Dubai: On Tuesday, India’s new private full service carrier Vistara opened its first overseas sales office in Dubai in order to cater to customers in the Gulf region. This was especially done keeping in mind the huge Indian diaspora.
Sharaf Travels LLC was appointed as the their general sales agent (GSA) by The Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture (51:49 percent) in the region spanning the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.
“With Sharaf Travels’ strong presence in these markets, residents and tourists in the Gulf region will have direct access to our services along with information on its growing network in India,” Vistara chief commercial officer Giam Ming Toh said in a statement here.
The nine-month old airline offers 321 weekly flights to 12 destinations across India, including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Panaji, Guwahati, and Bagdogra.
Services from Bhubaneswar will commence from October 1, Varanasi services from October 21, while the frequency between Delhi and Mumbai will be increased from November 1.
The airline, which was the first to introduce premium economy seats on domestic routes in India, at present, operates a brand new 150-seater aircraft —the Airbus A320-200— with 16 business class, 36 premium economy and 96 economy class.
“We offer 20 per cent more leg space and comfort to our customers compared to the same aircraft model of other airlines,” the airline said in a statement.
Since its launch in January, Vistara has flown six lakh passengers across its network and has efficiently maintained about 90 percent on-time performance.
Dubai is extraordinary. A city that makes impossible happen. This desert city of UAE broke all shackles of being just a desert village and soar to fame with its impeccable niche of modernity and sophisticated innovation. This is where you get to experience a ‘larger than life’ travel experience and witness impossible visions turned into reality. If you are confused about what to see and what to do in Dubai on your first Dubai visit, take a look at these pointers that can help you in crafting an impressive Dubai vacation. Trip.
Reasons to visit Dubai
Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world.
Dubai is the city where most attractions are described as the best, biggest, tallest in the world. Check out all the record-breaking Dubai attractions, some of them which are impossible to be created in Dubai’s climate.
Dubai is a land of extremes. You can enjoy the deserts as well as the beach shores as it has an expansive desert landscape and also an impressively vast stretch of coastline.
Dubai is a fusion of contrasts. While Dubai entices you with soaring modern architectural buildings, there is another side of Dubai that is steeped deeply in its cultural heritage.
It is apt for all genres of travellers. Families, couples, kids and adventurers would love their time spent here.
What to See in Dubai
Burj Khalifa and Dubai Fountains
Most famous and iconic landmark of Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions to visit in Dubai. Getting a picture with Burj Khalifa in the background, watching the panoramic view of Dubai city from the top of Burj Khalifa and watching Dubai Fountain illuminated and swaying in sync with music are some of the sights you should definitely not miss on your Dubai trip. Location 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timing Daily from 8:30 am till 11.00 pm How to Reach The best way to reach is by car or metro. It takes approximately 30 minutes to reach from Dubai International airport. Ticket Price At the Top, Burj Khalifa – Approx AED 149 per person.
Another brand new addition to Dubai’s extraordinary landmarks is the Dubai Frame. This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai. Molding modern and Islamic designs in its architecture, the attraction takes you on a scenic journey of Dubai’s past, present, and future. Location Al Kifaf, Zabeel Park Jogging Track, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timing Daily from 9:00 am till 9:00 pm. Duration Visitors usually spend up to 2 hours at this attraction. How to Reach
If you wish to know how Dubai was before it turned into a global cosmopolitan, head to the Al Bastakiya Quarters in Old Dubai. An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created by pearl merchants’ way back before Dubai’s foray to urbanism. A stroll through these alleys and pathways will let you cherish the olden charms of Dubai’s humble origins. Location Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timing Open daily, 24 hours. Duration Visitors spend 4 to 5 hours on a trip. How to Reach From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes From Downtown Dubai: 1 hour From Dubai Marina: 1 hour 15 minutes. Ticket Price Admission is Free of Cost Best for: City Tours for Family and Friends.
A bustling traditional arena filled with bazaars of silk, textiles, spices, gold, and perfumes Dubai Souks is another part of Dubai that takes you away from the chic flair of the city. It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped by huge shopping malls. The Dubai Souks are also a great place to mingle with locals and enjoy the Arabian and Indian food scene in Dubai. Location Near Dubai Creek, Bur Dubai and Deira , Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Timing Open every day of the year Duration Visitors spend 3 hours a day during a visit How to Reach From Dubai International Airport: Approx 30 minutes From Downtown Dubai: Approx 1 hour. Best for: Shopping tours, Food tours, Families, Couples, and Groups
One of the most elegant and picturesque docks of Dubai, the Dubai Marina is a recent addition to Dubai’s breathtaking attractions. A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views, luxury dining, and shopping. Timing Open 365 days in the year Duration Visitors can spend 4 to 5 hours at this attraction. How to Reach From Dubai International airport: Approx 1 hour From Dubai Downtown: Approx 1 hour Best for Scenic sightseeings, Luxury shopping, and dining.
What to do in Dubai
Shopping at Dubai Mall
Place to shop till you drop, Dubai Mall is the biggest and grandest shopping mall in UAE. Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions such as VR Park, KidZania and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Location Financial Center Road, Along Sheik Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates Timing Daily from 10 am till 12 am Duration Visitors spend 2 to 4 hours approx. at this attraction. S How to Reach From Dubai International airport: Approx 50 minutes. Best for Families, Kids, and Groups.
Play in Snow at Ski Dubai
Winter in Dubai is for real! Visit Ski Dubai to enjoy a wintry wonderland covered completely in snow. Visitors get to beat the heat and try skiing, and snowboarding. Kids would love a snow fight in snow caves and encounters with penguins. Location Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Timing Sunday to Thursday: 10:00 am till 12:00 am Friday to Saturday: 09:00 am to 12:00 am Duration Visitors typically spend 2 to 5 hours. How to Reach The best way to reach is by metro. Mall of the Emirates is the metro station to disembark. From Dubai International airport: 30 minutes by car. From Downtown Dubai: 20 minutes by car. Ticket Price Snow Park Rate: approx. AED 190 per person per visit. Best for: Family and Kids
Spend a day in Dubai Parks and Resorts
Featuring more than 100 rides, thrills, and activities, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the ultimate theme park to visit in Dubai. Get entertained by Hol