Enjoy fantastic travel discounts at Dubai eventDarragh Murphyhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/events-attractions/article/24824-enjoy-fantastic-travel-discounts-at-dubai-eventIf you’re planning a get-away but aren’t sure where to go, ATM Holiday Shopper are offering hundreds of exclusive travel and tourism deals which you can take advantage of for one day only.

Regardless of whether you’re searching for a long-haul break or a weekend staycation the event, which takes place at Dubai World Trade Centre on Saturday April 27, will have something to suit your needs.

Tickets for the event, which runs from 12noon until 8pm, are priced AED50 per person, although the savings you can potentially make on deals ensure that’s a small price to pay.

There will be a wide range of offers available for those who attend the event, including 20 per cent off package holidays for the first 100 visitors to the HolidayME stand.

Visit the Ras Al Khaimah stand to receive up to 20 percent off on hotel stays, or a complimentary room upgrade at various properties across the region, and if you fancy a few days away in Dubai, or Saudia Arabia, you can get 35 percent off at TIME Hotels.

Holiday Factory are one of the leading tour operators across the UAE and they will be providing 10 percent off package holidays to 25 separate destinations, including in Europe and Asia.

If you’ve always fancied visiting Lebanon, take advantage of a 10 percent discount off your package holiday when you book with Nakhal, and there will also be the opportunity to win a host of fantastic travel-related prizes, including a trip to the Czech Republic for two people and two tickets to the UEFA Europa League final in Baku.

When: Saturday April 27
Where: Dubai World Trade Centre
Price: AED50, free for children under 12

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Emirates to launch “personalised entertainment options” by 2020Darragh Murphyhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/24493-emirates-to-launch-personalised-entertainment-options-by-2020With over 1,000 movies and TV box-sets to choose from with Emirates Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system, how can you decide what to watch? This new function will solve that problem for you.

The Dubai-based airline will soon be offering personalised entertainment options to all of its customers thanks to a new AI system currently in development, according to an interview with vice president of Emirates’ customer experience Patrick Brannelly in Arabian Business.

It will give travellers the opportunity to log-in and pick from their favourite movies and TV shows based on previous preferences. Into horror flicks? Get ready for an on-screen fright fest throughout your journey.

“The idea is that you log-in to a seat, just the same as you would log-in to Netflix,” said Brannelly.

““For example, if you log-in to a system and you choose to watch a German movie, you’re probably German, so let’s bring all the other German content to the top. If you’re watching a film for a four-year-old you’re probably young, so let’s bring the younger content to the top.”

Don’t have an account? Not to worry, as passengers don’t have to log-in to use the entertainment system. Although, they won’t get that personalised selection, so you may as well.

Since the airline showcases movies from around the globe, the AI system will make it easier for passengers speaking different languages to find movies in their native tongue.

Predicted to arrive by 2020 the new system, which is currently being made by French multinational, Thales, will be available in little over a year from now, according to the interview.

Netflix-type entertainment in the sky? We can definitely get on board with that (quite literally).

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Six holiday deals you don't want to miss out onhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/24395-make-musafircom-your-holiday-package-providerIf you’re hoping to go on a holiday, but don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket or pull your hair out planning every little detail of your holiday, a holiday package is the obvious option. Musafir.com’s holiday experts can take care of everything on your behalf, so all you need to worry about is which beverage to order when you arrive.

Musafir.com provides holiday packages to some of the of the world’s best locations, and as an exclusive offer for ShortList readers, you will receive an AED50 flight voucher, as well as one-month free access to MusafirGo, which is powered by THE ENTERTAINER, with every holiday purchase. For the uninitiated, the MusafirGo app gives you access to 500+ offers on travel, activities and food and beverages.

Take advantage of some of our fantastic offers and see the world in style:

CHINA
Home to the iconic Great Wall, as well as modern super cities such as Shanghai and Beijing.

EARLY BIRD OFFER:
- Free Shanghai Evening Huangpu river cruise
- Free Beijing Acrobatic Show
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PRAGUE, VIENNA and BUDAPEST (eastern Europe)
Explore the sights and scenery of three fantastic countries (Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary) all in one trip.

EARLY BIRD OFFER:
- Free Budapest Danube River Cruise
- Free tour of Cesky Krumlov with Cesky Castle Entrance
- Free Visa Assistance
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KENYA
Combining some of the world’s best safari destinations with snow-capped mountains, Kenya is a must-visit location.



EARLY BIRD OFFER:
- Free Visit to Masai Village
- Free 1-hour boat ride at Naivasha
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RUSSIA
The world’s largest nation and home to some of its finest and most historical cities.

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- Free Neva Cruise
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PARIS AND SWITZERLAND
Combining style and substance, France and Switzerland have so much to offer any visitor.

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- Free Disneyland Tour
- Free Mt. Titlis Tour
- Free Visa Assistance
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VIETNAM
Known for its beautiful beaches and bustling bays, there is so much to see and do in Vietnam.



EARLY BIRD OFFER:

- Free Water Puppet Show
- Free Ninh Binh Tour
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Couple quit jobs to travel Europe in a vanhttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/23898-couple-quit-jobs-to-travel-europe-in-a-vanHave you ever had a really, really bad week and just wanted to throw in the towel and travel the world?

Well, this financial consultant and her partner did.

Margaret Miller, 26, was tired of her desk job so she and her partner Ladi Jecminek, 32, converted a 2007 Citroen Jumper into a high-tech home.

They decided to live their dream of 'chasing summer' across Europe, financed by working online as they go.

The van cost AED14,700 ($4,000), and the couple spent AED7,300 ($2,000) renovating it.

While it still looks like a regular grey van from the outside, inside the couple fitted a kitchen, shower, double-bed, 'garage' and huge flat-screen projector for watching Netflix, of course.

The van is even kitted out with solar panels and extra battery power for their laptops, phone chargers and appliances with USB ports.

So far, the pair have travelled from the Czech Republic to Croatia and have just crossed into Montenegro.

They hope to reach Greece in March.

Margaret, originally from Minnesota, said: "This is the dream. We've been on quite the adventure.

"Sometimes it's weird to tell people you dream of living in a car, but we feel so free and can spend our time with each other, exploring endlessly - not sitting in a desk chair.

"This morning we travelled from Croatia into Montenegro. It's just incredible."

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4 of the region's best driving roadshttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/23841-4-of-the-regions-best-driving-roadsE89 to Hajar Mountains
Location:
Sharjah and Fujairah
Not only will the journey be enjoyable on this route, but you’ll cross over two emirates and see plenty of both village and rural life along the road to the Hajar Mountains. For example, as well as the rocky landscape, you’ll also pass by green oases and orange dunes to marvel at. And as you drive through Fujairah town, you sneak a peek into local life. The wildlife consists of camels and goats you’ll spot by the sandy dunes. Unlike some of the other amazing drives in the region that consist of bumpy roads of highs and lows, this path boasts a smooth, flat road for your tyres to glide along. But this route is particularly popular with divers and snorkelers, as there are plenty of awe-inducing places to stop off along the way, such as Snoopy Island. Dive into the Indian Ocean and you won’t be hard pressed to spot colourful schools of fish, turtles and even sharks. Which is not a bad way to stretch your legs during a road trip.

Khasab coast road
Location:
Musandam

While four wheel models are welcome thanks to the road-widening project of recent years, this beloved track is mostly favoured by those who prefer a two wheel mode of transport. As the name might give away, you’ll be in for coastal views along the way. With the calm of the steady waters to one side and the drama of the rocky cliff to the other, you can soak up the polarising landscape as you snake along the curving road. Stay alert, as every twist and turn delivers a new dose of breathtaking scenery. Spot the stunning street (cliff?) art draped across the rocky mountains and look out for the villas perched upon them where the locals live while you’re on the move. Located in Oman and just an hour or so away from Ras Al Khaimah, there are plenty of picnicking opportunities, too.

Jebel Jais
Location:
Ras Al Khaimah

Not one to give up until you reach the top? Then here awaits the weekend getaway drive for you.  Located in the northern emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, this unmissable route winds along the UAE’s tallest mountain at nearly 2,000 metres above sea level, so those seeking a vertical route won’t find a better incline to rev up than this. Being so high up, the temperature is slightly cooler than ground level, making for an ideal outdoor escape during the warmer months. And for a rocky mountain top, the newly built 30 kilometre road heading towards the peak makes for a smooth drive. But don’t forget to charge you phone fully before setting off, because not only is the view quite incredible but there are interesting plant and animal habitators aplenty to spot along the way, from mangroves and desert plants to reptiles and wildcats sprawled across the mountain. While we always recommend packing snacks – nobody likes a hangry car companion – what we like about this route is that once you reach the viewing deck up top, there are plenty of food kiosks to (digestively) refuel at before declining.

Jebel Hafeet
Location:
Abu Dhabi

Although this mountain might be the biggest in the capital emirate, it’s the second biggest in the region at over 1,200 metres high. But that doesn’t mean that those who get their kicks from getting high up should give it a miss. In fact, it’s often branded as one of the best driving routes in the world (let alone just the UAE) hence why the Oman-bordering route deserves to be graced by your motor. And that’s probably because the winding roads make it feel more like a Wacky Races track than an upwards battle. If you want to make a weekend away of it, there’s even a hotel up the top where you can rest for the night – the Mercure Grand - ready to get into gear for round two. Animal-lovers, don’t forget to count all the goats you spot on the way, and Instagram kings, look out for the many parking spots where you can capture the scenery on camera. Or the wild goats, it’s up to you.

James Burnett, managing director of automotive event consultants Drive Dynamics, on how to prepare for a road trip
Prepare your car
Always make sure your vehicle is prepared for the trip. Check your fluids and tyre pressures, pack your spare wheel and ensure your tool kit is in good order. Think of any equipment you might need for your journey, such as a tyre inflator, pressure gauge, shovel and snatch rope – and a phone charger if you’re going off road. Don’t neglect the first aid kit, too. Pack sun block, antiseptic insect creams, fire extinguisher and warning triangle.

Update your GPS
Ensure you have up to date maps or GPS units to help you navigate. Look for landmarks that will help you. If you get lost, sometimes it is better to return the way you came rather than continue deeper into trouble. Consider breakdown assistance cover or at least have the numbers of recovery companies in the area before you head off, and be prepared to help other drivers you see who may be in trouble. Make sure you have enough water with you in the car; the summers are very hot and if you are broken down your A/C might not work. Stay hydrated!

Check the weather
In cooler months when we like to explore, the weather can change dramatically. In the mornings you can have very dense fog which can occur very quickly. Don’t venture into wadis if rain is forecast.

Bring a friend
It’s safer to not travel alone, if it’s a friend with another vehicle, even better as they may be able to help you if you have mechanical trouble or get stuck. It’s never a good idea to drive in the desert without at least one other car with you. Also tell friends your plans so if for any reason you do get stuck and cannot contact anyone, they will know to alert authorities if you don’t return

Bring a rubbish bag
And take it home with you! We are very lucky to have some beautiful places to visit within
a couple of hours drive. Please don’t spoil them for others, whatever you take with you, you must take home.

Drive Dynamics, an automotive event consultancy focused on the driving and training element of vehicle launches and consumer events. www.drivedynamics.com.

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Inside the luxury UAE campground with bubble tents and a private poolThomas Mackiehttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/23674-inside-the-luxury-uae-campground-with-bubble-tents-and-a-private-poolWhether you’re a novice or experienced pitcher, camping isn't everyone's cup of chai.

So why not do it the UAE way?

The Longbeach Campground in Ras Al Khaimah is an ideal vacation whether you're a resident of the UAE or are travelling from further afield.

And the best thing? All you need to do is show up and be ready for an adventure as the campground provides everything.

With deluxe tents, king-size beds, a cosy décor and sea views, overnight stays are available until the end of April.

The beachfront site has panoramic bubble tents which means you’ll feel like you’re sleeping under the stars.

They also come with a private hot tub and bathroom which is always a bonus.

Longbeach Campground also offers safari suite tents which have their own private terrace and indoor bathroom.

Think you'll get bored? Think again.

The campground offers sunrise yoga sessions, moonlight cinema screenings by a bonfire with popcorn and roasted marshmallows, an infinity pool and bar, a spa including an outdoor hot tub and sauna and a petting zoo. Yes, that's right a petting zoo.

Sports fans can take part in kite-flying, beach volleyball, kayaking or hit up the floating aqua park.

Wake up to the most spectacular sunrise the UEA has to offer with a breakfast buffet and enjoy the sunset with an outdoor BBQ dinner prepared live using traditional camping methods.

If you just want to relax and don't want to leave your tent, the Longbeach Campground has you covered as there's even 24-hour room service on offer.

Tents are available to book every Thursday and Friday until the end of April, so you'll need to be fast if you want to secure a spot.

A deluxe tent is AED700 per night, while a family tent is AED800.

Fancy splashing the cash? The safari suite tents are AED1399 per night and a stay in one of the bubble tents is AED1999.

The campground also throws in unlimited house beverages from 7pm to 10pm every night.

See you there.

Price: From AED700
Location: Beside GMC Show Room, King Faisal St, Ras Al Khaimah
Contact: binmajid.com (07 221 9736).

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A Game of Thrones hotel has opened and you can stay in ithttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/article/23571-a-game-of-thrones-hotel-has-opened-and-you-can-stay-in-itJust in time for the final season, fans of Game of Thrones will get the chance to live like a wildling in an ice hotel made of snow and ice.

And while temperatures drop to a freezing -5C, guests can stay warm with fur-lined sleeping bags and enjoy hot juice throughout their stay.

But the hotel only recommends you stay one night because it can still be rather chilly.

The Game of Thrones Ice Hotel is located in the Lapland Hotels SnowVillage in the town of Kittilä, just a 90 minute plane journey from Helsinki.

In collaboration with HBO Nordic, the 16 rooms were created using 20 million kilograms of snow and 350,000 kilograms of natural ice.

The structure was created by ice sculptors from all over the world, and each room has a character sculpture from the world renowned series, including the Night King and Wun Wun.

Open until April 21, a snow room starts at AED1,300 (€320) per night.

Janne Pasma, operations manager at Laplands Hotel SnowVillage said: “So many did not get to visit us last year, so we gave another possibility for that, and we created an even better one."

There is also an ‘Ice Restaurant’ where you can enjoy a 3-course dinner and an ‘Ice Bar’ where you sip on some fine grape, Tyrion-style.

We can't wait to go.

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This couple visited 40 countries in two years with 9-5 jobsThomas Mackiehttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/23490-this-couple-visited-40-countries-in-two-years-with-9-5-jobsWhen you have a full-time job, it can be difficult to fit in all the things you want to do outside of work.

But this couple from Kent in the UK jet off to another country almost every weekend, costing them around AED7,200 per month.

Sangam Bhandari and his wife Shikha Neupane, both 28, have jobs in IT and earn around AED240,000 a year.

Yet the pair has still managed to travel to over 40 countries in the last two years.

The IT professionals work 9am-5pm Monday-Friday but sometimes go away on a Thursday evening to take advantage of cheaper flights.

They then work remotely from their hotel room on Friday.

The couple believes everyone can do what they do with a few handy tips.

Sangam said the most important thing is keeping an eye on your finances.

He said: "Add the cost of breakfast, coffee, snacks, some after-work dinner and drinks, it can quickly add up.

"If you plan well in advance some of the European destinations can be explored for a weekend for less than £200 (AED960) for two.

"Another important consideration is living like a local and avoiding expensive tourist traps. Using cards with no foreign exchange fee on purchase and withdrawals certainly helps."

The pair also recommends planning ahead to get the best deals and booking in advance for cheap flights. Use loyalty points for discounts on hotels and flights. And fly back early Monday morning before work, as opposed to a more expensive flight on Sunday.

Oh, and cut out spending on eating out and luxuries like the latest phone.

Now, these might sound like blaringly obvious tips but Sangam and Shikha say these are the key to travelling the world.

And from sharing their adventures on Instagram, the pair have amassed almost 40,000 followers too.

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Airbnb wants to pay you to live in Italy for 3 monthsThomas Mackiehttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/travel/article/23482-airbnb-wants-to-pay-you-to-live-in-italy-for-3-monthsFancy getting paid to live in the Mediterranean this summer? It might sound too good to be true, but Airbnb are offering a handful of people the chance to go to Italy for three months – and they'll pay you for it.

Four lucky people will pack their bags and head off to the quaint hillside village of Grottole in the south of Italy.

There, they will be renovating buildings, maintaining the village's vegetable garden and hosting Airbnb Experiences.

In return they will get free accommodation, up to AED3,800 in expenses per month and the opportunity to take up language courses and cookery classes.

According to the website, the "Italian sabbatical" will help breathe life into the local community and bring tourists back to the village.

Grottole has 600 empty homes and just 300 inhabitants and "is at risk of disappearing" if nothing is done about it.

Airbnb said: "Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and become a temporary citizen of a village in the south of Italy. Immerse yourself in the local culture and discover how to speak, act and cook the Italian way.

"You will also get to support the local community by hosting an Airbnb Experience. Your goal? To help the local community revitalise the small village of Grottole.

"Airbnb is sponsoring a unique opportunity for four people to move to the small village of Grottole for three months and experience authentic rural life in Italy.

"Selected candidates will become temporary citizens of the village and will volunteer for a local non-profit organisation called 'Wonder Grottole' whose aim is to revitalise the town's historical centre."

The lucky four people will stay in the village from June to August, and you have until midnight on 17 February to send in your applications.

What are you waiting for? Get ready to say buongiorno to this beautiful part of the world.

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This job needs no qualifications and pays AED650,000 a year – but nobody wants itThomas Mackiehttps://www.shortlistabudhabi.com/article/23458-this-job-needs-no-qualifications-and-pays-dhs650000-a-year-but-nobody-wants-itWant to make more than AED650,000 per year with no qualifications? We thought so.

Well here is the perfect job – but nobody seems to want it.

Candidates only need to be 19 years old and have passed their final school exams to be eligible for the role, which comes with a whopping salary.

The job? An air traffic control officer. They typically make more than Dhs350,000 in their first year and experienced controllers can earn more than AED650,000 annually.

Basically, they keep planes separated from each other, both up in the sky and on the ground.

They work 7.5 hours each day and typically have four days of work followed by two days off.

New Zealand's Airways traffic services general manager Tim Boyle said: "We are currently recruiting and would love to hear from anyone who think they might have what it takes.

"A lot of different people will have the capabilities, we just don't see enough of them."

Annoyingly, this is in New Zealand, but you can be an air traffic control officer in Dubai. All you need is be between 19 and 27 years of age and be a UAE national.

You'll also need to have a high school certificate including passes in English, Maths and preferably Physics, a good command of the English language, be medically fit and all male applicants must have completed their national service or be exempted.

It's a chance to get your career off to a flying start...

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