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  • Published: 17:00 January 25, 2013
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  • Movenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened its fifth property in Dubai.
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QUEEN MARY 2 MAKES MAIDEN ABU DHABI CALL

The Queen Mary 2 — the world’s largest ocean liner and the luxury flagship of the Cunard Line — is making her maiden Abu Dhabi call on January 29.

The Dh3.2 billion cruise liner, built in 2004 to replace the illustrious Queen Elizabeth 2, will spend the day in Mina Zayed before sailing for Cochin in India as part of her 2013 World Voyage, a 106-day odyssey from Southampton, United Kingdom, via the Mediterranean and the Red Sea then heading out across the Indian Ocean to the Far East and China, Australia, New Zealand and Mauritius to South Africa, before returning to Southampton prior to embarking on the itinerary’s transatlantic leg.

The liner boasts 1,310 staterooms and suites (955 with balconies), a six-storey grand lobby piano atrium, a 1,000-plus seat theatre, Canyon Ranch SpaClub, a cinema and auditorium that includes the only planetarium on the sea, and 15 restaurants and bars.

ETIHAD’S NEW CHAUFFEUR SERVICE

Etihad Airways now offers chauffeur service to its Coral Economy class guests arriving or departing London Heathrow Airport. With a competitive price the service is provided in BMW or Mercedes vehicles and includes chauffeur greeting at the arrival, luggage assistance and kerb-side drop off. Guests can book at www.etihad.com/chauffeur.

MOVENPICK OPENS THE SQUARE

Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts has opened its fifth property in Dubai, becoming the first international hotel company in the city’s Al Mamzar area of Deira. Mövenpick Hotel Apartments The Square, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts’ fifth property in Dubai, is now open. The property with 180 superior and deluxe rooms, as well as one- and two-bedroom hotel apartment suites is close to the Al Mamzar Beach Park in Deira. Each of the rooms are appointed with a convenient kitchenette. Dining options include The Spices, a contemporary all-day dining restaurant serving Asian creations and classic international dishes; the rooftop swimming pool serves snacks and shisha. A fitness centre is housed on the sixth floor. For more information log on to www.moevenpick-hotels.com/dubai-thesquare

W ISTANBUL SPECIAL PACKAGE

Travellers bound to or from W Istanbul can now take advantage of a modern Arabian experience with a special package at W Doha Hotel & Residences. W Doha will provide guests access to some of the hottest shopping and authentic cultural experiences. This package complements the existing Stop Over package available between W Doha and W Retreat & Spa — Maldives, including a room upgrade to a Cool Corner Suite featuring state-of-the-art in-room entertainment, a king-sized signature W bed, Munchie Box and complimentary airport transfers. For more information and bookings, log on to whoteldoha.com/stopover, whoteldoha.com or www.wistanbul.tr

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