Abu Manara Mosque
The Abu Manara Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. The Abu Manara Mosque project started in the second quarter of 2005 and was completed in the first quarter of 2006.This mosque was built for a member of the royal family.
You can watch my high resolution photo of Dubai on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 25° 10' 1.48" N 55° 12' 40.13" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Abu Manara Mosque.
GITEX, the most awaited IT Exhibition
GITEX is an IT exhibition to show the growth of the IT industry with the latest technology from international IT suppliers.
GITEX is usually take place in two locations. World Trade Center and Airport expo Dubai. World Trade Center is location for most of international suppliers and manufactures to display and present their latest technology. And if you are not keen to IT latest news, but fancy to use their latest product…..(err….read: shopping), go to airport area. The event usually offers the good prices during the exhibition season. Also, the good bargain is usually spread out to almost all electronic shops in Dubai. So fellow, it’s time to shop your latest gadget dream.
For visitors, there is entrance fee. You can register online, then collect your ID badge and pay the entrance fee in the registration section.
Check the event time, schedule and venue at website
- Business Travel
40 Floor ride of your life!
Emirate Towers are twin hotels in the centre of the commercial District. Very plush inside, go reasonably smart and take the lift. This is one ride you won't want to miss.
The lift will speed you 40 floor in the glass elevator to open up views across Dubai to the ocean. If not a little frightening it's fantastic!
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Day trip to Sharjah
A trip to Sharjah is a great day (or half day) trip from DUbai. The distance is very convenient and - depending on the traffic - it can take you from 20 minutes to over an hour. There is an interesting heritage area, an old souq (apparently the oldest souq in the emirates) and the blue souq. This souq in particular is stunning: it's in arabic style all covered with blue tiles.
It's less chaotic than Dubai and more conservative. You won't find alcohol, shish or swimsuits on the beach. I would not suggest staying overnight, but a visit, even a short one, can be very refreshing: here you will find a lot of opulence and very little tackiness.
It's possible to reach Sharjah by bus or even by share taxis. They leave from a corner near the Bur Dubai bus station. Just look out for a large group of men in traditional white dress, hanging about and looking like they're just wasting the day away. They are not: they are your cab drivers.
Danat Dubai Dinner Cruise
There are many romantic dinner cruises operating daily in Dubai creek. Usually they are of two hours duration from 8 - 10 p.m. Guests are welcomed on board with hot towel and welcome drinks.
There is live commentary by captain who usually gives information about Dubai. Dinner is served in buffet style. Unlimited alcoholic and other drinks are also served. You can enjoy views of city from open air upper deck. Many people like to take photographs while other just enjoy the views of Dubai at night time.
The trip starts from Bur Dubai side of the creek crossing Rashid Al Makhtoom bridge and entering Deira. Cost per person for two hour cruise usually ranges between AED 125 ($ 35) and AED 250 ($ 70 appox) . Some cruisers also cover Arabian gulf apart from Dubai Creek.
One of them is "Danat Dubai Cruises". They have got this nice three story cruiser with nice restaurant and large open air seating n dinning facility. Their crew is very friendly but i did not liked their food despite the fact it was from Renaissance Dubai Hotel which is a five star hotel and member of Marriott hotels chain.
Their charges were AED 125 ( $ 35 appox ) per person but special discounts were available for groups and families. After ride of creek they took us to Arabian gulf and that too quite far away from city. The worst part started when suddenly there was sea storm and cruiser was shaking badly. All of their buffet items also fell down. Most of people got fainted. Kids and ladies were crying so they were ordered to go inside the restaurant.
Captain was talented enough that he managed to turn back and every one was relaxed when we were back to Dubai creek. But it was fun so try it next time when you are in Dubai. I have mentioned Danat Dubai's telephone and fax numbers for your help here.
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Raise your blood pressure (on the dunes)
Take a day trip out of Dubai to the desert for a heart-stopping 4 X 4 thrill ride over the sand dunes. The tour company will pick you up in Dubai, in the 4 X 4 you will ride over the dunes in, and then drive you and your companions for about an hour out of the city. Once you reach the dune area, the tires of the 4 X 4 are deflated, and off you go! Up and over dunes, sliding downward, *sideways*, gunning it up a steep dune and hurtling over the sandy lip atop it....
When you think your bladder can't take it anymore, the driver stops for a photo op, and then off you go back to the tire-filling pump. To end the trip, many tours take you to a barbecue dinner at a bedouin "village." There you can ride a camel, watch a belly-dancing performance, get a henna design painted on you, and have your picture taken in traditional dress. Of course this is not a real village, but is just for show. Or maybe "shows."
On the road from Dubai to Hatta..there's this little place where you can ride quad bikes over the sand dunes. Fantastic experience! A smaller quad bike (for one) costs about Dhs. 60 an hour and the bigger one is about Dhs. 150. You can also rent them for half an hour.
You can also sand ski here. Sand skiing involves riding something like a snowboard down a sand dune.
Dhows (old cargo ships) on the Creek
Although you’ll always see some skyscraper in the background, the Deira side of Dubai’s old town is surely the best to see a more traditional side of Dubai. Not only all the souks give you an idea of pre-boom Dubai. What I would like to recommend is a short walk along the Creek between the two Abra stations (Old Souk and Sabkha). Here, archaic, wooden cargo ships are being offloaded. The goods you see here are not those you’ll find in the shopping malls. Here, you see cheap far-eastern household products as feel as some food and spices for the nearby shops. Don’t expect it to be too traditional as most stuff comes in boxes. But it’s apart of the Creek you won’t find in many tourists guides. Be careful, as it is a working harbour and not a purpose-built tourist attraction, and see one of the most authentic parts of the city.
Walk like an Emirati
In and around the United Arab Emirates, (UAE) there a numerous road trips and desert trails which take you to a mirage of different landscapes. People automatically presume that being in the desert, we only have sand dunes and dust surrounding us, but no so. There is an abundance of oasis's and large rock mountains (as shown in the pic).
This photo was taken when my family and I went on a road trip to a place called Hatta(That is not me in the photo).
The Hatta heritage village is constructed around an old settlement and is a recreation of a traditional mountain village set in an oasis. The village helps you discover the old world charm of barasti (palm leaves) and mud houses. There's a large central fort and tower which overlooks the village. Other added attractions are falaj, an oasis and vegetated seating areas where you can cool your heels.
Signs in Arabic and English will guide visitors to various sections of the site which includes an old mosque dating back 200 years and the Al Husen Majlis, where the governor of the village received guests and visitors.
It is also worth while popping into to the Hatta Fort Hotel, which is very down to earth and relaxed. (By down to earth I don’t mean dump!) It is a different feel from Dubai and you won’t feel like a fashion alien if you walk around the grounds in shorts and a t-shirts. Lunch by the pool is also lovely and if you have kids with you, make sure you pack their costumes for the trip, because there won’t be much of a chance to hold them back once they see the pool!!
This drive takes about 1hour 1/2, and has beautiful views all the way through if you go off road and do it in a 4x4 (a must) , otherwise you will be restricted to the vivid colours of tarmac!
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- Historical Travel
Go to the beach
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.
A desert trip
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
Although a major attraction in Dubai, the desert safari is far from a tourist trap. It is a most enjoyable experience that is better than any roller coaster ride! I utilised Alpha Tours, which was excellent. A jeep will pick you and other passengers in Dubai (4-6 per car) and will drive about 45 minutes into the desert until you reach the real breathtaking sand dune desert. As soon as all the cars have assembled (and some photos taken), the jeeps will start trecking on the dunes... AMAZING! ... The evening will end at a camp located in the middle of the desert, with an Arabic dinner, camel rides and yes, a belly dancer. Alpha Tours is one of numerous tour operators in Dubai. All tour operators offer choices of half day, overnight, and multi-day safaris. I found the 5-6 hour one quite sufficient (from 3:30pm until 9pm). For additional photos, check out the travelogue Desert Safari
LITTLE GEM - XVA GALLERY FILM SCREENINGS
When it rains, it pretty much pours, doesn't it? For years a cinematic desert, quite literally, Dubai has suddenly sprung to life with little pockets of underground film movements. The XVA Gallery - owned by a lovely Swiss woman, can lay claim to hosting the most picture-perfect of these, its beautiful mud and brick-lime walls lending themselves perfectly to film being filtered through the projection screen. Without losing any sheen off its art gallery status.
The setting's wonderful - a heritage villa in the old Bastakiya Quarter by the creek. You'll have to lose yourself in the area's small, winding lanes to get there, but a thin curtain of shimmery beads will let you know you've arrived. The Gallery's central courtyard, flanked by lanterns and charming little knick-knacks, is suitably decked with simple couches and chairs for people to enjoy the film comfortably. And you can order some food to go with your film, from the gallery assistants nearby.
The cinema showcased here isn't really indie or alternative, but still pretty left of the middle to keep your interest sustained. A wednesday evening shindig, this is a nice way to spend a couple of hours during Dubai's lovely post-summer weather.
- Arts and Culture
- Theater Travel
Privilege Discount Card
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.
It's actually not a museum...it's a warehouse...a huge hall with a labyrinth of anything/everything that you can imagine! If you need a souvenir, a gift, pashmina scarf, a bed cover, a cushion cover, an arabic lamp, a waterpipe, a rosewood chest...you can find absolutely EVERYTHING there!
It's very hard to find...most of us get lost and can't find it the first couple of times. So just call that number and they will explain to you how to find it.
Remember to go there with a lot of patience (you easily spend 2 hours there) and bargaining skills...
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