The best local SIM card for travellers to Dubai, Abu Dhabi

With daily flights from major Australian cities on both Qantas partner Emirates to Dubai and Etihad Airways to Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates is a popular destination for Australian travellers – but current roaming charges from Optus, Telstra and Vodafone make calls and tests incredibly costly.
Local mobile carriers Etisalat and Du have pre-paid SIM cards tailored specifically for short-term visitors to the UAE, with Du’s Tourist Plan emerging as the best overall package for stays of up to 10 days – and despite the name, it suits business travellers too.
Du Tourist Plan: getting connected




After passing through baggage claim and Customs as you arrive in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, look for Du-branded mobile phone outlets in the public arrivals hall just before stepping outside the terminal.
Here, you can purchase a Tourist Plan SIM card for 75AED (A$28.80) by flashing your Australian passport and paying in cash (Emirati dirhams/AED) or with your Australian credit card. We should highlight that returning customers can’t use Australian cards for topping-up an existing pre-paid account via the Du website, but as we’ve tried and tested, Australian credit cards can be used in person at Du outlets to buy recharge vouchers and indeed new SIM cards.
Du Tourist Plan: what you get

To begin with, your starter pack includes 30 minutes of voice calls – either to the UAE or 100 other countries, including Australia – plus 500MB of data to use within 10 days of activating your SIM, which is enough to keep most business travellers going for their visit.
Other features like SMS can be added on by purchasing a recharge card with a mere 20AED (A$7.70) voucher netting 111 SMS messages sent to UAE mobiles or 33 texts back home to Australia under the ‘More Time’ recharge option, with no set expiry date. Heavy data users can also boost their download allowance with an extra 1GB setting you back 100AED (A$38.40), 5GB for 200AED (A$76.80) or 10GB for 300AED (A$115.10) which is valid for up to 30 days.
Du Tourist Plan: becoming a regular visitor.




Being a traveller-oriented SIM, your account and any inclusions purchased are automatically closed down 60 days after activation, but can be extended by a further 90 days (to total 150 days) by paying a ‘renewal fee’ of just 5AED (A$1.92), preserving any inclusions that haven’t expired on their own.
If you’ll be returning to the UAE and wish to keep the same local number – a great idea if you’ll be making business contacts in the region – you can also migrate onto Du’s (pre-paid) Pay As You Go option at no charge where using your account just once every 12 months keeps the number active.
Pay As You Go customers can continue to purchase the same recharge cards at the same prices, such as 1GB of data for 100AED, but by starting with the Tourist Plan you’ll have that handy chunk of calls and data and can go from there.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Price, Box Contents Purportedly Leaked Ahead of Launch

Five more teaser videos are expected before the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S7 as the MARKETING CAMPAIGN is called “Seven Days of Unboxing.” Next teaser videos are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday as per the company website.
Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was seen as available for purchase on Dubizzle, a Dubai-based website, with box content images as well as price. According to the listing, the Galaxy S7 Edge was listed for AED 4,500 (approximately Rs. 84,000) while the Galaxy S7 is listed for AED 4,200 (approximately Rs. 78,000). The listing has a tagline that says, “Get before commercial launch, imported from USA.”
It’s worth noting that all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Samsung has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable.

A recent report had suggested that the Galaxy S7 will be available at a starting price of EUR 699.99 (approximately Rs. 53,500) for the 32GB model while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will start at EUR 799.99 (approximately Rs. 61,000) for the 32GB model. Earlier reports have suggested that the both the phones will start to ship only starting March 11. Samsung, days ahead of its Galaxy S7 launch at its pre-MWC 2016 event, has rolled out two teaser videos as a part of its “Seven Days of Unboxing” campaign.

While the first video shows a child unboxing the flagship smartphone, interestingly the second shows a llama unboxing the handset. Both the child and the llama are then asked to paint what they saw. While the child’s painting unsurprisingly showed a rough image of a smartphone, the llama’s painting looked abstract like modern art.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Price, Box Contents Purportedly Leaked Ahead of Launch

A new leak has surfaced on the Internet claiming to show the Galaxy S7 Edge box contents as well as tipping pricing details of the handset ahead of MWC launch on Sunday.

First picked up by PhoneArena, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been posted on Dubizzle, a Dubai-based website, with box contents images as well as price. According to the listing, the Galaxy S7 Edge is up for sale at exorbitant AED 4,500 (approximately Rs. 84,000) while the Galaxy S7 is listed for AED 4,200 (approximately Rs. 78,000). The listing has a tagline that says, “Get before commercial launch, imported from USA.”

Looking at the purported images, the Galaxy S7 Edge is seen sporting a design similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge. The front is seen housing the physical button while the back is again seen featuring a glass rear. Unlike what the recent press renders of the Galaxy S7 Edge have showed, the images on the Dubai-based site don’t have the Galaxy S7 Edge printed at the back of the handset.

It’s worth noting that all these leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt as Samsung has not mentioned anything about the upcoming device and the legitimacy of the leaks remains questionable. In other leak, a report says that Samsung Pay payment service may launch in Russia alongside the Galaxy S7 smartphone. Sammobile has cited a Twitter user who shared an image of promotional material featuring a handset, very likely the Galaxy S7, with a tagline that says Samsung Pay supported.

Case maker Spigen has listed new Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge cases which corroborate previously leaked design of the handsets. The new listing of the case maker for the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge also suggests early March release.

A recent report had suggested that the Galaxy S7 will come at a starting price of EUR 699.99 (approximately Rs. 53,500) for the 32GB model while the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will start at EUR 799.99 (approximately Rs. 61,000) for the 32GB model. Earlier reports have suggested that the both the phones will start to ship only starting March 11.

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Dubai International Secures Spot as World’s Busiest Airport

Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates announced Monday that the facility served over 78 million passengers in 2015, securing its spot as the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.
According to GulfNews.com, Dubai International Airport saw a total of 78,014,838 passengers pass through the facility last year, a 10.7 percent increase over the 2014 numbers. The No. 2 airport for international passengers—London’s Heathrow—only totaled 69.8 million customers in 2015.
I just checked out the ONE pic over in the Paulick Report and, to my 50 years of inexperienced eye, he looks race ready: fit and alert, maybe a touch dehydrated and flight weary, understandably…tho the rest of us always look like a million bucks after an all day/night flight, ‘specially when we are so fit we can’t stand still, and are used to working off a given amount of energy on a routine basis per 24 hour span ; )..The pic also looks to have been taken by a cellphone (and possilbly the pic-taker was sitting down, down hill or very short…), typical cell pic distortion.

One of the main reasons for the increase in numbers at Dubai’s airport was the success in the Indian market. Last year, 10,391,376 passengers traveled to and from India, up 17 percent from 2014. The United Kingdom was also a market that thrived in 2015, with 5,682,307 passengers traveling between the countries, a six percent increase.
In 2015, Dubai International Airport exceeded seven million passengers served in a single month on two separate occasions, which helped the average monthly passenger traffic numbers hit a record high of 6.5 million. The airport also saw an increase in cargo traffic in 2015, with the facility handling 2,506,092 metric tons of air freight last year, a 3.4 percent increase from 2014.
Another reason for the increased success was a series of new international routes to Toronto, Canada; Cologne, Germany; and Wuhan, China. “He went really good this morning,” said Art Sherman, who will remain in California to continue training his local stock for the time being. “It’s going to be a long trip—almost 24 hours—so he’s getting a lot of electrolytes, and he’ll be traveling with a vet, Chuck Jenkins.”

While in Dubai, the 5-year-old son of Lucky Pulpit owned by Perry Martin and Taylor Made will have one local prep race before trying the $10 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) for the second straight year. In last year’s World Cup, he came in second behind Prince Bishop. This year’s event is slated for March 26 at Meydan.

ANGST: Prince Bishop Denies U.S. Runners in Dubai

In his 5-year-old debut—and first race since last year’s World Cup—California Chrome took the San Pasqual Stakes (gr. II) with relative ease Jan. 9 at Santa Anita Park.

Diary of a Ugandan Tourist in Dubai

I have always dreamt of going to Dubai, largely because of how much I had read about those Emiratis’ success story.

The prospect of seeing this architectural marvel of the world put visiting Dubai at the top of my bucket list. When Emirates Airline recently offered to show me the Dubai sights and sounds for a week, I was too excited.

That I was flying business class on the airline famed for its inflight amenities (its inflight entertainment, ICE, has been voted the best for 12 years in a row) did not help my excitement one bit.

And that is how I found myself last week in this one of seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, where Abu Dhabi is the capital city and Dubai the most populous – and possibly popular – city.

Visiting in January came with bonuses of great weather – the emirates are in their winter season; so, temperatures average at 21 degrees – and the Dubai shopping festival.

Well, save for the sometimes strong breeze, the weather felt like Kampala on a normal day. But then I remembered that September day last year when I transited through the Dubai airport at 10pm and the temperature outside was 37 degrees Celsius!

Yes, this was indeed winter. Anwar, a city guide, confirmed that on an ordinary day, the temperatures in the city can be anywhere between 46 and 56 degrees Celsius, and up to 38 degrees at night.

I notoriously develop insomnia during travel, be it to my hometown Masaka, or to the moon. But on this business class Emirates flight, I owed it to myself and clan to recline my seat all the way into that famed bed, and even flip onto my stomach like I sleep at home, just for… just.

After five and a half hours, we landed in Dubai and proceeded to Le Meridien hotel just across from the airport; so close that my view out the window was of a plane taking off every five minutes.

DAY ONE

The hotel room; ah! Anyway, after heavy breakfast from one of the hotel’s 18 restaurants, we leave for Emirates Flight Catering. The Kenyan operations manager Glory Kinyua and her colleague Jane Zdrojewski meet us and for the next couple of hours walk us through the company that provides food for flights through Dubai and is considered the largest volume caterer in the world.

With 277 high loaders and 16 more on the way, this unit handles 150,000 meals a day on average, and has loaded more than 321 million meals on flights since 2007 alone, employing at least 10,000 people.

With my feet aching from walking up and down for hours, one would expect me to go back to my five-star hotel. Wrong. We ask the driver to drop us off in the Deira section of Dubai, where we raid shops for budget shopping and speak Luganda with the random Ugandans we bump into here. We are back in time for a late lunch at the hotel and I will remember the taste of those spicy king prawns for a while. In the evening we set out for a boat cruise on the Dubai creek, a natural waterway being considered by Unesco as a world heritage site.

It is a great way to see the city as guests tuck into a three-course meal consisting of prawns for starters, duck for the main meal and a chocolatey dessert. I step off the Bateaux Dubai feeling contented and… fat.

DAY TWO

We set out for a city tour with Anwar at 10am. This Moroccan who has lived in Dubai for 17 years is part of a staggering 80 per cent expatriates that keep the Dubai economy afloat.

In fact, the only time I see the native Emiratis is in the fancy restaurants in the evenings when they come out in their sparkling white dishdashas (tunics) for men and black abayas for women. That, and their expensive guzzlers.

So much so that Anwar tells us the ‘normal’ cars are on the streets during the day when most Emiratis are enjoying siestas at home, and in the evening the distinctive sound and sight of Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Bentleys, among others, take over.

Otherwise, the shops, hotels, and offices are teeming with foreigners: Indians, Chinese and Africans, as well as Americans and Europeans. I ask Anwar what the local Emiratis do.

“In this country there is zero per cent unemployment. The locals are rich enough they don’t work. They own what you see; only five per cent of them [hold regular jobs],” he says.

As we drive towards Palm Jumeira, the man-made luxury island in the shape of a palm tree, Anwar says Dubai has a population of 1.8 million, comprising 180 nationalities mostly speaking English.

He points out that the Emir of Dubai, also vice president/prime minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohamad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is much revered because the monarchy has built the locals free houses, given them free education – even abroad – as well as free hospitals, not to mention a tax-free economy.

He says since the country started exporting oil and gas in 1966, it has experienced rapid growth and it is the emirs’ policy to share proceeds with all Emiratis. Oh, glorious day when that happens in Africa!

According to Anwar, Abu Dhabi is the richest of the seven emirates, thanks to its estimated 200-years’ worth of oil reserves. Dubai, on the other hand, has just a few reserves remaining and its oil is expected to run out in a few years.

But the emirate’s GDP depends only 7.1 per cent on oil; the main sources of income for Dubai are now tourism, trade and industry. Soon, after us oohing and aahing at the architecture that makes Dubai unique, we drive on to the trunk of Palm Jumeira; the trunk is a lengthy multiple-lane highway lined with luxury apartments. Its 16 fronds branch off to several villas owned by the rich and famous of the world.

On a crescent ahead, the famous Atlantis hotel looms, with its water games and aquariums. It is only accessible by the driverless metro or through an underwater tunnel; so, we settle for Anwar’s tales, before driving back towards Deira.

Dubai, now preparing to host the Expo in 2020, is also constructing other ambitious projects that challenge nature in the form of Palm Deira, The World (both of which, like Palm Jumeira, involve pumping desert sand into the sea to create dry land) as well as the Hydropolis hotel, an underwater paradise where, like Anwar cheekily notes, one is advised not to open their windows.

The Al Sufouh street we drive along is lined with magnificent palace after magnificent palace belonging to Al Maktoum family members. It is unbelievable that we all stay in the same world!

The world’s most photographed hotel and most recognizable city landmark, the seven-star Burj Al Arab, looms ahead as we head for the 14km Dubai Creek, past the coral-built, 200-year-old Dubai museum.

Using a water taxi, we cross to the spice market and gold souk, where the world’s largest gold ring (certified by the Guiness Book of World Records) stands on display at Kanz Jewellers.

The Najmat Taiba estimated to cost $3m is a 21-carat ring weighing 64kg with at least five kilos of precious stones. I am overwhelmed by the volume of gold in this market; door-to-door, gold, which is important to the Arabic culture, is on display it threatens to blind you. In the evening, we join Emirates Airline corporate communications manager, Andre Martin at the Palace hotel.

This is where the Thiptara restaurant is housed in downtown Dubai, and the prime location of our table ensures we not only have great food but also front-row seats for the fountains show on the Burj lake that leaves me speechless.

Every 30 minutes, the fountains go off as if in dance to synchronised music that echoes from the surrounding buildings. In the background, the world’s tallest building, the colourful Burj Khalifa, and the world’s biggest mall, the Dubai mall, provide the perfect backdrop.

‘Dancing’ first to Enrique lglesias’ Hero and winding up spectacularly with Michael Jackson’s Thriller as hundreds of tourists at the lakeside cheer, this is a highlight of my trip.

As we leave the hotel, a traffic jam has formed outside, with arriving guests. From the impressive latest-model Bentleys, Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, Range Rovers and Mercedes Benzes on display, it is clear, the locals have come out to play. Sigh!

YGT’S GUIDE TO THE 2016 DUBAI DESERT CLASSIC

This week the cream of the crop on the European Tour head to Dubai for the annual Dubai Desert Classic. Dubbed ‘the Major of the Middle East’ the tournament has been played on the Majlis Course at the Emirates Golf Club since 1989, and year after year has grown in stature, with big name players competing for a pot of gold now amounting to a massive $2,650,000! Just who will win this year though? Let’s take a closer look at the event…

THE COURSE: MAJLIS COURSE AT THE EMIRATES GC
The Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club boasts an astonishing history in itself. Setting the benchmark for golf in Dubai, the course was the 1st 18 hole grass course in the UAE, a milestone that resulted in its nickname – “The Desert Miracle”. Ranked 2nd in the UAE, the course has been at the forefront of golf in Dubai and has since paved the way for golf in the middle east too. At 7,185 yards, the par 72 championship layout certainly presents a stern test and its dramatic layout overlooking Dubai’s skyscrapers is sure to inspire you to check out its neighbouring Faldo Course and the other fantastic courses in the UAE (Photo Guide Here!). Here’s what some of the pros have to say about it.

DEFENDING CHAMPION: RORY MCILROY
The Dubai Desert Classic is a tournament which defending champion Rory McIlroy will certainly have fond memories of, with the event being the site of the Northern Irishman’s first professional win in 2009 and kick-starting a career which, to this date, has produced an astonishing 18 more professional titles. It would certainly be fitting if McIlroy was able to reach the 20 mark in a city which he has previously referred to as his “second home”. And you’d be brave to bet against it too… Since 2009, McIlroy’s record in the desert has continued on an equally impressive vein with four runner up finishes to go along with his 4 wins in Dubai. Can anyone beat McIlroy this week?
PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS: AN ILLUSTRIOUS LIST
One thing that we do know for sure, is that whoever is crowned champion this week will enjoy their place amongst some of golf’s greatest names. The illustrious list includes the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Fred Couples, Colin Montgomerie, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods… No pressure then…

IN THE FIELD: WHO TO WATCH IN DUBAI THIS WEEK
Current champion Rory McIlroy, hot from a 3rd place finish at the neighbouring Abu Dhabi Golf Championships two weeks ago, will be hoping to go two better and become only the 2nd player to win the tournament back to back following Stephen Gallachers success in 2013/2014. In his way stands some of the biggest stars in European Golf with the likes of Kaymer, Westwood, red hot Andy Sullivan (3 wins last year), rising star Matthew Fitzpatrick and the worlds best amateur Bryson DeChambeau all looking to win the trophy for the first time. However, perhaps McIlroy’s biggest threat comes in World No 6 Henrik Stenson, who’ll be looking to build on his success in 2007. Also eyeing up the trophy is Ernie Els, a man knows the competition no better, with a record of three wins in 1994, 2002 and 2005. With an illustrious list of competitors year after year, it is no wonder the Dubai Desert Classic continues to be one of the best events on the European Tour calendar!

FACTS & FIGURES: SNIPPETS FROM YEARS GONE BY…
Multiple Winners: Ernie Els (1994, 2002, 2005), Tiger Woods (2006, 2008), Stephen Gallacher (2013, 2014), Rory McIlroy (2009, 2015)
Lowest 18 Hole Score: 61 (-11): Ernie Els (1994)
Lowest 72 Hole Score: 266 (-22): Thomas Bjorn (2001), Steven Gallacher (2013)
Youngest Winner: Rory McIlroy: 19 years and 273 days (2009)
Oldest Winner: Mark O’Meara, 47 years and 54 days (2004)
2016 Prize Money: $2,650,000
WISH YOU WERE THERE?
I know what you’re thinking… I’d love to be in Dubai right now to see the world’s golfing elite in action… Well, maybe not this year… But with Your Golf Travels fantastic European Tour Packages you can be there in 2017! Watch the final two days of the tournament and enjoy 2 rounds of golf in the sun, all whilst staying at the luxurious JA Oceanview Suites Hotel for 5 Nights. Find out about our fantastic flight inclusive Dubai Desert Classic packages from £1649 here! See you in 2017!!!

Border Fast Pass for Tourists Crossing into the U.S. at San Ysidro

Save Time Crossing Back into the U.S.!

A frequent question we receive from readers is if the Fast Pass still exists (and how to get one). Yes it does and most of the time it works great! However if you have been following the Fast Pass for awhile, you may know that some time ago restaurants were banned from offering it. We have been hoping this would change in time, but unfortunately it hasn’t. However there are still a good number of hotels who offer it (with guidelines). The entrance to the Fast Pass Lane is still in the same place it has been.

If you haven’t heard of the Fast Pass, below we offer all the information we know about it and list all the establishments we are aware of who offer it. If you know of any establishment that we do not have listed, please let us know. Because of helpful readers, we have been able to keep this list as updated as possible. For years now there has been no official list of establishments from the authorities of the Fast Pass. Updates are much appreciated. Happy summer travels.

Fast Pass Tips:

Be sure to double check that the hotel or establishment listed below offers the Fast Pass.
If an establishment offers the pass, it is still subject to availability.
Need help finding the entrance to the Fast Pass Lane? See our photo directions to find the Fast Pass Lane
Google Map to the Fast Pass Lane from the Río Zone or along the road that borders the U.S. – Avenida Internacional.
Sometimes there are cones that block the Fast Pass entrance as you approach the booth. If you pull off near the cones the officers will come out of the booth to take your ticket and graciously let you through.
What is the Fast Pass Lane?

The Fast Pass Lane, offcially called FastLane, is a designated lane for tourists (vacationers, business people and medical tourism) who have visited certain establishments in Baja. The Fast Pass Lane is open at the Tijuana/San Ysidro border crossing. It differs from the SENTRI Lane. A Fast Pass is a single-use pass that gives you access to a special lane designated for tourists.
This lane does not have any affiliation with U.S. authorities and you will still need to present the necessary documentation to U.S. border officials. The Fast Pass Lane is also known as the Medical Lane and many medical offices in Tijuana and beyond offer it. The Fast Pass program is run by the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana.

Generally, who is eligible for a Fast Pass?

Tourists who patronize certain hotels and medical offices in the Fast Pass program
The vehicle must have U.S., Canadian, etc. license plates (Mexican plated vehicles are not eligible)
Motorcycles and vehicles with trailers are not eligible
How much time can I save by using the Fast Pass Lane?

This lane will significantly reduce your wait time to get back into the U.S. Reports say the wait on average is 30 minutes or so. 15 minute waits or less are not unusual. Of course it depends upon the time of day and the day you travel. Sometimes the Fast Pass Lane is faster than the SENTRI.
How do I get a Fast Pass?

Certain merchants in the city of Rosarito, Ensenada and Tijuana carry the Fast Pass. See the list of establishments below.
What are the hours of operation of the Fast Pass Lane?

The lane is open daily from 8am to 10pm.
What border crossings have a Fast Pass Lane?

Only the San Ysidro border crossing has a Fast Pass Lane at this time.
Where is the Fast Pass Lane located?

See our photo directions on how to get to the Fast Pass Lane.
How much does it cost to get a Fast Pass?

The pass is generally free once you have met the hotel’s requirements. However we have heard some establishments do charge for the Fast Pass.
Is the Fast Pass Lane like the SENTRI Lane?

It is similar to the SENTRI in that you may cross the border faster, however there is no background check and the pass is only good for one crossing.
List of establishments who offer the Fast Pass

Check with the establishment for specific requirements and to be sure they still offer the Fast Pass. Some will offer it with a package or service and others for visiting their spa, restaurants, etc. with a minimum purchase. Some do not require a minimum purchase. The requirements vary greatly.

Establishments in Rosarito:

Rosarito Beach Hotel
Rosarito Inn
Las Rocas
Puerto Nuevo Hotel (formerly Grand Baja)
Festival Plaza
Avila’s Dental Group
Establishments in Ensenada:

Posada El Rey Sol
Bajamar Ocean Front Golf Resort & Pro Shop
San Nicolás Hotel
Hotel Coral & Marina
Hotel Las Rosas
Estero Beach Hotel
Hotel Corona
Villa Marina Hotel
Villa Fontana Inn
Best Western El Cid
Adobe Guadalupe Hotel
Establishments in Tijuana:

Dali Suites – Playas de Tijuana
Real del Mar
Know of a hotel or medical office that offers the Fast Pass?

Let us know! Unfortunately, now that the pass is under the control of the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana, there is not an official list of establishments. Therefore we try our best to find out where they are being offered. Please email us – service(at)bajabound.com – if you have any information. It would be greatly appreciated!
Are there any other options to cross the border faster besides the Fast Pass or SENTRI?

Yes. In San Ysidro and Otay Mesa are the Ready Lanes. These lanes require you to have one of the several types of RFID enabled cards like a passport card, SENTRI card, enhanced drivers license, etc. Passports with chips do not always work in this lane however. Read more about the Ready Lanes…
Read about 3 Ways To Cross Back to the U.S. Faster!

Are you looking to offer the Fast Pass to your guests?

If you are a business located in Tijuana, Rosarito, or Ensenada, the Ayuntamiento de Tijuana may be able to offer the Fast Pass to your hotel or medical office. Contact their offices at (664) 973-7036 Monday through Friday 9am to 2pm. Let us know your business offers the Fast Pass and we will add you to our list.
Let us know how the Fast Pass worked for you!

This page will be updated as the program is further developed. Have you used the lane already? Please let us know your experience by emailing us at service(at)bajabound.com. Thank you for your comments.

What does travel insurance cover?

1. Cancelled Trips
This is the #1 concern with most travelers.

Plane tickets, cruise fare, tour packages, hotel rooms, charter fishing boats, golf greens fees.

You invest money when planning a trip. If these expenses are pre-paid and non-refundable, you risk losing it if something goes wrong.

Trip Cancellation Coverage reimburses you for pre-paid, non-refundable expenses if you need to cancel your trip before you depart.

Insurance companies provide a list of covered reasons for trip cancellation, an overview of typical covered reasons is below.

Covered reasons to cancel your trip:

Sickness, injury, or death of you, a family member, or a traveling companion
Hurricane damages your destination or cancels your flight
Laid off from work or required to work
Terrorist incident in your destination city
Bankruptcy of your travel supplier
Called for jury duty
This is only a partial list, but you can see it covers very common situations for cancelling.

The most common reason is the first one…someone getting sick or a family member passing away.

Trip Interruption Coverage is similar to cancellation coverage, but covers you while you are on your trip for the same list of covered reasons.

If something happens and you are required to return home, insurance will reimburse you for the lost portion of your trip…as well as any additional expenses for the last-minute flight home.

2. Medical emergencies abroad
This is crucial, and often overlooked.

Most people think they are covered for medical emergencies if they already have existing health care insurance. Within the United States, that will be true.

Outside the U.S., however, is a big IF. Most do not provide coverage, and Medicare never covers you abroad.

Would you feel comfortable having a family member risk inadequate medical care in a foreign country?

For cruises, your health insurance from home may not cover you if you’re traveling on a foreign-flagged ship (which includes most cruise ships).

Medical Expense Coverage will cover you for accidents and emergency medical and dental care when you travel abroad.

Even if you are covered for basic emergency care overseas (again, a big IF), your current health insurance provider will almost certainly NOT pay to evacuate you and repatriate you back to the U.S.

3. Emergency evacuations
Emergency Evacuation Coverage will pay for emergency evacuation expenses such as airlifts and medically equipped flights back home, and oftentimes will transport you to the hospital of your choice for care.

Evacuation expenses can be devastating.

An ambulance to the hospital, an airlift to a more adequate hospital, getting you back home on board a medically-staffed flight afterwards…evacuation expenses can easily cost $50,000.

4. Lost bags, delayed bags, delayed flights
These coverage are for the “smaller things” that are nice to have. Again, the list is not complete but it will give you an idea of some additional coverages.

Baggage Coverage can reimburse you for your personal belongings if your luggage is lost, stolen or damaged.

Baggage Delay Coverage provides money to buy essential items until your delayed bags arrive, such as a toiletry kit, a swimsuit, or another change of clothes.

Travel Delay Coverage provides reimbursement for additional expenses if your flight is delayed, such as an extra night in a hotel or a meal at a restaurant.

5. Phone assistance 24/7 worldwide
This is about having a ‘lifeline’ to call when something happens.

Medical emergencies, stolen baggage, lost passports, cancelled flights. Every travel insurance company provides 24/7 support for all of these needs.

This service is most important when you have a medical issue.

24/7 Travel Assistance Services can help you:

Locate the nearest adequate hospital if needed
Organize medical transportation
Arrange for treatment and overcome any language barriers
Organize transportation home
Replace prescriptions in an emergency
In addition, non-medical assistance may include:

Lost baggage search; stolen luggage replacement assistance
Lost passport/travel documents assistance
Travel information including visa/passport requirements
Emergency telephone interpretation assistance
Additional coverage with travel insurance
Travel insurance can also provides coverage for:

Life Insurance coverage for accidental death or dismemberment.

Hazardous Sports extends the medical coverage to cover activities like SCUBA.

Rental Car Collision replaces your personal insurance or the rental company policy.

Identity Theft provides services to help in the event of identity theft while traveling.

Travel insurance covers cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, losses or delays, and 24/7 assistance
You can use our comparison tool to get quotes and compare vacation plans.

Next in the series:
Coming up we will look at the Two Most Popular Types of Travel Insurance, where you’ll discover the type of plan that accounts for 96% of travel insurance plans.

List of hotels in Bangladesh

Chittagong[edit]
Avenue
Favour Inn
Golden Inn
Hotel Agrabad
Hotel Ambrosia
Hotel Peninsula
Hotel Saint Martin
Radison Blu
Silver Inn
Well Park
Hotel tower Inn
Cox’s Bazar[edit]
Hotel Coastal Peace
Hotel The Cox’s Today
Hotel Long beach
Hotel Sea Palace
Ocean Paradise hotel and spa
Seagull Hotel
Royal Tulip Sea pearl beach resort
Dhaka[edit]
Dhaka Regency Hotel & Resort
Hotel Orchard Plaza
Hotel Purbani Int. Ltd.
Hotel Razmoni Ishakha
Hotel Sarina
InterContinental Dhaka (formerly Ruposhi Bangla Hotel)
Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel
Platinum Suites
Radisson Blu Dhaka Water Garden
Six Seasons Hotel
Le Méridien Dhaka
Sundarban Hotel
Hotel 71
The Westin
Four Points by Sheraton Tower
Moulvibazar[edit]
Dusai Resort and Spa
Rajshahi[edit]
Anjum Hotel International, terminal [1]
Haq’s Inn, Railway Station
Hotel Gulshan, Railgate
Hotel Mukta International, Shahebbazar
Hotel Nice International, Shahebbazar
Hotel Sukarna, Shahebbazar
Parjatan Motel, Kazihata
SB Hotel International, Shaheb Bazar
Rangpur[edit]
Caspia Home
Hotel North View
Parjatan Motel
Shah Amanat Int.
Tilottoma
St. Martin’s Island[edit]
Coral Blue Resort
Shemana Pereye Resort Ltd.
Dream Night Resort.

Guide to Dubai Beaches and Beyond

Home to some of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks, Jumeirah Beach offers stunning beaches, delicious al fresco dining at The Walk, and the world’s longest Souk at Madinat Jumeirah. Hotels along the beach offer the ultimate in luxury and service too. Whether you’re a big kid, or you’ve got little ones of your own, Dubai’s water parks offer a fun-filled aquatic adventure for everyone. Check out uphill water roller coasters, never-ending river rapids or catapult yourself down slides that travel through shark filled lagoons. Man-made islands? Shaped like palm trees? It could only happen in Dubai. Visit the amazing Palm Jumeirah and go wild at Aquaventure Water Park, experience the Lost Chambers Aquarium and get your fill of shopping and food at The Avenues. This port city just south of Dubai is home to many ex-pats as well as the Jebel Ali Free Zone, providing the companies situated there with a special tax-free status. The beautiful beaches and resort hotels make this a lovely place to stay whilst on holiday in Dubai.
Fujairah
Leave behind the desert for a different kind of breathtaking scene. This Emirate is the only one lying on the Indian Ocean and provides excellent opportunities if SCUBA diving is one of your passions. Fujairah tumbles from the peaks of the Hajar Mountains into a desert of beautiful sunset colours.
Dubai Desert
The deserts that once threatened everyone but the Bedouin are now very inviting. Desert safaris via Jeep, or the more sedate but grumpy camels, allow visitors to experience the beauty and the thrill of the desert. Resorts like the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa offer luxurious services!