Sunday, 04 December 2022
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.


UaeCro.Biz recently organized a visit of Croatian representatives to the seventh Edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM), which was held in Dubai from the 2nd to the 4th of April 2017.

Under the Patronage of H.H.Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, one of the largest world centres of the capital of Dubai organized the most exclusive conference for investors for the seventh year in a row. This year, Croatian companies also had the opportunity to present themselves to the biggest investors from the United Arab Emirates.

Sanja Guc, as a member of the UaeCro.Biz team, is the main partner for Croatia who is working on building a business bridge between the United Arab Emirates and Croatia. For the first time this year, she had organized a visit of Croatian representatives to this premier event in foreign direct investment for Growing Markets.

Representatives of several companies from Croatia held talks with the leading executives of investment groups from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Qatar such as UAE International Investors Council, Dubai Investment, Mubdala, Jumeirah Group and many others.

‘’Interest in Croatian projects is growing, but the right approach, recommendation and personal contacts are of utmost importance when doing business in the Arab world. Therefore, I am very pleased that we have opened interesting contacts for Croatian companies and their projects. Meetings with the leading people in the UEA went very well and now we have to continue our communication and preparations for the start of a serious cooperation’’, explained Sanja Guc.

‘’While many organizations have turned their attention to Mars and beyond, we could still learn quite a bit from Earth's nearby satellite’’, said Google.

The most popular web browser Google launched an interesting competition almost a decade ago. The first team to successfully launch a spacecraft, land it on the Moon, travel at least 500 metres and transmit pictures and video from the surface before the 31st of December 2017, will take home the prize of $20 million.

It has been more than 44 years since the last human walked on the Moon, and the most recent Moon landing was carried out by China in 2013 with their Chang’e 3 mission.

Back in 2007, Google announced its Lunar XPRIZE competition. The goal of the project was to initiate healthy competition to get human technology back on the Moon. Out of the 16 teams that made it to last year, only five are left with a chance to make it to the valuable cash prize waiting for them at the finishing line.

A team from Croatia led by an adventurer and explorer Nebojsa Stanojevic has found its place in this prestigious group. His team Synergy Moon consists of 150 people from 18 countries from all over the world. ‘’We have some serious space professionals, scientists, engineers as well as artists, enthusiasts and visionaries in our team’’, commented Miroslav Ambrus-Kis, one of the members of the Croatian team.

The Synergy Moon team made it to the TOP 5 teams along with the teams from Israel, the US, Japan and India, and they will all try to achieve the main goal – landing on the Moon.
Interestingly, the Croatian team has announced that they will bring along a bottle of famous Istrian wine Teran into space.

Starting on Easter morning, April 16th, a Holy Mass in English will be held in the Church of Saint Ignatius at 11 am every Sunday, up until October 30th.

The church is located at the Ruder Boskovic square that is connected with Gundulic square with baroque stairs. Just on top of the stairs, there it is - the Church of Saint Ignatius, or as people of Dubrovnik call it ‘’the Jesuits’’. This beautiful church is the work of the famous Jesuit architect and painter Ignazio Pozzo.

As one of the most impressive churches in Dubrovnik, this is a sight that you shouldn’t miss in any case. And if you’re religious, it's good to know that now you can go on Holy Mass, every Sunday at 11 am.

During the big Easter week the beautiful island of Lokrum has prepared a rich program for all the visitors. If you have a chance, this is a perfect time to enjoy this little paradise with special holiday feeling.

Here is the program:
April 13 - 10 am – 1 pm – Chocolate Easter egg hunting for the children from Skatulica kindergarten
April 14 and 15 – Special menu in two Lokrum restaurants by Jadranka Nicetic, famous for using traditional Dubrovnik recipes
April 15 – Doors Open Day with Easter Bunny who will share Easter eggs from Primorje from 10 am to noon and from 3 pm to 5 pm
April 15 and 16 – Chance to taste carob cake by the recipe made by Jadranka Nicetic
April 17 – Noon - Exhibition opening in the cloister of the monastery on Lokrum, made by Dubrovnik artists
- 3 pm – Holy Mass on Lokrum
- 4 pm – socializing at olive garden

Salvador Dali is back in Dubrovnik! An exhibition including more than 240 of the Spanish artist’s prints, sculptures, tapestries and reliefs opened last night in the St. Claire Monastery in the historic city centre.

This exhibition, entitled “Divine Worlds” has already been seen by over 200,000 people throughout the world and now Dubrovnik has a chance to experience Dali.

The exhibition was opened last night by the Spanish Honorary Consul to Dubrovnik, Jelka Tepsic and the owner of the collection David Razjancev.

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The largest Asian carrier China Southern Airlines has commenced negotiations with Zadar Airport over launching flights from Guangzhou in China to the Croatian city of Zadar.

The General Manager of Zadar Airport, Irena Cosic, the Croatian Ambassador to China, Nebojsa Koharovic, and the Croatian-based Chinese Southeast Europe Business Association (CSEBA), held talks with both Guangzhou Airport and China Southern Airlines over the potential service.

''Our negotiations went very well and Guangzhou Airport expressed a strong interest in this service. However, China Southern Airlines required some additional technical details. The main problem of Zadar Airport is the inability of larger aircraft to land on our airport.Nevertheless, Guangzhou Airport will contact other air carriers if China Southern Airlines decides not to launch the service due to the short runway in Zadar'', explained Mario Rendulic, the head of CSEBA. 

China Southern Airlines is the world's fourth busiest airline and the largest Asian air carrier by fleet size. It operates flights to 190 destinations around the globe, but has a limited presence in Europe, only through its services to Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Paris, St Petersburg and Rome. Flights to Zadar would surely contribute to the air carrier's further expansion in Europe and bring more Chinese tourists to Croatia.

''It is important to establish direct flights, as well as to simplify and speed up the issuance of visas. Last year, 100,000 Chinese tourists visited Croatia, which is almost nothing considering the size of the Chinese travel market; however, it was an improvement of 20 percent in comparison to 2015’’, recently commented Hu Zhaoming, the Chinese ambassador to Croatia.

According to the latest survey from the Ivo Pilar Institute on gender inequality in household chores, Croatian men improved considerably since 1990s, although they still aren’t over eager to do the housework.

The survey showed that only 7 percent of Croatian men like to iron, 10 percent of them cook, 11 percent do the dishes, whilst a massive 80 percent of them don’t participate in any of the household chores.

On the other hand, when it comes to activities such as buying food or cooking, Croatian men participate in a somewhat higher percentage, but they participate less in routine and every day chores.

''In the old days men participated in these activities in a very low percentage, only when it came to barbecuing, the rest was done only by women'', explained Inga Koludrovic-Tomic, the author of the survey.

As far as men in the region are concerned, Slovenian men are a little better than Croats, almost 17 percent of them like to cook. However, Bosnian men are far worse that Croats, a miserly 5 percent of them cook.

Furthermore, Croats scored a better percentage when it comes to taking children to school (21%), taking children to a park to play (15%), whilst 10 percent of them do the homework with their children.

The Rochester Institute of Technology Croatia has celebrated their twentieth anniversary. Last weekend RIT Croatia marked twenty years of education in Croatia and former students from around the world joined in the party.

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RIT Croatia started out in Dubrovnik under the name American College of Management and Technology and offered students the opportunity to obtain a US diploma which is recognised in the United States and all over the world. From the first day all course at RIT have been held in English and an emphasis was placed on practical problem solving.

Due to the high interest from students from all over the world a second campus in Zagreb was opened. The president and dean of RIT Croatia, Don Hudspeth, commented that around 30 percent of the students in Dubrovnik and Zagreb at the moment are international students.

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