United Arab Emirates Travel Guide

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A 'Hunger Games' Theme Park is Coming to Dubai

April 16, 2015 at 5:31 PM | by | ()

After months of speculation, Lionsgate has confirmed the odds of getting a theme park are very much in The Hunger Games favor.

The studio has teamed up with Dubai Parks and Resorts to bring a Lionsgate zone to Motiongate Dubai in October 2016. The new area will feature theme park attractions inspired by The Hunger Games franchise, along with a live show based on the Step Up movies and a DreamWorks Animation zone.

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The 5 Best Filming Locations From The 'Fast & Furious' Franchise (So Far)

April 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM | by | ()

Since Furious 7 hit theaters there has been debate over which of the seven Fast and the Furious movies was the best but, of course, Jaunted is more interested in which movie had the best filming location. Here's a look at our five favorite filming locations from the entire Fast and the Furious franchise.

1. Canary Islands

Fast 6 featured Spain's Canary Islands, but not because of the islands' unique landscape. The islands were used because they offered a better tax rebate than Marseille, France where producers intended to film. Most of the action took place on Tenerife and Gran Canaria.

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American Travelers Don't Need to Sweat Dubai's New Visa Rules

January 13, 2015 at 8:30 AM | by | ()

Last week, reports surfaced that Dubai planned to increase the cost of visas to the United Arab Emirates, and eliminate the possibility of extensions.

No official change has been brought forth by officials, but travel agents and tour operators are telling the media that they've been informed of the changes and are beginning to pass on the information to their clients.

The goods news for us Americans, though, is that we still don't need a visa to enter the U.A.E. so long as the stay will be for less than 30 days. If you plan to stay longer than a month, you'll need to do some paperwork.

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Why Everyone's Going to Abu Dhabi All of a Sudden

December 26, 2014 at 11:10 AM | by | ()

$200 for a roundtrip flight half-way across the world? This little fantasy came true yesterday for many who chanced upon some ridiculously cheap airfares on Abu Dhabi-based airline Etihad.

The deal—first reported by TheFlightDeal in the earliest hours of Christmas—lasted for nearly 20 hours, a lifetime when it comes to "mistake fares." It might not have been a mistake, and while there's no telling how many lucky travelers went all the way through to booking tickets, there was however enough attention to drag travelers away from their families and to the computer to book the flights on a holiday.

Judging from comments on the deals, the most popular destinations ended up being Abu Dhabi (of course, it was cheapest), Johannesburg, several cities in India, and even Hong Kong. One of the best deals, for those willing to pay a little more, was flying all the way from the USA to the Seychelles for under $600, an itinerary which typically costs around $1,500.

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Google Street View Finally Drives All Over Dubai

December 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM | by | ()

Wandering around for the finest falafel or searching high and low for the coolest kebab shop might be a thing of the past in Dubai thanks to Google Street View. Now a trip to the Middle Eastern nation can be as simple as heading to your laptop to plan the finer details of your itinerary.

It seems this is the first Arab country to allow Google's camera-clad cars to drive around collecting images, which now include the world’s tallest tower, largest mall, the seven-star Burj Al Arab hotel, and even some of the beaches of the Arabian Gulf.

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Airline Exec Says Free In-Flight WiFi Will Become Standard

November 12, 2014 at 11:21 AM | by | ()

We've been following the development of in-flight Wifi since its initial takeoff, but most recently, we've been focused on airlines that have begun to roll out free Wifi. JetBlue was the first American carrier to make the leap, and just a month ago Nok Air became Asia's first airline to let passengers surf the Web for free.

Last week, Dubai based Emirates entered the discussion. The airline's President Tim Clark said that free Wifi is something we will eventually see become standard throughout the global airline industry, as it is definitely a service that customers want. In response, Emirates has been spending about $20 million a year on the installation and operation of in-flight connectivity, he said.

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Watch Emirates Break the Record for World's Shortest A380 Flight

July 24, 2014 at 10:38 AM | by | ()

Emirates' EK857 & EK858 are currently the world's shortest Airbus A380 flights at 1 hour, 25 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. They travel between Dubai, UAE to Kuwait City, Kuwait, a route which saw the Boeing 777 up until mid-July, when the superjumbo took over and this video was made on the inaugural.

The switch to the A380 coincides with Emirates' 25th Anniversary of service to Kuwait, so the video concludes with all the pomp and circumstance that surrounds such a milestone.

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Heading Back to the States from Dubai May Get a Smidgeon Smoother

June 17, 2014 at 8:07 AM | by | ()

The global passport party is on the move yet again, as it now sounds like the folks over in Dubai are eager to get in on some of the loving the US Customs and Border Protection has been handing out.

Abu Dhabi got in on the US customs pre-clearance fun earlier in the year, and there’s been rumblings that Doha could be in discussions for the same; however, all eyes are on Abu Dhabi's Emirati neighbor Dubai, as it's also hoping to set up another pre-clearance facility.

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Dubai Gets All the Good Stuff, Including a Six Flags

May 1, 2014 at 9:52 AM | by | ()

It has happened before, and now it looks like it is happening again—someone is trying to build a Six Flags over in Dubai. This time the necessary bits and pieces seem to be in order, and as long as there’s not another global economic crisis things should finally get off the ground.

A group of rich people think roller coasters and a theme park are just what the region needs, and if they get their way the latest Six Flags venture will be rubbing elbows with all the skyscrapers of Dubai.

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Got $100? Then You've Got Access to the Captain's Seat of an Emirates A380

April 14, 2014 at 1:56 PM | by | ()

The massive Dubai Mall may seem like it has everything—there's an ice rink, aquarium, waterfall, gold souk, luxury hotel, and the title of "world's largest mall (by total area)"—but up until recently it's been lacking the one interactive exhibit it needed the most: a flight simulator.

Of course, this being Dubai and all, it can't be just any flight sim; the rig is that of an Emirates Airbus A380 cockpit, complete with flight instructor. Seeing as how Emirates is currently the world's largest operator of A380s, such a superjumbo flight sim only adds to the Mall's UAE cultural attractions and obsession with the superlative.

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How to Watch This Weekend's Red Bull Air Race on TV or Your Smartphone

February 27, 2014 at 6:46 PM | by | ()

If high-performance airplanes zooming through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water sounds good to you, then listen up.

2014 marks the return of Red Bull Air Race, on hiatus since 2010, and the season kicks off tomorrow, for two days (February 28 - March 1) of zipping and zooming above the coastline of Abu Dhabi. Already the event has been turning heads, as the Red Bull racers practice around the domes of mosques and even the “Ferrari World” theme park of the Emirati city.

If Abu Dhabi is a little out of your way for a quick weekend trip, keep in mind that the Air Race is a traveling event, with further stops later this year in Malaysia, Poland, UK, China, and two dates in the US. more ›

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The Little Things: Emirates' First Class Almond-Stuffed Dates

February 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM | by | ()

In the midst of the bustle of travel, it's all too easy to overlook the details. We're talking about special touches others have stressed over just so you can enjoy a unique experience, whether you know it or not. Every so often we'll highlight The Little Things like this, so now you will know.

The Little Thing: Emirates' First Class bite, Bateel figs stuffed with almonds.

Emirates, which is known to be über-luxurious on the ground as much as it is in the air, presents guests with a little treat before flying: a wooden box filled with Khidri dates from the prestigious Bateel gourmet confectionery of the U.A.E. Dates are considered a perfect after dinner desert to top off a delicious feast and Bateel is known to have some of the best.

Not only are guests in the lounges treated with a box on each counter, but First Class passengers onboard flights are offered a plate of these delicious fruits as a pre-arrival snack. Similar to a piece of chocolate prior to landing, the figs are a sweet end to a sumptuous flight experience and keep your belly from grumbling through immigration.

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