Lonely Planet’s 10 best places to have a mid-life crisis

Recently, a catchy article caught my attention in one of the regular newsletter emails I receive.  Lonely Planet’s 10 best places to have a mid-life crisis.

First on the list is Badda bling, Dubai, UAE!  Below is the complete list.

  1. Badda bling, Dubai, UAE
  2. Get your kicks, ROute 66, USA
  3. Shaken, not stirred, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  4. Say “om”, Rishkesh, India
  5. Say “I do”, not ‘Who are you?’, Las Vegas, USA
  6. Time for a nip and tuck
  7. Gamble the kids’ inheritance, Macau
  8. Round the bend, Silverstone, England
  9. Beating baddies and getting the gil, Petra, Jordan
  10. Jaws indoors, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia

You can read the full article Here

Summer Combo Fun

Summer solstice just passed a couple of days ago and though the day will start becoming shorter, the hottest day in Dubai is yet to come.
One of the highest temperature recorded in Dubai was around 47.5 degrees last 1999. And

every year it is getting hotter! Last 2008, Dubai recorded a sweltering 51.4 degrees at
Minhad Airport, an inland military base on the last week of June.

During these times, tourists and local families are likely to go for water fun activities like going to the beach and resorts or cruising or shopping at air conditioned malls. With this in mind, Dadabhai Travel has programmed several tours which are likely to be a great activity this summer. Tourists and families can avail of the discounted combo rates and save a lot on their summer outing budget by going for two (2) tours instead of just one (1). Dubai is very famous for its desert safari and modern architecture. The desert safari usually sells from AED 139 up to AED 260 and the Wild Wadi tickets go for AED 205 each. With Dadabhai Travel Wild Wadi Safari Combo, you can have both for only AED 275 per person! You will save from AED 139 per person!

Here’s a complete list of the Summer Combo Fun packages from Dadabhai Travel:

Summer Combo Fun

Summer Combo Fun

• Aquaventure Safari Combo @ AED 290 per person
• Atlantis Safari Combo @ AED 350 per person
• Creek Cruise Safari Combo @ AED 199 per person
• Marina Cruise Safari Combo @ AED 290 per person
• Iceland Safari Combo @ AED 260 per person
• Dubai Tour Safari Combo @ AED 199 per person
• Marina Cruise Dubai Tour Combo @ AED 260 per person
• Wonder Bus Safari Combo @ AED 260 per person

Dadabhai Travel is a Destination Management Company in Dubai. It is a one stop shop for all your travel needs ranging from airline tickets, hotel reservations, airport transfers, sightseeing tours, travel insurance and more! For bookings, call 04 2209393 or email bookings@dadabhaitravel.ae

Visit www.dadabhaitravel.ae for more details and holiday packages.

Fujairah City Centre mall to be unveiled in early 2012

More than 90percent of the mall has been leased in Fujairah City Centre, with the shopping mall all set to be unveiled by early 2012.
Owned by Majid Al Futtaim Properties, together with Fujairah Investment Establishment, the mall has crossed several major milestones in construction and safety aspects, and is on schedule for opening, revealed a statement by the developer.

Fujairah City Centre will offer the much-required boost to the under-serviced retail sector in Fujairah, with its unique, high-quality shopping and entertainment experience, said Yousif Al Ali, Asset Director.

The mall’s leasing, construction and overall progress till date reflects the commitment by Majid Al Futtaim Properties. Nearly 100 per cent of the city centre has been leased out, with 100 out of its total 105 retail outlets confirmed leased out.

Spanning across an area of 34,000 square meters, the varied retail mix of the shopping mall will cater to the needs and projected growth of Fujairah community and will include the largest Carrefour hypermarket in the emirate.

Apart from having crossed more than one million accident-free work hours, the Fujairah City Centre is now expecting a Gold LEED rating. The Dh.400mn city centre is located at the intersection of new Fujairah-Dubai highway and the current Masafi Highway at the entrance of Fujairah City.

Source: http://www.guide2dubai.com/1223-Fujairah-City-Centre-mall-to-be-unveiled-in-early-2012.html

Dubai economy bounces back strongly from crisis

The Dubai economy has bounced back strongly from the financial crisis, than was expected, according to the latest official data.
The figures from Dubai Statistics Centre revealed that the growth of the economy in the emirate was at the rate of 2.8percent in 2010. The increased pace of growth in 2010, signifies the huge change in its fortune when the effects of the global economic crisis fell in 2009.

The economy of the emirate dripped by 2.4percent that year, with the impact of the financial crisis, taking a toll on the Dubai property market too, resulting in cancellation and delay of several projects worth tens of billions of dollars.

The latest statistics have revealed that real GDP in Dubai grew to Dh.293.6bn in 2010, an increase from Dh.286.6bn in 2009. Further, according to the prediction by IMF, the entire economy of UAE is likely to grow by 3.5percent this year.

Source: http://www.guide2dubai.com/1227-Dubai-economy-bounces-back-strongly-from-crisis.html

Tremendous Art And Culture Along The Dubai Creek

Other than the Bedouin desert camps and the dhow cruise, there are more ways to indulge yourself in the rich culture of Dubai.While you are on a dhow, you will float by a place called ‘Bastakia’ on the Bur side of the Dubai creek. At Bastakia there are many art galleries and a couple of pleasant hotels too with little less

Dhow Cruise

Dhow Cruise

generous doorways that tall people usually bump their heads into. Bastakia is home to several well-known buildings. One of them is the Al Fahidi Fort – the oldest architectural building in Dubai.
The Al Fahidi Fort was built with the aim of defending Dubai in case of attacks from the sea. The Fort was converted into a renowned museum famed as the ‘Dubai Museum’. It displays a rich collection of objects showcasing the way of life of the inhabitants of the past.
During the winter months, an open-air souk is held in Bastakia on Saturdays where about 50 stalls sell arts, crafts, fashion items, antiques, food and drinks. Here, musical programmes are also performed for your merriment.
Dadabhai Travel and Tourism provides various t

Desert camp on Dadabhai Travels

Desert camp

discounts on tour packages and allows you to opt for lodging in proportion to your budget.

Don’t Miss These Amazing Experiences In Dubai

sightseeing tour in and around Dubai is the best way to delve into the city, its culture and its people.Dubai city tours take you to the most spectacular locations of the city like the museums, unnatural islands, markets (souks), shopping malls, forts and many other significant attractions where you can explore a lot about the city’s culture, success and history.
The Dubai creek features a very unusual marvel, the traditional dhow cruise. You can have a

Dubai City Tour

Dubai City Tour

boating experience like no other on this cruise in the way you prefer. Tour operators can organize a romantic dinner, a business meeting or even a party on a dhow.
Desert safaris are great for an outdoor adventure. Dune bashing/desert safari drives, desert skiing and camel riding activities are usually followed by an overnight desert camp filled with lip-smacking delicacies, henna painting, sheesha and a lot of Arabian style entertainment.
The other Dubai city activities like snow skiing, exploring the wadis, horse riding, deep sea fishing and jet skiing are famous and practised by both; the citizens of Dubai as well as the tourists alike.
Dadabhai Travel and Tourism cover almost all of the numerous absorbing aspects of Dubai. Step into the beauty of this plausible city of Dubai by booking yourself through a renowned Dubai travel company.

Step Aboard A Dhow Cruise For A Mice In Dubai

An employee conference held on a ship? A dhow cruise in Dubai is suitable for any occasion; even for a MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Conference, Event) organized by Dadabhai Travel and Tourism.
The main purpose of this cruise is to serve dinner while the dhow slowly cruises along the historic Dubai Creek. Enjoy a two-hour dhow cruise dinner and observe the best view of Dubai and its illuminated skyline under the open stars. Dinner is accompanied by multinational cuisine, live music and other programmes on board to keep you entertained.
From corporate lunches to anniversaries, a dhow cruise has the ability to facilitate any requirement ranging from catering and amusement to overhead projectors, just to make your event a grand success.

Car Rental

Car Rental

Dadabhai Travel and Tourism specializes in MICE management and is experienced with arranging such events to perfection. We also get other facilities arranged for your tour like- car rentals to make your travelling easier, accommodation like luxury hotels, sightseeing as well as Arabian adventures to accompany you on your MICE in Dubai.
Your tour will be nothing but the best when it comes to entertainment organized by our Dubai travel company.

The Traditional Henna Painting in Dubai

Henna Paint in the desert

Henna Paint

On yourDubai city tour, you will notice many women with beautiful designs painted on their feet. In the Middle East, special events are marked by women painting their hands, wrists and feet with henna. It is fun to have henna designs painted on you especially while you’re relaxing on your overnight desert camp in Dubai.Most beauty salons around town will do the henna painting. They let you choose from their extensive collection of intricate designs. The process is usually quite quick, as the henna artists are fast at this craft. Sometimes, complex patterns are made by stencils (available at Dubai souks). These designs last for three weeks.
The practice of henna painting has taken roots throughout Arabia, India and the Mediterranean, and is becoming increasingly trendy in North America as well. This ceremonial painting can be traced back to the 7th Century BC and continues to rise in popularity to this day. Increasingly, street artists in resorts provide henna decoration of varying quality for tourists of both sexes.
Though the times have changed, Dubai has managed to keep even little traditions alive. Dadabhai Travel and

Arabic Henna paint

Arabic Henna Paint

Tourism always tries to incorporate every tiny bit of Arab tradition that you are likely to enjoy into your tour packages to help you connect more meaningfully with Dubai.

Dubai City Activities- Burj Al Arab

Dubai Activities

Dubai City Activities

Resembling the sail of a traditional Arabic Dhow, the Burj Al Arab hotel is iconic. As of 2009 it is one of the most luxurious hotels in the world.This hotel built on an artificial island, opposite the Wild Wadi Waterpark, has just over 200 luxuriously furnished duplex suites on 28 floors with a concierge on each floor. The Burj Al Arab like the other hotels in Dubai also provides discounts beginning from the month of June if you wish to stay there during your Dubai tour.
If not, then you can always make the famous Burj Al Arab a part of your Dubai city activities just so you can experience exquisite furnishings, luxurious fittings, the luxurious atmosphere of the world’s tallest atrium and standards of personal service exceeding the expectations of the most discerning guests.
Above all, the Burj Al Arab offers delectable food. You can choose from a sumptuous selection of 9 different Tapas choices from a live cooking station while listening to the calm musical geniuses of the Jazz duet- DihannDubai Activities Duo in the Burj Al Arab.
Before making your own bookings at the Burj Al Arab Hotel, be sure to check the timings of the different graceful experiences available. Otherwise, allow Dadabhai Travel and Tourism to provide you with an extraordinary vacation in Dubai.