September Tourism 2013

Desert safaris are one of the most popular activities for holiday makers in Dubai.
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Trying to help a client book a trip to sun drenched Dubai but not sure where they should go and what they should do? Help is at hand with the launch of Dubai Tourism’s new iPad and iPhone app, Dubai The Destination. This free destination guide (click this link to see the web version) will assist you in planning the trip of a lifetime for your customers!

The guide has three main sections; ‘What, Where and When’ and will inspire your clients through beautiful images and videos of Dubai’s vibrant cityscape, golden beaches and sophisticated culture.

There is an interactive Dubai map which allows you to explore some of the best attractions the city has to offer. The app can also help your customers pick the best time to visit by listing a variety of exciting events throughout the year.

The guide also contains four mini-sections on topics key to Dubai – Culture, Family, Affordability and Luxury – to help find the Dubai holiday to suit everyone. Explore the cultural gems from museums and religious centres to souks and Bedouin experiences in the desert.

It will enable customers to discover the wealth of family facilities and activities available. They can also learn about Dubai’s affordable hotel accommodation and dining options, free activities and inexpensive transport.

Download ‘Dubai The Destination’ for free from the Apple App Store today.


From finding the best restaurant offers to knowing when your favourite band is playing, we pick 5 invaluable apps for Dubai.

- The TimeOut Dubai app has the most up to date information on the best restaurants, nightlife, films, things to do and places to see.

- The Dubai Calendar app is the place to go for the official listing of events in Dubai, including concerts, exhibitions, festivals and sports.

- If you’re a savvy shopper, then the Dubai Mall app is a must-have, with interactive maps, detailed directions and the latest offers.

- The Atlantis, The Palm Dubai app enables you to make restaurant reservations and find your location at the resort.

- With 223,000 square metres to cover, The Mall of the Emirates app will assist you in navigating to your favourite shops.
Mövenpick Hotel Apartments The Square proving popular
The hotel opened in January in Dubai’s historic Deira district, close to Al Mamzar Beach Park. It is the Swiss chain’s fifth property in Dubai, with 180 superior and deluxe rooms, as well as one and two bedroom apartment suites.

The company is looking to differentiate from the competition by providing Swiss quality, value and five-star service. Click here for full details.

Vida Downtown Dubai reports good occupancy rates
Recently opened and within walking distance of the iconic Burj Khalifa, the Vida Downtown Dubai is the epitome of the company’s boutique lifestyle brand and urban sophistication.

The artistic and modern style is reflected throughout the 146 guest rooms and facilities, including the outdoor pool and restaurants. Click here to see what more the Vida Downtown Dubai has to offer your customers.

For this month's competition, one agent will win a 3-night stay at the Vida Downtown; please see the final story for full details.

Award nominations
Dubai Tourism is pleased to announce that we have recently been nominated for a number of awards. Voting opens for the Selling Long Haul Awards on 9th September. We have also been nominated for the 'Star Tourist Office (Overall)' and the 'Star Tourist Office For Incentives & Fam Trips' for the Travel Bulletin Star Awards.

Mission:Possible ‘secret’ agents selected
Many thanks to everyone who entered the recent Travel Weekly Mission:Possible 2 competition. Twenty secret agents have now been selected for the daring mission. They will be jetting off to Dubai later this month and Dubai Update will be reporting on their adventures.

The Vida Downtown Dubai is a six storey hotel with contemporary styling and bright, airy private and public spaces. Located in the Old Town precinct, it is just a short walk from the Burj Khalifa, fascinating souks, the Dubai Mall and the mesmerising Dubai Fountain.

Implementing a fashion forward concept, Vida Downtown Dubai features a bold use of white and cream colours to create fresh and eclectic interiors, which exude an urban feeling of sophistication.

Each of the 156 rooms and suites are well appointed and sublimely comfortable. Restaurants include Modern Asian and Japanese cuisine and a French Bistro and Boulangerie.

For this month’s competition, Vida Downtown Dubai are giving away three nights in a deluxe room for two people, inclusive of breakfast. To enter, please click through on this link and answer the question. Good luck!

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