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.
There are a few Dubrovnik videos that appear on social media of Dubrovnik that catch the eye but this one certainly popped out at us. This aerial view of the Dubrovnik region was shot by Koton Preby and published today on YouTube.
From the ancient city walls to the rugged coastline and islands, a great job and great promotion for Dubrovnik.
It what was the busiest day in September over 9,400 cruise ship passengers arrived in Dubrovnik today on five cruise ships. Today was the final day of the year that over 9,000 cruise ships will arrive in Dubrovnik although there are a few busy days in October on the way.
In spite of the large number of taxis circling the city and the extra buses laid on for the passengers the traffic flowed relatively freely in Dubrovnik, although directly around the Old City jams were longer.
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A few months ago the world IT giant IBM announced the opening of a delivery centre in Croatia thus providing jobs for at least 500 people. However, Infosys from India, the second largest IT company in the world and the largest exporter of technology services has beaten IBM to the punch and has became the first company in Croatia to open a centre for the delivery and support for its users.
The Indian IT company has located its regional headquarters in Karlovac, where it took on a number of engineers who worked for the French industrial giant Alstom (after it was taken over by the American company General Eletric). Apparently 85 employees from Alstom/GE who worked in the department of gas turbines will work for the Infosys's centre in Croatia.
Apart from Croatia, Infosys has already opened a similar centre in Moscow, Russia. Although Infosys hasn't revealed so far how many people they are planning to employ in Croatia, they have announced that they intend to employ around 180 workers both in Croatia and Russia.
The new delivery centre in Croatia which is intended for the European Union market as well as the new delivery centre in Russia, which is directed towards the market of the Commonwealth of Independent States, will focus on businesses related to aerospace and automotive industry, energy industry, turbo machinery and serve other engineering clients.
"The establishment of centres in Croatia and Russia enables us to tap into a rich pool of engineering talent and bring this to the industrial and manufacturing companies that we work with around the world'', said in a statement Sandeep Dadlani, Global Head-Manufacturing, Retail, CPG and Logistics at Infosys.
It is an evening of jazz tonight in the International Late Summer Music Festival. Tonight at 9.00pm in the Rectors Palace there will be a magical concert of jazz by the renowned concert pianist Matija Dedic and the excellent vibraphonist Simon Matisic. This jazz duo has held concerts for several years and for tonight they will perform some jazz classics by Keith Jarrett, Pat Metheny and Chick Corea, mostly from the seventies.
The prominent Croatian pianist Matija Dedic long has a reputation as one of the best Croatian jazz pianist. He graduated from the Jazz Academy in Graz in 1997 and since then began his international career with the jazz pianist and composer, although later studied privately with one of the most respected jazz musicians, Barry Harris. He has received numerous awards in the field of jazz music and the Absolute winner of awards Porin.
Ticket prices are between 100 and 300 Kuna and can be purchased online through the website www.dso.hr, in the offices DSO 9.00am and 2.00pm, the agency Perla Adriatica on Ploce, in the gift shop Dubravka, the cultural centre of Luza. Tickets can also be purchased at the door one hour before the concert.
The Dubrovnik “bikini ban” lasted exactly three-weeks, or so it seems from these photos taken yesterday on the main street through the Old City, the Stradun.
The dress-code regulations were introduced on the 23rd of August with signs installed on all the main entrances into the historic Old City and fifteen security guards were hired to enforce the law. These guards were presumably having a collective holiday yesterday. If you are now caught “wearing swimwear or inappropriately uncovered” on the public streets of the city you will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Kunas, or around 134 Euros.
However we can obviously assume from these scenes of bikini clad tourists and bare-chested men that the authorities are not taking the new regulations as seriously as they promised they would.
With temperatures still in the high twenties and the Adriatic an ideal 23 degrees Dubrovnik is enjoying an Indian Summer. The historic Old City of Dubrovnik was a magnet for tourists yesterday as the sun poured down on to the Stradun.
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At the beginning of 2016 the vice president of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce (HGK) for the construction, transport and communications Mirjana Cagalj announced a recovery of construction activities in Croatia after seven years of the continuous decline in the construction business sector.
''The construction activity in the last seven years have been reduced by 46 percent, but this year we expect a recovery. Since 2009 the number of building permits was halved and 56,000 people lost their jobs. Seven year ago the construction sector accounted for 8.5 percent in GDP, and now only 5 percent, whilst this average in other EU member countries is 6 percent'', said Cagalj in January this year.
As expected, good news is on the horizon. According to data from the National Bureau of Statistics (DZS) in the first six months of this year 4,179 building permits were issued or 21,9 percent more over the same period in 2015. The total value of construction works covered by the permits issued in this period was 10.1 billion Kunas.
The data from DZS also show that this July in Croatia more than 500 building permits were issued, which was an increase of 16.6 percent in comparison to July 2015.
By type of construction around 87 percent or 483 permits were issued for buildings, whilst 13 percent or 72 permits were issued for other structures.
On the other hand, by type of work around 66 percent or 367 permits were issued for new buildings and 34 percent or 188 permits were issued for reconstruction, conversion and renovation.
By building permits issued in July almost 700 new building apartments of 100 sqm average size are expected to be built in the near future.
The total value of construction works covered by the permits issued in July is 1.39 billion Kunas.
If you were planning on having a romantic stroll, hand in hand, around the cobbled streets of the Old City of Dubrovnik you might want to think again. Tomorrow, Thursday the 15th of September, a grand total of 9,470 cruise ship passengers will disembark on five mega cruise ships; it will be a busy day.
Costa Mediterranea, MSC Sinfonia and AIDAbella, all carrying over 2,000 passengers each will be joined by three other cruise ships in what will be one of the busiest days of the summer and by far the busiest day for cruise ship passengers in all of September.
In fact this will be the last day of this season with passenger numbers so high, but be prepared for traffic jams, and human traffic jams, all day tomorrow.