November 29, 2011 |
It already seems like 2013 is shaping up as a great year for ride enthusiasts around the world, as a number of new theme parks are planned for Asia and several major attractions are in the works for Europe. > Photos: Best new international theme park rides for 2013 Consider this a tentative and fluid list of new attractions on tap at international parks (outside the United States). A number of oft-delayed projects have been given new 2013 opening dates that could get postponed again, while several recently announced theme parks may never advance past the planning stages.
November 23, 2011 |
Emirates airline is cutting rates by 10% on flights from Los Angeles to Dubai in a limited-time offer that ends Thanksgiving Day. The deal: The airline operates nonstop daily flights between Los Angeles (LAX) and Dubai Airport (DXB). The sale, which is available only online, applies to first-, business- and economy-class fares. Use the code "AEAME11" to get the discount when making a reservation. When: The offer is good for reservations made between now and 11: 59 p.m. PST Thursday (for travel from now through Dec. 7 and Jan. 12-March 31. Tested: I checked sale rates for flights from LAX to Dubai on Feb. 1 and returning on Feb. 8. The round-trip fare cost $1,422 per person including tax with the discount.
November 15, 2011 |
Iranian media are raising questions about the reported suicide in a Dubai, United Arab Emirates, hotel room of the son of a prominent Iranian politician and former Revolutionary Guard commander. The body of Ahmed Rezai was found Saturday in his hotel suite, according to news reports. He was the son of Mohsen Rezai, secretary-general of Iran's influential Expediency Council, which advises the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The elder Rezai ran unsuccessfully as a conservative challenger to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009's disputed election.
August 28, 2011
Regarding "Destination: Dubai" by Catharine Hamm [On the Spot, Aug. 14]: It is less than safe for gay travelers in much of the Middle East (lesbians "don't exist" in Muslim cultures). Dubai is quite homophobic. Let readers be aware of the pitfalls for gay male tourists traveling to much of the Muslim world, where leaders and the media are routinely anti-gay. I know, having visited such countries, from Syria to Malaysia. Henry Nicklin Pacific Palisades :: Another thing travelers to Dubai can do in a single day is take a tour of Oman's Musandam Peninsula.
August 14, 2011 |
Question: I would like to know when is the best time to go to Dubai and when it's best to get tickets for a vacation like this one. Jose Peralta Inglewood Answer: I don't mean to sound too Bill Clinton-esque, but "best" depends on what your definition of "best" is. The hotter it is in Dubai, the lower the hotel prices, for instance. So if your definition of "best" is "least expensive," get those reservations made. From June to September, average temperatures are above 100 degrees during the day and level off to the 80s at night.
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June 1, 2011 |
An Iranian man living in Woodland Hills pleaded guilty Tuesday in plots to illegally export missile components and radio test sets to Iran. Davoud Baniameri, 38, pleaded guilty in federal court in Illinois to one count of conspiring to export goods and technology to Iran without a license and a single count of attempting to export defense articles without a license. Baniameri is an Iranian citizen who lived in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident and ran an export business.
March 19, 2011 |
The left-hander with the bulletproof game and the new gunslinger in town will play in Sunday's men's singles final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. It will be No. 1 versus No. 2, as tennis fans here have been coveting for the last several years. But the names that go with the numbers won't exactly be what they wanted, and clearly rooted for Saturday afternoon in the packed 16,100-seat stadium at Indian Wells Tennis Garden. They got only half their wish. No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who plays like he is trying to wear out the energizer bunny, defeated Juan Martin del Potro, 6-4, 6-4. That set the stage for the duel in the desert that has never happened, the Nadal-Roger Federer matchup that has captivated the world in places such as Melbourne, Paris and Wimbledon, England.
February 13, 2011 |
Alvaro Quiros played golf with swagger Sunday in the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. His round of 68 included a hole in one, eagle and triple-bogey eight and the 28-year-old Spaniard's aggressive play was crowd pleasing and good enough to win. And it was reminiscent of how one of the tournament's also-rans, Tiger Woods, used to play. Woods had begun the day one shot behind co-leaders Anders Hansen, James Kingston and Rory McIlroy. After bogeying two of the first three holes and finishing with an emotionless double-bogey seven on the final hole, Woods' three-over-par 75 left him tied for 20th at four-under 284, seven shots behind the winner and still searching for his first tournament win since November of 2009 "There were quite a few positives this week but a couple of glaring examples of what I need to work on," Woods told reporters in Dubai.
February 4, 2011 |
As many foreigners and natives fled the turmoil roiling Egypt, Hatem Refaat boarded a near-empty plane in Dubai on Thursday night and headed back home to Cairo to join the massive demonstrations against longtime President Hosni Mubarak. Refaat, 39, left his homeland 12 years ago for Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and then took a tourism job in Germany. Now a divorced father of three, he owns a company in Dubai, Pure Arabian Tourism. He had grown impatient watching the protests on television.
January 10, 2011 |
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday joined the debate about the motive in the shootings in Arizona that targeted U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, comparing the shooter with an ideologically driven terrorist. Appearing on "Sweet Talk," a satellite-TV show for Arab women, Clinton said American society, like the Muslim world, suffered from extremism and cited the shootings Saturday in Tucson. "Look, we have extremists in my country," Clinton said while taping the show at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi.