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  • Al Bustan Centre and Residence, a top residential, shopping and entertainment complex located in the heart of Dubai, recently hosted the second raffle draw of this year’s Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), organised by the Dubai Shopping Malls Group in association with Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment. The winning ticket was picked by Rashid Al Marri from the Dubai Economic Department in the presence of Mouhanad El Rammah, Al Bustan Centre Mall Manager.

    The lucky shopper, Ahmed Mohammed Al Saadi, won a brand new BMW 3 series. Moussa El Hayek, chief operating officer, Al Bustan Centre and Residence, commented, “Festivals are magnets that draw crowds to the malls. Adding to the excitement are the extravagant concerts, last-minute deals and raffle promotions. Dubai has gained international recognition and these celebrations make the city a year-round destination for shopping, leisure and entertainment.”

  • After four days of fun festivities and trunk to trunk action, the 13th annual King’s Cup Elephant Polo Tournament came to a close on August 31. Taking place in Bangkok for the first time, 16 teams with players from around the world showcased skilful play. The tournament was introduced to Thailand in 2001 by Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas and has grown to become one of the biggest charitable events in Thailand, raising funds for projects that better the lives of Thailand’s elephant population with $900,000 collected so far.
  • The Grand Millennium Dubai has been certified by global standards authority ISO in two categories, underlining the hotel’s commitment to benchmark against the world’s best. The ISO 14001:2004 recognises the Grand Millennium Dubai hotel environmental management system, while OHSAS 18001:2007 has been presented to acknowledge the quality of its health and safety management systems.
  • The Observatory at Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites launched a Guilt Free Ladies Night, perfect for girls looking for a figure-friendly alternative to regular nights out. Every Monday from 8pm to 11pm, ladies can indulge in three complimentary skinny concoctions, each less than 150 calories. The selection of canapés is no more than 50 calories each. DJ Joel enthrals with his deep tech house and funky beats.
  • Yas Island showcased its leisure, entertainment and business offering to nearly 90 top-tier travel industry professionals from China as part of its third annual Chinese Visitor Summit. The full day tour was aimed at building on the current steep growth in tourists and business travellers from China to the UAE.
  • As part of their ongoing development of skills, select staff of Golden Tulip Mena attended a training programme at the Golden Tulip Al Barsha hotel in Dubai. The regional director of human resources and training, Riad Bejjani, said, “We support our hotels from Dubai regional head office and Paris head office in terms of training and employment opportunities. Once they have successfully completed the programmes, employees from within the company will be promoted or relocated based on the demand.”  
  • Amadeus conducted the 2014 Eductour – an exclusive event for Egypt’s travel industry leaders – in Munich, Germany. The ‘Driving Technology Together’ themed event shared with its travel partners the many ways in which technology can help them better serve their customers, grow their businesses, and shape the future of travel.   
  • Taj Falaknuma Palace in association with the Sapna Iktara Foundation, conducted the Rice Bucket Challenge as a creative take on the charity-led global Ice Bucket Challenge phenomenon. Delegates contributed towards distributing 500 portions of Hyderabadi Biryani to the underprivileged at Kasu Brahmananda Reddy National Park opposite the cancer hospital in Hyderabad, India.

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