Dubai is the largest and most populous cityin the United Arab Emirates (UAE). On the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country.
Dubai is a global city and business hub of the Middle East. It is also a major global transport hub for passengers and cargo. Oil revenue helped accelerate the development of the city, which was already a major mercantile hub, but Dubai's oil reserves are limited and production levels are low: today, less than 5% of the emirate's revenue comes from oil. A growing centre for regional and international trade since the early 20th century, Dubai's economy today relies on revenues from trade, tourism, aviation, real estate, and financial services.
Dubai has attracted world attention through large construction projects and sports events, in particular the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. As of 2012, Dubai was the most expensive city in the Middle East. In 2014, Dubai's hotel rooms were rated as the second most expensive in the world.
Abu Dhabi is the capital and the second most populous city of the United Arab Emirates (the most populous being Dubai), and also capital of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the largest of the UAE's seven emirates. Abu Dhabi lies on a T-shaped island jutting into the Persian Gulf from the central western coast. The city of Abu Dhabi has an estimated population of 1.8 million in 2016.
Abu Dhabi houses federal government offices, is the seat of the United Arab Emirates Government, home to the Abu Dhabi Emiri Family and the President of the UAE, who is from this family. Abu Dhabi's rapid development and urbanisation, coupled with the relatively high average income of its population, has transformed the city into a large and advanced metropolis. Today the city is the country's centre of political and industrial activities, and a major cultural and commercial centre, due to its position as the capital. Abu Dhabi accounts for about two-thirds of the roughly $400-billion United Arab Emirates economy.
the capital of Qatar, in the eastern part of the country; pop 385,000 (est. 2007).
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MSC Virtuosa itinerary program during the maiden season in Europe is based on 5 homeports (Barcelona Spain, Genoa Italy, Civitavecchia-Rome, Palermo Sicily, Marseille France) and 7-day Western Mediterranean cruises. The 6-port roundtrip itineraries, along with the rotational homeports, also visit Malta (Valletta).
MSC Virtuosa is able to accommodate a total of 6334 passengers. 75% of all staterooms feature private balconies. The largest aboard MSC Virtuosa are the Yacht Club Royal Suites (700 ft2). There are also wheelchair-accessible cabins.
MSC Virtuosa deck plans feature "cluster cabins" (up to 3 connecting staterooms for families) allowing up to three rooms to be interlinked for max capacity 10 guests.
The ship offers 12 new and creative dining options onboard. Among those are the Mediterranean Village (speciality restaurant) and the exclusive Yacht Club Fine Dining Restaurant. The buffet is open 20 hours per day for international cuisine, Mediterranean specialities, itinerary-based themed food (with locally sourced produce), healthy and dietary dishes. Fine dining options include Kaito Sushi Bar, Kaito Teppanyaki Restaurant and American-style steakhouse featuring specialty meats from all around the world.
Follows the complete list of MSC Virtuosa restaurants and food bars.
Main restaurant (dining room; offers different Italian traditional meals and wines; open for Breakfast 7:00-9:30 a.m., Lunch 12:00-2:00 p.m., and Dinner with 2 fixed seatings at 7:00 and 9:30p.m.; with 7-course dinner menu; also features vegan and vegetarian meals)
Eataly Restaurant (Eataly Food Chain designed food store and specialty restaurant)
La Piazzetta Restaurant (self service buffet and pizzeria; offers Afternoon tea and occasional midnight buffet; includes Onboard Pizzeria and steaks seafood specialty restaurant)
Butcher's Cut (American steakhouse)
chocolate "atelier" and creperie by renowned pastry chef Jean Philippe Maury
buffet restaurant (open 20 hours a day)
Kaito Sushi and Kaito Teppanyaki;
The Meraviglia Plus class ships feature new original shows. A total of eight shows are available on MSC Meraviglia and Meraviglia-plus ships. Each of the 4 ships sails with 2 new contrasting shows, with the first 2 debuted onboard MSC Meraviglia in June 2017.
MSC Virtuosa has a large water park connected to an indoor amusement park on two levels, and to 2-deck entertainment space (interior promenade) housing specialty restaurants, bars, duty-free shops. The Promenade is covered by a LED dome ceiling (called “digital sky”) displaying visual shows.
Virtuosa also boasts cutting-edge wristband technology to make payments, book specialty restaurants and spa treatments, and allow parents to geo-locate their kids.
Follows the complete list of MSC Virtuosa lounges, clubs and other entertainment venues for kids, teens and adults.
Grandiosa Atrium (multi-deck high central ship area with live entertainment)
Cyber Library (Internet computers room and library)
Cybercafe (Internet computers room)
985-seat Broadway Theatre (features grand-style show productions and classical concerts, with 2 shows per night - at 8:00 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.)
(new) L’Atelier Bistrot - bar lounge with stage and large dancefloor
12 weekly Cirque du Soleil shows in Carousel Lounge, accommodating 120 passengers for dinner, plus additional 290 seated guests for drinks. The shows include "Viaggio" and "Sonor", each spanning 40 minutes.
Pre-Dinner Cocktail Bar; Cocktail Bar; Italian Coffee Bar
Boutique and Accessories Shop; Jewelry Shop; Duty-Free Shop; Perfumery; Temporary Shop; Fashion Shop; Logo Shop; Fashion and Jewelry Shop; Photo Gallery Shop
Aft Bar Lounge
The ceiling covering the indoor promenade area is a 480 m2 LED screen - a digital sky transmitting live views (sunsets, sunrises, starry sky), also special events and shows.
Solarium (adults-only relaxation area with Solarium Pool and Bar)
Main Pool area (swimming pools, whirlpools, loungers) - 4 swimming pools (including a 25-metre Atmosphere pool - by night illuminated with special lighting, 10-metre indoor Bamboo pool, Horizon pool at the back of ship - transformed into a dance space at night)
sports and kids facilities, MSC Yacht Club Suites
Yacht Club Bar Lounge
1,100-sq.metre Balinese spa; Solarium (adults-only relaxation area upper level)
Gymnasium; Arcade Games; TV Games; Bowling
4D Cinema; Flight Simulator
Team Sport Arena; Sports Bar
Yacht Club exclusive Restaurant
Sliding Roof (over the Solarium pool area)
Piano Bar Lounge
Doremi Lab; Team Sport Area
Baby’s Club and Kids Club - LEGO and Chicco facilities; Junior Club; Young Club; Teen’s Area
Cinema, Theatre Doremi, Night Club, Studio
Sun Deck (outdoor area with a pool)
MSC Yacht Club Open Area (the fleet's largest), Pool Bar
2 Whirlpools; 2 Solariums; Aquapark featuring Champagne Bowl high-speed waterslide and Himalayan Bridge, that spans the width of ship's deck
2-deck Super Amusement Park
Power Walking/Jogging Track
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