105, Madinat Sultan Qabous 115 600815

General Information General Information

Taxis,airport tax on departure,duty-free shop.

220/240 volts 50 cycles AC


Salalah (domestic)


309.500 sq.Km


Seeb (40 Km from City Centre).


Visas are required for all visitors except nationals

No alcohol.No Limit for Tobacco products.

694419 793669 605072

602322 603626 703826 604300 705690 797547 696888 605112

698720 619495

600972 695633 601114 799020 793892

794588 604189 603540 699065 603895 697778 697053 604182 693087 699189 605008

Electricity October I Travel Arabia I 91



Embassies & Consulates Algeria P.O.Box 2494 Bahrain Bangladesh P.O.Box 2080 Brunei China P.O.Box 17200 Egypt P.O.Box 2899 France P.O.Box 2669 Germany P.O.Box 3064 India P.O.Box 2788 Iran P.O.Box 1633 Iraq P.O.Box 1526 Italy P.O.Box 4188 Japan P.O.Box 2208 Jordan P.O.Box 2366 Korea Republic P.O.Box 3727 Kuwait P.O.Box 1177 Lebanon P.O.Box 2411 Libya P.O.Box 547 Mauritania P.O.Box 3132 Morocco P.O.Box 3242 Oman P.O.Box 3766 Pakistan P.O.Box 334 Russia P.O.Box 1540 Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 1255 Sudan P.O.Box 2999 Syria P.O.Box 1257 Tunisia P.O.Box 2707 Turkey P.O.Box 1977 UAE P.O.Box 3099 Uk P.O.Box 3 USA P.O.Box 2399 Yemen P.O.Box 3318

4831186 4839360

4836452 4831018

4671927 4884202

4671190 4873959









































11.437 sq.Km

Doha (8 Km from city centre). Taxis, No





Duty- Free shop, no airport tax.

Visas are required for all visitors except nationals of Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and UAE.




Ports Ras Laffan (Gaz and ind.)

No objection certificate required from Qatari




Doha, Umm Said (oil and petrochemicals)

Minsitery of Foreign Affairs. Other businessmen,


Business Hours

if their visit is sponsored by a reputable Qatari,


Main Cities Doha, Rayan, Umm Said,


may obtain a 72- hour visa at Doha Airport.



Al-Khor, Al-Wakrah, Ras Laffan

07.30 to 13.00 Sat To Thu.

Customs regulations



Alcohol is prohibited.No limit for Tobacco

Summer 36 to 40 C, in Doha very humid

07.30 to 12.00 and 15.30 to 18.00 Sat to


especially mornings


Currency Regulations

Winter 13 to 23 C in Doha, very humid, wide



diurnal range

07.30 to 11.30 Sat to Wed.



07.30 to 11.00 Thu.

1 Qatari Riyal (QR)= 100 dirhams

4885111 4421991






General Information

(2000 estimate) 700.000

Arabic (official), English ( commercial).

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220/240 Volts 50 cycles AC.



General Information

General Information

Jeddah (24 Km from City Centre)

Ramadan 10.00 to 13.30


Medina (12 Km from City Centre)


2.240.000 sq.Km (approx)

Riyadh (35 Km from City Centre)

220 Volts and 110 Volts,60


Taxis-no duty-free shops except at

cycles AC.

(2000 est.) 20 million

Jeddah-No airport taxes.





Jeddah(main port for Western

except GCC nationals.

Main Cities

province and the Kingdom’s

Applications have to be applies for

Riyadh, Jeddah, Dhahran,

principal port)

by sponsor in Saudi Arabia

Dammam, Al-Khobar, Qatif, Makkah,

King Abdel-Aziz, Dammam (main

To the Ministery of Foreign Affairs

Medina, Abha, Khamis Mushayat,

port for Eastern province)

who will inform Saudi Embassy


Jubail(industrial port for Eastern

On approval.Assistance from trade



associations and chambers of

Summer 38 to 45 C in Riyadh dry

Yanbu(industrial port for Western

commerce is advised.

diurnal range up to 20 C.


Marriage certificate for travelers

35 to 42 C in Jeddha, very

Business Hours

accompanied by spouse required.

humid.35 to 45 C in Dammam,


Customs regulations

very humid.

07.30 to 14.30 Sat to Wed.

No alcohol,600 cigarettes,100

Winter 8 to 30 C in Riyadh, night

Ramadan 09.30 tom 14.30

cigars or 500g tobacco.

frosts rain in March.19 to 33 C


Currency regulations

in Jedah,humid 15 to 30 C in

Variable from business to business

No restrictions

Dammam, very humid

But generally,07.30 to 13.00 and



14.30 to 20.00 Sat to Thu.

1 Saudi Riyal(SR)=100 halala

Arabic (official), English



08.30 to 12.00 and 16.30 to


18.30 Sat to Wed.08.30to 12.00

Dammam (28 Km from City Centre)


Visas are required for all visitors

Embassies & Consulates Algeria P.O.Box 94388, Riyadh 11693 Argentina P.O.Box 94369, Riyadh 11693 Australia P.O.Box 94400, Riyadh 11693 Austria P.O.Box 94373, Riyadh 11693 Bahrain P.O.Box 94371, Riyadh 11693 Bangladesh P.O.Box 94395, Riyadh 11693 Belgium P.O.Box 94396, Riyadh 11693 Brazil P.O.Box 94348, Riyadh 11693 Canada P.O.Box 94321, Riyadh 11693 Denmark P.O.Box 94398, Riyadh 11693 Egypt P.O.Box 94333, Riyadh 11693 Eritrea P.O.Box 94002, Riyadh 11693 France P.O.Box 94367, Riyadh 11693 Germany P.O.Box 9941, Riyadh 11693 Greece P.O.Box 94375, Riyadh 11693 India P.O.Box 94387, Riyadh 11693

































Iran P.O.Box 943394, Riyadh 11693 Ireland P.O.Box 94349, Riyadh 11693 Italy P.O.Box 94389, Riyadh 11693 Japan P.O.Box 4095, Riyadh 11491 Jordan P.O.Box 7455, Riyadh 11693 Kenya P.O.Box 94358, Riyadh 11693 Korea(Rep of) P.O.Box 94399, Riyadh 11693 Kuwait P.O.Box 2166, Riyadh 11451 Lebanon P.O.Box 94350, Riyadh 11693 Libya P.O.Box 94365, Riyadh 11693 Mexico P.O.Box 94391, Riyadh 11693 Morocco P.O.Box 94392, Riyadh 11693 Norway P.O.Box 94380, Riyadh 11693 Oman P.O.Box 94381, Riyadh 11693 Pakistan P.O.Box 6891, Riyadh 11452 Philippines P.O.Box 94315, Riyadh 11693

































Portugal P.O.Box 94328, Riyadh 11693 Qatar P.O.Box 94353, Riyadh 11461 Singapore P.O.Box 94378, Riyadh 11693 Spain P.O.Box 94347, Riyadh 11693 Sudan P.O.Box 94337, Riyadh 11693 Sweden P.O.Box 94382, Riyadh 11693 Switzerland P.O.Box 9265, Riyadh 11413 Syria P.O.Box 94323, Riyadh 11693 Thailand P.O.Box 94359, Riyadh 11693 Tunisia P.O.Box 94368, Riyadh 11693 Turkey P.O.Box 94390, Riyadh 11693 UAE P.O.Box 94385, Riyadh 11693 UK P.O.Box 94351, Riyadh 11693 USA P.O.Box 94309, Riyadh 11693 Yemen P.O.Box 94356, Riyadh 11693































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General Information



to Thu

2,505,813 sq.Km

Arabic (official), English (commercial)




08.30 to 12.00 Sat to Thu.

(2000 estimate) 35.5 million

Khartoum (4Km from city centre).



Coaches/taxis, Duty-free shops,airport tax on

240 volts,single phase AC




Main Cities


Visas are reqiured for all visitors

Khartoum, Oumdurman, Khartoum North, Port

Port Sudan

Customs Regulations

Sudan, Wadi Medani

Business Hours

200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 1 lb tobacco

Government Offices

Currency Regulations

Summer : 26 to 45 C, in Khartoum,sandstor

Khartoum :08.00 to 14.00 Sat to Thu.

Import or export of Sudanese currency is illegal


Other centres :08.30 to 14.00(with Breakfast


Rain in August and September,hotter and more


1 Sudanese Dinar(SD)=100 piastres=1,000

humid in South.

Sat to Thu.


Winter : 15 to 32 C in Khartoum, dry, wide


diurnal range, Chilly nights.

08.30 to 13.30 and 17.00 to 20.00 Sat.


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Embassies & Consulates Algeria P.O.Box 80 Austria P.O.Box 1860 Belgium P.O.Box 969,St.33,House 15 China P.O.Box 1425 Czech Republic P.O.Box 1047 Denmark P.O.Box 2758 Egypt P.O.Box 1126 France P.O.Box 377, St.3, Plot 29 Germany P.O.Box 970 Holy See P.O.Box 623 India P.O.Box 707, 61 Africa Rd. Iran House No.8, square 2, Mogran Iraq Burri, Garden City Italy P.O.Box St.39 Khartoum 2 Japan P.O.Box 1649, St.43, House 67 Jordan 25 Sreet Number 7 Kenya P.O.Box 8242 Korea(Rep of) P.O.Box 322 Kuwait P.O.Box 1457 Lebanon P.O.Box 1407 Libya P.O.Box 2091 Morocco P.O.Box 2042 Netherlands St.47 House 76 Oman P.O.Box 2839 Pakistan P.O.Box 1178 Qatar P.O.Box 223 Romania P.O.Box 1494 Russia P.O.Box 1161 Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 258 Spain P.O.Box 2621 Sweden (Consulate)P.O.Box 2206 Switzerland P.O.Box 1707 Syria P.O.Box 1139 Tunisia P.O.Box 3533 Turkey St.2, House 31 UAE P.O.Box 1225 UK P.O.Box 801 USA P.O.Box 699 Yemen P.O.Box 1010 Yugoslavia P.O.Box 1180

451084 77170 489229




43448 80489 72836 471082


77990 74692 451031




271863 451614








451136 81525


45008 2235358 451603






222000 451620




451042 452583


45072 71913 451010




75906 471197


451100 777105


74700 451623 41252


General Information General Information

Area 185,180 sq.Km

Population (2000 estimate)17.76 million

Capital Damascus

Main Cities Damascus, Aleppo, Homos, Latakia, Hama

Temperature/Climate Summer : 30 to 42 C, in Damascus, occasionally humid. Winter : 0 to 20 C in Damascus, occasional snowfalls

Languages Arabic (official), French (widely understood in business and government) English (Sometimes used in Business)

Airport Damascus (32 Km from citycentre). Coaches/taxis, duty-free shop, airport tax on departure.

Ports Latakia (principal), Tartous, Banias (oil).

Business Hours Government 08.00 to 14.00 Sat to Thu. Ramadan :08.00 to 13.oo Businesses Winter :09.00 to 14.00 and 16.00 to 19.00 Sat to Thu, Summer (May to October) :08.30 to 13.30 and 17.00 to 20.00 Sat to Thu. Banks 08.00 to 14.00 Sat to Thu.

Electricity 220 volts 50 cycles AC in Damascus. 115/220 volts in Aleppo

Visas Visas are required by all except nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, PLO Gvt, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Tinisia, United Arab Emirates And Yemen. Appilications should be accompanied by supporting letter from employers.

Transit (for Visits up to 3 days), entry (for visits up to 2 weeks)and visit(for re-entry from neighbouring countries) visas are available.

Customs Regulations 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco and 1 bottle of wine and one bottle of spirits.

Currency regulations Up to £Syr 100 in local currency may be brought into or out of the country.Currency declarations are necessary for more than US$5000 in local or foreign curency.Visitors are advised to keep adequate amounts of Bank notes on hand since it is sometimes difficult to cash travelers checques

Currency 1Syrian pound (£Syr)=100 piaster or qirsh.



Embassies & Consulates Algeria Rawdah Street, Nass Bldg Argentina P.O.Box 116 Armenia Malekie-Ibrahim Hanano St. Austria P.O.Box 5634 Belgium 76 Ata Ayoubi Street Brazil P.O.Box 2219 Canada P.O.Box 3384 Cyprus P.O.Box 9269 Denmark P.O.Box 2244 France P.O.Box 769, Ata Al Ayoubi St. Germany P.O.Box 2237 Greece P.O.Box 30319, Mezzeh Holy See P.O.Box 2271, 82 Masr Street Hungary P.O.Box 2271, 102 al Fursani St. India P.O.Box 685 Indonesia 17 Assalam St., Bldg 10 Iran P.O.Box 2691 Italy 82 Al Mansour Ave Japan Al Mindi Bin Baraka St. Jordan















3327992 3323800


















Abu Roummaneh Street Kuwait Ibrahim Hanano Street Netherland P.O.Box 702 Pakistan P.O.Box 9284, Al Farabi St. Poland P.O.Box 501, M.Ben Baraka St. Qatar P.O.Box 4188 Romania 8 Ibrahim Hanano St. Russia Omar Ben Khattab St Saudi Arabia Al-Jala’ Avenue Slovakia P.O.Box 33115 Spain 81 Al-Jala’ Avenue Sudan Al-Jala’ Street Sweden P.O.Box 4266 Switzerland Al-Mahdi Ben Baraka St. Tunisia P.O.Box 4114 Turkey P.O.Box 3738 UAE 62 Rawda Street/Abu Rummana St. UK P.O.Box 37, Malki USA P.O.Box 29, No.2 Al Mansour St.






3330101 3336717 3327570





3332126 3327261




6660356 3331411


3333038 3739241




October I Travel Arabia I 95

Embassies & Consulates Algeria 18 Niger Street Argentina 10 H.Hassan Street Austria 16 Ibn Hamdis St., Menzah Bahrain 72 Bin Abi Soufiane, Menzah Belgium 47 1st January St. Belvedere Brazil 37 Africa Avenue, Menzah Canada 3 Senegal Street, Belevedere China 22 Dr. Burnett St., Mutuelleville Czech Republic P.O.Box 53, 1002 Tunis Denmark 5 Mauritania Street, Belevedere Egypt Ave.Med V, Mont Plaisir, Belvedere Finland 61 H.Bourghiba Ave., Carthage France Independence square Germany 1 al Hamra st., Mutuelleville Greece 9 Imp.Atlas, Belvedere Hungary 12 Achtart St., Al-Menzah India 4 Didon Square, Notre Dame Iraq 10 Ben Ashour Ave. Menzah Iran 10 Doctor Burnett St., Mutuelleville Italy 37 Jamal Abdel Nassr St. Japan 9 Apollo St. Mahrajenne Jordan 10 Chankatti st., Mahrajene Korea Rep
























General Information


Government Offices

Kuwait, Liberia, Leichtenstein, Malaysia, Mali,

164,418 sq.Km

Winter :08.00 to 13.00 and 15.00 to 17.45

Malta, Mauritania, Mauritus, Monaco, Montserrat,

Population Thu.08.30 to 13.00 Fri.and Sat.

Morocco, Nevis, Niger, Norway, Pitcairn Is.,

(2000 estimate) 9.65 million

Summer:07.00 to 13.00 Sat.

Porugal, Romania, St.Helens, St.Kittis, San



Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Spain, Sweden,


Winter:08.300 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 16.00

Switzerland, Turkey, Turks,& Caicos Is., UAE, UK,

Main Cities

Mon to Fri.

USA, Venuatu, Virgin Is,(Britsih) and Yugoslavia.

Tunis, Sfax, Ariana, Bizerte, Djerba, Sousse

Summer:07.30 to 13.00 Mon to Sat.

Customs Regulations 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 400g tobacco







Winter:13∞ with frequent rain.

Winter:08.00 to 11.00 and 14.00 to 16.00

and 1 litre of alcohol are admitted free of duty.



Summer: 35∞C,hot and dry

Mon to Fri.

Currency regulations

Summer:07.00 to 13.00 Mon. to Sat.

The import or export of Tunisian currency is



Languages Arabic (official), French (commercial),


prohibited.O departure all Tunisian currency must

Berber (in rural areas).

Domestic 220V and 110V.

be converted into foreign currency on production


Industrial 220V 50 cycles AC

of exchange slips from Tunisian banks. This can

Tunis (8 Km from Tunis)


be done at the Airport .The amount of excess

Skanes (8 Km west of Monasrtir)

Visas are required by all except nationals of

currency exchanged back must not exceed 30

Melita (6 Km west of Djerba)

Angiulla, Antigua, Austria, Bahrain, Barbados,

per cent of foreign currency originally exchanged

Tozeur (south oasis area)

Belize, Bermuda, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada,

or 100 dinars, whichever is the greater.


Cayman Is, Chile, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, Eire,


Tunis (main port), Zarzis, Sfax,

Falkand Is, Fuji, Finland, France, Germany,

1 Tunisian Dinar(TD)=1,000 millimes(m)

Sousse, Bizerta

Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Giunea, Hong Kong,

Business Hours

Iceland, Italy, Ivory coast, Japan, Korea(South),















16 Caracalla St., Notre Dame Kuwait 32 Mansoura St., Ariana Libya 48 Bis., Rue du 1er Jiun, Belvedere Morocco 39 Rue du 1er Jiun, Belvedere Netherlands 6/7/8/ Mercen St.Mahrajene Pakistan 7 Ali Bin Abi Talib Street, Al-Menzah Portugal 2 Sufetula St., Belvedere Romania 18 Africa Avenue, Al- Menzah Russia Bergamate St., ManarII Saudi Arabia 16 Jugurtha Ave., Belvedere Spain 22 Conseil Avenue, Cite jardin Sudan 30 Afrique Avenue Sweden Berges Lac, Mhiri Switzerland 10 Echenkiti st., Mutuelleville Syria 119 A. Rebai St., Manar II Turkey 30 Ave. Africa UAE 9 Ashtart St., Belvedere UK 141 Liberty Ave., Belvedere USA 144 Liberty Avenue, Belvedere Yemen 9 A.Ibn Abi Taleb St., Menzah

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Embassies & Consulates

Algeria P.O.Box 3070, Abu Dhabi Argentina P.O.Box 3325, Abu Dhabi Australia P.O.Box 58010, Dubai Austria P.O.Box 35539, Abu Dhabi Bahrain P.O.Box 3367, Abu Dhabi Bangladesh P.O.Box 2504, Abu Dhabi Belgium P.O.Box 3686, Abu Dhabi Brazil P.O.Box 3027, Abu Dhabi Britain P.O.Box 248, Abu Dhabi Canada P.O.Box 6970, Abu Dhabi China P.O.Box 2741, Abu Dhabi Czech Republic P.O.Box 27009, Abu Dhabi Egypt P.O.Box 4026, Abu Dhabi Finland P.O.Box 3634, Abu Dhabi France P.O.Box 4014, Abu Dhabi Germany P.O.Box 2591, Abu Dhabi Greece P.O.Box 5483, Abu Dhabi Hungary P.O.Box 44450, Abu Dhabi India P.O.Box 409, Abu Dhabi Iran P.O.Box 4080 Italy P.O.Box 46752, Abu Dhabi Japan P.O.Box 2430, Abu Dhabi Jordan P.O.Box 4024, Abu Dhabi Kenya P.O.Box 3854, Abu Dhabi Korea Rep P.O.Box 3270, Abu Dhabi Kuwait P.O.Box 926, Abu Dhabi Lebanon P.O.Box 4023, Abu Dhabi Libya P.O.Box 5739, Abu Dhabi Malaysia P.O.Box 3887, Abu Dhabi Mauritania P.O.Box 2714, Abu Dhabi Morocco P.O.Box 4066 Netherlands P.O.Box 46560












Dubai International (4 Km east of city),

to Thu



90,559 sq.Kms

duty-free shop


(including Offshore islands)

Fujairah Int’l, Duty-free shop

Abu Dhabi 220/240 volts, 50 cycles AC,




Ras Al Khaimah International (20 Km south of

Northern Emirates

(2006 est.)4.10 m

Town), duty-free shop

220/380 volts, 50 cycles AC.


Sharjah International (10 Km southeast of


Abu Dhabi

Sharjah town and 25 Km north of Dubai Town),

Visas are required by all except GCC nationals.

Main Cities

duty-free shop

UK Citizens will be granted 30-day visa at

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah,Ras Al-Khaimah


International Aiports.Other Will be required to

Ajman, Fujairah, Umm Al-Qaiwan

Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais Abu Dhabi

obtain visas through sponsorship.


Mina Zayed ( Abu Dhabi town, 20% UAE

Customs Regulations

Summer:35to 40C peaks up to 48C along Gulf


200 cigarettes or one half pound of

Coast,very humid in Dubai, more temperate

Mina Jebel Ali (Dubai)

Tobacco(Abu Dhabi), 400 cigarettes, 50 cigars

along eastern(Gulf of Oman)coast. Winter : 20C,

Port Rashid(Dubai Town), 50% UAE tonnage

or 500 gm tobacco(Dubai) are allowed duty-

very dry in Abu Dhabi, Wet in Ras El Khaimah

Ajman, Fujeirah

free.However locally retailed tobacco products are as cheap as duty-free goods.















General Information




Mina Saqr (Ras Al Khaima) Khorfakan (Sharjah/



Arabic (official), English ( widely spoken in

East coast), container terminal.

Alcohol, drugs, pearls and firearms are



Business and government)

Mina Khalid (Sharjah Town), 20% UAE tonnage


Business Hours

Currency regulations



Airports Abu Dhabi International (19 Km southeast of

Government Offices


City), duty-free shop

08.00 to 15.00 Sat. To Wed. And 08.00 to


Abu Dhabi New International Airport (Nadia, 35

12.00 Thu.

1 UAE Dirham(Dh)=100 fils

Km form city centre), duty-free shop


Al Ain International,Duty-free shop

08.00 to 15.00 and 16.00 to 20.00 Sat.





























Norway P.O.Box 47270 Oman P.O.Box 2517 Pakistan P.O.Box 846 Palestine P.O.Box 841 Philippines P.O.Box 3215 Qatar P.O.Box 3503 Romania P.O.Box 70416 Russia P.O.Box 8211 Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 4057 Spain P.O.Box 46474





















Sudan P.O.Box4027 Switzerland P.O.Box 46116 Syria P.O.Box 4011 Thai P.O.Box 47466 Tunisia P.O.Box 4166 Turkey P.O.Box 3204 UK P.O.Box 248 USA P.O.Box 4009 Yemen P.O.Box 2095



















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Embassies & Consulates

General Information Area


527.970 sq.Km

Hodeida(principal), Aden, Mokha, Saleef(relief port for Hodeida)


Business Hours

(2000 estimate)17.5 million



08.00 to 13.00 Thu.

Sanaa(political), Aden(economic)


Main Cities

08.00 to 13.00 and 16.00 to 19.00 Thu.

Sanaa, Aden, Hoddeida, Taiz, Ibb, Dhamar, Hajjah



08.00 to 12.00 Wed. and 08.00 to 11.30 Thu.

Summer:35 to 40 C,peaks up to 47 C in Hodeida,Very humid, rainfall


cooler and drier in Sanaa.

220 volts, 50 cycles AC

Winter: 26 C in Hodeidah,Humid, much cooler , with occasional frosts,in



Visas are required for all visitors.One application form and 2 photographs

Summer:average 35 C in Aden, very humid,hotter but wideDiurnal range

must be presented with employer’s supporting letter.

and drier inland.

Processing of applications takes 3 to 6 days.

Winter: average 28 C in Aden, humid, much cooler inland.

Visitors must register within 5 days to obtain an exit visa which can


sometimes also be arranged by hotels.

Arabic (official), English (commercial)


Customs regulations 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or _ lb tobacco and 1 qt wine are admitted

Al-Rahaba(10 Km north of Sanaa).



Currency regulations

(6 Km Southeast of city)

Because the exchange of riyals is difficult abroad, visitors exchange all local


currency before departure.

(4 Km northeast of Taiz)


Khormasakar International

1 Yemeni Riyal(YR)=100 fils

(10 Km from Aden). No duty-free shop.Sanaa

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Algeria P.O.Box 509, 67 Amman ST. Belgium P.O.Box 2616 Canada P.O.Box 340 China Al Zubeiri St Czech Republic P.O.Box 2501, Safia Janubia Denmark P.OBox 5302,Taiz Egypt Jamal Abdul Naser St. France P.O.Box 1286, Al Bounia Germany P.O.Box 41 India 12 Jiboti Street Indonesia Hadda Area, house 16 Iran P.O.Box 1437, Hadda Street Iraq P.O.Box 498 Italy P.O.Box 1152 Japan P.O.Box 817, street 38 house2 Jordan P.O.Box 2152 Korea(PDR) P.O.Box 1209, Al Hasaba Kuwait P.O.Box 17036 Lebanon P.O.Box 2283 Morocco P.O.Box 10236,Westy Safia Oman P.O.Box 105 Pakistan P.O.Box 2848 Poland P.O.Box 16168 Romania P.O.Box 2169 Russia P.O.Box 1087,26 sep.street Saudi Arabia P.O.Box 1184 Sudan P.O.Box 2561 Syria P.O.Box 494, Hadda Road Tunisia P.O.Box 2561,Diplomatic Area Turkey P.O.Box 18371, Al Safia UAE P.O.Box2250 UK P.O.Box 1287 USA P.O.Box 22347

* Whilst every effort is made to provide totally accurate information, no responsibility is taken for inaccuracies and omissions contained herein.







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