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Ain Dubai: The Tallest Ferris Wheel in the World

"Life is like a Ferris wheel. One minute you're on top, the next you're at the bottom. Just stay in your seat, enjoy the ride, and hang on until you reach the top again." -Susan Gale-
       Major cities nowadays are building their own Ferris wheels to attract more tourists and to showcase the world how rich and grand they are. Some famous wheels include the High Roller in Las Vegas, Singapore Flyer in state-city of Singapore, and London Eye in the UK. Behold, Dubai is building their very own wheel named Ain Dubai and to put all the previous wheels to shame, they intend it to be at least 210-meters tall thus claiming the crown as the world's tallest Ferris wheel. 

       Built on a man-made island called Bluewaters Island, Ain Dubai will be the centerpiece of the project which will offer future visitors a stunning 360-degree view of Dubai skyline as well as the Persian Gulf. Reports have it that aside from the wheel, the island will feature entertainment, retail, …

St. Mary's Catholic Church: Catholics' Solace in Muslim Dubai

If you're a Catholic and have learned that you'll be staying in a Muslim country like the UAE in the next 2 years of your life (like me), you might think that your faith will be doomed and will be idle throughout your stay. But those thoughts changed when I've learned about the St. Mary's Catholic Church existence, a haven for hundreds of thousands of Filipino Catholics in Dubai.

       Doing some research, I found out that the church was founded by His Highness Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the late father of the current ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. In 1966, he donated land to build the church and was inaugurated on 7 April 1967.  This quite impressed me knowing that the Sheikhs are Muslim.

       I have always wanted to visit this church when I first learned about its existence but it took me over a year before doing so. The church is inundated by Catholic expats mostly Filipinos and Indians to my surprise.

       Attending the…