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Three indoor ideas to make your Dubai summer trip memorable



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By Saket Suman

Dubai, Oct 7: When it comes to picking a destination, weather is often a deciding factor for most tourists, and for Dubai — a city that literally spells luxury — the harsh summer months last a little longer than in other parts of the world. But does that mean you should delay your dream trip till the onset of winter?

Perhaps no, if you look at the wide range of indoor activities and tourist hotspots that this city offers to its visitors. Everything about this city seems straight out of Hollywood, amazing you in more ways than you can think of. There are surreal experiences too, like a visit to the Dubai Museum, which is situated in Bur Dubai and is housed in the 18th century Al Fahidi fort. It has several galleries that depict life around Dubai over the past 5,000 years — as a trading settlement, through the oil boom and finally the current skyscraper world.

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum
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High-rise buildings are common in most metropolitan cities, but Dubai is at an altogether different level. If one were to take a count, the average number of storeys in high-rise buildings here would probably be close to 50, and the city is extremely well-planned. The celebrated highest tower in the world — Burj Khalifa — is one-of-a-kind. It was unlike anything I had ever seen or imagined.

Burj Khalifa Dubai

A spectacular LED illumination of the Indian National flag on BurjKhalifa on the eve of 68th Republic Day in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo Courtesy: Burj Khalifa/Twitter)

Here are three indoor ideas to make your Dubai trip memorable — even in summer:

1. Get an adrenaline rush at Dubai Ice Rink and Ski Dubai.

If you are an adventure seeker and a sports enthusiast then these are the two most important activities to indulge in. The ice rink is housed inside the Dubai Mall and is one of the key leisure attractions in the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination. Assuring unlimited fun for skating enthusiasts and visitors, it offers a full programme of coaching from basic learning to advanced figure skating.

Dubai Ice Rink

Dubai Ice Rink
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Ski Dubai is housed inside the Mall of the Emirates. With 22,500 square metres of indoor ski area, it features an 85-metre-high mountain with five slopes of varying steepness and difficulty — including a 400-metre-long run — and various features like boxes, rails and kickers that are changed on a regular basis. A quad lift and a tow lift carry skiers and snowboarders up the mountain. Adjoining the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area comprising sled and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave.

2. Close encounters with marine life at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

Head to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo to interact with around 33,000 marine animals. The 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium tank is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It houses over 140 species of animals. Over 300 sharks and stingrays live in this tank, including the largest collection of sand tiger sharks in the world. There are numerous ways for visitors to experience the main aquarium tank, which measures 51 metres in length, 20 metres in width and 11 metres in height.

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Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo

The 48-metre walk-through tunnel provides 270 degree views from 11 metres below the surface of the tank. Visitors can also take a ride in a glass-bottomed boat, providing unique views of the tank under their feet. Those who want to experience a dip in the tank can opt for a cage snorkeling experience. And for the adventurous ones, a shark dive is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, bringing you within inches of a large variety of sharks and stingrays.

3. Take a stroll down the City Walk and visit the Green Planet.

Spread across 13,000 square metres, City Walk is reminiscent of European-style streets. Take a stroll down the walk lined with designer stores and restaurants — and make sure you look up to appreciate the striking vista of city skyscrapers, including the Burj Khalifa. Water features, play areas for children, and plenty of al fresco seating add to the appeal. Once you are tired — relax and unwind at one of the many cafes dotting the streets.

City walk Dubai

City walk Dubai
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Thereafter, head to the Green Planet, barely five minutes away on foot. This is a tropical rainforest in the middle of the desert. Visitors have an opportunity to explore and interact with exotic flora and fauna in this fully immersive vertical tropical forest. It houses more than 3,000 species of plants, animals and free-flying birds. Porcupines, sloths, snakes, spiders and a huge array of exotic birds are just some of the species living within the confines of the Green Planet.



3 Gorgeous Places That Make Tunisia the Ideal Honeymoon Destination



When it comes to honeymoons, most couples think of popular destinations. Such destinations give honeymooners a lot to do. But they don’t allow couples enough privacy to get to know each other better.

That’s why less frequented destinations are better options.

Spend your honeymoon in Tunisia: combining the magnificent atmosphere of North Africa to the sophistication of the Mediterranean Sea which will mesmerize you. Enjoy the pleasure offered by this country in an enchanting setting.

Tunisia, located in North Africa, is one such option. A 3.5 hour-long flight from Paris, this country is a marvellous combination of sandy beaches, sprawling deserts, nightlife, sports, and therapy for wellness.

Some places to visit in Tunisia are:

1. Sidi Bou Said

Perched atop a cliff offering a jaw-dropping view of the Mediterranean Sea, Sidi Bou Said is just 20 kilometres away from Tunis, the capital. This picturesque town is paved with cobbled streets and offers breathtaking views at every turn. You must visit Palace Dar Nejma Ezzahra, which now serves as a museum of historical artefacts.

If you want to enjoy Arabic and Mediterranean music, the Centre de Musiques Arabes e.t Mediterraneennes is a must visit. So is the D’Art Lella Salha & Des Metiers – the popular marketplace where you can buy authentic paintings or souvenirs for home.

2. Hammamet Beaches

Hammamet is a Tunisian town filled with beautiful beaches. This makes it a popular spot for swimming and watersports, and the destination most frequented by tourists. The beaches are peppered with resorts and hotels, each of which is surrounded by planted gardens and many trees.

The town is also packed with restaurants and shops that bring forth the true culture of this delightful Mediterranean destination. Evenings are like carnivals with the lighting, the music, and people who add more life to the place.

3. Sahara Desert

Tunisia boasts of over 40,000 square kilometres of sandy desert, part of the Grand Erg Oriental. It offers stunning panoramic views of dunes which owe their ever-changing shapes to the wind.

Though this territory of the Sahara is sparsely populated, it still is home to a few dozens of species of mammals and animals like antelopes, cheetahs, hyenas, jackals, donkey, mongooses, ravens, and even vipers and cobras. You can also find the one-humped camel, which became synonymous with this sprawling desert.

Tours of the desert generally start early in the morning or the afternoon and last for one to two days. Most locals propose you dress up in national clothes to protect yourself from the scathing sun, which also means you get to experience the flavour of the East during such trips. Jeep safaris are also immense fun.

While you’re in the Tunisian Sahara, do visit the town of Matmata to meet the local Berber fold – the first settlers in the Saharan region – and have a look at their homes, which are essentially artificial underground caves.

Just so you know, a part of the historic motion picture Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope was filmed in this town way back in 1976.

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GTC Egypt Business Convention to address needs of 3 distinct verticals



GTC Business Convention

The Global Tourism Council (GTC) is now focussing on tourism Conclave ,Investment Summit and Film Industry Connect – at the inaugural Egypt-India Business Convention. Set to be organised by GTC in association with Egypt Tourism.

The Convention will be held from September 16-19, 2018, at the Marriott Cairo & Omar Khayyam Casino.

Around 300 delegates from different business segments of India are expected to participate in the 4 day-long event, where they will interact with their Egyptian counterparts over B2B meetings.

As part of the Tourism Conclave, the Convention will offer an opportunity for delegates to explore the possibility of developing and promoting the Biblical Tourism Circuit – Jordan, Israel and Egypt. For corporate houses, the Investment Summit will facilitate opportunities for investment in sectors like agriculture, pharma, hospitality, infrastructure, energy, etc. Film-makers and production houses attending the Convention will be able to meet with their counterparts in Egypt and undertake recee of locations for shooting and explore discussions on co-productions.

“GTC is the first council in the tourism sector of India and we have the best of brains from segments like tourism, pharma, investment, hospitality, etc. The objective of the Convention is to strengthen the bilateral relations between the two countries,” said M Iqbal Mulla, Chief Council, GTC. According to Mulla, “The response from the industry for this is quite encouraging. Even NTOs of six countries have already approached us,” he said.

Talking on this, Ismail Amer, Egyptian Tourism Counselor, said the theme of the convention ‘Innovate & Invest’ is brilliant and will offer immense benefits in myriad sectors of both the countries. “The three sectors i.e. tourism, investment and film are very much connected with each other and Egypt’s USP in all the segments is very strong. Hence, this convention will immensely benefit Egypt,” said Amer.

According to Amer, “Experts from different segments are associated with GTC, secondly there is a difference between council and association and people associated with council are always serious in business. Apart from this, the convention will highlight the strength of Egypt in the three segments.”

Citing an example, he said that new administrative capital which is coming up has thrown up huge opportunity for investment. “Our new administrative capital (will have a name later) is as big as Singapore and 7 times bigger than Washington D.C. Currently, lot of construction work is going on for shipping, logistics industries, etc. The length of new development corridor by the Suez Canal is 40 km,” pointed out Amer.

The Council will also strongly suggest for developing a Holy Land Circuit among Jordan, Israel and Egypt which will increase in pilgrimage tourism manifolds from what it is now. “We have already discussed it in our committee and will put it in conclave for implementation,” said Mulla.

The film industry is another priority sector for the Council and the Convention will discuss the issue thoroughly so that the film sectors of both the countries are benefitted. Throwing light on possible outcome, Manoj Gursahani, Member Governing Council, GTC, said, “The film industry will benefit
in very unusual way. The Egyptian film industry can look at cross collaboration opportunities with the Indian film industry. Similarly, Indian film industry and can look at opportunities of exploring and doing television serials, movies and web series which are sold on Netflix and other platforms can be captured on Egypt and look at Egypt talent and combine do a hybrid model. I strongly believe that these are largely the areas where the film and media entertainment sectors want to grow with each other and collaborate with each other.” He also said that the response so far is phenomenal. “All the big brands have already shown their interest but I can’t tell the name at this juncture,” said Gursahani.

“It helps empower local community groups, strengthening their voice.” – Neha Dhupia

Global Tourism Council aims to be the world’s biggest non-government organisation recognised by the Government of India Charitable Trust. It is the brain child of the reputed professionals from India and across the world who are committed to the advancement of the global trade and tourism industry.

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Ways to pack nutritious food while travelling



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New Delhi, Aug 16: Do you travel often for work or personal reasons, and end up munching on junk? Make sure you get the best of both worlds and eat local, but with a twist — carry your power jars with you so that you don’t come home with a lot of guilt.

Akshit Rungta and Naina Trehan, Co-Founders at Hungry Jars and Sargam Dhawan, Director, Planet Herbs Lifesciences Pvt Ltd, list the solutions to maintain a wholesome and nutritious diet.

* Almond butter is a healthy alternative. Not only is it sweet and luscious, it is also high in nutritional value. Apart from being highly nutritious, it is also high in antioxidants and has properties which help in controlling blood sugar and weight. So, carry almond butter as it serves as a nice dip for your fruits and sweet crackers.

* Besides being a great snack, cashew butter can also blend well in smoothies and provide a rich creamy consistency. Cashew butter is a good alternative to other nut butters. The monounsaturated fats found in cashews promote good cardiovascular health with magnesium and antioxidants. If you need an instant sweet fix, dark chocolate with 75 per cent cocoa value will be a quick grab-and-go snacks.

* Sandwich is one delight that is loved by many. Make them healthy with garlic butter as garlic is a good source of nutrition and combats sickness including common cold, roasted chicken and veggies which can taste heavenly and is an instant snack which is easy to carry.

* Roll up your wheat tortillas or chapatis with nice and tangy pickles to savour the ultimate taste of health.

* Make healthy and nutritious snacks like chilli garlic brown fried rice sautéed vegetables and grilled chicken with the fiery and tangy chilli garlic sauce which can help to lower the cholesterol level because of the antioxidant properties in garlic.


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