Road Closure on New Year’s Eve – Dubai RTA

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced changes in the timings of its entire services during the Eve and holiday of the New Year 2022. The revised timings apply to service provider centres (technical testing centres), customer happiness centres, paid parking zones, public buses, metro, tram, marine transit modes as well as driving schools and vehicle testing & registration centres.

RTA at the same time always urges the public to abide by precautionary measures and wear face masks  while using public transport.

Service Provider Centres (technical testing centres) will be closed on Saturday 1st January 2022 and resume business on Sunday 2nd January 2022. RTA’s Customer Happiness Centres will be closed from Thursday 31 December 2021 to Sunday 2nd January 2022 and resume business on Monday 3rd January 2022. The smart customer happiness centres at Umm Ramool, Al Manara, Deira, Al Barsha and RTA Head Office will continue service 24/7 as usual.

Except for multi-level parking terminals, all public parking spaces will be free on Saturday 1st January 2022.

During the holiday, the Dubai Metro service on both the Red and Green Lines will be operating as follows: On Friday 31st December 2021 from 08:00 am to 00:00 am (midnight), and on Saturday 1st January 2022 from 12:00 (midnight) to 02:15 am (of the following day). According the new operating hours, on Sunday Dubai metro will operate from 08:00 am to 01:15 am (of the following day).

Dubai Tram will be in service on Friday 31st December 2021 from 09:00 am to 00:00 am (midnight) and on Saturday 1st January 2022 from 12:00 (midnight) to 01:00 am (of the following day). According the new operating hours, On Sunday, the tram shall be in service from 09:00 am to 01:00 am (of the following day).

The schedule of public buses on Saturday 1st January 2022 will be as follows: Main Stations, including Gold Souq Station, from 04:50 am to 01:22 am (of the following day), and Al-Ghubaiba Station from 04:26 am to 00:57 am (of the following day). At Sub-stations, including Satwa Station, the bus service will run from 04:45 am to 11:50 pm except for Route C01 which will be operating around the clock. Al-Qusais Bus Station will be in service from 04:50 am to 00:04 am (of the following day), Al Quoz Industrial Station from 05:02 am to 11:30 pm, and Jebel Ali Station from 04:58 am to 11:47 pm.

The timing of all Metro Link Bus Services at Centre Point, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta, Burj Khalifa, Abu Hail, and Etisalat shall be synchronised with the metro timetables.

The inter-city bus and commercial coaches will be operating during the holiday as follows: Main Stations, such as Al Ghubaiba, from 06:40 am to 10:20 pm, Union Square from 04:25 am to 00:15 am (of the following day), Deira City Centre from 06:40 am to 11:30 pm, Al Sabkha from 06:30 am to 10:30 pm, Etisalat Metro Station from 06:00 am to 09:00 pm, Abu Hail Metro Station from 06:30 am to 10:35 pm, and Hatta Station from 05:30 am to 09:30 pm.

The timing of external stations will be as follows: Jubail Station at Sharjah from 05:30 am to 11:15 pm, and Ajman route from 05:30 am to 11:00 pm.
We would like to bring the attention of the public that all Inbound trips from Expo Rider Intercity Stations to be suspended at 08:00 pm while All Inbound trips from Expo Rider Dubai Stations to be suspended at 10:00 pm on New Year’s Eve 31 December 2021.

The marine transport services will be operating as follows: The Water Bus service timing on Friday 31 December 2021): Dubai Marina (BM1) Marina Mall-Marina Walk from 12:00 (at noon) to 08:00 pm. Marina Promenade-Marina Mall Terrace-Marina Walk from 02:00 pm to 08:00 pm. Marina Mall-Blue Waters (BM3) from 04:10 am to 08:00 pm.

The Water Bus service timing on Saturday (1 January 2022): Dubai Marina (BM1) Marina Mall-Marina Walk from 12:00 (at noon) to 11:45 pm. Marina Promenade-Marina Mall Terrace-Marina Walk from 02:00 pm to 10:45 pm. Marina Mall-Blue Waters (BM3) from 04:10 am to 11:45 pm.

The Abra service on Friday 31st December 2021 will be as follows: Dubai Old Souq – Baniyas (CR3), Al Fahidi – Al Sabkha (CR4), Al Fahidi-Deira Old Souq (CR5) and Baniyas – Al Seef (CR6) from 10:00 am to 08:00 pm. Dubai Old Souq – Al Fahidi – Al Seef (CR7) from 03:15 pm to 8:00 pm, Dubai Festival City – Dubai Creek Harbour (CR9) from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Al Jaddaf-Dubai Festival City (BM2) from 08:00 am to 8:00 pm and from 00:30 am (past midnight) to 02:00 am (of the following day).

Abra service timing on Saturday 1st January 2022 will be as follows: Dubai Old Souq – Baniyas (CR3) from 10:00 am to 11:50 pm, Al Fahidi – Al Sabkha (CR4) and Al Fahidi-Deira Old Souq (CR5) from 10:00 am to 11:45 pm. Baniyas – Al Seef (CR6) from 10:00 am to 00:20 am (past midnight), Dubai Old Souq – Al Fahidi – Al Seef (CR7) from 3:15 pm to 11:05 pm, Dubai Festival City – Dubai Creek Harbour (CR9) from 4:00 pm to 11:55 pm, Al Jaddaf-Dubai Festival City (BM2) from 10:00 am to 11:50 pm and tourist services from Sheikh Zayed Road Station (TR6) from 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

Dubai Ferry will run service on Friday 31st December 2021 as follows: Al Ghubaiba- Dubai Water Canal- Marina Mall (FR1) line at 1:00 pm and the tourist service from Marina Mall (FR4) at 11:30 am and 4:30 pm. On Saturday 1st January 2022, the Ferry will run service on Al Ghubaiba- Dubai Water Canal- Marina Mall (FR1) line at 01:00 pm and 06:00 pm. The tourist service from Al Seef (FR3), as well as Marina Mall (FR4), will run at 4:30 pm.

The Water Taxi will be operating from Friday 31st December 2021 until Saturday 1st January 2022 on-demand from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and clients need to make a prior booking.

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Courtesy: Dubai RTA Website 

Ain Dubai – Largest and tallest observation wheel in the world – Explore Dubai with Almaraya

Open your eyes to the magnificent world in the largest and tallest observation wheel in the world, Ain Dubai or Dubai Eye. It has opened its doors for the general public. The much-awaited entertainment hub in Dubai was inaugurated on October 21. Right before the launch, the public were delighted to see Dubai’s Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was seen video shooting himself on top of a pod of the Ferris wheel.

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The wheel Ain Dubai or Dubai Eye is nearly twice the height of the London Eye. From here, one can enjoy majestic views of Dubai’s skyline.

The gigantic wheel features 48 capsules that can accommodate 1750 visitors. Each ride lasts about 38 minutes. And you can enjoy the memorable moments like birthdays, engagements, weddings etc. availing attractive offers.
The major sight is definitely the stunning view of Dubai’s dazzling skyline and it offer as the ultimate celebration destination.

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A Weekend of Sunshine – Explore Dubai with Almaraya

Relax and brace for the long weekend. It is almost near and these can be the mst memorable days of the season. Have the coolest plans to celebrate it with a family filled with mirth and fun. Have a quick look at some interesting getaways that can offer time to thrill for every visitor. And commonly these are pocket friendly too.

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Revier Dubai: A 4-hotel, is offering its mind blowing new “Fun-tastic Staycation” package. The appealing fresh offer will include free passes to Dubai Parks and Resorts among other inclusions.

Rixos Bab Al Bahr: very close to Dubai, in Ras Al Khaimah, which overlooks a stunning UAE coastline, is offering an all-inclusive staycation that comes with views of Al Marjan Island.

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Dukes The Palm . Close to the premise of  Palm Jumeirah is Dukes The Palm Royal Hideaway, where you can relax with deluxe amenities and a private beach as your backdrop for the weekend. The seasonal promotion here includes complimentary breakfast, an automatic Dh250 credit per room per night fully redeemable on food and beverages.

Palazzo Versace, at the Jaddaf  waterfront, has attractive Package for staycationers that gives  a 50 per cent off on available rates. Meant to be bought as a gift voucher, this would mean paying just Dh1,099 for a stay at the hotel (original price Dh2,198), including breakfast for two adults and one child.

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Park Hyatt Dubai is great for a romantic staycation. They have launched Romance at The Park package that includes in-room breakfast for two or breakfast in Brasserie Du Park, rose petal bath, and discount on a couple’s treatment at Amara Spa.

Habtoor Grand Resort: This is exclusively for scenic- oriented minds. Getaway to witness the beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf from their luxurious and elegant rooms. Dine at their Lucianos and indulge on an Italian meal.

Move pick JLT For extended stays, The H Dubai offer you a relaxing escape with the deal based on double occupancy which gives you 36 hours of much-needed rest and leisure. And TAJ JLT provides you Expo 2020 access vouchers with exclusive discounts and plan detailed itineraries, ensuring a seamless and comfortable stay.

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Cyclone Shaheen may bring rain in some UAE areas, residents told to avoid beaches

The National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) has announced that the tropical cyclone Shaheen centred in the north of the Sea of Oman at latitude 24.2 N and longitude 58.6 E, lead to form different types of clouds accompanied with rainy convective clouds of different intensity and strong winds on the Sea of Oman with a speed around the centre from 120 to 140 km/hr. The speed of the cyclone’s movement is 12 km/hr in the direction of west — southwest.


The Centre further stated that it is expected that the movement of Tropical Cyclone Shaheen will continue towards the coasts of the Sultanate of Oman during the next 24 hours.

In a statement, NCM said, “By Sunday afternoon and evening, some regions of the country will be affected by the extension of the tropical situation, especially the eastern regions, which include the Al Ain Region and the southern regions and extending towards some central regions, where convective clouds will increase, associated with rains of different intensity that lead to the flash flooding in the valleys and torrents and water will accumulate over some low-lying areas.

“The winds will be fresh to strong, causing rising dust and sand, which reduce horizontal visibility, especially with convective clouds activity.

The Omani National Committee for Emergency Management called for the evacuations in the northern states of Barka and Saham and coastal areas including parts of the capital, Muscat, where Shaheen is forecast to strike on Sunday, bringing high winds and heavy rain.

The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) on Saturday also issued another weather alert, forecasting heavy rains with strong winds along Makran coast and other parts of Balochistan.

In its latest advisory, the Met department said the “severe cyclonic storm Shaheen moved west-northwestward during the last 12 hours” and was now at a distance of about 125 kilometres south of Gwadar, 250km southwest of Ormara and 470km west of Karachi.

Under its influence, widespread rain, wind-thunderstorms with scattered heavy to very heavy falls are expected in Gwadar, Lasbella, Awaran, Kech and Panjgur districts of Balochistan till Sunday.

Courtesy: Gulf Today

Drive into a world of flavours – Expo 2020 – Explore Dubai with Al Maraya

Enjoy the experiences of the spectacular event of the century Dubai Expo 2020. Get immersed and be part of the action. There’s always something to get excited about, whether you are looking for business opportunities, or want to channel your creativity, dive into a world of flavours or unleash your inner techie.

Take part into the interaction of promising perspectives that tackle the greatest challenges and opportunities of our time, from climate to connectivity, space exploration to the future of human health. 10 theme weeks run throughout the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai, exploring humanity’s most critical challenges and opportunities through a cultural, social, environmental and economic lens. Join the making of a new world as you engage in conversations around questions that will shape the future of our planet.

Plenty of technological advances await. Unleash your inner techie in the technology and innovation part of the Expo and discover life-changing innovations and experience a truly connected high-tech world.

Celebrate with the world. Heighten your senses, with everything from opera to A-listers, pop-up theatres to flash mobs, and parades to national day celebrations.

From Al Wasl Opera to a diverse range of installations, artistic creations, workshops and performances, you’ll be engulfed in a realm of contemporary creativity in Arts and Culture section.


Enjoy a world of food where taste knows no borders. Discover how everything from climate change to technology will change how we source, prepare and cook food.

Experience countless architectural marvels in one place – including the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface, 90+ uniquely designed pavilions and 200.000 S.Q.M of future LEED Gold & Platinum structures.


Expo 2020 Dubai is your unique global platform to attract investments, forge agreements and promote international cooperation

Make the world your classroom. We are connecting students and teachers throughout the UAE for a once-in-a-lifetime learning and cultural experience.



Summer Sale Offers in Al Maraya – Explore Dubai with Al Maraya

The summer sale in your most favourite Car Rental Company in Dubai, Al Maraya open up a sea of enchanting possibilities for you to explore and enjoy this summer. Just grab the 30% offer from Al Maraya which will be a matter of joy and fulfilment for as it gives you the opportunity to commute conveniently and in style. Just get your car of choice and wander freely. See places of interest and relax.


Dubai is a versatile land of all exuberance and magnificence; events and happenings. It will tempt you to stay and absorb. you cannot expect anything less from a place that has private islands, roads that have gold SUVs running on them, ATM machines that dispense everything from cash to gold bars, Michelin-starred restaurants to spoil your tastebuds, safaris that might have sea or desert for its terrain, robot as jockeys in camel races and so much more. No wonder Dubai tourism lures everyone with a penchant for a life that blends fantasies into real life.

Dubai surpasses your mind. The versatility is appealing and absolute. The inner essence and outer appearance is filled with richness and completeness.  As one of the top places to visit in the UAE, Dubai smugly claims the spot and claims it well. The surprising part, Dubai’s futuristic endeavours are so well blended with its deeply-rooted traditions that the places makes for nothing less than a heady cocktail. If the regular tourist places in Dubai, such as the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab or the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House have you already wooed, the super cool Dubai Expo 2020 attractions will simply up the game.

Book your tickets – Expo 2020, Dubai – An Unforgettable Event

Tickets are on sale for Expo 2020 Dubai, the spectacular and largest event ever to happen in the Arab World.  And there is extra incentive to book now, with a chance to attend the much-anticipated Opening Ceremony on 30 September. A Season Pass will also unlock 182 days filled with thousands of events and amazing exploratory experiences.

UAE residents ages 18 and above who purchase a Season Pass or Family Package before 14 August will be entered into a raffle for the opportunity to win a prized place at a night. And there is extra incentive to book now, with a chance to attend the much-anticipated Opening Ceremony on 30 September.

The Opening Ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza – an architectural wonder featuring the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface – will star dazzling visuals and world-class acts. The expo will kick-start from October 1 2021 and will end on 31, March 2022.

Tickets are on sale now at and via more than 2,500 Authorised Ticket Resellers, with Mastercard debit and credit holders receiving a 25 per cent discount – and also doubling their chances of winning in the Opening Ceremony draw. Season Passes, offering unlimited entry during the entire six months of Expo 2020, are priced at AED 495 (USD 135); Family Packages are priced at AED 950 (USD 258), Multi-Day Passes, with unrestricted entry for 30 consecutive days, are priced at AED 195 (USD 53); and One-Day Tickets are priced at AED 95 (USD 26). The Family Package includes unlimited access for two parents plus a nanny, with additional benefits in the shape of food and beverage discounts, a 25 per cent discount on five additional tickets, and an advance purchase photograph voucher worth AED 125 to keep it in memories forever.





The world’s deepest swimming pool in Dubai – Explore Dubai with Almaraya

The stunning world of depth and ecstasy. The world’s deepest swimming pool for underwater diving has opened in Dubai. Into the pool you dive and descend 60 metres (197 ft) to a sunken city-themed landscape and engaged with arcade games.

The Pearl Diving Pool is a facility of approximately 5,000m2 gross floor area constructed for His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. It will primarily be an indoor scuba diving facility for training and recreational purposes, with facilities for education, training and recreation.

The Pool is a concrete structure including circular shaft constructed to a depth of 60.02 meters. The surfaces of the pool and shaft are constructed to provide different themes at various depths of the Pool. These also include props to enhance the diving experience.

Dubai, with desert terrain and months of scorching summer temperatures, has a reputation for flamboyant and record-breaking attractions such as its snow-filled indoor ski slope, large water parks and the world’s tallest building.

The pool, which holds the equivalent of six Olympic swimming pools, has been verified by Guinness World Records as the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving. Deep Dive Dubai says it is 15 metres deeper than any other..

Dubai Mall – Feast to the eyes – Explore Dubai with Almaraya

Dubai mall is matchless, a place like no other. Located in the heart of vibrant Dubai down town, it is the hot bed of shopping and entertainment and also the most visited and marvelled at. Dubai mall is not just an ordinary shopping centre. It is full of fascinating surprise. It is calculated that approximately 75 million visit Dubai Mall per year:

It is the largest mall in the world by total area at 1,124,000 square meters. it is equivalent to 50 football grounds. You would feel its magic once you enter inside.

There are 1200 stores open in Dubai Mall and that doesn’t include the pop up ones!

Inside the mall, its ground level is home to the Dubai Aquarium, which houses the world’s largest acrylic panel. The panel is 108 feet wide, 27 feet high and 29. 5 inches thick and weighs 541,486 pounds. The acrylic panel made it to the Guinness Book of World Records. The aquarium is also the world’s largest indoor aquarium.

You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks! It is home to Dubai Fountain, which is set on 30 acre Burj Khalifa Lake. The water jets are about 500 feet to 700 feet long.

There is a theme park inside the mall – Sega Republic. You can experience all Sega games in one house here and there are plenty of high adrenaline rides. The huge ice skating rink at Mall is located on the ground floor and extended to the second floor. The rink also hosts Emirates Hockey League games.

The waterfall inside the mall will make you spell bound. It’s an illusion waterfall. If you stare at the statue that about to dive, the others would disappear! The mall has a 250-room luxury hotel, 120 restaurants and a parking facility that houses 14,000 cars.

The mall has a 250-room luxury hotel, 120 restaurants and a parking facility that can house 14,000 cars.

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Dubai Fountain – Dance of the Water – Explore Dubai with Almaraya

The breathtaking and mesmerising Dubai Fountain is the tallest performing fountain in the world. Witnessing the performance is bound to create a spectacular memory. As the erected streams get sway in tune with the music with the accompaniment of gorgeous lights, you would be left awestruck by the sheer scale of the lake and the columns of water.. If you are heading to Downtown Dubai, make sure you look up the showtimes of the Dubai Fountain and make your bookings. The Dubai Fountain is located in the Burj Lake, just overlooking the towering Burj Khalifa It is still wondrous as to how an urban haven can develop in the middle of the barren land in a matter of decades. One of the greatest and most frequently video-graphed attractions in Dubai is the Dubai Fountain Show.

 Facts About the Dubai Fountain

  • The Burj Lake that holds the Dubai Fountain is 30-acre in size. It is larger than two soccer fields.
  • The length of the fountain is about 900 feet.
  • The high-pressure water jets shoot water 500 feet in the air, as high as a 50-story building.
  • There are about 6,600 WET lights and 25 colored projectors that are used in the Dubai Fountain.
  • The Dubai Fountain can be experienced from the boardwalk as well as from a ride on the lake.


Dubai Fountain is an art made with 22000 gallons of water, 6600 lights, and 50 colored projectors. This is an art that moves, dances to the music of the choreographer. The water that is shot up comes down, creating another dimension of sound and music.

The Dubai Fountain show starts with a tribute to Sheikh Muhammed, and then it slowly picks up the tempo along with the music. From initial small droplets to a blast of water jetting up on the sky to the oohs-aahs of approving visitors, who enjoy every sway of the fountain.

For those, who like to enjoy this art by water, on water, and from water, you may take Abra that would cost you around AED 68.25 (At the time of writing this piece on Dubai Fountain). The Abra ride on the canal starts before the start of the Dubai Fountain, and it gives you an immersive experience.

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