Flying To Dubai – Airport And Travel Guide

There are direct flights to Dubai from most European and Asian cities, however if you are flying from North America or Canada then you will need to fly via Europe or Asia. However, looking on the bright side, this makes the flight cheaper and also gives you the opportunity to explore Europe with typical stop overs in either Paris, Amsterdam or London.

The main airlines for Dubai are Emirates airlines (www.emirates.com), Gulf Air (www.gulfair.com) and Air Arabia flies out of neighbouring Sharjah. if you are looking to keep the costs of airfare to a minimum then a good option is to fly Gulf air via via bahrain, or even Qatar airways via Doha. However bear in mind that connecting flights although usually much cheaper can be inconvenient – you may find yourself hanging around airport lounges for many hours doing that airport “game” of endless waiting followed by endless queueing, is it really woth it to save a few £’s?

it tends to be more expensive flying to Dubai in the June – August period and also over Christmas (in fact from the beginning of Dec right through to end Jan). So try and avoid flying at these times if at all possible – remember prices in the UAE are regulated, there are no bargain bucket shops nor last minute deals so book your flight as early as you possibly can to get best price.

On a side note Emirates airlines to date have a PERFECT safety record, they are not the cheapest airline but they are regarded as having superior service and that safety record is something worth taking into consideration!

Dubai international airport is the busiest airport in the Middle East, almost 25 million passengers in 2005 ( as a comparison Seattle airport handled 29 million passengers in 2005 and is listed in the top 30 busiest airports worldwide). Apparently the government are investing a further $2,5 billion in expansion of the airport due to rapid growth of tourist traffic. We should see Dubai international being listed as one of the worlds busiest airports in 2007.

getting to/from the airport is easy and inexpensive. You can choose from Municipality buses, airport buses, taxi’s or limo’s. Additionally most of the reputable hotels, particularly those on Jumeirah beach, will offer free transfers to and from the airport. Costs for are approx Dh1.50, a taxi will cost around Dh 60 to the Jumeirah beach area. ( The Emirates currecy Dh Dirham is pegged to the Dollar, so 1Dh = $1, simple!).

Other points you should note before planning a trip to Dubai – technically if you have evidence of travel to Israel in your passport you will be denied entry, also you must have at least 6 months validity from your date of arrival. Assuming you meet these requirements a 60 day visa is available on entry from the airport. There is no charge for a standard 60 day visa.

Lastly, as with most foreign travel, a little bit of effort in terms of learning the language can go a long way. Here are some simple everday words you may find helpful – “Marhaba” hello, “al-salaam alaykum” Peace be upon you (typical arab greeting), “shukran” thank you.

Guide to Seoul Hotels and Sights

Seoul, whose official name is Seoul Special City, is the capital city of South Korea. It has a population of a whopping 10 million people, and it has a large selection of Seoul hotels and attractions that are quickly becoming big in the tourism industry of the world. Seoul hotels are some of the most beautiful ones in the world, mixing together modern day architecture with the culture and original architecture of Korea.

If want an experience that mixes both modernity and Korean culture, check out the Imperial Palace Hotel located in the Gangam area, which has a long strip of beautiful and elegant Seoul hotels and is near Goex and the World Trade Centre. Inside, you will find everything you will ever need in a hotel, including 24-hour room service, satellite TV, yoga rooms, well-equipped fitness center, and many different types of cuisines such as Chinese, Japanese and Italian.

But your trip to Seoul should not stop with the amazing facilities in these Seoul hotels. Once you step out, you can choose from over 100 amazing museums that are found all over Seoul. The one that represents all that South Korea is-is the National Museum of Korea. It was established in 1945 and it has a collection of over 150,000 artifacts; so if you want to learn all about South Korea, this is the first place that you should head to after you check into one of the Seoul hotels available.

Because Korea has deep religious roots, there are a lot of religious buildings that have a huge impact on the history of Korea’s culture and politics. You can take a tour of the Wondugan, which is an ancient sacrificial altar where Korean rulers of the past held heavenly rituals. There are also a lot of Confucian shrines all over Seoul, ever since it was implemented as the national ideology in the 14th century.

Aside from the Seoul hotels and religious buildings, the parks are also worth visiting. The most popular park is the Namsan Park, which offers hiking and other recreational activities, as well as a breathtaking view of the Seoul downtown skyline. The metropolitan area of Seoul features six major parks, and the Seoul National Capital Area has a green belt, which is what is keeping the busy urban living apart from the relaxing rural areas that both tourists and locals love to go to in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

If you’re looking for the perfect photo that can be used as a souvenir and is better than anything you can buy from the gift shops found in the Seoul hotels you may be staying in, you could have your picture taken with a North Korean soldier at the demilitarized zone. An example of a demilitarized zone is the village of Panmunjom, which is a truce village on the border in between North and South Korea. This is surely going to be something original that you can add to your Seoul memories.

Going to Europe – How About a First Class Travel Guide?

Are you thinking of traveling to Europe? Perhaps you might want to go now before they institute the cap and trade tax for airliners, which could increase the price of your airfare. Or, maybe you wish to wait until the Euro drops in price against the US Dollar, as the slow-motion train wreck of the European economy will finally make a trip to Europe affordable again. Still, whenever you do go, there is a great book and travel guide that I highly recommend. This is a book I own myself and have used; it’s the best one I’ve found so far. The name of the book is;

“Travel Book Europe – The Guide to Premier Destinations,” (Twelfth Edition) by a Contractor for the American Automobile Club, 2011, 576 pages, ISBN: 978-159508-400-2.

This book is totally comprehensive, and relatively small and compact. Just about everything you need to know including what you need before you go and it covers the following countries; Austria, Belgium, Britain, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland. There are maps of each country, all the best and safest places to go, all the museums, downtown areas, train stations, and information about history, and historical landmarks.

Best of all there are pictures, tourist information, and average climate temperatures, so you know what type of clothing to wear, and the temperatures are both in Fahrenheit and Celsius listed by season and month. This book will prevent you from getting lost, and it’s small enough to throw in your backpack, if you are taking a walk or excursion down any European downtown shopping district. If you are going on a trip to Europe by way of cruise ship, this travel book has all the information outside of every port you might stop at.

The pictures are beautiful, and so is the architecture, it almost gives you a sense of being there, with plenty of trivia, history, and all the incidentals that you might need. If you get lost, need to contact the police, or perhaps even find a Hospital, everything is listed in this book. There are even phone numbers for information such as Rent-A-Cars, hotels, and some of the finest and/or most popular restaurants. There are detailed maps of airports, train stations, and just about everything you need to know. If you are traveling to Europe, you need to go pick one of these books up, and use it to help you prepare your itinerary.

Yes, I also have other books on this topic, but I would submit to you this is the best one I’ve found so far, because it is a practical travel guide that you can take with you, and it barely takes up any space. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.