THERE ARE NONE!
Favorite Thing: Dubai has no culture and character. Arabs make up only 20% of the population and you will hardly see or interact with them. They hide behind tall compound walls in their mansions. The taxi drivers are all Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, the hotels and businesses are run by Indians. These are people who are not allowed to bring their families to stay with them even if they have been working there for 20-30 years. The permits to bring families are dictated by how much you earn. Low wage earners are denied the right to be with families. They have an option of bringing them to visit at their expense for 3 months in a year but not more than that.
There is nowhere to see the local culture except in a make believe area at the museum. The Arabs otherwise like to ape the west and everything else is geared to that. However they do things backwards! They built big big buildings but not enough roads to accommodate the traffic. Traffic jams are a nightmare in this man made make believe city. There is construction everywhere. They are building more tall buildings, roads and elevated rail lines, there is chaos everywhere. Hyped for tax free shopping, the prices are the same as in Australia and US and more than what you pay in Thailand or Singapore etc. Even that will stop as they introduce VAT from next year. The climate is VERY VERY HOT & HUMID. One wonders what is there to see or do in Dubai. NOT WORTH VISITING!!!!
Fondest Memory: The sunglasses and camera lenses fogging up due to the heat and humidity! The pictures come out all hazy.
Go on a desert safari!
It's 50 deg celsius out there, but worth every bit of the discomfort!
Scorching hot, but thankfully, wasn't humid... so it was pretty bearable!
The desert landscape was incredible and the bedouin dinner feast in a bedouin encampment was magical...
I did the tour with Arabian Adventures.
Antique Museum, A Place to Buy Dubai Souvenirs
Although the name is “museum”, but this is not a museum at all. This is the best place to buy a bulk number of souvenirs that you plan to buy for your family and friends.
But, don’t expect a fancy shopping place. The place is like a warehouse (but thank God, it’s air conditioned) located in third Interchange, Al Quoz Industry area.
Once you enter the door, you will feel like you are doing a treasure hunt. They have a great number of souvenirs. Cheaper in price, but great in a variety. They sell from T-shirt, carpet, furniture, frames, handicraft, shisha, cashmere silk, pashmina, silver to belly dancing costume. They have different rooms that need you to explore. I love their offer for bed sheet, bed cover, pashmina and handicraft.
You will love this place, my shopping fellow. If you don’t like to bring cash, they also receive credit card.
If you plan to go there, just give them a call to confirm whether their shop is open on the day you are planning to visit. Many things
LOTS OF FIZZ, NO REAL KICK
This place just doesn't DO it for me. And in theory, it really should. It's on the unfussy side of the nightlife spectrum, the music can be a bit of a mixed bag but atleast the DJ's got his heart in the right place, and the selection of lagers is on the tad more adventurous side. But somehow, Boston Bar makes like a poorly imported beer and substitutes its lack of kick with unduly frothy fizz.
There's your bucketload of promos and theme nights, and dancing on bar-tops is wholly encouraged (which can never be a bad thing!) The night yet seems to slide into predictability at Boston's, a darkly wearied vibe that seems to cut right through the room, irrespective of the up-for-it crowd gathered inside. At best, Boston makes for a fairly inoffensive pit-stop before heading off elsewhere into the still-young night.
Sushi and noodle bar
Since Dubai is known for its opressive heat during summer months, you'll need light and refreshing food to keep you going. I recommend Japengo, nice little place just accros Jumeirah Mosque, one of the landmarks of Dubai. The staff is very nice and friendly, too.