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Maktoum opens travel event amid tourism surge

Maktoum opens travel event amid tourism surge

Tourist boards, companies and investors turned out in force on Monday for the official opening of the 2011 Arabian Travel Market. The event, which was opened just past noon by Shaikh Maktoum Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, is being attended by some 2,200 exhibitors from 69 countries over four days.

Gary Player: Professional coaching will help

Gary Player: Professional coaching will help

Gary Player will host another all-star line-up for the Saadiyat Beach Classic next Monday at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club. Here he talks about his return to the emirates. Welcome back to the UAE. What do you most enjoy about visiting the emirates? ,,With its growth and development, it is simply one of the most exciting places in the world. Also, I believe that Saadiyat Island is the most exciting project on the planet. I also enjoy the culture, the desert, the falconry, Arabian horses and the food.”

Dubai hospitality back on track as global economy improves

Dubai hospitality back on track as global economy improves

According to Bin Mahmoud Chiheb, senior vice-president at Jones Lang Lasalle Hotels ME, the two prominent trends in the sector this year is the new supply of hotel rooms in the market in Abu Dhabi and the recovery of Dubai due to the improving economic global conditions after the ‘freeze’ effect of 2009.

Foundations laid for capital’s Louvre

Foundations laid for capital’s Louvre

Abu Dhabi’s Louvre museum is finally taking shape. The foundations of the building on Saadiyat Island were completed this week as the last of more than 4,500 pilings were put in place, said Felix Reinberg, the director of museum projects delivery for the Tourism Development and Investment Company.

Branded residences: Dubai's fast growing asset class

Branded residences: Dubai’s fast growing asset class

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel on Saadiyat Island, due to be opened in 2013, will also include 180 branded residences. Aldar’s Gurm Resort (72 rooms), Four Seasons Saadiyat (125 rooms), MGM Hotel Residences (500 rooms) and St Regis Saadiyat (280 rooms) are other projects which will include hotel branded residences.