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Top 10 things to do in Dubai

Travel Tips - Eric Anderson - January 29, 2018

As one of the world’s most popular holiday destination ideas, Dubai sightseeing has firmly recognized itself as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to tourism.

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Exotic Destinations for a Holiday Out of the Ordinary

Travel Tips - Ross French - September 28, 2017

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Looking for a holiday out of the ordinary? Travel to an exotic destination where you can experience sights, smells, and tastes that you have never experienced before. Here are some ideas for an exotic destination that is out of the ordinary.

Havana, Cuba

Havana is a bustling city known for its museums, forts and lively public squares. It has exquisite cafes and bohemian themed bars. Havana’s old town, called Habana Vieja, is known for its magnificent Baroque styled Catedral de San Cristobal, and the military fortress of Castillo de la Real Fuerza.

You can also visit El Morro, a fort at the bay of Havana, El Capitolio (the national capital building) Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (the national museum) and one of the world’s largest opera houses Gran Teatro de La Habana.

Rajasthan, India

Rajasthan has a range of exotic cities, palaces and forts, just waiting for curious travelers to explore. Jaipur, the capital city also known as the pink city, has a modernized business centre with rustic age old charm. Amber Palace, City Palace, Jantar Mantar and Hawa Mahal are a few destinations to visit. Jaisalmer, the golden city, is considered a gateway to the Thar Desert.

The prominent landmarks are the Jailsalmer Fort, Jain Temples and the Gadisar Lake. Jhalawar is an historical city which is also known for its vibrant flora and fauna. The Chandrabhaga Temple, the Sun Temple, Herbal Garden, Buddhist Caves and Stupas are some of the prominent destinations to visit.

Bhutan

Bhutan is known as Druk Yul which means Land of the Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is in the Himalaya Mountain Range and you can visit ancient Buddhist monasteries like Taktshang Monastery that is at an elevation of 3,988 metres and has stunning flora and fauna.

Ta Dzong is a museum that is located at 3,400 metres. The country is also famous for bird watching and Wangdue Phodrang Valley is a great place to go.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai offers a variety of attractions varying from mosques to shopping malls. Exotic places to visit would be the Jumeirah Mosque and Fahidi Fort which also houses the Dubai Museum. If you wish to access the tranquility of the desert you can head deep into the desert for a safari.

You can also ride a camel and relax in Bedu tents. Ski Dubai is an indoor Ski resort in Dubai for those who wish to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and is located in the Mall of the Emirates.

Cambodia

This beautiful country has a history of extreme violence and you can visit the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh to learn more about it. Angkor Wat is filled with temples that are a complex mixture of symmetry, symbolism, intricacy and epic proportions.

The Cardamom Mountain range is densely covered with lush virgin rainforest and it runs through south west Cambodia and eastern Thailand. Some of the rare species listed in these forests are the Malaysian sun bear, pileated gibbons and Siamese crocodiles. There are many beautiful resorts to stay in.

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Read Before Landing: A Guide to Cultural Differences in Dubai

Destinations, Travel Tips - Ross French - October 22, 2015

The most visually stunning of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Dubai is a beautiful desert locale that has become a popular tourist destination due to its grand splendor and array of local attractions from sunbathing to sporting events.

Dubai prides itself on its ostentatious nature, gaining a global reputation for its tall buildings, massive festivals and other outlandish offerings. This high visibility has afforded Dubai one of the most robust tourist industries and immigrant populations worldwide. However, there are a number of cultural differences that visitors should be aware of when staying in the city.

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Dubai Until just a few years ago, hotel rooms in Dubai were in extraordinarily short supply, as it is the most expensive building site in the world and so demand for rooms severely outpaced their supply in the early phases of its development into a premier tourist destination. However, competition and expansion have driven prices somewhat lower, and there are frequently world class hotel rooms available for around €100. These rooms command a premium price both for their location and their amenities, commonly including in-suite hot tubs and stunning views of the gilded city.

The nearly universal day of rest in Dubai is Friday, and large corporate offices, government outposts and other major organizations are usually closed then as well as Saturday. Some local businesses may even give their employees reduced hours on Thursday as well, and so travelers should be prepared to conduct any significant business on other days of the week. A hotel’s concierge can be an invaluable resource in an unfamiliar culture, so be sure to ask about any relevant issues you may need to know more about.

Lifestyle

While Dubai is relatively progressive compared to surrounding areas, as an Islamic emirate Dubai is governed by strict interpretations of Sharia law. This means that Islam is the official religion, and its traditions and customs must be known and respected by all travelers. For example, public criticism of Islam or distribution of material that can be interpreted as anti-Islamic propaganda is punishable by law.Dubai mosque

Public displays of affection are strongly discouraged, particularly between homosexuals, as they may also be prohibited. Conduct considered decent and proper according to the established religious standards is also extremely important, as even a rude gesture may result in legal consequences. This concept of mandatory Islamic observance extends to its holidays, as observation of Ramadan is mandatory and so travelers are prohibited from consuming meals in public during daylight hours.

Crime

Dubai media maintains an unofficial policy of minimizing the instances of petty crime, travelers should be aware of its relative prominence, particularly in areas frequented by tourists such as Nasser Square and the Diera area as a whole. This means that travelers must exercise caution when handling valuables or large amounts of cash in public. Dubai also has a very stringent anti-drug policy, and even prescription drugs of unclear origin may expose travelers to risk of fines and jail time.

Dubai is one of the hottest tourist destinations on Earth, but it is extremely important that travelers to the area be cognizant of the significant cultural differences. This city is a unique mixture of ancient traditions and modern ambition, and enjoying your stay is a matter of knowing what to expect.


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Astonishing Places to Visit Around the World

Africa, Asia - Ross French - May 11, 2015

Every one of us likes to visit a place which gives us peace, fun, enjoyment, satisfaction, relaxation and so on. The year has 365 days, most of the people spent 3/4th of their life in their work. Sometimes, it gives us stress, boredom, frustration but still no one can escape that unlikable situation. Just for a change people preferred to visit the scenic places to get relieved from their personal mind stress, get attached with their family, to gain their losing happiness and so many things.

We are arranging some best options for the people like who are all wants to relieve from the above area.

  • Africa
  • Australia
  • China
  • Dubai

AfricaAfrica

Africa is the continent where you can have the real exploration. Here you could experience both the prehistoric and present world. Africa is a treasure of numerous natural beauties and holy beliefs. This mighty continent is surrounded by prehistoric sacred places, fun of South African wildlife Safari, Uganda’s wildlife experience, outstanding landscapes, Tomb & wonders of Egypt, Kenya’s impressive migration activity, beautiful valleys, delta areas, and so on.

Africa is one of the biggest continents in the world and it gets the 2nd place.

AustraliaAustraliaAustralia is the biggest Island and one of the smallest continents in the world. It is placed in between Indian and Pacific Ocean. You can have a different kind of experience while visiting Australia. This continent is full of enjoyable exploring sights to visit like, Great Ocean road with set of limestone heaps in Victoria, historic modern city of Sydney with attractive catwalk harbor bridge & Opera House, Great Barrier reefs is the perfect spot for incredible undersea explorers, surfers and scuba divers, Horse racing weekends in Birdsville, huge sand stone rock structure and sunrise in Northern territory, Tasmania’s Museum with olden and new arts, tasting the sweet wine at Barossa vale, Cultural capital of Melbourne with full of shopping areas, restaurants and arts, hiking on Blue mountain eucalyptus forest, surprising grotto in Margaret River and many other places.

Chinawonder of China Wall

The most crowded country of china is also famous for world’s one of the wonder of China Wall. China gets the 3rd place for most tripped tourist destination in the world. It’s full of attractive picturesque spots like, the Great wall of China, the biggest and wealthy city of Shanghai, valuable relics and classical sites in Xi’an, the dazzling & hot Hong Kong city with their own classic lane and holy temples, Yellow Mountains with the four specialties of special pines, queerly shaped rock, seas of smokes, and warm spring, Treasure house of Forbidden City in Beijing, Giant pandas in Chengdu, stylish water towns in Suzhou, and much more interesting places.

DubaiDubai

Hot holiday destination of United Arab Emirates of Dubai is famous for its hi-tech buildings restaurants, beaches, amazing constructions and much more. The city has many cultural show ups and fascinating additions. The hot city is filled with landmark building of Burj khalifa, a museum is wrapping up with stunning things of palm leaf house, marvel architecture, Dubai’s traditional artifact in Al Fahidi Fort, Attractive and fascinate hotel of Atlantis palm Jumeriah, Dubai Aquarium is the best spot for underwater exploration like scuba diving, go swimming with sharks, and underneath boat ride, Popular gateway amusement park of Ferrari world in Abu Dhabi, flora and fauna special of Dubai Desert Conversation center, and many other stunning vacation parts.


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Thought Dubai had it all? Well, you were right

Travel Tips - Ross French - February 14, 2011

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dubaiBy: Jack Jones

Dubai: The new materialistic capital of the world?

Few would disagree that the Middle-Eastern metropolis of Dubai, located in the United Arab Emirates, is preposterously wealthy. Skyscrapers shoot up like trees on steroids, man-made islands are created with the casualness of a child building sandcastles and the world’s only seven-star hotel sits smugly on the waterfront. (A quick note on that last one: this fundamentally illogical rating would be scorned if it was to crop up anywhere else in the world, but such is the nature of Dubai, people just shrug their shoulders and accept it. Nothing is more indicative of the city’s general psyche and rampantly affluent lifestyle.)
So make no mistake: Dubai has well and truly established itself as the new materialistic capital of the world.
With all this glitzy opulence in mind, you could be forgiven for forgetting (or even knowing in the first place) that Dubai sits on the edge of a vast desert of nothingness – the Arabian Desert to be exact. But far from being terra incognita, various companies have snatched the opportunity to capitalise on this incredible landscape by organising different ways for people to explore it. For those who find themselves getting a little overwhelmed by all the hedonism, this back-to-nature excursion can provide some much-needed relief.
By far the most memorable way to see the desert is by hot air balloon. There are various companies that can cater for this, but the best is Balloon Adventures Emirates, which boasts the reassuring reputation of ‘World’s most experienced balloon company’. They organise free transfers to and from the city (an hour’s drive each way) and get you up in the air for sunrise – so an early start but, trust me, definitely worth it. The views out over the desert are simply staggering – from the high vantage point the pockmarked, rippled dunes look almost like a moonscape, but one that changes colour as the sun creeps over the horizon. Far away to the east the Hajj Mountains rise from the desert, and to the west, the futuristic skyline of the city.
The flight lasts approximately one hour, after which you’ll land near the village of Bedouin where you can meet the locals and have a go at desert driving in their 4×4 vehicles.
As you’ll be leaving before sunrise you’ll need warm clothing as the desert can get very cold at night, but the glorious Dubai weather practically guarantees blue skies and warm temperatures in the day. The whole experience lasts about five hours and happens daily from September to May.

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