Renowned Ocean Liner Reborn as Floating Hotel in Dubai

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/19/2018, 12:00 AM

The retired Queen Elizabeth 2 ocean liner, which the Cunard Line operated from 1969 to 2008, has been transformed into a floating hotel in Dubai. Docked at the city's Port Rashid for a decade (the 2008 recession slowed down the remodeling project), the 13-deck ship has more than 200 contemporary rooms and suites, ranging from tiny cabins to opulent aeries with private verandas. The design, accor...

Visit the World of the Hunger Games at a Dubai Theme Park

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/23/2017, 8:45 PM

We're guessing the world of The Hunger Games wasn't intended to be the sort of place people would like to visit. After all, Suzanne Collins's hugely popular young adult novels—and their film adaptations—take place in a dystopian future where teenagers are forced to battle to the death for the entertainment of rich jerks. Nevertheless, you can now (safely) immerse yourself in the land of Katniss E...

World's Largest Indoor Theme Park Opens in Dubai

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 09/02/2016, 4:00 AM

In Dubai—land of the superlative—the world's largest indoor theme park opened this week. Covering 1.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure features 17 major thrill rides and attractions tied to Marvel superheroes, Cartoon Network characters, dinosaurs, and other theme-park standbys.  The facility will be open 365 days a year; tickets cost US$82.69. The management hopes to attra...

Indoor Rainforest Coming to Dubai Hotel

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

El Yunque National Rainforest in Puerto Rico (photo: FreeImages/sue anna joe) The latest over-the-top luxury hotel planned for Dubai is for all those who have found themselves in a rainforest and wondered, Where are the robot baggage handlers? Planned for the United Arab Emirates city's Al Thanyah district, the 448-room, 1-million-square-foot Rosemont Hotel and Residence will feat...

Dubai Detains Tourist for Being Transgender

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/15/2016, 8:00 AM

Canadian transgender YouTube personality Gigi Gorgeous says she was detained in Dubai's airport, interrogated for five hours, and summarily denied entry to the United Arab Emirates. An airport security agent in Dubai told her that he was informed that she was transgender, she says, and in a strong reminder that full North American freedoms cannot yet be exported to other parts of the world...

Emirates Airlines Will Fly the Longest Route on the Planet: Tips on Surviving 17.5 Hours in a Plane

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2015, 6:00 PM

17.5 hours. That’s the length of the new longest flight on the planet, which will soon be offered by Emirates Airlines between Dubai and Panama City.   Convenient? Certainly. But is being cooped on a plane for that many hours a nightmare scenario for many travelers? Most definitely. I turned to a number of frequent long-haul flyers to find out how they make long flights bearable...

In Summer, The World of Travel Continues to Change in Small but Significant Ways

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2015, 5:30 PM

         New travel developments are rare in the summer months, as travel hits peak traffic, but if anything is new and significant it's the awesome number of Americans choosing to vacation in the Persian Gulf—namely, in Dubai, Abu Dubai, and Doha. (Even more of them will go there in the winter months). These modern new cities are a sort of Disney Land for adults, stressing luxurious c...

World's Highest Observation Deck Opens, Shatters Height and Price Records

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/16/2014, 6:00 PM

The world's highest observation deck has opened on the 148th floor of the 2,717-foot-tall Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai. That makes the deck 1,821 feet above street level, or a little more than a half a kilometer up—certifiably the highest observation deck in the world, according to Guinness. By comparison, the Empire State Building's observation deck on its 86th floor is a measly ...

Some Varied Comments About Recent Travel Issues and Developments May Have a Bearing On Your Next Vacation

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/05/2014, 5:15 PM

The stern of Royal Caribbean's megaship Allure of the Seas   Probably the most disturbing recent news in travel was the announcement by Royal Caribbean Cruises that their newest ship would have a bumper car rink on its top deck.  Yes, bumper cars.  Though these were the most startling addition to the elegant vessel, other “improvements” included a basketball court, a roller skat...

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