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The UAE is very well known for its attachment to camels which are of social and economic value in the emirates. In Arab cultures camels symbolise patience, tolerance and endurance.
A camel is known as the ship of the desert because of its walk, which is much like the motion of a ship at sea. Patience is one of its most observable features and camels are generally useful animals and are very peaceful, and rarely aggressive.

Camels in the UAE were a reliable source of transport, milk and sometimes meat in smaller quantities. Bedouins were proud of the number of camels they possessed. Camels were used in caravans and were loaded with various supplies like dates, food and wood. When running, a camel can reach a speed up to 40 mph in short bursts, 25 mph for longer periods of time and can carry up to 200 lbs on their back for distances in the heat.

Besides, they were used to transport people from the humid coast to cooler oases, during summer time.
Camels were given as a bride’s dowry among the Bedouin tribes and also used as a payment of Zakat, the annual portion of a Muslim’s personal fortune that is given as charity to people in need.
There are two kinds of camels. Arabian camels, also known as dromedaries, have only one hump which is employed to great effect. The hump stores up to 80 pounds of fat, which a camel can break down into water and energy when sustenance is not available. These humps give camels their legendary ability to travel up to 100 desert miles without water. Concentrating fat in their humps minimises insulation throughout the rest of the body, thus allowing camels to survive in such extreme hot regions. The Asian camel, also known as bactrian, has two humps.

In Arabic culture, a camel is assigned a different name every year of its age. For example, a one-year-old camel is called ‘Hewar’ while a two-year-old camel is called ‘Fateem’. The name keeps changing and the camel is known as ‘Haj’ when it is three years old.
The other names for the subsequent ages are ‘Liggi’ (four years old), ‘Yethea’ (five years old) and ‘Thani’ (six years old).
A male camel that is six years old can also be called ‘Baeer’ while a female camel of the same age can also be known as ‘Nagah’.
‘Misk’, ‘Dhabian’ and ‘Shtoota’ are the best-known breeds of Arabian camels found in the UAE.

Camels still have an important role in UAE society, with many Bedouin families still owning a few animals that provide milk and are sacrificed during festivals. Camel skin is used locally to make shoes, bags and water containers, while its wool, is used for clothes.
Camel racing is a very popular activity among UAE community and it is held annually during the winter months. This activity is based on the selected breed of non-dairy camel.
The Al Ain Camel Market is one place that best shows how much the UAE cares for the animals. Visiting this market, is a wonderful immersion in traditional Arab culture.

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It is a common belief that in Dubai only Indians, Pakistanis and Pilipinos can find a job as a waiter. This is true to a certain extent, as the situation has been changing over the past years. After having a lunch in a good restaurant, DubaiBlog met the general manager in the coffee lounge. This was the occasion to interview him. He spoke to us saying “I am Antonio Lagrutta, and I have been living in Dubai since 2011. I have different work experience and at the moment I am the general manager of an Italian restaurant”

We asked him: Is this the first work experience in Dubai? Antonio answered:” No, this is my fourth experience in Dubai and the second one as a director of a restaurant”
We pointed out to him “There is a wrong idea about the world of catering in Dubai. Somebody believes that a waiter can earn a lot of money, as for instance 5,000 € per month and others think that this job is usually done by Indians, Pakistanis and they earn very little money. What is the truth?

Antonio answered saying:” The situation has been changing over the past five years. In the past catering personnel was mostly from India, Pakistan and the Philippines, but now I can see the difference, with the arrival of more Europeans this led to the increase of catering work opportunity for Italians. Of course, I mean here professionals, because in this job what is needed is passion, a lot of knowledge especially about the products”.

We told him: Many young Italians go to London and start working as dish washers. Could an Italian work as a dish washer in Dubai? Antonio said: “No, absolutely not! In order to get a job in the catering sector in Dubai, an Italian should have matured an advanced experience in prestigious places, worked in England and has a good knowledge of the English language.

We asked him: Now, let’s have a look at the total number of the personnel in your restaurant, how many are Italians with the necessary skills and experience? Antonio answered:” We have a total number of 45 workers, 15 of whom are Italians and they have been working here for one year and a half.

We replied:  That’s really good, then. Quite often in Dubai you go to an Italian restaurant but it is Italian only in the name. There is nothing really Italian, even the menu is wrong and there is nobody who can even speak the language. Of course, we have nothing against waiters coming from India or other countries, but it is a bit disappointing to be served an Italian dish in a wrong way.
Antonio: “In our restaurant we have also other personnel coming from other countries, because we need people speaking other languages such as Russian, French and also Arabic. The Italian personnel is the supporting pillars of our restaurant.

We asked him: Let’s have an idea about how much are the salaries of the waiters. Antonio added:” With the Italians we start with a basic salary of 5,000 AED, the Chief waiters can get 7,000 AED (nearly 2,000 €).
We asked him: “Apart from the salary, are there any kind of benefits such as medical insurance, visa etc. that a young worker can get? Antonio: “In addition to the salary we pay one round ticket per year, the medical insurance and visa”.

Our question this time was: Can a young Italian with a minimum experience and a good English knowledge live in Dubai with 7,000 AED? Antonio:” Yes, it is possible, of course, but without expecting to have a high standard of living. Therefore, no clubs no and disco every night. We must not forget that we come here mainly to work and not for entertainment and I personally think that you can have the same lifestyle you get in other places.

We asked him: Now let’s have a look at career opportunities. How easy is it to develop a career in other restaurants? Antonio: “I worked in London and compared to other places, Dubai is easier to have a career. If you are active and able to take matters into your own hands, most probably after 7 months in Dubai you can get a promotion to a higher level”.

In the end we ask Antonio: What are the advice that you can give to a young person who wants to work as a waiter in your restaurant? Antonio:” My advice is to love your work, to have a lot of passion, willingness to work, besides being humble”.

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DubaiBlog, has recently interviewed Antonio Vida an Italian entrepreneur who has decided to leave the traditional commerce and dedicate himself to the online commerce. He successfully started his activity in 2015 when he decided to sell different products on Amazon by importing products from China and reselling them to the main international markets. Most recently he has also decided to teach this business to those who don’t want to have a 9am-5pm jobs and to be more free.

In short words, this business is called Fulfilment by Amazon (FBA). FBA is a special online sales formula, which uses Amazon’s logistics to stock and deliver its own products. It is quite similar to E-commerce, but the difference is that, in this business, you do not need to have your storage centre and warehouse staff and you do not have to manage the logistic of your goods.

What you have to do, to start-up your company, is to import the goods from China and deliver them directly to Amazon store. When the buyer places an order, Amazon will arrange all the logistics, including the delivery to the final destination. Therefore, it is not important where you are physically located, to start this business. Amazon is present everywhere and therefore you can have this FBA business wherever you prefer, and even the goods you are delivering to Amazone store in theory can come from any part of the world. Antonio Vida imports products from China, because is a big trade and industrial centre where everything needed is available.

DubaiBlog, has asked an important question, that if it is easy to sell products on Amazon. According to Antonio Vida, selling on Amazon is a simple procedure, from the theoretical point of view. But in practice, you need to study, have competence and some kind of skills which you need to develop with the assistance of an expert.

Another question put forward to Antonio is the risks that an entrepreneur could face in this kind of business. For Antonio, the procurement is the most critical phase and those who want to start-up this activity has to deal with industries which are very far away and with people who speak a different language. One of the risks is to establish a wrong relationship with the factory or choose the wrong products. Moreover, different problems may occur during the import and custom clearance phases. All these phases are very critical and are to be deeply studied step by step.

Hereunder are some tips on how to open this kind of business. First of all, one has to be acquainted with all phases involved during the importation of the products. In particular, one has to study carefully all the custom clearance procedures, the international certifications in order to avoid goods being detained by the customs and the consequent loss of a lot of money. Those who intend to invest in this activity may get positive results and interesting incomes, with a good basic preparation and through the guidance by an expert of this sector.

One of the advantages of this activity is that its registered office can be in Dubai, which has a favourable taxation environment, but can operate in all the markets in the world. In short words, it is a sort of a small multinational company. Income taxes are to be paid only in the country where the registered office of the company is located, while VAT and GST are usually to be paid in the countries where goods are sold.

Dubai represents a particular advantageous environment for this particular activity since income taxes are zero in the free-zones.

Andrea Vida, states that by following his method you can get an immediate success and a gain great economic return through FBA. In order to get extraordinary results in a short time, you need to follow all the steps taught, be brilliant and have enough intuition. Andrea mentioned two examples of excellence. Two participants in his courses who have recently moved to Dubai, started six months ago to daily sell hundreds of products and achieved daily revenues of around 2,500 -3,000 €. During the peak season these revenues can even be higher. The best outcome was to that who has found the most remunerative market niches such as household goods and all products we use every day.

The big risk to avoid is to import goods without knowing the producers and the quality of the products brought in. Andrea is organizing a trip to China, between 11-15 March with a hundred of Italian entrepreneurs interested in the FBA platform. He will carry out a training on the field, by assisting those interested in how to deal with the producers and how to choose the right products. In this way the entrepreneur will make the right choice and will be bound to have a successful business.

Andrea helps wholesalers belonging to a distribution network, to find products with the best price/performance ratio. He also assists and help entrepreneurs who want to join Amazon platform business but have no idea what to sell. His help is in finding out the best products with the best price/performance ratio and the best economic return.
DubaiBlog has asked Antonio why he has chosen Dubai. He said that Dubai allow him to combine business with pleasure. In fact, Dubai is a perfect logistic base for him to go to Asia, has a favourable social link, a better time zone to communicate with the Chinese partners and has a favourable tax free environment.

To get detailed information on how to open a company in Dubai and how it is possible to get many advantages please write to:   ecommerce@freezonedubai.it

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Art Dubai 2019 comes to its 13th edition and will be held between 20 March – 23 March on Madinat Jumeirah. The event is highly regarded in the international art world and provides a platform for emerging talent, showcasing them alongside firmly established centres and well-known artists.
Julius Baer, the leading Swiss private banking group, is the official financial sponsor of the Art Dubai contemporary section since 2015 and is a long-standing supporter of the arts across the world.

The 13th edition will feature galleries from 42 countries across four rooms, with the new gallery section, Bawwaba, displaying solo works from artists in the Middle East, Central and South Asia, Africa and Latin America.
This year’s Global Art Forum, titled ‘School is a factory?’, explores the landscape of contemporary education and learning.

Through Art Dubai Contemporary, art enthusiasts can explore works from the world’s most influential galleries as well as dynamic young art spaces; covering all artistic media such as painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, video, photography and performance. Art Dubai Modern presents museum-quality work by masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, whose art has been influential throughout the 20th century. The event will also feature an array of pop-up restaurants for the whole family, along with interactive workshops and tours designed for children. NTS Radio is curating a special after-dark music programme for the occasion, while interactive art installations and daily live performances will enhance the overall experience.

HOURS:
Wednesday, March 20, 2019: Ladies Day Preview, 1-4 pm free of charge
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 2-9:30 pm
Friday, March 22, 2019, 12-9:30 pm
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 12-6:30 pm
TICKETS:
Day ticket (valid one day, either March 21, 22, 23): 60 AED if purchased online, 90 AED if purchased onsite
3 Day ticket (valid all days, March 21-23): 100 AED if purchased online, 150 AED if purchased onsite.
For additional information please have a look at this website http://www.artdubai.ae/the-fair/

               Photo: Creatopia

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DubaiBlog has recently gone on a nice tour in Old Dubai to discover the local food street.
The trip proposed is with a bike and starts from Bur Dubai, by taking an Abra the traditional boat to cross Dubai Creek to reach the opposite side Deira.
Shortly afterwards we reached the other part, dropped at a kiosk selling various ice creams made of Camel milk.

They have a particular flavour, different from the traditional ones. In Dubai Mall, you can also get ice creams, biscuits, cappuccino made of camel milk. The Mango ice cream we ordered had an intense yellow colour that let us think it is not really homemade, but it was good and we found it tasty anyhow!
We arrived at Dubai Spice Souk market, with the bike and we were admired the stalls exhibiting nice oriental spices such as turmeric, ginger, and also some dried fruits like, dates, apricots. We entered a shop where we could taste different items and we bought dates from Iran, which are considered superior and some chocolates made of camel milk.

We headed off to Dubai Gold Souk where we could see luxurious jewels 24 carats and finally we had a rest somewhere where we enjoyed something to eat. We have known this place for fifteen years and the food and drinks are really good. It used to be a small kiosk and nowadays has become bigger and it is possible to sit outside where some sheltered tables and chairs are available. The menu is varied, there are a lot of fresh fruit juices (banana, pineapple, mango strawberry) and natural homemade mixed drinks. Prices range from 8.5 to 16 AED, depending from the type. There is plenty of soft drinks sold at 3 AED and also bottled water, the cost of which is 1AED for the small one and 2 AED for the big one.

The kiosk offers a wide range of sandwiches at the price of 4.5 AED (nearly one euro). In the Arab world there are plenty of street cafés selling fresh homemade juices. Being are small cafés, it is very easy to socialize with people sitting close to you. The middle east rolled sandwich, called Shawarma, costs 16AED and is made of chicken meat. Under request you can get the hot spicy one.

We ordered a delicious chicken shawarma served with some pickles and a mango juice, which is really one of the best in this little kiosk. We paid 30 AED, nearly 7 euro.
Then we went for a long bike ride along the narrow street of Deira. Finally, we had a sandwich in the afternoon. It is not a simple one. In fact, it is a hamburger made of Camel meat, which costs 45 AED. In the Arab countries camels are slaughtered only at the end of their ‘shelf life’. Usually this meat is very tough and need to be marinated and minced, in order to make it tender. It is not very easy to find camel meat.

Then it was the time for a sweet. What we found was Baklawa, a Turkish style delicacy which is spread out in all middle east countries. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find Logheimat, a typical emirati sweet which consists of deep fried dumplings served with date syrup and sesame seeds. But we found Uhm Ali, a classical arab sweet, coming from Egypt. According to a legend, a Pharaoh use to call an Uhm Ali, a cook to prepare this sweet, which is a puff pastry soaked in milk and stuffed with pistachio and other ingredients.
The total cost for the two sweets is 35 AED.

After a coffee, we passed to another small kiosk selling stuffed bread. They serve four different kinds of bread and names change according to the culture they come from (India, Pakistan Arab etc)
We ordered a chapati stuffed with cheese and egg and a mango juice.
All it costs 37 AED.

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If you are a busy mom in Dubai, then having a time to look after your home and to yourself could be a tough call. However, that does not mean you cannot achieve both. Hiring a cleaning company with extensive experience and innovative tools can offer you required freedom and ultimate peace of mind. A neat and sparkling clean home catch everyone’s eye and portrays the neat habits of the residents. A clean home not only offers you the social praise but also offers you the ultimate mental peace and freedom.

In this piece let’s discuss some of the most crucial mental benefits that we can have by hiring a professional cleaning company in Dubai so that you can make your mind to hire them. So if you are in a state of confusion as to whether to hire a cleaning service, then read this to get insights regarding the benefits attached.

  • Stress-free clean home:

A messy home offers a chaotic situation where you cannot concentrate on anything at all. Cleaning offers you a way to de-stress yourself. An organized and tidy home not only reduce the cortisol levels in the body but also offers you focused mind to pay attention to other productive things.

  • Meditation for a healthy mind:

Meditation has been regarded as the best tool for having a calm and healthy mind. However, how can someone meditate if there are mess and chaos everywhere? So, for a focused and fruitful meditation, it’s essential to have a clean and tidy environment. Hire a home cleaning service and let them handle the mess while you meditate and make your mind peaceful and stress-free.

  • Higher productivity:

A clean and organized home offers you less distraction and more focus. Whether you are staying at home mom or a working one, a clean home is what offers you the space to stay worries and concentrate more on your career. While on the other hand, a cluttered and messy house can cause a lot of chaos as you cannot find anything on time.

  • Social praise:

Everyone needs social acclamation from peers, neighbors, and family. Being a woman, having a clean, organized and tidy home is what give us a major part of social praise. So if you are worried that your home is not sparkling clean as your neighbors do not worry at all. Let a professional cleaning company handle all the mess while you gather all the praise to raise your confidence.

  • Be creative:

A calm and focused mind is more creative and productive. Decluttering improve the physical and mental health, transforming your life to become more creative. Hiring a professional cleaning services offers you a focused mind by delivering an organized home without germs, dust, and clutter.

  • Avoid fights:

Most of the couples fight over the mess and untidy home. If you and your spouse both do not have time to keep your home clutter free, then it’s prudent to ask for help from professionals. So hire a cleaning company to avoid fights on cleanliness and jumble.

Having an experienced and professional cleaning company at hand is what offers you the ultimate peace of mind and its good for your overall mental health. So what are you waiting for? Hire the one to get the freedom from all the clutter, jumble and chaos.

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Dubai is not a city for pedestrians. In this post we give some tips on how to move in Dubai with public transport.
Dubai transport network includes: bus, metro, tram. Here, we will explain how to move in Dubai and where possible we give some general information about transport fares and try to make some comparison on the route between Dubai Marina and the airport. For detailed information about bus stops and time table, it is better to have a look at the public transport website RTA .

In order to get access to the public transport network, passengers need to purchase a pre-paid card, which is supposed to be swiped to the reader at the check in point and also at check-out. A certain amount will be deducted, equivalent to the distance covered or better the area crossed, until the entire amount has been used up. On the bus it is not possible to buy tickets or load the card with the amount needed. Therefore, you need to pay attention before getting on a bus or metro and have enough credit in your card.
Cards can be recharged at all Metro stations and in tram it is possible to buy single ride tickets

There are different types of cards. Red, Blue, Silver and Gold, depending on the travel class chosen and the tier you buy.
Tram and Metro trains have special wagons where only people holding Gold card are allowed to use, the cost of which are nearly the double.
In almost all the public means of transport there are compartments for women and children.

The bus network is widespread, but during rush hours it may require more than two hours to get from one part of the city to another, due to the long distances to be covered, the traffic jam and the numerous stops.
Time to wait for the bus ranges between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the day, the bus number etc.

The Metro network was inaugurated in the iconic date of 9 September 2009 (9-9-9) after 6 months of testing.
The driving system is completely automated (driverless) and was designed by an Italian firm.
With no doubt, the Metro system is more efficient in terms of speed and frequency. There are two lines, the green and the red. The first one goes to the old part of the city, the second one along the sea and E11 Highway (Sheikh Zayed road).

One of the problems of the Metro is that it does not cover all Dubai areas, especially those very far from the city centre. Therefore, one needs to take another means of transport to reach the final destination.
The Metro arrives also to Dubai airport both to Terminal 1 (International airlines) and Terminal 3 (Emirates airline).

The tram can be compared in terms of frequency of rides and speed to the metro, but it is limited to the area of ​​Dubai Marina.There are various interchange stations between the tram (which also arrives at JBR, then the beachfront area) and the metro (which remains more interior).

Taxis in Dubai are plentiful and the services they offer can be compared to those of other big cities in the world. They are all metered and are a convenient way to move around the city. However, taxis become an expensive way of traveling around if used very often. Therefore, a good solution could be to combine the metro with taxi, in order to reach the desired place or to hire a car.

Now, let’s have a look at how to get to the airport and compare the price with different means of transport.
The Silver Class Metro ticket from Dubai Marina up to Airport Terminal 3 costs 10,50 AED, while a taxi will cost 100 AED. The ticket from the airport to Dubai Marina will have an extra charge cost of 20 AED.

Although Dubai is an absolutely safe city, women travelling alone can choose to take a taxi reserved for them. These taxis can be easily recognized by the pink roof of the car and are operated by women.
Finally, there are two other means of public transport, which however are almost more a tourist attraction and never used by residents:

  • the monorail connecting the mainland with Palm Jumeirah (at the moment are open the stations are at the beginning and at the half of La Palma, the one at Atlantis.
  • the trolley downtown
  • the boat: Water taxis are perhaps the most illogical and least economic way to move in Dubai: high fares and lack of stops make it an unattractive vehicle for a resident

It makes sense to take an “abra”, a small traditional boat that connects the two sides of Dubai Creek with a flat rate of 1 AED per person.

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The inaugural UAE Tour 2019 is the result of a merger between the Abu Dhabi Tour and the Dubai Tour. The competition has extended its path across all seven emirates and it will continue to be a UCI World Tour race.
This special cycling event will be distinguished with a new logo.  The Tour name is now written in red and green in a heptagon shape in reference to the Emirates involved in the event

Starting on Monday February 25, the seven-day event will kick off in Abu Dhabi and ultimately roll into Dubai on Saturday March 2.
The UAE Tour is open to all cyclists, amateur or professional which want to challenge their skills while competing for three classifications: time, points and UAE National category by time across different groups.

Coloured jerseys will distinguish the top leader in each classification, and the final winners will be announced on the last day at City Walk.
The award is a 24-carat gold plated trophy by the same manufacturers who designed the FIFA World Cup and will display the names of previous winners, including last year’s Dubai Tour champion Elia Viviani.
The six-day race will kick off on Monday February 25, finishing in Dubai on Saturday March 2.

The Dubai Tour has always been an event populated predominantly by sprinters, and was won by Elia Viviani in 2018, meanwhile the Abu Dhabi Tour was more one for the climbers, thanks to the pivotal climb of the 10.8 kilometre Jebel Hafeet. In 2018, it was Alejandro Valverde who scooped up the win.
The UAE Tour 2019 will be broadcast on Eurosport between February 25 to March 2

2019 UAE Tour Route and Stages
Stage 1: Hudariat Island (TTT), 16km
Stage 2: Yas Mall – Abu Dhabi, 184km
Stage 3: Al Ain – Jebel Hafeet, 179km
Stage 4: Dubai – Hatta Dam, 205km
Stage 5: Sharjah – Khor Fakkan, 181km
Stage 6: Ajman – Jebel Jais, 180km
Stage 7: Dubai, 145kmAbu Dhabi Tour recent winners

The race, with a total of 1,090km and 4,500 meters of climbing, will not only be a great cycling show but will also allow spectators to discover new areas and locations of this beautiful country.

 

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After his trip across Italy sponsored by the FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano, from Livigno (North of Italy) up to Agrigento (extremely South), Vittorio Brumotti surprises us again.
Based on the previous touring experience, he decided this time to travel across United Arab Emirates: not a race, but a lifetime experience, sponsored by Eicma (the Milan Motorcycle Shows) and Banca Intesa San Paolo.

Beside anticipating the path of the UAE Tour 2019 – third race of the UCI World Tour, this trip aims to create and promote a naturalistic and cultural itinerary (to include sport, art, history, nature, cuisine and solidarity) on two wheels, crossing the whole of Arab Emirates from South to North.

Brumotti will take his touring bike on a route throughout the country.
Vittorio Brumotti started from Al Hudayriat Island (Abu Dhabi) on February 6th and led his tour from the West Coast to the East Coast. The trip ended after seven days, after passing across all the Emirates. The entire experience has been broadcasted by Dubai Sports TV, on Brumotti’s social network official channels (Instagram @brumottistar) and DubaiBlog (@dubaiblog), so anyone was able to discover the 7 stages of his journey day after day.

“Ciao, salam aleykum” says Vittorio Brumotti during the interview realized before the start. “I’m very happy to be here in UAE, my second home, to replicate the adventure done also in Italy. I can’t wait to deeply explore all the hidden spots of the Arab Emirates”.

Vittorio Brumotti Cycling Tour visited some  of the most representative places in the country. So, if you’d like to enjoy a tour, be sure to watch him embark in the venture to explore some of the most famous regions across the Peninsula; prepare yourself to view more than 1,000 km in 7 days, to discover the authentic Emirati traditions of the past and present, to discover museum and historical monuments, to learn more about UAE’s cultural heritage and explore the best natural hidden spots of this amazing country.

Brumotti will ride on a gravel bike, an exclusive customized bicycle prepared just for this tour. The Gravel bikes can be ridden almost anywhere, on the road and off it. Adventure-ready features like disc brakes, additional clearance for wider tires, and comfortable geometry let these bikes adapt to everything, from rugged terrain to winter exploration.

These bikes are for the days when you’re not sure where the journey will take you, but need the bike you know will get you there.
But together with the main bike, he will have in the support car a second bike with the same geometry but a different setup, used for his tricks. Cause – let’s not forget – he’s mainly a freestyle stunt biker.

Vittorio started his journey in Abu Dhabi and he was really impressed by some stunning buildings, and in particular the Sheikh Zayed Mosque and the Louvre Museum. But each place he visited left him something: the skyline of Dubai, his beloved desert, Jebel Hafeet, and many others places.

But who is Vittorio Brumotti? Born in Finale Ligure (Italy) and now living in Dubai (UAE), Brumotti is a renowned figure from Striscia la Notizia (an Italian television program) and, above all, a bike trial champion who is also a very talented stunt rider.

When he’s not attending bike events, Vittorio Brumotti is engaged in his bike riding activities on either a trial bike or Freestyle Road bike to promote this spectacular sport in the world. He is also the incredible holder of 10 Guinness World Records thanks to his talent; and in October 2012, Brumotti climbed Burj Khalifa (the tallest Dubai skyscraper in the world at 829.8 meters) on a bicycle in exactly two hours and 20 minutes, climbing 3700 steps.

Well done Vittorio! Keep on cycling!

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This post does not intend to state all the prices for each product nor compare supermarkets. The aim is to give an idea about the availability of the products and their cost.
Just let’s go to a supermarket and see if we can get the products we are used to buying in Europe and how much shopping costs in Dubai.

We just have a look at the fruit and vegetable department and we notice that we can get any kind of fruits we find in Europe. Of course the prices are higher, especially for some products such as blueberries and cranberries that are obviously imported.
On the other hand, we can find an entire section for some products mostly locally produced at very reasonable prices, that we will never find in Europe such as different varieties of delicious dates and date syrup, the latter is really a delicacy and also healthy.

We can also find a section dedicated to organic products of all kinds and types and we can find almost everything we want. Prices are quite high but in line with the average of other places in the world.
Choitrams supermarkets are promoting a charity action. Products included in the promotion, are specifically labelled with a sticker. Choitrams donate a meal to poor populations. In particular, school meals will be delivered to children in need every time you buy Goodness Foods products marked with some stickers.

We can head to the bakery section passing through the cheese section which is full of different products, then we can see the butchery section where you can find almost any kind of cut of meat. Baguettes catch our eyes once we are at the bakery section and the cost is less than one euro.
Passing to the other store departments we can see that there are all kinds of products at prices that differ according to the brand we choose. Of course, we have to pay particular attention to special offers promoted by the supermarket, especially for some imported products, that usually are more expensive.
All the products must have a label in Arabic language.

If we like fish rather than meat, we can get different kinds of fish and sea food including, molluscs and crustaceans. All these products are locally caught and fresh. In fact, the Arabic gulf is very rich in fish. Only salmon is imported and therefore it is more expensive.
Moving inside the supermarket, we can find various household appliances, pots, saucepans and even some clothes.
Once we get to the milk section, we are surprised to see Camel milk, a product which is not sold in Europe. It is more expensive than cow milk and it comes in different brands.
We can find also different kinds of yogurt, imported and locally produced which are very convenient, some sold also in a 2 kg package.

In every supermarket we can get everything for the barbecue including instant Lighting Charcoal and disposable barbecues. During the weekend, it is a common habit in Dubai to organize barbecue parties in the desert.
Usually, each supermarket has a section dedicated to international cuisines (Mexican, Russian, Japanese etc) where imported ingredients to prepare dishes can be found.

When we finish our shopping we go to the till to pay the bill. Some supermarket has a dedicated till for paying pork products, in order to avoid contamination and for the respect the local customs.
Once we get out from the supermarket we find our car completely cleaned. This service is carried out by nice guys at the cost 5 € only.

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