Abu Dhabi’s Newest Accolade
IF YOU WERE AS THRILLED AS THE FACT OFFICE WHEN WE READ THAT ABU DHABI OVERTOOK BOTH LONDON AND PARIS IN THE LIST OF TOP CITIES TO LIVE, WORK AND DO BUSINESS IN, THEN LET US CELEBRATE THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY TOGETHER.
Abu Dhabi has been named the second-best city in the world to live, work and do business in, overtaking two of Europe’s most popular capitals: London and Paris, and moving up two places since the last Ipsos City Index. More than 18,000 people, aged between 16 and 64, in 26 countries worldwide were interviewed for the Index, with New York maintaining the overall world number one spot. The leading destinations were chosen from an overall list of 60 cities, including major hubs like Sydney, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Moscow, Toronto, and many more. T
he results highlight the significant increase in the global perception of Abu Dhabi as a commercial destination, with 21% of survey participants listing Abu Dhabi as a top city to do business in, just 2% below the leader, New York. Abu Dhabi ranked highest among participants from the three younger generations – Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z, which were all consistent in placing New York and Abu Dhabi as their top two cities. HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “The rise of Abu Dhabi in this global ranking is testament to the ongoing efforts to establish the Emirate as not only a tourist destination of distinction, but a location that international communities want to work, live and do business in. It’s distinct popularity among the younger generations highlight the need for global cities to diversify and innovate to sustain their position and strength as business and tourism hubs.”
Ghobash continued: “With the ongoing rise of tourism in Abu Dhabi we are confident that Abu Dhabi’s international reputation will grow from strength to strength as more international visitors experience what the Emirate has to offer. As we leverage the wealth of Abu Dhabi’s cultural heritage sites, such as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Al Ain, and the forthcoming opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, we are confident that our position on the map of leading cities will continue to be cemented.” In the period January to May, 2017, Abu Dhabi recorded nearly 2 million hotel guest arrivals (1,965,436), four per cent growth compared to the same period in 2016.
Summer at the Park
ESCAPE TO SAADIYAT ISLAND’S BEAUTIFUL PARK HYATT ABU DHABI HOTEL & VILLAS FOR A MONTH FILLED WITH ACTIVITIES, LOUNGING, DINING AND MORE.
BEACH & POOL PASS
For those looking for a relaxing day by the waters, the stunning beach and pool will give you much relief. The access pass will enable guests to enjoy a flash resort experience with the trimmings of a bite from The Beach House, a cocktail from PB&G and a 20 minute express massage from a choice of therapies: Mineral radiance facial, Reflexology, Mineral stone back massage or a Hydrating healing wrap. Priced at only AED350++ per person.
ATARMIA’S SUMMER ESCAPE
The award-winning Atarmia Spa is all set to pamper. The 120-minute summer escape packages welcome all to indulge in any three of the folloiwng spa experiences; Majestic bamboo body polish, Leg and feet ritual, Mineral express facial, Detox body wrap, Frangipany and Yiang Yiang oil body massage, shampoo and blow dry or experess mani/pedi. The package also offers thermal and gym facilities with beach, private pool and garden access. Priced at AED555++ per person.
SOCIAL MEDIA COMPETITION
For all the social media aficionados, August sees the continuation of a fun contest. To enter the competition #summeratthepark post your pictures and videos online from anywhere in the resort. The picture with the most likes will win the account holder a pamper stay for two nights along with five friends in the stunning Royal Villa. Don’t forget to tag the friends that you’d like to enjoy your win with. The winner will be announced on August 31. T&C’s apply.
GO: Call (0)2 407 1234 for reservations and more information
IdeaCrates’s Summer Excitement
IDEACRATE WILL BE GIVING LITTLE ONES MORE REASONS TO SMILE AS THEY GEAR UP TO GET BACK TO SCHOOL WITH ITS RANGE OF OFFERINGS AT AL WAHDA MALL EXTENSION, ABU DHABI FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST.
Orange Wheels’ Summer Camp, takes the edge off the heat and it’s the last chance for kids to practise some life skills and foster team spirit before it draws to a close this August. From educational science and arts-related activities to innovative offerings such as animal yoga, Zumba, mask creation, candy decoration, liquid art and other games, this is one comprehensive camp that actively engages young minds.
Little ones will be provided with drawing materials and can channel their inner Van Gogh with Orange Wheels’ ongoing Drawing Contest. Proud mommies can take pictures of their artwork, post on social media and tag Orange Wheels for a chance to win exciting prizes.
BACK TO SCHOOL DEALS
To make going back to school just that little bit easier, Orange Wheels will be offering fantastic back-to school packages from its retail section.
FRIENDSHIP DAY FUN
In honour of Friendship Day, kids can round up their closest friends and enjoy specially themed games and activities with them on the 18th of August.
CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE DAY
All those who have always secretly wished they could be best friends with the Cookie Monster, are invited to join in the festivities on Chocolate Chip Cookie Day on the 24th of August and decorate their own cute cookies of choice.
For every week throughout the month of August, one lucky winner will stand a chance to win a Golden Ticket on playing various games across the venue, which can be redeemed for exciting prizes.
TREATS WITH ORANGE SPIN FACEBOOK CHECK-INS
Loyal Orange Spinners will be rewarded. Every purchase of AED 45 worth of credit, which is followed up with a check-in on Facebook will automatically be eligible for an automatic topup of AED 10 worth of credit.
Avid Laser Tag gamers who have their eyes set on winning big are invited to enrol as a team of 4 members, priced at AED 45 per person. Top-scoring performers will be invited to prove their prowess in the grand finals.
GO: Follow @orangespinuae and @orangewheelsuae on instagram for more information.
Rotana Celebrates 25th Anniversary
IT’S BECOME ONE OF THE REGION’S TOP HOSPITALITY BRANDS AND MUCH-LOVED BY TRAVELLERS FOR ITS QUALITY, SERVICE AND COMFORTING VIBES. ROTANA HAS EVOLVED OVER THE LAST QUARTER-CENTURY INTO ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOME-GROWN SUCCESS STORIES IN THE REGION, TAKING ITS PORTFOLIO FROM ONE TO 100.
Rotana, one of the leading hotel management companies in the region with hotels across the Middle East, Africa and Turkey, marks a historic milestone as its completes 25 years of supporting tourism and hospitality growth in the region. One of the largest hospitality employers in the wider Middle East, Rotana supports thousands of direct and indirect jobs throughout the region, with the company’s relentless growth and expansion over the past quarter century having contributed immensely to promoting economic growth, diversification and job creation in countries across the region. Founded in 1992, Rotana started its journey with the opening of Beach Rotana Abu Dhabi the following year – the first in a series of modern, sophisticated hotels launched by the group that would transform the face of the region’s hospitality industry by bringing a level of comfort and elegance superior to what was available at the time.
“It has been quite a journey these past 25 years, and a deeply rewarding one at that,” said Nasser Al Nowais, Chairman of Rotana. “Rotana today is the result of a shared vision and many years of tireless effort and commitment towards that vision. Beyond the pride of having our brand evolve into one of the largest and most reputable hotel operators in the region, what gives us the greatest sense of accomplishment is that we were able to become who we are today by holding firmly to our values, beliefs and the standards that we set for ourselves when we first started our journey all those years ago,” he added.
Rotana’s focus on delivering personalised guest experiences allowed the hotels in its steadily expanding portfolio to drive positive word of mouth and gain the trust and loyalty of guests, quickly establishing the brand as a name to reckon with in an industry that was still in its early stages of development. While the brand’s initial expansion and growth strategy had remained focused on its home market of the UAE, Rotana branched out into the wider region in year 2000 with the opening of its first hotel in Beirut, Lebanon. Today, Rotana has grown to become the leading hotel management company in the region, with 56 operating properties in 21 cities across 13 countries in the Middle East, Africa and Turkey. Rotana currently operates a total of 15,195 rooms across its operating regions, and more than 11,000 people, from different nationalities and backgrounds, proudly work for Rotana from 104 countries around the world. Till date, Rotana has hosted more than 225 million guests at its hotels around the world and continues to be a pioneering player in the regional hospitality industry.
GO: Visit www.rotana.com for more information
Founding Fathers Honoured
The Etihad Museum honours the Founding Fathers’ dedication,commitment and patriotism by showcasing their achievements and some of their private collections while inviting individuals from all walks of life to follow their shining example in everyday life.
The museum’s story begins with the Founding Fathers display, which features majestic portraits of the seven rulers of the emirates: Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi; Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Khalid bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah; Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, Ruler of Ajman; Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Mualla, Ruler of Umm Al-Quwain; Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Ruler of Ras Al-Khaimah; and Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi, Ruler of Fujairah.
To enrich and attract visitors to this significant landmark, the portraits are complemented by interactive screens showcasing historical photos, videos and family trees that describe the Founding Fathers’ noble contributions to the union and each ruler also has a display case dedicated to them. The cases offer visitors a valuable human insight into the lives of the Founding Fathers as they contain personal belongings that have never before been on display. The Etihad Museum inspires visitors with the story of the most significant moment in the UAE’s timeline – the birth of the country at Union House which was on December 2, 1971. This moment would not have been possible without the dedication of the Founding Fathers.
GO: Visit www.etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.ae for more information.
Made in Tashkeel 2017
Tashkeel’s annual summer showcase, Made in Tashkeel, is a display of works by its members, workshop participants and recent exhibiting artists. Featuring work by more than 30 participants, the exhibition encompasses artwork utilising a wide variety of media, including traditional printmaking, illustrations, photography, jewellery, and video. For the first time, Tashkeel is selling a range of products with hand-printed artworks by Tashkeel members, including laptop bags, aprons, pencil rolls, and notebooks. The artworks were created specifically for Made in Tashkeel by artists Ibraheem Khamayseh, Mobius Design Studio, Myneandyours, Tulip Hazbar and Wissam Shawkat. Made in Tashkeel 2017 runs until August 30. The gallery is open from 10am to 8pm, Saturday to Thursday.
GO: Visit www.tashkeel.org for more information.
Buddha-Bar Beach is Coming to Abu Dhabi
Set to be the most talked-about day-to-night destination in the city, Buddha-Bar Beach will be the fourth of its kind in the world and the first one to be a permanent destination. ‘Seasonal’ venues appeared this summer in Baku and on swanky Greek islands Santorini and Mykonos. Marwan Fadel, Hotel Manager of The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, said: “We are really proud to bring Buddha-Bar Beach concept to Abu Dhabi. The new exotic concept will go beyond expectations, offering signature sounds and fabulous food in a stunning setting with worldclass beach and pool facilities. It is an enticing proposition for sophisticated guests and residents who love fine dining, music, and modern design.” The Buddha-Bars worldwide are celebrated for their distinctive energy and unforgettable atmosphere. Since 1996, when the very first Buddha-Bar opened in Paris, they have attracted global influencers and celebrities from around the globe.
Buddha-Bar Beach takes the urban brand al fresco and will be open from morning until late. Maestro mixologists will concoct exquisite cocktails to complement its gastronomic treats, which blend Japanese, Thai, and other Asian flavours with Mediterranean flair. Buddha-Bar DJs will provide the perfect musical soundtrack to an unforgettable Abu Dhabi experience, complete with culinary events, guests DJs, and nightly entertainment and performers. “Renowned for its exhilarating fusion of adventurous food, exotic interiors, and signature Buddha-Bar music, the venue is sure to become the most exciting lifestyle destination Abu Dhabi has seen for some time,” said Nabil Souhail, Vice President-Business Development & Operations for the Middle East, Africa and Asia at Buddha-Bar.
Resting on pristine sands affording panoramic views of the sea, the exquisite luxurious St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi attracts a savvy, sophisticated clientele. Buddha-Bar Beach is anticipated to be a major draw, attracting UAE residents as well as international travellers.
GO: Visit www.buddhabar.com for more information.