Dubai news round-up: July 6

Dubai top worldwide for hotels, Dubai Film Festival in London, Pro-League draw to be made and more …

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Dubai powered the UAE to the top of a list ranking the 11 global markets with the largest number of hotel projects in the latest report released by, a database for hotel projects.

With a massive 97 upscale hotel projects under way, the study — which analysed facts and data of over 4,300 projects worldwide — reveals that Dubai is taking the lead in the construction of hotel projects in the UAE
Full story: Gulf News

The Dubai International Film Festival will present a selection of award-winning Emirati and Arab films in London this month, as part of Shubbak, the city’s first-ever celebration of contemporary Arab culture.

At least seven award-winning films from DIFF 2010 and the fourth edition of the Gulf Film Festival will screen at Shubbak, giving audiences in London an insight into evolving Arab cinema and the Arab world through the eyes of its filmmakers. Organized by the Mayor of London, the Shubbak festival includes more than 70 arts events in more than 30 venues across the city from July 4 to 24.
Full story: Al Bawaba

Professional football in the UAE passes another milestone on the road to normality tomorrow when the draw for the 2011/12 top-flight season is made in Dubai.

It is not yet known what the league will be called in the coming season, nor under what logo it will operate, but we should know in what order the 12 teams will play each other after Wednesday's events at the Intercontinental Hotel.
Full story: The National

The biggest argument J.C. Butler and Sim Whatley have had as the founders of Dubizzle, the Gulf’s biggest online classified ads company, was eventually settled by donning fake handlebar moustaches and dressing up as lifeguards.

When the site’s popularity among Dubai expatriates gathered pace in 2007, the two American 20-somethings were approached by Ahlan! to appear in its annual “Hot 100” supplement. After several “heated debates”, Mr Whatley was grudgingly won over by the suggestion of a photoshoot of them wearing the tongue-in-cheek attire.
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