Catch Cricket while on your MICE in Dubai

Like many countries in this part of the world, the UAE is a big fan of the ‘gentleman’s sport’- cricket. Always ahead of the rest, Dubai is not one to be outdone. The magnificent Dubai Sports City Stadium is counted as a fine display of the city-state’s love for the sport and dedication to breath-taking architecture. 
For those attending a MICE in Dubai and interested in catching their favorite teams battle it out on the pitch, the DSC Stadium is the perfect place to indulge. Notwithstanding the vast tracts of land on which the facility is constructed, the highlight of the stadium is undoubtedly its ‘Ring of Fire’.

 

MICE,  Meeting
MICE in Dubai

Tourists and employees looking for anArabian adventureto remember forever will appreciate the 365 floodlights that surround the opening of the stadium and are certain to count it among other interesting sights Dubai has to offer. Illuminated in the night, the DSC Stadium blazes and sparkles.

The DSC cricket stadium is however just one of the four stadiums to be constructed in Dubai Sports City. The three other stadiums are dedicated to hockey, football/rugby and an indoor stadium for sports like ice hockey, volleyball and indoor hockey.
To get around to the DSC, visitors and cricket enthusiasts attending a MICE in Dubai can book a Dubai car rental with One World. No matter where you have made your Dubai hotel booking, we can arrange for transportation to the venue and back.
Check the newssheets for the latest cricket matches to be held in the city. If there are any matches that are post your meetings, you can always head to the stadiums and catch the action.
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Dubai City Activites – Explore the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif

While the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif is not that old a construction (it was built in 1955), it certainly holds an important position among some of the main heritage buildings in Dubai.

 

Explore the Majlis
Explore the Majlis

This building used to be the summer retreat of the royal family and on occasion, an important meetinghouse for the people who used to make Dubai tick. The Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Sayeed Al Maktoum presided over these meetings in the main hall of this simple and traditionally constructed structure.

Named after the Umm Al Sheif pearl fishing bank, the Majlis Ghorfat is an unusual, largely because of its design. The architecture leans more towards the practical than the aesthetic and is especially adapted to provide respite from the summer heat by way of large shutter less windows.
Dubai City tours of the heritage structure are allowed and tourists can even enjoy an opportunity to check the interiors of the two-storied building. Tourists coming for sightseeing in Dubai can visit the Majlis Ghorfat between 8am to 9pm.
Incase you have not made any Dubai hotel booking or opted for a tourist package, you can hire a Dubai car rental to ferry you to and from the place.
The Majlis is located in Jumeirah and is very close to the beach. It is currently unoccupied and serves mainly as a museum of sorts for visitors. The items used by the royal family are preserved intact and are on open display for tourists to admire.
Contact an established Dubai travel company like One World to make your bookings to view this slice of Dubai heritage.

Dubai – The Land of Shopping? Yes!

If things continue at the pace they are going, Dubai will have the distinction of possessing the highest per capita shopping space come 2010. In a recent byte, the President of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers predicted that the emirate would have a shopping space amounting to 25.3 square foot per head, the highest in the world, by next year.

 

Dubai, it seems is all set to be known as the land of serious shopping.
One of the sightseeing activities included in ourDubai tour packagesincludes trips to the popular malls of

Dubai Shopping Tour
Dubai Shopping Tour

Dubai. Tourists coming in for sightseeing in Dubai quite enjoy these excursions, as the bargains to be had in Dubai are some of the best in the Middle East.

Our Dubai travel companycan ferry you around shopping hotspots like theMall of the EmiratesIbn Battuta and Deira City Center. Incase you have not booked any tour packages with us you could still take advantage of the Dubai car rental service we offer.
There are varied Dubai car rental options as well. Depending on the duration of your stay, you could opt for a self-driven package or you could book a chauffer service.
Most hotel apartments in Dubai have excellent concierge services to help tourists who want to go on Dubai City tours. It is easy to arrange it before setting out on your tour trip.
This again is an orientation tour on Dubai’s shopping wonders. Begin with a halt at ‘City Centre’ one of the biggest malls in Deira Dubai, after which we proceed to Bur Dubai for a short walk through ‘Bur Juman’ shopping center. After visiting both the malls we proceed to explore the bargains at the Gold Souq and savor the aroma of exotic spices while strolling through the spice souq.
Shopping is fun in Dubai and if your Dubai travel company is good, you need not walk or take public transport to whichever part of Dubai you would like to visit.
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Dubai City Tours – Explore the Beautiful Textile Souk

Any good Dubai travel company will tell you that the Textile Souk is one of the best places to get a good bargain on cloth, clothes and bespoke clothing.

 

Explore the Beautiful Textile Souk
Bur Dubai

Located in Bur Dubai, the souk finds many patrons from the city’s masses and tourists visiting forsightseeing in Dubai. The materials found in the souk are usually imported from all over the world, with most of them coming in from the Far East.

Silks, satins, voile, fine cotton, broderie anglaise

Beautiful Textile Souk
Beautiful Textile Souk

and velvets are but a sampling of the beautiful materials to be found in every second stall in the Textile Souk. The Indian Film Industry or Bollywood is it is affectionately termed, influences many of the local fashions. In the Meena Bazaar area, you are bound to find a tailor or seamstress who will create a dress to rival those belonging to any Indian starlet.

 

There are costumes available on demand in the souk. As abayas are worn by most of the Arab women, tailors and shops compete to create some rather lovely creations, some of them in especially luxurious fabric. Tourists can even take back souvenirs of the traditional Arab clothes as worn by the local residents.
Explore the Beautiful Textile Souk Dubai
Explore the Beautiful Textile Souk Dubai

One of the best Dubai City activities to indulge in, especially for women, shopping at the Textile Souk will even get you buying some beautifully embroidered mojris (flat, ballet-style loafers) and cloth bags.

Dubai City tours that take you for a round of the major market areas will take you for a visit to the textile market in Deira as well.
Check out the timings of the souk if you are planning on an excursion of your own or else book a Dubai car rental to get you there.
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On a MICE in Dubai? Make time for a Classic Arabian Adventure

Last year we told you about the annual equestrian event Dubai loves to associate itself with, the Dubai World Cup. Continuing where we left off, we would like to announce that it is that time of the year where the emirate will host the 2009 edition of the Dubai World Cup.
Executives and businessmen with an interest in horseflesh and travelling to the emirate during this time of the year for a MICE in Dubai will find the month of March a good time to indulge their interests. The world cup is to be held at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse on March 28 this year.
MICE IN DUBAI
MICE

The Arabs have always been proud of their horseflesh and many of the top horses currently competing at the races have descended from pure Arabian bloodlines. While this certainly adds to the fierce competition, it never fails to remind spectators of the aesthetic leanings of the sport.

 

Information on the events and races included in this year’s world cup can be found at Dubai World Cup, after which you could visit our Dubai travel company for accommodations and transport bookings.
If the many luxury hotels of Dubai are not what you may be looking for, never worry; the 3-star and 2-star hotels we are connected with offer incredible deals and comforts. We can make you a Dubai hotel booking keeping your meeting venue and the world cup venue in mind, so that you are not inordinately inconvenienced.
Dubai car rental can be arranged as well, where you could select from self-drive options to full-time chauffeur and temporary driver options. You can express contact us at our Dubai travel company.
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Dubai City Activities – Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Going sightseeing in Dubai will inevitably bring you to the famous Irish drinking hole nestled at the Aviation ClubThe Irish Village. With St. Paddy’s day nearing (March 17), this quaint pub is going all out with Irish fare cooked and served the traditional way. If you have missed hearing Bob Geldof play live (he plays today), there is an impressive line-up organized at the pub in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day.

 

You could even go on a safari tour in Dubai of a different kind for St. Patrick’s Day. Start with lunch at

Bob Geldof play live
Bob Geldof Play live

Dublin Arms and move on to lively dancing atWaxy O’ Connor’spub.

Few people might be able to make it for the feast mass on the actual day, as most feast masses are usually celebrated on the Saturday that follows the feast date. One World can organize for you an Irish outing that will start at the Parish Hall of St. Francis Church (Jebel Ali) with mass at 10.00 am on March 21, 2009. You could book aDubai car rental with us to get you there and thereafter to your hotel apartments in Dubai.
It might be too late to book tickets for the Dubai Irish Society’s St. Patrick’s Day Ball 2009, but you could instead listen to Pure Irish Craic, a live authentic Irish music band on March 17, 2009. They are playing at The Westin Hotel from 7.00 pm onwards.
Gaelic football, hurling, dancing, music and merrymaking are some of the things even the Irish in Dubai are passionate about. Let ourDubai tour company know if you would like to join them in the festivities.
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Gulf Photo Plus 2009 – Another Reason to go Sightseeing in Dubai

Okay. Here is something interesting for all you photography enthusiasts out there:
The Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Center is to hold the only photography exclusive event in the Middle East, Gulf Photo Plus 2009. If you are planning on visiting the emirate for Dubai City tours, this is one event you can add to your itinerary.
The Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Center
Dubai Village Conference Center

There is a panel of 13 expert photographers on board for the 5-day event, which will commence from 30 March. To keep professionals and amateurs alike occupied, 50 workshops have been organized on topics ranging from wedding photography and Photoshop skills to creative portrait lighting techniques and documentary photography.

The prices could be a tad steep, but the talent pool slated to make an appearance at the event are more then worth the money. You could get in touch with our Abu Dhabi tour company for transport and accommodation arrangements in case you are planning to attend.Check the event schedule here.
The photographic talent from Dubai alone is brilliant, to say the least. Everyday as I open my inbox, I come across photos clicked by individuals with an eye for detail and a penchant for tongue-in-the-cheek humor.

 

Travelers interested in visiting the real Dubai for an Arabian adventure cannot afford to miss out on the honest specimens of Dubai life as captured through the lenses of some really talented individuals:
If you are lucky, you might even bump into some of them. Don’t forget to tell me all about it when you do!
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Get your Rock Fix Along With your Safari Tour in Dubai

And no, we are not referring to any penchants for metallurgy or meteorology.

 

Taste of Honey on Your Arabian Adventure
Taste of Honey on Your Arabian Adventure

It’s just a couple of weeks until two of the most awaited music festivals in the UAE commence- theDubai Desert Rock Festivaland theSkywards Dubai International Jazz Festival (2009). A lot of head bangers and jazz connoisseurs are booking their Dubai tour packages with us to get to the venues in time.

Motörhead are planning to kick start the 2-day Dubai Desert Rock on March 6, while the Jazz festival headlined by James Blunt is expected to start earlier from February 25. Accompanying these notable artists are acts like Chimaira (US), Scarab (Egyptian), Sarah Mitchell (UK) and Mike Stern (US).
The rock and metal scene in Dubai is worth a mention here as the Dubai Desert Rock is the only festival of its kind in the Middle East. Since 2004, a succession of bands like Sepultura, Metallica, The Rasmus and Velvet Revolver has entertained the Emirati rock aficionados.
If you are visiting the Emirate for a Dubai City tour around this time of the year, then you might want to catch this year’s acts in all their writhing, screaming glory.
To parch your throat and keep in time with the spirit of rock, you could head to watering holes like Hard Rock Café on Sheikh Zayed Road or Touch to hear Pilipino, Australian, Canadian and even local bands belting out well orchestrated numbers.
For music enthusiasts sightseeing in Dubai can be a good experience, given its love for concerts and international acts. Make a hotel booking in UAE before February 25 though if you want to enjoy the jazz and rock festivals respectively.
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Get your Rock Fix Along With your Safari Tour in Dubai

And no, we are not referring to any penchants for metallurgy or meteorology.

 

It’s just a couple of weeks until two of the most awaited music festivals in the UAE commence- the Dubai Desert Rock Festivaland theSkywards Dubai International Jazz Festival (2009). A lot of head bangers and jazz connoisseurs are booking theirDubai tour packages with us to get to the venues in time.
Internationa; Festival 2009
Internationa; Festival 2009

Motörhead are planning to kick start the 2-day Dubai Desert Rock on March 6, while the Jazz festival headlined by James Blunt is expected to start earlier from February 25. Accompanying these notable artists are acts like Chimaira (US), Scarab (Egyptian), Sarah Mitchell (UK) and Mike Stern (US).

The rock and metal scene in Dubai is worth a mention here as the Dubai Desert Rock is the only festival of its kind in the Middle East. Since 2004, a succession of bands like Sepultura, Metallica, The Rasmus and Velvet Revolver has entertained the Emirati rock aficionados.
If you are visiting the Emirate for a Dubai City tour around this time of the year, then you might want to catch this year’s acts in all their writhing, screaming glory.
To parch your throat and keep in time with the spirit of rock, you could head to watering holes like Hard Rock Café on Sheikh Zayed Road or Touch to hear Pilipino, Australian, Canadian and even local bands belting out well orchestrated numbers.
For music enthusiasts sightseeing in Dubai can be a good experience, given its love for concerts and international acts. Make ahotel booking in UAE before February 25 though if you want to enjoy the jazz and rock festivals respectively.
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Hotel Booking in the UAE – In Search of an Ecotel

Mukul Kumar of Business Beyond Reality succinctly wraps up an ecotel saying:

 

“The Ecotel took shape of a major campaign by the hoteliers around the world to show their guests that even though profit may be the motive for running a hotel, they were equally conscious about the well being of the environment.” 
At Dadabhai Travels, we strongly believe that within this natural give and take, lays a major part of the

Ecotel
Ecotel

appeal of an ecotel. The rest is advertising genius.

Regardless, we are always happy to point our more eco-loving travelers and tourists to luxury hotels and hotel apartments in Dubai that are a bit more environment-friendly.
Take the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. Those visiting for somesightseeing in Dubai can hope for a booking from $344 onwards at this environmentally conscious hotel. Grosvenor House on West Marina Beach too can be a lovely option among luxury hotels in Dubai.
For smaller budgets, Le Meridien Baniyas Square and Ramada Dubai offer good eco-forward residences.
A word of advice: Hire a competent Abu Dhabi travel company to make the necessary arrangements for you. Most of the best agencies take care of choosing the type of hotel tourists and short-term residents prefer and even arrange for ancillary needs like Dubai car rentals and Dubai City tours.
Regardless, before you even plan your business or sightseeing trip to Dubai do make certain you remember to convey your hotel and residential preferences to your travel operator/agent. Your stay will be that much more comfortable for it.
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