Snorkel with reef sharks at Dibba Rock
While diving/snorkelling at the Persian gulf coast around Dubai is rather boring, I was quite surprised to find a very good spot at the West coast at the gulf of Oman. Close to Dibba there is the Dibba rock, which is a tiny island, located about 1 km off the coast. In the surrounding waters you can find lots of submarine life like reef sharks, turtles, rays, .....
There is a dive school, which provides a boat shuttle to the island. The name is Maku dive center, which is run by Margit and Kurt, two swiss divers that can give you lots of information. You can of course rent snorkelling and diving gear there.
Visibility is sometimes poor, but on my last visit (Nov. 26, 2005) it was very good and we have seen lots of turtles, a large shoal of rays and a few sharks.Related to:
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This show is mostly for commercial purpose, but it is a amazing to see different kind of military planes making fascinating shows and draws in Dubai sky, it normally takes pace in December ,you just can sit in any open place and observe the sky , i love to do it each year and i love it when they drew a heart in the sky .........and i love the red plans i do not know its name lol ,
If you love sea adventure and you have a diving licenses do not miss a diving tour in UAE. It is more that wonderful. It can be organized easily by one of the scuba diving center…….just do not miss the fun
Our Sandy Beach center offers amazing diving and snorkelling packages to some of the most beautiful dive sites of the Emirates on the Indian Ocean. Our custom built, high speed, luxury dive vessels take you to sites ranging from 85 to 30 minutes from our dive center in comfort and safety.
Our house reef "Snoopy Island" lies just off the dive centers beach and offers an amazing array of marine life for divers and snorkellers to enjoy. Accomodation and water-sports are on offer at the dive center's resort.
Indulge yourself and join us on one of our amazing Northern Oman safaris. Come and discover the seldom visited and virtually untouched Musandam.
Al Boom Diving will take care of all the necessary paperwork and permits, as well as supplying snacks and refreshments during the trip. Snorkellers are welcome to come and see the sights normally reserved for divers.
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Places of Interest in Dubai
I would absolutely recommend these attractions when you visit Dubai.
Mall of the Emirates: The larget shopping mall in the Middle East, housing the Middle East's first indoor ski slope, measuring 400 meters and using 6000 tons of snow. The mall is home to over 450 international retail brands.
Burj Dubai: This will be the world's tallest building, although a hotel, this is one of Dubai's major tourist sights.
Dubai Museum: Believed to be Dubai's oldest building. Built in 1787, the Al-Fahidi Fort houses the Dubai Museum. The Museum offers a unique trip to desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trade. Major highlights of Dubai Museum are artifacts from excavated graves, musical instruments. Deadly weapons also form the major part of Dubai Museum, such as swords, spears.
Gold Souk: The Gold Souk is Dubai’s most famous market. Explore the alleyways and narrow streets that are lined with shops bursting with gold necklaces, brooches, rings, bangles and earrings. Be dazzled by a staggering display of gold, and more gold!
Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House: Built in 1896, Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, Dubai is an iconic structure from the olden days of Dubai. Saeed Al-Maktoum was the brain behind Dubai Creek, one of the magnificent marine attractions for the tourists world over. This erstwhile ancestral home for the Al-Maktoum family for several generations has witnessed several watersheds in the History of Dubai.
I know it sounds weird, but I dont think many countries in the world, you go to supermarket and can find ANY type of food you wish - european, indian, asian, sushi, russian, arabic... I mean it - any. Its fun for those who love cooking, like me :)
I know I will miss this when I go back to Europe..Related to:
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Al Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, is another imposing building. It once guarded the city’s landward approaches. Built around 1799, it has served variously as palace, garrison and prison.
It was renovated in 1970 for use as a museum; further restoration and the addition of galleries was completed in 1995. Colorful and evocative dioramas, complete with life-size figures and sound and lighting effects, vividly depict everyday life in pre-oil days. Galleries re scenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date gardens, desert and marine .
One of the most spectacular exhibits portrays the underwater world of pearl-diving, and is accompanied by sets of pearl merchants’ weights, scales and sieves.
Also on display are artefacts such as fine copper, alabaster and pottery objects found in 3,000–4,000 year-old graves at Al Ghusais. The main fort is a fascinating military museum.Related to:
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new residential areas
there is so much construction going on in dubai, but many visitors see little but the centre of town. Away from the centre new residential areas are popping up all the time. Near the new Festival city is a very attractive area called Badia hillside Village . the buildings are in traditional Arab style. to me they look like pictures of Yemen. tall buildings with wind-towers, mashrabiya features, balconies etc The next block are more Mediterranean in appearance.. To me it is a welcome change from the shiny glass that dominates other areas.Related to:
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Jebel Hafeet is a mountain in Abu Dhabi. It is on the outskirts of Al Ain, near the border with Oman, about one hour away by road from Dubai. As you leave Dubai, the highway takes you through the desert, and then the rural parts of Abu Dhabi, and finally a winding road takes you up the 1240 meters tall mountain. There is a small restaurant on the mountain top and one can enjoy a great view of the region.
When we went there (in March 2007), the sky was cloudy. For some reason, we were hit by a thunderstorm at the very top. The water was so cold, I couldnt believe we were in a desert. At the foothills of Jabal Hafeet is a hot water spring called Green Mubazarrah. It was too late to go there, but it is a very popular tourist attraction.Related to:
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You will be surprised.....
Well where do i start from...
Some people miss the dune bashing....Do not miss that if u come to Dubai..
There is a famous water park Wild Wadi.... which shold not missed
The Dubai Museum should also be in your itenarary...
The trip across the creek...
The Gold Souk which is so crazy as you will never see so many gold shops in one place any where
The revolving restaurant on top of the Hyatt Regency
The belly dancing!!!!!
The heritage villgae....Related to:
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Road to Hatta
You can easily hire cars in Dubai, but avoid the peak hour traffic. A Friday, our weekend, is a good day to drive. Once you're out of the city it's easy - good roads, good signage in English as well as Arabic and not too many roads to choose from. One good, easy choice is to drive to Hatta. Simply follow the signs.
You go past the end of Dubai Creek, with its wetlands bird sanctuary with flocks of flamingoes, and into typical desert, then into an area of beautiful golden dunes, where you'll find several companies offering motor bike and quad bike dune-bashing. You'll see plenty of camels along the way. Further on into the mountainous region and there's a whole string of pottery and carpet shops - very cheap pottery and silk Persian carpets for around US$100. Past an area with hilltop villas more like Spain than Dubai and into the village of Hatta, which is only a few hundred metres from the Oman border.
The Hatta Fort Hotel is a good place to stop for lunch, and a leisurely drive back to Dubai in time for dinner. Each way will be about one and a half hours.
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Chasing after wild camels...
... with a camera that is.
If you drive out of the city a little, you will notice nothing but desert - and strangely enough, there are fences on both sides of the road that separate the street from the desert. This is to protect both wild and domesticated camels from getting hit by a car, as much as it protects drivers from hitting a camel. Should you hit a domesticated camel, you will have to pay bloodmoney to the owner. The fences have their purpose...
We were a little outside of Dubai when we encountered the first camels. I didn't even see them, but one of our friends had a keener eye - yes it is a bit hard to see a sand-colored camel in the midst of nothing but sand-colored sand! So we stopped and on foot went onto our mini-photo-safari. We got all the way to the fence until the dad-camels took off. (We suppose thaqt was to get help from other camels, not of fear - dad wouldn't be a coward, now would he?) The other 2 didn't care, even when our friend Dan slipped under the fence to get a closer picture of them (not sure if that is legal or not). Dan got pretty close to them until I started yelling at him to not go any closer - they do have big teeth!
Just a word of warning: when you are in the mid-day sun in the desert in August - wear closed shoes. It is incredibly how extremely hot that sand gets. Just a few grains of sand slipping into the sandals and your toes get boiled and blistered!
Shopping in Al Karama - cheap cheap cheap
Shopping is one of Dubai's main attractions and there are plenty of malls and shopping-centers around town. Somewhat less known is Karama Market, which is an outdoor-market (avoid the mid-day heat - I almost passed out) that offers everything from clothing, shoes, and any touristy stuff your heart desires for a considerably lower price than the malls.
Karama is also an incredibly good place to find souveniers and touristy knick-knacks - perfect to buy the stuff you have to bring home for friends and family.
I got a pair of sandals, a skirt, and 3 coin-belts, alltogether at around US $ 50.--. As usual, all prices are negotiable, so walk out and the vendors come running after you with a better price.
How to get there:
Al Karama is a district next to Bur Dubai. Just hop into a cab and tell them Karama Market - they'll get you there. (Near Za'abeel Road and Al Adhid Road, if you want to walk there.)Related to:
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Well, I didn't actually get a chance to do this but I passed these guys in the desert just out of Dubai on the road to Muscat, Oman.
They were Quad Biking over the sand dunes and a couple of people I met over there did it and they said it was wicked.Related to:
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Visit the Desert
When you think of Dubai people always think about shopping...shopping and shopping..Dubai has one natural off the beaten path that one could miss. DESERT. If you have time, gather a few friends and off to the desert. During winter months it could get a bit chilly..what you could do? Camping..dune bashing...even sand-boarding are things that one shouldn't miss.Related to:
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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."
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