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To most, the thought of visiting Dubai without money seems close to impossible. But Simon Wilson, a popular travel vlogger, survived in the city without any cash for three days!
Surviving In Dubai for three days
You’ve probably heard family, relatives and friends talking about going dune-bashing, chillin’ at a beach club, indulging in a brunch and shopping, during their vacation in Dubai. But, believe it or not, Simon managed to explore the city – from the souks in Al Fahidi to Palm Jumeirah – without spending a single penny! Check it out:
If you’ve lived in Dubai long enough, you’ve probably heard people ranting about how life is fast-paced, but there’s one journalist who finds it tough to keep himself busy and has taken to reviewing bathrooms in Dubai for a laugh.
Reviewing a bathroom, say what?!
There are, undoubtedly, several different fandoms, be it pop culture, automobiles, fashion or sports, but this journo’s about bathrooms is a completely potty! On his Instagram handle, @bathroomsofdubai, he’s been up to some serious reviewing of Dubai’s bathrooms. Judging by the reviews, the journalist seems to have a taste for interior design and architecture, appreciating the tiling pattern, colour scheme, floors and walls.
I used to really love these bathrooms at the Jumeirah Al Naseem hotel. They’ve lost a bit of their luster, but I still rate them. Here’s why:
I am a fan of the chunky tiling pattern, which oftentimes looks dated, but in this case looks quite fun, in my opinion.
The cubicles all have heavy doors for maximum privacy, which is always appreciated.
The best part of this bathroom, however, is the layout, which perhaps doesn’t translate in to the photos. The motion sensor pipe taps which come down from the ceiling are a brilliant touch, as is the backlit fern pattern. Together, they form a lovely centerpiece for the bathroom, organised around a solid marble sink.
I remain a fan of these bathrooms, but feel perhaps they have an intangible quality that is hard to articulate. If you’ve been, I’d love to know what you think, and whether I’m on to something!
Not every review is easy going!
Some hotels like, Palazzo Versace, Four Seasons DIFC and Mandarin Oriental survived the cut with above average positive reviews, but few iconic landmarks like Atlantis The Palm, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Opera came under scrutiny by the anonymous reviewer, claiming their soap is “cheap,” not looking “imaginative,” or the decorations seeming “dated.”
These bathrooms at the Atlantis hotel on the Palm are pretty drab. The oppressive beige paint job and green marble feels dated, and the hand towels are terrible.
They are the cheap kind that don’t dry your hands at all: It’s like trying to absorb water with a sheet of plastic. Weirdly, they had a second pile of much nicer, fluffy and absorbent towels hidden in the corner, next to a random shaving kit. Where’s the consistently, lads!? The actual toilets are bizarre, so poorly lit that you can barely see your own hands once you’ve closed the door behind you. I am sure they are good to nap in, but generally they just feel like you’re in some sort of escape room challenge as you fumble around for the toilet paper. The last photo is a representation of this.
Not many redeeming qualities here.
Check out our top pick of the most unconventional bathroom review: An A380 flight!
Taking a dump from 39,000 feet, on board an Emirates A380, how ‘bout dat? No kiddin’ but the journalist reviewed a bathroom from the luxury airline while flying from Dubai to San Francisco! Here’s what he said: “The flowers and Bulgari aftershave give it a bit more gravity than your average cubicle, and the backlit mirror offers a slightly more flattering reflection after 15 hours of flying than you would usually get.”
A room with a view. In terms of bathrooms with spectacular views, I may have peaked. Unless I get to visit the ISS and get a photo looking out at space from the loo, it’ll be hard to top the sight of endless arctic tundra from 39,000 feet, on board an Emirates A380.
Flying over the North Pole from Dubai to San Francisco was a great, eerie experience, and the views afforded by the toilets were pretty unforgettable too. The bathroom is spacious, clean, and comfortable (for an airplane toilet). The flowers and Bulgari aftershave give it a bit more gravity than your average cubicle, and the backlit mirror offers a slightly more flattering reflection after 15 hours of flying than you would usually get.
Overall, just a quality bathroom (as far as high-altitude toilets go) with an unrivaled view. 9/10
There’s a lot more to the holy month of Ramadan than fasting. It’s a time when Dubai unifies co-existence and tolerance by people from all walks of life, breaking their fast together, and Khalid Al Ameri proves how the holy month brings the community together.
Iftar at Gurudwara
Until 2019, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara used to host an annual iftar to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, serving free vegetarian meals to everybody, disregard of their age, religion or status. This year, the Gurudwara is serving Iftar daily, in line with UAE’s national initiative, ‘Year of Tolerance.’
Watch Khalid Al Ameri’s experience at the Gurudwara
You might know Khalid Al Ameri for his heartwarming talks about the UAE, and this time, he headed to the Guru Nanak Darbar to show how they transform into a mosque during the holy month and serve iftar to everyone. He said, “In a world that’s starting to feel more and more divided every day, this evening was like a breath of fresh air. It is a strong message to everyone in the world of what is possible when we open up our hearts to each other even if they necessarily don’t necessarily believe in the same things we do.”
Dubai “an example for the whole world”
2019 has seen some ground-breaking moments to show how tolerance is such an important aspect for the UAE, such as hosting His Holiness Pope Francis last February and announcing the development of a BAPS temple in Abu Dhabi. A member of the Guru Nanak Darbar talked about how His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, made the city an “example for the whole world” for tolerance. He said, “Dubai is a place where the vision of His Highness is so great. Allah has blessed in that way he has a tolerance for all religions. This is an example for the whole world to see that humanity is the first thing.”
As per a mandate issued by Dubai Municipality, restaurants, cafeterias and food establishments will be required to include a calorie count on their menus.
Calorie count regulation
In phase 1, restaurants, cafes, eateries and cafeterias with five or more branches will be required to add a calorie count on their dining menus by this November, followed by all food establishments requiring to comply with this law, in their 2nd phase, by January 2020. It’s also worth mentioning that this law applies to food establishments in Dubai only.
Photograph credit: Wmal
Dubai Municipality initiative
Dawoud Al Hajri, director-general of Dubai Municipality said, “The municipality’s initiative is to oblige food establishments to be fully transparent in declaring calories on all foods, in order to give consumers the ability to choose food that suits their health status.”
Initiative in line with Dubai Municipality vision
Al Hajri also says the regulation will help restaurants serve healthier meals and achieve the municipality’s vision of making Dubai a happy and sustainable city. He said, “It is an innovative programme, through which the municipality will encourage restaurants to provide healthy and tasty meals to consumers and help achieve the DM’s vision of developing a happy and sustainable city.”
Champions League drama is heating up towards the end of the 2018/19 season, with Tottenham and Liverpool making it to the grand finale on Saturday, 6th June. Many bars and clubs are luring football fans with screenings and deals on beverages and here are some of the best spots in Dubai to catch the live action…
Where: Emirates Golf Club
About: Every kick, pass and dribble of the final will be beamed across Spike Bar’s massive screens. Patrons can choose from an array of dishes and beverages and enjoy the live sporting action, be it inside the bar or on the terrace. It’s also worth mentioning that Emirates Golf Club has a new night golf package where guests can play either a 9-hole or 18-hole course and receive a Dhs 65 voucher at Spike Bar. For reservations, call 04 417 9999 or drop an email to email@example.com.
Photograph credit: Barasti
Where: Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, Dubai Marina
About: Just in time for the final, Barasti has installed an air-conditioned tent with an LED screen, as well as two additional giant screens outdoors. The beach club is offering packages for groups of six, inclusive of beverages, sharing bites and platters, priced from Dhs 750-2,000. For reservations, call 04 318 1313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph credit: Barasti
Where: Dubai Sports City
About: Hot on the heels of their fourth-anniversary celebrations, Kicker’s, one of the most sports-centric bars in town, will be serving a line-up of beverages and pub-grub on the day. Kickers boasts of a vibrant atmosphere with huge screens across the venue and, things do get loud during intense moments of the game! For reservations, call 04 448 1001 or email email@example.com.
Photograph credit: Kickers
The Irish Village
Where: Al Garhoud
About: It doesn’t get more central than The Irish Village. Get your cheer on and expect to be captivated by the football-frenzy, with views of the garden and lake. Look out for a host of drink deals and their signature Irish dishes. For reservations, call 04 282 4750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photograph credit: The Irish Village
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
About: If you’re looking for a high-energy place where you can cheer among hardcore football fans, we recommend heading to McGettigan’s. All the action will be screened on their huge TV screen and there’s a traditional Irish roast dinner on offer, priced Dhs 99 onwards. For reservations, call 04 378 0800 or drop an email to email@example.com.
UAE’s weather has been far from enviable today. People living in the UAE’s northern emirates woke up to heavy rains, while Dubai experienced drizzles and prevailing winds.
Heavy rains hit northern emirates
May, usually, is regarded as one of the hottest months of the year. But this season, the UAE’s northern emirates witnessed cloudy skies accompanied with heavy rains and cold weather, as the streets and roads were flooded by hours of rain. Dubai, also, witnessed drizzles and severe windy conditions. Check it out:
Heavy rains in Dubai in May 2019 - YouTube
17.6° – the minimum temperature recorded today
With temperatures plummeting due to torrential rains, Ras Al Khaimah’s Jebel Jais recorded the lowest temperature today, at 17.6°. The second coolest place is Jabal Yibir, with a temperature of 21.6°, followed by Qamen at 22.9°, Fujairah’s Al FarFar at 23.4° and Jabal Hafeet at 23.6°. However, it isn’t the best time to visit the mountains, due to flash floods.
Ras Al Khaimah storm - YouTube
Unstable weather conditions due to low pressure
UAE’s National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) says a trough of low pressure was expected to extend over the region, resulting in the flow of a moist air mass from the Arabian Sea. They also predict Al Ain and the northern Emirates may experience intense rainfall, lightning and thunder through the week, until Thursday.
Dubai Police has taken delivery of a brand-new Maserati GranTurismo to join their super car fleet, set to patrol motorways at tourist spots like JBR and Downtown.
Maserati GranTurismo joins Dubai Police fleet
This week, Maserati officially handed over to the Dubai Police, a fully kitted 2019 GranTurismo, complete with the green livery of the police force. The exotic car is equipped with a 4.7-litre V8 engine, capable of reaching 0-100 km/h within 4.5 seconds and boasts a top speed of 303 km/h with 53 kgm of torque. Check it out:
Dubai Polisi Maserati kullanıyor! - YouTube
15 exotic automobiles for Dubai Police
No other police force can boast of as exotic an automobile fleet as the Dubai Police. In 2013, Dubai Police unveiled Lamborghini Aventador as the first super car to join their squadron and today, they have multiple high-performance, exotic vehicles, including Bentley Continental GT, BMW i8, Bugatti Veyron, Chevrolet Camaro SS, Aston Martin One-77, Dodge Viper, Nissan GT-R, Porsche 918, Ferrari LaFerrari, Lexus RC F, Pagani Huayra and many other high-speed SUVs and motorbikes.
Photograph credit: Dubai Police
“Uncompromised GT character”
Domenico La Marte from Maserati Middle East and Africa says the GranTurismo provides sharp throttle response and a free-revving style. He says, “Over the years, the GranTurismo has evolved into one of the most iconic Maserati cars ever built, thanks to its uncompromised GT character, perfectly expressed by a uniquely compelling combination of bold yet elegant design; the exhilarating, inspirational performance of a naturally aspirated V8 engine.”
It’s a big moment for the Al Maktoum royal family, as Crown Prince Fazza, and his brothers, HH Sheikh Maktoum and HH Sheikh Ahmed got married in a traditional joint marriage ceremony in Dubai.
Crown Prince Fazza and brothers married
According to The National, Dubai Media Office confirmed His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, married Sheikha Sheikha bint Saeed bin Thani Al Maktoum, His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, married Sheikha Mariam bint Butti Al Maktoum and His Highness Ahmad bin Mohammed, chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation, married Sheikha Midya bint Dalmouj Al Maktoum, on Wednesday, 15th May.
Photograph credit: Instagram
Wedding ceremony to be announced
HH Sheikh Hamdan and his brothers signed an official marriage contract in a traditional Islamic wedding yesterday. The wedding ceremony, however, is yet to be announced, and whether it will be a public or private celebration. (Here’s hoping a public holiday or a grand celebration for everyone!)
Social media abuzz with congratulatory messages
With the weddings confirmed, a plethora of royal family members, media personalities and Emirati celebrities took to social media to congratulate the brothers. Her Highness Sheikha Latifa bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice Chairman of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, said “The nation is rejoiced,” while Emirati singer Balqees Fathi congratulated, “God bless you and make it an auspicious marriage full of happiness and blessings.”
Party people, get yo’ sicko mode on as Travis Scott has been announced as the first artist to headline Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix’s Yasalam after-race concerts, on Friday, 29th November.
Travis Scott headlining Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix
2018 was quite the year for Travis Scott, dropping a slew of chart-busting hits like “Can’t Say,” “Butterfly Effect,” “Yosemite,” and “Stargazing.” Not to mention his collab with Drake on “Sicko Mode,” the hip-hop anthem peaked at Billboard’s Hot 100 for an entire week and spent 40 weeks on the charts. You might also know him through hits like “Goosebumps,” “Antidotes,” “Zeze” and Major Lazer’s “Know No Better.”
30% off on select tickets
As of now, Yas Marina Circuit is offering a 30% early bird discount on select tickets and Golden Circle upgrades. The General Admission category, on the Abu Dhabi Hill. offers the cheapest tickets, priced between Dhs 699-1,344. Grandstand category tickets range from Dhs 1,379-2,425, followed by Club tickets from Dhs 2,256-2,730. Lounge category, inclusive of covered seating and air conditioning, is priced from Dhs 2,396-2,741, while VIP category seats range from Dhs 2,956-4,645. Lastly, if you’re a high roller, there are Event Hospitality category seats priced from Dhs3,665-22,145. Click here to see the tickets list and details.
Star-studded line-up last edition
Last year saw the R&B sensation, ‘The Weeknd’ perform live in front of thousands of fans, alongside, four-time Grammy-winning pop-soul singer Sam Smith, “Rockstar” hitmaker Post Malone and the iconic Guns N’ Roses. The Yasalam after-race concerts have played host to a plethora of A-list rappers and artists in the past, including Jay Z, Eminem, Kanye West, Linkin Park and Enrique Iglesias.
On Sunday, four commercial ships were subjected to sabotage near the UAE’s territorial waters in the Gulf of Oman, east of Fujairah.
Attack on four UAE and Saudi Arabian ships
UAE’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) announced four commercial ships came under attack near the Strait of Hormuz, a key waterway for crude exports. Jaber Al Lamki, an executive director at the UAE’s National Media Council, said, “The incident was an attempt to sabotage not just boats, but one aimed at undermining global oil supplies and maritime security.”
Saudi Oil Tankers Hit By 'Sabotage Attacks' - YouTube
No injuries or spills reported
MOFAIC says no injuries or fatalities have been reported, neither was there any spillage of harmful chemicals or fuel. The authority also dismissed “baseless” rumours about the incident taking place at the Fujairah Port, since it happened on the waters of Gulf of Oman. Operations at the Fujairah Port are ongoing as usual.
Photograph credit: Middle East Voice
Saudi Arabia condemns sabotage act
Yesterday, Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, condemning the act of sabotage. They also claim the incident poses a “dangerous threat to the safety of navigation and affects negatively regional and international security.” As of now, the US has been requested for technical assistance in assessing the damage to the vessels.