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New aviation show launches in Dubai

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  • CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 to take-off alongside Arabian Travel Market, after ATM organiser partners with Lyon-based aviation event specialist The Airport Agency
  • Emirates will be the official airline partner while Emaar Hospitality Group will be the official hotel partner

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE), organiser of the annual Arabian Travel Market (ATM) showcase in Dubai, has boosted its travel portfolio, having signed a collaboration agreement to launch CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 – a new route development forum.

The two-day show will be co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019 and will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre on Tuesday 30th April and Wednesday 1st May (day three and four of ATM).

Emirates will be the official airline partner – with Emirates Networking Planning team attending the show – while Emaar Hospitality Group will be the official hotel partner – both of which will offer preferential rates exclusively for delegates attending the show.

Nick Pilbeam, Divisional Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions: “The Middle East’s aviation market is forecast to grow five per cent annually until 2036, according to IATA. It is predicated that the sector will witness an extra 322 million passengers a year on routes to, from and within the region – with the total market size expanding to 517 million passengers over this period.

“The sector is expected to contribute nearly AED 200 billion to the UAE’s economy by 2020, providing up to 750,000 jobs.

“Moreover, the aviation industry is a crucial economic pillar for Dubai, accounting for more than 27 per cent of Dubai’s GDP, or $26.7 billion, according to Oxford Economics. This is expected to increase to 37.5 per cent by 2020 with a total annualised impact of $53.1 billion.”

CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa 2019 is expected to bring together airline specialists, aviation authorities, tourism boards, airports and tour operators, as well as other travel-related industry professionals.

With up to 400 delegates, the structure of the vertical event will include unlimited one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, panel discussions and airline & industry briefings as well as an exhibition area dedicated to airports and suppliers.

“Being the world’s largest travel event organiser, with shows on all continents, our collaboration with The Airport Agency will bring the entire tourism supply chain together, providing huge strategic commercial opportunities for aviation professionals, particularly those specialising in airport route development, networking planning and procurement,” Pilbeam added.

CONNECT has already held events around the world, the most recent being CONNECT in Georgia which brought together over 500 aviation decision makers including more than 65 airlines and represented 250 airports to discuss current and future air transport links, route development plans as well as addressing topical issues and challenges and identifying and capitalising on emerging trends.

Commenting on The Airport Agency’s collaboration with Reed Travel Exhibitions, Karin Butot, CEO, The Airport Agency, said: “CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa is set to deliver a unique networking platform for airports, airlines and tourism to meet and network alongside ATM, the largest international travel event in the region which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year.

“As more and more airports are working in synergy with their destinations to explore and secure new airline services, CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa will deliver exceptional opportunities in an established, highly-productive format, thus making the show the only aviation route development event in the region for both inbound and outbound travel, connecting senior aviation professionals with airlines and airports all over the world.”

Dubai International Airport was the busiest international airport measured by total passengers for the fourth consecutive year, as it welcomed six new carriers in 2017 and opened 12 new routes for 2018.

The airport served 88.2 million passengers in 2017, an increase of 5.5 per cent from 2016, Dubai Airports said in a statement. Traffic this year was forecast to grow 2.4 per cent to 90.3 million.

Propelled by a partnership between Emirates and sister low-cast carrier flydubai, growth is expected to continue in 2019 as the momentum gathers in the build up to Expo 2020, when 25 million visitors are expected.

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Doris Hecht has been selected as General Manager for Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi. A luxury hospitality career that started in Germany, then to Geneva, Paris and New York, Doris joined Hyatt in 2003 as part of the preopening team for Park Hyatt Milan. In 2015 Doris continued her Park Hyatt jouney moving to Abu Dhabi as Executive Assistant Manager- Rooms at Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel & Villas.

Speaking on this memorable occasion Doris Hecht said “This is an incredible resort on beautiful Saadiyat Island and I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity to continue to grow with this amazing  team. I look forward to building on our strength and further nurturing the business.”

Doris is humbled to be Hyatt’s first lady General Manager in UAE,  and will spearhead the operations and brand positioning of the hotel, with her wealth of global knowledge, she will further enhance Park Hyatt’s bespoke experience.

A native from Germany, Doris loves living in the UAE. A hands on mother to her two lovely children and a fitness enthusiast who enjoys Pilates in her spare time, Doris sure can balance her busy schedule with ease.

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Brunch “A la Maison” at Beau Rivage Bar

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  • Delicious food, games and live music await you every Friday

Enjoy a new level of weekend relaxation, a world away from the busy week, with a tasty Friday brunch at Beau Rivage Bar, the European-inspired café newly opened along the Dubai Canal waterfront.

“A la Maison” brunch will feel like stepping into your own house: indulge in a home-cooked style cuisine within a cosy and relaxed atmosphere, including an outdoor seating area perfect to enjoy the now cooler weather.

The café offers mouth-watering European inspired dishes complementing a tasty menu made for sharing. During the Friday brunch, it will feature live cooking stations spread around the venue, to satisfy any appetite, including an outdoor BBQ area.

Share the feast with your family as you tuck into a spread featuring fresh breads, soup, salads, pizza, pasta, burgers and grilled fish and meat. Experience a display of delicious desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Aside from the cosy setting, the outdoor area and the delicious food, there are multiple ways to have fun and leverage your time: challenge your friends to table games or simply listen to your favourite 90’s tune played live, while soaking up the spectacular views of the canal.

All above and more fun awaits you every Friday starting from November 23th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at AED155 per person including soft beverages or AED199 per person including house beverages.

For more information or reservations, please call +971 4 873 3334 or contact us at,

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Tony Lo Coco brings Michelin starred flavours to Armani/Ristorante

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Join celebrated Chef Tony Lo Coco of Sicilian restaurant, I Pupi at Armani/Ristorante from 21-22 November 2018 to experience a four or seven-course menu featuring a collection of his signature recipes.

The Palermo based self-taught chef whose restaurant boasts a Michelin star, makes a welcome return to Dubai as an honoured guest chef of the 10th annual Italian World Culinary Summit. In town for two nights only, he will take over the Armani/Ristorante kitchen to share his unique interpretation of traditional dishes infused with local ingredients and plenty of excitement, memories, and passion.

Take a journey to the heartland of Sicily with recipes including Blue Fin Tuna Strips with Bottarga Sauce and Caramelised Bread, a reinvented Sicilian Chickpea Pancake, Lobster and Buckwheat Spaghetti Soup, Beef Tenderloin with Smoked Herring Sauce and Wild Goosefoot Herbs, and an assortment of lemon textured desserts.

Date 21-22 November 2018

Price: Four-Course Menu – AED 450 per person; Seven-Course Menu – AED 650 per person

Venue: Armani/Ristorante, Armani Hotel Dubai

For reservations, please call +971 4 888 3666 or email


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Manzil Downtown officially launches its Kids Menu

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Manzil Downtown has organized Battle of the Kids Menu on 3rd November 2018 at Boulevard Kitchen to officially launch the kids menu. The exciting event was hosted by celebrity Chef and MasterChef judge Silvena Rowe from Omnia where 9 kids joined her to judge and select the best menu dishes.

Two main restaurants – Boulevard Kitchen and Nezesaussi Grill served 9 main dishes and 4 desserts with 3 drinks for tasting where Nezesaussi Grill won the battle. Several guests were present including EMAAR associates, industry partners, hoteliers, corporate team and media who enjoyed the event.

“Kids are the best judges for me as they are all honest, positive and energetic! We should do this type of event more often as it’s always fun to interact with children” said Chef Silvena Rowe, food writer and restaurateur.

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Celebrate Thanksgiving with Tom Turkey

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  • Let the chefs at Grand Millennium Dubai do the cooking for you

This Thanksgiving, let the culinary team at Grand Millennium Dubai Barsha Heights do the cooking so that you can relax and spend a wonderful evening with your dearest and nearest.

The “Tom Turkey” promotion priced at Aed499 allows your family and friends feast on succulent roast turkey with all the traditional trimmings in the comfort of your home. Orders can be taken as early as 20th November 2018.

The 7kg roast turkey with chestnut stuffing serves 6 to 10 people and is served along with herb-roasted baby potatoes, buttered carrots, caramelized Brussel sprouts, glazed chestnuts and veal, chipolata sausages, cranberry sauce and giblet gravy. A mouthwatering pumpkin pie for dessert is also included.

Skip the stress of shopping, cooking and cleaning and let our chefs take care of everything so that you can relax and enjoy more time with your loved ones.

All you have to do is call +971 4 429 9999 or message the hotel via WhatsApp at +971 55 561 2122. Orders must be placed 48 hours in advance and your beautifully packaged turkey takeaway box will be ready for pick-up at the hotel’s Concierge.

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  • Freedom Pizza’s Club Freedom makes ordering healthy meals to the office easy

Freedom Pizza, the home-grown UAE pizza delivery service, has recently launched an awesome new corporate lunch plan. This installment represents the first of several phases of roll out for the Lunch Club on the Freedom Connect digital platform. The delicious company continues to delight its customers with healthy food, super-fast delivery and easy digital ordering from a company that cares.

With speedy delivery times via the slick app and website, the corporate lunch plan is a wholly tech-driven solution to delivering wholesome meals to employees of registered companies. The system is designed to be slick and simple for companies and their employees to register to. Any employee simply goes to the Freedom Lunch Club page, and if their company is not listed then they can simply request for it to be added.

By being part of the Freedom Lunch Club Freedom Pizza will immediately offer companies and employees a 20% discount off all items purchased through the system. The Lunch Club leverages Freedom’s digital coupon system, so all specials are instantly placed directly in a member’s digital wallet. The lunch specials include deliciously good pizzas, as well as nutritious sandwiches and salads, which all start from AED 25 (including VAT and delivery). New club members will be gifted a free small signature pizza, such as the recently launched Free-Gan or Double Down, when registering for the programme. The rewards don’t stop there, as Freedom Pizza will continually upload weekly surprise offers to registered users. Employees and companies will also get their own personal Freedom Catering Manager to help them to organize catering for training sessions, meetings, social gatherings or other corporate events.

Freedom Pizza’s already has over 60 companies registered with initial launch partners including Standard Chartered Bank, MBC, Visa,, ADIA, Virgin Mobil, DHL and ITP Media Group, and now with over 1,000 registered users, many companies are already reaping the benefits of the Lunch Club. Freedom Pizza plans on rolling out the fantastic lunch program to other companies, interested parties can learn more, and inquire about registration at

Freedom Pizza makes honest food with organic produce from Greenheart Organic Farms, using multigrain pizza dough for the base, and for those who are Vegan, Vegetarian or Gluten Free, Freedom’s got your back. Freedom is knowing exactly where the ingredients comes from and how they are made, from production to the ride. Freedom is committed to food integrity and quality, and supporting local businesses creating relationship that are personal.

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Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences Brings Family Beach Day To The Capital

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Bab Al Qasr Hotel & Residences will host a Family Beach Day Escape on 16 November, 2018. Set within the gardens of the luxury property with views of the pristine Arabian Gulf, the event features sumptuous picnic bites, activities and exciting competitions for all to enjoy.

The one-day affair which will run from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, brings family fun with a delicious cookout featuring fresh-off-the-grill meats,  burgers, hotdogs, paired with a soft serve ice cream and cotton candy to tickle the taste buds along with fresh beverages.

Guests will enjoy a bounty of great moments with activities starting off with beach Zumba, fitness challenges including yoga by the gardens, water sports such as stand-up paddle boarding, and exciting relays for the whole family. Little ones can celebrate the joys of childhood with kiddie games, arts and crafts, and a bouncy castle. The festivities will be booming with  live entertainment of music and magic with special performers wowing the audiences.

Lucky guests also have the chance to win a wealth of prizes courtesy of the luxury hotel. Winners will take home hotel vouchers for spa, dining, staycation and pool and beach access.

For more information, or to RSVP, please call or text +971 50 899 9861.

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Enjoy a Spectacular Staycation and Brunch with the EAT. PLAY. STAY. Package at Marriott Downtown Abu Dhabi.

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Start the weekend on a high note by enjoying a scrumptious outdoor brunch on the 25th floor and a lavish staycation at the Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi.

The EAT. PLAY. STAY. Package includes a night stay in one of their spacious rooms with a fun Friday brunch for two at the hotel’s AT25 restaurant located on the rooftop. Featuring live entertainment that includes the latest mixes by their resident DJ, James Harrington the magician, and several games such as life-sized Genga and a Foosball table. Enjoy a selection of dishes from their signature restaurants including Velocity and JW Steakhouse accompanied by a variety of desserts and drinks.

This affordable package includes an early check in at 12:00pm and a late check out at 4:00pm plus breakfast and brunch for two.

Book your package here:

Perfectly situated at the heart of downtown Abu Dhabi, close to all the major areas of interest including Al Wahda Mall and the Corniche, this architectural landmark stands tall amidst the city .Experience a combination of five-star hospitality, and upscale, distinctive design with modern amenities at Marriott Hotel Downtown Abu Dhabi.


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  • Luxury Concierge Company Set to Offer Global Extravagance Service to Elite VIP Clientele in the UAE

Jet Setters Group, a unique luxury lifestyle management concept is set to launch in UAE, with its opening event at Abu Dhabi’s Grand Prix weekend from Friday 23rd to Saturday 25th November. The luxury concierge company will be offering private and corporate global concierge services to the VIP clientele.

To mark its debut in the UAE, Jet Setters Group is set to host a three-day lavish extravagance at the Formula 1 race weekend. The Jet Setters F1 package includes three-day access aboard a 200-feet three-tier luxury yacht, with appearances from A-list celebrities as well as Formula One racers. British soprano star, Camilla Kerslake has been appointed as the exclusive ambassador for the event, and will headline the celebrations aboard the yacht amongst other elite guests. The three- day luxury package set at AED 50,600 will be offering five-star service, and is the only venue at the race weekend catered by the fine dining Italian restaurant, Cipriani.

Customers who want to immerse themselves in the high-octane world of Formula 1 in true luxury can expect after-race parties, premium track views, live race coverage and more. The exclusive after-race parties are for Jet Setters Group affiliates and by invitation only with a curated guestlist of international jet setters. Guests in attendance are set to be the ‘crème de la crème’ of the event running throughout the race weekend, with opportunities to discover the thrill with a super yacht hospitality experience.

With a network across the globe, the Jet Setters Group name derives from the French word La Jet Set– a set of people belonging to the high society, speaking for itself. Members of the Jet Setters Group will receive access to an elite network of worldwide events, private concierge services, travel and leisure management and unique experiences, catering to the most exquisite experience for every elite member. The company offers three types of memberships, which includes a private, personal and corporate membership, that accommodates to every requirement from lifestyle management programs, to global networking access for strengthening corporate affiliations.

Additional features of Jet Setters Group’s wide portfolio of services include event management,aimed at satisfying exclusive socialites who seek an exceptional end-to-end event planning service.

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