Coming Soon: Passenger Drones in Dubai

Actually, they’re slated to begin flying you around in Dubai this coming summer.

As of this writing, we do not know how much it will cost yet. But if it’s going to be a staple mode of transportation in this known business hub of the Middle East, ultimately it might just be cost-friendly. After all, this step of launching passenger drones is one of the city’s steps to free up the streets and reduce traffic.

Watch and see how cool a passenger drone ride could be 🙂

BURJ AL ARAB –Anniversary Date

A while back I heard about a hotel in Dubai known as a 7-star hotel. I didn’t even know the name of the hotel. So when there was a chance to visit Dubai I researched it online. I learned that the hotel is called Burj Al Arab. You may recognize it as the building that looks like a sail of a boat.

Burj is an Arabic word translated as ‘tower’ in English. The hotel is on an artificial island about 280 meters from Jumeirah Beach accessed from the mainland by a curving bridge. I also learned that it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world.

The sail shaped hotel –Burj Al Arab

I read that the hotel is not open to the public. You can’t just go in there and have a look. To go in you need to have a booking of some sort. So I booked us at Skyview Bar, on the 27th floor of the hotel. I did online booking via their website and was emailed back promptly with instructions.

That year was our 10th wedding anniversary and we hadn’t really celebrated it. So when I was asked if there was a special occasion for the booking, I mentioned that it’s our 10th wedding anniversary. The hotel is very security conscious. When we arrived at the gate we had to show our booking before we were allowed to enter.

Let me show you what we saw when we went inside the hotel.

Burj Al Arab – atrium

From the revolving doors we entered the world’s tallest atrium (about 180 meters). We were greeted by the dancing waters with an escalator on either side to transport people to and from the main lift lobby.

The ceiling at the main lobby of Burj Al Arab.
The main elevators at the hotel
The main lobby viewed from the mezzanine
Lounge chairs at the main lobby with displays of fresh orchids.

When I took the photos, I had to tell myself to close my mouth as it was a ‘jaw-dropping moment’. Everything just seems so sickeningly lavish.

From the lobby we were told to go to the side elevators where a receptionist was stationed. She looked at our booking and we were told to go up to the 27th floor. The elevator door opens up to the reception area of the Skyview Bar. We waited for a few minutes before we were ushered to our table.

When I made a booking I asked for a table with a view and they gave us one. The staff really caters to you, and are courteous, too.
Inside the Skyview bar, a number of couples were having drinks and enjoying the view as we did.
We sampled a few drinks….
…..also had some nibbles…..
….and ate some delicate looking finger foods.
We were also given a slice of anniversary cake and a rose with petals covered in dew.

It was an enjoyable night to experience, a one off-thing to do as it can burn a hole in the wallet.

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Text & Photos by Alicia Davis

World’s Five Best Airports for Duty Free Shopping

See, buy, fly! Savvy retailers have made their goods available to be browsed and purchased at airports around the world, offering desirable items at tempting tax-free prices. Duty-free shopping debuted in 1947 at Ireland’s Shannon Airport, providing travellers with access to untaxed tobacco and alcohol. Today, with millions of people finding themselves with hours to kill before or between flights, the duty-free retain industry has evolved into a $37 billion global industry.

Dubai International Airport
The winner of over 250 awards in the retail industry, Dubai Duty Free has become one of the most lucrative duty-free shops on the planet. In 2012 alone, Dubai Duty Free performed an incredible 23.5 million transactions, averaging 64,300 per day in it’s 26,000 square metres of space. Apparently delighted with the ironic placement of one of the world’s largest selections of spirits in a country where alcohol is often criminalized, travellers passing through Dubai International purchase over 15 million bottles per year.

Heathrow Airport – London
Providing anything a traveller could ever need with emphasis on fragrance and fashion, the 48,000 square metres of retail space in London’s Heathrow Airport sprawls across five terminals. Everything from skin-care products and tasty treats to books, booze and British memorabilia can be found throughout the airport, but those who seek significant savings on designer items head to Terminals 3 and 5. Terminal 3 hosts globally recognized designers such as Armani, Cartier and Gucci as well as some of Chanel’s most rare and exclusive perfumes. Those who seek the best in British fashion and craftsmanship will find Links of London, Paul Smith and Smythson among the offerings of Terminal 5.

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Charles de Gaulle – Paris
Paris has cultivated a reputation of class and sophistication and those who visit the “City of Lights” can never seem to get enough. The duty-free shops at Charles de Gaulle offer tasty French delicacies and luscious lines of skin-care products and cosmetics. Of course, the best savings to be had in duty-free facilities are on the most heavily taxed items, so smart shoppers wait until they reach the airport to splurge on fine wines or a bottle of Courvoisier.

Chek Lap Kok – Hong Kong
Some of the world’s best shopping can be found in Hong Kong and the duty-free shops of Chek Lap Kok Airport are no exception. This airport offers the impressive variety of electronics, cosmetics and other consumer goods that travellers expect to see during a visit to Hong Kong and match prices with retail outlets throughout the city. Quality items are available in every price range and shopping can be done both in person and online prior to arrival.

Incheon – Seoul
After Dubai and Heathrow, Incheon serves as the world’s third-largest duty-free shopping facility. Along with the usual savings on alcohol and cigarettes, shoppers at Incheon will find that the stars of the South Korean skies are cosmetics and fragrances. This airport offers several beauty lines that are exclusive to the country, and features the world’s only duty-free Louis Vuitton boutique.

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Written by Kyla Houston

Kyla prides herself as a frugal mom and a smart shopping queen. She loves to stock up on cheap duty free beauty products when she travels. She also loves spotting good deals from Kmart catalogue for cheap products that work as good as the high-end brands.