XVA Hotel

Bastakiya, P.O. Box 37304, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
XVA Art Hotel
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Take a stroll in the Bastakiya Quarter

by xuessium

With its labyrinthine lanes lined with traditional wind-tower architecture, the old Bastakiya Quarter on the waterfront east of Bur Dubai Souk is a wonderful place to spend some time in....especially for historical and architectural buffs. And for folks who loves photography, this is one great place to catch shadows and contrasts and play with lines and curves.

The entire area is immaculately clean and orderly. It is so immaculate that it was one of those place you wouldn't want to shatter the uppity image. Since being restored, the Quarter is now home to swanky restaurants, lawyer firms, societies, art galleries and fanciful boutique hotels. Yes, I have heard criticisms that the old soul of the place had been lost but coming in with no historical baggage, I found myself enjoying the place immensely. '

The winding lanes were drawing wind in so the place was lovingly cool and breezy. At 5pm in the day, it was strangely devoid of other tourists and mercifully quiet and serene. I had spots all to myself and that wasn't always easily available in Dubai!

I found myself visiting various places in the Quarter. I checked out art exhibitions in the swanky XVA Hotel and took a most wonderful exploration of another restored windtower building, courtesy of the home of the Architectural Heritage Society.


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walking dubai

by shh_silence

I read a comment that dubai is not pedestrian friendly , and i was planning
while visiting walking most parts , i love to explore cities on foot , so would that be a problem? a big risk of being killed heheheh ?
by the way i did not plan the trip yet , but would love VTERS who love walking (not in malls ) if they have time to explore the old and new cities by foot to show me around , the more we are the best it is .
how much time do i need from bur dubai to ras el khaimeh? and what is the best transportation ?
will bombard you with the rest of my question later lol .

Re: walking dubai

by iammon

I guess it depends on what time of the year you go....we normally like to walk as you can see much more however walking along streets in Dubai can be simply too hot and I love the heat. Luckily the busstops are air conditioned...there you can make stops :-) At night we had no problems walking around.

Re: walking dubai

by colin_bramso

I know many people say Dubai is not pedestrian friendly but I disagree. There are footpaths everywhere and walking around the original city areas of Bur Dubai and Deira is easy. New Dubai is different simply because of the distances involved, although walking around individual developments (such as Dubai Marina and the Burj Dubai area) is easy and good.

The weather is the problem because summer is just too hot and humid for walking but between October and May the weather is good for walking.

Re: walking dubai

by gokhale

This is a wrong impression. Dubai is deffinately pedistrain friendly.


Re: walking dubai

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

Well as replied, many parts of Dubai are very open to pedestrians and walking around. In Deira side, Dubai creek, Gold Souk and adjacent areas are great for walking. Similarly in Bur Dubai. Abra connecting this two places is the best way to have a walking experience in Deira and Bur Dubai (After getting off from Abra :-). Ras Al-Khaimah Buses are available in Deira Taxi station@!!

Travel Tips for Dubai

Scuba Diving in Dubai :-)

by 37SingleMaleInDubai1

Scuba Diving

Dubai combines excitement for advanced divers with safety for beginners.

P.A.D.I. (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and B.S.A.C. (British Sub Aqua Club) approved instruction available at beginners, intermediate and advanced levels.

May to October is so warm that no wetsuits are needed, 3mm suits are comfortable for the Rest of the year.

Many submerged wrecks attract startling array of vivid tropical fish and make for fascinating diving.

Coral and Reef diving in the sheltered waters of the Gulf of Oman offers a chance to see Harmless shark rays and other exotic species.

All Dubai scuba companies organize dives in both the Gulf and East Coast waters.


Scuba International (PADI 5 star Instructor Development Center)
P.O.Box: 30591, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3937557 . Fax: 3937883
Course: PADI diving courses from open Water to IDC, TDI technical diving courses and Nitrox fill.
Diving: East coast diving trips available from Korfakkan and Dibba, Mussandam Diving trips from Khasab.
Level: Beginners to instructors including the full range of PADI courses
Language: English.

Inner Space Diving Centre L.L.C. (PADI 5 Star Dive Center)
P.O.Box: 23520, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3937775 . Fax: 3939391
Courses: PADI courses,
Discover Dubai: Total Care Rebreather
Center-Drager Rebreather Courses, Discover Rebreather,
IANTD, facility Courses in Nitrox, Technical Diving, Divers Alert, Network ( DAN ) Handicapped Scuba Association courses,
Level: Entry level to instructors.
Languages: English, Arabic, Faris and Hindi.

Dubai Sports Diving Club (BSAC 1339)
P.O.Box 11403, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel/ Fax; 9714-3439926
The club is primarily for members Only, but qualified diving visitors are also welcome. Scubatec Diving Center (PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center)
P.O.Box 33944, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3348988 . Fax: 3366461
Courses: Open Water Diver, Advance Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, Medic First Aid Dan 02 Provider, Dive Master, Specialty Courses: Master Diver, Assistant Instructor, Instructor, Development course, master Diver Trainer

Scuba Dubai
P.O.Box 51753, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: (9714)-3314014 . Fax: 3328026
Courses: PADI, BSAC, TDI
Level: All levels
Language: English, German, French, Russian

Al BOOM Marine - Diving Unlimited
P.O.Box 30439, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3941267 . Fax: 3941276
Courses: Open water to assistant instructor (including specialties) discover scuba and Discover scuba diving ( try dives).

Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa
P.O.Box 5182, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3461111 . Fax: 3460234
Fun Sports PADI diving courses available.

Jebel Ali Hotel and Golf Resort
P.O.Box: 9255, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: (9714-88366000) . Fax: 8837084 / 8835543
The club is the only operator on the west cost offering snorkeling trips for beginners to Experienced, with supply of all equipment and refreshments.

Metro Politan Resort and Beach Club
P.O.Box: 24454, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3995000 . Fax: 3994547
Fun Sports PADI diving courses available.

Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort and Marina
P.O.Box 24883, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3993333 . Fax: 3993000

Royal Mirage Jumeira Beach Dubai
P.O.Box; 37252, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3999999 . Fax: 3999998
PADI diving courses available.

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel
P.O.Box 11416, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3480000 . Fax: 3482273
Snorkeling discover scuba and open water diving courses, including specialty courses Such as night diver, reef diver and rescue diver.

The Ritz Carlton, Dubai
P.O.Box 26525, Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: 9714-3994000 . Fax: 3994001
Scuba Diving available.

Digitals and Electronics

by Erkmen about City Center, Carrefour and Duty Free

When I was in dubai, I was expecting a shopping paradise, however I must admit that I am a bit disappointed.

The prices of electronics and Cameras vary each and every store. Generally cellphones, digital cameras, Playstation II, DVD and Home theater systems are cheaper..

You can make your electronics shopping at City center Shopping mall or at Dubai Duty free center.. If you want to buy digital Camera Dubai duty free has the best prices...

If you want to buy cellphones, The phones at carrefour are cheaper.. Also the Playstation II

If you want to buy DVD or Home theater systems, try the second floor of City Center. (City Center is a shopping mall) Near the food center of second floor there is a shop for electronics and watch out for the campaigns Cellphones are around 30% cheaper due to zero tax..

Digital Cameras vary from 400- 800 USD... But cheaper than it is in Europe..

If you catch a good campaign, you will pay almost nothing for DVDs and home theaters


by Siddha3th about THE BLUE BAR

Uber-chic in its decor, and very tasteful with its lighting, The Blue Bar is a laid-back haven for sexy Thursday nights. This place has a very cool wine list, which somehow seems more suited to the surroundings than ordering the usual pint :) Most importantly, they've get a stellar cast of session musicians to come down and lay down the blues/ jazz up the place on Wednesday & Thursday nights. Very intoxicating. Very blue. You don't have to dress up, but the jeans and sneakers aren't recommended either!

Tourist thing to do

by thenewguy about Hard Rock Cafe

In Dubai one wouldn't necessarily think first of going to the Hard Rock Cafe. But we were collecting the City Shirt and wanted to make sure we had the Dubai city shirt. So we arrived late on Sunday and there was still a crowd. The menu seemed the same as all the other Hard Rocks with the exception that the pullled pork was not on the menu.
We had the Salads, one half Haystack and one half Cobb salad. Also the Chocolate Shake. Let me say the best things were the desserts. Maybe it's just Dubai being a rather overpriced locale in my mind, but I thought the total billl of 93 Dirhams was quite high for a small meal. I can definitely say our waitress was really friendly and took lots of time talking to us so it was educational. I found the workers here, as well as all of Dubai to be very service oriented. desserts


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