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Water and Fire at the greatest fountain show!

It is indeed one of the most amazing man-made visual spectacles on this planet and certainly the most fantastic fountain show in the world. Its a dancing fountain at Dubai in the Burj Lake right in front of Burj Khalifa- world’s highest building, what forms a stunning backdrop. Spread over 900 feet this fountain shoots water through jets up to 500 feet in air, as high as a 45 storey building. Amazing!

This captivating water, music and light spectacle is one of Dubai’s most favourite tourist attractions. Daily thousands of tourists visit this every day.

Located in the 30-acre Burj Lake Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. Its length is equivalent to over two football pitches. The fountain has a unique design comprising five circles of varying sizes and two arcs, and features powerful water nozzles that shoot water.

Just imagine the spectacle of 6,600 WET superlights, 25 coloured projectors and 22,000 gallons of airborne water. It is said to be the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today. These create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 different water expressions. Total 50 colour projectors provide a full spectrum of colour with a total output of 1.5 million lumens.

Fountain performs to a selection of different melodies ranging from songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music.

Burj Lake has Dubai Mall on one side and Burj Khalifa on other side. You have special platforms around the lake to watch this fountain choreography. However it is visible from every point on the lake promenade and from all nearby high-rise buildings.

Another way to enjoy the show is by sailing in a traditional Abra ride on the Burj Lake. The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride is just like having a front row seats to the best show in town.

There are daily evening shows every half hour from 6 pm to 11 pm. There are also daily afternoon shows at 1.00 pm and 1.30 pm while on Fridays afternoon shows are at 1.30 pm and 2.00 pm. Light and music accompanying this choreography is certainly an experience to remember.

Except for the boat ride, watching the dancing fountain is entirely free. Boat rides start at 5.45 pm and continue till 30 minutes before the scheduled close. Ticket price is 65 Dirham per person and tickets for this can be purchased online as well.

The fountain can be enjoyed from heights of Burj Khalifa and it is also fascinating to watch the fountain in backdrop of Burj Khalifa, world’s tallest building.

You can also watch a video of this Dancing Fountain on my channel by clicking on the link below-

 

 

 

 

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Bali is the top destination in the World

Bali in Indonesia is the top destination in world favoured by the travellers. This is what TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for the year 2017 show. Surprisingly (or not) there is no Indian destination in this top 25 list. List has some notable evergreen gems and some equally notable misses. There is no destination in the list from China or Australia or Japan or South & Central Africa, not even Mauritius or Reunion islands. Besides India, Asia also has notable misses like Singapore, Hong Kong, Macao or even Maldives. Probably, travellers always search for newer shores. But what can be said for sure is that more and more people are now travelling to beach destinations. This list of 25 destinations is actually beach heavy with only seven destinations have no access to sea, or are not coastal towns.

This should hardly come as surprise for anybody as the Indonesian island of Bali is a favourite destination for both adventurers and those in need of a little relaxation. The waters off the coast of Bali’s white beaches are an ideal spot for diving, while the dense jungles, teeming with monkeys and hidden stone temples, call out for exploration. Hike the rugged path to the summit of Mount Batur, and your effort will be rewarded with a stunning view. Then coax your sore muscles back into action with a massage at one of Bali’s many luxury spas.

London would have been rattled by Wednesday’s attack at Parliament, but it has always been top choice for travellers across the world. Hence it stands second after Bali. There’s so much to see and do in London, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. Major sights like the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace are on most visitors’ itineraries, but no matter what your interests, you’ll probably find something here. Art lovers should make a beeline for the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. If military history’s your thing, don’t miss the Cabinet War Rooms. Finally, forget everything you’ve heard about bland, mushy British food—the restaurant scene here is fabulous.

At third position is the capital of Britain’s neighbour across the English channel, France. Everyone who visits Paris for the first time probably has the same punchlist of major attractions to hit: The Louvre, Notre Dame, The Eiffel Tower, etc. Just make sure you leave some time to wander the city’s grand boulevards and eat in as many cafes, bistros and brasseries as possible. And don’t forget the shopping—whether your tastes run to Louis Vuitton or Les Puces (the flea market), you can find it here.

Next is again the legendary European destination which shaped world history in no mean terms. It’s nicknamed the Eternal City for a reason. In Rome, you can drink from a street fountain fed by an ancient aqueduct. Or see the same profile on a statue in the Capitoline Museum and the guy making your cappuccino. (Which, of course, you know never to order after 11 am.) Rome is also a city of contrasts—what other place on earth could be home to both the Vatican and La Dolce Vita?

Times Square at Night

The Big Apple holds its place in top five with New York. The first time you go to New York, go ahead and be a sight-seer—everyone should visit the Statue of Liberty, the Met, Times Square, etc. But on a return trip, pick a neighbourhood and go deep. You’ll find hole-in-the-wall bars, great delis, quirky shops… exploring the non-touristy side of New York is an incredibly rewarding experience for a traveller.

Greece is sixth but not for Santorini but for Crete. Crete is the largest of the Greek islands and is a paradise for tourists seeking sunshine, beaches, and culture. Chania lies on the northern coast of Crete. It’s the second largest city on the island and is served by an airport. Upon arrival, hire a car and drive the 30 kilometres up to the White Mountains. This beautiful setting is perfect for relaxing or doing a spot of walking and is also a good base to explore the region’s attractions.

Europe continues its hold in top ten with Barcelona at seventh. Stroll Las Ramblas and enjoy Barcelona’s unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, lively nightlife and trendy, stylish hotels. You’ll find Europe’s best-preserved Gothic Quarter here, as well as amazing architectural works by Gaudi. La Sagrada Familia, considered Gaudi’s masterpiece, is still under construction (your entrance fee helps to fund the project). Feel like a picnic? Look no further than the rambunctious La Boqueria market, where you can stock up on local delicacies.

Second Asian entrant in the list is Cambodian city of Siam Reap at 8th position. Siem Reap is a fast-growing city with plenty of new hotels, restaurants and nightclubs. But chances are, you’re here not because of the city itself, but for what’s nearby: amazingly well-preserved ancient temples. Even if you have the worst jet lag ever, drag yourself out of bed to be at Angkor archaeological Park when it opens—sunrise over Angkor Wat is worth losing sleep over.

Back to Europe and this time it is Czech Republic. We hear the question, “What’s the next Prague?” a lot. But while we’re all for discovering great new destinations, we hardly think Prague is over. Sure, everyone’s heard of it, but it’s still a grand city with extraordinary historic and cultural sights, and it’s definitely worth a visit. The often-rebuilt Prague Castle has overlooked the city since the 9th century, and the synagogues and cemetery of the Jewish Quarter are must-sees. Nightlife here is diverse and plentiful, from trendy clubs to sophisticated wine bars to late-night cellar bars.

Completing the top 10 is another popular Asian destination in Thailand. Phuket offers a rainbow spectrum of spectacular holiday sights from blue lagoons and pink sunsets to orange-robed monks. Three wheeled-Tuk Tuks, taxis, buses and long tailed boats transport visitors between these marvels. Phuket’s south coast offers its most popular beaches. The north is more tranquil. Koh Phi Phi, Phang Nga Bay and Patong Beach are popular spots. Diving, snorkeling, wind surfing and sailing are just a few active options. Inland, forested hills, mountains and cliffs wait to be explored.

Leading the next ten despite its political upheaval is Turkey. Europe and Asia meet in Istanbul, and throughout this vibrant city, you’ll find centuries-old mosques, churches and markets happily co-existing with modern restaurants, galleries and nightclubs. And plan on visiting a hammam (traditional Turkish bath)—for about $20 your skin will be scrubbed clean. And we mean scrubbed. Your wimpy loofah has nothing on this.

Moving across the Atlantic in the Caribbean Sea is Jamaica at 12th spot. Jamaica is a melting pot of African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern cultures. You’ll experience this diversity in its strong crafts tradition, performing arts and distinctive dining options, like ackee and saltfish with roast breadfruit. Take your holiday to new heights at famed cliff jumping spot, Negril Cliffs. Jamaica offers long beaches, protected coves, rugged mountains, waterfalls, caves and sunshine and chances to play in the surf, ride horses and swim with dolphins. Jump in!

Now comes the another Asian city at 13th, Hoi An. This city on the central Vietnamese coast is a well-preserved example of the important Southeast Asian trading port it was from the 15th-19th centuries. Already a common stop for backpackers, it is becoming better known to tourists. On the 14th day of each lunar month, the town trades its electric lights for traditional coloured lanterns. Sights include the Japanese Covered Bridge and the Quan Cong Temple. Let the town’s expert tailors make you some bespoke clothing.

Finally Russia manages to hold a spot in the list at 14th. The second largest city in Russia, St. Petersburg is the country’s cultural heart. View splendid architectural gems like the Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral, and give yourself plenty of time to browse the world-renowned art collection of the Hermitage. Sprawling across the Neva River delta, St. Petersburg offers enough art, nightlife, fine dining and cultural destinations for many repeat visits.

The beautiful Caribbean Sea gets another share in the pie with Bay Islands at Roatan in Honduras. Is there a better way to cap off a day of pristine reef diving and heart-pumping adventure sports than by sipping a sunset cocktail? Didn’t think so! From ziplining to deep sea fishing to exploring the military-protected archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, the Honduran island of Roatan is a playground for lovers of water sports and ecotourism. Landlubbers will flip for the Carambola Botanical Gardens, a tour of the Stone Castle Cameo Factory or exploring the beaches on horseback.

Marrakech in Morocco is the only African entry in the list at 16th position. Your local farmers’ or flea market may be a fun place to spend a Saturday morning, but it’s got nothing on Marrakech’s markets. Spend a day here to immerse yourself in the spectacle. (Yes, that is, in fact, a snake charmer.)

At 17th spot is another gem in the Caribbean Sea. Ambergris Caye in Belize in Central America hovers in a holiday sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you’re tripping over flip-flopped tourists. A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads. Reef divers drool over the Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone that teems with angelfish, elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp and stalactites.

Latin America gets its first spot in the list at 18th through Rio de Janerio. May be your curiosity would have piqued by the last year’s RIO Olympic Games, or you’re heeding the call of the famous twin beaches Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio offers more than you can imagine, and offers it at all hours. With breathtaking views from Corcovado Mountain and breathtaking deals in the city’s endless malls and markets, Rio de Janeiro is a holiday paradise, whatever it is you travel for.

It seems that we are not going any far from the region as we again move from Rio to Caribbean Sea in north. Saint Maarten comes to 19th position. Get the experience of visiting two island colonies in the same 37 square miles. Saint Maarten/Saint Martin’s spicy marriage of Caribbean, French and Dutch cultures matches its physical diversity: the island is both urban and untamed, with rain forest-like landscapes, white beaches, and amazing caves and wildlife.

Moving further north we come to Mexico for exploring 20th spot. Playa del Carmen is distinct among Yucatan beach towns both culturally and commercially. While its beaches are similar to other destinations’, its nightlife and hotel culture is hipper in the European and American style, blending the traditional Mexican locale with a more permissive and opulent array of tourist options.

An Asian city of extravagance and opulence is at 21st rank. Dubai is a destination that mixes modern culture with history, adventure with world-class shopping and entertainment. Catch a show at the Dubai Opera, see downtown from atop the Burj Khalifa and spend an afternoon along Dubai Creek exploring the gold, textile and spice souks. If you’re looking for thrills, you can float above the desert dunes in a hot air balloon, climb aboard a high-speed ride at IMG Worlds of Adventure or skydive over the Palm Jumeirah.

Not surprisingly, we come back to Caribbean Sea. This time it is Grand Cayman in Cayman Islands. The farther you go from Grand Cayman’s busy docks, the more peace and quiet you’ll find. At Stingray City (actually a sandbar), stingrays swim alongside you in the tranquil waters. Closer to town, travellers report finding some of the best massage and spa services anywhere in the Caribbean.

India couldn’t find a place in the list but its neighbour does at 23rd position . Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is situated in a valley full of historic sites, ancient temples and shrines, golden pagodas and fascinating villages. Hotels, bars and restaurants cater to all budgets. Shops offer handicrafts, carpets and Nepali paper prints. Bus services, taxis and bicycles open up the city. Trek to see the Monkey Temple, the valley’s oldest and most sacred shrine. Mingle with locals and animals amid Durbar Square’s monuments and temples, or join mountain trekkers in the bustling Thamel District.

Far enough close to the International date line in South Pacific Ocean is all time favourite tiny island of Bora-Bora at 24th spot. The relatively small island of Bora Bora is an activity giant, offering visitors the chance to experience a 4×4 safari, sunbathe and swim at white sandy beaches, dive in a natural underwater park among fish and corals, experience thrilling shark feedings, or circle the turquoise lagoon by boat. And Bora Bora is a superlative romantic spot. Fall captive to this lush gem of a Polynesian island by sharing an intimate midnight dinner on the beach; visiting the Lagoonarium, the Diving Centre, the Coral Gardens or the Leopard Rays Trench; or taking it all in from the lofty heights of 2,300-foot Mount Otemanu.

Last but not least in the list is Cusco in Peru, home to one of the wonders in world. Incan majesty and Andean baroque exist side-by-side in Cusco’s stone streets, epitomized by the Qoriacancha palace and the church of Santo Domingo flanking the Plaza de Armas. In this high-altitude melting pot of Amerindian and mestizo culture, you’ll find extraordinary textiles, lively summer festivals and archaeological wonders.

SO, now for you it is time to decide, where would you want to land first!

 

Ras Al Khaimah – A paradise in Emirates

Ras Al Khaimah is one of seven emirates which together comprise the federation of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was the last one to join and is claimed to be on top as emerging tourist destination in the GULF. It is the strongest emerging tourism spots in UAE with its natural beauty and stunning scenery. It has a 64 km shoreline of superb sandy beaches and clear crystal blue waters. Ras Al Khaimah features a wealth of landscapes from rugged mountain peaks to coastal areas and deserts. Tourists have options of host of outdoor activities from swimming, fishing and golfing to desert safari, diving, paragliding, parasailing, Bedouin desert camp, Iceland water park and above all a microlight flight.

Ras Al Khaimah - Beach 2

Ras Al Khaimah is just a 45-minute drive from Dubai International Airport and is the perfect getaway for business, leisure, adventure, and luxury travel. The emirate has over 7,000 years of fascinating history, culture and is home to the highest mountain in the UAE.  It is a destination offering views of the terracotta deserts and an international gourmet experience. It also promises activities to suit adventure-seekers, spa-goers in addition to the exceptional experiences available at the world-class resorts.

Ras Al Khaimah - Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach

Dhayah Fort : Built as a strategic military castle in the 16th century on a mountain overlooking the Gulf, Dayah Fort witnessed a battle between the local people and the British troops. Here, its towers were set on fire and later destroyed in 1819. The Fort was restored in the 1990’s and its strategic location provides outstanding views of Ras Al Khaimah.

Dhayah Fort at Ras Al Khaimah

Falcon Show : Falconry is a traditional pastime in Ras Al Khaimah. At the Banyan Tree Al Wadi, the first desert spa resort in the UAE, visitors can enjoy a spectacular show of falcons in the natural desert environment. Home to Arabian gazelles and the Oryx the desert spa resort has a nature reserve which spans over 130 hectares.

Ras Al Khaimah - Falcon show

Enjoy an informative talk and display with various falcons. Participants may even get a chance to hold one of these majestic birds, whilst experiencing the Arabian sunset with a drink in hand, a harmonious blend of nature and luxury.

Ras Al Khaimah - Falcon Show 2

Iceland Water Park: A perfect escape from the heat, the Iceland Water Park is an ideal family entertainment destination for visitors of all ages. Providing a wide variety of games, water slides and an extensive food court, Iceland Water Park offers visitors maximum fun and amusement.

Ras Al Khaimah - Iceland Waterpark

Al Jazirah Aviation Club: A truly amazing experience awaiting Ras Al Khaimah visitors is to fly with a micro-light aircraft as well as  powered parachutes and enjoy scenic views of the desert, the white sandy beach, the turquoise sea and the majestic mountain

Ras Al Khaimah - Jazirat Aviation Club

Mangroves: From mountains, deserts and ancient cultural sites to beaches, mangroves, water sports and more, Ras Al Khaimah is a truly unforgettable Arabian experience. Mangroves and salt flats form a large part of the coastal and inland landscape. The mangroves, which are home to a variety of wildlife, including flamingoes, extend right into the centre of Ras Al Khaimah bringing a rich sense of nature into the city. Visitors can explore the mangroves by taking kayak excursions and literally lose themselves in the natural beauty.

Ras Al Khaimah - Mangroves

Mountain trail: In the eastern part of Ras Al Khaimah is a spectacular mountain range called the Ru’us Al Jibal. It is part of the Hajar Mountains, which start in the Musandam Peninsula and run as far south as Sur in Oman. These mountains were formed more than 70 million years ago. Jebel Jais at 1,930 m is not only the highest peak in Ras Al Khaimah but in the entire UAE. A key feature of the mountains is the abundance of wadis and hiking and mountain bike trails.

Ras Al Khaimah - Mountains

Water Adventures: Situated on the west coast of the UAE, Ras Al Khaimah offers the ideal location for all water activities. The clear blue waters of the Gulf provide the perfect conditions for scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing and water skiing. For lovers of nature, kayaking in the mangroves of Ras Al Khaimah or at sea offers an unforgettable experience.

 

Ras Al Khaimah - Parasailing

Al Hamra Marina & Royal Yacht Club: The Al Hamra Marina is the ideal destination for visitors and water sport lovers out to enjoy the beauty of the sea. It has a restaurant and offers charter boats. The marina also provides maintenance and training and charter boats. The Al Hamra Marina comprises of 200 wet berths up to 100 feet provided with power supply and fresh water. It is the last significant fuelling stop for vessels in the Arabian Gulf. Al Hamra Marina also hosts the Royal Yacht Club of Ras Al Khaimah, and as well organizes water activities and amazing competitions.

Named after the first Arab Seaman Ahmad bin Majid, the “Prince of Sea“, a motorised yacht (pictured below) which offers visitors a variety of sailing trips around the coast of Ras Al Khaimah, introduces you to an amazing sailing journey with valuable heritage and the Arabian hospitality. Various excursions including daytime, sunset and dinner cruises offering visitors various activities covering swimming, snorkelling and the opportunity of spotting one of the rare green turtles at Al Marjan Island, while enjoying delicious barbequed seafood, watch a folkloric show with a belly dancer.

Ras Al Khaimah - Prince of Sea

Sawing: The Seawings Urban Experience takes off from the pristine shores of Ras Al Khaimah on an exciting 45 minutes aerial tour of the city, giving you picturesque views of the emirate before flying to Dubai. Departure & Arrival: Ras Al Khaimah – Dubai

Ras Al Khaimah - Seawings

From desert retreats to beachfront properties, Ras Al Khaimah’s hotels and resorts offer an array of signature treatments to stimulate your senses. With tranquil surroundings, expert therapists and rejuvenating massages, every spa experience is sure to restore the balance of mind and body. Banyan Tree Al Wadi is the first desert spa resort in the UAE.

Spa at Ras Al Khaimah

Ras Al Khaimah - Banyan Tree Al Wadi - Desert Spa

Banyan Tree Al Wadi: The resort, located only 20 minutes from the vibrant Ras Al Khaimah city centre, offers a wide variety of exclusive services and facilities including 101 pool – villas. Explore the 500 hectare private nature reserve, indulge in 3,999sqm of Asian-inspired hydrotherapy spa facilities and take advantage of numerous meeting and banquet spaces, a kids’ club, falconry mews as well as horse and camel stables.

Ras Al Khaimah - Banyan Tree Al Wadi

Desert Safari: A Desert Safari in Ras Al Khaimah offers visitors a day filled with excitement and adventure. The Safari begins with a thrilling drive in a 4×4 vehicle across the desert and climbing sand dunes, often at a 45-degree angle! Later in the day visitors will have the opportunity to experience a ride on a camel and enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner and entertainment around a camp fire.

Ras Al Khaimah - Sunset

Desert Camps: Ras Al Khaimah is famous for its many beautiful camping spots, where people can enjoy picnics and barbecues under the stars, away from the hustle and bustle of city life. You can go it alone or visit one of the traditional Bedouin camps and discover a fascinating way of life that has changed little over the years.

Ras Al Khaimah - Bedouin Oasis

Bedouin Oasis Desert Camp: The first Bedouin-style desert camp in Ras Al Khaimah provides visitors with the perfect opportunity to explore desert living. Using only traditional and natural materials, the Bedouin Oasis Desert allows visitors to be transported back to the days when tent roofs were originally made from goat hair and an antique gas light or a fire were the only sources of heat and light.

Ras Al Khaimah -Bassata Desert Camp

Authentic and generous hospitality is an essential component of Arabian culture. This sentiment is beautifully reflected in Ras Al Khaimah’s diverse collection of hotels and resorts, ranging from boutique to luxurious five-star properties.  Al Hamra Village (pictured below) is a luxurious integrated community, located in Ras Al Khaimah on the shores of the Arabian Gulf. The development covers an area of 77 million square feet and includes 1,500 kilometers of pristine beaches, over 1,000 villas and townhouses, nearly 2,500 residential apartments, five hotels, an 18 hole golf course, a marina and a shopping mall.

Ras Al Khaimah -Beach

For those who are looking for a premium weekend getaway or planning their vacation, Ras Al Khaimah offers two of the UAE’s most luxurious hotels in the beachfront Waldorf Astoria, the Banyan Tree Ras Al Khaimah Beach Resort as well as the Banyan Tree Al Wadi in the heart of the desert.

Al Hamra residences at Ras Al Khaimah

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Taj Mahal is 3rd among top 25 landmarks

Panoramic view of the Taj Mahal from Mahtab Bagh
Panoramic view of the Taj Mahal from Mahtab Bagh

Simply the greatest architectural achievement on earth, not to mention a testament to love- Taj Mahal is among the Travellers’ Choice Top 25 Landmarks in the World for 2015, selected by TripAdvisor users around the globe. For its sheer beauty made out of white marble, Taj Mahal has always been considered as one of the wonders of the world. It is indeed among the most recognisable buildings on this globe.

angkor-watNot surprisingly though, the top place in the list goes to Angkor Wat temples in Cambodia’s Siem Reap. Another of man-made wonders Machu-Picchu in South American country of Peru is at 2nd position. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre at Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates is at 4th position and Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Spanish city of Barcelona completes the top five landmarks.

corcovado-cristo-redentorNext two positions are held by two other cathedrals in Italy, St. Peter’s Basilica at Vatican City and Milan Cathedral (Duomo) at Milan. Alcatraz in San Franciso, California is 8th, Corcovado – Cristo Redentor at Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is 9th and another of San Francisco’s landmark- Golden Gate Bridge is at 10th. Two of world’s most famous landmarks are surprisingly out of top 10- Eiffel Tower in Paris is at 11th and Church of the Savior on Blood at St. Petersburg in Russia at 12th. Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris is at 13th and The Alhambra at Granada in Spain is at 14th. Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya) at Istanbul in Turkey completes the top 15 list.

charles-bridge-karluvContinuing human fascination for bridges Charles Bridge (Karluv Most) at Prague, Czech Republic has earned 16th position. Very surprisingly, one of the landmarks that we study about since our childhoods- The Great Wall of China is only at 17th spot. Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool at Washington DC, District of Columbia in USA is 18th. Next two are probably the most newest structures in the list- Burj Khalifa at Dubai is at 19th and The National September 11 Memorial & Museum New York City, New York at 20th. Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho) at Bangkok, Thailand is 21st and Chichen Itza at Mexico is at 22nd position. Sydney Opera House at Sydney is Australia’s only entry to the list. Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur are at 24th and the 100-year old crossroad for world commerce and a feat of human ingenuity- Panama Canal at Panama City completes the most fascinating list.

Dubai gets World’s largest cruise terminal at Mina Rashid

cruise-DPDP World’s third cruise terminal in Dubai has been inaugurated by Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal is set to be the world’s largest covered cruise facility capable of welcoming 14,000 cruise passengers a day. DP World welcomed 4,000 passengers at the new terminal on last week from the Costa Cruise and Aida Cruise ships, part of Arabian Gulf tours. Incidentally Mina Rashid was for the seventh consecutive year was voted as world’s leading cruise port in the World Travel Awards just a few days ago.

DP-World-Inaugurates-Major-Cruise-Terminal-in-DubaiThe Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal covers 28,000 square metres and is the latest addition to The Dubai Cruise Terminal facility at Mina Rashid. Dubai’s vision is to attract 20 million tourists a year by 2020, with the Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing (DTCM) anticipating cruise tourist numbers reaching the one-million mark by that time. The new building will increase the handling capacity of the three cruise terminals in Dubai from two million tourists a year to seven million.

Port_Rashid_on_1_May_2007_Pict_1The terminal is the largest and most modern cruise facility in the Middle East and the wider region, enabling award winning Mina Rashid to now serve up to seven cruise vessels at one time and more than 25,000 passengers in its three cruise terminals. This expansion came in response to requests from cruise liners and will enable them to increase the number of their trips to Dubai. The Hamdan bin Mohammed Cruise Terminal offers visitors customs and handling facilities with streamlined immigration and entry procedures coordinated by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs. Features include duty-free outlets, shops, currency exchange, ATM machines and a VIP business centre. It also provides office facilities to related organisations including the police, customs, immigration, shipping agents and airlines. Earlier this week, Dubai Cruise Tourism, part of Dubai Tourism, said it has completed its first major roadshow in China as part of its plans to grow as a cruise tourism destination.

cruise ship AmadeaRoadshows were held in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou where Dubai officials met top travel trade professionals alongside representatives from cruise industry partners MSC, Costa Crociere and Royal Caribbean International (RCI). Dubai Tourism, with four overseas offices in China, has worked closely with China’s travel trade to attract tourists to Dubai, but this is the first time that the Dubai Cruise Tourism team has undertaken a dedicated roadshow to promote Dubai’s cruise offerings. The number of Chinese cruise passengers who travel overseas has increased from 160,000 to 660,000 in the last six years, representing a significant growth in demand for cruise travel, and Dubai aims to be part of this growth. The new terminal has strong green credentials having been built using re-cycled materials from Jebel Ali, including the steel structure, interlocking bricks, and shipping wood pellets for interior finishing.

DP CruiseIts key features include a Green Wall Shade System to reduce solar ingress, controlled LED and daylight illumination, landscaping and irrigation supply.  It also provides bicycle and electric car parking with charging stations. A 70,000 square metre car park can also accommodate 36 buses and 150 taxis in addition to private cars and parking bays for employees and visitors. Mina Rashid has been voted the Leading Cruise Port at the World Travel Awards for seven years in a row. The port also handles ferry passengers between Dubai and port cities across the Arabian Gulf handled at Mina Rashid Ferry Terminal.

Enjoy free night at the Avari Dubai Hotel

Avari Dubai Hotel ExteriorThis season, witness the essence of Dubai hospitality at The Avari Dubai Hotel with its special Summer Stay Free Package. Pay for 2 nights and enjoy the 3rd night free OR you can also pay for 5 nights and enjoy the 6th & 7th night free – Rate @ INR 5,850/-onwards per night. The package provides you with an opportunity to experience the real grandeur and beauty of Dubai with an atmosphere that’s just perfect to unwind and relax. Not forgetting the incredible entertainment, mouth watering food and a spectacular location, The Avari Dubai Hotel promises not only value for money but also the experience of a lifetime!

So avail of this exciting Summer Package that includes, welcome drinks on arrival, a sumptuous complimentary buffet breakfast as well as Interactive TV (Free internet services & movies on demand). That’s not it, in this package one can also avail of the complimentary shuttle service to Jumeira or Mamzar Beach and the major shopping centers in Dubai. The package valid until 30th September, 2013.

Junior SuiteOne great fact of convenience about Dubai is that everything in the city is centrally air conditioned and thus, it’s the ideal place to visit all year ‘round, come summers or winters! The city of Dubai reflects the fascinating blend of the custom and traditions of The Middle East along with the international facilities of a cosmopolitan lifestyle. The 4 star Dubai Tourism Graded Deluxe Avari Dubai Hotel is ideally located in the heart of Dubai, 180 meters away from Dubai Metro and right near the world renowned Deira Clock Tower roundabout. It is minutes away from Dubai International Airport, The City Centre and close to all major landmarks including The Dubai Creek Golf and The Yacht Club and adjacent to Dubai’s most famous food street Al Rigga.

It has 179 newly renovated, well-appointed Rooms (154) and Suites (25).  All rooms are centrally air-conditioned with individual temperature control, electronic key card locks, direct dial telephones with voice mail and auto wake-up systems as well as color LCD flat panel TV, complimentary interactive TV (movies on-demand, messages, room service, internet, satellite channels, etc.), tea/coffee making facilities, minibar, in-room safes, high speed wired internet, hair dryer and telephones in all bathrooms. One can also avail of the fitness facilities like the rooftop, temperature-controlled pool, lockers and changing rooms as well as a fully-equipped cardio gym. So come be a part of this pleasant celebration with Avari Dubai Hotel and gift yourself an experience you’ll never forget!