Sustainability and why it is important for Dubai

Sustainability is more than just environment. At Platinum Heritage, we embrace the three pillars of sustainability: respect for the environment, preservation and protection of local culture, and financial support for local communities. Our numerous awards including our most recent award, Best Sustainability Education Programme award at the 2018 Gulf Sustainability and CSR Awards are testament [...]
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How to greet in Arabic

You’re visiting Dubai and you want to talk the talk and walk the walk. Having a little bit of Arabic under your belt is a great way to do that. You’ll especially want to know some of the key phrases when you experience the famous “Arab hospitality”. From the minute you meet someone until the [...]
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When is the best time to visit Dubai?

You want to go to Dubai? We don’t blame you. But what’s the best time of the year to visit this desert oasis? The answer is a little more complicated. It depends on what the “best time to visit” means to you. Do you mean the best time to shop? The best time to hit [...]
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Does travelling make you happy?

Why do you travel and want to be on vacation? Maybe it is to explore the world, meet new people, to try new things? All of these reasons are valid but not the most popular motivation. The most popular motivation to travel is to relax. Did you know that a person is 30% less likely [...]
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How to use TripAdvisor like a Pro

Recently TripAdvisor has come under scrutiny with well publicised cases of how easy it is to use fake TripAdvisor reviews to cheat the results. Can we still trust TripAdvisor in 2018 ? We say yes, as long as you are savvy and know what to look for. Amongst the many corrupt companies faking it on [...]
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Can I trust TripAdvisor in 2018

Today, hardly anyone plans a vacation without taking at least a cautionary glance at TripAdvisor to see how one should spend their valuable time and money whilst abroad. Why not hear some honest feedback from likeminded travel bugs? It sounds great in theory and perhaps it was in the early days of TripAdvisor. Recently, however, [...]
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Are you a tourist or a traveller? What’s the difference you might ask? We define “Tourist” as someone that travels somewhere to tick off the must do activities. They will participate in the things to do list that is most published by the big brand guide books. A “Traveller” wants to look a bit deeper, [...]
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Did you know that plastic left behind by travelers kills hundreds of camels in the UAE each year? That’s terrible. And it’s completely avoidable. Platinum Heritage made the switch from plastic bottles to stainless steel reusable bottles. Not only is this more environmentally-friendly (the camels will thank you), you get a souvenir to take home [...]
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How does Dubai’s VAT effect Tourists

For international visitors to Dubai and the UAE, the introduction of a value-added-tax, or VAT should not be any great cause for concern. There are a few specific considerations when evaluating the impact this will make on your vacation. It is only 5% and should be included in the price of your Dubai activities. Dubai’s [...]
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How to get around in Dubai

You’re coming to Dubai. Congratulations. Welcome to the pearl of the desert. ...But now that you’re here, how do you get around? You want to get acquainted with the local transportation options as soon as you touch down. Don’t worry, there are lots of options available (and almost all of them are air-conditioned). No matter [...]
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