Eid Al Fitr

Postado por: raquel em 27/set/2008 | Sem Comentários

Agora na última semana de setembro o Ramadan está chegando ao fim….Tá todo mundo querendo ainda aproveitar os Buffets de Iftar!!! A celebração do mês de caridade chega ao fim e ao seu ápice, com a comemoração do Eid Al Fitr…quando degolam um carneiro – tradição familiar, ensinada de pai para filho….


Postado por: raquel em 10/set/2008 | 38 Comentários

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Ramadan Kareem!

Postado por: raquel em 07/set/2008 | Sem Comentários

Estamos em pleno Ramadan! Teve início no dia 1º de setembro e dura por aproximadamente uns 30 dias, época em que os muçulmanos jejuam, não fumam, não bebem e nao fazem outras coisas tambem*… desde antes do nascer do sol ate o crepúsculo – e essa tradição deve também ser respeitada por todos que aqui estão!
Apesar de algumas restrições e mudanças no cotidiano, tem coisas muito interessantes de para serem vistas e vivenciadas!

A Sustainable Global Future

Postado por: raquel em 25/ago/2008 | 1 Comentário

What’s that about???

Refocusing and re-adapting!

   An industry which attempts to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate income, employment and the conservation of local ecosystem.

   A balance must be found between limits and usage – in a way that monitored and planned, tourism can be managed!

This requires long-term thinking (10/20 years)

    All sustainable development must include interest of all local communities, industry, people, visitors, industry and government. 

Pillars of Sustainable Tourism: 

-          Social Justice

-          Environmental Integrity

-          Economic Development


 As forecasted by global economists there will be a continuing international tourism growth, ranging between 3 and 6% annually (depending on the location).

 2007:                                                                                                   2010:

842 million             people travelling internationally          1.6 billion 

  The Global Travel and Tourism Industry creates 10% of World Employment (direct and indirectly).

As one of the world’s largest and fastest growing industries, this continuous growth will place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats (which are often used to support mass tourism).


-          Biodiversity has declined 40% from 1970 to 2000

-          Since 1970, 1/3 of the natural world has been destroyed by human activity.

-          Seawater is expected to rise 70 cm in the next 10 years

-          70% of marine mammals are threatened

-          A species of animal or plant life disappears at a rate of 1/every 3 minutes!

We can reduce this impact in many ways:

-  Getting informed about: culture, politics and economy.

- Antecipating and respecting local cultures’ expectations and assumptions

-   Contributing to intercultural understanding and tolerance

-   Suporting the integrity of local cultures by favoring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values

-   Supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and even participating with a small, local business

-   Conserving resources by seeking out businesses that are economically conscious and using the least possible amount of non-reusable resources


What is your/our level of responsibility??

(Economically, Environmentally and Socially)

- Do you hire local staff? What kind of training do you have for your staff?

- What conservation/reduction measures are you undertaking for water, waste and energy?

- Do you offer carpool or use public transport to your staff and/or to guests? (the bigger, the better!)

-  Reduce, use or recycle? How do you reduce waste, water and energy? Do you recycle?

 - Do you make suggestions to your clients to purchase local products to support the local community?

- Do you inform your guests of cultural or religious issues where they should considerate of their hosts?

- Do you make sure you do not purchase products made from endangered species?

- Am I acting responsibly and providing such guidance to my guests? (e.g. pre/post departure information?)….For sure, that’s an important parto of my GOAL! 

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Cirque du Soleil Dubai abrira em 2010

Postado por: raquel em 01/mai/2007 | Sem Comentários

Nakheel has signed an exclusive multi-million dollar 15-year deal with Cirque du Soleil to have a permanent venue and show at the heart of the Palm Jumeirah.

“Cirque du Soleil Dubai is expected to open by the first quarter 2010 with the premiere in December that year,” a spokesman told Arabian Business. The venue will be the only permanent Cirque show outside the US, China, and Japan – “a major coup for Dubai,” said Nakheel CEO Chris O’Donnell.

“We will have the Atlantis Hotel, Trump tower and now the Cirque du Soleil, three iconic buildings and entertainment venues on the Palm Jumeirah,” O’ Donnell added.

The undisclosed deal has been signed on a “partnership agreement”, O’Donnell said, with profits split on a partnership basis, however the contract remains confidential, he added.

Nakheel will build an 1800-seat theatre venue for the permanent show by 2010 with the name and theme of the show not yet decided, however, a spokesman told Arabian Business that it “could well have a traditional theme”.

Cirque du Soleil made its first appearance in Dubai at the beginning of this year from January 4 and ran an extended two-month long run of shows. O’ Donnell added that the show was so successful that it had decided “well in advance” to bring a permanent show to the emirate.

“The permanent show in Las Vegas called ‘O’ opened in 1997 and every show has played to full houses for ten years bringing in six million people. In fact, people even plan their holidays around the show and we think we can the same effect on Dubai,” O’Donnell added.

Mario D’Amico, VP Global Marketing for Cirque du Soleil, said via video link that the deal had been on the cards for some time. “We have been watching the growth and dynamism of Dubai for four to five years and we have always said to ourselves how much we wanted a permanent show in a permanent location. Nakheel and Cirque.”

Meanwhile Nakheel said it was preparing to announce further project details.

O’Donnell said that it would be announcing a Nakheel-led 20-island project which would include several hotels and exclusive properties and villas, an on land partnership project with a leading Indian hotelier as well as some extensive international market research on foreign investor perceptions of Dubai and whether its landmark projects would attract them to the emirate.

O’Donnell added: “In all we have 30 committed hotels on the Palm Jumeirah and around 180 non-committed hotels on the Palm Deira and Jebel Ali.”

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