Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel Tower

5 out of 5 stars5 Stars

Baniyas Street, Creek Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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Poor
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Value Score Great Value!

Costs 44% less than similarly rated 5 star hotels

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    With the choice of other hotels in Dubai, and in this area, I would suspect that there are better options for a hotel then this one. For the price and the star rating the service was very disappointing.

    The location is very close to the current airport and right on the creek. a short walk away there doesn't seem to be much around. There's 2 atms at banks close by, one beside the hotel and one across the road. The road in front of the hotel doesn't let taxis turn into the enterance so they have to drive 2 intersections down the road to do a u-turn. You can ask to be dropped off across the road at the creek tower building and use the crosswalk in front of the hotel to cross the road. The road is fairly busy and noisy, so if you get a room facing the road you will probably hear road noise.
    There always seemed to be luxury taxis waiting at the hotel to just hop in.

    the door staff and security were friendly and helpful.

    In the evening there is a pianist playing in the open / large lobby/lounge area. We never went down to listen since she could be heard in the room.

    The bar (english themed pub) had inconvient hours but the staff were friendly. Beer was cheaper then across the road at the raddison sas(stayed in summer so maybe lower prices).

    Management was not at all helpful to resolve problems.

    Rooms were as you would expect for this class of hotel, but a little worn (stains on the cushions).

    The pool was smaller then I expected.

    Never ate there so no comment on the food.

    The cleaning staff would remove items from the room and not replace them with clean items (eg. wine glasses), so be sure to use the safe and lock up your personal things.

    As a whole, I would recommend looking elsewhere. for the price and star rating the service was not up to scratch. I will never stay there again. (would likely opt for a beach hotel)

    Directions: Along the creek around other similar class hotels, should be about a block away from a metro stop when it's done.

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Restaurants in general in Dubai :-)

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1 about List of all of them :-)

Dubai has got all types of food from different countries amd you have a lot of choices. Here I leave you a list of different restaurants and the type of food they prepare, choose what you like but please call them before going there. Some may have changed their address and/or telephone number. Have a great yummy food and Bon apetite :-)
Al Safadi
Location : Al Rigga Road
Telephone : 2279922
Description: Lebanese

Al Safeer
Location : Al Ghurair City
Telephone : 2226658
Description: Lebanese

Al Safeer
Location : Ibn Battuta Mall
Telephone : 3669823
Description: American

Al Shami
Location : Deira, Al Muraqqabat Street
Telephone : 2695558
Description: Lebanese

Al Shandaga Restaurant & Kitchen
Location : Bur Dubai, Al Jafeliah
Telephone : 3985776
Description: Emarati

Al Shindagah
Location : Metropolitan Palace Hotel
Telephone : 2270000
Description: International

Al Tandoor
Location : Khalid Bin Walid Road - Bur Dubai
Telephone : 3933349
Description: Indian

Al Tannour
Location : Crowne Plaza Dubai
Telephone : 3055711
Description: Arabic

Al Zumorrod Restaurant & Club
Location : Carlton Tower Hotel
Telephone : 2227111
Description: Persian

Ali Baba
Location : Regent Beach Resort
Telephone : 3444120
Description: Morroccan

Amaseena
Location : The Ritz Carlton
Telephone : 3994000
Description: Arabic

Amby's
Location : Ambassador Hotel
Telephone : 3939444
Description: Continental

Amoonah
Location : Al Rigga Road
Telephone : 2688811
Description: Lebanese

Amwaj
Location : Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
Telephone : 4052703
Description: Seafood

Andiamo
Location : Grand Hyatt Dubai
Telephone : 3172222
Description: Italian

Anentrecote
Location : Al Khaleej Palace Hotel
Telephone : 2231000
Description: French

Antique Bazaar
Location : Four Points Sheraton Bur Dubai
Telephone : 3977444
Description: Indian Apple Cafe & Restaurant
Location : Twin Towers Centre
Telephone : 2274446
Description: Persian

Aquarium
Location : Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club - Al Garhoud
Telephone : 2956000
Description: Seafood

Arabian Courtyard
Location : One and Only Royal Mirage Dubai Hotel
Telephone : 3999999
Description: Arabic

Araya Palace
Location : Dubai Concorde Hotel
Telephone : 2292931
Description: Persian

Arbat Restaurant & Club
Location : Carlton Tower Hotel
Telephone : 2227111
Description: Russian

Arboretum
Location : Al Qasr Hotel
Telephone : 3666730
Description: International

Arman Cafe
Location : Dubai Concorde Hotel
Telephone : 2292984
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

A'Rukn Cafe
Location : Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Telephone : 3666730
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

ARZ Lebanon
Location : Trade Centre Road - Bur Dubai
Telephone : 3964466
Description: Lebanese

Asha's
Location : Wafi City
Telephone : 3244100
Description: Indian

Ashiana
Location : Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Telephone : 2071733
Description: Indian

Asian Delights
Location : Al Khaleej Centre
Telephone : 3552554
Description: Indian

Atrium Cafe
Location : JW Marriott Hotel
Telephone : 6077794
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Automatic
Location : Ibn Battuta Mall
Telephone : 3685452
Description: Lebanese

Automatic Restaurant
Location : Beach Centre
Telephone : 3494888
Description: Lebanese

Automatic Restaurant
Location : Bin Sougat Centre
Telephone : 2863023
Description: Lebanese

Automatic Restaurant & Grill
Location : Al Khaleej Centre
Telephone : 3550333
Description: Arabic

Awafi
Location : JW Marriott Hotel
Telephone : 6077760
Description: Arabic

Awtar
Location : Grand Hyatt Dubai
Telephone : 3172222
Description: Lebanese

Ayotaya
Location : Sheikh Zayed Road, Safestway Building
Telephone : 3211500
Description: Thai

Bacadillo Cafe
Location : Shaikh Zayed Road
Telephone : 3313133
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Restaurants in general in Dubai :-)

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1 about List of all of them :-)

Dubai has got all types of food from different countries amd you have a lot of choices. Here I leave you a list of different restaurants and the type of food they prepare, choose what you like but please call them before going there. Some may have changed their address and/or telephone number. Have a great yummy food and Bon apetite :-)

Chinaman
Location : Al Karama, Hamdan Colony
Telephone : 3969685
Description: Chines

Chinees Palace
Location : Mercato Shopping Mall
Telephone : 3446875
Description: Chines

Chinese House
Location : Hallmark Hotel
Telephone : 2221999
Description: Chines

Chinese Kitchen
Location : Jumeirah, near Al Safa Park
Telephone : 3943864
Description: Chines

Chinese Palace
Location : Al Ghurair City
Telephone : 2271510
Description: Chines

Chinese Palace
Location : Burjuman Centre
Telephone : 3519074
Description: Chines

Chinese Palace
Location : Ibn Battuta Mall
Telephone : 3685009
Description: Chines

Chinese Palace Restaurant
Location : Al Ghurair City
Telephone : 2281043
Description: Chines

Chinese Pavillion
Location : Beach Centre
Telephone : 3444432
Description: Chines

Chinese Village
Location : Nihal Hotel
Telephone : 2945284
Description: Chines

Chinese Village 2
Location : Sea View Hotel
Telephone : 3558080
Description: Chines

Chowking
Location : Al Ghurair City
Telephone : 2288377
Description: Chines

Cinnabon Cafe
Location : Burjuman Centre
Telephone : 3518097
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Ciros Pomodore
Location : Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort & Marina
Telephone : 3181333
Description: Italian

City Cafe & restaurant
Location : Al Khaleej Palace Hotel
Telephone : 2231000
Description: International

Club House
Location : Jumeirah Beach Club Hotel
Telephone : 3445333
Description: International

Coconut Grove
Location : Rydges Plazza Hotel
Telephone : 3982222
Description: Indian Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Location : Al Raffa Rd, Al Mankhool
Telephone : 3984333
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Location : Ibn Battuta Mall
Telephone : 3669990
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Location : Marina Walk
Telephone : 3984333
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Coffee Beanery
Location : Mazaya Shopping Centre
Telephone : 3214104
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Colonade
Location : The Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Telephone : 4068999
Description: International

Columbus Cafe
Location : Burjuman Centre
Telephone : 3514895
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Come Prima
Location : Al Bustan Rotana Hotel
Telephone : 2820000
Description: Italian

Cosmo Cafe
Location : Shaikh Zayed Road
Telephone : 3326569
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Costa
Location : Mercato Shopping Mall
Telephone : 3445705
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Costa Cafe
Location : Century Village - Al Gharhood
Telephone : 2095173
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Costa Coffee
Location : Ibn Battuta Mall
Telephone : 3685631
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Costa Coffee
Location : Bin Sougat Centre
Telephone : 2681992
Description: Cafes/Coffee Shops

Creekside
Location : Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers
Telephone : 2071750
Description: Japanese

Cucina
Location : JW Marriott Hotel
Telephone : 6077795
Description: Italian

Cucina
Location : Courtyard By Marriott Green Community
Telephone : 8552222
Description: Italian

Da Gama
Location : Century Village - Al Gharhood
Telephone : 2823636
Description: Portugese

Da Venci's
Location : Millennium Airport Hotel
Telephone : 7039123
Description: Italian

Dakshin
Location : Lotus Hotel
Telephone : 2278888
Description: Indian

Danial
Location : Mazaya Shopping Centre
Telephone : 3214555
Description: Persian

Danial
Location : Twin Towers Centre
Telephone : 2277669
Description: Persian

A scam, and a very unfriendly one at that . . .

by TripAdvisor Member tonyjacks

No thanks to the staff at Sheraton Dubai Creek for one of the worst experiences I've had at a hotel anywhere. In stark contrast to the warm and welcoming service I've received elsewhere in Dubai, the staff here were generally unfriendly, unhelpful, and unwilling to do much to improve their guest's experience. I've stayed in enough hotels to know when a place is being well-run - there is an atmosphere of exuberance and friendliness that percolates throughout the staff. At Sheraton Dubai Creek, the opposite seems to be occuring. The employees are surly and, it seems, discontented. They may help you because that's what they're getting paid to do, but just don't expect them to do it with a smile on their face.

The facilities are, for a five-star hotel in Dubai, nothing to write home about. The pool is small and unimaginative and the rooms are merely mediocre for the cost involved and the alternate options in the city. Even if you pay the extra money to get a creek-side room, the view is unlikely to be much given the low rise of the hotel. If you decide not to fork over more money to get a room on the river, you are stuck with an uninspiring view of a major highway. And, unless you're in the mood for shopping for electronics, there's really not much of interest near this hotel. Most of the action has now shifted to far down the other side of the creek and getting there is a long taxi ride away. It is relatively close to their airport, but so are a number of other much better hotels.

Even more irritating is that notwithstanding their exorbitant room rates, the Sheraton Dubai Creek seems to have a policy of ripping off their customers at every given opportunity. Any amenities you want it - be it internet access, a room with a view of the river, or even such an elementary thing as breakfast - are going to cost you an exorbitant amount of extra dosh, irregardless of the hundreds of dollars you handed over to them for the pleasure of enjoying their company in the first place.

I arrived at the hotel at 10am very tired after a long journey, but this didn't matter much to the reception staff; They refused to give me a room until the 3pm check-in time unless I forked over the half day rate. They eventually agreed to let me use their business center in the meantime, but only after I pointed out that I didn't really think this was the way a five-star hotel should be treating its guests. Sheraton Dubai Creek may also have the dubious distinction of having the most ridiculously priced minibar in the world, but you'll only find this out after you get your bill as they neglect (perhaps deliberately) to put a price list ANYWHERE in your room.

When you inevitably get upset for the various scams employed by this outfit, you are met with cold indifference, even accusations of nefarious conduct on your part. I was even threatened when I complained within earshot of other guests. All in all, it was a horrible experience and a striking contrast to the lovely and much less expensive experience I have had at a variety of other hotels in the Emirate. In fact, I'd probably rather sleep on the streets than stay at the Sheraton Dubai Creek again. Accordingly, I'd encourage others seeking accomodation in Dubai to exercise their choice among the many other fine hotels rather than patronize this elaborate scam and risk bearing an invidious experience akin to mine.

No 5 star jewel

by TripAdvisor Member M747

Stayed at the Sheraton Dubai Creek for one week over new years together with my girlfriend. I was recommended this hotel by a friend because of its location and decided to try it out. I booked a Towers room in order to get the best possible room as well as access to the towers lounge.
As an SPG Gold member I could have taken a chance on being upgraded but since we were staying there a week I did not want to take the chance with an upgrade so I booked towers level. Thought it would be nice to relax in the lounge and have a place to wind down and relax outside the room. Upon arrival we were met at the airport by hotel staff. This was included in the hotel price and the transportation was with a nice Porsche Cayenne, Cool! When we checked in we were given a towers room as booked. Upon entering the elevators I was surprised to see that out of 10 floors on this hotel 5 were towers floor, 2 were SPG floors and 1 was a "standard floor" this was really a little bit disappointing. Towers are supposed to be a little bit special and give you some extra perks. Unfortunately the room was not very nice. Great view over the creek, Plasma TV and small sitting group but carpets and wallpaper felt really dated, big stains on the sofa and it felt a little dirty. Every evening we got some small chocolates or fruits in our room and this was very nice.
The bathroom was very small and felt cramped and there was only one sink. Towels were small and bathrobes were of a really cheap quality. Bed was not the nice "sweet sleeper beds" I am used to at other Starwood properties and this was really missed. We stayed at the Sheraton in Moscow both before and after so we really noticed the difference.
The towers lounge was a catastrophe, located at the lobby level it was extremely small, the size of a normal hotel room with no windows and 4 sofa sitting groups. From 1830-2030 there were free alcoholic drinks and snacks, but because of the size of the room and the number of towers guests, it felt like you were standing in line at summer camp waiting to get your wine ration. We usual tried to stop by and have a glass of wine, but almost felt like we had to chug it down and move on to let someone else have a seat. You usually had to share sitting groups with someone else. It is by far the worst towers or executive lounge I have ever been too. Our rate also included full breakfast buffet. On the upside they served breakfast until 11 am and this was great since we were on holiday. The breakfast room was however always packed and we usually had to wait 10 minutes just to get a table. Selection was Ok, Nothing more. Of the hotels other facilities, the pool was ok, rather small but nice. Hotel staff were in general nice, but did not really make you feel especially welcome, they were there to do a job and that’s it. The concierge did not work at all. Most of the time he was not there, and the few times we asked for something we got no help at all. We tried to book massage appointment through the concierge and twice they messed it up. It seemed they were mostly interested in selling excursions rather than helping and advising the guests. This review might seem overly negative but for being a 5 star property in Dubai charging 400USD Pr night + I must say we were very disappointed. It was more charter style hotel than anything else.

Business minded but fine for tourists

by TripAdvisor Member BigRed

I stayed at Dubai Creek for a week at the start of May '06 with my partner. The hotel itself is a grand place with a large pillared reception area with lots of lounge seating and a business centre.

The check-in staff and the waitresses in the lounge areas were all very good, efficient, courteous and professional. There was a delay of around 2 hours upon our arrival at the hotel while the rooms were being prepared (we arrived at around 9am) but we were made to feel at home with complimentary coffee in the lounge area while our luggage was whisked away out of sight. On getting our room it was a good size and comfortable with good views from the floor to ceiling windows. The bathroom was a reasonable size and again was comfortably appointed. The layout and decor of the rooms screams "business" all the way, certainly not luxurious but nice all the same. The huge sliding door windows can be opened if you ask the concierge to unlock them for you, you do have to agree to not leave them open though (apparently some cataclysmic event will beset the hotel if the doors are open for more than 2 hours!).

While at the hotel we sampled the food at both the Indian and Italian restaurants, both were very good and reasonably priced. Beware though that if you buy alcohol in the restaurants it is at a HUGE premium, for example a bottle of moet which would cost around £26 GBP from your local off license sells at around £100 GBP from the restaurant. The drinks are fairly reasonable in the hotel bar, expect to pay London prices on beer and spirits.

The breakfast was very good and reasonably priced if you get a room/breakfast package, not so reasonable if you buy the breakfast seperately. The terrace at the back of the Italian restaurant is marvellous and provides spectacular evening dining with views over the creek.

The gym and pool area were both very well presented, clean and well supervised, there is a shallow shaded paddling pool for small children and a volleyball court for the more energetic traveller.

The hotel itself is fairly well situated and you can easily get to Jumeira and Deira. Deira is a walkable distance (if you don't mind a little heat) but taxis are by far the best way of travelling around and are remarkably cheap too. Driving in Dubai is like somekind of extreme sport and is best avoided unless you really need the stress. Abras or water taxis are a great way to get around and see the city too. I did a lot of walking around the city after dark and felt entirely safe the whole time. There is a small outdoor restaurant on the waterfront if you walk along the river towards Deira that sells Arabesque cuisine until the early hours. On the walk back to the hotel you will probably see many people sleeping rough in the park which is indicative of the extremes of wealth present in Dubai but there is a very low crime level and there was none of the aggressive begging and harrassment that I've experienced in Egypt. Deira is indeed the place to hone your bartering skills with the potential to make huge savings on gemstones and potentially gold depending on the current gold prices. If you know a little about gemstones you can make some easy deductions of the price displayed, my general rule was to only ever pay a third of the original price. At least 50% of the time this price was achievable with some perseverance and on the other occasions you'll pay only slightly more.

A visit to the malls is almost inevitable but don't expect to pay any less than you would at home, Mall of Emirates is particularly large and has an indoor ski slope which is quite a surreal sight indeed. A trip into the desert is on most peoples itinerary too and this is easily arranged and reasonably cheap.

All in all Dubai is an interesting, diverse and rapidly expanding place. The Sheraton Dubai Creek is a comfortable and good base from which to enjoy the guaranteed sunshine and surrounding activities. If I do go back to Dubai I'll definitely consider the Dubai Creek again.

Great Hotel Great location but.........

by TripAdvisor Member Sandrabotanic

Hi There

I have spent the last week from the 22nd July to the 29th July staying at the Sheraton Creek in Dubai with my partner and 15 year old daughter. As I have stayed here last year for a week I was very keen to go back with my daughter. As before the accommodation was great, the restaurants were great the room staff were great. The reception staff are a bit cold and disinterested. When we arrived into our room there was a letter informing me that the pool was closed for the week for my stay. I booked this room in May and I feel I should have been informed of this. There was another Hotels swimming pool available up the road but it was not the same. Breakfast was a bit pricy
20.00 Euro per person. The internet charges 12.00 Euro an hour. In the city you can get it for 1.00 Euro per hour. We had a great time and maybe your reception staff and get a few hints from the staff at the pool for the 1 day we were allowed to visit it.
Sandra

Good Hotel

by TripAdvisor Member JavedAhmed

I got a deal where I had to pay for 4 nights while I stayed for 6 nights. Therefore I booked a suite in Towers Wing. The best thing was that the breakfast was served in the room at no extra cost, which is quite helpful when you are staying with little kids. However, this facility is only for guests in Tower Wing. Room was good with fantastic view. Overall, the hotel turned out to be better than my expectation especially in view of the price.

You absolutely must see...Part 1.

by colin_bramso

"The heart & soul of Dubai."

Many people criticise Dubai as fake, as one big theme park, as being all man-made. Well, no city is natural and Dubai's no different, they're all man-made. But what they don't understand is that Dubai never was a very big city. Even when we left originally in 1984 the population was only about 250,000.

Just look at the photo taken as recently as 1949. That was the extent of the city of Dubai. A few hundred buildings huddled on the banks of the Creek.The buildings were mud reinforced with blocks of coral, so they weren't really going to last for centuries, especially in this climate. In fact the city only became established in 1830 when the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Al Maktoum family, settled on the banks of the Creek and began the trading that became the hallmark of Dubai.

In the photo Deira is at the top, this side of the Creek on the bend is Shindagah and a little further to the right is Bur Dubai. And that was it. The vast majority of modern Dubai is built on what was simply scrubby desert.

But you can still absorb the atmosphere and flavour of old Dubai, and this Travelogue is to tell you where to find it.

The Travelogue is in two parts - there's too much to show to squeeze it all into one! So I'll do it in order of how I suggest you should plan your tour. OK, off we go...

"Al Khor"

The Creek, Al Khor in Arabic, is still the heart and soul of Dubai. You can do this tour at any time of the day but I prefer the evening. I like to start around 4pm, when it's cooler, the shops are all opening for the evening session, the lights are starting to come on and the atmosphere is at its best.

You should start your walking tour on Deira side at around the Sheraton Dubai Creek. Walk down with the Creek on your left. You'll soon come to where the traditional wooden dhows still load cargo right in the heart of the city. They trade mainly, as they always have, with the sub-Continent, with Iran just across the Gulf and with East Africa.

These days they have motorised cranes to help with the loading and you'll even see cargo as large as trucks being loaded onto the deck of the dhows. And you'll still see manual loading - backbreaking work as they carry heavy loads on their shoulders up the gangplanks onto the decks. And a point about Dubai's safety - the cargo just sits on the quayside day and night, you'll always see it there. It isn't stolen.

This is living history, you're seeing exactly what people a hundred years ago would have seen. And the Creek has its very own unique smell, a mixture of the old timbers, the spices, the water. Add the hot sun, the humidity and it really is a very special experience.

"Souks & shops."

Carry on walking past the abra stations, which have recently been upgraded, mainly for safety reasons. Abra is the little wooden ferry boat that takes people across the Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai. We'll come back to them later.

Walk a little further and you come to an area with old shops featuring wind towers, barjeel in Arabic. These pre-date electricity & air-conditioning and were an ingenious method of ducting the breeze into the building to cool it.

"The Spice Souk."

Walk into this area and you're in the Spice Souk. The atmosphere again is very special. The small shops, narrow lanes, the smell of spices from the open sacks and the traders burning frankincense and other natural perfumes to attract customers.

You can buy small packets which contain natural perfumes such as musk and frankincense, a small clay burner and some charcoal. They cost about Dh15. You cut off a piece of the perfume, put it on a small amount of charcoal in the clay burner, light the charcoal and enjoy the perfume as it drifts through house or garden.

"The Gold Souk."

Then on into the old Gold Souk, which is about 130 shops side-by-side with literally tonnes of gold on display. Gold jewellery is usually 18 or 22 carat and is sold by weight against the day's gold price plus a making charge. Take your time, don't buy the first nice piece you see, shop around, bargain over prices and eventually go back to where you found the best item at the best price.

These days the shops are mixed - the traditional Arabic and Indian jewellery, modern Italian designs and the sort of rings you can find in the shops back home but which are much cheaper in Dubai.

"Haggling is expected."

Then you carry on strolling out of the Gold Souk into the old shopping area around Naif Road. There are bargains galore to be had and you can find just about anything you're looking for.

Again it's safe to just wander around, so don't be afraid to explore the small alleyways. Shops selling the same range of products tend to be clustered together, which makes shopping easy. It makes bargaining easier too, because you can visit several shops side-by-side selling the same items, bargain with them all and go back to the one with the best deal.

This area, and Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai that I'll talk about later, are much more intersting than the over-hyped Karama. That's a boring, soulless modern shopping district that just doesn't compare for atmosphere.

"Juice & a snack."

By now you probably need a cold refreshing drink, and there are many little cafes and restaurants in the area.

Alcohol is only available in major hotels, so fresh fruit juice is the best choice. The variety is quite amazing, and exotic mixed fruit 'cocktails' are made.

If you're a little hungry, try a sharwarma, which is shaved meat from the skewar wrapped up in small Arabic pocket bread, with a sesame sauce and some pickles. Absolutely delicious - but only eat one because you're having an excellent dinner later! Sharwarmas will cost about Dh3 by the way.

"Abra to Bur Dubai."

There's so much to see that you may discover you've spent the whole evening in Deira so you don't have time for the second part of the tour now. If you have don't worry, just come back tomorrow evening and pick up the tour here where you left off.

Whenever it is that you continue the tour, you need to go to an abra station because now you're going across the Creek to Bur Dubai.

As I said earlier, abras are the little wooden ferries. They hold twenty passengers, sitting in two rows back-to-back down the centre of the boat. The fare to cross the Creek is only Dh1, which is 27 US cents.

Now you need to go to Travelogue "You absolutely must see - Part 2" to finish your true Dubai experience. Just click here.

Moving to Dubai FAQs

by colin_bramso

"Jobs & salaries in Dubai."

We're regularly asked by people in all kinds of businesses how they can move to Dubai and what salary levels are.

Dubai has been hit like the rest of the world by the financial meltdown and there have been many redundancies, although many places have been hit harder than Dubai.

Finding a job has long been difficult and very competitive and is probably worse now because so many people with Gulf experience are looking for a new job.

The way the system works is that first you need an employer, who sponsors you for a residence visa and work permit. The only other way to obtain a residence visa is to buy a property in Dubai, but that does not give you a work permit. The latest rule (they change constantly!) is that owners of property bought for AED1 million or more will be eligible for six month multi-entry visit visas.

The reality is that Dubai isn't the place it once was for earning & saving good money, in fact in many jobs the salary is less than it was 20 years ago! Salaries have not been keeping pace with the rising cost of living, especially accommodation costs. Rents have been rising by up to 100% a year and although they have dropped dramatically they're still expensive.

Salary package varies enormously, depending on where you're from, your experience & qualifications, the industry, the company, the position. The Labour Law stipulates that all employees must be given annually a return air ticket to their home country and one month's vacation. They must also provide you with a Residence Visa, Labour Card and Health Card. Beyond that the package can vary from only a salary, from which you have to pay all your expenses, right up to a full expat package with everything you can think of included. I know people earning AED 650 a month with no other benefits and others AED60,000 a month with accommodation, car, medical, school fees & everything else added on.

Do as much research as you can, here on VT and by googling. Check out the local newspapers online, such as www.gulfnews.com and www.khaleejtimes.com Check out which companies from your country are operating in Dubai - maybe you can get an interview in your own country and ask for a Dubai posting.

Thousands of people are coming on a visit visa to look for a job, from the Philippines, sub-Continent, western and eastern Europe. They're able to attend interviews and you have to compete with them. So ideally come to Dubai on holiday, see as many relevant employment agencies and companies as you can while you're here. You are much more likely to be offered a job if they can interview you in person.

"Cost of living"

Whether Dubai's cost of living is expensive or not depends on where you come from. What do things cost in your home country, what are your living standard expectations? I think taxis are very cheap, Brits think they're incredibly cheap, Indians think they're expensive.
People from some countries will share accommodation or rooms, even beds, people from other cultures won't.

The big expense is rent, which is high by most city standards. School fees, water, electricity, internet are also expensive as is alcohol and clubbing. Private health insurance is a sensible purchase - cost is about the same as Australia, others may think it's cheap or expensive depending on their home country. Food, petrol, cars, clothing, are all cheap.

Dubai has been hit by the world-wide recession of course, so rents have come down. As they're so volatile I can't give examples so you should check www.gulfnews.com for classified ads. for Dubai & the other Emirates.

School fees according to Gulf News:
Indian curriculum Dh2,750-Dh9,000 pa
British Dh28,000-Dh42,000
Australian Dh22,000-28,000
American about Dh47,000
Books, bus, uniform etc are extra.

For electricity/water for a two bedroom apartment budget an average of Dh500/month. For internet Dh149 - Dh349/month. Pay TV Dh150 upwards.

"Attitude to women in Dubai"

We're frequently asked on the Forum about life in Dubai - often as vague as "What's Dubai like?" Sometimes specific questions, such as "Can my wife wear western clothes?" or "Can my wife and I go out together?"

From its very beginning Dubai was a trading centre, exposed to foreigners and other cultures. Its people are welcoming, relaxed, they're comfortable to live in a cosmopolitan, international city.

Let me remind you that this is a Muslim country and that should be respected. Having said that, women are not restricted - they work, drive, go out on their own, can mix freely, go to nightclubs, can wear clothing of their choice - within reason. Bikinis are fine on the beach or around the pool, but too-revealing clothing in the city is obviously neither sensible nor acceptable. If you are inappropriately dressed you may be refused entry to, for example, shopping malls.

Public displays of affection are also not permitted.

"Unmarried couples"

"My boyfriend's been offered a job in Dubai & I'm planning to go with him. Can we live together."

We've had that question many times.

The answer is in two parts and the second is the most difficult to solve.
Firstly, it is illegal for an unmarried couple to live together in Dubai. Having said that, many couples do and they have no problem. However, you need to be sensible about it; for example don't attract the attention of the authorities by having noisy late-night parties that cause the neighbours to call the police!

The second thing is much more difficult. To live in the UAE you must have a Residence Visa. To get a Residence Visa you must have a sponsor - for example, your boyfriend's employer will be his sponsor. But your boyfriend will not be able to sponsor you. Only legally married people can sponsor their spouse, and the paperwork to prove you're married is daunting.

To live here you have to get around this problem, for example by finding a job yourself so that the employer will be your sponsor. Or of course, you could get married which would solve all the problems :-)

"Safety"

Other regular questions are "Is Dubai safe for a woman?" and "Can a woman go out on her own?" The answer is that Dubai is still one of the safest cities in the world. Women can and do wander around on their own in all areas, including the narrow alleyways in the old souk areas and in the older parts of the city. It's normal to see women on the beach on their own or in groups.

"Dining & drinking"

Alcohol is only available in bars, clubs & restaurants in hotels. Some hotels have British-style pubs - for example the Red Lion at Dubai Metropolitan on Sheikh Zayed Road, the Chelsea Arms at the Sheraton Dubai Creek and Aussie Legends at Rydges Hotel in Satwa are well-known pubs. Many hotels have night clubs/discos.

Non-Muslim residents with a Residence Visa can obtain a Liquor Licence with which they can buy alcohol in Liquor Stores/Off Licence/Bottle Shop (or whatever else you call them in your country).

Dubai Duty Free at the airport sells amazingly cheap alcohol and you are allowed to bring 4 bottles per person into Dubai.

There are hundreds of excellent, and inexpensive, restaurants all over Dubai not connected to hotels. That means alcohol isn't available, so if you can't have a meal without a drink you're going to miss out! They do sell a wide choice of fresh fruit juices and of course mineral water. A fresh lemon & mint juice or cold watermelon juice goes down just as well as alcohol.

Note: there is zero tolerance for dinking & driving. Jail and deportation is almost automatic.

"Things to do."

"What is there to do?" is another regular question. It all depends on your interests of course, but there's plenty to do & see in and around Dubai. For example: the heart of Dubai, the Creek, great beaches, many different water sports, amazing new shopping malls, wonderful old souks - the gold and spice souks are 'must sees', Heritage Village, museums, the traditional shopping areas, karting, dune bashing, dune boarding, desert safaris, cruises on the Creek, snow skiing, ice skating, city tours on open-top buses, eating out, clubbing, pubs, driving to other emirates through ever-changing desert, snorkeling/diving on the east coast, plenty of sports clubs. There are regular world-class sporting events - Desert Classic golf, Dubai Open tennis, the Dubai World Cup, which is the world's richest horse race, offshore powerboat grands prix, motor racing...the list goes on and on. There are concerts and shows - The Vienna Opera, Moscow Ballet, symphony orchestras from Europe, stage shows such as Chicago & Broadway, stars such as Phil Collins, Lionel Ritchie, Bryan Adams, Chris de Burgh, Destiny's Child, Black Eyed Peas, Robbie Williams, Shakira...

"Transport"

How to get around Dubai? There is a growing network of bus routes with modern air-conditioned buses buses. The Metro train system began limited operations on 09/09/09 aound the city and along Sheikh Zayed Road to Jumeirah Islands.

Or there's your own car. To buy then is inexpensive, to run them is inexpensive, fuel is inexpensive. Or you can use taxis, of which there are thousands. They're air-conditoned, have meters, the drivers quite often don't know the way to wherever you want to go. That's partly because a lot of them are new to the country and have no idea where anything is. It's also partly due to the fact that the roads change literally day to day, the pace of development is so frenetic, so we're all guessing where we're going half the time.

Getting from one side of the Creek to the other is a breeze though. The abra water ferries go back and forth all day long and the trip costs one dirham. There are several abra stations on both banks, in the old souk areas. There is also a new air-conditioned water bus service.

Forum Posts

Sheraton Dubai Creek/Golf

by anj71

Hi everyone -

Has anybody stayed in the Sheraton dubai creek. I've booked my self for 6 days there and would like to know if the hotel is nice and how far it is from the main souks? Do they offer complimentry access to the Sheraton Jumeriah beach?

Also I wouldn't mind a game of golf there, but I don't really want to take my clubs.. anybody have some info on rates and whether you can hire some clubs and what courses to play on?

Much Appreciated..

Anj

Re: Sheraton Dubai Creek/Golf

by colin_bramso

It's a very nice hotel in just about the perfect location, right on the creek in the heart of the city. Out of the hotel, turn left and walk along the creek and you're in the old area where the souks are in three or four minutes.

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Address: Baniyas Street, Creek Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates