Oakland, CaliforniaOakland, which can be found on the Eastern side of the San Francisco Bay is often referred to as “The Other City by the Bay.” It’s a mild corner of California that is more famous for its cultural offerings than its weather. It’s a destination that can give you the opportunity to see a slightly different aspect of American life due to a diverse population that hasn’t completely risen past the stigma of lawlessness that dogged the city for many years.

 

Oakland California Aerial ViewThere are now some very affluent and safe neighbourhoods within Oakland and it’s on the top of the travel list for many people who want get a flavour of the cultural underbelly of the United States.

 

Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in America, both ethnically and linguistically. More than 100 different languages and dialects are spoken in Oakland and the restaurants in the area reflect this variety. The entertainment venues and the shops also provide options to suit almost any visitor. Some of the more well-known attractions include the Chabot Space and Science Center, X Lake Merrit, China Town as well as Jack London Waterfront which is the focal point for outdoor markets, restaurants, hotels and clubs. There is also the Oakland Zoo, the Oakland Museum of California and the Western Aerospace Museum which are all worth a visit.

 

Another reason to visit Oakland is to watch and take part in some of their international cultural events. There is an international film showcase as well annual Greek, Chinese and Mexican festivals.

 

Along with these fashionable attractions, Oakland is also a hotspot for sports fans. It has famous teams in all of the big American sports. You could book yourself tickets for the Oakland Athletics baseball team, made famous by the book and movie ‘Moneyball’, The Oakland Raiders American football team or the Golden State Warriors and Orlando Slammers basketball sides. Their home games attract big crowds, so you may want to try and get tickets before you travel.

 

Oakland ColusseumFor an alternative to the standard American travel hotspots, why not take a closer look at Oakland.

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Dubai is a city within the emirate of the same name and part of the United Arab Emirates.  Known as the ‘shopping capital of the east, Dubai’s main tourist attraction is shopping.  However, there are many attractions both modern and ancient to interest the 7.6 million tourist that visit the city every year.  This impressive figure makes Dubai the 7th most visited city in the world.

With more than seventy shopping malls in Dubai City alone, it is no wonder that it attracts shoppers from as far afield as the Indian Subcontinent, Eastern Europe and Africa.  The world’s biggest shopping mall is located in Dubai and is called, strangely enough, Dubai Mall.  Although some supermarkets, boutiques, electronic shops and department stored operate on a fixed price basis, friendly negotiation is the preferred option at other retail outlets.

Dubai enjoys a tropical desert climate which means that the summers are very hot, windy and humid, whilst the winters are warm.  Winter temperatures averaging 23°C would be very welcome in Britain on a summer’s day.  Throughout the year the days are sunny with very little rain even in the winter months.

TravelupIf all that sunshine is a little bit too much for you, there are many places you can go to get away from it.  Dubai Mall is an excellent place to take children.  Dubai is very family oriented and children are welcomed anywhere.  Inside Dubai Mall you will find the Dubai aquarium which houses a staggering 33000 different species and you also have the opportunity to go through the shark tunnel.  The kids are bound to find the 7000 sqm Sega Republic indoor amusement park a fascinating diversion and KidZania is a complete mini-city where they can play at being practically anything from a bus driver to a doctor.

A real treat is in store for those adventurous enough to hop into a jeep to take a desert safari.  The skilful drivers will take you over 300m high sand dunes for spectacular desert views and you will get the chance to strap on a board and go sand surfing.

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