PHOTOS: Inside the New Metro Stations for Route 2020

The Route 2020 extension in the Red Line of the Dubai Metro was recently inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of Dubai. These new metro stations have been built to have a more convenient and faster public transport for the Dubai Expo 2020 site.
Below are some cool pictures of how the stations look like when you drop by any of the 7 new stations in the Route 2020 extension (red line).
7 Pictures: Inside the Route 2020 Metro Stations
1. Jebel Ali Station

2. The Gardens Station

3. Discovery Gardens Station
4. Al Furjan Station

5. Jumeirah Golf Estates Station

6. Dubai Investment Park Station

7. Expo Station

Inauguration of Dubai Route 2020 Metro
Alstom-led consortium delivers extension of Dubai Metro Red Line

Alstom congratulates Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), on the inauguration of the Dubai Route 2020 Metro. This iconic project was ceremonially inaugurated by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Ruler of the Emirate of Dubai on 7 July 2020, and was also attended by Henri Poupart-Lafarge, Alstom’s CEO and Chairman of the Board as well as the top management of the ExpoLink Consortium via video conference technology.
The new line project, commenced in July 2016 and carried out by the Alstom-led ExpoLink consortium, also composed of ACCIONA and Gülermak, consists of a 15km-long line, of which 11.8km is above ground and 3.2km underground, and an interchange on the Red Line. The extension of the metro has seven stations including Jabel Ali Station and the flagship metro station at the Expo exhibition site. The project is worth a total of €2.6 billion.
As part of the Consortium, Alstom was responsible for the integration of the entire metro system including 50 Metropolis trainsets produced in Alstom’s site in Katowice, Poland, power supply, communication, signalling, automatic ticket control, track works, platform screen doors and a three-year warranty on the whole system, as well as the enhancement of the existing metro line by upgrading power supply, signalling systems, miscellaneous communication and track works. The trainsets are 85.5 meters long and composed of five cars per trainset, and they will be able to carry up to 696 passengers each.
“We are extremely proud to have delivered the world’s fastest built turnkey metro project. The Route 2020 project shows Dubai’s commitment to offer its residents and visitors a state-of-the-art rail network system, and we remain committed to providing the RTA with the utmost support in their journey towards greener and smarter mobility”, says Müslüm Yakisan, Senior Vice President for Africa, Middle East and Central Asia at Alstom.

The train offers an excellent level of passenger experience, thanks to wide gangways, large doors and windows, three specific areas for Silver, Family and Gold Classes. Eco-friendly, the train is equipped with a full electrical braking system, LED lighting and other innovations to reduce energy consumption.
Alstom is a dedicated and long-standing partner of Dubai’s transportation and mobility development. Alstom delivered the Dubai tramway, the first fully integrated tramway system in the Middle East and the world’s first 100% catenary-free line, which was opened in November 2014. Alstom is also in charge of the maintenance of the Dubai Tram for a period of 13 years.

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Shake Shack Opens 8th Dubai Branch in City Centre Deira

Shake Shack opens its 9th branch in Dubai at the City Centre Deira food court level 1. Been a fan of this New York-based burger joint especially their combination of burgers and shakes. It’s good to know that they’ve set up another branch located near the historical side of Dubai.
Also Read: List of Heritage Spots in Dubai

Shake Shack Celebrates Deira With A New Store & Vibrant Artwork
Shake Shack®, the New York-styled modern day “roadside” burger stand, has opened its newest restaurant at City Centre Deira, marking it the eighth Shack in Dubai.
Historically, the commercial center of Dubai, Deira today is a place with a vibrant art and heritage scene for locals and visitors to enjoy. Celebrating Deira’s charm as well as the gradual re-opening of the city’s food and beverage industry, Shake Shack’s eighth Dubai Shack within City Centre Deira is home to a specially commissioned work of art.
artwork by Melvin San Miguel
Created by Melvin San Miguel, one of Dubai’s favorite homegrown creatives and lead artist at Art Painting Lab, the artwork illustrates this historical neighborhood with an “explorational holiday feel” capturing many aspects of Deira, most notably its famous clock tower that has been a local landmark since 1963. Guests can appreciate the nostalgic details of Melvin’s art at the newest Shack while enjoying a juicy burger.
With the new opening, Shake Shack had to take into consideration factors such as new consumer behavior, strict health and safety regulations and social distancing measures, to name a few. These new trends have enticed Shake Shack to re-imagine and adapt its guest journey and menu offerings, while staying on course with its expansion plans for the MENA region.

The newly opened Shack strictly implements in-store measures like wellness checks, regular surface sanitization, controlled seating capacity, social distancing measures, usage of masks and gloves, offering cashless payment methods and digital menus, among other procedures to ensure customers’ safety while they enjoy the Shack goodness.

Shack fans can indulge in the 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers among other premium quality menu items at City Centre Deira (food court – level 1) from 10AM – 12AM.
Contact Information
Shake Shack Middle EastFacebook:@shakeshackMiddleEastInstagram: @ShakeShackME
Address: Food Court Level 1 of City Centre DeiraOpening Hours: 10am to 12amNearest Metro Station: City Center Deira (Red Line)
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Fresh Seafood Feast at the Fish Market in Radisson Blu Deira Creek

Radisson Blu Deira Creek’s Fish Market restaurant is the flagship restaurant of the five-star hotel which celebrates the culture of the old days given that the Dubai Creek started as a fishing village and fishing was a main source of livelihood.
We were able to dine in this restaurant and sample its foodie experience where you grab a basket, choose from the fresh catches of the day from their seafood display, and have your catch cooked according to your preference and liking. It’s a cool experience that this luxury hotel is able to master as they’ve been serving guests for over 30 years.
Alcohol: YES

Fish Market Restaurant in Dubai

choose from the fresh produce and have it cooked according to your liking
Unlimited Seafood at Fish Market Restaurant Deira Creek
We are no stranger to the food experiences offered by Radisson Blu Deira Creek as we have dined in their other restaurants in the past (Sumibiya, Minato, Aseelah), so when the opportunity arose to eat at their signature seafood restaurant, we gladly welcomed the invitation.
The atmosphere at the Fish Market is quite relaxed, and I later realized that the restaurant has been revamped from what was previously wooden Thai decor to now a modern and stylish interior. The colors of the sea, the wooden floor and fish baskets all inspired from the fishing village history of Dubai.

inside the modern and trendy decor

rope, fish baskets and other decor that pay tribute to the fishing village of Dubai
Overwhelmed by the seafood on the display area and the variety of ways to cook each dish, we asked the staff, Manilhyn, to prepare us with her recommendations. We were so satisfied with the seafood feast served on our table.
Fish Market is known for the quality of its fresh produce, its stylish decor, and the view of the Dubai Creek. It’s fitting to watch the beautiful view of the Dubai Creek while sampling fresh produce from this restaurant.

seafood feast!

view from the restaurant
Red Thai curry, clams in oyster sauce, Tom Yum Soup, mixed vegetables, fried rice, and a mussels, squid, and prawns on a grill served on our table. The seafood spread made for a wonderful feast.

grilled mussels, shrimps, and squids

Thai Red Curry fish (Dory), clams in oyster sauce, fried milk fish

As restaurants in Dubai are adjusting to the new norms of dining, a number of establishments are also finding creative ways to adhere to the strict laws when it comes to the handling of food to their customers. Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek’s Fish Market has dedicated staff to assist in choosing the catches you wish to have for your meal.
Tables are limited given that social distance should be maintained so it’s best to make a reservation to reserve a table beforehand.

Fish Market Dubai

enjoying our dinner
You can enjoy a seafood feast at the Fish Market
Fish Market is currently running an offer Treat for OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) in the UAE. You can get a Buy One Get One offer for your meal, just make a reservation via 04 205 7033. Terms & conditions apply.
For non-OFWs, you can get a Buy One Get One deal via Entertainer App. 🙂
Note: We were invited to dine at Fish Market. All opinions are my own.

Contact Information
Fish Market RestaurantAddress: Level 2, Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas, DubaiTelephone Number: +971 4 205 7033Website: https://www.radissonhotels.com/en-us/hotels/radisson-blu-dubai-deira-creek
Google Map Location
Please check the map guide below to see the location of Radisson Blu Hotel Deira Creek. Fish Market restaurant is located at the 1st floor of the hotel.

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What’s On the bookshelf: three must-read fantasy novels

Our friends at Emirates Literature Foundation share three fantastical novels… The Emirates Literature Foundation team has been escaping into a fantasy land from the comfort of our own homes. We have whole worlds to explore between the covers of these three fantasy novels. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling We can’t do […]
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Here’s how to get exclusive pool and beach access in the UAE this summer

Is this the answer to an extended summer in Dubai? If you’re eagerly awaiting news on when your residential pool or gym will be reopening, then the relaunch of Privilee memberships may be music to your ears. The UAE-based leisure and fitness membership offers exclusive access to the best resort pools, private beaches and members-only […]
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Escape to the desert and have dinner under the stars at Nara Camp

It’s open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday… Feeling a bit cooped up and in need of reprieve? You’ll be thrilled to know that Nara Camp is welcoming back guests in small groups from today. Located in the sand dunes within the Dubai Conservation Area, Nara Camp is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, making it […]
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5 awesome things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend

We’re coming at you with five golden opportunities to grab this weekend… Movement may be restricted in and out of the capital, but there are currently no restrictions on getting down. So why not join us, as we explore five awesome things to do in Abu Dhabi this weekend Wednesday, June 3 1. Watch inspirational speaker […]
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Family favourites: Children are welcome at these Dubai restaurants

These family-friendly eateries are now open to all ages… Itching to get out of the house with your smalls? These Dubai restaurants are welcoming children once again – and some are offering sweet kids’ deals to boot. Bistro Des Arts Little ones will love the salted caramel-slathered crepes, flaky pastries and air-conditioned terrace at this […]
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Dubai’s The Green Planet is now reopen with cool animal encounters

The centre is welcoming children aged 12 and over… Wondering what to do this weekend? Well, after Dubai reopened at a 100 per cent capacity from today, there’s plenty to catch up on. If you can’t stand the Dubai summer heat at the beach, why not check out The Green Planet, one of Dubai’s coolest […]
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Jameel Arts Centre reopens its doors today

Health and safety measures have been put in place… Dubai art institution Jameel Arts Centre will be reopening its doors today, on Wednesday June 3. All the necessary health and safety measures have been applied across its three floors of exhibition rooms and installations, plus the artist’s garden and the seven desert gardens. The Jaddaf […]
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Dubai malls and private businesses to operate at 100% capacity from June 3

Dubai is slowly starting to return to some sense of normality… Malls and private businesses in Dubai have been given the green light to operate at 100 per cent capacity. The announcement was made by Dubai Media Office on their official Twitter account on June 2, 2020. #Dubai‘s shopping malls and private sector businesses to […]
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Here’s where you can find awesome street art in Dubai

These truly are works of art… Adjusting to the new normal but want to get some sightseeing done while keeping a safe distance from others? Round the family up, jump in the car and drive to these spots in Dubai to check out the city’s best street art. It’s a great reason to get out […]
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Ever wanted to live in a hotel? You can, with rates starting from Dhs105

Live the real ‘suite life’… Have you ever gone on holiday and stayed at a luxury hotel, thinking “oh I could just live here”? (We know we have). Well, dreams do come true, apparently, as now you can do just that, at Vida Emirates Hills. The contemporary new hotel has recently launched its ‘Live at […]
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Review: we test out Dough It Yourself gourmet pizza kits

The whole family will love getting in on the act… While there’s no denying the Covid-19 pandemic has been tough on the UAE restaurant scene, it’s been heartening to see how businesses have evolved. Many of Dubai’s fine-dining restaurants have pivoted to delivery, and ladies’ nights have shifted their focus to food. For some, the […]
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Enjoy two-for-one fish and chips at The London Project every week

Enjoy the fin-tastic deal every Sunday… Calling all foodies. If your idea of a top-notch meal is tucking into a hearty plate of fish and chips, inspired by the classic British seaside dish, then we have just the thing for you. Cool botanical restaurant, The London Project, which is inspired by the eclectic boroughs of […]
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Treat your pet to perfection with Pretty Paws boutique

Treat your pet with accessories, grooming, treats and toys… Many pet owners would agree that when you have a furry-friend, they’re not just an animal, but become a bone-aide part of the family. If you love treating your furriest family members, then you need to check out Pretty Paws boutique in the UAE. The boutique […]
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First look: The Maine Land Brasserie is now open in Business Bay

The third outpost of the homegrown brand opens its doors at 12pm… If you’re a fan of homegrown modern-American restaurant The Maine, you’re in luck as the third branch is opening today, Tuesday, June 2. You’ll find the Maine Land Brasserie on the ground floor of ME Dubai in The Opus, Business Bay. The first […]
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These brilliant restaurants have reopened in JW Marriott Marquis

Sponsored: Treat yourself to a meal at one of these top spots… Dubai’s regulations on restaurants have now been relaxed a little, so residents are free to enjoy their favourite restaurants again. Three that we can’t wait to experience can be found in JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay Dubai. The iconic hotel is home to […]
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UAE to witness a partial solar eclipse this month

This beautiful phenomenon is set to last nearly three hours… Astrophiles, take note: there’s a spectacular solar eclipse taking place this month in the morning of Sunday June 21, 2020. According to the Dubai Astronomy Group twitter account, this is one of 2020’s biggest astronomy event. Are you ready for 2020’s biggest Astronomy event? ⭐️The […]
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Desert Fox Dune Buggy Adventure at Mleiha Desert

We had another sand dune buggy adventure in the Dubai desert. This time we drove at the Mleiha desert site in Sharjah, this time with Desert Fox sand rails. We had an extremely wonderful time driving and enjoying the beautiful view especially since this is a famous spot for sand adventures in the UAE.
While our first sand buggy experience occurred during the morning, and the second time was at night, this third time it was during the afternoon and was prepared by Explorer Tours UAE. Seeing the red sand dunes while driving over slopes of sand was an exhilarating escapade!

Explorers Team preparing our ride

quick photo
Desert Fox Sand Rails Adventure at Fossil Rock in Mleiha Desert, Sharjah
This desert adventure package already comes with pick up from your hotel accommodation. In our case, we drove to the starting point which is about an hour’s drive from our place.
We had a safety briefing upon our arrival and they provided us with helmets and goggles. An experienced convoy leader advised us to always follow him, and there’s a back-up team in a 4×4 to accompany us in case we may get stuck in the sand.

starting our desert adventure

driving over valleys

enjoying the view
Driving the Desert Fox buggy was different as I felt really secure in them. The tires were huge and the seat and exterior of the buggy were sturdy. Even my wife mentioned that this was her first time where she didn’t feel too scared because the buggies were really equipped for heavy-duty bashing.
After the first slope, we were already pumped-up to take the next few ones. It was an adrenaline-filled sandy afternoon driving over amazingly red desert dunes!

loving the desert sand and the view

Heading to Fossil Rock
One thing I noticed after booking a few desert safari trips is that you have to go beyond the city, let’s say desert spots that are an hour away from Dubai, as the sand is redder and there are lesser plants. In fact, this desert is actually located in the emirate of Sharjah already.
You feel more isolated from the city because there are no people around. Just a few camels along the way! 🙂

a quick stopover

took a few more pictures during this break

We felt very secured since we had one guide driving the same buggy to guide us on the slopes and another guide to assist us in case we got stuck in the desert.
This buggy experience package will take about 3 hours – 2 hours include the transport to and from your hotel and 1 hour for the actual safari. After 30 minutes, we took a quick break while we hydrated with refreshments which the tour company provided. We also enjoyed the view and took pictures during the break.

watch out for camels along the way (you MUST give way to them too!)

After the break, we continued with our dune buggy experience. I am really glad with the service that the team provided. They were very professional and they gauged our driving skills as well as level of enjoyment. Whenever we screamed in excitement because of one slope, our guide would take us back to the same spot. We had a lot of fun in this adventure.

helmets – safety first!

desert safari – dune buggy style
If you are an adrenaline-junkie, looking for some outdoor activities in Dubai, I recommend you check out a dune buggy safari trip. It’s really different when you’re on the wheel driving on the sand.
Video: Dubai Desert Sand Buggy Safari
Below is a quick video which summarizes our experience:
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As you smash through the dunes and race along the valleys, you’ll notice that the Desert Fox is also safer than most ATVs currently out in the market, coming equipped with a full roll cage, bucket seats, safety harnesses, and state-of-the-art shock absorbers. Get set to defy our 10km track, complete with its own challenges and hazards. Don’t sweat the technicalities! We’ve got a team on-hand in case of mechanical problems, and we also provide refreshments.
– ExplorerTours.ae
Contact Information
ExplorerTours.aeAddress: Office 412 The Metropolis tower Al Abraj St. (Business bay) DubaiPhone. +971 4 286 1991Website: https://www.explorertours.ae/Email: info@explorertours.ae
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explorertoursuae/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ExplorerToursUAE
Google Map Location:
While the office of Explorer Tours is located in Business Bay, below is the map guide to the meeting point of the buggy experience. This adventure package already includes pick-up from your hotel. Since we drove our car, we decided to just head to the meeting point ourselves.

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Get high-quality meat delivered to your door with CarniStore

Get meat delivered for your weekly meals or special BBQ… Ever get tired of visiting the supermarket to find good-quality meat to cook with at home? Or organised a last-minute BBQ but don’t have the time to get to the shops to get what you need? Well, now you don’t need to worry as UAE-based […]
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These ladies’ days are back at some of Dubai’s top beach clubs

Enjoy beach access and free-flowing beverages… Since Dubai’s beaches were recently allowed to reopen, many of us have been flocking there to work on our tans after being inside for so long. Ladies’ days are a bonafide Dubai thing and, oh, how we’ve missed them. Thankfully, ladies’ days are back at some of Dubai’s top […]
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5 things to do in Abu Dhabi this week

Five things to do in Abu Dhabi this week… In? Out? All that really matters is we shake it all about. If you are heading out, we highly recommend calling the venue in advance to check availability and which age groups are allowed. You’ll also need to make sure you wear masks, gloves and abide […]
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When will Eid Al Adha fall in 2020? An astronomer predicts…

Eid Al Adha is celebrated on the 10th day of the final month in the Islamic calendar… If you’re wondering when the next public holiday will land in the UAE, then you’re in luck. A top UAE astronomer has predicted that Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) will begin on Friday July 31 this year. […]
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How to bring the vacation fun to your own garden this summer

Sponsored: Can’t go away this summer? Make your home the place to be… Summer is fast approaching and with many of us unable to travel, it’s time to make our homes the ultimate vacation destination. Home Box is here to help you spruce up your garden or balcony into the perfect place to unwind and […]
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WIN: 10 amazing competitions you should enter right now

It’s our birthday. You get presents. Go figure… This month, What’s On turns 41 (we know, we don’t look a day over 20). To celebrate, we are giving our lovely readers the chance to win some cool prizes. Read on, see what takes your fancy, and click on the links below to enter: 1. Sennheiser Momentum […]
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5 cool things to do in Dubai this week

All the while remembering to stay safe and sanitised… As we slowly start to see the city we love begin to blossom again, we’re delighted to bring you a small list of some of the best things you can do. Some are new, some are returning favourites, and all are suggested with safety in mind. […]
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You can now pay electronically in 100 per cent of Abu Dhabi ICT Taxis

You’ll be able to pay electronically in all 6,180 vehicles of the fleet… The Integrated Transport Center — Abu Dhabi (ITC) has activated an online payment system that will allow you to make electronic payments in every single cab, throughout the capital’s fleet. That’s a total of 6,180 vehicles, operated by seven companies.  The system […]
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One&Only launches two luxe daycation deals in Dubai

Live the high life with a daycation at these luxury resorts in Dubai… If a stay at One&Only’s ultra-glam resorts has always been high on your wish list, then you might want to take advantage of these new daycation deals. At One&Only Royal Mirage, Drift has launched a new daycation offer that runs from 11am […]
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Reel Cinemas launches drive-in movies at The Dubai Mall

Movie-goers will enjoy the films with the Burj Khalifa as a backdrop… It was only a few weeks ago that drive-in cinemas in Dubai became the new way to watch movies, because, well, who doesn’t want to live like the protagonists in 1970’s hit movie, Grease? Well, how about watching a movie with the iconic Burj […]
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Check out Habtoor Grand’s brilliant Dubai daycation package

Enjoy access to a hotel room and all-day beach… Since restrictions have eased and Dubai starts to return to normal (or the new normal, anyway), many of the city’s hotels have started launching some brilliant staycation and ‘daycation’ packages. One such deal comes from swanky Dubai Marina hotel, Habtoor Grand. It is offering a weekend […]
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Weekend plans: These Dubai restaurants have reopened this week

Weekend plans on… As Dubai slowly starts to return to some sense of normality (albeit with strict social measures in place), we can finally start to plan our weekends again. Yay. A number of popular Dubai restaurants have reopened their doors this week, so make sure you make your weekend worth coming out of lockdown […]
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These Dubai attractions are now re-open to the public

Check out the Dubai Ice Rink, aquariums and loads more… In the latest sign that the city is getting back to normal, on Monday, May 27, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, called for the gradual reopening of businesses between 6am and 11pm each day. This means that […]
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Staycations: Al Hamra hotels and leisure facilities reopen in Ras Al Khaimah

Start planning that next staycation… Ras Al Khaimah has long been a go-to destination for beach and desert breaks within easy reach of Dubai. And now, there are even more reasons to put the northernmost emirate at the top of your to-do list. The coastal village of Al Hamra has announced the reopening of its […]
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Zero Gravity launches new weekend late-lunch deal with drinks included

Enjoy an all-you-can-eat-breakfast too… If you’re missing your dose of famous Dubai beach club, Zero Gravity, it’s got just the deal to tempt you back this weekend, with a new late breakfast or late-afternoon lunch weekend offer. Whilst you might not yet be able to dip your toes in the blue waters of the pool, […]
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These leisure and eco-tourism destinations in Sharjah are now open

Extensive precautionary and preventive measures have been put in place… In Abu Dhabi, hotels, gyms, pools, beaches and bars are beginning to open, and starting today, Dubai is opening its cinemas, gyms and entertainment centres. Sharjah isn’t far behind and will be opening up popular spots across its leisure and eco-tourism destinations in a phased […]
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Cook like a pro with these gourmet meal boxes from Folly by Nick & Scott

There’s a new recipe to try each week… No one could accuse Nick Alvis and Scott Price of slacking off during lockdown. While Folly restaurant has been closed in Dubai, the cheffing duo have been busy teaching us how to cook with a collection of how-to videos. And now, the pair have made it even […]
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Sheikh Hamdan announces updates for offices in Dubai

Strict guidelines have been issued… On Monday May 25, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai headed a virtual meeting in which he announced updates for economic activities in Dubai. The changes come into effect today, Wednesday May 27, now that Eid Al Fitr celebrations have wrapped, and effect […]
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Brunch is back on the menu at these five Dubai restaurants

Jumeirah Hotels has launched the new brunch concepts at its signature restaurants… If you’ve been missing your end of week treat – aka a weekend brunch – then we have some good news for you. Five signature restaurants at Jumeirah hotels are now serving brunch, topped up with beautiful views and a walk on the […]
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Have you got your numbers for the Dhs50 million Eid Emirates loto?

Sponsored: A massive jackpot of Dhs50 million is up for grabs in this Saturday’s draw… This Eid Al Fitr, Emirates Loto could be changing somebody’s life forever. With the draw set to take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 10pm, the jackpot stands at a truly transformative sum of Dhs50 million. Could it be […]
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Top 5 routes in the UAE for those who love to drive

What makes the UAE an ideal destination for car enthusiasts is that not only is it ranked highly for its quality of roads, but it also provides unmatched driving experiences with a variety of scenic and thrilling routes.
Transportation in the UAE is also quite convenient as there’s an efficient system put in place. What’s more, a recent study revealed that Dubai is the second best city in the world for driving. The roads are well-paved for drivers and you can enjoy smooth driving as you go for road trips in and around the emirate.
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Coast the Road with these Interesting Road Trips from Dubai
The experts at CarSwitch.com, an online marketplace to buy certified used cars in UAE, have compiled a list of some of the best routes for those who love to drive.
1. Dubai to Jebel Hafeet
Situated on the outskirts of Al Ain around 120 km from Dubai, Jebel Hafeet is the second highest mountain in the UAE. Jebel Hafeet is also renowned for its road, which is ranked highly among the best driving roads in the world. You will come across 21 turns while climbing it. Some of them are really tight bends, which means that it can be challenging at times. But it’s sure to be one of the most exciting driving experiences you can have in the UAE. The impressive view from Jebel Hafeet’s top is another reason to consider this route.
2. Dubai to Wadi Wurrayah

This route is ideal for those who are new to off-road driving and want to start with something for beginners. Some of the roads you will encounter on this route from Dubai include the Nad Al Hammar road, Maliha Road, Sharjah-Kalba road as well as a highway in Khor Kalba. Wadi Wurrayah is known for its unique landscape that includes many canyon walls and even waterfalls. It goes without saying that you will need an all-wheel drive vehicle for this one. The trail you will be covering there stretches just 3 km and shouldn’t be too challenging as long as you have a powerful vehicle.
Jebel Hafeet Mountain, Image: Supplied
3. Dubai to Kalba
Your drive to Kalba, which is on the east coast, will first take you from Dubai-Al Ain road to the Dubai-Hatta highway. After you’ve crossed the Hatta roundabout and covered around 110 km, you will reach one of the most thrilling stretches of your route – a twisty road on mountainous terrain. The bends on this road are exciting as well as challenging. This leg of the journey, which is approximately 10 km, will take you to the Sharjah-Kalba road. Going through the Hajar Mountains, this route will also take you through the Gulf’s longest tunnel. You would have covered around 330 km when you reach Kalba.
4. Dubai to Rafaq Village

It’s one of the most scenic driving routes in the UAE. During the first leg of this route you’ll drive on Al Awir Road with dunes on both sides and around the base of a mountain in Jebel Rawdah. This route will present you with many amazing views of the mountains in this area. The roads to Rafaq Village, which is a mountain settlement, stretch around 180 km. You will also be able to see the Omani border during this road trip.
5. Dubai to Shawka region (Ras Al Khaimah)
After taking the exit to Hatta from Dubai-Al Ain road, you will get on the Dubai Bypass road and then the Maliha road. After driving for around 50 km on this road you will be able to spot the Shawka exit. A few more kilometers and a drive up a dirt road will take you to a clearing. You can camp there and begin exploring multiple off-road trails. From rock formations to wadis, there’s a lot you can explore in this area. Make sure you have a reliable and powerful all-wheel drive vehicle for this trip.
Here are some additional tips:
If you want to avoid traffic and tourists, consider going on a weekday instead of the weekend.
Keep in mind that just experiencing these routes once isn’t enough. You will notice something new every time you drive on these roads and you may also have a better driving experience once you know all the bends of a route.
Some of these routes also provide you with a great opportunity to test your car’s abilities.
While enjoying your drives, don’t drive recklessly. Be sure to consider the safety of other drivers as well as cyclists and pedestrians on the road.
Nobody wants their vehicle to breakdown during their road trip. To avoid such situations, invest in reliable new or used cars in UAE, and make sure it is suitable for the route. For example, if you are considering an off-road trail, then you would need an all-wheel drive vehicle with good off-roading abilities.
Just pick a route and have a thrilling driving experience in the UAE!

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4-Hour Private Yacht Cruise in Dubai with Cozmo Yachts

We experienced an awesome 4-hour private cruise on a 50-foot luxury yacht while touring around the JBR coastline, Atlantis The Palm, and Burj Al Arab.
It’s a great time to be outdoors especially when the summer season has ended. One of the more enjoyable ways to experience the great weather is renting a yacht and going on a cruise, the Dubai way.
Also Read: 23 Best Attractions in Dubai

our boat that day

Cozmo Yachts in Dubai Marina

Ain Dubai and Bluewaters Island
Dubai Luxury Private Yacht Cruise Experience
We drove from Sharjah to Dubai Marina on a weekday and met with the Cozmo Yachts. The team of Captain Arvind, Sundar, and Akbar assisted us during this trip.
My wife and I got a quick tour inside a luxury yacht before, but this is our first time to actually have a private yacht cruise. We were with our friends and we were excited to finally do this after years in the emirate. 🙂
lounge

kitchenette
Inside the Yacht
While they were still preparing the boat, I quickly had a look to see what we could expect inside.
The 50-foot yacht is able to accommodate a capacity of 16 guests. It comes with 2 bedrooms and 2 restrooms, a kitchenette, a lounge, top deck and sundeck. It’s very spacious.

master bedroom

it has 2 bedrooms
We started our cruise and from then, we went up the top deck in order to see the view outside. The boat team asked us to connect our phone to their sound system (BOSE speakers) so that we could play music from our playlist. I’m glad one of our companions had a full set of songs on her phone.
The staff proactively asking us about it was a nice touch as we really didn’t think about preparing music. But it made a lot of difference in setting the mood to this luxury yacht cruise.

top deck

refreshments offered by the professional yacht crew
Dubai Marina – JBR Coastline – Atlantis the Palm – Burj Al Arab
Our first stop was the Atlantis, The Palm in Palm Jumeirah Island. The next stop was the Burj Al Arab. These are two famous Dubai attractions and it was great to see it from the water side. We also coasted along the JBR skyline and got a closer glimpse of Ain Dubai (the largest Ferris wheel in the world).

enjoying the weather

Atlantis, The Palm Resort

yacht cruise

Burj Al Arab
Live BBQ Grill
Prior to heading back, we had a quick dip in the water while the staff prepared a live BBQ grill. For what better way to enjoy the salty waters than with a good barbecue afterwards? 😉
We did a couple more swims afterwards then we headed back to Dubai Marina. We spent the remaining time enjoying the view while resting on the sundeck area.

Live BBQ on a Yacht

we were hungry after the swim
Renting a yacht is one of the ultimate and grand activities you can do in Dubai. I’m really glad that we took a dip in the water in between cruising. I tell you that during that evening, we slept so well because we were so tired and satisfied from the activity.

Burj Al Arab yacht cruise

scenes from our yacht cruise
Tips When Renting a Yacht in Dubai
Here are some tips when you plan to charter a yacht in Dubai. This is based on our experience in this 4-hour cruise.
Bring sunblock and enjoy the Dubai sun (especially during winter season)
Bring snacks and drinks. The yacht is not authorized to provide alcohol as per UAE laws. You have to bring your own (make sure you secure a license too).
Get ready with your music party playlist – this can really make a difference especially when you want to listen to music as you cruise along the waters.

JBR coastline

Ain Dubai
Video: Luxury Private Cruise on a Yacht, Dubai-Style
Here’s a quick video of our private cruise on a yacht in Dubai:
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Captain Arvin, Akbar and Sundar were very professional all throughout the trip. They made our Dubai yacht cruise experience a very enjoyable one.
Cozmo Yachts offer a variety of packages including yacht rental, private cruise, fishing trips, yacht charters in Dubai, team building activities, sunset cruise, watersports. etc. Below are their contact details so you can learn more about their services.
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Contact Information
Cozmo Yachts DubaiAddress: 803 Silver Tower, Business Bay Dubai, PO Box 238065Contact Number:  +971 4 558 7195, +971 52 944 0222Website: https://cozmoyachts.com/Email: info@cozmoyachts.com
Instagram: @cozmoyachtsdubaiFacebook: @cozmoyachtsdubaiTwitter: @cozmoyachts
Google Map Location
Below is a map guide to the location of Cozmo Yachts in Dubai Marina. This is located in front of the Masjid (mosque).

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What to Expect when you book a staycation in Ajman Hotels and Resorts

While the UAE is still advising everyone not to go out unless for necessity, hotels and resorts have started accepting guests but with certain limitations. In a recent announcement from the emirate of Ajman, the Ajman Tourism Development Department (ATDD), has announced a list of guidelines that hotel and resort establishments should abide as part of the precautionary measures against the pandemic.
The set of rules also aims to ensure the highest safety measures to protect guests, visitors and hospitality workers in Ajman.
Image: HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry – Ajman Tourism General Director Image: Ajman Hotel
Renowned for its heritage sites, captivating natural reserves and rich culture, Ajman is preparing to reopen key tourist destinations in the upcoming months.

Below are the main guidelines and policies:

Not more than 30% of the capacity of other facilities in the hotel including restaurants, bars and cafes.
Guests will have mandatory temperature checkups for every person enters the hotel,
Hotels to allocate different doors for entry and exit,
Place visible floor marks for social distancing with a minimum of 2 meters between visitors on queue areas such as reception & concierge,
Place hand sanitizers & disinfectants at the entrance and other open facilities.
Protection equipment such as masks and gloves need to be available in enough quantity for guests and employees.
All hotels must allocate isolation rooms at all times that need to be disinfected after every use and have to disinfect and sanitize the premises on a weekly schedule to be shared with ATDD supervisors.
Hotels must train their staff on how to deal with different situations such as cases being found or people having similar symptoms and escorting them to the isolation rooms until conducting proper tests.
Hotels also have to maintain records for cleaning and disinfecting operations for 3 months.
Reusable items are forbidden such as leaflets, magazines, newspapers, cups … etc.
Salons to accept guests based on appointment bookings only.
Image: The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah Image: Ajman Saray
Upon announcing ATDD precautionary measures for hotel establishments, HE Saleh Mohamed Al Geziry, ATDD Director General, said: “We are keen to maintain the highest health and safety measures to protect guests and visitors of Ajman. We are working closely with our partners in the hospitality and health sectors to overcome any difficulties during these challenging times, and will continue to promote Ajman as a leading tourist destination in the United Arab Emirates.”

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One of the top outdoor activities that you can do in Dubai is flying over the desert on hot air balloon. This activity is manned by a highly practiced company called Balloon Adventures Emirates which is also a trusted provider when it comes to hot air balloon operations in the world. We were able to take part in this activity one winter morning.
Tourists not only enjoy the breathtaking view of the desert but they also get a new perspective of the region’s surroundings and heritage. The experience of flying in a hot air balloon is a great activity especially for the adventurous ones.
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Related Post: Dune Buggy Adventure in Al Faqa Desert

meeting point at IKEA Festival city

filling the balloon with air
Hot Air Balloon Ride by Balloon Adventures Emirates 
Our experience during this Dubai adventure started at IKEA around 5:30am. It was an early meeting pick-up point at Festival City since we needed to be there before the sunrise. About a 45-minute drive, we arrived at the desert and we could see the staff already starting to fill the balloon with air.

don’t get too close as this is hot

almost ready
Safety an Important AspectPrior to the ride, we were given instructions (strict rules) on what we could bring and leave behind. Handbags, wallets and other items were left inside the van as we needed to have less items as possible. Even the camera I brought, I was only allowed to bring one lens (the one that came with the camera), I had to leave my zoom lens behind.
Safety has been an important aspect in this adventure because about 20 people will be inside the basket and you will be flying in an open air where you cannot really predict the weather. The first time we tried this adventure, we were already in the desert but they had to cancel it due to the strong winds. We were unable to fly that time.
This time was different because were finally able to ride on a hot air balloon and witness the beautiful sunrise. Waking up to see the sun over the desert was worth it.

the other balloon

filled up with air

the other group is already in the basket

Cost of the Hot Air Balloon Ride in DubaiThe daily operation of Balloon Adventures Emirates provides convenient rides for local and foreign tourists. For AED 1350 for adults, you can enjoy the entire adventure with the whole family. If you want to witness the sunrise from up above, you can choose the “hot air balloon ride with breakfast” package. This is good for a half-day, morning ride with tasty breakfast for each person.
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What to Expect During the AdventureOne balloon basket (the largest) could accommodate up to 24 persons. If you book for the sunrise package, you will get to see the magical view of the mountains between Dubai and Oman. And as you float, the dunes tend to appear like liquid sand while the sunrise gradually lightens up the entire desert. Amazing isn’t it? You will also see the famous Sheikh’s property surrounded by a notable man-made lake. However balloon flights are not always smooth. Sometimes, you will experience what they call sporty landing. But that what actually makes the entire trip more fun and exciting!

fire

colorful balloon

Hot Air Balloon
With the increasing popularity of hot air balloon adventures across the globe, Dubai remains one of the best places to visit for those who want to experience such leisure. So buckle up for an amazing ride of your life!
In addition, the company has now partnered with skilled falcon trainers in order to effectively provide the best experience to every guest. These glorious birds will fly with you as you delight in the wonderful vista beneath you.

the sunrise in Dubai’s desert

watching the other balloon

a must-try adventure

desert. taken from inside the balloon basket

dramatic sandscape

bedouins down below

morning trek

blankets of sand

all sand! view of the desert

almost done with the adventure (that’s our balloon shadow on the left)

landing. no more taking photos as we were to hold tight for the landing
refreshments (now they added a breakfast included in the package)
Falconry and Breakfast Added to the Hot Air Balloon ExperienceI recently called the Balloon Adventures Emirates and they mentioned that they’ve added new attractions on top of the hot air balloon. Previously, we only had refreshments after the ride, but this time they’ve added a falconry exhibition where you can watch falcons flying around the area. These amazing birds gently float over the immaculate hills of sand while exploring throughout Hajar Mountains. There’s also a breakfast feature included in the new package. So you can enjoy a good meal on the desert.
For other exciting adventures, you can also try the 1950s land rover that you can drive in the desert. It’s another experience that many tourists now enjoy in Dubai. So if you’re looking for some relaxation during the holidays, there’s no reason not to try hot air balloon rides and other spectacular activities offered in the area.

packing up

Balloon Adventures in Dubai
They dropped us back at Festival City mall and we had a sumptuous 14 AED Breakfast at IKEA. More details here – Breakfast at IKEA in Festival City Mall
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4 Ramadan recipes that are perfect for iftar at home

Impress your families with these delicious iftar recipes… This year, we may not have our luxurious Ramadan tents or buffet spreads, but there are several restaurants serving up iftars in Dubai, and some are just a phone call away where you’ll get your iftar meal delivered right to your doors. Another option would be to […]
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What’s On checks in: Dubai staycation at Five Jumeirah Village

Five Jumeirah Village delivers sky-high delights… Dubai residents are a well-travelled bunch. So, as restrictions have begun to ease across the city, it’s no surprise that some of us are keen to escape our homes and book a post-curfew staycation. While precautionary measures and social distancing rules are in place, just how do Dubai’s hotels […]
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Nominate a nurse to win them a staycation for two with McGettigan’s JLT

Winners will be announced on May 12, so enter today… From heaps of praise to rapturous applause ringing from balconies and gardens across Dubai, we’ve never appreciated our key workers and nurses more. Now, you can nominate a nurse that you know to win them a staycation for two with McGettigan’s JLT. As part of […]
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Enrich your life with these inspiring online masterclasses

Your calendar is set for the next two weeks… Caught up with the best shows to watch on Amazon Prime, paid a virtual visit to the Seven Natural Wonders, had a culture fix by exploring Sharjah’s cultural highlights and enjoyed the performing arts with Dubai Culture’s digital edition? Here’s something else that can fill your diaries […]
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The 9 best hot sauces you can get delivered in the UAE

Is it us or is it getting a little chili in here? Just because the temperature is rising outside, doesn’t mean the nation’s hot sauce fans are skipping any Scoville units (that’s the measurement of food-heat). Discerning mouth-burning devotees will relish in telling you that even the blandest meal can be vastly improved with the […]
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How to: Cook Australian lamb loin with butternut squash and lime yoghurt

Sponsored: Part three of the True Aussie Ramadan cooking series. This week, Chef Tarek Ibrahim brings you a simple and delicious recipe you can try at home… Looking to get creative in the kitchen? All it takes is a quick search on the internet and you’ll receive numerous results. However, not all the videos and recipes […]
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Fancy a bacon and egg bap with your next beard trim in Dubai?

Your straight razor shave now comes with a side order of dude food… After six weeks of isolation, we’re all starting to look a little rough around the edges. Now, that first trip back to the barbers is set to be even sweeter, with burgers and baps added to the menu at Chaps & Co. […]
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10 amazing staycation deals in the UAE

From discounted room rates to free meals… If staying at home for the past month has you climbing up the walls, it might be time to take advantage of some of the seriously good staycation offers available in the UAE – all while maintaining a safe social distance, of course. Hotel pools and beaches have […]
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4 delicious breakfast recipes to whip up this weekend

Perfect for lazy weekends at home… If you’re staying safe indoors and you want to try your hand at creating something amazing in the kitchen, consider taking a crack at these delicious breakfast dishes. From iconic Dubai breakfasts to Maldivian delights, these four breakfast recipes are perfect for the weekend. Ratatouille with sunny-side-up eggs by […]
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KhalifaSat snaps images of the world’s airports in lockdown

There are no travel restrictions in space… Travelling at an orbital speed of around 7km per second, 380 miles above our heads, the UAE’s flagship satellite, KhalfaSat has a pretty good vantage point for capturing breath-taking panoramics. And with much of the world currently in isolation, the stage is set for some ‘never before’ photographic […]
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Visit the ‘Seven Natural Wonders of the World’ from your sofa

You don’t need a plane ticket to see these incredible natural wonders… Last month, we took you on a virtual tour around the world to visit the manmade Seven Wonders of the World.  Now, we’re sending you around the globe once more, but this time, you will get to view the Seven Wonders of the […]
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GIVEAWAY: the Entertainer Dubai & Fine Dining Bundle 2020

My wife and I have been using the Entertainer ever since I arrived in Dubai (8 years ago). This has been always our our go-to Dubai App that lets us experience more while paying less.
As we’re currently facing challenging times, we still get to experience various 2-for-1 deals via ENTERTAINER delivery. They are also offering 25% Off on delivery for ALL, just download the app and register. While stuck at home, we’re still able to get some good deals on available merchants offering deliveries.
In case you would like to get your hands on a the Entertainer Dubai App and Fine Dining App, I am running a giveaway on my Instagram account with the Entertainer Dubai Bundle 2020 as the prize. The original value for the bundle is AED 945 so good luck to the lucky winner!
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Dubai Travel Blog GIVEAWAY ALERT:  The Entertainer Dubai and Fine Dining Bundle 2020
The giveaway is quite simple and is hosted at the Dubai Travel Blog Instagram account. Please check out the details below:

1. Follow @DubaiTravelBlog and @entertainerdxb on IG.2. Tag a friend. You may join and tag a friend as much as you like.—————————–
Join the giveaway: One follower will get the Entertainer Dubai Bundle 2020 (Dubai App & Fine Dining App) originally valued at AED 945. Deadline of submission is on May 12. Winner to be announced on May 13, 2020

Terms and Conditions:1. Giveaway is open to UAE residents.2. You can tag and leave a comment as many times.3. Deadline is on May 12, 2020. Winner to be announced on May 13, 2020.4. Winner must provide his/her email address to arrange the collection of the prize.5. Instagram is in no way affiliated with this giveaway.

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Explore Sharjah’s cultural highlights from your home

Discover a world of culture… If you miss heading out to visit your favourite gallery or museum for a culture fix, don’t worry – Sharjah is sharing its cultural highlights for you to enjoy in the safety of your home. The cultural capital of the UAE, Sharjah is home to a wealth of museums, galleries […]
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5 new iftars to try in Abu Dhabi this weekend

Break your fast with these five fresh iftar options… Whether you’re looking for traditional fare or something to mix it up, the city’s finest restaurants are making your iftar preparations that bit more convenient, with deluxe delivery and take-away dining options to enjoy at home. Edition   View this post on Instagram   A post […]
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The London Project at Dubai’s Bluewaters Island reopens this weekend

Enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace… As the city slowly returns to normal, more and more Dubai restaurants are starting to reopen. Now there’s another name to add to that list, in the form of popular botanical venue The London Project at Dubai’s Bluewaters Island. It’s opening from tomorrow, Thursday May 7, onwards from […]
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