Nakheel calls for groundwork bids for tallest tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

A rendering of the 260-meter development which will include Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360. (Courtesy Nakheel)
Updated 27 March 2018
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Nakheel calls for groundwork bids for tallest tower on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah

LONDON: Dubai’s property developer Nakheel has called for ground preparation proposals for PALM360, a two-tower luxury hotel and residential project that is set to be the tallest building on the Palm Jumeirah.

The 260-meter development will include Raffles The Palm Dubai Hotel and Raffles Residences PALM360, and is due to be completed in 2021, according to a statement from Nakheel.

It will feature a sky pool, said to be the world’s largest, which will connect the two towers.

The hotel will have 125 rooms, and there will be 331 Raffles-branded residences on offer.

There are 16 penthouses planned which will come with their own infinity pool, gym, home theater and 360-degree view of Dubai.

A tender for the construction of the development is to be released later this year.

Nakheel has been behind many of Dubai’s landmark developments, including the Palm Jumeirah itself and The World project, which features 300 man-made islands just off the coast of Dubai, shaped to represent the continents.

The developer works across retail, hospitality and residential projects in Dubai. It has around 25,000 residential units under construction or in the pipeline, according a company statement.


Flight rights group takes Ryanair to court over strike compensation

Updated 15 August 2018
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Flight rights group takes Ryanair to court over strike compensation

  • Ryanair had to cancel around 1 in 6 flights last week due to a walk-out by pilots in five European countries
  • The disruption affected 55,000 travelers

BERLIN: German passenger rights company Flightright is taking Ryanair to court over whether it should pay financial compensation to passengers affected by strikes at Europe’s largest low-cost carrier.
Ryanair had to cancel around 1 in 6 flights on Friday due to a walk-out by pilots in five European countries, disrupting an estimated 55,000 travelers.
The worst affected country was Germany, where 250 flights affected around 42,000 passengers.
EU rules state that passengers can claim monetary compensation of up to €400 for flights within the region for canceled or delayed flights, unless the reason is extraordinary circumstances, such as bad weather.
Strikes have generally fallen under extraordinary circumstances although a ruling by the European Court of Justice in April said that a wildcat strike by staff at German airline TUIfly following a restructuring could not be classed as extraordinary circumstances. Flightright said it believes Ryanair is therefore obliged to pay monetary compensation to customers and so has filed a complaint with a court in Frankfurt in a bid to clarify the rules around strikes.
A spokeswoman for the court said she was aware of the Flightright statement, but that she had not yet seen the complaint.
Ryanair said it fully complies with the European legislation on the matter, known as EU261.
“Under EU261 legislation, no compensation is payable when the union is acting unreasonably and totally beyond the airline’s control. If this was within our control, there would be no cancelations,” a spokesman said.
Passenger rights groups such as Flightright help passengers to claim compensation from airlines under EU261 rules but in exchange for a share of the compensation received.
Many European airlines, including Ryanair, therefore urge passengers to file claims with them directly instead.