Dubai news round-up: July 3

Big promises ahead of Dubai Fashion Week, basketball club stuck at airport, Bike Track Day at Autodrome and more …

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The man handed the somewhat auspicious task of remodelling the biannual Dubai Fashion Week has promised big things ahead of the curtain being raised on his master plan at the 2012 spring/summer show this October.

"I'm redesigning the venue; I'm bringing in international directors and producers. I'm going to be casting internationally and bringing in a lot more international models and I'm going to give the designers a fashion theatre to play in," says new creative director Simon Lock of the new 100,000-square foot space at the World Trade Centre.
Full story: The National

A Filipino basketball club was stranded at the Dubai International Airport Saturday night after local organisers who arranged the PBA Governors' Cup Middle East Swing in Dubai failed to pay for their return tickets and hotel bills.

A tweet posted by The Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters coach Chot Reyes (@coachot) at around 9pm UAE time said, "Nightmare in Dubai! Hotel refuses to release all 3 teams' passports as organizer still has $8000 debt. We had to advance d funds! Anobayan!"
Full story: abs-cbnnews.com

Do you own a mean machine and wonder where you can push it full throttle? Simple, head to Dubai Autodrome this month, where other bike lovers will be parading their pride and joy.

The Bike Track Day is meant for all advanced enthusiasts to use their bikes in a controlled, high performance environment, from July 8 until 22.

Full story: Sport 360

Anyone who's been to Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) recently would acknowledge that the community has come a long way.

Relegated to being dubbed the "poor cousin of Dubai Marina", JLT stands vindicated today, enjoying a new lease of life after the opening of the two Metro stations. Notwithstanding a few pet peeves, the community is now self-sufficient, with a smattering of mini marts, restaurants and beauty salons.

Full story: Gulf News

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