August Tourism 2013

Desert safaris are one of the most popular activities for holiday makers in Dubai.
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The Arabian Desert that surrounds Dubai is a mystical, beautiful and unique landscape, which makes for fascinating trips from the city. Arabian Adventures offers a ‘Just for You’ excursion and Dubai Update spoke to Colette Thompson, Sales Manager at the company, to find out more about it.

What makes the Arabian Adventures ‘Just for You (JFY)’ excursion different from other desert safaris?
The excursion is quite different from the usual desert safaris. We take our guests deep into the heart of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. A leisurely camel ride then takes guests to a secluded, a private spot, where a luxurious Bedouin camp is set up.

There, guests can relax and watch the sun set, as a personal waiter prepares to serve a feast of delicious Middle Eastern dishes. The experience can also be tailored according to your requirements, such as adding options like a falconry display or henna hand painting.

It sounds like this could be perfect for Honeymooners
It’s the ideal setting for a magical and memorable evening in the desert. You could surprise someone special, celebrate an occasion or just enjoy a romantic evening in an idyllic setting. And yes, it’s perfect for honeymooners!

What other services do Arabian Adventures offer?
We are part of the Emirates Group and as the leading Destination Management Company in the Middle East, we can provide a complete range of reliable, high-quality professional services.

Among our unique products are those in our Exclusive Collection, a bespoke service which offers a range of tailor-made excursions and experiences, including visits to private family stables and camel farms, adventurous land excursions and being a conservationist for the day.

Who should agents and tour operators wanting to work with Arabian Adventures contact?
If agents and tour operators are interested in working with Arabian Adventures they can contact us directly by sending an email to

Dubai is a perfect destination for honeymooners. The emirate offers many ways to treat a loved one. Here are five fantastic shared experiences for newlyweds:

- A Seawings flight gives guests stunning views of the city, coastline and desert, together with the romance of taking off and landing on water. Every passenger gets to see the city like never before, and leaves with treasured memories to last a lifetime.

- Stunning, elegant and mesmerizing, Bateaux Dubai can be found on the Bur Dubai side of the Dubai Creek, opposite the British Embassy. Serene dinner cruises run every night, giving couples the chance to see the magical skyline glide by.

- The Palace Downtown Dubai's spa has a dedicated room especially for couples, so you can enjoy some relaxing treatments together.

- Located at the fabulous One&Only Royal Mirage hotel, Eauzone has to be one of the most romantic dining places in Dubai. Diners eat on the beach, surrounded by palms and shaded wooden decks.

- Enjoy the beauty of the desert with a stay at the Al Maha resort . The hotel is located in a verdant palm oasis, deep within Dubai's magical dune landscape.
Talks and Competitions at the TIPTO Leeds Roadshow
The TIPTO Leeds Roadshow took place on 20 June. It was a great event with Dubai Tourism’s Sangita Makwana providing agents with all the news from Dubai

In addition, Melanie Knibbs of Travel Counsellors won a two-night stay at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray while her colleague Sarah Smith won £50 in shopping vouchers. The prizes were awarded after they completed a destination quiz.

Dubai Fam Trips A Success
June was a busy month for agent fam trips. Now that Qantas fly direct to the emirate we were able to partner with them for the first time.

Eight agents flew with Qantas and stayed at the fabulous Address Dubai Marina and Al Manzil Downtown Dubai hotels. The trip’s itinerary was a mix of affordable luxury, cultural and family themed activities. Desert Adventures provided the group with a fantastic desert safari excursion.

Dubai Tourism also escorted a further nine agents to Dubai in partnership with Etihad. The group stayed the brand new Ocean View hotel and at the stunning Palm Tree Court; both courtesy of JA Resorts and Hotels. Did you know it’s only a one hour transfer from Abu Dhabi airport to Dubai’s Jebel Ali?!

Emirates & Qantas Roadshow
The Newcastle Emirates/Qantas Roadshow recently took place at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. We were delighted to award Richard Southwood of STA Travel a £50 voucher for winning a Dubai themed quiz at the training day.

Sofitel The Palm discounts
To celebrate the opening of the stunning Sofitel the Palm, there is for a limited time only fantastic discounts available. Located on Palm Jumeirah the 5* resort has a Polynesian island theme and striking artworks. For full details please visit the dedicated TimeOut Dubai page.

Dubai Airport to become world’s number 1
Dubai Airport is set to surpass London Heathrow to become world's number one airport for long-haul services. While Heathrow has led the world for many years, it’s likely that Dubai Airport will take over during 2014. Visit Anna Aero for more information.

Dubai the Destination App Launched
Dubai Tourism has launched a free pre-departure app on the Apple app store. It is named 'Dubai The Destination' and is packed with some of the best family, cultural, affordable and luxury activities available in Dubai. While it was designed with consumers in mind it is a usual tool for agents. Search the app store today for 'Dubai the Destination' or view it at this web page.
We are pleased to announce that the winner of our Take Me Out to Dubai competition in partnership with TTG is Gemma Alden from Travel Centre. Gemma will be taking one other for a four-day holiday, with flights courtesy of Emirates and staying at the sumptuous Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Gemma won by reading the four Take Me Out to Dubai features in TTG, correctly answering Dubai trivia questions and completing the informative Dubai Expert online course. Flying with Emirates, Gemma will depart from one of six UK airports and enjoy excellent service and gourmet cuisine. In fact, the airline was recently named the ‘World’s Best Airline’.

At the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Gemma can expect a luxurious five-star experience on the iconic Palm, which also houses the exquisite Talise Ottoman spa.

Dubai Update will be running some more great competitions in the coming months, so make sure that you look for the newsletter in your inbox at the beginning of the month!

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