Archive for November, 2005

Christmas preparations:

Slowly and gradually, the christmas preparations have begun in Dubai. A lot of buildings are glittering with beautiful lighting effects and the super stores are getting shipped with christmas decoratives and Santa Claus figuratives in all sizes.
Since I’ve been in Dubai only since March this year, I’m really looking forward to see the Christmas celebrations in this multi-cultural city of wonders.
Some good pics coming up soon.

What to do In Dubai part 1/2

Dubai is a city that offers a lot of things to do for visitors. It is the tourism captial of Aisa/ Middle East and is on a fast track to becoming the tourism captial of the world. The country is spending a lot of money on tourism infrastructure so lately we see a lot of tourists around. Dubai has the best of both the East and the West, you will find a rich eastern culture, you will also find that people who live here are mostly expatriates from all over the world creating a nice mix of different cultures, you can find foods, dresses and other stuff from all over the world. On the other hand it is probably one of the most liberal islamic states with quite a lot of clubs, concerts all the time and amazing places to eat and hang out at.
For tourists who are visting for a week or so there is a lot to do, lets see you can go on an evening desert safari or even an overnight safari can be arranged, the safari includes a ride on a 4×4 in the desert followed by dinner, sheesha and belly dancing, other things to do are dinner cruise on a dhow, city tours of dubai, sharjah and abu dhabi, there is a great water park called wild wadi which can be very refreshing in the hot weather, also the never ending beaches offer a lot of water sports like para sailing, surfing, deep sea fishing, scuba diving etc. For those of us who live here I’v heard a lot of people complain that there is not much to do, but if you look around there definately is a lot to do. I’ll cover that in the next post.

Update on Junoon Concert

Eversince the split-up, the Junoonis rarely get to hear the good ol’ Junoon songs in the concerts. Now, mostly only the new songs from the Ali and Salman’s solo albums are performed to promote sales of both the albums.
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A New Virgin In Dubai

I recently read in papers about the dramatic opening of a new Virgin Megastore Outlet, on of the biggest in the world by no other then Sir Richard Branson himself. Apparently he went for the opening in a blood red ferrari that drove all the way into the mall and he was escorted by a convoy of Harley-Davidsons, nothing less dramatic could be expected from Sir Branson. The store is situated in Ibn-Batuta Mall on the Dubai- Abu Dhabi highway and is said to have cost $5 million covering an area of a whopping 40,000 Sq Feet. Mr Branson also announced that Virgin Atlantic would be starting on the London -Dubai route in march and would give their competition a run for their money

1st Flugtag

1st Dubai Red Bull Flugtag is being held at the dubai creek park this Friday, it’s going to be a fun event, another first for dubai, Lets see some flying, Da Vinci style !!!

Dubai Internet Censorship

Dubai claims to be on the cutting edge of technology yet it is one of the few countries censoring the internet. When we started this blog we could access Flickr.com but today I found out the this site used for sharing pictures has also fallen prey to the internet proxy of Etisalat but the funny thing is Etisalats double standards, they use the proxy in certain areas while in others people have free access. Etisalat claims that the proxy is only to block home users from porn and is not implemented in offices and educational Institutions, but home owners in some areas of Dubai do not go through the proxy for example most of EMAAR Properties. They claim that the proxy just blocks porn but that

Dubai and Shopping Malls

Seriously, Dubai seems to have an obsession with shopping malls. First, the premier mall was the Deira City Center, which was considered to be the biggest shopping mall (and is still arguably the best) in Dubai.
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Double Standards?!

There’s a piece in the Gulf News today, titled – National women complain of discrimination at workplace

Not sure how many of you’ve read it, its basically about 3 ‘national’ ladies complaining to the Labour Ministry about the working conditions at a bank. Apparently they’re a little pissed off after being ‘made to enter data’ despite their degrees and qualifications, having funds deducted from their salaries for the earthquake relief without being informed prior, not being paid for unauthorised days off, having to ‘sometimes’ work extra hours without pay, and having only a 1-day weekend, among other issues.

They feel they’re being ‘forced out’. Now.. why would that be?
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Dubai Rugby Sevens

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is not only the opening round of the IRB Sevens World Series, but is one of the biggest social weekends of the year.Featuring 16 of the best Sevens nations in the world, the Dubai Rugby Sevens has grown into a magical sporting event that attracts fans from around the globe.

In what is truly a unique exerience, the Dubai Exiles Rugby ground is transformed into a complete sporting arena with the free-standing stadium accommodating a record 22,000 fans last year.In total, 48,000 people rolled through the gates over the three days to make it the most successful Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens ever.

And 2005 is shaping to be even bigger.From November 30 to December 2 the rugby carnival returns to Dubai for the 36th time.
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Junoon In Dubai

The biggest rock act from Pakistan, Junoon will be performing at Aviation club, Dubai, on 24th Nov.
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