Let’s face it, we often buy things on holiday that we wouldn’t normally do when we are in our own country.  Buying a piece of jewellery while on holiday is quite common, especially when visiting a city like Dubai. Who doesn’t feel the excitement of purchasing shiny keepsakes like gold and diamond jewellery in exotic locations? A glance of a ring on a finger or the reflection of a gold necklace in a mirror can transport you back to the very place, and to the moment it first became a treasure.

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Jewellery That Lives On For Life

The precious golden metal has been a symbol of prestige and wealth for 5,000 years. Whether you are investing in bullion for the future or just love to adorn yourself with the shiny metal, Gold prices are predicted to steadily climb in 2021. Gold jewellery will always be in fashion and in demand, perhaps because gold jewellery can be enjoyed for life and passed on for generations to cherish.

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A World Hub 

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is one of the busiest airports globally and an international hub to Europe and most major countries. The city is also one of the most popular holiday hotspots in the world. It is a shopping mecca with a booming gold and diamonds market. Dubai is one of the best places to buy gold, silver and other precious metals and stones as well as jewellery. Online gold and diamond jewellery shopping in Dubai has become even more popular due to travel restrictions.

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Duty-Free Shopping

Visitors can purchase diamonds and gold tax-free, which has boosted the city’s popularity. With relatively cheap flights, visitors worldwide are travelling, especially to Dubai to purchase gold and precious gems. Although Arabic is the official language of the UAE, Dubai jewellery stores are fully equipped to deal with English speaking tourists, as English is the most spoken language in Dubai. Jewellery stores such as Mamiya Diamonds are more than happy for you to pre-design an engagement ring or select your favourite gold and diamond jewellery online before you arrive.

Gold and top quality gems are fully certified, together with excellent customer service. For more information and enquiries related to gold prices and custom designing visit Mamiya Diamonds website www.mamiyadiamonds.com

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How Did Gold Fare in 2020?

The gold price increased significantly in 2020, which incentivised exploration and excavation. Russia has the biggest gold mines, and in October 2020, company Polyus found US $76 billion worth of gold in Siberia. It is the largest deposit of its kind globally, accounting for around one-quarter of Russia’s entire unmined gold stores. It was also a standout year for gold discoveries in Australia.

Iran is also considered a big gold mining country with Sistan and Baluchestan being its most famous mines. Gold has always been the most prestigious and trustworthy safe haven for decades. One ounce of pure gold was around US $1500 per ounce in February 2020 and US $1800 in December 2020. Gold has surged during the pandemic from the beginning of the COVID19 lockdown. Every month there was almost a US $100 increase in gold per ounce. As people spent more of their time at home, many new investors emerged.

The Future of Gold Beyond 2021

The gold market has still lots to offer in 2021. Goldman Sachs predicted in November 2020 that gold will soar and reach up to US $2200-2300 per ounce over the next 12 months.

More About Dubai

Dubai Expo 2020

The world has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic. We have become accustomed to social distancing guidelines, mask-wearing, cancelled events and travel restrictions.

At the end of 2013, Dubai was selected to host the world expo trade convention in 2020 (Dubai Expo 2020). The prestigious event was thought to generate significant economic benefits for Dubai and the UAE. Like all significant events, Dubai Expo 2020 was not to be. Initially planned from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the Expo has been postponed for twelve months.

Dubai has finally emerged with controlled and effective social distancing norm. Tourists are being welcomed from around the world. Hotels are following and maintaining government health guidelines for tourists safety. Only two people or members from the same household are permitted in hotel lifts for visitors and residents safety. Tourists are not compelled to undertake 14 days mandatory quarantine upon arrival as long as their Covid-PCR tests results are negative

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Couple Milestones

Around the globe, the COVID19 pandemic has forced the postponement of countless weddings and celebrations. Many of these are top social events of the year in many traditional societies.

Engagements, weddings and anniversary celebrations are back in full swing although guest numbers are still limited. Hotels and banquet halls are operating with strict social distancing and safety protocols. Most importantly, venues adhere to these comprehensive health and safety procedures and follow the local laws and legislation in Dubai.

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Emirates Tourism Incentive

In December 2020, tourists arriving in Dubai received a “happiness card”, a new tourism initiative by the Dubai government. Al Saada “Happiness Card” is a free discount card that gives tourists access to exclusive privileges, promotions and discounts during their stay in the emirate. Simple to activate, just scan the barcode using your smartphones and download the ALSAADA Tourist application. Once installed, the app will ask the user to enter their passport number and arrival date in Dubai to generate a smart card under your name.

More New Visitors to Dubai | Israel and United Arab Emirates Strike Major Diplomatic Agreement

August 2020 saw a diplomatic breakthrough and end to decades-old tension between UAE and Israel. The deal leads the way to greater cooperation on investment, tourism, security, technology, energy and other areas. This is a significant step forward to building a more peaceful, secure and prosperous Middle East. The two countries agreed to allow regular direct passenger flights, open embassies and trade ambassadors for the first time.

Israeli’s tourism officials expect more than 200,000 tourists to holiday in Dubai in 2021 with many visiting for the first time. At least 40,000 Israelis travelled to Dubai in December 2020, according to the Israeli airport authority. This number coincides with the 8 days of Hanukkah festival, a Jewish celebration held in December. Fifteen daily, 3.5 hour nonstop flights from Tel Aviv to Dubai began in December on one Emirates carrier and three Israeli airlines. The diplomatic agreements reached between Israel and UAE, Bahrain, Sudan, and now Morocco has broken the long chill between the Arab and Muslim countries.

Both countries have been promoting each other as COVID “Green country.” Countries have raised the bar and now seeing an influx of tourists flocking between UAE and Israel.

Vaccine Brings Potential Hope

The announcement of safe effective vaccines for COVID19 has been enthusiastically received. While the Coronavirus vaccine brings anticipated hope for a return to some kind of normality, it will be some time before we can travel like we used to.

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Why Dubai is a good place to visit?

Dubai is an eye-opening destination for travellers and Booking.com has thousands of accommodation options available. It has much to offer and is the land of unique, world-class, and once-in-a-lifetime experiences. From watching the sunset set from the world’s tallest building to hot air ballooning over the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.

One experience not to miss is the Dubai Falconry Safari. A 90 minute fully interactive falconry encounter where you will personally handle and fly some of the birds, assisted by a professional falconer of course. This is an ideal family outing and a great photo opportunity for your Instagram page. This fabulous city really does have different things on offer!

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