Month: July 2007

Expanded Emirates Road to ease traffic

DUBAI — Come August, people taking the Emirates Road to avoid Salik will enjoy a much smoother drive as a part of the road’s expansion project has been completed and it will be open to traffic next month. Mattar Al Tayer, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA),… Read more »

Bulgaria’s Foreign Tourism Earnings Rise

Revenue from foreign tourists visiting Bulgaria increased by 16 per cent, or about five million euro, in the first five months of 2007. The number of holidaymakers from European Union countries increased about 30 per cent, but as a whole the number of foreign tourists fell by 0.37 per cent. According to Anelia Krushkova, chairperson… Read more »

Bulgaria, Romania to join European Economic Area

Bulgaria and Romania joined the European Economic Area in an agreement signed on July 25 in Brussels, according to an Economy Ministry statement. The EEA agreement facilitates relations between EU member states and a small group of non-EU European countries in the context of the European domestic market. The results of the negotiations mean that… Read more »

Dubai population increasing at 22% a year

Nearly 300,000 people are being added each year to Dubai's population of 1.3 million. Immigration officials confirmed on the weekend they are issuing 800 residency and employment visas a day. On the present growth rate Dubai, the second largest UAE emirate, will double its current population by 2011. Dubai is undergoing a phenomenal, and rapid,… Read more »

The St. Tropez of Turkey

LADIES and gentlemen, welcome back to St.-Tropez!” Cued up by a D.J. on an elevated white dais, a sound clip exploded through the warm July night, sending up cheers from the open-air dance floor of the all-white oceanfront nightclub. As the stars glimmered overheard and illuminated white yachts drifted in the distance, waiters in white… Read more »

Dubai building to tower over rivals

The world appears to have a new tallest building — the Burj Dubai, a giant mixed-use tower in the United Arab Emirates — and there are signs that the skyscraper, its height still a closely guarded secret, will soar nearly half a mile or higher into the desert sky. The tower’s architects, Skidmore Owings &… Read more »

Mohammed opens Floating Bridge, Waterbus service

DUBAI — His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the Floating Bridge and the Waterbus service on Sunday evening. The two projects will help ease the traffic between Deira and Bur Dubai to a large extent. According to the officials of the… Read more »

Spain or France destinations of choice for UK citizens moving abroad

Spain or France are the destinations of choice for overseas property buyers moving abroad with many UK citizens wanting to take up residence in either of those two countries, according to new research from Bank of Scotland International. Spain was the clear choice for preferred living for under 25 year olds, with 7% saying this… Read more »