AED 105,000 Donations Raised at the 4th “Whatever Floats Your Boat”
AED 105,000 Donations Raised at the 4th “Whatever Floats Your Boat”
Dubai, November 30, 2011 – Companies and school teams sailed to victory for the 4th time running in this year's Whatever Floats Your Boat competition at Festival Marina, Dubai Festival City, helping to raise AED 105,000 to save the lives of Dubai's native turtles.
With spirits high and teams focused and hopeful, plenty of prizes were on offer for those that came out strongest. A special prize was offered to corporate participants, where each member of the corporate teams was entered into a bonus draw to win a luxury weekend break at the Six Senses Resort in Zighy Bay, Oman, donated by Al Futtaim Travel. The lucky winner was a member from GulfTainer team.
Having spent weeks perfecting their boats made from recycled materials in support of the Emirates Wildlife Society and the Worldwide Fund for Nature, three corporate teams and three school teams sailed away with a prize in three separate categories:
From the company heats, team 'Basha' by Mourjan Marinas IGY, walked away with the overall trophy and top prize for the Fastest Boat with AED 2,000 worth of Festival Centre shopping vouchers. Team 'KCT Grr Rafters' by GulfTainer won brunch vouchers in the Belgian Café at Crowne Plaza Dubai Festival City for having the Best Boat Design, which was creatively crafted as a Yellow Submarine, inspired by The Beatles complete with guitar-shaped paddles. Finally, 'The Tuggers', dressed as sailors, from Al Badia Golf Club walked away with the prize for Best Costume, winning a relaxing Dhow Cruise Dinner along the Dubai Creek.
Exciting prizes for the school children were also on offer, where the 'Wave Runners' from GEM Private School were the deserved winners of the overall trophy and top prize for Fastest Boat, winning tickets for an exhilarating helicopter tour of Dubai. Team 'Aqua Phoenix', also from GEM Private School, sailed away with brunch vouchers for Anise at InterContinental Dubai Festival City for Best Boat Design, and team 'Eco-Pirates' from Repton School, dressed as pirates, won Best Costume, taking home AED 1,000 worth of Festival Centre shopping vouchers.
Tom Lord, Acting General Manager at InterContinental Hotels Group Dubai Festival City, said: “Each year this event continues to get bigger and better and this time was no exception. The outstanding amount of money we collectively raised will go a long way in helping the EWS-WWF achieve its aims in helping to protect marine life. The support, effort and enthusiasm we receive from our corporate and school teams are simply overwhelming and we hope to have all the teams on-board next year for the event's fifth anniversary.”
Whatever Floats Your Boat is an established annual event, organised by InterContinental Dubai Festival City in partnership with Mourjan Marinas IGY and Festival Centre. It takes place at Festival Marina at Dubai Festival City, where companies and schools race boats they made from recycled materials along the Dubai Creek. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of recycling and being 'green' and always supports a worthwhile cause where all fund raised throughout the initiative are donated directly to charity.
To register your interest in taking part in next year's event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG)
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About Mourjan Marinas IGY
Mourjan Marinas IGY is an international marina developer, operator and investor based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Operating under a new name after an alliance between Island Global Yachting (IGY) and G-Marin; Mourjan Marinas IGY continues to drive the growth of marina development throughout the Middle East. The company offers the full range of technical, development, operations, marketing and administrative expertise required to design, construct and manage world-class marina facilities internationally.
From the islands of the Caribbean to the azure waters of the Arabian Gulf and other beautiful yachting destinations around the world, IGY is redefining the very idea of luxury marina experiences. Founded in 2005, IGY focuses on acquiring, controlling and/or servicing luxury-yacht marinas and the surrounding upland real estate properties. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, IGY also has offices in New York, NY; St. Thomas, USV. In Dubai, IGY is represented through an alliance with Mourjan Marinas IGY which provides marina development and management services throughout the Middle East.
About Festival Centre
Festival Centre is home to Dubai’s premier concerts and festivals and has hosted world class entertainers such as Carlos Santana, Maroon 5, Tamer Hosni, AmrDiab, Shah Rukh Khan and Kylie Minogue. It has also presented Dubai with a wide array of festivals from the Emirates Airlines International Festival of Literature through to Dubai Desert Rock and Dubai Bike Week. Festival Centre hosts events, parades, entertainers and musicians each week ensuring families are always engaged and rewarded for their visit.
Festival Centre is a landmark 2m sq. ft. urban retail resort which forms the epicentre of Dubai Festival City now acknowledged to be one of UAE's most exciting retail, dining and leisure attractions. Set on the historic Dubai Creek, Festival Centre, offers over 370 world class retailers, 85 restaurants, cafés and bistros, a 12-screens Grand Festival Cinemas complex and a parking for 13,000 cars. It also boasts a stunning Marina and some of the emirate’s most photographed sunset vistas.
The award winning Festival Centre has recently added the Five Star award “Best Retail Development” at the Arabian Property Awards 2010, and two other prestigious Retail City awards - “Mall of the Year” and “Best Retail Destination of the Year”.
About Dubai Festival City
Dubai Festival City is an Al-Futtaim Group Real Estate development project which covers 5.2 million square metres and stretches 3 kilometres along the historic Dubai Creek that optimizes the thriving and visionary spirit of Dubai.
Dubai Festival City is an established creek side, mixed use destination and premier waterfront community interconnecting finest residential, shopping, dining, leisure & entertainment, international hotels, schools, golf course, automotive park and offices. It is formed into three distinct districts and connected by a 30 kilometres internal road network and creek side promenade. This existing community offers freehold villas and apartments for sale and lease which combine traditional and contemporary architecture. Upon completion, the community will be home to 50,000 residents living in 20,000 villas and apartments, and ideal place to work for 50,000 office staff.
Dubai Festival City has recently won 3 top recognitions at The Arabian Property Awards 2010, in the categories of Best Mixed Use Development for Dubai Festival City, Best Residential Development for Al Badia Hillside Village, Dubai Festival City and Best Retail Development for Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City.