United Arab Emirates

Dubai Announced as Host City for Expo 2020

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  First World Expo to be held in the MENASA region will attract 25 million visitors Winning Expo 2020 bid will “accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider GCC region” November 27, 2013 (Dubai) – Hosting Expo 2020 will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE, and provide a unique platform on which to communicate the remarkable story of a young city and nation – according to the head of the body responsible for promoting Dubai around the world and attracting international...

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Emirates Will Fly Dubai to Los Angeles

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Emirates Will Fly Dubai to Los Angeles

A380 on Emirates’ Longest Distance Route to Los Angeles commences in December 2013 DUBAI, UAE –June 12, 2013 –Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, today announced A380 service to Los Angeles (L.A.) starting on December 2nd, 2013; bringing Emirates award-winning service and the most fuel-efficient, quietest long-range aircraft to customers in the L.A. area. “Demand for our award-winning onboard service has steadily grown since we commenced operation to L.A. in 2008 and customers have been requesting our flagship A380...

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Explore Dubai

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Explore Dubai

With its vast indoor malls, man-made beaches and ‘seven-star’ hotels, Dubai is the perfect place for a luxurious city break. The city enjoys great weather, a reasonable cost of living, and is easy to access, thanks to companies such as DialAFlight offering regular and well-priced flights to Dubai. Here’s how to enjoy yourself on arrival. Stroll through the Bastakiya Quarter: If your taste runs to the historical then this should be where you begin your exploration of the city. The charming old courtyard houses used to be cooled by traditional...

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Authentic Recipes: Dubai Dumplings and Chabab

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Dubai is considered an expensive destination but it doesn’t have to be. John and I visited in Dubai in January 2009 and our favorite evening turned out to be our least expensive. After wandering through the spice souk with it aromatic smells we hopped on board an abra, handed the boatman one dirham (27 cents), and crossed Dubai Creek. Abras are flat-bottomed water taxis that ferry people across the Creek. We strolled along the waterfront promenade for 15-minutes to Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House, the 1896-home of an early ruler....

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Dune Bashing in Dubai

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Dune Bashing in Dubai – adventure for the spirited It looked, for a moment, like a mirage gone mad. There on the rolling sand dunes were scores of misshapen four-wheelers racing up and down, kicking up clouds of sand as they went. The first thought that leapt to my mind was that a pack of daredevil circus stuntmen had been let loose in the desert. Nope. This wasn’t a mirage. I was 30 minutes out of Dubai and there, with their throttles revved up, were the dune-bashers pelting across the desert in their dune buggies. Dune bashing is often...

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Middle East’s Green Accommodations

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Dubai is one of those odd places that I want to see to believe. This release comes from the Dubai newsletter and talks about a new hotel that is both green and budget in Dubai. Both are hard to believe in the land of opulance. It also shows how green policy in tourism has taken off globally. If any one gets to Dubai for the 2009 opening, let me know. devin ITKT Editor Ecos Hotels, the Middle East’s first environment-friendly budget brand, has just signed a deal to manage a new property in Dubailand. Ecos is offering a new perspective in the...

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Summer Escape at Angsana Dubai

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Dubai – In celebration of Dubai’s Summer Surprise festival this year, Angsana Spa Dubai Marina has launched a six month spa membership drive with a special package that includes tantalising spa treats, exclusive discounts and other privileges. ‘Dubai Summer Surprise’ is an annual festival event which was launched in 1998 by the Dubai government. Angsana Spa Dubai Marina, opened in 2005 by multiple international award-winning Banyan Tree Spa, is located on the 2nd level of Marina Walk, Dubai Marina. The exclusive 13-room spa occupies...

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18-Day Global Exploration

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Washington, DC, July 10, 2006 – Long before the term “global economy” came into use, the borderless world was a reality thanks to caravans that moved spices, silk, gold and tea in an undulating, arduous course threading from the Far East to Arabia and into North Africa. Today, travelers with anything but commerce on their minds can retrace the steps of early traders, bartering ideas and ideals instead of goods, and dispensing with camels for plush adventures by private jet on Smithsonian Journeys’ “Great Trade Routes” expedition,...

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Dubai’s World’s Largest Airport

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By the end of 2007, the new Dubai World Central Airport and its six runways will be the world’s largest passenger and cargo hub capable of handling 120 million passengers – almost double London Heathrow’s current handling capacity. It will also have the capacity to handle 12 million tons of cargo annually, compared to Heathrow’s current 1.3 million tons. Dubai World Central Airport (JXB) will be 10 times larger than Dubai’s existing airport, Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai Cargo Village combined. But...

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Respecting Tradition in Dubai

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The skyline shimmers with luxury hotels, the car showrooms along Sheikh Zayed Road are doing a roaring trade in Range Rovers and Porsches, but all of this sits comfortably with Dubai’s Islamic traditions. The Muezzin calling the faithful to prayer from some 180 mosques is a firm reminder that in heart and soul the emirate is Islamic. Most Emiratis are Sunni Muslims, and many belong to the strict Wahhabi sect (or more politely, muwahidin), though generally they are relatively tolerant and relaxed, provided expats – which comprise a high...

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Nikko Hotels open in United Arab Emirates

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October 19, 2005 – The Nikko Hotels International group of luxury hotels will expand into the Middle East with two new hotels opening in The United Arab Emirates in the next two years. JAL Hotels Co., Ltd., which operates Nikko Hotels International, announced that it will open Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa in December 2006, and Hotel Nikko Tower Dubai in December 2007. The owner of both hotels is ACICO International Real Estate Development Co. in Kuwait. Nikko Fujairah Resort & Spa is being constructed in Fujairah, the only Emirate on...

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