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Established in 1994, the Durban International Convention Centre is one of the best and biggest convention centers in the country. Opened by legendary president Nelson Mandela, the center has played host to many significant national and international events. It comprises an exhibition center, meeting spaces, a sports arena, and convention spaces. The International AIDS Conference 2000, FIFA World Cup draw 2010, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1999, and COP17 2011 are some of the past events that have been held here. Garnered with lavish accolades owing to its excellent facilities, the convention center has won many prestigious awards like the Africa's Leading Meetings and Conference Centre by World Travel Awards, International Association of Congress Centres's World's Top 15 Congress Centres, and a five star grade by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa.
This picturesque Hindu Temple is located close to the city center, and makes for an interesting visit regardless of faith. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, but Shiva is also worshipped here. Visitors are welcome, but must leave their shoes at the entrance before entering. Both men and women are welcome to enter the shrine. Visitors should try and time their visit in the mornings, as this is the most convenient time for worshippers.
This theater was created to showcase the talents of Durban's playwrights, musicians, and poets. A variety of shows are offered, from musical theater to drama, poetry, and comedy. Whatever genre you prefer, you're sure to find it at at the Catalina. During intermission, get a cold drink at the bar or take in the fabulous views of the harbor. See website for current listings.
One of South Africa's most famous courses,Greyville Race Course runs around the Royal Durban Golf Course. If you are in Durban in July the Rothman's Durban Handicap is the social event of the year, with all of the cream of South African society turning out in their glad- rags for the occasion. Races are held three times a week. If you are an avid enthusiast, a guided tour, including lunch at the restaurant, is available on request, taking you through the courses rich history and reliving past dramas. Dress smart-casual.
A gift from the Portuguese government installed on the Victoria Embankment in 1897 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of explorer Vasco Da Gama's first sighting and visit to Durban, which was then called the Natal coast, the Da Gama clock is in somewhat of a state of disrepair these days, but still a striking sight, nonetheless. Crafted from colorful and impressively intricate ironwork, this bell-shaped clock is a popular Durban attraction and one of the city's most historical. As well, its location along the popular and thoroughly modern Victoria Embankment, also called the Esplanade, make it a great addition to an afternoon stroll. In 1969 a new stone plaque that commemorates the 500th anniversary of Da Gama's birth was unveiled by the Portuguese ambassador.
Built to accommodate the crowds for the FIFA World Cup in 2010, the Durban Arena makes up part of the International Convention Centre (ICC). With seating for up to 10000 people, this state-of-the-art facility that plays host to a number of big name, international artists. The flexible design allows for easy adaptation for sports events and for concerts and other cultural events.