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Things To Do This Weekend
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We’re seriously spoiled for choice this weekend so rounding up our favourite events was not easy. But, here are just a few of the things that we’re looking forward to this weekend.


Burj Khalifa To Light Up For Expo 2020 At 8.20pm
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It seems like yesterday when Dubai dwelled into celebrations as it won the bid to host Expo 2020. And today, we are just two years away from the actual event which is scheduled to start on 20 October, 2020 and will be held for nearly six months


Dubai Taxi Corporation Announces New Cameras In Taxis
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has begun fitting all its cabs with surveillance cameras. The initiative, dubbed Al Yamama Initiative, will help maintain Dubai as the smartest and happiest city in the world. This aim is to ensure the


Jumeirah Beach Hotel Reopens
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The iconic wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which closed temporarily in May this year for a complete refurbishment, is set to reopen this weekend on Friday, 19 October. So what’s new? The hotel has undergone a modern makeover inspired by the sea


Dubai Is The World's Most Cosmopolitan City
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It’s probably not news to you that there are quite a lot of people living in Dubai. However, the actual figures are monumental. In a report this month, it has been estimated that there are approximately 3.1 million people living in the Emirate


A Driverless Taxi Soon On Dubai Roads
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) will be displaying a model of a driverless taxi at the Gitex Technology Week that begins on Sunday, 14 October. The RTA will start the test run of the first driverless taxi, designed in partnership with Dubai


The Fireworks Are Back!
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New Year's Eve celebrations in Downtown Dubai will once again feature a spectacular firework display on the iconic Burj Khalifa. Back by popular demand, the firework display on the world’s tallest building is part of the New Year’s Eve Gala


Emirates Prepares For Capacity Cut
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Emirates Airlines has confirmed on Sunday that it has already stopped taking bookings of some of its flights between April and May next year when Dubai International airport (DXB) will shut down the southern runway for upgrade works.


Dubai Shopping Festival Dates Announced
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It was only two months ago that the summer shopping festival, Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS), came to an end and we already have another extravaganza to look forward to, as the dates of the annual Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) have been confirmed


Burj Khalifa Lights Up In Honour Of Gandhi
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In honour of the 150th birth anniversary of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly referred as Mahatma (great soul) Gandhi, the iconic Burj Khalifa lit up with his pictures, some of his inspiring quotes and the tri-colour of the Indian flag in the


A New Waterfront Development In Jebel Ali
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A new luxury beachfront neighbourhood project named Marsa Meydan has been unveiled at Cityscape Global. The new development will be located on Jebel Ali’s beachfront will feature four hotels, schools, community centres, cinemas, restaurants


DXB Records Highest Passenger Traffic
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August is always one of the busiest months at Dubai International Airport (DXB), and this year was no different. With 8.37 million passengers passing through the airport in August 2018, DXB has broken all its own previous records and all records


Over 1,000 Films To Choose From On Emirates
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Emirates Airline has made its inflight entertainment system ‘ice’ even more exciting as customers can now choose from over 1,000 movies, in addition to 3,500 channels of on demand entertainment to pass their time on the flight.


Pets Can Now Travel With Flydubai
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Flydubai cargo division will now be offering live animal transport across its network. You can easily book a ticket for your pet on a Flydubai cargo flight which will follow IATA Live Animals Regulations ensuring animal safety.


UAE Passport Now 8th Most Powerful Passport
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The Emirati passport has been ranked as the eight most powerful passport in the world. The passport climbed up one spot in the global ranking of passports in a matter of just 15 days after the UAE government signed the visa-waiver agreement


Dubai Gets Its First Floating Pool
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Dubai is very well known for its reputation of surprising its residents and visitors, with new concepts consistently opening. The latest addition to the leisure scene is Dubai's first floating swimming pool, just 50 metres offshore in the


Dubai Ruling Family’s First Female Pilot
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A video has gone viral depicting a female pilot from Dubai. The pilot is none other than Sheikha Mozah bint Marwan bin Mohammed bin Hasher Al Maktoum of Dubai’s ruling family, who can be seen addressing passengers via the aircraft’s speaker system.


Burj Khalifa Goes Half Dark To Support Gender Equality
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Half of the iconic Burj Khalifa’s lights were switched off to show support for the United Nation’s campaign on gender equality, ‘HeForShe’. Visitors and residents in Downtown Dubai were surprised to see the top half of the world's tallest


A New Beach Club To Open In Dubai
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Good news for disappointed fans of the beach club El Chiringuito, which closed down last week. A new beach club called Playa Nomade, is set to open in its place next month on Friday, 5 October at Rixos The Palm. As the weather starts


Watch: Sheikh Hamdan Rushes To Rescue Distressed Oryx
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The nation’s resident animal whisperer, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, has done it again. Yesterday, HH Sheikh Hamdan, affectionately known as Fazza, posted a video to his social media


New Carriages For Dubai Metro
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The Dubai Metro is introducing new members to its fleet. 50 new carriages will be added to the metro after its new design proved a success. The carriages were tested on a 500 metre track in Poland and went off without a hitch.


Retailers Urged To Register For Tourist VAT Refunds
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UAE retailers will now be subject to a VAT refund scheme for tourists. Following the introduction of the 5 per cent Value Added Tax on goods and services, retail outlets are being asked to sign up for an online scheme.


Abu Dhabi And Dubai Ranked Among The Safest Cities In The World
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Abu Dhabi has officially been ranked as the safest city in the world. The data was gathered by ‘Numbeo,' a crowd-sourced global database of reported consumer prices, perceived crime rates, quality of health care and other statistics.


August Recorded The Highest Number Of Travellers At DXB Airports
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August month is recorded to be one of the busiest month of the year so far at Dubai International Airports with more than 3.8 million travellers using the facility. According to an official at General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners


Claim A VAT Refund In The UAE
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A new VAT refund system for tourists will be implemented by the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) from the beginning of November at airports in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The FTA plans to gradually implement the scheme at 12 exit points in the UAE.


A Documentary On Dubai Coming On Discovery
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Wild Dubai, a Discovery Channel documentary is all set to reveal a different side to Dubai. The documentary will look into the less talked about side of Dubai- it’s wildlife, and is said to have explored how Dubai is a natural home


30,000 Volunteers Wanted As The 'Faces of Expo 2020 Dubai'
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Are you over 18? Well, that’s all it takes to become a ‘Face of Expo 2020 Dubai.’ The House of Volunteers is looking for 30,000 volunteers to partake in the Expo 2020 experience. Candidates need only apply via the website: volunteers.ae and require


New Year Greetings From The UAE Leaders
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On the occasion of the Al Hajri New Year, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Presdient of the UAE, , the Emir of Abu Dhabi and the Supreme Commander of the Union Defence Force has sent out congratulatory messages to the Kings


Dubai Police Go To Extreme Lengths To Help A Tourist
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Dubai Police always pulls out all the stops to help citizens. American tourist, Diane Marie Irwin had a nightmare of an experience when she lost her purse during her visit to the city - complete with all her travel documents!


Hat Trick Of Awards For Emirates
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It’s been an award-winning week for Emirates as they celebrated a double win at the Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards. The airline took home the awards for ‘Best Business Airline’ and ‘Best Airline – Long-Haul Holiday’. The winners were


9 Facts You Need To Know About Dubai Metro
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The number 9 holds huge significance for The Dubai Metro. Although it was officially opened to the public on 10 September the first ride was on 9 September 2009 (9/9/09) by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,


The Comedy King Is Coming To The UAE
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Hello comedy fans, we have got exciting news for you yet again. The award-winning celebrity comedian Trevor Noah is coming back to the UAE again for one night only. This time around, the South African comic will perform in Abu Dhabi at


Special Offer At Splash 'N' Party For Connector Readers
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Are you planning your child’s birthday party? We have got a special offer just for Connector’s readers. You can celebrate your little one’s birthday with 15 of their frends at Splash ‘n’ Party for just Dhs 99 per child. To take advantage of this


Private Sector Holidays Announced
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It has officially been announced that private sectors holidays next week will commence on Thursday. All private sector employees will have the day off on Thursday 13 September with work resuming on Sunday. If you work Saturdays


UAE Ranked In Top 10 For People Looking To Start A Business
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The UAE is a dream country for many to find a job and earn a tax-free salary. However one report has revealed that it is not only jobs that people are after in the country, the UAE now ranks in the top 10 countries globally for online searches of


Al Hijri New Year Holiday Announced
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Al Hijri New Year is expected to fall on Tuesday, 11 September. However, the government has announced that Tuesday will remain a normal working day, and the holiday for the Islamic New Year will fall on Thursday, 13 September for public sector


Crown Prince's Fitness Challenge Returns Next Month
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Dubai: Do you remember 30X30 fitness challenge from last year initiated by none other than Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai. We all know how passionate Crown Prince is about fitness. Taking its passion to


Lebanese Man Wins $1 Million Jackpot
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A 45-year-old Lebanese national, Antoine Labaki, became a millionaire overnight after he was announced as the winner of the $1 million Dubai Duty Free Millennium Millionaire jackpot on Tuesday. The winner has been buying the tickets for the past


New Visa Rules Suggested For Job-Seekers
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Dubai Government has found out that most of the residency law violators seeking amnesty services entered the country on visit and tourist visas, and overstayed in the country violating the rules as they failed to find a job and did not have money


These Are Some Of The Most Inspiring Emirati Women
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In honour of Emirati Women’s Day, we’d like to take a moment to celebrate all Emirati women. From doctors, pilots, CEOs and everything in between, Emirati women are pioneering the UAE’s evolution. Here are just some of those women whose


Dubai Among The 25 Top Cities In The World To Visit
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The summer is about to get over and with it starts peak season of tourism when people from across the world visit our city to admire its magnificent buildings, beaches, creeks, malls and a lot more as we have it all here.


Dubai International Airport Set To Welcome Its One Billionth Passenger
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Since opening in the 1960s, Dubai International Airport has welcomed a huge number of passengers. Just how huge is that number? 1 billion. DXB Airport is set to welcome its one billionth passenger this year - a huge milestone for one of the


Dubai Police Officer Honours The Late Sheikh Zayed In The Most Epic Way
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After completing his third mountain climb this year, Ahmed Zein Al Yafei has flown the flag for the Year of Zayed. Al Yafei reached new heights by climbing the highest peak in Europe - Mount Elbrus. The airport security officer


The Dubai Police Received A Surprising Phone Call Over Eid
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The Dubai Police received an unexpected, but incredibly exciting, call during the Eid Al Adha break. His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, called Dubai Police to wish them a “Blessed Eid".


Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed And Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Unite For Eid Celebrations
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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces spent Eid Al Adha with UAE President His Highess Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in his French home.


There Are More Holidays Coming Up In 2018
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For those of us who are back at work today, don’t be down! There’s more holidays just around the corner, if you’re feeling a bit “where did those three days go?” The below dates are subject to moon sighting and can alter closer


Emirates To Flatter Its Minor Customers
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Emirates is introducing a new range of toys to entertain its little guests. The new list includes top favourites: Lewis the Lion, Peek U the Panda, Ernie the Penguin, and Savanna the Elephant. The new toys will be on board all flights and


Eid Al Adha Private Sector Holidays Announced
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The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has just announced the private sector holidays for next week. Eid Al Adha will see that private sector employees will have Monday (20 August) - Wednesday (22 August) off for the celebration


This Popular Metro Station Is Getting A New Name
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Bound to cause some confusion on your travels, the Jumeirah Lakes Towers (JLT) Metro station has a new name! The station will be renamed Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC) Metro station from 1 September.


Emirates Launches Discounted Tickets To Over 70 Destinations
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Emirates has announced special fares to over 70 global destinations for a limited time only on bookings made by 20 August for travel between 1 September and 31 March next year. Offers include, Economy Class seats to Beirut


Eid Al Adha Holidays Announced
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Public sector employees in the UAE will get a week-long holiday this Eid Al Adha, as announced by the UAE government. The holiday will begin on Sunday, 19 August and work will resume on Sunday, 26 August. So in effect, the public sector


Watch The Perseid Meteor Shower In Dubai From Tonight
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The Perseid Meteor Shower will be visible from tonight until tomorrow (12 - 13 August) During its peak, there are likely to be between 50-100 meteors per hour, making the annual August Perseid Meteor Shower a highlight in the Northern Hemisphere.


10 Things That Only Happen In Dubai
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Dubai does not do anything by halves and pushing the envelope is just part of everyday life. If you’ve lived in the region for a while, it’s perfectly natural to start taking some of its elaborate features for granted. In all honesty


A Mural In Honour Of The Late Sheikh Zayed Has Been Unveiled
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Yesterday marked the 52nd anniversary of the start of Sheikh Zayed’s rule over Abu Dhabi. The founding father of the UAE assumed his role as leader of Abu Dhabi on 6 August, 1966 - making the date a very special one for residents and nationals alike


Do Not Post These Things On Social Media
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Social media can be a wonderful way of keeping up-to-date with friends and family all over the world. But, we’ve all heard the stories of what happens when the platforms are used wrongly. There are laws of social media use in the UAE


Cooler Days Are On Their Way Soon
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With temperature touching the high 40s, summer is taking its toll on everybody. However, the clock is ticking on hot and humid days as UAE astrologers have brought good news, predicting that the end of the super hot season is less than three weeks


New System To Reduce Waiting Time For A Taxi
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The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced its plans to launch a smart time management system at exhibitions, conferences and malls to reduce the times commuters spend in long queues waiting for taxis.


A 74% Increase In Tourists From This Country In The First 6 Months Of This Year
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Russian tourists in the first half of this year increased by a staggerring 74% compared to last year which went towards Dubai's first half tourism numbers of 8.1 million international overnight tourists from January to June, representing


Skywards Members Can Now Earn Points With flydubai
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As of today, Emirates Skywards is flydubai’s official loyalty programme. Passengers can now earn points when they travel in the form of Skywards Miles and Tier Miles when travelling on either Emirates and flydubai. Members of flydubai’s


Al Habtoor Group's Hotels Are Undergoing Some Big Changes
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Earlier this month, it was announced that The St. Regis, W Dubai Habtoor City and The Westin Dubai at Al Habtoor City will no longer be operated by Marriott. As today is the end of the contract between Marriott and Al Habtoor Group


VAT Refund For Tourists
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Tourists who are planning to visit the UAE later this year can get the 5% tax paid on their shopping refunded at the airport. The UAE Cabinet has announced its plan to implement the value added tax (VAT) refund system for tourists.


fly Dubai Flights Will Take Off From Terminal 3
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In its latest stratgic move, fly Dubai, the low-cost airline, has announced its plan to move the operating base of 10 flights from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3 from 2 December this year. The desitnations affected are fly Dubai’s flights


Review: Azure Beach
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Are you dreaming to being transported to Bali, sipping a drink overlooking azure waters in a laid back setting? If yes, then the newly opened Azure Beach


Flights Delayed As Thick Fog Covers The City
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At least 50 flights at Dubai International airport are delayed on Thursday morning. Thick fog in Dubai on Thursday morning has


Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Visits Dubai Tour
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Dubai Tour started this week and has taken over Dubai roads as cyclists give it their all in this huge competition. The Tour was granted a special visit


New Smart Gates At DXB
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Next time you’re travelling, skip the line, and be sure to use the brand new smart gates now at arrivals in Dubai International Airport.


flydubai Is Offering FREE Tickets For Children
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Did someone say free? That’s right! With flydubai airlines you’ll be able to get a ticket for your children without any extra expense.


More routes and more choices with Emirates and flydubai!
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Emirates and flydubai are currently offering customers a huge expanse of travel opportunities with codeshare flights in 2018


Dubai Airports Traffic Experiences an Upward Trend
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Dubai International Airport continues to experience an increase of travelers reaching 7 million in recent months.


Extended ‘My Emirates Pass’ Programme!
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An Emirates Airlines boarding pass can get you farther than just past your gate!

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