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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UAE’s Best Camping Spots

Al Qudra Lakes

Getting there: Take E11, Al Khail Road, D63 and Al Qudra Road to your destination
What to expect: Stunning lakeside scenery, beautiful greens and all kinds of fauna including 130 species of birds await you at the man-made Al Qudra Lake, arguably the season’s most popular campsite in the country. If you believe campers, you could even be greeted by foxes and ‘mystery’ animals. Visited by feathered beauties like Glossy Ibis, Caspian Plover and even Wheatears, eagles and falcons, among others, it is the place everyone’s headed to for a perfect outdoor party in the lap of nature this winter. Located in the middle of Bab Al Shams and Seih Al Salam desert, the lake was first birded in May 2012. For cycling enthusiasts, there’s also the newly opened Dubai Cycling Track nearby that will stretch 178km when complete.
Distance: 1hr 30mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 1hr from Safa Park

Lahbab sands

Getting there: Take Al Awir Road/E44 and then Dubai-Hatta Road/Ras Al Khor Road to your destination in Lahbab.
What to expect: Known for its spectacular red sands, Lahbab is a popular night-time haunt for new campers. Many start off close to the familiar Fossil Rock that’s also a great place for star gazing. A barbecue in this weather is the best thing to do while attempting the ‘Big Red’, a 300-foot high sand dune, is a dune basher’s delight. You could also head over to the sleepy village of Madam just before the Hatta border crossing for more camping spots where you may have some wandering camels from local farms for company.
Distance: 1hr 40mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 40mins from Safa Park

Ras Al Khaimah desert

Getting there: Head towards Ras Al Khaimah on Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.
What to expect: You could either camp near the farms or explore the stunning dunes of Ras Al Khaimah. A great incentive of camping overnight is the region’s flora and fauna. Besides banyan, palm and ghaf trees lining up the desert, you won’t struggle to spot native animals like the Arabian oryx. Many wild birds, some migrating from cooler regions this time of the year, are a regular feature. However do take note that it’s seriously off-road and in the middle of nowhere and ample food and drink along with other essentials is a must for overnighters.
Distance: 2hrs 40mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 1hr 10mins from Safa Park

The Rubh Al Khali

Getting there: Follow Dubai - Ghweifat International Highway, Abu Dhabi -Tarif Road/E11 and E45 to Hameem Road
What to expect: Part of the larger Arabian Desert, the Rubh Al Khali or Empty Quarter is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world, covering some 650,000 square kilometres across parts of Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, and Yemen. The stunning Liwa Oasis is at the heart of it all and many say is the site that provides the ultimate desert camping experience. For a first-timer venturing into the desert it is advisable to have at least a couple of cars and an experienced guide for company.
Distance: 2hr 50mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 3hrs 40mins from Safa Park

Hajar Mountains

Getting there: Hit Mohammad Bin Zayed Road heading north and then get on to Al Dhaid Road (E88) in the direction of Masafi.
What to expect: Start off at Al Hala, a village in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains where there’s Wadi Taybah, not far from the village of Al Taybah. Drive through to Masafi, UAE’s version of Évian-les-Bains, famous for its spring water. There’s also a Friday market that actually opens every day. You could camp anywhere en route to the mountains. The picturesque Wadi Wurayah is about an hour’s drive from Masafi, not far from the foothills of the Hajar mountains. Roughly 20km off the Khor Fakkan beach, the rocky terrain of the region will take you down winding ravines, leading you to serene waterfalls.
Distance: 3hrs 30mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 2hrs 30mins from Safa Park

Jabal Al Jais

Getting there: Take Shaikh Mohammad Bin Salem Road/E11 in Al Riffa and then Khuzam Road
What to expect: Stunningly beautiful mountainscape with naturally scultped rocks will take your breath away on your way up to Jebal Al Jais, the UAE’s tallest mountain. With temperatures recorded as low as -3 degrees Celsius (in January 2009 when the enitre mountain cluster was covered in snow), it is also amongst the coolest places in the country, often making ovenight stays here a bone-chilling affair.
Distance: 3hrs 30mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 2hrs 20mins from Safa Park

Umm Al Quwain beach

Getting there: Take Mohammad Bin Zayed Road north towards Ajman, and take Dreamland Waterpark exit.
What to expect: The beaches are a perfect gateway even for a daytime trip or a night-time barbecue. For more fun, you could also visit the old fishing villages along the peninsula at Al Raas where you may spot flamingos and other wild birds. Some adventure seekers even go as far as exploring the mangroves along the coast on a kayak. If a beach is what you want, there are plenty in the eastern coast of Fujairah as well. A popular destination is the quaint little town of Dibbah on the east coast entry point to the Mussandam Peninsula.
Distance: 2hrs 10mins from Abu Dhabi Corniche; 1hr from Safa Park

The camping checklist

  1. Tent or shelter
  2. Sheets or sleeping bags
  3. Blow-up mattress and pillows
  4. Firewood, grills and stove top kettle
  5. Barbecue set and tin foil
  6. Charcoal and matches
  7. First Aid Kit
  8. Tow rope
  9. Rubbish bags
  10. Tissues and wipes
  11. Maps and GPS (when off-roading)
  12. Insect repellant
  13. Cool Box and ice
  14. Water- for drinking and washing
  15. Torch or flashlight

ABC’s of camping

Avoid pollution. Take all garbage home, if you can’t dispose it in the right manner. Camping in some parts of the desert needs a licence from the competent authorities. Throwing waste and causing pollution in the desert or marine environments makes you liable for a fine. Make sure campfires are properly snuffed out before you leave.
Be considerate towards others in the region and be wary of venturing out into a private property. Make sure you are not camping on someone else’s private beach or farm and seek prior consent
Charge your mobile and carry power banks at all times, so you are never disconnected. 999 is the number to call for all kinds of emergencies in the UAE, even for off-road rescue services in any emirate.
Don’t pitch your tents at the base of a dune or anywhere near it. This puts you at risk of getting run over by onrushing off-roaders who may not be aware of what’s going on behind the dune they are climbing.
Ensure car is serviced and in good condition. Also check tyre pressure and fluid levels.
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Louvre Abu Dhabi: Art To Serve The Status Of Royalty

Employed to exert the mastery of one empire over the other, much of the arts in the 18th century focused on venerating rulers and highlighting their power and dominion.
A massive equestrian painting of the French Sun King, Louis XIV, typifies this trend, engaging visitors in The Magnificence of the Court gallery. Another royal painting of Indian Mughal empire viceroy, Shuja Al Daula and his son, hangs on the wall, having been painted in 1772.
A major feature of these regal depictions is the incorporation of horses, which have long been considered symbols of power and majesty. A mesmerising 18th-century marble sculpture that once adorned the gardens of the chateau of Versailles therefore fittingly dominates much of the space. There is also an equestrian bronze sculpture of Philip V of Spain, dating back to 1702-1705 — the monumental original is said to have once been installed at the centre of a royal palace.
An adjoining room harbours many of the artefacts of war, proof of the colonisation and defence activities of the period. An Ottoman turban helmet, a Japanese ceremonial armour and Turkish daggers are on display in the cases.
Offering a different perspective, a set of fascinating ink paintings from the Orient trace how landscape scenes slowly became the subject of works of art instead of being relegated to the background.

It is also refreshing to see African art at the service of power. In the kingdom of Benin, once situated in modern-day Nigeria, the Oba (the king) commissioned commemorative heads of predecessor for worship, while a statue shows the sovereign surrounded by warriors and musicians.

Although many visitors fail to note the tiny alcove at the exit, it offers a glimpse of 18th century interior decoration in elite Parisian residences, with elaborate wood panelling and a ceiling painted with an allegory of nobility.
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Sultan opens Xposure 2017 Fighting Fake News

Fake News is the biggest challenge facing the media today, said the two-time Pulitzer Award winning journalist Mohammad Muheisen, speaking at the opening session of the Xposure 2017 in Sharjah on Wednesday.

His Highness Dr. Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qassimi, Ruler of Sharjah and Member of the UAE Supreme Council, opened the four-day exhibition today at the Expo Centre Sharjah.

Offering a tribute to multi-award winning German war photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus, who lost her life covering the conflict in Afghanistan in 2014, Muheisen said that in a world where everything is online, it is hard to verify what is real and what is fake.
“As we face the challenge of fake news and doctored pictures we have greater responsibility to make sure we are true to our job like Anja was throughout her career,” said Muheisen.

The opening session also saw Shaikh Sultan Bin Ahmad, Chairman of Sharjah Media Council, address the gathering that a galaxy of 32 star photographers from around the world.
Paul Nicklen, a photographer and marine biologist with special focus on the polar regions gave a keynote address, drawing people’s attention to the changing landscape of the Arctic due to climate change.
The four-day event will showcase award-wining images, reflecting different aspects of life as people live across the globe as well as the imaginary world that we can only see through the lenses.
The region’s leading photography exhibition will see internationally-acclaimed photographers sharing their expertise to help those in the region who seek to engage better with the world around them through their cameras.
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Commemorative Stamps Issued Showing UAE Tourist Landmarks

Emirates Post Group has issued a set of commemorative stamps for tourist landmarks in UAE for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development (2017) in cooperation with World Tourism Organisation and Universal Postal Union.

Abdullah Mohammad Al Ashram, acting CEO of Emirates Post Group, said the set sheds light on the decision taken by UN General Assembly in its 70th session of defining 2017 as International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The development aims to educate decision-makers and the public on the role of the sustainable tourism in national development and to consolidate the efforts of various entities to work together to make tourism an incentive of positive change.
He added that the international initiative highlights the role of tourism in several key areas, such as inclusive and sustainable economic growth, social integration, employment generation, poverty reduction, resource efficiency, environmental protection, climate change as well as cultural values, diversity, heritage, values of mutual understanding and peace and security.

Al Ashram said the UAE commemorative stamps include the most important tourist landmarks of each emirate.
The Abu Dhabi stamp includes an image of the Emirates Palace; the Dubai stamp includes a picture of Burj Khalifa; the Sharjah stamp includes a picture of Al Noor Island, the Ajman stamp includes a picture of the Ajman Museum; the Umm Al Quwain stamp includes a photo Al Shuhada Square; the Ras Al Khaimah stamp a picture of includes Al Jazirah Al Hamra and the Fujairah stamp includes an image of the Fujairah Citadel.
Al Ashram said the international cooperation with World Tourism Organisation and Universal Postal Union characterises the role played by the tourism sector in the state, which, he added, has witnessed a growth at the national and international level.
He added that the Emirates Post commemorative stamps are available in dedicated outlets for amateurs and interested persons, including collection tools and albums of commemorative stamps.
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New abras replacing water buses in Dubai

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) in Dubai is replacing its water buses with new air-conditioned abras as part of improvements to its marine transport service, it said on Wednesday.

The initiatives of the RTA’s Public Transport Agency include the reopening of Al Seef Marine Transport Station and linking it with the Creek marine transport network.

Abdullah Yousuf Al Ali, CEO of RTA’s Public Transport Agency, said: “The teams of Marine Transport Department are replacing several water buses with new, air-conditioned and more convenient abras at the Dubai Marina. These abras are operationally efficient and offer riders a chance to commute and enjoy the picturesque sceneries of Dubai at the same fare with no hike at all.”
He added: “Among other initiatives taken to improve the marine transport service is the reopening of Al Seef Marine Transport Station following the revamping of the entire Al Seef Road locality by Meraas. The revamping of marine transit modes is expected to attract additional riders to use these modes in transiting from Al Seef to other Creek stations, passing through several tourist locations and facilities alongside the Creek.
“RTA marine transit modes are crucial for integrating the mass transit network in Dubai and form a key component of the Dubai infrastructure, especially after the opening of the Dubai Water Canal. The canal has become a new front of the city as it heralds a quality shift in both the general and tourist marine transport as well as its integration with other vital services in the city. The city is increasingly shaping into a reputed global hub for business and investments in economic, tourist, financial and service fields, among others.”
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Holidaymakers who want plenty of sunshine but are wary of security threats are better off travelling to the UAE, according to the latest data produced by security specialists. International SOS and Control Risks has recently released a new map of travel risks around the world, which rates various destinations according to three categories – security, medical and road safety.

The 2018 Travel Risk Map shows the UAE has the lowest security risk in the Middle East, along with Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, while a host of other destinations in the region, including Syria, Afghanistan and Libya, are considered the most dangerous places to travel to.
Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, on the other hand, have a higher risk compared to some GCC states, with their "medium" security rating similar to Georgia, Brazil, Peru or Ukraine
The UAE also poses the lowest threat to a traveller or group in terms of medical and road safety risks. The UAE and Bahrain are the only countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region with the lowest risk of a road traffic accident.

Low medical risk destinations offer appropriate standard of healthcare throughout the country and pose low concern for infectious diseases.
The UAE’s travel security rating is similar to many destinations outside the Middle East, including Sweden, Germany, Australia, Spain, United States, Canada, China, Japan and SingaporeOverall, the safest places to travel to on the planet are Finland, Norway, Switzerland and Denmark, among others
Travel security risk ratings take into account the threat posed to holidaymakers by violence, including terrorism, insurgency, war, political and social unrest.Threat levels are also based on other factors like the quality of roads and other infrastructure, as well as the country’s susceptibility to natural disasters.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Louvre Abu Dhabi opens its doors to the public

Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first universal museum in the Arab world, finally opened its doors to the public on Saturday. The opening celebration certainly did not disappoint them, as the historic moment was marked by colourful, cultural events and performances.
On Saturday morning, hundreds of people from all over the UAE descended on Saadiyat Island hoping to get in early before the madness began.
The lineup of different cultural celebrations, reflected on the vision of what the museum actually stands for united people from all walks of life, uniting the cultures and nationalities and bringing them together as one - just as the museum has brought together treasured artwork from every corner of our world.

Manuel Rabate, director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, welcomed the first excited visitors at the museum.
Just as the doors were opening, a traditional UAE performance, 'Al Ayyala,' by Mubarak Al Otaiba's group, gave a special taste of the nation's unique culture and heritage to the visitors. Al Ayyala, which has been recognised by Unesco as a Living Intangible Heritage since 2014, is often performed at national events, festive occasions and weddings across the UAE.
On the eve of the opening day, French pyrotechnic wizards Groupe F performed a jaw-dropping audio-visual light show titled   Museum Reflections. The dramatic and innovative show took the audience on a voyage of discovery in four parts: from the depths of the water to the surface of the sea, onto the ground, and finally up into the skies.
Crowds watched, as each act revealed masterpieces from Louvre Abu Dhabi's collection, which were stunningly projected across the building under an incredible firework display that lit up the night sky of the UAE Capital.
Meanwhile, throughout Saturday, Lucinda Childs, a major figure in contemporary dance, surprised visitors with her incredible dance moves, which she performed inside the galleries. The artiste gave visitors a glimpse of a performance that reflected on the notion of space and time overpowering all other elements.
During the afternoon, a Dogon masked dance by Awa Troupe of Sangha, took place inside the museum. Hundreds of visitors watched, as the men from Mali led a parade, accompanied by drummers and musicians. Even children that were visiting the museum took part with the 15 West African dancers, and showed off their acrobatic dance moves to the crowds, who just about all had their cameras out, capturing moments of culture before their eyes.
Another traditional performance took place around the plaza - this time, showcasing Chinese parade of lions and dragons. A whirlwind of colourful energy and noise sprung around the museum, as two popular Chinese dances were performed by the troupe of Zhejiang Wu Opera Research Centre.
Before the evening took over and the finest Korean ensembles impressed some more crowds, a soothing performance by Emirati composer and musician, Faisal Al Saari. The self-taught artist's harmonic instrumental play did not distract audiences as they gazed over the pieces in the galleries, but rather, gave an unexplained ambiguity that somehow worked beautifully and hand-in-hand with the treasured artworks.
Louvre Abu Dhabi has already brought the world in one place, without-a-doubt proved that although the East and West may not all share the same life - they still share the same world. And as the sun went down, and an airy night awakened, there was perhaps one performance that continued to impress Louvre Abu Dhabi's visitors. A performance that had no sound, had no dance, and no effort, a solo performer - Jean Nouvel's magnificent 'Rain of Light.'

Article Credit: Jasmine Al Kuttab
The Khaleej Times

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Online tickets sell out for Louvre Abu Dhabi opening day

Online tickets for Louvre Abu Dhabi's highly-anticipated Saturday opening have officially sold out.
But tickets can also be bought on the day, according to the museum's helpline.
Tickets purchased online and on site will cost the same - Dh60 but priority will be given to those who purchased tickets online.
There will be parking including a valet option available adjacent to the museum for people arriving from 10am on Saturday.
A cafe will also be open from Saturday but an admission ticket is needed to gain entry.
Due to the high demand for tickets, museum officials are encouraging members of the public to visit after November 11.
Admission gives you access to the galleries, exhibitions, children’s museum and public spaces beneath the dome. Regular tickets cost Dh60 while Dh30 will buy entry for visitors between the ages of 13 and 22. Free access will be granted for children under 13 years and disabled visitors who are accompanied with one companion.

From Saturday, visitors will be able to view about 600 exhibits, half of which will be from the museum’s permanent collection. Artworks on display will include a self portrait by Vincent Van Gogh, "Children Wrestling" by Paul Gauguin; and "La Belle Ferronnière" by Leonardo da Vinci.
People who plan on visiting the museum on Saturday can expect to see a traditional al ayyala dance at 10am and Mali's Awa Troupe of Sangha, who will perform a parade at 3pm showcasing traditional dogon masks with drummers and musicians. An Etihad fly past of the iconic dome will take place at 4pm.
Four days of entertainment are also taking place to mark the long-awaited opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi.

World music stars Ibrahim Maalouf, Fatoumata Diawara, Matthieu Chedid, aka -M-, and Totó la Momposina are performing over four nights at 9pm from Saturday along with local art performances, displays, workshops and family activities.
Performances by -M- on November 11 and Maalouf on November 13 have been sold out.
Something to look out for on Sunday is "Music TV". Devised by Emirati artist Hind Mezaina, it is a montage of TV footage from the 1970s to the 1990s and forms a celebration of female singers and dancers as seen on TV in the UAE.
.From November 11, Louvre Abu Dhabi will be open Saturdays to Wednesdays from 10am to 8pm and Thursdays to Fridays from 10am to 10pm. The museum will be closed on Mondays.
Saturday's opening marks the end of a ten-year journey from when the museum was first announced in 2007.
The French president, Emmanuel Macron, along with a host of dignitaries and VIPs will be in town later this week for the official opening ceremony.
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