Friday, 22 November 2019
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.


One of the richest people from the Arab world has come to Croatia to find a perfect location for his new investment.

Hussain Sajwani also known as ‘’Donald of Dubai’’ in the world of business, is a self-made billionaire from the United Arab Emirates and one of real estate tycoons responsible for the glamorous image and architectural bravuras that were constructed over the past decade in the Arabian paradise for the rich, the city of Dubai.

The ambitious ''heavyweight'' and the tenth richest Arab on the Forbes World’s Billionaires list whose assets are currently estimated at $4.4 billion has come to Croatia to study the country and put the finger on the most attractive investment spot on the map. The Croatian governmental authority has decided to welcome him and let him know that he is welcome in Croatia and that the country would gladly see a piece of Dubai here.

Sajwani's specialty are shamelessly luxurious, huge hotel-residential-business projects, however, none has been realized in Europe yet. If he decides to invest in Croatia, he would not have to turn deserts into grandiose edifices or build artificial islands, thus he might be convinced that the local investment climate is not that harsh and that the country's economy will continue to grow, whilst elite tourists are waiting for the new luxury destination in Europe.

However, Sjawani's team has not revealed any details yet, just has given a hint about a potentially big investment in tourism.

Apart from investment and development projects, Sajwani also deals with hotel business (Damac Hotels & Resorts) and facility management (Luxury Facilities Management and Luxury Owner Association Management Services).

The global real estate agency Colliers International, which has been luring Sajwani to Croatia, has prepared several proposals for him.

Hussain Sajwani, the director and the owner of Damac Properties Dubai, a company that belongs to the three leading investment groups in Dubai, has not yet dropped his finger on a location on the Croatian map but his operational teams have already spied out the Adriatic, which Sajwani will be touring by himself by helicopter, starting from Dubrovnik.

The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival was opened tonight in front of the St. Blaise Church in the heart of the city with the raising of the Libertas Flag and the atmospheric “Freedom Hymn.” For the next 47 days Dubrovnik will play host to numerous theatrical, ballet, opera, art and cultural events in the biggest and most renowned festival in the region.

“The Dubrovnik Summer Festival are a joy, a challenge, expectation and pride. This is a city of history as well as a city of art. There is no one among us who does not look forward to a good show. I want you to feel happy and free here,” commented the Mayor of Dubrovnik, Mato Frankovic, expressing the importance of measure and harmony.

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Musical support for the whole opening was given by the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra, the Zagreb Philharmonic, the Ivan Goran Kovačić Academy Choir, the Dubrovnik Chamber Choir and the Mixed Choir Libertas. And the screenplay of this year's opening ceremony was created by Ivana Lovrić Jovic from the Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics.

The most important cultural event in the city’s calendar brought together numerous representatives of public, cultural and political life.

With the Libertas flag waving in the Dubrovnik night sky the city is now the centre of attention until the 25th of August. More than 2,000 artists from all over the world will perform in 15 different locations around the city and an estimated audience of 60,00 is expected this year. The 68th Dubrovnik Summer Festival is open!

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The TV host of the ''Grand Tour'' TV show and the former host of ''Top Gear'' Jeremy Clarkson has blamed Croats and held them responsible for suffering of men through centuries.

In his latest column for The Times titled ''Centuries of male suffering inflicted by Croatian ragamuffins and French fops’’, Clarkson fiercely attacked the Croatian cravat or necktie as one of the worst fashion accessories for men.

Clarkson stated he did a little research and found out that the idea for a cravat appeared in the 17th century when ''some'' Croatian mercenaries arrived in France wearing knurled scarves around their necks. ''Instead of saying ''Thank God for your arrival, we need all the help we can get to fight against these nasty Protestants, the French (because they are French) said, ''Wow. Cool fashion accessory, guys'' and rushed to make something that was later called ''cravat'', wrote Clarkson.

The popular TV host also did not save words for his fellow-countrymen. Clarkson added that the cravat became popular among the young Brits who started wearing ''the idiotical supplement around the neck to look more like the French''.

Dubrovnik's tennis sensation, Ana Konjuh, Wimbledon adventure is over in the fourth round. The 19 year-old Konjuh was stopped in the fourth round of this year’s Wimbledon by the tenth seed Venus Williams. After 65 minutes on the centre court Williams won 6:3 – 6:2 and moved into the quarter finals.

Williams was on the mark from the very start of the match and with her punishing service and accurate returns broke Konjuh. However after three straight wins and her first ever appearance on the centre court of the most prized tennis finals in the world Konjuh can be more than proud of her Wimbledon achievements.

It was in many ways a match of experience over youth. Williams is 18 years older than Konjuh, she has played seven finals on the centre court and has won every major tournament the game has to offer. Konjuh is at the beginning of a bright career and the experience gained from today’s match will no doubt stand her in good stead for the future.

Srd mountain is one of the perfect places to truly enjoy Dubrovnik. It offers you unforgettable views on the Old City with its memorable red roofs and the little paradise of Lokrum – combined with clear blue skies and sea. It’s just a cable car drive away and most of the tourists don’t miss the chance to take those perfect photos with Dubrovnik in the background. So it’s no surprise that Sunday was pretty crowded – everybody wanted to capture perfect Dubrovnik moments. Check out photo gallery and see it for yourself.

Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser tend to impress with everything they do and this time, of course, they did it again. The famous duo from Croatia – 2Cellos delighted everybody with the cello cover of the song that will surely mark 2017 – Despacito.  

Their latest video shows them playing, but also singing this hit song (not knowing the words, like almost everybody) and then playing it with a small crowd in Zagreb. For now, video has over million and the half views and is growing rapidly.

- It’s Summer time and we just had to do a video of this song for you guys!!! ENJOY!!! – 2 Cellos wrote on their Facebook page and got almost 20 thousand likes.

You’ve probably heard this song, well, almost everywhere and this version might come as something new and refreshing.

Despite the fact that the number of divorces in Croatia has risen by 20 percent in comparison to last year, the country is still below the European average.

According to the latest data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (DZS), in 2016 the divorce rate rose by almost 20 percent compared to 2015 when 6,010 married couples got divorced. In 2014 the situation was even worse, 7,036 divorces were recorded that year.

Sandro Belic, a marriage counsellor says that more and more men want to leave the sacred institution of marriage. According to statistics, this usually occurs between the tenth and the fourteenth as well as after twentieth year of marriage.

''If we are not happy and satisfied with our relationship and we do not talk about it, we have expectations that we have not actually spoken about, thus we are on our own in our suffering. As long as we are willing to suffer, we remain in that relationship'', explains Belic.

With a divorce rate of 34 divorces per 100 marriages, Croatia is still below the European average according to which every other married couple get divorced.

Dubrovnik is without doubt having its busiest tourism year on record and one clear indicator of the growth of interest in the city is the Dubrovnik Airport. As a front line in the tourism industry the airport has seen a massive growth in the number of passenger numbers so far in 2017.

Last month the airport had the busiest June on record with a whooping 338,729 passengers handled, or around 11,000 passengers a day. This is an impressive 17.3 percent increase over June last year and it total Dubrovnik Airport handled 812,553 passengers in the first six months of this year, again an increase over last year and this time by 20 percent.

It is predicted that by the end of July over a million passengers will have travelled through Dubrovnik Airport and by the end of the end the 2 million passenger mark will be broken.

The Voice of Dubrovnik


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