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World’s Largest Cigar Festival Opens In Havana!

Habanos s.a. Announces Results Of US$ 531 Million Turnover As The 22nd Habano Festival Opens In Havana

Havana, Cuba – Havana is hosting the XXII Habanos Festival, the largest international event for aficionados of the finest tobacco in the world, Habanos, which will be held from the 24th of February to the 28th.

The event will be attended by enthusiasts of this unique product from all over the world, with the Bolívar, Montecristo and Romeo y Julieta brands taking centre stage.

Renowned habanos brands will announce special editions of their products, such as the Bolívar Belicosos Finos Reserva Cosecha 2016 and the Partagás Legado. In addition, in commemoration of the175th anniversary of the Partagás brand, the special humidor Partagás Tropicales will be presented, of which only 450 will be produced.

Corporación Habanos, S.A., which exclusively markets the 27 habanos brands worldwide, will announce during the opening of the XXII Habanos Festival its financial results for the 2019 fiscal year.

Press Release – http://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8695951-habanos-growth-of-531-million-turnover/

Attendees, from more than 60 countries, will enjoy a comprehensive program full of activities designed to explore some aspects of the Habanos culture.

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First Ship In Branson’s New Fleet Arrives In UK To ‘Shake Up’ The Booming Cruise Industry

  • Scarlet Lady,  first of new fleet of 4 Virgin Voyages cruise ships arrives in Dover
  • Aims to bring ‘Rock Star’ cruising’ to a booming sector
  • No kids on board as Branson targets an adults-only younger cruising audience
  • On-board formal dinners and dances replaced by gigs, tattoo parlours & vinyl stores
  • Massive Rockstar suites include mini music studios
  • Cruise passenger numbers have doubled in a decade and sector now worth $150 billion

At Sea, 20th February 2020 –  The first of Sir Richard Branson’s brand new fleet of cruise ships which aims to shake up the cruise industry arrives in the UK. Scarlet Lady is the first of four Virgin Voyages ships that will come into service each year for the next four years.

Virgin Voyages aims to do to the booming cruise industry what it did to the airline industry when Virgin Atlantic launched. Its fleet of four ships known as the ‘Lady ships’ will offer adults only, rock ‘n roll cruising to a new audience.

Globally the cruise industry is booming with passenger numbers almost doubling in the past decade from 17.8 million in 2009 to a forecast 32 million this year.

The latest cruise industry report reveals there are now 55 cruise lines globally with a total of 278 ocean ships and another 19 scheduled to debut in 2020 including Scarlet Lady. According to the same report the cruise industry is worth $150 billion worldwide and sustains 1,177,000 jobs.

Branson has spotted an opportunity in this growing sector. The average age of cruise passengers is getting younger and Virgin Voyages believe this new generation of sailors want a different kind of cruise holiday.

Virgin Voyages believes couples in their twenties, thirties and forties want a cruise experience that isn’t either high end formal or family friendly with theme park style rides.

The cruise line, set to make its maiden voyages in April, boasts state-of-the-art technology and opulent features, including a champagne delivery service, to ensure the ultimate passenger experience. 

Other features include:

– 1,330 cabins and 78 Rockstar suites, two of which offer the full rock star treatment with their own music rooms with their own guitars and amplifiers

– No buffets and big dining halls; Scarlet Lady has over 20 eateries ranging from brunch bars to restaurants run by Michelin-starred chefs

– Traditional tourist excursions at local ports will be replaced with visits to exclusive beach clubs

– Entertainment on board will be more festival-like in its offering with gigs, nightclubs, comedians, drag artists, and a variety of unusual shows

– Scarlet Lady has its own vinyl record shop and the first ever tattoo studio on board a cruise ship

– A major focus on wellness with spas, gyms, yoga, wellness pools and even a mud room

Virgin Voyages are also keen to emphasise the fleet’s green credentials; the company has banned single use plastics on board, is converting engine waste heat into clean electricity and exploring turning on-board waste into energy.

And as you’d expect from Virgin the crew will be dressed in unique uniforms.

Scarlet Lady will arrive in the UK after her five-day inaugural voyage undergoing sea trials from Genoa in Italy where she was built at the Fincantieri shipyard.

From Dover, she will head to Liverpool for two days before heading across the Atlantic for a star-studded reception in New York and then on to Miami where she will based and make her inaugural passenger voyage around the Caribbean in April.

Routes on offer include a five-day sailing to Costa Maya in Mexico, Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, and a quick getaway to Key West and Bahamas.

The ship will later be joined by sister liner Valiant Lady which features seven-night Mediterranean itineraries out of Barcelona, Spain when she debuts in May 2021.

20th Anniversary Laureus World Sports Awards

Lewis Hamilton And Lionel Messi Share Laureus Sportsman Award In First Ever Tie – A Moment Of History BERLIN, February 17, 2020 – In a moment of sporting history, the greatest Formula One driver of his generation Lewis Hamilton and Lionel Messi, the world’s greatest footballer, were declared joint winners of the prestigious Laureus World […] Read more

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Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Fireworks Sets Two Guinness World Records™

Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; January 1, 2020 – Ras Al Khaimah captivated visitors and viewers from around the world as it ushered in 2020 with a New Year’s Eve fireworks performance that welcomed thousands of visitors to the emirate. This year’s fireworks spanned a duration of 13 minutes and set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ – one for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’and the second for the ‘The Longest Fireworks Waterfall’. These take the total number of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ set for fireworks hosted by Ras Al Khaimah to five in just three years.

The first record of the evening was achieved by a firework display using 173 PyroDronesTM, all simultaneously executing a stunning firework display. The PyroDronesTM carried fireworks that could be initiated remotely from the air. The display ushered in the New Year by creating a visual ‘2020’ in the sky followed by an elegant chandelier draped with a beautiful cascade of pyrotechnic sparks ending with the recreation of the monuments of Ras Al Khaimah. The display leveraged advanced pyrotechnics and integrated wireless technology lighting up the shores of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.

The second record was for the ‘Longest Fireworks Waterfall’ creating a cascading effect of brilliant white sparks strung across a distance measuring 3,788.86 metres to form a continuous waterfall, breaking the previous record of 3517.23 metres previously held by Fukuoka, Japan. To qualify for the record attempt, each of the waterfall fireworks was required to measure no less than 28 cm long and 3 cm in diameter, with the display required to last at least 30 seconds

The event was verified by an official adjudicator from GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ for the ‘Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Launching Fireworks Simultaneously’ and the ‘The Longest Fireworks Waterfall’.

Following the fireworks gala, the organisers received the Guinness World Records titles from the adjudicator.

In 2019, Ras Al Khaimah welcomed visitors from around the world to its NYE event that set two GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ – for the ‘Longest chain of fireworks’ and for the ‘Longest straight line of fireworks’. The 2018 celebration set a new world record for the ‘Largest aerial firework shell’.

Crowds thronged the main venue of Al Marjan Island, the lifestyle development by Marjan, the master-developer of Ras Al Khaimah, from early in the evening as well as at viewing decks along the coast at Al Hamra. Marjan worked closely with Ras Al Khaimah’s government entities to set up the public viewing areas across Al Marjan Island. More than 27,000 additional public car parking spaces were provided to welcome the guests.

For the first time, Ras Al Khaimah also hosted the New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner that was headlined by multi-Platinum singer, songwriter, and fashion icon, Najwa Karam, and celebrity singer Waleed Al Shami.

Various government entities contributed to the success of the event in Ras Al Khaimah including Marjan, Ras Al Khaimah Police, Ras Al Khaimah Government Media Office, Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce, Public Works, Ras Al Khaimah Municipality, Al Hamra and others.

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400K Crowd At Beast Festival Marvel At Record Breaking Soundstorm

A 400,000 strong crowd showed up to marvel at the record-breaking Soundstorm that was MDL Beast Festival – rocking Riyadh over three unforgettable days.  

MDL Beast, the largest music, arts and culture festival the Kingdom has ever hosted was awarded a Guinness World Record certificate for the world’s tallest temporary stage.

Riyadh 22nd December 2019 – MDL Beast Festival has launched Saudi Arabia onto the international festival scene in spectacular style, with over 400,000 flocking to the site to be entertained across five unique stages and five districts including Art Beast (performances) MDL Town (food & beverages) and Retail Therapy (style).  

H.E. Turki Abdulmohsen Al-AlSheikh, Chairman of the General Entertainment Authority said “What thousands of people have witnessed here over the past three days is the first of what we hope will be many cultural, artistic, and entertainment experiences brought in great scale and color to this wonderful country that is rich with legacy, culture, and capabilities, as we open ourselves up further to the world and invite others to come in and experience what Saudi Arabia has to offer. We are so proud to have attracted the best local and international talent to Riyadh, the heart of the Kingdom, and we can’t wait to tell you about what’s next for the country, and MDL Beast… watch this space.”

Music  On the Big Beast stage, crowds of 45,000 plus enjoyed the most incredible sets from an unprecedented line-up of international superstars from around the world including Martin Garrix, David Guetta, J Balvin, Afrojack, Monsta X, R3hab, Salvatore Ganacci, Steve Aoki and Sebastian Ingrosso, performing alongside the best of Saudi Arabia’s EDM DJs including Cosmicat, DJ Baloo, Vinyl Mode and Dish Dash.

R3hab commented: “What I like about this festival is that it’s very different – it’s a complete fusion, some Arab Artists and a lot international DJ’s and it all works really well. I think that’s very special and I’ve never seen that before.”

Korean band, Monsta X, said: “We are so excited to be at MDL Beast, as a Korean pop band performing on the Big Beast main stage in Saudi Arabia! This is so much more than a music festival, we feel that it’s another big opportunity to connect the world together as one. We are overwhelmed by the amazing support that we’re getting from our monbebe and we will keep working hard to bring our music all over the world.”

Steve Aoki stopped by his purpose built PizzAoki parlour to meet fans and enjoy a slice. In true Aoki style, he also threw ten cakes into the crowds during his high energy DJ set before teaming up with J Balvin and Monsta X on stage for special performances. 

MDL Beast XP  Local and international festival goers continued to come together in the MDL Beast XP area, which hosted its own music production studio on site, and looked to the future by encouraging a new generation of Saudi locals to experiment with sound and get closer to the music. 

Arts  Over the course of the festival, 22 performance troupes from across the globe put on totally mind-blowing spectacles, while 40ft unicorn camels were seen parading through the crowds, representing the incredible blend of tradition and modern culture that the arts programming at MDL Beast has represented. 

One elated festival guest commented, “It’s such a first to be able to see so much talent and entertainment in Saudi Arabia, especially of the amazingly high quality we have witnessed over the past 72 hours.  With all of the international performers flying in to perform, it really has been a very special experience. We are truly witnessing a big change in this country – we know it won’t happen overnight, but MDL Beast has played a huge part in the next chapter of this country.”

John Rash, Creative Director, MDL Beast Festival said: “What the team here in Saudi have created has surpassed even my wildest dreams, turning an international vision for a world class festival and elevating it to a whole new level with every conceivable detail. I am honoured to have been part of such an incredible landmark moment, not just in Saudi history but for international festivals going forward. Watch this space, the Beast will be back!”

MDL Beast is a three day festival, 19-21 December 2019, bringing together the best in electronic music, performing arts and culinary craft – just outside of Riyadh in a purpose built venue, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mdlbeast.com

Follow MDL Beast on Instagram to be kept updated on the line-up and to view interviews with local and international DJ talent performing.

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MDL Beast Fest – The Saudi Soundstorm Has Arrived, Wowing Over 130,000 Fans On Its First Day

Riyadh 20th December 2019 – MDL Beast, the largest music, arts and culture festival Saudi Arabia has ever seen today opened its gates and on day one welcomed more than 130,000 eager fans from across the region and further afield. Crowds gathered at Saudi Arabia’s first ever multi stage music festival to watch global music superstars including Tiësto, Martin Garrix, Black Coffee, Swizz Beatz and Rick Ross plus local talent Cosmicat, DJ Baloo, Dish Dash and Simi Haze.

MDL Beast is a landmark moment and truly unique experience for Saudis and international visitors to the Kingdom alike, as it is the first time they have been able to enjoy so many different areas of Saudi Arabia’s culture, arts and music industries showcased in one purpose built venue.

Music

The Main Stage, ‘Big Beast’ was opened by Simi Haze, the Saudi born identical twin DJs who have been taking the fashion and music worlds by storm and have now returned to their home country to perform at MDL Beast. The 45,000 person capacity ‘Big Beast’ stage is the biggest built in the world this year, and the dynamic duo kicked the festivities off in awesome Saudi style!

In the Underground Beast district, visitors saw nineteen acts over 3 stages made from containers all decorated by local graffiti artists. Combined with some of the best audio visual equipment and design, the underground zones provided a uniquely different perspective to the Main stage and attracted huge crowds of locals and international festival goers.

Artists including Cosmicat and Vinyl Mode took to the stage in the Underground Beast district and played their hearts out to unseen before crowds.

Cosmicat said; “This is the biggest music festival in the region, here in Saudi Arabia, we have never had a music festival before, and now we are doing it big!  It’s not just the first, it’s the largest and we are expecting probably over 200,000 people so it really is pretty big! It’s great for the locals and for local artists, it gives them such a huge platform to show the world what Saudi is capable of!”

Culture

The retail therapy district, MDL Town and Saudi Alley local food court welcomed men and women to sample the very best of local and international brands in food, fashion & design. Chefs from all over the world created bespoke menus and mocktails especially for the event, and designers were on site showcasing their amazing Saudi designs to the world.

Art

On day 1, 22 shows were put on by performers, all totally unique to MDL Beast.

The Arts Beast district featured a series of incredible immersive performances and visual spectaculars, while street theatre performers roamed the grounds interacting with guests.

As night fell, The Arts Beast district visitors were treated to scenes of stunning light parades and illuminated drumming troupes weaving their way through the festival.

One festivalgoer commented:

“I never expected to see shows like this here in Saudi, with so many performers travelling in from all over the world to put on special shows just for us. It’s an honour to welcome them, and I was absolutely in awe of all of them!”

John Rash, Creative Director, MDL Beast Festival said:

“We are so proud of what we have been able to do here today and that we can showcase Saudi Arabia’s potential for more large scale events like this in the future. MDL Beast will create a new, unique genre of international festivals going forwards. Watch this space – the Beast will be back!”

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MDL Beast is a three day festival, 19-21 December 2019, bringing together the best in electronic music, performing arts and culinary craft – just outside of Riyadh in a purpose built venue, the first of its kind in Saudi Arabia. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.mdlbeast.com

Follow MDL Beast on Instagram to be kept updated on the line-up and to view interviews with local and international DJ talent performing.  

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