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Top 8 amusement theme parks in the UAE

Here are some of the best theme parks to enjoy a family day out or to seek thrill with friends in the UAE

1. Mattell Playtown


Mattell is an indoor educational play area located in City Walk. This recently open play area is a perfect place to take the kids. It’s got five differently themed zones and each of these focuses on different social skills and educational elements through imaginative play. Mattel Play Town is based on super popular TV characters that children know and love, the purple dinosaur Barney, Thomas & Friends, and Bob the Builder just to name a few.

Location City Walk, Dubai Cost Dh95 per child and Dh55 for accompanying adults Timings 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Wednesday) 10am to 12am (Thursday to Saturday) Contact +971 4 317 3999

2. Kidzania


Kidzania is an ‘adult life experience’ concept designed for children. It is basically a world built just for kids complete with streets, buildings, hospitals, restaurants and a fully functioning economy. Children chose a career they are passionate about and go to work to earn money in the currency ‘Kidzos’, which they then use to pay for food and services. They also can choose and work jobs ranging from surgeons, radio hosts, pilots, chefs, firemen and doctors. The grown-up career world is scaled down in size and used as a form of ‘edutainment’.

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Location Dubai Mall Cost Dh70 for children and Dh95 for adults Timings Daily from 10am to 10pm Contact +971 4 448 5222

3. Hub Zero


Hub Zero is a one of its kind gaming destination featuring a slew of sensory offerings such as rides, games and attractions, catering to fans of various genres with first person shooters (FPS), fantasy, action, and sports games recreated into thrilling and innovative gaming experiences. Some of the really exciting attractions are the virtual cave, laser tag, a 3D immersion tunnel, an indoor roller coaster, children’s go-karting track, and karaoke rooms to keep the little ones on their toes

Location City Walk, Dubai Cost Dh160 standard full day pass; Dhs260 VIP pass; Dhs95 for children; Per hour rates LAN Gaming Arena Dhs10 per hour on weekdays and Dhs15 on weekends; Network Arena Dhs20 per hour on weekdays and Dhs30 on weekends Timings Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm Thursday to Saturday 10am to 12am Contact 800637227

4. Fabyland

The new FabyLand at Dubai Festival City offers futuristic fun for all the family with an array of amusement rides, attractions and games to play on with friends and family. Offering the latest technology across 75,000 square feet, the entertainment centre has 15 major rides, a MyTown area for kids to play and learn in, and more than a 100 game machines, making it one of the largest family entertainment centres in Dubai for children aged three and up. For teenagers, an arcade lined up with the latest video games, redemption and novelty games further enhances the experience. FabyLand also features the Dubai exclusive Disco ride to whirl and twirl guests to new heights.

Location Dubai Festival City, Dubai Cost Get cards recharged and pay as you play (promotions in place currently) Timings 10am to midnight

5. Legoland Dubai


Legoland Dubai is the seventh Legoland Park in the world, joining locations in Denmark, England, California, Germany, Florida and Malaysia. It covers a total area of three million square feet and  features over 40 interactive rides, shows, attractions and Lego building experiences. It has six themed lands, each unique in its experience, entertainment and educational offering.

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Location Shaikh Zayed Road Cost Dh250 per person (all-day pass for all rides) Timings 10am to 6pm FAQs 

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6. IMG Worlds of Adventures


The indoor park, which the operators say is the biggest of its kind in the world, opened with 22 rides and attractions in four themed worlds, under one roof on Mohammad Bin Zayed Road just beyond Global Village. The ceiling of the park is covered in sound-proofing black arches to muffle the noise created by the rides and the screaming guests as they fly through the air, and it’s nearly 140,000 square metres in area.

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Location Shaikh Zayed Road, just beyond Global Village Cost Dh300 per person (Dh250 for children and free for kids younger than three) Timings 11am to 9pm Contact 600 500962

7. Wonderland UAE


A combination of a theme park and a water-theme park, you can choose to take the dry route to fun in this amusement park. One of the oldest in the UAE, there are over 30 rides and other attractions. It is one of the best places to go with younger children with popular and familiar rides.

Location Next to Creek Park, Dubai Cost Dh125 per person Dh60 for kids aged 2 to 4 Free for kids younger than 2 (Includes Entrance and Rides) Timings 10am to 12am

8. Ferrari World


The planet’s fastest roller coaster is here in the UAE at the Ferrari World, Abu Dhabi. Getting on the Formula Rossa is equal to sitting in an F1 cockpit as you get catapulted 52 metres into the sky before launching on to the fastest and best ride of your life time. The ride is inspired by the Grand Prix race tracks and there is no doubt that crossing the finish line will be a brain-addling moment.

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Location Yas Island, Abu Dhabi Cost Adults Dh270 to Dh525 Children (shorter than 1.3 metres) Dh230 to Dh445 (Depending on access, fast passes and unlimited passes) Timings 11am to 8pm

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Unusual Places to Consider Visiting

Arcticle by  (c) www.travelcroc.com

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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 Article By : www.buzzfeed.com

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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! 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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7.Nepal

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.