Indian Films Take Over Portugal!

The movies have long been a huge influencer for India – from the way we dress, to the holiday destination we pick – Indians look up-to movies for inspiration in all aspects of their lives.

Portugal has joined the ranks of popular European destinations that the Indian film industry is flocking to.

A popular Telegu film – Balam – last year was shot in Portugal starring Hrithik Roshan, YamiGautam and Teleguactress Nayanthara. Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma lent their star power ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ which was shot in Portugal.

Social media is abuzz with the big-budget action film starring Tiger Shroff and Hrithik Roshan to be produced under YRF that will be shot in Portugal later this year! The director SiddharthAnand took to his Instagram handle to make the announcement which has left fans gasping for more!

Down south, Popular Telegu Actor – DhruvVerma has completed the shoot of his entire film in Portugal this April.

Actress Samantha Akkineni joined South India’s superstar actor and politician Nagarjuna and RakulPreet’sManmadhudu in Portugal. The film’s team was seen enjoying the great weather in Portugal and out together a barbeque while shooting there.

Also in the works is DhruvVikram who is heading to Portugal for Aditya Varma’s song shoot.

About Portugal ——————————————————————————————————–

Portugal was founded in 1143, making it one of the oldest nations in Europe. Portugal is named after its 2nd largest city, Porto. There are 22 UNESCO World Heritage classifications in Portugal; and each year more than 20 million tourists visit the country. With the longest bridge in Europe, Portugal is also a very popular destination from India for those looking for a Euro break and an extension to their Spain and Morocco itineraries. The total flight duration from Portugal to India is 10 hours, 42 minutes and India is 5:30 hours ahead of Portugal.

No. 1 Summer Destination Orlando Sizzles with New Openings and Deals

World’s top summer spot entices visitors with all-new attractions, dining options and deals

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, is the world’s top summer destination according to AAA. And with new theme park expansions, hotels and unique dining adventures, 2019 is set to be one of Orlando’s biggest summers yet.

“Orlando is always innovating, with immersive new experiences and unbeatable hospitality that keeps visitors returning year after year,” said Visit Orlando President & CEO George Aguel. “It’s this memorable combination that keeps Orlando the most-visited destination in the country, with a record 75 million visitors in 2018.”

New Immersive Adventures

  • At Universal Orlando Resort™, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventurecoaster opens on June 13. This ride, described as Universal’s most highly-themed coaster to date, takes guests deep into the Forbidden Forest, to check out the various fantastic beasts that call the woods home.• Walt Disney World® Resort opensStar Wars: Galaxy’s Edge on Aug. 29. Set on the planet Batuu, the new land features two thrilling galactic rides, immersive shops, a restaurant and a character meet-and-greet spot.• Aquatica® Orlando’s new attraction KareKare Curl™ debuted April 12. This new slide is styled after a curve-shaped wave and welcomes two riders at a time, climbing the vertical wave wall for a high-adrenaline, weightless adventure. • Walt Disney World Resort brings baller excitement to Disney Springs on Aug. 12 with the opening of the NBA Experience, offering 13 hands-on games and activities for basketball fans in a one-of-a-kind attraction. • Wild Florida is set to open an all-new 75-acre safari park, an expansion that will result in the park growing six-fold. Guests will have the option to drive their own vehicles or ride on a guided buggy tour. Over 100 animals native to Florida will be on this land, along with a zip-line that lets visitors fly over the park.

New for Little Kids

  • Walt Disney World Resort’snewLightning McQueen’s Racing Academy is a live show now open in Hollywood Studios, featuring beloved characters from the Cars movie series like Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater.• SeaWorld® Orlando brought a beloved world to life with the opening of Sesame Street in March, just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary. Families can explore 6 acres of the iconic neighborhood, enjoying story time with Big Bird and SeaWorld’s first daily parade with Elmo and other characters.• LEGOLAND® Florida Resort debuted Lego Movie World, one of the largest additions ever made to the park, with three new attractions based on worlds within the film. • Fun Spot America will add a 4,000-square-foot splash pad this summer, offering 30 interactive features from fountains to moving sprays for little ones to enjoy. • Crayola Experience will add three new experiences to spark creativity in kids, including the opportunity to take larger-than-life interactive silly selfies, color and customize their own Scribble Scrubbies, a handheld washable toy, and enjoy kid-safe games as part of the Crayola Create & Play app.

New Accommodations

  • Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites,a new beach-themed value hotel, debuts June 27. Surfside will feature spacious, two-bedroom suites that sleep six, with rates starting at $170.10. Its sister property, Dockside Inn and Suiteswill join the value resort in March 2020.

New & Notable Dining

  • Disney Springswelcomed Jaleoby José Andrés, featuring Spanish cuisine paired with a premier selection of Spanish wines.• Bigfire, the next original concept at Universal CityWalk, will open this summer featuring woodfire cooking amid the decor of a lakeside lodge. Guests will also be able to make fireside s’mores right at their table and play lawn games on the patio.• Universal Orlando Resort opened The TODAY Cafe on May 16. Guests can stop by for seasonal dishes inspired by Al Roker’s favorite recipes and dine amid immersive TODAY Show stage lights and theming. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and even wine and beer are available.

The Orlando Destination

Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando is the No. 1 family vacation destination, Theme Park Capital of the World®, and most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks from Disney, Universal and SeaWorld, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping, sports and nightlife. And, with 450 hotels, Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.

About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando is the official tourism association for the most visited destination in the United States, with representation in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents the area’s leading industry.

ORLANDO ANNOUNCES RECORD 75 MILLION VISITORS, SOLIDIFIES RANKING AS NO. 1 U.S. TRAVEL DESTINATION’

Celebrates International Gains Despite Economic and Political Headwinds

Tourism officials announced recently a historic milestone for the U.S. travel industry as Orlando released news of a record-setting 75 million annual visitors in 2018. The increase of 4.2% over the prior year once again solidifies Orlando’s lead position as America’s most-visited destination.

Visit Orlando, the region’s official destination tourism and marketing organization, shared the news as part of National Travel & Tourism Week to a gathering of more than 1,000 tourism and community leaders.

“It was another record-breaking year for Orlando with both domestic and international visitation,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “We saw strong gains from all of our core countries, particularly from Latin America. This success is a testament to the special appeal of our destination that continues to grow and evolve, as well as our strong commitment to strategic marketing initiatives.”

Orlando reached a host of new milestones in 2018 including:

  • Record number of U.S. visitors: 68.55 million (+4.1%)
  • Record number of international visitors: 6.48 million (+5.4%)
  • Record airline arrivals: Orlando International Airport (OIA) maintained its position as the busiest airport in Florida, with 47.7 million passengers (+6.9%)
  • Record international airline arrivals: OIA’s international arrivals reached 6.6 million passengers (+11.64%)

About Visit Orlando

Visit Orlando, The Official Tourism Association®, represents the most visited destination in the United States, with a presence in more than a dozen countries around the world. Visit Orlando, together with its 1,200 member organizations, represents every segment of the area’s leading industry.

About Orlando

Home to seven of the world’s top theme parks, Orlando, Theme Park Capital of the World®, is the No. 1 family vacation destination and the most visited destination in the United States. An unparalleled mix of unique experiences create cherished memories for visitors, including legendary theme parks, an array of world-class water parks, entertainment venues, an award-winning food scene, shopping and nightlife. Orlando offers more lodging options than nearly any other destination in the world, from expansive resorts to uniquely themed hotels.

Non-stop Rain Room at Sharjah Art Foundation

Walk through the rain without getting wet in Sharjah

Rain Room is a place where you can see the rain, feel the rain but you won’t get wet. Located in the Sharjah Art Foundation, Rain Room is a permanent art installation where motion sensors on the ceiling prevent the water droplets from falling on you, clearing a sort of path, roughly six foot in radius.

The Rain Room is an unusual and evocative experience for visitors who will enjoy the sound and nearby feel of being in the rain without getting wet.

When visitors enter the room, they are directed to navigate intuitively and carefully through the dark underground space in order to protect themselves from the downpour. As the visitors walk through the room, which uses 1,200 liters of self-cleaning, recycled water, their movements trigger motion sensors that pauses the rainfall when detecting movement.

Founded in 2005, Random International is a London-based collaborative studio for experimental and digital practice within contemporary art. Their work, which includes sculpture, performance and large-scale architectural installations, reflects the relationship between man and machine and centres on audience interaction.

Sharjah Art Foundation is an advocate, catalyst and producer of contemporary art. Through the Sharjah Biennial, the annual March Meeting, year-round exhibitions, education and community outreach programmes, grants, residencies, commissions and publications, the foundation encourages a shared understanding of the transformational role of art.

The Rain Room building in Sharjah has been designed by Sharjah Art Foundation and the UAE-based SpaceContinuum Design Studio in collaboration with Shape Architecture Practice + Research, Sharjah.

The tickets for Rain Room are sold online and at the venue. Timings are Saturday-Thursday, 9 am-9 pm and Friday, 4 pm-11 pm.

ABOUT SHARJAH:

The emirate of Sharjah is well-known for its rich, cultural heritage – an identity that has been recognized a number of times as shown by the winning of the Cultural Capital of the Arab World 1998 and Islamic Culture Capital 2014 awards. It is a vibrant city with an exciting food and arts scene, a heritage area that is the largest restoration project in the region along with various commercial centres and over 22 museums.

The Brains behind Cocoon Maldives

Unravelling Cocoon: meet the creative minds behind the first design hotel in the Maldives. Daniele Lago, Simona Fabini, Tomaso Schiaffino and Gian Luca Innocenzi, together with Vito Di Bari, are among the notable designers involved in the formation and establishment of Cocoon, the first design hotel in the Maldives. 

Cocoon Maldives is influentially a collaborative effort between Alessandro Azzola,Managing Director of Cocoon Maldives and Daniele Lago, CEO and Chief Designer of leading Italian design company Lago.

A creative, inventive, and innovative leader, Daniele Lago propelled the success of the Lago brand since its launch. Today, the brand is highly established and recognized worldwide, especially in the furniture sector. The brand even has a strong social media presence, with a following of as large as one and a half million.

Cocoon’s alliance with a design company as niche and creditable as Lago is auspicious. Given the company’s area of expertise, Lago meets the image of Cocoon as a brand of lightness, hospitality, and empathy with the surrounding environment.

Every piece of furniture is specifically selected to align with the company’s concept; suspended beds, washbasins with contemporary draining system, authentic sicilian hand-painted ceramic tables and swings are part of them.

Complimenting the state-of-art furnishing is light installation by Tomaso Schiaffino,Art Director of Bellaria Design. Specialising in ‘lighted furniture and unique design products’, Bellaria Design’s ‘Tree of Light’, which was featured in the Oscar-winning movie ‘The Great Beauty’, is a top-rated innovation of Cocoon.

Exclusively designed and made in Italy, the ‘Tree of Light’ has received tremendous attention. Inspired by trees, these innovative light installations are particularly popular amongst guests for Instagram worthy shots.

Responsible for the development of Cocoon from its earliest stages right through to completion is Simona Fabini, chief Architect of Cocoon. With 20 years of experience in residential and tourism projects, both in Italy and abroad, Fabini steered the development of Cocoon, transforming it into the hotel, as we know it today. Fabini is the talent responsible for integrating and harmonizing the various elements which constitute Cocoon en masse. Another remarkable work of Fabini is the Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa, an ultra-luxurious 5-star property located in the “spice island”.

Another unique feature at Cocoon is Gian Luca Innocenzi and Vito Di Bari ‘Tree of Wellbeing’ by MyEquilibra. Integrating outdoor workout, technology, art and community, ‘Tree of Wellbeing’ is the world’s first outdoor fitness system based on instinctive body movements. Inspired by nature, ‘Tree of Wellbeing’ is shaped to emulate an elegant artwork, with fine details, style and technological sophistication, apt for Cocoon.

Being the first to adopt this innovation, Cocoon is the first hotel in Maldives with a fully equipped outdoor gym.

Who will be the next creative inspiring and expressing himself in Cocoon? To quote Daniele Lago: “never stop designing spaces”.

Visit Ski Dubai during Dubai Summer Surprises!

Running from 21 June – 03 August 2019, the Dubai Summer Surprises 2019 is a month-long festival of entertainment and shopping.

One of the emirates’ must-see during the festival is UAE’s top visitor destinations, Ski Dubai that has won plenty of awards since its opening in 2005. As one of the region’s best family-friendly attractions and lifestyle brands, Ski Dubai has been named the world’s best indoor ski resort for 2016 and 2017.

At Ski Dubai’s Snow Park you can enjoy all the magic and fun of building your own snowman or just having fun in the snow! The 4,500-metre square Snow Park gives you the chance to go sledding and tobogganing or climb towers. You can also explore a beautiful indoor ice cave, and there are many activities for children and adults.

Not exciting enough for you? Then join us in the Giant Ball run! You could jump a 10ft ramp or get an aerial view of Ski Dubai from the state-of-the-art chairlift. Don’t forget to try our Mountain Thriller ride, an exciting ride which carries you 150m at speeds of up to 40kph!

You could also suspend yourself 16ft above the ground on the Snow Bullet ride. Our dual indoor zip line gives thrill-seekers the ride of their lives as they race against friends above this snowy indoor landscape.

Few creatures are so well-loved as the penguin. A Ski Dubai penguin encounter will live long in the memories of children and adults alike. Book today to visit the penguins at Ski Dubai and experience a rare chance to get to know these amazing birds.

With the temperature held at a constant -4°C, why not warm up with a hot chocolate at one of our fantastic cafés? You could enjoy the atmosphere and refreshments at our Alpine-inspired North 28 restaurant.

Take to the slopes and fly solo or join our incredible in-house Ski School! Here adults and children of all ages can get stuck in with coaching from top instructors, including one-to-one sessions. We have five different tracks to choose from, of varying lengths and difficulty. That means you can boost your confidence on the slopes and improve your sporting abilities in a safe and fun environment.

To get the most from your experience, visit the exclusive Ski Dubai retail outlet, Snow Pro. You’ll find the store in the lobby area of Ski Dubai. Kit yourself out with the coolest and most advanced ski equipment on the market, with expert staff on hand to help you.

Prepare for an overload of cuteness from our resident penguins at Ski Dubai! Get up close and personal with these amazing birds. This is a rare chance to meet the incredible wildlife native to some of the most extreme habitats on earth. Book a Ski Dubai penguin encounter, for one of the most memorable and unique experiences imaginable! You’ll learn more about this fascinating species from our expert handling team.

A world-class indoor resort in one of the world’s most incredible cities, Ski Dubai is an attraction like no other. Whether you’re a skiing pro or an absolute beginner, pay us a visit to discover for yourselves what makes Ski Dubai so special!
About Majid Al Futtaim

Founded in 1992, Majid Al Futtaim is the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

A remarkable business success story, Majid Al Futtaim started from one man’s vision to transform the face of shopping, entertainment and leisure to ‘create great moments for everyone, every day’. It has since grown into one of the United Arab Emirates’ most respected and successful businesses spanning 15 international markets, employing more than 34,000 people, and obtaining the highest credit rating (BBB) among privately-held corporates in the region.

Majid Al Futtaim owns and operates 20 shopping malls, 12 hotels and three mixed-use communities, with further developments underway in the region. The shopping malls portfolio includes Mall of the Emirates, City Centre malls, My City Centre neighbourhoodcentres, and four community malls which are in joint venture with the Government of Sharjah. The Company holds exclusive rights to the Carrefour franchise in 38 markets across Middle East, Africa and Asia, and operates a portfolio of more than 170 outlets in 15 countries.

Majid Al Futtaim operates 242 VOX Cinema screens and 36 Magic Planet family entertainment centres across the region, in addition to iconic leisure and entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai and iFly Dubai, among others. The Company is parent to the consumer finance company issuing ‘Najm’ and ‘Voyager’ credit cards, a fashion retail business representing international brands such as Abercrombie & Fitch, AllSaints and lululemonathletica, and a healthcare business that operates City Centre Clinics. In addition, Majid Al Futtaim operates Enova, a facility and energy management company, through a joint venture operation with Veolia, a global leader in optimised environment resource management. The Company also owns the rights to The LEGO Store and American Girl in the Middle East and operates in the food and beverage industry through a partnership with Gourmet Gulf.

ALADDIN First Regional Screening in Amman

Over 1,000 people watched the thrilling and vibrant live-action remake of Disney’s 1992 animated film, “Aladdin”, in a unique regional advance screening organized by the Royal Film Commission-Jordan (RFC) in Amman recently.

The exciting tale of the charming boy from the streets, Aladdin, the courageous and determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future was introduced by stars of the movie: Will Smith, Mena Massoud and Naomi Scott, and the movie’s Director Guy Ritchie. The cast visited the Jordanian capital on the fourth leg of their Magic Carpet World Tour, following stops in Paris, London and Berlin.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Chairman of the Royal Film Commission, said: “It’s a great pleasure to have welcomed everyone to this event and we are immensely proud as the Royal Film Commission and Jordan to have been part of this wonderful Disney production. After all, the story “Aladdin” comes from this region and therefore we are very grateful that the cast and crew have come back to present the film in Amman.”

Will Smith told journalists at a news conference, moderated by Raya Abirached, at the RFC: “It was important for Guy and myself to tell a story that would be a “love letter” to the region. I was happy to play the role of the genie; the genie being the definition of unconditional love, reflecting what I want to be in life: give gifts and make sure they are not misused. For “Aladdin”, every talent I had cultivated over thirty years had to be used for this film. This was one of the best experiences of my professional career.”

The main advance Gala Screening event took place at Abdali’s state of the art Prime Cinemas in the center of Amman after Iftar, with celebrities greeted by fans on a purple carpet, inspired by the movie Aladdin. Proceeds of the ticket sales for the Gala Screening event are being given to the King Hussein Cancer Center.

Earlier in the day, a private screening of the movie took place, for children from the King Hussein Cancer Center. The young outpatients were surprised at the end of the screening by a visit at the movie theatre by HRH Crown Prince Hussein Bin Abdullah, the director and cast.

“Aladdin” releases in cinemas on 24th May in India. The live-action “Aladdin” is a more modern and authentic retelling of a Disney classic and draws inspiration both from the 1992 animated classic as well as One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of Middle Eastern stories drawn from folklore and literature.

The movie was partly filmed in Jordan in November of 2017, amid the beautiful landscapes of Wadi Rum and Wadi Disi, with around 150 Jordanian crew and extras working on the production.

Speaking at the news conference, director Guy Ritchie, who was key in the decision to film “Aladdin” in Jordan, said he is familiar with the topography and geography of the Kingdom. So it was a natural choice to shoot here, but the question was about services, “so all stars aligned that there was really no other choice than Jordan.”

A choice made obvious, as Mary Nazzal-Bataineh Board member at the RFC underlined, thanks to the diversity of the country, the skilled crew, the high quality services and the comprehensive infrastructure, in addition to its incentive package being now taken further. She added: “not only have we been successful in positioning Jordan as the place for film, but we have been also instrumental in achieving a positive social impact on our community.”

“Aladdin” is the most diversely cast Disney movie ever, with the majority of the main cast being from the greater Middle Eastern region. Mena Massoud, who plays the main character of Aladdin, the “street rat” turned Prince, and who is of Egyptian descent, told journalists: “With Aladdin and Will Smith, a dream came true. I hope we will see more and more stories from Egypt and the Middle East (on screen).”

Naomi Scott who is of a mixed Indian-British heritage that allowed her to identify with her character, Princess Jasmine, commented on her character saying: “I felt empowered by the role of Jasmine, who represents a much more modern, strong and ambitious personality in this movie than in the initial one.”

The event was made possible in large part thanks to the support of the Arab Jordan Investment Bank and the Jordan Tourism Board, which works in close cooperation with the RFC to help promote Jordan as a film location.

The RFC was established in 2003 by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein to support local film makers and help establish a film industry. In addition to screenings and regular workshops offered at all levels of storytelling, filming and production, throughout the kingdom, the RFC works to attract and help support regional and international films use Jordan as a location.

In the past ten years, an estimated 95,000 job opportunities have been offered directly and indirectly linked to films being shot in Jordan.

About Jordan

Situated in the heart of the Arabian Desert, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an oasis of stability and peace in the Middle East. From the hustle and bustle of the capital Amman to the southern desert; Jordan is awash with biblical, historical and cultural significance. Jordan’s iconic landmarks include the panoramic views from Mount Nebo; the rose-red city of Petra, which is one of the ‘new seven wonders of the world’; the therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea; Aqaba on the Red Sea and Wadi Rum – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Indian passport holders can avail of ‘Visa on Arrival’ in Jordan. For more information: www.visitjordan.com

‘Yas Winterland Festival’ celebrates the best of the festive season on Yas Island

  • Festival being held from 9 December 2016 to 7 January 2017 across several Yas Island attractions
  • Visitors encouraged to visit yasisland.ae for the latest information, event timings and offers
  • Coldplay to perform to a sold-out arena for the New Year’s Eve ‘A Head Full of Dreams’ concert, presented by du live!

12 December 2016 – Yas Island, UAE: Yas Island, the UAE’s premier entertainment destination, is set to host the first ever ‘Yas Winterland Festival’ for an entire month of family-friendly events, activities and offers to celebrate the festive season. For the inaugural edition of the festival, many activities will take place like Yas Marina’s ‘Let It Snow’ celebrations, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s ‘Winterfest’, Yas Mall’s Festive Season, du Forum’s ‘Winterland Carnival’, and a spectacular midnight fireworks shows to ring in the New Year. Additionally, Coldplay’s sold-out New Year’s Eve ‘A Head Full Of Dreams’ live show- presented by du Live!, brought to you by FLASH Entertainment and in cooperation with the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority and Yas Island, will draw a close the winter festivities on Yas Island.

The island is being completely transformed into a magical winter wonderland as several Yas Island attractions get set to offer winter-themed activities, events and special offers, from December 9th 2016 to January 7th 2017.

“Yas Island is all about exciting experiences. The month-long Yas Winterland Festival captures the best of what Yas Island has to offer in terms of events, entertainment and leisure, with a fun winter theme. Our visitors will be able to create ever-lasting memories as they celebrate the cheery, festive winter season among their loved ones, friends and family,” said Mohamed Abdulla Al Zaabi, CEO of Miral.

Commenting on the addition of the Yas Winterland Festival to Abu Dhabi’s vibrant events programme, HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority said: “A partnership approach to events development and delivery is expected to stimulate upward momentum in hotel bookings from domestic tourists and those from our key overseas markets who have the propensity to travel. Abu Dhabi is a leading family leisure destination full of captivating experiences, and the addition of these festive offers and activities across Yas Island provides even more compelling reasons for visitors to enjoy the emirate’s year-round appeal.”

Among the numerous activities being held as part of its first ever ‘Let it Snow’ festival, Yas Marina will be hosting a tree lighting ceremony, while the seven restaurants and lounges will be offering their own spin on the holiday season with weekly and festive promotions. The main area will stage a Yukigassen game – real snow battle for visitors looking for an adrenaline rush, and for those needing last minute gifts for their loved ones, the winter market is a must visit as local retailers exhibit unique wares suitable for people of all ages and tastes.

For the fourth consecutive year, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be transformed into a Winner’s Wonderland for the all-time favourite festival, Winterfest. Families can celebrate the magical festive season in style from 16 December 2016 to 07 January 2017 and enjoy the exciting line-up of activities and shows available at the world’s first Ferrari branded theme park, including Bjorn the Polar Bear, a colourful tree lighting ceremony, a spectacular ice skating show, a gigantic snow slide and much more.

Timings of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi during Winterfest:

  • 16 to 21 December: 10:00 – 20:00
  • 22 December to 3 January: 10:00 – 22:00
  • 4 to 7 January: 10:00 – 20:00

From 16 – 26 December and to the delight of all its visitors, Yas Mall will host a daily line-up of live entertainment from the creators of the hit ‘Jungle Cirque’ for awe-inspiring acrobatic performances. Guests will be invited on a journey through a wonderland of excitement with the Toymaker himself as he discovers the Sugar Plum Fairy, Tap Dancing Penguins, the thrilling Jack-in-the-box acrobats, and finally culminating with a spectacular magical snow storm finale to be held in Town Square.

By far the most exciting part of the festive celebrations will be the Snow Fight Zone, where visitors of all ages are invited to come and take part in the time-honoured Christmas tradition of playing with their friends and families in the snow. The snowball fight zone is open daily from 10am to 10pm.

The fun doesn’t stop here; Yas Mall will also feature incredible performances and international acts for New Year’s Eve with the ‘Evolution of Dance’, showcasing the various dance celebrations of different cultures from around the world, getting everyone in the mood to welcome the New Year. The event will start from 5:00 pm – 1:00 am.

The excitement continues, as Yas Island welcomes visitors to the first ‘Winterland Carnival’ to be held at the du Forum, from 27-31 December 2016. This free-to-attend event is open to all, and will see the du Forum be transformed into a winter dreamland with a snow park featuring an ice slide, snowball fights, snowmen, a magical forest and more.

For New Year’s festivities, there will be a traditional carnival funfair full of games and rides suitable for all ages. Roaming performers will also entertain guests throughout their journey. Kids and adults are invited to experience the festive excitement and win prizes as well as enjoy a winter-themed market that will let guests browse local crafts and winter products featuring the trendiest local artisans’ artwork and jewellery. Finally, the event will also host some of the most popular food trucks and a beverage zone.

Visitors to the island looking to ring in the New Year with a bang can experience spectacular fireworks show at both du Arena and on the South part of Yas Island, near the du Forum at midnight on 31 December .

“Thanks to the collective efforts of our partners, the full line-up of entertainment, activities and offers available across Yas Island, the winter season this year will truly be unforgettable,” added Mr Al Zaabi.

Visitors are encouraged to visit Yas Island’s newly launched website, www.yasisland.ae and share their favourite Yas Winterland Festival moments, say more about their experience, and recommend those experiences on social media with the hashtags #YasIsland and #YasWinterland.

Destination wedding in Jordan

A Destination Wedding in Jordan will get you a Luxury Honeymoon of 7 Nights sponsored by Jordan Tourism Board!

Jordan is fast making a mark as the most coveted wedding destination and is the perfect spot for a luxury honeymoon! Jordan is full to the brim with cultural and historical landmarks for the newly married. The country’s well-deserved reputation as a stable and prospering Arab nation has proved to be an oasis in the desert for tourists and newly weds!

The Dead Sea is particularly known to hoist off newly-weds in a remarkable style! It is the most popular wedding destination in Jordan; the Resorts and Spa’s established around the Sea’s peripheral, use healing salts to relax and recuperate. There are many resorts in the Dead Sea area that play host to a multitude of events such as Kempinski, Movenpick, Crowne Plaza etc.

It is simply a dream-like destination for honeymooners; world class hospitality, picturesque horizons and pink-hazed coastal sunsets! The beauty of seeing a watery horizon matched by exquisite resorts offering breathtaking views and lavish arrangements, it’s all to wish for while looking for that perfect romantic vibe.

Petra is another must-do for both a wedding and a honeymoon. World famous for its architectural ruins, particularly Petra also called as “the Rose City” dating back to 300 BC and is renowned for its rock-cut architecture. This destination has premiere chain of Hotels and Resorts which maintain standards of an international tourist destination and is perfect for a romantic getaway. It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Jordan is officially referred to as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country is named after the River Jordan, which flows on the western front of the middle-eastern nation and is widely believed to be where Jesus Christ was baptized by John, the Baptist.

So whether it is a wedding or a honeymoon, Jordan is the perfect destination for it all!

Maldives nomitated for Indian Ocean best Spa Destination – 2017 at 3rd Annual World Spa Awards

The 3rd Annual World Spa Awards has today announced the final nominees for its prestigious 2017 awards. The Maldives has been nominated for Indian Ocean Best Spa Destination at 3rd Annual World Spa Awards-2017 in the Indian Ocean category. Maldives is competing with Mauritius and Seychelles Islands.

Voting will open on the 23rd June and closes on 13th October. During this time, consumers and professionals working within the spa and wellness travel and tourism industry are requested to vote for who they think is the very best of the best. Votes are submitted online at World Spa Awards website. Register here for voting (http://worldspaawards.com/register)

The winners and all nominees will be awarded on December 9, 2017 at the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa, Vietnam on the annual gala evening.

The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.

The individual country level winner with the most overall votes will not only win the national award but also the world level award in the respective category.