Had to spend a night in Dubai last week. My company booked me into the Novotel. It's nice hotel and the facilities are very nearly 5 star although the rating is 4 star. The hotel and staff and services were very good and the room spacious, clean and modern. The internet was about $8 per hour although it was very slow. Out side there is a major road that doesnt have any crossing points directly in front of the hotel. You have to walk about 150 metres left or right to cross over. Once over there is a excellent shopping centre that basically has everything including a cinema. The food courts were less appealing, although the portions were hugh as was the bill! Oh well I was in Dubai.
Hi every one,
I might have to go to Dubai in Late April to apply for USA Visa.
1. good, inexpensive hotels near US Dubai consulate? names and price range?
2. Biggest computer shopping centers/malls in Dubai?
3. are subway/metro stations near US consulate or major computer PC centers?
4. coffee shops with FREE & FASTEST wireless Internet? any near the US consulate?
THANK YOU for all your help!
Hello from Dubai :-)
The US Consulate is based in the Dubai World Trade Centre. (http://dubai.usconsulate.gov/contact-us.html)
There are many hotels along this same road (Sheikh Zayed Road) but there are actually 2 that are within walking distance to the consulate. One of them is a 2-star and the other a 3-star, I believe.
> IBIS Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre
> NOVOTEL Dubai World Trade Centre
There are major computer and electronics stores in all of the large shopping malls in Dubai (Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Batutta, Deira City Centre, etc.) however, if you are seriously looking for the best prices then I recommend the Al Ain Centre in Bur Dubai, better known as the "Computer Plaza." There are so many computer shops here that it allows you to haggle for the absolut best prices.
Phone: 00971-4-351 6914 / 352 6663
Address: Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai
LOCATION MAP: http://www.thecomputerplaza.com/al-ain/location.asp
There is a metro station at the Dubai World Trade Centre, but right now it isn't open yet. (But perhaps by the time you come to Dubai in April it will be open...?) For now, I believe the closest station is "Financial Centre" which is a walkable distance. Metro timings are Saturdays to Thursdays, 6am to 11pm. Fridays 2pm-midnight.
For the Computer Plaza, there is a Metro Station nearby at Bur Juman mall (the stop is called Khalid bin Waleed station.)
Check here for updates: http://dubaimetro.eu/
The hotels I mentioned earlier are business hotels are should be offering free wi-fi in their lobby cafes, etc.
Hope this helps,
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Sheikh Zayed Road, West Marina Beach, Dubai
Madinat Jumeirah Resort, PO Box 75157, Dubai
Po Box 24970
Burj Dubai Boulevard, The Old Town, Burj Dubai, Dubai
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