Visit The Most Excited Place of Dubai

Dubai, the capital of UAE, is already a much-developed place and is advancing day by day. Being a new tourism spot, you can still discover new things there. It takes advantage of the long coastline and has developed a maritime center, Dubai Maritime City or DMC. This zone is a mixture of approximately 5,000 companies. There are provisions for luxurious residential and commercial places. Industrialization is also reaching higher ends. For further development, authorities have built a maritime research center. Within an area of 2 sqm. km., you will find the fantastic view of the blue water of the Arabian Sea.

Exoticness of Dubai

All the cities of the world do not have skyscrapers, so you might wonder looking at them when you are in Dubai. Many new residential complexes are under development; the constructors are expecting high demand for the DMC in Dubai. You can surely purchase a flat or two, depending on the heaviness of your pocket. Still, you have a reason to rejoice because DMC is entirely a tax-free zone. The marine industry focuses primarily on developing:

• Ship design and manufacturing

• Marine research and education

• Marine services

• Marine management

• Product marketing

• Recreation

Media centers in Dubai

Another place to visit in Dubai is the Dubai Media City. It is a hub of technology and media. It links capital based industries with information to maintain a balance. The market mostly contains different multi-national companies, which offers a working opportunity to the young people. Some media organizations include news agencies, broadcasting facilities, advertising agencies, and online media stations. Due to in numerous career options, the residents usually does not find it hard to carry on with their lifestyle.

For commercial purpose

You can easily get the permit for shooting purpose of any film, be it for commercial basis or documentation. You can go for business meetings, conferences, seminars, exhibitions or any other events in the DMC in Dubai. Since it contains so many types of industries, traveling to such a place will never be problematic. Discussions are also going on about declaring Dubai as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It will surely be an added value for tourism in the future.

Hospitality of the companies

If you are from countries other than UAE, you can ask agencies from Dubai for the managerial purpose. They will help you with the arrangements as per your requirement. You will get receiving and dispersal facilities. The authorities’ coordinate very well with the clients. You will receive their hospitality at any time of the day. After a conference session gets over, you will be guided by professionals for sightseeing purpose. You can also book for award ceremonies at the different auditoriums or product launching of your brand.

Scope of sports

Cricket, football, and tennis rank among the top favorites. Many championships are held in Dubai nowadays. Rugby and golf are also becoming popular. You can go to cricket stadiums and cheer for your favorite team at Dubai.

A Visit to God’s Own Country Scenic Kerala

Considered as one of the most picturesque and beautiful states in Southern End, Kerala has been awarded as God’s Own Country.

Indeed, Kerala is said to be the perfect holiday destination for honeymooners, adventure lovers, peace seekers, romantic getaways, Ayurvedic holidays and even the cultural vacations, which allows them to enjoy an idyllic stay at the hotels in Kerala. This means that Kerala has a lot of holiday options that allows the tourists to enjoy the serene environs with a touch of soothing greenery available all around. Let’s start the beauty of Kerala with its picturesque hill stations like Munnar, Ponmudi and Wayanad offers a plethora of options to fall in love with the nature. One can smell the freshness in air with the soothing view of greenery covered mountains. Considering Munnar is the first go, it is the hill station close to Kochi city.

The tourists are welcomed to this place with an echo point and a quaint view point that is simply breath-taking. It seems that the person is viewing heaven in front of him. Further to this, it’s the Cheeyapara Waterfalls that looks majestic. Considered as the ideal picnic spot, one can enjoy the gushing waters of the fall in the lap of Mother Nature. However, driving a little further will take the person to Mattupetty Dam, Anamudi Peak Lakom Waterfalls, and Top Station. Each destination speaks of its own beauty that is incomparable. Out of these, the Top Station stands to be the must visit place where clouds come to shake hands with the tourists. Located on the border of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Top Station is the highest view point of Kerala that overlooks the charming Western Ghats.

Besides Munnar, another destination to indulge in meeting the nature at its best is Ponmudi. As a small and gorgeous hill station, it happens to open up for tourists with outstanding landscapes, forests as well as the winding pathways. Adding to its scenic beauty are the sprawling and aromatic tea gardens. Golden Valley and Meenmutti Waterfalls will not let the visitors stop gushing about the heavenly splendor. In the line of hill stations, Wayanad also holds prime importance as the natural beauty is in abundance at the place. An attraction that is waiting at Wayanad for the tourists is the heart-shaped lake, which is the finest example of natural beauty in abundance. And not to forget the Chembara Peak that is simply beyond any explanation.

There are numerous captivating elements that enable Kerala to appeal to the travelers as a good tourist spot. The Beautiful seashore with restful beaches, Placid Stretches of bright green backwaters, inviting forests with coconut trees, Striking hill stations and heavenly waterfalls and paddy fields makes Kerala a destination far beyond imagination. Shifting the attention from hill stations to that of beaches, they stand as one of the most romantic destinations to be visited. Varkala beach, Cherai beach, Kovalam beach, Kappil Beach, Alappuzha beach, Kollam beach, Edava beach, and Vypin beach are some of the well-known beaches to enjoy the scenic sunsets.

Along with lazing around on the beaches, the tourists or honeymoon couples can indulge in water sports at some of them. And what add to visiting the beaches in Kerala are the majestic views of sunset. Just imagine the scenes developed in the sky with different colors scattered around! A beauty beyond the boundaries of explanation! Overlooking the Arabian Sea, the beaches of Kerala smiles with blue waters ahead, are charmed by the serenity prevailing and gratifying with the delectable dishes served at the restaurants in the premises. Known to be the best of nature’s extravaganza, Kerala is known to be the most lovable places to explore the cleanest of beaches in India. On can ideally relax at the beaches and can also pamper themselves with Ayurvedic massage at the beachfront resorts.

Planning to visit Kerala and deciding over the destination? Well, there is a need to take the assistance of a good travel agency that serves with complete information on the different kinds of holiday packages offered. In this regard, the travel agents will also tell the aspirant travelers about what to do and what not to do at the destinations. Along with this, the people can also take information on the weather conditions prevailing to pack the clothes likewise. With such details in the kitty, the travelers will surely be able to enjoy the holidays in Kerala to the most.

Plastic Vacation in Florida

Even though I have been in Florida for 37 years I’ve only been to Disney World about 3 times. I have to say that I don’t have any good memories being there. The only things I can recall are the long lines, crying babies, very expensive food, beer and other refreshments. I recall feeling very empty like I didn’t get my money’s worth. I felt like a plastic family. Nothing was real. It was all one big fake vacation.

However, I do recall camping with my family in North Carolina. We did whitewater rafting, swimming in a lake, camping for a week, cooking outdoors, tubing down a river. Driving through the scenic mountains and spending real quality time with them. It was the best vacation we ever took together. The only regrets I ever had about vacations is that I didn’t take more camping trips. I feel that it was one of the most bonding times in our family.

I’m not saying that Disney World doesn’t have its place. (though I can’t for the life of me know where that might be) I do know that a simple vacation, actually talking and playing with your family is the best. I wish I had known about the variety of Florida natural springs and campgrounds in North Central Florida however it wasn’t until my children were about grown that I discovered those beautiful gems.

Many of these State and National Parks have rich beauty and a unique culture of their own. Recreational areas have a variety of enjoyable things to do with children or adults. Swimming, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, hiking, canoeing, camping, biking and picnicking, are available at most of the parks. The parks are filled with unique wildlife like freshwater eels, manatees, trophy size bass, rare birds, colorful snakes, lizards and frogs. Although in the main part of the parks you will rarely see alligators or bears if you do get off the beaten path you do need to be aware of your surroundings and take the necessary precautions.

According to Florida Travel and Tourist Information, 75,000,000 people visit and vacation in Florida each year. I can only wonder how many of these families take “plastic vacations” while searching for those wonderful family memories that will last forever. I’m sure most, don’t even know they exist. Please take time to research and learn about the area you will be visiting. Come and enjoy a real vacation with memories that will last a lifetime.

The Best Time Of Year For Bryce Tours

Bryce Canyon National Park is located in Southwestern Utah, and is situated about 270 miles from two major airports in Las Vegas, NV and Salt Lake City UT. Both airports that will provide access to the park within a day’s drive are about the same distance away, so a Bryce tour is generally best planned as part of a vacation or trip to either of those cities. Because Las Vegas is a more heavily traveled route, airfare is usually a little bit less expensive from almost anywhere in the country than Salt Lake City. There are smaller airports that are closer to the park, but they will provide less convenience than the majors in terms of hotel accessibility and prices/availability of flights. Las Vegas is also more tourist friendly than the others, with far more hotels, restaurants and entertainment venues.

Bryce Canyon National Park is 8,000 to 9,000 feet in elevation, meaning that the temperatures are going to be cooler across the board than other parks in the area like Zion or Monument Valley. You can expect temperatures that are upwards of 10 degrees cooler than surrounding parks during all times of the year, and snow in the winter is commonplace. Summer temperatures in the daytime are relatively cool, with nighttime temperatures touching on the “chilly” side. Many who visit Bryce plan their visits for spring or early fall in order to get the most moderate temperatures that the area provides. The park itself is open year round, and most people familiar with the area will agree that there is no “best” time to visit. The landscape changes between summer and winter, and the experience that you want to personally have will probably best dictate the appropriate time to tour.

One of the most convenient aspects of touring Bryce Canyon is the availability of touring companies who can arrange the transportation and literary for you. This will allow you to rest during the drive from the starting point so that you are refreshed when you arrive at the park. Bryce is generally available as part of a multi-day or overnight package that will also take you to several other parks that are able to be accessed on a round-trip plan. Through the booking of a multi-day tour, you will not only be able to experience the beauty of multiple parks, but also experience camping under the stars in the American Southwest, an experience few visitors actually get to have.

Discover Mount Dora: There Is More to Central Florida Than Disney

Thirty miles northwest of Orlando is the charming lakefront village of Mount Dora, a hidden gem filled with antique shops, fine dining, unique shopping, bed and breakfasts, and beautiful scenery. Overlooking Lake Dora, at 184 ft. above sea level (not exactly a mountain), is a one-hundred plus year old historic village in the heart of Central Florida.

If you are looking for a place to relax after spending a few days at Disney World, or just explore a unique destination, this little known village will not disappoint.
Here are my 8 must do’s for your trip to Mount Dora:

1. The Historic Lakeside Inn

Built in 1883, The Lakeside Inn is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Florida. The grand Victorian hotel is surrounded by moss draped oak trees. Enjoy a stunning sunset by the lake or a morning coffee on the verandah lined with white rocking chairs. The Inn has hosted many prominent and historic guests including President Calvin Coolidge and his wife Grace, who vacationed here for a month in 1930. I highly recommend staying at the Lakeside Inn while visiting Mount Dora for its old Florida charm and central location to shops and restaurants.

2. The GateHouse Gift Gallery

Located at the Lakeside Inn, this appealing shop features pottery, jewelry, glass work and wood pieces crafted by local artists. You will also find a selection of books by regional authors. On occasion, you may have the opportunity to meet one of the featured artists as they present their work. During the cooler months, relax by the fire located between the Gallery and Inn. The owner, Stacy Martin, is friendly and welcoming and makes you feel right at home as you browse the gallery.

3. Home and Garden Treasures

This fun shop is a colorful mix of inspirational gifts and garden decor. From unique wall clocks, to garden swings and bird baths, Home and Garden Treasures is the perfect place to find just the right gift for that “hard to shop for” friend. Be sure to spend time browsing the inspirational signs and humorous napkins. It is difficult to leave this shop without a smile.

4. Checkered Moon

Step into this welcoming and contemporary store and you will feel like you are stepping into a spa. The fragrant candles, sea salt soaps, and coastal decor is a much needed retreat from the heat of the Florida summer. In addition to home goods, this is a great place for original baby gifts including clothing, books and toys. The owner, Sharon Crow, opened the original Checkered Moon in Champaign Illinois. After discovering Mount Dora, she decided that it was the perfect place for a sister store. This was my first visit to the store but I’ll be back for some of those amazing candles.

5. Maggie’s Attic Wine and Beer Cellar

A visit to Mount Dora is not complete without stopping in to Maggie’s Attic. A perfect place to meet locals, enjoy a glass of wine, and browse the large collection of wines and craft beer for sale. The casual, friendly atmosphere, cozy bar, and interesting people make it worth the visit. You may not want to leave. I had the pleasure of meeting several interesting people while enjoying a glass of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. The owner Stephanie, and her son, had lived in the area for many years and shared the history of Mount Dora. Richard, an RN from central Florida, teaches hikers, campers, and outdoorsmen, how to survive in the wilderness. I have an upcoming camping trip planned so I paid attention! Maggie’s Attic provides live entertainment on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. There are wine tastings the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month, as well as a beer tastings on the 2nd Saturday. You can also widen your horizons with Maggie’s Wine and Beer Clubs. Don’t miss this one!

6. Pisces Rising

Enjoy dinner overlooking Lake Dora as you watch the sun sink slowly into the water. Pisces Rising is a Fresh Florida Seafood and Steak House. The Florida cracker bungalow style restaurant (formerly a home), was built in the 1920’s. The lunch menu includes sandwiches, jambalaya, seafood, burgers, and salads. For dinner, choose from steaks, chicken, seafood, and pasta. Pisces Rising serves Sunday brunch 11a.m. to 2 p.m. with live music from noon to 3 p.m. I chose the Lobster Bisque, which was a bowl of creamy perfection, and the Berry Spinach Salad with a Blueberry Vinaigrette. Of course I saved room for dessert, blueberry cheese cake!

7. Rusty Anchor Boat Tours

Explore the Lake Dora Canal (Elfin River) on the Rusty Anchor pontoon. This 2 hour trip is a chance to catch a glimpse of birds, alligators, otters, eagles nests, 100-year-old Cypress trees, and fabulous homes. The cost is $27.50. Tours leave from the dock at 10 a.m. 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Another option is the 1 hour Sunset Cruise ($20) or Dora Canal Lunch Tour, a 3 hour cruise stopping at restaurants by the water. Lunch is not provided. ($50). The tour is a relaxing way to spend time on the water, experience what makes this part of Florida unique, and enjoy the sunshine.

8. Kayaking

The Dora Canal links Lake Eustis and Lake Dora. The majestic cypress trees and wildlife make this one of the most scenic paddling trips in Florida. Kayaking is a perfect way to explore Florida by water as well as get some exercise. There are several options for paddling during your visit to Mount Dora.

Central Florida Nature Adventures provides guided eco tours on 5 different rivers. Reservations are required and tours vary based on level of difficulty.

Bring your own kayak. l have an inflatable kayak and love the flexibility of being able to transport my kayak anywhere that I travel, including checking it on an airplane. It is durable, comfortable and easily inflates in under 5 minutes. Inflatable kayaks can be purchased as a single, double, or triple.

Mount Dora has become one of my favorite places in Florida to relax and escape. This quaint village, in the middle of Nowhere, is still relatively unknown by tourists. It may be close in proximity to Orlando, but it’s worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the millions of visitors waiting in line at Disney World.

How to Survive a Rainy Florida Vacation

Nothing beats a Florida vacation with miles of beautiful beaches, crystal clear water,
plenty of outdoor activities, beautiful vacation rental homes, and the best theme
parks in the world to enjoy. But what do you do when your vacation gets rained
out? There are so many ways to experience Florida even if the weather is not on
your side. So, get out your umbrella and learn about all that the Sunshine State has
to offer.

North Florida

Stretching from the Panhandle to Jacksonville, North Florida offers many historical
sites and museums for visitors and residents to enjoy. If stuck on Jax Beach,
Amelia Island, or Ponte Vedra in a rainstorm, check out the Museum of Science and
History, more familiarly known as MOSH, in downtown Jacksonville. The museum
offers a wide variety of attractions for all ages including Atlantic Tails: Whales,
Dolphins & Manatees of North East Florida, Kidspace, the Prehistoric Park, and the
Universe of Science. When your tee time is rained out on the golf course, head to
the World Golf Village, home to the World Golf Hall of Fame. Inductee Exhibits are
on display and the WGV is home to an IMAX Theatre, a great way to spend a rainy

St. Augustine, the first permanent European settlement in the
continental United States, has been “guarded” since the late 1600s by The Castillo
de San Marcos. Although control of the fortress has been in the hands of the
British, the Spanish, and the United States, it has never been taken by military force.
Tour this outpost, made a National Monument in 1924, to get a glimpse of the very
beginning of the history of Florida.

Visitors to Pensacola and its surrounding areas
can tour the National Museum of Naval Aviation and its notable Aircraft Collection.
The Museum also houses a memorial to Naval Aviation Pilots from 1916 to 1947, a
life-sized Hangar Bay to tour, and the NC-4 flying boat, the first aircraft to take on
and conquer the Atlantic Ocean. Check out local Visitor Centers for more
information and other indoor activities.

Central Florida

Central Florida, home to many fabulous beaches and world-class theme parks, also
offers plenty of indoor attractions when inclement weather arises. One great way to
spend the day is to tour the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral. Although
part of their attraction is outdoors, there is an IMAX theatre showing exciting films,
exhibits on space history, a full size walk through Space Shuttle exhibit, restaurants,
bus tours, and the Astronaut Hall of Fame. Learn about Florida’s citrus roots at The
Citrus Museum in Eustis, once known as the “Orange Capital of the World.”

The only
independently housed citrus museum in the state, the museum exhibits a large
collection of labels, posters, equipment, tools, and other memorabilia, relating to
the citrus industry as well as a “Grove Chemical Fire Engine.” Gainesville is not only
home to the University of Florida, but also the Florida Museum of Natural History.

Open 7 days a week all year long, families will enjoy their exhibits including Florida
Fossils: Evolution of Life & Land, Northwest Florida: Waterways & Wildlife, and South
Florida People & Environments. The Tampa area is home to many exciting museums
and exhibits that visitors will enjoy. The Florida International Museums is one of the
most visited museums in the southeast. The rotating exhibits are always fresh and
exciting. Past and current exhibits include Ink and Blood: Sacred Treasures of the
Bible, Hubble Space Telescope: New Views of the Universe, Diana: A celebration, and
Barbie: Celebrating 45 Years.

The Salvador Dali Museum is as unique as the works
by the late Spanish surrealist. The museum is home to the world’s most
comprehensive collection of his works including 2,000 original oils, watercolors,
drawings, graphics, sculptures, and photographs. A great afternoon for the kids will
be spent at Great Explorations, the Hands On Museum. What makes this museum
different from other is the touch, exploration, and moving of exhibits that is so
encouraged. Adults and children will be both educated and entertained. Central
Florida has so much to offer, even on the rainiest of days.

South Florida

Some of the most well known beaches in the world can be found in South Florida.
But even the most beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water can be
disappointing if the weather heads south. Luckily, there are plenty of activities to
enjoy indoors if your vacation gets rained out. The Everglades are a great outdoor
excursion and families can enjoy it on a rainy day, too. Visit the Museum of the
Everglades that has exhibits on the 2,000-year history of the Everglades. View
artifacts and period photographs while attending education programs, lectures, and
events. One of the most amazing structures ever built, the Coral Castle, is located
in Homestead. Built by huge blocks of coral rock without the assistance of modern
machinery, the castle has been compared to Stonehenge and the great pyramids of

Visit this work of art to see the 1,000 tons of coral rock that were carved
into wall, furniture, and art objects and to learn the love story behind it. Kids will be
thrilled to visit the Miami Children’s Museum. Children will learn about banking,
rock climbing, the sea, and different cultures through fun and interactive exhibits.

For those stranded on the beach in the Keys, visit the Ernest Hemmingway Home
and Museum in the heart of Old Town Key West. This most honored and respected
author lived and wrote in the home on Whitehead Street for more than ten years.
Tour the rooms and lush grounds with tour guides who are eager to answer
questions and give discerning background information on the Nobel Prize winner.

A vacation to Florida can be an exciting way for a family or group to learn more
about the culture, the history, and the people of Florida. If you are stranded without
a beach to sunbathe on or the ocean to swim in, consider visiting one of the states
many museums. Even the rainiest of Florida days can add to a great beach vacation.

Florida Train Service – Five Tips to Travel to Florida by Amtrak

Florida is an ideal vacation location. It has many major metropolitan areas and thousands of miles of oceanfront beauty. Of course, Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens provide fun and adventure for the whole family.

Fortunately, you can travel to most of the major Florida vacation areas by Amtrak. Three daily trains travel to and through the state from the east coast. As a relaxing and affordable method for travel to Florida, the train is preeminent. Given the rising cost and hassle of air travel, a land alternative may be the most enjoyable way to get to the Sunshine State.

Here are five tips/hints for effectively traveling to/from Florida by Amtrak:

One: You must decide which long-distance train you wish to take to Florida. If you wish to stay in the Jacksonville-Orlando-Miami corridor, the Silver Meteor that originates in New York (with great connections from Boston) will be your train of choice. You can leave New York or Washington in the afternoon and arrive in Orlando or Miami the next afternoon. If you wish to go Florida’s Gulf Coast, you will be best served on the Silver Star. At Tampa, there is connecting Thruway Motorcoach service to Sarasota and Fort Myers. Finally, if you wish to bring your car along for the ride, the Auto Train runs from Lorton, Virginia (outside of Washington, DC) to Sanford, FL (45 minutes from Orlando.)

Two: Most Florida Amtrak cities have connecting local transportation from Amtrak stations. Miami International Airport can be reached from the Miami train station by Miami Metrobus and the Hollywood train station by the Tri-Rail commuter trains. Connecting taxi service from DeLand to Daytona Beach can be reserved with your Amtrak ticket. If you are going to Walt Disney World, you may wish to miss the crowds at the Orlando station and go on to the next stop, which is Kissimmee. At Kissimmee, there is complete baggage service, taxi cabs and pre-arranged van service available. Although there is no good public transportation options at either Orlando or Kissimmee, you are actually closer to the park (and thus you will incur lower transportation costs) from Kissimmee.

Three: For many people, having the flexibility of a rental car allows them to easily take advantage of all that their Florida destination offers. At Jacksonville, you can pick up your Hertz car right at the train station daily except Sundays. At most other stations, you can pre-arrange for Enterprise or other major car rental company to pick you up or reimburse you for taxi fare to their offices. Before you leave home, talk to the local rental office (not the toll-free reservation agents) and confirm their hours of operation and the best method to reach the office.

Four: The Auto Train is one of the most unique experiences Amtrak offers. You and your vehicle (it can be a car, motorcycle or trailer camper of limited size) board the train at Lorton, Virginia or Sanford, Florida in the afternoon and travel nonstop 800 miles to the other location, arriving the next morning. Your vehicle travels in specially-made carriers in the back of the train. You can either stretch out in a reclining coach seat or reserve private Superliner sleeping accommodations. All passengers receive a complimentary sit-down dinner with wine and continental breakfast. There is also a lounge car that features movies for family entertainment.

Five: It is extremely important to make advanced reservations for transportation to and within Florida. By buying your tickets in advance for both Amtrak and local transportation services, you may be able to receive discounted advance purchase fares or special fares for students and seniors.