May 18, 2020

Five of the UAE's best theme parks

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Bizclik Editor
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Five of the UAE's best theme parks

With news that Six Flags is planning to create the world’s biggest rollercoaster in the Middle East, we take a look at some of the UAE’s leading theme parks.  

1. Dubai Parks & Resorts

Due to open in October, we featured Dubai Parks & Resorts earlier this year. The site will bring together three separate theme parks - motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai – alongside a water park and the Lapita Hotel. Dubai Parks and Resorts is predicted to be one of the top innovators in the theme park sector.

2. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

After a three-year build, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi opened in November 2010. The logo on the roof is the largest ever created – 65m in length and covering an area of 3,000m2. As well as a mixture of rides and attractions, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi also puts on a programme of seasonal events, including exclusive performances by world champion ice skaters, Bollywood dancers, light shows and live DJ sets.

3. Wild Wadi

This waterpark in Dubai is one of the city’s most popular attarctions. Located in front of the Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions, themed around the tale of Juha, a character from Arabian folklore.

4. Yas Waterworld

Located on Yas Island, adjacent to Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld is described as the UAE’s first 'mega waterpark' with 43 rides, slides and attractions. It also has a pearl diving experience that showcases traditional Emirati pearl diving culture, and an interactive treasure hunt game.

5. IMG Worlds of Adventure

Opening at the end of this month, IMG Worlds of Adventure will be the world’s largest indoor theme park, bringing international brands Marvel and Cartoon Network to life. It will also feature IMG Boulevard and Lost Valley - Dinosaur Adventure as well as 28 food outlets and 25 retail outlets. 

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Jun 11, 2021

G7 Summit guide: What it is and what leaders hope to achieve

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Business Chief delves into what the G7 is and represents and what its 2021 summit hopes to achieve, in terms of sustainability and global trade

Unless you’ve had your head buried in the sand, you’ll have seen the term ‘G7’ plastered all over the Internet this week. We’re going to give you the skinny on exactly what the G7 is and what its purpose on this planet is ─ and whether it’s a good or a bad collaboration. 

 

Who are the G7?

The Group of Seven, or ‘G7’, may sound like a collective of pirate lords from a certain Disney smash-hit, but in reality, it’s a group of the world’s seven largest “advanced” economies ─ the powerhouses of the world, if you like. 

The merry band comprises:

  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States

Historically, Russia was a member of the then-called ‘G8’ but found itself excluded after their ever-so-slightly illegal takeover of Crimea back in 2014.

 

Since 1977, the European Union has also been involved in some capacity with the G7 Summit. The Union is not recognised as an official member, but gradually, as with all Europe-linked affairs, the Union has integrated itself into the conversation and is now included in all political discussions on the annual summit agenda. 

 

When was the ‘G’ formed?

Back in 1975, when the world was reeling from its very first oil shock and the subsequent financial fallout that came with it, the heads of state and government from six of the leading industrial countries had a face-to-face meeting at the Chateau de Rambouillet to discuss the global economy, its trajectory, and what they could do to address the economic turmoil that reared its ugly head throughout the 70s. 

 

Why does the G7 exist?

At this very first summit ─ the ‘G6’ summit ─, the leaders adopted a 15-point communiqué, the Declaration of Rambouillet, and agreed to continuously meet once a year moving forward to address the problems of the day, with a rotating Presidency. One year later, Canada was welcomed into the fold, and the ‘G6’ became seven and has remained so ever since ─ Russia’s inclusion and exclusion not counted. 

 

The group, as previously mentioned, was born in the looming shadow of a financial crisis, but its purpose is more significant than just economics. When leaders from the group meet, they discuss and exchange ideas on a broad range of issues, including injustice around the world, geopolitical matters, security, and sustainability. 

 

It’s worth noting that, while the G7 may be made up of mighty nations, the bloc is an informal one. So, although it is considered an important annual event, declarations made during the summit are not legally binding. That said, they are still very influential and worth taking note of because it indicates the ambitions and outlines the initiatives of these particularly prominent leading nations. 

 

Where is the 2021 G7 summit?

This year, the summit will be held in the United Kingdom deep in the southwest of England, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson hosting his contemporaries in the quaint Cornish resort of Carbis Bay near St Ives in Cornwall. 
 

What will be discussed this year? 

After almost two years of remote communication, this will be the first in-person G7 summit since the novel Coronavirus first took hold of the globe, and Britain wants “leaders to seize the opportunity to build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener, and more prosperous.”

 

The three-day summit, running from Friday to Sunday, will see the seven leaders discussing a whole host of shared challenges, ranging from the pandemic and vaccine development and distribution to the ongoing global fight against climate change through the implementation of sustainable norms and values. 

 

According to the UK government, the attendees will also be taking a look at “ensuring that people everywhere can benefit from open trade, technological change, and scientific discovery.” 

 

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