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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

UAE races for new wealth source

The Arabian Gulf region has long been known as the world's largest oil producer.

Now, several countries in the region are racing to cash in on a new commodity -- aluminium.

The UAE city of Abu Dhabi has unveiled a 24bn dollar industrial zone centred around a huge aluminium smelter.

Dan Nolan reports from Abu Dhabi.

Dubai: the ultimate family destination

It's known by many as a world class destination of year round sunshine and luxury hospitality, but Dubai also has a wealth of exciting activities to offer and is fast establishing itself as a place that caters for the whole family. So while we're all planning our next holiday to escape from the winter blues, what is there on offer to keep both kids and parents entertained on their vacation?

While finding the ideal holiday to suit everyone can often be a challenge, the emirate is a fantastic winter sun destination providing a safe and luxurious environment offering a complete package of culture, action and adventure.

From sports and leisure activities to excellent shopping facilities and even an aquarium in Dubai Mall which is home to over 33,000 aquatic animals, Dubai is constantly evolving to offer an ever increasing choice for visitors.

For couples there are restaurants offering gastronomic delights from around the world to cater for everyone's palette. Dads can relax over a round of golf on a Championship course while mums hit the shops at the mall and traditional souk markets. And for those young at heart or with kids in tow there is a world-class water park, indoor skiing, dolphin swimming and even desert safaris to keep you entertained and happy while on holiday.

The emirate is only a short seven hour flight away -- and with 133 direct weekly flights from the UK to Dubai, including departures from six regional airports, it couldn't be more accessible.

So if this has whetted your appetite, log onto our live WebTV show, where travel expert Simon Calder and Ian Scott from Dubai Tourism will share their insights and get under the skin of this unique holiday destination.

Simon Calder joins us live online at on Tuesday 16th November at 12.30 to discuss family holidays

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