Coca Cola Arena

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If you have visited City Walk lately, you would have noticed a huge arena complex being built- the Dubai Arena now named as the Coca Cola Arena which is set to open soon.

Who has built the Coca Cola Arena?

Dubai Arena is being built by Meeras group, the group who is also responsible for La Mer, JBR and the recently launched Blue Waters Island.

The mega venue’s name was changed to Coca Cola Arena following a sponsorship deal with the soft drinks giant. The chairman of the Meeras group quoted “We are proud to have a company of such worldwide renown as Coca-Cola taking on the naming rights for the arena in the long-term.” The contract between the two companies has been signed for ten years.

The huge arena has the capacity to hold 17000 people with scoreboards, lighting and sound systems, dozens of hospitality suites. The multipurpose arena will be fully air-conditioned, which means that it will be able to host events all year round so now you can attend concerts all year round! It is also, significantly, the biggest multipurpose arena of its kind between Istanbul and Singapore.

Day-to-day operations for the venue will be handled by international venue management company AEG Ogden, who also operate London’s O2 Arena, Staples Centre in Los Angeles, Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney.

The building of Coca Cola Arena has a state of art LED strip light system that will allow the building to change color.

What technology will the Coca Cola Arena feature?

  • The roof

It will be designed to accommodate the largest of productions. The overall allowed weight load would be 190 metre tonnes across the roof.

  • The drape system

Coca-Cola Arena has a state-of-the-art multipurpose drape system which will allow the arena to be scaled as required depending on the event set up and capacity. An automated system of drapes are in place to close of the top level of the arena when not in use and a backdrop drape system can be rolled down the length of the arena to reduce the floor space as required.

  • IT & AV

Coca-Cola Arena will provide the latest and technologically advanced line array speaker system which will be modular in design and can be deployed in any configuration to cover the arena and to facilitate the most advanced artist or event requirements.

Where is the Coca Cola Arena located?

If you have visited City Walk lately, you would have noticed a huge arena complex being built- the Dubai Arena now named as the Coca Cola Arena which is set to open soon.

Take a stroll into Dubai’s most exciting new urban precinct – City Walk.

Chic shops, al fresco restaurants, beautifully designed outdoor spaces and even a swish boutique hotel in the form of La Ville Hotel and Suites form this lifestyle destination.

City Walk artfully combines shopping with entertainment including standouts such as Hub Zero, Green Planet, Mattel Play! Town, a cinema and a year-round calendar of events. Families will enjoy the European-style pedestrianized boulevards, stretching several blocks from the city towards Jumeirah.

And of course, fashionistas can rejoice in the huge selection of local and international boutiques, arranged around excellent indoor and outdoor dining options including the swag of new hip places that form part of La Ville Hotel and Suites – such as Graze and Chival.

Other popular options include the modern-Indian restaurant Farzi Cafe, French fare at Aubaine, Emirati fusion spot Sikka Cafe, and Cocoa Kitchen for the sweet’s lovers – just to name a few.

 What are the upcoming shows at Coca Cola Arena?

The arena is set to host its first gig in June, with legendary and Emmy winning stand-up comedian Russell Peters taking to the stage.

The next act announced to play is Maroon 5, who will play the Coca-Cola Arena on Friday, June 14, as part of the band’s ‘Red Pill Blues’ tour. Tickets can be bought via www.doneevents.com.

Later in the year and in future, you can expect to see huge concerts as well as sporting events such as tennis, basketball, boxing, volleyball and ice hockey, along with exhibitions, festivals and much more.

To know more about the upcoming concerts in Dubai, check our blog on Things to do in Dubai and Music Concerts in Dubai in 2019.

The arena will bolster Dubai’s status as a year-round global tourist destination and foster the development of Dubai as an all-inclusive modern metropolis for its residents.

Best Souvenirs to buy in Dubai

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A big part of traveling involves picking up souvenirs for everyone back home and for your own memories. Therefore, it’s important to know the best places to buy good presents in any city one visits. In Dubai, there are a variety of fun souvenirs available, from traditional clothing to stuffed camels. Here are the best places to find them. A lot of businesses have grown in Dubai selling Souvenirs. Here are our must-buy Souvenirs when you are in Dubai. We are sure you would love to add them to your shopping list!

Gallery One

Found in several locations in Dubai such as Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Gallery One is best known for selling beautiful traditional art, from incredible pictures of Dubai to paintings of camels. It is a great place to buy gifts with a traditional theme, often depicting camels and words in Arabic in their designs, making for unique and high-end souvenirs.

Nagwa Design Studio- Candles

Candles from Nagwa Design Studio mix Emirati heritage with contemporary design. When the wax of the candles melts completely, it reveals a concrete base that re-creates the contours of a time-specific Liwa desert sand dune. Your candle may be gone, but you’re left with a contemporary sculpture that you can keep.

The Camel Company

Found in several locations in Dubai such as Dubai Mall, and Souk Madinat Jumeirah, The Camel Company focuses entirely on souvenirs and sells an array of colorful items. It is specifically known for its stuffed camels which come in all shapes and sizes and make great gifts for children.

Chocolates from Mirzam

Dubai has its very own art scene and you can experience it, you should join us on our Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour of Dubai in Alserkal Avenue. Mirzam is the UAE’s first bean-to-bar chocolate factory, and of the stops on our tour. They have a shop, and café in one where the production of their artisan bars — flavored with local ingredients like cardamom, saffron, and coffee — takes place at their store.  Visitors can see the process for themselves during twice-daily tours at the boutique factory. Even the wrappers are designed locally by UAE-based artists.

Spice Souk

One of the busiest yet the favorite tourist locations is the Spice Souk in Dubai, just near the Gold Souk of Dubai in Deira. Although most people think of the Spice Souk as a place to buy authentic and delicious spices, this touristic spot also sells souvenirs. Around the Spice Souk, tourists can buy magnets, traditional clothing, and even interesting home decorations. The great thing about shopping for souvenirs at the Spice Souk is that it is one of the few places in Dubai where bargaining is common. Therefore, for those shopping for souvenirs in bulk, this is the ideal spot to get more and pay less. Visit the Spice Souk on our Old Dubai and Souk Heritage Walking Tour.

Here you can also buy a bag of “loomi”, if you are really passionate about cooking. These tiny dried limes are lightweight, but once pierced and stewed, they give incredible flavor and fragrance to any dish.

Arabian Incense 

If you notice, Arabs smell great when you walk past men and women. Smelling good is an important part of Arab society. To take the scent of the UAE with you, you can buy bukhoor (Arabian incense) to burn in your home, particularly the amber-based bukhoor. You can buy these in any shop in the Souks or in the malls.

Art Work from Make Art Café/ Store in Al Bastakiya

On our Old Dubai and Souk tour, we also visit the famous Make Art Café where you can find great Dubai and Arab artwork. There are local artist and graphic designer inspired paintings, artwork, light shadows, etc. You can also enjoy a nice coffee while you shop from their café inside one of the houses in Bastakiya.

Tag us on Instagram at dubaibyfoot and let us know what you buy as your next souvenir when in Dubai!

Which Dubai City Pass Is The Best?

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This post reviews the different tourist attraction discount passes available in Dubai and explains how they could save you both time and money.

 

A Desert Safari is just one of the activities included with these Dubai city passes. Image Source: Pixabay user sharonang under CC0 Creative Commons license.
 


BEFORE YOU BUY

Dubai tourist attraction discount passes come in many different forms. While some will provide easy access to many different attractions, others will allow you to pick the specific locations you want to visit.

This section will provide information about what you can expect from each type of city pass.  Read more »

8 Dubai Bus Tours | Which is Best?

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This post provides a breakdown of the most popular Dubai bus tours, including pricing, discounts, reviews and services such as day trips to Abu Dhabi and desert safaris. 

 

 


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF DUBAI BUS TOURS

These bus tours will allow you to jump on at any point and ride around the city of Dubai at your leisure.

As you coast through the streets of this city, a helpful guide will provide a lot of information about notable landmarks and historic sites along the way.

Each ticket also includes additional activities and attractions for free.

This section will provide information about prices, ticket types and additional activities that are included with both services. Read more »

MyStory- 50 Years of HH Sheikh Mohammed

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The Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and the ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has completed 50 years of service to the UAE.

In honor of his services, HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, released a touching letter and took to Twitter to share a heartfelt congratulations letter, mentioning the ruler of Dubai’s journey filled with giving. The Ruler of Dubai went on to thank Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan for his kind words and appreciated the love and appreciation he has received from his people.

What is the book launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum?

To mark the milestone event, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a passionate poet, and writer released a new book titled “Qissati” which translates to ‘My Story’.

“Qissati” includes 50 different stories from the Dubai ruler’s 50 years of service to the nation, including his conversations with the US and personal stories such as conversations he had with his mother when he was a young boy. The book was initially only released in Arabic at the beginning of 2019, but the English version has also been released now.

The first copy of the book was presented to Pope Francis by HH Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, during his historical visit to Abu Dhabi the first week of February, also celebrating the Year of Tolerance. The first of its kind book features a chapter on each practicing religion in the UAE, including Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism, and various Christian faiths.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum published a pledge containing nine articles called “Fifty-Year charter” that aim to develop the quality of life and guarantee a better future for generations. The announcement was made after his 50th anniversary of starting his first mission in serving his homeland and people. The document was announced on January 4, 2019, and he promised that on January 4 each year, the “Fifty-Year-Charter” would be renewed with exceptional projects and programmes in Dubai.

What are the projects for the coming 50 years in Dubai?

1: Dubai Silk Road

The document states that it is Dubai’s destiny to be a hub between the east and west, north and south and a top destination for the world. Dubai is also home to the largest international airport in the world connecting it to more than 200 cities. In the coming ten years, more than a billion passengers will travel through Dubai airport. “Our next step is to build our own silk road in cooperation with brothers and friends. Our region has always been known for its civilization and trade, and we must restore that role. We will work to develop an international system to support our ambitions.”

2: Geo-Economic Map for Dubai

The government will develop a geographical and economic map for Dubai, to turn it into integrated and specialized free economic zones in the coming period. Each geographical-economic sector in the city will have its own board, which runs, promotes, and competes with similar sectors. Each geographic sector will also have its own investment and economic goals, which we will follow up on their implementation in sheer transparency. Each economic sector will also have a governor who will fulfill the goals for which the sector has been set up.

3: Setting up the first virtual commercial city

The first virtual commercial zone will come up in Dubai where Trade licenses will be granted without having to get a residency visa in Dubai. Bank accounts will also be opened, and e-residency visas will be granted according to the highest international and legal controls. The aim is to set up a company with a process easier than the set up of an email account.

4: Central education file for every citizen

Dubai aims to develop an e-central educational file for each citizen, which will document his or her certificates, courses, training, and conferences attended. It will chart out educational plans suitable for each citizen’s health and physical ability, and personal and functional skills.

5: Doctor for every citizen

The city and the government will work to provide medical consultations 24/7 by hundreds of thousands of doctors, specialists and consultants from around the world through a specialized company via smart government applications. “Our end goal is to change the traditional medical system and bring doctors closer to patients, heighten awareness and to utilize the best minds in the medical field in the service of our citizens.”- HH Sheikh Mohammed

6: Free economic and creative zones in universities

Nine-tenth of Dubai’s income source is business. Starting from next year, our national and private universities will be announced free zones where students can carry out their economic and creative businesses and this will be part of the educational system. Integrated creative and economic zones will be established next to universities to support students in education, research, and finance while setting up their businesses. The end goal is not only graduating students but also coming up with companies.

7: Self-sufficiency in Dubai Homes

In cooperation with our citizens willing to create an integrated system to achieve self-sufficiency in water, food and energy in, at least, one-tenth of citizens’ homes to change the lifestyle and maintain our environment. The aim is to create a new economic sector which supports self-sufficiency in water, food, and energy for at least one month or more.

8: Cooperative companies in various sectors

“This is a long-term programme seeking to double citizens’ income and improve the quality of service through the privatization of some public services in addition to setting up cooperative companies to be owned by citizens in a number of vital sectors.”- HH Sheikh Mohammed

9: Annual growth in philanthropy

The spirit of giving and extending a helping hand to others will continue in UAE. The ruler of Dubai pledged to increase Dubai’s humanitarian works and keenness to boost its growth in parallel with its business development.

Sheikh Mohammed’s journey started at the age of 19 when a newly minted graduate from a British military academy began to work for his father, Sheikh Rashid.

His passion to make Dubai the Arab world’s first Smart City is embodied in futuristic projects like flying taxis and the ambition to make a quarter of all journeys in the city autonomous by 2030. In 2015, Sheikh Mohammed unveiled Vision 2021, with national priorities that include world class health and education, and a knowledge-based economy tangible in the forthcoming Mission to Mars and Expo 2020

2017- Year of Giving

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With 2017 declared as Year of Giving, the residents of UAE welcomed the new year not just with good hopes utmost optimism, but also with well-placed compassion, kindness, and commitment to make a positive difference.

When was the 2017- Year of Giving declared?

The President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced in December 2016 that 2017 would be celebrated as the Year of Giving. The inspiration for 2017- Year of Giving was the truly giving nature of the founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. UAE Nationals and all residents of UAE till date believe in the power of giving and it is preserved in our policies and leadership. There is an assurance to help those less fortunate, to offer help whenever we can. The year 2017 will preserve this legacy and remind us how important is the value of giving.

What are the three pillars of 2017- Year of Giving?

Corporate Social Responsibility

There is an obligation for private entities for launching programs and initiatives that are benefitting the society at large and as a whole. We need to ask ourselves, how we as individuals can make a difference. Every member of every family can think about how they contribute towards the advancement of this nation and its people. Giving can be done in so many ways. It is easy and abundant- we give back to the environment by keeping our areas and surroundings clean. If you have the power to help others, ‘giving’ is making your people happy, and being kind to them.

Volunteering

One of the most selfless acts that any human can undertake is volunteering since its effect on society is overwhelmingly positive. Volunteering is another way to give, volunteer an hour, a day or a week of your time; volunteer your skills, your knowledge, and your energy. Volunteer and make a difference in your society. People spend their life accumulating material assets and wealth, with realizations later how they can give and share with those in need. No one can feel fulfilled until he or she starts ‘giving’ to make a difference.

Serving the Nation

UAE Culture truly believes that there is no greater honor than to represent and serve the nation.

What is The UAE’s Giving Statistics?

UAE has always been very kind and gracious with its contributions and humanitarian work on an international level.

It has provided aid to more than 178 nations worldwide as per the Ministry of Finance in UAE with almost a total amount of AED one hundred and seventy-three billion up to 2014. Out of this, AED seven billion approximately has been emergency humanitarian aid.

How can you contribute to Giving?

Donate your old clothes and footwear

There are collection boxes in various strategic locations – hypermarkets, shopping malls, and roads. Donations can also be made at the offices of charities like Emirates Red Crescent and Beit Al Kheir Society. Clothes and footwear donated can mean a lot, especially to those who have been displaced from their homes in war-stricken areas.

Volunteer to help educate the needy

Organizations like Dubai Cares constantly look out for volunteers to help them with their various activities. The time you spend here helps to cater to the future of children who have no access to good schools or even books. You can also donate your books at collection centers like the Book Shelter (which is in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah).

Donate Blood

Every drop of blood that you can give can help save a life. While one in three requires a transfusion of blood or blood products at least once, in their lifetime, only one in thirty donate blood. There are several places across the UAE where you can donate blood – at hospitals and also in mobile centers. You can donate at public hospitals like Latifa Hospital and centers like Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre and Abu Dhabi Blood Bank Centre.

Give back to your environment

While you can segregate waste at home and make sure you don’t waste water and electricity, you can take your love for the environment to the next level by volunteering with organizations like Emirates Environmental Group and Emirates Wildlife Society, both of which work for the welfare of the environment around you. You can help to keep the earth clean and fight climate change, making this place a home for all.

Music Concerts in Dubai 2019

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2018 was the year of Dua Lipa, Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin in Dubai. In this post, we will tell you the upcoming music concerts in Dubai in 2019. Make sure to mark these dates in your calendar!

February

Camilia Cabello

With “Havana” topping all charts in 2018, Camilia Cabello became a known name to everyone with her solo album release in January 2018. She is performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the second day of RedFestDXB on February 15. Tickets cost AED 395 and can be purchased here.

G-Eazy

American Rapper, G-Eazy will be performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the opening night of RedFestDXB on February 14. The event will take place over two days, On February 14 and 15. Tickets for the concert are priced at AED 395 and can be purchased here..

He has also performed in Dubai previously, in Cavalli Club.

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol will perform at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 20 to 22, with the Irish rockers set to perform on the opening evening on February 20. It will be the band’s first performance in the UAE since 2012, when they headlined the Sandance music festival on the Palm Jumeirah.

Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Alicia Keys

Described as the Queen of R&B, Alicia Keys will set the stage on fire with her performance on February 22 at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets cost AED 350.

Vishal and Shekar

Bollywood fans, make sure to block your calendar on February 7 to attend Vishal and Shekhar’s live performance in Bollywood Parks. Put your dancing shoes on as this will be one rocking concert. Tickets are priced at AED 150.

Bollywood Parks is in our list of Top Things to do in Dubai. You can visit the park as well as attend this concert by the duo.

March

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

On March 1 and 2, audiences can rediscover Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter soars across the big screen in high-definition at Dubai Opera.

Rita Ora, Little Mix

Saturday, March 23 will be Rita Ora and Little Mix’s concert at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. This music concert is in honour of all the teachers in Dubai, to thank them for their hard work. The event is called “The Assembly: A Global Teacher Prize Concert”. Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Rita Ora delivered successful hits in 2018 with “Let me Love you” and “Anywhere” from the music album “Phoenix”.

The Gipsy Kings

Dubai Opera is set to feature The Gipsy Kings with their comeback in Dubai this year. The Gipsy Kings, led by André Reyes, are a French musical group who are most famous for their catchy songs including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”and “A Mi Manera. You might also be familiar with their Spanish take on “Hotel California”, which you can see them perform on March 6 for AED 195. Tickets can be purchased from the Dubai Opera website.

Know more about Dubai Opera on our Downtown Dubai Architecture tour.

April

Boyzone

Boyzone fans, this one is for you!

Legendary Irish boyband Boyzone will perform at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on Friday, April 12. The four-piece boyband enjoyed more than 25 successful years in the music industry, racking up number ones including. Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, and Keith Duffy parted ways back in 2000 after seven years together but reunited in 2009 for the “Back Again… No Matter What” tour and again 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music. This is set to be your last chance to see the boyband, who announced last year that they are splitting up for good after their farewell tour in 2019.

Tickets cost AED 195.

We hope you enjoy these concerts and we will update you in the upcoming months as well! We are really excited. Are you?

May

Amy Dickson and Amira Fouad

Dubai Opera will host two times Grammy nominated, British-Australian saxophonist on May 1. She recently launched her third album Dusk and Dawn, which attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK Classical Album Charts. Tickets are priced at AED 150 per person can be bought here.

The show starts at 8 pm.

The Brand-New Heavies

What a way to end the season! The brand-new heavies. Bringing in their unique sound of acid jazz and funk to the Irish Village Groove into the summer.

Location: The Irish village, starting at 9 pm on May 2! Tickets cost AED 175 onwards.

June

Catrin Finch

Wednesday, June 12, Dubai opera will host the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004, Catrin Finch. Her top famous songs include Listen to the Grass Grow and Bach to Biasso. The event will start at 8 pm and there is a general admission fee of AED 150 per person and onwards. Tickets can be bought here.

Nouvelle Vague

Dubai Opera will host the highly acclaimed Parisian new wave band ‘Nouvelle Vague’ as part of their 15th Anniversary world tour, on the 25th of June 2019.
Led by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, ‘Nouvelle Vague’ released their first album in 2004, with renditions of Punk and New Wave hits reinterpreted by female singers in the dreamy style of the 50s and 60s Bossa Nova, with lush arrangements and entrancing vocals. Nouvelle Vague soon became a global phenomenon.
After five studio albums and many extensive global tours, Nouvelle Vague is now celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with an international unplugged tour in 2019 keeping with the band’s original 2004 format: an acoustic guitar, a few keyboards, a smattering of ambiance, and two singers, performing the band’s iconic songs.

Price as per stand in Dubai Opera and start at AED 150 up to AED 450.

September

Puccini’s Turandot by Shanghai Opera House

Puccini by Shanghai Opera House will make its Middle East debut at Dubai Opera on September 5, with its spectacular masterpiece “Turandot”.  The event will last till September 7 and will start at 8 pm on all three days.

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, featuring arguably the most famous tenor aria in the opera repertoire, the iconic “Nessun Dorma”, an instantly recognizable piece of music. This magical version of Turandot, under the direction of Roberto Andò, was held as the first new opera production of Shanghai Opera House’s 2018 Season, receiving wide acclaim. Tickets can be bought here.

Early Spring

Dubai Opera will host the next September event by Shanghai Opera House on September 11 and 12, composed by Du Wei Yuanyuan and performed by Shanghai Opera House Dance Ensemble.

Early Spring is an original Dance Drama, adapted from the novel February of Rou Shi. In front of the contradictions between ideality and reality, the protagonist Xiao Jianqiu’s feelings, serving as the main line, reflected a prevalent indifference to the vulnerable during the 1920s in the traditional rural culture in China. The seemingly unintentional gossips and gibes have suppressed kindness and destroyed human nature, and finally led to tragedy.

Tickets can be bought here. The show starts at 8 pm onwards.

October

Dubai Opera and Dubai will host the world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera for the first time from October 16, 2019, through October 29, 2019.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On January 1, 2018, it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

Keep your calendar updated so that you do not miss the biggest international concerts in Dubai!

2019- Year of Tolerance

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The UAE is a leading example of tolerance, with more than 200 nationalities living in UAE, this society is an undisputed example of a tolerant nation.

When was the 2019- Year of Tolerance declared?

H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance on December 15, 2018. The announcement was made one day after the news that Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in February, a sign that UAE is tolerant of all religions and cultures. The announcement was made to highlight and show UAE as an exemplary example of a tolerant nation, bridging the communication gap between different cultures and build an environment where people accept each other as they are.

The Papal Mass was the most awaited event of the Pope’s three-day visit to UAE since it is home to a nearly million Catholics. The Holy Mass was held at the Zayed Sports Stadium in Abu Dhabi and more than a hundred thousand people attended the event to catch a glimpse of the Pope. Pope Francis also visited the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and the Founder’s Memorial.

The Special Olympic World Games, to be held in Abu Dhabi from March 14-21 in 2019, are also expected to feature heavily in a year-long series of events promoting tolerance. It will be the first time that the games will take place in the MENA region and expected to attract more than 7,500 athletes from around the world and an estimated 500,000 spectators.

What is the theme of 2019- Year of Tolerance?

The Vice-President and the ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced the Ghaf tree as the theme for 2019- Year of Tolerance.

Ghaf Tree

The logo of 2019- Year of Tolerance is inspired by the Ghaf tree which is UAE’s national tree. It is to be used by all entities in government and private campaigns launched in 2019. Sheikh Mohammed said in a tweet that Ghaf is the authentic national tree, the source of life and symbol of stability in the middle of the desert. He further said that under the tree’s shadow, our ancestors consulted and solved matters. Therefore, he chose Ghaf as a logo to live by the principles of tolerance, coexistence, and diversity associated with the identity and heritage of the country. Want to know more about the history and development of Dubai and UAE, why not take our Old Dubai and Souks Heritage Walking Tour?

The Ghaf tree was declared as the national tree of UAE as it is drought resistant and an evergreen native tree to the desert. Although it is very difficult to harvest, the tree is good for the soil, a resilient plant requiring less water. Only one in almost five thousand seeds planted take root- while insects get on the others.

Rows of Ghaf trees were cut till recent times for development and now it is illegal to cut a Ghaf tree in UAE. You need permissions from the government and if a Ghaf tree comes in the middle of a development, you are required to uproot and transplant it somewhere, where it will survive.

What will the 2019- Year of Tolerance focus on?

The Year of Tolerance will focus on five main pillars.

The first pillar being, deepening the values of tolerance and co-existence among cultures by teaching the youth the values of tolerance.

The second pillar aims to solidify the UAE as the global capital for tolerance through a series of initiatives, projects, and dialogues between various cultures and civilizations.

The third pillar focuses on enacting multiple cultural programmes and contributions to building tolerant communities.

As for the fourth pillar, it plans to implement and focus on legislative and policy-oriented objectives that contribute to mandating cultural and religious tolerance via dialogue

The last pillar aims to promote tolerance through targeted media initiatives and projects.

What are some other facts on UAE and tolerance?

Tolerance has been a focus in UAE even before 2019 being declared as the Year of Tolerance. Dubai Canal, the pedestrian bridge was declared at the Tolerance Bridge in 2017 by H. H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid on the 22nd International Day of Tolerance.

A new post of the Minister of State for Tolerance was introduced in 2016 by Prime Minister and Vice-President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai when he announced structural changes to the 12th Cabinet. The aim of this restructuring was to reinforce the UAE’s commitment to eradicating ideological, cultural and religious bigotry in the society. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi was the first the Minister of State for Tolerance.

There were measures taken even before this Cabinet was formed like the Anti- discrimination law (2015) which aims to protect everyone in the UAE and thus bring the concept of social security to a new level. It aims to fight discrimination against individuals or groups based on religion, caste, doctrine, race, color or ethnic origin. It also bars any kind of events such as conferences and meetings within the UAE, which are organized with the sole purpose of sowing seeds of discrimination, discord or hatred against individuals or groups.

The International Institute for Tolerance as per local Law No 9 of 2017 seeks to honor the efforts of those who contribute in spreading the culture of tolerance in the societies. The institute is open to scholars and tolerance advocates who wish to work towards establishing a culture of tolerance and openness in our societies and against all forms of discrimination among people, based on religion, gender, race, color or language.

In 2015, the Abu Dhabi government approved plans to build a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi. BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, a non-profit social and religious Hindu organization, will build and manage the temple. The temple, expected to be completed by 2020, will have seven towers representing the seven emirates in the UAE.

 

Through year-round legislations and policies, the UAE will instill the values of coexistence and peace in local, regional and international communities in 2019- Year of Tolerance.

Old Dubai Prism Tour- Educational Field Trip

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Dubai By Foot’s educational field trip to Old Dubai and the Souks is the perfect tour you might be looking for, for your students. The Old Dubai Prism Tour- Field Trip takes learning to the next level and brings education to life beyond the classroom. The tour is customized as per the classroom learning and the age of the students. It inspires any student from elementary, middle junior and senior high school’s students.

Old Dubai Prism Tour- Educational Field Trip

What is the structure of the tour?

Our walking tours can go on for a duration of one to three hours as per your need. The Old Dubai Prism Tour is our top selling educational field trip, which takes place in the historic Al Fahidi region of the district (formerly known as Bastakiya).

On our Old Dubai Prism Tour, we offer students an interactive and sensory experience, filled with story-telling, trivia, treasure hunts, and activities to help them understand the history and culture of our country. We also focus on the historical journey of the Emirati people from Nomadic Bedouin life to the modern-day development. Our tour also includes a visit to the Dubai Museum where we explain the students the history of the pearl diving industry in UAE.

It is generally a three-hour walking tour with approximately one hour for each section.
Section 1: Bastakiya
Section 2: Dubai Museum
Section 3: Textile and Spice Souk along with the Abra Ride across the Creek

What is the itinerary of the tour?

The tour first focuses on introducing the students to the history of Dubai and UAE, and how its economy was back in the 1900s. We talk about the Bedouin life, the ruling kingdom of Dubai and the origin and importance of coffee in this region. We shed light on Bastakiya and its role in Dubai’s development.

The next hour of the tour focuses on Pearl Diving, as we walk to the Dubai Museum to delve into the early days of Dubai when fisheries and pearl diving was the main source of revenue for the district.

The next hour includes a fun Abra ride across the Creek (students love the boat ride!) as we walk through the Textile Souk to the Spice Souk. Here the students learn about the different spices and their origin.

To sum it up, the tour includes:

  • Bastakiya
  • Bedouin Camp
  • Coffee Museum
  • Dubai Museum
  • Pearl Museum
  • Abra ride (for students above 7 years of age)
  • A detailed presentation on pearling and Bedouin life in the Past
  • Souks

 

Each section of the tour is included with activities and quizzes to keep up with the interest of the students.

The first hour of the tour in Bastakiya includes a quiz contest where students are grouped in teams to answer questions testing their knowledge of what they have learned so far on the tour. It is a helpful activity that tests what they have retained from the field trip so far, also helping them in team building and maintaining their excitement and energy level through the trip. We ask them questions related to coffee, the Bedouins and the wind tower systems in Old Dubai. The winning team is awarded.

The second hour of the tour includes a postcard writing activity in the foyer of the Dubai Museum, where the students also take a little break before the next stop. We provide each student with a postcard to write a note to someone they love, telling them about the tour and what they have learned from it. The postcards can be sent to the address the students provide.

It helps the students to give their parents or loved ones, a snapshot of their time away.

Here, we also present the students with their certificate of participation and click group photos that are sent to the teachers after the tour.

 

Why should you book an educational trip with Dubai By Foot?

Our Old Dubai Prism Tour focuses on the in-class learning of the students to help them understand the history of Dubai better. Our tours are known to inspire students for the culture and history of UAE.

We have over a decade of experience in providing and organizing school tours for students across Europe and America. We have trained-licensed guides to provide tours for the students. Moreover, to ensure a better guide to student ratio, we assign not more than twenty students to one guide.

We have recently provided educational Old Dubai tours to students of Collegiate American School, Nibras International School, GEMS National School, Kent College Dubai and Ranches Primary School, Dubai.

Our guides are trained to answer all questions your students might have. Also, when you share with us what the students are learning in school, we customize the entire tour as per their learning. Therefore, we make sure that curriculum elements are a part of the tour to give the students first-hand experience. From Old Dubai, Pearl Diving and Trade, to Bedouin Life and to the major developments in Dubai history, our tours are famous for the depth of knowledge they delve into.

We turn the tour into a mobile classroom, where students enjoy, learn and test their knowledge at the same time. Also, most of the students visit the Historic Old Dubai for the very first time.

 

Our educational trip is well designed to stimulate learning beyond the textbooks as students visit historic relics themselves. Our Old Dubai Prism Tour- Educational Field Trip is a customized version of our top-selling and signature tour, Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour, which is loved by all our guests. For more queries or details of the tour, please contact us by email.

Five Famous Music Videos and Movies Shot in Dubai

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The UAE is no stranger to the spotlight and music videos and movies being shot in Dubai are no exception. In this blog, we will talk about five famous music videos and movies shot in Dubai.

Which are the famous songs shot in Dubai?

Imagine Dragons- Thunder

Imagine Dragons, the famous band came up with a single called Thunder which was shot completely in Dubai.

On March 16, 2017, the Imagine Dragons official Instagram account posted a photo of the group with the caption “In Milan. Now Dubai bound to film something special…”

That week, the American band teased fans in the city with photos of themselves enjoying the desert, leading many to speculate about the reason behind their visit. An Instagram post of a slate against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa finally satiated the fans’ curiosity — the group was in Dubai to film a new music video.

 

The video was primarily filmed in the Dubai Design District. Despite being shot completely in black and white, it manages to capture the beauty of the city with shots of popular areas like Shaikh Zayed Road, City Walk and Dubai Marina.

If you are interested in Art and want to check out the thriving art scene in Dubai, why not take Dubai By Foot’s Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour?

Wiz Khalifa – So Much

In May 2016, the rapper Wiz Khalifa shot the music video to his song So Much in Dubai. The video shows the rapper hanging out with tigers, feeding giraffes and riding an ATV in the desert.

 

Cardi B- Bodak Yellow

American rapper Cardi B’s Grammy-nominated song “Bodak Yellow” took the world by storm soon after its release in June 2017. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks. And yes, it was shot in Dubai!

Cardi B shot parts of the music video in Dubai’s deserts.

Which are the famous movies shot in Dubai?

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol

The movie that grossed over USD 700 million dollars, featuring Tom Cruise was shot in Dubai.

Many scenes were shot in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.

At the time of filming, the building hadn’t been completely finished so unused floors were taken over, windows removed and those stunts were terrifyingly real.

The chase through the sandstorm ended at Dubai’s wave-shaped Meydan Bridge.

 

Shot in 2011, this Paramount Pictures movie was a huge hit and opened doors to more shootings in Dubai. Tom Cruise was highly praised for doing the stunt on the Burj Khalifa himself. He put himself in the harness dangling 1,700 feet off the ground! During the eight days of shooting the sequence, only a cable with the thickness of a piano wire separated the actor from going from one of Hollywood’s biggest draws to one of its biggest cautionary tales.

Want to visit Downtown Dubai and the Burj Khalifa, check out our private Downtown Dubai Architecture Tour.

Happy New Year

The king of Bollywood- Shahrukh Khan is loved by all in the UAE. He calls Dubai his second home an featured in Dubai Tourism’s #BeMyGuest Video that was an instant hit.

The movie Happy New Year was shot in 2014. Most of the scenes in Dubai were designed to be shot in or around the famous Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah. The shooting went for a month but the team at Atlantis started preparations months ago to cater to the script.

Khan’s crew and cast filmed all over the hotel – at Nasimi Beach, in the grand lobby, the Ambassador Lagoon, on the Royal Beach, at the helipad, and at Dolphin Bay. All the while the hotel was still running and functioning as usual for guests and visitors.

Many guests thought they’d walked into a time machine when they found the lobby bedecked in festive decorations.

 

Tax rebates are offered to people who come to make movies/ videos here, so along with the stunning architecture and desert landscape, filming in the UAE is a very attractive option for film-makers. Who knows what kind of movies we can expect to arrive here next, judging from what we have above, we have bets on some more futuristic-style action flicks.