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The African Big Five

You might hear the word Africa and immediately think of Simba; a cute little lion cub in the vast Savannah plains. You might also think of the big five; lions, rhinos, leopards, buffalo and elephants, but Africa has more to boast about than just its epic safaris. Here’s our list of the top 5 African destinations you can’t miss.

Morocco

Morocco is full of beautiful towns and villages, but two to note for any Moroccan tourist has to be Fes and Marrakech. You’ll feel like you’re in Assassin’s Creed as you explore and barter in the markets and back streets! If you’ve got some time to spare, take a 4×4 into the Sahara for a night under the stars – or if you’d rather a more authentic form of transport, you can also go by camel! Don’t forget to try the food, just thinking about tagines is making us slobber.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

It’s Africa’s biggest mountain, we couldn’t not talk about it! If you want an active holiday then this is for you. Enjoy rainforest slopes, glaciers and a tower of lava as you hike to the summit. We would recommend a night hike on the final leg of the climb so you can see the sunrise from Stella Point. After all that, head back down to Moshi Camp for a celebratory (and much needed) hot shower and drink! 

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Cool off in Dubai

So you are heading to Dubai? Or maybe you are looking for a good reason to stop over in this rapidly growing desert city. Here is one solid (and very fun) reason – the water parks are INSANE. What better way to conquer the heat than to cool off by relaxing on a lazy river or plummeting down an extreme water slide? Take a look at Dubai’s top two water parks and see where you could be making a splash…

Aquaventure Waterpark

Wild Wadi Tantrum Alley

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Food trucks, avocado and grilled cheese: The best places to eat in Dubai

Hipsters, hold onto your beard trimmers, because Dubai is the new stopover destination for foodies! Knowing and loving Dubai’s fine dining and streetside shawarma reputation as we do, we were similarly surprised (delighted) by rumours of cereal killers, shipping containers and bottomless brunches. So we investigated, and discovered that Dubai has some of the best breakfasts, baristas and beards this side of Brick Lane, Brooklyn, Berlin and Brunswick Street (the four official coordinates of global hipsterdom, look it up).


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Don’t believe us, read on. And grab a napkin for the drool.

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Why stop in Dubai?

Far too many of us touch down in Dubai and never leave the glistening white walls of the modern terminal building. If you are planning a trip (whoop!), or even have one booked (double whoop!) here’s 7 reasons why you should make your stay in Dubai 48 hours, rather than 4:

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Skyscrapers, Souqs and Sweet Milk – Emirates Insider Dubai

Today’s blog comes from Alistair Lee – a Travel Expert from our UK Contact Centre who headed out to Dubai in February as our Emirates Insider.

When I was asked to go out on a trip to Dubai and be followed by a camera crew for a few days I was, well, apprehensive to say the least! Not because of the destination, I’ve been to Dubai 6 or 7 times so I was confident that I could find my way around and show off the best things to do, but being filmed on the beach in my green shorts was a different matter entirely. They are mine by the way, and I know they look great.

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