Airline launches Dhs1 tickets from Dubai to PhilippinesTim Skinner, 12 Jun 2019 09:16:45 +0400One of the biggest carriers in the Philippines has launched an offer to coincide with the 121st Philippines Independence Day.

Cebu Pacific has announced that UAE residents can book fares “for as low as” Dhs1 leaving from Dubai International Airport and heading to Manila.

With the sale running until Friday June 14, or until seats sell out, the fare is applicable on one-way journeys from Dubai between August 1 2019 and March 31 2020. Of course, it doesn’t include fees and taxes, but it is worth pointing out that because of demand for tickets the website is a bit slow.

Also consider that fares are “as low as” Dhs1, so the majority of tickets do cost a bit more than that, with the average price of tickets for journeys in August we’ve found coming in at around Dhs600 for the flight (before baggage and a meal).

But, with seven months of flights available, there will no doubt be some absolute bargain flights in there.
For more information, visit

Abu Dhabi beach staycation offering third night free, 12 Jun 2019 06:08:04 +0400If you’re getting out of Dubai for a bit this summer and looking for a good deal, then this staycation in Abu Dhabi is well worth checking out.

Load up the car, gather your family and hit the road towards Ruwais and you'll find Danat Jebel Dhanna Resort.

The inviting beach retreat, overlooking Sir Bani Yas Island, enjoys amazing views of the Arabian Gulf and a welcome escape from city life.

And if you book for two nights in the resort you'll get a third night's stay absolutely free, giving you even more reason to extend your break.

There are loads of other staycation deals going on across the UAE this summer. You can check out our full list here.
Prices vary. Ongoing. Danat Jebel, Abu Dhabi (02 801 2222).

New UAE to India flights revealed, 11 Jun 2019 04:26:01 +0400With the long Eid al-Fitr break just over, many are already planning their next holiday.r next trip.

And if a trip to India is on the cards, and you’re keen to visit soon, then there’s some great news.

Indian airline IndiGo has launched two new daily direct flight connecting the UAE capital to Mumbai and Delhi.

Passengers will now be able to travel directly from Abu Dhabi to Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM).

The new flights hope to improve tourism links and open up new opportunities for travellers to explore India and for Indians to explore the UAE.

With daily flights and travel time of under four hours then exploring India should definitely be on every travellers to do list.
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Emirates offering free Uber trips at DXBScott Campbell, 03 Jun 2019 05:40:42 +0400Emirates has launched a new partnership with Uber so passengers arriving in Dubai can continue their journey in style.

The airline is offering free or discounted rides to and from DXB for bookings made from now until Wednesday July 31.

Customers in Economy Flex Plus can get two free rides from anywhere in Dubai up to the value of Dhs120 per trip.

Meanwhile, those booked into Economy Flex can get 50 percent off two rides – up to the value of Dhs60 per trip.

The offer is available to those who book via the Emirates website during the period, for travel up to Saturday August 31.

Khalid Bel Jaflah, Emirates’ divisional vice president of commercial operations for UAE and Oman, said: “We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with Uber and extend this popular offer to customers in our home market of Dubai.

“We remain committed to providing a fantastic customer experience for our customers in the UAE so they can enjoy a seamless journey on the ground and in the air.”

If you’re not eligible for the free ride, or are just looking for a different transport option, then check this out.

Careem has revealed a new option to book RTA taxis directly via the app, with users able to pay the fare on the meter automatically using their debit or credit card.

And in even better news, RTA drivers are given a map and directions to the rider's destination.

Careem is promising that it's "the most affordable ride in Dubai", although a small booking fee is added the fares are comparable to regular taxi rates.

To book, all you need to do is open up your Careem app and select 'RTA Taxi' on the car options menu (it's right above the confirm pickup button if you can't find it).

At the end of the journey, the fare will be automatically deducted from your chosen debit or credit card when the driver clicks 'end trip'.
Until Wed Jul 31. For more information, go to

Three last-minute Eid breaks from DubaiEmma Pearson, 02 Jun 2019 05:54:20 +0400Amman, Jordan
Amman is a perfect spot for an Eid break, in that it’s only a few hours from Dubai temperatures are a lot cooler and finally because it’s a charming place to soak up Middle Eastern culture. You can fly with Emirates from Dubai to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman for around Dhs1,300 return, five times a week, and flydubai offers 21 direct flights every week from from around Dhs1,300. You can also fly from Abu Dhabi for Dhs1,500.
Must see spot: As well as plenty of ancient ruins including the Temple of Hercules and the Umayyad Palace, there’s also an abundance of modern flavours to keep your interest, like the Darat Al Funun art gallery.
Must eat at restaurant: Hungry? Don’t miss Sufra restaurant for homemade dishes in a traditional setting, or Cantalope for a high-end international menu and rooftop views.
Flight time: Three hours, 30 mins.
From Dhs1,300. Queen Alia International Airport.

Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut is a favourite among Dubai residents for its short travel time, rich culture and vibrant nightlife scene. The capital city is both a city and a beach destination and weather around Eid-time is an expected 28 degrees, which will come as a welcome relief for scorched Dubai tourists. There’s any number of flights to Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport from Dubai and Abu Dhabi with airlines including MEA, flydubai and Emirates and Etihad from around Dhs1,000 return.
Must see spot: If you’re after some culture, don’t miss the National Museum of Beirut, where you can learn some more about what is one of the oldest cities in the world or head to the Roman Baths for another glimpse into the city’s past. In Downtown, take a trip to Souk el Tayeb, a pop-up farmer’s market that takes place every Saturday.
Must eat at restaurant: If you’re a fan of seafood you must try Babel Bay at the swanky Zaitunay Bay, for more seafood than you can shake a tentacle at.
Flight time: Three hours 45 minutes.
From Dhs1,000. Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport.

Mumbai, India
It’s called the Maximum City for a reason, but if you’re ready for the crowds then there’s no place more vibrant than Mumbai. Whether you’re rubbing shoulders with a Bollywood star or touring the slums, your guaranteed to see every facet of Indian life – and it’s brilliant. There are loads of flights from the UAE with Air Arabia, Emirates, Eihad, Air India, IndiGo and SpiceJet flying out from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah from around Dhs1,200 return. Jai ho!
Must see spot: Taste authentic flavours on a street food tour with Reality Tours, or venture to Elephant Island (about an hour’s boat ride away) to explore ancient temple ruins carved into the cliff side. You can unwind at Mumbai institution Leopolds, before moving onto the bustling Calaba Social for the fish tacos.
Must eat at restaurant: On your way back to the airport, stop off at Masala Library, for a 12-course molecular gastronomy feast that will make your head spin (and your stomach expand). It’s phenomenal, and the sister restaurant of the newly opened Dubai eatery within JW Marriott Marquis Dubai from famed chef Jiggs Kalra. Don’t miss it.
Flight time: Three hours five minutes.
From Dhs1,200. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.

Three must-visit destinations in OmanEmma Pearson, 02 Jun 2019 04:59:56 +0400Jebel Akhdar, Oman
The so-called Green Mountain is one of the most spectacular destinations in the entire Gulf region, especially when viewed from the summit. Oman’s highest point offers some fantastic trekking, giving you the chance to discover ancient villages and plenty of local flora and fauna, which both thrive thanks to the relatively high level of rainfall in the area. Peer down Oman’s equivalent of the Grand Canyon – this is certainly not one for the vertiginous among you, though…
GPS location: 23.067741, 57.670114
Driving time: 5hrs 16mins (483km)

Muscat, Oman
The Omani capital is the epitome of hospitality, and is swiftly becoming a hugely popular tourist destination for those seeking traditional splendour in a country as laid-back as they come. Culture vultures will have a packed itinerary here, starting with visits to some of the many museums. While not the largest, the Bait Al Zubair Museum ( is arguably the most intriguing. Funded by the family whose names it bears, this restored traditional home contains a brilliantly curated collection, including a stunning selection of jewellery and wedding garments. Other must-visits are the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat (, especially for those aficionados of the more old-school styles of music.
GPS location: 23.601755, 58.399049
Driving time: 5hrs (446km).

Salalah, Oman
By far the longest trip on our list, you’ll definitely want to make a weekend of it down in sunny Salalah. For those brave enough to tackle this trek (you might want a co-driver or two for this one), the rewards here are immense, as this coastal city is as wonderfully welcoming as it is abundant with nature. Twitchers should pack their binoculars and head for the coastal wetlands, where you’ll find an array of terns, waders, raptors and passerines, in a lovely location set against the backdrop of the stunning Dhofar Mountains.
GPS location: 17.050713, 54.106418
Driving time: 11hrs 30mins (1,236km).

Three top holiday destinations from the UAE to Eastern EuropeEmma Pearson, 26 May 2019 03:51:22 +0400Belgrade
The city of Belgrade is an increasingly popular and historic tourist destination thanks to its varying architecture, typical of a central European city, and more modern architecture and spacious layout of New Belgrade.

Loud, adventurous, proud and audacious: Belgrade (‘White City’) is by no means an attractive capital in the aesthetic sense, but its gritty flamboyance makes it one of Europe’s most lively cities.

Buildings range from socialist blocks to art-nouveau masterpieces, making it a must-visit for architecture fans.

Venture deeper into Belgrade and you’ll discover museums guarding the cultural and military heritage of the country.

The Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier Air Arabia flies direct to Serbia’s capital city direct from Sharjah. Return flights to the city take off four times per week – every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from Sharjah International Airport.
From Dhs918 (one way). From Fri Jun 28. Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah,

Set along the banks of the Dnipro River, this Ukrainian city is a place of big statements with glittering golden church spires and gargantuan tower blocks. There’s plenty to see, and you’d do well to take a trip to the Pyrohovo Museum of Folk Architecture, which sits out in the open air. The Chernobyl Museum is also interesting (and harrowing) while Pinchuk Art Centre is a world-class gallery featuring contemporary art and design from Ukraine and beyond.

You can now take one of two daily flights to Boryspil International Airport from DXB with flydubai on the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 cabin that offers a flat-bed in Business Class, for extra comfort, privacy, and snoozing space.
Return flights from Dhs1,165. Available now. Dubai International Airport, Garhoud,

Prague is the equal of Florence in terms of beauty. Its history goes back a millennium and now you can fly there direct from Dubai without it costing an arm and a leg. Low cost airline Air Arabia launched direct flights to Czech Republic capital Prague in December 2018 from its Sharjah home base. The route operates five times a week every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday and flights take around six hours and 50 minutes. Emirates and flydubai also operate services to Prague from Dubai International Airport, so shop around for the best deal before you jet off.
From Dhs1,170 (one way). Available now. Sharjah International Airport, Sharjah,

Top things to do in Ras Al KhaimahEmma Pearson, 23 May 2019 05:16:33 +0400Driving time: 1hr 20mins (113km).
Ras Al Khaimah’s charm lies in its mellow ambience. A casual stroll along part of the 64km of white-sand coast followed by dinner overlooking Al Hamra Marina is an idyllic way to relax after making the drive up here, before you start on all of the adrenaline-inducing stuff that Ras Al Khaimah has by the absolute bucket-load.

Things to do
Longest zip line
World’s tallest building? Check. World’s tallest hotel? Tick that one off. World’s fastest roller coaster? Yes, that’s sorted. What else have you got, UAE? Well, how about the world’s longest zip line? That’s not a problem, either. Jebel Jais Flight is 2.83km-long (the same length as 28 football pitches) and can accommodate 400 people per day flying down the line at speeds of up to 150kph from 1,680m above sea level and during the summer it's half price. For the next few months prices for the zipline start from Dhs341.25, down from Dhs650. Bargain.
Dhs341.25. Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah,

Explore a deserted town
If the hustle and bustle of daily life gets a bit much, then there is a place you are guaranteed plenty of peace and quiet. The abandoned pearling village of Jazirat Al Hamra in Ras Al Khaimah has remained almost unchanged since its inhabitants left in 1968, making it a permanent monument to a bygone era. Populated constantly from the 16th century until just 40 years ago, forts, schools, mosques and many other buildings still stand in the area. While it is completely empty, the vilage’s atmospheric, almost end-of-the-world quality ensures its gets its fair share of visits from intrigued tourists. It even has a celebrity friend in the form of Brad Pitt, who flew down by helicopter to film scenes for War Machine, which was released on Netflix in 2017.
Between Al Hamra Village and Al Jazeera Port in Ras Al Khaimah.

Dhayah Fort
Head up here day or night for a view out across RAK that will take your breath away. The fort dates back to the 16th century when it was built in a strategic hilltop position facing the gulf. There’s 234 steps to the top, but persevere and you’ll be rewarded.
Al Rams (056 334 3464).

The best ways to spend a weekend in Al AinEmma Pearson, 23 May 2019 04:51:29 +0400Driving time: 1hr 40mins (149km).
Being bound on all sides by desert, the UAE is hardly well known for its greenery, but as soon as you approach this most verdant of outposts on the Dubai-Al Ain Road, you’ll soon realise how it gets its “Garden City” moniker.

Things to do
Explore Al Ain Oasis

It’s not called Al Ain Oasis for nothing, this is a lush area, filled with trees, plants and plenty of shrubbery. There are almost 150,000 date palms in this tranquil spot in the middle of Al Ain city and it uses the traditional falaj water system for irrigation and wells to store the water.
Hessa bint Mohammed Street, Al Mutawaa, Al Ain (03 712 8523)

Dive into some water sports
Navigate your way through crashing waves of an adrenaline-charged white-water rafting experience at the base of Jebel Hafeet. As well as white water rafting, Wadi Adventure offers kayaking, wakeboarding and surfing. All raft trips include a professional guide and all of the safety equipment you could need, so get ready to make an almighty splash.
From Dhs35 (adults). Open daily 11am-7pm, Jebel Hafeet, Al Ain, (03 781 8422).

Jebel Hafeet
At a towering 1,240 metres, Jebel Hafeet is the highest peak in Abu Dhabi, but the mountain will make you work for those rewarding views. Forged out of craggy limestone, weathered over the course of million years, this mountainous landmark stands guard over Al Ain and borders Oman.

You can drive your way to the top (it is one of the best road trips around) or cycle to the summit via a winding highway.
Jebel Hafeet, Al Ai,

Three exciting road trips from DubaiEmma Pearson, 22 May 2019 06:23:02 +0400Ajman
Driving time: 1hr (56km).
The UAE’s tiniest emirate just proves that the best things come in small packages. If you’re desperate to escape the hubbub of big city life, head up to Ajman for a more laid-back vibe. It’s little wonder they’re so easy-going when they have some of the nation’s best beaches to chill out on, one of the finest being at Ajman Hotel ( The drive up takes you on the Emirates Highway, with gorgeous dunes around you. Once there, you must visit the Ajman Museum, set in an 18th century fort and offering a cultural insight into the emirate.

Liwa Oasis
Driving time: 3hrs (309km).
Head about 100 miles south west of the capital and you’ll find a desert settlement of roughly 50 villages and the former home of the ruling families of both Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The highpoint in the local calendar is the Liwa Date Festival, an event celebrating the various customs, traditions and heritage of the UAE, in particular the date palm tree.

The area contains a number of forts worth visiting, along with the imposing Moreeb Dune, but due to its remoteness, Liwa is ideal for just getting away from it all. If you book early enough, you can get some cracking deals at the luxury Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara (, where you can soak up the mystique of the Empty Quarter as you survey your unique surroundings.

Musandam Peninsula
Driving time:
3hrs 8mins (234km).
Arguably one of the most scenic routes out of the UAE, the drive to Musandam is worth the effort for a plethora of reasons. Not only will you be treated to the most stunning landscapes of offer in the region, once in this Omani outpost, you’ll find a hive of sporting activity – most of it based on the water. From kayaking the “fjords” to going fishing using traditional equipment, Musandam has a wealth of aquatic activities on offer.