Ocean Park Hong Kong Soon launching Summer Carnimal 2018

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Ocean Park Hong Kong will soon be launching its brand new summer celebration, Summer Carnimal, which will go from 30 June to 2 September. Over a hundred international level elite performers from all over the world will present the biggest ever carnival at Ocean Park, including two different animal-themed grand parades during both the day and night, with tailor-made fine costumes and exquisite giant animal puppets being displayed for the first time. Additionally, amazing shows will be staged every hour – authentic Caribbean cultural shows that demonstrate superb stunts; various traditional Brazilian acts that are both unique and exciting such as dynamic drum performances; and professional synchronised swimming performances to a national team standard. To get guests in the summer mood, a DJ party and vocal band performance at Aqua City Lagoon will also be staged.


A group of 50 elite performers from overseas will participate in grand parades during both day and night at Ocean Park this summer, presenting a whole new Caribbean Summer Parade and Caribbean Summer Night Parade. Every afternoon, the international performers will dress up in fine costumes with three main themes – marine life, wildlife and birds. Together with stilt walkers and energetic musicians who will be grooving along to a wild beat, the dancers will perform in three high-energy Caribbean Summer Parades at The Waterfront each day to entertain guests. Guests may spot some familiar faces during the parade, including giant puppets that imitate the Park’s beloved golden snub-nosed monkey, a four-meter tall giraffe and an elegant stonefish. During night-time performances, the professional dancers will change into lit-up costumes and appear glittering in the dark. As they perform in the Caribbean Summer Night Paradein a different style that continues the carnival party, guests will also be able to experience the Park’s unique summer atmosphere at night.


In addition, Ocean Park Summer Carnimal will be staging plenty of other amazing shows and performances during the daytime: Applause Pavilion will introduce Viva Spectacular with plenty of difficult tricks and skills in a South American style, all delivered by international award-winning performers; a synchronised swimming team from Canada who perform to a national team standard will entertain at Aqua Kaleidoscope at Ocean Theatre, allowing guests to admire their elegant water ballet up close; Whiskers Wet & Foam Bash and a water playground at Whiskers Harbour will be available for families to chill out together during the hot summer weather. Mean while street performances all over the Park including traditional Brazilian acts and surprise mob drum performances are sure to bring more joy to guests. At night, there will be a vocal band performance from Party Groove at Aqua City Lagoon and DJ’s Burning Beats at The Waterfront Plazaplaying the best summer songs long into the night. Guests can also feast on summer delicacies and chilled drinks from Lakeside Chill, as well as boost their party look with glowing bubble wands, animal-themed hats and more summertime-limited merchandise, together with a face painting workshop with colourful patterns and designs.

Human rights and democracy in the world: EU annual report 2017 adopted

On 28 May 2018. The Council adopted the EU’s annual report on human rights and democracy in the world in 2017

In 2017, human rights remained at the heart of the European Union’s external action, and the EU reaffirmed its role as a leading global proponent of the promotion and protection of human rights.

The EU continued to oppose firmly any unjustified restrictions of the rights of freedom of association and peaceful assembly, as 2017 saw a continued backlash against civil society. The EU strongly supported an enabling environment for non-governmental organisations and human rights defenders through bilateral dialogues including human rights dialogues, financial support and in multilateral fora.

2017 marked a milestone on the EU’s global work with the rights of the child with the update of the guidelines on the promotion and protection of the rights of the child, which date back to 2007.

The 2017 annual report sets out the efforts of the EU, including through its global network of delegations, to promote and protect the universality of human rights across the world. Unlike previous years, this report does not include a geographic part with specific observations on  all third countries but human rights updates for each country can be found on the European External Action Service’s (EEAS) and delegations’ webpages.

Department Of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi to Lead Delegation to ITB China in Bid to Boost Inbound Tourism

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) will lead a delegation of partners and stakeholders to the ITB China event later this month in a bid to capitalise on and reinforce the emirate’s popularity with Chinese travellers.

The Department will be joined by five key stakeholders at the travel and tourism fair, which is being held at the Shanghai World Expo and Exhibition Center from the 16th to 18th May, including Etihad Airways, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Miral, Nirvana Travel & Tourism, and Omeir Travel Agency.

Inbound visitor arrivals from China have seen dramatic rises over recent years, with the number of hotel guest rising almost 40 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. The first quarter of 2018 has also seen China maintain its position as leading international hotel guest supplier, with more than 127,000 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 31% compared to the same period in 2017.

Inbound visitor arrivals from China have seen dramatic rises over recent years, with the number of hotel guest rising almost 40 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year. The first quarter of 2018 has also seen China maintain its position as leading international hotel guest supplier, with more than 127,000 Chinese staying in the emirate – an increase of 31% compared to the same period in 2017.

DCT- Abu Dhabi organises a live demonstration featuring a mural painting of Sheikh Zayed at Central Park in New York

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The live demonstration of the painting of the late Sheikh Zayed’s mural on glass witnessed a huge turnout at the 14th Zayed International Charity Marathon, ‘UAE Healthy Kidney 10K’, which was held on Sunday, 29 April, at Central Park in New York. The painting was also decorated with the timeless words, “My wealth is the happiness of my people”, a saying of the late Sheikh Zayed.
The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) held this event as part of a stellar series of events to commemorate the noble humanitarian values of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and to introduce Abu Dhabi’s rich heritage, tourism and cultural programmes and the warm hospitality it offers.

Spectators had the chance to enjoy an authentic Emirati experience at DCT Abu Dhabi’s pavilion, which offered them the opportunity to explore Arabic calligraphy, henna inscriptions and other heritage activities. Visitors to the Pavilion were greeted with Arabic coffee and delectable dates as well as many souvenirs and tourist and cultural publications.

Mubarak Al Nuaimi, Director of Promotions and Overseas Offices, DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “This edition of the Zayed International Charity Marathon witnessed remarkable participation from contestants. The event was also widely covered in American and international media, which enabled us to achieve our goals of commemorating the late founding leader, Sheikh Zayed, while raising awareness of kidney diseases. In addition, the marathon gave us a platform to convey our message built around tolerance, peace and giving.”
The marathon attracted a wide audience from diverse segments of the American society, who came to watch the race, support its noble goals, and enjoy live musical performances, events and activities, held at the pavilions of sponsors, as well as prize draws, offering various prizes, including free plane tickets.

His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Visits Abu Dhabi Pavilion at Arabian Travel Market 2018


UAE: His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and First Deputy Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, visited the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) stand at the Arabian Travel Market 2018 (ATM) earlier today. For its participation at ATM, the Abu Dhabi delegation is putting the spotlight on the Emirate’s culturally-enriching experiences and unique natural landmarks while bringing to life elements of the Emirati heritage and tradition.

During the tour, HH Sheikh Maktoum was accompanied by HE Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi and HE Sultan Al Mutawa Al Dhaheri, Executive Director, Tourism Sector at DCT Abu Dhabi, and saw Abu Dhabi’s growing tourism offerings as the delegation of 77 partners and stakeholders showcased more than 95 products and services.
ATM is the leading global business event for the Middle East’s inbound and outbound travel industry and experiences the largest gathering of the hospitality and tourism sectors in the region. Held at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre, the exhibition will run till April 25th and see DCT Abu Dhabi reaffirm the Emirate’s position as a world-class tourist destination.

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.