The World is a man-made archipelago of 300 islands constructed in the rough shape of a map of the landmasses of the Earth, located 4 kilometers off the coast of Dubai. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai's shallow coastal waters, and is one of several artificial island developments in Dubai. The project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.
I saw the construction of the archipelago from the Jumeirah beach.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Dubai on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 8' 31.07" N 55° 11' 9.29" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Dubai skyline from Burj Al Arab 4.
Leave space in your suitcase for all your shopping
You can buy everything you need and will probably want in Dubai. So if you know that you cannot resist the shopping leave some space in your case or buy another in Dubai. If you are staying at one of the beach resort hotels you will not need to bring your own beach towels. Always supplied for you
The voltage in Dubai is 220v and in most hotels you will find the same 3pin sockets that we have in the uk. So you can bring your own hairdryer etc without need for the convertor sockets.
Shopping mall in Deira
Deira City Centre is the largest shopping mall in Dubai, offering hundreds of shops and eating places, as well as a cinema complex, a bowling alley and a hotel.
Amongst its many stores are:
not to mention dozens of well-known fashion shops, elctronics shops and jewellers.
Amongst the numerous restaurants and cafes, you can find:
3 branches of Starbucks,
as well as the obligatory McDonalds, KFC and Burger King.
The mall is air-conditioned throughout, providing a contrast to the outdoor heat experienced for much of the year.
There is ample car parking in the many car parks surrounding the mall.
Saturday to Thursday: 10.00am - 10.00pm
Friday: 2.00pm - 10.00pm My personal favourite shop is Carrefour. There are always a number of special offers on, including bargain bins of CDs and DVDs and substantial reductions in the price of clothing.
Info on the latest special offers can be found on www.carrefouruae.com
Popular with expats; good food at average prices which either arrives immediately or after an hour; outside seating with a lake; gets very crowded as it's in a restaurant complex called 'Century Village' and next to the Dubai Tennis Stadium; staff can be quite rude. Casual. Come as you are.
Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. It serves as a major hub in the Middle East region and also as a connection point for flights between different European and Asian destinations.
The airport has 2 runways, however one of them is currently closed for construction. Despite that, flights arriving and departing in Dubai are usually on time or just delayed by a few minutes.
Most of the flights arrive at Terminal 1, but a few small airlines operate from Terminal 2, which of course is much smaller. Terminal 3 of the airport is currently under construction and is scheduled to be completed in 2008.