Monday, 21 June 2021
Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas - The editor and big chief of The Dubrovnik Times. Born in the UK he has been living and working in Dubrovnik since 1998, yes he is one of the rare “old hands.” A unique insight into both British and Croatian life and culture, Mark is often known as just “Englez” or Englishman. He is a traveller, a current affairs freak and a huge AFC Wimbledon fan.


The Croatian National Tourist Board is launching a special promotional campaign "Trust me I've been there" in 12 markets in Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Poland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Hungary, France, the Netherlands, Slovakia and Russia.

The campaign will be active until the end of July, and is implemented through activities on social networks Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, then through the most watched TV channels, popular websites and newspapers in each market and through outdoor advertising on billboards, digital panels and public transport.

The goal of the campaign is to invite guests to spend their vacation in Croatia, as well as further positioning Croatia as an attractive, safe and well-prepared destination.



"This is a new campaign that is different from all previous ones, i.e. that is personalized and adjusted to the preferences of each individual market. It is with this goal that we decided to create special messages, and the main actors of the campaign are satisfied guests who invite their fellow citizens to come to Croatia and share first-hand information that our country is an ideal and safe destination for summer vacation," said the CNTB director, Kristjan Staničić, adding that the Safe Stay in Croatia security label will continue to be communicated through the campaign, which in the current situation provides an additional sense of destination security.

The Minister of Tourism and Sports, Nikolina Brnjac, said that Croatia is fully ready to start the tourist season. "Through this campaign, we will present their favourite destinations and tourist products to tourists, and it specializes in each individual market. This is a continuation of the activities by which we position Croatia as an attractive, safe and well-prepared tourist destination. We work intensively to ensure optimal safety and health conditions for tourists, but also for our fellow citizens and all stakeholders in the travel chain. The process of vaccinating tourist workers who we expect to be vaccinated by the beginning of summer has intensified, borders for foreign tourists are open, the Safe stay in Croatia project has more and more users every day, we have defined more than 300 points for testing tourists in tourist centres, we co-finance the price of antigen tests for tourists, and we will have special epidemiological data for the islands. We are ready for the season, and additional optimism is provided by the improvement of the epidemiological situation, which we know is crucial for the interest of the guests," concluded Brnjac.

Any professional in any field requires a trademark to stand out against competitors. In the UAE, artists have discovered that having a trademark is one of the best things to do for their brands. This is because a trademark gives a brand that distinctive element, and for artists, this can contribute to a good source of revenue.

Difference between Trademark and Copyright

It is easy to misunderstand the difference between a trademark and copyright. Note that copyright is responsible for protecting the works of artists, and it is responsible for activities like royalty collection and keeping track of any duplicated work of the artists. Professional artists use copyright to protect and help them track their works.

Trademark is a little different and is more focused on protecting the brand. This can be in the form of names, logos, slogans, images and other branding factors. There are several institutions in the UAE that you can use to trademark your brand and the process is simpler today thanks to internet technology.

The Trademark process

There are so many reasons why artists should have a trademark, especially in a region like the UAE. In the UAE, registering any trademark, including an artist’s name, must follow a strict procedure.

The steps for trademarking an artist name in the UAE are - 

1. Research

Before you can register a trademark with any responsible institution you usually need to run a check. This is important because there could be another artist with the same trademark name as you. This can have your fans and clients confused and misled when searching for your work.

2. Application

Once it has been verified that the trademark name you want to register is available, you will be allowed to apply for said trademark. The application form is supposed to be submitted to the trademark register with the following documents:
• The Power of Attorney
• Trade License
• A sample of Trademark design / name and
• What the trademark will cover. This can consist of the works, images and voice of the artist.

3. Contact details

The artist will need to provide their active contact details such as phone number, email and even social media handles. This is important because trademarking companies usually have updates and other important information that they share with their clients via channels such as newsletters.

4. Identification

Identification documents are required when an artist wants to trademark their name in the UAE. Acceptable forms of documentation include passports, UAE ID cards, driving licenses and even birth certificates.

5. Application fee

It costs about AED 500 to trademark an artist name in the United Arab Emirates. The cost can, however, vary depending on the agent or registering company.

6. Publication

Your trademark registration will then be made public by getting published in at least two national newspapers in the UAE. This is one of the benefits of having a trademark in the UAE as the registrar is informing the public about your brand which is a good marketing advantage.

7. Issuance of certificate

Once an artist meets all the stated requirements they are issued with the certificate of the trademark to prove ownership of a brand name. Many artists like musicians don’t use their official names, and usually trademark their alias names. However, the identification information required here has nothing to do with the alias name and artists should only submit their legal names.

It takes about four months before an artist name trademarking process is complete.

Not all can be Trademarked

While artists can trademark their name and brand in the UAE some elements cannot be trademarked. These are usually public properties owned by the government or other brands. For example, an artist whose name includes third-party names may not be eligible for a trademark. The Red Cross symbol is an example of a sign that can never be trademarked in the UAE as an artist, even if it is your best branding choice.

Need help with your Trademark?

In the UAE it is imperative to hire a good, knowledgeable firm aware of the UAE laws to get your Trademark registered. If you use one of our registered Trademark Attorneys like Far consulting Middle East they will take you step by step through the process.

An agreement has been reached at the EU level to open the borders to all travellers who have completed the Covid vaccination process, AFP reports.

The decision on whether fully vaccinated citizens of Great Britain and some other countries will be allowed to enter the European Union unconditionally will be made on Friday.

Although it is likely that an agreement to lift some restrictions on border crossings has been reached, no agreement has been reached on Covid passports.

"Members of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the governments of the member states will resume negotiations on Thursday," the Portuguese EU presidency said.

The digital certificate could open more EU countries to travel within the Union in late June, even as the coronavirus pandemic continues, as well as concerns about new strains of the virus.

The so-called digital green certificate will be proof that the person has been vaccinated against Covid-19, has a negative test result or has recovered from the disease. This was introduced to avoid discrimination against persons who could not be vaccinated.

The aim of the confirmation is to abolish as soon as possible the measures currently in force when it comes to travel between countries.

However, it is up to each of the 27 Member States to decide what benefits the certificate brings within their borders.

Greece has already eased the entry conditions for foreigners who have been vaccinated, and Spain is allowing tourists from the EU to enter on the condition of a negative test.

According to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, one sixth of the European Union's adult population is now vaccinated with both doses. The Commission aims to increase that to 70 percent by September.


In the last 24 hours, 1,000 new cases of Covid- 19 virus have been recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is 5,223. Among them, 1,508 people are in hospital, of which 163 are on ventilators.

A further 27 people passed away in the past 24 hours.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 351,997 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 7,792 have died, a total of 338,982 have recovered, of which 621 in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 17,102 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 1,946,021 people have been tested, of which 8,426 in the last 24 hours.

As of May 18, 1,078,103 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose, of which 328,176 have received both doses. On May 18, 36,310 doses of vaccine were consumed.


Dubrovnik and every other Croatian town and city will be buzzing with football fever in June and July, as the Croatian national team battle against bookmakers and media pundits alike, who think the team will struggle to escape Group D, let alone go on another run to a major final. Of course, Zlatko Dalić thinks differently, and with so much talent still at his disposal it will only take a couple of positive group results to have online betting tipsters and match previewers swinging their weight behind the Kockasti.

Here we go in depth into Dalić’s squad, to see if they have what it takes to reproduce their heroics of World Cup 2018 or if this time around England will get their revenge, and dump them out of Group D.


Croatian fans are hungry for more international success after the heroics their team performed at the 2018 World Cup

Luka Modrić – Still Going Strong Aged 35

When a player is good enough to win the coveted Ballon d’Or then no matter how advanced they become in years, they will always be a force to be reckoned with out on the pitch. That is most certainly the case with Real Madrid star Luka Modrić who is both the brains and the engine that drives the Croatian national team midfield.

However, there are worries that after a gruelling La Liga season Croatia’s most capped player might be coming to the end of the line. With every major tournament possibly now his last, he will be out to spoil the party again for England. His time at Tottenham will stand him in good stead for dealing with the atmosphere and weather in London.

Bruno Petković – Replacing a Legend

Mario Mandžukić ended his international career on the high of having reached the World Cup final in 2018 and ended his stint in a chequered shirt as his country’s second highest ever scorer.

Filling such boots is one hell of a task, but Bruno Petković appears to be up to the task. Having done a long apprenticeship in Italy, the sturdy striker is now back at Dinamo Zagreb, where he has fine-tuned his game to be able to notch 6 international goals since making his Croatia debut in early 2019.

Croatia will be hoping they can make it all the way to the final at Wembley in London

Ante Rebić – Can he Find Form at the Right Time?

The man that Zlatko Dalić would have most liked to have put alongside Petković is Ante Rebić, but he has had a lacklustre season at AC Milan this season, perhaps suffering from being in the shadow of Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Ivan Perišić – Brings Endless Experience

If there is one thing this Croatian team does not lack it is experience, and Ivan Perišić’s wrist bands seem like they have been blurring up and down touchlines forever.

He is riding high after having won the Serie A title with Inter Milan, although he was used more as an auxiliary player rather than someone who started week in and week out. His goals have dried up as a result, with him only netting three in the league this season.

Andrej Kramarić – Red Hot and Ready to Go

With Perišić and Rebić off the boil, that leaves the door open for Bundesliga sensation Andrej Kramarić, who has been setting club records for Hoffenheim this term. In fact, no player has ever scored more Bundesliga goals for the club in one season than Kramarić.

He has managed all this at the ripe old age of 29 and with a World Cup goal already under his belt he is well placed to finally make a huge impact on the international scene.

Duje Ćaleta-Car – Being Eyed by the Likes of Liverpool

While scoring goals is always important for a team to progress at an international tournament, Croatia will struggle to be prolific enough to make up for a leaky back line.

Thankfully, there is a new crop of defenders coming through the ranks. Leading them is Duje Ćaleta-Car, who has been turning heads with his performances for Marseille, especially because he is also known for popping up with precious goals from set pieces.

His defensive heroics have alerted Premier League scouts with both West Ham and Liverpool reportedly ready to pay around €20 million to acquire his services.

Borna Barišić – Inside Man

Croatia are really up against it in Group D, because both England and Scotland will have home advantage. This means that any insider information that can be gleaned from their respective camps could be vital.

That makes Borna Barišić the perfect inside man, because he has been plying his trade for the newly crowned Scottish champions Rangers this season. Not only has playing under Steven Gerrard given Barišić a new lease of life, but he will also be well versed in how the Scottish national team will set themselves up this summer.

Dominik Livaković – Croatia’s Number 1

While there is healthy competition for places across the Croatian squad, one position that is sewn up is that of goalkeeper. Dominik Livaković’s shot stopping and commanding presence is always on show when he turns out for Dinamo Zagreb, and he was brought into the national team setup after Lovre Kalinic’s form dipped substantially.

Indeed, Croatia fans will be hoping and praying that Livaković remains fit and healthy for the duration of the tournament, because only the aforementioned Kalinic and Luton Town’s Simon Sluga wait in the wings to replace him.

Mateo Kovačić – The Professor

Another player who seems like he has been around forever is Mateo Kovačić, who despite only being 27 years of age has played for Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid.

He will be the man relied upon to give backup to Luka Modrić in midfield. While he certainly has the pedigree to perform at the highest level, his desire to play for the national team has been questioned in recent Nations League games, although he is the sort of big-game player who is likely to up his level when the spotlight is on him.


In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 11 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in the last 24 hours (three of which were determined by a rapid antigen test).

These are five people from Metković, four from Dubrovnik and one person each from Konavle and Vela Luka.

A total of five males and six females were infected, and five of them have an established epidemiological link.

29 people made a full recovery - eight from Vela Luka, five from Župa dubrovačka, three from Ston, two each from Dubrovnik, Metković, Opuzen and Blato, and one person each from Korčula, Janjina, Pojezerje, Smokvica and Zažablje.

In the last 24 hours, 351 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 71,111 samples have been analysed.

22 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. Intensive care is required by three patients, all on invasive ventilation.

There are 288 people in self-isolation, and in the last 24 hours there have been seven violations of the self-isolation measure (all at the border).

The popular travel and lifestyle magazine Conde Nast Traveller has published their list of the top 12 most beautiful destinations to visit in Croatia, and of course the list contains Dubrovnik!

“The country opened its borders to international travellers on 1 April 2021, and with flight times of just over two hours from London. With more than 1,200 islands and islets, Croatia is known as having some of the prettiest beaches in Europe, perfect for boat trips via secluded coves. But head inland to find national parks with tumbling waterfalls and lush forests, not to mention towns packed with history and things to do. Here, we highlight 12 of the most beautiful destinations in Croatia,” writes Conde Nast on their website and includes a video highlighting the top Croatian destinations.

Check out the video below -

Even more direct flights from the US will land at Dubrovnik Airport this summer season after United Airlines announced that they have increased their planned operations to four times a week.

United Airlines will connect Newark and Dubrovnik this summer with the first flight planned for July 8. The US airline had previously planned to fly three times a week but have now announced that they have added an extra weekly flight every Friday.

Delta Airlines will also fly from New York this summer to Dubrovnik from JFK. Delta will also operate four flights a week to Croatia’s southernmost airport from July 2, meaning that between these two carriers 8 direct flights a week will land.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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