Emaar to develop tourism complex at new Beijing airport

Beijing Daxing International Airport is set to be the largest airport in the world.
Updated 03 June 2019

Emaar to develop tourism complex at new Beijing airport

At a ceremony held at the China National International Convention Center, Dubai-based global developer Emaar signed a memorandum of understanding with Beijing New Aeropolis Holdings (BNA) to jointly develop a business and tourism complex within the aero-economic area of Beijing Daxing International Airport, set to be the largest airport in the world. The complex will be a one-stop solution for retail, entertainment, office, hospitality, convention, sports, art and lifestyle.

Emaar and BNA will work closely to drive diversified collaboration and actively accelerate the share of resources to boost the establishment of the aero-economic area.

Emaar is a property developer and provider of premium lifestyles based in Dubai, and is present in 13 countries. Emaar develops master-planned communities and lifestyle destinations in several high-growth markets globally. The group has a land bank of 1.6 billion square feet in the UAE and key international markets. 

Some of its trophy developments include Downtown Dubai — home to Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Mall; Dubai Marina, one of the Middle East region’s largest waterfront developments; and Emaar’s new development Dubai Creek Harbor. Emaar has strong income-generating assets, with over 915,000 square meters of rental income assets and 19 hotels and resorts under its different businesses — Emaar Development, Emaar Malls, Emaar Hospitality Group and Emaar Entertainment.

Emaar has built many landmark projects in the Middle East, North Africa, the US, Europe and South Asia. The group also plays an important role in driving the China-UAE strategic partnership, and is actively exploring the Chinese market as part of the Belt Road Initiative.


Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Updated 19 August 2019

Resort in Oman offers camping adventures

Al-Baleed Resort Salalah by Anantara in southern Oman has unveiled its new Luxe Mobile Camping Adventures. In collaboration with travel specialist Oman Expeditions, this offering is the first bespoke luxury mobile camping experience to take guests across the diverse terrain of the Dhofar province from the mountains to the desert to the sea. 

Set between a relaxing stay at the beachside resort in Salalah, the camping adventures offer tailored itineraries of varying lengths. Activities and camp locations allow guests to discover a wilderness of star-studded skies, vast deserts, rugged mountains and long, empty beaches. Southern Oman is said to be an uncharted destination and one of the only places where the true culture of old Arabia is still alive.

Drawing on the vast country knowledge and experience of Oman Expedition’s founder Sean Nelson, these new experiences weave in the rich, traditional heritage and magnificent natural environment of the region to create rare and memorable expeditions for resort guests while continuing to provide the luxury and comfort they desire. 

A former officer in the British Royal Marines and Royal Army of Oman’s Desert Regiment, Nelson has been nominated annually for the Conde Nast Top Travel Specialist for Oman since 2012. A leading private travel specialist, he is renowned for his rich and varied experience of the country. Before setting up Oman Expeditions, Nelson founded Hud Hud Travels in 2006, Oman’s northern-based provider of professionally run private luxury camps and events. 

Traveling via luxury 4x4 vehicles, a sample itinerary would include two nights camping with three days of various activities. Guests may choose to venture deep into the most remote parts of the world’s largest sand desert to find peace and solitude amidst magnificent sweeping dunes reaching up to 200 meters in the Empty Quarter. For a seaside option, guests can camp on a stretch of wild and secluded beach along the Dhofar coastline where they will encounter an array of wildlife including spinner dolphins, green turtles and coastal bird life as well as swim and snorkel in the crystal clear water 30 meters from their tent. In the foothills of the Dhofar mountains, guests can step back in time on a trek with camels along the same ancient frankincense trading routes that these prized animals have been following for over 2,000 years.

Oman Expeditions also brings together Dhofar’s top local contacts from guides, drivers and chefs to camel herders, artisans and religious scholars to ensure clients have an enriching and authentic experience. In addition, expeditions are accompanied by members of the Mahrah, a tribe who have traveled along frankincense trading routes with their camels since the time of the Queen of Sheba.