today's world the wonders of technology never cease to amaze, computers
are more powerful than ever before, mobiles seem able to do everything
from surf the web to instructing your house to turn the lights on and
run the bath.
wonders however do not come without setbacks, and one of the most common
complaints among frequent travellers is the fact that they are always
reachable, even when on holiday. Could you imagine going on a business
trip or even holiday for a week and leaving the laptop or similar multi
connectivity device behind ! It is unthinkable to most.
therefore becomes so much more important to be able to connect to the
internet, even if it is simply to download the latest "urgent"
emails, when on the road.
countries now offer stored value cards which allow you to connect via a
special user name and password to a local provider for X number of
minutes. This is often the cheapest and simplest way of connecting to
though, has gone one step further and made connecting so simple you
could literally do it with your eyes closed.
need to do is dial into Etisalat (Emirates ISP) on a special number :
500 5555 or if that is busy 500 5333 and you will be charged per minute.
The calls cost 9 Dhs per hour and are charged to your hotel bill. It is
charged per minute so if you are online for only 5 then you only pay for
no password, no user name, just simply create a new dial up, enter the
telephone number and voila, you will be able to download and send emails
to your hearts content.
wish to actually surf the web in addition to getting your emails then
you will need to go through the Emirates proxy so in your new dial up
proxy settings put : proxy1.emirates.net.ae
and in the port settings put : 8080 after
doing this some computers will require you to restart your computer in
order for the new proxy settings to take effect.
problems with this then simply call the Etisalat hotline on 800 6100 or
about roaming I hear you scream?! Yes of course, if the ISP you use in
your home country offers this service through GRIC then you also have
this option. Generally though it will be a lot more expensive than the
above solution, so we do not recommend it.
other alternative which is becoming more readily available is
complimentary broadband access. This is currently only available at some
of the best and most innovative hotels in Dubai such as the Shangri-La
Hotel Dubai. This is worth checking when you make your hotel
reservation as some five star hotels charge as much as US$54 per day for
in-room broadband access, it is also worth asking whether you can use
that same account in the lounge etc. At the Grand
Hyatt Dubai for example it is expensive to use the in-room broadband
connection and if you want to use the wireless connection available in
the hotel you will need to pay again! Doing a little research into this
can save you a lot of money if connecting is a must.
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