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Dubai, a cosmopolitan maze of skyscrapers, bridges, and towers, may seem like s chaotic sprawling metropolis at first, similar to New York or Hong Kong and even though it does directly compete with these cities, Dubai has an incredibly efficient transport system, an excellent road network, and offers dozens of effective ways to navigate around it. Surprisingly to some, Dubai is not a big city, nor is it spread out so transportation and getting around is fairly easy, and you can get from one side to another is a short time. In this vibrant city, you have to indulge in the array of activities offered – from sight-seeing, shopping, cultural and historical attractions, dining and entertainment and to truly enjoy the whole experience you need to have a grasp on how to get around the city. We have outlined for you the best ways to get around Dubai with these several…

Khawar Jamil is a Dubai based travel blogger who together with his wife Maddy are the creative minds behind the DxB Blog. I met Khawar at Arabian Travel Market during the Bloggers’ Speed Networking event. We got talking about travel blogging and life in Dubai. It is always a pleasure to connect with fellow bloggers and to get their perspective on the market and trends. Khawar has been involved in the Internet Marketing business for over 5 years, here is what he has to say about the current situation and the future of blogging in Dubai. When and why did you start blogging? I started blogging in 2011, when I started my performance marketing blog kjrocker.com. The reason I started this blog was that I have always loved to share my thoughts and opinions about my work and the industry I work in. So I decided to create my own platform where…

Dubai will not only impress you from the ground but it is equally inspiring when you look at the city from the waters just off the coast of the Dubai Marina. During my recent trip to Dubai, I had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with VIP Yachts Dubai, cruising on a Regal 2400RX jet boat. The setting of the Dubai Marina is highlighted by some of the tallest buildings, no wonder the area is referred to as being the Tallest Block in the World. There is the Princess Tower which is a 101 storey, 413.4 m tall residential-only building and one of the recent additions is the Cayan Tower which is also known as the Infinity Tower  — a project which was completed in 2013. Ranked as the 78th tallest building in the world, this luxury apartment building has a striking helical shape, that turns 90 degrees over…

During my recent trip to Dubai I met up with my high school friend Philip and his wife Heni for breakfast at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club. The 25°55° Café Bistro which is named after Dubai’s nautical coordinates, is a great place to enjoy an all day breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the Dubai Marina Canal. The Dubai Marina Yacht Club is a popular breakfast meeting point where you can have a traditional English breakfast which is served all day from 7 am to 10.30 pm. I opted for a healthy breakfast which was an avocado and egg sandwich and a berry shake. On the top floor of the Dubai Marina Yacht Club there is another dining venue, the Aquara which is set on a panoramic terrace with captivating views of the moored yachts. It is open in the evenings and serves a variety of dishes ranging from seafood, to…

Amanda Settle is a Brit who turned expat in 2006 when she headed out to Kuwait to teach English. She met her husband a fellow brit and their expat adventure began. They lived in Dubai from 2007 to 2009, Amanda then moved to Qatar but her husband stayed in Dubai and they commuted between Dubai and Qatar. In 2013 that all changed when they moved to the Greek island of Rhodes. Amanda’s husband works away for half the year while she is living the Greek life with their animals, travelling around the area and blogging about it over at Olive, Feta & Ouzo. Amanda sat down with Passion for Dubai to share her memories of living in Dubai. PFD: What are your best memories of living in Dubai? AS: While living in Dubai we had some fun times, there was always something going on. From going to events like the Dubai Rugby 7’s to having Christmas lunch in the sunshine. Camping on the coast of…

The Desert dunes is one of the most memorable experiences in Dubai for a first time visitor, or even for the residents who perhaps had not had the time or opportunity in their busy schedules to explore the desert and its dunes before. I am a lover of warm, magnificent sunsets. So this excursion into the desert, with the opportunity to see the Dubai sunset in all its glory, was an easy decision on how to spend my time. There are various tour operators who runs these sorts of Desert Safaris, so the choice is openly your; usually this is group based, as the tour entails a 4×4 vehicle ride among the dunes, with a traditional camp as our destination, amidst the peaceful desert. My best friend and I chose the evening safari, which started at approximately 4pm. This is a great time slot to book your tour, as the…

I had done my research before arriving in Dubai, and so I knew the Atlantis was a definite stop on my Dubai to-do and to-see list. Therefore I made a day excursion to visit the infamous Atlantis Palm Hotel at the heart of the artificial archipelago Palm Jumeirah, a revolutionary landscaping project that created islands in the form of a Palm, to hold residential units, on the surface of the. ocean! The residential units are primarily luxurious villas and exquisite hotels and resorts that offer a luxurious accommodation experience. However, you do not have to be a guest to enjoy this architectural marvel. The Palm Jumeirah is open for the public if they have an aquatic adventure in mind! The hotel’s design is very particular. I have seen nothing like it (like most buildings in Dubai). It is a pink exotic palace of aquatic wonderment and for good reasons since…

It was a warm afternoon when I decided to explore Dubai by getting as close to the local traditional culture as possible. A textile Souk stroll was an excellent choice so I headed towards the area Bur Dubai, on the western side at the bend of the Dubai creek. The Dubai Creek separates the areas of Al Ras and Bur Dubai, and also the Souks! The Gold and Spice Souks are located in Al Ras, and the Textile Souk in Bur Dubai. Arriving towards the desired Souk location, it was a pleasure to see the old Al Fahidi Fort, which is the oldest building in Dubai, dating back to the late 1970’s. The architecture is basic as you would imagine for a strategic structure, as it was used for protecting the emirates’ well-being from neighbouring tribes. Here, at this historic location, you can visit the Dubai Museum that boasts two antique…

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