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Chanel bringing upcoming Cruise show to Dubai

Karl Lagerfeld is presenting the Chanel 2014/15 Cruise Collection in Dubai.

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The collection will as usual be unveiled in-between the main fashion week seasons, on May 13.

Details relating to the star-studded event’s inspiration and decor are still top secret although we can expect another grand show full of extravagant details.

The Chanel Resort collection is one of the fashion world’s most anticipated events, with previous shows having taken place in Paris, Versailles, Singapore, Los Angeles and Saint Tropez on the French Riviera.

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Hotels.com says US travelers love London and Paris

While London and Paris continue to dominate the list of most popular foreign destinations, many cities saw a significant boost in American tourism in 2013.

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That’s according to Hotels.com, which came up with a list of the most frequented destinations of 2013 based on its own Hotel Price Index.

The latest ranking comes in the aftermath of a recent spat between Paris and London, in which French officials disputed claims that London is on track to overtake Paris with a projected 16 million international visitors in 2013.

Meanwhile, Toronto bumped Rome to fourth place to crack the top three spots thanks to a plunging Canadian dollar and “captivating art scene.”

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The report also singles out Dubai as a destination to watch, as the affluent city surpassed longtime favorites like Madrid, Florence, and Venice, cracking the top 15 foreign cities on the list.

Here are the Top 10 most popular foreign cities (2013) amongst American travelers by Hotels.com – destinations expected to continue to trend this year.

1. London
2. Paris
3. Toronto
4. Rome
5. Vancouver
6. Tokyo
7. Hong Kong
8. Montreal
9. Barcelona
10. Niagara Falls

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Dubai named world’s top travel spot

The glittering city of Dubai and Etihad Airways emerged the big winners at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards, an event known as the Oscars of the travel industry.

Aerial view luxury Burj Al Arab

Just days after being chosen to host the 2020 World Expo convention, Dubai was named the world’s leading destination at a gala ceremony held in Doha over the weekend.

According to the world’s travel elite — CEOs of travel agencies, travel experts, tourism board officers and executives — the city is also now home to the world’s leading hotel, leading new hotel, beach resort, spa resort and new resort.

Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, took the title of world’s leading airline for the fifth consecutive year in a row, cementing its status as the gold standard in airline service.

Jumeirah Palm Island

Here’s a list of the some of the major winners at the 20th edition of the World Travel Awards:

World’s leading airline: Etihad Airways

Leading airport: Singapore Changi Airport

Leading beach destination: Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands

Leading beach resort: Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai

Leading cabin crew: Etihad Airways

Etihad Airways staff

Leading casino resort: MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas

Leading cruise line: Royal Caribbean International

Leading culinary destination: Peru

Leading destination: Dubai

Leading golf destination: Portugal

Leading honeymoon destination: Mauritius

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Leading hotel: Burj Al Arab, Dubai

Leading island destination: Maldives

Leading low-cost airline: AirAsia

Leading luxury hotel: The Oberoi Gurgaon, India

Leading luxury resort: InterContinental Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort, Thailand

Leading luxury train: Maharajas’ Express

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Leading new hotel: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai

Leading safari destination: Kenya

Leading spa resort: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai

Leading themed resort: Universal Orlando Resort, Florida

Leading wellness hotel: Grand Hotel Lienz, Austria

Most innovative airline: Korean Air

Most romantic resort: Baros Maldives

Largest shopping center Dubai Mall

Hotel-malls allow guests to shop ’til they drop

Largest shopping center Dubai Mall

It’s the ideal scenario for jetsetting shopaholics: skip into a Louis Vuitton store or Zara one minute, and into your hotel room the next. Or at least, within the next five to ten.

In a growing trend emerging out of the Middle East, hotel developers are partnering with major shopping centers to build properties inside sprawling retail spaces, points out a wide-sweeping trend report released out of the World Travel Market in London this week.

After hours of pounding the shiny marbled halls of shopping meccas in Dubai, visitors no longer need to worry about hailing a cab to get to their hotel, as their room is just a few stores or floors away.

Existing ‘shopping hotels’ or hotel-malls include The Sheraton Dubai Mall and the The Address Dubai Mall, both of which are directly connected to the largest mall in the United Arab Emirates, The Dubai Mall. The Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates also provides lobby access to the Mall of the Emirates.

One of the most highly anticipated hotel-mall openings for 2014, the Yas Mall — the second largest shopping center in the UAE — will also become home to seven hotels including the Viceroy Hotel.

It’s one of 10 major shopping malls currently under development across the Middle East, notably in the UAE, Qatar, Lebanon and Egypt, the report says, in regions where shopping could be described as a national sport and whole festivals are organized around shopping.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane

Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane

The latest “bespoke” model from Rolls-Royce was designed in honor of the Dubai International Motor Show, which will open its doors November 5. The Phantom Coupe Chicane pays homage to Goodwood, home to the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit and to the prestigious auto manufacturer’s headquarters.

Mohammed El-Arishy, Rolls-Royce Brand Manager in Dubai, expressed his ambition to create “an automobile that captures all the unique atmosphere and history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit.”

In response, the British brand’s custom design department developed this exceptional model using carbon fiber rather than wood for the exterior panels, and adding flair through red interior upholstery and wheels that match the body.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane is powered by the traditional 460hp V12 engine. The manufacturer has not yet released details on availability dates or pricing for the luxury vehicle, which will be unveiled in a world premiere in Dubai.

The Dubai International Motor Show takes place November 5-9, 2013 at the Dubai World trade Center.

Rolls Royce Phantom Coupe Chicane

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Dubai taxi drivers to serve as tour guides

Dubai taxi

It’s a move that makes sense: for many tourists, taxi drivers are their first point of contact as the chauffeurs shuttle freshly arrived visitors from the airport to their hotel, a route that’s likewise often their first introduction to the city.

According to The Khaleej Times, nearly half of the city’s 3,504 cab drivers have completed a tourist awareness training which teaches drivers about key landmarks, hotels, events and attractions in Dubai.

The program also empowers the people who know the city best, turning humble taxi drivers into ambassadors. Dubai isn’t the first to recognize the potential that cab drivers present when it comes to serving as tourist guides for their city.

In Edinburgh, drivers of black cabs can promote themselves as elite tour guides after a 12-week training program.

Visitors who climb into a cab in London, meanwhile, can rest assured that they’re in good hands as drivers must pass a training course that’s been described as the most demanding in the world: drivers must know 320 routes within the six-mile (10 km) radius of Charing Cross.

That makes them the ideal tourist guide, spawning several outfits which offer guided tours for visitors in the back of the city’s iconic black cabs.

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Marriott International launches Arabic website

Paris Marriott Hotel Champs Elysees

In a bid to woo an increasingly important market segment — affluent Arabic speakers and frequent flyers from the Middle East — the Marriott hotel chain has launched its international website in Arabic.

The new portal allows Arabic-speaking customers around the world to book stays across the chain’s 3,800 properties in 74 countries.

Marriott has asserted a strong presence in Dubai, where it boasts the tallest hotel in the world. The JW Marriott Marquis Dubai (below) stands at 355 meters and consists of twin towers each with 77 floors.

More than $100 million of revenue is booked annually via marriott.com in Arabic-speaking countries, the company says. The Marriott joins the Fairmont and the Hilton in offering website services in Arabic.

JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai

Shangri-La Hotel Dubai: 10 rooms for just $3

Shangri-La Dubai

Dubai’s Shangri-La hotel is offering guests the chance to book a night in the five-star hotel for Dh10 ($3.00) as part of celebrations to mark the hotel’s tenth anniversary.

The promotional rate will be offered to the first ten guests who reserve a room to stay on July 10 on the hotel’s official website using the special rate code SLDB10ANN.

In addition, children born on July 8, 2003, the hotel’s official opening date, and residing in Dubai may enjoy a complimentary birthday lunch or dinner for a maximum of 10 guests at Dunes Café.

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GQ magazine to open restaurant and bar in Dubai

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Men’s lifestyle magazine GQ is poised to open a new restaurant inside the world’s tallest hotel in Dubai.

After opening the Vogue Cafe at The Dubai Mall — The largest shopping center in the world — in May, Condé Nast International has set its sights on planting another flag at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.

The 994-square-meter GQ Bar will span two floors and serve contemporary cuisine. The new restaurant is set to open in October and, in GQ style, is expected to be a sleek, sophisticated space that attracts the world’s high society.

The opening of the JW Marriott Marquis in February was attended by British singer Leona Lewis, fashion designer Donna Karan, and Dubai TV personality DJ Bliss.

Sky Collection Luxury Apartments

Emaar to launch sales of top-end Dubai homes

Sky Collection Luxury Apartments

Emaar Properties, leading Dubai developer, has revealed details of a new series of luxury apartments called Sky Collection, which occupies the upper storeys of a new development in Downtown Dubai.

The homes will be on the topmost levels of the 60-storey towers that constitute its ‘The Address Residence Fountain Views Project’, overlooking the Burj Khalifa and much of Downtown.

Customers can choose from three and four-bedroom apartments, three and four-bedroom duplex apartments and four-bedroom penthouses that range in area from over 2,000 sq ft to more than 17,000 sq ft, including suite and balcony areas.

Potential investors can apply by filling out an online application at www.emaar.com. Selected customers will be invited for a private preview and sale, with Emaar contacting them directly.

Source: PropgoLuxury

Sky Collection Luxury Apartments Downtown Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai

The Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai

Palazzo Versace Dubai

A sprawling, palatial hotel and residence signed by luxury label Versace is set to open its doors next summer in the heart of Dubai.

Specs for the Palazzo Versace Dubai are impressive. Hotel guests and residents will be offered a range of luxury amenities that include a lagoon, sandy beach, waterfront pedestrian promenade, male and female day spa and salon, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and, of course, a Versace boutique.

The property will house 169 condominiums and 214 opulently decorated hotel rooms swathed in rich fabrics and silk, hand-cut marble, bespoke mosaics and hand-drawn, gold-etched vaulted ceilings, all of which have been chosen to evoke European and Italian grandeur.

More than 100 specialists, including top stonemasons and mosaic artists from around the world have been recruited to work on the hotel, 90% of whom are artisans based out of the United Arab Emirates.

The building exterior, meanwhile, evokes Greco-Roman art with a Medusa porte-cochere, elegant pillars and a landscape of water fountains, reflection pools and lagoons.

The Dubai outpost will be the label’s second luxury property in the world after the Palazzo Versace Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia, which opened in 2000.

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Dubai inaugurates world’s tallest ‘twisted’ tower

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Dubai has inaugurated the world’s tallest twisted tower built at a cost of $272 million, setting yet another record for skyscrapers and other engineering marvels.

The 310-metre, 75-storey residential Cayan Tower is twisted at 90 degrees from top to bottom and was inaugurated earlier this week in Dubai Marina — a man-made canal overlooking the Gulf.

Developer Cayan Real Estate Investment and Development Company said 80 percent of its residential units have already been sold. Construction began in 2006, but was delayed due to major technical problems and the 2009 economic downturn in Dubai triggered by the global financial crisis.

The tower was designed by Chicago-based Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the masterminds behind Burj Khalifa, which is the world’s tallest tower and also in Dubai.

Dubai twisted tower

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Dubai police adds Bugatti Veyron to its fleet

Bugatti Veyron Dubai police

The Dubai police force has added yet another incredible supercar to its fleet and this time it’s a Bugatti Veyron.

Dubai Police Chief Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, an outspoken lieutenant general, tweeted a picture of the $1.4 million car, which boasts a beastly 1,001-horsepower engine.

The Veyron is the most expensive in a fleet that already includes two Ferrari FFs, a Bentley Continental GT, a Lamborghini Aventador, a Mercedes SLS and an Aston Martin One.

The Bugatti Veyron carries a top speed of 431.072 km/h (267.856 mph) and was named “Car of the Decade” (2000–2009) by the BBC television show “Top Gear.”

Dubai’s maximum speed limit is capped at 75 miles per hour, with strict penalties for excesses. The city’s police have warned motorists not to be distracted by the vehicles on the road and not to take pictures while driving.

The supercar team is tasked with patrolling tourist spots around the area of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Police hope that the fleet will help in Dubai’s bid to secure the right to host Expo 2020.

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Dubai hotel to provide guests with gold iPad

Burj Al Arab gold ipad

Guests staying at the iconic, sail-shaped luxury hotel the Burj Al Arab in Dubai are being given 24-carat gold-plated iPads which will serve as their personal virtual concierge for the duration of their stay.

It’s the latest in lavish and — and some might say over-the-top —  hotel perks being launched out of luxury chains looking to raise the bar and seduce the richest and glitziest hotel guests to walk through their lobby doors.

Every in-house guest is being equipped with the loan of a gold-plated iPad which they can use to access guest services, restaurant and spa menus, private dining, butler and housekeeping services.

The gold edition is the second installment in Burj Al Arab’s virtual concierge service. Last October, the hotel premiered 24-carat pink gold iPads in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The gold iPad, created by The Gold & Co. London and embossed with the hotel logo, will also be available for purchase at the Burj Al Arab’s boutique shop for a cool 37,490 AED or €7,930.

Other gold-plated products available include the iPad mini, iPhone 5 and the Blackberry Q10.

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Dubai police show off Ferrari

ferrari FF dubai

Dubai police on Thursday showed off a new Ferrari they will use to patrol the city state, hot on the heels of a Lamborghini which joined the fleet earlier.

The car sporting the green and white of Dubai police was unveiled at the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. It will be used by women police to patrol tourist areas.

The introduction of luxury Italian cars to the police force is being seen as a sign of economic recovery in the Gulf emirate where a housing bubble burst in 2008.

Ferrari FF Dubai Police

New Dubai Police sports cars rolled out

Ferrari FF joins Lamborghini on Dubai Police

The Dubai Police have unveiled a Ferrari FF as the latest addition to its fleet of patrol vehicles.

As a quick reminder, the Ferrari FF, which stands for “Ferrari Four”, because of its four seats and four-wheel drive, is a grand tourer which was unveiled by the Maranello based automaker on the 1st of March 2011 during the Geneva Motor Show.

The FF, which is powered by a 651-horsepower 6.3-liter V-12, accelerates to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and reaches a top speed of 208 mph.

News of the $250,000 Ferrari FF patrol car comes just one week after Dubai Police authorities confirmed the addition of another Italian supercar, a $550,000 Lamborghini Aventador.

This was added to the Chevrolet Camaro, which was confirmed last month by the authority, with images of its two-door prototype also being released online.

In a statement, Dubai Police has confirmed it will soon introduce sports cars into its fleet to enhance its patrolling abilities.

The authorities said the sport cars were built according to Dubai Police specifications and “will help to facilitate policing on highways.”

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World’s tallest hotel officially open for business

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Dubai rolled out the red carpet Wednesday night for a roster of celebrities that included British singer Leona Lewis to help open the tallest hotel in the world.

In a city already oozing with glitz and glamour, the opening party for the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai amped up the voltage escorting 1,200 party guests into the hotel with fire dances and stilt walkers under the constant flicker of flashbulbs.

At just 26 meters shy of the Empire State Building in NYC, the world’s tallest hotel stands at 355 meters (1,175 feet) and consists of twin towers each with 77 floors.

The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong, which sits on floors 102-118 of the 1,588-foot International Commerce Centre remains the highest hotel in the world, but the JW Marriott Marquis is the tallest building dedicated entirely to a hotel.

Performances included a headline act by British singer Leona Lewis, while the guest list included appearances by fashion designer Donna Karan, and local celebrities such as singer Salha, the Million Dollar Band as well as TV personality DJ Bliss.

The hotel’s nine restaurants and five bars, which serve a variety of cuisines including Asian-Fusion, Italian, American, German, and steakhouse fare, are now open.

Other Guinness world record holders in Dubai include the Burj Khalifa, which at 828 meters (2,716 feet) is the tallest man-made structure on land, and the Dubai Mall, the largest of its kind in the world.

Plans are also afoot to build the largest Ferris wheel in Dubai, with the Dubai Eye.

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Dubai Eye Ferris wheel

Dubai to build world’s largest Ferris wheel

Dubai Eye

Dubai is once again set to add another record-breaking monument to their landscape with the largest Ferris wheel in the world.

Construction of the Dubai Eye is set to begin this spring as part of a larger development project located off the Jumeirah Beach Residence coastline that hopes to draw three million visitors to the area a year.

At 210 meters tall, the Dubai Eye would trump US plans to build what they declared was to be the world’s largest Ferris wheel in the word on Staten Island’s North Shore

The New York Wheel will measure 190 meters tall and is scheduled to open New Year’s Eve 2015. Currently, the largest Ferris wheel in the world is the Singapore Flyer, which stands at 165 meters tall.

The 1 billion AED Ferris wheel will be a major tourist attraction for the Bluewaters project that will feature a mix of retail, residential, hospitality and entertainment zones.

Riders on the Dubai Eye will get a sweeping view of the Dubai coastline, as well as a bird’s eye view of landmarks like the sail-shaped hotel Burj Al Arab, the Palm Jumeirah and the Burj Khalifa.


Dubai: land of the tallest, largest and the mosts

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News that the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, the tallest hotel in the world, will be opening the doors to its dining rooms for guests next month is a reminder of Dubai’s many architectural and engineering wonders.

Check out some of the city’s world record holders, including the largest indoor ski resort, the tallest building and the largest shopping mall in the world.
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