Bag a bargain holiday with this huge one-off sale event at Dubai World Trade CentreEmma Pearsonhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/402540-bag-a-bargain-holiday-with-this-huge-one-off-sale-event-at-dubai-world-trade-centreWed, 17 Apr 2019 06:45:13 +0400You know the feeling. Your shoulders ache, your face is pasty and you’re in desperate need of a break, yet one devastating glance at your bank balance puts all notions of a holiday out of your mind.

The only thing you can afford is the bus fare to the supermarket, where you’ll stock up on instant noodles and cuppa soups for sad dinners spent fantasising about holidays that could have been – until now.

ATM Holiday Shopper is coming to Dubai World Trade Centre offering hundreds of exclusive travel and tourism discounts for one day only.

Get down to the event on Saturday April 27 where travel agencies, hotels and resorts from near and far will be offering incredible deals that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

In the midst of it will be Middle Eastern holiday website HolidayME which will be providing 20 percent off package holidays to the first 100 visitors to the stand.

Fancy heading to Ras Al Khaimah? Well there's a stand for that too, and if you head here you’ll also get 20 percent off hotel stays or a complimentary room upgrade at various properties across the emirate, as well as 20 percent off spa treatments and food and drinks during your stay.

More interested in a staycay in the UAE or a jaunt to Saudi Arabia? TIME Hotels are offering 35 percent off when booking a package holiday, while Holiday Factory are offering ten percent off package holidays to 25 destinations across the Indian Ocean, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

You can also jet off to Lebanon for 10 percent less and enjoy ancient ruins, mountain vistas and absolutely smashing food, when you book a package holiday, short break or group tour with Nakhal.

You’ll even have the chance to win trip for two to the Czech Republic including flights and accommodation as part of the massive raffle, with other prizes including include two tickets to the UEFA Europa League Final in Baku, two tickets to the UEFA Nations League Final in Portugal and two tickets to a Manchester United match in the UK.

You can get your tickets to the event now and get two tickets for the price of one when you use the code TO50.

We’re packing our flip-flops and sunscreen as we speak.
Dhs50 (buy one get one free with code TO50). Sat Apr 27, noon-8pm, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.atmholidayshopper.com.

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Dubai airline offering flight discounts for travelling togetherScott Campbellhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/401863-dubai-airline-offering-flight-discounts-for-travelling-togetherMon, 08 Apr 2019 04:56:54 +0400With summer fast approaching, there's never been a better time to book a getaway to cooler climes.

And now it's about to get even easier, with Flydubai announcing ticket discounts for passengers travelling together.

The UAE-based airline is offering 15 percent off for those travelling with loved ones to selected destinations around the world.

To take advantage of the deal, you'll need to book at least two return tickets with travelling dates between Sunday April 14 and Tuesday May 28.

The offer is valid on both economy and business class tickets, with destinations including Prague, Mumbai, Krakow in Poland and Georgian capital Tbilisi.

Tickets start at Dhs672 for a return flight, which is an absolute bargain.

You'll need to be quite quick though, as the group offer is only running until Wednesday April 10.

It's time to get booking.
Until Wed Apr 10. Travel between Sun Apr 14 and Tue May 28. For more information, go to flydubai.com.

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Emirates plans to launch Netflix-style service for passengersScott Campbellhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/401574-emirates-plans-to-launch-netflix-style-service-for-passengersTue, 02 Apr 2019 11:41:27 +0400Emirates is planning to launch a Netflix-style service that will let passengers stream their favourite shows and movies on demand.

Travellers will be able to log in and receive customised recommendations that are generated using artificial intelligence.

The Dubai airline plans to tailor content based on passengers' age, language and preferences – saving those long scrolls through hundreds of different options at the start of a journey.

According to Patrick Brannelly, Emirates' divisional vice president of customer experience, the system will be rolled out next year.

He told Arabian Business: “The idea is that you log-in to a seat, just the same as you would log in to Netflix.

“For example, if you log in to a system and you choose to watch a German movie, you’re probably German, so let’s bring all the other German content to the top.

“If you’re watching a film for a four-year-old you’re probably young, so let’s bring the younger content to the top.”

He added: “People want stuff that is relevant to them and they want to get to it quickly.”

Earlier this year, the airline revealed a new feature on its app that lets customers create personalised playlists before their flight and sync it to their seats once on board.

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.

All you need to do is 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 the plane, connect to the OnAir Wi-Fi and follow the syncing process so it connects to your seat’s screen – and just like that, your playlist is ready.

Now that's something we're more than happy to get on board with.

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Dubai flight deals revealed by Skyscanner with up to 40 percent offDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/400051-dubai-flight-deals-revealed-by-skyscanner-with-up-to-40-percent-offSun, 24 Mar 2019 10:36:34 +0400Spring break might just be the best time to make some memories in flip flops, especially when Skyscanner has revealed the best places to wear them.

As part of its “Spring Break Deals 2019”, the travel search site has launched a special feature on its app that showcases the best value destinations for UAE travellers to visit during spring.

It shows data on spring break deals from the UAE based on a year-on-year average ticket cost, with highlights including a 40 percent lower price to Thailand compared to last year.

Those looking to travel to India, Lebanon, the UK or Turkey could benefit from up to 30 percent off their return flights.

Skyscanner also revealed travellers are increasingly looking for travel ideas over spring break, with a 47 percent increase in usage of its “Everywhere” search function over the past year.

Want to get in on those bargain flight offers? Just download the app on the Google Play Store or on Apple and click on the “Explore” tab.

Check out the full list of destinations below and take your pick:

• India: up to 30% off
• Thailand: up to 40% off
• Seychelles: up to 25% off
• France: up to 15% off
• Lebanon: up to 30% off
• Philippines: up to 20% off
• Sri Lanka: up to 25% off
• United Kingdom: up to 30% off
• Turkey: up to 30% off
• Georgia: up to 10% off
• Nepal: up to 20% off
• Oman: up to 20% off

That’s not all, as the travel search site has revealed the cheapest day to fly out of the UAE, along with some of the best value locations to head to throughout the year.

There’s quite a few new flight routes that have popped up in Dubai over the past few months, which means new places for the inner tourist in you to explore.

Pack those flip flops – it’s time to go on holiday.
For more information, go to skyscanner.ae.

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These are the most commonly lost items in Ubers in DubaiDarragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/399322-these-are-the-most-commonly-lost-items-in-ubers-in-dubaiSun, 17 Mar 2019 10:35:18 +0400Has anyone lost a pink teddy bear over the past year? Whoever you are, Uber might have it, along with a number of other strange items left behind by travellers.

The transportation app’s Lost & Found index reveals some of the most surprising items riders leave behind during trips, along with the top ten things that are most frequently forgotten.

The most unique items included a family photo, concert tickets, a bag of rice, a microwave and, as the report puts it, an actual sibling. We can’t say we’ve all done that.

As for the most forgotten items, backpacks and bags nabbed the top spot, followed by phones, clothes, wallets, keys, glasses and headphones.

It even revealed which items were commonly found in the back seat of Ubers on certain days, including clothes being the most forgotten on Sunday, keys on Mondays, along with phones and cameras on Tuesdays and Fridays.

As for the day when Uber saw the most forgotten products left behind by riders in the UAE? The first day of 2019.

If you’re one of those who have forgotten something special, all you have to do is tap “Your Trips” on the app and select the trip where you left something behind, then tap “I lost an item”, where you can contact the driver to get your prized possessions back.

Have a look below for the full list of lost items:

Most commonly forgotten items
1. Backpacks/bags/folders/boxes/luggage
2. Phones and cameras
3. Clothes
4. Wallets and purses
5. Keys
6. Glasses
7. Headphones and speakers
8. Water bottles and thermoses
9. Phone chargers
10. Jewellery & makeup

Most unique lost items
1. Pink teddy bear in the backseat
2. Wedding card invitation
3. Kids' scooter
4. Family photo
5. Board game
6. Binoculars
7. A sibling (!)
8. Concert tickets

If you’re opting to take the metro instead, you’re in for a treat this week as metro stations throughout Dubai will be holding a music festival, and it’s completely free to attend.

Let’s try not to leave behind those siblings anymore.

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Flights to Philippines on sale for Dhs30Darragh Murphyhttps://www.timeoutdubai.com/travel/398419-flights-to-philippines-on-sale-for-dhs30Sun, 03 Mar 2019 10:44:22 +0400Planning on taking a trip to the Philippines this year? Well with the prices that Cebu Pacific is offering, you should be.

The low-cost airline has revealed a huge new limited-time sale, offering UAE passengers flights to the Philippines for as little at Dhs30. Now that’s a bargain.

You better be fast though, as the deal lasts until the end of the today (Sunday March 3), or until all available seats are taken. Start clicking.

Flyers can book their flights between Sunday September 1 and February 29, 2020 – perfect for those looking for Christmas holiday plans and want to see family.

To get in on the deal, visit www.cebupacificair.com and book yourself a seat.

If you’re in the mood to plan out your holidays for the year, make sure you check out our guide for the best holiday destinations from Dubai in 2019.

As for other trips, travellers can now look forward to flights to Naples and Budapest from Dubai, as flydubai has announced new flight routes to two major European cities.

If you’re looking for other affordable trips to stunning destinations, why not get the bus from Dubai to Oman for Dhs55? It’s certainly worth it.

The Time Out Dubai team took the trip, and we even picked out some brilliant hole-in-the-wall spots for you to try out.

In the meantime though, nab yourself a seat.
For more information, visit www.cebupacificair.com.

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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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