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A desert destination may not always be an ideal vacation spot for celebrating the Christmas holidays, but it certainly is for people wanting to catch a little sun and still get to experience the joys of the festive season. Dubai provides the perfect balance between an exotic holiday and a Christmas extravagance bonanza that you can enjoy. But if you are still in two minds, then here are our top reasons for you to visit Dubai this Christmas.

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<h4>Fantastic Weather</h4>

<p>It is no secret that Dubai brings in scorching heat because of its location in the middle of the desert. However, the time from December to January is when the temperatures are slightly cooling and it provides a good opportunity for people to visit who don&rsquo;t particularly like the Arabian sun.</p>

<h4>Exquisite Food</h4>

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<p>International cuisine is quite popular in Dubai aside from the local Arabic food delicacies. If you are partial to one particular cuisine then don&rsquo;t worry, as you most probably will find everything you want right here in one of the many shopping malls or <a href="https://www.dubai.com/restaurants/" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">restaurants</a>.</p>

<h4>Festive Parties</h4>

<p>Parties are always ongoing in this eventful city, especially for Christmas and so close to the New Year. Get decked up in your holiday best and dance the night away with your loved ones this festive season in Dubai!</p>

<h4>Thrilling Theme Parks</h4>

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<p>Have you imagined of snow in the desert? Well, <a href="https://www.skidxb.com/" >Ski Dubai</a> makes all your dreams come true! You no longer need to visit the cold European cities to go skiing, but simply can visit Dubai with your kids for a wild time. Aside from that, multiple theme parks across the city provide excellent ways for you to spend time with your kids.<br />
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<p>Why waste time reading when you can simply pack a bag and book your flight to Dubai this moment! Prepare for the holiday of the season and get ready for some serious retail therapy.</p>
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Dubai is the most well-known city of the seven emirates known for its fully loaded adventures & attractions. Tourism here is growing as rapidly as the city skyline and one day isn’t enough to spend time learning the local culture and 48 hours is just enough to scratch the surface of this epic city.  If you are travelling through Dubai and have a layover in the city, then do visit these popular hotspots.

The Burj Al Arab  

The Burj Al Arab is Dubai’s first definitive statement of intent. It offers incredible views from high above the city.  You can choose to book a table at one of the many high-end restaurants within. For an ultimate experience, visit the Skyview bar or Lounge at the terrace and enjoy the sunset view.


Dine And Shop  

Experience some fancy shopping next to sharks and manta rays as Dubai Mall boasts largest indoor aquarium in the world along with an ice rink and a stunning fountain. One of the world’s largest malls is not limited to dine and shopping, and you will get to see plenty of things to occupy your time.

 
Go Dune Bashing In The Desert 

A trip to Dubai wouldn’t be complete without checking out the desert and experience the dune bashing in a 4x4. It is a great little adventure one must have when surrounded by sand dunes. You can also ride in style, and head to the dunes on a sunset desert safari. You can choose from a morning ride or sunset drive depending on your schedule for the weekend.
 

Explore The Souks

Arab is majorly famous for its gold and spices, and the souks of Dubai will definitely overwhelm your senses. These markets are full of spices, gold and textiles. The city has a number of souks throughout to explore, but the Gold Souk is a must for anyone who’s running short on time. This market is located near Dubai Creek, and you can choose a bus, metro, or taxi to reach there.  


A trip To Abu Dhabi 

90 miles far from Dubai, Abu Dhabi is easily reachable in an hour. If you don’t have enough time to go on a full city tour then just head straight for the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is an absolutely an incredible place and attractive site to visit. It is open on Saturday through Thursday from 9 am to 10 pm and a must-see in the U.A.E.

 

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Health Insurance is mandatory for all Dubai residents and nationals. While all UAE nationals are covered under government insurance programs like Enaya and Sa’ada, expatriates with a valid Dubai residency can avail health insurance services from any of the 46 registered insurance companies in Dubai. It is the legal liability of every sponsor to provide health insurance cover. This means that if you are sponsored by your employer, your insurance plan will be taken care of by the employer.

The Dubai Health Authority has created the Essential Benefits Plan (EBP) essentially for employees that earn a monthly salary of AED 4,000 or less. This plan is the lowest cost plan available in Dubai and has a fixed cost of AED 550 and AED 650 per year. Only a few participating insurers can provide EBPs. This is done because the DHA wanted to ensure that the most vulnerable workers are protected and such insurers are restricted in the amount of profit they make. The benefits are the same no matter which provider you choose. The alternative form of this basic plan is the Enhanced Basic Plan that provides the minimum level of benefits permitted by the DHA in addition to a very limited medical network. 

Other than these, there are several other comprehensive plans to choose from with a wide range of benefits and network list provided by the insurance companies in Dubai. Once you have chosen your preferred plan and made the payment for your health policy, your insurer will take approximately between 7-10 working days to provide your insurance card. 

Dubai residents have several different online marketplaces to shop for their medical insurance needs, whether they are looking to purchase insurance through a broker or directly from the insurance companies. Since health insurance policy prices in the UAE are commoditized, insurance plans are offered at the same prices. This means that the primary method of differentiation between a broker and the insurance is through the customized features and customer service.

With the health insurance laws in Dubai, it is ensured that everyone is covered at a minimum level and residents and nationals have access to affordable healthcare.
 

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Customers are rushing to the stores, boosting the gold prices in the country early thid week.

The price of gold jewelry in the UAE is expected to spike further as more and more people prepare for the Diwali celebration. If you are a buyer, it would be better not to wait for the price to move even further. You can check the current gold rates in dubai on business24-7.ae

There is an increasing possibility of another gold shopping spree among Indian expatriates, residing in UAE. One of the major retailers has stated that the price of 24-karat gold could surpass the peak of Dh150 per gram in the following days. 

As of 11:16 am, October 23rd the 24k gold was retailing for 149.5 Dh per gram, reaching a price, 5.5Dh higher than it was at the beginning of the month. 

The price of gold has been rising steadily as of late. On October 15, it hit the highest levels since July 26 at $1,233.26 an ounce, according to Reuters. 

Karim Merchant, the CEO of Pure Gold Group, has indicated that the Diwali celebration has added extra appeal to the jewelry exchange. 

He noticed that buyers in the UAE are currently running to the stores before the start of the festival of lights, while retailers are likewise accumulating gold, to meet the expected higher demand. 

He also stated that it is a good idea to keep an eye on the strength of the U.S dollar, Federal Reserve rates and physical demand for gold when assessing the situation. The price of 24K gold could rise up even further when considering all the circumstances. Check the current 24K gold rates here: https://www.business24-7.ae/gold-rates-in-dubai

The recent shopping rush means good news for the gold jewelry trade in the Emirates. The price of the precious metal in the Middle East and India was going down during the year, especially at the beginning of 2018. 

In the second quarter of 2018, there were around 510 tonnes of gold jewelry sold around the globe, down 2 percent from the 519 tonnes, sold in the same period last year. 

The World Gold Council reported in August 2018 that there were many Indian consumers discouraged from buying gold due to the high local gold price, seasonal challenges and economic reasons including a new VAT regime. All those reasons led to a lower demand in Middle Eastern gold markets.

Even though the recent surge in demand is seen as a relief to a lot of the gold merchants, the prices still won't be favorable to the buyers.

The Diwali festival is only 14 days away and historically the gold prices have always been much higher during the festive period. This year's demand could be even stronger due to the Indian government raising the base help cost for rural products, enabling even more people to afford the gold jewelry. 

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The cultural capital of the Middle East stands strong as one of the most attractive vacation destinations in the world. Still, Dubai is much more than that. 

Having gone through a remarkable transformation over the past couple of years, Dubai has become a proper business and economic hub, attracting people from all across the globe. As a home to more than 200 nationalities, Dubai boasts the most extensive expatriate community in the United Arab Emirates. 

As a largely tax-free environment, the UAE is also a desirable destination to live in. The expat families have found Dubai an extremely friendly and safe place to live whereas the global economic trends have also had a positive influence on the influx of retired people from the UK moving to Dubai.

On the other end of the scale, the younger generations find Dubai even more attractive, to a large extent due to its lively entertainment scene.

Dubai Entertainment Scene

Dubai is offering something for everyone and will cater to different tastes and needs. Those interested in daily entertainment will be able to spend hours doing rounds in shopping areas. Wafi Mall is arguable the best place to start, whereas you can also take a trip over to Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall and many others.

A trip over to Jumeirah Beach is a perfect way to recharge your batteries and enjoy the white sand and beautiful water. Marine enthusiasts should definitely add the JBR Beach to their list, along with Kite Beach Dubai, Ghantoot Beach and Mercato Beach, to name the few. Wild Wadi Water Park will boost your adrenaline whereas the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo will provide with a more serene water life experience.

Catching a movie premiere and enjoying the projection of your favourite flick is best done at Threatre by Rhodes where you will be treated to luxury seating, food and drinks in fully included VIP treatment.

As for the late-night entertainment, those who plan to either visit Dubai or make it their place of residence will have plenty to choose from. Starting from a glowing ladies nights’ scene to high-tech and ultra modern party destinations, Dubai is pushing the envelope and setting the high standards of the global nightlife landscape which is becoming unrivalled. Empire Night Club Dubai, Sensation Club, XL Dubai and White Dubai are definitely places to visit.

Those with a particular penchant for games of luck and chance, and an urge to visit a casino for a night of fun will also be taken care of. Gambling is de facto illegal in this lively city but locals, and expats in particular, should not be overly worried. Forbidden as an entertainment form that is in breach with Muslim laws, gambling has no roots in Dubai but many foreign gambling operations are available in the Emirates.

Particular gaming websites have been especially attentive to the UAE gaming scene. In addition to having a full range of table games on display for their expat community, websites such as Live Casinos in English (Arabic version here) will offer gaming enthusiasts a chance to satiate their thirst towards casino table games that are becoming particularly popular of late through a live dealer format.

Perfect for people who grow tired – if such thing is even possible – of sightseeing attractions such as the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, impressive Dubai Creek or Dubai Museum, gaming venues can always help you kick up the adrenaline in the comfort of your Dubai home with just a click of the button at your favourite live dealer table game.

Wealth of possibilities is the biggest beauty of Dubai, a city that offers plenty to do both indoors and outdoors. Ultimately, the choice is yours to make.

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‘Ladies’ nights’ in Dubai are a serious affair; it’s not a Tuesday night thing anymore. The United Arab Emirates is showing love to their women in every possible way. With several venues across town, this city is offering drinks and food to you and your BFFs every night of the week for free. Don’t believe us? Then check out the list of best places in Dubai where you can party every day without paying any charges and enjoy the local nightlife.

NOBU 

Located in Atlantis the Palm, one of the Dubai’s main tourist attractions, Nobu is the city’s one of the most distinguished restaurants which holds ladies’ night every Monday from 8.30 pm –11 pm, offering three complimentary drinks and discounted tapas. You can enjoy some high-quality cocktails and delectable food items like Spicy Miso Tuna Tacos, Black Cod Butter Lettuce, and Yellowtail Sashimi.
Location: Ground Level, The Avenues, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai - United Arab Emirates

NOLA Credit: NOLA

Located at Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P, this Louisiana inspired restaurant and bar is popular all week round, however, comes to life on Tuesdays from 12 pm to 3 am. Ladies can enjoy 4 free beverages and 50% off on their entire bill. Nola is a perfect place for those who are looking out for a fun and lively environment.
Location: B1 Level, Armada BlueBay Hotel, Cluster P - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Tribeca

There are free-flowing drinks for ladies from DoubleTree by Hilton in JBR every Wednesday from 8 pm to 1.30 am. Also, ladies can get 50% off on the main meals; plus there is a 50% off on main meals and unlimited bubbly when dining. You will enjoy one the best Dj nights in Tribeca.
Location: Ocean View Hotel, level 1, JBR Dubai UAE - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Industrial AvenueCredit: Industrial Avenue

Industrial Avenue is an underground nightclub in The Westin Mina Seyahi. It is the latest addition to Dubai’s clubbing scene where on Thursdays, Wednesday and Friday this place opens their doors at 9 pm, with free drinks for ladies until 3 am
Location: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road, Jumeirah Beach - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

Billionaires Mansion Credit: Billionaires Mansion

Billionaires Mansion is one of the happiest and coolest spots in the city where you will find restaurant/bar/shisha lounge/karaoke room all under one roof; it is the first of its kind in Dubai. Located at Taj hotel, ladies can enjoy complimentary pass around canapes, as well as four free drinks in the gorgeously decorated bar area on Friday from 9.00 pm to 12.00, am.
Taj Hotel, Burj Khalifa Blvd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates

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Don’t you just get a complete motivation for getting the beach body that you wanted, when you travel to a new place filled with sandy beaches? The clear blue sky and the sunny weather of Dubai are sure to get you feeling enthused about hitting the gym and getting into your dream body. While that idea may not be appealing to everyone, we have mentioned some other ways that you can get working on your fitness as well.

Walk and Explore

While you may begin to object walking in sunny Dubai, there are certain days and most months of the year where the warm weather is comfortable enough to have a walk under the clear blue sky or in a desert. Skip the cab whenever you can!

Run Away

Dubai has a variety of gardens and parks, for families and only for ladies as well. During your stay, you can easily breathe in the fresh air and have a good run around or even join in on the Marathons that take place during certain days in the city.

Fitness Clubs

There are plenty of gyms in Dubai, and while it may not appeal to many people, the group activities like paddleboard yoga, aqua Zumba and aqua biking can certainly be a good place to start.

Healthy Eating

It is true when they said abs are made in the kitchen. Food and diet form an important part of getting fit, and when you pay attention to eating salads, and other healthy bites instead of shawarma on a daily basis then you will surely achieve the result you want.

Don’t miss out on some extravagant food tours in Dubai so that you can easily burn off the calories during your exercise when you visit the Arabian city.

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Are you an adrenaline junkie or perhaps you are always searching for thrill-seeking activities whenever you visit a new city? Dubai, the most popular city in the United Arab Emirates, does not disappoint those looking to go an extra mile when it comes to adventure. If you have visited every possible landmark in the city, including the Dubai Museum, then definitely try out these outdoor adventures you have been dreaming about!

Desert Camping

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Why stay in a luxurious hotel when you can camp out in nature? Dubai has an abundance of the desert area, and with the temperatures now dropping slowly, you can throw some gear into a rented 4X4 and prepare yourself to spend a night underneath the stars. Definitely research and book overnight desert safari so that you don’t get lost in the endless and forever changing maze of sand around.

Reef and Wreck Diving

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Not many know that the history of this Arab city begins with pearl diving in the sea. Reefs are sparse along the Dubai coastline, but a guided trip will take you a few miles offshore where you can even get a chance to explore some wrecks resting peacefully at the bottom of the sea.

Skydiving

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What better way to enjoy the ever-changing topography of Dubai than with an aerial view. Get yourself the ultimate thrilling experience of skydiving as you get to truly experience Palm Jumeirah and other such architectural wonders while you tumble out of an aeroplane.

Mountain Biking

Whoever thought this Emirate is just filled with sand is definitely in for a surprise! The Hajar Mountains run east of Dubai and mountain biking in this rough terrain is a very popular activity. Explore the narrow trails, animal paths and wadi beds where your only company besides your friends would be a guide, and some lizards, snakes, mountain goats and wild donkeys.

All set for some adrenaline? Either try out one of these fantastic activities or book some tickets at the theme park tours in Dubai with your family for a fun-filled time.

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Compared to other cryptocurrencies and investment assets, Zcash (ZEC) is still relatively new, making some investors wonder whether they should buy Zcash or not. 

Take a Closer Look

Zcash makes use of zk-SNARKs, which are zero-knowledge proof constructions that let two users participate in an exchange of information without having to reveal identities. The cryptocurrency does still include a public ledger, but it only displays the occurrence of a transfer.

However, it is important for you to keep in mind that Zcash does not deliver privacy and anonymity by default. Instead, it delivers the option of hiding your transaction data so it does not appear on the public ledger. It is even possible that those who choose not to make their transactions private on Zcash can unintentionally make it easier to track those who do opt for privacy. 

How It Differs from Bitcoin

To better understand Zcash, it can help to take a closer look at how it compares to Bitcoin, as that is the cryptocurrency that most people are familiar with. Developers built Zcash’s infrastructure by enhancing Bitcoin’s underlying code, adding the zero-knowledge proofs, updating its proof-of-work consensus model, and making other minor changes. The result is that Bitcoin and Zcash operate incredibly similarly but with the latter delivering more privacy. Bitcoin always records the transaction details mentioned above, including the amount, sender, and receiver, while Zcash offers the option to hide this information. Both blockchains always record that a transaction occurred, however. 

Some Say Zcash Has a Huge Potential

Investors have already begun looking at Zcash as another smart investment opportunity in the world of cryptocurrency. Grayscale Investments, for instance, released their investment thesis regarding Zcash earlier this year, and it includes a dramatic possibility of the Zcash price skyrocketing. Fortune provided a nice, succinct summary of the thesis by Matthew Beck, which relies on financial modeling to project a sharp rise in Zcash value. 

In January, when the report came out, Zcash was at just under $400. The report said that by 2025, this figure could be over $60,000. This prediction assumes that Zcash will represent 1 percent of offshore wealth by this point in time. It also comes with a large disclaimer that there is no guarantee or representation that Zcash will or even is likely to achieve that high value. 
Although this proposition seems incredible, Grayscale does provide several reasons within the report to back up the prediction. These include:

  • Since Zcash is similar to Bitcoin, it can take advantage of the features that Bitcoin already got right; 
  • Because of its built-in privacy opportunities, Zcash has the potential to act as an offshore investment. Grayscale sees it as something like a Swiss bank account but accessible digitally and, therefore, globally; 
  • Zcash has fungibility, meaning that all Zcash tokens get traded like the others with no knowledge of that particular token’s past; 
  • The team behind Zcash has expertise; 
  • Zcash has global trade potential; 
  • Zcash has partnered with J.P. Morgan Chase. 

While many others do share the idea that Zcash has a great deal of potential, most predictions do not reach the same extremely high value as this one from Grayscale. 

Other Zcash Predictions

A quick online search can show you many other predictions for Zcash, almost all of which are significantly more conservative. For example, the Economy Forecast Agency predicts a high of $109 within 2019, up to $234 in 2020, $411 in 2021, and $428 in 2022. While some of those predictions are significantly higher than the current value of Zcash, they are nowhere near the $60,000 prediction from Grayscale. 

Placing Zcash in the Market Rankings

Those who consider investing in Zcash should take the time to see how it fits into the larger picture of cryptocurrency. Zcash experienced a similar drop in value to that of Bitcoin in the first part of this year. While its value in January was about $400, CoinMarketCap lists it at $134.29 at the time of writing. According to that same website, there is a circulating supply of 4,573,606 ZEC, a market cap of $594,956,648, and a 24-hour volume of $98,560,215. Zcash is at the rank of 19. 

How to Invest in Zcash

Those who decide they do want to invest in Zcash will have several methods of doing so, although not as many as with more popular cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin or Ethereum. The simplest method of investing in Zcash is via a cryptocurrency exchange. If you already have Ethereum or Bitcoin, you can use a crypto-to-crypto exchange to purchase ZEC using BTC or ETH. 

If you do not currently have crypto assets or do not want to use them to buy Zcash, you can also use a fiat-to-crypto exchange. Most of the major exchanges have support for Zcash. Just confirm that your chosen exchange supports it before depositing funds and that you can use the currency you wish to pay with. 

One of the most user-friendly methods of buying Zcash is doing so with a credit card. This option is hardly available at many exchanges, though it is possible with CEX.IO. The exchange has a proven track record in the cryptocurrency space and is a go-to platform for both beginners and regular traders. Buying Zcash with a credit card at CEX.IO is easy and will only require a few steps - registering, ID verification, card validation and actually purchasing itself. Once you buy the coins, you can transfer them to your own wallet or safely store Zcash on the exchange as it offers a cold storage option for the users’ crypto funds.

Conclusion

Zcash follows the basic structure and technology of Bitcoin but enhances the blockchain with added privacy. Thanks to the option to hide information regarding amount sent and the parties in a transaction, many experts predict that Zcash will experience an increase in value in the future. One crypto fund even predicts that Zcash has the potential to become something like offshore holdings for the cryptocurrency world because of its built-in privacy. If this prediction holds true, the value of Zcash could soar extremely high, but you should not count on the results that are too dramatic. Although the predicted values vary, most experts agree that Zcash can be a sound investment asset to add to your portfolio, particularly among other cryptocurrency investments. 
 

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