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As your UAE Travel specialist partner, our endeavour is to constantly update you on important events, news and interesting facts about the UAE in the following sections. Happy Reading !

Message from travel 2 dubai (Joel of Pearl) Managing Director

Dear Travel Trade Partner,

It is with immense pleasure & pride that I present to you travel 2 dubai - a pioneering effort in the field of destination promotion !

In the over 25 years that I have spent in the travel & aviation industry, I have learnt that people, service excellence and continuous product and service innovation enabled by Technology are fundamental to the success of a service business. Consistent with this philosophy, travel 2 dubai is a unique business model that leverages our three core resources - Our Team, Our strong Travel Agency Relationships and Our Technology.

I have travelled to Dubai & Abu Dhabi frequently over the last several years and have been extremely impressed by the tremendous focus & commitment of the UAE government to invest in developing and promoting tourism to their country. UAE is also a large & rapidly growing destination for both business & leisure travel from India. The total visitor numbers (travelling for non-employment purposes) from India to the UAE is expected to cross 1 million by the end of 2015, making Dubai / UAE the largest outbound destination ex-India!

In conceptualising travel 2 dubai , our goal was to be one of a kind solution provider that will equip the travel trade to participate in and benefit from this significant business opportunity on the one side, while providing an outstanding experience to their clients, on the other.

Starting with UAE visa services, travel 2 dubai will soon offer the entire range of travel products & services in the UAE including hotels, ground arrangements, sightseeing options, special interest tours, and a range of useful ancillary services such as Insurance, pre-paid mobile connections etc.

travel 2 dubai partner value proposition is simple yet compelling viz. offer a comprehensive range of products, efficient/reliable service enabled by leading edge technology and attractive financial benefits to both our trade partners & their customers. We are committed to becoming partners of choice and work diligently on building long term relationships.

I sincerely thank you for your past support. My team & I are truly excited about our new initiative and are looking forward to welcoming you to a World of Benefits at travel 2 dubai !

With Warm Regards,

Suneel Khanna
Managing Director
Joel of Pearl Group

Messages from Leaders of Indian Travel Industry

Dear Suneel ji ,

I am delighted to learn about your new venture aimed at promoting destination Dubai, UAE is fast becoming a popular holiday and business destination for Indian travelers.

The launch of your new website Travel 2 is well timed to take advantage of this opportunity. I am sure that the Travel Trade and their customers will benefit from this new service.

I on behalf of TAAI would like to extend my Best Wishes to you and your team on the success of

Best of Luck!

Neeraj Malhotra
Hon. Secretary
Travel Agents Association of India-Northern Region

Latest News on UAE Travel &Tourism Industry

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The world’s largest ferris wheel, Dubai Eye, will be 210 metres high . The ferris wheel will have 48 capsules to hold 1,400 visitors, and offer breathtaking views of Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa. Dubai Ferris Wheel will overtake the new High Roller in Las Vegas (standing at 167.6m) as the world's tallest such attraction.

Its base will serve as an entertainment zone, and an 80 metre(260 ft) LED screen will be mounted on the wheel to create an electronic platform for broadcasting movies, advertisements, and interactive information. The area around the wheel will be ’ encircled by a promenade that will have dining outlets as well as a mix of retail stores and a food hall offering fresh produce in a traditional market atmosphere.

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The all-pedestrian complex would occupy a total area of 48 million square feet (4.45 million square metres),will feature 100 hotels and apartment buildings, the world’s largest indoor theme park and the world’s largest shopping mall. Dubai hopes the "Mall of the World" can attract more than 180 million visitors each year. The new mall, which will be a city-within-a-city, to attract visitors even in the height of the summer, by providing a completely climate-controlled experience.

This project will be the main focus at the World Expo trade fair in 2020, which Dubai will host.

Can you imagine jumping from a plane over the iconic city of Dubai at an altitude of over 13,000 feet in safe harnesses and accompanied by experienced instructors ! Experience the ecstasy of free fall that lasts around a minute before the instructor opens the chute and drifts into a leisurely 5 minute descent, while you soak in the breathtaking views of the Palm Jumeirah and other amazing sites of Dubai. The entire episode is filmed so that you can relive this unbelievable experience !

There is an optional 'drop zone' in the desert, in a campus located approximately 35 kilometres outside the city of Dubai. Another experience involves a private flight in a 2 seater aircraft called the Gyrocopter. With safety the number one concern, strict rules and regulations are always followed; a full list is available on the Skydive Dubai website.

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Dubai to build 4,000-acre 'Aladdin City' suspended over creek with golden walkways and towers designed to look like genie lamps

Development consists of three main towers, the tallest being 34 storeys, spread across 4,000 acres

Comprising six towers, all connected by moving walkways, the development is inspired by the tales of Aladdin from the Middle Eastern folk Tale The Arabian Nights and the more modern Disney blockbuster.The towers are said to be similar in design to the genie lamp, and are set to shimmer golden in the sunlight.

The towers will reach heights of 34, 26 and 25 storeys inspired by characters from Arabian Nights, including Aladdin and Sinbad the Sailor.

“Aladdin City” will feature six towers, some designed to resemble Aladdin’s magic lamp, linked by air-conditioned bridges with moving walkwa

The towers will reach heights of 34, 26 and 25 storeys, and will include offices, at least one hotel, and parking for 900 cars.

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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will build 12 new marine transport stations at the Business Bay Canal and the Dubai Water Canal.

Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General and Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), said five of the stations will be at the Dubai Water Canal project, which is currently underway, and the remaining seven at the Business Bay Canal, which is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

Al Tayer said the move will provide a boost to the marine transport sector.

He said: “The marine transport sector is an integral part of the mass transit network in the emirate, with an estimated 13 million passengers per annum. In view of the importance of this sector as a vital transit mode, the RTA has developed a masterplan for upgrading marine transport systems in the city, including the operation of Dubai Creek lines, a coastal line alongside the Jumeirah beaches and new islands service lines, in addition to the Business Bay and Dubai Water Canal lines.”

Al Tayer added that over the past five years, the RTA has achieved several key projects such as retrofitting 149 abra engines, revamping abra dockyards and marinas, and launching the 36-seater water bus.

Global Village Dubailand, Dubai, is claimed to be the world's largest tourism, leisure and entertainment project. It is the region's first cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. Every year, it has 6 million visitors over an area of 17,200,000 sq ft. Global Village 19th season 2014-2015 is set to launch on the 3rd November 2015 until 9th April 2016.

Global Village is Dubai’s most exciting and unique annual tourism and cultural destination. It offers a vast selection of multicultural entertainment and retail options.

Global Village is the largest seasonal cultural extravaganza in the region that offers visitors an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment in an open-air theme park.

This entertainment and shopping destination is open from November through to April and hosts over 70 participating countries presented in over 36 pavilions, with more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from around the world. At Global Village you can experience cultures from all over the world. The rich heritage of various countries can be witnessed across the 38 unique pavilions present at Global Village .From Syria to Thailand, India to Egypt, Global Village is truly the place where the world comes together

Timings :

SATURDAY TO WEDNESDAY : 4PM TO 12AM (Entry Gates Closed at 11:30pm)

THURSDAY'S, FRIDAY'S AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS : 4PM TO 1AM (Entry Gates Closed at 12:30am)

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Finding your way around Dubai has become easier as the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) links up with Google Glass to provide step by step guidance to public transport users. Google Glass users can now have access to all the information about public transport in Dubai including timings, route maps as well as the availability of various modes of transport through Google Maps.

Emirate's rulers are now planning an air-conditioned 'city within a city' containing the planet's biggest mall, a theme park, Broadway style theatres, 100 hotels and featuring lakes with ships and waterfalls.The Mall of the World will cover 8,000,000 sq ft – FOUR TIMES the size of the MetroCentre in Gateshead, the largest shopping centre in the UK. Inside the United Arab Emirates mega-mall there will be 4.4 miles of climate-controlled roads would be open to the air during the balmy winter but covered and air-conditioned during the swelteringly-hot Gulf summer.

A new underwater attraction in Dubai, apparently inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, aims to attract scuba diving and snorkelling tourists to the emirate.

The Pearl of Dubai, set in the shallow waters of The World Islands development off the coast of Dubai, has been modelled after the mythical lost city of Atlantis and inspired by the look of the Hollywood films Pirates of the Caribbean and Avatar.

The five-acre park, billed as the largest sustainable underwater tourism site, will be accessible to swimmers and divers of all ages and levels who can view the site near the surface of the sea by snorkelling or explore it deeper underwater by scuba diving. The company hopes to create a park where “everybody can be satisfied”, with children able to snorkel, while parents go diving and teenagers explore the waters in a semi-submersible.
More passengers are travelling following increased connectivity due to last year’s Eithad-Jet Airways deal.

Abu Dhabi is seeing the benefits of last year’s Etihad Airways’ $379 million (Dh1.39 billion) stake purchase in Jet Airways with passenger numbers at the emirates’ main airport recording their highest ever monthly increase.

Abu Dhabi International posted a 27.4 per cent passenger traffic increase for the month of May. For the year to May, passenger numbers are up 19 per cent to 7.8 million compared to 6.6 million the same period last year.

Etihad’s November 2013 24 per cent stake purchase in loss-making Jet Airways has given it a foothold into one of the world’s largest economies. Gulf carriers have longed for greater access into India and last year Etihad was given 35,000 extra seats.

"Did You Know?"

  • The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa, is in Dubai. It is 828 metres tall and has 164 floors!
  • Dubai has the world's largest Shopping Center. The Dubai Mall spreads over an area of 13 million sq. feet, has over 1,200 stores and attracts nearly 70 million visitors each year, more than the Times Square in New York !
  • Half of the people living in Dubai are Indians or of Indian descent. Only 17% of the population is composed of Emiratis.
  • The most luxurious hotel in the world is in Dubai. It is called the Burj Al Arab ! It is acclaimed as 'The world's only 7 star Hotel, and the Royal Suite priced at US $ 20,000 per night is amongst the most expensive in the world!
  • In 1968, Dubai’s car registration number stopped at 13. As of 2012, there were more than 1.13 million registered cars in Dubai !