Monthly Archives: December 2008

Dubai Marathon 2009 to break new world records on Jan 16th

Dubai: Over 20,000 runners are expected to participate in the Dubai Marathon to be held on January 16, 2009.

Owing to heavy demand for registration, the organisers have extended the deadline for registration to December 31.

Speaking to Gulf News, Ahmad Al Kamali, the event’s general co?ordinator, said: “The participation in the Dubai marathon will break all previous records. Already 1,500 runners from different parts of the world have registered for the marathon. This is double the number than in previous years.”

Al Kamali also revealed that more runners will participate in the 10km and 3km events too. “Over 5,000 runners have registered for the 10km event and 3000 in the 3km events,” he said. “The participation is likely to rise because a lot of school and college children [are] wanting to take part this time.”

For the first time, the Ministry of Education has issued a circular to all educational institutions inviting students to take part in the event.

“This has resulted in heavy registration in many centres and that has forced us to even extend the deadline,” said Al Kamali, who is also the president of the UAE Athletics Federation. “The 3km family event is also expected to have unprecedented participation”.

The registrations are open to all till 31st December and one can register online at http://www.dubaimarathon.org/howToRegister.html? 

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1. Booking in advance often gets you a lower fare. The cheapest fares are likely to be unavailable in the last three or four weeks before a flight.

2. You can often get cheaper airline tickets by shopping online than by using a travel agent. Some airlines even allow you to pick your seat when booking, and many offer web-only discounts.

3. Cheaper fares can often be had for trips that depart between Monday noon and Thursday noon, or on Saturdays. However, spending at least Saturday night at your destination may also help you find a lower fare. This policy, begun by airlines trying to profit from business travelers, is becoming less common. Monday, Friday, and summer Saturday flights tend to be crowded. Check a variety of dates if your travel plans are flexible.

4. Some people with very flexible schedules (and a lot of patience) save money by consistently choosing crowded flights, which the airlines often overbook. When the gate agent asks for volunteers for a later flight, these travelers pick up travel vouchers for a subsequent flight in exchange for being “bumped” from the flight.

5. Certain periods around holidays are more expensive and crowded than normal for all forms of commercial travel and accommodation. In the U.S., this includes: the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the four days before Christmas, the first working days after New Year’s. The holidays themselves and “shadow” days (like December 26) are often very light. Also watch out for Memorial Day weekend, college Spring Break season in March and April, and seasonal destinations (beaches in the local summer, ski areas when there’s snow, New England and Canada when there are fall leaves to see, college towns when there are graduations happening, Las Vegas on weekends and Valentine’s Day).

6. High-traffic routes between major cities are often considerably cheaper than flights to smaller cities. Consider taking public transit or renting a car for the remainder of your journey. High-traffic routes also allow you more choice of departure time and flexibility in case of missed or canceled flights. (For example, in order to get to Yellowstone, you might wish to fly to Salt Lake City and drive to Yellowstone from there, instead of flying into Jackson Hole.)

7. Check the flights for all the airports near your destination city. In Chicago, consider flights into Midway Airport as well as O’Hare. In San Francisco, take a look at flights to Oakland and San Jose as well. Discount carriers often fly to these alternate airports, which may actually be closer to your final destination.

8. Buying a round-trip ticket is usually cheaper than buying two one-way tickets, which usually involves using the same two airports for both leaving and returning. But sometimes this is not true. Use a sophisticated cost-comparison site like Orbitz to check.

9. Sometimes buying a round-trip ticket is cheaper than buying a one-way ticket, even if you are only going in one direction. But some airlines have instituted a “missed flight” fee to prevent people from doing this. Be sure to check before attempting this.

10. If you’re flying from one coast to the other, consider a “red-eye” flight that leaves around 11:00PM and arrives in the morning on the other coast. These flights are often cheaper, and you spend one less night in a hotel.

11. Avoid booking the last flight of the day in case you miss your scheduled flight or it is delayed or canceled due to weather or technical problems (neither are uncommon). Airlines do not provide lodging for delays caused by weather or other factors outside their control.

12. In general, the competition is steeper, and thus prices lower, in the American flight market than the Canadian one. Travellers heading to a Canadian city close to the US border should consider flying into a nearby American airport (the best examples being Seattle for Vancouver and Buffalo for Toronto). In some perverse cases, it may even be cheaper to get between Canadian cities by buying a connecting flight to a US city and doubling back (e.g., flying Toronto-Vancouver-Seattle, then taking a bus back to Vancouver).

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National Day on 2nd Dec

UAE Celebrates 37th National day on 2nd December special programs have been set forth to celebrates this ocasion by the Government. 2nd Dec is holiday for private sector and Government will have 10 days holiday combining the Eid Holidays.

UAE was united in 1971 Read History of UAE. The government is promoting that people should put flags on houses and if you have a flag on your house take a picture and show it off at governments special web site http://www.uaeflag.net send picture of your home with the flag.

To see details of programs to be organised visit Dubai Travel News Check out some cards below to send to your friends.

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