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Father's Day 2017

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Father's Day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June every year.  This year, Father's Day falls on 18 June 2017.  Though not an official holiday, Father's Day is celebrated to appreciate our daddy, papa, baba, alab, ama, tatang or tatay.  Here are some list of activities where you can take your father for this special day in Dubai.

Karting @ Dubai Autodrome The Dubai Kartdrome operates an INDOOR and OUTDOOR circuit with a fleet of leisure karts that deliver an excellent racing experience.   The Dubai Kartdrome provide suits, helmets, balaclavas and gloves as part of this rental experience to ensure you are fully immersed in the racing experience with a high level of safety.
800-KARTING, karting@dubaidrome.com, www.dubaiautodrome.com/promos/

Horseback Riding @ Mushrif Park Go for the outdoors and ride in a huge desert park at AED 300 per person.
+971 4 257 1256 or +971 50 103 0243, mushrif.riding@gmail.com, mushrifequestrianclub.wordpress.com

Skiing @ Ski Dubai Located insi…

Iftar in Dubai

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One of the religious practice during Ramadan is fasting.  When the sun sets, people gather together and they break the fast with iftar.  Some people usually go to the Mosque where food is provided for iftar as a religious devotion.  Some companies organize iftar parties for their employees and clients.

There are websites that offer good deals from restaurants and hotels for iftar with prices starting from as low as AED20.  You can check Cobone or Groupon before heading out to have iftar or dinner to get the best deals.

www.cobone.com
www.groupon.ae

There are also luxury iftar organized in 5-star hotels with very reasonable rates.  They usually organize iftar in a tent or ballroom.  Below is a list of some of the iftar organized by hotels with their corresponding rates.

Al Iwan @ Burj Al Arab - AED 290 per person
+971 4 301 7600, baarestaurants@jumeirah.com, jumeirah.com/burjalarab

Boulevard Ballroom @ Address Boulevard - AED 250 per person
+971 4 561 8888, dine.adboh@addresshotels.com, t…

Free Things in Dubai

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Dubbed as one of the most luxurious cities in the world, it is sometimes surprising to find things to do in Dubai totally free of cost.  Below is the first batch of things you can do while visiting Dubai without shelling out even one dirham.  Aside from the open beaches and shopping malls, there are several fun activities you can do in Dubai for free.  Some activities are seasonal and others require prior booking or registration.  Make sure you check the terms and conditions of the activity before proceeding to avoid disappointments.
Things To Do in Dubai for Free
Burj Khalifa
Burj Khalifa can be seen upclose from the Dubai Mall's fountain area for free. Location: Outside Dubai Mall
Direction: Take the metro going to UAE Exchange in the Red Line and get down at Dubai Mall Station. It will be a long walk, with walkalators, going to Dubai Mall, just follow the signs going to Dubai Fountain.  Best shortcut is to go inside the bookstore beside Virgin Megastore and look for the elevator…

Experience the Philippines

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) launched a new campaign with a promotional video entitled 'Sights' during the celebration of the 119th Philippine Independence Day with a new tag line 'Experience the Philippines'.  The video features a blind Japanese retiree named M. Uchimura narrating his experience while in the Philippines with the following copy:  "Here you don't have to see the sun to discover radiance.  You don't have to see color to experience vibrance.  You don't have to see smiles to know you're safe.  You don't have to see to feel at home."  At the end of the video he takes out a cane revealing that he is blind.

The video found similarities to another video by the New South African Tourism entitled 'Meet South Africa' launched last 2014.  However, the DOT and its video producer McCann Philippines was quoted denying claims of plagiarism as the video was based on a personal testimonial of a real retiree.

Telephone services while in Dubai

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Although internet is available in the airports, hotels and malls, it is best to activate your roaming to be able to receive SMS while abroad.  It is useful when doing online banking and for emergencies.

You can activate your roaming 24 hours prior to your departure instead of doing it at the airport at the last minute.  Just make sure you have the required load before boarding the plane.  Your request will only be approved once you arrive in Dubai.  While in the Philippines, you can still enjoy local services.

Here are the codes for the various mobile prepaid service providers in the Philippines with incoming messages usually free of charge.

Smart / Talk N Text - Text ROAM ON to 333 with P100 load.
https://help.smart.com.ph/article/prepaid-how-do-i-activate-roaming-for-smart-prepaid

Globe - Text GROAM ON to 2884 or dial *143# choose ROAMING & INT'L > ACTIVATE ROAMING.
http://www.globe.com.ph/help/roaming/about-international-roaming

Touch Mobile - Dial *143# choose ROAMING > …

Philippine Independence Day in Dubai

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The 119th Philippine Independence Day was celebrated in Dubai World Trade Centre last 12 May 2017, one month earlier since the actual date June 12 falls during Ramadan this year.  Activities included on-the-spot painting contest, Pinoy Hair Style showdown, Original Pinoy Music (OPM) singing competition, Battle of the Bands and a pageant for Mr. and Miss Teen Philippine Independence Day.  Rannie Raymundo and Filipino rock band Nexxus performed during the event.

There was also a job fair organized by FilClub, a non-profit group based in Dubai, and an expo featuring businesses, restaurants and shops owned by Filipinos.  One of the highlights of the day was the raffle draw of airline tickets to Philippines for 20 lucky participants.

In the Philippines, you can feel the spirit of celebration all over.  Malls are decorated with flags and tv shows feature various independence day themes like hosts wearing the national costume.

Let the Filipino pride shine all over the world.  Happy Philippi…

Special Services at Dubai Airport

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Dubai airport is one of the best airports in the world when it comes to amenities and features.  There are special services offered for every possible needs though some will have some monetary cost.
Flight Status App Available for free both in Android and iOS, you can download the app DubaiAirports for updates on your flight status.
Wheelchairs Wheelchairs can be requested directly from the airline when booking your ticket or during check in.
Airport Buggy Airport Buggy can be requested but not guaranteed.
Duty Free Shopping Duty Free Shopping is one of the things tourists are looking forward to not only at the airport but all over Dubai as the country does not impose tax at the moment.
Meet and Greet Services There are 3 providers for meet and greet services at Dubai airports.

Marhaba Services - the official meet and greet services of Emirates.  www.marhabaservices.com

Ahlan Services - Dubai International Airport’s premier Concierge Service providing an exclusive and highly personaliz…