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Two years after the Dubai World Expo 2020, we will see nearby country of Qatar welcoming the 2022 football World Cup. Although steeped in controversy surrounding the FIFA saga, this is set to be a World Cup to challenge any other as it can bring a lot of positivity with it, benefiting some areas of both Africa and the Middle East. Winter World Cup Qatar 2022 It’s something that is unheard of but, due to the scorching summer temperatures in Qatar hitting over 50°C on a regular basis, the move has been made to host the tournament in the winter in order protect the players. This will drastically increase the winter tourism both in Qatar and in surrounding areas such as Dubai. Normally one of the quietest seasons in the Middle East, a winter World Cup in 2022 could have a huge benefit to increasing the economy through strong, all year-round tourism.
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Welcoming Qatar’s Overflow to Dubai
The sheer number of people heading to Qatar in order to see the World Cup in 2022 will be staggering and it seems very likely that this football tourism will overflow into different areas. It is estimated that Qatar currently has around 44,000 rooms available, but they will need a very minimum of 90,000 in accordance to FIFA regulations.
This will bring a huge economic benefit to many of the surrounding countries and areas such as Dubai. For many, the idea of staying in a holid...
There are loads of awesome and exciting ski destinations in the world, with France and North America leading the way as the most popular among ski professionals and young groups looking to experience the thrill of gliding effortlessly down the crisp, white powder.
But have any of you wondered about skiing or snowboarding in Dubai? Yes, you read correctly, Dubai! Now, like most of us, and rightly so, we think of Dubai as a hot, sunny and relaxing holiday destination – which it is! But as one of the most developing cities in the world, Dubai truly caters for all tastes, even avid ski enthusiasts!
Ski Dubai offers the most thrilling, all action skiing experience for ski professionals and beginners alike and caters for all groups of people, especially young groups and families. Dubai offers something a little different from your normal skiing holiday - it’s unique, exotic and super exciting! Just imagine skiing one day and then enjoying the sun by the pool the next?
It’s back to school but we’re bringing it ‘#BacktoKool’! Enjoy the special party pass for AED 100 from 17th September to experience the Cold Slide Rodeo, #SnowBullet, Big Air Bag and lounge area with DJ and Ski Bar with your #friends. #skidubai #fun #family #dubai #mydubai #malloftheemirates #uae #skiresort
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The Ultimate Skiing Experience in Dubai
Even though the only skiing resort in the Middle East is located in the desert, it has all the right ski conditions for a true, real li...
Over the past 15-20 years, Dubai has become one of the world’s most up-and-coming business districts. Thanks to its excellent location between the Asian growth markets of India and China and the western world as well - and its comparatively low tax rates don’t hurt either. Altogether, these factors are increasing the number of businesses setting up in the city.
As a result, many people find themselves having to take a trip to Dubai to do business, particularly if they’re involved in the financial services and oil industries, which are massive in the city. Although it’s a busy, bustling city, it can be a stressful experience if you’ve not planned your trip in advance. What should you consider before travelling to Dubai? Here’s our essential checklist: How to travel Transport links to Dubai are strong and only getting better. Visitors from the UK can fly to Dubai International Airport, which is the world’s 15 th biggest international airport, from Glasgow, London, Manchester and more.
Once you’re there, it is easy to get around on the Metro, which is probably the best underground transport system in the Middle East, but it’s also simple and inexpensive to travel around by taxi. When to travel Dubai can get very, very hot in the summer months – it’s not uncommon for temperatures to reach 40 degrees in July and August – and it’s worthwhile planning your business trip for other times of the year when it’s a little cooler, such as spring or winter, when the warmth is a welcome break from t...
The Metro in Dubai offers a cost-effective way to travel around the UAE’s most populous city without the hassle of getting a taxi. After investing around AED 28 billion in the Metro in 2005, Dubai now boasts probably the best public transport system in the Middle East. There is over 75 kms of track winding across the city and every day it’s anticipated that the completely driver-less system transports over 1.2 million people.
Here is all you need to know about Using the Dubai Metro card Travelling on the Metro requires you to use a NoI card, which means ‘fare’ in Arabic. These are automated cards that passengers use to enter and exit stations. A NoI card also allows you to travel around Dubai on some buses and water buses as well as on the Metro. There are four different types of NoI cards:
Red – a paper ticket that you load with up to 10 different trips which only lasts up to 90 days before expiring. It costs AED 2.
Silver – a card you can load up to AED 500 on. It costs AED 20 but includes AED 14 pre-loaded. Silver card holders enjoy 20% cheaper fares than those with Red. This is the best option for tourists.
Gold – a card costs the same as the silver and has identical features. However it also offers you the opportunity to rise in the prestigious premium Gold Class seats.
Blue – a card for students...
Dubai is a lavish city full of glitz, glamour and extravagance and is constantly planning new developments to please its visitors. Luxury lovers travelling to Dubai on holiday will feel right at home in this sunshine city, read our guide on what to see and where to stay during your holiday to Dubai.
Ground-breaking architecture, lavish eateries and a killer sun tan, it must be Dubai. If you’re planning a no expenses spared holiday, Dubai is a strong contender for one of the most luxurious destinations on the planet. Read our suggestions on where to shop, eat and stay on your dream holiday to Dubai.
Shop ‘til you Drop
If you want to splurge on a few designer pairs of heels, Dubai is a great place for shopping. With many tax free branded goods on offer, it’s easy to see why the city is home to so many malls. Shopaholics will be pleased to know that Dubai is home to the world’s largest mall – yes, that’s right ladies! The Dubai Mall has a whopping 1,200 shops for you to trawl through, purses at the ready!
Top Tip: Don’t miss the Dubai Shopping Festival, held annually during January and lasting a month, shoppers can look forward to a range of themed activities such as fashion shows, night souks and film festivals, positively divine!
The Only Way to Dine is Fine
Every luxury lover knows that the only way to dine is fine, and Dubai is just the place to indulge in a lavish meal. Depending just how far you want to push the boat...
Dubai is home to an array of exciting waterparks which provide endless fun for the young travelling group or adventurous family. Learn more about Dubai’s best waterparks.
Fluorescent pink lilos, 10ft wave machines and glow-in-the-dark space bowl slides - there’s very few people who don’t enjoy a good ol’ splish splash when they go on holiday and if you’re travelling to Dubai you’re in luck because there are plenty of waterparks to whet your appetite.
Thrill-seekers will not be disappointed by Aquaventure. Currently boasting The Leap of Faith tube slide which has you plummeting down nine stories before finishing the ride surrounded by sharks and stingrays – but don’t worry folks, it’s perfectly safe! There’s also master blaster rollercoasters, a lazy river and family raft slides on offer.
The parks expansion includes the death defying Tower of Poseidon ride which is expected to send visitors tumbling down a 40 metre vertical drop, the longest river ride in the Middle East and trapdoor chutes as well as an array of water rapids and tidal waves.
Pick the ride you most look forward to when visiting #Aquaventure!
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Tantrum Alley in 360 degrees! Limited time offer! Get your #WildWadi tickets for AED 200 until October 16 and get an all day park access, an entry to either #ForbiddenBasement or #TrickorTreat and a Julshan's Burgers and Dogs Medium Meal! Tickets valid for use till October 31. Book online at wildwadi.com. #Dubai #MyDubai
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Family fun is the name of the game at Wi...
Dubai is a very safe place to go on holiday for everyone. The crime rate in Dubai is very low and you can safely walk around at night time without any hassle.
However, being an Arab state which practises Islam, there are certain rules and customs that you have to consider before arriving to ensure that you avoid any mishaps on your holiday.
If you’re a young couple planning your first holiday to Dubai, then you’ll obviously want to stay in a glamorous place at a reasonable price. Dubai Marina offers many safe, luxury and affordable apartments for rent.
But please bear in mind, before you step off that plane; remember to keep these very important rules in the forefront of your mind when on holiday in Dubai:
Drink Responsibly – Although there are places where you can drink alcohol in Dubai, it is highly recommended that you don’t go overboard. Public displays of drunken behaviour are not tolerated. It is forbidden to drink on the streets and can cost you a hefty fine if you’re caught.
Dress Appropriately – Wearing your bikini and trunks are allowed on private beach...
Are you struggling to find that one special gift for your loved one this year? Or maybe you’re fed up of buying a present that just goes to waste in the cupboard along with all the others you’ve bought over the years?
Well, why not try something different this year and treat your loved one to an unforgettable trip to Dubai? Apart from being a trip of a lifetime, it’ll also put you in your partner’s good books for years to come and give them great memories that will live forever!
What would you rather? Look at pictures of your amazing time in Dubai, or stare at your expensive new china set? People aren’t going to care about it…they’ll be asking about Dubai!
If you’re looking to book a trip to Dubai in January or February, expect to see temperatures around the 20°C mark, which is still very pleasant - you’ll probably need to take a jacket for those romantic evenings with your other half however.
Whilst everyone is back home worrying about how much they’ve spent this year or already failing their New Year’s resolutions, you’ll also be continuing the good times in Dubai with these amazing things to do this winter in Dubai:
The Dubai Jazz Festival
Love a bit of Jazz? Well, from 25th – 27th January, the Dubai Jazz Festival attracts thousands of music fanatics from all around. This year, it’s being held at the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre.
Post Festival Depression is real. It's been a month but we're still listening to Bonfire Heart, All Of Me and Every Breath You Take. Share your festival memories in the comments below!
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Global Village festival
You and your partner can explore the wonders and different cultures of the world at the nation’s biggest...
All you need to know about renting with Airbnb in Dubai
Airbnb in Dubai offers over 100 shared rooms, 300+ private rooms in shared properties, and over 300 entire homes or apartments across the emirate. Everyone’s talking about it; you may have visited the website and might have even signed up as a guest or host.
Booking a stay on this peer to peer network has revolutionised the self-catering holiday accommodation market across the globe, connecting owners directly to guests in an easy to administer format.
The global rise of Airbnb has made it the biggest accommodation provider in the world, bigger than some of the oldest established international hotel chains. While this competition is healthy for the consumer, the hotel lobby argue that a level playing field does not exist between them offering an officially recognised and rated hotel room and paying local taxes and fees, and an unregistered individual offering a spare room or apartment for less and without any of the same commercial rules of compliance.
As all major cities across the globe depend on regulated tourism, governments are waking up to address this disparity and to ensure stable residential communities are not over run by a transient society. Authorities are working to maintain a healthy balance between community stability and the commercial benefits of tourism, whilst collecting applicable taxes from tourists wherever they choose to stay.
The Dubai Holiday Home Law
Introduced in 2013 to regulate the globally emerging short term accommodation rental sector, it was passed with the aim to help the emirate achieve its target of welcoming 20 million visitors per year by 2020. Under the said law it is illegal to rent a spare room, or shared room in any property in the emirate.
Shared accommodation is not recognised as a commercial activity hence anyone renting in this manner is definitely on the wrong side of the law. Subletting a part of a property if you are a tenant is also illegal unless you have the explicit permission of the owner to do so in your tenancy contract
The government requires registration of complete apartments or villas, in designated areas of the emirate, to obtain a holiday home permit via a locally licensed operator. Licensed operators must also collect the Tourism Dirham Fee from all guests staying at any licensed holiday home holding a valid permit.
Prior to 2013, short term rentals operated in a “grey area” – being neither legal nor illegal. As property rules and regulations have now caught up with the eminent rise of the real estate sector in Dubai, the laws are now very black and white. Anyone found flouting the rules will face prosecution and heavy fines.
Tips for Airbnb Guests Staying in Dubai
It’s simple to book an entire apartment or villa in Dubai, or even stay in a spare room with a host in Dubai. This can save you a lot of money compared to booking in one of the city’s more luxurious hotels, but is it legal? If you are thinking about booking a stay in Dubai via Airbnb, the fundamental question to ask a host is:
“Does the Airbnb property in Dubai have a valid holiday home permit issued by the Tourism Department?”
If the answer is YES, then you’re in safe hands. This means that you’re dealing with a licensed Airbnb operator, based locally in Dubai who is authorized to collect the tourism fee as mandated by the Government. The local operator will be responsib...
According to a report that was recently released by MasterCard and halal travel researcher CrescentRating, Dubai has been ranked as the number one destination in the world for Muslims to travel to for shopping purposes.
The report, The Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015, was released ahead of the Global Islamic Summit which was held in Dubai on October 5 th and 6th this year. It analysed the performances of 40 main international shopping destinations based on the preferences of Muslim travellers.
So, why does Dubai top the list for Muslim travellers? With a weighted score of 79.5 out of 100 it’s obvious to see that Dubai is ahead of its competition, with Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia following not too far behind with a score of 73.3.
But what has Dubai done to market itself as a leading shopping destination?
The Dubai Mall
For starters, it is home to the largest mall in the world, The Dubai Mall, which hosts the annual Dubai Shopping Festival. According to Simon Wilcock, the Chief Executive Officer of Arabian Centres:
“Malls are an intrinsic part of the fabric of everyday life in regions such as Saudi Arabia and here in the UAE. Clearly, the frequency of visits is on the rise and this is a welcome sign for the malls, retailers and for the UAE economy,”
Therefore, it’s no surprise that Muslims are choosing Dubai as a holiday destination. And with plans for a huge tourism and retail development, including the largest shopping mall in the world, it wouldn’t be surprising for Dubai to remain as the top shopping destination for Muslims.
How big a development are we talking about? A park that will be 30% bigger than London’s Hyde Park and a retail complex named the “Mall of the World” are just a couple of the facilities that will feature.
Findings of The Muslim Travel Shopping Index 2015
The results from the report offer an insight into the behaviour and preference of Muslim travel shoppers and diners. The main findings include:
· US$36 billion was the total amount spent by Muslim travellers who visited the 50 cities in 2014. Of this whole expenditure, US$9.3 billion (26%) was spent on shopping.
· 56% of respondents typically shop for souvenirs, while 45% shop for local clothing brands. 40% of respondents also purchase Islamic clothing and accessories, while 38% choose to buy traditional handicrafts.
· The study highlights that 27% of respondents spend between US$250-500 on shopping whilst travelling, 24% spend between US$500-1,000, and only 20% spend over US$1,000.
When travelling, 55% of participants prefer to use cash when making purchases. Whilst 35% favour using credit cards and 6% debit cards.
Muslims are becoming more adventurous in terms of shopping and dining experiences. Singapore and London made it in to the top five non-OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation) destinations for Muslim shopping travellers.
Although OIC destinations have an advantage over non-...
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