NEW $100 M DRAGON CITY MALL OPENS IN BAHRAIN

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A massive new $100m Chinese-themed shopping mall has opened in Bahrain’s capital Manama, reports gulfbusiness.com

Managed by the China Middle East Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, the 115,000 square metre Bahrain Dragon City is located in Diyar Al Muharraq. The mall hosts more than 500 Chinese companies showcasing a wide range of products and services.

The Bahrain Dragon City site includes a 50,000 square meter market, a warehouse facility, a leisure complex and restaurants.

China’s East Star Group also announced that it has invested a further $10m to build an 18,000 square meter storage facility at the site.

The new mall is hoped to boost the profile of Chinese companies in the region and strengthen family tourism into Bahrain, especially from across the other Gulf Cooperation Council countries.

Chief executive of the Bahrain Economic Development Board Khalid Al Rumaihi said: “The EDB has made attracting Chinese businesses to the kingdom a top priority. As a regional tourism hub attracting millions of visitors each year, Bahrain, being a gateway to the GCC market, allows GCC visitors ease of entry into the kingdom whether through the King Fahd Causeway or Bahrain International Airport, which provides a large network of flights to and from the GCC Capitals.”

The Dragon City complex also includes six multi-storey residential buildings offering 300 apartments. Work on the Dragon Apartments is complete with the first set of residents due to move in soon, the developers announced last week.

The chairman of Chinamex Hao Feng added: “Bahrain was chosen as the location for our latest Dragon City project due to the kingdom’s liberal business environment, including 100 per cent foreign ownership, low costs and competitive taxes.

“Bahrain’s location at the heart of the Gulf and its position as a regional centre for business, trade and tourism also give our tenants an unrivalled opportunity to sell their products across the region, particularly in Saudi Arabia, the biggest economy in the GCC, which is just a short drive across the King Fahd Causeway.”

See the whole article and see photos at www.gulfbusiness.com/articles/country/bahrain/new-100m-dragon-city-mall-opens-in-Bahrain

Source: www.gulfbusiness.com

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KYRGYZSTAN OPENS AN EMBASSY IN KUWAIT

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Kyrgyzstan has opened an embassy in Kuwait, the press service of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic reported, according to the 24.kg news agency.

According to it, the Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev took part in the opening ceremony of the embassy today as a part of his official visit to Kuwait. The president visited the building of the diplomatic mission of the country and greeted its staff.

The opening ceremony was attended by the First Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev.

Later on, Almazbek Atambayev will go on a working visit to Qatar.

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VINTERCRUISE I GULFEN

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A RCCL cruise ship in Dubai. Photo credit: beautynewsmiddleeast.com

Gulfen blir et stadig mer populært område å dra på cruise i, og flere rederier har turer mellom Abu Dhabi og Dubai i De forente arabiske emirater, og nabolandet Oman.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Line (RCCL) har tilbud helt ned i 4000 kroner for et cruise på syv netter, vel å merke med innvendig lugar, men, billig er det, skriver Se og Hør.

Les mer på www.royalcaribbean.no

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OMAN: HORMUZ GRAND HOTEL, MUSCAT JOINS THE CARLSON REZIDOR’S QUORVUS COLLECTION

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The Hormuz Grand Hotel in Muscat, capital of Oman, becomes the latest addition to Carlson Rezidor’s Quorvus Collection, a new generation of expertly curated luxury hotels inspired by the lifestyle and sensibilities of the contemporary global traveller, zawaya.com reports.

Ideally located in one of Oman’s most desirable areas, the Hormuz Grand is close to the major government and academic institutions, the best shopping and golf, just 4km away from Muscat International Airport and 20km away from the center of the capital city, Muscat.

Elegant and unassuming from the outside, the stunning interior is a blend of modern Asian and Middle Eastern design, with a decorative pool and water courtyard – both open to the stars – as a soothing centerpiece.

“Our phenomenal growth in the Middle East region is second to none. The addition of the Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat – part of our luxury brand Quorvus Collection – is showcasing the best of our Middle Eastern heritage and future ambitions,” said Mark Willis, Area Vice President, Middle East and Turkey, The Rezidor Hotel Group.

“Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat joins the meticulously designed Symphony Style Hotel Kuwait and G&V Royal Mile Hotel Edinburgh – giving us a solid platform to develop this collection of carefully selected properties further in the Middle East & Turkey.”

The 231 elegant guest rooms and suites offer an excitingly practical, contemporary twist on traditional luxury. And the excellent dining options make a memorable contribution to the superlative five-star hotel experience.

Straits offers international all-day dining with buffet style service at breakfast and lunch – followed by an outstanding la carte menu for dinner. With impressively high ceilings and marble pillars, Straits is stylishly airy, with a large indoor and alfresco seating area – overlooking the drama of the two open kitchens.

Serving specialty north Indian cuisine, Qureshi Bab Al Hind is located at the lobby level, with a richly textured design and floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water courtyard: the theatre of the display kitchen is also visible through a glass wall.

Bringing a real buzz to the heart of the hotel, The Hub is a lobby level lounge serving tea, coffee, drinks and irresistible patisserie from the in-house bakery. And Oman’s coolest fun lovers now veer towards The Vault as the hottest place to relax and unwind, with top-ranking DJs at weekends, coverage of major sporting events and great food.

The hotel will soon add its third restaurant with seafood specialties. Its modern conference rooms features a 390 square meter ballroom, a pool, an outstanding spa managed by ISpa (Thailand) and a gym.

“We are delighted to bring the Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat into the Quorvus Collection, and introduce our own suite of hallmark and essential services tailored for the travelers looking for individual luxury,” said Chris Pike, General Manager of the Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat.

“This hotel has a very distinct and priceless local identity. With our global network, we hope to attract world travelers to this magnificent property and showcase the wonderful treasure of the gulf.”

Launched in 2014, the Quorvus Collection unites individual and inspiring luxury properties offering distinguished experiences. Different in scale, architecture, ambiance and design, the portfolio aims to include historic landmarks, contemporary residences, classic boutiques and urban retreats. All hotels offer a range of essential services perfectly tailored to the guests’ needs. The signature “Q24” concept comprises six core lifestyle elements – wellness, replenishment and style encompassing the body; and inspiration, entertainment and connectivity to meet the needs of the mind.

The Hormuz Grand Hotel, Muscat is operated by The Rezidor Hotel Group.

Read the article at www.zawya.com/story/Hormuz_grand_hotel_Muscat_joins_the_Quorvus_collection-ZAWYA20151210091632

Source: www.zawaya.com

More details available on www.quorvuscollection.com/hormuz-grand-hotel.

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EVENT CELEBRATES KUWAIT AS “CAPITAL OF ISLAMIC CULTURE”

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Kuwait City

Minister of Information, Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Chairman of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Letters, Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al- Humoud Al-Sabah has affirmed that the national relevant authorities are preparing for distinguished celebrations for the occasion, Kuwait Capital of Islamic Culture  in 2016, arabtimesonline.com / Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Emerging from a meeting of the steering committee, held on Friday, Sheikh Salman said the concerned authorities would seek to transmit several messages to the world; Kuwait’s particular interest in culture and its advocacy of Islam as a religion of tolerance. He expressed deep gratitude to His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al- Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah for patronizing the cultural event.

The Premier is also president of the organizing commission. Awork plan prepared by the cultural council was examined at the meeting, he said, indicating that it deals with organization of seminars and various other activities during the event schedule. “The discussions dealt with the outlook to promote the humanitarian and philanthropic activities, Kuwait is renowned of, as well as involving the youth in the event activities in addition to marketing the Kuwaiti tourism culture,” he said.

The discussions during the meeting also touched on the planned inauguration of the two cultural centers, Jaber Al-Ahmad Cultural Center and Abdullah Al-Salem Cultural Center, in 2016, “that is in addition to selecting some landmarks to be enlisted in the record of the global heritage sites such as Failaka island, Kuwait Towers and Abdullah Al-Jaber Cultural Center,” the minister added.

He affirmed that the participants in the meeting agreed on the necessity of marketing the event locally and abroad, with a sound and well-pondered media strategy.

Read more at www.arabtimesonline.com/news/event-celebrates-kuwait-as-capital-of-islamic-culture

Sources: www.arabtimesonline.com, www.kuna.net.kw

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HOME PORT IS KEY TO OMAN’S CRUISE TOURISM INDUSTRY

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Cruise ship docking in Muscat, Oman. Photo: www.123rf.com

Oman’s burgeoning cruise tourism industry is upbeat about prospects of a home port for cruise liners being established in Muscat, Oman’s capital city – an outcome that could potentially have game-changing implications for the wider domestic tourism sector, according a veteran shipping executive, www.zawaya.com reports.

M C Jose, CEO of Khimji Ramdas Shipping, by far the biggest player in the Sultanate’s cruise shipping trade, attributes this growing outlook to two principal developments: firstly, the expansion and modernisation of Muscat International Airport, and secondly, the conversion of Muscat’s Port Sultan Qaboos into a dedicated hub for maritime and cruise tourism.

Read the whole story at (external link) www.zawya.com/story/Home_port_is_key_to_Omans_cruise_tourism_industry-ZAWYA20150630052201

Kilde / Source: Oman Daily Observer – www.zawaya.com

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KUWAIT UNVEILS NEW LANDMARK SET TO BECOME A “BEACON FOR THE CITY”

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Photo credit: KEO / arabianbusiness.com

Kuwait architecture firm KEO has launched a new project which it claims is set to become a “beacon for the city”, www.arabianbusiness.com reports.

The practice is working on a new headquarters for the Kuwait Investment Authority in the country’s capital city which is inspired by four elements based on traditional Islamic design ? the courtyard, sustainability, the mashrabiya and traditional geometric shapes.

Design director Raj Patel said: “The building is really in two parts. The large horizontal podium containing a VIP Reception Hall, Conference Centre, Dining Hall, and Public spaces are in the shape of a dhow – the vessel which bought riches to the country through fishing and pearl diving.

“And the vertical modern tower piercing the skyline, which contains the private offices for the employees. It represents the future wealth of the country and its increasing global presence.

“Both forms are majestic and a powerful symbol of the past and future which remind the occupants and visitors that both can be celebrated in one project.”

The 220 metre tall tower lifts six floors off the ground so the podium building slips through it.

The tower consists of 40 floors which are stacked in five office courtyard atriums of eight floors each.

Each of these eight storey courtyard atriums has a two storey atrium extending to the east, a four storey atrium extending to the north, and a two story atrium extending to the west. A central 16m x 16m open void on each floor is what links the eight floors together.

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FREE WIFI ON WAY AT TOURISM HUBS IN BAHRAIN

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Area around Bab Al Bahrain will be transformed into a WiFi hotspot  Photo: tradearabia.com

Free WiFi will be rolled out at some of the most popular tourist hubs in Manama, Bahrain, the www.tradearabia.com website reported.

The Capital Trustees Board has approved the creation of WiFi “hotspots” in all tourist zones including the old Manama Suq, the restaurant area of Adliya, major public parks and walkways, Bahrain National Museum and in future at the Manama Central Market, said a report in the Gulf Daily News.

More locations will be added based on feedback from the public.

As Bahrain’s capital embraces technology, a new smartphone app will also be launched, highlighting attractions in Manama such as restaurants, cafes, shopping centres, cultural sites, entertainment and events.

“Most tourists switch off their mobile data roaming when coming to Bahrain and depend on Internet networks at hotels or cafes, which is why many don’t stay at tourist locations for long. They want to rush to be online again”, said Capital Trustees Board acting chairman Mazen Alumran.

“We will be a leader in the region as many are still without the service in major tourist locations, with tourists being forced to sit at restaurants and cafes to get WiFi.”

“People will soon walk around the old Manama Suq and Bahrain National Museum with free WiFi and in the next few days we will work with providers to have this service installed.”

He said the service would also benefit people who live in Bahrain.

“This is why we are planning to have it at major public parks and walkways, where many families spend time and some like surfing the Internet while their children are playing as they keep a careful watch on them,” he added.

“New locations are also in mind and we are planning to introduce it at the new Manama Central Market whenever it is rebuilt, among other areas that the public may suggest.”

The Capital Trustees Board is responsible for the Capital Governorate, which covers Manama, Juffair, Hoora, Gudaibiya, Sitra, Tubli, Jidhafs and the Seef District.

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SOMALIA LAUNCHES NEW EMBASSY BUILDING IN DOHA

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Somalia’s Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid on Friday launched new Somalia embassy building in Doha as part of his official tour to Qatar, Radio Dalsan – radiodalsan.com, in Mogadishu, reported.

Officials from federal government, foreign diplomats and selected Somali community members living in Qatar was in attendance at the opening ceremony in Doha.

He asked current Somalia ambassador to Qatar to engage good relations with the Somali Diaspora in Qatar and those who are coming Qatar for various interests.

In an interview with Al-jazeera the PM said that Somali government is giving its utmost effort to stabilize Somalia again after decades of war and now Somalia is ready for foreign business investments.

“Somalia is no longer equated with the negative aspects: piracy, terrorism. Now the country is ready for business. And we want to solicit with whoever wants to invest.” The PM said.

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid has been holding talks with Qatar officials and both sides discussed ways of boosting current bilateral relations between the two nations.

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MANAMA, BAHRAIN, LAUNCHED AS THE CAPITAL OF ARAB YOUTH

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Photo credit: www.bna.bh

Representative of His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa for Charity Works and Youth and Sports Affairs, also Chairman of the Supreme Council of Youth and Sports (SCYS) and Bahrain Olympic Committee (BOC)’s President His Highness Shaikh Nasser bin Hamad Al Khalifa announced the launching of Manama as The Capital of Arab Youth, the Bahrain News Agency reported.

He said the Kingdom embraces the Arab youth event in compliance with the Royal directives of King Hamad  regarding the provision of all support to the programmes and activities of interest to Arab youth which develops and boosts their role, stressing that joint Arab programmes are given priority by Arab leaders.

The ceremony was organized in Isa Town’s gym hall and attended by officials, members of diplomatic corps and invitees from the Kingdom and abroad.

 Kilde / Source: www.bna.bh

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