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All eyes on Qasr Al Hosn spectacle

Posted on 27/02/2013

The centrepiece of a 10-day festival celebrating 250 years of Emirati history and heritage will be "an unforgettable and emotional experience for all who witness it", the show's director pledged yesterday. Before tomorrow's opening night at Qasr Al Hosn, Franco Dragone hopes for at least five more full dress rehearsals of The Story of a Fort, Legacy of a Nation. The Italian-Belgian director usually takes 18 months to produce a show, but had only five to create this one. Nevertheless, he is ...  >>MORE

Boat show reflects strength of UAE’s leisure marine market

Posted on 25/02/2013

Dubai International Boat Show's growth and international appeal reflects strength of UAE's leisure marine market, according to industry experts. The 21st edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, the region's leading leisure marine event, on Sunday announced that 430 boats, including 19 luxurious superyachts, valued at more than Dh1 billion, will be on show next week. The event will witness an impressive 30 global and regional launches. The show takes place March 5-9, 2013 with more than ...  >>MORE

Terry Fox Run Abu Dhabi raises more than Dh 300,000

Posted on 24/02/2013

Staged at Abu Dhabi Corniche last Friday, the annual Terry Fox Run has raised Dh 337,533 from individuals and companies for cancer research. Terrance Stanley "Terry" Fox, was a Canadian humanitarian, athlete, and cancer research activist. In 1980, with one leg having been amputated, he embarked on a cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Sheikh Khalifa bin Sultan bin Khalifa ...  >>MORE

UAE photographer wins SIBF competition

Posted on 17/02/2013

Sara Khamis Al Mazroui from the UAE bagged the first prize in the photography competition organised by the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) from Nov.7-17, 2012. The second prize was won by Ahmed Mohammed Suleiman of Saudi Arabia and third prize went to Paddy Gadiano of the Philippines. The competition saw overwhelming participation of 300 professional and amateur photographers from 19 countries. The competition was judged by a panel of eminent experts including SIBF member Zaher Al ...  >>MORE

Young sailors sail around Nakheel’s The World to raise funds

Posted on 17/02/2013

Twenty-two children aged eight to 15 completed a six-hour sailing trip around Nakheel's the World to raise funds for the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club's (DOSC) Youth Sailing Fund yesterday. The children completed a 27km course sailing singlehanded in two-metre race dinghies in order to help pay for training, equipment and transport to races. "This is more than 10 times the distance that the youth sailing squad would cover in a normal race, and being so far out to sea they will also have to cope ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Light Festival 2013 to end on a grand note

Posted on 15/02/2013

The Sharjah Light Festival 2013 will wrap up on Friday night on a high note with a spectacular lights-and-colours extravaganza at 14 locations across the emirate in a tribute to its celebrated Islamic architecture, monuments and tourist attractions. The light festival, hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), from Feb.7 to 15 at 14 landmarks, has attracted a large number of visitors and tourists to the emirate. The breathtaking symphony of lights and ...  >>MORE

One Billion Rising held in Dubai

Posted on 15/02/2013

Valentine's Day is known to be dedicated to spreading love and joy, but little do people know it is also a day in which women from around the world organise a "One Billion Rising” to raise awareness of violence against woman. For the first time, Dubai was one of the cities taking part in the One Billion Rising, as around 200 women came together at Rixos the Palm to spread the word, dance and stand up against violence on Thursday. The campaign is held simultaneously in at least 200 other ...  >>MORE

SLF brings out beauty of majestic mosques

Posted on 13/02/2013

Sharjah's majestic mosques and the dazzling beauty of their magnificent architecture and motifs have been put in the limelight and celebrated like never before by the Sharjah Light Festival (SLF) 2013 that continues till Friday. The SLF shows, specially crafted and created for Sharjah's monuments, bring out the brilliant detail of the sublime Islamic architecture and civilisation before the world. The three magnificent mosques in the Light Festival itinerary, being hosted by the ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Light Fest puts East Coast in focus

Posted on 12/02/2013

The Sharjah Light Festival 2013 shows have also renewed interest in the East Coast with the residents and foreign visitors looking up the historical Masjid Omar Bin Al Khattab in Khorfakkan for the aesthetics of the Islamic architecture. The ancient mosque and the University of Sharjah campus in Kalba have been transformed by the medley of lights and colours, totally captivating the visitors. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), ...  >>MORE

Car-Free Day gets bigger

Posted on 11/02/2013

About 7,000 cars are expected to be off the roads in Dubai this Wednesday as the private sector joins the Dubai Municipality's annual Car-Free Day initiative in its fourth edition. Nearly 30 entities, including government departments and ministries, will also take part in the civic body's environmental initiative to make it bigger and better this time. Over 1.5 million vehicles ply on Dubai roads everyday and the carbon emission from the transport sector contributed to 47 per cent of the air ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Lights Festival puts Emirati heritage in limelight

Posted on 10/02/2013

The Sharjah International Airport and the Central Souk, one of the most popular and recognised landmarks of Sharjah, are two of the most iconic buildings which have been receiving significant attraction during the Sharjah Light Festival (SLF) 2013, since its launch on Thursday. The selection of the terminal was quite significant as it is located on a main street which is used by hundreds of thousands of drivers every day, as well as travellers and airport users, which will create awareness ...  >>MORE

Sultan Al Qasimi opens Sharjah Light Festival

Posted on 09/02/2013

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Thursday evening opened the 3rd Sharjah Light Festival 2013 at Al Qasba. Present at the opening were H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikhs and senior officials. Mohamed Ali Al Noman, Director General of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) welcomed in a speech Sheikh Sultan under whose patronage the festival is being held for ...  >>MORE

Pet show attracts thousands of dog lovers

Posted on 09/02/2013

Scores of dogs yesterday basked in the limelight as they showed off their talent both on and off the obstacle course at the Dubai Pet Show, a perennial favourite in Dubai for the last quarter century The Dubai Rugby Sevens Stadium welcomed over 30,000 visitors including families, friends and dog owners for its annual event, who spent their day watching competitions, games and socialising. Many of the popular show elements returned for another year — adding up to a total of 30 categories of ...  >>MORE

Sultan to open Sharjah Light Festival tonight

Posted on 07/02/2013

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, will formally open the Sharjah Light Festival 2013 tonight at Al Qasba. Hosted by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTD) for the third consecutive year, the Sharjah Light Festival will run until February 15 highlighting 14 landmarks in various parts of the emirate. The 14 locations that will create the magic this year include Al Qasba External and Internal Facades, ...  >>MORE

Luxury toys for big boys to be showcased in Dubai

Posted on 27/01/2013

A gold piano, helicopters and flash motors - these are just some of the luxury items featuring at this year's Big Boys Toys event in Dubai. The show, which is set to highlight the ‘Ultimate Playground' of trendy gadgets and electrifying games, will also be the launch pad for two major super cars. The Test Drive Pit, with an array of motors such as Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Ferraris, will also give car enthusiasts a chance to get behind the wheel of flashy vehicles and take their chosen ...  >>MORE

Dubai witnesses region's first ever Fashion Show on Metro

Posted on 24/01/2013

Dubai Fashion 2013 got off to a rousing start on Wednesday, 23rd January when the first in its series of unique shows, the "Express Fashion" took a unique ride aboard the Dubai Metro. The region's first ever fashion event on board a moving train has propelled Dubai into the international fashion scene like never before. The event was organised by the Dubai Events and Promotions Establishment (DEPE), an agency of the Department of Economic Development and the organisers of the Dubai Shopping ...  >>MORE

Photo exhibition captures Mohammed Bin Rashid's life

Posted on 24/01/2013

A 2-day photo exhibition showcasing the life and achievements of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was held at the Air Cargo Terminal of Dubai International Airport. Organized between 20 and 22 January by the Dubai Customs, the National Center for Documentation '&' Research and the Cargo '&' Logistics - Dubai International Airport, the photo collection captures and documents the political and social activities which made ...  >>MORE

Qasba to host Street Theatre this weekend

Posted on 23/01/2013

Aiming to gather families for a fun-filled weekend, Al Qasba will be hosting a Street Theatre weekend from January 24-26. The Street Theatre event will include entertaining street acts on Al Qasba's walkways along with performances by international artist Herbie Treehead. Herbie will perform daily at Block A from 6pm to 6.45pm and at Block C from 8pm to 8.45pm. The show will include comedy and mime acts. The Street Theatre will also play host to renowned balloon sculptor Pop the Balloon Man, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah heritage to dazzle under lights

Posted on 22/01/2013

For nine nights, Sharjah will be in the spotlight with its 14 landmarks and monuments expected to dazzle in lights, colours and sounds from the latest 3D and art technology, from February 7 to 15, at the Sharjah Light Festival. Now in its third year, the Sharjah Light Festival will beam 14 locations across the emirate, comprising all the most important monuments and landmarks drawing on the emirate's history, culture and heritage. As planned, these landmarks will glitter like jewels from 7pm ...  >>MORE

450-year old Holy Quran written in gold showcased in Dubai

Posted on 20/01/2013

A rare 450-year-old Holy Quran, hand-written with pure gold water, was put on display at the recently concluded luxury expo in Dubai. The Holy Quran is part of the personal collection of Rateb Agha, Chairman, Agha Group. Speaking to 'Emirates 24|7', Agha said: "The Holy Quran is handwritten with gold water and the pages have been made out of pure gazelle leather. The covers of the Holy Quran have been crafted of pure natural palm trees and the origin is from Damascus.” On display from ...  >>MORE

First ever "Earth Harp" Show in the Middle East at Al Majaz Waterfront

Posted on 19/01/2013

Al Majaz Waterfront, one of the premier leisure and tourist destinations in Sharjah, hosted the first performance of "The Earth Harp" show by America's Got Talent finalist William Close, who performed his spectacular show using the majestic and largest stringed instrument Earth Harp that extends up to 1000 feet in length. Performing his show for the first time in the Middle East, Close presented two consecutive shows on the first day at 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The show attracted a huge ...  >>MORE

America’s Got Talent finalist to play Sharjah

Posted on 15/01/2013

In a first performance of its kind, America's Got Talent's seventh season finalist William Close will perform ‘The Earth Harp' at Sharjah's Al Majaz Waterfront this week. With each Earth Harp installation being unique to its surroundings, the performance will also be choreographed to work together the Sharjah Fountain, featuring an original track created specifically for the show and accompanied by drums and violin. The show will have the audience actually walking and standing under the huge ...  >>MORE

Spectacular Abu Dhabi fireworks ring in 2013

Posted on 01/01/2013

A series of spectacular fireworks lit the Abu Dhabi skies for about six minutes, as thousands of revellers thronged the Emirates Palace and Abu Dhabi Corniche on New Year's Eve to mark the end of 2012 and welcome 2013. A host of extraordinary activities also took place in the capital's hotels and clubs for New Year's Eve parties. The festive mood came a live with special concerts by famous Arab singers Ali Al Deek, Dominique Hourani at Crowne Plaza on Yas Island as well as Kazem Al Saher and ...  >>MORE

Brighter beginning

Posted on 01/01/2013

Tall expectations lit up the world's highest tower at the start of 2013. The Burj Khalifa ushered in the New Year with a spectacle of fireworks riding on the sentiment of hope. Tourists and residents rejoiced, hope soared and the grand show didn't disappoint the millions who watched awestruck. The world's tallest tower provided the background for a harmony of lights, music and pyrotechnic. It was indeed a night to remember for revellers who partied long into the wee hours of the New Year. ...  >>MORE

Big Bang welcome to 2013: Dubai display tops ‘must-watch’ global fireworks' list

Posted on 31/12/2012

If fireworks are your thing, several cities across the world are vying for the best big bang welcome to 2013. If you live in the UAE, however, you are more than lucky. Dubai is being rated as one of the top cities in the world to welcome the New Year with the most dazzling fireworks display. Sydney will kick off the wave of displays welcoming in 2013, but rated next on the global pyrotechnics must-watch list are Dubai, Moscow and London. In Rio de Janeiro, authorities have promised a bumper ...  >>MORE

Dhafra Festival concludes, attracting 75,000 visitors, offering prizes worth Dh 47 million

Posted on 30/12/2012

The 6th edition of Al Dhafra Festival 2012 in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi concluded this evening after luring nearly 75,000 visitors and tourists through an exciting bouquets of heritage activities, events and competitions that offered prizes worth Dh 47 million (US$12.5 million). Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA, Abu Dhabi) from 15 to 29 December, 2012, under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi ...  >>MORE

All roads lead to Downtown

Posted on 30/12/2012

In this special feature, Khaleej Times brings to you detailed route maps of feeder buses, metro stations 
and parking sites near the Burj Khalifa for New Year's Eve. With more than one million people expected 
to take part in festivities, make sure to plan in advance to avoid getting stuck 
in the resident chaotic New Year's Eve traffic jams. Getting to Downtown Dubai for New Year celebrations will be much easier this year with the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) making ...  >>MORE

Biggest New Year's party in the world? 1 [email protected] Dubai to bring in 2013

Posted on 26/12/2012

The world's most spectacular and unmatched extravaganza will be staged in Dubai to welcome 2013. The Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve celebrations is expected to host more than a million visitors in a celebration that is unparalleled in scale, diversity and dazzle. The full-fledged production will stand out for its largest repertoire of events that will appeal to all visitors from around the world. Hosted by Emaar Properties, the Downtown Dubai New Year's Eve Gala will flag off in the evening ...  >>MORE

Dubai to host Travellers Festival

Posted on 26/12/2012

Travellers Emirates has organised the Travellers Festival 2012 in cooperation with the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, which is considered the first of its kind in the Arab world and the Middle East. The festival aims at the convergence of travellers from around the world who share distinct experiences and unique adventures in a variety of excursions, in addition to experiencing dangerous adventures such as climbing mountains peaks and exploring the two poles of the earth. ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Water Festival continues to attract crowds

Posted on 20/12/2012

The spectacular Sharjah Water Festival has seen more than 53,000 visitors flood through its gates during the four days of fun and entertainment, with the Russian Aquatic Circus stealing the show. Yet, according to its organisers, the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), nothing was more rewarding than seeing the glee spread across the faces of the 70 special needs children from Hope Camp, who took part in this year's festivities. The children were overwhelmed by the ...  >>MORE

Water festival gets a splashy start

Posted on 13/12/2012

The Sharjah Water Festival once again boasts an array of world-renowned entertainers in its sixth edition, adding more diamonds to its crown as the Capital of Arab Tourism. The festival kicked-off to a sensational start on Wednesday with the Russian Circus performers taking to the water in a big pool inside the circus tent. Dubbed as the ‘Magic of Water', the Russian Circus put on an awe-inspiring show exhibiting spectacular fire and water combinations, thrusting onlookers into a fantasy ...  >>MORE

World's greatest living musician to perform live in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 10/12/2012

An exclusive concert of the world's greatest living musician, Viola Virtuoso, Grammy Award winner Yuri Bashmet '&' Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra will be performing live at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi on December 26. Bashmet and the orchestra will perform the most brilliant masterpieces of his great repertoire, including pieces of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Niccolo Paganini, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi Giaochino Rossini and also greatest hits of world famous Russian composers Dmitri ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi's corniche revs up F1 fans

Posted on 04/11/2012

The excitement of the F1 weekend wasn't just confined to the Yas Marina Circuit. Curious families and motorsport fans alike enjoyed a front-row seat for all the action on the grid at the FanZone on Abu Dhabi Corniche. For those who didn't - or couldn't - snap up a ticket for the practice and qualifying rounds, or even today's main event, the FanZone was a chance to soak up the atmosphere on the big screens. For petrol heads it was the next best thing to being at the circuit, while regular ...  >>MORE

50,000 visitors say ‘Yasalam!’

Posted on 29/10/2012

The opening weekend of Yasalam 2012 attracted over 50,000 visitors, delighting people of all ages and backgrounds with a roster of activities including the F1 FanZone, a Guinness World Record breaking attempt, TROPFEST Arabia, family films at Screen by the Sea and the digital design battle and Cut&Paste. Kicking off this year's festivities on Thursday was Abu Dhabi's latest world record-breaking attempt. In perfect conditions, more than 1,000 people gathered at Al Sahil beach in an attempt to ...  >>MORE

4,000-balloon-sculpted airplane to take flight as mall transforms into wonderland

Posted on 23/10/2012

Malls across Dubai, as with the rest of the Emirates, have lined up a host of festive activities for visitors and residents to the emirate during Eid Al Adha. International balloon artists will transform Dubai Marina Mall into a balloon wonderland with unique balloon creations and decorations and create the world's biggest balloon sculpture of an airplane made of 4,000 balloons. A "Bubble Play Zone” will also be set up for kids to play and create their own bubbles. The mall, a lifestyle ...  >>MORE

Sharjah book fair to host 62 nations

Posted on 23/10/2012

Sharjah has announced the launch of the 31st edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) to be held from Nov.7-17 with 62 nations participating — 24 being first-time participants. A total of 924 publishing houses representing 22 Arab countries and 40 foreign countries will be at the 2012 book fair — almost double the number present in the previous edition. The announcement was made during a press conference held by the management of SIBF at the Department of Culture and Information ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Eid festivities start on October 26

Posted on 22/10/2012

Award-winning artists, theatre performances, exhibitions and special offers will lend variety to celebrations in the capital as EidFest Abu Dhabi pans out from October 26 to 29. Faisal Al Shaikh, events manager at Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA), sought to highlight the community theme of the celebrations. "Eid is a time of celebration, of sharing happiness and experiences, where everyone comes together. EidFest Abu Dhabi will be the common thread that binds the community, ...  >>MORE

World's largest hot air balloon to fly on the UAE horizon

Posted on 11/10/2012

There's good news for those who love taking a close look at the UAE horizon. The world's largest hot air balloon will be in the UAE from October 17. The balloon when fully inflated is as big as a 12-storey building. Balloon Adventures Emirates, a company that specialises in hot air balloon adventures, is showcasing, A6-BOB, this season's newest addition to their fleet of balloons. "BOB is not just another hot air balloon – He is the largest balloon in the Middle East. When fully inflated this ...  >>MORE

Sultan hosts banquet dinner in honour of Emirates Publishers Association in Frankfurt

Posted on 11/10/2012

Frankfurt: H. H. Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council member and ruler of Sharjah hosted on Tuesday evening the banquet dinner in honour of the delegation of Emirates Publishers Association in Frankfurt. The event was attended by H. H. Sheikha Bodour bint Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shorouq) and Chairperson of Emirates Publishers Association. Sheikh Sultan exchanged views during the banquet with the ...  >>MORE

Science festival begins in Capital

Posted on 11/10/2012

The Abu Dhabi Science Festival (ADSF) began under the patronage of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, here on Wednesday. Declaring the second edition of the festival open, Chairman of the Crown Prince's Court Sheikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan said the UAE, under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, seeks to raise education to the global standards so that the ...  >>MORE

11 days of fun with science

Posted on 10/10/2012

The adventure begins today across the emirate as the much-anticipated Abu Dhabi Science Festival 2012 opens to the public for the second year. For the next 11 days, children and adults alike will be enthralled and treated to the wonders of science as they participate in numerous hands-on activities that are meant to spark kids' curiosity 
and inspire them to pursue scientific education or careers in medicine, engineering and other Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) fields. The ...  >>MORE

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All eyes on Qasr Al Hosn spectacle


Boat show reflects strength of UAE’s leisure marine market


Terry Fox Run Abu Dhabi raises more than Dh 300,000


UAE photographer wins SIBF competition


Young sailors sail around Nakheel’s The World to raise funds


Sharjah Light Festival 2013 to end on a grand note


One Billion Rising held in Dubai


SLF brings out beauty of majestic mosques


Sharjah Light Fest puts East Coast in focus


Car-Free Day gets bigger


Sharjah Lights Festival puts Emirati heritage in limelight


Sultan Al Qasimi opens Sharjah Light Festival


Pet show attracts thousands of dog lovers


Sultan to open Sharjah Light Festival tonight


Luxury toys for big boys to be showcased in Dubai


Dubai witnesses region's first ever Fashion Show on Metro


Photo exhibition captures Mohammed Bin Rashid's life


Qasba to host Street Theatre this weekend


Sharjah heritage to dazzle under lights


450-year old Holy Quran written in gold showcased in Dubai


First ever "Earth Harp" Show in the Middle East at Al Majaz Waterfront


America’s Got Talent finalist to play Sharjah


Spectacular Abu Dhabi fireworks ring in 2013


Brighter beginning


Big Bang welcome to 2013: Dubai display tops ‘must-watch’ global fireworks' list


Dhafra Festival concludes, attracting 75,000 visitors, offering prizes worth Dh 47 million


All roads lead to Downtown


Biggest New Year's party in the world? 1 [email protected] Dubai to bring in 2013


Dubai to host Travellers Festival


Sharjah Water Festival continues to attract crowds


Water festival gets a splashy start


World's greatest living musician to perform live in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi's corniche revs up F1 fans


50,000 visitors say ‘Yasalam!’


4,000-balloon-sculpted airplane to take flight as mall transforms into wonderland


Sharjah book fair to host 62 nations


Abu Dhabi Eid festivities start on October 26


World's largest hot air balloon to fly on the UAE horizon


Sultan hosts banquet dinner in honour of Emirates Publishers Association in Frankfurt


Science festival begins in Capital


11 days of fun with science