The Desert Challenge is the final round of the 2008 FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup and the 2008 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship.
Based in Dubai, which is also the rally”s finishing point, the event has its ceremonial start in the Emirati capital, Abu Dhabi.
From there, an international procession of cars, trucks and bikes go on a spectacular five-day journey across some of the most dramatic and demanding desert terrain on earth.
For four nights, the event is based at the Moreeb Hill bivouac, close to the Liwa oasis, and special stages stretch out into the legendary Empty Quarter, or Rub Al Khali, providing drivers and riders with an exhilarating test of skill and endurance.
Launched in 1991 by Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the legendary rally star and a sporting ambassador for the Arab world, the UAE Desert Challenge is a breathtaking experience that is savoured by champions and enthusiasts alike.
Dubai – A true modern metropolis Dubai boasts a fine range of tourist facilities including the refined Burj al Arab hotel.
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Activity holidays are becoming increasingly popular as people want to do more than just lounge around the beach, the Association of Independent Tour Operators (Aito) has said.
The activity holiday market has grown 17.2 per cent between 2003 and 2007, according to recent research by Mintel.
By the end of 2008, activity holidays are expected to account for nearly one in eight holidays taken by Britons, growing from just over one in ten in 2003.
Commenting on the trend, Mr Bradley said: "People are feeling that they want to be more active on holiday rather than just purely relaxing on the beach or just doing a city break.
"They want to feel like they are maybe learning a new skill or they are working out where they are and seeing wonderful places around the world."
Mintel estimates that around 10.2 million activity breaks were taken in 2007.
Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.
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Disney”s Beauty and the Beast is playing at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin until Sunday August 10th.
This is one of the most popular and enchantingly romantic fables ever told.
Seen by over 25 million people worldwide, it has been nominated for nine Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Audiences in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney and Tokyo have been wowed by this musical extravaganza.
Children will thoroughly enjoy watching this Disney love story, while adults will find themselves tapping their feet to the catchy tunes.
Produced by Peter Frosdick and Martin Dodd for UK Productions, Beauty and the Beast has music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.
It is directed and choreographed by Alison Pollard with musical supervision by Gareth Williams.
Set design is by Charles Camm, while costumes have been created by Elizabeth Dennis.
Doors open at 19:15 and the show starts at 20:00.
Family – Theme Parks – Treat the family to a day at one of the Disney resorts or to a splashing day out at a Spanish waterpark.
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