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Dubai has over 13 million visitors a year

With year round sunshine and warm waters, some of the worlds finest hotels and shopping like nowhere else, Dubai is a favorite holiday destination of tourists from all over the globe.

So what other than the year round hot weather attracts over a million visitors every month. Well the answer is Dubai offers just about everything you could ever wish for, that`s why its a favorite with the rich and famous and even if your not an A list celebrity, you sure will be treated like one.

Miles and miles of beaches, and if that was not enough, Dubai built a few hundred kilometers more with the Palm Island project and the world islands projects which added valuable prime beach front real estate available to large hotels and resorts and high end private villas. The Atlantis hotel made the most of this by building its iconic world class hotel, resort and water park at the tip of the Palm Jumeirah.

5 star hotels in Dubai is considered the Normal and most will go above and beyond to offer you everything you could ever wish for. Want a helicopter to take you out to the desert for a camel ride and some dune surfing, sure they will arrange that. Want to be picked up form the airport in a pristine white Rolls Royce? well this is just the everyday norm for visitors to the self acclaimed 7 star Burj Al Arab.

You want it, Dubai will do its very best to deliver it and if you want some ideas of what to do see our list below to give you some ideas to ask your concierge to arrange.

Some of the worlds top Sporting events including:

  • Dubai Classic Golf Championship
  • Barclays Dubai Tennis Championship
  • UIM World Powerboat racing tour.
  • Dubai Classic Snooker tournament.

Tourist attractions in Dubai:

  • Wadi Wadi Water park
  • Dubai Zoo
  • Al Fahidi Fort
  • Dubai Sports City.
  • Sega Republic
  • Burj Khalifa

Shopping in Dubai:

  • The Dubai Mall
  • Sunset Mall
  • Mall of the Emirates.

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The Airbus A380 can carry up to 853 Passengers

Entering service in October 2007 the Airbus A380 having two passenger floors the whole length of its body is currently the largest commercial passenger jet by measure of maximum potential passenger numbers and usable floor space.

The A380 although capable of transporting 853 people is more often than not configured into a multi class format, usually transporting around 500-600 passengers across 3 classes.

Powered by four engines a cruise speed of around 560mph is typical at a maximum cruise altitude of 43,000ft. Being so large the A380 has one of the longest take off and landing length requirements in the world. Given the needs to also accommodate the double passenger floors means that not many airports have the facilities to receive flights from the large jets.

Having a range of around 8500 miles the A380 is ranked among the highest in terms of serviceable range and has the second longest continuous routes in the world.

Currently there are approximately 200 Airbus A380s in operation across 13 airlines with many more on order. The largest operator, Emirates currently has a further 60 jets on order whilst already having a fleet of 82. Orders outstanding are still subject to change and cancellations are possibly on the cards due to the high fuel costs and operating costs whilst more modern wide body twin engine jets are looking far more attractive due to higher fuel efficiency and improved range offered by planes such as the Dreamliner.

A380s are currently operated by the following airlines:

  • Air France
  • Asiana Airlines
  • British Airways
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways
  • Korean Air
  • Lufthansa
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Singapore AIrlines
  • Thai Airways
  • Qantas
  • Qatar Airways

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Vatican City is the smallest country in the world

Measuring 0.44km², Vatican City is only a quarter the size of the second smallest country in the world which is Monaco.

Located on the western outskirts of Rome, the country formally gained independence from Italy in 1929 when it was declared a City-State under the Lateran Treaty whereby the Holy See, of whom the Pope is the head of state, would have complete jurisdiction and sovereignty of the City State.

Although tiny in terms of area, Vatican city has much of interest for the tourist and visitor. Along with many museums are some of the oldest and most historic buildings in the world. In fact the whole city was in 1984 made a UNESCO World heritage site.

The prominent Renaissance and Baroque architecture and the many famous murals by the likes of Michelangelo attract millions of visitors every year and with just reason, there truly is no where like it on the planet.

Visiting Vatican City does not require the production of a passport and people are free to move in and out of the walled city without restriction. A few areas are out of bounds to tourists such as the Gardens but access is freely granted to the streets and St Marks Square. Many of the City’s historic and world known buildings including the Sistine Chapel are open to the public and operate as museums for an entrance fee.

Popular Buildings, Monuments and Museums of Vatican City:

  • St Peters Square.
  • Sistine Chapel.
  • Vatican Library ( open to public who can prove the need to use for research ).
  • Papal Art Museum.
  • Apostolico Palace – The Popes official residence.
  • St Peters Basilica.
  • Vatican Pharmacy – The busiest in the world.
  • Vatican Post office

Getting to the City:

Access is only via foot and visitors likely to be coming from central Rome would be best suited to arrive via Metro, although other public transport, taxis and buses are also available.

Nearest Metro Stations – Cipro and Ottaviano.

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Route 66 is 2451 miles long

One of the worlds most famous tourist drives and ranking high on many travelers wish list route 66 combines historic tourist sites combined with modern metropolitan cities.

Running from Santa Monica in California to Chicago Illinois the route passes through eight states and although the modern Route 66 now bypasses much of the original route, some of which is now designated a scenic highway, the new roads and never to far away from a visit on the original trail.

Route 66 Facts:

    • Passes through 8 states
    • Founded in 1926
    • Original route length was 2448 miles

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Heathrow handles some 75 million passengers a year

Heathrow Airport is the United Kingdoms largest airport which handles over 75 million passengers annually.

Located in west London just inside the M25 the airport serves a large area of the UK and handles both regional and international flights. Heathrow is one of the busiest airports in the world by passenger numbers, however the current busiest title is  held by Dubai international DXB leaving Heathrow sixth on the list.

More Heathrow Facts:

    • 4 Terminals
    • 2 Runways
    • Over 80 Airlines
    • 185 Destinations Served

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