Even though I rarely drink soda and never drink Coca Cola, this video bought a genuine smile to my face. You often see these abnormal machines that ask you to yawn or exercise to get a beverage somewhere in the west but this time Coca Cola put a special booth in UAE. It would let you conduct a free 3 minute call for a bottle cap. I want a booth that serves cookies for every smile.
On my recent stay in Dubai I decided to book a room at the new Marriott on Jaddaf street, it’s only been functioning for a few months. Had a good time but wanted to have a review pointing out some things to keep in mind. There’s actually nothing next to it within walking distance, almost like a dessert with a hotel in the middle.
Most tourist areas aren’t too far though, like going to Dubai Mall only takes 10 – 15 minutes. The lobby is cosy and comfortable. I use to wake up in the morning, go to the lobby, order a cappuccino and work on an upcoming blog posts, something I enjoyed doing. continue reading»
During my recent visit to Dubai, I got to meet El Seed in one of the exhibitions he was participating in. His artwork (behind him on the photo) was auctioned to $20,000, all the money went to charity. El Seed was the guy behind the 4 floor painting of Arabic calligraphy on an old building in Kuwait city.
At first I honestly thought he was Kuwaiti, but when he started talking his Arabic had a French accent to it, turned out French-Tunisian. El Seed basically incorporates street art with beautiful Arabic calligraphy and calls it “calligraffiti”. His art was showcased in Paris, Berlin, São Paulo, Chicago, and Dubai. He is a great down to earth guy with a unique vision, to read more about him click [here].
Everyone remembers the amazing fireworks show that took place last year, it’s also when I managed to make some breath-taking photos of Kuwait Towers. In total 77,282 fireworks were shot throughout 5 kilometers and lasted 64 minutes. Dubai wants to beat that with a big margin, they’re aiming for 400,000 shots throughout 100 kilometers in only 6 minutes.
Everyone there at new year will definitely notice the view which will take place on the 31st of December, they’re expecting the entire city skyline to light up. The show will feature a flying falcon which is new. I’m sure photographers from all over the world will be there just like many jumped on a plane and came to Kuwait for the fireworks show.[Source]
Dressing modestly shouldn’t stop you from doing sports you enjoy, like surfing with an Abaya or at least attempting to. I’d want to try that wearing a dishdasha too actually, just for the fun of it. Kudos to them, they seem to be having a great time. Something adventurous girls might consider during their next visit to Dubai.
Photo Courtesy of Charles Crowell / The National
Posta Plus, an alternative to Aramex ShopNShip and DHL Boderlinx opened a mailbox service in UAE (more about them here). I once ordered a memory card using their freight forwarding service and it cost me KD 3.500 which was less than what Aramex would charge at minimum cost. Aramex on the other hand just opened a mailbox service in Istanbul, Turkey. I guess a lot of women can finally order original DVD’s of their favourite never-ending turkish shows?
My cousin who is the biggest Hideo Kojima (maker of Metal Gear Solid) fan of all time went to Dubai to meet him last week. I remember my cousin teaching me how to finish Metal Gear Solid on PS1 in one day, took around 10 hours. Geekay Games managed to bring Hideo Kojima to Dubai for the first time in the Arab region, exciting for many.
You only got to sign one of your items. The signing session was two hours long and there were 445 signatures in total. There were people from Pakistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Kuwait. In a way he’s like the Justin Bieber of video games popularity-wise. I was told his English wasn’t that good, which came as a surprise.
Judging from his twitter feed it looks like Hideo Kojima had a pretty good time in Dubai. He even went to Mc Donalds and ordered a Mc Arabia. I’m glad the huge portion of Arab gamers are finally getting some celebrity attention from the gaming industry. I wonder who will be next, maybe the maker of street fighter.
Well this should be enough incentive for a robber to ditch the cash and go for the machine itself. The machine “Gold to go” made by Ex Oriente Lux dispenses gold bars instead of cash. Dubai actually has 6 gold atm machine’s not just one, two of them are in Burj Khalifa. The ATM is connected to the internet and updates its rates every 10 minutes.[Source]