Global Village is like a Carnival with different countries representing their own cultures, food and clothes. Their slogan is 'Where the world comes together'. Area of Global Village is about 17 million square meters with 29 pavilions, 45 countries and 2,600 shops.
You can get information about updated Opening Days and Timings here: http://www.dubaifaqs.com/global-village-dubai.php
We all Love Seafood! Why not buy the seafood and make some tasty Seafood dishes and invite friends to party at home. Always a hit :)
You can travel by Metro to Palm Deira Station. A 5 mins walk from the Exit 1/2. Metros in Dubai do not allow to carry Fishes in the Trains, so please do not forget to bargain with the Cab drivers while coming back.
This is something you should not miss doing when you are in Dubai. Its an experience so different. I have lived here for over 10 years and have done a safari almost every year with friends and relatives who visit and I still love the thrills and spills it gives. I will not spoil it for you by giving you all the details and not allowing you to "experience" it but .. sure choose a good operator who will give you the whole experience. Will add some pictures shortly.
You can watch people ski from outside the glass without paying, but if you want to go into the ski-dubai then you will have to pay. check www.skidxb.com for further details.
Check for various fares for the burj khalifa viewing...they have a little cheaper price on weekdays etc. other things might be atlantis, ferrari world in abu dhabi, Grand mosque in abu dhabi, Wild wadi in Dubai, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah beach...dubai mall(which has a nice musical fountain every 30 minutes in the evenings) among many other malls....
Dubai Marina is one of the spectacular new developments which have arisen since 2002. The world's largest man-made marina it's over 4kilometres long, has an outlet to the Arabian Gulf at either end, has nearly 100 tower blocks and the biggest concentration of restaurants and cafes in Dubai.
Well worth visiting and you can see it all from the water as well as walking around the promenade.
There are a number of companies operating boat trips from the marina, including a traditional wooden dhow. They're based on the Sheikh Zayed Road side, most at the northern (Dubai) end.
People complain that 'old' Dubai was torn down to make way for the new city. Not true! The original settlement was tiny fishing village and only in 1833 did it begin to develop. It was still a very small town clustered around the Creek mouth until the mid-twentieth century, so the new areas are actually built on empty land.
The older parts are relatively new in a historical sense, but some of these fascinating areas still exist and if you want to absorb some of the atmosphere of this 'old' Dubai you can. I really urge you to see both sides of Dubai to get a true picture of and feeling for the city.
For example, go to Satwa, the suburb next to the beach suburb of Jumeirah, and spend an hour or two wandering around. This is very different from the opulence normally associated with Dubai. Old shops, narrow alleyways, sand instead of paved walkways, small houses, great atmosphere.
First thing to say is that I haven't had a chance to do this myself yet...but it looks good.
The RTA has a new ferry service running from Dubai Marina, the route map showing that it sails out of one end of the marina, around & through (under a bridge) Palm Jumeirah island and back into the other end of the marina.
I've been on another boat through the marina and the view from the water is spectacular. I would say that it will give the best view of Palm Jumeirah too, because the drive onto the island itself is just a drive on a multi-lane highway between high-rise apartment blocks - you can't go onto the fronds and you don't see the beaches or water.
You'll also get great views from the ocean side of Burj Al Arab, the string of beach hotels and the marina.
The ferry operates from Dubai Marina Mall Station four times a day. Fare is AED50 or AED75 (Gold or Silver tickets).
There are two old souk areas, one on either side of the Creek, right in the heart of the city. In Bur Dubai you'll find the textile souk with an amazing array of materials in all kinds of patterns. There's something for every kind of clothing and it's very inexpensive.
The souk also has a variety of other shops, bureaux de change and restaurants and it leads up from the souk into the major shopping area around Al Fahidi Street.
You can easily spend a whole evening just wandering around taking in the atmosphere, but there's so much to buy at such good prices that you're sure to be tempted! Evening is best for atmosphere because of the lights, the hustle & bustle, the smell of food cooking in the cafes & restaurants...and of course it's a little cooler.
Hertage Village is on the banks of the Creek in Shindagah, which is the site of the original settlement which became Dubai. It's on Dubai-side, or Bur Dubai, at the Gulf end of the Creek.
What's fascinating to me is that there are more Emirati and other Gulf Arab visitors than other tourists, and that gives it a genuine atmosphere rather than a touristy one.
On festive occasions there are traditional dances, there's a great cooking area where Emirati ladies cook traditional snack food - fast food almost - based around the flat unleavened bread.
Taditional shelters, huts and houses have been re-created. The people in and around them don't put on a show as such, they simply do what would have been done in the past - again it adds to the genuine feel of the place.
A visit to Madinat Jumeirah is an absolute 'must'. It's one of the new developments but built in traditional Arabic style, a series of hotels, restaurants, a theatre, souk, shops, eating areas built around a man-made waterway by the beach.
It's part of the complex that also includes Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park, Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
Located in the huge Dubai Mall the aquarium is well worth a visit, it's spectacular.
Free of charge from the mall you can view the fish through the world's largest single window, and it's an amazing experience.
You can also pay to go through the 48 metre long tunnel, where the fish swim all around and above you. For an additional fee you can visit the Discovery Centre, where they have many unusual fish, otters, seals, penguins. Cost for the tunnel is AED25 adults and AED20 children. Cost for tunnel and Discovery Centre is AED50.
The aquarium is open from 10am to midnight.
The world's tallest building at 828 metres is well worth going to see.
It's not only that it's so much taller than any other building on earth but the sheer scale of it is amazing. The base is like nine normal skyscrapers side-by-side.
You can view if close-up from the area around it, Old Town Island, the area around Dubai Mall.
You can't go to the top of it but there's a viewing deck on the 124th floor. My own feeling is that it isn't worth it, all you see are the tops of other skyscrapers. I think it's better to look at Burj Khalifa from the ground.
Alongside is Dubai Fountain, the world's largest, which has a regular water/lights/music show. The fountain is 275 metres long and shoots water 150 metres into the air.
Amazing as it seems, you can snow ski in the desert! Ski Dubai opened at the end of '05, with a 500 metre ski run. The snow is freshly made every night, using the same snow making machines that traditional ski resorts use if snowfall is low. All the clothing and gear is available for hire.
You can take tours of the city and New Dubai on London double-decker open-top buses, which is a great way for newcomers and visitors to get an overview of the city. They take in most of the current places of interest and as it's hop-on hop-off you can get off and wander around places that particularly appeal to you. The buses operate seven days a week and there are day and night tours, city and beach tours to choose from.
The gold souk is more than 130 shops all jam-packed with a breathtaking choice of jewellery. The gold is generally 18 carat, sometimes 22 or 24, styles range from Indian to traditional Arab to modern Italian.
Tourism has spoiled the souk somewhat - all the shops used to be crammed with traditional gold jewellery, chains,bracelets, belts - a real Alladin's cave. But now more than half have changed to selling the type of small solitaire diamond rings you can find anywhere in Europe...except they're much cheaper here. It's still a place you must visit, but the magic - for me at least - isn't there any more. The jewellers selling traditional gold have moved out to local shopping areas such as Satwa, where you can find up to twenty or more side by side.
Even if you're not buying, the gold souk is a 'must' place to visit, especially in the evening when the gold in the window displays is brightly lit.
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