Special Packages, Rixos Premium Dubai, VAT and an Iceberg...

Emeco Tourism Special Packages

Emeco Tourism has created packages fitting all budgets for the major upcoming events in UAE (Formula One and FIFA Club World Cup 2017) which will take place in Abu Dhabi.

The 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, taking place on November 24-26, the world’s only twilight race will be the last of the 2017 season, and could potentially decide the prestigious F1 driver’s championship title once again.
Away from the racing action, visitors will be treated to a packed program of entertainment, including world-class, A-list musical artists at the after-race concerts, and Oasis areas in all public sections boasting a wide range of exhibitions, challenges and games to keep the whole visitors amused.
Internationally renowned DJ Calvin Harris will kick off four days of celebrations on Thursday November 23 as he returns to the Capital to ignite the 2017 Yasalam After-Race Concerts and topping off the party on Sunday November 26, P!NK, regarded as one of the best-selling female pop icons, is lined up to close off the race weekend.

The FIFA Club World Cup competition is the pinnacle of club football globally, as each of the champions from the world’s continental club tournaments convene for an eight-match decider to crown the best club team in the world. 
Real Madrid will fly to the UAE to defend their 2016 title, attempting to be the first European team to do so and draw level with Barcelona for the most Club World Cup titles.
The Spanish champions will be joined by Mexico’s Pachuca and New Zealand’s Auckland City, plus the winners of the UAE Arabian Gulf League, Al-Jazira

Opening of Rixos Premium Dubai

The Rixos Premium Dubai – Rixos’ second property in the city and third in the UAE – opened its doors on Jumeirah Beach Residence in August 2017.

The 443-room resort features a Nature Land Spa and Turkish Hammam (male and female), adults/kids pool, private beach and concept retail stores (Rodeo Drive, Via Rodeo and Ocean Drive) but will also reach out to executives with its 10 meeting venues and a ballroom which can host up to 850 guests.

Rooms categories include deluxe and premium (32-48sqm), corner suite/premium corner suite (48-53sqm), one-bedroom deluxe suite (84-94sqm), two-bedroom deluxe/premium suite (122-150sqm) and two-bedroom crystal suite (150sqm). Rooms contain 48-inch LED TVs and high-speed wifi.

UAE to implement VAT on January 1st 2018

The United Arab Emirates Minister of State for Financial Affairs, His Excellency Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, has stated that the UAE will implement VAT at the rate of 5% on 1 January 2018.

The VAT is expected to be introduced at a rate of 5% with some limited exceptions including basic food items, healthcare, and education. The UAE are planning to implement on 1 January 2018 - other GCC countries may do so at the same time or by 1 January 2019 at the latest.

An Iceberg from Antarctica

UAE plans to drag an iceberg from Antarctica to provide drinking water for millions.
Encouraging life to bloom in the middle of a desert is no easy task.

But one company in the United Arab Emirates has come up with a bizarre plan to provide drinking water for the state's citizens. The firm intends to haul icebergs from Antarctica to the gulf coast in order to harvest billions of gallons of fresh water.
The National Advisor Bureau, headquartered in Masdar City, Abu-Dhabi, plans to source the massive blocks of ice from Heard Island, around 600 miles (1000 kilometres) off the coast of mainland Antarctica.

They will then be transported around 5,500 miles (8,800 km) to Fujairah, one of the seven emirates which make up the UAE. One iceberg could provide enough for one million people over five years, according to the company. The scheme could begin as early as the start of 2018. 

The UAE is one of the most arid countries and one of the top 10 most water-scarce in the world. This is due to its extremely arid climate, which receives less than four inches (100 mm) of rainfall per year.  Nonetheless, it consumes more water than double the global national average putting the country at severe risk of droughts over the next 25 years. 

An average iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water, according to the Abu Dhabi-based company. They take a long time to melt. 80 percent of their mass is underwater, while the white ice above reflects sunlight and deflects its heat.

Upon arrival at a specially constructed processing facility, workers will 'mine' the icebergs for their water supplies. Blocks of ice will be chipped off and placed in giant tanks, before being filtered and processed. The iceberg's presence could provide a damper micro-climate in the area, perhaps even prompting rainfall. The project may prove a boost for tourism if it proves a success, with people travelling to see the unusual sight of an iceberg off the coast of the Arabian Gulf.

Please contact Mr. Tarek Farouk for further details at emirates@euromic.com