Lucky draws are an important feature of the shopping festivals held in Dubai. Many shopping malls participate in these lucky draws.Usually one coupon is given for every AED 100 shopping. Huge amount of money is distributed among winners every week.
You would see many people completing coupons and dropping them into draw box placed in side shopping malls. These lucky draws are regular feature of Ramadan sales, Dubai shopping festival and Dubai summer surprises festival.
SKI DUBAI: Skiing in the desert... on real SNOW?!?
Dubai's latest and wackiest project opened in November 2005: Ski Dubai at the massive Mall of the Emirates.
Dubai is obviously striving to become the "one-stop-shop" tourist destination of the world: Be it shopping, beaches, luxury items, adventure sports, culture, or even snow... You name it, they've got it.
The gigantic structure is visible from the nearby highway, poking out of the sand like a big white tunnel; strange to think that inside 22,500 square metres are covered with real snow all year round.
Ski Dubai has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height & steepness, the longest run being 400 metres with a fall of over 60 metres. (Don't worry about climing up the slope... they didn't forget to install the ski lifts - haha!)
In true Swiss & Austrian style, they've even built a "St Moritz Cottage Cafe" where you can warm up your frozen bones with steaming beverages & snacks. It's a wee bit expensive, but that is to be expected next to such a propaganda-rich project.
Honestly: I believe this is completely unnecessary, ridiculous & a huge burden on the environment, but if you want to experience the "chill of excitement" during your holiday in Dubai this is the place for you.
Ski Dubai offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski & snowboard equipment. You do, however, need to bring your own gloves.
Opening Hours: Saturday - Tuesday: 10.00am - 11.00pm.
Last tickets sold at 09.30pm.
Wednesday to Friday: 10.00am - midnight.
Last tickets sold at 10.30pm.
For the price lists on entrance fees, Click Here: http://www.skidxb.com/English/pricing_eng.aspx?mid=1&sid=8
another new mall
This new mall is huge with all the usual range of shops. There is a hotel, a ski slope and cinema complex. It also has a branch of Carrefour.
It is so large that is like walking down Oxford Street in London, with the same shops and cafes. However there is no need to worry about the weather as it is airconditioned and attractive, so a pleasure to walk around. anything as much as you can afford
Live music, DJ, food and drink!
Rock Bottom, located at the Regent Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai, is a good place to hang out for food and drink and to dance the night away. There is a live band and DJ and Ladies Night on Tuesdays from 10pm-1.30am with free vodka cocktails.
The place gets very lively later on and the dance floor crowded. We went on a Ladies Night and it was very popular, if somewhat of a smoky cattle market! Nevertheless, I enjoyed myself a lot!!
American diner style food is served with steaks and fajitas being quite popular. Prices are reasonable for Dubai and they have several drink promotions throughout the week. Open 12 noon to 3am daily. Casual
Pedestrian Tunnel under the Creek
If you are visiting something on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek, you may need to go back to Deira, for example to catch your bus back home. If your attraction is close to the ocean, far from any Abra station, there's no need to go back. Close to the subterranean Al-Sindagha street tunnel, there is also one for pedestrians. It starts some meters to the north from the different museums (Maritime Museum, Al-Maktoum House), with the other end being close to the bus station. Once on the Deira side, keep left to find the passageway under the traffic island to the Gold Souk Bus station.