Monday, January 31, 2011

Atlantis, The Palm lines up special activities at key attractions for KSA visitors during mid-term holidays from 3-18 February 2011

Atlantis, The Palm lines up special activities at key attractions for KSA visitors during mid-term holidays from 3-18 February 2011

Saudi visitors make up 46.6% of GCC visitors to Dubai

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (31st January 2011): Atlantis, The Palm, the leading entertainment resort destination in the Middle East, has announced special rates and activities to cater for Saudi visitors during the mid-term holidays from 3 to 18 February, including a special rate starting from 1368++ Saudi Riyals¹ and exclusive women-only sessions at Dolphin Bay and Splashers play area at Aquaventure, in addition to other activities in key attractions at the resort.
Saudi visitors make up 46.6 % of total GCC visitors to Dubai, making them the largest number of Arab visitors to the Emirate. In the first three quarters of 2010, 384,730 Saudi visitors visited Dubai, according to the Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing.

“Atlantis, The Palm respects the culture of Arab visitors, and this has led us to create bespoke programmes that will enable Arab families to enjoy a memorable experience at Atlantis, The Palm,” said Serge Zaalof Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis, The Palm.

Each of the 1,539 guestrooms and suites in the Royal Towers provide private balconies and views over The Palm or Arabian Gulf. Guests may choose from a variety of accommodation including the indulgent Imperial Club, a ‘resort within a resort’ with over 150 rooms and suites, exclusive services and private club lounge, Bridge Suite, spanning the Royal Towers, a private lift takes guests 22 storeys above Atlantis for heart-stopping views of The Palm, Dubai and The Arabian Gulf and Lost Chambers Suites,each three stories high with mesmerising views directly into the Ambassador Lagoon from the master bedroom, these two suites located within The Lost Chambers create an illusion of being beneath the sea whilst looking directly into the heart of Atlantis including a 50% off the interconnecting rooms of children below 12 years old when parents booking any suite.

For the first time, Dolphin Bay will feature a Ladies-only Interaction, with all-female staff, including Marine Mammal Specialists, photographers and support team. This exclusive experience will be available daily at 4.10pm, with a maximum of 20 guests per session. In addition, a special Private Lagoon experience will be available at a special rate of 15,316 Saudi Riyals — a savings of 10,200 Saudi Riyals.

Resort guests of Atlantis, The Palm will enjoy unlimited complimentary access to Aquaventure and The Lost Chambers. Especially for GCC visitors, Splashers, a water playground featuring elaborate water games, slides and structures, providing a world of thrills and lots of water spills for children less than 1.1 metres - and their parents at Aquaventure, will be reserved for female guests and male children under 8 years old from 19:30 to 21:30 from 3-18 February. Aquaventure is the region’s largest water park and a water playground of over 18 million litres of water, consisting of extraordinary rides with cascades, tidal waves and rapids, and the Mesopotamian-styled Ziggurat temple reaching over 30 metres into the sky and featuring seven heart-pumping water slides – two of which catapult riders through shark-filled lagoons. The Lost Chambers offers a wonderland underwater experience with over 20 marine habitats and 65,000 fish and marine life. Hotel guests can keep exploring and discovering the Lost City of Atlantis with unlimited complimentary access to The Lost Chambers.

Guests to Levantine, which offers a true taste of Arabia featuring the cuisines of the region, in a two-storey space full of intrigue and discovery, can enjoy shisha and unlimited water and soft drinks with a variety of Lebanese dishes at 266 Saudi Riyals per person. The more casual Levantine Lounge serves hot and cold mezze, and Arabic and Turkish coffees accompanied by traditional Arabic sweets. On offer at the bar, guests enjoy authentic Arabic date drinks and a variety of fresh juices.

This mid-term package coincides with the Dubai Shopping Festival, which offers great shopping bargains, and huge promotions with a chance to win mega prizes.

GCC visitors to Dubai have been on the rise, as they get to enjoy major attractions without travelling abroad. Last year, Dubai hotels witnessed a 20% increase in the number of GCC visitors during the first six months of 2010, compared to the same period in 2009, according to (DTCM) data.

ShuiQu Spa & Fitness will offer the Arabian Ritual treatment for couples at 3,063 Saudi Riyals, an Arabian journey through ancient lands steeped in thousands of years of tradition and legend. Through ancient Jordan and Oman, glamorous Dubai and mystical Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, this treatment has all the perfect ingredients from places that make this region one of the most intriguing on earth.
Kids are not forgotten in the mid term package at Atlantis at Kids Club and Kids Rush. Special activities have been designed for kids to enjoy including Arabic face painting and Henna at the Kids Club from 2pm to 6pm daily. The Atlantis Kids Club boasts two climbing walls, a theatre where the kids can get involved with producing and acting, arts and crafts sessions, and stints in the kitchen where they can learn to bake their own bread and cakes from the culinary team at Atlantis.

For the older kids, Club Rush will offer a special ladies night from 7pm – 12am where teenagers can hang out in the lounge area, watch films at the cinema, make use of the latest games and consoles, catch up on emails at the internet lounge.

After a long day of fun-filled activities and adventure, guests can enjoy a culinary journey around the 17 restaurants available at Atlantis, The Palm - from the award-winning restaurants- Nobu, Ronda Locatelli, Ossiano and Rostang, the French Brasserie to the sumptuous steakhouse Seafire.

To avoid disappointment, reserve your room early at, by calling +971 4 426 1000, book online at or by calling your local travel partner to enjoy this Mid-Term Holiday at Atlantis.

¹Please note that rates start from SAR 1368¹ per room (Deluxe room), per night and do not include service and authority fees.

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About Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. This US$1.5 billion joint venture project was developed with Dubai Government owned, Istithmar. Opened in September 2008, the resort utilises the 46 hectares site with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs including Nobu, Giorgio Locatelli, Santi Santamaria and Michel Rostang. Atlantis, The Palm offers an unprecedented entertainment centre, an impressive collection of luxury boutiques and shops and extensive meeting and convention facilities. It is home to one of the largest open-air marine habitats in the world, with some 65,000 marine animals in lagoons and displays including The Lost Chambers, a maze of underwater corridors and passageways providing a journey through ancient Atlantis.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Dubai International Boat Show rides high on a wave of industry confidence- 33 premiers now confirmed with many more to come

Dubai International Boat Show rides high on a wave of industry confidence- 33 premiers now confirmed with many more to come

January 30, 2011
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hundreds of marine industry leaders and thousands of boating enthusiasts will converge on the 19th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show in March for a spectacular display of the yachting world’s most impressive offerings.

As the Middle East establishes itself as one of the fastest growing leisure marine markets in the world, the event has become synonymous with spectacular regional and global launches, and this year promises to deliver even more. The 2011 Dubai International Boat Show has already confirmed 33 launches which cover both global and regional premiers, and will offer an exciting line-up of outdoor activities that will entice and engage all marine enthusiasts.

During its five-day run, more than 25,000 visitors are expected to attend Dubai International Boat Show 2011, which has become not just a must-attend event for the industry, but also an important date in the Middle East’s social calendar. The world's most sophisticated superyachts will be put on show in all their glory in the Enhanced Superyacht Boulevard and the Enhanced Superyacht Pavilion, alongside the inaugural Supercar Promenade, featuring the very latest models from the world’s leading luxury car brands.

The multi award-winning show, running from 1 – 5 March 2011 at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi, will feature its largest ever cluster of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association) members, the world’s most prestigious superyacht association. Ten SYBAss members have already confirmed their participation at the show: AMELS, Benetti, Burger Boat Company, Feadship, Fincantieri, Heesen Yachts, L├╝rssen, Oceanco, Sanlorenzo and Trinity Yachts. Together with supporting partner Officine Panerai, manufacturers of world class timepieces, the event will cater to the entire marine lifestyle audience.

Grant Burgham, Exhibitions Director, Dubai World Trade Centre, organiser of the event said: “For nearly two decades, the Dubai International Boat Show has been the focus of the leisure marine industry in the Middle East. The most respected and admired brands in the industry come to the event to showcase their products and services, and they know that there is no better occasion to do that. The Dubai International Boat Show provides a perfect venue, world-class exhibitors and an outstanding business platform.”

ART Marine, a leading 360-degree marine hospitality company in the MENASA region – has confirmed at least eight exciting regional premiers, and Gulf Craft, which is exhibiting a total of 14 boats, will announce four global launches at the show.

"The Dubai International Boat Show has been a leading networking platform and a premier showcase event for the leisure marine industry in the Middle East. Moreover, our previous participation had been highly rewarding and we are looking forward to achieving the same level of success at this year's show," said Constantinos Constantinou, ART Marine President and CEO.

Nasser Alshaali, CEO, Gulf Craft, said “The Dubai International Boat Show has cemented its position as a prominent show in the international boating calendar. Gulf Craft continues to consider the event as one of its most important marketing platforms of the year. The indigenous show is the ideal opportunity for prospective owners to gain first-hand experience of the quality, craftsmanship, and value for money that have made Gulf Craft a major player in the international market for luxury yachts and leisure craft.”

The External Area remains one of the most dynamic segments and the largest on-land section of the boat show, displaying an array of high-speed powerboats, fishing and smaller pleasure boats, as well as the latest water sports equipment and accessories.

The expanded 5th Dive Middle East Exhibition (DMEX) the only dedicated diving exhibition in the region, in association with Emirates Diving Association, returns with an even more impressive presence – 76% larger than last year. DMEX will bring together international manufacturers and local suppliers of sub-aqua diving equipment and services, with live demonstrations and daily 'try-a-dive' sessions.

Competitions, prize giveaways and an exciting entertainment programme with exclusive live performances will be running throughout the show, with the popular feature ‘Heritage Village’ by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing providing an experiential glimpse back in time to Dubai’s rich history of maritime culture..

Other key exhibitors at Dubai International Boat Show 2011 will include leading local and international companies and brands such as Al Dhaen Craft, Al Hareb Marine, Al Masaood Marine, Al Shaali Marine, Al Yousef (Yamaha), AMIT, Atlantis, Australian International Marine Export Group, Azimut, BehneMar, Benetti, Danish Yachts, Delma Marine, Ecoseas, Emirates Boats, Four Winns, Greenline Yacht Interiors, Garmin, Grady-White, Gulf Craft, Gulf Development Systems, Hatteras, ICE, IMG Boats, Luxury Sea Boats, Macky Marine, Majesty Yachts, Mercedes-Benz, Midnight Express Powerboats, Mourjan Marinas, Numarine, Officine Panerai, Pino Meroni, Princess Yachts, Raymarine, Riviera, Sessa Marine, Sunseeker, UBIFrance, Westport and many more.

The Dubai International Boat Show 2011 will be held at the Dubai International Marine Club – Mina Seyahi from 1 – 5 March 2011 and will be open to trade visitors and the general public from 4:00pm – 9:30pm daily.

For more information

About Dubai International Boat Show:

Dubai International Boat Show, the most trusted and established marine industry exhibition in the Middle East, is a showcase of yachts and boats from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine equipment and accessories.

Established in 1992, the multi-award winning show showcases the latest Leisure Boats, equipment and associated services in the Middle East:

• Exhibitors include both local and international boat manufacturers as well as the latest innovations in marine equipment and supplies

• More than 23,000 international and local visitors attend including key buyers from Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia

About Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC):
Professionally managed and hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) which provides more than three decades of experience in delivering world-class events in the Middle East, featuring local, regional and international exhibitors with unmatched expertise and in-depth market knowledge. The extensive portfolio of leading trade and consumer brand events include GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK, Gulfood and Dubai International Motor Show. The DWTC’s commitment to ongoing innovation within the exhibition industry has supported the rapid growth and development of a wide range of business-to-business and business-to-consumer shows, and delivered consistent satisfaction to exhibitors and visitors. DWTC works with the leading trade bodies and industry associations to ensure that all exhibitions deliver full value, and are built upon the real needs of their specific sector.
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