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.

Best Travel Deals for Black Friday 2018

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This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!Name Your Own Price Walking Tours

Keep in mind that our name your own price walking tours are always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!

In addition to great savings on Black Friday, we’ll offer some Small Business Saturday savings to support local vendors we love, and keep an eye out through until next week for what some people are calling Travel Deal Tuesdays!

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The Jewel Teller at Alserkal Avenue

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A workshop where creativity and technology co-exist, The Jewel Teller is in Alserkal Avenue. It is a design space in Dubai’s very own art hub with a collection of some fine jewellery.

About Alserkal Avenue

Located in Al Quoz 1, Alserkal Avenue is Dubai’s foremost art hub that was established in 2007. The Avenue was once a cluster of industrial warehouses. These warehouses are now the art spaces that support the regions to encourage and support the region’s mushrooming art scene. The space brings artists and collaborators ideas from across the globe, come to life.

The warehouses include non-profit artists’ studios, residency programmes, project spaces, concept stores, black box theatre, independent cinema, outdoor event facilities and community-led cultural initiatives, as well as unique food and beverage outlets. Our favourite, The Jewel Teller is located in Warehouse E49 of Alserkal Avenue.

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About the Jewel Teller

The Jewel Teller is a boutique jewellery store conducting three operations in one design space. There is a design studio where the initial ideas are recognised. Then, a workshop where the designs and ideas are perfectly created and handcrafted. Then there is the main gallery where the finished jewellery is showcased.

The idea of The Jewel Teller is to create a space where the studio can share the full jewellery journey. It begins from the initial design through to the finished article. The experience is different. It is much appreciated when customers and clients can see their jewellery designs sketched, watch the pieces being made, and learn about the stones, materials and historical inspiration behind them – all in one space.

 

The store uses design, hand techniques, wax model making, CAD and 3D printing, gem cutting, engraving and stone setting to carve the beautiful jewellery being displayed outside.

The inspiration for the designs comes from a variety of historical periods – for example, the founder’s passion for the Art Deco period with its range of exotic influences, and the glamour of the 1940s and 50s when ladies wore jewellery for most occasions.

The Jewel Teller opens its doors to show the ancient yet, unknown craft of jewellery making through the skilled hands of its 15 goldsmiths.

 

The best way to reach here is by a cab to Alserkal Avenue or a cab from the First Abu Dhabi Bank metro station. Parking is generally full at Alserkal Avenue, so we recommend visitors do not drive.

Founder and Creative Director at The Jewel Teller

Susana Martin is the founder of this unique space. She got this idea when she saw a gap between the design and production stages of the jewels where she previously worked. She felt the need to have a creative control over designing which gave her the idea of The Jewel Teller.

Currently, Marcela Costa is the designer and creative director at the Jewel Teller. Born and raised in tropical land Brazil, Marcela knew from a young age she would design and make jewellery. She was still in school when the natural materials from the Amazon inspired her to hand make her first jewellery pieces and create partnerships with other jewellers, designer and fashion designers. The abundance of Brazilian gems encouraged her to get her business diploma and venture out to Florence to learn the goldsmith craft from the old-world masters. Upon her return she landed an important role with a New Yorker Jeweller where she stayed for the next 4 years. She worked for several designers of different backgrounds, collecting experience and experimenting different styles, which culminated to the beginning of her own brand.

Her love and ability to carve and sculpt has allowed her to explore different shapes and the nature of movement, which is a trade mark throughout her pieces. After a 20-year journey between Brazil, Italy and US, Marcela, designs for the Jewel Teller. Here, she has the chance to explore and incorporate elements of Eastern traditions to her cosmopolitan and earthy style.

The co-founder of the Jewel Teller is Hayan Sheakh Othman, who Martin’s met through a work project. He introduced her to their investor Ahmad Alqaz Alfalasi. The three of them brought the idea to life.

When was the Jewel Teller founded?

The Jewel Teller was started In 2016, and you can visit this studio and workshop on Dubai By Foot’s Art Tour. The store is open Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm.

Art, Jewels & Chocolate Tour by Dubai By Foot

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This walking tour is designed for both art lovers and art-agnostics. We explore Alserkal Avenue – through its galleries, studios, and artistically-inspired stores, and an end-to-end designer jewellery manufacturing store. This tour is an insight into the lives of expats in Dubai, expressed through installation artwork. It is also a terrific opportunity to understand how design-thinking is shaping product design.

We also visit our favourite, The Jewel Teller store on this tour. Guests learn about jewellery by seeing any stage of its creative journey in the design incubator. It gives you a 360-degree experience, incorporating the three core concepts of jewellery design in a single space.

The journey starts at the stone cutting station where rough gemstones are hand cut into perfectly faceted jewels. We then proceed to see the 3D printed master models being moulded and cast into precious metals. They are then distributed to have their sprues cut, roughness filed, parts soldered, texture applied, stones set and finally, to be polished to perfection. You will be wow-ed by this experience!

 

No matter how busy you are, we recommend you visit this beautiful space. And why not, if it gives you some memorable Instagram photos!

Transportation Between Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai City

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With Dubai growing as an international hub, it makes sense that a new airport has opened up. Al Maktoum International Airport officially opened in 2010 and it welcomed passenger airlines starting in 2013. Currently, the airport welcomes airlines such as fly Dubai, Aeroflot and Wizz Air. In this post, we will discuss the various ways of getting to and from Al Maktoum International Airport.

What is the fastest way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?

Taxi

You can hire a taxi straight from the airport to your destination. These taxis are available 24/7.  Riders have a choice between a cream-trimmed taxi, which is available for anyone to hire, or a pink-trimmed taxi, which has a female driver and is available for women and families to use. If you are a fan of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Careem, however, you’ll find yourself out of luck – these services don’t operate out of Al Maktoum Airport.

It’s important to note that Al Maktoum Airport is a bit out of the way from Dubai’s city centre, so a taxi ride will easily cost about 100 – 150 AED.  Many Dubai taxis are not equipped with card readers, so make sure you exchange money beforehand so you can pay in cash.

Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability

Cons: More expensive for single travellers

What is the cheapest way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?

Bus

There is also the option of taking the public bus into the city. This is one of the cheapest options available, costing less that 8 AED per passenger. There are two buses that together, provide 24/7 service.

The Express Bus F55 operates between 6am and 10pm. It departs hourly from the airport and runs every hour, taking riders directly to the Ibn Battuta Metro Station. This journey takes approximately 40 minutes. After reaching the metro station, visitors can travel by metro, can call a taxi or can hop on one of the other buses at this stop (the Ibn Battuta Bus Stop also connects to Route 8 bus line to Dubai’s central business district and the Route 99 bus line to the Jebel Ali Free Zone).

The Express Bus F55A is the night service bus, running from 11pm to 6am. This bus departs the airport on the hour and runs hourly.  This bus takes passengers from Al Maktoum airport to the Satwa bus station, in a trip that takes about 90 minutes.

If you plan to take a bus from the airport, it’s important to note that Dubai buses do not accept payment in cash or coin. You will need to purchase a Nol card and top it up with some funds. Tourists often purchase a red ticket, which can be loaded with up to 10 trips or with 5 daily passes (you can read more about the different types of Nol cards and their associate pricing here). You’ll find kiosks in the airport that will allow you to purchase a Nol card before getting on the bus.

Pros: Highly affordable

Cons: Hourly service only, limited destinations so further transport via taxi, metro or bus is likely required.

What is a convenient way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?

Rental car

 You also have the option of renting a car from the airport and driving to your destination. Car hire agents with kiosks in Al Maktoum Airport include Dollar, Thrift, W&B Rent a Car and Hertz. This is the most expensive option. The prices vary based on the car make, length of rental and the rental company. If you’re thinking about renting a car, you should also remember to include the price of fuel in your estimate (even though fuel in Dubai tends to be cheaper than in other parts of the world) and the price of parking (as there are only a few areas with free parking in Dubai). You should also consider that driving on Dubai’s roads can sometimes get a bit chaotic, so make sure you will be comfortable driving in these conditions.

Pros: Freedom to travel anytime at your convenience and directly to/from your destination

Cons: This is the most expensive option. You should only consider renting a car if you are planning to make use of the vehicle throughout the length of your trip.

 

The type of transport you use when leaving Al Maktoum International Airport depends on a lot of factors. It can be the amount of luggage you are carrying, the number of people travelling with you, the time you arrive, your budget  and your destination. We hope this post will help you narrow down your options and let you begin your journey into the city.

Transportation Between Dubai International Airport and Dubai

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When it comes to number of passengers, Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest international airport.  It’s the main flight hub in Dubai, so if you are planning a visit to the city, it’s likely to be the airport that you will be flying into. Once you arrive, you’ll find there are a variety of options to help you get to where you are going. In this post, we’ll take you through the various forms of transport out of Dubai International Airport.

What are the fastest ways to get to Dubai City from Dubai International Airport?

Taxi

You can hire a taxi straight from the airport to your destination. These taxis are available 24/7 outside Terminals 1, 2 and 3.  Riders have a choice between a cream-trimmed taxi, which is available for anyone to hire, or a pink-trimmed taxi, which has a female driver and is available for women and families to use.

There is a 25 AED surcharge for trips from the airport and passengers are generally charged 1.96 AED for every kilometer travelled.

Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability

Cons: More expensive for single travellers.

Uber

 For those of you who prefer ride-sharing apps, there is also the option of taking an Uber. Uber has made it very convenient to request a pick up from Dubai International Airport. You choose the ride option that suits the size of your group and the amount of luggage you are carrying and indicate which terminal you would like to be picked up from. You can then exit from the arrivals area and head to your pick up spot by the parking lot.

If you are at terminal 1, your pickup spot will be the Short Stay Car Park A1.

If you are at terminal 2, your pickup spot will be the passenger pick up area next to the outdoor carpark across the road.

If you are at terminal 3, your pickup spot will be Parking Lot 2.

Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability, online receipts make reimbursement easier, ability to pay directly through the app

Cons: Possible difficulty locating the pickup spot and identifying your driver, Internet access required to use the app.

What are the affordable ways to get to the city from Dubai International Airport?

Bus

Outside Terminal 1 and terminal 2, you will find special air-conditioned buses with large baggage holds. These buses operate 24 hours a day at 30-minute intervals and follow two main routes.

Airport Bus 401 travels to Deira, stopping at DNATA, Al Maktoum Road, Deira Taxi Station and Al Sabkha Bus Station. Airport Bus 402 transports passengers to the Dubai city area on the other side of the creek. The stops on this line are Deira City Centre, Al Karama, Golden Sands, Al Mankhool and Al Ghubaiba Bus Station.

The bus fare will only cost about 3 AED, making this an extremely cost effective option. However, it is important to note that Dubai buses do not accept payment in cash or coin. You will need to purchase a Nol card and top it up with some funds. Tourists often purchase a red ticket, which can be loaded with up to 10  trips or with 5 daily passes (you can read more about the different types of Nol cards and their associate pricing here). You’ll find kiosks in the airport that will allow you to purchase a Nol card before getting on the bus.

Pros: Highly affordable

Cons: Departure only every 30 minutes, limited destinations so further transport via taxi, metro or bus is may be required.

Metro

 

Dubai also boasts of a world class metro system that connects to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport. Passengers entering the metro from one of these stations are allowed two pieces of luggage each, one of which is hand luggage.

Trains run every ten minutes; however, the metro is not in operation 24/7. The exact timetable will depend on your destination. In general, trains on the red line run from 5am till midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5am till 1am on Thursdays and from 10am till 1am on Fridays.

You will need a Nol card with sufficient funds (minimum 8 AED) in order to ride the metro. We’ve written a detailed guide on how to use the Dubai Metro here.

Pros: Highly affordable

Cons:  Possible difficulty manoeuvring suitcases on and off the train, limited destinations so further transport via taxi or bus may be required.

What is a convenient way to get to the city from Dubai International Airport?

Car Rental

 

You also have the option of renting a car from the airport and driving to your destination. Car hire agents with kiosks in Dubai International Airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt, Thrifty, Asia Autolease, Continental, DiamondLease, Fast, Tamara, United and Yasi. This is the most expensive option, with prices varying based on the car make, length of rental and the rental company. If you’re thinking about renting a car, you should also remember to include the price of fuel in your estimate (even though fuel in Dubai tends to be cheaper than in other parts of the world) and the price of parking (as there are only a few areas with free parking in Dubai).  You should also consider that driving on Dubai’s roads can sometimes get a bit chaotic, so make sure you will be comfortable driving in these conditions.

Pros: Freedom to travel anytime at your convenience and directly to/from your destination

Cons: This is the most expensive option. You should only consider renting a car from the airport if you are planning to make use of the vehicle throughout the length of your trip

The type of transport you use when leaving Dubai International Airport depends on a lot of factors –  the amount of luggage you are carrying, the number of people travelling with you, the time you arrive, your budget and your destination. We hope this post will help you narrow down your options and let you begin your journey into the city.