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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Visiting for Dubai City Tours? Make use of Increasing & Decreasing Prices

Airport user fees in Dubai are not going to be raised for the next four years in a bid to take control of operating costs. From the looks of it, Dubai Airports are doing their best to assist economies dealing with a recession on their hands.
Dubai airport
Dubai Airport

If you are planning a trip for sightseeing in Dubai and are coming in from another country, then use this to your advantage and make use of the money-saver opportunity it presents.

Unlike the escalating price of precious metals, travel and tourism rates are at a very pleasant level right now. This is a great time to visit the UAE and indulge in a safari tour in Dubai or even have aMICE in Dubai.

 

In the coming months, there is the Dubai Fashion Week to look forward to for those with a bend for the sartorial. The show will bring out the Autumn/Winter collection for 2009 and is to be held from April 5 to the 9th. 
For children, there are the Sesame Street themed entertainment zones to look forward to. These venues are going to be part of the Middle East’s first Universal Studio theme park. This is not to be until late next year though. In the meanwhile, you could enjoy various other Dubai City activities with your children like a camel safari in Dubai or a dhow cruise in Dubai.
To make your hotel booking in UAE for the right price and the best benefits, get in touch with Dadabhai Travels.
Photo Credit: Darwin Bell

Unusual Hotel Rooms to Stay in: at the Dynamic Tower

The as yet location-unconfirmed, impossible, highly-unusual and very modern (in a Lego block way) Dynamic Tower project taken up byRotating Tower Dubai is undoubtedly the most ambitious building job to hit Dubai; not least because it is the first of its kind on the planet. 
Predicted to near completion by 2010, the Dynamic Tower is poised to add to the real estate portfolio as well as to the growing list of über luxury hotels in Dubai
For one, an innovative engineering trick will have the views change every three hours throughout the day, for each floor as well as each unit. Depending on where the tower will be finally constructed (their brochure simply states ‘in the heart of Dubai’), this aspect deems it a fantastic option for a hotel booking in UAE that is nothing short of unusual. 
However, the constantly changing views also make it a very high-price affair. In a city where people pay for views overlooking verdant gardens and vast spans of the ocean, a hotel suite commanding multi-views like the Dynamic Tower are definitely going to be on the pricey side
From the 80 floors that are to be constructed, floors 21 to 35 are proposed to be part of a luxury hotel plan. Unlike the floors with villas though, which also include dedicated parking space, the hotel spaces are as exclusive as they come. 
So if you are ready to visit the UAE for some sightseeing in Dubai, then you might think of adding the Dynamic Tower to the list of unusual hotels to live in. Get in touch with Dadabhai Travels to know about similar hotels and how you can go about making a Dubai hotel booking in them. 

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.

 

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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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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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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Valentine’s Day & Going Sightseeing in Dubai for your Honeymoon

It’s the official month for love and if you are honeymooning in Dubai you couldn’t have picked a better time.

 

Valentine’s day means bling, bling and more bling and to assuage your love’s jewelry fix, what better way than visiting the Gold Souk in Dubai? Any good Dubai tour package will help you with arrangements to visit this part of the city.
Besides the considerably low price of gold and precious metals in Dubai (as compared to the rest of the world),

Valentines day
Valentine's day

at the ongoing shopping festival you will get to enjoy fantastic discounts on these items. Arrange for a Dubai car rental with your travel agency and take your Valentine for a tour of the Gold Souk, and do not forget to purchase her a bauble while you are at it!

Another novel experience you could enjoy for your Valentine’s Day honeymoon could be a stay at any of the many luxury hotels in Dubai.
Dadabhai Travels can fix up affordable hotel booking in UAE at any of the major hotels in Dubai. Choices like the very urbane Address, idyllic mountain retreats like Hatta Fort and opulent underwater suites at The Atlantis would be a good start.
If you want to wine and dine your ladylove at a venue that is anything but run-of-the-mill though, then get busy and purchase tickets for the whacky Red Tie and Tiara Ball to be held on February 14 at the Montgomery Golf Club. The proceeds from the Ball go to charity, so you get the chance to do some good on Valentine’s Day (besides making your love happy).
So there you go, take your pick of the Dubai City activities to enjoy on Valentine’s Day and have a honeymoon like no other.
Photo Credit: Hamed Saber