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General Travel News

World's largest ferris wheel under construction in Dubai


The world’s largest ferris wheel is starting to take shape on the $1.6bn Bluewaters Island development, off the coast of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence.


The 210 metre-high Dubai Eye, which is being developed on a manmade island by Meeras Holding, will overtake the new High Roller in Las Vegas (standing at 167.6m) as the world's tallest such attraction. Even the New York Wheel, currently under construction on Staten Island, will be 60 feet shorter. The ferris wheel will include 48 luxury capsules capable of holding 1,400 visitors and offer views of Dubai’s iconic landmarks such as Burj Al Arab, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Khalifa, according to Meeras.



Additionally, an 80 metre LED screen will be mounted on the wheel that’s hoped to create an innovative electronic platform for broadcasting movies, advertisements, and interactive information. The area around the ferris wheel will have an entertainment plaza featuring a bespoke souq, al fresco dining outlets, retail stores and a big hall where fresh food produce will be sold in a traditional market atmosphere.


The project aims to be completed by next year.


Last Updated on Thursday, 08 October 2015 17:01

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US hotel booking site HotelTonight comes to Dubai

The US based last-minute hotel booking mobile app HotelTonight has landed in Dubai. A city where occupancy rates have recently dropped below 75% is an ideal target for HotelTonight. According to their website, “We focus on the last-minute space – and we do it better than anyone else in the world. Hand-picked hotels, 10-second 3-tap bookings and amazing deals on rooms that would otherwise go empty.”


Originally, HotelTonight would only allow you to book a room for the same night - hence the name Hotel Tonight - however, since September 2014 they accept bookings up to 7 days in advance.


Travelers arriving in Dubai without a hotel reservation or those planning a last minute trip will find HotelTonight a useful source of getting great deals at luxury hotels in Dubai.



Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2015 21:03

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Longest glass bridge on Earth opens


If skydiving and bungee jumping didn’t scare you, you might want to consider what China’s now got to offer.


The ’Brave Men’s Bridge’, recently opened in the Hunan province of China, is the longest permanent glass bridge in the world. The 984 foot skywalk has a nerve-wrecking 180 meter drop and is constructed with clear glass giving visitors a breathtaking view below. 


Despite its appearance, its creators say the bridge (known as Haohan Qaio in Chinese), in the Shiniuzhai National Geological Park is perfectly safe. Each of the glass panes is 24 millimeters thick and 25 times stronger than normal glass.



"The bridge we built will stand firm even if tourists are jumping on it," a worker who constructed the bridge told the state-owned China News Service.


"The steel frame used to support and encase the glass bridge is also very strong and densely built, so even if a glass is broken, travelers won't fall through."


Cities in the US and Canada are also building similar glass skywalks but the Haohan Qaio will remain as the longest.

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 October 2015 17:07

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Camping in the desert - 5-star luxury variety

If you want to get away from the city and enjoy the desert but do not wish to forsake the comforts of a luxurious hotel, there is a new hotel for you to explore. About an hour's drive from Muscat, Oman, set in the Wadi al Abiyad desert, you will find Dunes by Al Nahda. This is a collection of 50 ultra luxury airconditioned tents with their own bathrooms and separate sitting areas. Comlpete with its own international restaurant, kids play area and a wellness spa and a 250 person banquet hall, this is no hiking camper's dig. This is luxury in a desert setting.


Dune bashing, quad biking, sand surfing, camel riding and a 9-hole golf course are all on offer. And when you are there do not miss the Hot Sand treatment at the spa - it is supposed to be a signature wellness therapy which has its origins in ancient Egypt.


Last Updated on Monday, 28 September 2015 13:41

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Eid al Adha Mubarak!

We wish all our visitors Eid Mubarak!

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 06:15

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Barcelona taxis going upscale for attracting tourists

Taxis are going upmarket in Barcelona to cater to the needs of tourists. According to Barcelona Tourism, Ramon Sampe who has been a taxi driver for over 30 years has now gone upmarket to cater to tourists. He traded in his taxi for a Mercedes SUV and added creature comforts like a wifi hotspot, chargers for mobile phones, daily newspapers, fresh water, child safety seats and a personalized service with intensive use of technology. He also upgraded his attire to a suit and tie.

And that has made a difference. In a country where unemployment is as high as 30%, by providing a high level of service, Ramon has not only retained his work in a highly competitive landscape but is now able to plan his work schedule and not roam the city for a ride.

Ramon has noticed that tourists increasingly stay in more diverse parts of the city, and not only in hotels but also in other alternative forms of accommodation (perhaps a sign that AirBnB is becoming popular). They also arrive with a high level of knowledge of the city - which you can have by downloading the Barcelona city guide in the Irhal app.

An interesting insight about tourists arriving in Barcelona is that the first thing they ask Ramon about Barcelona is whether it is a safe city and the second is where they can eat well. We will try to reach out to Ramon and give him a list of Halal restaurants in Barcelona so that you can be sure to have good wholesome Halal food during your next trip to Barcelona for El Classico. We cannot, however, guarantee that Barcelona will defeat Real Madrid!

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 September 2015 05:06

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