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Dubai plans new mega-development to rival Las Vegas

The Al Habtoor Group, a UAE-based development firm, plans to build a new triple-hotel complex in the heart of the Emirate as part of a $1.3 billion project. The “Habtoor Palace”. formed of two skyscrapers rising from a five-storey podium base, will see over 1,600 rooms added to Dubai‘s hotel scene. The rest of the … Continued

First resort on The World Dubai to open

The World Dubai will see its first island open to the public this week with the launch of the luxury World Island Beach Club. “We will be opening in the first week of January,” said Reza Sinnen, operations manager at the beach club, based on the island of Lebanon. The resort was originally scheduled to … Continued

Waldorf Astoria to debut on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

It seems that the Palm Jumeirah is making a comeback, with the latest announcement confirming that a Waldorf Astoria will open in 2013. The huge, manmade Palm-shaped development in the sea has been viewed alternately as a symbol of Dubai’s unbridled ambition or of its abject failure, when construction all but ground to a halt … Continued

Alfred Dunhill to launch Dubai restaurant

British luxury retailer Alfred Dunhill will open its third overseas restaurant in Dubai’s Jumeirah Emirates Towers in early 2012. The launch of Alfie’s Restaurant and Lounge is scheduled for January 2012, to coincide with the opening of the new Dunhill fashion store in the same location. The Dubai restaurant will be Dunhill’s first in the … Continued

Urban Tails Dubai – A 7-Star Pet Hotel

Urban Tails Dubai has become the world’s first seven-star resort for pets when it opened doors this summer. Being branded as the ultimate luxury pet destination, this hotel has been custom built for four legged friends. They offer suites for 70 dogs and 40 cats and promises to take perfect care of them while their … Continued

Montblanc’s Limited Edition Ruby Set for Eid

Designed as a unique gift for the lovers of fine jewellery in the UAE during the festive season of Eid, Montblanc presents this exclusive Ruby Set. The Limited Edition collection of the ultra-special pen, watch and cufflinks are available exclusively at Montblanc’s flagship boutique in Dubai Mall. The watch is set with a total of … Continued

Dubai named Middle East’s best destination

The Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai has been voted the best hotel in the Middle East for the eighth year in a row. The plush property was one of a host of winners at this week’s World Travel Awards‘ Middle East ceremony, the first in a whistlestop World Travel Awards tour which will see … Continued

Prada announces retail strategy in Middle East

Prada said on Wednesday it will open stores across the Middle East as part of a joint venture with Emirates luxury retailer Al Tayer Insignia to develop a new retail network. “The joint venture company, headquartered in Dubai, will oversee the roll out of Prada and Miu Miu stores across the region, leveraging on Al … Continued

Filthy rich? Britain needs YOU

The United Kingdom is aiming to attract an altogether different class of visitor with the launch of a new marketing campaign with Dubai-based airline Emirates. A new marketing campaign dubbed “Britain. A tradition of Luxury” is unashamedly targeting wealthy individuals — those with over $1 million in disposable funds — to persuade them that Britain … Continued

In Dubai, the state of The World is in dispute

A cluster of 300 artificial islands off Dubai‘s coast in the shape of a global map is stable, its developer Nakheel insists, despite a court claim alleging that “The World” was neglected and eroding away. “There is no issue with the stability of The World islands that are approximately 70 percent sold and handed over,” … Continued

World’s highest restaurant opens in Dubai

The highest restaurant in the world opened its doors in Dubai January 23, promising “the world’s best dining out experience.” Occupying the 122rd floor of Dubai’s enormous Burj Khalifa tower, At.mosphere is the latest record-breaker from the Emirate, which doesn’t seem to have lost any of its confidence following last year’s economic collapse. Guests can … Continued

New Ritz-Carlton Hotel Opens In Dubai

After much anticipation and years of preparation, The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) officially opens its doors today. The 341-room hotel, with 124 executive residences, is the second Ritz-Carlton in Dubai and the sixth property in the region for the luxury hotel company. This hotel is directly linked to the Dubai International Financial Centre … Continued

China plans $1.3bn ‘seven-star hotel’

Beijing authorities plan to build a “seven-star hotel” modelled after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – in a $1.3 billion joint project with Saudi Arabia. The hotel will be erected in western Beijing‘s Mentougou district some 30 kilometres (18 miles) from the Chinese capital’s centre. The Saudi side is expected to foot … Continued

AC Milan visit to Burj Khalifa

AC Milan reached dizzying new heights on Friday, when they played football at the top of the world’s tallest building, The Burj Khalifa. With a pitch specially created on the towering 828 metre-plus structure, the AC Milan team took their game to levels never seen before. The AC Milan squad were in Dubai for their … Continued

Louis Vuitton Trophy Dubai 2010

The final Louis Vuitton Trophy event is scheduled to start in Dubai on 12 November, featuring six of the top international sailing teams in the world. The Louis Vuitton Trophy is a two-week sailing event and will take place at the Mina Seyahi, the home of Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC). The boats used will … Continued

Flydubai set to make fiber optics fly

A new in-flight entertainment system due to be rolled out by Flydubai this month could make watching movies in the sky easier and greener. The Dubai budget carrier is the launch customer for a new type of in-flight entertainment system from US company Lumexis, dubbed “fiber to the screen.” The premise of the system is … Continued

Abu Dhabi vies with Dubai for cruising crown

Abu Dhabi is set to challenge Dubai for dominance of the region’s fast-growing cruise market, announcing October 25 that MSC will become the first cruise line to call the emirate home. MSC Lirica, a 59,000-ton, 2,199-guest liner, will be the first ship ever to use Abu Dhabi as a home port, beginning October 2011. It … Continued

Highest restaurant in the world to open in Dubai

Emaar Hospitality Group (EHG) has announced plans to open the “highest restaurant” in the world in January 2011 in Dubai. The restaurant will be called Atmosphere and will be located on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. According to a report on Hotelier.com, Atmosphere will be grill style restaurant.

The world’s duty free shopping hotspots

Dubai’s duty free shops remain the busiest duty free outlets in the world, according to figures released this week by the Dubai Duty Free and Generation Research. Consumers spent a staggering $1.14 billion at Dubai’s duty free outlets in 200, over 5 percent of money spent at airports around the world. Dubai’s sales put it … Continued