Saturday, 24 September 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.

Email: mark.thomas@dubrovnik-times.com

Beyonce is back in Dubrovnik! The famous American singer, who after a six-year hiatus has just released her new album 'Renaissance', has again chosen Dubrovnik as the place for her annual vacation. This is the third time that Queen B has spent her summer in the far south of Croatia. She stayed in the Dubrovnik area for the first time in 2009.

The second stay of the pop diva in the Dubrovnik area followed in September 2020, when she spent her vacation on the super-luxury rented yacht Lana, 107 meters long, where she also hosted a party for her 39th birthday.

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Photo - Tonci Plazibat

And yesterday, Beyonce was photographed with her family, husband and children on a luxury vessel in Župa, just south of Dubrovnik. She arrived on a yacht from Cavtat, after landing in Dubrovnik Airport yesterday morning by private jet.

Beyonce and Jay Z, will enjoy themselves on the luxury yacht Faith, worth 600 million US dollars and 97 meters long. It was built in 2017 in the Dutch shipyard Feadship. It has seven luxurious cabins for 12 passengers, which are looked after by 26 crew members. The owner of the yacht is Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, otherwise the owner of the football club Manchester City. After Beyonce and Jay Z boarded the yacht in the Župa bay; Faith headed for Dubrovnik where she stayed briefly in front of Lokrum to continue sailing towards Korčula. It is not yet known whether they will stop for a short time in Lopud, which is a hit destination this summer.

 

Two massive American Air Force B-52 “Flying Fortresses” flew over Dubrovnik yesterday. The two strategic bombers, stationed at the Fairford base in the United Kingdom, didn’t only fly over Croatia but the whole of Southeast Europe.

The goal of the flyover, stated the US Air force, was to show the US's continued commitment to the security of NATO allies and partners in Southeast Europe.

The huge military planes also flew over the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia building in Skopje, Skanderbeg Square in Tirana, the Montenegrin coast and over Dubrovnik's Old City.

The Pelješac Bridge was opened on the 26th of July in a gala ceremony that featured fireworks, acrobatic airplane displays and music and dance. The largest ever construction project in Croatian history is now open, a 2,404 metre bridge that was started back in the summer of 2018. "Dear Croatians, guests, guests, friends, this is a historic day for Croatia. I am overcome by feelings of joy, pride and gratitude. This is a project of a generation and pride because we are part of the generation that accomplished such a great act of uniting the Croatian territory, uniting the southern part with the rest of the country," said Croatian Prime Minister, Andrej Plenković. The far south of Croatia is now connected to the rest of the country for the first time in over 300 years.

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Photo - Bozidar Vukicevic/Cropix

The opening of the Pelješac Bridge has finally united the Croatian territory into one whole, and will further strengthen the economic potential of Croatia and increase the competitiveness of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County economy. It will also have a profound effect on the tourism sector of the whole county. The far south of Croatia is now connected to the rest of the country.

Much more than a physical building

Stretching imposingly over the glinting Adriatic Sea the new Pelješac Bridge is the most important and indeed largest construction project in the Republic of Croatia for decades. However, it is much more than a physical building, it is a bridge that connects the far south of Croatia to the rest of the country. In mid-July 2018 work began on this massive project, a bridge that is 2,404 metres long and spans the sea channel from the mainland at Komarna to the Pelješac peninsula. And on the 26th of July this year it was officially opened.

This vital link between Dubrovnik and the rest of Croatia will now mean that the flow of traffic will be unhindered by borders. The knock-on effect of this ease of passage will mean that both tourists and locals can now visit the south of the country without border controls and therefore save precious time.

And the bridge will undoubtedly become an attraction in its own right. Observation points are already in place and the view over the glorious Mediterranean nature and the turquoise Adriatic with the elegant bridge spanning the channel looks impressive.

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Photo - Ante Cizmic/Cropix

Why was it needed?

So why is the bridge needed? It’s a historic question. This small strip of land was given by the Republic of Dubrovnik to the Ottoman Empire to act as a buffer zone between the Republic and Venice. Centuries later this strip of the coast became part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Meaning that the south of Croatia was physically cut off from the rest of the country and people traveling south through Croatia had to cross a few miles of Bosnian-Herzegovinian territory and two EU external borders. With the completion of the new Pelješac Bridge the country is once again connected.

Benefits already visible

And the benefits for tourism have been seen already. A big jump in the number of tourists has been seen in parts of the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, since the opening of the new Pelješac Bridge. The number of tourists on the island of Korčula has also increased drastically as it is now considerably easier to reach the island by car. “The number of guests has increased significantly on the entire island. The fact that the journey has been shortened and made easier has resulted in more tourists coming, there is a lot of pressure on the ferries from Orebić to Korcula, new lines have been introduced and larger ferries have been brought in,” said Miljana Borojević, the director of the Korčula Tourist Board.

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ACI marina "Veljko Barbieri" in Slano follows the high standards of the entire ACI chain with its offer, so boaters can find here a restaurant, a nautical equipment store, two charter companies and a laundry. Transfer services, car rental, boat technical service and boat washing services are also available to all guests. For guests who, just like ACI, care about the environment and prefer more sustainable forms of transportation, ACI marina Slano also has Tesla charging stations for electric vehicles, and guests can use a swimming pool, a wellness centre and even a hair salon, as well as two small well-stocked grocery stores.

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ACI marina "Veljko Barbieri" Slano celebrated 6 years since its foundation at the beginning of August this year. It was named after a man who marked recent Croatian history in many ways, and among other things, he was the originator of the idea of ​​founding the ACI marina chain. This unique marina was built in the beautiful bay of the same name, which has always been a good shelter for all ships throughout the centuries. Located in the north-eastern part of the spacious Port of Slano, which is inland on the northern shore of the Koločep channel, ACI marina Slano is characterized by an ideal position in a much broader sense, primarily due to its proximity to the fairy-tale Elaphite Islands, Dubrovnik and Dubrovnik's waters, and all the other charms of southern Dalmatia, which year after year attracts numerous sailors from all over the world.

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Photo - Davor Zunic

Paradise for sailors

The ACI marina "Veljko Barbieri" in Slano is one of the most popular choices among sailors for mooring, rest and refreshment, while sailing in these magical regions. ACI marina Slano follows the high standards of the entire chain with its offer, so sailors can also find a nice restaurant, a nautical equipment shop, two charter companies and a laundry here. In addition, transfer services, car rental, boat technical service and boat washing services are available to guests. For guests who, just like ACI, care about the environment and prefer more sustainable forms of transportation, ACI marina Slano also has Tesla charging stations for electric vehicles. Guests can also use the swimming pool, which is located right next to the restaurant, and near the marina, in the Admiral hotel, there is also a wellness centre and a hair salon, as well as two smaller grocery stores.

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Photo - Davor Zunic

From equipment to enjoyment

In the marina itself, there is a nautical equipment shop, where guests can purchase almost all necessary nautical equipment and safely set out to explore the unique south of Dalmatia, with its numerous islands and hidden bays and coves. Two charter companies operate in ACI marina Slano. Nautical centre Nava and Sailor's Moon, which also offers a sailing school.

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Photo - Davor Zunic

Another aspect that makes ACI Marina "Veljko Barbieri" in Slano stand out is the excellent gastronomic offer. There is a true paradise for all gourmets - the restaurant Perast, a gastronomic pearl that supports local family run farms, prepares food with exclusively fresh and home-grown ingredients and offers boaters an unrepeatable gastronomic experience, all with a few drops of domestic olive oil from its own production, obtained from the family's three thousand olive trees.

For more information visit: aci-marinas.com/hr/marina/aci-veljko-barbieri-slano/

In the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, 232 new cases of infection with the coronavirus were recorded in the past week.

These are 94 people from Dubrovnik, 66 from Metković, 24 from Župa Dubrovnik, 21 from Ploče, eight from Konavle, five from Orebić, three from Kula Norinska, two from Opuzen, Pojezerje and Ston, and one from Blat, Dubrovačko Primorje, Lumbarda, Smokvice and Vela Luka.

A woman from Korčula (born in 1936) passed away.

274 people recovered: 119 from Dubrovnik, 55 from Metković, 27 from Župa Dubrovnik, 19 from Ploče, 15 from Konavle, ten from Orebić, four from Kula Norinska and Zažablja, three from Korcula, Opuzen and Ston, two from Blato, Janjina, Pojezerja, Vela Luka and from Mljet and one from Slivno and Trpanj.

In the past week, 701 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 259,616 samples have been analyzed.

Seven people positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital.

 

On Sunday, Croatian tennis player, Borna Ćorić, wrote a part of tennis history by defeating the seventh tennis player in the world, the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7-6 (0), 6-2 in the final of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Cincinnati, thus becoming the lowest-ranked player in the ATP rankings to have won a Masters trophy.

After stringing together victories over Lorenzo Musetti, Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Cameron Norri, Ćorić ended his dream week with a third victory over a player from the Top 10 and became the fourth Croatian tennis player with a Masters 1000 title. Before him, these titles were won by Goran Ivanišević (Stockholm 1992, Paris 1993), Ivan Ljubičić (Indian Wells 2010) and Marin Čilić (Cincinnati 2016).

The victory brought the 25-year-old from Zagreb the third, biggest title in his professional career, a move of 123 places in the individual ATP rankings and the status of seed at the upcoming US Open, because Borna Ćorić will be the 29th tennis player in the world when the rankings come out today.

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BORNA ĆORIĆ (CRO) – Stefanos Tsitsipas (GREECE/4) 7-6 (0), 6-2

There were 1.63 million people employed in Croatia in July, which is 1.6 percent more than in the same month last year and 1.1 percent more than in June, according to the data from the State Bureau of Statistics.

According to the recently published data of the SBS, the active population in Croatia in July was slightly more than 1.74 million or 1.2 percent more than in June and 0.5 percent more than in July last year.

On the other hand, there were 109.6 thousand unemployed, which is a monthly increase of 3.6 percent, while compared to July 2021, their number decreased by 13 percent.

The registered unemployment rate was 6.3 percent in July, increasing by a slight 0.2 percentage points compared to June.

 

One of the signs that summer is slowly coming to an end is the fact that the boat schedule to the island of Lokrum has been updated and indeed shortened.

The public institution Lokrum Reserve has announced a new sailing schedule that brings one small, but very important change for lovers of this Dubrovnik island. The last boat from the island no longer leaves at 8:00 p.m., but at 7:00 p.m., which means that you will be able to spend one hour less on this beautiful island. The first boat to Lokrum is at 9:00 am.

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