October Tourism 2013

Desert safaris are one of the most popular activities for holiday makers in Dubai.
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With stunning scenery, average temperatures in the high 20s and just a 6 and a half hour flight from the UK, Dubai has it all for the perfect winter sun holiday.

The warm climate and hours of winter sunshine means your clients are free to relax by the pool or unwind on the beach, with many hotels having their own private stretch of shoreline.

There are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy, including the splashtastic Aquaventure water park at Atlantis, The Palm and the Wild Wadi water park at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

It may come as a surprise, but Dubai is a wonderful place to spend the festive period. For example the little ones can meet Santa at the iconic Raffles Dubai while the spectacular New Year’s fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is guaranteed to amaze.

For customers looking for a winter cruise with a difference, from November MSC Cruises are offering 7 nights aboard the superb MSC Lirica. Passengers will start and end their exciting itinerary in Dubai so why not recommend that your customers make the most of their trip by packaging their cruise with a stay in the emirate.

The emirate has plenty more to offer as a winter sun destination and by downloading the brand new Dubai the Destination app you and your clients can discover just how much there is.

There are more ways than ever to keep in touch with Dubai Tourism:

- Dubai Experts is a fun training programme designed to help you better understand and sell the destination.

- Join our Dubai Experts Facebook page. It has the latest news, fam trip photos and much more.

- Are you on Twitter? Follow Dubai Tourism’s tweets and you’ll be up to date with everything from upcoming events to the latest incentives.

- Make sure you download our free Dubai The Destination app for iPad and iPhone.

- There is also a quarterly consumer edition of Dubai Update designed specifically for your customers.

Dubai Tourism wins TTG’s Destination of the Year
We were thrilled to be named ‘Destination of the Year’ at the 2013 TTG Travel Awards at the Leicester Square Odeon cinema in London on 10 September. Thank you to all those that voted for us. For a full list of all the winners please visit this web page.

Virgin and Starwood Agent Fam Trip this September
The group of agents were escorted by Catherine Lamri of Dubai Tourism, with flights courtesy of Virgin Atlantic and accommodation provided by Starwood Hotels. The trip had an 'Affordable Luxury' theme, with visits to At the Top, Jumeirah Mosque and a Desert Safari.

Carol Smith from Co-Operative Travel said, 'We experienced Dubai's culture, visited some great places of interest and saw some wonderfully luxurious hotels. I feel I now have the knowledge to sell this destination to my clients'.

Globe Travel Awards
Voting is now open for the 2014 Globe Travel Awards and Dubai Tourism are up for the 'Best Tourist Board UK Office' gong. You can nominate us by clicking on this link. Please hurry as the poll closes on 11 October.

- The secret agent themed Mission Possible 2 fam trip was a great success! Check out the photos on the Dubai Experts Facebook page and stay tuned for the full update in next month’s newsletter.

- Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa has opened and it is spectacular. Scroll down to the final story for your chance to win a stay at this opulent new resort!

- The multi-award winning Sandance festival is back on the beach at Atlantis, The Palm on 11 October, where American superband The Killers will be rocking the emirate.

Offering a unique urban escape, Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa is a wondrous place, where a decadent experience awaits at a luxury beach resort unlike any other.

Designed with Asian flair, the hotel offers enchanting beachside accommodation, with 260 lagoon view and access
rooms as well as 12 beach pool villas, the region’s first Overwater Villas and 3 Anantara 2 Bedroom beach pool villas.Guests can lounge by the infinity swimming pool or the 3 Lagoon pools and dine on Asian, Mediterranean and Australian cuisine at one of 4 speciality venues.

For this month’s competition, we are offering one agent a 3-night stay at the divine Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa on a B&B basis in a Premier Lagoon view room on a double occupancy. To enter, simply click on this link and answer the question. The winner will be announced in our next newsletter so good luck!

September’s competition winner
We are pleased to announce that Lucie Phillips from Thomas Cook is the winner of September’s competition. Lucie will be staying at the stylish The Vida Downtown Dubai for three nights in a deluxe room including breakfast.
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