Gulf Pearl

2 out of 5 stars2 Stars

Al Baraha Rd, Dubai, 88767, United Arab Emirates
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3
Average
15%
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Poor
5%
1
Terrible
63%
12

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 50% lower than similarly priced 2 star hotels

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  • Families16
  • Couples25
  • Solo33
  • Business0

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Transit VISA for Dubai

by dkumar23

Dubai Transit VISA for those who don’t get it on arrival for free.
Thanks every one for keep helping by reading and replying. Here with I am writing my own Experience.
As soon you land at Dubai International Airport (Terminal 3) which exclusively serves Emirates, Proceed to Arrival hall using escalators or lift/sky train to come down. Go to Emirates help desk (the left most counter while facing the desks) though Marhaba is also there but they can’t give VISA so if you go to Marhaba they will tell you the cheap rates but still you will require to seek permission from Emirates desk to get the VISA so better choose emirates. Emirates will give you Hotel + 96Hr VISA (Visa will be valid till 96Hr and hotel you can choose between 24 or 48 or 96Hr and pay accordingly for the hotel).
I went to Dubai on 23February2009. I asked them if they could give only VISA since I had a friend in Dubai but they refused.
Emirates Help Desk; Go to the corner counter on your left. Show you passport and onward journey ticket.
For example “your ticket must only be” London-Dubai-Singapore and “must not be” like London-Dubai-London. Means your final destination must be other than Dubai and port of boarding and your next flight from Dubai must be after 8 hr then only you are eligible to get the VISA.
I paid USD300 & they returned some AED200. (US$ 1 = AED 3.67 as of 23rd February 2009). I opted for 48hr stay. On doing this they will give you a booklet in which you have your hotel details plus one slip which you show at “Dubai Bank” counter just next aside to this counter. Pay AED50 at this counter. You get two or three slips; collect them all; proceed to immigration counter; after clearing; go to luggage collecting belt; respective to your flight if you are to.
Come out and proceed to your left. Before you reach to Exit gate number 1 or 2, look opposite to these gate and locate “Dubai Adventures”. Go to this counter. Show the booklet given by emirates. Person will arrange for Taxi for you to go to hotel.
Please ensure not to choose Gulf Pearl Hotel in Deira. It’s worst Hotel I ever have seen during my travels to various countries so far.
You can get free VISA only if Emirates have a condition where you “HAVE TO” stay more than 8Hr in Dubai i.e. by default you get free VISA when you are forced to stay more than 8Hr in Dubai by your airline & in rest of the cases/conditions you will require to buy VISA unless you fall under such nationalities who don’t require to buy VISA such as US citizens.
In case you are not using Emirates Airlines so you might be landing at Terminal 1; you should see “Marhaba services”. They will provide all the assistance you need including VISA & Hotel Accommodation. Rest of the condition will remain same as of Termial3.
Thanks,

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Forum Posts

GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by doc-kash

I AM COMING TO DUBAI ON 27TH WITH MY FAMILY.THE TRAVEL AGENT BOOKED ME IN GULF PEARL HOTEL ON ALBARAHA ROAD.HOWS THE HOTEL? CAN FAMILIES STAY THERE?
I WILL REACH DUBAI AT 1 AM SHOULD I GO TO THE HOTEL OR KILL FEW HOURS AT THE AIRPORT?

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by smarty29

Well as per the area its not good but it dosent matter coz the hotel is on the main road. Dont know about family staying their but atleast you can stay a day or two. If you dont like then you have the choice to change the hotel. Coz Al Baraha area is famous for pick up joints and call girls. Yes you can come to hotel at anytime, no need to wait at the airport.

Thanks
Hamed

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

The hotel is not luxurious but fine for few days, and sure you and your family can stay in the hotel. As advised the area is not very up-market but still many families live in the area as residents and not tourists.
After reaching to Dubai and getting out of airport, dont waste one minute, get a cabie and head for the hotel, make sure your reservation is confirmed. You can find a map of the location on the following URL:

http://www.asiatravel.com/uae/gulfpearl/index.html

Good luck and happy travelling.

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by colin_bramso

If you haven't booked the room for the night you arrive they almost certainly won't give you the room until about lunchtime. But you can at least leave your bags there, rest in the lobby, have breakfast etc.

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by doc-kash

thanx

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by doc-kash

thanx every 1
i have to stay for 3 days as i am coming to take pocession of my apartment in international city.
my booking is from 27th and i will reach at 1 am on 27th.i did request an early check in but lets see what happens.
once again thanx every 1

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by smarty29

You are most welcome to dubai :)

Cheers
Hamed

Re: GULF REARL HOTEL ALBARAHA ROAD

by mfas2000

i WOULDN STAY AT THIS AREA/HOTEL UNLESS COST IS THE MAIN FACTOR FOR YOU. EVEN WITH THIS, I THINK LOOK FOR OTER OPTIONS

Accomodation and pets

by Toluwa

I have read most of the postings in the forums and my questions about shopping for Gold has been answered. I am travelling to Dubai last week of April and have found a rate for the La Maison apartment and Gulf Pearl Hotel at $55/night. The rates are probably the best I will find but are these good places to stay? I am wary of all the accomodations making mention of prostitutes so I would like to avoid these if possible. So for $90/night at the Arabian Park Hotel and the rates at these other 2 places which would be the best choice for me?
Also I am going to purchase a Saluki during this trip. What would be the right amount to pay for a saluki puppy and any tips on transportation of the puppy back to the States. Does anybody have any experience with travelling with pets.
I appreciate everyone's time and response.
Thanks.

RE: Accomodation and pets

by JessH

Hello and greetings from Dubai.

I am not sure about the hotels you have mentioned but the Arabian Park Hotel would definitely be a good and "decent" choice for avoiding such "working ladies".

PLEASE don't purchase a Saluki puppy in a pet store... chances are you will receive a puppy that is not pure-breed, possibly inbred, false papers, vaccinated far too early with irreperable health damage, etc. etc. etc.

Here are the contact details of the UAE Saluki Association! These are the best people to get in touch with:

Mr Hamad Al Ganem is the director of the Arabian Saluki Centre.
Their website is: http://www.arabiansaluki.ae
or also see: http://www.salukiofarabia.com

The centre is located in Abu Dhabi:
Tel: 00971-2-575 5330
Fax: 00971-2-575 5339


They should also be able to give you information about taking the puppy out of the United Arab Emirates. If not, contact a veterinary clinic in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi for details.

I can recommend:
Abu Dhabi - British Veterinary Clinic
WEBSITE: http://www.britvet.com/

Dubai - Jumeirah Veterinary Clinic
Tel: 00971 - 4 - 394 2276

Dubai - Al Barsha Veterinary Clinic
WEBSITE: http://www.abvc.ae/


All the best,
Jess :-)

RE: RE: Accomodation and pets

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

Well for exact information on transporting pets out of U.A.E check my general tips (General Tips: 'A guide 2 UAE law on imp. or exp. domestic animal), the URL is as follows:

http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/6c112/c34/1/

Safe trip and good luck.

Travel Tips for Dubai

HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS: THE MAJLIS GALLERY

by Siddha3th

Founded sometime in the mid-70s, The Majlis Gallery is Dubai's first and foremost purveyor of indie creativity. The word 'Majlis' is Arabic for a hospitable meeting place, and the gallery is just that - a warm, cozy haven for people to stroll through on those still afternoons.

You won't be hurried into buying anything here, and you can wander from room to room at leisure, taking in the sights and smells of the old building and all the paintings residing within it. The calm vibe is a perfect antidote to the mayhem ensuing outside on Dubai's harried streets.

There's a large tree in the middle of the Majlis' courtyard, casting gorgeous shade on the artefacts resting below. I find this really charming, and maybe you will too.

Don't pay high (tourist-) prices!

by JessH about KARAMA Shopping Street

There are many shops around Dubai selling souvenirs, sheeshas (water pipes), Arabic arts & crafts and so on. There's the Arabian Court in Deira City Centre, and also the Dubai Duty Free (in the departure hall).

But if you don't want to pay "tourist prices", visit the area called Karama.

It may not look like much compared to the flashy & modern shopping malls, but there are numerous little shops on either side of the street where you can bargain for discounts to your heart's content!
Welcome to the Karama shopping experience.
You won't see this on your Emirates Airlines in-flight video, but most people on their way to Dubai will know about this bastion of counterfeit goods nonetheless. For years, tourists & residents alike have made a beeline for the fake designer clothes, bags, watches & of course souvenirs that adorn many of the stores' jumbled shelves.

TIP Women: dress modestly, as shop owners are Indians/Pakistanis and you may get more attention than you're comfortable with. The shop salesmen can be quite annoying, trying to lure you into their shops, but don't worry: they would never actually touch you.
Competition is fierce, which is why you can really get the cheapest prices here! It's great for souvenirs, Arabic reminders for back home & some holiday clothes: fake t-shirts, shorts, sports clothing, handbags & real brand shoes can be found here for the best prices in town.

TIP: If you are looking for fake watches, note that most shop-owners will deny that they have them, as Dubai Police has been raiding the little shops trying to put an end to this practice. But if you gain his trust, he will take you into a back corner of the shop & show you his hidden stash of fakes.

You can also buy Pashmina Shawls for very little money, but compare the quality before you buy. --> (see my Tourist Trap Tip about Pashminas)

If you've been sampling the wonderful flavours of smoking sheesha and don't want to miss it when you're back home: this is the place to purchase your very own waterpipe, coals & tobacco!* They even come in their own padded carrying-case, so they don't get damaged during transport.

Many people will also pass you by, whispering "you want DVD sir/madam?". These pirated DVDs (mostly from Asia) are cheap (between AED 10 - 30), but you never know what kind of quality you get. Bargain, bargain and don't give up until you get the lowest price; almost anything goes!
TIP: For souvenirs at best prices, I recommend TEBSA Trading... ask for Rashid. He'll give you a good deal.

One of my favourite shops for fantastic handbags, wallets, etc. is JANVIN trading.

UPDATE May 2009: Do you really still think that Dubai's malls are great for shopping? Actually, it's a rip-off! Click here: http://www.thenational.ae/article/20090509/NATIONAL/705089803/0/FRONTPAGE

TIP: After you're done with shopping, have lunch/dinner at the YAHALA Restaurant (see my seperate restaurant tip!)

Opening Hours: 10:00am - 01:30pm & 04:30pm - 10:00pm, closed on Friday mornings.

Big Bus Tours

by rash1

Its also in Dubai, The Big Bus tour has audio commentary as you go around dubai. 2 lines - red and blue. Blue along the coast and red in the centre. Everything covered and will cost you about £20 for 24 hours.

Great views over the quirky ocean projects

by Durfun about Burj Al Arab

Head for the bar/restaurant at Level 27, which is more like a conventional level 54 (as each level represents suites arranged over 2 floors!).

The wrap-around views are lovely, as you enter you see The Palm Jumeirah, through to the World Islands, and then around the front you see the beach & Jumeirah Beach Hotel (a sister hotel), and the city of Dubai spread further out in front.

Service is flawless, the hostess leads you into the room with a warm smile & greeting. From here on it's five star all the way. In fact the warm greetings begin as you report at the concierge.

As you enter this hotel, you'll see the high open atrium right in front of you, with it's fountains. On each side there are escalators, with massive aquariums at both ends. Nice touch, reminding you that you are in fact in/on the ocean: this hotel is created on a man-made island & accessed via a causeway!

Before dining here I'd suggest you opt for high tea, choosing the 1600 hours slot. That way you get to see the Palm & World Islands in daylight, then as the sun sets you see the lights in the city coming on, and the beautifully lit Burj khalifa in the distance.

The dining does not start till 1900 hours, and being located towards the front, you won't see the Palm or World Islands, just the city shimmering with evening lights.

Of course, you can have drinks in the bar, but the Islands would not be visible as they are not fully developed & not inhabited yet :-( The thing you would see the the grand Atlantis Hotel, standing proudly on the outermost fringe of Palm Jumeirah. Your experience begins with a champagne and some canapes.

Next you are offered tea, coffee, etc.

Then out comes the multi-tiered plates housed in a Burj Al Arab shaped stand. Cool touch!

Gorgeous cakes & finger sandwiches, plus really cool bites of salmon, crab, etc.

I liked the apple seed caviar offered as a palate cleanser before they bring the scones out.

Even after this you are offered beverages. Go for the tasty iced tea served in a long glass.

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