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Quarter 4…..what? Where did the year go?

After a summer full of holidays, with most of the team being in and out of the office traveling, seeing friends and family and experiencing things all over the world, we are back and ready to finish out the year with a bang. We’ve had team members in Zanzibar, Marbella, Germany, Croatia, the US, and one who visited six countries in Europe over a five week span.

With the temperatures beginning to creep down, Dubai and its outdoor season is upon us. Concert schedules are being announced, inquires for outside events are coming in, and everyone in town is thrilled to be saying goodbye to the brutal summer humidity. Although the summer is a bit slower here in Dubai, it certainly doesn’t stop the continued development and launches of new projects.

We hope you’ve all had the opportunity to get out of the office for a bit this summer, spend some quality time with friends and family, and recharge for the final push ahead. Whether it was at home or somewhere else around the world, we hope you had as good as summer as we had here at 24 Degrees. Wishing each and every one of you a fantastic final quarter to 2016.


THE UAE IS HOME TO YET ANOTHER WORLD RECORD


Yes, we know, we sound like a broken record, but once again, Dubai is home to another world record. Covering over 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure is now the world’s largest indoor, temperature controlled theme park in the world. With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 visitors per day, the destination features a unique array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides, and attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and historic dinosaurs.

Located just 10 minutes outside of downtown Dubai, along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road, IMG Worlds of Adventure is set to be a must-visit international destination, bringing the best of family entertainment to Dubai’s growing leisure industry.


DUBAI OPERA STEALS THE SHOW



Wednesday, August 31st, 2016 was a night that goes down in the history books for the performing arts in Dubai, as the Dubai Opera held its very first performance. Offering a first glimpse at one of the most anticipated venues to open in the UAE’s history, a sold-out auditorium witnessed a breathtaking performance of arias and songs by the world-class tenor Plácido Domingo. The evening’s program was an amalgamation of classic opera including a trio of Verdi classics followed by more familiar orchestral pieces such as a medley from The Sound Of Music, South Pacific, and My Fair Lady. The show was an absolute hit based off of the four encores, many standing ovations, and hundreds of rave reviews.

Set to host an incredible range of world-class talent already, Dubai Opera can seat up to 2,000 people for opera, theatre, concerts, art exhibitions, orchestra, film, sports events and seasonal programs and is the centerpiece of The Opera District in downtown Dubai.

MUSEUM OF THE FUTURE BREAKS GROUND

Construction has started on the first of its kind, Museum of the Future. With a motto “See the future, create the future,” the newly unveiled Museum of the Future will be an incubator for ideas, a driver for innovation, and a destination for inventors and entrepreneurs from around the world, said Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In addition to becoming a major tourist destination, the Museum will offer advanced courses and specialized workshops, as well as public talks and events. It is intended to offer a platform to demonstrate and test the latest inventions and prototypes from up and coming start-ups to the world’s technology giants. It will also host innovation facilities and design studios with universities, companies, and research partners.

The building will be built in part using 3D printing technologies, and will change over time to test and reflect the latest advancements in various fields.


AL NASEEM AT MADINAT JUMEIRAH

The final addition to the breathtaking Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Al Naseem will be the 4th and final hotel to make up the mega property. Sitting between where Mina A’Salam currently sits and the bridge leading to Burj Al Arab, Al Naseem, which means “Sea Breeze”, will have 438 rooms including 43 suites. The contemporary interior design is inspired by sand dunes, blue skies, sea breeze and Dubai's heritage of pearl diving and Bedouin traditions. From their guestrooms, guests will have spectacular views of the sea, the resort's landscaped gardens and swimming pools and the world famous Burj Al Arab.

As with all hotels in Madinat Jumeirah, Al Naseem will have access to all of the facilities throughout the other 3 hotels, the souk, as well as the nearby Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Wild Wadi Waterpark.


BRICKHOUSE MEXICAN COMING TO DUBAI FROM HONG KONG

No, that’s not a typo. Dubai’s newest taco tavern is a beloved Chinese import. Located down a nondescript, graffiti-clad alley in Lan Kwai Fong’s party district, Brickhouse Hong Kong has made a name for itself as one of the most frenzied but genuine Mexican dining experiences on the continent and it is now going to call Dubai home. While it may be lacking a dark alley setting, Brickhouse Dubai will be located in Al Manzil Souk in downtown Dubai, we and especially myself, have our sights on authentic Molcajete nachos, Mexican street corn and tacos galore.

AL MAHARA GETS A NEW CHEF AND A NEW LOOK

Burj Al Arab will be adding another feather to its hat when two-star Nathan Outlaw will take over the reins at Al Mahara, the hotel’s signature seafood restaurant. If you have ever been before, you know the venue has a massive aquarium as its main attraction, but now, along with the change in chef, the venue will also have windows looking out to the Arabian Gulf and a terrace for outside dining.

Outlaw, who has been a two-star Michelin since 2011, will be transitioning Al Mahara’s menu away from the French influence it has had, and will be giving it a British twist.


THE LAST EXIT

Taking after its name, Last Exit, which is actually the “Last Exit” before travelers leave Dubai and enter into Abu Dhabi, is a unique food truck park destination offering commuters and visitors alike a wide selection of fresh and tasty street food and many other convenient services in a fun atmosphere.

Inspired by the American food truck stops, Last Exit is the first of its kind in the region and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply, a snack on the way – 24/7. Located off Sheikh Zayed Road with convenient accesses and maximized visibility from Sheikh Zayed Road, it is just another amazing addition to the ever growing foodie Dubai scene.


ASIAN HOSPITALITY GROUP CHOOSES DUBAI FOR FIRST MIDDLE EAST OFFICE

Sunway Hotels & Resorts, one of Asia's leading hospitality groups, has chosen Dubai to set up its first regional sales office in the Middle East. The office opening is part of Sunway's international market expansion strategy, in partnership with Dubai-based BizGate Marketing & Consultancies.

The Dubai Office will focus on promoting Sunway Hotels & Resorts' 11 properties to the Middle East market and explore new opportunities within the region, it said. "Our strategic partnership with BizGate through their local market expertise facilitated the regional sales office set-up. This will further strengthen Sunway's presence in the Middle East and Africa, and to develop new opportunities from previously untapped markets in the region", said Albert Cheong, CEO of Sunway Hotels & Resorts.

DUBAI INTERNATIONAL HOSPITALITY WEEK TO LAUNCH SEPTEMBER 2017

A new hospitality event is coming to Dubai. The ‘Dubai International Hospitality Week’ will launch in 2017, according to a statement on Monday. Organized by Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) and dmg events, the event is aimed at supporting accelerated industry growth in the run up to Expo 2020. It will bring together dmg’s The Hotel Show with the launch of DWTC’s GulfHost.

The show is expected to open at the DWTC during September next year, attracting more than 50,000 visitors.

SENSATION DUBAI

After an unparalleled run of more than 100 successful indoor Sensation shows for millions of fans in over 30 countries all over the world, Sensation Dubai 2016 will push the boundaries of sensorial delights in an exhilarating and inspiring spectacle, one that will take the event outdoors. The Bab Al Shams resort will transform the mythical desert into an epic night filled with spectacular show elements, entertainment acts, and a star studded lineup of the most talented international DJs this world has to offer. Six world class artists will be seen performing LIVE in Dubai this year.

The last two editions of Sensation in Dubai were sold out with more than 14,000 people enjoying the utmost nightlife experience at the Meydan Racetrack.


LES MISERABLES AT DUBAI OPERA



Watch as the longest running play in history comes to life on stage at the Dubai Opera. “Les Miserables” by Victor Hugo is set to capture audience’s hearts. Set in France, this musical portrays the struggles during the French Revolution. Actors from Broadway will act live on stage. Don’t miss out on this epic show at the Dubai Opera.

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.

October 18-20, 2016 - IMEX America in Las Vegas
November 29-December 1, 2016 - IBTM World in Barcelona
December 12-14, 2016 - AmEx INTER[action] in New Orleans


Joining our team during Q3, Roshni comes to 24 Degrees with years of experience in the events industry. Born and raised in Dubai, but living in Canada for the past 11 years, she is now back “home” and is thrilled to once again be around family. Working in the events industry for the past 8 years, Roshni brings a wealth of knowledge in the international events industry and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her as part of our team.

She enjoys working out, meeting new people, traveling and all type of music.


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