Dubai is one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation – from a humble beginning as a pearl-diving centre – to one of the fastest growing cities on earth. Home to just over 2 million people from more than 200 nationalities, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. Constantly on the move, Dubai is an exciting hub where something new and different happens every so often, providing greater facilities and comfort for its residents and visitors.

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New Royal Atlantis Resort construction approved

Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has given the go-ahead for the construction of the new Royal Atlantis Resort next to the existing Atlantis, The Palmresort on Palm Jumeirah, as well as a number of other major projects over the coming three years. The Royal Atlantis Resort will consist of 800 rooms, suites and 250 hotel apartments.

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Noted author, writer, northern Ontario historian, Haliburton Village resident and Order of Canada member, Michael Barnes will be at the Champlain Shores site on Sunday August 22, at 1:00 p.m. to talk about the history of the area, and sign his book The Essential Haliburton-Discover Highland Ontario. Copies of his most recent book Wolves and Haliburton Forest will be available.

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Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni announced that the Australian archaeological mission working in Ezbit El-Walda area have unearthed a 5,000-year-old necropolis with 20 well-preserved tombs in that site just outside Cairo. The site in the suburb of Helwan is a host of small plain tombs with larger ones meant for the middle and upper classes, containing alabaster, limestone, clay and copper pots and pans, Hosni said. The necropolis also contains a limestone relief with early uses of hieroglyphic texts.

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Tailor made hiking and bike tours on www.MySwitzerland.com

Switzerland offers a vast network of hiking, biking and in-line skating trails and routes which give visitors a completely different perspective of this alpine country. There are more than 37000 miles of hiking trails, ranging from flat routes to high alpine glacier hikes.

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