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The City of Dubrovnik has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF), this week.
The understanding, signed by Dubrovnik Mayor, Mato Frankovic, and WBAF Chairman, Baybars Altuntas, is expected to strengthen the cooperation between Dubrovnik and the business angels from Turkey and the EU through investments, information exchange, and education.
Frankovic said that cooperation with WBAF should boost start-up companies as a different type of economic activity in Dubrovnik.
"Mr. Altuntas is a great innovator who has shown how to develop small start-up companies, which is interesting to us because most of our commercial activities are based on tourism. We will include the Dubrovnik University and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Croatia in this cooperation. I believe that we will become a small centre of new commercial activities that aren't exclusively related to tourism," Frankovic said.
Altuntas welcomed Dubrovnik's desire to become a global centre for tourism innovation.
“Innovation in tourism is as important as innovation in other industries. Every city or country that wants to be a leading ecosystem for innovation makes a great investment for future generations,” Altuntas said.
He added that education for entrepreneurship was much more important than just putting money on the table.
“It’s more important that entrepreneurs have a proper way of thinking and skills to develop business, than financing. Good business ideas will find their way to financing,” said Altuntas, who is currently visiting Croatia and in addition to Dubrovnik, will also visit the Adriatic city of Split, Zagreb and the northern town of Krapina.
The World Business Angels Investment Forum (WBAF) is an international organisation aiming to ease access to financing for businesses from start-up to scale-up, with the ultimate goal of generating more jobs and more social justice worldwide. It is committed to collaborating globally to empower world economic development by creating innovative financial instruments for innovators, start-ups, and small and medium-sized enterprises.
The swimming season has definitely begun in Dubrovnik, the iconic Banje Beach was busy with sunbathers and swimmers yesterday as the weekend started early.
The city has gone from winter to summer overnight as temperatures have soared up to the high twenties and blue skies and bright sunshine are making sure that the city’s beaches are doing a roaring trade. The ancient Old City resembled an August day today as tourists basked in the sunshine and enjoyed al fresco meals. However, the Adriatic Sea is still rather chilly, at least for the locals, at “only” 16 degrees.
Check out our photo gallery by Tonci Plazibat
“Culture knows no borders,” a concert organised by the Dubrovnik Tourist Board was held this afternoon in the heart of the Old City of Dubrovnik and the Croatian Cultural and Art Society 'Dinara'
The project launched in 2018 aimed aims to promote the culture and traditions of Livno, the tourist offer of Livno and Bosnia and Herzegovina and strengthen international cooperation with neighbouring countries in the field of culture.
The many tourists in the Old City enjoyed a great free concert in front of the St. Blaise Church as the brass band performed their rich repertoire of classical and film music, pop-rock, entertainment, classical evergreens and Dalmatian songs.
Slavica Ecclestone, former wife of Bernie Ecclestone, bought a house in Zaton, near Dubrovnik, three years ago and for the past three years the luxurious stone villa has been undergoing extensive renovations. The front-row to the Adriatic villa set back Slavica (59) a healthy 19 million Kuna, however considering she received £1.3 billion in 2008 in the divorce settlement.
But it would seem that the former model isn’t making too many friends in the small village of Zaton. Soon after the reconstruction began workers continued into the summer season and therefore disturbed all the neighbours and their guests. She has invested four million Kuna into the 550 metre squared villa and according to report in the media she spent a massive 440,000 Kuna on the stone in villa.
Slavica commented that she loved Dubrovnik but didn’t want to buy a property in the city as the tourist season was just too much for her.
After the recent sand dust cloud that pretty much blocked out the sun in Dubrovnik the wind has changed direction, the skies have cleared and the region is in for a hot and sunny weekend. Both Saturday and Sunday will be warm and sunny with temperatures expected to reach a pleasant 22 degrees.
In fact, we are in for a longer period of warmer weather with the forecast showing sun and blue skies for at least the next five days.
Highs today topped out at around 24 degrees and the blue skies shone brightly as a slight northerly wind blew.
Period of stable and warm weather on the way for Dubrovnik
A stunning new time-lapse video featuring the cultural heritage of Croatia has been released. The new video, which was created by Mario Romulić and Dražen Stojčić, is a three-minute journey through the fantastically diverse cultural sites of Croatia and shows Split, Dubrovnik, Korčula and Zadar.
Made in co-operation with the Ministry of Tourism the video, entitled “TIMELESS STORY - Croatian Cultural Heritage – time-lapse,” has already received numerous positive reacations and will only help to promote the rich history of the country.
Check out this new video
It isn’t too late to enter this year’s Dubrovnik Half Marathon but you’ll have to be quick out of the blocks. Due to the runners’ interest, applications for the Dubrovnik Half Marathon have been extended, but with limited number of registrations available.
The fourth edition of the sports and recreation event Du Motion - Runners' Days Dubrovnik will be held on the 28th and 29th of April.
The two-day event once again offers a program that features the popular Dubrovnik Half Marathon, the challenging City Walls Race, a 5K Charity Race and a Children's Race, alongside the Du Motion Expo and other accompanying events.
The past three years of the Du Motion event have attracted runners from over 50 countries and this most international Croatian running event is set to reaffirm its status if the numerous queries to date from abroad serve as any indication. Dubrovnik attracts many running and racing enthusiasts with its excellent atmosphere, interesting panoramic routes that pass through the Old City and along the Dubrovnik coast, as well as a variety of racing packages that guarantee a great time and getting to know all of the beautiful parts of the city.
The organisers confirmed today to The Dubrovnik Times that registration is still open and they have a few packages left. The late registration half marathon package includes a race bib, medal, Dubrovnik City Walls entrance, Dubrovnik museums entrance, Lokrum island excursion, free public transport, partner discounts, Du Motion info magazine and refreshments.
Follow this link for more details and register today.
Zagreb will have additional flights from Dubai this winter as the airline Emirates have announced an increase in their weekly operations. Emirates will introduce an additional two flights every week from Dubai to Zagreb in their winter schedule.
Flights were launched last June and have proved popular, with daily flights through the summer months and five flights a week through the winter. With the added two weekly flights in the winter the airline will now have the same number of flights between Croatia and the United Arab Emirates all year round.
"Emirates is pleased with the reception our product has had in the Croatian market. Passengers out of Croatia are travelling to Dubai, but also to the Far East, Australia and the Indian subcontinent and coming into Zagreb from Dubai and other destinations from Emirates' global network," commented the airline in an official statement.
According to reports on the specialised website ex-yu aviation the additional two weekly winter flights could bring another 15,000 passengers to Zagreb.