Dubai Travel Guide - with Wired Destinations
Dubai Travel Info - with Wired Destinations
Dubai is a concoction of wealth and prosperity and home to the world’s tallest hotel, the Burj Al Arab, the breathtaking man made island, Palm Jumeirah, and the highest prized horse race on the planet, the Dubai World Cup. Despite the modernity of Dubai, the traditions and culture of the past have certainly not been forgotten, as many ancient buildings like Sheikh Saeed’s Palace, local souks (markets) and traditional alleyways will be found among the enormous, sky shattering buildings. When you have stayed just a short while in this sun drenched Emirate, it is easy to see why Dubai is celebrated as being the “Pearl of the Arabian Gulf” and leaves many travelers pleading for more.
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The Bani Yas tribe was the first to settle at the mouth of the creek in Dubai. The city used to be the center for pearl diving, fishing and trading during the 1880s. Until the turn of the century, Dubai was a successful port, with nearly 350 shops in the souk (market) on the Deira side of the creek. The creek started to slit as a result of the increasing number of ships using it, making the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, decided to dredge the waterway. As a result, the volumes of cargo handling in the city increased and turned Dubai into a major trading hub of the Middle East.
Later in 1966, when oil was discovered, Sheikh Rashid, utilized the oil revenues leading to the city's development. Schools, hospitals, streets, telecommunication network and the new international airport were implemented. In the late 1980s, Dubai emerged as a major tourist hub, with the investments of many outstanding structures and attractions, including the Palm Jumeirah and the Palm Jebel Ali. Today, Dubai is a modern city that boasts luxurious Dubai hotels, unmatchable architecture and international-class entertainment venues and events, making it one of the top UAE travel destinations on travelers’ lists.
Getting around Dubai
Dubai by Plane
Dubai is a glamorous destination that has many airports to consider. Dubai International Airport is one of the largest airports in the Middle East. This innovative hub allows visitors to enjoy duty-free Dubai shopping. Alcohol and other items here are reasonably priced, though you can easily find even better deals in one of the many city malls. Public taxis are available from the airport, or if you know your way around the city, then consider taking a bus to your Dubai hotel. Maktoum International, or JXB, was formerly Dubai World Central and is today the world's largest airport. This airport is located to the west side of Dubai.
Dubai by Car
Dubai has an international border with Oman at Al Wajajah. There are also roads to Dubai's neighboring Emirates of Abu Dhabi and Oman.
Unmetered taxis are phased out in Dubai, so all of them are metered. Nevertheless, taxis are a bit hard to find in this bustling town. The best places to find a taxi are in front of shopping malls and major Dubai hotels. You can wave down a taxi from anywhere in town, but it could be difficult during the tourist season. A better alternative is to try to use the bus. Dubai hotel taxis are a bit more expensive but very reliable.
Local buses run from Deira bus station behind the gold souk. Traveling by bus is a cheaper means of traveling in Dubai. Public buses are clean, but sometimes quite infrequent. Some bus stands have route maps and bus time-tables for travelers' convenience.
There are numerous choices of car rental for a very cheap rate in Dubai. An international driving license is not necessarily required here. However, some agencies may not allow to rent a car without one.
On the main roads, be warned that the junction numbers are not in order. Road names can also be confusing due to slightly different spelling. Driving during rush hour is not recommended as traffic slows to a standstill, meaning that just a simple trip across the bridge can take up to an hour. Parking spaces in many parts of the city are also insufficient.
In any accident, drivers must report to the police before moving the car. However, if the accident is blocking traffic and is not so serious, cars can be moved to the side of the road. Always wait by the car for the police.
Dubai Boat and Abra
Dubai is split in two by the creek, so using an abra or water taxi to get across. This is a short journey which takes only five minutes to get to the other side of the creek. The abra stands on the Diera side are opposite the gold souk and near the Radisson SAS Deira Hotel. On the Bur Dubai side, go to the HSBC building. You can hire an Abra for a personal trip along the creek as well. Traveling by abras and appreciating the picturesque view of Dubai is a must-do for tourists.
There is also boat service taking travelers across the creek. These boats offer more comfortable yet a bit more expensive tours. They also arrange dinner cruises with plenty of on-board entertainment to ensure a memorable Dubai holiday for tourists.
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Dubai is the most progressive Emirate of the UAE and exudes opulence at every turn. Dubai is undergoing a construction boom at present, and every structure, building and monument has to be the biggest, grandest and most luxurious in the world. With Burj Al Arab as the world’s tallest 5-star hotel and debatably the most luxurious one, Dubai could well be mistaken for Las Vegas or Macau by its skyline and is certainly biting at their heels to become the most sought after getaway destination.
When you have exhausted yourself with the abundance of Dubai leisure and sporting activities, then you can kick back, relax, and enjoy some of the cultural and historical Dubai sights of this amazing city. The main tourist areas are divided between the Deira and Bur Dubai. Deira is the commercial and shopping district and is home to an array of souks; the spice souk, the Dubai covered souk and the Deira old souk being the most notable.
Known as the shopping capital of the Middle East, Dubai is a hot place for shopping. Don't miss to haggle in souks, Dubai's historic markets located at the mouth of the creek. Dubai also has many large, air-conditioned Dubai shopping malls like other modern cities around the globe.
Shopping is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s greatest attractions, and it is of no coincidence why it has the reputation of being the ‘shopping capital of the Middle East’. A range of fashionable items can be purchased in the modern super malls or more traditional items can be acquired in the local souks. Whatever you desire, you will not be left disenchanted with the assortment of shopping that is on offer in Dubai.
The newer shopping malls are situated around Beniyas Square on Al-Rigga and Al-Hiyafa Road and are a fantastic spot for purchasing the latest designer clothing and electrical goods. Some of the interesting local products that can be bought are Bedouin jewelries, Arabian souvenirs and some well manufactured carpets. Undeniably, the best time to come shopping in these futuristic looking malls is between the months of March and April, when Dubai holds its annual Dubai shopping festival. More or less every major shop slashes its prices in a month-long shopping bonanza.
The souks (local markets) provide a unique Dubai shopping experience and embrace some of the goods, sights and aromas of the past. The Spice souk, situated on Al-Sabkha Road is the main tourist attraction, while the Gold souk offers fantastic prices on gold. From rings and necklaces to broaches and bangles, some of the bargains of the century can be found in this delightful market. Other notable souks include the fish market in Deira, the Deira old souk and the silk souk.
Visitors will be spoilt for choice with the diverse gastronomy options available in this energetic city. From local specialties served in street vendors to exquisite international cuisine in 5-star Dubai hotels, Dubai quite simply has it all. Being a Muslim state, the majority of restaurants are unable to sell alcohol. The exceptions of this rule are the Century Village, the Irish Village, the Wafi Center and all the major Dubai hotels. Some of the most notable Indian restaurants include the Ashiana, which is sited in the Sheraton Dubai Hotel and serves the best Indian cuisine outside of Bombay. The resident band plays relaxing Indian music to compliment the spicy, aromatic dishes. The Antique Bazaar at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel also serves some mouthwatering Indian cuisine and is famed for its unique décor.
If it is Thai cuisine you seek, then you will not be disappointed with a visit to the Blue Elephant, the Thai Bistro (at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa) or the Banjarong, which is sited in the Thai Dusit Thani Hotel. The chef was originally working in the famed Dusit Thani hotel in Bangkok, and has brought over his special skills to the deserts of Dubai.
Other international restaurants that come highly recommended are the Cappana Nouvo (at the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa) La Vigne and La Venezia (at the Metropolitan Hotel) which all serve authentic Italian dishes in true Mediterranean surroundings. If you aren’t looking to dent your wallet too much, then there is no better venue than Cactus Jacks, which serves up a mean sirloin steak amongst tequila slammers. The resident DJ starts spinning his tracks after 11 pm on weekends, when things start to get a little wild.
For local delights, look no further than the Al Qasr restaurant, sited in the Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, this local gem serves some of the finest Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine on the planet. Set in tranquil settings, overlooking splendid gardens, the beach and swimming pool, the Al Qasr restaurant also provides some great entertainment in the form of belly dancers who ply their trade by dancing to some authentic Arabian music. A visit here is truly a memorable experience.
Other restaurants that are worth checking out are Ikea, a Swedish restaurant in the Deira Shopping Mall, Spago’s Italian Restaurant, the Tamasha Indian Restaurant, the Ayam Zaman Lebanese Restaurant and Da Gama’s, which serves a nice blend of Portuguese dishes.
Contrary to common beliefs, Alcohol is widely available in Dubai, despite it being a Muslim state. Often in the evening you will see Dubai Arabs settling down and enjoying an alcoholic beverage after a hard day's work in the scorching sun. The most popular venues tend to be the big Dubai hotels as these have alcohol licenses. However they are not the only options available, some of the independent bars provide some cheaper and in some cases livelier alternatives to the opulent Dubai hotels.
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