Dubai Off The Beaten Path

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    Creek Park
    by IreneMcKay
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    Creek Park
    by IreneMcKay
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    Creek Park
    by IreneMcKay

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    Desert Area - Shindaga Waterfront

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2014

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    A few things had changed for the better on the Shindaga Waterfront Area. One improvement was a section on deserts containing desert animals. The best were the camels, which were just so smiley and cute that I cannot imagine why they have a reputation for being grumpy and bad-tempered. There were also goats and deer.

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    Safa Park

    by IreneMcKay Written Jan 4, 2014

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    We got to Safa Park by taking the metro to Business Bay, taking exit 2 on the far side of the motorway, then catching the S20 feeder bus to the park. There were also buses from Gubhiba Bus Station which may be more frequent. The S20 was not at all frequent.

    Safa Park had an entrance fee of 3AED. It's a large grassy park with lakes, flowers and walkways. It is possible to hire a boat on the lakes. This is a good place to go if you have children or if you are missing greenery. There were good views of the Dubai skyline from the park. On the opposite side of the road from entrance 2 of the park there is a McDonald's and a supermarket.

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    Creek Park

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jan 4, 2014

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    To get to this park by public transport take the metro to Dubai Health Care City and then get on bus C7 which will take you right to the park entrance.

    It cost 5 AED to go into the park. It is open from 8am to 11pm and has no ladies only day. There are various fee paying things inside the park - a dolphinarium, a bird show, children's city and a cable car. We did not visit or use any of these. We had intended to go on the cable car but it was not running for some reason.

    We went for a walk along the side of the creek. There were good views over Dubai and the park had a great family feel to it with school girls feeding the seagulls and paddling in the creek. The park was more popular with locals than tourists and had a lovely atmosphere. A thoroughly enjoyable visit.

    There are barbecue pits available in the park, too.

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    Islamic Look

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    Near Jumeirah Mosque I was attracted by a beautiful building, reflecting the Islamic style.

    I couldn’t decide if it was a school, or a mosque, or both, but, once again, I had the confirmation that we shall never rely exclusively in the promoted highlights, even if visiting time is short for the large top alternatives.

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    Contrasts

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013

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    “Out of the beaten paths” it’s possible to see some contrasting sights of tradition and modernity, hi-tech and improvisation.

    The hidden side of each city is quite often the most authentic, and rather important to those who like to have an independent idea of the visited places.

    Not easy, but possible in Dubai.

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    Jumeirah District

    by machomikemd Written Aug 5, 2013
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    The Jumeirah District lies parallel to the Jumeirah Beach and Jumeirah Beach Road and is one of the most expensive areas to live in Dubai. Jumeirah is the Arabic word that means “burning embers”. This residential community is famous among expats belong to Europe, Pakistan and Philippines. This area is also famous as Europe, little Manila and little Karachi among local population. Due to presence of beaches, alluring walkways and lot of sun shine this area is a favorite choice of European expats. Jumeirah District provides beautiful and comfortable accommodation in low rise private properties like Villas and single homes. Malls also are located in the Jumeirah District like the Palm Strip Mall and the Mercato Mall and Hypermakets like Spinney's and Carrefour. And Don't forget the Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Madinat Jumeirah, Souk Madinat, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Beach hotel too.

    This district is mainly subdivided in to three parts which encompass 3 major parts Jumeirah 1, 2 and 3. Major reason that has made this place so popular among expats is the availability of diverse property types which ranges from highly expensive large villas and detached properties to ordinary simple town houses constructed with diverse architectural designs and available at much affordable prices. This area is also very famous to provide luxurious accommodation to tourists as it has some of the super luxury hotels of Dubai. Community also offers few worth seeing places like Jumeirah Beach and stunning walking area along residential area. People can enjoy ice cream and coffee available at parlors and cafes built on this walkway. Moreover, they can also enjoy shopping all kind of items on small stalls along the side of walking

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    Jebel Ali District

    by machomikemd Written Aug 3, 2013
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    Besides being a part area and the location of the now unfinished Palm Islands Jebel Ali (which is bigger than the finished Palm Island Jumeirah), Jebel Ali District is where the Ibn Batutta Mall is located and the Luxe Movenpick Ibn Batutta Hotel. It is a good 30 kilometers away from Bur Dubai and a 50 minute to 1 hour ride via the Dubai Metro, Jebel Ali District is home to a large number of low rise residential communities and villas and golf courses. This area is the home of many of the middle class and affluent south asian and south east asian expatriates (Indians, Pakistanis, Filipinos, Sri Lankans, Chinese, Koreans, Bangladeshis) who either have residences here or are renting the various villas and condominiums in the district. My friends in Dubai live in this area.

    Nearest Dubai Metro Station is the Ibn Batutta Metro Station.

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    Dubai Ice Rink in Dubai Mall

    by machomikemd Written Aug 2, 2013
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    It makes perfect sense right? since there is no snow in the desert, then how about making an ice rink in an air conditioned mall so that people who have never been in an ice rink or never seen snow or experience chilling winter with snow falls will experience it. (Dubai has a winter season but it does not snow in dubai).

    Since the Dubai Mall prides itself as the world's biggest, then it must have a variety of tenants in its belt to be said that it is a Mega Mall and The Dubai Ice Rink (and the Dubai Aquarium and Underground Zoo) fits this description.

    Admission prices at the Dubai Ice Rinks is AED 55 for a 2 hour session (including the ice skates, plus AED 30 for locker rental.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 12:00 am everyday

    according to their website:

    DUBAI ICE RINK

    Glide into a magical winter wonderland at Dubai Ice Rink. With its larger than life Olympic-size proportions, whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out any time of the year.

    Set your spirit free on ice at Dubai's new sensational Olympic-size ice rink. From those looking to experience ice skating for the first time to those keen to master their skills, Dubai Ice Rink is a destination of endless fun for everyone.

    The Olympic-size ice rink boasts world-class facilities. Whether you want to learn skating, perfect your technique, play ice hockey, socialise with friends or just have a great time, this spectacular venue is the coolest place to hang out, any time of the year.

    adderess: Level 1, Dubai Mall, Doha Street, Downtown Dubai, UAE. Nearest Metro Station is the Burj Khalifa Metro Station.

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    Starbucks Dubai and UAE Souvenirs

    by machomikemd Written Aug 1, 2013
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    Although My favorite collector Items when I travel are fridge magnets and shot glasses, sometimes I collect Starbucks Coffee Mugs too and Here in Dubai, I had a feeling that I must have a starbucks coffee mug from the Arabian Peninsula and heck, there are more than 66 Starbucks Stores all around the Dubai Area and you can buy your favorite Coffee Mug and Plastic Cooler Glass with Straws with different designs too. If you are buying the Dubai and United Arab Emirates Coffee Mugs, they will cost AED 40 for a large one and AED 40 for the Plastic Cooler.

    Branch at Dubai Airport:

    DBX - Dubai Airport Terminal 3 C207

    Terminal 3 Departures
    east wing duty free area
    Dubai, 2525, AE, 042203990

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    Tim Horton's Souvenir

    by machomikemd Written Aug 1, 2013
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    It is Rare that I find Tim Horton's souvenir items as Canada's Famous Coffee House is not that available worldwide, with the exception of the Middle East Region and Parts of the United States and none in the State Of California. But this brand is catching like wildfire in Dubai and other areas in the middle east as It now has more than 20 branches in Dubai alone in a span of just almost 2 years of operation, Hence I must buy a souvenir coffee mug or a souvenir Large Plastic Cooler Glass with cover and Straw and you can buy these souvenir Items at any Tim Horton's Outlets and they cost AED 50 for a coffee mug with a free coffee refill and AED 35 for the large Plastic Cooler Glass.

    You can buy them at:

    DUBAI

    AL WASL

    +971-55-2136-174

    +971-4-3883-149

    DUBAI

    DEIRA CITY CENTRE

    +971-55-2136-879

    +971-4-2981-547

    DUBAI

    DUBAI MALL

    +971-55-2136-678

    +971-4-3253-070

    DUBAI

    DUBAI MALL SECOND FLOOR

    +971-52-9093-282

    +971-4-3882-870

    DUBAI

    OUTLET MALL

    +971-55-2136-880

    DUBAI

    J3 MALL

    +971-55-2136-151

    +971-4-3469-912

    DUBAI

    JBR THE WALK

    +971-55-2136-881

    +971-4-4514-409

    DUBAI

    JUMEIRAH CENTRE

    +971-55-2136-591

    +971-4-3856-516

    DUBAI

    LATIFA TOWER

    +971-55-2136-148

    +971-4-3589-794

    DUBAI

    MARINASCAPE RETAIL

    +971-52-9958-682

    +971-4-4219-097

    DUBAI

    MEADOWS

    +971-55-2136-424

    +971-4-4219-036

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    SHEIKH ZAYED ROAD

    +971-55-2136-834

    +971-4-3861-193

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    Large Filipino Expatriate Population in Dubai 3

    by machomikemd Written Jul 24, 2013
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    part three and final part of my tips with more pictures

    there is a large Filipino Expatriate Population in Dubai numbering around more than 500,000 strong. (the Indians and the Pakistanis have the largest expatriate pooulations in the UAE at 1.5 million and 1 million respectively, followed by filipinos and by decreasing number, egyptians, sri lankans, bangladeshis, indonesians, sudanese, etc.

    called OFW's (Overseas Filipino Workers), they are the life blood of the Philippine economy and you can see a large filipino presence in plain sight in the UAE and Dubai as popular filipino busineses have a foothold in dubai like Chowking Restaurant (yes, chowking is a restaurant in Dubai but locals mostly know it as a chinese restaurant), Jollibee, Max;s Restaurant, Barrio Fiesta, Bench Clothing to name a few. Many Dubai Restaurants and Food Courts offer Filipino foods as part of their offerings and there are even Filipino Newspapers in Dubai

    local philippine products are even avialable at local supermarkets like Spinney's and at convenience stores.

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    Girl Watching at Jumeirah Public Beach

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2013
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    Dubai is really the most liberal among the Arabian States as foreigners are allowed to swim at the assorted Public Beaches in Dubai (Jumeirah Public beach is not the only public beach in dubai, but is the most popular for tourists) and beautiful and sexy expatriate women and tourists are allowed to bath in Jumeirah Public Beach in approprate attire such as a regular two piece bikini (not the thong variety) and the mailotte and many of the tourist buses that have photo stops along the beach have red blooded males like us who have powerful ultrazoom cameras that can take photos and videos of these sexy young things at Jumeirah Public Beach.

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    Girl Watching

    by machomikemd Written Jul 23, 2013
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    Well, dubai is a cosmopolitan city and most of the people here are expatriate workers and lots of tourists like us hence if you love girl watching, this is the place to be. off course, girl watching activities are for fellow beautiful tourists and expatriates as local emirati women are all clothed in abayas, niqab and hijab.

    if you have a powerful optical zoom camera or a pocket ultra zoom camera like me, then you can take all the pictures you want of the beautiful girls in dubai hehehe.

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    One Big Auto Show on the Streets of Dubai

    by machomikemd Written Jul 22, 2013
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    If you are an auto show afficionado and love to go to international auto show in you country, you would be surprised that Dubai like is one huge auto show and you can see lots of auto eye candy for the auto enthusiasts as dubai has the combination of cheap fuel, low international taxes and lots of rich foreign expatriates and these translates to various car eye candy in the streets, the highways, the parking lots, the valet services at hotels and big shopping malls.

    you would see lots of cool and expensive cars like ferraris, porches, bugattis, lamborghinis, rolls royce, alpha romeos, BMW's, Mercedes Benzes, Bentley's, Hummers and a lot more.

    you can take tons of pictures of these cool cars as you want.

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    Shisha (or Hookah) Flavored Water Pipe Smoking

    by machomikemd Written Jul 22, 2013
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    One Major factor of why the Middle east is a strong bastion of the tobacco industry worldwide is that this is the place where the tradition of water pipe smoking originated. When the europeans introduced tobacco smoking to the arabs in the middle ages, local arab physicians invented a way to filter the tobacco they smoke and flavor it as to mask the bad aftertast of tobacce and like they say, the rest is history.

    The Shisha was invented in the 12th century they say. Here in Dubai and in the Arab World, people smoke waterpipe as part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose hookah, and sometimes even triple or quadruple hose hookahs in the forms of parties or small get-togethers are used. When the smoker is finished, either the hose is placed back on the table signifying that it is available, or it is handed from one user to the next, folded back on itself so that the mouthpiece is not pointing at the recipient.

    you can try shisha smoking for free if you are booked in a desert safari or at the various hookah/shisha bars in Dubai for a fee off course.

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