Dubai Travel Guide

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Dubai Highlights

  • Pro
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     Year-round sunshine, futuristic architecture, opulent malls. 

  • Con
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     Artificial (but you can't help to like it!) 

  • In a nutshell
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     If you want great shopping, great hotels, great things to do, and fascinating street-life, and a cosmopolitan atmosphere, Dubai's a great choice! 

Dubai Things to Do

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  • Desert Safari

    While most people told me to choose any company since they are all the same, I now know better. I chose Arabian Adventures and regretted. It was chaotic and we did not get much while there were many other tours which offered a better deal. You are entitled to be picked up and dropped at your hotel or your chosen destination; one welcome drink and...

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  • Burj Khalifa

    Burj meaning Tower and Khalifa is the name of the President of the U.A.E. -- is the name given to the tallest tower in the world. It is 829.8 m tall, 2722 feet!,One can visit the 124 th floor of this towering building for a fee. If booked online the entrance fee is 130 aed per person, but if you book without a prior booking directly then it is as...

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  • Souqs

    The poorest souk in Dubai is the cloths area - it's easy to understand, that, with so many malls and brands around, things are not favorable to traditional commerce in this area. Maybe for locals, but... who are them? where are they? In the malls, like everybody else, of course

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Dubai Hotels

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Dubai Restaurants

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  • Don't miss the way they juggle/toss...

    To be very frank I was not very impressed with the flavors that they had to offer... but I simply, thoroughly enjoyed the juggling and tossing of the ice creams that they do continuously there. I had a vanilla which was the only flavor that I liked. I tasted all the others but didn't like them for I found them too sweet.

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  • Dinner Cruise

    There are several starting points and several prices to this dinner, announced as one of Dubai's highlights. We bought it in our hotel, by the regular price (I think), with the advantage of transfers both ways.The sights are not so gorgeous as expected, and the dinner is nothing special... as expected. Anyway, we had to dine each day, the quality...

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  • Luxe French Bakery and Restaurant

    You would know that even though there is a proliferation of Coffee Shops and Bakery Restaurants in Dubai like Tim Horton's Starbucks, Costa Coffee, Black Canyon Coffee, etc, there is still a market for the more upscale french bakery and restaurant kind the the Paul International Boulangerie Represents. They have 10 branches around Dubai and the...

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Dubai Nightlife

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  • NIGHTTIME

    Hey Everyone, since i got only 2 nights in dubai (business) i didn't have a chance to visit a lot of places,but i did visit one club (AMIKA DUBAI) and i'm in love with it since i love small capacities club and i feel confortable with that, the clubbing experience was totally different from what i expect, totally amazing ambience and beautiful crowd...

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  • Live

    In the heat of summer, the "cool" nights around 40º Celsius, are the best time to peep outside. The show is prepared, and the photogenic elements illuminated for your delight. Burj al Arab is a must, of course, but even beach and pool seem cooler.

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  • Lively Nightlife at the Jumeirah Beaches

    Nightlife at some the Stretch of the long Jumeirah Beach from Bur Dubai to Jebel Ali has some active nightspots too. Stretches of the Jumeirah Beach the the one fronting the Madinat Jumeirah, After the Burj Al Arab and at the Jumeirah Beach Residences are hotspots for nightlife as these areas hosts lots of beach bars, clubs, restaurants, lounges...

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Dubai Transportation

  • Taxis

    If you are pressed for time and don't want the long waiting times associated with using the Public RTA Dubai Buses going around Dubai Emirate area (the trade of of low price is longer travelling time to destinations) and don't want to spend a lot in booking private tours or getting rental cars (parking in dubai can be expensive) then the best mode...

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  • By Car

    We recently stayed in The Old Palace Hotel, Dubai. Through their concierge we hired a driver and car to give us a 3hour tour of the sites of Dubai. Our driver was Mukhdar and he was extremely knowledgeable and happy to take us exactly where we wanted to go. Even waited for us whilst we had a coffee. Highly recommend his services.

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  • By Bus

    the most numerous of the buses in Dubai Emirate is the tour bus. Dubai has lots of things to do and a lot of attractions and hence there is a proliferation of big tour buses for the large group tours that most tourists usually book. there all a variety of half-day, full day, night tours in and around dubai like the city tour, shopping tour, buffet...

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Dubai Shopping

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  • Dry fruits galore!

    In most malls, super markets etc you will find dry fruits. The quality is good and there is a wide variety to choose from. Dates, almonds, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts etc are all found in abundance.

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  • Buy with comfort

    Simulating an old bazaar, many narrow corridors lead to a complex of shops, dominated by local (or almost...) crafts. With the advantage of the air-conditioning, their drawback against the real souks are the prices, as expected.

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  • Western look

    One of the top "monuments" of Dubai is the Burjuman Center. Yes, it is big! Yes, it is modern! I came out with the feeling that I had already seen it before, but can't remember exactly where. Luis Vuiton, Zara, H&M and other, are names that sound to me as something that I knew from... from... Forgive me, but I swear I have seen them somewhere else!

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Dubai Local Customs

  • Souks

    In Muslim countries life concentrates around the commercial areas, traditionally named souks. Dubai, in its dual image is no exception - modernity lives in giant malls, but the spirit of the people is still present in the old souks. Smaller than many other (Hurrah, something small in Dubai!) the ambiance is real and bargaining stills rules. Spices,...

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  • Atlantis Aquaventure Souvenir Drinking...

    If you are planning to spend a day swimming at the Atlantis Aquaventure Water Park, you can have the option of buying these Plastic Aquaventure Drinking Cups for 40 AED a piece (included is the free softdrink which you can fill up at any aquaventure dining establishments) or if you want a better deal, then get the Platinum day pass at Aquaventure...

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  • Burj Khalifa Tower Fridge Magnets

    This will be my tips and pictures on buying the Burj Khalifa Tower Fridge Magnets, I will have separate tips and pictures on buying the Generic Dubai and Atlantis Fridge Magnets.I noticed that there are more varieties of Fridge Magnets that are being sold in Dubai than the shot glasses. I was having a hard time searching for the shot glasses, maybe...

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Dubai Warnings and Dangers

  • Low season

    I use to like low season. The sensation of almost exclusive use of the hotel is nice, and the prices are better. But in Dubai, low season… burns!No! I don’t recommend Dubai in summer.

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  • Watch your lenses

    You feel good in the air conditioned. But you need to exit and... there's your photo! Take it easy. The warmth and humidity instantly dims the lenses and disgraces any quick photo, so, each time you face the strong chock of temperature and humidity, you'd better give your camera a time to adapt, or clean the lens. Otherwise you will end, like me,...

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  • Dehydration

    Take seriously, very seriously, all the warnings about dehydration. I only exposed myself to the sun for the needed seconds to enter the water, and had no problems, but Fernanda likes to stay under the sun, and even bypassing the “killing hours” of the day, she had problems twice. Even before 10 AM, twice she felt… something she was not able to...

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Dubai Tourist Traps

  • Dubai everything

    Don't go there with a professional camera. I'm not a proffesional filmer but I have a professional camera because it is my hobby. Everywhere you go with a camera like that you will have problems. On many places I have to ask my money back because when they saw my camera I have to stop filming. It was not allowed to film the aquarium in the Dubai...

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  • Select your company

    The right event demands the right people in the right place. The same program may become boring or unforgettable, according to the behaviour of the clients. The dinner cruise is an opportunity that depends on the costumers.Fernanda was in the mood, but... alone. The singer tried her best, pulled the people, but the other clients seemed to have a...

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  • Expensive Souvenir Photos at Burj...

    Before going at the elevator to the observation deck of the burj khalifa, they will take a picture of you and your group so that if you line up before going down the observation deck, you will see you pictures shown at the large led tv's and you can pick any motif you want, like the tom cruise pose when he was climbing the burj khalifa at mission...

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Dubai What to Pack

  • Sun protection is a must

    Make sure you carry your sun hat, sun glasses and sun screen. The sun is quite intense and can be quite tiring. Carry an empty bottle so that you can fill it water. It is important to keep hydrating oneself.

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  • Bring a Sun Protector Lotion

    If you are visiting Dubai During late may to october, this is the hottest months in dubai, where the temperature rises up to 55 degrees celsius (140 fahrenheit), it is best to bring sun screen lotions (preferably the higher SPF's of 50 to 120) to put into your face, neck, upper back and arms as to prevent any sunburn on these areas and off course...

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  • Bring Waterproof Camera

    if you plan to swim along the beaches of dubai or have a day at wild wadi waterpark in Jumeirah Hotel or at Aquaventure Resort in Atlantis Hotel or go to Yas Waterpark in Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, You will need a good and tough waterproof camera to take pictures and videos of your activities and there are man good waterproof all weather cameras...

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Dubai Off The Beaten Path

  • Desert Area - Shindaga Waterfront

    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

    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...

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  • Creek Park

    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...

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Dubai Sports & Outdoors

  • One Big Auto Show on the Streets of...

    Part two of my One Big Auto Show Tips with more picturesIf 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...

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  • Wild Wadi Waterpark in Dubai

    Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for both family and adults and its theme is based on the tale of Juha from Arabian folklore.Breakers Bay is the largest wave pool of the Middle East where swimmers can enjoy crossing and parallel waves, which are almost 5 feet high and splash in all directions. The Jumeirah Sceirah is the tallest free fall...

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  • Try the Human Pretzel Poses in Fitness...

    “If you are still alive, you can challenge yourself to do the next yoga pose”.. that’s how our über flexible yoga instructor tries to lighten things up when he sees our faces disgruntle with confusion. But after surprising ourselves with being able to execute those human pretzel poses, we come out of the class rejuvenated – ready to take on yet...

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Dubai Favorites

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  • Real city

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Jan 26, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    Dubai is a very nice place to visit and a great place for shopping. hotels are expensive but some new sites are offering nice hotels at good price

 
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