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Are you constantly anxious, angry or depressed? There is no one in today’s hectic concrete jungle who can escape these detrimental emotions. However there’s one way you can improve your psychological wellbeing and be more productive in your personal and professional life.

You must reconnect with nature! That’s the only way.

Wondering how? Let’s make this easier for you. Reconnecting with nature doesn’t mean you return to the Stone Age. It’s about you using nature to heal, strengthen and rejuvenate your body, mind and soul.

Here are simple ways to achieve the same.

Head outdoors

Don’t stay glued onto your couch/ chair in front of your computer or TV all the time. Get up and go outdoors. Find time either in the serene morning or during lunch breaks or anytime that’s comfortable for you. Make sure you have some private time with nature. Use this time to reconsider perspectives, calm your emotions and reflect on personal choices and situation. Just be still and enjoy your outdoor time.

Walk bare foot

If you are walking along the beach sand or on fresh grass, remember to take off your shoes.

This process called earthing helps increase antioxidant secretion in the body, reduces inflammation, and improves sleep. Walking also reduces cancer risk, improves cardiovascular health, helps maintain healthy weight and prevents diabetes. Instead on running on a treadmill while monotonously watching television, it’s much better to head outdoors and walk bare foot breathing in fresh air on lush green grass to receive the benefits mentioned above.

World environment day

Visit parks

Are you a person who always hangs out at malls? Then it’s high time you give it up. Spending time in closed air conditioned malls, makes you more prone to respiratory allergies and asthma. Whereas the open air circulation at parks helps build your immunity. So meet up and have a whale of a time with friends and family at parks nearby. The splendid view of lush greenery, children playing and freedom from artificial cooling and light systems helps bring down your stress levels.

Add greenery to home/work area

Start a garden patch and grow your own organic veggies, herbs and fruits at home. Plants can also be grown indoors to have a healthy clean environment inside your living space. To reap more benefits, you can add some greenery to your work area by decking up your workstation with plants. Research proves that workspaces filled with plants, can increase creativity by 45%, boost productivity by 38% and even reduce your sick days. Plants such as aloe vera, lucky bamboo, english ivy and boston fern, make great indoor plants.

Go camping

This is a great way to reconnect with nature especially when you are on a vacation or a weekend escapade. Camping helps you to appreciate nature’s bounty, and develop a lifelong interest in caring and preserving nature.

Mentioned above are few ways, you can connect with nature. This world environment day 2017, let’s vow to revisit and reconnect with our roots. All for a greater good!

Fun ways to live on a budget

Friday, 02 June 2017

Did you know that budgeting leads to depression? No, it’s not the act of creating a budget that’s depressing. Trying to live life adhering a rigid budget produces a sense of gloom.

If you stick to your monthly budget, your impulsive nerve accuses you of being cowardly and stingy. And if you don’t stick to your budget, you get miserable because you accuse yourself of not having financial discipline!

So wondering how to live on a budget, yet be happy. Follow these fun strategies.

Start off with a game plan

Create a challenging game plan that delays or prevents you from spending money, at the drop of a hat. This is an easy exciting way to stick to your budget. See how long you can go about curbing your urge to spend money. Exempt monthly obligations such as rent, food, etc. from this game. Include impulsive expenses such as shopping, gifting, hangouts, spa trips, etc. Celebrate and reward yourself when you feel you’re progressing.

Economise in style

Think of ways in which you can downsize and save money in style. Instead of owning a big place and paying heavy mortgage, analyse whether a rented accommodation would be best for you to save money. Or think of renting out portions from your house for an added income. Try to carpool with your friends and neighbours, instead of driving your own vehicle and spending on gas. Socialising this way keeps you upbeat!

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Use a travel card

While travelling it is wiser to use a prepaid travel card than cash. This will shield you from losing money or overspending. Choose a card that has a facility to save money by locking exchange rates. You can also avoid exorbitant credit card charges by using the travel card for shopping, POS payments, online purchases and ATM withdrawals.

Find one free fun activity per week

There are so many fun activities that do not require you to spend money unnecessarily. Instead of hanging out at posh clubs or dining at really expensive restaurants, have a great time at the beach or nearby park or museum. Challenge yourself to spot one free fun activity per week.

Sell unused stuff at home

It is a mortal sin to have idle money at home in any form. Figure out which of the old unused items at home, you can sell for a good price. It could be old electronic items, used cot or sport equipment, or anything that may be of value to others. For most items, the value depreciates as time goes by. So the sooner you see them off, the better price you’ll get. You can add this money to your surplus.

Use apps to track spending

Maintaining an accounts notebook may be old school and tedious. So, use apps such as Adaptu, Mint, Wally, Acorns etc. Very little effort is needed to track your expenses, help you stay on your budget, get out of debt, and save more.

Follow the above mentioned strategies and see what difference it makes to your finances!

Flustered about travelling to Dubai during the holy season of Ramadan?

Well, don’t be! It’s a great opportunity for you to get a first-hand authentic look into how beautifully Ramadan is observed in a destination where Islam is the official religion.

Isn’t gaining authentic socio-cultural experiences, one of our primary travel motivations?

So what better place to experience the same, other than Dubai, the most progressive emirate! However here are a few pointers you’ll have to keep in mind, so that you do not hurt or interfere with the religious sentiments of Ramadan.

Muslims fast rigorously

The Muslims fast from sunlight to sunset. They completely forego food, drink and other distractions during this period and yet continue with their usual day-to-day activities. Though Islam is the state religion, people from other faiths are not required to fast or observe religious rites. They are just requested not to do things that will disturb the harmony of intense prayer, charity and fast, which Muslims observe.

Fewer crowds, great deals

This is a great time for those who travel on a budget. You’ll find there are Ramadan discounts and deals being doled out from every side. Most shops and restaurants open up after sunset till early hours in the morning. The Muslims stay indoors during the day praying and fasting. So, with lesser crowds, tickets to landmarks and fun theme parks will be easier to get without much waiting time.

Dubai travel tips

Refrain from eating in public

It’s advised to avoid eating or drinking in public places, because it could cause inconvenience to the fasting Islamic brethren around. Remember they do not even drink water till dusk. However if you are hungry or parched, check for designated spots to eat and drink. Super markets and few restaurants will be open during the day. So getting food will not be a problem at all.

Enjoy Suhoor and Iftar

The Suhoor and Iftar are the most delicious nutritional pre-dawn & post-dusk meal respectively. The menu usually begins with water, dates, milk or juice, Harira (soup of lamb, lentils and chickpeas), Malfoof(stuffed cabbage), Lamb ouzi(lamb with spiced rice and nuts), Sayadia fish ( onion rice and white fish) and ends with desserts such as Luqaimat (fried pastry covered with dates syrup), just to name a few. They welcome their friends and family home to have this sumptuous meal together. There are several restaurants that have an elaborate Iftar buffet. Ensure you don’t miss out on these delicacies!

Visit mosques nearby

Don’t forget to visit or atleast pass by nearby mosques during the sunset prayer. You’ll be able to observe that every ear and soul in the area would be attuned to one channel, the Adhan (call to prayer). It would be so touching and inspiring to see the flood of faithful worshipping together.

Get ready for late-evening shopping

The shops in Dubai begin bustling with activity once the fast breaks at dusk. Malls and other shopping venues open up for tourists during the late evenings. The Ramadan night market at the Dubai World Trade Centre is one such great place to go on a shopping spree.

Remember to carry a prepaid travel card to shop hassle free, pay for restaurants, accommodation and sight-seeing.

Ramadan Kareem!

Wondering where you can travel with your children this summer?

Check out the child friendly holiday destinations mentioned below, to try something new and have a whale of a time!

Singapore

Enchanting children with Sentosa Islands, Universal Studios, Gardens by the Bay, and the Zoo, Singapore is a country you must visit. The awesome shopping scenario, flawless transportation and delicious world cuisine, makes Singapore an ideal place to visit this summer season.

South Africa

South Africa offers children adventurous retreats with it fascinating culture and wildlife. They can experience the thrill of game tracking and wildlife encounters at Kruger National Park and Kapama Game Reserve. In the city of Cape Town, children can explore Table Mountains and hike the hidden trails of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. There is also a chance to get up close and personal with the endangered species at animal rehabilitation centers.

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France

Not only is France a country of cheese, snails and romance, it’s also a great place for children to have a good time. There are endless activities for children such as exploring the Louvre, sailing in the Jardin des Tuileries and climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. If you want to send them on a thrill trip, check out the gargoyles at Notre Dame. A French trip is never complete without visiting the Arc de Triomphe, and enjoying an ice cream on Ile St-Louis!

Thailand

Name it and Thailand has it! Whether it comes to beaches, mountains, elephants, sparkling temples or bustling markets, Thailand is a wonderland for children. Visit the Siam Ocean World and Safari World to be enthralled by the massive aquatic wildlife display. With activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, rock climbing and long nature walks in the jungle, you’re sure to have a great time with adventurous breathtaking views!

Britain

Offering an irresistible combination of ancient history, coupled with the thrills of a fast-paced city, and the beautiful countryside, London remains a top destination for children to visit. Swirling on the London Eye, the giant ferris wheel, walking along River Thames, enjoying at adventure theme parks will keep them excited through the day. Visiting the Buckingham Palace, the royal parks and museums will have your children infotained and happy. However the trip to Great Britain cannot be complete until you have flicked your wand at the the famous Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Studio!

Overseas trips can be expensive, especially when travelling with children. So, plan well in advance, be smart and travel with a light wallet. Use a travel card to pay for all your hotel bookings, entry tickets, shopping and eat outs. Remember you can also save a lot of money by using the interest rate lock feature available in travel cards.

Enjoy the summer with your children!

What if with a single card you can take on the world? Wouldn’t you like the freedom to travel and shop without the fear of losing on currency exchange rates fluctuation, overspending, theft or fraud? If you have answered yes to the two questions, then we would like to introduce you to the world of multicurrency prepaid cards, with its different stories on how life is good when you go prepaid.

The International Student

It was a memorable day for Omar on 3rd August 2016. After completing his graduation in Dubai, Omar got admission into a prestigious university in France to pursue his higher education on this day. He was excited to move to Paris for the 18-month residential programme and looked forward to living there as a student while taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Europe.

Omar, however, had a few concerns on how he would manage his money in a foreign land. He had received partial funding towards his tuition fees, and the remaining fees and other living expenditure had to be borne by him, or rather his parents.

Omar was particularly worried about:

1. Getting money on time during the course of one-and-half years.

2. Handling foreign exchange and keeping track of the currency exchange rates.

3. Managing his expenses including school fees, shopping, dining, etc.

4. Carrying foreign currency in bulk which might be unsafe since he will be staying at the university accommodation and might have to share his room with other students.

5. Keeping track of the Pound Sterling, Euro and UAE Dirhams during his cross-country travels.

It was then that Omar was introduced to the concept of a multicurrency prepaid travel card during one of those farewell conversations he had had with his favourite teacher. In this case, gocash – the multicurrency prepaid card available in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). gocash features proved to be the perfect solution to all of Omar’s concerns.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Omar:

1. gocash served as a single multicurrency prepaid card which Omar used for his ATM withdrawals in different countries, point-of-sales purchases at stores, and for all his online transactions.

2. He saved on foreign exchange through gocash card’s exchange rate lock-in facility. Omar loaded Euros in his card when the Euro exchange rate was at its lowest and locked it. He did the same with the Pound Sterling. This enabled him to transact at the same rate whenever he used the gocash card thus saving money.

3. He even kept some backup UAE Dirhams loaded in his gocash card, and used it when ordering gifts for his dad or flowers for his mum through his UAE-based go-to online shopping sites.

4. Omar was not worried about the card getting lost or stolen since he could always call gocash customer care and get the card blocked. The currency loaded will stay intact.

5. The gocash card came with a safe and secure PIN and password which helped Omar feel safe about his money.

Having experienced the convenience and joy of managing expenses with a multicurrency prepaid card, today, Omar recommends gocash card to all his UAE friends in the student community and swears by its benefits!

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The Footloose Wanderer

Michelle is a 27 year-old investment banker in one of the top wealth management firms. On her 28th birthday, Michelle realised that those graveyard shifts at work had taken a toll on her health. So she spoke to her boss and decided to take a year-long sabbatical. After getting an approval for her long absence and after much contemplation, Michelle decided to travel around the world for the next one year.

Since this was Michelle’s first ever solo travel, she faced the following challenges:

1. Michelle planned on travelling to eight countries and wasn’t sure how she was going to manage so many different currencies.

2. Michelle was also worried about carrying a lot of cash on her, fearing theft and unwanted attention.

3. Using a debit card or credit card would work out expensive and confusing, what with all the exchange rate calculations.

4. Swiping credit or debit cards in a foreign country might not be safe and made Michelle wary.

5. Michelle wanted to avoid frequent trips to foreign exchange dealers to change currency, or go looking for forex outlets or worse be stuck with a bad exchange rate.

After much research, she decided to get herself a multicurrency prepaid travel card.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Michelle:

1. Michelle loaded six currencies including US Dollars in her card. Since US Dollars is accepted in most countries, she carefully chose the remaining five currencies to ensure she was never short of local currencies of the countries she planned to visit.

2. Since the card was pre-loaded with all the currencies, it was safe and easy on her wallet. This solved Michelle’s biggest challenge of carrying bulk cash or many currencies in her heavy wallet.

3. Michelle used the multicurrency prepaid card for all her needs including shopping, ATM withdrawals, online purchase of air tickets and hotel bills settlement, no matter which country she was in at the time.

4. Prepaid cards are not connected to bank accounts and they are only limited to the value loaded. This feature makes it easier to mitigate the risk of online theft.

5. Michelle loaded the currencies of her choice at an optimal time and locked-in competitive exchange rates. This helped her save greatly, for her shopping and while she shopped!

After a fabulous and refreshing I-me-Myself trip, Michelle now travels whenever she gets more than two days in hand. She even started her own travel blog in which one of her pet subjects is on savings while travelling and the star of those articles is the multicurrency prepaid card.

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Frequent Business Traveller

Josh runs an export and import business. His nature of business warrants frequent visits to countries for business development and client servicing. In a year, Josh travels for at least 8 to 10 months and lives out of his suitcase. With all the travelling to multiple countries – sometimes one after the other - Josh couldn’t keep a track of his spending or even the exchange rates, and ultimately couldn’t expense the costs to the company.

Being on-the-go most of the times, Josh wanted to get rid of the following:

1. Frequent visits to the forex dealers to exchange currency.

2. Losing money on forex rate fluctuations.

3. Using personal debit or credit card for hotel bookings, last minute airline purchases, etc.

4. Carrying multiple currencies and a bulky wallet when travelling to different countries in one trip.

Seeing Josh’s challenges in managing his travel expenses, his accountant introduced him to multicurrency prepaid cards.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card helped Josh:

1. Pre-loaded the card with multiple currencies at locked-in exchange rates.

2. Ensured savings and optimised the company’s travel budget by leveraging the currency rate lock-in feature of the card.

3. Single multicurrency prepaid card set aside exclusively for company expenses and business travel, therefore giving much control over his expenses.

4. The multi-purpose feature of the card allowed cash withdrawals, online purchases and in-store payments.

5. With the safety and security features the card offered, Josh worried less about theft and fraud, and focused more on winning business and customers.

Josh found that multicurrency prepaid cards make travelling much more pleasant. He not only made sure that the company provided staff with these cards when they travelled on work, but also started using them for his personal travels!

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The Cautious Spender

Dev and Sunita were immigrating to a new country on a long-term work assignment. One leg of the move required them to stay in the UAE for nine months while the paperwork was formalised. During this layover period, Dev and Sunita wanted to make sure they kept their spending in check as they wanted to save as much as possible for their resettlement expenses in the new country.

Running a full-fledged household with two university-going children was challenging for Dev and Sunita, especially in a foreign land. After the first week in the UAE, Dev and Sunita realised they needed to find better ways to manage their money.

They frequently faced trouble in the following areas:

1. On top of pocket money, their children sporadically asked for extra money as they navigated through school life in a new country. It was getting difficult for Sunita to keep a track on the money given to them.

2. Dev opted to pay bills online wherever possible since his work hours were erratic and Sunita wasn’t well versed with the local commute.

3. Dev and Sunita didn’t want to use multiple credit cards and wanted to streamline payments.

4. Since Sunita was new to the country, she wasn’t comfortable handling local currency and preferred a card to cash.

When Sunita went to the neighbourhood UAE Exchange branch to send money to her family back in India, she started talking to the staff and during the course of the conversation, she came to know about gocash card, its multi-usage and benefits. Sunita immediately bought a card and told Dev that she will use it to run the household.

Here’s how the multicurrency prepaid card became a family card for Dev and Sunita:

1. Sunita pre-loaded the card with the amount, in UAE Dirhams, allocated towards household expenses. This helped her in keeping track of her spending. She also carried minimal cash and paid for her shopping and grocery purchases with the multicurrency prepaid gocash card. This empowered Sunita and she didn’t have to ask Dev for money frequently.

2. The children were given their own gocash cards loaded with pocket money, which were topped up in intervals. This ensured that the spending was controlled and Sunita could keep a track of their withdrawals or swipes.

3. Sunita also took over the task of settling bill payments online, since gocash could be used for online transactions.

4. Dev even loaded the card with US Dollars and Euro so that whenever he needed to make any international payments related to the resettlement paperwork and visas, he didn’t have to worry about exchange rates.

5. With the multi-use prepaid cards, Dev and Sunita could budget and manage their finances with better control and across many payment channels.

Dev and Sunita are almost at the end of their nine-month stay in the UAE. They are now strong advocates of using prepaid cards to manage household budgets, and hope that such facilities will be available in the new country that they are moving to.

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Introduced in the year 2012, Gocash is the flagship product of UAE Exchange and has enabled and empowered numerous card users in the UAE. With its dynamic features, the card became the most sought after product for many people for varied purposes. Currently the product is available in the UAE with plans of rolling out the same in other countries as well. For more information please visit, www.gocashcards.com

This article was originally published on Éclat Q4 2016 edition

Getting ready for your summer travel? 

As the mercury level rises, most of us feel like sneaking out to the cooler sides of the planet.  Waking up amidst snow-capped hills/mountain ranges such as the Alps or Himalayas will help you relax, and soothe your mind, body and soul. 

However remember to plan your itinerary and finances carefully so that you don’t get yourself caught up in any hassle especially those with regards to cash and forex.  Carrying a multi-purpose prepaid travel card is the best way to be stress free and not worry about money issues at all. 

Don’t know what exactly you need to look for when choosing a travel card? Then read on to know!

Rate lock facility

If you want to save money while travelling, then your travel card should have the exchange rate lock facility. Here is how it works. 

We all know exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis. One day it’s ideal and the next day it skyrockets, making us lose money. The forex rate lock facility gives you the freedom to lock favourable rates and use them later during your travel, when the rates go haywire. This feature helps you save a lot of money.

Multi-currency feature

If you are looking to travel across multiple countries, then this feature will come handy. You need not carry separate travel card for each currency. Just one travel card that has the facility to load, manage and use multiple currencies will do. 

Tips to choose a prepaid card

ATM withdrawals

There may be days when you need actual cash in your hand. Hence check if you can use the card to withdraw money from ATMs without any exorbitant withdrawal fee.

Easy payments 

Travel usually involves shopping, accommodation, dining, ticket booking, car rentals, etc., all of which require online or POS payments. Hence ensure that your travel card can help you pay anywhere without any hassles.

Simple reload

 Ensure you can reload cash on your card, on the go without steep charges. 

24/7 customer care 

Since you would be  depending on your travel card for your daily cash requirements, you need 24/7 free access to the customer support team. If in some unfortunate scenario, you lose your travel card the replacement card should be provided by the support team within 24 hours. 

Fee and charges

Surprising as it may sound, few cards charge you even when you don’t use them. So, check for application and replacement fee, transaction fee, inactivity and hidden charges, cash withdrawal fee at ATM machines and SMS notifications fee before your purchase the card. 

If you find that your travel card scores positively on all the above features, you can go ahead and get the card before you head out on your holiday. 

Remember, never settle for less!

 

Getting ready for your summer travel?

As the mercury level rises, most of us feel like sneaking out to the cooler sides of the planet.  Waking up amidst snow-capped hills/mountain ranges such as the Alps or Himalayas will help you relax, and soothe your mind, body and soul.

However remember to plan your itinerary and finances carefully so that you don’t get yourself caught up in any hassle especially those with regards to cash and forex.  Carrying a multi-purpose prepaid travel card is the best way to be stress free and not worry about money issues at all.

Don’t know what exactly you need to look for when choosing a travel card? Then read on to know!

Rate lock facility

If you want to save money while travelling, then your travel card should have the exchange rate lock facility. Here is how it works.

We all know exchange rates fluctuate on a daily basis. One day it’s ideal and the next day it skyrockets, making us lose money. The forex rate lock facility gives you the freedom to lock favourable rates and use them later during your travel, when the rates go haywire. This feature helps you save a lot of money.

Multi-currency feature

If you are looking to travel across multiple countries, then this feature will come handy. You need not carry separate travel card for each currency. Just one travel card that has the facility to load, manage and use multiple currencies will do.

ATM withdrawals

There may be days when you need actual cash in your hand. Hence check if you can use the card to withdraw money from ATMs without any exorbitant withdrawal fee.

Easy payments

Travel usually involves shopping, accommodation, dining, ticket booking, car rentals, etc., all of which require online or POS payments. Hence ensure that your travel card can help you pay anywhere without any hassles.

Simple reload

 Ensure you can reload cash on your card, on the go without steep charges.

24/7 customer care

Since you would be  depending on your travel card for your daily cash requirements, you need 24/7 free access to the customer support team. If in some unfortunate scenario, you lose your travel card the replacement card should be provided by the support team within 24 hours.

Fee and charges

Surprising as it may sound, few cards charge you even when you don’t use them. So, check for application and replacement fee, transaction fee, inactivity and hidden charges, cash withdrawal fee at ATM machines and SMS notifications fee before your purchase the card.

If you find that your travel card scores positively on all the above features, you can go ahead and get the card before you head out on your holiday.

Remember, never settle for less!

Summer season is here!

It’s a spell where good times and tan lines go hand-in-hand. The happy sunshine makes us want to enjoy this period to the fullest without getting roasted. Here are some fun ideas on how you can spend your summer weekends in Dubai.

Laugh till your belly hurts

Want to sparkle like a splash of sunlight in water? Then you should laugh and dance as much as you breathe. Block your dates this weekend on 19 May’17 and attend the live comedy show “Y So Serious Nights” at The Music Room, Dubai. Or you can also visit The Laughter Factory, Middle East's longest-running comedy night, at Gramercy. Get ready to tickle your funny bone!

Escape into the magical world of music

Music has the mystical power to transform a usual boring day into a fabulous one. Get ready to groove on to the Punjabi Bhangra music explosion by famed brothers Daler Mehndi and Mika Singh at Zabeel Hall 6, Dubai World Trade Centre on 19 May’17. Or if you love singing karaoke, you can hop straight onto Hip Hop Karaoke Dubai Season closing party in Tribeca Dubai at the JA Ocean View Hotel in JBR on the same day. You can also chill with various music genres from rock to jazz, middle eastern to latino at the Music Hall in Jumeriah Zabeel Saray on The Palm, Jumeriah. Let music take you to places you dream of!

Fun ideas for summer in Dubai

Set sail and answer the waters calling

Has cruising been your dream for a while now? Then here is your opportunity to dip your toes into the cruising waters. Begin this summer, by sailing along Old Dubai with a 360-degree view of the Dubai Creek from a sleek, all-glass, Seine-designed Bateaux Dubai boat. Or you can choose the traditional wooden dhow to sail around the city from Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. Now let your dreams set sail!

Go on exciting rides

Love rollercoaster rides, skiing and snowboarding? Then you must visit Ski Dubai, Middle East’s first indoor ski resort located at the Mall of the Emirates. Or you can visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination that excites the visitors with epic adventure zones. This theme park is located next to Global Village, in the heart of Dubai. Doesn’t matter the age group you belong to, the above theme parks have something for everyone!

Cool yourself in the rain forest

Want to experience some cool rain forest greenery, this summer? Then visit the Green Planet at City Walk, Dubai. This bio-dome is home to several rain forest species. You can explore and interact with the exotic flora and fauna found here. What a cool place to spend your day at?

Remember, you can get tickets for all the above mentioned events and locations at UAE Exchange counters at Dubai Mall, Deira City Centre, Burjuman Station, Mall of Emirates (Metrolink), and Mirdif. Apart from these events, you can also spend time at various air conditioned malls, theatres, indoor activities and events in Dubai. Just take your multi-purpose prepaid card along, to avoid cash hassles.

Enjoy the great summer vibes!

Did you know that the Kuwaiti Dinar is the highest-valued currency in the world?

This oil rich country is not only an economic power house but is also an epitome of Arabian culture and beauty. Buzzing with myriad attractions and architectural delights, the capital city is a paradise for those who love beautiful beaches, shopping, and amazing food. In addition to this Kuwait also owns its national Ice hockey team and a 1800 square meter ice rink!

Still wondering what you can do when you visit Kuwait? Here are our recommendations.

Visit historical monuments
If you love visiting monuments and heritage centers, then you must visit the following places.

  1. Grand Mosque: Situated opposite Al Seif Palace and the Stock Exchange, the Grand Mosque is a magnificent monument. The cool beige and blue hues of the mosque and the grand interiors will leave you mesmerised.
  2. Kuwait Towers: This is Kuwait’s defining landmark, giving a complete view of Kuwait city from the observation deck.
  3. House of Mirrors: As the name suggests, this landmark building of Kuwait is completely covered by mirror mosaics. 

Kuwait travel destinations

Shop till you drop
If shopping is what you are looking for, then you will not be disappointed.

  1. The Avenues: The Avenues is the biggest and best mall of Kuwait. The best thing about this mall is that it has something for everyone’s budget.
  2. Souk Al-Mubarakiya: This is where you should head to if you wish to relish shopping in an authentic Arabian market scenario. This souk sells everything, from food, to clothes, to souvenirs and traditional Arabic street food and snacks.
  3. Souq Sharq: The Souq Sharq mall is Kuwait’s most prominent shopping destination. It began as a traditional souq and has now been refurbished into a modernised shopping mall.
  4. Marina World: Marina World is home to many restaurants, shops, a convention hall, and promenade areas. It is a hot spot for teenagers and youth in Kuwait. 

Get wet at the beach
Visit the wonderful beaches of Kuwait, which is perfect for weekend getaways. There are a plenty of water sports and fun activities such as diving, snorkeling and much more along Kuwait’s warm coastline. Don’t forget to visit the islands of Kubar and Umm al-Maradim, that are home to amazing marine wildlife. Remember to wear modest beachwear while chilling in the waters.

When planning a trip to Kuwait, make sure you get a travel card which is loaded up with their currency to ensure ease of spending. Pack some light weight clothes while keeping in mind the dress code of Kuwait and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Looking for locations you can travel to from Dubai without spending a fortune on money or time?

Here are 5 countries you can visit, within 5 hours, without breaking your bank! Plan your itinerary accordingly and make sure you check on the visa regulations for these countries – keep all your required documents handy.

Oman
Oman is just an hour’s flight away from Dubai. If you are driving on road, even then it’s less than five hours! Oman is known for its natural beauty and breathtakingly beautiful mountains, hillsides and wadis. It’s the perfect place for people who love outdoor adventure and hiking. Oman is also the beach lover’s paradise and tourists can indulge in scuba diving and other such water activities.

Jordan
Jordan, just three hours away from Dubai via flight, is famous for its ancient monuments, seaside resorts and nature reserves. It’s a dreamlike place and is famed for its magical mud baths and swimming or rather floating in the Dead Sea. When in Jordan, a visit to the ancient city of Petra is a must – this Nabatean capital is an archaeological site dating back to 300 BC.

Top 5 trips from dubai

Cyprus
Cyprus is as ancient as it is modern – it’s a great place for people who love history as well for people who cannot get enough of soaking in the sun on sandy beaches. The pristine ocean, pleasant weather, and stunning landscapes – it’s all just three and a half hours away from Dubai! Don’t miss it.

Azerbaijan
Not many people will think of this place as a touristy spot, but you need to visit Azerbaijan to realise how beautiful this country is. It’s only three hours away from Dubai via flight, so you can make this trip over a weekend. Visit the main street of Baku and be stunned by its architectural beauty.

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is about four and a half hours flight time from Dubai, but well worth a visit. A trip to this country will not put a dent in your wallet and will definitely become one of the most memorable holiday you’ve ever taken. Travel to the mountainous region of Kandy or visit the beautiful beaches along the coast of Colombo – this country will leave you mesmerised!

Apart from these five destinations, there are plenty of other places you can travel to, from Dubai without spending a lot of time. Places like Greece, Nepal, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Belgrade etc. are all under five hours or a little above five hours of journey from Dubai. Get a multi-purpose prepaid travel card if you are planning on travelling to different places and ensure the travel card can hold multiple currencies. Pack your essentials and off you go!

With wonderful amenities and opportunities, Dubai is definitely the perfect place for students who wish to fulfill their ambition. However life as a student in Dubai can be hectic, as is the case with every student around the world. This is why they need some ways to unwind and relax.

If you are a student living in Dubai, whether you are an expat or a resident, these are the places you will enjoy.

Yalla! Bowling

Even though there are several bowling alleys in Dubai, Yalla! Bowling stands out because of its state-of-the-art setup. It offers twelve bowling lanes along with video game arcades and pool tables – a perfect place for students.

Bread Street Kitchen

Most students are on a fixed budget and stretching their dirhams to enjoy a good meal is often difficult. This is why Bread Street Kitchen is the perfect place for them. This restaurant offers affordable brunches and the atmosphere here is relaxing and enjoyable. They specialise in British cuisine and their menu serves a delectable choice of roasts and cold cuts.

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Hummingbird Bakery

If you have a sweet tooth that loves all things sugary, then this is your kind of place. Hummingbird Bakery offers scrumptious baked treats and every outlet is a perfect place for students to wind down and relax. Students can also be seen working on their assignments here while indulging in mouthwatering American treats.

The Archive Dubai

The Archive is a community space that focuses on art and Middle Eastern/North African culture in Dubai. It’s a calm and peaceful place, where students can gather to enhance their knowledge of literature and art, engage in workshops, learn yoga, or simply hang out, read a book and enjoy some yummy food and refreshing drinks.

VOX Cinemas, Mall of the Emirates

For movie buffs, VOX Cinemas is a treat! And, the best part, it’s affordable too! This movie complex has 14 screens and students can hang out here on their days off binge watching movies and enjoying delicious snacks.

BookMunch

Are you a bookworm? Does reading books help you unwind, chill and lessen the stress of everyday college life? Then this is where you should go. BookMunch is a community café, where you can curl up with a book and some comfort food.

Students will never have a dull moment while living and studying in Dubai. All you need is a travel card, which is so much better than carrying cash, and you are ready to enjoy Dubai, the student way!

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