June Tourism 2013

Dubai Update
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With its year round sunshine and safe environment, Dubai has established itself as a top family holiday destination. Combining both of these factors is a trip to the fantastic Wild Wadi water park. Dubai Update spoke to Chris Perry, the General Manager to find out what's on offer.

What makes Wild Wadi different from other water parks?
Wild Wadi has 8 uphill waterslides (master blasters), which is the most of any waterpark in the world. It also has a series of 13 slides that are interconnected so guests don’t have to walk around the waterpark with their tube trying to find the next ride. Plus Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj are 2 family rides that are world’s firsts and the park is centrally located in Dubai and sits next to the famous Burj Al Arab hotel.

Is Wild Wadi just for kids?
Wild Wadi has something for everyone.  Kids can enjoy Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, our interactive family playstructure.  Teenagers and thrill seekers will enjoy Jumeirah Sceirah, our 2 speed slides that feature the region’s first floor drop speed slides. Parents and grandparents will enjoy Juha’s Journey, our lazy river and Breaker’s Bay, our wave pool. Finally, for those sport enthusiasts, we have Wipeout and Riptide Flowriders, our simulated surfing rides. 

Are there any deals to make a trip more cost effective for families?
Currently we have a promotion running with Ski Dubai where you can purchase 1 ticket that can be used at both venues and offers a sizable discount at each location.  Local newspapers often have coupons and there are also bundle meal deal bundles with a 40% saving when bought at the entrance gates.

Is there anything new planned?
We are always looking to innovate and we are in the process of planning our next 5 years.  We are not in a position to share our next attraction quite yet, but as soon as we are, we will let everyone in on the fun!

What’s your favourite ride at Wild Wadi?
It has to be the Jumeirah Sceirah.  This is our newest attraction and the most exciting part of the ride is the entrance.  No matter how many times you have ridden, there is always great anticipation as you step into the capsule door, it is locked, and the countdown of 3, 2, 1 before the floor that you are standing on drops away and you are free falling against the slide.  It takes approximately 8 seconds to travel 120m to the exit. Exhilarating every time!

For more information and to book tickets, please visit the Wild Wadi website.

There’s nothing like tea and scones to set the tone for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon. In Dubai there are plenty of options but here are our top five picks.

At.mosphere stands head and shoulders above the rest. Located in Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, it holds the Guinness World Record for the highest restaurant from ground level.

The Burj Al Arab doesn’t just offer one afternoon tea experience but a choice of four. There’s the High Tea with cocktails from 7pm and the Ultimate Afternoon Tea in Sahn Eddar restaurant with mosaic and marble flooring. Another option is an Asian-inspired offering and even a Sky Tea in the Sky Bar complete with Devonshire clotted cream.

The Ritz Carlton’s afternoon tea is served in the calm lobby lounge complete with wooden ceiling, Palladian windows and colonial sumptuousness. Your tea will feature finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones and a choice of over 20 types of tea.

Desert Palm hosts the Jewel Afternoon Tea daily and offers visitors the chance to take tea and sandwiches in the lounge and terrace overlooking a lush polo field. Desert Palm is a stunning polo estate with four championship polo fields, a riding school, stables and rare birds.

At the One&Only Royal Mirage tea is a relaxed and refined affair set in one of three different restaurants. You can choose from a range of teas accompanied by a array of closed finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire clotted cream and strawberry jam.
New competition: Take me out to Dubai!

Dubai Tourism has teamed up with TTG Magazine to help you find the perfect match for different types of clients wanting to visit the emirate. Over the next nine weeks you will discover activities and experiences they’ll fall in love with.

There’s also an opportunity for you to fall in love with Dubai, as we’re offering a four-day holiday for two courtesy of Emirates and the luxurious Jumeirah Zabeel Saray.

Visit TTG Magazine to find out more.

Big Names Rock Out at Sundance
Dubai’s multiple award-winning Sandance festival presented its season closing with an epic line up of headline artists and DJs including Florence & the Machine on the beach. For further Sandance festivities view the Dubai Calendar.

Last call for Mission:Possible Dubai – deadline: 13 June

Yes, this is your last chance to apply to be one of our 20 secret agents on the fam trip of the year. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know Dubai, break down any outdated assumptions and see the fun side of the city.

The mission gets under way in September, when the winners will be flown to Dubai, split into teams and tasked with cracking cryptic messages on a thrilling race against time – with some surprises in store along the way. Apply today before it’s too late!

Other Dubai News

- There are currently some great summer rates for travel industry professionals at The Westin and Le Meridien. Click through on the respective links for full details.

- Dubai Tourism has projected that 20 million visitors will visit the emirate by 2020. It’s anticipated that the 20 million target will be reached by maintaining existing market share and reaching new markets such as China and Latin America. New exciting projects are also under way to encourage repeat visits. Read more about the plans.

- The ‘Summer is Dubai’ campaign starts on 6 June. As part of the promotion there will also be events across the emirate to mark Ramadan. Dubai will be transformed into a cultural and traditional hub for all. Find out more about discounts on hotels and attractions.

- Dubai Tourism will be joining the Emirates and Qantas agent training roadshow which will take place in UK cities throughout early June.

An iconic architectural pyramid in the heart of the city, Raffles Dubai delivers the unexpected luxury of space, impeccable service and sophisticated style. Royalty and the local cognoscenti love the hotel for the warmth of its service and level of sophistication.

Rooms offer private jacuzzis, walk-in showers, sitting areas and balconies. At night, the views from your private balcony stretch forever. With a choice of seven exceptional restaurants and bars, as well a myriad of restaurants in Wafi Mall, Raffles Dubai is the ultimate destination from which to explore Dubai's amazing boutiques, shops and souks.

This month we have teamed up with Raffles Dubai to give away two nights’ accommodation at this landmark 5 star hotel. To enter, simply answer the question by clicking on this link.

May’s Competition Winner

Last month’s winner was Debbie Montgomerie from Kenneth Macleod Travel who won a two night stay for two people at the wonderful Fairmont The Palm Dubai, located on the world’s largest manmade island shaped in a palm tree. Many thanks to everyone who completed the questionaire.
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