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    Real city

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Dubai

    Favorite thing: 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.

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    Discreet quarters

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Favorite thing: In a city where everything needs to be the bigger, the most outstanding, the most expensive, it's possible to see some quarters in construction (of course!) but... out of context.

    They are modest, though carefully planned with interesting architecture.

    Already aiming to middle price segment???

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    Mixing

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Favorite thing: Nationalities, cultures, styles, everything is mixing in Dubai. To attract people is the goal, and everybody searching for an opportunity may have his chance. Construction grows everywhere, the balance between tradition and modernity is seriously compromised.

    I don't really know if the Dubai that I left was the same that I met two weeks before, or something different.

    I don't know if I can recognize Dubai if and when I will visit again.

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    Fish market and metro station

    by dtourplanners Written Oct 9, 2013
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    Favorite thing: I enjoyed working going to the fish market to see different species of fishes, and i learn how to make pepper soup with Shark fish.

    It is a place you will love to be, where you get all - i mean diff. classes and kinds of aquatic food

    Fondest memory: Bur Dubai mall, the wood works there in

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    Swimming In Dubai

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Swimming is a really popular activity in Dubai due to the weather and the arid desert conditions. Dubai has other public beaches besides the famous Jumeirah Beach near the Burj Al Arab, there is also the so called Russian Beach (the jumeirah public beach side) just after passing the Burj Al Arab, the Al Mamzar Public Beach in Deira and the Burj Beach, which is the strip of Jumeirah Beach near the Burj Al Arab (jumeirah public beach facing the burj al arab). Other beaches are the Jumeirah Beach Resort Beaches, Jebel Ali Public Beach. Private Beaches are found in the Palm Jumeirah Island where you have to be a guest of the house owners or the condominium owners or a paying guest at the Atlantis Resort Aquaventure.

    just be careful as their are strong riptides at the beaches.

    There are tons of swimming pools and water parks too, like the Wild Wadi Waterpark and the Aquaventure.

    Fondest memory: regular Bikinis are allowed but thongs and string bikinis are not allowed for women nor skinny dipping. swimming in briefs are not allowed for men.

    There are public beach toilets and changing rooms and public life guards available.

    Just don't forget to bring your Sun Tans as lip balms and your own towels at the public beaches.

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    Free Dubai Pullout Maps

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: being a prime tourist destination and a thriving tourist industry, Dubai has many tour brouchures and pull out maps that you can get for free when you arrive at the Dubai International Airport and at the various malls, where there are tourism desks availabe, manned by friendly staff. you can also get free brochures and pull out maps from the local hotel, hotel apartments, guest inns that you are staying, also free and they have an overload of information and advertisement on the assorted commercial establishments to be found in Dubai.

    Fondest memory: Another option will be downloading the Dubai Maps from your smartphone via Google Maps or via Apple Maps if you have the current Apple Iphone 5 phone. Plus activate the gps locator, so that you would know where you are and will not get lost. You can download the maps at the free wifi areas in coffee shops (provided you are a paying customer) or if your hotel offers free wifi service. As roaming data rates for mobile internet is very expensive here.

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    Dubai International Airport Smoking Lounges

    by machomikemd Written Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Did you noticed that the heading of this tip is Dubai Smoking Lounges (with an "s"), why? again I will reiterate that the middle east is the birthplace of the shisha/hooking water pipe smoking and smoking is not only a recreation in the middle east but is included in the culture too. That is why even in the Dubai International Airport, there are several Smoking Lounges for smokers, instead of just one or two or even none at other international airports in the world.

    Fondest memory: The whole middle east is a smoker's paradise and if some countries like in jordan or egypt, you can even smoke inside air conditioned malls and they even has ash trays inside. Smoking in Dubai is very popular but unlike in other middle eastern countries, they don;t allow smoking inside aiconditioned malls and restaurants and even in some hotel rooms. There are many public garbage bins that have ash trays and separate trays for disposing cigarette butts.

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    Dubai Weather

    by machomikemd Written Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Dubai is located in the Arabian Desert and we all know that desert areas have extreme temperatures. The United Arab Emirates, including Dubai only has two seasons, summer and winter. Summer Season starts around mid April. The temperature is around 30-32C till end April. Then it gradually starts increasing. So during June to October the temperature will vary from 35 – 40C. This is the extremely hot season of the year. Also, there are days where the temperature could go up to 55 C. Winter Season in the UAE starts around the beginning of November. Dubai weather changes from extremely hot and humid to nice and cool days starting in November. Temperature could drop from 33C to 20C during this month. December to January is the peak of winter. Temperature could drop to 15C during the daytime.

    Fondest memory: they say that the best time to visit dubai is from November to April, the Official WInter Season.

    Also, the Huge Desert Dust Storms that you see in Mission Impossible 4 Movie by Tom Cruise is an exagerration! Desert Dust Storms here in Dubai Doesn't go That High in Length.

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    Entertainer Dubai Discount Coupons

    by machomikemd Written Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: If you will be staying for more than a week or even more than a month in dubai and would want to save on assorted items ranging from deep discounts from restaurants, buy one take one on assorted attractions, happy hour rates on drinks on bars, discounts on hotels, discounts on sports activities such as golf, then buy an Entertainer Dubai Coupon Booklet!

    they are available at the major shopping malls and one thick coupon booklet will cost AED 395. It will contain tons of coupons that you can use. They also have coupons that can be used at establishments on the other emirates.

    website: www.theentertainerme.com/books/dubai/ý
    telephone number: +971 4 427 9575

    BUT THE BEST WAY TO GET FREE COUPONS IS TO ASK YOUR LOCAL EXPATRIATE FRIEND FOR A FEW COUPONS THAT YOU CAN USE. as many expatriates also buy these coupon booklets so that they can save a lot when dining out or hanging at bars and other sports activities.

    Fondest memory: according to their website:

    Book Overview

    Experience Dubai with over 1,500 buy one get one free vouchers to all your favourite casual restaurants, cafes,water parks, golf courses, attractions, and so much more. With 3 vouchers per merchant, you can visit our partners more than just once or include your family and friends in the 2 for 1 fun.

    The Entertainer Dubai book could save you up to AED 175,000 this year! Try us to see how.

    Or simply buy the book, because after only few uses, the book will pay for itself. Now that's something to smile about.

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    Tour Companies in Dubai

    by machomikemd Written Jul 24, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Since Dubai is a major destination in the Middle East and there are a lot of things to do and experience and a lot of man made attractions like the Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah, Assorted Souks, Large shopping malls to name a few. There are tons of local tour companies offering assorted half-day, whole day, multi-day, night tours, shopping tours and more around Dubai and in Other Emirates and even the Mussandam Peninsula in Oman.

    The Best Deal here is that you can book your tour at the hotel you are staying as most of the hotels and hotel apartments in Dubai have assorted tour brochures and telephone numbers of the various tour companies, all you have to do is tell the front desk and they will happily call your preferred tour company and book your tour and you will jus pay the tour bus or private van conductor who will fetch you for your particular tour.

    Fondest memory: there are lots of tour companies to choose from.

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    The Keffiyeh

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 23, 2013

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    Favorite thing: This will be my general tips of the keffiyeh

    We have to thank the late PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat for making the Keffiyeh popular worldwide. Keffiyeh was already a popular head gear in the middle east, worn by local arabs, bedouins and kurds for centuries altough it's was not widespread in use until the 1960's when Yasser Arafat was using it and the keffiyeh caught on. even American Soldiers use the Keffiyeh.

    The keffiyeh is a traditional arab head gear that can be used as a scarf too.The Keffiyeh provides protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand and nowaday's is also use a a piece of fashion and also as souvenirs for tourists.

    There are different colors and patterns for the keffiyeh and different materials too.

    according to wikipedia:

    The keffiyeh, especially the all-white version, can also be called a ghutrah, particularly in Arabian Peninsula (where the skullcap is called keffiyeh), but is also known in some areas as shemagh or ḥaṭṭah:
    Ordinary keffiyeh: a piece of white/orange/black cloth made from wool and cotton worn primarily by the Palestinians.
    Shemagh: a piece of cloth, usually made of cotton or flax and decorated with many colors but usually by red and white worn primarily by the Jordanians.
    Ghutrah: a piece of white cloth made of cotton mild, worn in western Iraq and by the Arabs in the Gulf states.

    Fondest memory: you can buy different kinds of keffiyeh for use at the desert safari or as a souvenir.

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    Islamic Women Covering

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 23, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Arabian Women can dress whatever they want like short skirts, shorts, sleeveless shirts, provided that they were the approved Islamic Gown that covers most of their bodies and the hair. types of wear include the Hijab, Niqab, Burqa Chador and the Abaya. The Abaya is the most prevalent women's covering in the Arabian Peninsula and the local Emirati Women wear them. Traditional abayat are black and may be either a large square of fabric draped from the shoulders or head or a long caftan. The abaya covers the whole body except the face, feet, and hands. It can be worn with the niqâb, a face veil covering all but the eyes. Some women choose to wear long black gloves, so their hands are covered as well.

    You would know if the Muslim Lady is Arabic or is from a Different Muslim Country on the Type of Islamic Dress they wear.

    again local emiratis wear the Abaya, Other foreign Muslim Woman living in Dubai wear the Niqab or the Hijab or Chador.

    Fondest memory: non muslims can enter some mosques, they are provided an abaya or a chador in the entrance of the mosques here in the United Arab Emirates

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    Arabian Men Clothing (Thawb)

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2013
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    Favorite thing: The Thawb what the Traditional Local Emirati and other Arabs wear in the Middle East ( I will do a separate tip for the head gear (keffiyeh)). The Thawd is a long flowing robe like tunic, which is used as daily wear by the arabs and is made of cotton or wool. The style of the thawb varies slightly among the various regions within the Persian Gulf. The sleeves and the collar can be stiffened to give a more formal appearance. You can wear a thawb and a keffiyeh for free on a desert safari (I will have separate tips for it).

    The Thawb is also worn over male tourists with shorts and sleeveless shirts if they are visiting a mosque that is allowed for visit to tourists.

    for formal occasions, local emiratis and other arabs put a long black robe around the thawb, called a besht, to make the wearer more formal.

    Fondest memory: wearing a thawb and a keffiyeh

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    Phone Roaming Rates in Dubai

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2013
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    Favorite thing: If you wil be staying just a few days to a week in The United Arab Emirates, like in Dubai, you can just use the local hotel phone to call a tour agency or a friend or a taxi or a restaurant reservation, etc as average calls from hotel rooms costs AED 3 per call (including calls to mobile phones). Which is way cheaper than the roaming rates that the Mobile Phone Companies like Etisalat, DU, Vodaphone, etc. charges 11 AED per minute if you make local calls here via roaming and outside country calls. Recieving calls are charged 7 AED per minute and sending SMS messages at 2 AED pers message sent (free if recieving sms message) and data per use if using 3G or LTE internet is 1 AED per 50 kilobyte used.

    You can also buy prepaid sim cards of any local mobile phone company in dubai and the sim cards cost AED 49 (with free AED 20 credits) and you can reload credits by buying more prepaid cards in AED 20, 50, 100 and 200 denominations.

    local calls per second is charrged 1 fils in prepaid phone line and per sms message sent is charged 18 fils (100 fils- 1 AED)

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    Apartments and Condominium for expatriates

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2013
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    Favorite thing: Like what I've said many times, Dubai's population is majority expatriates, divided into the non skilled workers and are mostly south asians, africans and egyptians and the skilled workers, mostly south east asians, europeans, latin americans and north americans and the non skilled workers moslty live in on site construction apartments and the skilled workers usually rent condominiums and apartments from the government owned condominiums of from local emiratis.

    Apartments and condominiums come in studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom units and prices vary on the location.

    an example: average yearly price of a 2 bedroom apartment in Jebel Ali area near Ibn Batutta Mall is 90,000-120,000 AED a year, including electricity and water.

    Fondest memory: dubai has lots of apartment villas and condominium units for rent for the large skilled expatriate population.

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