Thursday, January 23, 2020

People & Places

Etihad Airways, together with its partners Abu Dhabi Airports and WHILL personal electric vehicle supplier have completed guest trials of their innovative autonomous wheelchairs at Abu Dhabi International Airport. The trials ran between December 2 to 6 and involved over 60 guests with restricted mobility, who self-drove the wheelchairs, navigating crowded areas and lounges before safely arriving at their gate. The wheelchairs returned autonomously back to the docking station without requiring any human interference.



London Marriott Hotel Park Lane partnered with luxury British perfume house Penhaligon’s to launch their Suite Scents experience, offering guests staying in their Premier Suites access to a collection of the brand’s most iconic fragrances to use during their stay. The Suite Scents by Penhaligon’s package included a luxurious suite for up to two guests for one-night, British breakfast for two in Lanes of London, a hand delivered Penhaligon’s Fragrance Trolley delivered by fragrance butler and one Penhaligon’s fragrance to take home.



Saudi Arabia’s Diriyah Season saw a month-long celebration of diverse sports such as Formula E, world-class men’s tennis, Olympic qualifying elite equestrianism and heavyweight boxing. Bujairi, a shopping district in Diriyah, hosted ‘The Bujairi Experience’ a four-week showcase of Saudi designers. The season began on November 22 and was complemented by iconic concerts, cultural festivities, food and retail experiences.



Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first-ever Warner Bros. branded indoor theme park, was named by the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) as the winner of last year’s Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement - Theme Park. The TEA Thea Award, which is regarded as an internationally recognised symbol of excellence in the themed entertainment industry, will be formally presented at the 26th Annual TEA Thea Awards Gala on April 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California.



Last month, the Embassy of Malaysia in Bahrain hosted an event to present “Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020” to travel agencies, airline companies and media in Bahrain. The presentation was done by His Excellency Agus Salim bin Yusof, Ambassador of Malaysia to Bahrain. The year 2020 was declared as the Malaysia Year of Healthcare Travel. Malaysia has been named as “Destination of the Year” for healthcare travel for three straight years by the International Medical Travel Journal. In 2018, Malaysia received over 1.2 million healthcare travellers.



Abu Dhabi’s Qasr Al Watan, part of the 380,000-square-metre Presidential Palace, is quickly gaining ground as a key tourism attraction in the UAE capital. It reflects centuries of Arabian architectural design and tradition in a palace built for the 21st century. More than a traditional palace, Qasr Al Watan is an exquisitely crafted tribute to the region’s Arabian heritage and artistry; the architectural and interior design echo the significance of the exhibits housed within its walls and the function of its most iconic rooms.



Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort celebrates the launch of a whole new land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, called Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Kids For All Seasons, the resort’s complimentary kids’ camp, now offers related activities like inflatable moon-bounce obstacle challenge, space-themed crafts, relay races. A highlight of the resort is a five-acre water park, including a winding lazy river complete with a rapids section, two water slides, and an interactive splash zone.



HYATT Place Dubai/Jumeirah, the fourth property under Hyatt’s modern essentials brand portfolio in the UAE, has opened its doors in the heart of Jumeirah. Consisting of 204 guestrooms and 84 fully furnished residences, the new hotel features the Hyatt Place brand’s intuitive design, casual atmosphere and practical amenities. Guests can avail of free high-speed wi-fi throughout the property, complimentary breakfast, as well as use of the fitness centre and Rooftop temperature-controlled swimming pool. “We are pleased to open the doors to Hyatt Place Dubai/Jumeirah, the flagship property of the Hyatt Place brand in Dubai and the fourth operational property in the region. The opening of this hotel will allow Hyatt Place to continue taking the guest’s experience to new heights – through style, innovation and 24/7 conveniences that ensure a seamless experience for today’s multi-tasking traveller,” said Fathi Khogaly, cluster general manager, Hyatt Place Dubai. 



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