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Dubai to host 3-day music festival

Music fans looking for a new festival experience should get ready to pack their bags and head to the airport to catch a flight to Dubai.

My Music X, a three-day event showcasing international music acts and big-name DJs, will be the first festival of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Starting on 27 March, it will feature a line-up of well-known performers including Sean Paul, Eve and Keith Sweat.

The organisers have also announced a number of DJs who will be entertaining music lovers throughout the three days including Judge Jules, DJ Premier, Kevin Saunderson, Marco V and DJ Rudee. The DJs David Morales, ATB, Sander Kleinenberg, Junkie XL, and Fabricio Pecanha will also be performing sets at the event. The biggest acts will be performing at the luxury hotel The Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, while the more low-key acts and acoustic shows will provide the entertainment at The My Music X Village, which will be based at the Dubai International Marine Club (DMIC).

The three days will start with an A-list opening party complete with celebrity guests. This will be held on Lebanon Island, part of Nakheel’s famous The World Development - an artificial archipelago of islands in the shape of a map of the world.

Darrell Bell, the founding partner of My Music X, told a press conference held at the VIP Room in Business Bay that the event aimed to offer something to everyone with a love for music and bring people into Dubai from all over the world.

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Top acts on bill at jazz festival

Music lovers are being encouraged to book their flight for an internationally-acclaimed event in South Africa.

The 2013 Cape Town International Jazz Festival will be showcasing more than 40 world-class acts from 12 countries, from traditional jazz to funk, hip-hop, samba, dub step and electronica. Known as Africa's Grandest Gathering, the festival is the world's fourth largest event of its kind and attracts more than 30,000 people every year to its 16 stages, including many British travellers, who can easily arrange airport transfers to accommodation near the site. Topping the bill at this year's event, which runs between April 5-6, are British soul funk pioneers The Brand New Heavies, whose new studio album is set to be released later this year.

The festival will also see one of the world's leading jazz drummers, Louis Moholo, return to the land he was born from his base of London, where he has lived since the 1960s. He first made his mark on the jazz percussion scene with band The Blue Notes, and has received a number of accolades for his contribution to the freedom of South Africa through music. Local talent includes Cape Town's top musicians Jonathan Rubain and Don Vino, regular performers with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, while international performers include award-winning American singer-songwriter and actress Jill Scott.

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Dubai plans world's biggest Ferris wheel

Proposals for the world's biggest Ferris wheel have been given the go ahead in Dubai.

The Dubai Eye, which will be 201-metres tall, is part of the Bluewaters Island project that is expected to attract an extra three million visitors to the emirate. It will offer jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Dubai coast and provide a great vantage point for existing attractions such as the Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa. When completed the Dubai Eye will dwarf the 165-metre Singapore Flyer, which currently holds the title of being the tallest Ferris wheel in the world.

Although the great views and experience of the wheel alone will probably be enough to encourage plenty of people to get down to their nearest airport and head out to Dubai, the development will also include restaurants, entertainment areas and plenty of great shops to keep visitors busy. But amid all the excitement they should remember to arrange airport transfers.

Holidaymakers will also be able to enjoy their trip in the lap of luxury with a five-star hotel and private residential buildings also included in the £1.1 billion Bluewaters project. The complex will be located near Jumeirah Beach Residence, with a pedestrian bridge connecting it to the beach-front and another bridge connecting to the mainland from Sheikh Zayed Road. To make it easier for people to travel between the sites, a monorail system and cable car will transport visitors between sites. Work on the Bluewaters complex is due to begin this April and is expected to take around three years to finish.

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Cricket to attract sport lovers to India

Cricket fans will want to head to the airport for a flight to India to catch a major tournament this April.

The sixth edition of the T20 Indian Premier League will start on April 3 and continue for more than seven weeks until May 26. The cricket-loving nation uses the tournament to celebrate its love of the sport. But as well as attracting spectators from across India, people travel from all over the world to watch the matches that make up the IPL, arranging airport transfers to ensure they can concentrate fully on the sporting action. In past years large numbers of supporters have headed to India to be part of it and this year’s event is expected to attract a record number of fans.

Players from all over the world will be picking up the bat alongside famous elite Indian sportsmen including MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh and Sachin Tendulkar. Countries where cricket is popular - including England, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia - will be represented in the cricket carnival, striving to prove their superiority out on the field.

The T20 matches will be played all over India, giving those who decide to travel to the cricket carnival a chance to see a variety of sights while they enjoy their favourite sport and get a taste for what the nation has to offer.

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Mustique 'offers famous getaway'

Famous faces have been travelling to the small Caribbean island of Mustique for more than 50 years.

The island, which is where the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are currently on holiday, has welcomed the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, pop stars and heads of industry during that time. Mustique, which is a former sugar plantation in St Vincent and the Grendadines, was turned into a luxurious private retreat after Colin Tennant, the 3rd Baron Glenconner, bought the island for £43,000 in 1958.

In 1961 he gave Princess Margaret a 10-acre plot as a wedding gift, which is now the location of the magnificent Les Jolies Eaux villa. It has been a popular destination for members of the royal family, while other high-profile individuals such as Mick Jagger and Bryan Adams have also been rushing to their nearest airport to visit the luxurious destination.

A group of shareholder home owners, called The Mustique Company, now owns, preserves and runs the island. Mustique, which is surrounded by a marine conservation area, has nine white beaches, picturesque turquoise waters and is home to a large population of bird life. There are 100 private residences, with 74 of them available for rent, a 17-room Cotton House boutique hotel and a five-bedroom guesthouse for holidaymakers to choose from.

The Mustique island website gives people details about the location and the accommodation on offer as it looks to entice more tourists over. Other facilities on offer include a health space, a tennis club, an equestrian centre and a golf club - which might give visitors something to think about if they have to sort out their clubs during an airport transfer.