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Friday, December 29, 2017

Dubai Frame to open to public on January 1

UAE residents have one more reason to look forward to the New Year as they can see the city from an entirely new perspective the Dubai Frame to open on January 1, 2018.
People can access the newest landmark that stands tall in Zabeel Park from 10am on Monday - the first day of the new year- till 7pm for Dh50 for adults and Dh20 for children children between 3 to 12 years old. People above 60 and people of determination will get free entry along with two companions.
Speaking to the press on a media tour inside the Dubai Frame, Eng. Hussain Lootah, director general of Dubai Municipality, said the frame is the New Year gift to the public from Dubai.
The frame visitors can pick up their tickets at Zabeel Park Gate 4 based on time slots. An integrated online platform will be launched, in cooperation with Etisalat, in the next two weeks to allow people to purchase tickets for Dubai Frame and Dubai Safari Park.
The Dh260 million project tells the story of the past, present and future of Dubai. The two 150-meter high transparent glass towers are connected by a 93-meter bridge where visitors can get a 360-degree view of the city: the North shows the landmarks of old Dubai, including Deira, Umm Hurair and Karama, while the South portrays the modern shopping malls, Sheikh Zayed Road skyscrapers and Burj Khalifa.
The golden structure is expected to attract two million visitors a year
The experience of the frame, which design is inspired by Expo 2020 logo, is marked by the allocation of 3D technology, virtual reality and immersive experience.
Entering the frame to a stunning dancing foundation at the main gate, visitors are led to the Old Dubai museum on the mezzanine floor that tells the history of the city. "Welcome to the past," a staffer at the Dubai Frame will tell you, before you enter into big projections on the wall of the Bedouin life, camels and sands of the desert takes the viewer on a unique journey to the past.
The experience is further illustrated by little souqs of spices, tailors and heritage artifacts with 3D projections and imagery of shopkeepers who welcome visitors to the stalls in the Emirati dialect. Projections, mist effects, smells, and motion create the immersive mood setting of the space.
Moving on, visitors then take a one-minute panoramic elevator where they enjoy the views up to the main highlight: the Sky Deck that gives an uninterrupted view of the entire city, both old and new.
"Welcome to the present," you will hear before stepping on the blood pumping glass bridge that would definitely give you an adrenaline rush as you see the city beneath you. On the right side lies modern Dubai with its skyscrapers and high-rise estate, while on your left lies the contrasting past of Dubai with Karama, Bur Dubai and Umm Harair's short old buildings.
Visitors can relax with a snack and cup of coffee at two small modern cafeterias and take pictures for memory at interactive screens to be purchased downstairs and sent by email. Augmented reality activated screens help visitors identify different buildings and explore interesting facts about Dubai landmarks in 3D.
Moving downstairs in a closed elevator, visitors are then led to the fascinating Future Dubai Gallery where an immersive huge virtual reality screen that walks visitors through the future Sheikh Zayed road 50 years from now marked by flying cars and self-driving vehicles. People will get the imagination of advanced healthcare, e-learning and virtual classrooms and technology. The virtual reality will also take visitors on a short trip to planet Mars.
At the end, a souvenirs shop will allow people to purchase an item they can remember their journey through time with.
Through the frame, Dubai's message is clear: the past and future are connected with the bridge of the present. Our ancestors led us that far and what we want to reach in the future goes back to what we do today.
Quick facts about the Dubai Frame
- The design of the exterior fa├žade of the frame was inspired by the Expo 2020 logo.
- Standing at 150-meter tall, the frame is the higher than the Great Pyramids of Giza that stand at 139 meters high.
- Over 3600 engineers, architects, technicians and laborers worked together to make Dubai Frame dream a reality.
- A 116 square-meter switchable smart glass covers the floor of the upper glass bridge. Like magic, the glass changes from translucent to transparent when a person walks over it.
- The view-deck was lifted by four giant hydraulic jacks, each capable of lifting 300 tons in a process that took over two days.
- Over 2900 square meters of the laminated glass was used to build the Dubai Frame.
- Over 15,000 square meters of stainless gold cladding was used to cover the exterior of the Dubai Frame.
- Like a classic picture frame, the structure 'frames' old and new city of Dubai.
- Two giant cranes atop each tower lifted materials to respective towers. The cranes were capable of lifting 12 tons each.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy New Years 2018

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Saudi to launch visas for tourists in 2018

The move to open up its tourism sector is a major shift for Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will begin issuing tourist visas in the first quarter of 2018, its top tourism official said, a first for the kingdom as it undergoes major economic and social reforms.
Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz said that "all government approvals" are in place for the launch of electronic visas next year to "all nationals whose countries allow their citizens to visit" Saudi Arabia.
"We are now just preparing the regulations - who is eligible for the visas and how to obtain them," added the head of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage.
The move to open up its tourism sector is a major shift for Saudi Arabia as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to radically overhaul the kingdom's oil-dependent economy. Apart from the millions of Muslims who travel to Saudi Arabia annually for the Haj pilgrimage, most visitors face an arduous process and steep fees to enter the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia currently grants tourist visas for a limited number of countries, but even those applications involve a range of restrictions, including requirements to travel through an accredited company and stay at designated hotels.
Prince Sultan said the cost of the new tourist visa had not yet been settled, but stressed that it would be "as low as possible, because we believe the cumulative economic impact is greater than the cash from the visa".
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Access to Dubai public parks will now be with Nol card only

To gain entry to the city’s public parks, residents must use Nol cards according to Municipality officials

Dubai’s major public parks which charge a Dhs5 entry fee, will now only be accessible by Nol card payment.
According to a report by Gulf News, Dubai Municipality officials confirmed that parks will no longer issue paper tickets.
Nol, the smart payment system used across Dubai’s public transport network, will now be the only way to pay for entry at Zabeel Park, Al Mamzar Beach Park, Mushrif Park and Creek Park according to the report.
For those who don’t already have one, Nol cards are purchasable for Dhs25, with a Dhs6 activation fee and Dhs19 balance to be redeemed on the card.
The exact cost of entry into the park that will be deducted from each Nol card is expected to remain the same, at Dhs5.
Cards can then be recharged at the park’s counters or Nol card vending machines to be placed on site next year.
According to the same report however, tourists visiting the city for a few days will be exempt from the Nol card purchase, although those visiting with relatives who live in the UAE will not.
The announcement is in line with Dubai’s larger plan to go paper free and implement smart services across the city.
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Sunday, December 17, 2017

10 festive events coming up in Dubai to get you in the Christmas spirit

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas (yes, we know it’s still November)…

Christmas season is fast approaching, and that means mince pies, festive decorations and carols. And just because we live in the desert doesn’t mean we have to miss out (nope, not even on the snow).
If you’re feeling excited like us and looking to get festive, here are 10 events happening in Dubai in the lead-up to Christmas that you should know about…

November 15 to December 31: Peppermint and Hot Chocolate Escape at The Heavenly Spa

Heavenly spa at The Westin has created a 50-minute peppermint-infused massage that is inspired by the aromas of the festive season. It comes complete with a cup of homemade dark hot chocolate. Bliss.
The Heavenly Spa, The Westin, Al Habtoor City, November 15 to December 31, Dhs375. Tel: (04) 437 3300

November 17: The Santa Shuffle bar crawl

A massive bar crawl is coming to Dubai on November 17. That’s right, festive fanatics, brace your elves (sorry!). The Santa Shuffle will take place over a monster 15-hour session and will sleigh its way through 15 drinks and three of Dubai’s most lively restaurants; Jekyll & Hyde, The Scene and Mr Miyagi’s.
Jekyll & Hyde, DIFC, The Scene, Pier 7 & Mr Miyagi’s, Media City, Fri Nov 17, 11am to 3am, 15 food and drink tokens plus Santa outfit, Dhs499. Reservations:

November 29 to December 26: The Winter Garden Market at The St. Regis Dubai

The St. Regis Dubai Gardens are once again transforming into an enchanted winter wonderland for the 2017 festive season. There will be entertainment and themed activities for everyone to enjoy, including a selection of retail and food stalls, children’s activities and attractions, and even an appearance from Santa himself.
The St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Weds Nov 29 to Tues Dec 26, Sun to Thurs 5pm to 11pm, Fri and Sat, 3pm to 11pm, free entry. 

December 4: Christmas Tree Lighting at The Irish Village

Tis the season of fun and festivities, and with The Irish Village’s traditional Christmas Tree Lighting, the whole family can jump into the Christmas spirit. There will be seasonal mulled beverages and home-baked mince pies on offer while you listen to the choir sing Christmas carols.
The Irish Village, Garhoud, Mon Dec 4, 7pm to 10pm, free entry. Tel: (04) 239 5000

December 6 to 9: Dubai Winter Festival

Now in its 6th year, Dubai Winter Festival is a full weekend of festive fun. Returning on December 6, you’ll find everything you love about Christmas in one place. Guests are invited to visit Santa’s grotto, shop at the winter market, have a snowball fight, build a snowman, watch the official tree lighting ceremony, experience the thrill of the fun fair and enjoy live stage performances.
Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, 2pm to 10pm, Weds 6 Dec to Sat 9 Dec, ticket price tbc

December 7: The Great British Christmas Ball

The British Business Group is marking the festive season with The Great British Christmas Ball on Thursday December 7 in the grounds of the British Embassy in Dubai. The festivities will start at 7pm and run till the small hours, with a full traditional Christmas dinner, complete with Yule log and Christmas pudding. Tickets include entertainment, food and beverages, with individual seats available at Dhs600.
Royal Lawn, British Embassy Dubai, Thurs Dec 7, 7pm to 1am, from Dhs600, adults only. Tel: (04) 336 2222

December 7: Cirque de Cuisine: The Festive Edition

Remember how Atlantis put on a special ‘night brunch’ in May? Well, it’s returning, and it will be mighty festive. Cirque de Cuisine: The Festive Edition will be on Thursday December 7, and will run from 7pm to 11pm (with a cash bar after party hosted in The Avenues until 3am). The terrace at Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen will be turned into a Christmas market complete with snow, picnic tables and festive games. Plus, there will be candy cane stilt walkers, a festive choir singing under a giant wreath arch at the entrance and a huge snow globe from which you’ll be able to snap a selfie. Also, the Lost Chambers Aquarium will be partly transformed into an underwater Christmas Grotto where you’ll be able to fill out a festive postcard and give it to Santa and his elves to send to a loved one overseas.
Atlantis The Palm, Thurs Dec 7, 7pm to 11pm, early bird prices adults from Dhs495, children from Dhs295. Tel: (04) 426 2626

December 14: The annual Christmas Jumper Party at McGettigan’s JLT

Dust off your cheesiest festive threads for the annual McGettigan’s Christmas Jumper Party on December 14. Whether you buy a sweater or make your own, anyone in a festive jumper will get a free drink. Plus, there’s prizes to be won for the best and most creative jumpers.
McGettigan’s JLT, Cluster J, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Thurs Dec 14, 6pm to 3am, free entry. Tel: (04) 378 0800

December 15 to 27: Fort Island’s Festive Market at Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah will welcome back its annual Festive Market this December from the 15th to 27th. The 1,750 square metre winter wonderland will feature a German-style Festive Market, as well as rides on an abra boat with Santa, dozens of slides and games, a North Pole train for the little ones and a giant snow ball zone. New this year will be a shimmering interactive LED Christmas tree and daily appearances from Santa himself at 5pm and 7pm.
Madinat Jumeirah, Dec 15 to 27, Sun to Weds, 3pm to 1am, Thurs to Sat 12pm to 1am free entry. Tel: (04) 366 8888

December 16: Festive cookie decorating at Vida Downtown

Get the little ones in the festive spirit here, where they can decorate giant gingerbread cookies for themselves and for Santa at Vida Downtown. There will be lots of edible glitter, colourful icicngs and holiday chocolates.
Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai 11am to 1pm, Dec 16, 22 and 22, Dhs130 per child including a festive latte for each parent. Tel: (04) 888 3444
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 All information sourced from Whatson Dubai

Saturday, December 9, 2017

The Zipline In Dubai Marina Is Now Open & Tickets Are Selling Extremely Fast

Eagle-eyed Dubai Marina residents will already know that a new zipline has been installed over the Dubai Marina. Brought to you by XDubai, the people behind the zipline over the Dubai Fountain in 2015, the new zipline is now open to the public, after HH Sheikh Hamdan shared a video doing the stunt on his Instagram page this weekend:

Building on the earlier archetype, the new XLine is twice the length, and is two ziplines running adjacent, rather than one. Also new is the Superman style harness, which allows zipliners to ride Superman-style, belly down, as they zip from one of the Amwaj towers in JBR, 170 metres in the air, down to the terrace of Dubai Marina Mall (which means, yes, you are at times zipping over the road).

But it’s not just length that this zip line boasts, the 1km line also features an incline of 16° and reaches speeds of an average of 80 kilometres per hour.
“We wouldn’t be XDubai if we didn’t push the limits of what is possible,” said Mohammed Javad, General Manager of XDubai. “Following the success of the first XLine, we wanted to step it up more than a notch and importantly, give both residents and visitors to Dubai the opportunity to have a true-to-form XDubai experience” he added. There’s still plenty of weekday tickets available, but if you’re looking to head down on a weekend, book soon – several slots are already sold out. Contact us today so we can create this amazing experience for you