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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
dubai at a One of the world's most iconic hotels, the Burj Al Arab. Getting there Dubai International 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 Asia. Visit www.emirates. com for details. Dubai GolF City will include five themed golf courses, a golf academy, clubhouse, villas, mansions, a hotel, convention centre, and retail outlets. palMaroSa HealtH FarM This health-retreat-style development will include a hotel, villas, spas, health spas, retail, a mosque, post office, general clinic, and children’s nursery. Dubai WHeel No doubt like the London Eye or Singapore’s version, the Dubai Wheel will probably be bigger and better in some way. beaCon eDuCation This is being touted as an “education city” complete with nursery, schools, sports halls, auditorium, dormitories, youth hostels, and town houses. Dubai liFeStyle City Included in the Dubai Lifestyle City will be an IMG Sports Academy, sports facilities, a shopping mall, golf academy, velodrome, tennis academy, aquatic centre, sports hotel and spa, luxury hotel and spa villas, and, of course, retail. City oF arabia is described as a “restless planet Jurassic theme park”, and will also include the Mall of Arabia which will be the largest mall in the world, a wadi walk shopping and entertainment centre, hotels, and additional attractions to be confirmed. Residential, serviced apartments and offices will also be included at City of Arabia. leGenDS This is a theme park and leisure complex consisting of villas, towers, and a golf course. al barari will include a cultural amphitheatre, medicine health spa, botanical gardens leisure park, retail centre, villas, boutique hotel, resort, restaurants, cafés, retail, kindergarten, nursery, health club, and a private general clinic. 52 miceAsia.net Weather The UAE has a sub-tropical, arid climate. May to September is summer, when temperatures range between 40 degrees C and 48 degrees C. However, during the winter months, temperatures range from 10 degrees C to 30 degrees C. 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. Key Contacts Dubai Convention Bureau www.dcb.ae 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. glance