Saturday, August 18, 2012

Eid Mubarak

The culminating event of the one month Ramadan is Eid Al Fitr, which will officially start on the eve of Saturday, Aug 18 and ends on the eve the following day. 

From wiki 
Eid is an Arabic word meaning "festivity", while Fiáš­r means "breaking the fast". The holiday celebrates the conclusion of the 29 or 30 days of dawn-to-sunset fasting during the entire month of Ramadan.
In Dubai, we get a 4 day holiday (including the weekends) from Fri Aug 17 to Mon Aug 20. There'll be lots of festivities around the city, for sure you'll never be bored.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Last Few Days of DSS 2012

DSS will end on the 14th of July, exactly 3 days so we have the whole weekend to do our last minute shopping. Most (like me) wait for the last minute to get further reduction on prices.

Check these bargain finds at Burjuman Center (Bur Dubai Area).




What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) 2012

It's DSS once again! It actually started June 14 and will end until July 14, that's one whole month of shopping, fun and more!

The 15th installation of DSS, hopes to enticed shoppers and tourists to flock Dubai shopping malls this summer. Not just for great bargains but also a lot of entertainment events for the whole family.

I'm all in!

For schedule of activities check Dubai Events
Dubai Summer Surprises, in its fifteenth edition in 2012, is the largest summer event in the region. This annual event has helped change the concept of summer in Dubai and put the emirate on the map as an international summer holiday destination. The first edition of the DSS was launched in 1998, welcoming 600,000 visitors while last year’s edition welcomed around four million visitors with a total visitor spend of nearly nine billion dirhams, compared to 850 million dirhams in the first edition of DSS. Over the years, Dubai Summer Surprises has built a reputation as a summer festival making the city of Dubai synonymous with entertainment, shopping rewards, and fun for the whole family during summer. The event has contributed significantly to Dubai’s economy with billions of dirhams being generated through consumer spending.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

June 17: Isra Wal Meraj

The public and private sectors will get a one-day holiday on June 17, Sunday, to mark Isra Wal Meraj.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mall Hop: The Dubai Mall

The world’s largest mall (by total area as of press time) and definitely a must place to visit while in Dubai.

It is home to more than a thousand retail, entertainment and dining shops. There’s lots of things to check and be busy with, among those are

(taken from Dubai Mall website)
Dubai Fountain
Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The Dubai Fountain performs daily, with the performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).

Over 6,600 WET Superlights – the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today – and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world.
Saturday to Thursday
01.00pm and 01.30pm
06:00pm - 11:00pm every 30 minutes
01.30pm and 2.00pm
06:00pm - 11:00pm every 30 minutes
key Facts & Figures
• World’s largest dancing fountain
• In sync with classical, Arabic and world music
• 1.5 million lumens of projected light
• Spray heights of up to 500 feet
• 22,000 gallons of airborne water
• Set in Burj Khalifa Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Dubai.

 A key centerpiece is Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest tanks in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m and featuring the world's largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. Dubai Aquarium has more than 33,000 living animals, representing more than 85 species including over 400 sharks and rays combined.
Dubai Aquarium's 270-degree acrylic walkthrough tunnel makes for incredible close-encounter experiences with some of the most fascinating underwater animals on the planet. A special 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system will change the ambience of the tank depending on the time of day.
Underwater Zoo 
Walk along the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo and you’ll find yourself face to face with dangerous Piranha, Giant Catfish, playful Otters, a Humbolt Penguin colony, and more.
Whether viewing the Rainforest from a suspension bridge high above the river and tree canopy, or reaching out and touching some of the more hardy rock pool inhabitants, this is an aquatic experience you will never forget.
Combo Ticket AED 50
Aquarium Tunnel
Underwater Zoo
Platinum Aquarium Package AED 75
Aquarium Tunnel
Underwater Zoo
Behind The Scenes Tour
Aquarium Gift Shop Voucher
Available 10am to 4pm daily
Diamond Aquarium Package AED 85
Aquarium Tunnel
Underwater Zoo
Behind The Scenes Tour & Fish Feeding*
Aquarium Gift Shop Voucher
(Subject to availability) 
Ultimate Aquarium Package AED 100
Aquarium Tunnel
Underwater Zoo
Glass-bottom Boat Ride
Aquarium Gift Shop Voucher 
Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 10pm
Last admissions at Aquarium Tunnel: 9:45pm
Last admissions at Underwater Zoo: 9:00pm

Thursday to Saturday from 10am until midnight
Last admissions at Aquarium Tunnel: 11:45pm
Last admissions at Underwater Zoo: 11:00pm 
Dubai Ice Rink   
Glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. With its larger than life Olympic-size proportions, whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out any time of the year.
Skate hire and 2 hour session - AED 55
Disco on Ice – AED 80

Please refer to for further information regarding skating lessons and group packages.
Sunday to Wednesday from 10am to 10pm*
Thursday to Saturday from 11.15am until midnight*
*As per the session’s schedule.
Sega Republic 
Welcome to a world of fun. Explore five zones of entertainment for all ages at the first SEGA Republic indoor theme park in the region. Enjoy 9 heart-stopping attractions and 250 amusement games spread over 2 levels of adrenaline and adventure!
Power Pass – AED 150
Your day pass for all attractions

Pay & Play Pass
Purchase a Pay & Play Pass and top it up as you go!

Sunday to Wednesday 10:00am - 12:00 Midnight
Thursday to Saturday 10:00am - 1:00am
Reel Cinema
The Dubai Mall had a blockbuster addition with the opening of Reel Cinemas on Level 2.
Now open with 22 screens including the first THX-certified cinemas in the UAE, The Picturehouse – UAE’s first cinema hall to exclusively screen critically acclaimed movies and four ultra-luxurious Platinum Movie Suites, Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall is the largest cinemas in the region.

How to get there:
*by Metro train
  -take the red line and exit on Burj Khalifa Station, feeder buses are available 
*by Bus
  -there are several bus available depending on your initial location
*by car or taxi
  -drive towards Abu Dhabi direction on Sheik Zayed road, take the 1st interchage

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Fly Dubai

A budget friendly airline that’s getting a lot of attention and passengers. 

Fly Dubai flies to neighboring Middle East countries like Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and a lot more. It operates at Terminal 2 of the Dubai International Airport. And since it is a low cost airline, the price is almost half or even lower than the usual international airlines.

I haven’t tried flying with Fly Dubai but my friends did and they say it was comparatively okay given the discounts and all. We’re eying to try it on our Jordan/ Petra trip later this year or early next year.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Wild Wadi Waterpark

It's almost summer, perfect time to hit the beach, pool and other water themed parks. Summer here in Dubai can be too hot and you'd rather stay indoors with your A/C on. Residents and tourists alike usually plan swimming and other outdoor activities between Feb to April.

picture courtesy of

So one of the popular waterpark here in Dubai, UAE is Wild Wadi which is located on Jumeraih beach and on the same stretch as Burj Al Arab. So you get to enjoy the different rides at Wild Wadi and the view of Burj Dubai at the same time.  

                                                 from wild wadi official website