Coffee drinking and hospitality are inseparable in Arabian culture. There is a ritualistic aspect to the serving and drinking of coffee. This tent may appear to be a display, but in fact it is the coffee lounge outside of the cafeteria at a local university.
If you are offered coffee as a gesture of hospitality at the home or office of an Arab collegue or acquaintance, you will make your host most comfortable if you accept it. You may be offered a second cup, which you should also accept.
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House
this was home of the ruler back in the 1880's, built with Arab architecture- you'll find a exhbitis of rare documents and material used back in the days. There's a small souveneer shop.
Open to Public.
Morning : 8.30 AM to 1.30 PM
Evening : 3.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Fridays : 3.30 PM to 8.30 PM
Dubai's most traditional souk?
Of all the souks in Dubai, of which there are many (all dedicated to specific goods), the “Spice Souk”, or “Deira Old Souk”, is the one that most closely matches what I expected a souk to be like.
It is located in Deira, close to the creek. In fact, there is an Abra station directly opposite the souk, so if you’re arriving in Deira from Bur Dubai, then you’ll only be a 2 minute walk from the souk.
The Spice Souk consists of a number of dark, narrow passageways, full with small stores selling any imaginable spice, herb or nut. Many of the stores have large, overflowing bags outside them, displaying their goods and are manned by friendly (maybe slightly pushy) storekeepers.
Although the storekeepers will try to persuade you to purchase from them, you will generally not experience the “hard-sell” tactics employed in some other parts of the world. In fact, most storekeepers will allow you to try the products before you commit to a purchase.
The most interesting aspect of the Spice Souk is the smell. It is an exotic combination of so many different spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, frankincense…..
This is a definite “must see” for those wanting to experience the traditional side of Dubai!
DUBAI INT'L AIRPORT - Part 1
Dubai International Airport is impressive, no doubt about it, and it has also grown and changed immensely since my initial arrival in 1998. It's huge, it's tacky, it's badly layed-out, it's designed to make you walk for miles in the hope that you'll buy something, and it's actually pretty cool if you don't have to stop-over too often. The initial wonder & amazement wears-off quickly, especially if you're waiting at passport control queues for over 1 hour!
Visit visas are issued to individuals intending to stay over 30 days in the United Arab Emirates. GCC nationals (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar & Saudi Arabia) do not need visas.
The list below contains further countries that automatically obtain a free 60-day visa on arrival at an airport:
1. Hong Kong
2. Ice land
3. South Korea
4. United States
8. New Zealand
11. United Kingdom
24. San Marion
>> All others must apply for a visit visa BEFORE you arrive at Dubai airport.
UPDATE JULY 2008: new visa laws have been implemented from 29th July onwards. Please check the local news for updates: http://archive.gulfnews.com/articles/08/07/25/10231692.html
>> Check this link for essential regulations before travelling to the UAE: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/tp/137842/
Click here for Flight Information Schedules: http://www.dubaiairport.com/DIA/English/MainMenu/Flight+Information/
Tasty, simple and cheap Persian food
Simple no-English-spoken Persian cafe where a full-blown dinner for two will set you back about 9 Euros. Favoured by local Iranians so as authentic as it gets outside Iran. Everything is fresh and tasty.