10 Must See Attraction In Oslo, Norway

posted in: Events | posted by: Ian Harrison on December 15, 2009 | 1 Comment

The world’s most expensive city for 2009, not to mention in several years past, is exceptional and the veritable heart of Norway. Expensive? Perhaps, but it all depends on how you define your personal basket of goods in Oslo. Suffice to say that the exquisite capital city has enough affordable splendor and charm not to destroy the average budget.

While Bergen and Trondheim linger as trendy options for intrepid travelers to Norway, Oslo is worth more than a cursory tour. Cosmopolitan, cultural and on the doorstep of vast, beautiful countryside, the city has a lot to offer. Start with our ten must-see attractions.

10. Emanuel Vigeland Museum

While you could visit the Oslo Cathedral or Stortinget (National Parliament), the city is full of quirky gems, like the Emanuel Vigeland Museum. The prominent Norwegian artist left behind quite a legacy, most notably in the form of his mausoleum. In a bit of morbid fun and postmortem poke at older, more famous brother Gustav, the eccentric, potentially vengeful Vigeland turned his burial chamber into one of the coolest museums in Oslo.

9. Munch Museum

The most famous artist to ever come out of Norway also has a wonderful acknowledgment of his legacy in Oslo. Edvard Munch, creator of The Scream, was a remarkably prolific painter and printmaker. The Munch Museum contains over half of the artist’s lifetime output.

8. Royal Palace

A Royal Palace in a European capital? Surely you jest. Predictable as it may be, Oslo’s version is well worth a tour in the busy summer season.

7. University of Oslo Natural History Museum

Norway’s senior and most important natural history museum has a comprehensive collection of specimens from Nordic Europe. Fauna, flora, geology, minerals, fossils and much more, all in three separate museums that make up part of the University of Oslo.

6. Nobel Peace Center

The most famous Nobel Prize is also the only one whose award ceremony takes place outside of Stockholm. As the home of the Peace Prize then, Oslo built a worthy attraction for visitors and locals alike in 2005.

5. Ibsen Museum

One of the most famous dramatists in history was born in Skien, Norway in 1828. Henrik Ibsen left behind a fertile legacy of plays and poetry upon his death in 1906. His last home in Oslo is now a superb museum, close to the Royal Palace.

4. Viking Ship Museum

The Bygdøy peninsula of Oslo contains some of the best points of interest in the city, from nudist (and non-nudist) beaches, extremely popular with locals in the summer, to a slew of museums. The Viking Ship Museum is particularly cool, with great exhibits of notable archaeological finds from throughout Norway.

3. Frogner Park

Oslo’s amphitheater-like milieu and huge land mass provides visitors with ample opportunity to commune with nature. The city is mostly forest, hills and lakes and several fine public parks dot the landscape. Frogner Park is one of the best, notably for the singular Gustav Vigeland (yes, him again) Sculpture Park and Vigeland Museum.

2. Oslo Opera House

Thoroughly modern and progressive, the recipient of the culture award at the World Architecture Festival in October 2008 is well worth the price of admission to see the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet.

1. Norwegian Museum of Cultural History

Another Bygdøy peninsula gem, this time in the form of a vast, open air museum that takes visitors on a tactile journey throughout Norway’s cultural history

The Dubai Fountain at Burj Khalifa

The Dubai Fountain

Experience The Dubai Fountain
Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The Dubai Fountain performs daily, with the performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).
Over 6,600 WET Superlights – the most advanced incandescent large fountain lights available today – and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world.
Dubai Fountain schedule

1:00pm First afternoon show
1:30pm Second afternoon show
Evening Shows
6:00 PM to 11:00 PM Sun - Wed
6:00 PM to 11:30 PM Thu – Sat
( Every 30 Minutes)

 key Facts & Figures
• World’s largest dancing fountain
• In sync with classical, Arabic and world music
• 1.5 million lumens of projected light
• Spray heights of up to 500 feet
• 22,000 gallons of airborne water
• Set in Burj Khalifa Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Dubai.
See it to believe it!

Top 10 Food In Dubai

1)  The Most Astounding Luxury Of Taste!

  • 'Stuffed Camel' is mentioned in Guiness Book Of World Records, as one of the biggest menus. It is in my view a luxury beyond the threshold of luxury. The dish is sometimes taken to be a myth, and has gathered many critical and disbeleiving compliments. However, this so festive, astonishing and delicious roasted camel recipe has served in the bedouin ceremonies, and now has become the gem of occassions in the houses of elite class in dubai. The recipe is a multilayered stuffing of chicken, eggs, fish and sheep in a whole camel. Does it stir multilayered hunger pangs too?! I bet it does!

    2)   Al Harees

  • If ever you have a chance to savor the exotic taste of United Arab Emirates, i genuinely recommend to try once this marvellous food invention! Made after long hours and lengthy preparations, this simple and elegantly delicious food item never misses a place in your taste buds! It is made by mixing a pinch of salt in a pot of wheat then adding meat in it and cooking the whole mixture till everything gains a coherent smoothness of texture and taste. Then the dish is baked for several hours and then served. You can enjoy this recipe as it is, enjoying a simple salty taste and the rich and intermingled flavors of wheat and meat. Or you can make variations of this dish according to your desire, adding things in it that excites your taste buds and adds fuel to the fire of taste!

    3)   Falafel

  • This mouth-watering dish is well known as ta'amia in Middle East and is one of the most popular dishes in Arab East. It also has the reputation of a commonly eaten snack in Israel, and i assure you that once you put it in your mouth, it occupies the throne of taste in your heart too! This recipe in essence is a modified version of French fries, having Arabic colorto the french origin. Usually served as a side dish, this dish is a combination of chickpeas and various spices.
  • 4)   Hummus

  • A well known dip from the Middle Eastern culture. It is made from chickpeas, olive oil, tahini paste, lemon juice, garlic and salt. It is served with pita bread and fulfills the niche for a perfect appetizer or snack. It is also served as a dip with various foods. How can any of us forget the name of 'shawerma' when we mention hummus! Are you feeling the urge to try this dip with shawerma or other foods??? If Yes, then DON'T WAIT ! Try this out and enjoy the unique taste.

    5)   Ghuzi

  • A popular serve in dubai restaurants, it can be counted among the pride holder food items of ubai restaurants. Made from a whole roasted lamb served on top of rice, with vegetables and nuts. If you desire to get a core taste of dubai food and taste, never forget to have a meal of Ghuzi ordered.
  • 6)   Matchbous

  • Another lamb recipe from the exotic food assortment of dubai's cuisine. This dish is made from spiced lamb, tomato, stew and rice. A spicy 'spice' that shares the popularity of this lamb recipe is 'loomi', which is made from ripe limes and salt water. To broaden the spectrum of your taste, you ought to give this recipe a try. And once tried, you would find it hard to resist the temptations of re-ordering it induces.
  • 7)   Shawarma

  • This famous and perhaps the most eaten foods in dubai has gained immense popularity all around Asia too. This dish is made from lamb or chicken meat, accompained with colorful array of vegetables, fries, pickle and garilc sauce. The taste and preparations of this recipe nowadays varies from place to place, however, the graph of its popularity has never displayed a decline! One of the most ordered fruity drink that accompanies this recipe is the strawberry-banana blend.

    8)   Esh asarya

  • Known as The “bread of the harem”, it is a sort of cheese cake with cream topping. With a marvellous taste and melting texture this  dish has a special place in the popular desserts in dubai.
  • 9)   Tabbouleh

  • A genuinely vegetarian version of Arabian Cuisine. This dish is a salad, made from tomatoes, green onions and cucumber and is seasoned with fresh mint and lemon juice. It not only boasts up the health benefits but quenches the hunger in a balanced way. Associated with this recipe are the traditions of UAE and its popularity manifests the integrity of those long passed traditions of taste.

    10)   Mehalabiya

  • This wonderfully refreshing recipe has the sprinkling of rosewater and pistachios. This dish is primarily a pudding and is an all-time favorite dessert liked by allmost all age groups.

    Enjoy thse festive dishes and upgrade the spectrum of your taste with these recipes all the way from Dubai !

  • Burj Khalifa - Tallest Building In The World

    Bringing Burj Khalifa to life required a combination of visionary ideals and solid science. In the process, the project amassed an awe-inspiring number of facts, figures, and statistics.

    World Records
    At over 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa holds the following records:
    • Tallest building in the world
    • Tallest free-standing structure in the world
    • Highest number of stories in the world
    • Highest occupied floor in the world
    • Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
    • Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
    • Tallest service elevator in the world

    Tallest of the Supertall

    Not only is Burj Khalifa the world’s tallest building, it has also broken two other impressive records: tallest structure, previously held by the KVLY-TV mast in Blanchard, North Dakota, and tallest free-standing structure, previously held by Toronto’s CN Tower. The Chicago-based Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has established 3 criteria to determine what makes a tall building tall. Burj Khalifa wins by far in all three categories.
    Height to architectural top
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building. This includes spires, but does not include antennae, signage, flagpoles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely used and is used to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat rankings of the Tallest Buildings in the World.
    Highest occupied floor
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest continually occupied floor within the building. Maintenance areas are not included.
    Height to tip
    Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element. This includes antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment.

    What to expect if you work in Dubai

    What to expect if you work in Dubai
    While the city is very much geared towards the business traveller, newcomers working in Dubai can be taken by surprise by some of Dubai's business customs.
    The first thing to know about working in Dubai is that the working week can differ from business to business. The working week is generally Sunday to Thursday. However, retail and some other businesses open six days a week, closing on Fridays.
    Usual business hours are from 08:00 to 13:00, resuming after the temperatures have begun to cool from 16:00 and continuing until 19:00. During Ramadan the working day may be shorter Free Zones may also have different working hours.
    Peak traffic times are anything between 06:30-09:00 and 16:30-20:30. In the older part of town, peak times are from 13:00 until quite late into the night. Jams and accidents are a regular occurrence, and parking for some buildings may be a problem, so do take advice on how much time you should leave for your journey.

    Business meetings

    Working in Dubai can be very much in the regional manner and be very relaxed and informal, which is born of the whole hospitality / coffee culture. Similarly, you should allow plenty of time with all forms of paperwork, be they visa applications, government approvals or bank documentation.
    The business dress code is conservative, and anyone working in more rural areas should wear clothing that completely covers the body. On the other hand, business meetings with Arab clients or colleagues can sometimes seem very informal and may take place in cafes (however, a pre-arranged business lunch can be extremely formal).
    In business meetings, it is polite to enquire about families and make general conversation – the actual business part of the meeting can be quite short, with matters resolved very quickly. It is also acceptable for the client to take calls on their mobile phone.

    Business etiquette

    If you do need to criticise or correct someone, make sure it is in a private discussion away from the meeting, as causing public loss of face is considered very rude.
    It is considered polite to have one side of your business card translated into Arabic, and to present this side of the card face up when passing it on to an Arab colleague or client.
    One final thing to remember is that the more conservative Muslims often show their respect by not shaking hands with people of a different gender, so do wait for them to take the lead on hellos and goodbyes.

    Dubai, UAE Information



    Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and the name of the emirate’s main city. The modern emirate of Dubai was created with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971.

    Official Name: Dubai
    Area: Total 4,114 km² (1,588.4 square miles)

    Capital: Dubai (city of Dubai)
    Currency: Arab Emirate Dirham (AED); 1 EUR = 5.4 AED
    Official language: Arabic, but also widely spoken are Persian, Malayalam, English, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, and Tagalog
    Time zone: Dubai Standard Time (UTC+4)
    Dialing Code: +971
    Internet top-level domain (TLD): .ae
    Emergency services: 999

    Days of sunshine per year: 365
    Average temperatures: December-March 24ºC; March-November 35 ºC

    Main International Airports: Dubai International Airport (DXB), Maktoum International Airport (JXB) – under construction, to be ready in 2008

    Religions: 96% Muslim, Hindu, Christian, 4% other
    Government: Emirate
    Emir: Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

    Population: metro 1, 492,000 (2006)
    Population density: 345.65/km² (895.2/sq miles)
    Gross Domestic Product (GDP): USD 46 billion (2006)

    Business hours:

    Government offices: Saturday - Wednesday (7:30am - 2:30pm)
    General businesses work: 8am to 1pm and 4pm to 8pm from Saturday to Thursday
    Banks: 8am to 1pm from Saturday to Wednesday and 8am to 12pm on Thursday

    Most major credit cards are widely used and accepted.

    Dubai is one of the wonders of the modern world. A decade ago the sand was the ruler of this emirate located on the edge of the Arabian desert with no discernible natural advantages. Nowadays the sand has been dethroned by the luxurious futuristic skyscrapers and the exclusive cozy villas scattered around the coastline. And all this is thanks to the vision of Dubai’s ruler – Sheikh Mohammed and the belief in his subjects in his idea to turn his country into the center of international trading and tourism. His logic is simple: if you build it, they will come.

    The audacity of the city's ruler is breathtaking. Running out of coastline to build hotels? Build vast artificial islands with 120km of new beachfront. Need better connections with the world? Build up an award-winning international airline in 15 years.

    From within these high standards of luxury and convenience, visitors can experience exotic Arabia in the bustling souks or a night in a Bedouin tent with belly-dancing under the starlit desert skies, as well as a way of life that is still embedded in the Islamic traditions of an ancient land. Dubai's attraction lies in the contrast between the ultra modern and the enchantingly traditional, which gives the city a personality like no other and visitors a variety of experiences to choose from. From desert oases and unspoiled beaches, camel races and old wind towers, to top-class shopping opportunities, avant-garde architecture and the finest international cuisine, Dubai has more than enough depth to satisfy even the most seasoned of travelers.

    Places to see:

    • Bastakiya District - historic home to many reconstructed buildings in the traditional style;
    • Burj al-Arab hotel
    • Dubai Museum
    • Dubai Zoo
    • Gold Souq
    • Ibn Battuta Mall
    • Jumeirah Mosque
    • Mall of the Emirates
    • Shindagha District
    • Palm Islands

    Warren Buffet's Investment Advice

    Warren Buffet's Investment Advice

    Warren Buffet
    When it comes to the world of investments - especially in the stock market - Warren Buffet, the Chief Executive Officer of Berkshire Hathaway, is an enigma.

    Celebrated as the "Oracle of Omaha" because of his unparalleled success in the stock market, Warren Buffet lives the life of your regular next-door neighbour, hardly eats in classy restaurants and drives a regular, used 4-wheel drive.

    How is he able to maintain success for so many years? Here are some of his best advice. Hear him:

    Stay liquid
    "We will never become dependent on the kindness of strangers. We will always arrange our affairs so that any requirements for cash we may conceivably have will be dwarfed by our own liquidity. Moreover, that liquidity will be constantly refreshed by a gusher of earnings from our many and diverse businesses."

    Buy when everyone else is selling
    "We've put a lot of money to work during the chaos of the last two years. It's been an ideal period for investors: A climate of fear is their best friend.... Big opportunities come infrequently. When it's raining gold, reach for a bucket, not a thimble."

    Don't buy when everyone else is buying
    "Those who invest only when commentators are upbeat end up paying a heavy price for meaningless reassurance. The obvious corollary is to be patient. You can only buy when everyone else is selling if you have held your fire when everyone was buying."

    Value, value, value
    "In the end, what counts in investing is what you pay for a business -- through the purchase of a small piece of it in the stock market -- and what that business earns in the succeeding decade or two."

    Don't get suckered by big growth stories
    Buffett further reminded investors that he and Berkshire's Vice Chairman, Charlie Munger, "avoid businesses whose futures we can't evaluate, no matter how exciting their products may be."

    Most investors who bet on the auto industry in 1910, planes in 1930 or TV makers in 1950 ended up losing their shirts, even though the products really did change the world. "Dramatic growth" doesn't always lead to high profit margins and returns on capital.

    Understand what you own
    "Investors, who buy and sell based upon media or analyst commentary are not for us.

    "We want partners, who join us at Berkshire because they wish to make a long-term investment in a business they themselves understand and because it's one that follows policies with which they concur."

    Defense beats offense
    "Though we have lagged the S&P in some years that were positive for the market, we have consistently done better than the S&P in the 11 years during which it delivered negative results. In other words, our defense has been better than our offense, and that's likely to continue."

    Hard work
    All hard work bring a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty.

    A sleeping lobster is carried away by the water current.

    Never depend on a single source of income. (At least make your Investments get you second earning)

    If you buy things you don't need, you'll soon sell things you need.

    Don't save what is left after spending; Spend what is left after saving.

    The borrower becomes the lender's slave.

    It's no use carrying an umbrella, if your shoes are leaking.

    Beware of little expenses; A small leak can sink a large ship.

    Never test the depth of the river with both feet.(Have an alternate plan ready)

    Don't put all your eggs in one basket.

    General Investment Rules

    1. Rule Number 1 - Never lose money

    2. Rule Number 2 - Don't forget rule number 1

    3. You're neither right nor wrong because other people agree with you. You're right because your facts are right and your reasoning is right - and that's the only thing that makes you right.

    4. Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing. If you don't know jewelry, know the jeweler.

    5. If you don't feel comfortable owning something for 10 years, then don't own it for 10 minutes.

    6. There seems to be some perverse human characteristic that likes to make easy things difficult (Remember his advice to Bill Gates - keep it simple).

    7. One's objective should be to get it right, get it quick, get it out, and get it over... your problem won't improve with age.

    8. A public-opinion poll is no substitute for thought.

    9. It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently.

    10. "I never buy anything unless I can fill out on a piece of paper my reasons. I may be wrong, but I would know the answer to that. "I'm paying $32 billion today for the Coca Cola Company because..." If you can't answer that question, you shouldn't buy it. If you can answer that question, and you do it a few times, you'll make a lot of money.

    11. You ought to be able to explain why you're taking the job you're taking, why you're making the investment you're making, or whatever it may be. And if it can't stand applying pencil to paper, you'd better think it through some more. And if you can't write an intelligent answer to those questions, don't do it.

    12. Be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when others are fearful.