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Kaloti Group, one of the world's largest gold and precious metals refiners and trading houses, has announced the building of one of the world's largest gold and precious metal refineries in the Jumeirah Lakes Towers Free Zone.

Due to be completed in late 2014, the new refinery will cost £39m (Dh220m) and cover over 15,000 sq metres. It will have a capacity to produce up to 1,400 tonnes of gold and 600 tons of silver and other precious metals and it will also produce gold ingots and coins in its own mint.

The facility will be the first refinery to implement Green Building Standards, stipulated by the Dubai Municipality and EHS (Environment, Health and Safety), with regard to the environment, fire and life safety, security and risk assessment and management.

Kaloti Group chairman, Munir Kaloti, said, ‘This represents a major investment in expanding and upgrading our refining facilities. It will be a state of the art refinery to rival the best in the world. It will strengthen our ability to meet the growing international demand for our products as well as give us capacity for growth in the years ahead.’

To read more, visit the Emirates 24/7 website.

With Friday being the first day of the weekend in Dubai, many hotel restaurants mark the occasion by throwing their doors open for a gastronomical brunch. Here are five of the best Friday feasts:

At Le Méridien Dubai, brunch at Yalumba covers a spread of continents while maintaining its laid-back Aussie ethos.

Al Qasr serves favourites from three restaurants occupying the hotel’s ground floor – tapas at Al Hambra, the Arboretum’s patisserie and steaks at MJ’s.

At Spectrum On One at the Fairmont Dubai, guests can sample delights from the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Europe, South East Asia and Japan.

For understated decadence, Traiteur at the Park Hyatt is the place to go.

Nineteen at the Montgomerie Golf Club provides a sophisticated brunch affair.
Recent DTCM News and Other Dubai Events
New cultural brunch and dinner experience available
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is a non-profit organisation that strives to remove barriers between people of different nationalities and raise awareness of local culture, customs and religion.

The centre is now holding brunch and dinners, allowing guests to indulge in traditional meals while an Emirati host chats to them about the local customs and traditions. Visit the website to find out more.

BBC’s Wild Arabia
Did you catch the BBC’s Wild Arabia on TV? The series depicted some fantastic desert vistas and fascinating wildlife. Watch clips on BBC iPlayer.

Other News
- Dubai Tourism held a successful business seminar at the City Business Library which was attended by companies keen to learn about the opportunities in Dubai.

- Last month, Dubai Tourism participated in the Arab Women in the Global Economy Forum, held at the Arab-British Chamber of Commerce in London. The conference attracted high powered businesswomen from across the Gulf region who shared their expertise and insights with a wide audience including government officials and academics. Read the full news story.

How to get around Dubai

Dubai is the sporting capital of the Middle East and offers something for everyone. It hosts numerous international sporting events every year including the world’s richest horse race, The Dubai World Cup, the Dubai Desert Classic golf championship and the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship.

You can also test your own sporting prowess by visiting the world’s third largest indoor ski slope at Ski Dubai or make a trip to the dunes to try sand boarding. Many more sports including horse riding, golf, tennis and jet skiing are on offer. For more information visit the Definitely Dubai website.

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