Favorite thing: Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and one the five emirates I was lucky to visit in December of 2008 when the winter was already in full strength in Moscow but the summer was still going on in this remote but very attractive country. Dubai is in the headlines these days in December of 2009 because of the economic crisis and default of famous Dubai funds.
Just at the same moment when I’m writing this tip I’m listening and watching the economic news from Dubai on TV. I recollect my trip a year ago…
Favorite thing: The holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset.
Non-Muslims must respect the fast and also are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours. It is also even more important than usual to wear appropriate non-revealing clothing.
Hotels have a restaurant open for their guests and some coffee shops and restaurants are open, screened or curtained off from public view.
Supermarkets and food stores are open and take-away food is available - but it must not be consumed in public.
Some shops don't open until after evening prayers, others open normally throughout the day, some open all day but close during prayer times.
The evening is when everything is up and running, with shops and restaurants often open until the early morning hours.
DUBAI - FOOD TRIP
Favorite thing: What is more interesting in Dubai is you find lots of cuisines from all over the world. European, Asian, etc. I have decided for a change that I will try to update my photo Album and will title it Dubai - Food Trip. I will not try the fancy restaurant but the cheap restaurant. If you are also adventorous in food, join me..
Taxi Queues at shopping malls
Favorite thing: At all the shopping malls you have to stay in Taxi queues to get a taxi, this queues looks long sometimes but dont worry it´s amazing how quick it goes because theres plenty of taxis in Dubai.
It might take a little longer to get a taxi when the Malls are closing then everybody want to go and that will make a very loong queue.
We tryed to get a taxi on our own and not stay and wait in the queue, so we went out on the sidewalk about 10 meters from the queueing people, BIG misstake a big guard/security came to us and said if you want a taxi you have to stay in the queue line, so with imbaressed heds we went back to the queue LAST!!!!!!!
DONT MISS MY TRANSPORTATION TIPS OF TAXI, REALLY GOOD INFO.
So my advice is to go about 15-20 minutes before the mall closes then you will get a taxi quite quick.Related to:
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Favorite thing: The Harbor by Creek Dubai is packed with small wooden boats that exports and inports goods from other countrys nearby.
There is a chance to go on a wooden boat if you ask the kapten of the ship and if they have time, and ofcours dont forget to give them little money (5-10 dirhams) is ok.
I didn´t go because I didn´t know, an other tourist told me when I were on my way home to Sweden.Related to:
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Ride the glass lift
Favorite thing: View of the BURJ from the glass lift at Jumeirah beach hotel.
We had a very lovely brunch and took the glass lift to the top to get this wonderful view of the only 7* hotel in Dubai
Fondest memory: Views, wonderful sights to be seen over DubaiRelated to:
Favorite thing: I am still amazed by the skyline and the many buildings which dominate Dubai. The NEW BURJ TOWER is nearly built. Up to 160 floors already and no one seems to know how high this building will actually be when finished.
Fondest memory: Skyline dominates the whole of DubaiRelated to:
New visa rules: the facts
Favorite thing: New visa rules: the facts
Citizens of 33 countries are exempted from any visa fees, no matter what the purpose of their trip, and will be granted an entry visa free of charge at airports, seaports and border crossings. Such visas are valid for one month and can be renewed for another month for Dh500. Those wishing to stay more than two months can apply for a long-term visit visa, which is good for three months. These are issued by the Ministry of Interior and UAE embassies and consulates. Nationals of exempted countries are not required to pay deposits or have health insurance.
These countries are: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Vatican City.
The tourist visa is initially issued for one month for Dh100. It can be renewed for another month for Dh500. Nationals of all countries are eligible to apply for tourist visas. The visas are issued directly by travel agencies and companies involved in the tourism industry such as hotels.
Expatriates living in GCC countries can obtain a one-month entry visa for Dh100. The visa can be renewed for a second month for Dh500.
Deposit and Insurance
Financial deposits and health insurance are prerequisites for obtaining any of the 16 types of visas to gain entry into the UAE, including tourist visas, except for citizens of the exempted countries.
There are two types of visit visas. Short-term ones, issued for one month, are non-renewable and cost Dh500. Long-term ones, issued for three months, are also non-renewable and cost Dh1,000. The new law allows residents to sponsor their spouses and direct relatives. Distant relatives can only be sponsored after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Interior’s under secretary. Only Emiratis are permitted to sponsor friends. A visit visa does not permit visitors to work in the country. If a person happens to find a job while visiting, they should fly to their home country before entering on a work permit, which the employer should secure. Officials say they will not grant visit visas to those who reapply for one immediately after leaving. The same applies for other types of visas.Related to:
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New Visa Rules to enter UAE from July 29 2008,
Favorite thing: Dubai Naturalisation and Residency Department (DNRD) has completed all preparations for implementing the Council of Ministers’ Decision No. 16 for the Year 2008 and the Ministerial Decision No. 322 for the Year 2008 regarding amendments to certain provisions of the law of entry and residence of foreigners. The new visa rules will be effective from July 29 (Tuesday) at all ports and entry points.
All entry permits issued before the implementation of the new law will remain subject to the current rules and regulations, until the expiry of their dates. The earlier procedure of issuing entry permits on arrival to citizens of 33 countries remains unchanged with no fees for these visas upon issuance. However these entry permits can only be renewed for an additional period of 30 days only, instead of the current 60 days, for a fee of AED620. The law of entry and residence of foreigners laid down that the cost of establishment card insurance is AED75,000 in addition to the AED1,000 payable for each tourist permit. The mechanism for collecting the insurance charges will be implemented at a later stage.
As per the new regulations, the cost for issuing tourist visa is AED210 if processed online and AED220 if submitted by hand at DNRD offices.
The tourist visa is valid for 60 days prior to entering the country for a stay of 30 days, renewable once, for a period of 30 days at the charge of AED 610 if processed online and AED 620, if submitted manually at DNRD offices. The above mentioned fees included all federal and service charges.
According to the new regulation, the tourist visas that were previously issued for 79 nationalities only will now be available for all nationalities. In addition to that, the new rule allows tourism companies to apply for two kinds of permits – Tourist Visas and Mission Visas. In case the holder of either type doesn’t enter the country during the validity period, a new application should be submitted.
Issuance date of the above mentioned information is: 27 July 2008
• Please note that this information is correct as of the date mentioned above.
• Please check with the nearest UAE embassy for the latest information or contact the dubai naturalisation and residency administration department.
Tel: 009714 3980000
Fax: 009714 3981119
More links: http://www.dubaivisa.net/
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Libraries in Dubai, and their contact detail,
Favorite thing: The libraries in Dubai are well equiped, and very comfortable as they are not much crowded. The following is some general information about them in case you want to apply to become a member:
Service: Name Membership registration for general library
Service Description Issuing a public library membership card to borrow books and library materials and use the Internet
Customer Care Information Telephone +971(04)2262788
Customer Care Information Working Hours 7:30- 21:00
Approval location All Public Libraries
Department Admin affairs department
Section Public libraries section
Dhs150 Recoverable deposit.
Dhs50 Card fee.
Dhs75 Recoverable deposit.
Dhs25 Card fee.
Submission of the application 1) Filled in application form. 2) Passport copy.
3) One photo. Central Library: Tel-2262788 Hor Al Anz Library: Tel- 2661788 Umm Suqeim Library: Tel. 3482512 Al Safa Library: Tel 3943280 Al Rashidiya Library: Tel: 2858065 Hatta Library: Tel.: 8521022
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgRelated to:
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shopping festival dates
Favorite thing: (MENAFN - Khaleej Times) The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) 2009 will take place from January 15 to February 15, while Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) will be held from June 11 to August 14, said an organiser of Dubai's two main crowd pulling events.Related to:
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it changes quickly...
Favorite thing: Dubai is probably one of the cities with the most ongoing construction sites in the world.
Everywhere you see skyscrabers growing into the air and you see plans and models posted to attract new investors.
Al Musabbeh Money exchange
Favorite thing: Every time we've needed to change money we've found Al Musabbeh offers the best rate.
It's located near the creek in Bur Dubai. From the abra station, walk a few metres back to the main entrance to the souk. About 100 metres into the souk, on the right, you'll find the small shop. There are several other exchange shops in the same lane, so you can check the rate in a few so that you can choose the one offering the best rate for your currency.
Just be careful with the notes when you shop - the fifty dirham notes are easily mistaken for five dirham. People are usually honest and will point out your mistake, but just check before you hand them over.
THE BROWN GOLF
Favorite thing: Golf in the Dubai is unique. Where else can you play a desert course where you play on 'browns' not greens? Or play at nighttime under floodlights to avoid the soaring daytime temperatures? The whole experience can seem highly surreal given you can play in the desert, sustained only through a miracle and a small fortune that waters the course.
With exotic trees and shrubs flanking the fairways alongside panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, wooden gazebos. You will find yourself in the company of peacocks, guinea fowl and partridges which freely roam many of the courses, it can seem like a fantasy land.
So good are the courses that Dubai hosts two PGA Championship Tournaments. Gone are the day when playing these fine courses was invitation only. Now all are welcome.
As one of the 7 UAE's, Dubai has the highest profile and for good reason. A great tourist infrastructure, and easy entry means its easy to enjoy the beaches, mountains, oases, camel racing, deserts, and any number of sports. Dubai provides a blend of the exotic east and the sophisticated west together with its status as the sporting capital of the Middle East, and award winning hotels and resort facilities to match.
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Emirates Airline launches nonstop Houston-Dubai:-)
Favorite thing: Emirates announced the December 3rd 2007, launch of its new Boeing 777-200LR non-stop service between Houston and Dubai which will initially operate three times a week, increasing to a daily service starting February 1, 2008.
Flight EK212 departs Houston (IAH) at 6:25 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and arrives in Dubai (DXB) at 7:35 p.m. the next day.
The return flight EK211 departs Dubai at 9:05 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and arrives in Houston at 4:10 p.m. the same day.
Currently, Emirates has three daily flights to Dubai from JFK.
Emirates' new non-stop service from Houston further expands its North American presence, adding a key component to its rapidly growing global route network by making service to Dubai easily accessible from the Southwest, West Coast and Midwest regions of the U.S.
Fondest memory: Houston, is the fourth-largest city in the U.S., and has extremely important links with the Gulf."
On the Houston-Dubai route, Emirates' technologically-advanced 777-200LR aircraft will offer the latest in-flight amenities, featuring 266 seats in a three-class configuration with up to 18 tons of cargo capacity. Designed for optimum comfort on ultra long-haul travel, it will be fitted with eight luxurious private suites in First class, 42 of its latest lie-flat seats in Business class, and generous space for 216 passengers in Economy class. Emirates will also operate the flight with two crews onboard, to ensure passengers receive the highest levels of service and care throughout the journey.
When launched, the Houston-Dubai non-stop service will also be one of Emirates' longest flights -- at just over 15 hours flying time to Dubai, while the longer return journey will be at 17 hours flying time.
Passengers in all classes will enjoy the award-winning service from Emirates' international cabin crew recruited from over 100 countries around the world, meals prepared by gourmet chefs, as well as the airline's cutting-edge 'ice' (information, communication, entertainment) system, which offers a selection of over 600 channels of entertainment on-demand and the ability to send and receive email and text messages from their personal in-seat entertainments systems.
In addition to Houston, Emirates has already unveiled plans to start services in 2007 to Venice in July, Newcastle in September, and Sao Paulo in October.
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