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Burj Al Arab announces the winner of its global Romance competition

Burj Al Arab announces the winner of its global Romance competition

Dubai, 14 February 2013: Burj Al Arab, the World’s Most Luxurious Hotel, announced today the winner of its global Romance competition. The Romance competition, encouraged participants to share their most romantic story on the hotel’s dedicated website www.burjalarabromance.com for a chance to win a four-night Gold Package stay at the hotel. 

The winner, Mrs. Jayne Aiken, a British expat currently living in Dubai, submitted her beautiful romantic story that started in the Cayman Islands in 2004. Separated from each other shortly after the hurricane hit the Cayman Islands, Jayne and Paul were relocated to England and China respectively. They continued their romantic story against the odds and cemented their romance in Paris. Eight years on, they are happily married and living in Dubai with their two beautiful daughters.

“We rarely enter competitions but the chance to stay at the Burj al Arab was such a fantastic prize that we just had to write our story and hope we were chosen", said Jayne Aiken, when notified that she was the lucky winner. “We were so surprised but thrilled at the same time that we won the competition. We often drive past the Burj Al Arab and dream about a stay in the hotel that to us is the embodiment of romance.”

Mrs. Aiken’s entry was one of the ten shortlisted stories selected from over 300 submissions by the celebrity novelist, Mr. Zahi Wehbe - a renowned Lebanese poet, TV host and  journalist. Mr. Wehbe based his decision on the creativity, originality and relevance to the theme of the competition. 

In the end, it was Mrs. Aiken’s story that grabbed his attention.“I was delighted to work with Burj Al Arab on such a great project that encouraged married couples to dig deep in their hearts and memories and recall the most beautiful moments of their lives”, said Mr. Zahi Wehbe, “I was touched to see how far some individuals were prepared to go, only to be with their beloved one.”

Mr. and Mrs. Aiken will now get to experience Burj Al Arab’s Gold Package, which includes a four-night stay at the hotel, a Rolls Royce Phantom scenic drive and an intimate beachside dinner. 

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Notes to editor: 

About the Author:

Zahi Wehbe is a renowned journalist and poet from Lebanon. He has been working in journalism for 27 years and presented some of the most famous programmes in the Arab world, such as “Khaleek Bel Bait” (“Stay at Home”), which  has aired for the past 15 years, and “Set Al Habayeb” (“Mums”).Mr. Wehbe has published 18 poetry books and some of his poetry which has been translated into French, English and Spanish. He has also hosted many poetry evenings in the Arab world’s theatres and at festivals, such as Kartaj Festival, Garsh Festival, Tadmor Festival and The Egyptian Opera House.Mr. Wehbe won a number of prestigious prizes and was chosen by “Newsweek” and “Arabian Business” as one of the most powerful people in the Arab world. He was the first Arab person to be granted honorary Palestinian nationality as an appreciation for his support to the Palestinian cause.Mr. Wehbe also writes weekly articles for Al Hayat Newspaper and Zahrat Al Khaleej.

About the Gold Package:

Designed to celebrate once-in-a-lifetime moments, Burj Al Arab’s Gold Package includes:

  • Airport Transfer in Rolls Royce Phantom
  • A scenic drive around the city of Dubai 
  • 25 mins Back, Neck and Shoulder massage
  • Aromatherapy bath in the privacy of the lavish bathroom suite 
  • Romantic setup with bespoke flower decorations in the Suite
  • An intimate beachside dinner 
  • 55 mins Aromatherapy Couple Massage 
  • An embroidered robe for him and for her
  • Romantic Moonlight Swim 

* services vary depending on the length and time of stay

About Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is managed by Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hospitality company and a member of Dubai Holding.Burj Al Arab is designed to resemble a billowing sail and stands at a height of 321 metres. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world and has been consistently voted the world's most luxurious hotel, with features including in suite check-in and check-out, reception desks on every floor, round-the-clock private butlers and use of the hotel’s Rolls-Royce fleet and private beach. The hotel’s 202 luxury suites range from 170 to 780 square metres with a rain shower and a Jacuzzi in each suite, as well as six restaurants and conference and banqueting venues.

For further information please contact:
Burj Al Arab 
PR and Marketing Department
PO Box 74147, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Telephone: +971 4 301 7565/7564
E-mail: BurjAlArabPR@jumeirah.com
Visit us at: www.burjalarabromance.com