Must-Sees and Must-Dos in Dubai

February 20, 2013 Leave a comment

By Anwar Heidary

The city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, has become world famous for its rapid and astounding transformation from a fishing village into an economic and touristic powerhouse. Dubai’s reputation as a can’t-miss destination for world travelers is well deserved, for many different reasons. Here are a few of the attractions that are not to be missed when visiting the city.

1. The food. Dubai has some of the most interesting dining options to be found anywhere in the world. At the high end, establishments like the Hilton and Grosvenor House hotels offer fine dining to compete with the best that Tokyo and Paris have to offer. However, there is more to the city’s cuisine than these expensive choices. Visit Al Dhiyafah Road to find a wealth of dining options that are as delicious as they are reasonably priced.

2. The Gold Souk. Sellers in Dubai’s famed Gold Souk offer high-quality, government-controlled precious metals, which, with a healthy dose of haggling, can be bought for as little as half the initial asking price. The sight of so much gold, platinum, and silver is itself an attraction, even on a budget.

3. The Bastakia Quarter. Away from the famous Burj Al Arab hotel and the glistening high-rises of downtown is the Bastakia Quarter, one of the few parts of the city that has not been recently demolished and rebuilt. The tiny district is a cluster of sandy stone buildings and winding passageways, littered with chic galleries and restaurants. It’s a nice change of pace from the glitz and glamor of the rest of the city.

About the Author:

Anwar Heidary is a successful financial professional and avid world traveler. Aside from Dubai, some of his favorite destinations include England, Germany, and Austria.


“Golf Secrets: Relax!” By Anwar Heidary

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

A good day of casual golf should be both competitive and relaxing; being tense and alert is not always the best idea when golfing. In fact, relaxing your golf swing can add yards and yards of distance! Look at the pros in the PGA and WPGA: none of them can be seen making a tense or taut swing on the course. By practicing a more relaxed swing, you too can improve your game.

Like most relaxation techniques, relaxing to play golf begins with calming your mind. Your mental state is all-important. Clear your head and calmly focus on the coming swing. Give yourself a moment to get collected; take a deep breath and be patient with yourself. You will find that this greatly helps your focus and concentration when it comes time to hit the golf ball.

If you neglected to stretch out your arms and shoulders before teeing off, take a moment to do so. Remember to gently stretch out whenever you begin to feel stiff or rigid. Being loose and limber is the first step to preparing your body for the swing. Once you are ready, grip the club firmly enough to hold it steady in the follow-through, but loosely enough so that it can generate additional force as you swing it. This is similar to the way in which a hammer can be made to strike with greater force by allowing it to move partly under its own weight during the strike. By applying the same principle to your golf swing, you are virtually guaranteed to increase the distance the ball travels.

About the Author:

Anwar Heidary is the Managing Director of Smart Financial Consulting. He is an avid golfer who once purchased 200 acres of land in Ontario to create a brand-new golf course, Heron Point Golf Links, which he later sold to ClubLink.

Music Is the Key to Enjoying Austria in the Summertime by Anwar Heidary

November 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Austria is magnificent in the winter when snow brings its special beauty to holiday pageantry in the cities. During this season, people go skiing, snowboarding, and tobogganing throughout the countryside and on the mountains. In warm weather, however, music festivals abound.

Thirteen annual festivals from late April to early September make up the charming country’s music calendar. The Bregenz Festival began in 1946, with a stage built on two lake barges to present an open-air operatic production. The festival now lasts four weeks, so all of the country’s international collection of summer visitors can enjoy a night at the opera. The Salzburg Festival was founded in 1920, and attracts international classical music stars for its six-week run in Mozart’s birthplace.

Additionally, Austrians celebrate jazz, electronic, folk, and other music genres through many other summer music festivals. To learn more about these and other cultural delights found within its borders, visit

The author, Anwar Heidary, has traveled the world since he was very young. A native of Afghanistan, the career financial planner now lives in Canada. Mr. Heidary lists Austria as one of his favorite countries to visit.

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Visiting the United Arab Emirates

October 17, 2012 Leave a comment

By Anwar Heidary

The United Arab Emirates is a country located on the Persian Gulf, bordering Saudi Arabia and Oman. A modern and rapidly growing nation, it is made up of a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah, and Umm al-Quwain. There are numerous attractions throughout the Emirates; beautiful palm laden beaches, vast swathes of desert, historical sites, modern buildings, incredible shopping, and man-made islands all add interest to this unique country.

The United Arab Emirates is home to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, and is also home to the world’s largest shopping mall. Indeed, the emirate Dubai is known as the shopping capital of the world.

The country’s deserts are a marvel, as are some of the oases found amidst the sand, especially in Al Ain. The Liwa Oasis is the home to some of the world’s largest sand dunes.

A particular marvel of the UAE is the Palm Jumeirah, one of the largest, seems to be the theme as everything in the country is larger than life, man-made islands in the world. It is in the shape of the national symbol of the UAE, and covers an area equivalent to 600 soccer fields.

About the Author: Anwar Heidary is a financial consultant with a passion for world travel and an avid golfer. He built one of the best golf courses in Canada called Heron Point Golf Links in Ancaster, Ontario.

Heron Point Golf Links Features Challenging and Beautiful Terrain

April 23, 2012 Leave a comment

By Anwar Heidary 

Located in the historic town of Ancaster, Ontario, near the city of Hamilton, Heron Point Golf Links combines diverse elements to challenge any advanced golfer. In a nod to the rolling terrain of traditional Scottish and Irish golf courses, architect Thomas Broom has strategically inscribed his course among lush parkland, towering trees, and expansive wetlands. Regarded by golfers as an impressive course graced by beautiful views, Heron Point has hosted prominent Canadian Tours, including the 1997 Canadian Masters, where a young Mike Weir launched his PGA career. This 18-hole golf course, built in 1992 in the Carolina style of golfing, is currently ranked by SCORE Magazine as 52nd in Canada. An exclusive private club, Heron Point Golf Links offers a comfortable clubhouse, well-stocked pro shop, and many other amenities. 

Anwar Heidary is Managing Director of Smart Financial Consulting and is a longtime member of Heron Point Golf Links. 

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Anwar Heidary’s Childventures Educates Children for a Good Start in Life

April 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Childventures Early Learning Academy, the brainchild of financier Anwar Heidary and his son Dr. Walter Heidary, operates four private child-learning centers in the cities of Ancaster, Burlington, Vaughan, and Richmond Hill in Ontario, Canada. Founded in 1999, Childventures utilizes a blended curriculum that includes core elements of Montessori teaching, Core Knowledge, and HighScope Teaching.

The Montessori and Core Knowledge teaching methods are designed to support character development. All three teaching methods instill a sense of adventure and curiosity in young children while building the foundation for academic success. Anwar Heidary and his son have ensured that the teachers and child care providers at Childventures hold Early Childhood Education (ECE) qualifications upon their hire, and they receive ongoing training in the Childventures curriculum. The children are served high-quality nutritious meals every day, and the environment is stimulating and comfortable, an ideal combination for learning.

Childventures Early Learning Academy runs programs for children from infancy through kindergarten. For more information, please visit the website at

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December 10, 2011 Leave a comment
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