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For many expats living in Dubai the holiday season will soon be upon us. Much time will be spent in the upcoming weeks discussing what exotic destinations each of us would love to visit. Most expats when relocating to Dubai take advantage of the fact that they are now located in what appears to be bang in the middle of the world, with flights available to almost any destination imaginable – the world is our oyster! But before you plan these epic journeys be sure to check the validity of your passport! Read more

its-holiday-timeThe festive season in Dubai is one of the best times to be in Dubai with great weather and the Christmas shopping is actually quite enjoyable as you are not wrapped up in a million layers trying to negotiate the crowds in over-heated shops!

However, for many families this is a time that they all have holiday leave at the same time and so this is an ideal time to take advantage of living in a country which literally has air-connections to all over the world.

Here are some ideas of destinations to help you with your holiday planning.

stick-fishermenSri Lanka

Known as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean and just over 4 hours flying time from Dubai, Sri Lanka offers stunning landscapes with green mountains draped in tea plantations, 1,330 km of coastline, 15 national parks, 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 250 acres of botanical gardens.

Sri Lanka is a fantastic destination for the whole family.  The children and adults will love a visit to Pinnawela which is home to orphaned elephants. You can accompany the elephants to the river & see them enjoying their daily bath. Read more

Bansko1If an afternoon on the Ski Dubai slope isn’t enough to satisfy your snow cravings, now that Winter has arrived in Europe it could be time to explore a different destination. Wizzair is offering direct flights from Dubai to Sofia, Bulgaria where the snow is already falling.

Bulgaria’s largest and newest ski resort, Bansko is a 2 hour transfer from Sofia airport and is a unique ski resort if you fancy a break from the norm. The resort was built in 2005 with all modern lifts and infrastructure, on the mountain above a UNESCO Heritage site. After a day on the slopes you can wander around the winding cobbled streets, discover hidden taverns and see traditional Bulgarian life carrying on in the old town. Read more

musandam-dibba8This year early October (approx 4 October) will see Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al Adha (feast of the sacrifice).  Muslims start their day visiting the Mosque dressed in their best clothes and follow this with special foods being served such as lamb and sweet dishes. Family & friends visit one another, presents are exchanged and homes are decorated.  Eid money is also given to charities to help the poor.

This holiday is locally known as the ‘Big Eid’ and for the majority of residents in the UAE this will mean a few days off work.  Many residents may feel this is just too soon after the summer break to travel overseas and will take these few days to enjoy our great beaches, parks and water-parks with the temperatures dropping (slightly) enabling us to finally get outside and away from the shopping malls. Read more

It can be difficult enough to stick to your exercise routine without throwing travel into the mix. Here are some suggested exercises to do while you’re away.

1. TRX
This handy fitness tool can easily be stashed away in your luggage. Theses suspension belts can be attached to any firm anchor point for a full body workout using your body-weight as resistance.
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As the thermometer slowly creeps up thoughts turn to cooler climes, but if you don’t have the time to travel far look no further than Oman. “Is that not still unbelievably hot?” I hear you ask. Well the answer is yes, apart from a small corner of the Arabian Peninsula that catches the Indian summer monsoon from mid June through to mid September, transforming the land into a green oasis called Salalah. Read more

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