One of the must see activity which i would strongly recommend you is desert safari. It is an experience of the life time. It would be expensive trip but its value for money.
There are usually full day and half day desert safari trips arrannged by many tour operators. These are usually conducted in air conditioned 4 wheel drive jeeps.
During desert safari you would get a chance to see camels and take their photos. You can enjoy sunset in desert and take photos. Similarly you would enjoy belly dances, drinks and barbeque.
There are many tour operators of desert safari. Just ask your hotel reception and they would arrange it for you. One of the very famous tour operator is "Arabian Adventure" http://www.arabian-adventures.com which is an Emirates group company. They are very expensive but their service is also very impressive. During November 2003 they were charging AED 275 ( $ 75 appox) for half day desert safari.
Please note that desert safari is not offered in extreme temperatures of summer. So ideal time to enjoy desert safari is during winter season. Also keep in mind that it would be a bumpy ride because there is no straight road in desert. I wanted to take desert safari trips offered by tour operators in Dubai but my friends in Sharjah offered me free desert ride on their 4 wheel jeeps. So we ten guys went for desert safari in two jeeps and it was wonderful experience.The best part was to see camels in the desert.
"What's yer fruity tipple, mate?"
Dubai may be an expensive city, but there are still a few amenities and little pleasures of life that are cheaper than in Europe / UK / USA, etc. Something all of my visitors and new work colleagues have always marvelled at is the incredible availability & quality of fresh fruit juices all around town.
Especially in unlicenced restaurants (restaurants that don't serve alcohol) you'll open your menu and be astonished by the variety of fresh fruit juices on offer. Usually you'll get your juice in a 500 - 750ml glass and depending on the venue, it will cost between only 10 and 15 Dirhams! (1 US$ = 3.67 Dhs)
NOTE: If you're trying to be properly healthy, ask your waiter to bring you the fresh juice "without sugar and without syrup." Some restaurants will add sugar syrup to sweeten the juice... but that's not the point of healthy juice now is it?!
Here's a list of the fresh juices you'll most surely come across in any Arabic restaurant:
> Pineapple Juice ("Ananas" in Arabic; the same word as in German!)
> Orange Juice
> Grapefruit Juice
> Watermelon Juice
> Pomegranate Juice
> Strawberry Juice
> fresh Lemon Juice with Soda & Mint (very refreshing)
TIP: For that extra special "flavour of Arabia", ask your waiter to add a dash of Rosewater in your juice.
TIP: Some restaurants will also ad some fresh mint leaves to your juice / freshly made lemonade.
If you're not a fan of pulp, then I'm sorry to say that these juices aren't for you. Usually they are very thick (see photo) with plenty of fruit pieces inside.
Every restaurant will also offer "Fruit Cocktails" with mixed combinations of fruit, sometimes adding some "laban" (butter milk) or ice cream.
TIP: Drink Pineapple Juice with or after your meal. It is high in the enzyme bromelain, which aids digestion & has been shown to promote weight loss...
Shopping for Fabric
Dubai is one of the best places I've ever shopped for fabric. I love all kinds of sewing but especially designing and making eveningwear.
The Mena Bazaar area off Al Fahidi street is awash with shops selling all kinds of cloth, from inexpensive printed poly cottons and synthetic fabrics to stunning hand embroidered silks, embellished with beading and gold work and it is no trouble to find a tailor or embroiderer close by if you want a garment made up:
I know most people in the West are more used to buying ready made clothes and buying fabric is less common, unless you sew yourself. Here are some general notes from my experience of searching Dubai for different types of cloth:
PLAIN SILK: shop around as prices vary a lot from shop to shop. If you want to be sure you are buying the real thing, compare the polyester versions and natural silk versions of chiffon and satin by asking to see both types at once and checking the difference in texture. Natural fabrics usually crease easily if crushed but synthetics don't.
WOOLLEN CLOTH: it is not hard to find shops selling this kind of fabric for men's suits but the colours and styles are limited to what a fairly staid man would wear to the office! I was hoping to get a wine red suit made up in Dubai and left wishing I'd brought fabric with me from home. If you want to be sure your cloth is 100% wool, which is much more comfortable to wear in the heat than a blend of wool and a synthetic fibre, look on the edges of the fabric where many have a woven-in description of the fibre content. EMBROIDERED CLOTH: here you will have a choice between machine and hand embroidery. Machine embroidered cloth is not much more expensive than plain cloth but anything with hand embroidery will be more costly (think of the hours it takes to do!) If you want to check, look at the back of the cloth for things like small handmade knots as a sign.
LINEN: I saw a lot of mixed fibre fabrics being sold as linen in many of the shops and once asked for a roll of fabric labelled pure Irish linen to be opened out, only to see "100% ramie printed on the edge! The fabric looked nice but would not have stood the test of time and, once the starch was washed off, would not have had the same crisp look. I don't think the shop assistant was trying to cheat anyone; I think he genuinely didn't know what it was and he asked me to speak to his boss on the phone and explain.
GENERAL: If you haven't shopped for fabric before, check the prices in your home country before visiting Dubai, so you can see what's cheaper there and what's not much different.
If a tailor is making something up for you, discuss the design of the garment and type of cloth you want to use then check how much cloth he needs before you ask the shop to cut the fabric, otherwise you might have to change your plans!
Ask the shop selling the fabric for laundry instructions, then if it is washable, either run it through a wash before it’s made up or have the tailor cut you a square from the remaining fabric, measure this then put it through the wash, checking afterwards whether it shrank or was damaged. If any problem occurs with the sample piece you won’t have ruined your garment but you must dry clean it instead of washing it.
All You Need For A Night Out
This is not a review of a particular place, just a link to Time Out Dubai's web pages. Use it to plan your entertainment programme. It has restaurant reviews, names and addresses of night clubs, sports activities. Having a Time Out magazine puts Dubai somewhere up closer to London, New York, Paris, etc. Perhaps, think of it as Amsterdam without the drugs, historic buildings, canals, and rain!
THE BEST AIRLINE IN THE WORLD
Unless you are blessed with wealth, you will probably enjoy most of your travels across the world in Economy – also know as “Cattle Class”. The best airline in the world for those reasonable airfares is EMIRATES.
Why Emirates are better:
· Best Flight Crews in the air
These people pride themselves on being friendly. They are happy to be there, happy to see you and it shows. No request is a problem.
· Comfortable seats
The interiors are always new, you always get a pillow and a blanket, and seats are plush.
· Free Unlimited alcohol
Anything you want and the crew don’t hassle you if you want to drink a lot of cold beers, wine, whiskey, whatever you choose.
· In-flight entertainment
You can watch about 10-15 brand new movies and you can pause movies so you can go on your travels inside the plane. Also have the forward and underside cameras to watch takeoffs and landings just like you were in the cockpit
· Hot face towel when you get onboard.
Really nice if this is not your first flight of the day
· Good food
No airline has great food, but everything is good and the food is recognisable.
· Company ethos
The whole airline is based on the Arabic concept of hospitality. You are treated like a Prince or Princess regardless of how much you paid.
Emirates flights are sometimes $30-100 more than other airlines roundtrip prices, but the service you get is priceless and the rest you get makes your first day of holiday that much better.
EMIRATES. The best. The end.