Posted March 9, 2011 by BookingBuddy
The smallest of the Emirates, Ajman is far removed from the glitz and glamour of its neighbouring states. Ajman has its fair share of shopping centres, but this quiet state offers a welcome rest from the hyperbole on show in other Emirates states. It’s worth spending a day or two here just for the beach – miles of white sand, bordered on one side by warm water and on the other by palm trees.
Ajman Museum – The building currently housing the Ajman Museum has been through many guises in the two centuries since it was built. First constructed as a fort, it then became the palace of Ajman’s ruler, before being turned into a police station in the 1970s. Visitors these days will be able to view a collection of archaeological finds, as well as old weapons and religious artifacts.
Kempinski Hotel Ajman – Nestled on the shores of Ajman, the Kempinski Hotel is one of the most popular hotels here, perhaps due to its stretch of private beach. The luxurious rooms and sophisticated furnishings may be just a little over the top, but there’s no doubt you’ll enjoy yourself here. Head to Hai Tao for an indulgent Chinese meal, or visit Sabella’s for intimate Italian dishes. The stuff can also arrange a romantic, candlelit dinner on the private beach. Room rates start from £70.
Bukhara Restaurant – Tucked away in the grounds of the Kempinski Hotel, the Bukhara flies the flag for Indian cuisine in Ajman. The open kitchen allows guests to enjoy the spectacle of kitchen life. Enjoy platters of tandoori-cooked meat or seafood, accompanied by stacks of fresh naan bread and refreshing dips.
Check here for Ajman travel information.
Posted September 21, 2010 by BookingBuddy
Ever wanted to experience life in the richest city in the world? Then book yourself on a flight to Abu Dhabi for a glamourous break! This little slip of land in the United Arab Emirates plays host to the headquarters of many big companies, and houses many spectacular skyscrapers. Many buildings here are very eye-catching, such as the over-the-top facade of the Emirates Palace Hotel. The hotel’s interior is just as ostentatious, featuring suites furnished in marble, with gold fittings all around. There is also a quieter side to the city. The peaceful Qasr al-Hosn is one of the oldest buildings in Abu Dhabi, while Khalifa Park is a great spot to relax and enjoy a picnic. Shoppers might want to keep a close eye on their wallets – Abu Dhabi is famous for its shopping centres. There are many high-end brands to be found here, although bargains can be found in the smaller, independent boutiques and shops too.
The Corniche – Abu Dhabi’s playground is the Corniche, the 7 kilometre long promenade that stretches along the city’s waterfront. Early evening is the best time to stroll along the Corniche, as the evening breezes help cool the city down after a day of baking heat. There are beaches with swimming areas, as well as umbrellas to help shade beachgoers. Thrillseekers can have a go on the go-cart tracks, or you can just sit back and enjoy the performances put on by various groups.
Vision Hotel Apartments – Accommodation can get fairly pricey in Abu Dhabi, but you won’t have to pay through your nose for luxury at this hotel. The Vision Hotel Apartments offers spacious studio-style suites only a short way away from The Corniche. The suites come with kitchenettes, so you can prepare home cooked meals yourself. You can also have meals at the Vision Cafe, which has a wide range of local and international dishes on its menu. Room rates start from about £65.
Al Mina Restaurant - The Al Mina Restaurant is looks out over Dhow Harbour, and offers diners picturesque views, especially when the sun sets in the evenings. Start your meal off with some fragrant tabbouleh, or a plate of stuffed vine leaves. Other dishes of note here include locally caught seafood as well as grilled hammour (grouper). The kebab Sultani comes with tender chunks of mutton, on a bed of spiced saffron rice.
Check here for Abu Dhabi travel information.
Posted January 21, 2010 by BookingBuddy
The glittering city of Dubai is an ode to excess, but if you look closely enough, you can still find quiet little hidden spots that tell of the city’s illustrious history. While the city is known for it’s many shiny new developments, visitors longing for a bit of nature need only travel a short distance to find some stunning landscapes.
Hatta Rock Pools – The ancient town of Hatta lies a short distance away from Dubai. Intrepid explorers will be rewarded with a great day out at these stunning, jewel-hued rock pools nestled among the Hajar Mountains. The cool, spring-fed pools are a delightful oasis in the dry, mountainous terrain, and a popular picnic spot for many local families.
Qamardeen Hotel – It may not be as hyped up as some of the city’s glitzier concoctions, but the Qamardeen more than makes up with its exceptional service. Shopaholics will be glad to learn that the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates are a short hop from the hotel. The rooms are decorated in a quietly elegant manner, with beautifully detailed touches and cutting edge facilities. For some respite from the never-ending bustle of the city, ask for a Garden Access room, which allows guests to enjoy the serenity of the hotel’s beautiful garden. Rates start from around £125.
Shabestan – Said to be one of the best Iranian restaurants in the city, hungry travellers can be assured of getting some bang for their buck at this elegantly decorated restaurant. The lamb dishes are the stars here, with the chelow kebab highly recommended by many. Pair it with some fragrant saffron-infused rice and you have a meal fit for a king. Wash it all down with a glass of tea, and some faloodeh – a light Iranian ice cream flavoured with rose water and saffron.
Check here for flights to Dubai.
Posted July 7, 2009 by BookingBuddy
For an over-the-top experience, take a trip to Dubai. Almost everything in this city on the Persian Gulf is a hymn to excess. Whether it's the biggest, the largest or the most expensive, they can all be found here.
SleepFour Points Sheraton
– Your budget may not stretch to the 7-star Burj Al Arab, but this hotel in downtown area of Bur Dubai more than makes up for it. The Four Points is only minutes away from the world famous Old souk – the perfect distance to travel if you’re lugging back bags filled with plenty of shopping. With room prices starting at around £65 per night, you’ll be sure to have plenty of dough left over for shopping. Shop
Souks – No visit to Dubai is complete without a trip to at least one of the souks. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a lot of fun to just go and soak in the atmosphere of the noise and crowds. Take a pair of sunnies with you if you’re planning to go to the Gold souk, as the bling is sure to dazzle you. Make sure you choose the right time to go, since many stalls take a break at midday and only open again at around 4 o’clock. See
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – It may not seem like it, but Dubai’s location is the perfect spot for many migratory birds to stop and feed. The sanctuary is also home to small mammals, fish and crustaceans. The calm and peaceful atmosphere in here disguises the fact that this reserve is only minutes from the centre of town. Camp out in one of the three birding hides and watch a myriad of birds go about their business. Entrance to the sanctuary is free.
Check here for flights to Dubai