If you book holidays package with Emirates holidays then you would get a complimentary kit by Arabian Adventures on your arrival at Dubai. It also includes privilege discount card. Card holders can get attactive discounts at many leading shopping malls.
Along with discount card comes a huge detailed map of Dubai which is a must for every tourist. This map gives exact details of each and every corner of Dubai along with road names.
If card holders return this discount card to Arabian Adventure people on their trip back to home country then they can also win grand prizes through regular lucky draws. I have used this discount card and got good discounts at main shopping malls.
Discount cards are very popular in Dubai and you can save a lot by using them at the right place. One of them is issued by Wafi City. This discount pass is complimentary for tourists who take big bus tour. The big bus tour starts from Wafi Ciy so discount card atracts tourist to shop or dine at Wafi City and get some good discounts.
See the White Sand off in the distance. This is the Palm being built; a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree. Homes will be built here (they were sold out in 3 days); malls; etc. A second palm is also underway. It is amazing to watch this being built. The sand is brought up from the bottom of the sea and "blown" onto the island.
If you just want to relax and watch the world go by, then I can recommend Creekside Park. There is actually a 5 Dhs entrance fee to get into the park itself. The park is well kept, lots of benches and green grass and there are also places where you can barbecue. If you want some exercise it is possible to rent bikes inside the park and you can get bikes that are made for two or 4 people.
There are many tour operators that offer trips out to the desert. We hooked up with a company called Lama Tours and we were picked up from the hotel one day to go on a trip. The car that we drove in was a Toyota Landcruiser (these cars seems to be very popular for this purpose) and we were 7 in the car including the driver. First we drove out of Dubai to find some big sand dunes. The driver then reduced the air pressure in the tires and we drove of. It was a fun ride but very, very bumpy. In fact we saw a person in another car that got really sick and that had to throw up after a while. We stopped in between and we saw another tour group trying out sand skiing. It is quite amazing to look towards the horizon and see sand dune after sand dune. In this landscape that I’m not used to I find it really difficult to tell the distance to or height of the next sand dune. Let’s just hope that I never get lost in the desert.
When the sun set we stopped to look at that and we later drove to a camp. There was quite a lot of activities there and the good spirits got even higher when people discovered that they sold alcohol there. First of all we were allowed to go for a short camel ride. In the camp itself it was possible to get a henna tattoo, dress up in traditional outfits, smoke a shisha pipe and watch some belly dancing (and even participate). In the end we got a meal from the barbeque
There seems to be many nice beaches along the coast and we went to one of the nearest beaches called the Jumeira Beach Corniche. The beach was really nice and the water was clear. Quite amazing considering that the dry docks of Dubai are not that far away. The water was not as warm as I had expected but I guess we have to take into consideration that it is spring. I would guess that the water temperature was a bit above 20 degrees. If you want to go further out of town it is possible to visit the Jumeira beach park. But remember that they have “Women only” days in this park so check before you go. And if you go even further you will reach the area where Jumeirah Beach hotel and Burj Al Arab is located.
If you happen to go past the Marriott hotel in Deira, go in and walk up the stairs to the lobby. This area has been decorated like a garden and the ceiling is a huge glass dome that is definitely worth a look.
Abu Dhabi is less than 2 hours drive from Dubai. It looks like a brand new city with huge malls, buildings and beautifuls beach way. The journey by luxary bus is comfortable and exciting.
Most tourist take pictures of camels, buy camel souvenirs, or take short camel rides...
but nothing beats to hugging one...
try it next time you go to UAE
We found this mini ice cream lady inside the Deira City Centre inside the Magic Planet on the first floor.
For us it was the first we saw this, it can be fun for your kids!!!