Get the bus from Dubai to Oman for Dhs55Scott Campbellhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/395861-get-the-bus-from-dubai-to-oman-for-dhs55Tue, 29 Jan 2019 04:57:56 +0400It's about to get easier than ever to visit Oman – with a new public bus running from Dubai to Muscat three times a day.

Route 201 will operate from Abu Hail Bus Station at 7.30am, 3.30pm and 11pm, with the full journey taking six hours.

It will stop at Airport Terminal 2 at 7.45am, 3.45pm and 11.15pm, as well as Rashidiya Bus Station 15 minutes later.

And even better, the price for a one-way trip is just Dhs55 – with a return coming in at Dhs90.

Every bus has free WiFi on board and can accommodate up to 50 passengers – and RTA is even looking at integrating Nol card payment in the future.

Ahmed Bahrozyan, chief executive of the RTA's Public Transport Agency, said: "We have enhanced the existing Dubai-Muscat route by adding the three stations that belong to the RTA.

"This means, the passengers will have better service because these stations are connected to multiple modes of transport, meaning commuters can take the taxi or Metro to continue their journey."

"The collaboration will enhance customer experience and increase the ridership between the countries using public buses.

"Initially, there will be three trips daily but we can increase the number of trips depending on demand."

Oman is now easier to get to, but there are also loads of other brilliant destinations you can reach from Dubai.

That includes everywhere from Amsterdam to Boryspil in Ukraine – as well as destinations such as India and Croatia.

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Create your own entertainment playlist on your next Emirates flightDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/395149-create-your-own-entertainment-playlist-on-your-next-emirates-flightTue, 22 Jan 2019 11:24:09 +0400The best way to pass a long-haul flight quickly is to watch copious amounts of entertainment, and Emirates has just introduced a way for passengers to get to their favourite shows and songs first.

The Dubai -based airline has announced an “innovative new function” on its app that lets customers create personalised playlists before their flight and sync it to their seats once on board.

This means passengers can choose from over 1,000 movies, TV box sets, and listen to tens of thousands of music tracks, podcasts and games before they board the flight.

If you fancy planning all the movies and shows you want to watch, just download the Emirates App, go to My Trips, choose your booking, browse through the channels in the catalogue and start adding your favourites.

Once on board, connect to the OnAir Wi-Fi and follow the syncing process so it connects to your seat’s screen. Hey presto, your playlist is ready.

“In keeping with our ‘Fly Better’ promise, our teams work tirelessly to provide ever better world-class travel experiences”, said Emirates president Sir Tim Clark.

“Our customers can now browse the unmatched content on offer and create personal entertainment playlists at their leisure.”

The airline’s system offers entertainment of all sorts in 44 languages, and adds more than 100 movies each month. As for the little ones, there are 75 Disney, Marvel, and other children’s movies for them to pick from.

The playlist syncing is available on more than 100 Emirates Boeing 777 aircrafts, and will soon be available on the entire Emirates fleet in the coming months.

Can’t wait to hop on a flight and personalise your experience? Take a look at Skyscanner’s tips which reveal the best day to book your flight and even the cheapest day to fly out on.

Also worth knowing is that Emirates has announced changes to its schedule, with several flights being cancelled or re-timed between Tuesday April 16 and Thursday May 30.

We can’t wait for our next flight.
For more information, go to emirates.com.

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Dubai road renamed to mark Expo 2020https://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394958-dubai-road-renamed-to-mark-expo-2020Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:51:30 +0400Motorists of Dubai, take note. The city is renaming one of its roads, so prepare to hear Expo Road on that navigator.

HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered Jebel Ali Lehbab Road to be renamed to “Expo Road”, according to the Dubai Media Office.

The road passes through a few hotspots, including The Sevens, Dubai Investment Park and Tiger Woods Dubai – an 18-hole, par 72, 7,400 yard championship golf course and clubhouse that is set to open in the future.

Dubai’s hugely anticipated Expo 2020 is set to officially open near the Al Maktoum International Airport, right next to the newly named road.

More than 25 million people, 70 percent being tourists, are expected to visit the city over the course of the six-month event, so the renamed Jebel Ali Lehbab Road to Expo Road is sure to make navigating easier.

You can check out all you need to know about Expo 2020 below.

If you’re further out that way, you may want to check out this tiny desert café that’s only open for three hours a day. Talk about secret.
For more information about the huge expo, head to expo2020dubai.com.

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UAE Hyperloop opening date is revealedhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394954-uae-hyperloop-opening-date-is-revealedSun, 20 Jan 2019 12:47:26 +0400The opening date of the much-anticipated UAE Hyperloop has been revealed, with the launch set to take place next year.

It's set to be the first commercial track of its kind, and will cost somewhere between $20 and $40 million per kilometre.

Abu Dhabi's Aldar signed a deal to start working on the 150-kilometre project last year.

But Bibop Gresta, chairman of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, says that amount can be recouped in 15 years.

The first 10km stretch will be ready by 2020 and, when complete, the Hyperloop will cut travel time between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 12 minutes.

“It was a far-fetched dream, but we are all excited now that it’s a dream coming true in the UAE in 2020,” Gresta said.

“Basically, the Abu Dhabi Hyperloop system is right now past the feasibility study. We have already completed the study after we partnered with Aldar Properties last year. It will be the first commercial Hyperloop line in the world.”

The Hyperloop TT site will on the border of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, near the Expo 2020 site.

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Skyscanner survey reveals cheapest day to fly out of UAEDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394855-skyscanner-survey-reveals-cheapest-day-to-fly-out-of-uaeThu, 17 Jan 2019 12:14:12 +0400Planning your next holiday destination? You’ll definitely want to hear what Skyscanner has to say about booking your next flight.

According to its latest survey, the travel search site has announced that Thursdays are the cheapest day of the week to fly out of the UAE.

Compiling data from last year, Skyscanner revealed travellers could save more than ten percent by switching from a Friday departure day, the most expensive say to fly out, to a Thursday departure day.

It also showed that it’s “significantly cheaper” to travel a day before or after travellers original departure dates.

Saturdays are the best time to book you flight, as data showed travellers could save two per cent on average flight prices by booking on Saturday over a Wednesday – the most expensive day to book.

The travel search site also released other tips on flying, stating that while Sunday April 1 was the busiest day for outbound flights from the UAE in 2018, Thursdays are usually the busiest on average.

As for the best value destinations for 2019, Salalah in Oman lead the list with a 40 percent price drop, followed by Las Vegas with 21 percent and Muscat with 14 percent.

You can check out the full list below:
1) Salalah, Oman
2) Las Vegas, United States
3) Muscat, Oman
4) Larnaca, Cyprus
5) Tashkent, Uzbekistan
6) Harare, Zimbabwe
7) Los Angeles, United States
8) Madurai, India
9) Chandigarh, India
10) Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

Now that you’re in the know, check out Etihad Airways' massive sale on flights from the UAE, with offers including tickets to Manila, Barcelona and Munich.

Hate long haul flights? This supersonic jet can fly from Dubai to London in just three hours, and will soon be in development.

It’s time to dust off those passports and start booking flights.
www.skyscanner.ae

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Etihad reveals massive sale on flights from the UAEScott Campbellhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394677-etihad-reveals-massive-sale-on-flights-from-the-uaeTue, 15 Jan 2019 11:49:22 +0400If you're considering booking a flight, then now is the time – with another major airline announcing a huge sale on flights.

Etihad Airways has slashed prices on economy and business class seats on routes across the globe, just days after Emirates did the same.

You'll need to be quick though, because the prices are only available until Thursday January 24.

Return economy fares from Abu Dhabi to Manila are available from just Dhs1,763, while flyers can also get to Barcelona for Dhs2,573 or Munich for Dhs2,783.

Meanwhile, if you're planning to go business class then tickets cost as little as Dhs5,409 for flights to Bangkok in Thailand or Dhs4,569 to the Egyptian capital Cairo.

Alternatively, if you want to fly from Dubai, then check out the special fares on offer from Emirates – with tickets starting at Dhs795.

Some highlights include trips to Asia for as low as Dhs825, spots in Europe from Dhs1,955 and the USA for around Dhs3,500.

For those planning on heading to the Phillipines, flights start from Dhs2,095, while fares to places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad are going for under Dhs1,000.

If you’ve always wanted to head over to The Big Apple, fares to New York are from Dhs3,995, while a trip to London will set you back at least Dhs2,285.

As for other destinations, other flights that will set you back around Dhs2,600 include Rome, Prague, Frankfurt, Malta, Moscow, Athens, Zurich and many more.

So get planning and we'll see you on board.
Etihad until Thu Jan 24, etihad.ae. Emirates until Tue Jan 22, emirates.ae.

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Supersonic jet can fly from Dubai to London in three hoursScott Campbellhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394674-supersonic-jet-can-fly-from-dubai-to-london-in-three-hoursTue, 15 Jan 2019 11:44:45 +0400A new supersonic jet that can fly from Dubai to London in three-and-a-half hours has moved one step closer to launching.

The prototype airliner was first revealed by Colorado-based Overture in 2017, but now a Dhs367m deal has been signed for the next phase of the project.

It means that the 55-seat Boom Supersonic XB-1 airliner will finally go into development, with a half-size prototype taking to the skies later this year.

It is hoped that the jets will begin flying commercially in 2020, with tickets costing approximately the same as current business class fares.

Virgin Atlantic and Japan Airlines have already placed orders, with more firms set to follow.

Although routes have not yet been confirmed, the jet would theoretically be able to travel from Dubai to London in just three-and-a-half hours, or from Dubai to Boston in seven hours.

At the moment, it takes more than 14 hours to fly to Boston on a traditional airliner.

The three-engine planes will reach speeds of more than 2,334 kilometres per hour and will be half the size of the famous Concorde.

Flying up at 60,000 feet, those on board will experience less turbulence – perfect for nervy flyers.

Energy efficiency is greatly improved too, while advanced aerodynamics, carbon fibre composites and turbofan jet engines make it possible to nearly halve journey times around the world.

That's going to make travelling a whole lot quicker.
Launching 2020. For more information, go to boomsupersonic.com.

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Emirates reveals huge sale on flights from DubaiDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394260-emirates-new-budget-prices-reveals-flights-from-dhs795Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:00:18 +0400If you’re already thinking about summer holidays and which new destinations to explore (like we are), you’ll want to check out these budget offers from Emirates.

The Dubai airline has revealed this year’s first set of budget flights for passengers flying to Middle East, Europe, Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Pacific – all for as little as Dhs795.

Be fast though, as travellers will need to book tickets before Tuesday January 22 for flights from Thursday January 10 until November 30.

Some highlights include trips to Asia for as low as Dhs825, spots in Europe from Dhs1,955 and the USA for around Dhs3,500.

For those planning on heading to the Phillipines, flights start from Dhs2,095, while fares to places such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad are going for under Dhs1,000.

If you’ve always wanted to head over to The Big Apple, fares to New York are from Dhs3,995, while a trip to London will set you back at least Dhs2,285.

The cheapest of them all though is a flight to Kuwait for just Dhs795.

As for other destinations, other flights that will set you back around Dhs2,600 include Rome, Prague, Frankfurt, Malta, Moscow, Athens, Zurich and many more.

For those looking to indulge, Emirates Holidays offers a five-star holiday experience for an additional spend starting at Dhs2,479 per person, inclusive of the airfare.

Emirates announced that it’s expecting a peak period for travel just after the New Year, so the sooner you book these budget flights, the better.

To start planning your trips abroad throughout 2019, head to www.emirates.ae and get booking.

If you love exploring Europe and haven’t been to Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade yet, you’ll be happy to know Air Arabia will soon have direct flights to the popular tourist spot, and you can book your flight right now.

It’s never too soon to start planning your next trip.
Bookings: Thu Jan 10-Tue Jan 22. Flights: Until Nov 30. www.emirates.ae.

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Flights from UAE to Belgrade announced by Air Arabiahttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/394198-flights-from-uae-to-belgrade-announced-by-air-arabiaThu, 10 Jan 2019 04:49:09 +0400Have a New Year’s resolution to become a bit more familiar with the world? Air Arabia’s new direct flights will help you out, bringing travelers to a popular European spot.

Starting from Friday June 28, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier will have a new route to Serbia’s capital city, Belgrade, direct from Sharjah.

Return flights will take off four times per week – every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Flights will depart from Sharjah International Airport on Tuesdays and Fridays at 9am, arriving at Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport (BEG) at 1pm local time.

The return flight will depart from Belgrade at 1.40pm, with passengers expected to arrive back in Sharjah at 9pm.

For those afternoon flyers, Thursday and Saturday flights will leave at 3.45pm, while the return flight will depart from Belgrade at 9.45pm, arriving to Sharjah at about 5am local time.

Tickets to a one-way flight will cost from Dhs918, and you can book a seat right now over at airarabia.com.

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.

“We are glad to add the capital and largest city in Serbia, Belgrade to our growing tourist hotspots with direct flights from Sharjah”, said Air Arabia chief executive Adel Al Ali.

“The new Sharjah to Belgrade service offers our customers a unique opportunity to discover a colorful and historic city.”

The new route follows Air Arabia’s other recent launch of flights to the Czech’s capital city, Prague, bringing its flight routes to more than 155 destinations across the globe.

Speaking of impressive numbers, Emirates released its 2018 record-breaking numbers on the amount of passengers, routes and planes.

If you're thinking of other spots to go, you'll also be able to fly to Naples and Budapest from Dubai this year.

That’s another resolution to strike off the list.
From Fri Jun 28. For more information, go to airarabia.com.

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You can fly to Naples and Budapest from Dubai in 2019Emma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/393461-you-can-fly-to-naples-and-budapest-from-dubai-in-2019Mon, 31 Dec 2018 04:08:13 +0400Planning your holidays for 2019? Well now you can get a European city break on the list.

flydubai will be offering direct flights to Budapest and Naples as of June next year, with both flights departing from DXB Terminal 3.

Flights to Naples in Italy will commence on Tuesday June 4, followed by Dubai to Budapest in Hungary from Thursday June 27, with the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircrafts being used for both of the new flights.

The flights to Naples will operate up to five flights a week, becoming the first UAE carrier to offer direct flights.

Daily flights to Budapest will be in addition to the current service offered by Emirates.

“We are delighted to be launching flights to Budapest and Naples,” said Ghaith Al Ghaith, Chief Executive Officer of flydubai. “These destinations provide our passengers with more choice on our network while reaffirming our commitment to the vision set by us to create free flows of tourism and strengthen direct airlinks with the UAE.”

Naples is one of the largest cities in Italy and is home to a tonne of cultural attractions and the beautiful Amalfi coastline. Budapest, which is situated on both banks of the Danube river, combines impressive architecture with numerous museums, galleries and its famous thermal baths.

Meanwhile if you're looking for something closer to home, why not check out these hotels due to open in Dubai in 2019?

We’re always ready for a holiday.
Prices vary. From Tue Jun 4 (Naples), from Thu Jun 27 (Budapest). Dubai International Airport, Garhoud, www.flydubai.com.

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