Archive for November, 2010

Dubai hotels recorded 715,000 guests from UK in 2009

Dubai,29th Nov 2010 — After its successful participation at the World Travel Market (WTM) in London earlier this month, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has highlighted the steadily growing relations between the United Kingdom and Dubai over the last few years.

Eyad Abdul Rahman, DTCM’s Executive Director of Media Relation Division and Business Development, noted that in 2009 Dubai’s hotels recorded a total of 715,000 guests from the UK, and in the first half of this year this figure reached 382,000. Further, the number of tour operators promoting Dubai in the UK witnessed a 5 per cent increase last year.

Abdul Rahman added that the DTCM pavilion at WTM in London generated major response from visitors, especially from UK-based travel agencies. He noted that nearly half of the participating travel agencies attended the special dinner hosted by DTCM which served as an excellent networking platform.

Abdul Rahman also referred to the statement by the UAE Ambassador to London who described the recent visit of the British queen as historical and said that the visit comes at a time when UAE-UK relations have become closer than ever at various levels.

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Sheikh Sultan highlights the necessity to have a new theatrical movement

Sharjah, Nov 29th, 2010 — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, addressed a speech to the dramatists all over the world in which he emphasized the necessity to have a new theatrical movement at a time when the call for cooperation and brotherhood began to recede.

In a speech to “Arab Theatre” magazine, Sheikh Sultan expressed his thanks and appreciation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization “UNESCO” in recognition of its great work in the educational, scientific and cultural fields allover the world.

He also expressed his thanks to the International Theatre Institute in recognition of its important role as a channel of communication between Western dramatists and Third World countries.

His Highness also asserted that promotion of theatre in the third world countries will not be achieved by seminars and brochures only but also by taking practical steps in this regard.

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Weekly UAE Farmers Market by Bakers and Spice in December

Baker & Spice Dubai and Emaar Malls Group have teamed up to launch the winter season of the UAE Farmers Market from December 10, 2010.

Following on from its launch success in April, the market will be held at Souk Al Bahar every Friday during the cooler months (excepting December 31) from 10am-7pm.

It is a selling market and all proceeds go directly to the farmers, which include: Abu Dhabi Organic Farm; Dar al Fatah Farm from Al Ain and Liwa; Salata Farms from Ras Al Khaimah; Nasser Al Refaee, bringing fresh produce from farmers in the UAE and Oman; Alfoa organic dates and sugarless date syrup from Abu Dhabi; and Showeib Organic Farms.

Baker & Spice food consultant Yael Mejia said: “It’s a great day out for all the family and an opportunity to get to know local produce grown in this region. You will definitely taste the difference of buying local”.

The market promises to deliver native produce, all picked and plucked just hours before the market, with seasonal fruit and vegetables currently including aubergines, red, yellow and cherry tomatoes, cucumber, courgettes, mini mumpkins, grapes, lemons, limes, coriander, parsley and mint.

Baker & Spice has also recently announced the opening of a new kitchen and artisan bakery in Dukkan Al Manzil, Downtown Dubai.

Located in the souk behind Al Manzil Hotel, Baker & Spice will specialize in bread and offer a small retail shop and café as well as home delivering and party catering.

Mejia said, “All around the world bread is one of life’s staples and good bread is a perfect accompaniment to any meal, sometimes a meal in itself. At Baker & Spice, we bake fresh bread daily on the premises, using only the finest chemical-free ingredients, traditional artisan methods and recipes which we originally developed in London for that delicious homemade taste.”

“We know how difficult it is to find exceptional raw ingredients in Dubai, so the shop will retail everything from our store cupboard as part of our campaign to improve on what home cooks can obtain in the region. We have made it our mission to obtain raw ingredients with maximum consideration for environmental issues. We always insist on buying food with integrity at source,” he added

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