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Mice Net : February 2009
dubai and abu dhabi Dubai Convention Bureau www.dcb.ae DMCs Arabian Adventures E: firstname.lastname@example.org W:www.arabian-adventures.com Gulf Dunes E: email@example.com W:www.gulfdunes.com to redefine tourism in Dubai as it is the area’s first truly integrated entertainment resort. Reflecting Executive Chairman Sol Kerzner’s vision to transport guests into a dazzling, imaginative world, the resort encompasses a 46-hectare site with 17 hectares of water themed amusement at Aquaventure, extensive fresh and salt- water pools and lagoon exhibits, an open-air marine habitat, a seemingly endless stretch of beach, luxury boutiques, numerous dining choices including four celebrity chef restaurants, an exciting nightclub, a spa and fitness club, and 5600 square metres of meeting and function space. The property has one suite which costs US$35,000 per night. An Arabian Adventure While not everybody has the event budget of Sol Kerzner most meeting and incentive travel planners still want a little bit of the wow factor, particularly for their incentive programs. Dubai particularly can deliver in spades. Outstanding five and six-star venues are complemented by great Arabian-inspired experiences that should leave first-timers satisfied with their first UAE experience. One destination management company that can help put the sizzle into any event is Arabian Adventures, headquartered in Dubai and with offices in Abu Dhabi and Fujairah. Part of Emirates, the company has more than 300 professional, multilingual staff who are equipped to provide a wide range of exclusive tailor-made services for the MICE market. It goes without saying that Arabian Adventures pioneered the development of incentives and special events in the region. Imagination and creativity, combined with comprehensive destination knowledge, unrivalled operational experience and attention to detail – all supported by the region’s largest travel group – has led many ABOVE: Arabian Adventures. 172 mice.net getting there Dubai International Airport was the world’s fastest growing airport in 2007 in terms of international passenger throughput with a growth of 19.31 per cent. Flights on Emirates now travel daily from almost everywhere in the world. Visit www.emirates. com for details. Weather The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May to September is summer, when temperatures range between 40C and 48C. However, during the winter months, temperatures range from 10C to 30C. Rainfall is predominantly in winter and amounts to some 13cm annually. Visa requirements The Department of Naturalization and Residence in Dubai has introduced a visa on arrival facility for 33 nationalities. Citizens of these countries will have a 30 day visit visa stamped directly into their passports at the port of entry, eliminating the need to apply for a visa prior to arriving in the UAE. For details on which countries are exempt visit www.dubaivisa.net. Dining Dubai is blessed with quality cuisine, with restaurants generally found in hotels and resorts. There is a great mix of styles – from Arabic to French, Mediterranean and everything in between. Dubai has attracted many top-class chefs from around the world, and hence food is of the highest standard. key contacts at a glance