Greig Littlewood and Nigel How, both commercial rope access technicians at UK’s Avalon, abseiled down the 251-metre Conrad Hotel Dubai in a partnership operation to help prepare for London’s major expansion into the sky.
The technicians performed inspections and undertook checks and procedures at mid-40C temperatures in the exercise organised Avalon’s UAE partner Q Avalon to provide technical support for the local team, review competencies at extreme heights and their own abilities working in extreme weather conditions.
National carrier Qatar Airways has launched its second new destination of the year, touching down in the Spice Island of Zanzibar.
Zanzibar is the airline’s third route in Tanzania, following Dar-es-Salaam and Kilimanjaro.
Qatar Airways will initially operate five weekly flights to Zanzibar via Kilimanjaro, and commencing October 1, the airline will offer an additional two weekly flights making it a daily operation.
Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) organised a Gergaon night at the Bahrain International Airport (BIA), in keeping with the local tradition which marks the middle of the holy month of Ramadan.
The event took place by the Ramadan Hospitality tent at the departures area in the airport, where members of BAC staff distributed traditional gifts and treats to children and passengers at the airport.
BAC is welcoming all travellers during the month of Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr to visit the tent and experience the Bahraini culture.
Against all odds
The world’s first solar-powered plane is attempting to break all distance and duration records for solar aviation, having already covered 6,190 km in 80 hours non-stop from Nagoya (Japan) to Hawaii in the 7th leg of its flight around the world.
At the controls, Solar Impulse co-founder and pilot André Borschberg also breaks the record for the longest solo flight in history by remaining airborne for three consecutive days and nights,
Solar Impulse 2 has so far accomplished 80 per cent of its flight to Hawaii and is intended to fly approximately 120 hours in total before landing in Honolulu.
City Centre Bahrain, the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in Bahrain, hosted a traditional Gergaoun event for over 700 children to celebrate the 14th night of Ramadan.
Dressed in traditional attire of thobes and jalabiyas, the children were treated to a special tour around the mall accompanied by a live band and ‘Fraisah’ (horseman)—a traditional figure of the festival— visiting selected stores along the way where store staff ‘gave Gergaoun’ by filling the children’s bags with handfuls of sweets, candy and gifts.
On top of the world
The Eastern Mangroves Suites by Jannah in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was announced the winner in the category of the Best Hotel Apartment in the Middle East Awards.
The announcement was made by 16 official judges, experts in their in hospitality careers, during a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, where over 400 hoteliers from across the Middle East gathered to hear the results.
Celebrating 20 years
City Centre Bahrain, the largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination in the country, treated visitors with special prizes on June 20 in celebration of Majid Al Futtaim City Centre brand’s 20th anniversary.
During the Holy Month of Ramadan, lucky shoppers at City Centre Bahrain received vouchers for complimentary Iftar and Suhoor from the mall and participating food and beverage outlets.
Majid Al Futtaim will continue to offer suprises, special promotions and activities every 20th day of every month as part of this year's anniversary celebrations.
Summer Sale has just begun at Ritu Kumar's flagship boutique at BurJuman Shopping Centre in Dubai.
During the period shoppers get to enjoy 25 to 65 per cent reductions across the brand's bridal and Pret range.
The boutique at BurJuman Shopping Centre in Dubai is stocked with all three lines from the brand namely Ri Ritu Kumar (Indian festive and occasion wear), Ritu Kumar (Classic ethnic wear) and Label Ritu Kumar (Global contemporary fashion clothing).
Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing (ADOR) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Volvo Ocean Race (VOR) Champions – made it a triple triumph on Saturday, after adding the In-Port Race Series (IPRS) title to its overall title and IWC Schaffhausen 24-hour Speed Record Challenge trophy with a sixth place in the Swedish heat of the short course competition in Gothenburg.
The result sees the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi)-backed team top the final IPRS standings by a margin of one point, adding the ‘sprint series’ accolade to the overall Race trophy the team won earlier in the week.
Charge it up
Emirates airlines has launched 30 wireless charging trays for most smartphones in its First Class and Business Class Lounges in Concourse A, B and C in Dubai, allowing passengers to now stay fully charged while travelling.
Placed in highly visible locations around the lounges, the wireless charging trays can currently be used to charge mobile phone devices only, accommodating up to two phones at a time.
The charging tray is compatible with Android, Blackberry, as well as iPhones using a cable. Customers can simply place their compatible device on the tray to charge it wirelessly.
Fitness First Middle East (FFME), a leading health and fitness club chain and a franchise owned and operated under license by the Landmark Group in the Mena region, has opened its 31st club in the United Arab Emirates.
The new platinum club is spread across 21,000 sq ft is located at Vision Tower, Business Bay, Dubai and it is the first club which is in line with the new, vibrant and energetic look. The club will offer its members platinum facilities, best-in-class exercise equipment and free group exercise classes with certified instructors in an outdoor GX (Group Exercise) studio.
The expansive facility will also feature an impressive Cycling studio, a Core Juice Bar, extensive free weights, strength and exclusive freestyle and Fitzone areas purpose built for functional training.
Al Salam Bank-Bahrain has announced its Ayadi monthly draw winners for the month of March with a combined prize pool of $24,000.
Hooreya Hasan Anan won the top prize of $2,000 in addition to 39 winners of cash prize of $500 each.
Furthermore, five students - Hussain Abdulaziz Ahmed, Budoor Adel Abbas, Masooma Abdulaziz Ghuloom, Asma Mohamed Al Mutawa; and Khyati Pankajkumar, won “Ayadi for Students” cash prize of $500 each.