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Thursday is here once again and we hope that the week has gone great for you so far. If not, we have some great things you can do today to make your day a little better than it already is. The best part about today’s installment of Dollars & Sense is that there is no budget and it all takes place in Dubai. Check it out below.

View Dubai From Above

There is no better way to take in Dubai and its audacious initiatives than from the air. Take a slow flight along the spectacular coast on a seaplane with Seawings or a more dramatic one from a helicopter with Heli Dubai or Alpha Tours. Aerial spectacles include the sail-shaped seven-star Burj Al Arab, surreal man-made island developments such as The Palm(s) and The World, the skyscrapers of Sheikh Zayed Road, and the world’s tallest tower building – Burj Khalifa – with its head in the clouds.


Tour The Bastakiya

Dubai’s oldest buildings are in the atmospheric Persian quarter called Bastakiya, a five-minute mosey from Dubai Museum. Dubai has very few historic buildings because the Bedouin were nomads who erected goat-hair tents when they wanted to set up home, while the pearl divers and fishermen lived in flimsy barasti (palm-frond huts) along Dubai Creek.

The first to construct solid buildings were Persian merchants from Bastak, southern Iran, who built these handsome homes boasting barjeel (wind towers, an early form of air conditioning) from gypsum, coral and sand. Crumbling until the government rescued them a decade ago, many have been reconstructed, and are now home to art galleries, cafés and boutique hotels. In the cooler winter months, the quarter hosts markets in its narrow alleys.


Financial Tip Of The Day

Buy In Bulk Whenever Possible

When it comes to non-perishable items, buy in bulk whenever you find something on sale. The items I usually stock up on are, cereals, tinned goods, rice, beans, pasta, coke, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, toilet paper etc. For such items, shopping at warehouse stores like Costco, Sam’s Club etc can save you quite a bit of money, provided you stick strictly to your shopping list when you shop at these places.

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