Abu Dhabi Golf Club To Host ‘The Concert That Never Happened’

Abu Dhabi Golf Club is getting ready to welcome hundreds of music lovers through its door later this month as five of the greatest tribute acts fly in for one off gig.

R Kelly, Cher, Tina Turner, Lionel Richie and Madonna tribute acts will celebrate some of the best-known songs of the past 30 years in an event dubbed as ‘The Concert That Never Happened’.

‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ by Lionel Richie, ‘The World’s Greatest’ by R Kelly, ‘Believe’ by Cher, ‘Simply The Best’ by Tina Turner and ‘Into The Groove’ by Madonna are just some of the classics crowds will be able to sing along to.

The acts, flown in by Etihad Airways especially for the concert, will entertain guests at the Troon-managed club for over three hours.

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Paul Booth, Director of Club Operations at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, is extremely excited to welcome guests to the event. He commented: “The Concert That Never Happened will be a great opportunity for those of all ages who enjoy great music to come together and have a wonderful evening.

“The acts we have lined up are five tributes to five of the most famous artists of the past three decades. There is something for everyone in the line up and I am sure it will be well supported by our members and guests.

“We are thankful to the acts themselves for coming in for this special event and also to Etihad Airways, Porsche Centre Abu Dhabi Ali & Sons Co LLC and The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa.”

Tickets available at Abu Dhabi Golf Club. Call 02 558 8990 or email kaye@adgolfclub.com

Tickets also available online at Platinumlist.net

For more information, visit www.adgolfclub.com

Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi’s leading listed property company, today announces the successful leasing of 90% of the residential units in the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid since its launch in November 2014. Named after the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the tower has fast become the most sought after residential location in the heart of the city.

Standing at 382 metres, the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is the tallest tower in Abu Dhabi and is now home to 426 families and a total of 852 residents, reflecting a strong market response. Currently, remaining units include three to four bedroom family apartments and luxurious penthouse suites which have all been designed as the ultimate in luxury living. With high demands for premium, quality spaces, Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid highlights Aldar’s commitment to creating a portfolio of exceptional residential properties.

Talal Al Dhiyebi, Chief Development Officer at Aldar said: “We are extremely pleased by the market’s response to the launch of Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid, demonstrating that customers in Abu Dhabi are demanding premium quality living spaces with enviable views and world-class amenities. Tenants are finding the unique access to the rest of the WTCAD mixed-used development particularly appealing, boasting a 360 degree retail, commercial and hospitality offering. Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid is testament to Aldar’s commitment to building flourishing communities and enhancing the lives of those who live in, work in and visit Abu Dhabi.


Residents have a direct access to WTC Mall, the modern shopping destination which caters to a diverse range of fashion and food-centric customers. Since launching in 2013, the mall has served and represented the residents of Abu Dhabi with a host of events and shopping experiences that reflect an unprecedented lifestyle, not only within the downtown community, but Abu Dhabi as a whole. Recently, new additions have enhanced an already vibrant dining portfolio, with the opening of Esfahan restaurant, the Mexican restaurant El Chico and Oriental eatery Zaitoun Akhdar, offering alfresco outdoor dining under Khalifa Bridge.

Linked to WTC Offices, the tower also has an easy passage to the recently launched Courtyard by Marriott Hotel which will serve as the preferred destination for business visitors and tourists looking for a new place to stay in Abu Dhabi’s downtown area. Facilities at the 195-key hotel property include complimentary Wi-Fi across three meeting rooms. Additionally, guests can make the most of several inviting food and beverage outlets, a fitness centre as well as an outdoor, rooftop swimming pool.

Comprising 474 units over 92 floors, the Burj Mohammed Bin Rashid’s well-appointed living spaces have been designed with the highest quality finishes and appliances and unparalleled views of Abu Dhabi. Serving as a welcome destination for residents and visitors, the tower marks a definitive moment of Aldar’s success in creating trusted, world-class all-encompassing communities.

Zuma Abu Dhabi Marks A Year Of Success

Zuma, the multi-award winning Japanese restaurant, lounge and bar celebrates a year of successful operation in Abu Dhabi this March. Located on Al Maryah Island, the sister restaurant to the Dubai institution has carved out a niche as the place to be and be seen over the past year. This status has been formally recognized with a number of prestigious ‘Best Newcomer’ industry awards.

It’s been a fast-paced 12 months for the Zuma Abu Dhabi team, with an unprecedented number of guests passing through day in, day out. It may look effortless, but the Zuma team has rounded up some figures to illustrate just how much energy and passion goes into creating an award-winning venue.

365 Days – Zuma Abu Dhabi in Numbers:
10km of sushi eaten
75,000 cocktails shaken
130,000 pairs of chopsticks used
1,460 hours of music
4,383 Facebook Fans!



A True Taste Of Italy For Gourmet Abu Dhabi

Connoisseurs of fine food can experience a journey around the world this week as Gourmet Abu Dhabi, part of this year’s Abu Dhabi Food Festival, embarks on an odyssey of tastes and flavours across the capital.

The 10-day gastronomic extravaganza features a star-studded cast of Michelin-star chefs and special guests, master classes, industry insights from hospitality experts, and gourmet dinners hosted by the UAE capital’s top restaurants and hotels.

Residents and visitors discover delicacies from across Europe, including regional specialties from Italy, France and Sweden before exploring Arabian treats, the spicier tastes from India’s best cuisine, delectable dishes from South East Asia and exemplary recipes from continents further afield cooked by an international line-up of chefs.

For this year’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi, The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort & Spa is holding a family brunch dedicated to the flavours and tastes of Italy at its restaurant Sacci, under Executive Chef David Contreras.

“Italy is synonymous with excellent food and we intend to offer our guests a real insight into Italian cuisine for the whole family. The most popular dishes will be complemented by regional specialties, which are prepared using the freshest ingredients imported from Florence,” said Chef Conteras.


“We wanted to make sure all family members, both young and old, can come and enjoy Gourmet Abu Dhabi with us as sitting down and eating together is a vital part of family life, particularly in Italy.”

Gourmet Abu Dhabi, running until February 21st, is just one course offered during this year’s emirate-wide Abu Dhabi Food Festival, with Emirati Kitchen and Street Feast adding to the banquet which is being presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

L’Abuffata at Sacci is being held on Friday, February 20th from 12.30pm until 4pm. For more information visit <http://www.sacciabudhabi.ae>www.sacciabudhabi.ae  or for a full list of participants and events at this year’s Gourmet Abu Dhabi visit <http://www.abudhabifoodfest.ae>www.abudhabifoodfest.ae


Budding chefs of the future have a perfect opportunity to learn new cooking skills from the experts during this year’s Abu Dhabi Food Festival with a school for young masterchefs teaching the essence of Italian cuisine.

As part of Gourmet Abu Dhabi – just one course of this year’s annual food festival  – Villa Toscana at The St. Regis Abu Dhabi will host interactive cooking classes under the expert tuition of the restaurant’s Chef de Cuisine Chef Stefano Viola, accompanied by Chef Paulo.

“My passion for cooking was nurtured in the family kitchen by my mother at a very young age and it never left me. We shared wonderful times cooking traditional Italian food and I carry that on now with my son Ricardo,” said Chef Stefano.

Chef Stefano with son Ricardo

“Gourmet Abu Dhabi is the perfect place to introduce and teach young people about the delights of cooking, presentation and taste. Italian food is known around the world and it is vital that the skills to prepare these fine, authentic dishes are passed down from generation to generation. These classes fit perfectly with the St. Regis tradition of offering our guests exclusive and memorable experiences.”

The young chefs will be tutored in the fine art of crafting authentic pizzas and pastas from Tuscany in Italy before savouring their creations. Parents will not be forgotten while their children are hard at work in the kitchen and will be treated to fine beverages and canapés in the restaurant’s aperitivo lounge.

Titled ‘La Scuola di Cucina Per I Bambini’, the classes are aimed at 5 to 12-years-old and will be held on February 17th and 18th taking place from 4-6pm on both afternoons. Entry is AED 200++ per child inclusive of light dinner for children and beverages and canapés for one parent.

The inaugural Abu Dhabi Food Festival, consisting this year of Emirati Kitchen, Street Feast and Gourmet Abu Dhabi runs until February 21st and is presented by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi).

To reserve your child’s space visit www.stregisabudhabi.com or call +971 2 994 4553 or for more information on Abu Dhabi Food Festival visit www.abudhabifoodfest.ae


Abu Dhabi’s Hotels Post Record 2014 Performance

Abu Dhabi’s hotels and hotel apartments have had their best ever year in terms of guest arrivals, guest nights and revenues, comfortably beating the sectors 2014 targets.

Figures just released by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) show that guest arrivals in 2014 totaled 3,494,063  a year-on-year rise of 25% – with guest nights climbing 19% over a 2013 comparison to reach 10,463,137, prompting the Authority to consider new targets from current projections for 2015 and beyond.

The industry has performed extremely well, surpassing our 3.1 million guest target and with significant growth being recorded in occupancy and revenues, said His Excellency Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman, TCA Abu Dhabi.

The exceptional 2014 performance reflects the heightened awareness of our world-class tourism offering, and there are encouraging signs for further growth as we add more diverse products, drive more effective stakeholder coordination and expand our local, regional and global marketing initiatives, he added.

Total hotel revenues rose 14% to AED 6.28 billion (US $1,712 billion) with room revenue accounting for AED 3.26 billion (US $889 million), which was up 15% on 2013 while food & beverage income climbed 11% to AED 2.33 billion (US $637 million).

Despite these encouraging results there remains room for improvement, notably a dip in length of guest stay and a slight slip in average room rate, which we are actively addressing with the industry, said HE Jasem Al Darmaki, Acting Director General, TCA Abu Dhabi.

Hotel occupancy for the year came in at 75%, which is up 6% on the comparative period.

This is excellent news when viewed against the background of a 7% rise in available hotel rooms year-on-year, added Al Darmaki. Abu Dhabi now has 160 hotels and hotel apartments as compared to 150 last year and currently boasts 28,374 rooms as opposed to 26,001 for the comparative period.

The emirate’s current average-length-of-stay fell 4% from 3.13 to 2.99 nights and the prevailing average room rate is AED 442 (US $120).

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Domestic tourism continues to perform well for Abu Dhabi, with hotel guest numbers from within the UAE exceeding a million for the first time, accounting for almost a third of all arrivals – an increaase of 20% on 2013.

India remains Abu Dhabi’s largest overseas source market for hotel guests, posting a 32% increase and eclipsing its stellar 2013 performance figures to reach 231,702 guests, delivering 850,443 guest nights – which was up 23%.

Europe’s primary source markets also posted significant double-digit growth in guest arrivals, with equivalent guest night performance growth tempered by across-the-board slips in average length of stay.

Once again, the UK was the second largest overseas producer with 203,788 Britons checking into the emirate’s hotels last year – a 25% lift on 2013. British arrivals accounted for 877,162 guest nights – 15% more than 2013 with an averrage length of stay of 4.3 nights, down 8% from the 4.68 night peak of the previous year.

Germany held its position as the third largest overseas source market with 138,604 hotel guests – a 16% uplift on 2013. Germans delivered 631,179 gguest nights, which was up 8% on the previous year.

The United States surged from seventh to fourth most productive market on the back of a 37% increase, delivering 123,196 hotel guests, with one of the longest staying averages at 4.94 nights, narrowly missing out to Russia which posted a table-topping average length of stay of 5.3 nights.

Regionally, arrivals from the GCC rose by 25%, with Saudi Arabia Abu Dhabi’s top performer. Arrivals from the Kingdom rose 32% year-on-year. Internationally, China delivered the highest percentage growth –“ of 166% in arrivals and 145% in guest nights, elevating it to the emirate’s fifth most productive overseas market.

Within the emirate, the 10 three-, four- and five-star hotels of the Western Region (Al Gharbia) were bolstered by an increase in average length of stay, bucking the trend and posting a 10% increase to 3.43 nights, generating a 22% increase in guest nights, testament to the mounting appeal of the region’s luxury desert meets the sea proposition.

Guest arrivals to the emirate’s heritage heartland city of Al Ain also posted an 11% increase.

Indications are that 2015 will provide a more challenging operating environment, but we are committed to drive the sector to work together to excel, added Al Darmaki.

Our expanding international tourist footprint will provide further opportunity to identify areas for growth, and the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi later this year will be seen as a significant milestone in setting Abu Dhabi’s position at the heart of the global cultural tourism agenda.


Internationally Acclaimed Spice Market Visits Market Kitchen Abu Dhabi

Spice Market, a timmeless paean to Southeast Asian sensuality, will debut a special menu at Market Kitchen in Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi during the Abu Dhabi Food Festival for a limited time only.

Spice Market is inspired by Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s travels throughout the region and the piquant elevations of the vibrant street cuisine. The menu authentically uplifts its inspirations while offering guests the additional delight of family-style dining; food comes continuously throughout the meal and is placed at the centre of the table for all to share.

With each new dish, patrons are transported to the idealisation of a Vietnamese street market or a Thai food stall. Regional fish sauces, curries and spices are tweaked to tantalising effect in dishes including Char Grilled Chicken Kumquat with Lemongrass Dressing, Ginger Fried Rice, Ovaltine Kulfi and Caramelised Popcorn, among many others.

The featured menu will be led by visiting chef, Peter Lloyd of Spice Market London, Market Kitchen’s sister restaurant, and will run alongside Market Kitchen’s regular menu for one month from mid-February till mid-March.

Chef Lloyd will be live and in person at Market Kitchen from Monday 16th February till Thursday 19th February, as part of this special activation programme where the restaurant will give diners the opportunity to meet Chef Lloyd and savour the flavours of faraway destinations, all while remaining close to home.

“I’m really excited to be visiting Abu Dhabi for the first time, to demonstrate the exciting flavours on the Spice Market London menu which I am so passionate about.  I’m pleased too, that the menu will be running for some time after I’ve left; plenty of time for people to get down to Market Kitchen and experience the uniqueness that Spice Market brings to the palate and the entire dining experience.  There’s really something on the menu for everyone,” said Chef Peter Lloyd.


abShaun Parsons, General Manager at Le Royal Méridien Abu Dhabi, added: “We’re very excited to be participating in the first ever Abu Dhabi Food Festival, and inviting Chef Peter Lloyd from Spice Market London is an exciting opportunity for us to collaborate with an internationally renowned restaurant brand.  We’ll be looking to do more of these kinds of international culinary events in the future, to ensure we’re always offering our guests something new and exciting.”

Spice Market has locations in London, New York and Doha, and is managed by the Culinary Concepts Hospitality Group, a division of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc.

Organised by the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the Abu Dhabi Food Festival will run from February 5th to the 21st and is supported by the Emirate’s leading hotels, restaurants, malls and main attractions.  International and local chefs will demonstrate their skills and specialty dishes from around the world to create culinary delights to suit every taste and palate.

“Queen Mary 2″ Calls At Zayed Port

Abu Dhabi Ports welcomed “Queen Mary 2”, the world famous flagship of the Cunard Line, on 31 January at Zayed Port.

The luxury cruise liner stayed a full day in Abu Dhabi, giving passengers the opportunity to visit the emirate and its many unique tourist attractions, including the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Emirates Palace, the newly opened Yas Mall and many more.

Dedicated tourist information services, taxi and bus stands at Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal helped the tourists to plan their day, and to make sight-seeing arrangements as smooth and comfortable as possible.

“Exactly two years ago ‘Queen Mary 2’ made its maiden call at Zayed Port. The fact that Cunard Line keeps putting Abu Dhabi on its  itineraries confirms the emirate’s status as the next big cruise hub in the region, with excellent services to cater for this growing market”, says Noura R. Al Dhaheri, Cruise Terminal Manager, Abu Dhabi Ports.

The visit of “Queen Mary 2” was part of a 14-day cruise tour through the Middle East and Asia. After staying in Abu Dhabi, “Queen Mary 2” left for

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Cochin (India), before heading to Colombo (Sri Lanka), Phuket (Thailand), Penang (Malaysia), Port Kelang (Indonesia) and Singapore.

With a length of 345 m (longer than three football fields), “Queen Mary 2” is one of the longest cruise ships afloat and can carry up to 2,600 passengers.

Launched in 2004, the cruise ship marked its ten year anniversary last year. One of the ship’s main characteristics is its traditional “Britishness”, with classic afternoon teas, elegant décor and dressy evening wear.

The next Cunard liner to visit Abu Dhabi is the “Queen Elizabeth” which will be calling at Zayed Port in April.

Autorent Car Rental LLC Wins ‘Best Car Rental Brand In UAE’

Autorent Car Rental LLC, one of the leading car rental companies in UAE, was awarded as “Best Car Rental Brand of 2014 in UAE” by Global Brands Magazine Awards.

Started 8 years back, company has changed the landscape of car rental industry.  Today it offers wide array of services including car rental, car leasing, limousine and transportation service. Autorent has 10 locations across the UAE

“We are honored to receive ‘Best Car Rental Brand in UAE’ award in recognition of our efforts to delight customers with our exceptional customer service, said Mr. Felix Louis, Business Head of Autorent Car Rental LLC. We will continue to innovate and invest in new technologies to be one step ahead in the industry.

“Autorent has created the ‘Autorent Service Quality Index’ (ASQI) which tracks the customer satisfaction and service level. Any descending variance in index generates an instant alert to take a corrective course of action. We follow our motto ‘Customer First’ very rigorously” said Mr. Partha Sarathi Banerjee, Country Head, UAE of Autorent Car Rental LLC.

Autorent was chosen as best car rental brand through scientific survey conducted by Global Brand Magazine. Global Brands Awards was established with the aim of honoring excellence in performance and rewarding companies across different sectors.  The objective of this award is to identify, create awareness about the significance of phenomenal service delivery & reward companies’ performance with the ultimate global recognition.

Luxury Leather Products Retailer For Men Woos Clients In UAE

The Sloane Handmade website (http://www.sloanehandmade.co.uk) offers a range of high quality leather handmade shoes, bags and wallets for discerning men. Each product is designed with the minutest attention to detail and is crafted with utmost precision and care. The designs are bespoke and are shipped directly to any address globally.
 The Sloane Handmade website sales have shown a substantial increase over the holiday season as online shopping becomes popular. This trend to shop online is being driven by three factors: greater convenience, better prices and ease of use.
sloaneAccording to the Founders of Sloane Handmade, Chris and Ross, “A recent survey conducted by MasterCard shows that more than half of online shoppers in the UAE use the internet to buy airline tickets, book hotels and shop for luxury products. Our research has shown that people living in the UAE are extremely fond of possessing handmade luxurious leather products for personal use. We are therefore very optimistic that our online campaign will attract the imagination of people used to a high quality of lifestyle products.”
The Sloane Handmade website is easy to use and online shopping is a breeze. The site features a currency converter and accepts all major credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, Amex and PayPal. All orders are delivered internationally via DHL/FedEx.