Tag: UAE

36 Cool Things to do in Dubai

“Sometimes referred to as the 'largest construction site in the world' , Dubai's leaders' unflinching ambition is paving the desert, colonising the ocean and reaching for the sky.” The Economic Times. There is so much to do in Dubai . New attractions are created every year and records are broken all the time. Anything seems […]

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9 Family-friendly things to do in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most visited cities on earth, famous for its man-made islands, huge skyscrapers and shopping malls. According to the latest Euromonitor rankings, more tourists now go to Dubai than Paris, New York or Tokyo. It is a constantly expanding destination. There are so many things to do in Dubai . New […]

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Family fun at the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island

Often referred to as the Playground of the Emirates, the vibrant Yas Island is a man-made destination island that is home to some of Abu Dhabi’s most exciting family-friendly attractions. Ferrari World, which boasts the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Yas Marina F1 Circuit where the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix takes place, and Yas Waterworld are […]

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9 Things to do in Abu Dhabi

On our final morning in Abu Dhabi, we set off on a city tour with Arabian Adventures. Unfortunately for us, it was a very foggy morning, typical of winter in the Emirate. However, the fog lifted gradually during the day and by midday, most of it had cleared up. The fog may have spoilt our […]

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How to apply for a UAE Visa online 

This is a guide on how to apply for a UAE Visa online if you are flying with Emirates Click here if you would like to apply for a South African passport online. Visa applications are such a schlep. I’d be delighted if visas were abolished forever. It would make travel so much easier and […]

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Things to do in Al Ain

The Garden City of Al Ain may not be as popular with international tourists as the glamorous, glitzy cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, but it is definitely worth a visit. Al Ain is the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and one of its oldest cities. It was once an important […]

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Atlantis The Palm - Aquaventure & Bread Street Kitchen

We were on the upper level of Neptune Tower, a Mayan-temple styled tower housing a multitude of thrilling rides. Hearts thumping, we sat in double tubes and plunged down the long, winding water slide. Before we knew it, we were surrounded by sharks, stingrays and other marine life. Fortunately, they were enclosed within the transparent […]

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A magical evening in the Abu Dhabi desert

When in the United Arab Emirates, a desert safari is something that must be experienced. We did it when we visited Dubai for the first time in 2006 and it was a blast. On this trip, we wanted our children to experience it too. As we were based mainly in Abu Dhabi, we decided to […]

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Lunch at the Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri

One of the best breakfasts I've ever had on my travels was at the Shangri La Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. That is why, when the opportunity arose to have lunch at the Shangri La Hotel Qaryat Al Beri in Abu Dhabi during my visit to the UAE, I didn't hesitate to take it. This […]

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Riding the world’s fastest roller coaster at Ferrari World

A few years ago, an acquaintance and I were talking about our travels. She had been telling me about her visit to Ferrari World. I mentioned that I hadn’t been there. Knowing that I had travelled a fair amount, she exclaimed, rather shocked, “You haven’t been to Ferrari World?”. Since then, it had been on […]

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The Royal Rose Hotel – French Splendour in Abu Dhabi

I love staying in hotels but there are times when one gets bored of the same vanilla styling. That’s where the five-star Royal Rose Hotel comes in. Boasting 19 floors and 355 rooms, this opulent hotel is designed in European Baroque style. The meticulously sculpted regal outer façade is coupled with lavish interiors that will […]

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How to see Dubai in one day

There was a time when Dubai was viewed as a mere springboard to other destinations, but not anymore. The city has blossomed like an oasis in the desert in the last few decades. High-rise buildings compete with each other in height, shape and beauty. New attractions are created every year. Anything seems possible in Dubai. […]

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Six unique things to do in Abu Dhabi

Read my latest article on "A Luxury Travel Blog" Six unique things to do in Abu Dhabi  

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Staying in the world's most leaning hotel - Andaz Capital Gate Abu Dhabi

When researching things to do in Abu Dhabi, there are a few landmarks that are regularly mentioned. One of them is the Capital Gate building. Just 15 minutes away from Abu Dhabi Airport and located next to the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), the Capital Gate building is one of the tallest buildings in […]

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My South America Itinerary

  21 days 2 continents 5 countries 9 cities 6 flights 10 hotels 3000 photos and videos A ton of articles to write Priceless experiences and memories – infinite! In 2012 it was possible to fly to Rio De Janeiro and stay for 7 nights for under R10 000 pp.  Now, flights alone will cost […]

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