Dubai Travel

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Eubayy, iconic for its skyscrapers and high-rise buildings. In particular the Burj Khalifa – world’s tallest building.

Dubai is located on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates; and lies directly within the Arabian Desert.

Dubai has no rivers or oases; however Dubai it does have a natural inlet, the Dubai Creek.

Even though Arabic is the official language of the United Arab Eubayy, English is the most spoken language in Dubai.

There are also other languages spoken in Dubai like Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Tamil, Tagalog, Persian, Chinese, Malayalam, and others.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven constituent monarchies: the Emirates of Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain.

The ruler of Dubai is the Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, the head of government.

Tourism is an important part of the Dubai government’s strategy to maintain the flow of foreign cash into the emirate.

Dubai’s main tourist attraction is based mainly on shopping. Dubai has been called the “shopping capital of the Middle East”.

The City of Gold” – There are over 250 gold shops in Deira.

Dubai Creek Park plays a vital role in Dubai tourism.

Some of the most famous tourist attractions in Dubai are the Dolphinarium, Cable Car, Camel Ride, Horse Carriage and Exotic Birds Shows.

Palm Jumeirah Island

Dubai is home to several man-made islands, the Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago.

It is one of three planned islands called the Palm Islands which extend into the Persian Gulf.

Palm Jumeirah has a monorail, that connects the Palm Jumeirah to the mainland, and has an extension to the Dubai Metro Rail.

Dubai Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden, is the world’s largest flower garden. It has a total of 45 million flowers.

Dubai has a variety of parks like Safa Park, Mushrif Park, and Hamriya Park. Each park is different from the other; for example Mushrif Park showcases houses from different parts of the world.

Ski Dubai
Ski Dubai is a large indoor skiing facility at Mall of the Emirates, offering snowboarding, ski lessons, and has a children’s play area and a café.

Burj Al Arab Hotel
The Burj Al Arab Hotel / Tower of the Arabs Hotel , is a luxury hotel, is frequently described as “the world’s only 7-star” hotel on the hotel.

Public Transportation
Transport in Dubai is controlled by the Roads and Transport Authority – The RTA. The RTA is a government agency of Dubai, formed by royal decree in 2005. The bus system services 140 different routes.

Dubai Taxi Corporation, is a division of the RTA, they are known for their taxis with red roofs. There are also five private taxi companies.

Skyscraper Dubai
Dubai has a rich collection of buildings and structures of various architectural styles.

In 2010 they completed the Burj Khalifa – Khalifa Tower in english – the world’s tallest building.

At the top of the Burj Khalifa, you will find the world’s highest observatory deck with an outdoor terrace.

Airport
Dubai International Airport is the 3rd busiest airport in the world by passenger traffic. It handles an estimated 83 million passengers annually.

The airport is also the busiest airport in the world by international passenger traffic.

The Dubai Metro is the first urban train network in the Arabian Peninsula. All the trains run without a driver and are based on automatic navigation.

The tramway located in Al Sufouh, Dubai, runs for 14.5 kilometres that’s about 9.0 miles.

Arabic Food / Emirati Cuisine
Arabic food is very popular and tasty is available everywhere in the city. There are place in the tourist area that give free on the food laws and observations.

Dubai is known for its nightlife. Clubs and bars are found mostly in hotels due to the liquor laws.

Dress Code and the Law
The Emirati attire is typical of several countries in the Arabian peninsula.
Women usually wear the “Abaya”, a long black robe with a hijab – headscarf which also covers the neck.

The dress code is not mandatory nonetheless there are prohibitions on clothes that reveal too much skin.

Visitors are expected to conform to the dress code, and are encoded in Dubai’s criminal law.

Football and cricket are the most popular sports in Dubai.

The electrical current in Dubai is 220/240 V, 50 Hz AC. British-style 3-pin electrical plugs are used (Type G or 13 amp plug).

Most electrical goods sold in Dubai have European 2-pin plugs. The same power system is used throughout the United Arab Emirates.

There is no doubt traveling to Dubai is a must, discover the beauty of their islands. Take in the view from the highest of skyscrapers and gaze upon the beauty and charm of nature.

Let me know all about your experience in all those skyscrapers.

Take lots of pictures, and send us some. Have a good time.

Siegburg Travel

Siegburg is a wonderful small city located on the banks of the rivers Sieg and Agger; in the district of Rhein-Sieg-Kreis, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

Siegburg sits on the base of a mountain.

Siegburg is one of the few cities in the world that has converted – most – if not all of it’s street lights; to energy efficient – LED – bulbs. Reducing the use and cost of energy tremendously in Siegburg.

In 1816 Siegburg became the county seat of the Rhein-Sieg-Kreis.

Some of Siegburg most interesting sites in Siegburg are:

Holzgasse – The Holzgasse is a long cobblestone paved street full of shops and restaurants.

Abtei Michaelsberg – The Abtei Michaelsberg is the former residence of the Benedictine Monks; who produced a liquor called Siegburger Abtei-Likör and a beer called Michel.

Medieval Christmas Markett – Siegburg is known for it’s medieval Christmas market. The market features Medieval tents, full of the era’s artifacts and medieval music. A variety of wines are served – this includes honey wines and some of the era’s most tasteful breads. It’s a great place to step back in time.

Siegburg Museum – The Siegburg museum features the history of Siegburg from prehistoric times until the Federal Republic. The museum has a medieval cellar vault; conserved from 1826.

Oktopus Siegburg – The Oktopus Siegburg is a great place to go to if you like deep sea diving – here you can do it indoors. It’s one of the deepest indoor diving centers of Europe. The tower has a depth of 20 meters and a diameter of 10 to 18 meters.

Cineplex Siegburg – The Cineplex Is the biggest cinema in Siegburg; it shows the latest movies. It consists of: 2 small – cozy movie theaters, 4 medium size – movie halls, and one huge movie theater – that can house 500 people.

Michealsberg Abbey – Is a former monastery of the Benedictine Order, founded in 1064 by the Archbishop of Cologne, the monastery is dedicated to the Archangel Michael.

During the 14th century, the abbey was said to be directly subject to the Holy Roman Emperor. This led to a war, with the town of Siegburg.

In 1676, the abbey became the subject of local territorial power.

During the period of the Thirty Years’ War, the abbey became – a center of literary and musical studies.

There is no doubt that Siegburg is a great place to travel to; a small town with a huge history and great restaurants.

When you visit, check your electrical items – the voltage in Germany is 230 V 50 Hz, adapter C / F.

Let me know about your trip to Siegburg, did you dive? How deep did you go – was it cold outside when you did it?

Auf Wiedersehen!

Experience Public Transportation when you Travel

Going on vacation is something that we just don’t get up and do. It’s something that you research carefully for months. You take into consideration the duration of the trip (days, weeks, or months) and the sites you want to see, and of course your budget.

How can I extend my budget and get the most out of my vacation, is always always a question. Once I arrive how will I get around?

This is very important. If you’re going to rent a car is not going to be as enjoyable for you if your driving; as it will be be for your passengers. You have to keep your eyes on the road, and avoid getting lost.  So much for seeing the sites.

Reduce Stress

Relax, use local transportation and reduce the stressors of driving while on vacation.

The use of public transportation when you travel can help you relax, reduce stress, and stay within budget; here are some proven tips that help:

Hotel or Lodgings

Find a place withing your budget that is close to a train, tram, ferry or bus station.

This can be a hotel, motel or apartment. Just make sure you are close to a train, bus or tram station.

Know the schedules, late night cab fares can be expensive.

Public Train System

Most most countries have railway systems, and they will transport you to their most interesting sites.

You can save money by buying a daily, weekly or monthly train pass.

It’s always useful to ask for a map of the route.

Some local trains even have two levels.

Long term passes are usually cheaper and give you unlimited access to their system. In most countries you can buy these tickets in advance.

In Europe, consider the Eurail/Interail pass. This is quite cost effective especially if you are travelling long distances.

Plan ahead. Most countries require a train reservation when traveling across borders.

The Public Bus System – The public bus system is simple to use. It’s the most taken for granted transport, world wide.

Most countries have a detailed schedule of their route and fares in the bus stop or at their terminal. bus-stop

One of the great things about the bus system  is that it allows you to sit behind a large glass window and enjoy  the sites.

World wide, the public bus system usually covers the shopping  center,  most government buildings and sites, museums and parks. They also make it easy to find good restaurants.

Metro area buses usually offer a more frequent, and  comfortable service.

Trams – Many Tram Systems have unlimited card services. You can buy a daily, weekly, or monthly card or passes to enjoy their services.

Tickets are usually valid across their whole network from the time of purchase. Allowing you to take as many journeys; as you choose within your chosen time frame.

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Trams like buses usually pass right in front of most popular sites and tourist attractions.

General Concerns about Safety in Public Transportation

Some general concerns about public transportation are personal safety and pick pockets.

As of rule of caution, avoid solitaire bus stations; as well as exterior Train or Tram stations near wooded areas if you are alone or if there is no one else in the area.

If approached by a suspicious person, speak to the person in the local language if known, or about local nearby places. It means you know the area.

This way your shirt or polo covers your pockets.

Most shirts and polos if worn outside the pants will cover your pockets.

This is also is more relaxing, and makes it difficult to tell if you have your wallet or not.

Do not place your wallet in your back pocket wallet-cash-credit-card-pocket

Inserting your wallet the long way in your back pocket, can result in it being easily removed. If you must use your back pocket, insert it the wide way.

The width will  make it hard to pull out, even for you.

Use your Front Pockets

Which front pocket is best to use? The one on the side of the hand you write with. That hand is usually busy, it’s constantly in motion. Moving as you walk, as you talk, blocking everything in it’s path. The best thing is,  that it’s all natural. When you think about it, this natural process has sometimes caused you embarrasment.

Remember when you hit someone by mistake as you walked by them, because your arms were swinging. That hand is usually the one you write with. You did not mean to hit them. It was embarrasing when it happened.

The hand you struck, was in your protected area. That is the space we sub-consciously reserve as our private domain when we walk down the street. Nonetheless, it’s embarrasing when we collide, but what if it saved your wallet.

Carrying a Laptop, Tablet  or  Purse 

If you must carry a large bag because you need your  laptop,tablet, medicines or baby articles in it. Make sure it has a long strong strap.

Wear it across your chest.

Do not hang it over one shoulder; it can be easily removed.

Wearing it across your chest, makes it difficult to move.

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This method also helps distribute the weight of the bag across your torso. Remember pick pockets and muggers are looking for easy prey.

A person with a bag across their chest to a prowler means pulling, wrestling and arguing with them to get the bag, and increasing the chance of being arrested during the struggle.

The point is don’t let negative things keep you from having a good time and saving money.

See the local Culture and  Sites, by Using Public Transportation

The best thing about Public Transportation is that it takes you thru the local vicinity. If you take the full ride of the bus, train, or tram in both directions you might see sites things million of tourist never seen.

All you need is a little time, no schedule, some preparations, some basic precautions, the right clothes and you are on your way towards the experience of a life time, and the price. Bus, Train or Tram fare.

Let public transportation take you away , and show you the local culture.

It can be a  rich and rewarding experience, that in the long run will help you return home feeling rested and relaxed.

Search the Web

Searching the web before you go on vacation, can help you get there well informed about local hotels, motels, apartments, restaurants, maps, museums and parks in the area you are visiting.

Using public transportation is also empowering. It helps you feel confident about being able to commute like the locals. This takes away the feeling of being lost.

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Public transportation can also help you feel at home while you soak in the local culture.

Enjoy your travel, and don’t  forget to let me know, how your trip went.

Your input can help others.

Have a great time.