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Mangrove cruise in Yas Island, Emirates’ quirky campaign and more

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  • Published: 17:00 February 22, 2013
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Mangrove cruise in Yas Island

Cruise into the mangroves of Yas Island — either for a romantic sunset sail or to enhance your knowledge of the unique ecosystem of the Abu Dhabi coastal waters — with Captain Tony’s boat tours. Starting from Dh150 per person, daily tours include quick cruises, day and sunset cruises, island beach tours and island camping. Call 02-6507175 or log on to

Turkish Airlines launches Facebook app

Turkish Airlines has launched a Facebook application with Turkish Actress Songul Oden, offering five couples the chance to win return flights and a two-night stay in Istanbul. To participate, visitors to the facebook page have to share a personal letter from the actress and five people who bring in the highest number of friends to enter the competition will win. The competition is open until February 28. Log on to

Country club adds to Philippines bouquet

Country Club Group adds nine holiday destinations in the Philippines. The holiday, clubbing and entertainment company announced a tie-up with Microtel Hotels & Resorts in Philippines, that adds to its portfolio beach and island resorts, properties amidst lush mountains and Greg Norman designed golf championship courses, with latest amenities, multi-cuisine offerings and various wellness facilities. Call XXXXXXXX for more information.

Emirates’ quirky campaign

Emirates is running a campaign showcasing the lighter side of language. Named Share a Smile, this is part of the airline’s Hello Tomorrow global brand campaign. Twenty-nine 15-second animated videos in 14 languages, featuring members of its multilingual cabin crew expressing quirky and unusual expressions and greetings from around the world help people connect with each other through watching the videos and sharing them with their friends and family. The videos are in Arabic, Cantonese, English, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. They can all be viewed on or

Spadunya well tours

Spadunya, in association with We Offer You the World, a sub-division of The World at her Feet is organising wellness journeys to destinations around the globe. Departing on March 24, their first destination is Ubud, Bali. The 6 days/5 nights trip costs Dh5,000 per person (excluding airfare) in twin-sharing accommodation at 5-star resorts including a beach resort. Personalised consultation, treatments and demonstration of traditional Balinese medicines, a jungle trek, village bike tour and a Balinese cooking class using organic ingredients have been planned as part of the tour. Prior to departure, Spadunya will host travellers at the spa in JBR for an afternoon of wellness preparation including an Organic Altearah Bio Colour Therapy. For information and bookings call 04-4298662 or write to

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