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The team is excited for what Q2 has in store, and is gearing up for the home stretch until Ramadan and Summer holidays. We had an amazing Q1, with the successful running of YPO GLC and EDGE Conference, the global conference for Young Presidents Organization, where we welcomed nearly 2,500 delegates during the weeklong event with attendees coming into town from all over the world. Along with that, a number of other events, and a few FAM trips, the team has been extremely busy.
We also had another very exciting thing happen to us during Q1. In London at the annual M&IT Industry Awards, 24 Degrees was awarded Bronze in the category “Best Destination Management Company”, a true honor and incredible accomplishment. If you haven’t seen it already, please check out our Appreciation video on our vimeo and Facebook pages.
As always, Dubai continues to move at breakneck speeds, approving billion dollar developments seemingly on a daily basis, the latest being the news about a Six Flags development being proposed within the under construction Dubai Parks and Resorts.
We hope you’ve all had a wonderful start to your 2016, and we also hope you are looking forward to Q2 as much as we are.
THE UAE TO BECOME HOME TO ANOTHER WORLD RECORD
The latest record will be broken in nearby Ras Al Khaimah, where the new worlds longest zip line will be setup. The zip line will shoot off from the highest mountain in the UAE, Jebel Jais.
The extreme ride will be 2.6km long and will be open by the end of April. The world’s longest zip line right now is in South Africa (and is 2km long).
The new zip line will also be close to a 5-star desert camp that’s being built, as well as a via ferrata which translated means ‘iron road’ from Italian. It’s basically a steel cable that runs along a mountain face. Climbers attach themselves to the cable so that they can traverse routes that would be too dangerous without it. Steps, pegs and ladders can also be used as part of a via ferrata route.
|EXPO 2020 LOGO REVEALED
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the official logo of Dubai Expo 2020. In a ceremony at the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa, the logo was launched to much fanfare watching the show on the side of Burj Khalifa.
The logo has been inspired by a 4,000-year-old ring found at an ancient archaeological site in the Al Marmum area of Dubai. According to Arabian Business, the Saroug Al Hadeed site, where thousands of rare artifacts dating back to the Iron Age have been found was discovered by Sheikh Mohammed in 2002.
|Westin Dubai – Al Habtoor City|
The 3rd and final portion of the mega Starwood project (along with the St. Regis and the W Dubai) the Westin Dubai will open its doors in Q2.
With all 1,004 guest rooms, including 142 suites, outfitted with state-of-the-art technology, the Heavenly® Bed, the Heavenly® Bath, and rejuvenating amenities, the Westin will once again add a major boost to the cities 5* bed total.
Towering above the heart of Dubai, the Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City is conveniently situated on both Sheikh Zayed Road and the newly expanded Dubai Water Canal. Business travelers will appreciate the hotel’s proximity to such prominent destinations as the Dubai International Financial Centre and the Dubai International Exhibition and Convention Centre. It is also close to Dubai Mall, the Dubai Fountains, and the iconic Burj Khalifa. Dubai International Airport (DXB) is a short 20 minute drive away.
As mentioned, the hotel is part of Al Habtoor City, one of the world’s most ambitious hospitality, residential, and entertainment developments. Its 30-meter-high theatre is home to the only permanent water-based production between Las Vegas and Macau. From its 1,400 seats, guests will marvel at an extravagant show of lights, sounds, and water elements.
|ENIGMA AT PALAZZO VERSACE DUBAI|
Four untold stories, unfolding over the course of a year. Ephemeral culinary tales of mystery and delight, each lasting just for a limited time and told by one of four Michelin star chefs drawn from the kitchens of the world’s 50 finest restaurants.
Each experience will be inspired by a memory, and experienced by what you see, feel and taste. Each is a mystery, a narrative as yet unwritten. Each will be fleeting, existing for but a moment in time. Each will be an ENIGMA. Exclusive to Palazzo Versace Dubai.
The story is yet unknown. But once told, it will never be forgotten.
|DUBAI METRO GREEN LINE TO GET EXTENSION|
The Green Line extension will start from existing Al Jaddaf station to Academic City. It will feature a rail line of 20.6 kilometers and 11 stations both underground and above ground. This extension will serve urban developments such as Ras Al Khor industrial area, International City and Silicon Oasis,” said Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, CEO of RTA's Rail Agency.
The current Green Line has 18 stations of which 12 are elevated and six underground. Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed underground stations are transfer stations where the Green and Red Lines junctions.
|AVICII ANNOUNCES THIS IS HIS LAST TOUR
This past weekend the global megastar music producer and DJ announced this would be his last tour of live performances. In a letter to his fans he says he wants to spend more time on his personal life, and has been drained from his strenuous travel schedule over the past 5 years.
His first stop on the tour was none other than Dubai. Playing in front of 10,000+ fans at the World Trade Centre, Avicii, whos real name is Tim Bergling, played a 2 hour long set that had fans in tears and sent everyone there home thankful that they had witnessed his last performance in the UAE.
|MIDDLE EAST FILM AND COMIC CON 2016
The MENA region's most anticipated pop culture event returns for its fifth year.
MEFCC is the region’s largest pop cultural festival, bringing together celebrities, artists, music, art and exhibitors from across the globe. The MEFCC is the only large-scale consumer event for fans of comics, film and gaming entertainment and pop culture on offer in the Middle East.
Big names such as Stan Lee himself and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – the actor starring as Jamie “The Kingslayer” Lannister from The Game of Thrones will be appearing as headliners for this year’s MEFCC.
|WHERE CAN YOU FIND US?
If you are at any of the following, make sure to stop by and say what's up, as we plan to be present.
April 19-21, 2016 - IMEX Frankfurt
June 14-16, 2016 - The Meeting Show
October 18-20, 2016 - IMEX America
November 29-December 1, 2016 - IBTM World
TBA - DCB Roadshows
Although we are once again saying goodbye to a beloved 24 Degrees team member, we once again get to say welcome to another. With the departure of Sentot, whom was a key member of the team for the past 4 years, we welcome Jasmin.
Jasmin comes to 24 Degrees from Desert River in Dubai, a party and event rental company. She is from Germany, but is now practically a local, considering she has been living in Dubai for almost 16 years with her family.
For 2 years she lived and studied professional acting in New York City, a time frame she still says was the best experience of her life. Other than acting/theater, some of her other hobbies include traveling, learning about new cultures and people, and cooking.
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