latest news in Aruba

ORANJESTAD (July 22, 2018) – Once a week, on Sundays I write about the most relevant and interesting happenings on the island in my weekly newsletter.

This weeks edition features the top news headlines in Aruba.

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Aruban Student Makes Unofficial Fast Ferry Terminal Concept

An Aruban student in Architecture & Design at TU Delft (university in Netherlands) finalized her studies with a conceptual design for the ferry terminal in Aruba.

She took advantage of the current situation on the island – a possible fast ferry service connection between ABC islands (Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao) and made the unofficial model concept for the terminal.

Here’s the concept…

Unofficial Fast Ferry Terminal concept

According to the creator, the circular design minimizes congestion allowing for optimal logistics of cars, passengers and cargo when boarding (and unboarding the ferry).

The terminal also has different levels and has solar panels on top that can provide energy for a 100 houses and electric transportation.

The design is a model concept by the student –  not yet officially approved by minister or any other stakeholders. Everything is still possible… 

Related News – Get Ready For Fast Ferry Service Between Aruba & Curacao

Taxi Union Presents New List of Rates

Last week I announced that the new taxi fares has gone up. The taxi union confirmed that the new rate from Airport to High Rise Hotel went from $26.00 to $31.00

However, the list wasn’t completely given out because it wasn’t ready yet.

The prices are now ready, and the union released one of the new lists with fares for popular routes.

The taxi fare hasn’t gone up in about 9 years, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the Caribbean region.

Both sides of the parties agreed with the current contract (and rates) which are fixed for the next four years. New prices are already in effect.

Here’s a view of the new taxi fares for most popular routes…

New Flights To Aruba From St.Domingo

Intercaribbean Airways introduces new flight routes from Santo Domingo to Aruba and between Curacao and Kingston, Jamaica.

The new routes are addition to the services  between flights to Tortola, St. Maarten and Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.

The news was announced by chairman of the airline that’s based in Turks & Caicos.

Intercaribbean Airways connects 22 destinations and 14 countries in the Caribbean region.

The airline will soon announce the dates of the inaugural flights.

Where Should you Live in The Caribbean?

Caribjournal thinks you should live on Aruba!

A couple of days ago they published an article “The Top 20 Islands to Live on in the Caribbean” and they ranked Aruba in the top #3 right after Grand Cayman #2 and U.S Virgin Islands #1.

They ranked the island in the top because it’s…

  • Outside the hurricane belt
  • Overflows with sunshine
  • Most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean
  • Great shopping
  • Increasing art scene
  • Big future in tech startup sector

The shopping scene in Aruba is booming after the government implemented new law to extend opening hours.

Related News – Extended Store Opening Hours (July 15, 2018).

The reason why so many people chose to visit Aruba more than once, because once you’re in Aruba you’ll find out that the cuisines are delicious, the people are really friendly and gives you a lifetime experience. That’s what makes us one happy island.

Wouldn’t you love to live in Aruba?

Buy A House With Ocean View

The chamber of commerce in Aruba supports the government’s idea to create houses on the unused terrain of ports authority near bushiri.

Because the space limitation, the idea is to create vertical complexes at least 3 levels high facing the Caribbean ocean.

This would be a spectacular view to wake up to as to cruise ships pass by to dock on nearby port.

Each house will have 2 bedrooms, bathrooms 1,5, washok, balcony, dining room, kitchen and with sustainable materials.

The project is just an idea of the government, nothing has been approved yet.

Where To Stay in Eagle Beach?

Eagle Beach is famous for its beautiful Caribbean waters, soft white sand and amazing views.

Staying at eagle beach is a dream come true (being so close to the beach).

Right across from Eagle, is a beachfront boutique style resort called Paradise Beach Villas that’s perfect if you’re looking for a place to stay in the eagle beach neighborhood.

The resort is conveniently located and affordable.

It’s close to the beach, there’s plenty of restaurants in the area, casino, public transportation and supermarkets are closeby.

Did you book your ticket to paradise yet?

Aruba is waiting on you!

Future Education in Aruba – Building A  “Smart School”

After 7 years of abandonment, one of the oldest schools in Aruba “Frere Bonifacius” will be demolished and a new “smart school” will be here soon.

It’s one of the first schools in aruba that was a pilot project to move from  traditional methods of lesson to digital to using ipads and technology.

Students have been using this building, but relocated to another location after this one was disapproved.

This school is located in the downtown area of the island and is a catholic school, belonging to a nearby church.

After 7 years after abondiend it gets demolished and renovated.

Minister of education announced the project this week and works have already started.

The intention is to recreate Frere Bonifacius into a modern smart school. The focus of this school will be education through digital and use of sustainability developments.

The project should be complete within 1 year.

Aruba Symphony Music Festival

This year marks the 4 consecutive year for the Aruba Symphony Music Festival.

Over 80 music students from all over the world came to Aruba to follow workshops and give multiple shows.

It’s estimated that in the last 4 years that the event is available, that over 250 international students visited the island to participate in the festival.

During the festival, artists and students from more than 15 countries, will give the happy island concerts, workshops, and classes led by celebrated musicians from all over the world.

If you’re interested in classical music and curious what this festival has to offer visit one of their concerts, here’s the schedule.

July 24, 2018 – Ritz Carlton Hotel Ballroom @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 25, 2018 – Casibari Cafe in Paradera @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 26, 2018 – Freewinds Cruise Ship @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 27, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 28, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance free or donation box)

July 29, 2018 – Cas Di Cultura @ 8:00 PM (entrance $20.00)

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