What to do, where and when
Time Out, who provide one of the most popular "what's on" magazine in London, have branched to Dubai. If you want to know what's on, where and when it is and how to get there, get your copy of Time Out. Your might even get a complimentary copy from your hotel.
"Desert Survival" Packing List
Whether you're planning a day-trip or overnight stay in the desert, there are certain things you need to take with you. Here's what we take with us every time. Many of these things are available in supermarkets, at petrol stations or at Dubai's DIY store ACE Hardware: http://www.aceuae.com/ Desert for a DAY-TRIP:
> Water! Plenty of H2O for you & also for your car in case it overheats.
> First Aid Kit: bandages, disinfectant spray, burn cream, etc.
> BBQ with coals & lighter fluid.
> Sports/Electrolyte Drinks: by sweating your body doesn't only loose water but also vital salts & minerals. Gatorade, Isostar or similar will help combat any nausea or sun stroke.
> Multiple fully-charged mobile phones with good coverage.
> Cooler box: for drinks & to keep BBQ foods (meat, etc.) cool & fresh.
> Sun lotion (you won't need repellent as there aren't many mosquitoes)
> Toilet roll/wet wipes: dig a small hole, do your business and cover it up with sand to avoid certain "odours" wafting through your campsite.
> Any kind of hat (baseball cap, etc.) & sunglasses.
> Tow ropes: Make sure at least 2 persons have a set each.
> Balloon-air-jack for the sand (punctures are common & any normal jack will, of course, sink!) OVERNIGHT Camping Trip:
If you're staying for the night, take additionally:
> Mats/Blankets for sitting on.
> Fire wood! there is no wood in the desert, so if you want a camp fire...
> Lights! Torches, storm candles, anything that will help you find your way in the dark.
> A change of clothes (in case of spillage, stinkeage, etc… haha!)
> A pair of good walking shoes (you may not get far in flip-flops)
> Sleeping bags & a sturdy tent: it can get very windy in the desert & in the winter months night-time temperatures drop down to 5-10 degrees Celsius.
> Batteries & a radio: we all know what happens if you leave your car-radio on all night...
> A canister of petrol (just in case...) And finally...
> Rubbish Bags: PLEASE take your rubbish home with you so you don't affect local wildlife & so the next person can also enjoy the beauty of the desert. Also, hundreds of camels & gazelles starve to death every year after nibbling on plastic bags left in the desert, that then solidify in their stomachs and cause a slow, miserable death.
FULL STORY HERE: http://www3.gulfnews.com/nation/General/10184326.html > If you are planning a serious off-roading trip, then you might want to consider investing in a GPS sytem for your car. Over the past few years most major roads and even well-known desert tracks & common meeting points have been mapped for GPS.
It's not just one shop, it's a region called Karama. Here it's all about brands...fake brands. However, I don't really care about brands but enjoy going here anyway because there are very cheap leather bags for example which even non branded are expensive anywhere else.
Check out the secret stairs to the top of the shops...that's where the watches normally are. Bags, Wallets, Clothes, Shoes, Watches Bargain it down!You can really pay less here...
Bouncers, Rules & Getting into Dubai nightclubs
It's easy to have some wild nights & crazy parties in Dubai (I have pictures to prove it...) but you have to make sure that you stay within relatively strict guidelines. Dress code, not getting too "steamy" and hands-on with your date in public & early closing hours are just some of them. So: Inform yourself, prepare yourself & enjoy yourself!
TIP: Please note that the legal "partying-age" in Dubai is 21 yrs. You may be asked to present your ID at the door.
>>> 99% of all clubs & bars are located in hotels, as only hotels can apply for a liquor licence in the UAE.<<<
Many clubs in Dubai have a "couples only" policy, meaning that couples & single girls are allowed, but not single men.
Some clubs will ask for an entrance fee from single men (which can be quite high!), but if you wait outside for a group of single girls and ask then politely if you can simply walk in with them, most ladies will help you out... especially if you offer to buy them a drink as a "thank you".
If you've finally pulled Mr or Mrs "Right Now", hold your horses! Before you both start receiting non-verbal French to each other, get a room! Overly-friendly "physical displays" in public are a big No-No, not even in a cab. So wait until you're alone - and avoid spending the night in jail.
Also: hitting on girls is fine lads, but don't over-do it: if one of us girls gets too annoyed with a guy we can simply walk up to any bouncer & have you "removed from the premises". So don't get too clingy: if the lady isn't interested move on! Ladies rule the Dubai night-scene... haha! (>evil giggle<)
Unfortunately many high-class clubs are quite "racist" and will often refuse entry to patrons from Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Philippines, etc.) There's not much you can do about it on the night, but definitely complain to the management the next day.
OPENING HOURS: It's sad but true: all bars and nightclubs in Dubai close the latest by 03:00am (by law)
Behave Yourselves: being drunk & disorderly in public (this means anywhere between the club's front door and your home's/hotel room's door) is punishable by law. When going out in Dubai, dress codes vary from establishment to establishment. If you are planning on "bar-hopping" throughout the night follow these guidelines and you won't be left standing outside because you are underdressed...
MEN: Some places (Irish pubs, etc.) are very relaxed when it comes to dresscode for men.
To play it safe though, men should wear
- a shirt with collar
- good-quality jeans or proper trousers (no shorts!)
- proper shoes (no sandals or sports shoes/sneakers).
Then no bouncer should have a problem letting you in.
LADIES: For us girlies, pretty much anything goes... sorry guys! Even the more upmarket places don't have a problem if you show up in jeans and a sexy top, or short skirts, or boots, etc. Some bouncers may have a problem if you are wearing sneakers/sports shoes. But usually they are glad to see girls wanting to party at their club and will let you in without any trouble.
PUBLIC DECENCY LAWS in the UAE: http://www.gulfnews.com/gngalleries/galleries/10227399.html
Via plane to Dubai with Emirates
Dubai is becoming one of the world’s main hubs for air traffic. The main driving force is Emirates, the airline of the emirate of Dubai. This airline has become a global player in the recent years and has always some good offer for flights to Dubai. If you are flying with Emirates via Dubai to any other destination, it is easy to plan a stopover of two or three days in Dubai.
The airline has flights from most of the large airports in Europe, Africa, Australia and Asia. As of 2007, flights to the Americas are only offered from New York, Toronto, Houston and Sao Paulo. The service of this airline is known to be among the best in the world. Even economy class passengers can enjoy better meals and more entertainment than on the classic carriers. Emirates has a perfect safety record with no hull loss since its founding in 1985.