Top Property Listing Portals To List Your Holiday Homes
The flourishing tourism sector and increasing real estate market competition make it essential to effectively advertise your long or short stay apartments in Dubai. Using the right tools at the right time will increase exposure from the right target audience for your rental home. Various property listing platforms are an efficient method to reach out to potential customers quickly. Identifying the right portal to list your holiday home can be a bit tough. We have listed the popular property listing portals that are widely used for increasing return on investment from the rental unit.
The ease to manage Airbnb properties makes it one of the popular platforms in the holiday home rental industry. Airbnb has been established as an easy-to-use portal with its simple and flexible system, along with round-the-clock customer care service. Taking away your stress of creating an impressive advertisement for your apartment listing, we are specialized in Airbnb property management in the UAE.
Abbreviation for ‘Vacation Rentals by Owner’, it offers various features to determine the rental price on a nightly, weekly, or monthly basis. When you list any property on VRBO, the advertisement also gets placed on their affiliated sites that enable higher exposure. The easy and convenient payment system on VRBO is another highlighting feature of this platform.
Being a global renown online portal of travelers, this platform can offer wider exposure among tourists and people looking for short-term stays. Including a detailed usage guide, Booking.com makes listing and managing a rental apartment easy and accessible. The linguistic diversity available on this site, covering around 43 global languages, can help attract a wider range of potential customers.
This platform is focused on making the whole apartment of broker listing process licensed and secured. With advanced features like verified listings, detailed pricing information about the market, and flexible features, hosting your holiday home on Property Finder can be very easy. The detailed reports of market insights and comprehensive features aid in hosting the properties in line with the market trend.
Our professional property management services also includes listing on our booking site that has a wider audience and global reach in the real estate sector. The range of packages and special rates for listing apartments provides a feasible solution to reach the target customers. With a simple user interface and personal dashboard, this platform to will help property owners easily connect with people looking for holiday homes.
If you wish to get higher revenue from your rental property in the UAE through apartment listing and complete property management services, reach out to us today!
What to do at Expo Dubai in December?
What to do at Expo Dubai in December?
December marks the third month EXPO2020 has surprised, excited and delighted visitors. Aside from the 192 country pavilions open to explore there is live entertainment as well as family friendly events and fun to be had throughout the month. After admiring the exquisite site architecture, there are enough varied activities to ensure even the fussiest of children are not bored! We’ve put together some of the highlights for the month and we highly recommend a visit.
Head to the Estonian Pavilion on December 15th for their Day of Universities: personalised medicine and smart city, an informative event on further education and learn about female pioneers in culture and education from Arabia and the Muslim world at the Women’s pavilion on December 16th at 4pm in the Sustainability district. For the foodies amongst us, on December 20th you cannot go past Hellenic Republic as they host a mouth-watering panel discussion on ‘The South Aegean as an international gastronomy destination’ where you will get to learn about the cuisine and then enjoy a dinner prepared by some of Greece’s top chefs. If you have an upcoming wedding to plan, Wedding Fantasy will be shown on the Jubilee stage at 7pm on December 21st exploring Sri Lankan wedding customs and showcasing Sri Lanka as a wedding destination.
Christmas at EXPO2020 will be a celebration of epic proportions. There will be Christmas trees and decorations scattered around the Expo site, and between December 20-28th witness Al Wasl Plaza transform into a magical winter wonderland full of festive fun. For the children, Santa has made time in his busy schedule and will be on site from December 17-22nd 11am-8pm. There is a post box to send last minute Christmas wish lists to the North Pole and some of his elves will be walking around for photo opportunities. All whilst rocking out to some epic Christmas carols of course! Classic Christmas movies will be played on the big screen such as Home Alone on December 23rd and on December 25th there will be live performances by the London Community Gospel Choir, Joe Stilgoe and Lea Salonga amongst others. For those looking for something creative, Bread Ahead in the Mobility Pavilion is offering Festive cooking classes over numerous dates but if DIY is not your thing, you will find plenty of festive foodie delights from different countries around the venue.
Help Morocco celebrate their national day with Giant Karakize performances at 11:30am and 5pm on December 26th and on December 29th join in the celebrations at the Italian Pavilion as they host the International Opera Awards where guests will be treated to live performances by both Emirati and Italian opera singers. New Year’s Eve at the world’s greatest show will see fireworks, drone shows, live music and dance performances celebrated together with over 190 countries. Whilst we don’t want to give too much away, EXPO2020 is about bringing the best of the world together so it’s guaranteed to be a night to remember.
We have saved the best news until last…The magic of the festive season has become all the more accessible with the Expo2020 ‘Festive Pass’. For only 95AED per person, enjoy unlimited access for the month of December and enjoy visiting the pavilions, family fun events and live performances. You can also upgrade this pass to a season pass for an extra 150dhs. To purchase a festive pass please visit: https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/tickets-and-merchandise/tickets
Must-Try Festive Activities In Dubai During December
Five festive activities you can do in Dubai during December
As the weather cools down and the festivities kick into gear, the city of Dubai comes alive during December to celebrate the Christmas season. Here are five of our favourite festive activities to get you ready for Santa.
Visit a Winter Market at Ski Dubai
Dreaming of a white Christmas? Head to Ski Dubai where a plethora of festive activities awaits. The whole family can meet Santa and his merry elves at his grotto and sip on signature hot chocolate, while the little ones get a gift and a photo with the big man in red. You can also do breakfast with Santa on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday morning (8 to 10am) from December 1 to 24.
Festive Dine-Around at Atlantis the Palm
For those spending Christmas in Dubai, Atlantis, The Palm’s fabulously festive dine around returns on December 9, inviting guests to indulge in the gourmet flavours of 10 of its top restaurants, coupled with free-flowing beverages and top-class entertainment. Alongside an array of dishes from Atlantis’ best-loved dishes, guests can look forward to spellbinding performances, gravity-defying stunts and elaborate costumes, including an underwater Santa’s grotto in The Lost Chambers Aquarium, live music and DJ’s in all restaurants as well as magicians and Santa’s dancing elves. 7pm to 11pm, Thursday December 9, from AED 505. atlantis.com/dubai
Make a Wreath at Pangolin
Join The Pangolin for an intimate, festive evening of drinks and light bites while marking the start of the festive period with a wreath making workshop on December 13. The workshop will include a thorough tutorial to make your own 25cm scandi style half wreath design. The wreath will be constructed with high quality faux and dried florals for an everlasting sustainable style which guests can take home. 7pm to 9pm, Monday December 13, AED 375 including three drinks and a food platter, The Pangolin Restaurant & Lounge.
The Bab Al Shams Christmas Market
Celebrate Christmas in Dubai desert resort Bab Al Shams, which will be transforming into a festive market from December 10 to 21, with fun for all the family at the 12-day event. From 6pm to 10pm each day, visitors will be able to marvel at a 40 foot Christmas tree, sing along to carol concerts at 6.30pm and shop for an array of gifts from a number of stalls. Mulled wine, hot chocolates and festive food will also be available on the stalls, or guests can opt for the Christmas-themed buffet at Al Forsan restaurant, served each day at 7pm. Tickets are priced at AED 50 for children, including a meet and greet with Santa and a gift and AED 50 for adults, including mulled grapes, hot chocolate and festive sweet treats. December 10 to 21, babalshams.com
Tree lighting at Address Beach Resort
There will be a dazzling Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Dubai at Address Beach Resort this December. The elevated event will take place in the resort’s stunning lobby space where you and your nearest and dearest can sing along with the choir who will perform jubilant carols. There will also be complimentary festive drinks and Christmas cookies to graze on whilst you soak up the magical moments. It is set to be an evening to remember so be sure to capture this special occasion on camera from Address Beach Resort’s terrace, where breathtaking views of Ain Dubai and The Beach can be admired.
Fri Dec 10, 6pm onwards. Address Beach Resort, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai.
Cityscape At EXPO | What to Expect?
What to expect from Cityscape Global at The Expo, Dubai
Cityscape Global is the region’s only live real estate event that offers exhibitors and visitors a unique opportunity to unite with the world’s largest Business-to-business and Business-to-consumer audiences. All real estate industry sectors will be able to connect including homebuyers, developers, architects, designers and financial service providers. For three days only, Cityscape Global provides the opportunity for industry professionals to form new ideas, develop new relationships and to sell to buyers. The Expo is the heart of innovation and exists to connect minds and shape the future. Expected to host over 25 million visitors on its grounds in Dubai, Cityscape Global at The Expo enables real estate professionals and consumers to connect like never before. With over 100 exhibitors and more than 60 speakers, delve into real estate trends and explore investment opportunities available both in Dubai and around the world. The connection of global players within the industry allows for greater expansion and partnership opportunities as well as the exchanging of industry trends and ideas. Surrounded by the region’s leaders in real estate, learn first-hand about upcoming investment opportunities in Dubai and play a part in driving innovation for the future. The rare opportunity to have industry professionals from around the world come together under one roof not only allows for the exchange of ideas but also provides the benefit of face-to-face networking to convert leads into sales. Supported by the Land Department and Government of Dubai, Cityscape aims to Shape minds to create tomorrow’s skylines. Cityscape will be open on the Expo grounds from November 9th until November 11th 2021.
For more information, please visit: https://www.cityscapeglobal.com/en/visitors/Cityscape-Global-Live-Event.html
EXPO 2020 | Things to do during November
Top things to do at EXPO during November
With EXPO 2020 in full swing, here are the best things to see, eat and do at EXPO this month.
The Grammy Award-winning music and dance performance, The Riverdance is bringing its lucky charm to the stage during the month of November with a unique rendition of the Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show – ‘Riverdance at Expo’. During their 10-minute pop-up performances, you can experience the Irish tradition and heritage through movement as the toe-tapping troupe unite in flawless unison across the stage. Not only this, but their Expo programme will feature a series of masterclasses and a competition to perform in their Grand Finale Show – wow-ee!
Selected dates available, Jubilee Stage, Jubilee Zone 9:30pm – 11pm
It Takes Two to Tango
Hola from Argentina! Originating from the streets of Buenos Aires come the best Tango dancers in the world. You can feel the Argentinian lust as the dancers light up the streets with some of the best seen choreography around. Watch their daily flashmobs or challenge yourself with a Tango masterclass to make it a day to remember.
Selected dates available, Sun Plaza, Opportunity Zone 11:00am – 11:20am, 4:10pm – 4:20pm
An Evening in Malaysia
Head East for a quick stop in Asia to discover the unique diversity of traditional music, dance, and cuisine. With daily evening performances, highlighting the country’s heritage – this is certainly the most authentic way to experience Malaysia without the long-haul trip.
Daily, Sustainability District, Earth Stage, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Les Ballets de Monte Carlo
This is a show not to be missed. The well-renowned ballet company, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo wows audiences by bringing a 45-minute bespoke piece ‘Core Meu’ live to the Expo stage. Feel the intensity rise as the choreography travels through the journey of Trance and Sacrifice, right until the last moment when all fifty dancers collapse as one body.
Nov 14, Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre, Al Forsan Zone, 7pm
Garden in the Sky
Catch a glimpse of Expo 2020 from all angles at the 55-metre-high observation tower. Visitors can experience unbeatable views as they travel in style – getting those instagramable snaps as they go.
Located close to Al Wasl Plaza, this attraction can be accessed at any time
This is the perfect time to give those tired feet a break and allow the entertainment to evolve around to you. Stop and stare as the ‘Colours of the World’ Parade travels through the site, enticing audiences with its vibrant, cultural fusion involving extravagant costume designs and energetic performances.
EXPO Drone Show
Not so simple, but very effective. Using the most technological advanced system, Expo have taken over the night sky to wow their audience once again with a daily 15-minute drone show. Watch carefully as various images unfold to reveal the unforgettable.
Daily, Earth Plaza, Sustainability Zone, 7:30pm – 7:45pm
Food, Glorious Food
With over 200 dining outlets, you can quite literally taste your way around the world from one continent to another. From street bites to gourmet fusions, there is something for every pallet and desired dining experience.
The Expo 2020 site is designed to make visiting as accessible as possible. You can park for free, taxi, bus or take the metro directly into the site.
Download the Expo 2020 App to see the full list of scheduled events, parades, shows and timings, you’ll be able to make the most of every minute of your visit.
Where to eat at EXPO 2020?
What food and beverage experiences can you expect to find at EXPO 2020
In line with its promise of being the most inclusive world expo ever, the gastronomic offerings at Expo2020 will excite, delight and ignite your senses. Providing the opportunity to see the world through a delicious culinary lense, there will be over 200 food and beverage outlets serving up cultural delicacies for an experience that knows no borders. Celebrity chefs, expo-exclusive eateries and adventures will be seen throughout, designed to delight all tastes and budgets.
Set to be the largest cultural gathering in the world, this family destination promises to offer a full sensory experience for all visitors. Whether you’re looking to satisfy your taste buds or expand your palate, there are dishes for you. You will find old classics and new innovations served up by some of the top chefs from around the world. With an impressive collection of Michelin stars between them, guests will be presented with unforgettable flavours and experiences. Amongst other legends, renowned chef David Thompson will be serving his famous Thai street food in Long Chim and Mory Sacko will use his French techniques to create dishes of his signature African – Japanese fusion.
Reading the menus alone will leave you salivating. Guests will be able to explore the processes of sourcing, producing and cooking food in the sustainability pavilion. If you’re looking for something a little more advanced, you can dine with robots in the Talabat Kitchen. You will find street bites and gourmet delights from every corner of the world, proving food really does bring people together. Start your morning with a flat white in New Zealand, spend lunchtime exploring the tastes of France, and end in in the Alkebulan African dining hall for a cultural flavour explosion.
Keeping with the ethos of the Expo, the culinary experience will be offered by some of the worlds most celebrated chefs as well as feature new, unexpected homegrown concepts. The Future of food: Epochal Banquet is one of the standout featured events that will take you on a multi-sensory journey like no other. This never before seen experience curated by UK based Bompas & Parr in collaboration with Expo2020 is an adventure for the mind, body and taste buds. Their ability to fuse food and technology will amaze you. Inspired by space, their offerings include super-light delicacies formed using the same technology NASA uses to collect comet dust. Paired with this, you can enjoy creations that glow in the dark and change flavours as they explore how humans and artificial intelligence can work together to sustainably feed the growing population and reduce food waste.
The Rising Flavours Food Hall pays homage to the hosts through its celebration of food throughout the GCC. This 3-storey dining hall highlights the evolution and creativity of the food scene throughout the region. Acclaimed chefs, theatrical cooking shows and gastronomical delights will celebrate the incredible flavours and talent born, developed and supported in this region.
The Expo2020 will run from October 1 – March 31 2021 with the purpose of connecting minds and creating the future. Whilst highlighting and celebrating global heritage and cultures of the past, it will focus on solutions to create a more sustainable future for us all. It is the first World Expo in the Middle East / Africa / South Asia region and has the subthemes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability. Set to be the most inclusive world expo ever, it is a family destination that is poised to be a foodie’s nirvana.
10 Reasons To Buy An EXPO 2020 Season Pass
10 reasons to buy an EXPO 2020 Season Pass
Tickets are now on sale for Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest event ever held in the Arab world and the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. A Season Pass is a great-value option, allowing holders unlimited entries from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 and offering an unprecedented opportunity to celebrate the best the world has to offer across 182 action-packed days.
1. Priced at AED 495, a Season Pass buys six months’ access to more than 200 pavilions, three Thematic Districts and an impressive array of self-guided itineraries. That works out at less than AED 3 a day for a front-row seat to some of the best of art, music, architecture, technology and a host of other culture that the world has to offer.
2. With hundreds of immersive experiences ranging from Al Wasl Dome’s ever-changing 360-degree projection canvas to boundary-pushing architectural marvels, up to 15 hours of live entertainment daily and a host of interactive experiences, a single day won’t even scratch the surface of the world’s biggest cultural gathering.
3. At Expo 2020, all the world’s a stage, with up to 60 events a day. That means every day will be a unique experience, requiring multiple visits to fully enjoy. From daily parades to late-night laser shows, special effects and fireworks, Expo 2020 will have something for everyone.
4. Discover the world in one place, with no borders and no visas needed. For the first time in history, each of the 192 participating countries will have its own pavilion, enabling visitors to experience their arts, culture, heritage and more. From the world’s youngest nation South Sudan, to China, its most populous, Expo 2020 will offer innovative and unexpected ways of viewing our planet.
5. Go on an architectural adventure and marvel at buildings and installations that push boundaries in innovative and sustainable design, such as Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, which generates its own energy and water. The visually striking building features a 130-metre-wide canopy and 18 Energy Trees, fitted with state-of-the-art solar panels to meet the world’s highest green building ratings. Equally remarkable is the UAE Pavilion: spread across 15,000 sqm, the structure was inspired by the UAE’s national bird, the falcon, in flight. The design of The Good Place Pavilion by Expo Live takes its cue from the traditional Bedouin tent that hosted the pivotal 1968 meeting between the Rulers of Abu Dhabi and Dubai that led to the establishment of the UAE. Another must-see is the Water Feature in Jubilee Park that sends 153 individual waves cascading into a circle of fire. At night, the waves reverse themselves – producing a gravity-defying spectacle as they flow up the walls.
6. Stay healthy or start a whole new work-out regime with twice-daily fitness classes suitable for all ages and ability levels at Expo’s Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub. Take your pick of demonstration matches in sports such as cricket, rugby and teqball – a recently invented sports craze from Hungary. Head out to meet some of your favourite sports stars, including iconic basketballers the Harlem Globetrotters; discover how football is driving meaningful social change at one of the many activities offered by leading football club Manchester City; or check out a coaching clinic hosted by cricketing giants, the Rajasthan Royals.
7. Expo 2020 coincides with the UAE’s 50th anniversary in 2021. Starting in November and building up to UAE National Day itself on 2 December, the Golden Jubilee celebrations will enable Season Pass holders to participate in an immersive journey that charts half a century of change and progress in the UAE and looks to the nation’s future growth and prosperity, with multiple visits recommended.
8. Sample a varied and constantly changing programme of cultural events featuring musical concerts, film screenings, dance performances, poetry readings, art exhibitions and more. Standout events confirmed so far include performances by the National Ballet of Senegal and the Firdaus Orchestra, an all-women ensemble curated by Oscar-winning Indian composer AR Rahman. Be inspired by the UAE’s first curated permanent open-air art exhibition, which brings together never-before-seen artworks by 11 artists from around the world; head to the Jubilee Stage to immerse yourself in Expo Beats, a unique monthly festival that will take visitors on a journey around the globe through music, dance and culture; and don’t miss Late Nights @ Expo, which will connect an array of artists and people from across the world every Thursday and Friday.
9. Taste the world with more than 50 global cuisines served at 200 food and beverage outlets across the Expo 2020 site, ranging from street food to innovative culinary technology and sustainable dining – something that will require numerous visits for even the hungriest diners. An array of the UAE’s most renowned local eateries will feature alongside award-winning chefs representing Michelin-star restaurants from around the world.
10. Ten Theme Weeks spanning the six months of Expo 2020 will explore the most critical challenges and opportunities facing humanity today, as part of Expo’s Programme for People and Planet. The Theme Weeks will tackle issues such as Climate and Biodiversity, Urban and Rural Development, Knowledge and Learning, Health and Wellness, and Water, with conversations around questions that will shape the future of our planet.
One of the first global mega-events to take place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, inviting millions to join the making of a new world in six-month celebration of creativity, innovation, human progress and culture.
Ultimate Guide to Barsha Heights & The Greens
Our Guide to Barsha Heights & The Greens
So you’ve decided that on your next Dubai trip you’ll stay in Barsha Heights or The Greens (good choice!). Now all you need to do is decide where to eat and how to make the most of your trip. Here are our top tips on what to do, where to eat and how to spend your time – and the best thing? They are side by side so you can take advantage of both areas!
Things to Do:
Rock out at Lock, Stock & Barrel, a bar with a fun-loving vibe known for epic live music 3 nights a week, pool tables, telly screens and very decent pub grub. The have vegan options, a weekly roast dinner, a fabulous Friday brunch with all the party vibes and their ladies night is one of our favorites in town!
Get cozy at The Clavichord music lounge where guests can enjoy a wide-range selection of food and beverages open daily from 5pm until 2am. They also have weekly comedy nights as well as live music, try out their cocktail list for some classics and some cocktails with character, our favorites are choco orange or old thyme honey daiquiri .
Ostro Cafe & Restaurant: Treat yourself to healthy hearty delights in a vibrant space. If you love a breakfast buffet then look no further for places to fuel up, expect Mediterranean and international dishes, choose from the all-day breakfast menu and enjoy organic, vegan and gluten-free options until late. Meet, share and work in a friendly space, or enjoy a relaxing shisha in an outdoor cabana.
Wise Kwai: You can’t expect a 5 star Dusit hotel without a decent Thai restaurant, here steps in Wise Kwai. Experience authentic Thai street food surrounded by a creative explosion of vintage cinematic culture. Explore a menu of colourful Thai dishes made from fresh ingredients and prepared by Thai chefs. Dine in style or learn how to make classic Thai dishes with one of their cooking classes.
Lila Cafe: Lila is a purple and white oasis that stands out amidst the high-rise surrounding buildings. Inside the cafe is bright and urban, like a revamped industrial space, and there’s a quirky moving image museum upstairs. They serve a homemade arabic inspired menu as well as shish, it’s cosy and casual but the grub is great.
Things to Do:
Spend a lazy daytime or evening at Lah Lah, an edgy Pan-Asian kitchen and bar great for after work drinks, nights out and lazy lunches. Happy hour runs daily from 4pm-8pm and also one of the few bars in Dubai with Guinness on draft so lovers of this famous Irish ale can be found here. Lah Lah is dog and children friendly, the dress code is casual and the vibe is edgy and fun.
Zabeel House is home to the Native Club, Dubai’s first organic spa offering bespoke spa treatments including luxury facials, detox seaweed wraps as well as sport specific massages. They also have a well equipped gym and outdoor pool if you want to make a day of it.
Namaste! Yoga House is found in the heart of The Greens. Started just over three years ago it has quickly established itself and become one of the most highly respected centers in the city with some of the best quality of teaching. Suitable for people from all walks of life; from the advanced, to the beginners, the young and the old, the fit and the not so fit with the cute Arrows and Sparrows cafe just downstairs. They label themselves a Breathing Community where one can practice, connect and most importantly be themselves. The studio offers Yoga, Pilates and Meditation classes along with high intensity classes such as Barre, Power Pilates and other Fusions.
Organic Foods & Cafe: a family run company that runs organic supermarkets and cafés selling fresh organic and biodynamic food, supplements, skincare, cosmetics, baby items and household cleaning products. They have a gluten free bakery and it’s a great store to roam around with a great cafe attached. Their Friday brunches at the cafe have different weekly themes and their menu is amazing value for such premier ingredients.
Kinoya: this authentic Japanese place is easy to miss but offers an all-encompassing experience of atmosphere and food, by serving everyday Japanese dishes such as Donabe, Onsen Tamago, Dashi, Omurice, and many other authentic delicacies. Every aspect of Kinoya is curated to bring you a memorable experience, set to change the Japanese cuisine narrative in Dubai.
Vista del Verde: al fresco hangout boasts views out across The Greens and is decked in traditional Mexican décor, mandalas, macramés, plus plenty of on-trend foliage (hello, Instagram). It’s laid back, street food inspired even down to the drinks menu, they have great vegan options although best enjoyed during cooler months as the outdoor area has an awesome vibe to it.
Ten things you can look forward to during EXPO 2021
Ten things you can look forward to during EXPO 2021
With Expo 2020 just around the corner, we are excited as you are for the 6-month world-uniting celebration, featuring future-shaping technologies, innovation, as well as food and culture from over 190 participating countries. Running until March 31st 2022, The huge event will see countries from all over the world exhibit their vision and plans for the future, through a uniquely designed, architecturally extravagant pavilion. With so much to look forward to, here are ten things we are super excited to see and experience ahead of Expo 2021.
Expo 2020’s stellar entertainment line-up brings you Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman’s pioneering women's ensemble, the Firdaus Orchestra; Bollywood sensation Sonam Kapoor; and one of the Arab region’s most celebrated singers, Ragheb Alama.
Encompassing sounds from across the world, additional music highlights include acclaimed Italian pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi; New Zealand band Six60, who were labelled the biggest band in the world during COVID due to being able to play concerts to tens of thousands of people in their home country; acapella music from Croatia; and the Expo House Band, who will delight guests daily with their global musical prowess.
Expo 2020 will take audiences on a whirlwind tour of some of the world’s most captivating dance styles with unique and evocative storytelling, including the famously slick moves of the Russian Bolshoi; an African Circus and Dance Extravaganza by the Sarakasi Allstars; and three-time world hip-hop dance champs, The Royal Family who soared to fame when they appeared in the music video for Justin Bieber’s Sorry.
With calligraphy-inspired benches, an open-air exhibition that brings together never-before-seen artworks by 11 leading artists – including Kuwaiti visual artist Monira Al Qadiri, Icelandic–Danish artist Olafur Eliasson and British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare – and cultural showcases from the likes of Guinea, Malaysia and Uganda, the Expo grounds will be transformed into a living, breathing art gallery.
Film buffs can enjoy movie nights, immersive theatrical experiences and a 15-minute theatrical projection, The Boy and The Horse – a tribute to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, with a message of believing in oneself.
With an amplified sports and wellness programme, fitness fanatics will get to chance to meet their football and cricket heroes, discover new – and curved – ball sport teqball, and partake in daily fitness sessions at Expo’s Sports Fitness and Well-being Hub, which promises to be a hive of endorphin-elevating activity. Visitors will also have the opportunity to witness the world’s largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu lesson and to see iconic basketball exhibitionists the Harlem Globetrotters in action.
In a programme that is as diverse as it is inclusive, Expo 2020 will pay homage to UAE poetess Osha Bint Khalifa and introduce you to the sharpest minds on this planet as they clash in the World Chess Championship.
Get ready for a culinary explosion as Expo reveals award-winning chefs and brand-new dining concepts across 200-plus eateries. Together with Local Gems and Born at Expo restaurants, many internationally acclaimed restaurants will make their Dubai debut at Expo 2020. Expo’s celebrity chef line-up includes David Myers, Matthew Kenney and Mory Sacko.
Expo will also introduce an exciting range of bespoke food concepts including Alkebulan African dining hall, curated by former opera singer-turned-restauranteur, Alexander Smalls, which features 11 chef-led concepts from across the African continent; Taste of the Gulf which celebrates the region’s rich culinary heritage; and Talabat, a cloud kitchen with a fleet of riders from the food delivery platform; delivery robots and robotic baristas.
Together with a celebration for each of the 191 national days, countries will also be honouring a variety of international days. Mexico will reunite the living and dead in Dia De Los Muertos, a technicolour display of fireworks will burst across the sky during Hindu festival Diwali and Expo will invite the world to rejoice in the most wonderful time of the year during the Christmas season.
Frank Porter Guide To Springs and Meadows
Our Guide To Springs And Meadows
So you’ve decided that on your next Dubai trip you’ll stay in the Springs or the Meadows (good choice!). Now all you need to do is decide where to eat and how to make the most of your trip. Here are our top tips on what to do, where to eat and how to spend your time.
The Springs consists of 15 different sub-communities, each with a group of shared swimming pools, BBQ and picnic areas, children’s play parks and mini basketball and tennis courts.
The Springs Souk – houses an array of stores including Carrefour Market, Marks and Spencers and a pet shop. Not only can you get all of your amenities from here, but you can also visit The Warehouse Gym or watch a movie at the Reel Cinema complex. There is also an indoor play zone for children called Dig It, the perfect place to visit when when escaping the Dubai summer heat..
The Springs Souk is also the home to a variety of international restaurants that can cater from dinners with the family, right down to grabbing a quick coffee with a friend. Restaurants include Asia Tang, Carluccios, Lime Tree Cafe, Le Pain Quotidien and Crave Shack.
Springs 8 Pet Park – Voted as one of the best dog parks in Dubai, this exclusive pet friendly park is the perfect place for families to take their pooches for a walk. The park is open 24 hours and has a swing and play area for the children.
Reform Social and Grill – Located in The Lakes which is just a short drive from both The Springs and Meadows. RSG is the city’s first true gastropub and family-friendly restaurant based on one of Londons most vibrant venues. Visitors can choose to grab an English breakfast or get their roast dinner fix. There is also weekly events which include ‘Messy Play’ for the little ones and televised sports events for the adults!
The Meadows Souk is the hub of the local community and where residents can find all day to day essentials. The Souk is located on the corner of Meadows Drive and Springs Drive. The centre has a wealth of dining options as well as a large Spinneys and a choice of beauty salons. In addition, there is a jeweller, a pet shop, a Fitness First outlet as well as a variety of children’s shops.. Milk & Honey can also be found in The Meadows Souk providing residents with organic produce and sweet treats. Starbucks and Shakespeare's café can also be enjoyed in the Meadows Souk, the perfect location for a catch- up lunch or coffee with friends.
The Meadows Village – A newly renovated retail centre and lifestyle destination. Retail outlets include British supermarket Waitrose, The clinic by Medcare, Fitness First as well as an opticians, pet shop and beauty salons.
Montgomerie Golf Club – Located next door to the Meadows. The 265 acre golf course consist of 123 acres of turf which include 14 lakes and 81 large bunkers. Visitors can also check out the Montgomerie club house, complete with a state of the art gym and pool that overlooks the 18th hole. In addition, the clubhouse also has 4 restaurants which all offer top notch meals and drinks.
The Orangery – Located at The Montgomery Academy with modern décor and elegant charm, The Orangery is simply perfect for that late lunch or more intimate dinner. It also offers an exceptional terrace with a stunning backdrop of the Montgomery driving range and Dubai’s iconic skyline. The Orangery will take you on a culinary journey ‘Around the World’ with a selection of worldly dishes and unique cocktails inspired by the travels of Phileas Fogg.
Phileas Fogg – Bar and restaurant also located at The Montgomery Academy. The venue offers both indoor and outdoor seating with views of the Marina skyscrapers. The globally themed menu offers a variety of choices such as Char Siu Pork Ribs, Moules Marinere and Pad Thai! The venue also features a fully air-conditioned play area and kids menu, making it the perfect places to take the family.
Our Ultimate Guide to JVT and JVC
Guide to JVC and JVT
So you’ve decided that on your next Dubai trip you’ll stay in JVT or JVC (good choice!). Now all you need to do is decide where to eat and how to make the most of your trip. Here are our top tips on what to do, where to eat and how to spend your time.
Sticky Rice – a small family run Thai restaurant with a big personality and passion for serving nothing but bonafide Thai food and desserts The restaurant offers a cozy setting with homely vibes and a menu filled with Thai classic dishes that are cooked with love.
Circle Mall – Located in the heart of Jumeirah Village Circle, this mall offers 80 retail stores, 40 dine in options and a 100+ seated food court. Pop to Spinneys to stock up your kitchen shelves or grab a bite to eat in Chai and Co. Circle Mall is the perfect stop for all your local amenities.
Bakericious – a cafe and bakery offering coffee, artisan pastries and international main courses with a continental ambiance. Get your English breakfast fix or keep it local with Shakshouka.
Five Jumeriah Village Circle – a city chic hotel with 269 swimming pools is set in the heart of JVC. Dine in options include the funky street food eatery Soul Street and al fresco favorite Tratorria by Cinque. Relax and unwind at Re-Five Spa or visit the high tech InstaBody gym. Redeemable day passes are also available to use at the pool.
JVT Community park – this beautiful space offers a neighbourhood friendly atmosphere with classical park amenities such as swings and slides. Better still the park offers sun covering so visitors can enjoy it for even longer during the summer months. Kids can enjoy physical activities and keep fit at the jungle gym.
Forni Pizza and Manakeesh – Try handmade pizza and delicious manakeesh all made with love in the heart of Jumeirah Village Triangle. Whether your’e into veggies or a meat feast, there is something for all pizza lovers out there.
City Centre Me’aisem Mall – Located opposite JVT this small mall offers the community an array of essential needs including a carrefour hypermarket, Starbucks and a Bath and Body Works.
How to maximize rental incomes over the summer in Dubai
How do you maximize rental incomes over the summer in Dubai?
Despite the adverse effects of the pandemic on the hospitality industry, the short term rental market is thriving and occupancy/higher nightly rates are up by 124%. If you are a homeowner looking to increase your holiday home’s profit, or simply someone looking for a reason to invest in a home, here are some tips to help you out:
Perfect your pricing!
To begin, ignore what long-term rental properties charge for monthly rents. Rather, look at them, but only to run a comparative cash flow analysis to determine which leasing model would generate more profit for your property. Your competition as a vacation rental operator doesn’t include long-term rentals, but rather hotels and other comparable vacation units. Get a sense for what hotels and similar vacation rentals charge in your immediate area. Consider aiming for around 20% less on a nightly basis than nearby hotels.
Keep in mind that your pricing can and should rise as you establish yourself and your unit. In the beginning, with few or no reviews, you’ll probably need to entice your first guests with bargain pricing. Once you establish legitimacy through reviews, you can raise your pricing to meet or slightly surpass nearby competitors.
Push for Longer Stays
As with long-term rentals, the greatest labor and costs in managing short-term rentals come from turnovers. From cleaning to coordinating access with guests and answering their questions, it costs far more time and money to rent to 10 guests in a one-month period than to a single guest staying for an entire month.
What’s more, short bookings can actually cost you the more lucrative longer bookings. If someone rents your unit for one night, it prevents a prospective two-week guest from being able to book your unit for that block. So, price accordingly. Charge a higher nightly rate for stays under a week, and then offer a discount for guests who stay at least seven days. Keep graduating that discount the longer they stay, up to a month.
Consider Pet Friendly Policies
Pet owners often have a hard time finding hotels and vacation rentals that accommodate their four-legged family members. That means a shortage of supply, which in turn creates an opportunity. Of course, pets cause more wear and tear on your rental property. That means you should charge extra for them to make it worth your while. By accepting pets, you can not only collect more money on a nightly basis, but you can also attract more guests and achieve higher occupancy rates. And in the vacation rental business, profits come down to occupancy.
Build a base for reviews
You can put together the best listing in the world, but if you have no reviews, guests will be reluctant to book with you. Start with a simple two-pronged approach to scoring reviews. First, price your property competitively to beat your competition if you don’t have many reviews. Second, put together a guest follow-up strategy for securing reviews.
Work with Frank Porter
Fortunately, Frank Porter can do all the work for you so you can sit back, relax and count your dirhams. Is your apartment not quite ready for guests (or even completely bare)? Frank Porter offers everything from staging to full design services. Additionally, they communicate with potential guests, manage arrivals and departures, coordinate across platforms, and take care of all the paperwork and regulations. They even do the laundry! Whether you do it on your own, or use Frank Porter, there’s never been a better time to rent out your apartment. Turn your home into flexible income that you control!
Frank Porter world-class Airbnb management services, takes the hassle out of renting out your property on Airbnb and similar platforms, so you can sit back, relax and count your dirhams