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Vistara airline gets Dubai sales office

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By NewsGram Staff Writer 

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.

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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.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Indian School in Dubai Provides Students Free Access to CBSE Learning Resources

Indian school in Dubai gives free access to CBSE textbooks

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An Indian High School in Dubai has given its students free access to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbooks and learning resources online. (Representational Image). Pixabay

An Indian High School in Dubai has given its students free access to Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) textbooks and learning resources online for the entire duration of this term amid the coronavirus pandemic,it was reported.

The school has offered to provide 100 per cent free access to CBSE textbooks and learning resources in digital form at no additional cost to all our students for the entire duration of this term, the Khaleej Times quoted the Indian High School group of schools’ CEO, Punit MK Vasu as saying on Thursday.

The term for Indian curriculum schools begins from end of March to June.

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The school has offered to provide 100 per cent free access to CBSE textbooks and learning resources in digital form at no additional cost. Flickr

In a letter to parents, Vasu said: “This will provide significant financial relief as no costs will need to be incurred on the physical purchase of any CBSE textbooks for this entire term.

“Our students will also benefit from a digital learning app developed by an international publisher and students will have complete free access to exciting digital content including activities, assessments, videos and so much more.”

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The school will take a decision on the physical purchase of text books and the continuation of digital text books in September, depending on the prevailing health situation, explained Vasu.

He urged parents not to purchase any physical text books from third-party vendors until further notice.

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“We are yet to confirm minor costs, if any, on e-text books for MoE related subjects such as Moral Education, Islamic Studies and Social Studies,” he was quoted as saying in the Khaleej Times report, reiterating that the Indian High School is a not-for-profit school.

The school has also aided families directly hit by the crisis by providing “need-based admissions” to those in need. (IANS)

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UAE- The Most-Booked Country for Indian Travellers

Indians travel to Dubai, UAE the most

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Among all the international countries, Indians have travelled to UAE the most. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi were the most-booked international cities for Indian travellers in 2019, and the United Arab Emirates the most-booked country, a travel booking platform said.

Cleartrip, in its travel trend report for 2019, listed the most popular international destinations for Indians.

In addition to the UAE, the countries which have made the cut are the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Qatar, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Countries like Sri Lanka , Indonesia and Russia also make it to the top ten.

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The survey by Cleartrip showed that UAE topped the list of “most- travelled countries by Indians.”. Pixabay

For cities, the Middle East and Asia were the most-booked, with the three largest UAE emirates and Doha; along with Bangkok, Singapore City, Colombo, London, Kathmandu and Denpasar.

Where does India like to holiday domestically? Goa tops the list of the most booked domestic leisure destinations, followed by Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Guwahati.

As per the bookings on Cleartrip, the top five long-haul international cities were: London, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Paris.

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The travel report also said that most people fly from Mumbai and New Delhi, while Kochi tops the tier-2 cities list in both domestic and international flights. (IANS)

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Dubai Trip – What to See & Do in Dubai for the First Time

Dubai has some of the best modern city skylines in the world

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Witness what futuristic world really looks like. Pixabay

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
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This tallest tower in the world accompanied by the dazzling dancing Dubai Fountain makes one of the most popular attractions.

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.

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Best for:
Families, Couples, Groups

  • Dubai Frame
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This 150-metre gigantic frame lets its visitors get an insight into old and futuristic Dubai.

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

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An absolute contrast of what modern Dubai is, Al Bashtakiya Quarters is made up of old earthy-toned townships which were created.


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.

    • Dubai Souks
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It, in turn, lets you witness the traditional ways of trading conducted in Dubai long before it was swamped.


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

 

  • Dubai Marina
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A manmade canal winding through a waterfront precinct flanked with trendy modern buildings, Dubai Marina is a great spot to enjoy scenic city views.


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
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Apart from splurging on luxury merchandises and designer labels, visitors also get to enjoy attractions.


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
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Visitors get to beat the heat and try skiing, and snowboarding.


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
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Get entertained by Hollywood and Bollywood inspired rides and entertainment and also have a great time at LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark.


Featuring more than 100 rides, thrills, and activities, Dubai Parks and Resorts is the ultimate theme park to visit in Dubai. Get entertained by Hollywood and Bollywood inspired rides and entertainment and also have a great time at LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark.

Location
Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Timing
Motiongate Dubai:   Saturday to Wednesday: 11:00 am till 08:00 pm;  Thursday to Friday: 11:00 am till 09:00 pm
Bollywood Parks Dubai:  Saturday to Wednesday: 2:00 pm till 11:00 pm,  Thursday to Friday: 2:00 pm till 11:00 pm
LEGOLAND DUBAI and LEGOLAND Water Park: Saturday to Wednesday: 10:00 am till 6:00 pm, Thursday – Friday: 10:00 am till 6:00 pm

Duration
Visitors can easily spend a full day at the attraction. The theme park also has an inbuilt hotel for the overstay option.

Ticket Price
Bollywood Park Dubai: Approx. AED 175 per person, Motiongate Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai, and LEGOLAND Water Park: Approx. AED 175 per person.

Best for
Families with Kids, Adventure lovers.

  • Witnesses magical oases at Dubai Miracle Gardens
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This horticultural wonder in the desert emirate is one of the most accomplished feats Dubai is proud of.


If you are in Dubai during the winter months, then don’t forget to check out Dubai Miracle Gardens. This horticultural wonder in the desert emirate is one of the most accomplished feats Dubai is proud of. Surround yourself with millions of aromatic floral installations and dioramas which make a perfect backdrop for many insta-worthy pictures.

Location:
Al Barsha South 3, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Timing
Dubai Miracle Garden is closed for the time being. It reopens in November for a brand new season.

Duration
Visitors spend 2 to 3 hours in the park.

How to Reach
From Dubai International airport: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.
From Downtown Dubai: Approx. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Best for
Nature lovers, Families, Couples.

  • Take a Dhow Cruise Dinner
    Dhow Dinner Cruise in Dubai is one experience you should not miss on a Dubai trip. Glide on the smooth waters of Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina on a traditional Arabian boat and watch the city ebb away from bustling chaos to an illuminating and spectacle. The evening turns more pleasant as you enjoy a delicious meal amid breathtaking ambiance accentuated by music and live entertainment.

    Location
    Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Timing
    Evenings from 6.00 pm onwards.

    Duration
    Basic cruise takes 2 to3 hours.

    Ticket Price
    Basic Dhow Cruise with Dinner package would cost from approx. AED100 onwards.

    Best for
    Families, Groups, Couples

Best time to visit Dubai:

November to March is the best time to visit Dubai as the weather is milder and pleasant for outdoor activities. Also, major festivals and events are held in Dubai during this period. Hence, it is also the peak season of Dubai. However, Dubai also has plenty of indoor attractions that can be visited during off-seasons. Visitors can take advantage of low costs in accommodations, ground transports, attractions, and flight tickets and enjoy a reasonably budget holiday in Dubai during off-season months.

Tips for Travellers

  • Dubai is an Islamic region hence visitors should at all times adhere to the customs and traditions of the locals.
  • Always dress modestly and ensure that you do not offend the locals.
  • If you are travelling during the holy month of Ramadan, most restaurants and attractions will be closed or have different operational timings.

Conclusion

While for a first-time visit, these attractions and activities are plenty, you will have the urge to come back for more. And there is much more to experience in Dubai apart from sightseeing’s and theme parks. If you are an adventure lover, Dubai is the place to be to gear up for skydiving sessions and watersport adventures. For luxury seekers, Dubai has the best of hotel and spa collections offering the finest hospitality and services in the world. For music and creative lovers, there is Dubai Opera and iconic shows like La Perle by Dragone along with various live concerts and art shows. Dubai is not just for a one time visit, it is a place that offers you a unique experience every time you visit it.