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Dubai

Dubai is a location that is certainly a tourist paradise among the sand dunes of the Middle East. Car rental companies in Dubai will provide you with transportation facilities helping you access a variety of places in this idyllic desert landscape. Burj-Al-Arab or the ‘Tower of the Arabs’ is one of the world’s best 7 star hotels highly rated and opulent, with some of the most coveted designs and architectural magnificence. It is the fourth tallest hotel in the world and is an icon that spells out the rich heritage and grandeur of the Middle East.

The sights and sounds of the Dubai Fountains and the spouts of water dancing to the tunes, justify the fact that this attraction is the world’s largest and most expensive dancing fountain show, designed to enthrall you, and which can be seen at least 20 miles away. Located at the Dubai Palms, the luxurious Atlantis Hotel is one of the most majestic resorts in the city. With an exotic water park and unique marine water habitats and about 18 or more restaurants, it’s safe to say that high quality eating chains operate in the Dubai Atlantis. The most exotic spa in Dubai - the ‘ShuiQi’ will certainly arouse your senses. The Palm Jumeira comes next in the list of Dubai's attractions and is the most advanced man made harbor in the world. A natural seawater inlet the Dubai Creek, is an area that has some of the best fishing reserves in the Middle East.If you thought that skiing only takes place at high altitude Alps in the European mainland, then do reconsider. Ski Dubai is the first all indoor ski resort in the Middle East. The Wild Wadi Water Park is Dubai’s most famous entertainment complex with 30 rides and attractions and is themed around the tale of Juha, classical Arabian humour and folklore. The old has to inspire and intrigue you and to satisfy this is the Bastakia, the Old Dubai quarter where traditional emirati houses, shops, wind towers, the Grand Mosque, Souks, the Center for Cultural Understanding Tour House and just beside it is the Al Fahidi Fort, a multitude of attractions can be found by avid travellers. The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. January and February see heavy tourist traffic because of the Dubai Shopping Festival, which makes the city come alive.

Manila
Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (IATA Code - MNL)
Airport Address: Pasay City 1300, Manila, The Philippines
General Enquiries: +63 (0)2 877 1109
Lost Property Enquiries: +63 (0)2 877 1109 loc. 3654

Manila
One of Southeast Asia's best capital cities for sightseeing and culture, Manila has a booming economy and is buoyed by the buzz generated by a hip new wave of restaurants, nightlife and galleries. Manila is also a good base for a number of day and overnight trips in the region. Most popular are trips to several volcanoes, including Mt. Pinatubo with its moonscapes and scenic Crater Lake; Taal Volcano at pretty foodie town Tagaytay; or Mt. Banahaw. Though the city was flattened during WWII, a few architectural beauties remain standing. Escolta Street near Chinatown was Manila’s ritziest strip prior to the war, and today there are still examples of art deco, Beaux Arts and neoclassical architecture; the Escolta Museum has good information on its past, plus architectural models. For those who like their hotel rooms with a bit of character and style, Manila's acommodation ticks the boxes. The hostels too are of good quality.

As Asia’s only former Spanish colony, Intramuros’ centrepiece is Fort Santiago – a citadel used by Spanish and American military, with its arched gateways, barracks and cell blocks offset by a sanctuary of gardens, fountains and plazas. Manila has a number of must-visit museums covering a range of themes. For wonderful pre-Hispanic artefacts, head to the National Museum of the Filipino People, located within an imposing neoclassical building and showing exquisite pieces from across the Philippines. A great way to get some locals insights is to join a Manila walking tour. Most well known is Walk This Way run by local identity Carlos Celdran. Art lovers will adore Manila's beautiful galleries, which exhibit everything from Filipino masters to modern art. The National Gallery of Art is the best place for classic 19th-century Filipino painters (most notably Juan Luna and Fernando Amorsolo), while the fantastic Metropolitan Museum of Manila is the place to go for contemporary works. Reputedly home to the oldest Chinatown in the world, Binondo district is a great place to soak up an ‘old Manila’ atmosphere with a twist. Streets are decorated with Chinese lanterns and lined with shops selling moon cakes, Chinese medicine, Buddhist paraphernalia and, of course, delicious Hokkien food. While Filipino cuisine hasn’t exactly taken the world by storm, there are plenty of places in Manila to eat extremely well. Yet another reason not to skip Manila is its pumping nightlife. There’s plenty going on here with fancy rooftop cocktail bars, speakeasy bars and laid-back pubs, as well as a great clubbing and live music scene. The best time to visit the Philippines is from January up to April. The weather is dry, the temperature the most convenient and this is the off-season for typhoons!



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