Dubai changes look in least time... every time that I return has been constructed something new quickly, ovunque u can see cranes for construction and where, some month before there was a car park, it will be a new shopping center with 300 stores!
The coast in not enough more! New plans of constucion of iartificial islands continue to develop, so they can build dreamvillas. A lof of citizens of the near Arabic countries buy luxury villas, palaces and appartementi in this new Las Arabic Vegas.....I knew a Oman family, They are rich but simply and traditionalists. they explained me that they come every month to make purchases and to amuse themselves, husband, wifes and and sons, for a week end to Dubai, where they have a villa, and then return for the rest of the month to the tranquillity and the tradition of their country. If you have the occasion to land during the day you will see in sea in front of Dubai and Sarjah the new Palms (by now are 4 various plans) and the World. The ship in the photo "spit" tons of sand on concrete supports in order to create the new islands! all it is created, but all it can also be destroyed... we hope that the nature not revolt!
If you get the chance and like water - what you surely do when it's getting hotter and hotter - you should visit the aqua park "Wild Wadi". It offers many and funny fast water speed rides ! It's supposed to be one of the world's most advanced water theme parks.
It's located next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
The sunshine and beaches were wonderful.
All the people we met were helpful and attentive, especially in our hotel
This photograph is of the Palm which will hopefully be completed end of 2006
There is so much building going on all aound Dubai but particularly along the beach areas. It will be around 8 years before most of the buildings are complete.
Palm Islands are expected to open in 2007, will feature a range of luxury hotels, sea village on the trunk of this island, boutique shopping, specialty restaurants and marinas with a range of leisure vessels Exotic aquatic delights including amazing aquariums, a killer whale stadium and engaging dolphins will provide a holiday destination in its own right.
You can see from my photograph, there is a lot of building work going on.
Fondest memory: Everything from the sunshine, kind people, beautiful beaches, warm blue sea, shopping malls and gold souk visit.,all an experience
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.
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.
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.
Shopping was excellent. So much choice.This was taken in the Emirates Mall which has only just been opened. with different fashion shops, designers and high street, gifts, jewellery, electrical, toys, furniture, restaurants etc.
The newly opened ski slope can be seen from the mall and outside.
Ski Dubai has 5 slopes that vary in difficulty, height and steepness, the longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Test your skills on the world's first indoor black run or practice your turns on the gentle beginner slopes. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90-metre long quarter pipe. Kids and parents alike will have fun in the huge interactive Snow Park, which at 3000 square meters is the largest indoor snow park in the world. People were just staring at the sight before them.
www.skidxb.com for more info
Fondest memory: Beaches, sunshine, warm blue sea and the shopping malls. but not forgetting the thousands of buildings, and many more being built around you.
Most of the time tourists would be quite happy to lie on the beach and to swim in the warm blue sea or in the pool.There are several activities to keep you active, like, paragliding, banana boat, speed boat etc. Then the evenings can be free for shopping as the shopping malls open til late, mostly 11 pm.There is a slight tide and was about 4.30pm when we were there.So lazy days and eventful evenings if you like shopping or visiting other hotels.
Fondest memory: Lovely warm sea and beautiful beaches. Also the attentive staff where ever we went. They could not have been more helpful and kind to us all. Even the children were happy and content where ever we went and were well catered for.Next time we go we may visit the water park which is next door to Jumeirah Beach Hotel for the children and big kids too.
Shopping malls to suit every taste. We found the evenings were best to wander around. There was your favorite ice cream parlour amongst all the fashion, shoes, electrical, carpets, furniture etc. Also electrical and arabian shops too. Vry bright and airey with lots of facilites and eating places.
Fondest memory: So many shops
Every time we've needed to change money we've found Al Musabbeh offers the best rate.
It's located near the creek in Bur Dubai. From the abra station, walk a few metres back to the main entrance to the souk. About 100 metres into the souk, on the right, you'll find the small shop. There are several other exchange shops in the same lane, so you can check the rate in a few so that you can choose the one offering the best rate for your currency.
Just be careful with the notes when you shop - the fifty dirham notes are easily mistaken for five dirham. People are usually honest and will point out your mistake, but just check before you hand them over.
Golf in the Dubai is unique. Where else can you play a desert course where you play on 'browns' not greens? Or play at nighttime under floodlights to avoid the soaring daytime temperatures? The whole experience can seem highly surreal given you can play in the desert, sustained only through a miracle and a small fortune that waters the course.
With exotic trees and shrubs flanking the fairways alongside panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, wooden gazebos. You will find yourself in the company of peacocks, guinea fowl and partridges which freely roam many of the courses, it can seem like a fantasy land.
So good are the courses that Dubai hosts two PGA Championship Tournaments. Gone are the day when playing these fine courses was invitation only. Now all are welcome.
As one of the 7 UAE's, Dubai has the highest profile and for good reason. A great tourist infrastructure, and easy entry means its easy to enjoy the beaches, mountains, oases, camel racing, deserts, and any number of sports. Dubai provides a blend of the exotic east and the sophisticated west together with its status as the sporting capital of the Middle East, and award winning hotels and resort facilities to match.
Fondest memory: Visit of Global Village
The monetary unit is the dirham (Dh) which is divided into 100 fils. The dirham is linked to the Special Drawing Right of the International Monetary Fund. It has been held constant against the US dollar since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1= Dh3.67.
Both the local banks and the many international banks represented by branches in Dubai provide the usual commercial banking services. Transfers can be made without difficulty as there is no exchange control and the dirham is freely convertible.
Bank opening hours are 8.00am to 1.00pm, from Saturday to Wednesday, although some also open from 4.30–6.30pm. On Thursdays, banks operate only from 8.00am to noon.
Exchange houses are open from 8.30am–1.00pm and 4.30–8.30pm.
American Express, Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard, etc are generally accepted in the main hotels and larger shops but some retailers offer better bargains for cash.
Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. Some restaurants include service; otherwise 10 per cent is adequate.
Weights and Measures
Officially the metric system is followed, although British and American standard weights and measures are understood by most merchants.
Local weights and measures are also used occasionally but seldom for international trade.
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The weekend has traditionally been Thursday afternoon and Friday, but some organisations now close on Friday and Saturday, working through Thursday afternoon instead. Government offices are open from 7.30am– 1.30pm (7.30am–12.00 noon on Thursday).
Private sector office hours vary, but are generally from 8.00am–1.00pm, re-opening at either 3.00pm or 4.00pm and closing at 6.00pm or 7.00pm.
Shop hours are similar in their opening times, but most shops remain open until 9.00–10.00pm. Department stores, boutiques, souks and many food shops remain open on a Friday, apart from prayer times (between 11.30am and 1.30pm), while larger shops re-open on a Friday afternoon at around 4.00–5.00pm.
Embassies and consulates are generally open from 8.45am–12.30pm and are closed on Fridays and in most cases on Saturdays, but usually leave an emergency number on their answering machines.
Gulf News, Khaleej Times, Emirates News and The Gulf Today are daily English-language newspapers. Arabic newspapers include Al-Bayan, Al-Ittihad and Al-Khaleej.
Foreign newspapers and magazines, especially British and Asian, are readily available in hotel bookshops and supermarkets.
Most leading hotels now receive international news and entertainment broadcast via satellite. Star TV, Orbit and Showtime are among the satellite networks which transmit a wide variety of programmes, including BBC World and CNN.
Locally, there are four channels: Dubai 2, 10 and 41 which show Arabic programmes, and Dubai 33, which broadcasts in English. Emirates Dubai Television broadcasts through satellite in many parts of the world in Arabic and English.
Reception from Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Qatar and Bahrain is usually possible and programme details are published in the local press.
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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.
rVisiting some of the many hotels in Dubai was one of our favorite things to do, like the Bur Al Arab which is 7* and others like the Oasis Beach, Le Meriden, Habtoor Grand, The Ritz, Hilton Dubai, Sheratorn, Mima A Salam Jumeriah Beach, Sheraton, Carlton, Al Qusr etc..and days spent by the beach or pool
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