Dubai always seems to be playing catch-up to the world's biggest cities. Bigger, better, faster, higher. Never mind that it's probably left most of its mentor cities in the dust when it comes to sheer pace of development. But it's a constant endeavour anyway - world's tallest skyscraper, world's largest man-made islands, world's highest flag pole. Yalla! This tendency is on full view at Sheikh Zayed Road, the city's prominent street.
Adorned by towering buildings on either side, SZ Road is a page straight out New York's Manhattan chapter. Residential addresses, a clutch of 5-star hotels, business towers all jostle for space alongside immaculately sculpted lawns and a crazier-than-hell 8-lane highway.
There's a lot of nightlife on offer amidst all the multinational offices, setting up a work to play ethic. Almost all of Dubai seems to converge in the mother-of-all traffic jams here nightly between 6-8. Time enough for you to get out of your cab, grab a couple of drinks, and crash back into the passenger seat - having missed not a thing.
Visit the Christian Churches in Jebel Ali
In a very respectful environment Dubai has many christian churches.
We visit the Catholic Church in Jebel Ali. It is surrounded with others christian churches (evangelical, protestant, orthodox, etc.).
It is an incredible sensation to describe the hundreds of people attending these churches.
An special advice is that the Catholic Church gives mass every 15 days in Spanish!!
Big Brand Names
Bur Juman Shopping center is the place where you can find many of the big brands.. It has 3 floors and on the top floor there is a food court.. Currently there is an ongoing project to extend the shopping center and it is said to be completed in October 2003.. Bur juman is one of the largest shopping malls. It has high profile boutiques such as Polo, Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Calvin Klein.
Once, twice, three times EXCLUSIVE
Trilogy is one of Dubai's largest, hottest, fanciest (most expensive) & most impressive nightclubs, with 3 inside levels (capacity 2000 people) and a rooftop bar (capacity 400 people)... you get the picture: it's BIG! Of course, it helps their reputation by having Dubai's most famous landmark as a backdrop; the Burj Al Arab.
The impressive interiors are a fusion of Moroccan design & warehouse/industrial roughness, which definitely makes this a place to see and be seen. Unfortunately, such a "hip & cool" reputation comes at a price and you'll soon find out how extremely overpriced the drinks are!
The music style of the club ranges far & wide, but can mostly be described as modern dance music with funk, house (tribal, funky, chilled, etc.) drum 'n' bass and so on. I've been here twice & I can imagine that if this is your scene, a fun night is to be had. I prefer less "hyped-up" clubs so you won't see me here very often.
NOTE: This is one of the clubs that can get extremely crowded. It's best to arrive early to avoid queuing or even being turned away at the door! If you worry about fire safety or are claustrophobic, don't come here! I still haven't figured out why they don't have more emergency exits in this place...
ALSO: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs.
You may be asked to present your ID at the door. Dress code is funky, sophisticated club wear. Shirts with collar (men) no shorts, no sandals, no sports shoes, no ripped jeans, no UAE National attire.
NOTE: Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples and single girls are allowed, but not single men. (Sorry guys!) Some clubs will ask for an (high!) entrance fee from single men, but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies do not mind... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you".
Opening Hours: 09:00pm - 03:00am
Closed on Sundays.
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Good value Indian food
I visited The Rupee Room with my parents during a trip to Dubai in November 2005.
At this time, Dubai Marina was still being completed, but certain parts had recently been opened. Amongst these was Marina Walk, a stretch of restaurants and shops, which includes the excellent Rupee Room Indian restaurant.
The restaurant was first established in Scotland in 1999 and has only recently opened up in Dubai (I don't know if it has other outlets throughout the world).
The extensive menu includes:
Soups: (15-18 Dhs)
Starters: Salads (14-16 Dhs), vegetable samosas (18 Dhs), vegetable pakoras (18 Dhs), chicken pakoras (28 Dhs), fish (hammour) pakoras (29 Dhs).
Main courses: Kebab dishes (32 -39 Dhs), Tikka Masala, Korma, Rogan Josh, lamb Bhoona (each 38 Dhs), vegetarian curries (25-35 Dhs), biryani dishes (34-48 Dhs) and a huge selection of poppadums and naan breads (8-15 Dhs).
You can choose whether you wish to have chicken, lamb, beef, prawns, jumbo prawns or mixed vegetables in your curry - the price varies accordingly.
Desserts: Gulab Jamun dumplings (22 Dhs), mango mousse (26 Dhs), fresh fruit platter (24 Dhs), tiramisu (35 Dhs) and a selection of ice creams.
There is a very good value Buffet Lunch between noon and 3pm (every day except Friday) and the restaurant also offers takeaways, free home delivery and catering for parties and special events.
The service provided by the team of waiters is outstanding, although they can at times try to be a little too helpful (eg following you around the buffet and suggesting dishes).
An excellent Indian restaurant with high quality food. Try to visit during the buffet lunch for the best value! We arrived in the early afternoon, in time to benefit from the great value Buffet Lunch - whereby you can eat and drink as much as you want from a selection of soft drinks, soups, salads, main courses and desserts.
The starters include various pakoras and samosas, a couple of choices of soup and chicken wings.
The main courses include a number of different curries (chicken, lamb, beef and vegetarian options are available), various different types of rice and various vegetarian dishes prepared from vegetables, lentils and chickpeas.
The waiters keep you supplied with ample poppadums and naan bread (they replenish your plate once you've eaten it all).
Desserts include ice cream, fruit and some sweet dumplings which look like small sausages in syrup and are called "Gulab Jamun" - excellent if you've got a sweet tooth (they taste a but like syrup sponge).
An excellent selection at the great value price of 49 Dhs (approx 8GBP / 12 Euros) per person.