Dubai (دبي) is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. It is rather like an independent city-state and is the most modern and progressive emirate in the UAE, developing at an unbelievable pace in the tourist and trade sectors especially. Recently Dubai won the bid to host EXPO 2020, a Universal scale Registered Exposition approved by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE), Paris.
Dubai is divided into multiple districts or municipalities:
*Jumeirah - A diverse district whose residents are the Europeans to the Filipinos to the Pakistanis; a mixed Little Europe, Karachi and Manila. Jumeirah is much favoured by Europeans due to the ease of access of the beach, Beautiful villas are seen here. Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Residence's the Walk and Jumeirah Mosque are the top attractions.
*Downtown Dubai - While Bur Dubai and Deira are traditionally considered "Downtown", the Downtown Dubai development is smack in the center of the "New Dubai," between Dubai Marina on the south end and the border with the city of Sharjah to the north. It includes the Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the world), the Dubai Mall (world's biggest), Dubai Fountain, and lots of other skyscrapers and hotels.
*Dubai Marina - is a mega-development that borders Jebel Ali (the world's largest man-made port). It is full of skyscrapers and hosts the "Jumeirah Beach Walk" with a number of restaurants, hotels an open-air market when the weather permits, and frequent shows. Dubai Marina houses one of the highest concentrations of Westerns in Dubai.
*Satwa - One of Dubai's Little India and Little Manila, due to the presence of Filipinos and Indians, a rise in Filipino and Indian restaurants, shops, supermarkets are seen here. Gold and textiles is what people come here for, Gold Souk might be your top destination but Satwa too has gold shops and is hassle free, not so crowded.
*Karama - More of like a mixed commercial residential district, one of Dubai's Little Indias and Little Manilas, cheap eats and cheap buys are the top things here.
*Bur Dubai - A historical district and Bur Dubai is usual term for the area from Jumeirah to the creek, the creek separates Bur Dubai from Deira. Tourist attractions from abras to souks to floating restaurants to the famous creek are found here.
*Deira - Dubai's old Financial centre, today Deira is a bustling commercial-residential district with some old souks, including one specializing in spices.
*Arabian Ranches and Emirates Hills - These are two separate places, residential rents here are expensive due to the land value, just like the whole of Dubai, these two are Man-made.
*Mirdiff/Mirdif - A commercial-residential district which is somewhat newly built and lies directly under the flight path to Dubai International Airport. Mirdif City Center is one of the attractions. This is another residence for the well-to-do.
*International City - Just a simple residential area in the middle of the desert, what's special about it is its architectural design, the residential rents here are cheap and is somewhat the next Chinatown as many Chinese businessmen and women reside here.
*Jebel Ali - Once isolated from the main bulk of Dubai back in the 70's, Jebel Ali is now a major residential and industrial hub encompassing the southern portions of the city. The main attraction popular with locals and tourists alike is the easily recognizable Ibn Battuta Mall, styled on the countries visited by the famous explorer. The mall is built adjacent to the Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel that's large archway can be seen from afar. Surrounding the mall is the Gardens apartments, an ethnically diverse district with a strong Indian community. Jebel Ali village, a 35 year old community built on the side of Jebel Ali (Ali Mountain) for the European builders of Jebel Ali Port is still popular with western expats. The coastal side of the Sheihk Zayed Road in Jebel Ali consists of many unattractive power and desalination plants that somewhat ruin the view. The port was the 9th busiest in the world in 2011.
Dubai has an arid sub-tropical climate with very hot, humid summer weather averaging 42 degrees (108F) in the daytime and 28 (84F) at night. Fall and Spring is still rather hot, with daytime temperatures between 25 and 40 degrees (80sF) and nights around 20 degrees (65-75F), with less humidity. Winter weather is pleasant and dry, with daytime highs of 25 (75F) and nighttime lows of 10 degrees (55F). Dubai is known for its beaches, with water temperature in summer getting as hot as 37 degrees (99F). The water temperature tends to be around 20-25 degrees (75F) in winter, and 30 (85F) in spring and fall as outside temperatures rise.
December to April generally produces the highest precipitation, which at 10 cm (5 in), still is little. Some years yield no more than a few minutes of shower in Dubai. November 2006 brought record rains up to 50 cm (25 in) of rain, with temperatures at record lows.
Dubai's main airport is the Dubai International Airport. You can also enter Dubai by using Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) in the nearby emirate of [wiki=a38fc5ae75908cd961d5a00b1a0cef85]Sharjah[/wiki] and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) in nearby [wiki=ed49291dd8535b70546cb15e243ea37e]Abu Dhabi[/wiki]. Frequent visitors from countries granted automatic visa on entry may wish to purchase an e-gate card to speed up immigration formalities and save passport pages. The e-gate card office is situated in the upstairs foodcourt area of the terminal 1 departures concourse. The card will cost AED 200. Note: If you intend to buy an e-gate card in Dubai, you must have entered UAE via Dubai airport.
Airlines are often having price wars to glamorous destinations like Dubai and this can work to your advantage by careful planning and comparison of the various airlines serving Dubai. Emirates[url=http://www.emirates.com]]is Dubai's official airline carrier which connects Dubai to over 100 destinations while FlyDubai[url=http://www.flydubai.com[/url]]is Dubai's low-cost carrier. Etihad[url=http://www.etihadairways.com[/url]]has shuttle services from their exclusive check in facility in Sheikh Zayed Rd or Central Business District of Dubai to and from Abu Dhabi Int'l Airport, you can also fly with Sharjah's low-cost carrier; Air Arabia[http://www.airarabia.com[/url] which flies to over 46 destinations within the Middle East.
Dubai's only international road border is with [wiki=1c77b9733832da9d1ffac66620f3c006]Oman[/wiki] at Al Wajajah. Expatriate residents of Oman will require an official permit to exit Oman by road. Visitors do not require the permit. There is an OMR 3.000 charge per vehicle to exit Oman and, if returning, retain the charge receipt as it will be required to renter. Ensure that insurance is valid for the UAE (preferably before commencing the journey). Temporary UAE insurance can be purchased at the border for a premium price. GCC Nationals (and others?) can cross at the UAE-Saudi border in the South West of the country, check in advance as this a long way to have to drive back to Riyadh or Abu Dhabi if you don't get in.
There are also road borders between the neighbouring Emirate of [wiki=ed49291dd8535b70546cb15e243ea37e]Abu Dhabi[/wiki] and Oman at the Al Buraimi Oasis which divides the sister cites of Al Ain and Al Buraimi, Oman.
The Government of Dubai operates a network of buses linking Dubai city with the capitals of the other six emirates of the UAE. The buses run under the name Emirates Express and operate from various bus terminals in Dubai.
*To/From Abu Dhabi: Buses operate every 40 minutes from 6.20am from both Dubai's Al Ghubaibah bus station and Abu Dhabi's main bus station. The two-hour journey cost Dh25.
*To/from Sharjah: Frequent buses run between Dubai and Sharjah. There are several different routes and buses depart from various bus stations in Dubai including Al Karama, Gold Souq, Baniyas Square, Jebel Ali and Al Ittihad Square. Fares are at Dh7 as of DECEMBER 2010.
*To/From Al Ain: Buses operate every hour from both Dubai's Al Ghubaibah bus station. The two-hour journey cost Dh15.
*To/from Fujairah: The bus to Fujairah leaves from the Rashidiya Metro station and takes about 3 to 4 hours.
For timetables see the website [http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/wps/portal/bus_time_table?SwitchToLatestLocale=true].
*To/from Muscat, Oman: al-Khanjry Transport runs a bus from the Ruwi Terminal in Muscat to al-Rigga in Dubai, leaving every day at 6:00am and 3:00pm and also 10:00pm from Deira (ticket office next to Caravan Restaurant 700m from Deira City Centre Metro Station). The journey takes about 6 hours, depending on how much time is spent at customs. From Dubai the buses leave at 7:00am and 3:00pm. 60Dhs (one way)/100Dhs (return). Show up at least 30 minutes before departure. (Prices and schedule accurate as of December 2013.)
Dubai is a trading hub for dhows from around the Indian Ocean. Travellers wanting to arrive in the city this way will probably need to make their own arrangements with the captain of the vessel.
Dubai has an international cruise terminal [url=http://www.definitelydubai.com/im-visiting/getting-there/-sea/dubai-cruise-terminal]]at Port Rashid. During wintertime Costa Cruises has based one of its cruise ships (Costa Luminosa) at Dubai.
A boat service by Valfajre Shipping Company [url=http://www.valfajr.ir]]leaves [[Bandar Lengeh[/url]] on Sundays and Tuesdays at 6:00pm, docking at Port Rashid in Dubai. Crossing the Persian Gulf takes roughly 6 hours, and a two way first class ticket costs as of February 2010 US$145 (IR 1,450,000) and also two way economy class ticket costs US$122 (IR 1,220,000).
Dubai's 52-km long Red Line, opened in September 2009, is the third metro in the Arab world after [wiki=b181c43993de481ea462a2bfe11f0a1b]Cairo[/wiki] and [wiki=6a5f69fac89c795d9a842460b8f0ff02]Algiers[/wiki]. As of May 15, 2010, 21 stations are open and the rest are scheduled to open by the end of the year. While the line does not serve the old city center, it's handy for zipping along Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road and includes stops at the airport, Burj Khalifa and the Mall of the Emirates. The Green Line, which burrows through the city core, has been open as of September 9, 2011. A further two stops, Al Jadaf and Creek, are complete but will open at a later date pending development. Transfers are possible at Union Square and Khalid Bin Al Waleed. There are also Blue and Purple lines under construction with opening dates in the next few years.
Single tickets range from Dh2-8.50, or double that for use of the "Gold" first class carriage. Train run every 3-5 minutes from 5:50 AM to Midnight every day except Thursday and Friday, when services are extended to 5:50 AM to 1 AM and limited to 1 PM to Midnight, respectively. All stations are air-conditioned and there's a large network of feeder buses. Trains run every 2 minutes during morning and evening rush hour.
In addition, a 5 km monorail system shuttles passengers across the Palm Jumeirah to the Atlantis hotel, but it's not yet connected to the metro network and is thus of very limited utility.
The Dubai Tram opened on the 12th of November 2014, and links Dubai Marina with the Burj Al Arab and JBR. The tram interchanges with Jumeirah Lakes Towers Station and Dubai Marina Station of the Dubai Metro's Red Line, and two more metro station are expected to connect with the tram in the future.
Services operate every six minutes from 06:30 to 01:38. On Fridays, the service starts at 09:00. The tram has a fixed fare of AED 3 per ride regardless of the distance travelled. A Nol Card can be used by passengers to check-in and check-out of the tram by scanning the card at the platform screen doors.
Dubai has an extensive public bus network [url=http://vgn.dm.gov.ae/DMEGOV/dm-trans-timetables],]which is a cheaper means of travelling within the several districts in Dubai. A map of the bus system can be found online [url=http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/buses/FullBusNetwork_sm.pdf[/url],]as well as detailed route maps and timetables [url=http://www.rta.ae/wpsv5/links/publictransportpdf.htm[/url].]Public buses are clean and cheap, but unfortunately not very comprehensive and (on some routes) quite infrequent. The bus system is most useful for getting between different areas of central Dubai, or between the various suburbs, rather than general transport. Taxis or a fair amount of walking will also be required if you wish to visit Dubai without a car of your own.
You will require a Nol card or ticket for fare payment. Cards could be purchased from most bus stations, metro stations, and sometimes from the bus driver.
The main bus stations are Gold Souq Market (in Deira) and Al Ghubaiba bus station (in Bur Dubai). The flat fare is 2 AED, but might be higher for hour-long rides to distant suburbs. Clear route maps and time-tables are placed inside a few bus stands. Ramadan timings differ. The front seats are reserved for women.
Probably the single most useful service for the casual tourist is Line 8, which starts at the Gold Souq, takes the tunnel under the Creek to Heritage Village, and then sets off down Jumeirah Rd (just behind the beach) and all its hotels and malls, up to Burj al-Arab and Wild Wadi. Line 8 terminates near the Internet City, while its 8A variant goes down a little further and also serves the Mall of the Emirates.
For a good, hop on - hop off, type tour try the Big Bus Company [http://www.bigbustours.com/dub/html/dub_home.html[/url]. It runs two routes; the blue route through Jumeirah and the recently constructed areas, and the red route centering on the older parts of Dubai. The hub for both routes is Wafi City mall, and an 175 AED ticket covers 24 hours of riding.
Taxis ply the streets of Dubai and are relatively easy to spot. The easiest place to find them is at the taxi queue at one of the malls or outside a hotel. Waving down a taxi on the road is possible, but can be difficult during rush hours. At peak times (7-9AM & 4-7PM workdays, and Friday evenings) demand far exceeds supply, and not only are taxis hard to find, but those who deign to pick you up may demand crazy off-meter fares or refuse short rides in congested areas entirely. The standard of driving in Dubai ranges from poor to wild - taxis are some of the worst on the roads. Taxi drivers are pretty good at knowing where the main shopping malls and hotels are, however less well known places will mean the driver calling his brother-in-law to get directions, whilst he drives around in circles on your time - hence it is a good idea to have a rough idea of where you are heading or what a nearby landmark is. It also helps to know exactly what place you are going to rather than to ask for the nearest whatever-it-is (hotel, Metro stop, etc.), as they might drive farther in order to charge you a higher fare.
Taxis are metered at 1.75 dhs/km, so no haggling is necessary. The rates of all taxi companies - Dubai Transport, National, Cars, Metro, and Arabian - are identical, so just take the first one that comes along. From the airport, there is a standing charge of 25 dhs; all other street pickups attract a standing charge of 5.00 dhs during the day, 5.50 at night (10 PM-6AM), but a minimum fare of 10 dhs applies, and there is a surcharge of 20 dhs for going to [wiki=a38fc5ae75908cd961d5a00b1a0cef85]Sharjah[/wiki]. Taxis are not exempt from the Salik road toll charges which costs an additional 4 Dh (since January 1st 2013). Beware of unmarked hotel taxis and limousines though: while some of these are metered, they are not tied to the official rates, and can be much more expensive. [http://dtc.dubai.ae/en.portal?dtctariff,Article_000031,1,&_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=view] One way to spot whether a taxi is official or not is to look for a meter: no meter, don't get in.
If you can't find one otherwise, you can attempt to call a taxi at 04-2080808, there's a surcharge of 3 dhs to book. The booking system was notorious for its unreliability but with a significantly increased taxi fleet, many taxis now deliberately wait in unofficial holding areas waiting for bookings. As a result, on a good day it can be possible to book a taxi and have it arrive within less than five minutes. If you absolutely have to get somewhere at a certain time (say, the airport or a meeting), it's still best to book a hotel taxi in advance, and get their estimate of how bad the traffic will be.
Solo women are advised to travel in the back of the taxi as some drivers see it as a sexual invitation if you get in the front.
There are a countless number of Rent-A-Cars that will provide a mode of transportation for very cheap rates and very little paperwork. An International Driving Permit is not necessarily required, but hire companies may not rent a car without one. (is not required only for major european and gulf countries, however strictly required for other countries like Russia etc., according to RTA)
Some agencies will hire out cars complete with drivers. Visitors taking advantage of this option will need to make certain that their driver knows his way around as many do not.
When driving on the main roads, such as Sheikh Zayed road, the junction numbers are not in logical order. Junction 13 is just after Junction 18 and are rarely as shown on the maps. Road names can also be very confusing with slight differences in spelling (due to different transliterations from Arabic) being very important. The construction work that is taking place throughout and around Dubai can make finding your destination a challenge. Temporary road layouts change with alarming regularity and temporary signs can be misleading or non existent. As GPS maps are not up to date (and usually not anyway available to rent with hire cars), you will be very well off with a printed map (you can get an excellent one in Virgin stores, for example. There is a Virgin Megastore on the top floor of City Center).
Driving during morning and afternoon peak hours is not recommended, as traffic slows to a standstill and even a simple trip across a bridge can take up to 45 minutes. There is also a scarcity of parking spaces in many parts of the city.
With such a mixture of nationalities residing in the city, driving styles are mixed to say the least. Both dangerous and experienced driving will be witnessed or experienced frequently, and bear in mind that Dubai has one of the highest per capita road death rates in the world. There is zero tolerance for alcohol and driving with stiff penalties meted out including jail and deportation.
See Salik.ae [http://www.salik.ae] for information about toll to pay on certain routes in Dubai. If you rent a car, usually a Salik tag will be provided by the car hire company and you will be charged separately when returning the car.
Note on Navigation systems: In case you are renting a car, you definitely want a navigation system. Even people living there need GPS. For this, you have 2 options: You can rent a GPS or get a car with navigation system. Or you can get data service with your smart phone and use google map or other navigation systems on smart phones.
An easier way of crossing the Dubai Creek is by abra, essentially a small ferry. Abra stations are located along the Creek on both the Bur Dubai and Deira sides, and the system of filling the boats is remarkably efficient. The cross-river trip costs 1 Dirham (AED 1) per passenger, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station, and affords a very picturesque view of the city (not to be missed). Abras set off very regularly, and the service is available round-the-clock.
Abras can also be hired for a private tour (for a price negotiable with the driver but usually very cheap). This is quite a popular activity at sunset on a clear day, particularly if the driver is able to enliven the tour with stories about the structures on either side of the Creek. Just make sure that the purpose of one's abra hire is made clear at the outset--otherwise you will be in for a very expensive cross-river trip or a crowded private tour.
The Waterbus is another option for tourists who want to go by boat but avoid the abra crowd (or the heat). It is a part of Dubai's public transport system, so again a Red ticket, or any Nol card is required for the journey. Can be purchased at the waterbus station.
The waterbus also features a 'tourist route' round trip - while it is convenient, it can get quite expensive (Dh50 for an adult, Dh25 for a child)
The Creek is also the home of many boats offering more comfortable (and correspondingly more expensive) tours, often in boats designed to resemble dhows. Along with creek, Dubai marina also has their own Luxury Dinner boats and modern dhow cruises. Prices tend to be higher, particularly for dinner cruises with on-board entertainment.
Al Ahmadiya School, Deira. Built in 1912, this was Dubai's first school and has now been nicely restored. It would be a stretch to call the exhibits of old reed pens and diplomas fascinating, but they've tried pretty hard, and if nothing else, the air-con and clean toilets may come in handy. Free entry.
* Bastakiya District. One of the last remaining pockets of Old Dubai, home to many reconstructed buildings in the traditional style. While information on the structures is slim here (see the museum in preference), the atmosphere is very evocative and there are plenty of delightful art galleries and cafes to explore.
* Dubai Museum, Al Ibn Abi Talib Road, ph: +971 (4) 353-1862. A must-see for anyone interested in the social history of the Emirate (and indeed the country). A visit starts at the al-Fahidi fort, which has a few examples of the traditional reed houses and other artifacts, but isn't much to look at. The more interesting part is the modern extension built underneath the fort, showcasing Dubai's history using the latest technology and culminating in a reconstructed souq from the pearling days, complete with authentic sights and sounds. It is quite fascinating to see the speed at which the transition from poor pearling village to modern metropolis occurred. Admission 3AED.
* Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 (opposite Palm Strip Mall). Is the largest in the city, and a wonderful example of Islamic architecture. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with the interior decorated with elaborate Arabic calligraphy. It is one of few mosques in the city open for visits by non-Muslims, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding[http://www.cultures.ae/xflow/galleries/smccu/] conducts special tours for non-Muslims to help promote understanding of Islam. Guided tours are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday beginning at 10AM, followed by a question-and-answer session. Located on Jumeirah Road, the mosque is an especially great place to visit in the evening when it's dramatically illuminated by floodlights.
* Shindagha District - Home to the open museums of the Heritage Village, and has the home of former Sheikh Rashid Al-Maktoum.
* Souks - There are a number of nice souks, or markets, on both sides of the creek that are worth exploring. They sell everything from spices to crafts to very inexpensive tourist t-shirts.
Don't miss Dubai's overwhelming shopping malls, listed under [wiki=8fe683e36de79c09f89f56dd002dda0e]#Buy|Buy[/wiki].
* Burj Khalifa, [url=http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/observation-deck/ticket-information.aspx].]Until recently called Burj Dubai, at 828 metres and 160 floors this is the world's tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in [[Taipei[/url]]. The observation deck at the 124th floor is the 2nd highest in the world after the Shanghai World Financial center. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors' entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall[url=http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/Index.aspx].]Although the tour is called At the Top be aware that it isn't! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452m it's just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets cost Dhs 125 for a timed entry ticket, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait. Tickets can sell out several days in advance, and it is advisable to book them online ahead of your visit.
* The Dubai Fountain, [url=http://www.thedubaimall.com/en/entertainment/entertainment-section/the-dubai-fountain.html[/url].]At 270m (900ft) in length and sporting a jet that shoots water up to 150m (500 ft), the Dubai Fountain is indeed the world's largest dancing fountain and one with a very enticing display - a definite must see. The show starts every evening at the Burj Dubai Lake. Easy way to approach it is via the Dubai Mall.
Shows are every 30 minutes from 6pm to 10pm on weekdays and from 6pm to 11pm on weekends. It's the world’s largest dancing fountain with classical, Arabic and world music. About 1.5 million lumens of projected light and the spray heights of up to 150m/500 ft (22,000 gallons of airborne water).
* Burj al-Arab hotel [url=http://www.burj-al-arab.com[/url].]For a real glimpse into "how the other half lives", (self-proclaimed as the only 7 star hotel in the world), afternoon tea, or cocktails, may be an interesting experience. Entry to the hotel requires a reservation which will be confirmed at the entry gate, although residents of adjacent Jumeirah hotels may be able to visit by arrangement. Other tourists may occasionally be able to book tours of the hotel itself, however these will not run when the hotel is full. A "very smart casual" dress code applies. Reservations are usually required about a month in advance for a room, but a few days will generally suffice for a meal.
* Dubai Marina. One of the newer and more popular areas of Modern Dubai, both with residents and tourists. It offers numerous features such as a phenomenal skyline, world class hotels, a fabulous beach, a mall, and 2 different walkways (The Walk and Marina Walk) with coffee shops, restaurants, and shops. Marina Walk is right on the "Marina water", and there are many yachts there. You can rent a [url=http://arabianyachting.com/]yacht for a cruise[/url[/url] around the area. The Walk has a nice open market run from October till May, every Fridays and Saturdays at daylight.
* Palm Islands[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palm_Islands]. The three largest artificial islands in the world are located just off the coast of Dubai; a major urban development to add a significant amount of upscale beachfront property to the area. Each of the islands is shaped like a palm leaf, with a trunk connected to the mainland, fronds extending from the trunk, and a crescent (a breakwater encircling the trunk and fronds). Of the three planned, the Palm Jumeirah, at 5km square and near Dubai Marina, is the only one yet open, connected to the mainland by a freeway bridge and a monorail and sporting marinas, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping areas.
Satwa - this is a small community much resembling a town, its streets are rowed by textile shops notably opposite the Satwa Mosque ending to the opposite of Satwa clinic. Most of the people flock to Satwa for their textiles, you might sometimes catch offers and discounts but if you don't do so try bargaining the price, this is what most locals do, even if you're a tourist convince the salesman to give you a discount, bargain till you get the lowest price available. Not only is Satwa a hub for textile shops; some tailoring shops on the corners are also found if you want a dress made as soon as possible after purchasing the raw materials. Raw silk might also be available in some shops. Because of the row of textile shops, it might be Dubai's version of Little India and Little Manila as many Indians reside in this district as well as Filipinos.
Gold Souk- Not a mall, but a historic market that has been a part of Dubai since the origin of Dubai itself. Located at the mouth of the creek, it dazzles people by selling gold in large quantities and with little visible security. A must visit for shoppers and sightseers. Most of the gold is 22ct quality and quite expensive - although even here the shopkeepers are prepared to bargain - and the craftsmanship can be remarkably detailed. The gold items are sold by weight with a "making charge" added on top to cover the workmanship. It pays therefore, to go shopping armed with the current gold price and a knowledge of the making charges in order to hone the bargaining process. Many outlets are part of chains that also have branches in malls, so are generally reliable.
* Spice Souk- As above, not a mall, but a historic market that has been a part of Dubai since the origin of Dubai itself. Located at the mouth of the creek, it is not far from the Gold Souk, but has sadly declined a bit in recent years as supermarkets take over the spice trade. If you're actually shopping for spices, odds are you'll get better prices and quality with much less hassle at Carrefour. Both the Spice Souk and the Gold Souq are a rather hot and sweaty experience with limited air-conditioning, so wear appropriately cool, loose clothing if visiting in mid summer. Individual shops are air conditioned. Although regularly visited by tourists, none of the souks are considered a tourist area and as such modest dress should be worn to avoid causing offence or attracting unwanted attention.
is Dubai's Largest Mall, which was opened in November 2008. It has over 1200 shops of brand names from all over the world. It is currently the largest mall in the world. Contains an indoor ice rink and indoor aquarium. It is right next door to the Burj Khalifah, the world's tallest building, and the visitors' entrance to the Burj Khalifah is located at the lower ground floor of the Mall.
* Mercato, which is Italian for Market, is the only Renaissance-themed shopping mall in the Middle East. It captures Italian, French and Spanish flavors and artistic characteristics playing host to regular fairs and festivals from each country. Mercato provides a unique shopping experience, the best in international entertainment and popular brand names like Virgin Megastore, Top Shop, Mango and Hugo Boss; Mercato is simply The Good Life. Also, Mercato houses a big Spinneys Supermarket, a 7 screen Grand Cinema, a Starbucks, and mouth watering restaurants such as Bella Donna who have a balcony overlooking the sea that cannot be missed.
* With a bright, open, and spacious atmosphere, Town Centre Jumeirah is a place to shop, relax and casually dine at a wide selection of eateries like Sumo Sushi, Cafe Ceramique, La Cafette by Carpe Diem and Simply Healthy. The centre also houses an extensive range of ladies' beauty outlets like the Nail Station, Paris Gallery, Kaya Skin Care Clinic, Wax Lounge and SOS Salon.
* Mall of the Emirates, near 4th interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road [url=http://www.malloftheemirates.com],]Outside Ramadan: Sun-Wed 10AM-10:00PM; Thu-Sat 10AM-12PM (midnight); Ramadan: Sun-Sat: 10AM-1AM. It was largest shopping mall outside of North America, until the Dubai Mall opened in 2008. 200+ shops, cinemas, plus the Ski Centre. Has many international high street chains as well as luxury brand stores, including Harvey Nichols. Many restaurants and cafes, though cafes tend to be much more crowded than at other malls. It's attached to a Kempinski hotel, which has restaurants licensed to serve alcohol that are accessible from the mall. Very large Carrefour hypermarket attached, next to the Kempinski Hotel. Arabian/Middle Eastern souvenir shops upstairs.
* Ibn Battuta Mall, Jebel Ali [url=http://www.ibnbattutamall.com[/url]]Daily 10AM-12AM (midnight). Areas themed around six countries (China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and the Andalusia). Wide range of shops, although fewer high class brands. Has various restaurants and cafes (including three Starbucks), and a multiplex cinema including an Imax. No restaurants serve alcohol. Also has extensive, permanent exhibition of Islamic science, invention and astronomy. Attached (access via outside) is one of Dubai's few second-hand bookshops, House of Prose. Has a Geant supermarket attached.
* Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah Road [url=http://www.madinatjumeirah.com/shopping/[/url].]Includes 75 shops, numerous bars, restaurants and cafes, a nightclub, theatre. More expensive and targeted directly at tourists than other, general malls where residents go. Most bars and restaurants are licensed for alcohol. Nice to wander through as it has been designed to resemble a "traditional" souq, but with the modern comforts of air conditioning. Lots of souvenir-type shops.
* Burjuman Centre, Khalifa Bin Zayed Road [url=http://www.burjuman.com[/url],]Sat-Thu 10AM-10:00PM; Fri 2PM-10PM. Recently opened after expansion, focus is on premium brand stores and luxury boutiques, but high street stores are also available. No restaurants serve alcohol. Walking distance to the Consulate District.
* Deira City Centre [url=http://www.deiracitycentre.com[/url].]This is by far the most popular mall in Dubai and a visit to Dubai is not complete without a visit. Debenhams, Virgin Megastore, Zara and other international high street brands. A multiplex cinema, and many restaurants and cafes. Also has a large "Arabian Treasures" souvenir and traditional textiles area. A new extension includes many more high-end boutiques and upmarket mall restaurants. A big Carrefour hypermarket sell just about everything and is nearly always very busy. There is a Sofitel hotel at one end of the centre, where there are bars and restaurants serving alcohol.
* Wafi Mall [url=http://www.waficity.com[/url].]Includes Marks & Spencer, Goodies. Focus is almost entirely on luxury brands, jewellery and expensive boutiques. Many upmarket restaurants and bars, many of which are licensed (have alcohol available). A luxury spa is attached to the complex. The Egypt-themed architecture, which includes quite beautiful stained-glass pyramids, is worth seeing.
* Emirates Towers Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road [url=http://www.jumeirahemiratestowers.com/lifestyle/[/url],]Daily 10.00AM-10.00PM, Fri 4.00PM-10.00PM. Part of the Emirates Tower Hotel complex. The shops here match the hotel, very high class, plus a Starbucks. Lipton cafe has free wifi. Restaurants and bars all serve alcohol. Quite a popular nightlife spot, with bars and nightclubs and it is considered the most expensive mall in Dubai.
*Gold & Diamond Park, Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road (South side) [url=http://www.goldanddiamondpark.com/[/url].]Sells gold and diamond products. Has none of the character of the more historic gold souq, but is air-conditioned throughout, and easier to reach and park at than the historic souq (which is in the depths of downtown Deira). Can be better value, as it is less "touristy".
* Al Ain Plaza, (known locally as Computer Plaza), On Mankhool Road along from the Ramada Hotel, Bur Dubai heading towards the creek. A mall specializing in computers, laptops, computer parts and computer add ons like monitors, VoIP Phones, hard drives, etc. Prices aren't particularly low, even after haggling, and choices are limited (for example very few shops sell AMD hardware). There is an internet cafe here. AED 10 per hour (minimum 1 hour). Also other malls in this area are good for computers and computer equipment.
* Festival City. Has Dubai's only Ikea, since it relocated from City Centre, and a huge Plug-Ins electronic store. Also an ACE Hardware and a amazing mall which has 550 shops.
* Dubai Outlet Mall, on the road to Al Ain [url=http://www.dubaioutletmall.com/[/url].]A very large mall, with many "factory outlets".
* Dubai Marina Mall, located on Sheikh Zayed Rd, a mall with Books and Stationery (Borders), mobile telephony (du), photography (Nikon), cards (Hallmark), children toys, nutrition, pharmacy (Boots), supermarket (Waitrose), luxury watches, clothing, Starbucks, Dubai souvenirs, etc.
TIP: Several malls have a large Carrefour, or similar, hypermarket where you'll find the lowest cost electronics, and groceries for self-catering. A Carrefour is also located near the Shindagha waterfront in Bur Dubai.
Shawarma is the most available food item on almost all streets (and cheap!) in Dubai. It is the Arabic equivalent of the Burger. It is meat that has been cooked on a skewer and then cut into thin strips and placed into a kuhbus (pita) bread with vegetables and dressing. It costs about AED 6 ($1.9) for either the plain-jane variety or the more exotic Lebanese and Iranian varities. The Shawarma sold by Indian restaurants are arguably the cheapest.
Another local snacks is Fala-Fil (Felafel, Falafel) also available at about the same costs as the shawarma.
Most of the American fast food chains have set up shop in Dubai, including KFC, Chillis, TGI Fridays, Starbucks, and McDonalds. The beauty of the food in Dubai is that you will probably find cuisine for every taste.
For Indians (and vegetarians), Dubai has a big selection of budget Indian vegetarian food. Dosa, vada, idlee, samosa, chapaati/roti, with generous servings of sabji (cooked vegetable stew) are available at throwaway prices, typically less than 10Dhs ($2.5) per course. The more expensive stuff costs upto USD 5.00. Bur Dubai (particularly Meena Bazaar area) and Karama are the places that abound in these restaurants. Most of them are open from 7AM till 10PM or 11PM throughout the week.
The Evergreen Pure Vegetarian chain of restaurants scattered throughout the city is worth visiting for its vegetarian dishes and famous Thali. The Evergreen Restaurants are located in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu dhabi. The restaurants in Dubai are in Deira, Bur Dubai and Satwa area of Dubai. Thalis (all round unlimited meal) just cost 10 Dhs. It also has a range of chaats like PaniPuri, BhelPuri.
* It is a Pakistani Restaurant that provides cheap Pakistani & Indian food. Good for anyone with a spicy tooth.
* The Karachi Darbar chain of restaurants scattered throughout the city.
* The Jabal Al Noor chain of restaurants. A Middle Eastern take on fast food and its own unique variety of drinks with names such as "Lexus"," Burj al Arab", and "Sitara". AED 7-10 per item.
* The Anjappar Restaurant and Ibrahimi Restaurant are famous for their wonderful delicacies.
* Pak Liyari Restaurant is famous for excellent biryani.
As mentioned earlier, Dubai is a melting pot for various cultures who have bought their local cuisines over with them. For those who are open to trying new and different foods , Frying Pan Adventures [http://www.fryingpanadventures.com/] offers food tours that allows visitors to try various regional foods while at the same time exploring less known parts of Dubai.
A restaurant by RJS Group. With outdoor seating and a separate shisha area.
*It is an Asian restaurant that serves a wide range of food from all over Asia, so there is shabu shabu, sushi and teppanyaki of course. The prices are really reasonable, and they have promotional offers almost everyday.
* A family-run Lebanese restaurant. With outdoor seating and separate shisha area.
* Excellent Lebanese cuisine and ambience. In the cooler months the outdoor verandah is a pleasure. No alcohol served.
* Asian food.
* Japanese cuisine, very popular with the Japanese expat community.
* Fish and chips.
* Automatic, this is a chain of popular Lebanese restaurants found all over Dubai. Famous for its lamb chops & Friday lunch buffet. No alcohol served.
* Serving an assortment of cuisines, the highlight of this beautiful restaurant is that it revolves, giving a nice tour of the city.
* This is an open air Iranian restaurant where one can sit in traditional machans (large bed-like seating) and enjoy a fine Iranian meal. The speciality is the mixed grill which is served with live coal. After the meal, you may smoke a traditional sheesha pipe. No alcohol served.
* The dishes are from Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia and the popular house speciality must be the Pepper or Chili Crab. You can eat at the restaurant or order home delivery to most areas of new Dubai.
* A wonderful noodle bar located at the InterContinental Dubai. Well priced, with excellent food.
* Traditional & authentic Italian pizza baked in wood fired Italian stone oven, thin & crispy crust. People living in Dubai usually order food online from sites which provide 24 hour service. One can search the best pizzas, sushi, kebabs, burgers and order any kind of food in Dubai from [url=http://www.eateasily.com]eateasily[/url]. One can place orders for delivery, pickup or table booking from list of top restaurants in Dubai.
* Excellent Lebanese food.
The top hotels in the city all have at least one restaurant serving (most commonly) some form of international cuisine - Italian, Japanese, Indian and so on. Quality tends to be high, along with price, but non-guests are able to reserve tables as well, thus allowing the rest of us to experience a bit of these hotels.
At.mosphere is an exclusive fine dining restaurant, located on Level 122 of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Great option for an Afternoon Tea and sunset views.
* The first and the only authentic Emirati Cuisine in UAE. A complete mesmerizing experience of Emirati traditions, authentic Emirati cuisine and Middle Eastern hospitality, in the ambience of Dubai recreated from the 1960’s.
* Is a fine dining restaurant, its specialty are steaks. A suitable venue for romantic dinners and family gatherings.
* Japanese cuisine. Very high quality and very popular.
* Run by famed Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Drinks Served. Reservations recommended especially on Friday nights. Very costly, but fantastic service.
* Also run by famed Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Drinks served. Reservations recommended especially on Friday nights.
* Indian Cuisine run by Asha Bosle. Good food but little expensive
* Exceptional Chinese food.
* Part of the Burj Al Arab hotel, and as you would expect is also very high quality! Seafood.
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The premier fine dining restaurant at the Holiday Inn Dubai - Al Barsha serves authentic Thai food. This contemporary Thai restaurant is the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.
For Indian fine dining experience in Dubai visit Gharana at Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha. Gharana offers finest Indian food with the live music
If you feel like having a meal fit for a king, but don't want to venture outside, Room Service [http://www.roomservice.ae/][Image:DXBLegends.JPG|thumb|500px|View from Legends Steakhouse]]This restaurant is part of the Creek Golf Clubhouse. Highly popular with residents but, unfortunately, not known to tourists is this fabulous waterfront restaurant. Situated overlooking the Dubai Creek, it provides an excellent meal and views. Very reasonably priced for the ambience and food.
* This is the Marriott's signature restaurant. Highly popular with Dubai residents.
* Beautiful nouvelle French cuisine, served in a comfortable and sophisticated atmosphere, run by Michelin star chef Michel Rostang. By far one of the best restaurants in town, but extremely pretentious as well.
Longs Bar, Towers - Rotana (op Financial centre metro). The longest bar in the UAE, typical English style, similar to a Wetherspoons. Great music and DJs plus food and friendly atmosphere. . Open until 3AM.
*Left Bank, in the Madinat Jumeirah is perfectly situated on the waterfront in one of the most tranquil areas of Dubai. A great food menu leads on to some excellent cocktails and music inside. Open 12PM - 2AM daily.
*The Rooftop Swimming Pool, on top of Hilton Dubai Creek. Small bar but wonderful views especially at sunset.
* The Cocktail Bar, on the 24th floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. Has good views along Jumeirah beach and the Burj al-Arab Hotel, also an open-air terrace (open after the 1st of October).
* The Terrace Bar, Park Hyatt, Deira, Dubai. A chilled out bar touching the Dubai Creek. Good for a one on one evening. Plays light music.
* 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel Complex, [http://www.jumeirahbeachhotel.com/dining/360_degrees/]. The latest addition to the Jumeirah Beach hotel complex. A very cool location at the end of the hotel marina, reached by golf buggy! Open air bar with great views of the Burj hotel and the Jumeirah beach hotel all helped by a cool breeze from the ocean. Various DJ's but think Ibiza lounge bar and you won't be far off. Well worth a visit.
* Boudoir Bar, at the Dubai Marine Beach. Done in an opulent French Renaissance style.
* Sky View Bar, Burj Al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Road. Live bands (both local and international), reservations are a must.
* Stagshead, Avari Dubai, Diera. Located at the lobby level, this traditional Scottish Pub offering bar snacks, a wide range of beverages, Pool tables and a darts board.
* Vu's Bar, Sheikh Zayed Road. Try the 51st Floor house cocktail, it's so deliciously strong, also there's a staggering 200 cocktails to choose from!
* Buddha Bar branch of the international Asian-themed bar/restaurant.
* Bar 44, on the 44th floor of Grosvenor House Hotel in Dubai Marina. Excellent view above the city. Phone: +971 4 399 8888.
* Barasti, on the beach next to Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort in Dubai Marina. Built in three levels (each playing its own music), with lounging areas on the beach, lots of young and foreign people come here during the weekend. Very popular with expats.
* Rock Bottom, a restaurant/"dive" bar/dance club. Dress and theme is very casual. Live Bands and a DJ. Mostly western/expat crowd
* Rattlesnake, Restaurant and Dance Club in the Metropolitan Hotel on Sheik Zhayed Road. Live Philippino Bands and DJ. Popular for single male expats. The music is OK, but the place is just an open market for man to buy. As a single male you might attract a lot of hungry looks. Not recommended unless this is what you want. Entrance fee 50 dirham, Draft Beer 37 dirham.
* Rockafellas Located at Regal Plaza Hotel in Bur Dubai. The same human market as Rattlesnake, but worse in quality. The music played is mostly Arabic and Russian techno. Live bands are African and not as successful as Rattlesnake. Not recommended, as long as you don't want to buy something.
*Great bar/club on the beach in the Palm Jumeirah.
& - Probably the two most popular tea spots in town, especially Filli, who serves over 4000 cups a day!. Try either the zaffrani chai (milk tea with saffron) or the doodh kadak(strong milk tea).
* Set in a lovely garden courtyard in a restored house, Basta is a great place to take a breather with a cold drink and write some postcards. The sandwiches-and-salads menu is aimed squarely at tourists, but if you are sick of kebabs, they will cater to your salmon-avocado wrap and mango smoothie cravings. The "Basta Special" drink of mint and lemon is also excellent.
Al Uruba Hotel, Old Gold Souq, Deira.5 ☎ +971 4 226 6190. Rooms from 300 AED (about 82 USD). Basic, clean and decent hotel with a prime location in the Gold Souk, Deira. Not easy to find as it is unknown to most taxi drivers and eventually accessible only on foot through the Gold Souk. Rooms have fridges and internet.
* Marina furnished apartment , Dubai Marina. Rooms from AED 400," phone="Reservation +971 56 982 4388" email="firstname.lastname@example.org".
* A business hotel launched in October 2008, Grandeur Hotel embraces 125 accommodations consisting of 100 rooms and 25 suites.All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, cable television, safe, wi-fi, wake-up call service and minibar. Some of its facilities and services are sauna, pool bar, cafe, restaurant, business center, fitness room/gym, swimming pool, room service, safe deposit boxes, concierge, wireless internet access, laundry service, airport shuttle service and currency exchange.
* Pool, football field, chill-out garden, A/C in the room, small bar fridge. It's located next to a mosque so morning prayers may wake you. Bus stop just 100 m from hostel, Lulu Hyper Market shopping center and supermarket nearby. Free safety deposit boxes (hang on to your key as they have stiff $200 replacement fee). Clean rooms but unhelpful staff. You can walk there from Terminal 2. When you get out walk straight along 16th St to the end. It takes around 10 min. From terminal 1 or 3 you can take the metro to Deira City Center (6 min, AED 2,50) and from there take bus C19 or 22 to Al Nahda Rd (35 min, AED 2, you'll see the Lulu Shopping Mall on your left). A taxi from terminal 1 or 3 costs around AED 40.
* Pool, gym, children's play area, spa, A/C in the room, small bar fridge. Located all across the city including Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Beach Residences, Jumeirah Lake Towers, Palm Jumeirah and Springs
* Dream Palace Hotel, Al Muraqabat Street. Rooms from AED 400.
* easyHotel Dubai, Jebel Ali, Jafza Street. [url=http://www.easyhotel.com/hotels/dubai.html]]Rooms from AED 110. New hotel in the budget easyHotel chain offering no frills accommodation, although all en-suite and the rooms look very smart for the price. Location is very far out, at least 45dhs to commute to main tourism areas each time and each way. However if you are going to hire a car it is a good option.
* Gulf Pearl Hotel, Al Baraha Street, Omar al khattab Road, ☎ +971 4 2728333. Rooms from AED 158.
* New Peninsula Hotel, Al Fahidi Road, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Rooms from $99.
* Pacific Hotel, Sabakha Street 115, Deira. ☎ +971-4-2276700 [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org[/url], (fax: +971-4-2276761) [http://www.pacifichotel-dubai.com]. Rooms from $80.
* 'Panorama Hotel, Mankhool Road. ☎ +971 4-3518518. Rooms from US $41.
Ascot Hotel, Khalid bin waleed Road, Bur Dabai. ☎+971 4 3520900 [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org], (fax: +971 4 3529819') [url=http://www.ascothoteldubai.com].]Has Russian, Irish and Thai themed restaurants. Rooms from AED $180.
* Avari Hotel, Clock tower, Deira. ☎ +971 4 295 6666 [mailto:email@example.com[/url], (fax: +971 2 295 9359) [url=http://avari.com/avaridubai.php].]Rooms from $152.
*Villa located in the Arabian Ranches, private pool
* Avari Al-Barsha Hotel Apartments, Behind Mall of the Emirates. ☎+971 4 295 6666, toll free: 800 40 55 9 ([mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org[/url], fax: +971 2 295 9359) [http://avari.com/avaridubai.php].
* Opened in 2007, modern hotel, the location means it's primarily useful for business visitors to Internet City. Two restaurants, bar and a "mini-gym" on premises, but no pool, and internet costs AED 100/day.
* Opened in November 2007, it's a stunningly modern hotel. Spacious, airy rooms, excellent gym, great little rooftop pool.
* Manhattan Avenue Hotel, Deira (formerly known as the Hawthorn Suites or Hawthorn Hote). ☎ +971 4 297-0808 (fax: +971 4 297-1112 [mailto:email@example.com}) [url=http://www.hawthorn.com/reservations/locationdetail.asp?facid=4141].]Single rooms start at 400 dirhams (US$111), including breakfast.
* 69 rooms, all of which have air-conditioning, cable television, and an internet connection. Rooftop gymnasium, swimming pool, and a business center are on premises.
* Pearl Continental Hotel Apartments, Al Sufouh | Media City, Dubai, [url=http://www.pchotels.com[/url].]
* Clover Creek Hotel Apartments, Maktoum Street, Dubai
* Highland Hotel, Bur Dubai. ☎+971 4 3939773, (fax: +971 4 3937399 [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org[/url]). Price range: US$108.
* Coral Boutique Hotel Apartments, in Al Barsha, close to Mall of Emirates [url=http://www.coral-international.com/boutique/Index.asp]]Apartments from US$120 upwards, large rooms, friendly staff. "Rumours" Cafe downstairs, and a spa.
* Executive rooms have kitchen. Gym, rooftop swimming pool and shuttle bus to the beach. Friendly service.
* Holiday Inn Dubai Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha 1, P.O.Box 115443, Dubai, UAE. [http://www.hialbarshadubai.com[/url], ☎ +971 4 323 4333, fax: +971 4 323 4334. 310 elegant rooms. A choice of 3 Bars, choice of 2 fine dining restaurants and 6 storey high atrium and piano lounge. Gymnasium, roof top pool, massage rooms, sauna and spa.
Luxury 5 star chain hotel with 3 hotels located in the heart of Downtown Dubai and 15 minutes drive from the airport, accessible by bus and metro; other 2 hotels located in Uptown Dubai.
* One- and two-bedroom suites, all equipped with air conditioning, LCD TV with satellite channels and IDD phone with voice mail, safe. Steam bath, sauna, gymnasium and Stars Cafe on premises, massage also available.
* Rooms with fully-equipped kitchen, microwave, refrigerator, living room and flat screen satellite television. Some of its facilities and services are restaurants, sauna, swimming pool, meeting facilities, business center, currency exchange, dry cleaning, fax/photocopying, free Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service.
* Each of its one, two, three and double-storey loft apartments, is designed with stylish furnishings and broadband internet access, a kitchen, LCD televisions and iPod docking stations.
* Only hotel currently open on the palm. Connects to mainland by monorail.
* Burj al-Arab [url=http://www.burj-al-arab.com/],]Jumeirah. ☎ +971 4 3017777 (email: [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org[/url], fax: +971 4 3017000) [url=http://www.burj-al-arab.com].]Famed for being the first seven-star hotel in the world (technically a five star deluxe hotel), this striking sail-shaped building is a symbol of Dubai and one of most opulent hotels in the world. Rack rates over US $1,800 per night after taxes/fees.
* Full shopping mall and residence attached to hotel.
* 316 rooms and suites.
* Closest 5 Star hotel to the World Trade Centre.
* A resort style hotel with extensive conference facilities.
* Resort with a private beach. The hotel is only 10 floors which is dwarfed by nearby high-rises, but the location is lively and the pool/garden area is lush.
* 414 Rooms and suites with views of the Persian Gulf. Host to Al Dawaar, Dubai's only revolving restaurant.
* 498 rooms over 36 floors with views of the Dubai Creek and a 3800 sq.m. Event Centre. Attached to the Festival Centre shopping mall.
* Offers one, two and three-bedroom serviced suites with a choice between creek and city views. Available for short or long stays.
* Jebel Ali Hotel & Golf Resort, Jebel Ali. (Take exit 13 on the Sheikh Zayed Road) tel: +971-4-8836000 (email: [mailto:email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org[/url], (fax: +971 4 8835543) [url=http://www.jebelali-international.com/jebel_home.asp].]Rooms from US$400.
* 'Jumeirah Beach Hotel', ☎ +971 4 3480000 (email: [mailto:JBHinfo@jumeirah.com JBHinfo@jumeirah.com[/url], fax: +971 4 3482273) [url=http://www.jumeirahbeachhotel.com/].]Next to Burj al-Arab [http://www.burj-al-arab.com/[/url] and run by the same company. Rooms from US$700.
* Five star hotel with a waterfront location next to the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Very fancy with very modern rooms, a great breakfast buffet, a spa and all that you would expect from a five-star hotel.
* The Royal Hotel is across from the Dubai World Trade Centre and opposite the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC).
* This newly built hotel (2011) is located on the upper floors of a mixed-use building.
* Radisson Blu Residence, Dubai Marina is an apartment hotel situated near the Persian Gulf shoreline.
* Attached to Wafi Mall. Egyptian themed.
* Hotel located in Deira near Naif Square Bazaar.
* Hotel located alongside Dubai’s largest private white sand beach.
* Hotel located on shoreline near to The Palm.
* Palm Jumeirah Dubai.
Please be aware of the travel scammers in Dubai. Normally their "representatives" are found in / around the shopping malls, sitting in fancy stalls where they will tell if you answer their question, you will win a gift, they will even help you answering the question by giving you clear hints.
Next they will congratulate you on answering the question and winning a "surprise" gift. They will have your contact details written on a piece of paper and will invite you to join their "party" tomorrow where you will receive your "free" gift. There are also their reps in the shopping malls who will collect from you your contact details and will say they will contact you if you win in the "lucky draw" tonight!
And then you will start receiving calls from their company the next day seeking your confirmation to attend.
When you go to their well decorated office the next day, one of their rep will have a meeting with you for at least more than one and a half hours! Doing nothing but wasting your time and forcing you to buy one of their travel packages (staying for 36 nights or so in five star hotels around the world during coming five years on "discounted" rates etc.). You will find it a bit difficult to get rid of them once you join them. Never ever give them any money, your financial details - simply avoid their reps in the shopping malls etc.
Dubai gives freedom of religion to its residents and citizens, Pork is consumed here mostly by Filipinos and Europeans. Pork sections exclusive for Non-Muslims are found in Spinneys (have numerous branches, they have one in Jumeirah and another in Dubai Marina and many others), Al Maya Lal's (generally caters to Filipinos, they have a branch in Satwa) New Westzone Supermarket (have a branch in Satwa, it's bigger than nearby rival Al Maya Lal's).
St. Mary's Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Oud Metha opposite the Indian High School, it has masses celebrated in Tagalog and other Indian languages as well as in Arabic aside from English. While Holy Trinity Church is a Protestant Church is located too in Oud Metha.