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The Best Of Dubai – The Things You Shouldn’t Miss Out On

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Just a few years ago, Dubai was simply considered a stopover on various air routes, with little to entice visitors other than it’s shopping. But in just 3 or 4 years Dubai has been building into a destination in itself, which allures more and more tourists every year at a phenomenal pace. With the tallest building in the world dominating the skyline as well as the three largest artificial islands off the coast, Dubai represents the cutting-edge of urban planning and it’s ongoing engineering projects continue to represent how man has overcome nature with this mega city right in the heart of the Arabian desert.

Cruise The Dunes On A Desert Safari

If you’re looking for a real adventure, check out Desert Safari Dubai, a whole variety of adrenaline pumping choices of safari ranging from a traditional camel back ride into the desert, with traditional and dancing into the night. But alternative safaris a bit different from the norm are on offer in Dubai, such as ‘Dune Bashing’, which essentially uses everything from 4x4s, to Quad Bikes and Dune Buggies to race, bounce and weave their way through the dunes at break neck speed! Professional drivers can take you on these rides, or you can opt for lessons so you can drive yourself. For something slightly less bone crunching, Sand Boarding – like many places in Africa – is now very popular too.

Dinner On A Dhow

Dhows in Dubai usually refer to the very large luxury forms that ply the Dubai canals at night weaving their way through the city scape enjoying the cool night time desert breeze, the whole time enjoying meals and entertainment such as traditional music and dance. Trips for dhow cruise dinner and entertainment have been fast growing popularity and for good reason given the luxe taste of the food as well as top notch entertainment. The traditional Dhows, only a few metres long with a wooden hull and lateen sail that used to be seen trading all along the red sea and gulf sea coast lines, and for the more adventurous, trips can be arranged on these too

A Feast Of Fish

There are numerous opportunities for fishing in the seas just off Dubai, and the fish here are great for cooking up later and enjoying after a long day of sailing. Taking fishing trips in Dubai is easily organised, and catches can include tuna, Spanish mackerel and barracuda, amongst others. Most the boats are very modern with private rooms and have state of the art fishing gear and equipment such as tracking radars and the crews are very experienced so will keep very high safety standards. Each boat will have first aid, life jackets and other precautions for fishermen, and staff will keep a lookout for any bad weather, so customers can have total peace of mind.
These are just 3 things on offer you can do in Dubai. Each year, Dubai rolls out more and more engineering wonders such as indoor skiing in the desert and underwater zoos. So forget about Dubai being ‘just a layover’, because this city is a playground that just keeps getting bigger and better every year.

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5 Things to do in Tel Aviv, Israel

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In the last 5 years, Tel Aviv has seen a huge rise in the number of travelers and backpackers who are arriving to explore this fascinating city. Opinions are divided about going to Israel given their well documented struggles with Palestine but generally speaking, Tel Aviv seems to be considered far away from what is going on in other areas of the country.

This city is actually a brilliant place to visit, it has a vibrant nightlife and EDM scene, beautiful beaches, great food and plenty of sun and were it not to be situated in Israel, this city would be far, far more popular. If you want to explore somewhere new, Tel Aviv is a great choice and here are my top 5 things to do during your time there.

Art Museum

I am a bit of an art and architecture buff and so when I saw the National Art Museum of Tel Aviv, I simply had to get inside. Not only does this incredible museum house artifacts and art that are centuries old, it houses them inside a building which is considered to be a stunning piece of art itself. The building was designed by a professor called Preston Scott Cohen and it is the perfect place to view modern and ancient art.

Park HaYarkon

Whereas the likes of New York and London have Central Park and Hyde Park, Tel Aviv has the vast, city center park, Park HaYarkon. This is a beautiful park which is really the lifeblood of the city. As you sit on the banks of the river you will see all manner of things in the park from joggers to Tai Chi lessons, people studying and lovers enjoying each other’s company. I love to take some time out in a park and this one in Tel Aviv is the perfect place to watch the world go by.

Party

Tel Aviv is quickly becoming a Mecca for dance music and this is a city which really knows how to party. Most clubs here don’t open until 12 and there are street parties and 24 hour bars throughout the city for you to indulge in.

Visit Jaffa

Jaffa is the oldest city, or at least one of the oldest, in the Mediterranean basin and it makes for a fascinating look into the history of this wonderful city. The city actually sits on top of a cliff overlooking the Med which offers up some stunning views. Within the city you will find old mosques, ancient clock towers and wishing bridges, the perfect way to spend your afternoon.

Carmel Market

The Middle East do markets better than anywhere in the world and Tel Aviv’s Carmel Market is a perfect example of this. The market specializes in clothing but you can find just about anything that you want within the hustle and bustle of this loud, chaotic and exciting market.

Have you been to Tel Aviv before? What were your favorite places? Let us know in the comments.

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