Life goes on…
Some recent news pieces would almost make you forget that the world is gripped by a financial crisis. Here are a few that caught our attention.
November 13, 2008 1:54 by kippreport
These days most papers are full of news about which new disaster the global financial crisis has led to. From companies collapsing to banks refusing credit to job lay-offs, the list continues. But here are a few press releases and new items that stand out for their optimism, naïve or otherwise.
Aldar Hotels & Hospitality, Ritz-Carlton Hotels announce partnership
Aldar Properties today announced the signing of an exclusive development agreement with the Ritz-Carlton Hotels Company which will result in the development of a number of luxury hotels in Abu Dhabi to be managed by The Ritz-Carlton, reports official news agency WAM.
“[…]Abu Dhabi continues to exemplify the dynamic commercial growth of the United Arab Emirates,” Simon Cooper, president and CEO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company was quoted as saying.
The perfect time to announce the start of not just one, but “a number of” new luxury hotels.
Shakira promises the UAE an all-singing, hip-swinging New Year’s Eve party
Abu Dhabi will play host to the Columbian diva at the country’s first ever New Year’s Eve concert, the press release announces. The Shakira bash has been limited to 10,000 revellers, who will be able to enjoy the show in an intimate and exclusive outdoor setting. The release also promises that Shakira fans and party-goers can expect “nothing short of incredible at what will be a once in a lifetime New Year’s Eve party”.
While the last bit could be true, claiming that this is the first New Year’s Eve concert in the country is ridiculous (by the way, they repeat that line again in the release). For the record, just last year Elissa was entertaining Dubai-ans at a concert on 31st December.
Countdown to QE2 arrival begins – Be part of a welcome fit for a Queen
The QE2, the world’s most famous ocean liner, has now departed from Southampton, UK, on her ultimate voyage to Dubai, says the press release. She will arrive at Mina Rashid in 15 days, and will then undergo a transformation that will see her become a centre of culture and luxury. On arrival in Dubai on Wednesday 26 November, The QE2 will be greeted at The World islands by a British Navy frigate and a helicopter, and there will be a spectacular Emirates Airbus A380 fly-over. Local yacht and boat owners are encouraged to take part in the “royal” welcome and accompany The QE2 through the Arabian Gulf to Mina Rashid.
“So, how are planning to spend your Wednesday?” “Nothing much, just welcoming the Queen Elizabeth 2 and watching the Airbus A380 randomly fly around.”