Dubai is a dazzling city of skyscrapers that rise impossibly over the desert sands around. Dubai has been home to the tallest skyscrapers in the world, the largest hotels and even the highest fountain in anywhere on Earth. One of Dubai’s most spectacular achievements however has been its creation of several vast artificial tropical island paradises.

Palm Jumeirah and Palm Jebel Ali islands are a pair of giant sand constructions that spread out into the Persian Gulf in the shape of two palm trees. Each island has been constructed by land reclamation which has been a process of simply digging up loads of sand from the sea bed and neighbouring coastland and piling it all up to create brand new stable islands. Each palm consists of a hefty central trunk, a number of fronds spilling out both sides and an encircling crescent island that acts as a breakwater. Although the island of Jebel Ali has been laid, construction hasn’t begun on many of its amenities yet; its neighbouring Palm Jumeirah is fully built and thriving.Travelup ReviewsPalm Jumeirah has a total of sixteen fronds, each line with luxurious and spacious villas for the city’s multi-millionaire residents. Palm Jumeirah is also home to a number of hotels, spas, an aquatic theme park, two marinas and a monorail to link them all together. Most famous of Palm Jumeirah’s landmarks is the Atlantis Hotel, a gigantic structure that lies at the head of the encircling islands above the palm’s crown.

Palm Jumeirah is a truly remarkable structure and well worth seeing. Accommodation at any of Palm Jumeirah’s hotels can be booked through expert travel agents like Travelup. To make sure you see as much as possible of unbelievable Dubai, Travelup also maintain extensive Travelup Reviews; a database of regarding activities and essential information on any destination.

Palm islands aren’t all Dubai can boast however. Further out to sea can be seen an even larger archipelago of islands specifically built to form the shape of the Earth. From the air, it makes a remarkable sight, from sea level it’s even stranger, though as the incomplete project is currently just a cluster of totally flat little sand islands. One island, in the vicinity of Lebanon, has however been finished the Royal Island Beach Club that provides the chance to look back for a unique view of the Dubai Skyline.


Sydney is Australia’s most recognisable city and is the spiritual capital of its people. Sydney is the city where the most creative, ingenious and ambitious of Australia congregate to show off their talents, it is also the first stop most foreigners make before setting off to explore the rest of the country.

Because of Sydney’s widespread popularity it makes the perfect destination to visit. Any month of the year, you can catch a range of shows and events showcasing the best that Australia has to offer as well as major shows and acts from around the globe which regularly come to Sydney during a tour.TravelupIf you want to catch some Australian culture then you can browse great deals for your flights and accommodation through the Travelup website. Once you have booked your down under get away with Travelup, then here are a few of Sydney’s greatest arts venues to keep an eye on for a great night out.

- Theatres

Sydney is the centre of performing arts in Australia. The city boasts a range of theatres that run plays from both professional as well as up and coming independent companies. The Capital Theatre, Lyric Theatre, Theatre Royal and State Theatre all have regular programmes of innovative new shows all rooted deeply in a rich history of Australian theatre.

- Music Venues

Sydney is notable for the huge number of bands that have called the city home including the world famous ACDC. Sydney’s tradition as an alternative music Mecca for Australians continues and most bars around the city double up as venues for exciting new alternative bands.

- Visual Arts

Australia’s largest collections of national art can be found in the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Gallery of New South Wales. Visitors can also peruse the many independent galleries displaying new works such as the White Rabbit Gallery.

- Sydney Opera House

Finally who could forget Sydney’s most iconic symbol, the Sydney Opera House. That huge structure is an art work in itself, its numerous stages play host to operas and shows from some of the best companies in the world.

It’s easy to book a trip to experience the arts of Sydney for yourself by simply visiting the Travelup website and browsing their extensive range of great deals to take you down under.


Dubai is famous as one of the most lavish and spectacular cities in the world. Built almost entirely out of a sudden boom in oil profits during the 1970s and onwards, Dubai is a vigorously enthusiastic expression of opulence and modernistic ingenuity. Hence the owners and architects of Dubai have demonstrated a remarkable obsession with building the very biggest and most impressive spectacles in the world, and they have not disappointed. The Burj Khalifa building is by far the tallest manmade structure of all time and a testament to the ambition of the people of Dubai.

TravelupThroughout its brief history Dubai has been home to numerous structures that were the world’s tallest in their day. The Burj al Arab hotel was the tallest hotel and its iconic design means it’s still one of the most recognisable skyscrapers in the world today.

The Burj Khalifa has taken skyscrapers to a new level though. Standing at an incredible 829.8 metres it is over 300 metres taller than the next tallest skyscraper, the Taipei 101. The Burj Khalifa has over 160 floors, the world’s highest nightclub, restaurant and a whopping 24,348 windows. Separate from the central Dubai skyline, the Burj Khalifa rises impressively out of the new 2 square kilometre industrial park called Downtown Dubai.

Although the Burj Khalifa is largely dedicated to over a thousand offices, visitors are welcome. The Burj Khalifa is complete with a set of restaurants, a nightclub and the world’s second highest swimming pool. The Burj Khalifa’s greatest attraction has to be its observation deck. The outdoor observation deck grants visitors unbelievable views not only over the impressive skyline of Dubai, but across the endless stretches of Arabian Desert that Dubai sits in.

If climbing the tallest freestanding structure sounds like fun, then more details are available via Travelup.  Customers using the Travelup Reviews service can browse interesting destinations from all over the world and find all the details they need for booking flights and accommodation around Dubai. Travelup Reviews contain a wealth of information regarding destinations like Dubai, helping customers get to grips how to travel about the city, visiting times to attractions as well as essential travel information like Visa requirements.


For hundreds of years Bangkok has been the capital of the kings of Thailand and within that majestic city their official residence and centre of official business has been the Grand Palace. For visitors to Thailand, Bangkok and the Grand Palace make an essential visit. The Grand Palace is an awe inspiring complex of rich temples, palaces, museums and plazas that are not only beautiful but tell the full story of the history of Thailand.TravelupThe Grand Palace was first established by King Rama I in 1782. Thailand had suffered years of turmoil thanks to the destruction wrought from Burmese invasions and years of unpopular rule from king Taksin. King Rama I established the new ruling house of Chakri and built his Grand Palace based on ancient Ayutthaya styles. Since Rama I each subsequent king has added and developed the Grand Palace complex to make it the sprawling and magnificent spectacle it is today.

Within the middle court visitors can see the Phra Maha Monthian buildings. These are a group of richly elaborate traditionally Thai style buildings that that traditionally held the living quarters. Today they hold the most important throne halls in the entire Grand Palace.

Within the palace complex visitors can also see some of Thailand’s most impressive temples. The Temple of the Emerald Buddha is a building that inspires awe in anyone who goes near. Although technically a Buddhist chapel, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha is as old as the original Grand Palace and has been central to the religious worship of the Thai royal family. Whilst the outside of the chapel is impressive, inside visitors can witness the chapel’s namesake: the statue of the Emerald Buddha.

To the north east of the Grand Palace complex visitors can also find an entirely different site to the rest of Bangkok. Phra Thinang Boromphiman is the largest single building of the Grand Palace and is in fact built upon western ideals. From the outside Pra Thinang Boromphiman is a palace that wouldn’t look out of place in Europe, however the interior is decorated to entirely Thai designs.

Flights and accommodation to experience the royal complex for yourself can be found on the Travelup Reviews website. Travelup is a highly experienced travel agent whose extensive Travelup Reviews help customers browse and perfect their ideal getaway.


Bangkok skylineBangkok is known around the world as an energetic, vibrant and eclectic holiday destination. The mixture of backpacking paradise, luxury hotels and Buddhist temples means there is more to Bangkok than meets the eye. At face value you might find it hard to see past the night life, but once you dip below the surface of this Thai city you will soon find there is much more on offer.

 

One of the sights that you won’t want to miss, is the Grand Palace. Situated just a few minutes from the clubs and bars on Khao San Road, the palace itself is a silent Eden retreat which is perfect for reflecting on all the good and bad in the world. You will find golden temples and giant bejewelled warriors who guard the Emerald Buddha within. Make sure you take of your shoes before entering, and keep the soles of your feet pointed away from the statue. This is one offensive gesture you will want to avoid across the whole of Thailand.

Back on the Khao San Road you will find all of the backpack necessities you could wish for. Families will be welcome there too, if they are happy to wind between the endless bars, tattoo parlours and hippy shops. It is worth it for the street food. You can pick up fantastic Pad Thai for as little as 20 baht. And if you aren’t with your family you might want to treat yourself to a luxurious massage or take a look at the locals fighting it out in the kick boxing arenas.

 

If you are a big fan of Thai food you can’t go wrong booking yourself in to one of the many Thai cookery schools in the centre of town. You’ll get the chance to learn a few tips as well as tasting more dishes then you might choose if you picked them out for yourself. If you don’t fancy that, then you can’t do much worse than eating every meal from the food stalls anyway.

 

Bangkok shrineBangkok is one of those travel destinations where you can do almost anything you can imagine. Book your Thai holiday today with Travelup; to expand your horizons and live life to the full.
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In the cosmopolitan city of Sydney, it’s impossible to be bored; regardless of whether you prefer sports, culture, art, fine cuisine or nature, you’ll be able to find something to keep you entertained in this city. In this article, we have compiled a collection of Travelup customers’ top attractions in Sydney.

Sydney Harbour Bridge is the perfect place to start exploring the city; you can opt for a formal cruise around the waters here, or simply hop on a ferry for a more casual excursion, and take in the beautiful sights of the city and the bridge itself. You can of course, walk on the bridge too; a stroll along it will take you from Luna Park, to Kirribilli, to The Rocks. Pier One, location close to Circular Quay, is usually best for a leisurely walk, whilst Milsons Point is better if you want a more invigorating outdoor experience.

Whilst Bondi Beach is a favourite with many Travelup clients, Palm Beach is the perfect choice for those who prefer a more peaceful beach visit. This is where many of the scenes for the famous Australian soap opera Home & Away have been filmed and is a spot around which many Sydney residents choose to retire, as it is such as calm, quiet and beautiful spot. Take a dip in the warm waters, enjoy a picnic or simply take a snooze under the hot sun!

TravelupIf you love nature, then a trip to the Royal Botanical Gardens is a must. Just a short walk from the Sydney Opera House with views of the harbour from the hilltops, and the large exotic trees provide some wonderfully cool shade during the hot afternoons. There are a number of themed areas within this area, including the Herb Garden, the Oriental Garden and Palm Grove, and the plants housed here are extremely rare and beautiful.

Travelup reviews of Sydney almost always mention the Australian Museum; this building houses a huge collection of anthropological and natural history artefacts. Each exhibit is displayed thematically – the Aboriginal display is by far the most popular, and is considered by many experts to be one of the best of its kind in the world. The museum also takes a keen interest in the biodiversity and natural environment of Australia, and aims to educate the public about the cultures and natural resources of the country.