The international fair for investment projects REXPO 2017, which gathers domestic and foreign investors and represents the best investment projects in the region, will take place at City Plaza in Zagreb from the 30th of November to the 1st of December for the sixth year in a row.
Due to its success in the previous years, REXPO has a significant place in the yearly calendar of business and investment fairs in the region, but also in the wider geographic area.
Great Britain is a partner country of the fair, whilst British investors see REXPO as a platform that will enable them to inform about investment opportunities in Croatia and to build valuable contacts that could encourage larger investments in the country.
One of the important participants at this year’s REXPO will be the DAMAC International company, the leading investor in luxury real estate in the Middle East, which is coming to the fair with the same aim as British investors.
On this occasion, Marjan Pipenbaher, the head and responsible bridge designer, will hold a presentation titled ‘’The Pelješac Bridge – engineering masterpiece’’, currently the most important infrastructure project in Croatia.
The REXPO fair will also host Simone Micheli, one of the most famous names in the field of architectural design in Europe. The main goal of his presentation is to inspire potential investors to invest in the development of luxury tourism in Croatia.
REXPO HTL Day is organized in cooperation with PKF hotel experts from Vienna, whilst a special partner this year is the Hard Rock Hotel chain, which recently announced its arrival in Croatia i.e. opening a four or five star hotel in the country.
When it comes to health, life expectancy in Croatia has been prolonged for almost three years; however, it is still below the EU average.
According to data, the life expectancy in Croatia was 77.5 years in 2015, but it was shorter than the EU average of 80.6 years. It is interesting to note that the life expectancy for women in Croatia was 81 years, whilst for men it was 75 years in 2015.
As a population, Croats mostly suffer and die from cardiovascular diseases and cancer, which cause 76 percent of all deaths. Compared to the EU average, the death rate caused by cardiovascular diseases in Croatia is almost twice as high as the EU average. Unfortunately, the devastating data also shows that the death rate caused by lung, breast and colon cancer is among the highest in the European Union.
One of the important indicators is the infant mortality rate, which was 4.6 children per 1,000 live births in 2015 and was among the highest in the European Union with the average infant mortality rate of 3.6 children.
Dubrovnik woke up with strong winds that made problems in air and road traffic. It lowered temperatures, which was especially felt on the mountains of Konavle, located in Dubrovnik-Neretva County, where the first snow flakes could be seen falling.
Winter really came to Dubrovnik-Neretva County today and who knows, even though is not usual, maybe we can expect the white Christmas – at least at Konavle!
The police advises drivers to reduce their speeds and to take extra care on the roads today.
High winds and showers have meant that the Dubrovnik roads are especially dangerous this morning.
News just in is that the Dubrovnik Bridge is closed to all high sided vehicles, lorries, caravans, etc. for the foreseeable future as gale force northerly winds batter the bridge. The Dubrovnik Airport has also faced challenges this morning with the Turkish Airline flight at 8.55 am to Istanbul cancelled due to the blustery winds.
The police have advised drivers to reduce their speeds and to take extra care on the roads today.
The realisation of direct flights from Dubai to Dubrovnik for next year seems to be coming closer. Dubrovnik Airport have confirmed that they have met with Flydubai and have discussed the introduction of flights from the United Arab Emirates to Croatia for 2018.
According to a report in the specialised website EX-YU Aviation the airline has shown interest in expanding flights into Europe. The operations to Dubrovnik are expected to be operated four times a week throughout the summer season, with no indication on whether the airline will continue through the winter months. Flydubai already has a service to Tivat in Montenegro from Dubai and this has proven to be successful.
Since launching its operations in 2009, Flydubai has created a network of more than 95 destinations in 44 countries and opened up 67 new routes that previously had no direct air links to Dubai or were not served by a UAE national carrier from the city.
Apart from allowing passengers to fly to Dubai directly the introduction of flights would mean that Flydubai would go up against Turkish Airlines on attracting passengers from Asia. Flydubai has a code-sharing agreement with Emirates meaning that passengers can book their trip from Asia to Croatia, via Dubai, with only one ticket and through-checked luggage.
It would seem that UNESCO needs to keep a closer eye on the historic Old City of Dubrovnik to protect against modern devastations.
The latest monstrosity to blemish the city is a pair of awnings over a doorway to what appear to be apartments in Žudioska Street. These kind of tacky awnings might be acceptable for a shop on the Stradun or a café bar, but seeing them over the entrance to an apartment looks extremely distasteful. Make your own conclusions on the latest wart on the stone face of Dubrovnik.
All week the weather has been stable and indeed sunny and then comes the weekend and the rain arrives.
This morning the rain started and continued all day with heavy southerly winds bringing with them clouds and high seas. The historic city core of Dubrovnik certainly had its winter face on today with an almost empty main street, Stradun, and waiters fighting with blowing awnings.
There were a few tourists in the city and these lucky few had the landmarks and monuments to themselves.
Check out this photo gallery by Tonči Plazibat
The Hard Rock International company, which is includes the Hard Rock Café brand and the Hard Rock Hotel chain, is interested in opening a hotel in Croatia. According to reports they are currently considering several destinations in Croatia.
The Vice President of Development for markets in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Josh Littman, commented to Poslovni dnevnik that “Apart from becoming more and more popular among investors and brands, Croatia is a very interesting market for us, because it fits in with our rich culture in our business philosophy. We are interested in Split, Dubrovnik, but also in Zagreb and in the northern Adriatic, and we hope that over the coming period we will be able to realize a hotel project, of four or five stars, in some of these destinations.” He added that the company is open for various options, from franchising to contract management or investment.
The company Hard Rock International operates in 75 countries, and has a portfolio of 176 cafes, 24 hotels and 11 casinos. The only Hard Rock Café in the region is located in Podgorica in Montenegro.
On a European level the number of fatalities due to road traffic accidents however Croatia still has lots of work to do to improve safety. In 1996 there were 60,100 fatalities in the European Union in traffic accidents, or around 1,150 people a week were killed in accidents. Thanks to education, safety measures, new technology and campaigns to wear seat belts this number has drastically fallen over the past ten years. In 2016 the number had dropped to 25,624, or well under half the total of fatalities from 1996.
Croatia is lagging behind the rest of Europe, and takes the unenvious position of sixth of the list of road traffic fatalities per million citizens. According to data from Eurostat in 2016 there were 75 fatalities per million people in Croatia. The worst safety record in 2016 went to Bulgaria with 98 fatalities, followed by Romania with 97, Latvia with 80, Poland with 79 and in fifth spot was Greece with 76. The leader of the pack and the safest country to drive in the EU was Sweden with only 28 fatalities per million inhabitants.
‘’I don’t care that they stole my idea...I care that they don’t have any of their own’’, were the words of one of the greatest inventors of all times.
Nikola Tesla is well known for his numerous inventions without which the modern world could not exist in a way we know it today. He is an icon of the scientific world, who invented alternating current, wireless signal and energy transfer, electric motor, radio communication, remote control and many other things most people have never heard of and yet they are using them every day.
Therefore, here are ten interesting facts about Nikola Tesla you probably didn’t know:
1. A man of thunder - It is interesting to note that Tesla, who invented alternating current, was born during a storm around midnight between the 9th and the 10th of July 1856 in Smiljan, Lika, today’s Croatia. According to a story told by his family, a midwife put her hands in the air and in panic she said, ‘’This baby will be a child of the darkness’’, to which Tesla’s mother replied, ‘’No, he will be the child of light’’.
2. The Nikola Tesla Museum in the US was funded thanks to a comic book – Tesla’s tower or Wardenclyffe was restored thanks to the intervention of the largest fans of his life and work. In May this year, the building purchased the Tesla Science Center for around $1,3 million. The funds were donated by the popular website for public financing IndieGoGo. The organizer and the main initiator of this campaign is Matthew Inman, an illustrator known for his online comic book Oatmeal.
3. Tesla was a true ecologist – Nikola Tesla was very concerned by the fact that people are spending planet resources very quickly so he engaged himself in renewable sources of energy. Therefore, he decided to study ways of extracting natural energy from land and air.
4. Tesla conceptualized the smart phone technology back in 1901 – Tesla truly had excellent ideas, however, they rarely came into practice. For example, he presented new ways of instant communication to his business partner J.P.Morgan - sending stock exchanges info and short telegram messages. Tesla would receive every message through a tube connected to his lab, where he would encode them and join to the selected frequency, which would then be transmitted to a handheld device.
5. Tesla succeeded in scaring Mark Twain –Tesla had a machine called a frequency oscillator in his lab on Manhattan. During his experiments, the machine made such a tremendous noise and an ‘’earthquake’’ kind of trembling that he almost crushed a whole block once. However, there were no damages whatsoever, but he managed to scare Mark Twain. The great writer was widely known for his digestive problems. One day Tesla invited Twain to his lab. When he turned on the fierce machine, Twain was so terrified and had to rush off to the nearest toilet.
6. Tesla would go nuts every time he saw pearls – Hmm, pearls were obviously Tesla’s kryptonite. Every time he saw them, he would be so disgusted that he wasn’t able to talk to a woman who wore them. However, nobody ever knew why he had such an aversion to this jewellery and yet Tesla had a very specific taste for style and aesthetics.
7. Tesla was in panic with microbes and used a photographic memory – Tesla was known for his photographic memory. He used to memorize photos in books and use them later as a basis for his inventions. On the other hand, Tesla suffered from a terrible fear of bacteria because he almost died from cholera when he was a young boy.
8. Tesla made a tower for extracting electric current from the air – Tesla planned to extract electric current for the air and send it through the ground to a final recipient with a 56-metre high tower on Long Island. Unfortunately, this project was never completed.
9. Some Tesla's inventions have become state secrets – After Tesla died in 1943, the Foreigners’ Property Office took all his things. Most of them ended up in the Tesla family, out of which a large number of them were transported to the Tesla Museum in Belgrade. However, some documents are still hidden and buried in the US government’s archives.
10. Tesla literally planned to light up the entire planet – Tesla was convinced that he could light up the Earth’s atmosphere, dispel the darkness and create a new era of eternal light. He developed a theory that the upper atmosphere contains gases that can conduct high frequency electric energy that would create ‘’a night light for the whole planet’’.
It is interesting to note that the largest multimedia exhibition ever dedicated to this great man titled ‘’Nikola Tesla- Mind from the Future’’ will be opened in Zagreb on the 25th of November 2017 and will remain open until the 20th of March 2018.