Are you saving up to travel around the world? Would you like to savour exotic cuisines from all corners of the globe? Unpack your bag, put your passport down, and throw away that plane ticket – Global Village Dubai is the only destination this weekend!
Experience a journey through cultural shows, sample some of the finest delicacies from across the globe, or simply shop till you drop for a variety of items from the different countries.
The Annual Global Village in Dubai features 38 different nations showcasing their homegrown talents and pride – this year UK, France and Germany are also joining-in on the fun!
You’ll find Global Village just past Arabian Ranches on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Saturday toWednesday: 4pm to 12am
Thursday’s, Friday’s and Public Holidays: 4pm until 1am
Monday is a family day (except public holidays)
True to its words “Make Your Senses Alive”. This place will surely fire up your senses. If you like your taste buds to dance ecstatically then,Thailand Pavilion is a must vist– with a wide array of local foods from dried delicacies to exciting fresh fruits and spicy meals your taste buds will thank you. You make like to try the fiery Khao Pad Goong or keeping it authentic you could opt for the stir fried shrimp noodles, cooked to perfection on an open fire Thailand style, it's an Instagram worthy postingwith #foodgasm #deathbyfood #sooooogooodddd hashtags.
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In the UAE already? Well that doesn’t matter as the the divine ambience of the UAE Pavilion promises to tease and allure. Walk into the captivating and inviting aroma...
What would holidays look like if money was no object and only the best of everything would do? You’re about to find out. Welcome to the ballers guide to holidaying in Dubai. Can we get those champagne and oysters to go?
Dubai is home to some of the most outrageously lavish businesses in the book so it’s the ideal destination for your no expenses spared break.
Feast like a King
Michelin stars are usually a decent indication of reputation and Pierchic – a ritzy seafood restaurant located on the Dubai coastline – boasts 3. It’s all chic lighting and luxury service at this beach facing jewel, and the foods not bad either.Voted winner of 2014’s Best Romantic Restaurant as awarded by TimeOut Dubai, Pierchic know their way around special paella. Tuck into plateau de fruits de mer on the shores of Jumeirah beach with the waves crashing beneath you.
If it’s Asian food that tickles your fancy, stepping into Blue Jade will make you feel as though you’ve landed on the set of Lost in Translation. Dishes of beef tataki and Szechuan aubergines are impeccably delivered and the wooden decor anchors this contemporary restaurant firmly in...
You’ve heard of people getting engaged at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, at the Trevi Fountain in Rome and at the Empire State building in New York, so why not break the trend? Be unique and whisk the love of your life off to sunny Dubai for the biggest moment of your life.
Here is our pick of the most romantic locations to propose in Dubai:
A Proposal in the Clouds
Dubai is a world record breaking city, but it can be extra special to you and your partner if you pop the question among the clouds at the top of the world’s tallest building – the Burj Khalifa.
The observation deck on the 124th floor is the perfect spot, with floor to ceiling glass and panoramic views out across the city. It can get quite busy, but as this takes up the entire floor you’re sure to find a quiet spot where you can confess your love. Plus you’re bound to get some applause when she says “yes”.
Or if you’re looking for something a little less public, why not book a private table at the At.mosphere restaurant, the highest restaurant in the world, located on the 122nd floor. It’s a little pricey, but the view makes up for it; it’s a special occasion after all, so you can afford to spoil her.
A Proposal at the Magical Fountains
The Dubai Fountains offer a mesmerising water and light show, making a perfect backdrop for the dream proposal.
Located at the bottom of the Burj Khalifa, they are the largest dancing fountains in the world. Shows run every half an hour between 6pm and 11pm every evening, so you have plenty of chances to get a great spot. There are plenty of restaurants that overlook the show though if you want to get a little m...
Dubai is a haven for all things flash, exciting and extravagant, and this is no different when it comes to Golf Courses!
Golf in Dubai has grown almost as quick as the city itself, with plush, beautiful but challenging courses suitable for all levels located amongst the tall buildings and magnificent scenery.
There's no doubt that Dubai has an impressive choice for golfers. Course such as the Emirates Golf Club, Dubai Creek, The Montgomerie Dubai, the Desert Course at the Arabian Ranches and the Jebel Ali Resort Course are high class golf courses that have established Dubai as a truly world-class golfing des...
Heading to the city of decadence, gold and endless sunshine? From 9 hour flights to frazzling on sun loungers, you’ll want to bring a stack of reading material along for the ride. As accommodation providers, we’ve done our fair share of travelling and to that end have turned the pages of some absolute corkers this year. These are our favourite holiday reads of 2014:
The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee
This one’s for all the political activists out there, those with a desire for social change and a hunger for knowledge. Meet Supratik, a Bengali living in a wealthy household during the 1960’s. Unsatisfied with the state of things in Calcutta, Supratik leaves home to join the Communist Party of India and help the starving and helpless.
Protagonist Supratik sends the reader on a journey across Calcutta, capturing rich, poor and truly documenting the lives of others. A fascinating read which is as much about landscape and life in Calcutta as it is society and decay.
The Beach by Alex Garland
We loved the film version of the book and we’re guessing you’ve probably seen it too. Leonardo Di Caprio scampering around incredible Thailand beaches, Moby’s Porcelain playing effortlessly in the background, travelling free… What’s not to like?
Reading a book after you’ve seen a film or vice versa can often be disappointing but not in this case. The Beach is phenomenally written- dark, mysterious and loa...
Dubai’s public transport services are about to be further improved, with the launch of the new tram service that will open on 11th November 2014 and be available to the public the following day. This new service promises to offer safe and smooth transportation to everyone using public transport in Dubai.
Complete Guide to the Dubai Tram
How much will it cost?
Similarly to the London Underground, or Dubai’s existing Metro, there will be a system of Zones introduced to the metro. How much you will be charged will depend on how far your journey takes you. In addition to this, there are two classes available – Gold and Silver – which carry different costs. The cheapest single fare is likely to cost around AED 3 where the most expensive will be around AED 15.
When will the tram run?
Operating hours for the tram are 6.30am to 1.30am, except for Fridays when the service will start at the later time of 9.00am. The trams will be running at 6 minute intervals, ensuring that you never have to wait too long for the next one to come along.
Does the tram link with other public transport?
Yes, currently the tram will link up with the Dubai Metro and Palm Monorail. It is likely that this will expand even further in the future.
How many stops are there?
Eleven, these are:
1. Jumeirah Beach residences 1 (JBR1)
2. Jumeirah Beach Residences 2 (JBR 2)
3. Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT)
4. Dubai Marina Mall
5. Dubai Marina
6. Marina Towers
7. Mina Al Seyahi
8. Media City
9. Palm Jumeirah
10. Knowledge Village
11. Al Sufouh
How long does the entire route take?
The ride from the first stop to the last stop – a distance of 10.6 km - will take just 42 minutes. The top speed of the tram is currently 50kph, helping to make this journey as quick as possible.
Best Places to Visit
The tram can affordably take to you some of Dubai’s greatest attractions, including:
· JBR 1 – if you take the tram to JBR1 you’re in the right place to have a lot of fun. There are some great activities to do in this location and WiBit is definitely worth the visit. It’s an inflatable aqua park that’s found 20 metres out to sea! It has trampolines, climbing walls, slippery slides and a rope swing, perfect for the whole family.
· JBR2 – this stop features many relaxing bars and restaurants and one of the best is definitely Girders Garden. This is the perfect venue for sports fans and people who enjoy being social, as there i...
The great thing about Dubai is that it’s always evolving. Unlike outdated holiday resorts which offer the same old thing year in, year out, Dubai is constantly undergoing development. And that’s what this week’s blog post is all about. Find out about the array of theme parks set to hit Dubai and their expected launch dates. Watch this space.
With parks in Asia, America, the Netherlands and the UK, it was only a matter of time before Legoland decided to hit the UAE. Set to open in 2016, the park will feature over 40 attractions and shows with a firm focus on family entertainment. Located in Dubailand, Legoland will join a Bollywood and Hollywood themed park which are both scheduled for completion in early 2016.
Sony Pictures Studio and Smurfs Zone
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Exciting news for smurf lovers, Sony Pictures recently signed an agreement with Dubai Parks and Resorts to open a studio and Smurfs Zone which will be centrally located between the planned Legoland and Bollywood theme park.
The studio will contain over 10 themed areas inspired by famous Sony films including Zombieland, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and The Green Hornet. The Smur...
There are hundreds of myths floating about regarding Dubai. It is arguably the most misrepresented city in the world and it is surprising just how many people are misinformed. There are constantly stories in the news that paint Dubai in a negative light, but these are often misconstrued the truth is actually very different to what many people think.
Here we’ll attempt to bust many of the myths surrounding Dubai:
Myth: It’s too hot to go outside!
Truth: While it is hot outside, even at the peak of the summer months it is around 40C outside. This may be a problem if you’re in the middle of the dessert, but not if you’re relaxing by a nice chilled swimming pool or walking around the air conditioned malls.
Myth: You have to be rich to go to Dubai.
Truth: There is no denying that Dubai can let you live the life of luxury with a huge price tag, but you can also have a ‘normal’ holiday without breaking the bank. Sure, you could spend thousands in designer bars or on four-course champagne fuelled dinners, or you could go to an all-you-can-eat buffet for around £5 per person! You could stay for a week in the world’s only 7star hotel or book yourself into Dubai apartments; how much money you spend here is up to you, many activities are available for a wide range of budgets.
Myth: Women are oppressed.Truth: Despite this idea, the UAE is one of the most forward thinking countries in the Middle East regarding gender equality. Women are not expected to wear traditional abaya or Shayla, in fact women can wear whatever they want as long as it is modest – bikinis are allowed on the beach of course!
Myth: You can’t drink alcohol in Dubai.
We’re in need of some TLC this week, so what better time to list the best spas and pampering spots in Dubai? It’s part 3 of our Dubai excursions series.
From deep sea diving in the Oman Ocean to zooming around Yas Marina Circuit, we’ve already covered plenty of ground in our day trip series. Now in the 3rd edition of Dubai excursions, we’re taking a break from adventure and going off in search of relaxations. Fluffy dressing gowns, oriental hammam massages and nourishing juices are all on the menu this week.
Indulge in an Oriental Hammam Massage
Considered the best spa day in the Middle East, Spa Cordon has a reputation for excellence. Exuding glamour, the plush 3,537 square foot spa features a relaxation area, special heat treatments, a revitalizingshower and whirlpool.
Indulge in a luxurious spa package and experience an amazing 2 hour hammam and massage performed by leading therapists. Many travellers choose to purchase the ‘kessa’ exfoliating glove scrub treatment when they first arrive in Dubai. This is to get rid of the dead skin and ensure that their skin is completely transformed ready to embrace the Dubai sunshine.
Whether it’s a decadent full-body massage, or an exfoliating kessa scrub which takes your fancy, you’re bound to leave Spa Cordon feeling ten times the human you came in as.
Experience the Rainforest Rainroom at Banyan Tree Al Wadi
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You’ve heard about the supersize malls, illustrious islands and year round sunshine, but scratch beneath the surface and there are many secret gems to be found. From camel markets to sublime canyons, discover the Dubai less travelled.
A taste of history in Al Bastakiya
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Situated in the historic district of Dubai, Al Bastakiya is the place to go for a piece of the old Dubai, the Dubai before the Burj Khalifa and supermarkets with door to door service took over. Weave in-between the historic buildings, marvel at the unique architecture and get a feel for how the city used to be before its industrialisation.
The barjeel, or wind tower, is usually of particular interest to travellers. In Al Bastakiya, each house has a barjeel and the more barjeels a house has is indicative of how wealthy its owners are.
Jawdropping scenes at the Camel Market in Al Lisaili
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It’s no secret that Dubai is home to a myriad of amazing souks. Those in the market for gold, spices and textiles are unlikely to leave empty handed. And although you won’t find Lisaili’s Camel Market listed in the travel guides, you better believe it exists.
Yes, that’s right, there is an entire market dedicated to the sale of camels, raising tool and food. We doubt you’ve much desire to return home with a pet camel, but it’s worth going to the market for the experience and atmosphere alone.
Spectacular scenery in Wadi Bih
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