Know Dubai’s most important numbers
Know Dubai’s most important numbers
To ensure Dubai's consumer rights, safety and protection in Dubai, here are the most important Dubai numbers.
Vital Emergency Numbers in Dubai
Fire Department 997
7000 40000 (Ask Dubai from Dubai eGovernment)
For most government department's eServices.
181 (Directory Enquiry & Yellow Pages)
Etisalat's Yellow Pages in English & Arabic
800-4-888 (Al Ameen service from Dubai Police)
To report criminal activity or if someone is harassing you
( How To Guide on report lost or stolen items to Dubai Police)
8005111 (Amer Service, Dubai Naturalization and Residency Department Hotline)
04-2215555 (Dubai Rent Committee)
For rent complaints against landlords including excessive rental charges
04-2232323 (Dubai Municipality Public Health Department)
For consumer-safety complaints
04-2020299 Dubai Consumer Protection (Himaya)
For consumer complaints to Dubai Economic Department
04-2954000 UAE Consumer Protection Department (CPD)
For consumer complaints to Dubai Office of CPD, Ministry of Economy
04-3939777 UAE Central Bank Control & Inspection
For customer complaints against banks
800 665(Labour complaints toll-free hotline)
04-3139900 (Unified Labour Complaint)
For labour and work related complaints
800 1111050 : To complain about Etisalat's mobile coverage or quality of service
800 1122333 : To complain about Du's mobile coverage or quality of service
Al Maktoum Hospital 04 228-4584
Al Wasl Hospital 04 219-3000
American Hospital 04 309-6645
Dubai Hospital 04 219-5000
Baraha Hospital 04 271-0000
Rashid Hospital 04 337-1323
Welcare Hospital 04 282-9900
Credit Card Complaints
Mastercard International 04- 3914200
Visa International 04- 3319690
American Express 800- 4931
Diner's Club 04- 3495800
Dubai International Airport 04- 224-5555
Dubai Airport Flight Information Voice Portal 04- 216 6666
Flight Enquiry 04-224-5777
Weekend drive to Muscat, Oman
In my humble opinion, it might be a bit longer, but recommend driving on the south-west side of the mountains. You could to the coastal route on the opposite direction and cut off some time.
Pass Al Ain, and enter south into Oman.
Go through Ibri, to Bahla. You can go up to Misfat Al Abriyyin among other places. Nice mountain stop!
Continue to Nizwa. There's some places to stop on the way. Last stop is Muscat.
On the return, if you take the coastal route, make an inland detour to see Nakhal and Ar Rustaq
This is a smart, modern shop with a good selection of cloth and helpful staff that can be trusted to give advice to anyone who is not confident about buying fabric. This is the place to buy something special. I saw quite a few fabrics here that I didn't see anywhere else, including silk georgette and some lovely hand embroidered pieces.
It's worth noting that their prices for plain fabrics were a fair bit higher than anywhere else I visited, so once I have chosen what I want, I generally go to one of the nearby matching centres for linings etc.
Feel the Chemistry of "Multiple Organisms"...
In October of 2006 ZINC received a major face-lift. Renovations have now transformed this venue into a *I-desperately-want-to-look-like-a-Manhattan-Club* kind of place. "Is it good?" I hear you ask. Well, read below and then... go & check it out!
Zinc is one of the hippest & most popular bars / nightclubs / chill-out lounges in Dubai. The staff are great, the security is strict & very efficient, the dance floor is a good size & the food is lovely (not many vegetarian options, though). You enter the club down a ramp, almost like parading yourself on a cat-walk to the other patrons. Fluorescent lights illuminate the large central bar, with another more secluded "VIP area" around the corner. ZINC's revamp has done very well with trying to look like a futuristic bar from movies such as "The 5th Element".
There's ever changing, funky live bands from all over the world & DJ Greg Stainer likes to keep us on our toes with everything from R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, 70s, Tech House & Reggae (and he's kinda cute, too...)
It's surely one of the city's busiest dance floors, attracting a lively crowd that is among the most diverse in Dubai. It's packed almost every night of the week. The best atmosphere is from midnight onwards; this is when it gets busy.
Every night of the week they run special promotions for either food, drink, ladies nights or special music events. Depending on your taste in music, it's advisable to check-out their website or call the management to find-out about certain nights. I for one do not want to spend the entire evening listening to Gangsta-Rap if I can avoid it... Dress-Code is smart-casual.
MEN: Jeans are fine (no shorts)
Proper shoes (no sneakers, no sandals) Shirt with collar.
LADIES: Pretty much anything goes for us, girls!
Opening Hours: 06:00pm - 03:00am.
I used to like the "old Zinc" a lot better... but if you like alternative dance beats, a slightly pretencious crowd and a fancy interior design that attempts to justify high drinks prices, then you'll enjoy a late evening here.
Great Pakistani Buffet
A wonderful buffet with the full variety of typical Pakistani food. Starting from a choice of soups, a salad bar including Chaats, Golgappas and Samosas you move on to the main dishes, that are divided in "Vegetarian's Corner", "Kid's Corner" and "Meaty dishes". The great finale are the sweet dishes, including Gulab Jamun, Kulfi and Kheer. Too many to name one.