StarMetro Deira Hotel Apartments

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Salahuddin Rd,, Pob 184786, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
StarMetro Deira Hotel Apartments
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Satisfaction Average
Very Good

Value Score Poor Value

Rated 15% lower than similarly priced 4 star hotels

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Good For Families
  • Families70
  • Couples50
  • Solo66
  • Business64

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Forum Posts

Another medical question.

by agedtraveller

Having read a lot of the restrictions on medicines etc., going into Dubai. I was wondering if it is o.k. to take in Herbal remedies such as Kalms tablets. Dr Bach's flower essence etc., I would welcome an answer to my question as I am finding it all a little confusing. Some of these things I would not have questionned before but on reading about Dubai I want to make sure that I don't do anything wrong. Looking forward to hearing from you,


Re: Another medical question.

by lynnehamman

I am sure that you will have NO problems taking Herbal medications into Dubai.
Just declare everything. Keep the medications in a clear plastic bag, to show.
For other medication, IF you have a doctors note to cover, there should also not be a problem. I have done this without any trouble. Only carry enough for a month, not bulk quantity.

Re: Another medical question.

by JessH

Hi from Dubai :-)

it shouldn't be a problem. Just keep any types of medication, supplements, pills, etc. in their ORIGINAL packaging. As far as I'm aware clearly identifiable herbal remedies are not a problem.

Here's an article from the local newspaper:

Re: Another medical question.

by colin_bramso

We have plenty of health food shops selling all kinds of herbal remedies, so they're well known to everyone here. As Jess said, make sure any pills/capsules are in their original packaging - and that applies to travelling to any country, anonymous pills are suspicious to authorities everywhere.

Re: Another medical question.

by Dan30

My mother went to United Arab Emirates city of Dubai in 2010, what she did she brought a Doctor letter and her prescription medications. She also contacted the UAE Ministry of Health and give the names the medicine she wanted to bring in the UAE. Ministry responded back to my mpther after 4 days/

My advice would be contact the UAE Ministry of Health and inform them names of medications you will bring with you and ask them if I am allowed. Once Ministry of Health reply back – printer out the email, so if customs stop you – you can show them the email.

I have enclosed the details of the Ministry.

Ministry of Health Drug Control Department (DCD)
The Customer Service Centre of the DCD


Phone Number 00 971 2 611 72 40

Also I would contact the UAE Embassy in London medical section.

The UAE Embassy Medical section
71 Harley Street

0207 486 6281

Contact both UAE Ministry of Health and UAE Embassy in London) medical section

Hope both the set of information I give you will help resolve your inquires.

Travel Tips for Dubai

Real city

by solopes

I enjoyed very much the brief visit of the old city - smart recovering, unusual cleanliness, but the real image of what was Dubai before the petrodollars explosion. The quarter around the museum must be visited out of peak season, to allow a little walking in the streets.

Dubai's no stranger to exploitation.. just in case

by LIifeLover

i'll tell you what occurred to my husband very recently, in a coffee shop he visits frequently:

after receiving good service, he was signing the bill and about to write in the tip amount (place didnt add 10% automatically)...the employee of the coffee shop said to him "dont worry about adding a tip, thank you"

of course he thought it strange, so he asked why he shouldnt add a tip. He was told by the coffee shop server that the tip goes to the company, and that the employees never see any of the "tips" left on a credit card charge by the patrons...

If this is in fact happening, we of course feel it's very wrong on the part of this coffee shop. Just in case, we decided to tip in cash from now on.

Get out of the city.... day-trip to the East Coast

by JessH

When you've had enough of traffic, shopping malls, fancy restaurants & sight-seeing, escape from the big city.

Snorkling/Diving is not possible along Dubai's coast, due to no plant-life, whirled-up sand & offshore construction.

Therefore, try an absolute favourite among Dubai residents: you simply cannot beat a day-trip to Dibba & Mussandam. It's a 3 hour drive so it's good to leave early. Dibba consists of sea side villages who are owned partly by the Sultanate of Oman (Dibba Bayah), Fujairah (Dibba Muhallab) & Sharjah (Hisn Dibba).
Once arrived, you'll notice the clean air, peaceful surroundings & friendly people. Take a boat trip into the fijords & beaches with either a "Dhow" (traditional) or modern boat.

We booked with Khasab Tours, but most tour providers will also offer full-day trips starting at 09:00am; returning at 05:00pm (they bring lunch to the dhow with a speed-boat) The Hajjar mountains to your left rise an impressive 6,000 feet into the Musandam Peninsula and the famous pass winds its way across the mountains, through Wadi Bih, back to Ras Al Khaimah on the West Coast.

You will see:
> small villages on the side of a rocky hillside.
> beautiful, hidden beaches to which you can swim.
> fijords teeming with colourful corals, fish and turtles; great for snorkling.
> if you are lucky, you'll have some dolphins (yes, you heard correctly: WILD DOLPHINS!) bow-riding alongside your dhow!

Sometimes we've been too tired to drive back to Dubai, so we stayed at the Hilton in Fujeirah.

If you want to see the "real UAE", you simply have to visit the East Coast. It's the essensial & often forgotten charm of the United Arab Emirates.

NOTE: To explore Dibba & Mussandam further, you need a visit visa for the Sultanate of Oman.

Near Airport - perfect for a short transit

by MM212 about Deira City Centre

One of many shopping centres in Dubai, Deira City Centre is conveniently located near the airport. In March of 2007, I had six hours to waste between flights (from Kuwait to New York) so I went to City Centre and was able to go to the cinema! The shopping centre is enormous housing mostly middle of the range shops, with a small section dedicated to high end shopping. There is a cinema, of course, a Virgin megastore, and numerous cafés.

Stopover in Dubai airport

by TheSentinel

If you are having a stop over in Dubai here are some tips:

- there are some seats where you can put your legs up, but none where you can lie horizontally (the armrests get in the way)
- some people sleep on the floor behind the chairs
- the designated "quiet" area (by gate 23) is probably the most noisy place there (screaming children and Arab men talking loudly)
- Sky Team lounge is at gate 23 (or you can use Murhaba lounge at gate 20)
- there are some free internet access terminals but they are permanently occupied
- large duty free selection
- there always seems to be an expensive car on offer as a prize but you have to buy a ticket costing 500 dirham
- exchange rate is about 6.36Dh/GBP at the moment
- lots of costa coffee stalls - good quality coffee and cakes but expensive


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