Just like the Desert Safari, the Dhow Cruise is also very Common in Dubai! Usually the rates are around 135-265 AED, inclusive of 2 hours in the creek and Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages. But in the summer time the prices are really low and they have offers too.
It is really a fantastic experience for a tourist in Dubai. You can contact any travel agency or the Hotel Info center, you are staying with, can also help.
The great sensation that I had in Dubai was that men dazzled with their power to challenge nature, and decided to prove that they can reach the impossible.
Without canons but with cranes the combat is violent - a desert of sand is being replaced by a collection of admirable miracles.
The price? The revenge of Nature? Who cares?
A much better option than internet cafes - unless you want to use MSN Messenger for video link-ups - are the public libraries, or e-libraries. If there's one in the area you're staying in, check it out. They're modern, clean, quiet, reliable and cheap. One hour is Dh3 and two hours is Dh5. (Dh5 is US$1.35).
I've used the libraries in Al Wasl Road next to Safa Park and on Jumeirah (Beach) Road in Umm Suqeim, and both have excellent facilities.
People often ask in the Forum whether their hotel will be affected by the massive construction in Dubai. Much of the construction is now finished and since the global financial crisis much less new construction is happening.
Construction behind the string of hotels along Jumeirah Beach - including Sheraton, Hilton, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi, Royal Meridien, One & Only Royal Mirage and others - has largely been finished and there's now a hugely popular promenade of shops and restaurants.
The photo of the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach shows the Jumeirah Beach Residence development towering over the hotel. The other photos show Le Meridien Mina Seyahi an Hilton Jumeirah. As you can see, the construction work is just about finished.
Dubai's currency is the UAE dirham, also known as AED, which are easily obtainable in the many currency exchange bureaux all over the city. They will convert just about any currency in the world into dirhams.
One side of the notes is printed in Arabic, the other side is in English, so you'll have no trouble knowing exactly what each note is worth.
There are 100 fils to one dirham. There are one dirham coins plus 50fils, 25fils, 20fils, 10fils and 5fils coins.
This was in answer to a forum question.
First however it was great to be met by our tour hosts and given expert help before we even left the airport. Then later at our hotel we were met and given heaps of information...so helpful.
Flying with Emirates and booking with Arabian Adventures was good for us.
I have been to Dubai(stayed over) with naturopathic medication and some prescription ..no problem.
When I travel anywhere I keep the "goodies" in original containers and carry a letter from doctor and naturopath with me. Keep all together in suitcase for easy check if need be. Carry as little on your person as possible and do not forget the clear bag to present at screening of what you do carry on board. I always declare .
Look on the labels too if the drugs are "over the counter" The other thing I do before leaving is to look up "Smart Traveler" an Australian Gov. travel advice. Otherwise you can contact the Dubai embassy.
In my experience Australia is the most difficult of all even for Australians coming home!.
Fondest memory: Loved going out into the desert on the 4WD rollercoaster ride experience. Saw the sun set over the desert and rode a camel. Loved the Bedouin-style camp nestled in the sand dunes. There we sat on floor cushions under a draped canopy and watched the belly dancers perform to the Arab music.
To sit in the middle of nowhere eating delicious Arab food is a delight.
Well, some useful numbers in Dubai:
Vital Emergency Numbers in Dubai
Fire Department 997
7000 40000 (Ask Dubai from Dubai eGovernment)
For most government department's eServices & eComplaints
181 (Directory Enquiry & Yellow Pages)
Etisalat's Yellow Pages in English & Arabic
800-4-888 (Al Ameen service from Dubai Police)
To report criminal activity or if someone is harassing you
( How To Guide for reporting lost or stolen items to Dubai Police)
8005111 (Amer Service, General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs-Dubai Hotline)
04-2215555 (Dubai Rent Committee)
For rent complaints against landlords including excessive rental charges
04-2232323 (Dubai Municipality Public Health Department)
For public health and consumer-safety complaints
600 54 5555 Dubai Consumer Protection (Consumer Rights)
For consumer complaints to Consumer Rights Section at Dubai Economic Department
04-2954000 UAE Consumer Protection Department (CPD)
For consumer complaints to Dubai Office of CPD, Ministry of Economy
04-3939777 UAE Central Bank Control & Inspection
For customer complaints against banks
800 665(Labour complaints toll-free hotline)
Toll-free hotline from Ministry of Labour
04-3139900 (Unified Labour Complaint)
For labour and work related complaints
800 1111050 : To complain to TRA about Etisalat's mobile coverage or quality of service
800 1122333 : To complain to TRA about Du's mobile coverage or quality of service
Consulates in Dubai
Al Wasl Hospital 04-219 3000
American Hospital 04-309 6645
Dubai Hospital 04-219 5000
Al Baraha Hospital 04-271 0000
Rashid Hospital 04-337 1323
Welcare Hospital 04-282-9900
Jebel Ali Hospital 04-8845 666
Iranian Hospital 04-3440 250
Belhoul Speciality Hospital 04-2733 333
Medcare Hospital 04-4079 100
Canadian Specialist Hospital 04-336 4444
The City Hospital 800 8432489
Cedars Jebel Ali Hospital 04-8814000
Neuro Spinal Hospital 04-3157887
Zulekha Hospital 04-267 8866
Health Centers & Clinics
Pharmacies on Night Duty
Dubai International Airport 04- 224-5555
Dubai Airport Flight Information Voice Portal 04- 216 6666
Flight Enquiry 04-224-5777
Dubai Weather Forecast (from Dubai Meteorological Office at Dubai Airport) 04-2162218
Fondest memory: Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest of the seven emirates in United Arab Emirates. The emirates was formed after Great Britain left the area in 1971, while Qatar and Bahrain remained independent nations. Dubai is today a global city and business hub, and the economy is built on financial services, real estate, tourism and the oil industry. The emirate of Dubai shares borders with the emirate of Abu Dhabi in the south, emirate of Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast.
You will see it at the arrival in Dubai airport. Foreign workers are lined up in queue in front of the immigration offices. I was lost when I arrived Dubai and didn't understand where to go, so I was standing here, too. Some of the people standing here were staring at me since they knew a man with blond hair shouldn't stay in this queue to get a visa. A local man came to me and pointed the direction. Just up the escalator and stamp your passport, he said.
I didn't see any local man in Dubai do some labour work. Foreign workers does all of it. The constitution of the United Arab Emirates has in article 25 provided equal treatment for people regarded to race, nationality, religious beliefs or social status. But some will say Dubai exploit foreign workers. I asked a Pakistani taxi driver about this and was told that he earned enough to support his family in Pakistan. He was working all the time and didn't use much money for himself in Dubai.
Contruction workers are from Pakistan, India and Bangladesh.
Taxi drivers: 90% are from Pakistan. You will never find a locals drive taxi in Dubai.
Cleaning: Tamils from India and Sri Lanka.
Restaurant workers: Philippines.
Domestic help and maids: Philippines.
Fondest memory: Large areas of Dubai are construction sites. You will see cranes and construction workers building gigantic and pompous buildings along the coastline, especially along Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai Marina and the Jumeira area. The streets around these construction sites doesn't provide space to walk for pedestrians. And in most cases you must walk in the middle of the streets with the danger of getting hit by a car.
Yes, you can take a tourist bus. It is called "BIG BUS tour". They have both full day & half day trip. The cost would be around $50 per person for half day. You can ask the taxi driver to drop you to a mall from where the bus starts. But the issue is you have very limited time and you might have to get off in between and take a taxi back to the airport.
Secondly, yes you can take a round trip to look around on a taxi also. It would cost you around $75 to $200 depending upon the distance you travel. I would advise it would be better to take a taxi and ask him to show around for 2 - 3 hours and drop you back to airport by 12:30pm.
This really shouldn't need saying, but unfortunately it is because of the behaviour of not only tourists but also some expatriate residents.
Because people have abused the relaxed, liberal attitude of the authorities by behaving and dressing inappropriately, there is now an official campaign to enforce the rules and laws.
Police are out in force along Dubai's public beaches to enforce the laws, after a British couple were found drunk and having sex in public on a beach. (Behaviour which would not be accepted in any country!)
Bikinis are OK on the beaches but females must not sunbathe topless. You must cover up when leaving the beach.
Dress rules are beginning to be enforced in public areas too. Revealing clothing is OK on the beaches and in hotels, but should not be worn in public streets, restaurants and shopping malls. Females should wear clothing that covers the shoulders and knees. Although you will see women wandering around malls in hotpants and revealing skimpy tops, please do not copy them!
This is not Saudi Arabia and the rules are still very liberal. You will see people wearing the clothing they wear in their own country, a huge mixture of styles and fashions. Basically, if you wear decent clothing back home you can wear exactly the same here. Women do not have to wear abayas, do not have to cover their hair.
I've added some photos I've taken in the streets and restaurants, not taken to specifically show the clothing but they do give an idea of the mixture of clothing that's acceptable.
Rules and laws change all the time in Dubai, and the UAE in general. They also have different interpretations from individual people in government departments.
On July 24, 2008, new visa rules were announced, with 24 different visas and costs. Health insurance prior to arrival is required and a refundable deposit of AED1,000 will apply to all visa applications.
The visit visa is no longer renewable by the 'visa run' to a neighbouring country and immediate return to the UAE. A thirty day period outside the UAE is now required.
To give you an idea of how confused such things can be, even the 33 nationalities previously given a free on-arrival 60 day visa were reportedly facing a change. At first it was announced that they will now get a 30 day visa at a cost of AED100 and can extend it for another 30 days at a cost of AED600. Later it was clarified that the first 30 day visa is free of charge, but no further announcement has so far been made about the extension cost. These passports are excempt from the deposit and health insurance requirements. As it stands, at January 2010, there are now 36 passports which qualify for an automatic free visa on arrival. They are:
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg,
Malta, Malaysia, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Portugal,
San Marino, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom,
United States, Vatican City.
The full information is on the department's website at www.dnrd.gov.ae
Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates and one the five emirates I was lucky to visit in December of 2008 when the winter was already in full strength in Moscow but the summer was still going on in this remote but very attractive country. Dubai is in the headlines these days in December of 2009 because of the economic crisis and default of famous Dubai funds.
Just at the same moment when I’m writing this tip I’m listening and watching the economic news from Dubai on TV. I recollect my trip a year ago…
The holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset.
Non-Muslims must respect the fast and also are not permitted to eat, drink or smoke in public during daylight hours. It is also even more important than usual to wear appropriate non-revealing clothing.
Hotels have a restaurant open for their guests and some coffee shops and restaurants are open, screened or curtained off from public view.
Supermarkets and food stores are open and take-away food is available - but it must not be consumed in public.
Some shops don't open until after evening prayers, others open normally throughout the day, some open all day but close during prayer times.
The evening is when everything is up and running, with shops and restaurants often open until the early morning hours.
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