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2017 UAE Public Holiday Calendar

2017 UAE Public Holiday Calendar

The end of the 20016 is fast approaching, with 2017 soon to rear its head.

The list of UAE holidays for 2017 has been released, so go ahead and plan that well-deserved vacation and holidays. Maximize your leaves next year as you can surely take a long weekend as majority of the holiday falls on working days.

So they called its 2017 as year of long weekends. Plans are nothing. Planning is everything. So, for the UAE Residents, this calendar will help you reach your travel goals.

The proclamations declaring holidays for the observances shall be issued after their approximate dates have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar.


Sunday January 1 – New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday, public sectors will be getting a three-day weekend.

Monday April 24 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Isra’a Wal Mi’raj

The holiday marks the night that the Prophet Muhammad travelled from Mecca to Jerusalem and then ascended to heaven.

Thursday May 25 (dependent on moon sighting) – Ramadan is expected to begin

UAE labour law stipulates that all workers are entitled to work two hours less each day throughout Ramadan, and still be paid for a full day.

Sunday June 25 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Fitr

The holiday that signifies the end of Ramadan is marked though this date might change due to the sightings of the moon.

Thursday August 31 (dependent on moon sighting) – Arafat Day

This marks the second day of the annual pilgrimage of Haj.

Friday September 1 (dependent on moon sighting) – Eid Al Adha 

This holiday marks Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail.

Thursday September 21 (dependent on moon sighting) – Al Hijri, Islamic New Year

Islamic New Year in 2017 will mark the year 1438.

Thursday November 30 – Commemoration Day

A holiday to honour the Emiratis who died while protecting the UAE.

Thursday November 30 (dependent on moon sighting) – Milad Un Nabi

This day marks the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), and is announced by the moon-sighting committee, so this may still be subject to change.

Saturday December 2 – UAE National Day

This day will mark the 46th UAE National Day, celebrating the unification of the seven emirates and the founding of the country in 1971.

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The traveller’s Journey to Visa change to Oman by Road

For a tourist who needs to renew the UAE tourist visa like me, finding an agency that will process your Oman visa change as well as the renewal of your UAE tourist visa in less than a week is quite difficult, all agencies offer different packages but they vary in the process of your application, that’s why some tourist ended up staying in Oman for a week or more. Good thing that I have a friend who’s working in an agency and I immediately messaged the agency to have my papers done.

East and West Travels, offers a hassle free and quick visa services to UAE, either for visiting family or for your business trip. I have chosen this agency for they offer affordable Oman visa change packages, I got mine (Oman visa with 90 days UAE visa plus with free 2-way bus) for only 1,499 AED.

Okay now, here’s my travel timeline. The meeting area was in the Big Parking beside Reef Mall last Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016 at 12 noon. My Oman visa was handed to me when we were in the bus.

Before we departed around 2:00 in the afternoon, they first checked our passports, UAE old tourist visas and the Oman visas because some tourist needed to pay for their overstays and according to some tourist, that will be the cause of our delay in the immigration in Hatta Border.

We arrived before 6:00 in the evening in Hatta Border and the process only took us 45 minutes (exit stamp, bags were checked etc.) I immediately took a photo of my exit stamp and sent it right away to the agency for them to start the process my application. Then we arrived at the Oman immigration around 8:30 in the evening for entry stamp and others. Before heading to the hotel, there were stop overs for us to buy food and toilet breaks.

We arrived at Al Buraimi hotel around 10:30 in the evening, very early according to some tourist who had their exits a couple of times now. We had a villa good for 10 people and we were all female in the area. The hotel had a nice lobby, a restaurant, a pool and lots of supermarkets outside the vicinity.’

The following day Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, me and my fellow tourist bought and shared food. That’s the good thing when you are in a good company of tourist, your stay won’t be that boring and in my case, we were all “Kabayans” so getting along isn’t hard. That night, the application of my UAE tourist visa was approved! Yey! Thank God! My fellow tourist were shocked why my application was processed in just 24 hours. Well, I told them that’s why I’ve chosen East & West Travels.

The not so lucky part was that, they don’t have buses traveling back to Dubai on weekends and besides the immigration was closed on weekends, so I had to stay there until Sunday morning. Well, I didn’t mind staying there for two more days, it was a little retreat for me.

Sunday Aug. 14, 2016 at 2:30 in the morning was our departure time. Back to Dubai!

Thank you East and West Travels for the hassle free services!

– tourist from the Philippines

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The Only Dubai Travel Tips You Need

if you’re travelling to Dubai soon, I bet you’re very excited – I would be too! There’s so much to do and see there, that you couldn’t possibly get bored. This guide will give you a good idea of things you could be doing on your trip, so you can start planning right away

Shopping in Dubai

 You have lots of options for shopping in Dubai. In fact, it’s what many people go for! Shopping here is truly an experience, especially in the famous Dubai Mall. It’s home to probably every fashion brand you can think of – all 440,000 square feet of it! It’s even been named as the biggest collection of fashion brands under one roof in the whole world. Not only will you find plenty of fashion stores, but sweets, arts, and books too. You’ll find plenty of souvenirs to take home, so make sure you take plenty of cash and leave room in your suitcase!

 Food in Dubai

 In Dubai, you’ll find restaurants serving just about every kind of food you can think of. You name it; you can find it Dubai. There are even restaurants serving in the gorgeous Arabic cuisine that’s native to Dubai. If you want to try something a little different, go for Jambos grill Dubai – delicious barbecue cuisine that can’t be beaten.

 Relaxing in Dubai

 There are lots of lovely places to relax in Dubai. In fact, when many people search for a relaxing holiday; Dubai is the first place to come to mind. The hotels are all fantastic, but one of the best is definitely One & Only The Palm Dubai. It has lots of positive reviews on Trip Advisor, so you can see what I’m talking about. You’ll find plenty of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and getting pampered too. You’ll come back from this place a new person.

 Exploring in Dubai

 As well as shopping, eating, and relaxing, there’s so much exploring to do in Dubai. You’ll never run out of fun things to do – your adventurous side will definitely be satisfied with a trip here. You could do a hot air balloon safari one day, and go scuba diving the next. You don’t have to explore too strenuous either if you don’t want to; you could always head over to dolphin bay to swim with the gentle dolphins. Don’t forget to check out the beautiful Dubai fountains either. Another great thing about Dubai is the architectural masterpieces. If you’re into that kind of thing, you better take a camera – you’ll be amazed!

 Do you know how you’ll be spending your time here yet? I bet you have a good idea of what you’d like to do! I’d probably spend 80% of the time shopping and 10% of the time being pampered. Food and exploring would take up the remaining 5% each. I’d probably end up having to buy another suitcase and pay extra to get it on my flight home – a little tip for you if you end up overspending! Have fun!


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Unusual Places to Consider Visiting

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There are many beautiful places and natural attractions on our planet, from tall mountains and deep seas to hidden caves and tropical islands. We present you the most stunning places on Earth you will sure want to visit.

Explore the Wonders of Nature

Nature is full of wonders and stunning locations. There are so many different landscapes, climate areas, geological formations, curious water phenomena and other natural attractions to admire. Rainforests, open seas, deep caves and high cliffs – this is nature on its best.

It is a sad fact that civilization and untouched nature don’t always go well together so it is not surprising that many of the most stunning places on Earth are situated in remote locations. However, this only adds to their charm and it shows all the beauty of our planet.

A Different Kind of Tourism

If you are bored of the usual destinations and conventional hotels, why not try something different? Traveling to exotic locations and exploring natural wonders of the Earth make for an unforgettable experience. It is particularly recommended for those who prefer adventure to an idle holiday.

Since many of these impressive natural landmarks are located in remote areas, this type of exploration is ideal for those who are fit and ready for challenges. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be in a perfect shape to visit the world’s most beautiful places. The good news is that the beauty of these locations has been recognized by governments so the landmarks are often included on the tourist maps. Many of these landmarks have comfortable accommodation nearby and organized tours so you can enjoy these places even if you are not particularly adventurous. In other words, it is possible to combine comfort and nature exploration so think about this option the next time you plan a holiday.


1.Victoria Falls is the most stunning waterfall in the world. Located on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, this African natural wonder is considered the largest waterfall in the world. The area is known for stunning scenery extending on the both sides of the river Zambezi over a flat plateau. At one place, the river encounters a sharp drop due to a fracture zone in the plateau, resulting in an impressive waterfall. The drop is over 1700 meters wide, which makes Victoria Falls one of the most impressive natural attractions in the world.

The water cascades down the basalt rocks to the depth ranging from 80 to 108 meters. There are two larger islands and many smaller islets located in the chasm. The islands and islets further divide the water into a series of smaller waterfalls. Victoria Falls is also one of the rare places on Earth where you can see a Moonbow (a lunar rainbow).


2. Mount Roraima belongs to the Pakaraima mountain chain and is one of the most stunning natural attractions in South America. The mountain has a 31 square kilometer summit area and is known for its 400-meter high cliffs. This peculiar geological formation is used as a triple border between Venezuela, Guyana and Brazil.

Mount Roraima is part of the Canaima National Park. The mountains within the Park are among the oldest geological formations in the world. Mount Roraima is the most attractive of them all because of its plateau that offers stunning views hundreds of kilometers in all directions.


3. Volcanic Landscapes of Santorini, Greece

Greece is known for its beautiful Mediterranean islands but one of them is truly remarkable. Located just north of Crete, the island of Santorini (also known as Thera) is a stunning example of volcanoes shaping the landscape. The entire island as we know it today was created as a result of a volcanic eruption that occurred 3,600 ago during the Minoan period.

As a result of the eruption, half of the previous landmass disappeared into the ocean, creating a huge central lagoon surrounded by volcanic cliffs. Santorini is great for exploring volcanic landscapes coupled with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea. You can also enjoy some of the most stunning and peculiar beaches in the world filled with black and red volcanic pebbles.


4. Preikestolen, Norway

Preikestolen, also known as “Preachers Pulpit” in Norway is a steep cliff rising over 600 meters above the Lysefjorden fjord. As such, it offers stunning views to the surrounding landscape and makes one of the most popular natural attractions in Norway.

The top of the cliff can be reached only through a 3km long hike path, so this is a great option for those who like adventure and a more active holiday experience.


5. Rainbow Mountains are located in the Zhangye Danxia National Geological Park, China. The mountains are known for very unusual colours of the rocks, including red, orange, yellow, brown and even shades of blue and grey. The rocks are several hundred meters tall and rise sharply over the surrounding terrain. The Rainbow Mountains have been voted one of the most stunning landforms in all China.

Zhangye Danxia Mountains are created by sandstone and other mineral deposits that have been layered over the course of more than 20 million years. Weather conditions such as wind and rain, as well as time, are responsible for shaping the rocks and producing extraordinary colours and patterns that can be seen today.


6. Blue Hole, Belize

Blue Hole, also known as The Great Blue Hole, is a huge marine sinkhole in Belize. Blue holes are large marine caverns opening to the surface. They extend deep below the sea level and are known to contain caves and other submarine passages.

The Great Blue Hole is the most impressive of all the blue holes. Located just off the coast of Belize, it lies in the center of a small atoll called Lighthouse Reef. The Hole is almost circular in shape and extends more than 100 meters below the sea level. This is an amazing natural phenomenon in the Caribbean and one of the most stunning places in the world.


7. Vatnajökull Ice Cave, Iceland

Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier) is the largest ice cap in Iceland and the second largest glacier in northern Europe. Located in the south-east part of Iceland, Vatnajökull contains mesmerizing ice caves spreading hundreds of meters in every direction. The caves are known for their beauty and shiny experience so they are often dubbed “the Crystal Caves”.

This is one of the most stunning natural phenomena involving ice and cold climate. The glacier covers a wide area of about 8,000 square miles and contains numerous ice caves you can visit. During your next trip to Iceland make sure to book a tour to explore these Crystal Caves.


8. Vaadhoo Sea of Stars, Maldives

Vaadhoo island in the Maldives is known not only for its tropical beauty but also for the most stunning marine bioluminescence in the world. Dubbed “the Sea of Stars”, the ocean around Vaadhoo island glows and sparkles during the night, which can be easily observed on all the island’s beaches.

The phenomenon known as marine bioluminescence is produced by a phytoplankton that makes algae shine and become illuminated. This is a defense mechanism made to disorientate potential predators. Vaadhoo island is the best location in the world to enjoy the Sea of Stars, particularly during summer months.




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Choosing Your Next Vacation Destination

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1. Indonesia

Eat Pray Love is just the tip of the iceberg: There is so much more to this beautiful country, including the fact that it is majorly budget-friendly. Click here to find out how much things typically cost there. Highlight: A full dinner costs about 13,500 Indonesian rupiah, or $1! 



2. Cambodia

is a staple go-to for budget travelers. You can see the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat (above), go diving on the cheap, and hit up any of the country’s beautiful, sparkly pristine beaches — and it’s all so affordable. Find out ~just~ how inexpensive everything is here. Sneak peek: A restaurant meal is rarely over $5, and beer starts at — wait for it — just 25 cents!



3. Vietnam

In a sentence, Vietnam is just stunning. That’s Ha Long Bay above, a 600-mile turquoise bay filled with huge limestone islands, and there are many more just-as-beautiful views around the country. It’s affordable, too: Check out how much you’ll end up paying here. Hint: You can get your favorite Vietnamese dish, which you WILL learn to pronounce correctly, for about $1, or 22,000 Vietnamese dong.



4. Laos

is a Southeast Asian country known very much for its beautiful mountains, Buddhist monasteries, and “tubing parties,” where you basically float down a river and stop at tons of bars and “happy” restaurants along the way. So, of course, be responsible! You can get a room for about $10 to $30 a night (depending on how fancy you go), and you can get street food (like plates of sticky rice) for about $1. Find out more about average travel costs here.




5. Thailand

Even though Thailand has gotten pretty touristy and it’s not AS cheap as the other Southeast Asian countries, it’s still a super affordable place to max out your dollars. Here’s how much everything typically costs. Should probably mention: Rooms (known as guesthouses) in the countryside will set you back, oh, you know, only about $4 (135 Thai bhat).



6. India

It’s a beautiful, majestic country. And, if you know how to navigate your way around, you will be able to stretch your dollar to the max. A plate of hot dhal and rice, for example, can cost around 40 Indian rupees — that’s about 60 cents! And you can also get on a train and travel around for a few days at a time for just a couple bucks. Find out roughly how much other things cost here.




Yes, there was a big earthquake in Nepal back in April 2015. But the country is still very much open to tourism — in fact, much of their economy depends on tourism, so they would be very happy to have you. (Wait until September to go, though — it’s monsoon season until then.) Nepal is practically heaven for budget travelers, too. A cheap meal costs around 150 Nepalese rupees (about $1), and a more expensive, three-course dining affair costs about $8. Find out more Nepalese prices here.



8. China

Yes, there was a big earthquake in Nepal back in April 2015. But the country is still very much open to tourism — in fact, much of their economy depends on tourism, so they would be very happy to have you. (Wait until September to go, though — it’s monsoon season until then.) Nepal is practically heaven for budget travelers, too. A cheap meal costs around 150 Nepalese rupees (about $1), and a more expensive, three-course dining affair costs about $8. Find out more Nepalese prices here.


9. Bulgaria (or, really, anywhere in Eastern Europe)

You may think that Europe is generally more expensive than, say, Southeast Asia and Central America. And, generally speaking, you’d be right — except that Eastern Europe is actually much cheaper than its western cousins. In Bulgaria, for example, you can get an entire liter of beer (32 ounces) for $1.50. Find out what else your dollars can get you here.


10. Nicaragua

You may think that Europe is generally more expensive than, say, Southeast Asia and Central America. And, generally speaking, you’d be right — except that Eastern Europe is actually much cheaper than its western cousins. In Bulgaria, for example, you can get an entire liter of beer (32 ounces) for $1.50. Find out what else your dollars can get you here.



11. Guatemala

Those waterfalls are as beautiful as they look. This country is known for its gorgeous outdoor landscapes, as well as its cool arts-and-crafts handiwork. You can find tons of cool wooden sculptures and knickknacks in the weekend markets. It’s all affordable, too:

Those waterfalls are as beautiful as they look. This country is known for its gorgeous outdoor landscapes, as well as its cool arts-and-crafts handiwork. You can find tons of cool wooden sculptures and knickknacks in the weekend markets. It’s all affordable, too: A good meal, for instance, is roughly $3, and everything else is similarly budget-friendly.


12. Honduras

Most people think of Costa Rica and even Nicaragua when they think of Central America. But Honduras is quickly becoming one of the rising hot spots for budget travelers looking to backpack on their own path. Fortunately, it’s very affordable — here’s what everything typically costs. Our favorite: A good local meal costs about 65 Honduran lempira, which is $3. Sold.


13. Peru

Whatever you do, please, please put Machu Picchu on your travel bucket list. It is one of the coolest and most magical structures in the world. And the other parts of Peru are equally stunning — not to mention affordable. A taxi all around Lima, for instance, is about $7 (25 Peruvian nuevo). *Dances around apartment in joy*


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here’s how you will know if you are a Free visa in UAE

As everyone knows, a visa that will be stamped on your passport is an add-on significance and reputation. Allowing you also to reminisce on past journeys as you glance through each pages. It is an official approval granted by a foreign country, permitting you to enter that country for a stipulated time period.

So how do you know if you need visa if you’re planning a trip here in UAE?

If you are a national of any GCC country, you do not need a visa to visit UAE. You only need to present your GCC country passport on arrival at the entry point in the UAE.

If you’re an expat with GCC Residency but, have high professional status, such as business men, company managers, accountants, auditors, engineers, doctors, pharmacists, or employees (and their families) working in the public sector, drivers and personal staff under their sponsorship, are all eligible for non-renewable 30-day visa on arrival, at permitted points of entry. However, you must need to present a valid passport with valid GCC residence stamp along with proof of your employment stating your profession.

If your country of nationality appears on the list below, no advance visa processing is required to visit UAE. Simply, upon arrival to any entry points, you need to present your passport to the immigration. 30-days visit visa will be stamped on your passport free of charge.

  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Canada
  • Hongkong
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Monaco
  • New Zealand
  • San marino
  • Singapore
  • South korea
  • United kingdom
  • United states of America
  • Vatican city

If your country of nationality appears on the list below, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-days visit visa that’s valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total.


  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Seychelles
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

If you do not belong into any of the above-mentioned groups, you are require a sponsor for your visit, and the sponsor will have to apply for the visa on your behalf. Valid sponsors are those who fit into any of the below-mentioned categories.