Aliens VS Predator

Travel Info October 29th, 2007

Aliens VS Predator

Who would want to buy this? For sure I am not the one. I found this metal things at Al Jaber Gallery in City Centre, Dubai. Apart from this Aliens vs Predator things, there are many other nice souvenirs available at Al Jaber gallery.

Prepaid Mobile Service For Visitors in UAE

Travel Info October 28th, 2007

Du Mobile

Pay only AED70 for activation fee and you will get a SIM plus a free AED20 recharge card to use straightaway. That is a mobile prepaid service for visitors to UAE from DU, a new telecommunications service provider in UAE. In UAE, visitors only have two mobile phone providers to choose from. So, I am providing a table of comparison in between package being offered by both company for visitors to UAE.

Features Etisalat Du
Start up Cost AED 90 with free AED35 recharge card AED70 with free AED20 recharge card
Calls to all national mobiles and landlines 0.50 / min 1 fils per second
National SMS 0.30 / SMS 30 fils per message
International SMS 0.90 / SMS 90 fils per message
National MMS 0.45 / MMS of 50 KB 45 fils per 50kb message
International Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) to selected destinations 1.80 / MMS of 50 KB 180 fils per 50kb message
National Video Calls 0.75 / min 1 fils per second
International Video calls to selected destinations 3.50 / min 7 fils per second
Validity Period 90 days-Non-renewabl 90 days Renewable

So, by looking at the table, the difference is not much and you can make the choice according to your requirement.

The Historic First Flight Of The Airbus A380

Travel Info October 28th, 2007

Singapore A380

The very much awaited first commercial flight of Airbus A380 has taken off safely from Singapore to Sydney on Oct 25. Air tickets for the inaugural flight was auctioned off in a charity auction held by Singapore Airlines to drum up publicity. I am not generous enough to participate in the charity auction although I would love to try the brand new Airbus A380. I have read that someone has paid $20,000 for a business class seat in that inaugural flight to Sydney.

The Egyptian Pound

Travel Info October 28th, 2007

Egyptian pound

The Egyptian pound, known in Arabic as the gunaih is the currency of Egypt. Every one pound is divided into 100 piastres. Locally, the abbreviation L.E., which stands for livre égyptienne (French for Egyptian pound) is frequently used while the international standard code for the currency is EGP. Banknotes which currently in circulation are 5, 10, 25, 50 piastres, 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 pounds. Notes of 25 piastres and above are issued by the Central Bank of Egypt, while 5 and 10 piastres are issued by the Ministry of Finance. The Central Bank website put the two lower valued notes under the category “coins” instead of “banknotes”. I am not sure whether they have coins or not but I have not seen a single coins of Egyptian pound while in Cairo last few months.

EGP1.00 =  USD0.1810 (Exchange rate on Oct 26)

Public Holidays in Jordan

Travel Info October 16th, 2007

Public Holidays in Jordan for 2007 and 2008. Official weekend for Jordan is Friday.

2007
1 Jan New Year’s Day.
20 Jan Muharram (Islamic New Year).
30 Jan King Abdullah II’s Birthday.
31 Mar Birthday of the Prophet Muhammad pbuh.
6 Apr Good Friday.
9 Apr Easter Monday.
1 May Labour Day.
25 May Independence Day.
10 Jun Army Day.
11 Aug Prophet’s Ascension.
13 Sep Ramadan begins.
13 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
14 Nov King Hussein Remembrance Day.
20 Dec Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
25 Dec Christmas.

2008
1 Jan New Year’s Day.
10 Jan Islamic New Year.
30 Jan King Abdullah II’s Birthday.
20 Mar Mawlid al-Nabi (Birth of the Prophet).
21 Mar Good Friday.
23 Mar Easter Monday.
1 May Labour Day.
25 May Independence Day.
10 Jun Army Day.
30 Jul Prophet’s Ascension.
2 Sep Ramadan begins.
2 Oct Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan).
14 Nov King Hussein Remembrance Day.
9 Dec Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice).
25 Dec Christmas.
29 Dec Islamic New Year.