Former President Bill Clinton Visits Casa De Campo

Former US President Bill Clinton is just back from a visit to Casa De Campo where he has been a regular visitor to over the past 20 years. It didn’t surprise us to hear that the beautiful Dominican Republic was among the 42nd President of the United States favourite golf holiday destinations.

Casa De Campo is home to some luxurious golfing experiences, including the Teeth of the Dog course, the #1 course in the Caribbean.

Teeth of the Dog - #1 Course in Caribbean
Teeth of the Dog – #1 Course in Caribbean

Mr Clinton regards the Teeth of the Dog as one of his favourite courses on Earth but as it was closed for maintenance, on this occasion he played the La Romana course designed by Pete Dye.

Following Golf, Mr Clinton enjoyed a celebratory dinner at the resort’s SBG restaurant in its picturesque Marina. The Marina has a host of eateries and places to relax and enjoy a drink with a view after a day golfing in the sun.

Casa De Campo Marina
Casa De Campo Marina

After dinner the former President visited Altos de Chavón – an artisan village within the resort modeled after a 16th century Mediterranean city.
And if 3 golf courses isn’t enough to keep you and your family busy, the resort also has horse riding, tennis, a range of water sports and trapshooting!
Can you think of any other 5* resorts with three championship golf courses and a medieval city including a Colosseum? Me neither!

Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón

You can enjoy your own presidential golf holiday to Casa de Campo All-Inclusive or on a Bed & Breakfast basis with Chaka Travel.

Belfast In The View Of Polish Youth – By Chaka Intern Miko

Hello Everyone! My name is Mikołaj. I am 18 years old teenager from Poland. I am a student and I attend Technical School to learn for IT specialist. I had opportunity to go for internship to Belfast twice, organised by Intern Europe. Having interned at Chaka Travel in 2017, I was so lucky to return to the same company for March & April 2019. I want to introduce my thoughts and memories from Belfast as I spend 2 months in this beautiful city.

Miko's internship in Belfast
Miko’s internship in Belfast

Me and twelve of my Polish friends had an opportunity to take advantage in internship organised by Intern Europe. Internship lasted a month and each student was working in their specialisation. We weren’t the only group that was taking part in work experience. There were four different groups, on one from Austria, Poland, Germany and Spain.

Belfast have an difficult and interesting history and this makes city rich in places to explore/sightsee, like Titanic Museum, City Hall, Ulster Museum, Cave Hill and many walls, that tell the story of The Troubles. And of course you have to go to Primark, which is the most important place to visit for a lot of tourists! 🙂

Miko visiting the Game of Thrones Exhibition
Miko visiting the Game of Thrones Exhibition

I lived in two Irish families this month. It was a great opportunity to get to know better how people lives here. I really enjoyed famous British breakfast, although it is hard to eat it full :D. I reckon that British people likes pets, because wherever I lived, there was at least one dog or cat.

The residents of Northern Ireland and Belfast are extremely polite and gentle. They are very open-minded, always kind if anyone needs help. The Northern Ireland accent wasn’t the easiest one to understand, but I think that it is possible to get used to it. Even if you don’t understand something, inhabitants of Belfast will eventually repeat the sentence, till you get it.

Working at Chaka Travel

This two months I worked at Chaka Travel were my first work experience. Chaka Travel is one of most popular golf travel agents in the world. Thanks to Chaka I learned a lot about how it is to be a worker. I found out what kind of tasks IT man can have. I didn’t have any objectives and tasks to do that were too hard.

During my first period I had done things like: copying and pasting content from old to new rising website (mostly), adding new sites, completing list of URLs. This had been my first contact with WordPress and I really enjoyed how easy it was to use any of tools on this server.

Over my second period in Chaka Travel I had had my first contact with Adobe Photoshop. My task mainly was to work with it changing size of photos from website and then uploading them on website. I uploaded few posts on social media and changed the length of URLs for several sites. My last task was to write the blog that you are reading right now 🙂

Miko with our Marketing Officer Stevie
Miko with our Marketing Officer Stevie

I really enjoyed two months with Chaka Travel. The whole team is a group of extremely kind and polite persons. Stevie, who was my supervisor helped me a lot with second adaptation and explained everything clearly, so it was easy for me to execute tasks. I recommend Chaka Travel as placement for internship.

I really enjoyed 2 months, that I spend in Belfast. I learned a lot about work experience and improved my English, which was my main goal to achieve. I can honestly recommend visiting this fantastic city. I would like to come back here one day. Thank you for reading.

Learn more about Intern Europe here & Chaka Travel here

Dubai Travel – FAQs

Planning a trip to Dubai? Here’s some answers to those important questions you might have:

Between the glitz and glam of the lavish lifestyles offered in Dubai, skyscrapers, Friday brunches, attractions and world class championship golf, is a very complex and misunderstood judicial system as well and an air of mystery around the destination.

Having personally lived in Dubai from 2014 – 2018 and having always worked in the leisure and tourism sector, I believe my experience can really help you have a better understanding of Dubai before you travel, and if there are any other questions you may have, please reach out to me.

So, to help you fully prepare, here’s some of the most common questions tourists have about Dubai with answers and explanations for you.

1. Is Dubai safe to travel to for tourists?

Absolutely yes – Dubai has rapidly become one of the most popular go-to destinations for holidays and travellers and has a multitude of attractions, sight-seeing, activities, historical spots to explore and amazing golf courses.

In fact, Dubai is one of safest cities and arguably THE safest country in the Middle East. Thanks to stricter laws, crime is kept to a minimum and you shouldn’t be surprised to learn that many tourists feel very safe during their stay in Dubai.

Having moved back to London a few months ago and having been lucky enough to travel quite extensively around the world, I can honestly say Dubai is the safest place I’ve ever been to, period.

2. Can you take alcohol to Dubai?

Tourists visiting Dubai can bring the following goods free of duty into the city:

• Gifts with a value of no more than AED 3,000
• 400 cigarettes OR 500 grams of tobacco OR 50 cigars
• Up to 4 litres of alcohol OR 48 cans of beer (each not exceeding 355 ml)
• So yes, tourists can buy and bring alcohol into Dubai. Which leads us onto #3…

3. Can you drink in Dubai?

The city is continually enhancing its tourism industry, and so those visiting will have no issue purchasing a drink while staying here.

Tourists will find that most restaurants, bars and hotels serve alcohol to those above the UAE’s legal drinking age of 21.

If you’re a resident living in Dubai – that’s a different story, as you should purchase and register for an alcohol license. Provided you’re a non-Muslim.

From my personal experience, Dubai has some of the best nightlife I’ve ever seen. There is no wonder it’s a celebrity hotspot and you don’t get celebrities letting loose without a few drinks!

4. Can you swear in Dubai?

No, you should endeavour to keep your potty mouth shut while out and about in Dubai! Particularly in public places where crowds will form, like at the beach, or in a mall or restaurant. Be mindful of who is around you – Dubai is a melting pot of many different cultures, so it’s best to refrain from swearing to ensure you don’t accidentally insult someone.

In the comfort of your own hotel room or holiday residence, swear all you like – just don’t say anything that might cause offence in public.

5. Can you smoke in Dubai?

Dubai is one of the few tourist destinations left that still allows smoking indoors – which is great news if you smoke, but horrible news if you can’t stand it.

But don’t be alarmed – all restaurants that do allow indoor smoking will provide seperate seating areas for those who wish to smoke and those which don’t.

And if you’re a fan of shisha – you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find lots of local cafes or Arabic restaurants that serve it. If it’s your first time visiting, and you’re not against giving it a go – you can try it as part of your ‘authentic Middle Eastern’ experience!

Those who do smoke will also be pleased to learn that Dubai’s tobacco prices are still extremely cheap in comparison to other Western countries. For example, a pack of Marlboro Gold costs AED 20 for 20 cigarettes, which is around £2!

6. Can you hold hands in public in Dubai?

If you’re a married couple, holding hands is tolerated. But kissing, hugging or petting is a bit of a no no, keep this to the hotel!

7. What do you have to wear in Dubai?

As a rule of thumb, make sure your holiday outfits keep you covered from shoulders to at least the knee in public to prevent any issues from arising should you cause offence to anyone.
Back at your hotel, wear whatever you like.

At the beach, it’s fine to wear your swimwear, so long as you’re appropriately dressed once again after leaving the beach vicinity.

8. Do I need a visa to visit Dubai?

Requirements for obtaining a visit visa to travel to Dubai vary depending on your nationality, the purpose of your visit and its duration.

If you hold a British passport, you can obtain a visit upon arrival for a 30-day period.

Guld Co-operation Council nationals are granted entry upon arrival (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman) and other citizens from the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival that lasts 90 days; France, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Austria, Finland, Liechtenstein, Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, Estonia, Portugal, Malta, Spain, Cyprus, Denmark, Croatia, Slovenia, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania and Latvia.

Additionally, citizens of the following countries can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days, with a 10-day grace period; Andorra, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, Hong Kong, Monaco, South Korea, Brunei, Ireland, New Zealand, The Vatican, Canada, Japan, San Marino, United States and Russia.

9. What language is spoken in Dubai?

Although Arabic is the primary language of Dubai and the UAE, you’ll find that English is most commonly used in public areas, on road signs, in restaurants and shopping malls.

10. What tourist attractions are in Dubai?

There are SO many, and all suit different ages and lifestyles. From the Burj Khalifa, to The Beach in JBR, to the IMG Worlds of Adventure theme park, to City Walk’s HUB ZERO as well as Burj Al Arab, Souk Madinat, desert safaris, sand dune buggy rides, to the Dubai Canal and Dubai Marina… There’s SO much to see and do during your time in Dubai, with options that suit all budgets.

11. Do I have to tip in Dubai?

Many restaurants and bars include the service charge in the price of the meal/drinks bought, however there may be some instances like using a valet or using a Dubai taxi that you might feel it appropriate to tip – which is fine. Anything between the 10% – 20% mark will be fine.

12. When’s the best time to visit Dubai?

You’ll be very aware of just how HOT it can get in Dubai and the UAE during summer, but tourists wishing to visit Dubai will be glad to hear that this heat does cool down in the winter months. From October to April, the temperature is generally cooler – with the best time entirely being from November to March.
September & May: 28 – 39
October & April: 25 – 36
November – March: 18 – 31

13. How many golf courses are in Dubai

There is now a total of 12 golf courses in Dubai, which it’s quite remarkable seen as it’s such a small city.

There are also further developments ongoing.
There is a Tiger Woods designed golf course opening at the Trump International resort, as well as a further Emaar golf course called ‘Emaar South’ which is located near the new DWC airport.

1. Emirates Golf Club, Majlis Course (Home on the Omega Dubai Desert Classic)
2. Emirates Golf Club, Faldo Course (Fully Floodlit Night Golf)
3. Jumeirah Golf Estates, Earth Course (Home of the Race to Dubai Final & DP World Tour Championship)
4. Jumeirah Golf Estates, Fire Course
5. The Els Club Dubai
6. The Address Montgomerie Dubai
7. Arabian Ranches Golf Club Dubai
8. Dubai Hills Golf Club
9. Dubai Creek Golf Club
10. Trump International Golf Club
11. The Track at Meydan (Fully Floodlit 9 Holes)
12. Jebel Ali Golf Club

14. What are the best golf courses to play in Dubai?

This is such a tough question and its obviously very much opinion based, but I’ll give you my verdict!

As a former tour pro and currently playing off +1 handicap, my opinion of golf courses will be somewhat different to say an 18 handicapper, but what I can tell you is that every single golf course is top quality and a joy to play.

At every golf course you will be given a golf buggy, range balls and water as part of your green fee and the daily operation and how these golf courses run is remarkable.

My favourite course in Dubai would have to be Jumeirah Golf Estates’ Earth Course.
The Earth Course is the venue for the European Tours season ending Race to Dubai and it’s such a fitting venue.
The course is designed by Greg Norman who is very well known for his huge bright white bunkering, it’s just so visually impressive.
The course conditioning is amazing, the club’s golf academy is a European Tour Performance Institute and as a whole it’s golfing paradise!

15. Best beaches in Dubai

The Beach – JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences)
A hip, beach hangout.
For a taste of the idyllic beachside lifestyle make your way down to the relaxed district of The Beach at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences).

This bustling cosmopolitan area is like a beach resort anyone can access and enjoy a day in the sun with a contemporary Arabian touch. The family-friendly area is easily accessible from anywhere in Dubai. There’s plenty to do – from a wide selection of beachside dining and shopping to water sports such as parasailing and wakeboarding.

There’re also banana boat rides and even a train for the kids to enjoy. If you’d prefer to keep your feet dry, you can take a camel ride along the beach – and all with the iconic city landscape in the background.

Plus, there’s a 600m running track, outdoor gym and beach volleyball court if you’re keen to work up a sweat. Or take in an outdoor yoga class to get your day started the way you like.

If your visit coincides with the other end of the day, there’s a good chance of encountering some live entertainment to get your excitement levels up.

Take your pick among a huge variety of dining options and your day is made, I would strongly recommend The Cheesecake Factory!

Kite Beach
If you’re serious about your water sports and wish to test your skills on one of the best free beaches in Dubai, Kite Beach has the challenge you seek.
Located steps from Jumeirah’s main street, you’ll find high quality water sports equipment available along the sand, with kitesurfing, wakeboarding and stand-up paddle boarding gear all ready to go. Head down in the afternoon, as this is when the wind picks up and presents some better conditions.

If staying on land is more your thing, you’re bound to find a game of beach volleyball to join, along with a welcoming vibe and plenty of new friends to make in the process. Or, if you’re looking for a more chilled out vibe, Kite Beach exudes adrenaline as much as it does serenity and a casual beachside atmosphere.

Want to walk or jog along the coastline? Kite Beach’s 14km track is the perfect spot. Whatever beachside activity you wish to enjoy, at this stretch of sand you’ll have amazing views of the majestic Burj Al Arab to admire.

You’ll also find some casual bites to eat right off the beach at the shops and food trucks; don’t miss your chance to grab some sliders and a lotus shake at the ever-popular Salt!

16. Getting around in Dubai

Rent a Car
To hire a car, you need an international driver’s licence (UK Licence is fine), passport, credit card and third-party insurance. Once you’re on the open road, take a drive out to Dubai’s mountain town of Hatta.

Want to get in on the luxury car action? One of Dubai’s favourite past times is cruising down the streets in style in a car that turns heads; opt for a Bentley with Paddock Rent A Car or a Bugatti with Apex Luxury Car Hire.

Looking for ultimate flexibility? Try a pay-as-you-go car rental app, like UDrive or ekar.

Taxi
Dubai’s taxis are available to hail nearly everywhere at just about any time, day or night. If you prefer to schedule a ride, you can call for a Dubai taxi pick-up at +971 4 208 0808.

While taxis are extremely cheap in Dubai, the price per kilometre does change depending on a few factors, like tolls or the time of day.

If you prefer to use an app to book a ride, Uber or Careem are available. Feeling extravagant? You can even book an Uber chopper for a bird’s-eye commute to the golf course!!

Travel by Rail

Dubai Metro
The metro is a world-class, fully-automated, driverless railway system. Most of the metro rides above ground providing a great view while you travel to landmarks like the Dubai Mall, Dubai Marina, the Gold Souk and Dubai’s financial district (DIFC).

Dubai Metro tickets must be purchased in the form of a Nol card – which can also be used to pay for bus, tram and taxi fare – and rides can cost as little as AED3. Discover the city by its metro stations or use the journey planner app, Wojhati, to make the most of your Dubai itinerary.

Dubai Tram
The Dubai Tram runs from Al Sufouh to Jumeirah Beach Residences in 42 minutes. Running on the Nol card, the tram provides access to destinations like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Lakes Towers and more.

The Palm Monorail
The tram connects directly to the Palm’s monorail station, which runs from the trunk of the Palm to the iconic Atlantis, The Palm. Whether you’re having a play day at Aquaventure Waterpark, making friends a Dolphin Bay, or enjoying the Boardwalk, don’t miss the chance to take in views of the Gulf from the Palm’s crescent.

Travel by Boat

Dhow Boats and Abras
Travel back in time on Dubai’s traditional mode of transportation with an abra ride down Dubai Creek or through Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Enjoy a dinner cruise on the much larger dhow boat, a vessel used traditionally for sailing. For a modern view, travel down the cosmopolitan passages of Dubai Marina or the brand-new Dubai Water Canal.

Ferry and Water Taxi
Another way to take in the sights is aboard the Dubai Ferry. Starting at just AED15, you can take a tour across the city’s key water links starting from Business Bay to the Marina via Dubai Canal. Ferries from the Al Jaddaf station depart daily at 10am, 12pm and 5:30pm.

Whatever your preferred mode of transport, we can offer private transfers for you. Just let us know when booking!

17. The best places to shop in Dubai?

From traditional souks to gleaming malls

While today Dubai is famous for the country’s oil boom and riches, not many people know about its ancient history of pearl diving.

Well before the money from the oil boom, the UAE was thriving off the money made from the pearls. Pearl diving offered seasonal if not full-time work for many local Emiratis, and many UAE families can still trace their fortunes back to the historic pearl diving their forefathers did.

While pearls are no longer an exclusive commodity only from the UAE, some of today’s most top-ranking brands began their careers by using UAE pearls for prestige and quality insurance. Cartier is one of the most famous examples of a loyal customer of the pearls of the Arabian coastline, with Jacques Cartier making his first journey to the region in 1912 to hunt for the mother of all jewels, which is what the pearl is so often referred to as.

While today shopping is a national pastime in the UAE, a place where high street and designer brands from around the world stand side-by-side in shiny, air-conditioned mega malls, while old-school souks still look much like the mock historic market on display in Dubai Museum. Elsewhere, emerging artisans are carving a niche off the beaten path.

Downtown Dubai
The Dubai Mall

The UAE’s highest concentration of designer boutiques can be found here, alongside the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and an Olympic-sized ice rink, while the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa are on the doorstep. Walking through the several million square feet of retail space is a workout: you can navigate with the Dubai Mall mobile app and be sure to pack comfortable shoes – or buy a pair. With more than 1,300 shops, including anchor departments stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, finding the right footwear for the job shouldn’t be a problem.

Al Barsha
Mall of The Emirates

The only place in the UAE where you’ll find a ski slope, Mall of the Emirates is a magnet for Middle Eastern travellers who’ve never seen snow. The mall’s Fashion District looks like the pages of Vogue brought to life, with Bulgari, Dior and Gucci stopping shoppers in their tracks with attention-grabbing window displays. High-street offerings include Next, Topshop and the popular Turkish equivalent, Koton, while Harvey Nichols and Debenhams go head to head as the flagship department stores. The ‘Hands Free’ service means shoppers can have their bags collected and delivered later anywhere in the mall, car parks or connecting hotels (Kempinski and Sheraton hotels in the mall itself).

Jebel Ali
The Outlet Village

This incongruous Tuscan village-styled mall on the outskirts of Dubai is to the UAE what Bicester Village is to England. From Armani to Ermenegildo Zegna, several discounted high-end collections can be found in bespoke boutiques or one of three multi-brand department stores: The Deal, Priceless and Galeries Lafayette L’Outlet. Hotfoot it to Coach, Dunhill, Michael Kors and Montblanc for luxury leather accessories, and bag high street bargains at stores including Banana Republic, Gap Factory, Diesel, Superdry and Ted Baker. In addition to the 100 or so shops, there’s a food court and Stay & Play, a care facility where children can be entertained while grown-ups splurge.

All set for your Dubai Golf Holiday? See our extensive list of golf holidays here

Did this not answer your question? Speak to our Middle East Manager Richard now: richard@chakatravel.com

Why Choose Your Next Golfing Holiday With Chaka Travel?

If you’re thinking about booking your next golfing holiday, we think you’d be foolish not to book it with us. We’ll take care of your every need from the moment you talk to us to the moment you return (when of course you’ll immediately want to start planning your next trip!) Here are the top reasons why you should choose your next golfing holiday with Chaka Travel for the trip of a lifetime.

  1. First-hand knowledge and experience

The reason we can advise you with confidence about our holiday destinations and resorts is that our staff have travelled to and spent time at many of them. We’ll advise you in everything from local customs to what the golf club expects you to wear when playing, so rest assured we can answer any question you might have before you book. We also love what we do, and our enthusiasm shows in everything, from hand-picking new hotels to playing golf ourselves on many of the famous courses at our resorts.

  1. Protection & peace of mind

We know you want to book your holiday with total peace of mind, which is why our booking process aims to take as much risk out of the process as possible. We’ll never ask you to pay for your holiday online, instead we’ll send you an invoice which you can pay by cheque, bank draft or credit card over the phone. Many of our holiday and travel services are financially protected by the ATOL scheme – ask us if you have questions relating to this about specific elements of your holiday.

  1. Completely tailored holidays

If you’re planning a special birthday or anniversary trip, perhaps a honeymoon or even your wedding we can help tailor the perfect holiday for you from start to finish. We’ll take care of everything, from your itinerary to your flights. Find out more about our tailor made holidays on our website.

  1. Trusted by clients for years

A lot of our business comes from referrals from happy customers who have recommended us to friends and family, and we’re also delighted to have so many of them leave us positive reviews about their experiences with us. You can read our happy customer reviews collected by third party review site here to get a feel for who we are and how we like to treat our customers.

  1. Over 30 destinations

We offer holidays to over 30 destinations, from the exotic and far flung destinations, to spots closer to home if long haul travel isn’t your thing. This allows you the widest choice possible and we’ll happily recommend resorts and activities for each location. Take a look at our extensive destinations list to start getting inspired for your next trip.

  1. Fantastic special offers

Here’s another great reason why you should choose your next golfing holiday with Chaka Travel – our incredible deals and offers. We’re always updating our deals with great new resorts, so make sure to check it out our special offers regularly for the best price to your favourite locations.