A day in Dubai – 2018 edition

My last visit to Dubai was in 2007, just before the Global Financial Crisis. There was so much construction going on that I knew I would have to return to check on its progress. I finally returned 11 years later, at what feels like the peak of another financial bubble, and like last time there […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City

Flight: Emirates EK 392 From: Dubai (DXB) To: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) I flew with Emirates from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City. This was a booking with points from Qantas, who are their partner outside of the Oneworld Alliance. I’ve flown with Emirates a few times before I like their service, so this […]

Hotel Review: Royal Falcon Hotel, Dubai – UAE

Hotel Name: Royal Falcon Hotel Address: Salah Al Din Street, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. I stayed at the Royal Falcon Hotel in Dubai, UAE. I booked it online at the rate of 146.48 AED ($39.88 USD) per night, and selected it for its price and location. The hotel is a 3-star hotel in Deira, […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Dubai to Johannesburg

Flight: Emirates EK 763 From: Dubai (DXB) To: Johannesburg (JNB) I flew with Emirates from Dubai to Johannesburg. This was the second leg of my journey with the first flight being from Barcelona to Dubai. My flight was provided by South African Tourism (Australia) who were flying me to Johannesburg for a media trip. They […]

Flight Review: Emirates – Barcelona to Dubai

Flight: Emirates EK 188 From: Barcelona (BCN) To: Dubai (DXB) I flew with Emirates from Barcelona to Dubai. My flight was provided by South African Tourism (Australia) who were flying me from Barcelona to Johannesburg. This was the first leg of that trip. The tourism office sent me the itinerary to confirm if I was […]

Dubai Travel Guide

Travel Guides > United Arab Emirates > Dubai Travel Guide Blog Posts Notes on Dubai – old and new – Notes from my trip to Dubai in October 2007. Accommodation Dubai hotels – Search for discount hotels in Dubai with lowest rates guaranteed. A guide to budget accommodation in Dubai Travel Guides Dubai Tourism – […]

A guide to budget accommodation in Dubai

There’s not much in the way of budget accommodation in Dubai. Cheap guest house style accommodation that is common in Asian destinations does not fit in with Dubai’s grandmaster plan of being a luxury holiday and shopping stop-over hub. Hostels There are some hostels in Dubai, the UAE YHA, though it’s not in the most […]

Notes on Dubai – old and new

Notes from my trip to Dubai in October 2007. Dubai Weather… …is hot. Damn hot! At the end of September the forecast maximum is 40 deg C and a minimum of 29 deg C. Step out of the air conditioned comfort of the airport and it hits you in the face and fills your lungs. […]