Camping in Hatta Dubai

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Hatta is a town in the UAE located in the foothills of the Hajar Mountains. It is an exclave of Dubai and is located about an hour and a half from the city center. It is separated from the main part of the emirate by Sharjah (which is part of the UAE), and Oman. It is the town Emiratis escape to in respite from the heat in the city during summer.

I thought I would never be able to visit Hatta. Every time we plan to go, there's always some hold up. I'm glad we finally visited and actually camped out there for real.

The main reason we are drawn to Hatta is because of this jewel.

The Hatta Dam


*please click on the image to enlarge
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Camping at Jebel Jais, Ras Al Khaimah

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We started the camping season in UAE this year on a high note. We went back up to the spectacular Hajar Mountains in Ras Al Khaimah and camped at 1,934 m above sea level, with temperatures 10 degrees colder than the city's heat and a hundred times better than your camping gig (lol)

I am just messing around with you guys. I know that anywhere you camp out here in the UAE is way cooler than just staying indoors. If you like camping and outdoor adventures, it is time.
It was just me and Ferald, no kids. It's our alone time together. Ferald and I always try to make it a point to go out from time to time without the kids. It's a way of refreshing our bond as husband and wife.

Plus, isn't it so nice to wake up next to your special someone in weather like this up in the mountains?


For those who are not aware, Jebel Jais is a mountain of the North-Western Hajar range in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates and also in the Musandam Governorate of Oman. It is one of our favorite camping spots come wintertime.

The last time that we were here, we left Dubai early morning with our friends just to catch the sunrise. This time we set up camp for overnight camping armed with all necessities.

Grilling is allowed at the campsite as long as you keep it off the ground. Authorities patrol the area and check out on campers from time to time. There are bins for used coals if you need to throw them out.


Ferald and I spent the night chatting just about anything over coffee and grilled sausages (aka Purefoods chicken cheese hotdog) and meat (aka inihaw na liempo) under a stary night sky.


We went to bed and had at least 2-3 to sleep. I had a heavy contented sleep. Unfortunately, some campers on the same campsite were up all night playing cards that kept Ferald mainly, awake.


I made coffee for him and myself


and cooked some breakfast while the morning awakes and the mountain that surrounds us is flooded with sunlight.




We enjoyed our meal basking in the sunshine while entertaining a few guests who came to say hi.


These mountain goats seemed used to people, they're not afraid to come close. When they had their fair share of our strawberries, they move on to the next camper

We finished our food and pack up. Drove up a little higher to see the newly built Jebal Jais Viewing Deck. The entrance fee is 5 dirhams for 2 hours


It has twelve binoculars overlooking superb vistas of the Hajar Mountain valleys





and the Arabian Gulf






Just before leaving, we saw a group of hikers starting their trek. Something Ferald and I thought of doing soon.


UAE has plenty of nice camping areas. If you come back, I'll share some more soon. What about you, where is your favorite camping spot in UAE?
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Eat, Explore, Play, & Shop at Singapore's Changi Airport

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I was never excited about airport layovers. From my previous experience, it meant boredom and long waiting hours. But that's not true anymore in our most recent travel, not with Singapore's Changi Airport.

The four hours we spent at Changi Aiport last January (2019) was the most entertaining airport stopover we've done so far.

*If you are traveling and transiting in Singapore from now onwards, continue reading until the end to know a secret.
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How to Apply for Children's Residence Visa Under Mother Sponsorship in Dubai 2019

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Dubai, 29/09/2019

For expatriate married women living and working in Dubai especially those earning less than 10,000 dirhams salary per month and whose job description is not allowed to apply visas for her family, sponsoring her children has never been easy until the recent changes in the Dubai immigration rules that took effect mid of 2019 this year.

The rule now allows any UAE resident (those who have a valid employment visa) male or a FEMALE can now sponsor family members provided that he or she earns a monthly salary of AED 4000 or AED 3000 plus accommodation according to the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship.

Back in the day, when I tried to sponsor my husband, my experience was completely different. You can read about my own experience here.

Just this month, a female friend of mine applied for her children's visa in Dubai. It was approved, the visa was issued and stamped to her children's passport. We shared below the documents required and the step by step process on how to it.

We hope this helps you in getting the residence visa of your children done smoothly. Please feel free to ask questions or share with our readers your own experience in the comment box below.

Document Required
1. Passport copy of the child/children
2. Passport copy of the sponsoring parent this case the mother
3. 1 photo passport size white background
4. Attested child birth certificate in Arabic
5. Sponsor's salary certificate in Arabic
6. Ejari Tenancy Contract
7. No Objection Letter issued by the father to the wife sponsoring her children. Must be notarized by Dubai Courts in Wafi Mall.
8. Family Status file at Dubai Immigration (Open a new file if you don't have one)
9. Father's Emirates ID Copy (front and back)
10. If the father recently lost his job, copy of his visa cancellation paper (if applicable)
11. Medical Insurance for the children (will not be required until visa stamping)

Fees per child
1. Application for an entry permit at authorized typing center - AED 1,250
2. Change Status - AED 680
3. Visa Stamping to the passport - AED 650
4. Emirates ID 3 years - AED 370 OR 2 years AED 270
5. Translation of Birth Certificate from English to Arabic - AED 160
6. Typing of NOC - AED 50
7. NOC notarization at Dubai Courts - AED 367.25
8. Family file opening at Dubai Immigration - done by typing office - AED 250
Total: AED 3, 777.25

Step by step procedure of applying for your children's residence visa in Dubai (The child/children are inside the country in this case)

1. Submit a complete set of documents at the authorized typing center for the typing of Entry permit.
2. Pay corresponding fees
3. Wait for the text message from Dubai Immigration saying the entry permit has been approved (1-2 days)
4. The typing center will give you a copy of the approved entry permit.
5. They will also be the one to submit a request for a change status.
6. Once the change of status is done, submit the original passport to the typing center to process the visa stamping in the passport. This time the medical insurance will be asked.
7. Every transaction, the original Emirates ID of the sponsor (in this case the mother) is required.
8. Please note that Emirates ID will also be applied during the visa stamping.
9. Collect passport once the visa is stamped and you're done.

Now for other things...

How to Obtain and Notarize the NOC from Dubai Courts in Wafi Mall

1. Go to an authorized typing center and have the Arabic NOC letter typed. It should say in the letter that the father has no objection for the mother to sponsor their child/children
2. Take the typed letter to Dubai Courts in Wafi Mall

     Wafi Mall, 1st Floor
     8 AM to 8 PM
     04- 370 6037

3. Take a token and wait to be called. Father's personal appearance is required since he will be signing the NOC in front of the lawyer who will witness and notarized the NOC.
4. Present the original passport as proof of identity
5. Present all documents in 2 copies (NOC to be signed, passport copy of the child/children, passport copy of the father and, passport copy of the mother as well as the Arabic birth certificate)
6. You will get the document at the same time.

How to Open Family File at Dubai Immigration - this will be done by the authorized typing center for you.

Disclaimer: Please note that UAE Immigration rules may change from time to time. Stay up to date and follow the news in leading news agencies for announcements from the government.
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12-Hour Layover in Singapore l Sightseeing with Kids

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Our Singapore trip in December last year was only a 12-hour layover. A connecting flight to Manila. Although short, it was exciting as well as memorable because it was the first country outside of the Philippines and UAE we visited together as a family. The kids were excited to get home but they also looked forward to the fun we had in the Lion City.

We usually fly straight to the Philippines but since Singapore is in the same route to our country, we took advantage of the long layover to see a new place. What's great about it is that Filipinos are given visa on arrival in Singapore so we didn't have to bother applying for visas before the trip.

Our ETA was supposed to be at 7:15 am but we reached at 8:43 am. Our connecting flight to Manila was at 7:10 pm on the same day so instead of 12 hours, we were left with 10. It was good that we slept during the flight, we had enough energy for the itinerary I prepared for us. What we were not really prepared to tackle were the heat and humidity. We didn't expect it to be so humid in December. Except for the weather, Singapore was the perfect choice for a layover. It was a small country yet so many things to see and places to visit.

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