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nyeveBurj Khalifa-Dubai Mall Metro station to be closed; free shuttle bus services will be available to and from Downtown area

With New Year’s eve and a three-day weekend around the corner the Roads and Transport Authority(RTA) has announced its public transportation master plan, involving metro, tram, bus, marine transportation services and taxis, in addition to parking options available in most crowded areas.

RTA is expecting 820,000 riders on New Year’s eve – the most crowded day on the emirate’s public transportation system – and an additional 490,000 riders the next day, according to Maitha bin Adai, CEO of Traffic and Roads Agency at RTA.

Earlier, RTA said a million riders are expected on Dubai Metro during the entire event. Last year, 748,377 riders were recorded using the Metro, of whom 60,815 riders were lifted from Burj Khalifa – Dubai Mall station. Read more

west-bay-snowmanStanding in the lift the other day I overheard newly arrived  expats clutching mugs of hot chocolate talking about how weird it is to be in Dubai at Christmas time.  It definitely isn’t cold outside so I suppose drinking hot chocolate is what they ‘feel’ they should be doing at this time of year!

Despite the clear blue skies Dubai can feel very Festive if you know where to look.

For the children Santa is obviously a big part of Christmas and for one of the best grottos get down to the Wafi Mall where you will find him in his very authentic log cabin.  The grotto is open till the 24th December from 10am to 10pm and costs DHS 60 (inclusive of a cuddly toy and a photo with Santa!). Read more

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The festive season will soon be in full swing in Dubai and with so many activities to choose from it’s time to start planning.  However, if the constant sunshine is making it hard for you to really get into the festive mood maybe some Christmas Carols will do the trick.

Throughout the month of December venues throughout Dubai will be hosting evenings of festive songs. Here is a growing list of venues. Read more

DCF Snow FightDUBAI CHRISTMAS FEST PROMISES SANTA, SNOW AND SUNSHINE

Host of activities for children including writing and posting Letters to Santa

The end of the year is traditionally a time for family and friends to come together, and at Dubai Christmas Fest, this year everyone is invited to enjoy a snow-filled, frosty festive long weekend in the sunshine.

Returning for its third year as the UAE’s number one festive celebration, bigger and better than ever before, the Dubai Christmas Fest runs from 11-13 December at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, offering a wonderful day out and magical experience for all ages.

Living far away from family can be especially difficult for expatriates in the UAE at this time of year, but the mission at Dubai Christmas Fest is to make families feel as close to home as possible. Everyone will have the opportunity to enjoy a white winter wonderland at the event – from the ice rink and snow fight zone to enjoying snowfall on the hour every hour, there is no reason not to enter into the Christmas spirit. Read more

If you have recently just moved to Dubai you may be beginning to think life here is just one long holiday!

For the majority of expat children in Dubai the countdown is well and truly on till the Festive holidays begins.  However for many, work continues during the school holidays and parents have to think of what to do with the children.  The last thing parents want is their children spending hours indoors in front of computer screens especially when the weather is so perfect so, Expat Echo Dubai have put together a directory of camps (which is growing by the day) to keep your youngsters entertained over the winter break. Read more

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