Monthly Archives: June 2008 launches ‘Online Guide to Dubai Summer Surprises 2008’

dss1.jpg, the dedicated portal on Dubai is covering information on all major events being staged during the Dubai Summer Surprises from 19 June to 22 August 2008. Non-stop excitement, adventure and entertainment is lined up for the entire duration of the Dubai Summer Surprises. Into its eleventh year, Dubai Summer Surprises has come a long way by building on the successes of the previous editions and aims to create a benchmark for future years to provide the three most important characteristics of the event – shopping, winning, and entertainment.

Visitors to the site can view the complete calendar of events with a detailed description of each activity. The interactive calendar also provides each events information by date and venue. Latest DSS news is published directly from the organiser’s media centre. reporters will visit the DSS venues and the site will be updated 3 times a day with highlights and photographs of all major events. Hyperlinks have been provided to the shopping malls and hotels that are running special sales and promotions during DSS. More information can be obtained by calling �Ahlan Dubai’ on +971 600 545555. has also made available a mobile version of the site which can be accessed through PDAs and handheld computers at

About Dubai Summer Surprises

Dubai Summer Surprises is held every year under the patronage of H.H.General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of Dubai and Vice President of the U.A.E.

With the support of key sponsors, comprising of local corporations and multinationals, DSS features unique activities spread throughout the summer season. Shopping malls are converted into venues for live entertainment, music, dancing, competitions, workshops and numerous interactive programs.

The number of growing visitors and the expenditure levels are clear indicators of the popularity and success of DSS. Dubai Summer Surprises as a venture has contributed significantly to the economy of Dubai and continues to do so by enhancing different economic sectors during a lean period of economic activity in summer. An increase in visitor expenditure from AED 850 million in 1998 to AED 3.21 billion in 2007 is a clear indication of the event’s ability to drive economic growth during summer.

The official web site for DSS can be accessed at

About is a portal on Dubai launched in 1999 by Cyber Gear ( to provide information on Dubai for residents and visitors. The site is updated daily with information on business news, DFM stocks ticker, social events, sales and promotions and a new Dubai Blog at Special features include a Gold Souq guide and a virtual tour of Dubai with detailed interactive city maps. is currently receiving over 1.7 million page views and 450,000 unique visitors per month.

United Arab Emirates and Oman

If you’re looking for a really special destination where you can indulge your love of top-quality hotels, great shopping, fine dining, world-class golf and state-of-the-art spas, Dubai is for you. Add to this a fascinating Middle Eastern heritage to explore and a range of exciting activities, and you have a destination with just about everything. With year-round sunshine and miles of lovely beaches, Dubai is THE new destination, waiting to be discovered – and you’ll discover it in style with Virgin Holidays.

Flight Details – Virgin Atlantic flights to Dubai depart daily from London Heathrow.

Flight Supplements – Fri/Sat/Sun ?£15 per person each way.

Flying Time – Approx 7 hours to Dubai.

Flight Upgrades – Premium Economy available from ?£275 supplement per person each way.

Time – GMT +4 hours

Currency – UAE Dirham (Dh)

Visa Requirements – British citizens do not require a visa.

Language – The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken.

Alcohol – Legal drinking age is 21.

Cheap Flights to Dubai

United Arab Emirates Travel News

Emirates Airlines flies nonstop flights to Dubai from Kennedy Airport, starting at about $1,370 in May, according to a recent online search. Americans don’t need a visa to travel to Dubai, just a passport that is valid for roughly six months after your entry date. Some travelers who have Israeli stamps on their passports have reported problems being allowed entry, but Dubai has no official policy banning visitors who have also visited Israel, as do some other countries in the Middle East, like Syria and Libya.

This is the city that claimed the first seven-star hotel, so be ready to pay up. The Park Hyatt Dubai (Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club; 971-4-602-1234; is in the quieter area of Deira and affords great city views. It has a great in-house spa, and a relaxing outdoor bar overlooking the harbor. Rooms start at 1,750 dirhams, about $467 at 3.75 dirhams to the dollar.

If you want to be closer to the action, the new Raffles in Wafi City (Sheikh Rashid Road; 971-4-324-8888; is a good bet. The common areas are vast and daunting, but the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Rooms start at 1,750 dirhams.

The eight-room XVA Gallery in the arty Bastakiya neighborhood (971-4-353-5383;, which feels like a North African souk, may be Dubai’s only boutique hotel. Rooms start at 500 dirhams.

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This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: April 20, 2008

The 36 Hours column on April 6 about Dubai misstated the service offered by Emirates Airlines between New York and Dubai. Emirates offers twice-daily service to Dubai from Kennedy Airport; it does not offer service from Newark Airport.

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