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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Oman Travel Guide

Dear Friends of Grapeshisha


We are delighted to announce that we have launched the Oman Travel Guide, exclusively available on Amazon and covering Muscat and the whole of Oman. Like our previous guide, it's available on Kindle and we are sure that anyone visiting will find it useful.

We do hope that you will take advantage of the very cheap launch price that gives you a great overview of one of our favourite places in the Gulf and perfect for you to have in your pocket while you are planning your trip, or while you are there. It might also be useful for expats who need some recommendations. We cover almost everything! From itineraries to restaurant reviews to things do and everything in between. 

But this guidebook to Oman covers not only Muscat but the whole of Oman including places like Salalah and Musandam - but also some of the smaller cities across Oman and obviously recommendations on some of the wadis as well as some of the landscapes such as the Hajjar Mountains and the Nizwa fort. 

You can buy it on amazon.comamazon.co.uk as well as any other Amazon stores where you can purchase Kindle ebooks. Or just search for grapeshisha on Amazon and you will find it the book as well as our Abu Dhabi guide book and our recently launched Dubai guide.

All of our guides on Amazon.com 
All of our guides on Amazon.co.uk

Oman


Also, for the month of February 2015, we will donate any royalties that we make to charity - so a double incentive to buy while it's cheap and to spread the word!

Critically, as this is an ebook, and not a printed book, you will only be able to read the book on the following: Kindle, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone, Android Phone or tablet; on your PC or Mac. You can download the free reading software from here: Free Kindle Software

Once you have the free app, you can buy the ebook through your Amazon account on the links above.

Here is a full list of the content in the book - and you can read the first few chapters for free on Amazon.

Table of Content 
About this Guide
Previous Guides from Grapeshisha
The Abu Dhabi Travel Guide
The Dubai Travel Guide
Oman – Arabia’s Hidden Gen
A Flavour of Oman – our highlights
Bearings
Main Areas in Oman
Map
Itineraries
A long weekend in Muscat (4 days)
One week in Oman
2 weeks in Oman
3 weeks in Oman
Sightseeing in Muscat
Muttrah
Muttrah Souk
Bait Al Baranda
Ruwi
Sultan’s Armed Forces Museum
Al Qurm
Qurm National Park and Nature Reserve
Children’s Museum
Royal Opera House (ROH)
Al Khuwayr Al Janubiyyah
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Natural History Museum
Old Muscat Town
Al Alam Royal Palace
Muscat Harbour (Mirani and Jalali Fort)
Bait Fransa/ Al Faransi (Omani French Museum)
Bait Al Zubair
Al Bustan and Sidab
Bandar al Jissah and Qantab
Muscat International Airport Area
Amouage Perfume Factory
Sightseeing across Oman
Tour Operators
Generic Tour companies for Oman
Dhofar
Salalah
Sumahram
Wadi Darbat
Musandam
General Information on Musandam
Accommodation
Cafes and Restaurants around Khasab town area
Cafes and Restaurants around Dibba town area
Visas and border control
Khasab
Al Dhahirah
General Information on Al Dhahirah
Accommodation
Cafes and Restaurants around Ibri and Buraimi town area
Al Buraimi town
Al Dakhliyah
General Information on Al Dakhliyah
Accommodation
Cafes and Restaurants around the Nizwa town area
Things to See in Al Dhakiya
Al Sharqiyah
General Information on Al Sharqiyah
Accommodation
Cafes and Restaurants around the Sur and Ibra town area
Ibra town
Sur
Masirah Island
Al Wusta
Accommodation in Al Wusta
Things to See in Al Wusta
Al Batinah
General Information on Al Batinah
Accommodation
Cafes and Restaurants around the town of Sohar
Things to See in Al Batinah
Sohar and surrounding towns
Where to Stay
Hotels in Oman
Hotels in Muscat
Al Batinah Region
Musandam
Al Dakliyah
Al Sharqiyah
Salalah
Spotlight on the Shangri La Barr Al Jissah Resort and Spa
Shopping in Muscat and the rest of Oman
Malls and Souks
Malls in Muscat
Souks in Muscat
Souks outside Muscat
Watersports and diving in Oman
Restaurants in Muscat
Budget
Low End
Middle Eastern/ Local
International
Indian
Mid-Range
International
Middle Eastern
Far Eastern
Indian
Italian
Pub Food
High End
Indian
Italian
Seafood
Middle Eastern/North African
Far Eastern
International
Friday Brunch
A  Breakdown of the ‘best’ Restaurants in Oman
Nightlife in Muscat
The Oman Factfile
Oman and its natural history
Modern History and Major Events
Omani People
Omani local dress
Government and politics
Economy
Future development projects
Practical Information in Oman
The need to knows
Alcohol
Arriving in Oman
Best time to visit Oman
Big Bus Tour
Business and retail opening hours
Crime and safety
Culture and Social Etiquette
Dress code
Drugs
Electricity
Gay and lesbian travellers
Health
Internet
Money
ATM, credit cards and banks
Newspapers and TV
Phones
Travelling in Oman
Smoking
Tipping
Time
Toilets
Travel Insurance
Travelling with children
Travellers with disabilities
Visas and border control
Water
When not to visit Oman
Women travelling solo
Working Hours
Oman Embassies
Calendar of monthly Events and Festivals in Oman
Excursions
Visit Dubai
Visit Abu Dhabi
Handy Reference
Basic Arabic Phrases
Cultural Glossary
Arabic Food Glossary
End Notes
About Grapeshisha
And Finally
Acknowledgements
About the Authors

Please do spread the word, by tweeting and emailing your friends and family. We're planning on changing the price very soon.

Do get back to us if you have any comments or recommendations.

Buy the Oman guide now!

Many thanks

Rahim Hirji & Zohara Hirji
Co-founders, Grapeshisha

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Dubai Travel Guide

Dear Friends of Grapeshisha


We are delighted to announce that we have launched the Dubai Travel Guide, exclusively available on Amazon. Like our previous guide, it's available on Kindle and we are sure that anyone visiting will find it useful.
 Dubai Travel Guide

We do hope that you will take advantage of the very cheap launch price that gives you a great overview of Dubai that you could have in your pocket while you are planning your trip, or while you are there. It might also be useful for expats to have some recommendations. We cover most everything! From itineraries to restaurant reviews to things do and everything in between.
You can buy it on amazon.com: amazon.co.uk as well as any other Amazon stores where you can purchase Kindle ebooks. Or just search for grapeshisha on Amazon and you will find it the book as well as our Abu Dhabi guide.

Also, for the month of November 2014, we will donate any royalties that we make to charity.
Critically, as this is an ebook, and not a printed book, you will only be able to read the book on the following: Kindle, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Windows Phone, Android Phone or tablet; on your PC or Mac. You can download the free reading software from here: Free Kindle Software

Once you have the free app, you can buy the ebook through your Amazon account on the links above.

Here's a video of Dubai, giving you a flavour of why we love Dubai.


Buy the Dubai Travel Guide now!


From the Amazon page:

Book Description

 November 8, 2014

”The Most Comprehensive and up-to-date Guide to Dubai"



The Dubai Travel Guide from Grapeshisha is the ultimate guidebook to the fast changing, ever transforming city of Dubai in the UAE. This Dubai guide has been written specifically to give you the relevant, updated insider knowledge on Dubai, from streetsmarts on where to stay and what to do to the low down on where to, eat, party, shop and relax. The guidebook helps the Dubai tourist unravel the must dos to get the best from the ultimate Dubai travel playground covering Old Dubai from Bur Dubai and Deira through Sheikh Zayed Road to the newer parts of Dubai near Palm Jumeirah and the Dubai Marina. There is detailed advice and opinion on the best as well as the affordable hotels, restaurants, bars, and places of interest – with recommended favourites off the beaten path. There is also a significant reference glossary, cultural guide and planning information.


Features of the Dubai Travel Guide

  • Itineraries, maps and walking guides, helping you get the best out of your time in Dubai, and getting you au fait with your bearings – with walking guides covering Bastakiya, Shindhaga and Deira coupled with recommendations on the best tours of Dubai.

  • Super Dubai Sights – from Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, tea at Burj-al-Arab, and the bling of Dubai’s world famous gold souk

  • Typical Dubai Experiences – from where to have a legendary and extravagant Dubai Friday Brunch to finding the best place to indulge in shisha, the guide covers places to get henna, a halawa wax and where to munch on some scrumptious Dubai street food.

  • Food and Fun – with coverage of varying food palettes to where to party, Dubai style into the night, we give you the best locations to get the best food and spend some well-earned down time. 
  • Streetsmarts – recommendations of what to do and where not to waste your time and money when in Dubai, along with negotiations tips, cultural tips and insights, and hidden spots that only your best Dubai expat friend can tell you about.

  • Excursions outside of Dubai – day trips and overnight featured stays to the other Emirates in the UAE including Abu Dhabi. Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah and Sharjah as well as trips to places like Khor Kakkan, Muscat, Dibba and Al Ain.

  • Dubai for Kids – a special section for families visiting Dubai, giving you the best locations to give the smaller ones some places to indulge their energy and brains

  • Shopaholics – coverage of which malls to spend your cash and which souks to get your most authentic souvenirs whether it’s a bar of gold, tat from the souk or some of the tastiest dates money can buy.



  • The Dubai travel guide is written for the holiday maker who wants to make the most out of the ultimate holiday destination, who wants to do Dubai like it deserves to be done.

    This guide has been specifically written to provide you with the insider knowledge on Dubai, allowing you to visit the places that make this place special. There is detailed advice and opinion on hotels, restaurants, bars, places of interest as well as a reference glossary and planning information. There is a cultural section, so that you not only avoid the faux-pas, but are also able to appreciate and understand the society. Whether your stay is fleeting, or longer term, The Dubai Travel Guide from Grapeshisha will help you get the most out of your trip. In length, this ebook is roughly equivalent to 300 printed pages and accurate for 2014-2015 and suitable for the holiday maker aiming to spend 10 days in the city as well executives and expats visiting for the first time.


Buy the Dubai Travel Guide now!

Here is a full list of the content
About this GuidePrevious Guides from GrapeshishaDubai – the ultimate holiday playgroundA Flavour of Dubai – our highlightsBearingsThe Low downMain NeighbourhoodsLandmarksDubai DistrictsGetting Around in DubaiChoosing your transportTaxisMetroThe Palm MonorailDubai TramThe NOL cardBusesBoats, Dhows and AbrasHiring a carSalik - Road TollsExploring Old Dubai on FootBastakiyaShindhagaDeiraItineraries24 hours in Dubai3 days in DubaiOne Week in DubaiSightseeingTours of DubaiBus Tour of the DubaiSeawings Plane Tour of DubaiYellow Boat Tour of the PalmSMCCU tour of Bastakiya (SMCCU)Helicopter Tour of DubaiHot Air Ballooning DubaiTouring Dubai by Dubai MetroHistoric SpotsAl Ahmadiya school in DubaiThe Dubai MuseumVisit Jumeirah MosqueWater ParksWild Wadi WaterparkAquaventure Atlantis DubaiDubai ExperiencesTourism things to doAt the Top: Burj KhalifaAfternoon Tea at the Burj Al ArabAtlantis the PalmThe Dubai MallBastakiyaAbra Ride across Dubai CreekDesert SafariDhow Cruise on Dubai CreekSky Dive in DubaiDubai Aquarium and Underwater ZooThe Ras Al Khor wildlife sanctuary in DubaiCamel RacingDubai Miracle GardenSki DubaiThe Meydan DubaiTypically Dubai ExperiencesRiding a CamelSmoke a ShishaDubai Street FoodTea - CoffeeHalawaHennaFriday BrunchDubai for KidsTop attractions for kidsMall Play AreasOther places of interest for KidsRest & RelaxationBeachesHotel BeachesPublic BeachesSpasHotel SpasMale SpasGolf CoursesRestaurants in DubaiJapaneseThaiItalianIndian/PakistaniChineseArabicIranian / PersianEuropean CuisineSeafoodSteak and GrillsKid Friendly RestaurantsCafesBrunchBars, Clubs & NightlifeBar RestaurantsLounge Bars / PubsCocktail BarsNightclubsBeach barsStylish Shisha CafesSouks, Shopping & SouvenirsThe Dubai Malls (Including Dubai Mall)Souks & MarketsNouveaux SouksGold & the Gold SoukTraditional SouksTailored Clothes & Meena BazaarSouks Outside DubaiShopping Festivals & Other MarketsDubai Shopping Festival (DSF) & Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS)JBR The Walk & Covent Garden MarketGlobal Village DubaiSouvenirsDatesChocolatesGold Bar from an ATMTraditional Arabic GoodsOther souvenirsWhere to StayBest Hotels in DubaiThe Grapeshisha Choice HotelsBest Hotels in Dubai for FamiliesBest Hotels in Dubai for BusinessAffordable Hotel AlternativesBudget HotelsHotel ApartmentsHotels on the PalmHotels in “Old Dubai”Hotels on Sheikh Zayed RoadHotels near the Burj Khalifa – “Downtown Dubai”Hotels in Greater JumeirahHotels on Dubai Marina and on the WalkHotels in the desert and Out of townHotel AppendixRecommended 5 Star Hotels in DubaiRecommended 5 Star Desert Resorts in DubaiOther Notable 5 Star Hotels in DubaiRecommended 4 Star Hotels in DubaiOther Notable 4 Star Hotels in DubaiRecommended Lower Star Hotels in DubaiRecommended Hotel Apartments in DubaiRecommended Resorts Outside DubaiRecommended Hotels in Abu DhabiPlanning your TripVisasNo VisaVisa on EntryVisa SponsorshipThe Best Time to travel  - temperatureWhen not to TravelArriving in DubaiNeed to KnowsMoneyATMsElectricityEmergenciesHomosexualityInternetNewspapersTVSmokingTimeSafetyTelephonesTippingToiletsWaterLanguageAdditional Books about DubaiUseful websitesDos and Don’tsSocial EtiquetteDrugsBanned MedicineBanned GoodsTravel InsuranceWhat to wearWorking Days and HoursOpening hoursUAE Embassies (selected)Embassies in the UAE (selected)Cost of GoodsEvents in DubaiModern History & Major EventsThe UAE FactfileDubai and the Financial CrisisThe Other EmiratesAbu Dhabi – the evolving CapitalA Tryst with Culture in SharjahThe base of FujairahRas Al KhaimahUmm al QuwainAjmanOther ExcursionsGreenery in the Garden City of Al AinAl Gharbia, the region – Eclectic as Can BeNature at Its Best on the Bani Yas IslandsThe Oasis Town of BuraimiTaking a Break in Delma IslandsJozor Al Sahra’a - The Desert Islands of Abu DhabiSpending a Lively Day in DibbaA Beach Holiday at Khor FakkanExperience the Quaint and Rustic MasafiMusandam Peninsula – Beauty in IsolationThe Charming City of MuscatTravelling Down the Historical Lane in OmanHandy ReferenceBasic Arabic PhrasesCultural GlossaryArabic Food GlossaryEnd NotesAbout GrapeshishaAcknowledgementsAbout the Authors

Please do spread the word, by tweeting and emailing your friends and family. We're planning on changing the price very soon.

Do get back to us if you have any comments or recommendations.

Many thanks

Rahim Hirji & Zohara Hirji
Co-founders, Grapeshisha

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