Category: Dubai

A guide for vistors to Dubai for information on accomodation, food, sightseeing, shopping, and more.

Tips for Safe Quad Biking

I indulged in some Quad Biking over the weekend. For those uninitiated, Quad Bikes are all-terrain vehicles (ATV), that travel on low pressure tires, with a seat that is straddled by the operator, along with handlebars for steering control. As the name implies, it is designed to handle a wider variety of terrain than most other vehicles. Although it is a street-legal vehicle in some countries, it is not street legal within most countries including the UAE.

It’s Sad, So Sad…

DIT Group, part of the Saudi giant Dabbagh Group announced yesterday officially that it’s closing down operations of DIT Group. I have been associated with DIT Group for over 4 years now and have seen it grow year after year. I started off as a Sr. Writer and ended my stint at DIT as a Managing Editor, handing the entire technology portfolio, consisting of the world-renowned tech magazine – PC Magazine. Apart from PC Magazine, technology portfolio at DIT Group consists of Arabian Reseller, Tech@Home, Tech@Work, and various other supplements. The announcement of shutting down PC Magazine is highly unfortunate. Rest in peace, PC Magazine Middle and Near East…

New Law to Restrict Freedom of Speech in Media

The United Arab Emirates’ new proposed media law, recently approved by the Federal National Council (FNC), is causing a stir among press freedom groups and journalist circles. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has appealed to the UAE’s Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, urging him to reject the law, which the group warns would harm press freedom in the UAE.

Ridiculous: Taxi Fares in Dubai Revised

Wow! I really can’t stop at being amazed at daily changes in rules and laws (official and governmental) in this part of the world. Of course I am talking about UAE in general and Dubai in particular. It was just a few months ago that the starting fare for taking a taxi from Sharjah to Dubai was increased to AED20 with by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA).

Financial Times: Do Not Believe Reports of Dubai’s Demise

While we have heard enough about Dubai’s doom during this financial crisis and recession, a recent article on Financial Times says that the economic scenario in Dubai is not all that bad! “News of Dubai’s death has been greatly exaggerated. Its fundamentals as a regional hub of shipping, services, people, trade and capital have not changed,” says the newspaper.

Need Taxi? Call Dubai Taxi!

Yesterday, I was waiting for a taxi outside my building to get to Deira City Centre. Me and a few friends were to meet at Cinestar to watch Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na. About 45 minutes passed and no taxi yet. Old Pakistani Consulate area of Bur Dubai where I stay is known as an […]

Vegas Tops Dubai with World’s Largest Hotel

Beware talk of Dubai being home to the world’s biggest hotel. The recently expanded Venetian hotel in Las Vegas now offers 7,000 rooms – topping the 6,500 rooms at the planned Asia Asia in Dubailand. The Venetian’s new $2bn, 50-storey Palazzo extension adds two award-winning restaurant franchises and a nightclub run by Jay-Z. In total […]