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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 | Comments (0)

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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Five Warm Weather Winter Destinations Free from the Threat of Storms

December 6, 2013 at 9:13 AM | by | Comments (0)

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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Hey, How About a Google Street View Tour of Inside an Emirates A380?

August 7, 2013 at 4:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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The Most Visited City in the World is NOT New York

June 11, 2013 at 3:08 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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Dubai's Latest Tourist Attraction is an Exotic Police Car

April 16, 2013 at 12:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Where to Find the Middle East's Own Comic Con, Kicking Off This Weekend

April 4, 2013 at 4:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

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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The Partnership Between Qantas and Emirates Clears First Hurdle

December 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM | by | Comments (0)

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".

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Have a Drink with 'Vogue' in Dubai

October 11, 2012 at 4:36 PM | by | Comments (0)

We were a little excited, but not particularly surprised, to learn that Condé Nast has chosen Dubai as the site of the next Vogue Café and GQ Bar. That's right: next. It turns out the media brands already own several other cafes in Moscow and Istanbul (we know, we thought it was a little random too).

But expansion is the name of the game, and setting up shop in the world's most consumer-driven city seems—at least, to us—like the next logical step.

While GQ Bar will open in an as-yet-unnamed hotel later in 2013, the Vogue café will open before the end of the year inside the Dubai Mall—the world's largest shopping center—which houses 1,200 retail outlets, including iconic stores like Armani, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Burberry, and Marc Jacobs. And an aquarium.

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Qantas and Emirates Did a Little Dance, Then Got Down Last Night

Where: Australia
September 6, 2012 at 10:04 AM | by | Comment (1)

Some big news out of Australia. We're talking huge, game-changing news! After a few attempts at finding a global airline partner to help out the international leg of their operations, Qantas has finally secured one: Emirates. There are lots of details to cover, so let's get right into it.

The Flying Kangaroo has been looking for a new way to get more people on their planes and recently began talks with the Dubai-based carrier to code-share on flights to and from Australia. The move will expand travel opportunities for both sides of the partnership, allowing Australians to access the vast European network of Emirates—with only one stop—and Emirates passengers to fly domestically down under.

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Whoa. Dubai Airport Pulled Off a Shockingly Excellent Flashmob (Video)

Where: Dubai International Airport, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
November 10, 2011 at 6:34 PM | by | Comments (0)

Usually we're pretty critical when it comes to staged flash mobs, but trust us that this one is pure awesome.

It happened recently at Dubai International Airport, and the performers are meant to represent flight attendants, Dubai airport employees and passengers passing through. We're pretty sure they're all hired for the purpose, however.

Okay. No more talking. Just dancing.

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Shoppers, Get Ready to Charge: Chicago to Hold Dubai-Like Shopping Festival

March 15, 2011 at 1:57 PM | by | Comments (0)

Chicago wants to copy the famous month-long Dubai Shopping Festival like a knock-off Prada bag. The Windy City plans on trying to lure shoppers from all over for its own shopping extravaganza.

The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival won't be as grand as Dubai's; the world's most popular shopping fest draws more than 3 million shopaholics each year. Chicago's first-time event will be on a much smaller scale, only running for two weeks in the summer.

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This is Weird: Australia Thinking of Creating 'Dubai in the Outback'

Where: Australia
November 17, 2010 at 1:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Australian Outback is a one-of-a-kind place, but one economist warns that if it doesn't get a flashy face-lift in the vein of Dubai soon, tourism will plummet.

Aussie economics expert Ian Harper recently told the Australian Tourism Directions Conference that officials should focus on adding new hotels, larger airports and other tourist-drawing experiences. Otherwise, he predicted that the number of international tourists will drop in the next three years. One such tourist draw would be a hot-spot-in-the-desert, like Dubai. Though it's hard to imagine a "Dubai Outback" in the harsh yet beautiful terrain, which would displace the kangaroos and dingoes.

Nonetheless, it may be a real consideration, since Australia has experienced a downturn in tourism in recent years (that even Oprah can't make up for). The not-so-favorable exchange rate and the overall bad economic conditions have played a part, but Australia must also compete with its Asian neighbors for travelers.

What do you think? Would a Dubai Outback lure you to Australia?

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