Wednesday, 23 September 2020
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.


On the occasion of the 36th anniversary of its work the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) has launched the first newspaper intended for refugees and asylum seekers in Croatia.

The monthly newspaper called ‘’Staze’’ (Paths) was launched on the 17th of November with the main goal of establishing closer mutual trust and offering information to people who were forced to leave their homes in search of protection and security.

At the reception centre for asylum seekers in Dugave, Zagreb, the director of the JRS in Croatia Tvrtko Barun explained that this project was motivated by a wish to enable asylum seekers and all persons who had been given international protection in Croatia to express their views and share their refugee and integration experience.

Most of the newspaper’s authors are asylum seekers, whilst ‘’Staze’’ will be monthly published in Arabic, Persian, English and Croatian.

The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is a non-governmental, humanitarian, non-profit organization from Zagreb which mission is to monitor, serve and advocate for rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons. As part of the Jesuit tradition, the JRS has based its activities on the evangelic values of hope, justice, human dignity and respect for other cultures and their values.

The JRS works in more than 45 countries worldwide.

The Dubrovnik Winter Festival 2016 will officially open tomorrow, the 19th of November, and it has become clear when the winter stands in the city will work. The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, has issued a statement establishing the working times of the stands during the festival.

For the third edition of the Dubrovnik Winter Festival the festive stands will be open seven days a week from 9am to midnight.

News just released from the Croatia Bureau of Statistic highlight the massive influx of tourists in Croatia this year. In September 2016, as compared to September 2015, the number of tourist arrivals in commercial accommodation establishments in Croatia increased by 14.5 percent and the number of tourist nights by 11.5 percent. In September 2016, the number of domestic tourist nights increased by 6.0 percent and the number of foreign tourist nights by 11.8 percent, as compared to September 2015.

Concerning the structure of foreign tourist nights, most of them (74.6%) were realised by tourists from Germany (32.4%), Austria (10.8%), the Czech Republic (6.7%), Poland (6.5%), Slovenia (6.1%), the United Kingdom (5.8%), Italy (3.8%) and Slovakia (2.5%). Tourists from other countries realised 25.4 percent of overnight stays.

And the highest number of nights (3.75 million) were realised in rooms to let, apartments, studio-type suites and summer houses. And the highest number of overnight stays realised by foreign tourists was recorded in Dubrovnik.

In the period from January to September 2016, as compared to the same period of the previous year, the number of tourist arrivals in commercial accommodation establishments in the Republic of Croatia increased by 8.0% and the number of tourist nights by 8.6%.

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Croatian Bureau of Statistics 

This has got to be the cutest story of the week. The Christmas decorations in Dubrovnik have been going up for the past week and today a local cat found a good use for one of the balls on the main Christmas tree on the Stradun.

The whole spectacle lasted for a few minutes and thankfully the eagle-eyed photographer Zeljko Tutnjevic was on hand to capture the moment.

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Forget Hollywood and Bollywood the centre of the film world is “Dubrovnikwood.” After being the backdrop for Game of Thrones, Star Wars and the upcoming set for Robin Hood, news today broke of yet another movie blockbuster in Dubrovnik.

The Mayor of Dubrovnik, Andro Vlahušić, met with the producers and main actors of the latest film spectacle to be filmed in Dubrovnik, a Bollywood blockbuster “Prisoner no. 150,” or the original name “Khaidi No. 150.”

After the mega popular Bollywood movie “Fan” was filmed in the city back in May 2015 starring one of the most popular stars of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan, the city has been on the radar for Indian film makers. This latest movie, the second Bollywood blockbuster to be filmed in Dubrovnik, will be the first for the popular Indian actor Chiranjeevi after a long nine-year break. It will be the 150th movie he has been involved in and lends its name to the title. Besides being an actor Chiranjeevi has also been involved in politics and from 2012 to 2014 was the Indian Minister of Tourism.

Along with Chiranjeevi was one of the main stars of the movie, the 31-year-old actress and model Kajal Aggarwal. She admitted being a huge fan of the Game of Thrones serial and added that she was taking time between filming to explore the locations of the serial.

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Dubrovnik is turning into winter wonderland for the third time! Dubrovnik Winter Festival will again make people leave the comfort of their homes during the cold winter days and enjoy the Advent in our City. 

Rich programme has been published on the Dubrovnik Tourist Board website and we're sure that everybody will find something to attend. From workshops, concerts, dance performances, free guided tours and plays to children festival, dance party, cake party and many more – the only problem will be that you might wish to attend them all. Almost every day in the next months is full of events! 

Also, Stradun will be full of life with festive stands and live music on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday from 8 pm to 10 pm. Just a reminder – Dubrovnik Winter Festival will start on Saturday at 8 pm with an opening ceremony. See the full programme here.

Get your umbrellas and coats ready it is going to be a wet and windy weekend in Dubrovnik. After the recent north wind, that brought with it cold and sunny weather, the weather is about to take a turn for the worse.

From Friday the south wind will start to blow bringing with it rain, lots of rain. In fact torrential rain is forecast for this weekend in Dubrovnik with temperatures expected to reach 18 degrees Celsius.

The longer range forecast for the beginning of next week shows much more stable weather with clearer skies and rising temperatures. Highs at the beginning of the week will reach 19 degrees which is much warmer than average for this time of the year.

And Christmas, or at least December, in Dubrovnik lots like being a mixture of rain and clouds, in fact for Christmas day in Dubrovnik rain is forecast with temperatures around 9 degrees.

Smoked bellowed from a narrow street onto the Stradun this morning as a fire broke out at around 11 o’clock. The fire broke out in the air conditioning unit and was fortunately quickly extinguished by the Dubrovnik fire brigade. Foam was sprayed into the air condition unit as fire-fighters climbed ladders to tackle the blaze.

Thankfully this fire was easy to control and was relatively small, however it was an unpleasant reminder of the challenges that the fire brigade face in the historic core of the Old City of Dubrovnik.

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The Voice of Dubrovnik


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