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SRI LANKA

Officially renowned as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, the island is situated southeast of India and is surrounded by the mighty Indian Ocean. Often called the "tear-drop" nation, owing to its shape, it is synonymous with the Indian epic 'Ramayana', and is littered with temples and ruins dedicated to the same.

Sri Lanka’s Capital Colombo, a port city, with a rich colonial heritage, on the Western coast is a potpourri of races, religions and cultures. Colombo displays the best and worst the country has to offer. The city is a contrast itself, with mansions, lush gardens, fine dining options, shopping malls packed with expensive designer brands standing next to urban slums; diesel fumed congested roads and street markets. Despite its small size just 37.31 km² Colombo offers a varying selection of experience ranging from taking a tuktuk ride, a visit to Pettah market and eating Kottu to playing a round of golf and having high tea at one of the colonial style hotels overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka's tourism is characterized by its colonial architecture, and Buddhist temples, stunning beaches. Yala National Park is a delight for the one's who love flora and fauna and is home to wildlife such as leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. Sri Lanka also has several elephant sancturies and turtle hatcherys. From stunning beaches to wildlife reserves, places in Sri Lanka are sure keep you coming back to it's shores.

DUBAI

Being the largest and the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai tourism is highly boosted by luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture and a lively nightlife scene. The vivacious city is roosted on the Gulf coastline and is also famous for being the most cosmopolitan city in the Middle East. The city is well-known for its elevated structures and palm molded islands. Dubai tends to sunshine all year round with blue skies and enjoys an arid subtropical climate. Apart from that, you will never find the city at rest as it provides a vision of future developments in the world.

Coming to the warm welcoming nature of Dubai, people there are inviting and benevolent. With the adoption of multiple cultures by the local people, Dubai displays its variety in terms of food, fashion and music. With over 95 malls that include a formidable choice of brands, from high-street to high-end, it is, with no doubt, the fashion capital of the region. As an Islamic country, Dubai culture is no different from the Muslims' culture and many restaurants and cafes close during daylight hours in Ramadan period.

Travelling to Dubai is a hassle free adventure. There are multiple flights running on daily basis with Dubai International Airport which manages more than 7,000 weekly international flights. You can find accommodations there per your financial allowance which would not unnecessarily make a hole in your wallet.

Keeping all these factors in mind, Dubai has become a famous tourist destination for family travelers and sight seers from around the world. With incredible buildings & structures, world class shopping experience, amusement parks, adventure activities & dynamic nightlife, travelling to Dubai is not something that you can afford to miss.

PLACES TO VISIT

SRI LANKA

Dambulla Cave Temple
The most popular among the best places to visit in Sri Lanka is the Dambulla cave temple. It tops the Sri Lanka tourist destinations. The largest temple complex in Sri Lanka, its statues and paintings date back to 12th Century AD. The temple complex has five rooms of different sizes; all rooms have Buddha in a different position looking calm and peaceful. The temple is built on a black rocky mountain which serves as a nice contrast with the white walls of the temple. Dont miss the view from the top. The temple can be easily accessed from both Colombo and Kandy.

Yala National Park
Missing Yala National Park while Sri Lanka sightseeing might bring regret to wildlife lovers. It is home to a host of wildlife and birds you are bound to run into a group of elephants bathing in streams, tossing their trunks wildly or leopards nestling lazily on tree branches. You could opt for the safari drives or a nature trail among the thick green foliage of the forest. Some tourists also camp at Yala and enjoy barbeque under the stars. Yala is the perfect place to try your hand at wildlife photography.

Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa
Sigiriya or the mount of remembrance is a World Heritage Site and one of the most stunning places to see in Sri Lanka. This giant formation of rock rises out of nowhere towering over everything in its vicinity. It is quite a climb to the top but once up there you will get to see a panoramic view of the nearby sights and the Sigiriya fort. The rock fortress is a slice of history perched on a rock and is really worth a visit.

Galle
Galle is an important city in Sri Lanka and is a one-stop destination where you can take in all it's sights and sounds. One of the best places to visit in Sri Lanka is the Galle Fort. The Galle Fort area has wide cobblestoned roads and a number of eateries and cafes. Try and catch the sunset while you are there. There are a number of trinket shops and galleries that you can visit. Another picturesque destination for sightseeing in Sri Lanka is the Japanese Peace Pagoda. Quite close to the Unawatuna beach, it is a white dome of serenity.

Temple of Tooth
The temple of the tooth is again a popular one among tourist places in Sri Lanka. This temple in Kandy is iconic because of the history attached to it. With a quaint setup and interesting artifacts, this temple is worth a visit.

Nuwara Eliya
Nuwara Eliya is most famous for its tea gardens and scenery. With misty clouds, lush green sloping hills and a train that look splendid. It is a hilly paradise and another great addition to Sri Lankas tourist attractions.

Trincomalee
Trincomalee, among many similar Sri Lanka tourist spots, is blessed with a beautiful beach. If you are up for an underwater diving tour, then SLDT (Sri Lanka Diving Tours) will give you the best experience. Besides water sports, there are also many temples and beaches in Trincomalee. Theres also a war cemetery which is surrounded by lush gardens, which makes it one of the best places to see in Sri Lanka.


DUBAI

Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in late 2008 which gives you the feeling of being on top of the world. Burj Khalifa is surrounded by a park which is designed same as the tower, based on the flower of the Hymenocallis, a desert plant. With all these amazing features, Burj Khalifa makes its place in one of the most famous tourist destinations in Dubai.

Dubai Fountain
Set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. The fountain would not fail to amaze you as it is animated with performances set to light and music. It is so bright that it is visible from every point on the lake promenade and from many neighboring structures. Music played through the speakers around the lake accompanies the fountain's performances which is not actually audible to the audiences seeing the show from surrounding buildings.

Dubai Aquarium
Underwater tunnel under a huge shark- & ray-filled tank, plus a creepy crawly zone with snakes can get anyone's interest in exploring the Dubai Aquarium. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, it is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai.

Burj al Arab
The iconic sail-shaped silhoutte of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands tall as a beacon of modern Dubai, characterized by the finest hospitality you can ever experience.

Dubai Marina
Take a stroll on a traditional dhow cruise which is an Arabian wooden boat and take in spectacular views on the Dubai Marina along with a lavish international buffet dinner, a memory you will cherish forever.

Ferrari Park
The Ferrari World, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, is the first Ferrari-branded theme park. You wouldn't want to miss riding the world's fastest roller coaster that can get anyone's adrenaline rushed.

Dubai Miracle Garden
The garden is famous for being launched on the Valentine's Day in 2013. It's the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

The Palm Islands
Palm Jumeirah is an outstanding attraction in Dubai, which looks like a stylised palm tree from above and is home to many luxury hotels and resorts. DescriptionPalm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Duba

USEFUL INFORMATION

SRI LANKA

Time-Zone
Time zone in Sri Lanka is Indian Standard Time (GMT+5:30)

Language
Sinhalese, Tamil and English are the most widely spoken languages in Sri Lanka.

Currency
Sri Lankan Rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka (LKR).

Uselful Telephone Numbers
Police Emergency Hotline 118 / 119
Ambulance / Fire & rescue 110
Accident Service-General Hospital-Colombo 011-2691111
Tourist Police 011-2421052


DUBAI

Time Zone
The standard time zone in Dubai is UTC/GMT+04.

Language
The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but English is spoken practically everywhere.

Currency
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED).

Useful Telephone Numbers
Police 999
Ambulance 998
Firefighters 997
Roads and Transport Authority 800 9090

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

SRI LANKA

Where is Sri Lanka situated?
It's in the South-east region of Asia. Just below India a tear drop shaped island is Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka lies between the northern latitudes 5° 55. and 9° 55. and the eastern longitudes 79° 42. and 81° 52., 650km north of the equator.

Is Sri Lanka and Ceylon the same country?
It is the same country, The name Ceylon was given by the british and was used until 1972 after which Sri Lanka was and still is used.

The best time to visit Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka is a tropical country with almost the same season all year long except for monsoon seasons kicking off at different times during the year, despite showers a warm sunny climate is always guaranteed.

What kind of clothes should be worn?
It actually depends in where you are , religious places have a strict protocol when it comes to clothes where people should cover themselves up. However, other than that you can wear almost anything that goes with the warm climate , sundresses, shorts , t-shirts and sandals are some of the clothes that you can wear to fight of the heat.

What sites can I visit?
Well the options are endless, there are loads of Archeological sites, ancient ruins, nature reserves, beaches and pleanty more. UNESCO has named many places in Sri Lanka as World Heritage Sites such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. You can also go shopping in the great city of Colombo, where malls and stores are endless.

What is the Sri Lanka international dialing code?
+94

What is the voltage type in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka's electricity runs at 230-240V, 50 cycles AC. Round, three-pin sockets are normally used although you may occasionally find square three-pin sockets as well.

What currency is used in Sri Lanka?
Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR) is the currency used in Sri Lanka.


DUBAI

What documentation do I need to enter Dubai?
You must have a round-trip ticket and a passport, valid for more than six months, to enter Dubai for any length of time. Tourists planning to stay in the United Arab Emirates for 30 days or less may obtain a visitor visa, available at no fee, at the point of entry.

What is the best time to go to Dubai?
The best time to travel to Dubai is from early October to early May. It can happen that it rains and that time is stormy sometimes, this is due to the change of season, when the strong heats arrive or when they go away.

What is the currency of Dubai?
The currency of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham.

How can I get around the city?
The best way is to hire a car or use a taxi to get around. Distances tend to be long and public transport does not reach everywhere. Besides, the prices are reasonable.

What public transport can I use?
Dubai has two metro lines (red and green), a bus network and tram service that connects the metro stations to the residential zones. There are also water taxis, monorail and abras (traditional wooden passenger boats).

What language is spoken in Dubai?
The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but English is spoken practically everywhere.