Shooting for the superlatives
Tourists in Dubai can now take a boat tour of Lake Burj with the ride providing a great view of the world's tallest building - the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa near the shore.
In addition, visitors can also observe the world's highest water fountain, which shoots water nearly 140 metres into the air, according to city tourism officials. From Saturday to Thursday between 5.45pm and 11.15pm, a traditional wooden boat, the Abra, docks every 30 minutes. It holds six people. The tour lasts about half an hour and costs 65 dirhams (Bt500). - DPA
Granada turns 1,000
The Spanish of Granada is set to celebrate this year the 1,000th anniversary of its foundation as a Muslim city with exhibitions, festivals, concerts and street parties. In May and June, the Spanish Tourism Office notes, there will be an exhibition titled "The 1,000 Faces of Granada", while another exhibition, "The Old Kingdom - Reino de Grenada" will run until December and describe the Moorish kingdom and the later Christian sub-kingdom which replaced it. The festivities will wind up with a street festival "El milenio en las calles" (the millenium in the streets) running October 11-13. Visit www.GranadaFestival.org.
Mystic Point, the third and final chapter of Hong Kong Disneyland, will be unveiled on May 17,, giving the resort a new experience and one of the most sophisticated attractions ever built by Disney. This new themed land is designed to bring the original story of an eccentric explorer Lord Henry Mystic and his travel companion, a monkey called Albert, memorably to life. The "Mystic Magneto-Electric Carriage" is a highlight of the show, offering one of the most sophisticated ride systems in Disney's history. Every guest will be privy to a front-row experience, as the attraction is trackless, using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and a wireless communication system to control the movement of 32 vehicles simultaneously.
Down Under on a bike
Visitors to Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, can now explore the city by rented bicycle. Tourism Queensland says that three tours are on offer, leading past such landmarks as the Queensland Parliament, the Story Bridge and the Kangaroo Point Cliffs. The tours are held year-round, with departures from 8 to 10 am, and last about four hours. Visit www.BrisbaneBicycletours.com.au.
New timetable for MoMA
Starting July 1, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is to be open daily, with the hours applying both to the main museum on Fifth Avenue as well as to the Cloisters museum and gardens in Fort Tryon Park on the northern tip of Manhattan Island, the museum's administration has announced. The main museum’s opening hours will be 10am to 9pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10am to 5.30pm Sundays through Thursdays. The Cloisters is open daily until October from 10am to 5.15pm and from 10am to 4.45pm from November through February.
A mall to call their own
For Etihad's passengers, what could be even cooler than Dubai's shopping malls? The answer is a shopping mall of their own. Arab Emirates' flag-carrier recently opens its own Travel Mall in Dubai. Aiming to become world's best travel company, the Travel Mall offers everything the travellers ever need for life on the road, from books to airline tickets. Travellers can also, check-in for a flight, drop off baggage and board an Etihad Express luxury coach bound for Abu Dhabi International Airport.