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  1. An oasis in the desert

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... Mention Dubai and most people are likely to have a fuzzy idea of its proximity - somewhere in the Middle East. Yet that answer betrays the crux of a problem: most Hong Kong people do not perceive the emirate as a leisure destination because they associate it with an unstable region of the world. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. Dubai prides itself on being one ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428011/oasis-desert
  2. Banking on success

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... World Bank and IMF delegates landing in Dubai later this month will arrive to a world-class welcome In a major boost to Dubai's global image, the emirate has been chosen to host ... type to take place in the region. Dubai was selected because of its excellent infrastructure and because it is a growing regional financial centre. All the big names will attend, including ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428003/banking-success
  3. CHECK IN

    Posted Jul 01st 2003, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Festival. The thick, black mud on Daecheon Beach is incorporated in such earthy activities as mud wrestling, mud king contests and mud dancing ( www.mudfestival.or.kr ). Dubai deal: Fly first or business class to Dubai on Emirates before August 15, and the airline will reward you with free accommodation and breakfast. A first-class ticket will buy you two nights at the suite-only Jumeirah ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/420246/check
  4. Culture, sports and the art of shopping

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... Dubai offers the visitor a great many leisure activities, and the tourist is spoiled for choice - water sports for the adventurous, luxurious spa treatments for the less physically inclined or acres of shopping mall to satisfy even the most hardened power shopper. Beginning with aspects of culture, visitors should stop by the Al Fahidi Fort (built in 1787), where the Dubai ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428010/culture-sports-and-art-shopping
  5. Festival fever

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... All the family get a look-in with Dubai's calendar, laden with shopping promotions, cultural shows and children's activities You have to give credit to the folks at the Dubai Shopping Festival - when they put on a shopping and entertainment extravaganza, they pull out all the stops and go for it. Introduced in 1996, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) was initiated under ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428004/festival-fever
  6. Dubai beckons as luxury islands rise out of the blue

    Posted Aug 27th 2003, 12:00am by Richard Warren

    ... Homes are being offered for sale at the world's two biggest man-made islands, off the coast of Dubai. Construction work will begin soon on another ambitious scheme. Early buyers ... Constructed by Gulf developer IFA Hotels & Resort, the US$300 million to US$400 million scheme will increase Dubai's shoreline by 120km. Made from 100 million cubic metres of rock and sand, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/425986/dubai-beckons-luxury-islands-rise-out-blue
  7. Dubai could provide rich pickings for HK

    Posted Sep 17th 2003, 12:00am by Alan Aitken

    ... of first the sponsor Emirates Airlines, then earlier this year Dubai racing itself, from the World Series, the whole proposition has looked decidedly shaky despite the goodwill and enthusiasm which ... to be hammered out. And Dubai this week announced the revitalisation of its World Cup carnival, converting the event from a one-day gala to a 10-meeting extravaganza. Fifty-five races worth US$21 million ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428140/dubai-could-provide-rich-pickings-hk
  8. Shangri-La expands into Dubai

    Posted Oct 14th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... Hotels are savvy to guests' needs and are increasingly offering special services tailored to the international business traveller. The new Shangri-La Hotel Dubai is located minutes from the airport and the recently opened Convention Centre, and is the first Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts property in the Middle East. Amenities catering to the demanding business traveller ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/431052/shangri-la-expands-dubai
  9. GETTING THERE

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... Anthony Woo Cathay Pacific flies 11 times weekly to Dubai, with flights from just under 8 hours to 111/2 depending upon the route. Cathay offers special accommodation rates at the Riviera Hotel, Taj Palace, JW Marriott Dubai, Dusit Dubai, Hyatt Regency Dubai and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina. Prices range from a budget HK$258 for the Riviera to $826 for Le ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428009/getting-there
  10. Paradise in production

    Posted Sep 16th 2003, 12:00am by Anthony Woo

    ... The eighth wonder of the world - The Palm Jumeirah and its sister at Jebel Ali - will be the last word in luxury for residential, commercial and entertainment developments anywhere. These two island gardens, jutting out into the Persian Gulf, will be the ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/428007/paradise-production

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