The United Arab Emirates

Known as UAE or The United Arab Emirates, is a country consisting of seven emirates (kingdoms) that are loosely arranged in a type of federalist system of governance. They each also retain their own one-of-a-kind character as each of the emirates has a fair bit of autonomy.

Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the two emirates that are most familiar to travelers. Let us momentarily take a glimpse at the two emirates to see how they distinct from a traveler’s outlook.

Dubai

Of the two emirates, Dubai is the more glamorous. It offers an extravagant display of wealth, and is known for being an oasis for the extremely wealthy. Spending luxurious holidays in Dubai know no restrictions, and when the topic is the luxury hotels, travelers have innumerable choices.

A few meters off the coast is the Burj Al Arab is situated on a private island and is easily known as one of the world’s most luxurious hotels.

The Armani Hotel is another option, which is housed in the Burj Khalifa – the world’s tallest building – and is the solely Armani Hotel in the world.

Any visitor should be prepared because a visit to Dubai is not cheap, nor is it modest. Throughout the year, high-profile conventions and happenings take place and jet-setters come in and out of Dubai’s jaw-dropping international airport at a high-speed pace.

Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, for most of recent history, has been in the second view of its more glamorous cousin, as Dubai has favored the vast majority of attention from international travelers.

This, however, is beginning to differ as Abu Dhabi is now assertive and is a serious push for consideration as one of the world’s greatest cities.

Abu Dhabi has still managed to attract top-tier events like the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – an annual Formula One race, but still inherently more modest than Dubai.

 

The Ancient City of Luxor

The ancient city of Luxor was one of the greatest cities in the world, at some point in time, 4,000 years ago. Luxor was then known as the golden-era of Thebes and this went on for thousands of years.

Its majesty is comparable to that of Athens or Rome. Magnificent pharaohs created an almost incredible number of tombs, temples and monuments in the
city and its encompassing, which up to this time preserved most of their astonishing grandeur.

Like most Egyptian cities, Luxor which is approximately 700 kilometers south of Cairo,  and is situated along the River Nile. A small patch of greenery traces the shores of the River Nile, considered as the longest river in the world. It crawls through the Sahara Desert and its waters are the main reason why there is civilization in the area.

There is a remarkable contrast that is being created in Luxor. The city of Luxor is green with its outskirts mostly covered by small farming plots. At the same time, if you go just a few minutes outside the city, you would think that the enormous sand dunes and mountains of Sahara were endless.

At the heart of the city is the Luxor Temple, and the sandstone columns are covered in hieroglyphs. It looks even more spectacular at night. What contains the spiritual knowledge of ancient Egypt are the hieroglyphs that embellish every inch of the temple.

The falling off of the Egyptian civilization and religion occurred rather abruptly and so fast was the replacement of hieroglyphics by the Greek alphabet. The meanings of the hieroglyphs went astray even to the modern Egyptians
themselves.

Regardless of what people say, there will always be more phenomenons to explore and secrets to discover. In essence, a tour to Luxor is a remarkable adventure into ancient Egypt, one that should not be forgotten.

Plan A Trip to The Himalayas

If seeing the Himalayas is not in your bucket list, then you better start adding it because this magnificent view is truly a wonder, and is really beyond beautiful.

Not everyone gets the chance to see this mesmerizing view, and for those who are lucky enough to prepare and plan a trip to the Himalayas, here are some tips that you might actually find helpful.

First, make sure to check the weather on the dates that you will be traveling. May to September are the ideal months to explore the place, but the trekking season stretches from March to June.

Second, prepare a map and an itinerary. There are well-defined trekking routes that you can go with but if you are more of a thrill seeker, the off-the-grid adventures should fit you better. If you opt to go with the latter, do some research and talk to the locals before you start your journey to the mountains.

Third, hire a guide. Even if you love adventures, it’s highly recommended that you get a local guide to go trekking with you. This is just to make sure that you’re on the right track and that you’ll have the best experience in the Himalayas.

Fourth, prepare a budget. Most of the advanced and difficult trails are on the pricey side. Don’t forget to bring cash because you can’t always use your credit cards when you’re in the mountains.

Fifth, pack light and wisely. Again, you have to check the weather before you travel so you know what clothes and equipment to bring. Keep your essentials handy for a smooth experience.

Sixth, store enough food and water. You will be trekking, remember?

Lastly, stop, and breathe. Make sure that you are ready to travel to one of the best places on earth. You won’t regret it.