Day: August 11, 2019

By this time its no secret what the fans Valley

first_imgBy this time it’s no secret what the fans, Valley media, and national pundits think the Cardinals need to do in round one of the 2013 NFL Draft.Sure, the sentiment may be split 50/50 on the Cardinals taking an offensive tackle or quarterback in round one, but that is pretty much the consensus at this point.There is one problem with the pick being a consensus in February though… It’s February, so we have no idea what’s going to happen. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires I have broken down the Cardinals’ biggest needs, then taken the time to list the top ten prospects at each of those need positions: quarterback, pass rusher, interior offensive lineman, and offensive tackle, but does that make it a slam dunk the Cardinals go with one of those positions at seven?Let’s look at it another way and suppose the draft’s first six picks go off like this:Chiefs- Geno SmithJaguars- Dion JordanRaiders- Sheldon RichardsonEagles- Luke JoeckelLions- Eric FisherBrowns- Barkevious MingoThat leaves the Cardinals in a bit of a lurch. They could pull the trigger on Lane Johnson, a guy I called the offensive tackle with the most upside in the draft, but taking a guy like Johnson at seven involves all the risk of taking Levi Brown at five.Is that the way GM Steve Keim and HC Bruce Arians want to start their tenure, reaching for a possible need on a very inexperienced left tackle, albeit with a larger upside than Brown had?Then there is the thought of drafting Chance Warmack at seven. No one, and I mean absolutely no one, would be happier if the Cardinals took Warmack at seven, but there hasn’t been a guard drafted in the top 10 in the draft since 1997. Are the Cardinals and this new regime really brave enough to take that leap? 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact That leaves the list of prospects that fit into what the Cardinals want to do as… shallow.I saw the outcry of what even mentioning a quarterback at seven can cause; that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but let’s leave that discussion for another day.Guys like Bjoern Werner and Damontre Moore won’t fit into the Cardinals’ 3-4 scheme, in my opinion, as I can’t see them being as effective standing up as outside linebackers and they aren’t nearly big enough to work as 3-4 defensive ends.Who are some prospects that could be available at seven if this is how the draft unfolds and the Cardinals aren’t willing to pull the trigger on young Lane or a quarterback?Star Lotulelei, DT Utah 6-4 320lbsWhile many see the defensive line as a strength, the reality is the Cardinals are thin at both defensive end spots after Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett. Lotulelei has been compared to Ravens defensive lineman Haloti Ngata, and that comparison should make Cardinals fans even more intrigued if they decided to truly go “best player available.”Star would be able to work into the defensive line rotation early and often, working from nose tackle to both end spots, and upgrade a unit that struggled to stop the run consistently. Adding a player like Vaccaro would make the transition from the Wilson era much easier for Cardinals fans, and may actually improve the Cardinals defense.While the three prospects above won’t address the most glaring needs on the Cardinals’ roster, they are all realistic possibilities if the offensive tackles and outside linebackers are gone early and the team’s brass doesn’t see a quarterback worth taking at seven or the value in taking a guard that early. He also would be insurance for the Cardinals if they decided to let go of Dockett after 2013 or refuse to pick up the club option on Dan Williams’ 2014 contract.Dee Milliner, CB Alabama 6-1 200lbsAs the NFL continues in its copycat ways, we will see teams looking to grab cornerbacks with more size and ball skills than turn and run athletes.The Seahawks have perhaps the best secondary in the NFL with this philosophy, and Milliner is that type of corner.Big, long and athletic, Milliner doesn’t have the elite speed of Patrick Peterson or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, but he is a physical ball hawk that loves to play press coverage.The Cardinals have needs in their secondary, as only three corners are under contract for 2013, and adding a talent such as Milliner never hurts.Kenny Vaccaro, FS Texas 6-1 218lbsWhile the Cardinals and Adrian Wilson decide on their future together, one has to wonder at what point the team will look to getting a safety of the future on the roster.Kerry Rhodes played extremely well in 2012, but turns 31 in August and is due $6 million in salary for 2013.Vaccaro is the prototype of the new NFL safety.Big, fast and versatile, Vaccaro lined up all over the field for the Longhorns in 2012, even covering receivers in the slot at times. He attacks the line of scrimmage with a Wilson-like fury against the run, and has improved on creating turnovers.last_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – / 48 “I can’t stop smiling,” Arians said. “Every time we would want a player at a position, the board would just fall for us. I was only in one other draft that was like that and that was last year in Indianapolis.“I had a dream team, they were all there at the right spot. That’s basically how this one fell.”While all nine players had attributes and accolades that made them attractive NFL prospects, Arians admitted he was also enamored by the leadership element — especially from those taken on Day 3.“The theme that keeps running through with each pick, is production and captain,” said Arians. “Every single player we drafted has high, high production and they were captains of their team.”In addition to getting productive guys, Keim said he was thrilled that selections weren’t made out of any sense of desperation.“I don’t think we reached,” said Keim. “As a matter of fact, I think we got great value at every pick.”One position the Cardinals certainly didn’t reach for was quarterback. After making two defensive selections on Day 2, Arizona had a chance to draft the likes of Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Bray and Tyler Wilson Saturday. The first one is officially out of the way.Nine selections and nearly 48 hours later, first-year head coach Bruce Arians and first-year general manager Steve Keim left the Arizona Cardinals’ 2013 NFL Draft War Room Saturday with smiles on their faces.In all, the Cardinals drafted six offensive players (OG Jonathan Cooper, OG Earl Watford, RB Stepfan Taylor, RB Andre Ellington and TE D.C. Jefferson) and three defensive players (LB Kevin Minter, DB Tyrann Mathieu and DE Alex Okafor). And at least on paper, they seem to have taken more or less who they wanted. 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo But it seems the Redbirds are more than happy with their depth behind center.“I know that early on in the process, I had talked about subscribing to the theory of taking a quarterback every year,” said Keim. “I still believe in that. The difference is, our draft picks came through free agency with Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton.“We didn’t feel like that was a necessary move we needed to make.”Keim added that the organization liked four or five different prospects with the No. 219 overall pick, and that his goal is to try and sign those guys, as well as other undrafted free agents before next week’s rookie minicamp. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   It was the first interception thrown by a Cardinals QB this preseason, though according to Cardinals coach Bruce Arians, it wasn’t actually the quarterback’s fault.“We had a miscommunication on a route,” he said. “The receiver should be breaking across the guy’s face, and he went behind him and it’s a pick-six.”The coach made it a point to explain that while the interception is attributed to the quarterback, he actually did what he was supposed to do on the play. Arians, after all, said Palmer, who completed 7-of-19 passes for 92 yards on the night, made a perfect read.Fitzgerald didn’t disagree with his coach.“I didn’t break across the corner’s face, and I’ve got to do that,” the receiver said. “You never can let your quarterback, you know, hang him out to dry, and so I’ve got to do a better job of reading and recognizing the defense and doing what I’m coached to do.”Arians said it is the type of issue the team should not be having at this point in the season, but in reality, in roughly a week’s time the interception will be wiped from the record books like it never happened. “It was just a miscommunication, something that doesn’t typically happen,” Palmer said of the pick. “It’s something that’s come up that’s good because we’ll look at it; we’ll see why that happened and we will move on and get better from it and learn from it. “That’s what you have to do when you make mistakes and things don’t go the way you want them to go on a certain play, you have got to find out why and we’ll move on from there.”Of course, that does not mean Palmer will not (and has not) been criticized for the play — even though it wasn’t necessarily his fault — with Arians saying that’s just how things are in a quarterback’s world. “That’s what it is in the quarterback’s world,” Arians said. “It is what it is.” – / 30 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories GLENDALE, Ariz. — Facing a third down and seven at the Arizona 40, Carson Palmer took the shotgun snap, quickly looked to his right and fired a pass down the field to Larry Fitzgerald.The only problem was Fitzgerald was running a different route than Palmer was expecting, and the pass was intercepted by Cincinnati’s Terence Newman and returned 54 yards for a score. It was the only touchdown the Bengals would earn in a 19-13 win over the Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium.last_img read more

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Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling After forcing a punt on the 49ers’ first possession of the second half, quarterback Drew Stanton marched the Cardinals on a seven-play, 85-yard scoring drive capped by a 24-yard touchdown pass to rookie John Brown. The Cardinals’ defense then forced another three-and-out and, once again, Stanton led a touchdown drive (aided by back-to-back personal foul penalties on San Francisco) that ended in a scoring strike to Brown.Now down 20-14, San Francisco (1-2) drove to the Arizona 27-yard line early in the fourth quarter, but a 45-yard field goal attempt by Phil Dawson was blocked by Tommy Kelly. The Cardinals got very close to icing the game on their next possession, using a 12-play, 63-yard possession that melted 6:54 off the clock. But on a 2nd-and-goal from the San Francisco 9-yard line, Larry Fitzgerald fumbled after catching a quick slant from Stanton. The ball was recovered by Perrish Cox, giving the 49ers another chance to win.But San Francisco couldn’t escape the shadow of their own goal line thanks to a huge sack by Arizona’s Tony Jefferson, and was forced to punt with under four minutes to play. On the Cardinals’ next possession, Andre Ellington reeled off a huge 20-yard run on 3rd-and-6. Rookie Chandler Catanzaro’s third field goal of the game — a 35-yarder with :29 left — finally did ice it for the Cards, who now have started 3-0 for the second time in three seasons. GLENDALE, Ariz. — Talk about a tale of two halves.The San Francisco 49ers couldn’t be stopped in their first two possessions, marching 80 yards for touchdowns on both. The would take a 14-6 lead into the locker room at halftime.But as they say, pro football is a game of adjustments, and the Arizona Cardinals made enough important ones on both sides of the ball to beat their division foe 23-14 in front of the 87th straight sellout crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The Good: Stanton, making just his second start since 2010 and the sixth in his career, was solid Sunday.After playing the role of game manager last week, Stanton looked more comfortable with the responsibility of making plays. The veteran completed 18-of-33 for 244 yards and two touchdowns. Most importantly, it was the second straight game with no turnovers for Stanton. Brown was also outstanding. The rookie had four catches for 52 yards, and his two touchdowns came just 4:41 apart in the third quarter. For the season, Brown has nine catches and three TDs.And you can’t leave out the Cards’ defensive effort, especially in the second half. Spearheaded by halftime adjustments from defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, Arizona pitched a shutout after halftime and allowed only 38 total yards in the fourth quarter. The Bad: The early-game defense was not good. On San Francisco’s first two possessions, Colin Kaepernick completed 11-of-12 passes for 94 yards and a score, and ran for 44 yards on eight carries. But considering those previously-mentioned adjustments, this “bad” item really falls into the nitpicking category.Noted• Stanton’s first touchdown pass to Brown was his first in the league since December 19, 2010, when he was a member of the Detroit Lions. – / 44 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories • Brown became the first Cardinals rookie with two touchdown catches in one game since Larry Fitzgerald accomplished the feat back on Dec. 26, 2004 against the Seattle Seahawks.• Kelly’s blocked field goal attempt was the 17th for the Cardinals since 2008 — the most in the NFL during that span.• This is only the third time in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure as 49ers head coach that his team has lost back-to-back games. The other two occurrences both happened in the 2013 season.He Said It:“This is my eighth year in the league and my sixth start and my first one was against (the 49ers) and I got benched. I threw three picks in the first half and got benched, so it felt really good to get out here and get a win. I’ve never been a guy who cares much about my stats; I think I care more about the team and about winning, but that one stung me. I feel like a little bit of a weight came off my shoulder today, without a doubt.” — Drew Stanton on exorcising demons from his first career start in 2009. What’s NextThe 3-0 Cardinals now head into their bye week. They’ll welcome the rest and will use it as a chance to heal some injuries before heading to Denver to face the Broncos on Oct. 5. last_img read more

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The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals acquired Palmer from the Oakland Raiders prior to last season for a 2013 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2014 selection.In his first year with Arizona, Palmer started all 16 games, completing 362-of-572 passes for 4,274 yards and 24 touchdowns while throwing 22 interceptions.In 2014, Palmer has thrown for 1,385 yards and 11 touchdowns against only two interceptions as the Cardinals have gotten off to a league-best 7-1 start.Palmer missed three games this season due to a nerve issue in his throwing shoulder, but in his time as the Cardinals’ starter has guided the team to a 15-6 record, including a 12-2 mark over his last 14 starts. In 142 career starts, Palmer has completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 35,124 yards, 224 touchdowns and 154 interceptions.Chris Mortensen of ESPN has more info on the financial particulars of Palmer’s new deal.Carson Palmer’s extension has $20.5 million in guaranteed money thru ’15. No guarantees for ’16 & ’17. Average salary range 15.9-16.6 mil— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 7, 2014 0 Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The Arizona Cardinals have seemingly cleared up any cloudiness surrounding their immediate future at quarterback by signing Carson Palmer to a three-year extension.Various reports indicate the deal is worth $50 million.“Carson has played at an incredibly high level and has been a huge part of the team’s success,” said General Manager Steve Keim in a statement. “When you combine his on-field performance with the leadership, stability and professionalism he brings to our team, there was no question that we wanted to extend the relationship and we are excited he felt the same way.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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To make things worse the divisionleading Cardina

first_imgTo make things worse, the division-leading Cardinals (8-2) are coming to town Sunday for a showdown at Levi’s Stadium. All week, we’ll keep you everything going on in San Francisco as the 49ers get ready for Carson Palmer and Co.It’s Behind Enemy Lines …Saturday, November 28• Carlos Hyde to miss fourth consecutive game; Ahmad Brooks questionable (ESPN.com)Running back Carlos Hyde will miss his fourth straight game as he continues to recover from the stress fracture in his left foot. He was the lone San Francisco 49ers player to be ruled out of Sunday’s NFC West game against the Arizona Cardinals.• Mangini: Acker, Cromartie will split time at right cornerback (CSN Bay Area)San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Eric Mangini said Acker will start but Marcus Cromartie will also see plenty of action at right cornerback — just as they did a week earlier in the 49ers’ 29-13 loss Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.• Arik Armstead gets chance to step up for 49ers (SFBay.com)Armstead has played mostly a reserve role to starters Dorsey, Ian Williams and Quinton Dial this season, playing in just 200 total defensive snaps on the year. The 22-year old from Oregon has recorded 13 tackles and one sack, which, coincidentally, came against the Cardinals in Week 3. A weekly examination of the San Francisco 49ers’ ESPN.com Power Ranking.• Report: Colin Kaepernick had ‘extensive’ labrum tear in left shoulder (ESPN.com)Kaepernick underwent surgery to repair his shoulder Tuesday morning in Vail, Colorado, a source confirmed to ESPN.com. He was placed on injured reserve Saturday.• Brent Jones: 49ers-Kap situation ‘give-up on both sides’ (CSN Bay Area)“You know what the reality is here — this was Roberto Duran. This was an absolutely, ‘No mas,’ by Kap and by the 49ers management. No more. I don’t want you. I don’t like you. And we don’t want you. Because there’s no way that is done with what I’m going to say is a minor injury. Yeah, it’s problematic maybe, but you’ve been playing with it, it’s not your throwing shoulder. You don’t put the guy on IR and just say ‘OK, that’s it.’ As a player you’re just saying ‘I give up. Yeah. I’m gonna go on IR and give up because I’m the backup.’ That’s so discouraging across the board. I can’t remember any time in my athletic career where I’ve seen something like this happen. That’s just bad.” • 49ers QB Dylan Thompson climbs from scout team to second-string (San Francisco Chronicle)On Friday, Dylan Thompson was on the 49ers’ practice squad.• Kaepernick’s shoulder surgery goes smoothly (San Jose Mercury News)General manager Trent Baalke said surgery was advised by both the 49ers medical staff and Dr. Peter Millett, a shoulder specialist who performed Tuesday’s surgery in Vail, Colo. The surgery revealed that the tear was more significant than originally believed, a source said.• Jim Tomsula needs to be fired (NFL Spin Zone)Although San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula’s job doesn’t seem to be in any trouble, the team’s fourth consecutive loss is just one reason why the Niners need to look in a new direction.Tuesday, November 24• Jim Tomsula: 49ers’ defense ‘afraid to miss the tackle’ (ESPN.com)In allowing the Seattle Seahawks’ to run the ball down their throats to the tune of 255 yards on Sunday — the most rushing yards a San Francisco 49ers team has allowed in a game since the Carter Adminstration, Jimmy, not Michael, Andre or even Dexter — the 49ers showed a shocking inability to do one of the most basic principles of the game. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires • 49ers’ DL Dorsey suffers torn ACL, surgery pending (CSN Bay Area)Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey sustained a season-ending knee injury on the 49ers’ first defensive snap of Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks, the team confirmed on Monday.• Tomsula: No second-guessing 49ers’ late-game punt (CSN Bay Area)Coach Jim Tomsula has no regrets about punting the ball away late in the fourth quarter while the 49ers required two touchdowns and two two-point conversions to tie the game.• What’s behind the decision to shut down Colin Kaepernick (SFGate.com)Kindness was not on the lips of many 49ers fans after quarterback Colin Kaepernick went on injured reserve.Kaepernick, by choosing season-ending surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, looks like he’s abandoning the team.• Is 49ers’ Jim Tomsula a one-and-done head coach? (San Francisco Chronicle)Fox’s Jay Glazer, a frequent recipient of information coming from the 49ers’ leaky pipeline, reported that Colin Kaepernick’s time with the 49ers might not be over. Why? Because if the 49ers hire another head coach, that coach might decide he wants Kaepernick on the team.• 49ers GM says Colin Kaepernick could still return to team next year (SI.com) Friday, November 27• San Francisco 49ers’ Black Friday shopping list includes a DeLorean (ESPN.com)Doc Brown’s time machine is something the 49ers could use, as they surely need a rewrite on the past couple of years.• Gabbert silences critics, faces stiff challenge vs Cardinals (CSN Bay Area)After the game, Arizona defensive back Tyrann Mathieu revealed the simplicity of the 49ers’ offense under coordinator Geep Chryst made Kaepernick’s movements easy to predict. Mathieu recorded two of the Cardinals’ four interceptions and one of their two picks that were returned for touchdowns.Thursday, November 26• Tyrann Mathieu: Blaine Gabbert a ‘better option’ for 49ers than Colin Kaepernick (ESPN.com)“It does (look different),” Mathieu said of the Niners’ offense. “Not to take anything away from Kaepernick, but it seems like Gabbert has a little bit better grip on what’s going on if he gets in a situation. He knows where the ball needs to go.“So, he’s a hell of a passer. I think he’s underrated when you talk about how well he can throw the football.”• Cosell: NFL caught up to Kap, but ‘he will get another chance’ (CSN Bay Area)center_img Comments   Share   “I don’t think that anyone can fairly say that he was great in the way that you talk about guys playing for a long time being great,” NFL Films Senior Producer Greg Cosell explained on KNBR 680-AM on Wednesday morning. “I think he came into the league at a time when read-option and running quarterbacks were new in the league, as far as designed concepts. He sort of rode that wave and the league caught up to it an awful lot … the league has caught up to that. Sooner or later to be a good quarterback, or a higher level quarterback, you have to throw the ball.”• Gabbert focuses on fixing 49ers’ red-zone issues (CSN Bay Area)The 49ers rank last in the NFL as they’ve scored touchdowns on just 38.5 percent of their trips inside the opponents’ 20-yard line. Last season, the 49ers were 29th, scoring touchdowns on 43.2 percent of their red-zone opportunities.Wednesday, November 25• 49ers pass defense suddenly needs help, too (ESPN.com)As poorly as the San Francisco 49ers defense played against the run in Sunday’s 29-13 loss at the Seattle Seahawks, the 49ers pass defense was just as culpable.• 49ers move up two spots in Power Rankings to No. 29 (ESPN.com) The Arizona Cardinals absolutely embarrassed the San Francisco 49ers in Week 3 of the NFL season.The 47-7 loss was one of the worst in San Francisco franchise history. The Cardinals scored two touchdowns on interception returns in the first quarter alone.Unfortunately for head coach Jim Tomsula, things haven’t gotten much better for the Niners since that September afternoon. San Francisco is 3-7, in last place in the NFC West and has been further bitten by the injury bug. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on injured reserve with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. The running back group has been besieged by injuries and Shaun Draughn, who was signed three weeks ago, is now the starter. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Asked if Kaepernick is done with the 49ers, Baalke told reporters, “I wouldn’t say that at all. I think people are reading into that.”last_img read more

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Go back to the enewsletter Mövenpick Hotels Res

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterMövenpick Hotels & Resorts (MHR) has signed a management agreement with Richreit Real Estate Development LLC for one of its most high-profile projects yet, Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay, located in Dubai’s sought-after Business Bay district.This 40-floor property with a modern yet elegant façade, will command a prime position on Burj Khalifa Boulevard overlooking the world’s tallest building, and is expected to open in 2017.Major infrastructure projects and attractions are within a stone’s throw of the 299-room hotel apartment including Old Town Island, the Opera District in Downtown, Dubai Mall and the Dubai Canal Project, while the city’s financial and commercial hubs are on its doorstep too.“With Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Al Burj Business Bay we are introducing a new upscale concept that delivers sophisticated living in a district that is rapidly emerging as Dubai’s new business and leisure hub,” said Mr. Andreas Mattmüller, Chief Operating Officer, Mövenpick Hotels & Resorts Middle East and South Asia.The hotel will feature well-appointed and spacious studios as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Stand-out amenities include a three-tiered podium area with six meeting spaces; a destination spa, gym, beauty clinic and swimming pool; a children’s area with pool; an all-day-dining outlet, café and lobby lounge; and a business centre. The building has been designed keeping the acoustics in mind by using triple glazed glass to ensure maximum comfort level for guests.Richreit Real Estate Development LLC Chairman Ahmed Butti Ahmed Al Muhairi said: “This property, which is already 55 per cent complete, will not only add a new dimension to Dubai’s impressive skyline, but provide guests with a true immersive destination experience given its prime location at the crossroads of multiple districts and attractions.”MHR already operates six hotels in Dubai and has two more properties planned for the city – the 244-key Mövenpick Hotel Apartments Downtown Dubai opening in 2017 and the Mövenpick Hotel Dubai Media City in 2018.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter Go back to the e-newsletterZegrahm Expeditions has announced three brand-new expeditions in 2017. Each year the 25-year-old expedition company crafts a unique selection of itineraries on all seven continents, using the personal knowledge of its experienced field leaders and feedback from its traveller community. Comprising signature expeditions—such as Antarctica, South Georgia & the Falkland Islands and Australia’s Kimberley—as well as new itineraries like the three featured below, the company’s annual line-up is thoughtfully curated for guests to pursue their passion for exploration, adventure and learning.Philippines, Taiwan & Japan11 – 29 March 2017Far from the usual tourist track, other tour operators rarely, if ever, visit many of the islands on this itinerary. The perfect blend of nature and culture, travellers will discover remote island communities, explore unique habitats on nature hikes, search for a variety of marine life during snorkelling and diving excursions, and observe both ancient and modern architectural treasures.Cultural Mongolia with the Naadam Festival2 – 18 July 2017Showcasing Mongolia’s unique culture and breathtaking landscapes on a 17-day journey that includes the opportunity to experience Mongolia’s traditional mid-summer festival, Naadam, at both the national and local levels. Meaning “the three games of men”, Naadam showcases Mongolian wrestling, horse racing and archery—traditional sports that are as exhilarating to watch as they are essential to Mongolia’s identity as a country.Along the Irrawaddy & Chindwin Rivers15 September – 3 October 2017Exposing travellers to river scenes of a bygone era—dense jungles, steep-sided gorges, emerald rice paddies and tiny traditional villages—aboard the elegant 46-guest Anawrahta, built in 2014 to resemble a British colonial paddle steamer. A particular highlight of this expedition is a visit to the Mahar Minkyaung Monastery, an extraordinary blend of European and Burmese architecture that houses the 1000-year-old Shwe Sagar Buddha.“These three adventures really show what Zegrahm does best: adding new destinations—or unique combinations of new destinations—to complement our tried-and-true itineraries to offer something for first-time adventure travellers and seasoned past guests alike,” says Zegrahm President, Van Perry. “We couldn’t be more excited to explore these new corners of Asia in 2017.”Virtuoso members can take advantage of the conference exclusive announced during Virtuoso Travel Week: Offer your clients a $1000 per person air credit on small-ship cruises and $500 per person air credit on overland adventures — and you’ll receive a $500 booking bonus.last_img read more

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