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Kuoni and the East India Company Join Forces to Bring Alive the Ancient Art of Tea Drinking

Kuoni has joined forces with the recently re-launched East India Company, to bring alive the ancient art of tea drinking at two exciting customer events to be hosted in The East India Company’s chic store at 7-8 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XF on 06 and 15 November 2012, and one customer event to be hosted on the stunning SS Great Britain, a former passenger steamship now permanently docked in Bristol’s Great Western Dockyard, on 13 November 2012.

Granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth 1 in 1600, The East India Company was founded by a group of enterprising merchants and businessmen to explore the mysteries of the East. It quickly began exploring new territories, mapping trade routes and discovering exotic goods all over the world. Its pioneers and adventurers established trading posts which would eventually grow into iconic world cities such as Singapore, Hong Kong and Mumbai.

So now Kuoni Travel is to bring alive the exotic destinations where the East India Company’s tea is grown to an audience who are interested in travel, discovery and the story behind how tea travels from plantation to porcelain cup.

Tea master, Lalith Lenadora who started at the age of 18 as a tea planter in his native Sri Lanka, will guide customers through the many exotic varieties of tea. The journey will include some of the world’s most interesting teas: rare white varieties such as Golden Tips, subtle green teas such as Dragonwell and Buttery Oolongs from Taiwan, rich black teas such as Rainforest Lumbini and Darjeeling First Flush to some romantic flowering teas such as Sacred Heart, and Thousand Year Red. Each tea is hand-selected by Mr Lenadora who will explain how to develop an understanding of the seasonal qualities of the teas and how to fully enjoy their unique flavours.

On the evenings, Kuoni’s personal travel experts will be on hand to bring alive the far flung destinations these teas are grown in and to talk to customers about holidays to these locations. Kuoni makes a point of hand-picking the best retreats, authentic travel experiences and hotels and tours that are exclusive to Kuoni guests.

At the events customers will be able to taste not only teas but also some of the exotic canapés, biscuits and chocolates that the company creates using their worldwide palette of influence. Customers will also have their names entered into a prize draw to win a flavour of the East India Trading company.

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Authentic Cuba Travel Offers Incredible Access with their Havana Jazz Festival Tour

About the Festival

The 28th Havana Jazz Festival, or Jazz Plaza 2012, is sponsored by the Cuban Institute of Music and has been organized by world-renowned, 7-time Grammy winning musician Chucho Valdes. This year’s festival will run from the 20th to the 23rd of December and will take place at a number of locations in the historic Cuban capital. The tour itself spans from December 16th to December 24th.

Visitors and guests will find that the Havana International Jazz Festival is an event that no jazz lover should miss. In the past, the festival has played host to such talents as Dizzy Gillespie, Ronnie Scott, Luis Monge, The Ronnie Mathews Trio, and many more. In addition to global talents, you will find that the festival brings out Cuba’s finest jazz bands and soloists. Whether you want to experience the main performances or to enjoy the late night jam sessions between artists, you may wish to book your travel now, as festival tours are selling out quickly.

Visitors will find that live music and excitement will be on offer at venues throughout the city. The festival allows you to experience some of the world’s most amazing musicians while taking in the splendor of locations such as Karl Marx Theatre, Mella Theatre, Casa de la Cultura de Plaza, Palacio de La Rumba, and Casa del Alba. The festival is a unique opportunity to experience jazz music on the very island where it has its roots.

The Tour Experience

By booking a Havana Jazz Festival tour with Authentic Cuba Travel, you will get much more than just the chance to hear some of the world’s most remarkable jazz musicians. The tour will take you to some of Havana’s most important and historic locations, including a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You will also receive full access to all of the festival’s concerts, including premium seating at both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Booking a tour with Authentic Cuba Travel allows you to truly see why Cuba is one of the most remarkable islands in the Caribbean. While US-Cuban diplomatic relations are strained, relative isolation has helped keep the island authentic and provides a more genuine Cuban experience for travelers who have the chance to visit. Your tour itinerary will offer the chance to see the best that Havana and Cuba have to offer, including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Cienfuegos City, Old Havana, Viñales Valley, and Trinidad. You will also get the opportunity to attend the shooting of the 9 O’Clock Cannon, a historic tradition that dates back to the 16th century, when a cannon shot was fired to signal military men to retreat from their positions and was later used to signal the close of the city walls during colonial times.

Literary and history buffs will also have the chance to experience the world as Ernest Hemingway did during the many years that the island served as his home. You will get the chance to explore Hemingway’s long-time home of Finca Vigia, where the writer spent more than two decades. You will also get the chance to tour the fishing village of Cojimar, which served as the inspiration and backdrop for Hemingway’s famed novel The Old Man and the Sea. In the village, you will find a bust of the author commemorating his impact on the village and its economy. Hemingway, like many visitors to Cuba, was renowned for his appreciation of fine Cuban cigars, and your visit will offer you the chance to tour the famed Partagas Cigar Factory, which has been in operation since 1845.

Hemingway isn’t the only local celebrity that plays a role in your tour experience. When you book with Authentic Cuba Travel, you will have the opportunity to rub shoulders and engage in conversation with many of the island’s most remarkable artists. Festival goers frequently get the chance to meet many of the performers, and your tour includes the opportunity to enjoy a lunch hosted by Jose Fuster- one of the island’s most renowned painters and ceramists. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy a private meeting with world famous architect Miguel Coyula during your visit to the Scale Model of Havana. Coyula is also Havana’s city historian, and his knowledge and appreciation for the city are certain to provide you with a deeper love and appreciation for Havana.

A Havana Jazz Festival Tour with Authentic Cuba Travel offers the chance to experience all of this and much more. A detailed itinerary leaves no stone unturned, providing beautiful accommodations and the chance to explore much of what makes Cuba one of the most amazing and enthralling travel destinations in the world. From breathtaking castles to the Jazz Festival itself, your tour creates an experience unlike any other.

Why Authentic Cuba Travel?

While there are a number of agencies that offer travel and tours in Cuba, very few give visitors the chance to see the more authentic side of the island. Tourist resorts certainly have their own appeal, but what makes the island special is its incredible history and culture. Authentic Cuba Travel works to ensure that visitors to Cuba leave with a real sense of what makes the island and the Cuban people so remarkable. Tours are created in close collaboration with both educational and cultural organizations in order to give a more authentic experience, and the result is a richer, truer Cuban travel experience.

To book a space with the Havana Jazz Festival Tour, contact Authentic Cuba Travel. Site visitors will find a detailed itinerary of events and attractions, as well as more information about the festival and the island itself. American travelers will also find a detailed page of frequently asked questions about legal travel to Cuba. With many new travel categories currently being offered to American visitors, those who qualify for travel to the island currently have the chance to enjoy the musical and historical tour of a lifetime. Authentic Cuba Travel works hard to bring you the most comprehensive and authentic island experience, and you will find that the 2012 Havana Jazz Festival Tour is no exception!

Contact Details: Authentic Cuba Travel
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877 280 2054 Toll Free North America
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An Advertising First: Jumeirah Brings The Luxurious Burj Al Arab To TV Audiences

Burj Al Arab launches its first TV ad promoting the iconic sail-shaped Burj Al Arab – often voted the world’s most luxurious hotel.

The new Burj Al Arab video – a TV advertising first for the luxury hotelier – invites holidaymakers visiting Dubai to “leave the ordinary behind” by indulging in a stay at the uber-luxurious property. In another exciting first for the company, Jumeirah’s social media fans and followers were treated to an exclusive preview of the visually impressive ad ahead of the world’s media.

Following a diver as he moves from the hotel’s rooftop to the Arabian Gulf Sea below, the advert subtly encourages holidaymakers to dive or otherwise immerse themselves in unparalleled luxury at the world famous hotel.

The advert not only showcases the Burj al Arab’s iconic exterior – itself one of the world’s most photographed structures – but also draws attention to the hotel’s panoramic views, sumptuous interiors and luxurious facilities.

The Burj’s helipad, Skyview bar, Club Suite, Assawan Spa and Health Club can all be glimpsed in the advert, as well as one of the hotel’s many gourmet restaurants and infinity pools, as the camera tracks a diver boldly travelling from sky to sea.

The Burj Al Arab has been designed to resemble a billowing sail, and stands at a height of 321 metres to dominate the glittering Dubai skyline. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world’s most luxurious hotel, with features including in-suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round the clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet and private beach.

The Burj Al Arab skyscraper also features 202 luxury hotel suites which range from 170 to 780 square metres with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each suite, as well as six award-winning signature restaurants, the Sinbad’s Kids Club and conference and banqueting venues.

The hotel is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire.

All guests staying at the Jumeirah Burj Al Arab hotel also have free unlimited access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark, which is the United Arab Emirates premier waterpark with over 30 rides and attractions.

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Jumeirah Opens Its First Hotel In Pudong, China

Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, has announced the soft opening of its first five-star luxury hotel in China at the Himalayas Centre in Pudong, Shanghai.

Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel Shanghai features 401 contemporary Chinese-style guestrooms, including 62 suites and residences, four restaurants and lounges, a 24-hour fitness centre and indoor swimming pool. The hotel also offers extensive meeting, conference and event facilities, including two grand ballrooms and a 5000m2 rooftop Infinity Garden, perfect for weddings and outdoor events. The interior of the hotel was designed by KCA International, whose portfolio includes the Burj al Arab in Dubai, which is also run by Jumeirah.

Jumeirah Himalayas luxury hotel in Shanghai is part of the landmark Himalayas Centre, a spacious new arts and cultural hub including the 1,100-seat DaGuan Theatre, Himalayas Art Museum, a luxury brand mall and impressive outdoor event venues, such as the Infinity Garden and Wuji Plaza. Designed by world-renowned architect Arata Isozaki, who also created the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Stadium and Los Angeles MoMA, the landmark Himalayas Centre was honoured with the CCTV “Designing for China” Award in 2008, alongside Herzog & de Meuron’s National Stadium in Beijing.

Located in the heart of Pudong, Jumeirah Himalayas Shanghai hotel is directly opposite the Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC) and close to the lush green expanse of Century Park. The nearby Maglev train station offers swift transfers to Pudong International Airport.

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Winter Walks, Great Ocean Walk, Victoria, Australia

WINTER hibernation is very boring when the Great Ocean Walk beckons – offering greater solitude, opportunities to see koala joeys emerging from the pouch, whales swimming the Southern Ocean and the warming welcome of the Aire Valley Guest House.

From May to October humpbacks and southern rights are seen almost daily from Victoria’s Great Ocean Walk which stretches 104 kilometres from the resort town of Apollo Bay to the famous limestone stacks the Twelve Apostles.

It’s a time when snakes have taken cover for the cooler months, the Great Aussie Salute is obsolete as flies have disappeared, and the crackling wood fires at Aire Valley Guest House are the perfect welcome home after a life-affirming day on the world-class Great Ocean Walk.

The Guest House, which also houses Victoria’s greenest restaurant, is offering a winter walkers’ package for the months of May, June and July which includes accommodation, a shuttle service to and from set-down points along the walk, lunch with salads hand-picked from their garden, and three course dinners made from the finest regional food.

Aire Valley Guest House owner and chef Annabel Tunley said their veggie patch was burgeoning with produce which would have a strong influence on the winter menu. Otways rack of lamb would be marinated in their home-grown garlic and rosemary and served with veggies picked minutes before serving.

With bumper crops of beetroot and pumpkin plumping up, the winter menu will feature homemade Borscht, and pumpkin soups. Annabel’s home-gown rhubarb crumble has been known to restore and reinvigorate tired walkers from their taste buds right down to their toes.

For walkers who like to photograph their experiences, winter in the Otways can be ethereal and moody or fully lit with brilliant blue skies and spectacular sweeping waves in Mediterranean blue crashing against the skyscraper sea cliffs.

For those wanting to spy native fauna in their natural habitat, kangaroos and wallabies tend to graze for longer during the daylight hours of winter, koala joeys can be seen in the safe and warm arms of their furry mums from late July, and it’s a great time to catch a glimpse of the Otways carnivorous snail – the fabulously named Victaphanta compacta.

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Popular Scuba Dive iPhone Application Updated today announced a new release of their popular scuba diving iPhone application. The Divetime iPhone App Version 2 includes some great new features:

* In addition to 12,500 dive sites, a global database of 8,500 dive shops can now also be searched. With the addition of dive shops, the Divetime iPhone application confirms its position as the most comprehensive mobile resource for scuba divers worldwide.
* User reviews and photos can now be viewed on dive site and dive shops.
* GPS co-ordinates are now displayed with dive site details.
* The GPS accuracy has been increased.
* A new text-based search feature was added.

These new features build on the existing user functionality, which includes:

* Nearby search, leveraging the iPhone’s GPS capabilities to find scuba dive sites (and now dive shops) in the user’s vicinity.
* Integration with Google Maps to plot search results.
* Map-based search to locate scuba diving locations and resources anywhere in the world.
* Detailed information about dive sites (an dive shops) including depth, visibility, currents, access methods and marine life.
* Saved search locations, bookmarks and custom user settings.

Existing features have been updated with various bug fixes and performance enhancements.

More information and a link to the iTunes download can be found at

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Jumeirah Emirates Towers Wins Business Traveller Award

Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotel in Dubai was named the Best Business Hotel in the Middle East at the 2010 Business Traveller Awards on 20 September 2010 in London. Jumeirah Emirates Towers has won the prestigious award for eight consecutive years, underscoring its outstanding service and dedication to the business and corporate travel sectors. At the same ceremony Jumeirah, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company and member of Dubai Holding, was also presented with the ‘Best Business Hotel Chain in the Middle East’ award for the sixth consecutive year.

The award coincides with Jumeirah Emirates Towers landmark 10 year anniversary and a series of new developments on the property.

Jumeirah’s global spa brand, Talise, has just announced its opening at Jumeirah Emirates Towers, to join the brand’s flagship Talise wellness centre at Madinat Jumeirah. Following a brief refurbishment, Talise at Jumeirah Emirates Towers represents an urban expression of Talise, and will welcome both male and female guests, replacing the hotel’s former spa facility, H2O, which previously operated exclusively for male guests. A number of Talise signature treatments will be added to the existing H2O treatment menu, which includes unique services such as a floatation pool and a dedicated oxygen bar, creating a comprehensive menu of over 35 treatments.

Jumeirah Emirates Towers’ famous Al Nafoorah restaurant will re-open in November 2010, following an extensive refurbishment. The celebrated Lebanese restaurant will offer perennial favourites including hot and cold mezzeh, with an outdoor terrace perfect for al fresco dining. In addition, the hotel has just announced a new Friday brunch menu at Vu’s, along with new pool deck parties, and special anniversary offers in the restaurants.

The hotel is also offering an exclusive Business First Package, ideal for the discerning business traveller, including complimentary buffet breakfast, in-room internet, use of Business Centre facilities, a suit/shirt pressing and complimentary upgrade, subject to availability from AED 1475 per night.

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Special Honeymoon Package Krabi 4 Days 3 Nights Only 9,500 THB At The Beach Boutique Resort

The Beach Boutique Resort is nestled on the unspoiled and peaceful Hat Yao beach in Krabi, Thailand. Situated on 1.5 acres, the resort is surrounded by local fisherman villages, where guests can observe the charm of local life. Offering 14 private bungalows and 3 beach villas with private terraces, this resort overlooks the tropical garden and private pools for the beach villas. All residences at the resort have a range of superior amenities which make for a completely relaxing stay, in addition to personal and friendly staff service.

Special Honeymoon Package Krabi 4 Days 3 Nights Only 9,500 THB At The Beach Boutique Resort

The Beach Boutique Resort offer special promotion Honeymoon Package 2 packages ,First package Honeymoon Package 4 days 3 nights for deluxe villa only 9,500 THB ,free transfer round trip,free Thai Massage for 2 person,free Dinner set & Sparking Wine,Complimentary Cocktail 2 glass.Second package Honeymoon Package 4 days 3 nights for pool villa only 15,500 THB,free transfer round trip,free Thai Massage for 2 person,free Dinner set & Sparking Wine,Complimentary Cocktail 2 glass .

This promotions special Valid from 1 May – 15 Aug 2010.

We also have Guest Privileges

* FREE breakfast for 2
* FREE use of Canoe on property subject to availability
* FREE use of Bicycle on property subject to availability
* FREE half day tour to Krabi town every Monday
* FREE shuttle bus from hotel to Ao Nang every Wednesday
* FREE shuttle bus from hotel to Emerald Pool and Hot Spring Water Fall every Friday
* Complimentary Wireless Internet Access
* Tropical welcome drink upon arrival

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More Travel press releases’s Online Hotel Reservation System A Big Hit

The online hotel reservation system of Kerala Tourism is set in for a major expansion with the preparation of a strong database of around 4,500 trade partners. Launched in mid-2009, the system currently has around 200 service providers and more trade partners would join the initiative with the expansion put in place. The system has already proved to be a success with thousands of travelers availing of the facility within a short span of time.

The online accommodation reservation system offers travelers a wide range of choices from five-star hotels to homestays in remote corners of the State. Around twenty-five thousand rooms in Destination Kerala at various destinations, including Alappuzha, Kumarakom, Munnar, Periyar, Wayanad, Kochi and Kozhikode are available for reservation through the system.

With this facility, rooms can be booked online any time by visiting The booking can be done by using major credit cards, debit cards; through net banking and other facilities like Pay Pal.  The specialty of the online reservation platform is that the payment made for reservation goes directly to the account of the property owner.

Ever since its launch in 1998,, has played a decisive role in the branding of Destination Kerala across the globe. Over the years, the website has become the one-stop reference for travelers to the destination. The website has won several prestigious awards and honours, including the national award instituted by the Union Ministry of Tourism on four occasions.

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Popular and Exciting Locations and Attractions Throughout the State of Florida

Escape the cold with the help of and retreat to our featured cities, such as the busy and attraction filled Orlando, the warm

sandy beaches of Ft. Myers and the tropical islands of the Florida Keys. With so many things to do in Florida, visitors are informed about some of the more key locations that can help keep them busy and on the move or just relax and bathe in the Florida Sunshine.

Orlando, Florida is a place just for that. seemingly gives you a tour of the city f r o m a first person point of view. It’s writers describe things f r o m it’s history to it’s attractions, places to eat and to stay the night. If you like being busy, the Orlando Attractions like Disney World and Universal Studios, as well as bar-hopping places like and CityWalk and Downtown Disney offer rides, entertainment and other theme park favorites. In winter the weather in Florida rarely drops below unacceptable levels, and is usually sunny and warm which keeps you outside and not stuck in-doors.

If the great outdoors is more your type of pleasure, be sure to visit Fort Myers; a beachy location featuring trails to hike, fish to be caught, water to be swam in, or perhaps a boating experience. allows easy location of any of your favorite hobbies, from first hand experiences to reviews on restaurants; the descriptions alone will make you wish you were there. Nearby Sanibel Island is known worldwide as one of the best shelling beaches. Fort Myers is complete with it’s “Old Florida” charm that warms you to the core. Be sure to visit the Edison Museum on your trip to the beaches of paradise.

Speaking of Paradise, also features the famous Florida Keys, designed with you in mind to escape your troubles and the downsides of winter. Featured destinations in the Florida Keys include Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and ofcourse Key West. Warm air and cool breezes make these islands on the southern-most tip of the United States the ideal place to hunker-down for the winter, but once you get there, you’ll find yourself on the beaches or in the crystal blue water. You won’t need a heated pool, as the Keys offer the warmest waters around.

So many have discovered Florida’s unique culture, attractions, and sunny beaches every year, especially during the winter season. urges you to experience Florida in it’s BEST time of the year, when all other locations around the country are snowbound. You won’t be disappointed when you read about one of these three or many other locations described in-depth at, where you too will feel all warm-n-fuzzy thinking about your winter retreat.

About is a useful travel guide for families, singles and adventurous adults.

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Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai’s favourite family destination, has announced that it is celebrating its 10th birthday on October 10th 2009 and to help join in the festivities Jumeirah is inviting its friends to splash and giggle at its action-packed birthday party.

Wild Excitement Ahead As Wild Wadi Turns Ten

To get the celebrations underway, Jumeirah has organised a range of fun activities and exciting entertainment for all of its guests, including carnival performers, drummers, magicians and dancers, and many more surprises to be enjoyed along with the usual thrill-inducing Wild Wadi Waterpark waterslides.

In addition, because no birthday celebration would be complete without a gift, any child who is also having their 10th birthday on October 10th, they will get free access to Wild Wadi along with some special gifts in honour of their special day. Children who are 10 years old, but whose birthday is not on October 10th, can also look forward to a special day, thanks to a special discounted entry rate to the park; after all, being 10 years old is a big deal.

In between blowing up balloons, Chris Perry, General Manager of Wild Wadi Water Park and Official Birthday Cake Taster commented: “Wild Wadi Waterpark loves birthday parties – especially when it is our own. We are very proud to be 10 years old, and we want to celebrate this milestone properly with all of our friends. With the help of some special entertaining guests and a whole party bag of surprises we’ve managed to make Wild Wadi Waterpark even more fun and exciting than usual; we can’t wait to celebrate.”

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PADI Accreditation For Jumeirah Beach Hotels

Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s Pavilion Dive Centre, has recently been officially recognised by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) as a 5 Star Career Development Centre, PADI’s highest rating for Dive Centres.

This title denotes a standing in the local market with respect to time served from a PADI resort membership and the commitment to training and certifying PADI professionals and the continuation of that education at Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

As a PADI Career Development Centre, the Pavilion Dive Centre can now offer fast track diving resort management programs. This allows non-diving professionals to take a consolidated course to go professional and gain sufficient resort management to get started in the diving industry.

Pavilion Dive Centre is the first and only PADI 5 Star Career Development Centre in the Middle East.

Phil ‘O Shea, Pavilion Dive Centre Manager, said: “We are delighted to have received this accreditation and I would like to thank all of the team at the Pavilion Dive Centre who have worked so hard to make it happen.”

The first Instructor Development course of 2009 will start on Friday 3rd April.

The PADI Instructor Development Course (IDC) provides a professional, intense and fun learning experience in which students learn how to teach others to dive using the most successful diver training program in existence. Not only will they learn how to teach in classroom, pool and open water environments, they will also learn effective use of all PADI’s teaching aids and support materials.

Students will also be equipped with an excellent understanding of the diving industry, marketing techniques for all PADI courses and dynamic instructional methodology.

About Jumeirah:
Jumeirah properties are regarded as among the most luxurious and innovative in the world and have won numerous international travel and tourism awards. The fast growing Dubai based luxury international hospitality group encompasses the world renowned Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel, the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Madinat Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa in Dubai, the Jumeirah Carlton Tower and Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in London and the Jumeirah Essex House Hotel in New York. Building on this success, in 2004 Jumeirah Group became a member of Dubai Holding – a collection of leading Dubai-based businesses and projects – in line with a new phase of growth and development for the Group.

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