Dubai Ranks Low in Worldwide Popularity Contest. Says Who?

The travel and tourism community is buzzing about the HSBC surveyon the ‘Friendliest Countries in the

HSBC Survey
HSBC Survey

World for Expats.’ I know many Dubai-ians are not pleased with the Emirate pegged lower on this list.

Commenting on a UAE Community blog post on the same issue Abu Dhabi blogger says:

 

“I love the social fabric of the UAE. It is a place where you walk into a hundred nationalities everyday. You see all kinds of people from those who stare at you as if you are from another planet to many who smile at you for no reason. I have never felt that I am not welcome here. YES there are instances of red tape in some government departments and some other issues, but to me the UAE has been a very friendly place. Every place has its issues, as does the UAE.”
Sentiments like these are, surprisingly echoed by many expatriates (many are avid commentators and bloggers on Dubai and UAE themselves!) and definitely make one think hard about the validity of the HSBC survey.
Our Abu Dhabi company keeps reiterating Dubai’s mass appeal and way of life, mainly because it is one of the best kinds you can come across in a region like the Middle East. Small wonder then that many tourists and visitors in transit to other places love sightseeing in Dubai or visiting for an Arabian adventure.
Dubai, if you make the effort to, can be a very friendly place and thanks to the government pushing many educational reforms, the language has far from become a barrier for interaction.
The next time you are looking for a hotel booking in UAE, remember all these points and consider Dubai.
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Things that might Turn you off your Arabian Adventure but Should be Ignored

This is something really shocking and at Dadabhai Travels we wish that it were not true. But sadly, the Dubai Police are threatening to ‘commercially boycott’ employers in Dubai arbitrarily laying off nationals in the name of recession.
Dubai Police
Dubai Police headquarters

According to our Abu Dhabi travel company, there should not be any discrimination on part of anyone in hiring or sacking employees. Dubai and consequently even the tourism department is in equal need of expatriates as it needs nationals and it is only fair that both groups are given due consideration.

Additionally, doom-reporting tactics on how the recession is making many people leave everything- their properties, cars, credit cards, et al need to stop. In a nod to UAB, whatever happened to positive thinking everybody?
Yes, Dubai has been through upheavals, but currently the city-state boasts of an Emirati-Expat ratio of 2:8. A difference that should notbe taken lightly.
That being said, we would like to add that coming to the Emirate forsightseeing in Dubai could be a lovely experience. Yes, the going is tough for many people, but now is a good time to visit Dubai as theDubai tour packages and hotel booking in UAE are running at amazing discounts.
If you are an expatriate or foreign visitor, then unfamiliarity with the language or some traditional customs might be a hurdle when it comes to making a Dubai hotel booking. To make the best of thesightseeing in Dubai hire a consultant who can better understand your needs.
Contact Dadabhai Travels for more help.
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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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Sightseeing in Dubai sans Worry about Finances

One very adverse effect I noticed in the Blogger service for blogging is that the visitors count it calculates increases every time you indulge in mundane activities like refreshing the page and whenever you switch from the dashboard to the blog page. For someone who likes keeping a record of statistics, this can be a difficult affair and if anyone else faces this same problem and knows a solution to it please let me know.

 

Sighseeing

Coming back to the objective of this blog, hasanyonenoticedthe brouhaha being madeover our fair Emirate and its financial status or lack of it by the Western media?

It is deeply demoralizing for the people residing in Dubai. As anAbu Dhabi travel company, we shall have you know that there are a number of people still coming into Dubai to stay and to enjoy the myriad attractions it has on offer.
I feel the best thing about Dubai is its regenerative nature. Reinvention and progress are two things the city-state has taken into its stride. This is one of the main reasons why there are people visiting Dubai not only for Dubai City tours and shopping, but also for residence.
If you are planning a MICE in Dubai or a vacation, then this a very good time to visit. The DSF may have ended, but there are still a lot of traditional attractions that make summer a memorable time to stay in Dubai.
You could book a stay in any of the luxury hotels in Dubai or simply rough it out on a safari tour in Dubai (within ac dwellings). Visit Dadabhai Travels to book the perfect summer Arabian adventure.
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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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A Taste of Honey on Your Arabian Adventure for Good Health & Cheer

This February, take back something absolutely natural and less expensive than the new Gucci bag- honey. Winnie the Pooh loves it, kids prefer it to cough syrup and if used in the right amounts, your face will come to appreciate the benefits of honey as well.

 

So head to the Honey Festival in Al Seef Street quickly to enjoy this delicious liquid in all its different forms and uses. The Honey Festival ends on 13 February and you might want to hire a Dubai car rental service to get you there before it ends.
The best thing about honey is its versatility and at the Honey Festival in Dubai, variety is something you will find in huge dollops. Bringing in varieties from places like Yemen, Lebanon, Pakistan and India among others, the offerings will have everything from cosmetics created from honey to food items and gourmet dishes using honey as an ingredient.
Include the Honey Festival as part of your Dubai City activities and get to enjoy other attractions like discount shopping as the Festival is actually part of the events lined up for the Dubai Shopping Festival.
If you rush now and hire an Abu Dhabi travel company, you could still have enough time to enjoy the last few days of the DSF before it shuts shop for the year. You need not worry about tickets or yourDubai hotel booking availability either, as during this period Dubai tourism goes out of its way to welcome and accommodate tourists and travelers.
Get a good travel company like Dadabhai Travels to arrange for yourArabian adventure and you can even throw in some of our attractiveDubai tour packages in your stay.
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Go Yachting in Your Next Dubai City Tours

For corporate teams visiting Dubai this month, Dadabhai Travels presents a wonderful team-building activity- Dragon Boat racing. 

 

The Dragon Boat race is essentially a Chinese tradition and is to be held this year at Dubai Marina Canal on February 13. With more than 40 teams participating and most of them professional, this is the perfect

Dubai City Tours
Dubai City Tours

recreational Arabian adventure for your team to indulge in. 

The Dubai Marina Yacht Club is hardly the only water sports complex in the city though. To pursue high-adrenaline water activities like yachting, white water rafting, kayaking and sailing besides Dragon Boat racing, you could try out any of these places: 
v  Club Mina 
Leisure options like these are even better when enjoyed during the relatively mild months of February-March. Couples visiting for a honeymoon in Dubai can charter a private yacht or a sailboat for a couple of hours or even for a few nights and sail the blue waters of the Arabian Sea. 
The Dubai Marina Yacht Club even charters their yachts for conferences and corporate events. Completely equipped for such programs, organizations can arrange for a MICE in Dubai aboard one. 
Our Abu Dhabi travel company can organize Dubai tour packageslike these for companies in Dubai or even from abroad. To round off your Arabian adventure in the waters of the Gulf or the Creek, try out a dhow cruise in Dubai as well, for a uniquely Middle Eastern experience.
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Sightseeing in Dubai? Experience the Night Souk as Never Before

One of the highlights of Dubai’s annual shopping festival is the Night Souk, which constitutes a sizeable chunk of the month-long festival.
Held in Al Seef Street, the Night Souk houses 50 retail units- all competing for buyer attention with attractive discounts and half-priced goods.  The crux of the idea is to provide customers with a point to shop until late into

Sightseeing in Dubai
Sightseeing in Dubai

the night after a day of shopping at other participating outlets in the DSF.

This year, the DTMC has chalked up an exciting entertainment plan for tourists and visitors who have arrived in the Emirate for the ultimate Arabian adventure. With Emirates Airlines stepping in with special excess baggage allowances (excess of 10 kgs free) for departing visitors, there is more the average visitor can shop for and buy when sightseeing in Dubai.
Lookout for these fun activities and attractions at this year’s Night Souk:
  • The Grand Raffle Stage
  • Floating Restaurants
  • Fun Fair
  • Gold Raffle
  • Lexus Mega Raffle
  • Nissan Grand Raffle
  • Dubai Food Festival
  • Al Zarooni Fireworks
  • Dubai Carnivals, etc.
Apart from shopping, activities like the ones listed above can be an especial delight for young children and will prevent them from asking you to take them home so that they can go sleep!
There are also Dubai City activities to enjoy during the one-month festival, which will take you and your family to places like the Heritage Village and Festival City. These places are simply crammed with sights to see and enjoy for the tourist.
Hire a well-known Abu Dhabi travel company for organizedDubai tour packages and a relaxing time in Dubai.

Dubai City Activities to Enjoy – Wine Trails, Falconry & Infinity Pools

Apart from run-of-the-mill activities like camel rides or a dhow cruise in Dubai there exists a long list of things you can experience and do in Dubai.

Like letting out your inner sommelier. Given that Dubai is a favorite among the haute ton,

Wine Trails, Falconry
Wine Trails

ect wine to soothe your palate is not a difficult task. Many hotels like the Desert Palm offer wine tasting and wine dinners on a periodic basis.

The Thai restaurant chain, Blue Elephant at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel and Casa Mia at the Le Meridian are two other addresses where you can expect to be awed by their extensive wine lists. The latter even won an ‘Award for Excellence’ in 2007 for the splendid choice it offers.

 

Visitors Enjoy at-Dubai
Visitors Enjoy at-Dubai

Next on your list while sightseeing in Dubai is a safari tour in Dubai, that includes falconry on its list of activities. A falconry display (as the package is generally called) involves birds like eagles, falcons and owls and gives the observer a chance to partake in a ubiquitouslyArabian adventure experience.

Our Abu Dhabi travel company can arrange for a Dubai car rentalto take you to falcon reserves for an up-close view of the birds in their natural habitat.

 

Infinity pools used to be something of a bonus for those who would travel to enjoy the high life in Dubai. While they do exist in many countries, the sense of peace and calm that assails a person while ensconced in an infinity pool overlooking a wadi, the busy cityscape or sparse desert is a sensation like no other.
Dadabhai Travels can arrange for bookings at hotel apartments in Dubai offering such an amenity or direct you to other places in the city offering them.
Vineyard Image Credit: Mannequin- Bird of Prey Image Credit:jurvetson Infinity Pool Image Credit: Sir Mervs