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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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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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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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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.
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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The massive Dubai Mall may seem like it has everythingthere'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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Just last week, the US Northeast was facing the onslaught of a Nor'easter that threatened some of the most populated centers (and busiest airports) of the United States. And while the clean up is pretty much complete from storms that rolled through the parts of the country, rest assured this storm wont be the last to close roads, cripple airports and raise tempers.
We know there's no guarantee of how Mother Nature will act each winter, so that's why we've compiled a list of places that benefit from some of the most perfect weather year-round. Dust off your passport and warm up that credit card, in order to warm yourself under the sun of these five destinations:
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It's no secret that Google has high ambitions for Street View. In March the company expanded its offerings across Eastern Europe, and for the first time users got the opportunity to walk through Bulgaria, plus some 200 Russian cities. Then a few weeks ago we told you about new walkthroughs being built into Street View that will allow users to meander through rain forests, beaches, and maybe even a volcano.
Then news came this week that Google is letting users inside the insanely decadent Emirates Airbus A380. You start off on the concourse at Dubai International Airport. From there you get the option to step inside the plane. Here is the economy "bus with wings" section of the plane. Here are the steps you take if you're lucky enough not to be sitting there. And here is the bar you get to avail yourself of once you're upstairs. It's kind of amazing, the things we can do.
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If you prefer to travel the 'beaten path' and visit cities that see more than their fair share of tourists, you may want to rethink your itinerary since there has been a shift in where the planet's travelers are heading. It's actually Bangkok, and not New York, that reigns as tourist capital of the world.
The figures are based on a recent survey put forth by Mastercard. The Global Destinations Cities Index lists the Thai capital as tops for foreigners coming to see the sights, eclipsing London, Paris and New York.
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Take a break from the glitz, gold, and the world’s largest building on your trip over to Dubai. Not that those aren’t all part of the overall experience over in the United Arab Emirates, but now there’s something else that’s also screaming for a snapshot. Just be sure not to get too close to this thing, as you certainly don’t want to see the inside of it.
We’re talking about the newest car in the garage over at the Dubai police department, as they just scored a pretty ridiculous cruiser. The Dubai police now possess their very own Lamborghini police car—yep, you heard us correctly. At first you were probably a little surprised to hear this over-the-top news, but then that you remembered that it’s Dubai—it makes perfect sense.
This weekend geeks from around the world with descend on Dubai for the annual Middle East Film and Comic Con.
The convention, taking place on April 5th and 6th, will feature the usual mix of international celebrity guests (including Alan Tudyk, Sean Astin, and Warwick Davis), panels, vendors, video games, and cosplay.
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Ignore the obviously photoshopped A380 above
Way back in September, we briefly talked about a huge airline partnership between Qantas and Emirates. Back then the deal was still in its infancy and only the proposed benefits were released and, of course, the entire project was waiting for the respective Governments to approve the coupling.
Just today the first major hurdle was cleared. The ACCC, the Aussie Government office that wants to make sure there is due competition in the market, has given their initial thumbs-up for the partnership. Now, the two airlines can move forward with some mutual love. Furthermore, Emirates' CEO clarified the reason for this whole joint partnership, saying, "We don't want to enter a global alliance".