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    Celebrate the festive season with the return of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi’s Winterfest

    Ring in the season and celebrate the holidays in full swing with the return of Winterfest at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and Winter Spectacular at Warner Bros. World™ Abu Dhabi, running until January 8, 2023.The highly anticipated events of the year will be delighting guests and visitors at Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s world-class attractions, entertaining park-goers with the biggest festive celebrations and dazzling shows, spreading the holiday cheer with new character meets and greets and festive performances that are bound to amaze.
    With a myriad of unforgettable experiences in store, guests can welcome the season of the year with ever-spectacular shows and holiday displays unlike any other. This year, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will be gearing up to celebrate the season with the park’s signature festive tree, captivating overlays, sparkling snow globes, fairy lights and festive wreaths at every corner. Starting from the Welcome Plaza, park-goers will get the chance to collect picture-perfect moments as they get immersed in The Story of Winterfest. Few steps away, at La Piazza stage, guests can enjoy a captivating work of art as skilled sculptors carve unique ice masterpieces and display the full art collection once completed in spirit of the festive season.
    Over at the Italian street, guests can enjoy a live performance of Italian band and the festive Poi performers lighting up the season with an unrivalled festive show. In addition, an exhilarating ice-skating spectacular will be taking place at the Red Theatre starting from December 1st, reciting the story of an Italian festive tale featuring skilled skaters, acrobats and aerialists. What’s more, guests can head to Enzo’s House on the Italian street to watch a fascinating light and projection artistry during the Tree Lighting Ceremony, including state-of-the-art lighting shows, projections, streamers and snow.
    This season, fan-favorite festive characters the Snow Globe Lady and Gingerbread Lady will be making a return alongside Befana, a new character who will be making her first appearance at Ferrari World Abu Dhabi. Known for her generous acts in the Italian folklore, Befana will be treating holidaymakers with gifts and cheer upon their visit to the world’s leading theme park.
    Only minutes away, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, the world’s largest indoor theme park, will be welcoming guests who will get to witness Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and an international cast of 50 singers, dancers, acrobats, and specialty artists as they perform an unforgettable festive spectacle in the all-new show – The NutQuacker! The largest theatrical production ever brought to Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi featuring the fan-favorite duo alongside Lola Bunny, Tweety, Sylvester, Taz and Tom and Jerry who will be adding their own touch to the classic Nutcracker ballet with their high-spirited performances and warm presence. The state-of-the-art show will also feature projection mapping, special effects, and the most festive popular music during the most wonderful time of the year, including an all-new original song “Let it Shine”, created exclusively for the show.ADVERTISEMENT
    Inside Cartoon Junction where all things whimsical await guests, Scooby-Doo & The Mystery INC. Gang will be dressed in their festive winter attire, ready to solve mysteries this Winter Spectacular. The dance party of the season, Daffy Holiday Dance Party, will be led by Daffy Duck, featuring festive dance moves for the young and the young at heart. Adding to the fun, guests can visit the Big Belly Burger at Metropolis to enjoy Pop, Rock n Roll music and smooth dance moves in the festive edition of the diner pop show “Big Belly Bop”. In the prehistoric land of Bedrock, The Flintstones will be waiting to meet and greet guests and show them how to celebrate the winter season in true Stone Age fashion. Over at Gotham City, guests can find the Park’s recently added DC Super-Villains Poison Ivy and Two-Face and snap fabulous photos with The Joker and Harley Quinn in their new seasonal festive outfits.
    With tons of entertainment this season, holidaymakers can look forward to spending a wonderful time with their loved ones at these award-winning attractions and complement their stay at Yas Island’s top-notch hotels and venues, including The WB™ Abu Dhabi, the World’s first Warner Bros. themed hotel where guests can get immersed in all things Warner Bros. to enjoy an unforgettable themed experience on Yas Island.
    Located on Yas Island, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is home to the world’s fastest rollercoaster and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park. They are just minutes away from Yas Waterworld, the world’s first and only Emirati-themed waterpark and CLYMB™ Abu Dhabi, the UAE’s ultimate adventure hub.

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    Unveiling of the gourmet program of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE

    MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE, presented in collaboration with Scotiabank, is thrilled to announce that the 24th edition of the festival will be held from February 16 to March 5, 2023, under the theme Discover the best of Montreal in winter!Once again this year, festival-goers will be able to skate on the magnificent Ice Skating Loop high above Place des Festivals, bask in the glow light installations, ride the Grande roue and take advantage of tons of free activities during spring break. It will also mark the 20th anniversary of Nuit blanche, with multiple shows happening in venues throughout the Quartier des spectacles. In short, we’ll be pulling out all the stops to help you rediscover our beautiful and dynamic downtown!
    The Gastronomy programming, presented by Scotia Wealth Management returns to share its legendary hospitality once again. Some 40 Montréal restaurants and venues will be welcoming international and local chefs and producers, while downtown will be buzzing with gourmet activities. The theme of this joyou“This edition of MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE promises to strengthen the four pillars of its mission: to celebrate gastronomy, present new shows and unite crowds with such inclusive and participative winter activities as ice skating. We have everything it takes to prove that Montréal offers a warm welcome, even in the heart of winter.”
    – Jacques Primeau, Festival General Manager
    ON THE MENU THIS YEAR:Air France Finest TablesInvite a chef, a wine grower or a producer from here or abroad, pair them with one of the city’s restaurants and let this special mix work its magic in kitchens and venues city-wide: that’s the hugely successful recipe behind the Air France Finest Tables, which is back better than ever this year. In 2023, Montréal welcomes France, Canada, Italia, Belgium, Switzerland and Scandinavia: more than 30 chefs, including a dozen chefs from northern Europe, will be here to dazzle us with their creativity.  Among them are Benoit Neusy (Michelin star chef,  restaurant l’Impératif au Domaine d’Arondeau, France) at La Chronique, Romain Meder (Michelin star chef, Domaine de Primard, Guainville, France) at Mastard, Ina Niiniketo (Sikke’s, Helskinki) at Ratafia, and Lionel Lévy (Michelin star chef, InterContinental Marseille) at Osco! Wine growers, such as Julien Labet, who will be welcomed by Menu Extra, and Laurent Cazottes at Chez Victoire, will also be joining in the festivities. In addition to traditional tasting menus, the Air France Finest Tables will feature other palate-popping experiences, such as exclusive lunches, brunches,  5 à 7 (happy hours), not to mention delicious confections in partnership with Cacao Barry and Esprits libres, a rare treat for those with a sweet tooth out there.
    s and welcoming 24th edition says it all: Montréal is inviting you over!ADVERTISEMENT

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    King Salman International Airport masterplan announced by Crown Prince

    Saudi Arabia is set to build one of the world’s largest airports in what will be a huge boost for the Kingdom’s ambition to become a global hub for trade and tourism, according to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz.The King Salman International Airport, located in Riyadh, will have six parallel runways, and is expected to contribute SR27 billion ($7.18 billion) annually to Saudi Arabia’s non-oil gross domestic product.
    The airport will help drive annual passenger traffic in Saudi Arabia from the current 29 million to 120 million travelers by 2030 and 185 million by 2050, with aircraft traffic in the Kingdom increasing from 211,000 to more than 1 million flights per year.
    With sustainability at its core, the new airport will achieve LEED Platinum certification by incorporating cutting edge green initiatives into its design and will be powered by renewable energy, according to the Saudi Press Agency.
    The development, set to be built by the Public Investment Fund, will include the existing terminals named after King Khalid, with the capacity to process 3.5 million tons of cargo by 2050.
    The SPA report added it will become an aerotropolis centered around a seamless customer journey, world-class efficient operations, and innovation. Riyadh’s identity and the Saudi culture will be taken into consideration in the airport’s design to ensure a unique travel experience for visitors and transit travelers.ADVERTISEMENT“The airport project is in line with Saudi Arabia’s vision to transform Riyadh to be among the top ten city economies in the world and to support the growth of Riyadh’s population to 15–20 million people by 2030,” SPA said.
    It added King Salman airport would create 103,000 direct and indirect jobs.
    It did not give details on the planned investments but a person familiar with the plans has told Reuters the PIF’s aviation department is getting hefty funds to create an ecosystem of cargo and passenger airlines, repair companies and airports.
    The 77-year-old state airline Saudia will be based out of the Red Sea city Jeddah under the transportation strategy that calls for the establishment of the two hubs.
    The kingdom is already in talks with planemakers Airbus SE and Boeing Co on orders for the two carriers Saudia and RIA.
    The announcement comes on the eve of the World Travel and Tourism Global Summit, set to begin in Riyadh on Nov. 28.
    Touted to be one of the biggest tourism events of the year, the global summit is being organized at the King Abdul Aziz International Conference Center under the theme “Travel for a Better Future.”
    During the event, industry leaders will share their thoughts about the future of the sector and the challenges that should be addressed to ensure a safer, more resilient, inclusive, and sustainable travel and tourism industry.
    Source: Arab News

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