Emirates Palace

The Emirates Palace is a luxury hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Emirates Palace situated on 1.3 km of private white sandy beach and surrounded by 85 hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens, with 114 domes that are 80 meters high. It is only 30 min drive from Abu Dhabi airport and 1.5 hours drive from Dubai airport.

Many of the suites offered are furnished in gold and marble. The main central area houses an expansive marble floor, balconies and a large patterned dome above, picked out in gold. The topmost floor has six Rulers’ Suites which are reserved solely for Emirati royalty and dignitaries. The hotel also contains a large conference centre.

The Emirates Palace offers 394 rooms and suites. All the rooms are very spacious (smallest surface area : 55 m2) and luxuriously appointed with opulent Oriental details like gold leaves mingled with contemporary facilities like air-conditioning, in-room safe, mini bar (large choice of complimentary soft drinks), touch screen remote control lights and TV. Guests can surf freely on the Internet with the interactive plasma screen TV. All the rooms are also fitted with a bathroom with separate shower, a balcony, a dedicated butler service, an office area and turn down service. Fresh fruit, flowers and mineral water are offered every day.

Overall, the hotel has 302 rooms and 92 suites. But, the hotel has 16 Palace Suites on the sixth and seventh floors. 22 three-bedroom suites are reserved for hosting Heads of State or Government, recently for example, Prime Minister Tony Blair and Chancellor Angela Merkel. The cost of staying begins at $400 per night for the Coral Room (floor space of 592 square feet) in the low season; and The Palace Grand Suite (7319 square feet) is the most expensive at $11,500 per night.
-Coral Room (55 m2)
With a view of the park and the garden.
Designed for 2 adults and 1 child under 12

-Pearl Room (55 m2)
With a side sea view.
Designed for 2 adults and 1 child under 12

-Diamond Room (55 m2)
With a sea-facing view.
Designed for 2 adults and 1 child under 12

-Khaleej Suite (110 m2)
Features a living room and a separate bedroom, a jacuzzi, a walk-in closet and a roomy balcony or terrace. Complimentary limousine transfers to/from the airport of Abu Dhabi.
Designed for 2 adults and 2 children under 12

-Khaleej Deluxe Suite (165 m2)
Bigger than the Khaleej Suite and includes a dining room.
Designed for 2 adults and 2 children under 12

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Dubai Metro feeder bus routes map

Take a look at the feeder bus route maps from Road Transport Authority to decide which bus service you need to take.

Click on the links to open the feeder bus route maps in PDF

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Dubai Radio Stations

Dubai is well served by terrestrial radio (AM & FM) with a enormous variety of stations distribution in the languages usually spoken in the city; Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Filipino. The FM band is particularly crowded, with a new station every 2 or 3 MHz apart, some from neighboring Emirates and countries in the Persian Gulf. Due to crowding of the FM band, there is often interference between stations.

General standards have improved greatly in the past few years and many stations are now at par with leading stations in major metropolitan cities in the world. However, the media in Dubai and the UAE is still heavily government regulated. Most stations, even those privately owned, are often still government controlled. In particular, all radio stations must cease normal broadcasting in the event of the death of a Sheikh or close relative of a Sheikh. This normally happens for a period of 3 days to a week, or more, depending on the standing of the deceased.

Dubai radio is the essential guide to surviving Dubai’s hectic traffic with most stations placing importance on frequent traffic updates during the day, mostly from listeners. The use of SMS as a communication is also common in Dubai radio and TV stations in events such as competitions.

Here is the list of radio stations

1.    104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai
2.    Al Arabiya – 99.0 FM
3.    Al Khaleejiya – 100.9 FM
4.    Al Rabea FM – 107.8 FM
5.    Channel 4 FM – 104.8 FM
6.    City 101.6 FM
7.    Coast 103.2
8.    Cool 94.7
9.    Dubai 92 – 92.0 FM
10.    Dubai Eye 103.8
11.    Emirates Radio 2 – 99.3 FM
12.    Gold FM – 101.3 FM
13.    Hit 96.7
14.    Hum FM – 106.2 FM
15.    Noor Dubai 93.9
16.    Quran AD – 88.2 FM
17.    Radio 1 – 104.1 FM
18.    Radio 4 FM – 89.1 FM
19.    Radio Asia – 1269 AM
20.    Radio Shoma – 93.4 FM
21.    Radio Spice FM – 105.4 FM
22.    Russian Radio UAE – 96.3 FM
23.    Sharjah FM 94.4
24.    Suno 1024 – 102.4 FM
25.    The Deep Radio Channel
26.    Uaq FM – 97.8 FM
27.    Pervoe Radio FM

Best Beaches in Dubai

Dubai is land of sun and sand, so beaches form the most attractive part of its beauty. The city’s main beaches consist of the long stretch of Jumeirah Beach Park and the Al Mazmar Beach Park which is an artificial park cum beachfront. You can enjoy lazing out at the beach, surfing the waters or reveling in some ardeline rush of watersports. Dubai is an excellent place to visit during the winter months when the temperatures are pleasant enough to enjoy the beaches. During summers, the beaches look deserted during the day and all tourists flock in the evening. Just avoid getting out to the beachfront when temperatures reach their peak of 40 degree Celsius. But otherwise there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy water sports, relax and take pleasure in a laid back holiday.

Jumeirah Beach Park

Jumeirah Beach Park is the first beach park in Dubai and is one of best known beaches in Dubai with crystal white sand and turquoise blue water. Actually it’s a single soft unending carpet of sand dispersed with hotels, clubs and public access areas. The beach park is an ideal location for people of all ages as a picnic spot with kid’s recreation area, games area and restaurants / food courts jewelling the area. For a family picnic you can get together at the picnic tables, have a small barbecue, children can play at the kid’s area while you can relax or swim at the beachfront. Alert lifeguards, special swimming pools and showers are available whenever you are in the mood to swim. There’s even a small amphitheatre to showcase live musical or stage performances. Palm promenades and small wooden seats complete the picturesque view. If you want to visit this God gifted marvelous place, then Dubai government charges Dhs 2 per person or Dhs 20 per vehicle. The park is open from 8.00am to 9.00pm daily with Saturday’s and Sunday’s especially reserved for women and children.

Al Mazmar Beach Park

The conceptualization behind Palm Islands, World Islands have always surprised us and the same idea takes over behind the construction of the man made Al Mazmar Beach Park. An all-in-one beach projects its amusement, relaxation and pleasure all at one place. Covering 106 hectares its includes huge expanses of green coverage, an amphitheatre, numerous swimming pools, kid’s play areas, picnic and barbecue spots, lagoons and several beaches served by alert lifeguards and all the necessary luxury options. Al Mazmar Beach Park is not just about lazing at the beaches or playing watersports but also includes enjoying the different green zones, relaxing under the trees, laying out the picnic basket, flying the kites or playing football. Colors merge together at the Al Mazmar Beach Park which is open from 8.00am to 11.00pm daily except Thursday’s and Friday’s. Wednesday’s are reserved for women and children.

Article source: Best beaches in Dubai

 

Dubai Zoo

Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo of its kind not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai Zoo also occurs to be the first Arabian zoo to breed the rare Chimpanzee and Arabian wild cat.

It is an extraordinary place of attention and fun for travelers and the people of Dubai. Was formerly constructed in 1967 by a Dubai resident when H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai, acceptable Otto J. Bulart to form a zoo on a two hectare plot in Jumeirah. It is still the oldest zoo in the Arabian Peninsula. It was considered a Dubai landmark in the late 1960s as it showed the “town’s end”

The zoo’s modern services though small, house many ethnic Arabian species, comprising the Arabian Wolf, which is no longer found in the wild, Gordon’s Wildcat and the world’s only captive breeding colony of Socotra Cormorants.
In recent years, the Dubai Zoo has come under fire for the situations in which its animals are boarded. Animal rights protesters and even hotels and tourist websites inspire the embargoing of the facility. Cages in which the animals are stuck in are reportedly so small that the animals can hardly move.

Subspecies of Gray Wolf, Arabian Wolves, as the name suggests, used to rein the Arabian Peninsula. Arabian Wolves are in the group of rare species as they are at present found in the interiors of Israel, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Arabian Wolves is one of the unique attractions of Dubai Zoo.

Siberian Tigers, also called Amur Tigers, were formerly found in the forests of Korea, Manchuria, eastern Asia and northern China. Found mostly in cold and harsh land, Siberian Tigers can be transported up only in enormously low temperatures, but Dubai Zoo has formed ideal conditions for the protection of Siberian Tigers as well as Bengal Tigers. The zoo is shortly to undergo relocation and redevelopment allowing animals to live in areas designed to be as similar to their natural environment as possible.
It is open from 10am – 6pm daily. Entrance Fees: Dhs 2. Tel: 3440462

Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids

Christmas is a special time for everyone and it’s a particularly exciting time for little boys and girls. Here are some great gift ideas; which may bring a smile to your little one’s face.
a. Dairy with lock
A diary with a lock will be a great gift to kids who has started learning to write and read. While selecting the diary, choose the one with good theme. So that kid should love it.
b. Dinosaur plants
Dinosaur plants are the ultimate pot plant for little kids. Dinosaur plants look like dried-up dead plants, yet they convert into a lush ball of greens within hours of being watered. It’s said that dinosaur plants can hibernate for years without water and spring back to life when it rains.
c. Portable DVD Player
Portable DVD players for kids are commonly available. They’re great gifts for girls and boys who want to enjoy their desired live action animation, cartoons, or learning programs anywhere. They’re great for taking with you on holidays and for keeping kids amused during long delays.
d. Sandpit play
Sandpit play sets are fantastic gifts for young kids. Building sand castles and burying treasure needs the right tools and a sand play set can be brought along when going to the beach, park, or friend’s house. Even big kids (adults) will find a spade handy when helping out with sandcastles.
e. Mixed CDs
There’s nothing better than receiving a CD full of all your fave tunes. All you need is a few blank CDs and your kid’s favorite tunes. For your best buds, make a CD that will remind them of a certain party or dance you all went to, or maybe a soundtrack of songs from this past year. For family, throw together a Christmas music gathering that you can listen to on Christmas morning.

Christmas Celebration around the World

Christmas marks the festive season which continues till the New Year. Christmas- an anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ celebrated normally on December 25 as a national and sacred holiday for Christian around the world.
Christmas Day celebration-Christmas Day is celebrated as a main festival and public holiday in countries around the world. Christians celebrate Christmas in many ways. The day is one of the most important for the attending of church services. Delicious meal is traditionally an important part of the holiday’s celebration, and the food varies greatly from country to country. Everyone will decorate their home for Christmas. Here are some tips for Christmas Decoration

Here is a brief look at what different countries do differently on Christmas.
a. Dubai

b. Russia

Most associate Christmas with 25th December. However, to this day, the festival is celebrated in many parts of Russia on January 7th, since churches in the country still follow the old Julian calendar for religious festivals.

c. Latvia
Latvia is perhaps the only country where Christmas is celebrated over the course of 12 days, instead of the usual three days in rest of the parts of the world. On each day of Christmas, presents are kept under the tree, which are opened only at the end of the festival. Another tradition which is typical of Latvia is the Christmas feast. Instead of turkey or chicken, it typically consists of brown peas with bacon and sausages.

d. France

Christmas is usually associated with beautiful lights and a whole lot of decorations in shops as well as households. However, in France, the decorations are usually muted. Although there is the Christmas tree in most households, there is not much else apart from a few lights and other pieces of decoration. However, with increasing exposure to US culture around the globe, Christmas decorations in France too are going more elaborate, slowly but gradually.

e. Germany

Apart from the usual Christmas decorations, a feature of Christmas decorations in Germany is the wooden frames with lighted candles surrounded by leaves, which is also called Adventskranz.

f. Hungary

Christmas celebrations in Hungary are almost the same as that in England or the US. However, in Hungary, kids leave their shoes by the main door of the house instead of hanging empty socks by the bedside. These shoes are then filled with presents in red bags by friends and family. An interesting Christmas tradition in Hungary is the golden birch which is placed next to the Christmas tree for kids who do not behave well. It is a fun tradition which is usually done to remind children that they should behave well in order to get gift from Santa.

Christmas Celebration around the World