Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Dubai? By train?

Do you want to go to Dubai? Its a great place apparently. The website of the Government of Dubai Department of Tourism Marketing and Commerce says, and I quote “Dubai is a unique destination that is both a dynamic business centre and a tourist paradise, offering more attractions, shopping, fine dining and quality hotels. From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. The emirate embraces a wide variety of scenery in a very small area. In a single day, the tourist can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious residential districts and from ancient houses with wind towers to ultra-modern shopping malls.

Lovely! Tempted? How would you like to go? I suggest you use Indian Railways. Yes my friend you are reading correctly. I saw this advertisement in the morning newspapers and spent a good 15 minutes rubbing my eyes in disbelief.

Well its not really by train, but I thought the headline would grab your attention. 

The IRCTC which can barely sell enough train tickets is offering packages to Dubai. Amazing? Shameful? Should they not be promoting Indian destinations?

I am scratching my head. I hope you are too.


  1. Oh my Goodness! I can not believe that Indian Railways, after showing loss in their annual Report, how can make such arrangements?! However, it is nice for the tourists who wish to visit Dubai!

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