Dubai Shopping festival (DSF), a Festive Season
Dubai Shopping Festival is one of the A-waited event for almost everyone in Dubai. Usually it starts in the beginning of the year and it takes around one month for a merry festive season. (January to February)
Most of the shopping malls give a discount, special offer and bargain in the season. Checking the newspaper is a-must-to-do activity to check the offer. It is the best time for shopping.
There is also raffle ticket, with unbelievable prizes. Carnaval almost every night, fireworks, etc. It is a festive season for Dubaian and non-Dubai residents. Another great event is Global Village. As its name, Global Village (usually located in Garhoud area) is a village for the world’s citizen. You can find many participating countries in the event. Try their local taste, shopping souvenirs and don’t miss to taste the food.
You need to buy an entrance ticket to enter the village. The best timing to visit is in the evening. And don’t wear heels, since you will need to walk a lot.
ski in a desert land
Ski Dubai offers skiing for all levels. Enter through the Mall of the Emirates, west side. It is open 7 days a week from 10.00 to midnight. Group lessons [max. 8 persons] for 90 mins., are available but you need to book in advance. Private lessons and a package of 5 lessons can also be arranged.
It is special because there is real snow, and this is a desert country.
Beginners and experts alike find it great fun.
Cost is 155 AED for adults at peak times [Thursday, Friday and public holidays], and 140AED off peak [Sunday to Wednesday] Have your own hat and gloves , and wear a warm top, but everything else is provided from skis to jacket, trousers, disposable socks and boots.
If you have got to have pots and carpets
On the road from Dubai to Hatta or Muscat you will pass a set of shops only selling clay pots and carpets. There are around 20 shops over a piece of road about 2 kms long all selling the identical things. Take 10 minutes and stop to see this bizarre shopping experience. The salesmen are not keen on you taking pictures unless you have bought a carpet. If you do need a carpet the prices will start at 600 dirhams and you can end up paying as little as 150 dirhams depending on how persistent you are.
FOR A NIGHT LESS ORDINARY
Two tiers of a guaranteed good time. Bar Zar in Madinat Jumeirah is one of the sexier watering holes around, with a laidback crowd flocking faithfully to its shores come the weekend. The stylish interiors manage to create the requisite buzz before the drinks have even hit you - two floors of decadent, crisp touches - square wooden bar area, small, funky stage for the band to strut their stuff, and plasma screens flashing added entertainment for the evening.
Though advertised as a sports bar, you won't have the usual sullen-faced aged expat bumbling in for a drink in here. The crowd's visibly energetic and visibly young. Really, the ideal confines in which to congregate for a conversation with friends. The current resident band from Kiwi-land play a pretty eclectic acoustic set (Soul Asylum, Cranberries and even Pearl Jam - yay!), while the in-house music sways effortlessly between too-cool-for-school lounge and a bit of trashy dance!
Weather permitting, sit yourself outside, close by Madinat's waters. Let the Bar Zar buzz wash over you. And then return the following week for seconds.
Dubai International's Terminal 2
Due to the madness of international air fare calculations, we found ourselves using a very little-known Iranian carrier, Kish Air, to get ourselves half-way reasonably from Muscat to Dubai and back. This meant that we found ourselves in Terminal 2, which, quite unlike the gigantic Terminal 1, is small, intimate, and a real pleasure to use.
For whatever reason the local airport authority has relegated odd-ball airlines such as Air Kazakhstn, Turkmenistan Airlines, Mahan, and several others to this other location. The cynic in me suspects that they don't want nationals of the former Soviet Union and others of , shall we say, remoter regions mixing with the general -- and much wealthier -- traveling public. Whatever the reason, we were very pleased. We didn't have to walk miles, fight the crowds on the moving sidewalks, or make our way through the tunnel between the old original terminal building, where check-in usually takes place, and the new behemoth.
As for Kish Airlines, it was actually pretty good. Friendly staff and a quite comfortable -- if slightly aging -- Fokker F50 made for very pleasant flights.