Ocean Park Hong Kong Launches Hong Kong’s First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster At Christmas Sensation begin on 11 December 2017


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Ocean Park Hong Kong launches Christmas Sensation Headlining this year’s celebration will be virtual reality (VR) rollercoaster will begin on 11 December 2017 with park-wide festivities.   The Park will also partner with Pinkoi.com, Asia’s leading online marketplace for designers, to present Ocean Park x PinkoiFestive Marketplace for the first time. Together with the Park’s signature 40-foot Christmas TreeSanta’s CottageGarden of Romance and artificial snow, the Christmas Market will transform Water front Plaza into a romantic Christmas village.

Christmas Sensation will be held from 11 December 2017 to 1 January 2018. To experience Hong Kong’s first VR roller coaster, Mine Train presented by Samsung Gear VR, guests can put on special VR headsets and feel a surge of multi-sensory excitement during the ride. In the hyper-realistic world of virtual reality, guests can take a breath taking glide through a rainforest canopy, float along wild rivers, dive into the ocean and come face to face with the amazing animals living in the rich biodiversity of the Amazon rain forest, while experiencing the sensations of high speed and centrifugal force as the train rockets over the ups and downs along the tracks. This one and only VR rollercoaster ride in Hong Kong will be a must-try for thrill-seekers. Moreover, several VR game zones will be set up to test the speed and strength of guests in action-packed game challenges.

During Christmas Sensation, Ocean Park is turning Waterfront Plaza into a romantic, festive Christmas village. Ocean Park x Pinkoi Festive Market place will gather all kinds of original accessories and home ware by local designers, allowing guests to look for unique gift inspirations. They can also warm themselves with hot chocolate and feast on traditional Christmas snacks while wandering around the market. As night falls, guests should not miss out on the daily Light Up the Night ceremony at the gigantic 40-foot tall Christmas tree, which will be graced with an angelic choir performance every night for guests and their loved ones to enjoy a romantic moment. The festive Waterfront Plaza will also feature Santa’s Cottage where families can snap a photo with Santa Claus at his magnificent house decorated with colourful mosaics; or take plenty of selfies with the living statue and Christmas-themed topiaries at Garden of Romance next to Santa’s Cottage. At Whiskers Harbour, kids can participate in the fun and interactive Whiskers and Friends Winter  Game as well.


Enjoy a new lazy lunch at Jumeirah Al Naseem every Friday


Rockfish, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant at Jumeirah Al Naseem has launched a new ‘lazy lunch’, from 1pm – 4pm every Friday from just AED 350 per person.

With sand in your toes, deliciously fresh seafood, refreshing drinks, soft beats and chilled out vibe – all complete with some of the best views of the iconic Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah, where else would you rather be?

Deliciously assembled by Chef Jean Pascal, the Rockfish Lazy Lunch four courses. The first is unlimited crudo such as Mussels, Clams, Alaskan King crab, Razor Sheels and Smoked & Cured Salmon at the Crudo area, followed by Tasmanian Salmon Crudo, Yellow Fin Tuna Crudo, Sea Bass Crudo, Mediterranean Garden Salad Cherry Tomato Tartare, Wild Mushroom Risotto with Green Asparagus all served at the table.

For the third (and mightiest!) course, enjoy buckets of Garlic Prawns and Mussels & Clams, a Seafood Mixed Grill, Baby Chicken and Oven braised Australian Short Ribs, served with a selection of sides for the table.

If you have space left, there will be four desserts saved on the table: a Strawberry and Cream Cheesecake, Raspberry Gateau Saint Honoree Textures and Temperatures of Chocolate and Date Mont Blanc.

There will also be a selection of Gin & Tonic drinks from the infamous Gin Trolley, as well as a variety of bubbles and wine, for those who take the alcoholic package at AED 450.

Feel the gentle breeze from the sea, and groove to soft beats and chilled out rhythms from DJ Daniel Vitellaro – you know where you’ll find us on Friday.

Abu Dhabi Hosts Reach Roundtable

Abu Dhabi co-organised a roundtable discussion as part of an important global initiative spearheaded by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, in partnership with the Peri Charitable Foundation. In line with the Department’s ongoing mission to promote and protect cultural heritage both at home and overseas, the international series of ReACH (Reproduction of Art and Cultural Heritage) roundtables aims to address the challenges and opportunities in the field of storage, dissemination and reproduction of works of art and cultural heritage.

The roundtable was one in a series of five ReACH events planned for 2017, in the United States, Russia, Abu Dhabi, China and the United Kingdom. Bringing together thought leaders in the field of cultural heritage, ReACH has two main objectives: the first goal is to share and bring to light best practices from around the world concerning the production, storage and dissemination of digital and physical reproductions. This is achieved by inviting key speakers to the roundtables to share their professional experiences and to flag some of the broader challenges and opportunities concerning reproductions.

Ten things to see and do that must not be missed on your holiday to Australia


The beauty, variety and pristine quality of Australia’s natural landscapes, from exotic coastal areas to lush rainforests and red deserts, make Australia a desirable travel destination. About six million visitors come to Australia each year lured by beautiful beaches, unique flora and fauna, friendly people and a relaxed atmosphere.

Australia has some 9,700 protected nature areas such as national parks, and can offer visitors a vast and diverse array of nature-based tourism opportunities. Indigenous culture is also a unique and growing attraction.

Food and wine tourism is expanding, in line with Australia’s growing international reputation as a producer of high-quality wines and a supplier of fresh, regionally-based food products.

Did you know?

Apart from kangaroos there are a number of other species that are unique to Australia, such as the bilby, wallaby, koala, dingo and wallaroo. Also keep an eye out for a platypus which is a semiaquatic mammal found in eastern Australia including Tasmania. When the first platypus found by Europeans was sent back to London, English scientists thought it was three animals sewn together.

Ten Things to See in Australia are Given below:

1. Sydney Harbour, New South Wales

Applauded as one of the most exciting and innovative buildings of the modern era, the dramatic Sydney Opera House is Sydney’s premier venue for the performing arts. Climb to the top of the Sydney Harbour Bridge to see the city from a different perspective.

2. Great Ocean Road, Victoria

The Great Ocean Road is considered one of Australia’s greatest road-trip destinations, with picturesque coastal towns and awe inspiring views at every turn. Located just two hours from Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road is well-known for its most popular stop along the way – the world-famous Twelve Apostles – magnificent natural rock structures that are more than 20 million years old.

3. Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Located just 112 km southwest of Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is easily accessible by air and water and is known for its wildlife and pristine beaches. Discover the Remarkable Rocks, sculpted by the wind and wild seas over hundreds of millions of years. Sleep under the stars or spoil yourself at Southern Ocean Lodge, one of Australia’s most prestigious wilderness retreats.

4. Great Barrier Reef, Queensland

Considered one of the wonders of the natural world, the Great Barrier Reef is a rich tapestry of coral reefs, islands and cays. Described as the tropical rainforest of the ocean, this intricate living environment of extraordinary marine diversity is the world’s largest coral reef system, so large that it can be seen from space. One can explore the reef by taking a private helicopter or plane ride or indulging in water activities like diving, snorkeling etc.

5. Uluru, Northern Territory

One of Australia’s most iconic symbols of the outback environment is World Heritage-listed Uluru. A perfect way to wind down after an amazing day of discovery is the Sounds of Silence where you dine on an authentically Aussie BBQ under the sparkling stars of the desert night sky.

6. Gold Coast, Queensland

Choose from one of the many action-packed attractions on the Gold Coast that are suitable for children and adults of all ages. Favourites such as Dreamworld, Wet ‘n’ Wild, Warner Bros. Movie World and White Water World make for a fun day out. Visit the world- famous Surfers Paradise beach and try your hand at surfing with learn-to surf classes.

7. Wine Glass Bay, Tasmania

Rugged pink granite mountains, dazzling white sand beaches and sapphire blue waters define the Freycinet Peninsula on Tasmania’s east coast. Consistently rated among the top 10 beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay, shaped, as the name suggests, like a wineglass, is one of Tasmania’s most iconic destinations.

8. Food and Wine in Australia

Food in Australia has an influence of global flavors including Indigenous, Japanese, Thai, Greek, Lebanese, Vietnamese, Indian, Chinese or French cuisine. Australia’s wine regions including Barossa Valley in South Australia, Hunter Valley in New South Wales and Yarra Valley in Melbourne are well known for their laidback atmosphere, world class wines, fresh produce and fine food.

9. Phillip Island, Victoria

Phillip Island is the home of one of Australia’s most popular natural wildlife attraction – the iconic Penguin Parade, along with the Koala Conservation Centre, A Maze’N Things, Panny’s Chocolate Factory and the International Motorcycle Grand Prix circuit. A wildlife cruise will put you right amongst the 16,000 or so fur seals that make their home at the appropriately named Seal Rocks. Clean safe beaches and native wildlife galore is what makes Phillip Island an Australian icon.

10. Cricket Arenas in Australia

Cricket is one of Australia’s best loved sporting pastimes. Ardent followers of the game can visit some of the most well known cricket arenas in the world including the Sydney Cricket Ground and the Melbourne Cricket Ground & National Sports Museum, both of which offer tours of the facilities for visitors. Another must visit for cricket fans is the International Cricket Hall of Fame in Bowral, Sir Donald Bradman’s home town, located less than ninety minutes away from Sydney.

Ethiopia Country in East Africa

Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

In the capital, Addis Ababa, the National Museum displays art and archaeology collections, while the Ethnological Museum has tribal artifacts. Copper-domed Holy Trinity Cathedral is where Emperor Haile Selassie was buried in 1975. The Fasil Ghebbi castle complex, once the seat of Ethiopian emperors, is in Gondar. Harar is a mazelike walled town with numerous mosques. Lake Tana is the Blue Nile River’s source, with the Blue Nile Falls flowing nearby. Less-traveled Bale Mountains National Park is noted for its native wildlife. Hiking routes mark Simien Mountains National Park, an endangered-species habitat.

A land of rich traditions, religions and myths. A country of legends and contrast that possesses one of the most colourful histories on the African continent.

When to visit

Peak travel months include Jul–Aug and Oct–Jan. Ethiopia’s climate ranges from mild in the highlands to very hot in the desert lowlands. For much of the country, the rainy season is Jun–Sep, with mainly dry weather the rest of the year. Timkat (Jan) is the Ethiopian Orthodox Epiphany, with baptismal reenactments. Enkutatash (Sep), the Ethiopian New Year at the end of the rainy season, is marked by singing and bouquets of yellow flowers. The Festival of Maryam Zion (Nov) is a Christian pilgrimage to Aksum’s famous church.





The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s fastest-growing destinations for business and leisure visitors. This is hardly surprising since geographically, economically and culturally, it is in a unique strategic position between East and West.

Perpetual sun, endless white sand and turquoise seas have helped to attract many tourists over the years, but it is the UAE’s unbeatable shopping, superb resorts, excellent restaurants, spectacular events, an intriguing traditional culture, and a safe and welcoming environment that lure visitors back time and time again.

Access has never been easier as the UAE is now a major travel hub. Today, the UAE’s rapidly expanding national airlines, a major success story in themselves, transport millions of visitors through its world-class airports, and visas are available on arrival for over 30 nationalities.

Huge investment has taken place in tourism infrastructure and all of the world’s top hotel brands are represented here. High-end resorts have proliferated and premium tourist and entertainment facilities are widespread. The UAE has also become a food-lovers’ delight with every conceivable cuisine available in its many restaurants, and celebrity chefs vying to open up new venues.

The country also continues to attract millions to major exhibitions at its many world-class exhibition centres, and feted sporting events in horse racing, golf, tennis and Formula 1, amongst others, bring many visitors to its shores. Some of the top names in the entertainment industry stage concerts and shows here, music and art festivals are regularly held, and cultural tourism is promoted. The latter will receive a major impetus when the Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors in 2015.

Improvement in public transport, including a new metro and tram line in Dubai, have helped enormously with getting around the UAE’s cities. But visitors are also venturing much further afield, discovering the delights of the country’s varied landscape and distinct natural beauty and visiting its spectacular deserts, rugged mountains and mangrove-fringed islands.



Had enough of bulky maps and heavy guidebooks? The new free Visit Abu Dhabi mobile app is the easiest and most friendly way to discover our emirate, whether online or offline.

Be the first to know about all that Abu Dhabi has to offer – from attractions and experiences to culture and heritage, from hotels and restaurants to spas and malls. Find fast and easy-to-navigate information on getting to and around the emirate. Cool off with our watersports & cruising experiences, be inspired by our architectural wonders, tee-off at one of our great golf courses or have a once-in-a lifetime desert escape.

Everything you need to know about the emirate – searchable, portable and sent straight to your phone.

Why is the Visit Abu Dhabi mobile app the best way to experience Abu Dhabi?

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