When we thought of the tallest building in the world, the first thing that comes to our mind is in Dubai City, why not? What about the most iconic and one of the most beautiful buildings in the world? You wouldn’t have probably thought of Saudi Arabia, would you? I know you’re raising your eyebrows right now. But yes, there is a building here that could rival any other modern landmarks in the world.
Early in the morning before sunrise, she heads to the bushes hoping to find root crops for her starving family. She held the stem of the sturdy cassava plant, she pulled it up but failed, she tried again yet the plant resisted. She gave another blow with all her strength from her tiny body, she uprooted the yucca plant full of edible fully grown roots. A usual routine for a young girl’s family living below the poverty line.
Have you ever planned to travel to another country? Have you ever visited one, haven’t you? Travelling is everyone’s childhood dream, isn’t it? Admit it, you’ve wished to travel back to when you were young! I can’t blame you for that, who else doesn’t like traveling? I loved traveling and I’m crazy about it. Recently I went to Armenia, a beautiful country in the Caucasus region. Have you ever heard about it? Well anyway, you can check it on my travel blog how I got there.
It’s four o’clock in the morning, the place is quiet and peaceful. The only sound audible is the alternating crows of the roosters echoing through the valleys signaling a bright new day is about to break out. A day full of hope and inspirations.
Meet Randy Custodio, 35, years old, an Account Specialist, in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an Overseas Filipino Worker. From Ilaya Bulo, Province of Quezon, Philippines.
Christine, Single Mother of 3
Meet Christine, 30 years old, from Indahag Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. A single mother of three. After her failed marriage life, Christine was left alone raising and fending her three children. Thinking to provide her kids brighter future, Christine left the country and decided to work in Saudi Arabia way back in 2013.
Childhood Dream Becoming Reality
When I was young, I had always thought of traveling and exploring the world; who else doesn’t like traveling? Seeing beautiful places, meeting new people and emerging into a different culture could be an exciting experience.
Allow me to share with you my travel experience to Dubai from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Dubai, is considered as the Paris of the gulf and one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Dubai has transformed into a great metropolis from a simple fishing village a couple of years back.
Currently, Dubai – is among the top travel destinations, millions of tourists are eager to see and explore this extravagant city. I had my chance to visit this popular city during the week-long Eid holidays. Traveling to Dubai from Saudi Arabia isn’t difficult, the flight is cheap and affordable.
Reaching in Dubai, I stayed at Deira district, Diera is one of the oldest cities in Dubai. The place is full of expatriate communities mainly from Asia, although Diera isn’t too close to the popular landmarks. However, transportation isn’t a big issue since Deira has many train stations nearby.
Exploring Around the Hotspots of Dubai
Day one, I went around in the most popular tourist spots, first – the most highly rated, deemed as the only 7-star hotel in the world the– Burj Al-Arab. This hotel is among the most expensive hotels according to the global ranking, the cheapest one night stay is around 2,000 up to 30,000 U.S dollars. So if you want to feel of being a royalty, consider staying at this hotel.
My next stop was in the Palm Island, a purely man-made island in Dubai, the island is shaped like palm tree grows mainly in the Gulf. This island is composed of various real estate properties where you can invest and buy. Famous Hollywood celebrities have properties here, just prepare a million bucks to stay in this exclusive islands.
Within the Palm Island is where the famed Atlantis Hotel, another luxurious hotel, and popular landmark. The structure of the hotel is like in a fairy-tale, I had enjoyed taking photos at the entrance that looks like out of this world.
After my visit to the Palm Island, I headed to Marina Mall. This mall is one of the biggest malls in Dubai where you can shop affordable to high-end brands like Chanel, Luis Vuitton, Gucci and many more, as a souvenir, I bought one pair of shoes.
Of course, I can’t miss seeing the ultimate pride of this city, the tallest building by far, the – Burj Khalifa, the building is so great and majestic. It’s around 830 meters high from the base to tip. Along with the Burj Khalifa is the biggest mall, the – Dubai Mall.
The mall is so huge that you can’t explore it in one day, there is a large number of different varieties of shops and international restaurants. This mall has been featured in several documentaries and Hollywood movies especially the waterfall inside.
Visit Dubai at Least Once in Your Life
If you ask me whether to recommend visiting Dubai, I would say, at least once in your life you should see this city firsthand. Seeing the biggest, tallest, and grandest man-made structures are truly jaw-dropping.
Working in the Middle East Provides More Opportunity to Travel
Working in Saudi Arabia is being in the center of the world, which means a great opportunity to travel great places and countries from East to West. Today i would like to guide you as how to travel to United Arab Emirates from Saudi Arabia. UAE is extremely popular and famous, perhaps because of Dubai City, where most of the biggest, the tallest and grandest things on earth exist.
Last June 2017, during the Eid Holidays, i had a chance to visit UAE from Saudi Arabia. I was very excited because it was my first time travelling to UAE and my first time travelling to another country outside Saudi Arabia. As a residence here in the gulf travelling to UAE is not too difficult because of our residence card.
At first I was not planning to visit UAE, it wasn’t really my intention. However, there was one travel agency that offered a very reasonable price which would tour you around Abu Dhabi and Dubai for five days. So I made my decision, went to the travel agency and book my reservation. Question? am I allowed to travel to UAE as a Filipino without visa? The answer is no, as a Filipino even if I have residence card in Saudi Arabia, I have to pre-arrange or get the visa first prior going to UAE.
For Faster Visa Approval Apply Through Travel Agency
In my case, it was very easy because the travel agency did all the preparations including visa arrangement. However, if you want to get the visa by yourself, you can either apply through UAE consulate personally or download your application on their website. Since UAE is not too far from Saudi Arabia, I went there by land trip.
From Al-Khobar City to Abu Dhabi it took around 8 hours by bus including traffic jam and immigration checkpoint. Indeed it was very exhausting, Abu Dhabi City is the capital city of United Arab Emirates, just like Dubai, Abu Dhabi is full of high skyscrapers and establishments.
Jilbert Calpito, 45 from the Philippines
Meet Jilbert Calpito, 45 years old from Bacoor Cavite, Philippines. Like many Overseas Filipino Workers in Saudi Arabia, Jilbert decided to leave his country in search of a greener pasture to support his family’s growing needs.
Prior to working in Saudi Arabia, Jilbert used to work as a teacher in Kazakhstan. Back in the Philippines Jilbert is a licensed teacher of English Language, Arts, and Literature after acing the American Board Exam in 2009.
How I Went to Armenia?
Among the most beautiful experience before getting old is traveling and exploring new countries around the world. Being a migrant worker here in the Middle East gives me so much opportunity to travel to nearby countries.
The decision to work in KSA
Allow me to introduce myself, my name is derived from the first book of the Bible, I am Genesis, an expat worker from the Philippines and currently working and living here in the wonderful country of Saudi Arabia – the holiest land of Islam.
How I end-up here in Saudi Arabia?
My decision to work here in the Kingdom was based upon on the fact that, searching for a better job opportunity in the Philippines is quite difficult. Especially for a fresh graduate like me. I have completed a degree in Bachelor of Science in Communication Management back in 2012.