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.
new tourist destination, Dubai has gained in
popularity in recent years. It is essentially a
desert city with superb infrastructure, liberal
policies (by regional standards), and excellent
tourist amenities. Just 5 hrs from Europe and 3
hrs from most parts of the Middle East, the Near
East, and the sub-continent of India, Dubai
makes a great short break for shopping,
partying, sunbathing, fine dining, sporting
events, and even a few sinful pleasures. It is a
city of superlatives: for the fastest, biggest,
tallest, largest and highest, Dubai is the
The weekly day
off is on Friday. Note that, since September
2006, a harmonized weekend of Friday and
Saturday has been adopted for the public sector
and schools. Government departments,
multi-national companies, and most schools and
universities are now off on Friday and Saturday
(after years of a mixed bag of Friday/Saturday
and Thursday/Friday weekends). Some local
companies still work a half day on Thursday with
a full-day on Saturday.
The city of
Dubai is situated on a coastal strip bordered by
desert and gets very hot and humid in the
summer. Cooler, more pleasant weather lasts from
the end of September to beginning of May
(although note that pleasant is relative, which
daily temperatures from October to January and
March to May still being in the lower 20s
Celsius/70s Fahrenheit), but be prepared for
cold night temperatures. In winter the
temperature at night is usually from 10-16
Celsius (50-60 Fahrenheit). In May, June, July,
August and September, the sun is intense and
temperatures can touch 45 degrees Celsius in the
city and even higher in the desert! The heat
coupled with humidity of 60-70 near the coast
effectively precludes most activity outdoors for
the daylight hours during summer.
April generally produces the highest
precipitation, which at 10 cm (5 in) still isn't
much. Some years yield no more than a few
minutes of shower in Dubai. November 2006
brought record rains up to 50 cm of rain with
temperatures going down to record lows.
several airports to consider. 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 food court area of the departures
concourse. The card will cost AED 150. Note: If
you intend to buy an e-gate card in Dubai, you
must have entered UAE via Dubai airport.
International Airport (DXB) is the largest
hub in the Middle East and the home base of the
Dubai's flag carrier
fact, it's grown at such a furious pace that the
present terminals are bursting at the seams,
especially during the peak hours around midnight
— immigration lines can be long and it can be
difficult to find a place to sit. The opening of
Emirates' dedicated Terminal 3, planned for May
2008, should ease things considerably.
The airport is
famous for its
Alcohol is also available at an inbound duty
free store situated in the baggage reclaim area.
The allowance is 4 bottles (or four 6 packs) per
will opt for public taxis from the airport,
readily available just outside arrivals, which
use the meter and start at Dhs 20. If you
already know your way around the city or are
continuing elsewhere, you may also want to opt
for buses 401 and 402 (Dhs 3), which go to the
Al Sabkha and Al Ghubaiba bus terminals
respectively. The Dubai Metro, planned to open
in 2009, will have a station at the airport.
International Airport (SHJ) is located in
the emirate of
Sharjah. It is
only half an hour by road from Dubai and is
taking an increasing number of international
flights as Dubai airport struggles to keep up
with demand. The principal carrier here is
Air Arabia, a
low-cost carrier serving the Middle East and
South Asia. A taxi ride to Dubai will typically
cost Dhs 50. The airport is fairly basic but is
International (JXB), formerly "Dubai World
Central", is gigantic — by some measures the
world's largest — airport under construction on
the west side of Dubai. It will start taking
cargo flights in 2008, but passenger services
are still a few years away.
international road border is with Oman 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 reenter. Ensure that
insurance is valid for the UAE (preferably
before commencing the journey). Temporary UAE
insurance can be purchased at the border for a
There are also
road borders between the neighboring Emirate of
Abu Dhabi and Oman at the Al Burami Oasis which
divides the sister cites of Al Ain and Al Burami,
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.
From Iran: a
boat service by Valfajr Shipping Company leaves
Bandar-e-Lengeh (and also bandar abbas)
supposedly every second day and docks in Port
Rashid in Dubai. It returns to Bandar-e-Lengeh
(and also bandar abbas) the following day.
Crossing the Persian Gulf takes roughly 6 hours,
and a two way ticket costs as of February 2008
USD 88 (IR 950,000). The ticket includes lunch
(Iranian style). Using this service requires a 3
month visa which costs IR 1,550,000.
reasonably priced and easily found on all main
roads in built-up areas, 24 hours. The official
taxis (cream color) are a lot cheaper than
people approaching you at the airport saying
"you want taxi?". They are metered thus saving a
haggle over prices. From the airport, there is a
standing charge of AED 20; all other pick ups
attract a standing charge of AED 3.00. You can
hail a taxi at any place. When driving the rate
is AED 1.60 per km. There is nothing to choose
in rates between the 5 players: Dubai Transport,
National, Cars, Metro, and Arabian; so, take the
first one that comes along. Driving standard in
Dubai ranges from poor to wild - taxis are some
of the worst on the roads.
transport is a cheaper means of traveling within
the several districts in Dubai. Public buses are
clean, frequent, and cheap, but unfortunately
not very comprehensive. 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.
The main bus
stations are Gold Souq Market (in Deira) and Al
Ghubaiba bus station (in Bur Dubai). The fare
for an in-town is usually 1.50 AED, up to 3.00
AED for an hour-long ride to the suburbs. Clear
route maps and time-tables andare placed inside
every bus stand. Ramadan timings differ. The
front seats are reserved for women.
are also available to other emirates (at Al
Ghubaiba), and to Oman.
For a good, hop
on - hop off, type tour try the Big Bus Company.
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
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. Depending on which country you are
from (UK, USA & Australian licenses are
acceptable), your driving license could be used
to obtain a temporary driving permit at the
licensing office in the 'City Centre' shopping
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 18 and are rarely as
shown on the maps. Road names can also be very
confusing with slight differences in spelling
(due to transliteration 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
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.
Dangerous driving will be witnessed, or
experienced, on a frequent basis; 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
for information about toll to pay
on certain routes in Dubai.
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
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'll be in for a very expensive
cross-river trip or a crowded private tour.
The Creek is
also the home of many boats offering more
comfortable (and correspondingly more expensive)
tours, often in boats designed to resemble
dhows. Prices tend to the higher end of the
scale, particularly for dinner cruises with
The RTA (Roads
Transport Authority) has embarked on an
ambitious project to introduce a Metro Rail
system. Construction has already commenced and
the first phase is expected to be complete by
late 2009. Eventually, there will more than 6
metro lines covering various Dubai developments.
Bastakiya District. The last remaining
pocket 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.
al-Arab hotel. 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. Already the world's tallest
structure and still growing taller every
day, this is one landmark you cannot
possibly miss seeing. The exact final height
remains a mystery, but it has already passed
600m (100m taller than Taipei 101, the
previous record-holder) and is expected to
pass 800m before completion in late 2009.
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). The
centrepiece of the museum is a reconstructed
souq from the pearling days, complete with
authentic sights and sounds. There is also a
considerable focus on the speed at which the
transition from poor pearling village to
modern metropolis occurred. Admission 3AED.
Zoo, Jumeirah Road. An outdoor zoo near
to the beach. Considering the extreme
temperatures during the summer months, there
are plans bring the zoo indoors. Admission
Souq, Deira. One of the more startling
sights in the city, even for those not
interested in making a purchase. 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
Battuta Mall, Commissioned in early 2005
this mall is worth visiting less for the
shopping it offers and more for the
architectural ambience created in its six
courts designed according to the traditional
architecture of China, India, Persia, Egypt,
Tunisia and Andalusia
Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah
1 (opposite Palm Strip Mall).
Generally considered to be one of the more
attractive mosques in the region, as well as
one of the few which are open to non-Muslims
for tours. Tours run on Thursdays and are
followed by a question-and-answer session
about Islam for those who want to know more.
- Mall of
the Emirates. Home to what is currently
the world's largest indoor ski slope. Guests
at the nearby hotel have free ski passes and
clothing hire, while other visitors need to
purchase ski tickets. Warm clothes are
Shindagha District Home to the open
museums of the Heritage Village, and has the
home of former Sheikh Rashid Al-Maktoum.
Palm Islands -
the three largest artificial islands in the
Shopping. Dubai is a shopper's paradise.
Shops open as early as 9AM and stay open to
10PM and on weekends to 12AM and some stay
to 1AM. There are innumerable shopping
centers and malls around town to keep any
Entertainment. As Dubai has grown from a
small town into a bustling city, so has the
entertainment. There are many music and
sport events through out the year. Dubai
also has a Dubai Shopping Festival
and Dubai Summer Surprises to
entertain visitors and residents. Most 3-5
star hotels have bars and nightclubs for
those interested in the nightlife.
World-class DJ's frequent Dubai's
nightclubs, and many A-list musical
celebrities are adding Dubai to their list
of tour dates.
and sea. There are endless water-sport
opportunities as Dubai has some of the
whitest and sandiest beaches in the world.
Ocean temperatures range from 22°C in winter
up to 35°C in summer, meaning you might as
well forget a hotel and bathe in the ocean.
Very salty though. Diving activities have
been severely affected by offshore
construction work for the Palms and The
World; consequently, long boat trips are
necessary to reach wreck sites.
Alternatively, one can make the 90 minute
road journey to the East coast Emirate of
Fujairah or the Sharjah enclave, Khor Fakkan,
for top class diving on coral reefs
supporting extensive marine life.
Safari or Dune Bashing. Head out
to the desert in an SUV with specialist
Desert Drivers. The drivers will take you
for a roller-coaster ride over sand dunes,
show you the sunset from a strategic vantage
point and then take you to a lavish dinner
with music and dance to complete the
atmosphere. For a brief while you would
experience what it is like to be a Sheikh!
Not to be missed! Please bear in mind that
the cars will drive in sand dunes for an
hour or so which makes many people sick. If
you think you will be dizzy or puke do not
go, if you decide to go , do bring a couple
of vomit bags just in case even if the
drivers might provide them.
, Dubai now has its own snow skiing centre.
Located in the new Mall of the Emirates
(MOE), on the Sheikh Zayed Road, it offers
both skiing and snowboarding. The slope is
quite large for an indoor area. All
equipment is available for hire. Although it
is -4°C inside, you don't need to bring a
jacket because they supply pretty much
everything except gloves and a hat (which
you can buy right there). A 2 hour pass
costs Dhs160 plus Dhs10 for key deposit.
Wadi Located in the heart of the
city, next to Jumeriah Beach Hotel, this is
a water amusement park that is loved by kids
as well as adults. It has light as well as
adventurous rides; and sports like water
surfing. A great way to beat the heat and
enjoy the day away from the bustle of the
Creek Cruise/Ride The Dubai creek is the
foundation from which Dubai grew. It
originally served as a port for trading
vessels plying to and from India, Africa and
the Middle East. Today a bit of the old
shipping culture still remains. In and
around the creek one can see some of the
original buildings that have served as
customs houses and defence structures. You
can book a ride on the creek with a dinner
cruise or even rent a private boat to take
you on a hour long ride up and down the
may be a desert, but a lot of money and
water is spent on irrigating opulent golf
courses. Alternatively, for a more local
flavor, try sand golf!
- Hot Air
Balloon. Great Fun seeing all the sand
Dunes and mountains early in the morning or
Dubai has set
up a free-zone Knowledge Village to house
institutes and universities, providing both
on-line and in-class training. The city also has
the American University in Dubai.
For people that
work in the Business and software sectors get
paid as much as AED15,000 per month. What is not
so obvious to the regular visitor are the people
that actually make it work. Unfortunately, the
people working in the service industries are
underpaid, often have very poor working
conditions and no employment rights. For
example, a hotel waitress in one of the top
hotels could expect $400 per month and to work
very long hours.
practically synonymous with shopping (hence the
name, du-buy). The huge amounts of cargo
passing through its port and the low tariffs
ensure that practically anything is available at
haggle in the souks, as discounts are almost
always available and even in situations where
the item will not become much cheaper, the
customer is always expected to "play the game"
of haggling. A simple question of "what's your
best price?" will often result in a shop-keeper
going to extraordinary lengths to sell his
Prices in the
malls and other Western shops tend not to be
negotiable. Far from being a bad thing, this
allows the canny visitor to work out comparative
prices for common souvenirs - an invaluable aid
when a shop-keeper in a souk is asking for a
Shopping Festival has been the biggest
shopping event in the middle east for 11 years.
Almost every shop has a sale, starting 24
January 08 and ending 24 February.
all over the world. Low cost goods and has many
rides. Open from 13 December to around March.
- Mall of
the Emirates - near 4th
interchange on Sheikh Zayed Road. Outside
Ramadan: Sun-Wed 10am-10:00pm; Thu-Sat
10am-12am (midnight); Ramadan: Sun-Sat:
10am-1am. The largest shopping mall outside
of North America. 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.
Arabian/Middle Eastern souvenir shops
Battuta Mall - Jebel Ali. 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
Madinat Jumeirah - Jumeirah Road,
- 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.
City Centre - 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
Mall - 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
Emirates Towers Boulevard , Sheikh Zayed
Road. 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
Mall - Jumeirah Beach Road. The
only Renaissance-themed shopping mall in the
Middle East. Cinemas, Virgin Megastore, high
street brands such as Next, Top Shop. Also
has a big Spinneys attached. Some
restaurants, but none are licensed for
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 no
security. A must visit for shoppers and
sightseers. Always haggle, and know the
price of gold before you visit (as you
should pay approximately market price for
gold). Many outlets are part of chains that
also have branches in malls, so are
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. A
must visit for shoppers and sightseers. Lots
of souvenirs are also available. 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 offense or
attracting unwanted attention.
- Gold &
Diamond Park Interchange 4, Sheikh
Zayed Road (South side)- sells gold and
diamond products. 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
- Al Ain
Plaza (known locally as Computer Plaza)
On Mankhool Road along from the Ramada
Hotel, Bur Dubai heading towards the creek.
A mall specialising in computers, laptops,
computer parts and computer add ons like
monitors, VoIP Phones, hard drives, etc.
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
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.
Most of the
American fast food chains have set up shop in
Dubai, including KFC, Chillis, Starbucks,
McDonalds. The beauty of the food in Dubai is
that you will probably find cuisine for every
is the most available (and cheap!) food in
Dubai. It is meat that has been cooked on a
skewer and then cut into thin strips and placed
into a pita bread with vegetables and dressing.
It costs about AED 3 (80c) for the plain-jane
variety and up to AED 5 ($1.30) for the more
exotic Lebanese and Iranian varities.
Fala-Fil (Felafel, falafel) is also
available at about the same costs as the
Excellent Pakistani food that is incredibly
cheap. This is a must see for anyone with a
spicy tooth. AED 20-25
per person for a good meal.
Karachi Darbar chain of restaurants
scattered throughout the city is worth
Jabal Al Noor chain of restaurants. A
Middle Eastern take on fastfood and its own
unique variety of drinks with names such as
"Lexus"," Burj al Arab", and "Sitara". AED
3-5 per item.
Wafi Mall, Oud
+971 4 324 4433.
Excellent Lebanese cuisine and ambience. In
the cooler months the outdoor verandah is a
pleasure. No alcohol served.
About AED 100.
Centre. No alcohol served.
The Noodle House,
Shopping Boulevard, Madinat Jumeirah,
+971 4 366 8888.
Asian food. One meal
about AED 80.
Khalid Bin Walid Street, Bur Dubai,
4 205 7333. Japanese cuisine,
very popular with the Japanese expat
Shopping Mall, Jebel Ali Village, Dubai,
3685655, . American food.
London Fish & Chips,
Court, Ibn Batutta Mall, Jebel Ali Village,
4 366 9939, . 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.
Al Dawaar Revolving
04 209 1100,
. Lunch: 12.30 PM - 3.30
PM, dinner: 7 PM - midnight. Serving
an assortment of cuisines, the highlight of
this beautiful restaurant is that it
revolves, giving a nice tour of the city.
Lunch: AED 155 per
person, Dinner: AED 185 per person.
Pars Iranian Kitchen,
Shk Zayed Road
(Located in the
residential area of Diyafah Road next to the
Rydges Plaza Hotel),
+971 4 398 4000.
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, smoke a traditional sheesha pipe. No
alcohol served. Around
Dhs. 150 per person.
Inter-Continental Hotel, Deira,
+971 4 222 7171.
A wonderful noodle bar located at the
InterContinental Dubai. Well priced, with
Road, Barsha, TAMWEEL building, between
Coral Boutique Hotel and Emirates Mall,
. 11am to midnight.
Traditional & authentic Italian pizza baked
in Wood Fired Italian Stone Oven, thin &
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.
4 282 4040. Japanese cuisine.
Very high quality and very popular.
4 336 0061. Run by famed
Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Drinks
Served. Reservations recommended especially
on Friday nights.
4 329 3293. Also run by famed
Indian TV chef Sanjeev Kapoor. Drinks
Served. Reservations recommended especially
on Friday nights.
+971 4 324 0000.
Indian Cuisine run by Asha Bosle.
Hotel, Shk Zayed Road,
+971 4 343 8888.
Exceptional Chinese food.
Burj Al Arab,
+971 4 301 7600
+971 4 301 7000).
12.30 PM- 3 PM, 7 PM -
midnight. Part of the Burj Al Arab
hotel, and as you would expect is also very
high quality! Seafood.
Golf Club, Deira,
+971 4 295 6000.
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.
Around AED 200 per head.
+971 4 607 7977.
This is the Marriott's signature restaurant
and has won many awards over the years.
Highly popular with Dubai residents.
AED 350 per head.
+971 4 282 4040.
Beautiful nouvelle French cuisine, served in
a comfortable and sophisticated atmosphere,
ran by Michelin star chef Michel Rostang. By
far one of the best restaurants in town, but
extremely pretentious as well.
Expect to pay AED 300,
but it's definitely worth it.
As of 2008, the
demand for hotel rooms continues to badly
outstrip supply, resulting in some of the most
expensive rooms in the world: it's difficult to
find anything decent for Dhs 600 (US$200). Book
at least two weeks in advance for a chance at
reasonable prices, especially during the
September-May high season.
Youth Hostel, There is currently
no web-based reservation system. Send them
an email and wait for the confirmation or
call after sending the mail to confirm. The
dorm is currently priced at 95 AED.
Palace Hotel, Al Muraqabat Street Dubai
P.O. Box 82777 ( Rooms from AED 300.
Park Hotel Apartments Dubai creek Tel:
+971 4 294 9966, Fax: +971 4 294 4055 Email:
Price Range: $166 upwards.
Pearl Hotel, Al Baraha Street, Omar al
khattab Road, tel: +971-4-2728333, (mail:
P.O. Box 88767, Al Baraha Road, Deira,
Dubai, UAE) Rooms from $71.
Peninsula Hotel, Mankhool Road, PO Box
33502, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Rooms from $99. Indian restaurants. Search
the web for a cheap reseller!
Hotel, Sabakha Street 115, Deira, Dubai,
tel: +971-4-2276700 (mail: P.O. Box
21423, Dubai, UAE,
*971-4-2276761) Rooms from $80.
Panorama Hotel, Mankhool Road, PO Box
14703, Bur Dubai, United Arab Emirates, tel:
+971-4-3518518. Rooms from USD$41.
Hotel, Khalid bin waleed Road, Bur Dabai,
ph: +971 4-3520900 (mail: PO box
52555, Bur Dabai, Dubai, UAE, email:
+971 4-3529819) Has Russian, Irish
and Thai themed restaurants. Rooms from
Hotel, Clock tower, Deira, Dubai, tel:
+971 4 295 6666, , fax: +971 2 295 9359
Rooms from $152.
Four Points by Sheraton
. Opened in November 2007, this stunningly
modern hotel is one of the best deals in
town at the moment. Spacious, airy rooms,
excellent gym, great little rooftop pool. 15
min by taxi from airport, 20 min to Dubai
Creek on foot. Dhs 550.
Hawthorn Suites, Bur Dubai Tel:
+971-4-297-0808 Fax: +971-4-297-1112 Email:
Highland Hotel, Bur Dubai Tel: +971 4
3939773 Fax: +971 4 3937399 Email: email@example.com
Price range: $122 upwards
Landmark Plaza Hotel, al Nasser Square,
Deira, Dubai More expensive .
noticable version and cheaper Landmark
Hotel a few meters further (same chain).
Rooms from $108.
al-Arab, Jumeirah, PO Box 74147, Dubai,
ph: +971-4-3017777 (email:
+971 4 3017000) Popularly known as
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 $700 per night.
Plaza, Sheikh Zayed rd.
- " Pearl
Coast Apartment Hotel", next to Mall of the
Emirates. Tel: +971-4-4289999, email:
Dubai, 133 Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box
23335, Dubai, ph: +971-4-3433333 (fax:
+971-4-3434222) Thai hotel. Rooms
Grand Hyatt Dubai,
P.O. Box 7978
(by Dubai Creek),
+971 4 317 1234
. Check in: 12:00pm; Check out: 15:00pm. A
resort style hotel with extensive conference
Hyatt Regency Dubai,
Deira, P.O. Box
the Deira Corniche),
+971 4 209 1234
. 414 Rooms and Suites with views of the
Persian Gulf. Host to Al Dawaar, Dubai's
only revolving restaurant.
Ali Hotel & Golf Resort, Jebel Ali, PO
Box 9255, Dubai (take exit 13 on the
Sheikh Zayed Road) tel: +971-4-8836000 (email:
fax: +971-4-8835543) Rooms from
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, PO Box 11416,
Dubai, tel: +971-4-3480000 (email:
fax: +971-4-3482273) Next to
and run by the same company. Rooms from
Park Hyatt Dubai,
PO Box 2822,
+971 4 602 1234
. 5 star hotel with a waterfront location
next to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.
Plaza Dubai, Al Diyafah Street Satwa
Roundabout ph 97143982222 - Centrally
positioned between the commercial and
popular leisure districts of Dubai, with the
Jumeira beach front just 10 minutes away.
Rydges Hotels and Resorts is an Austrailian
owned and operated company.
Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed
Road, PO Box 75880, Dubai, ph:
Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Al Sufouh
Road, P.O. Box 53567, Dubai, tel:
+971-4-3995577) Rooms from $350.
Hotel Next to the Deira city centre
international code for UAE is +971, for Dubai,
add a 4 afterwards for land lines.
phone numbers will start +971 50 xxx yyyy for
the GSM provider
+971 55 xxx yyyy for the GSM provider
Those with GSM phones can expect auto roaming
from their home countries. As roaming fees are
quite high (easily 3 USD per minute and often
more for a call to Europe) and incoming calls
are also charged, consider to buy a local
prepaid GSM SIM card, designed especially for
tourists, from one of the two cellular providers
of the U.A.E.:
- etisalat -
Ahlan - 90
Dirhams - available at the Duty Free Shop
(arrival hall) of Dubai Airport
- du -
Visitor Mobile Line
- 70 Dirhams - available at the
Telefonika kiosk in the arrival hall of
products, calls to Europe will be charged at
maximum of about 0.55 USD per minute. Incoming
calls are free of charge.
Phone booths are located on most streets. Phone
cards can be purchased from hotels and tourist
Internet Cafes are hard to find. There is one at
Computer Plaza next to Ramada Hotel in Bur
Dubai. Also, the French Connection, Al Wafa
Tower on Sheikh Zayed road (opposite side of
road from the Dusit Hotel) has wifi access and
nice cakes/pastries. Surprisingly the malls do
not have Internet Cafes. Most hotel business
centres are equipped with Internet Cafes, but
There is an
Internet cafe a 5-minute walk south from the
Dubai Youth Hostel. Turn right out of the gates
and walk to LuLu's Hypermarket. The cafe is
located inside the food court and currently
charges AED 4.00 per hour. Note that the Skype
website is currently blocked, however.
UAE's telecom operator, offers a roaming, post
paid WiFi internet connection known as iZone .
Most coffee shops and malls across Dubai provide
this service. Prices are available on their
International Airport (DXB) has free WiFi in the
drinking publicly during daylight hours is an
offence during Ramadan except in hotels and
private beach areas.
Drivers are not
always as fond of the road rules in Dubai as in
other cities or countries. Particularly during
the morning and afternoon rush-hours, taking a
taxi, bus or abra is often a better bet than
crossing busy roads, as even pedestrian
crossings are not always observed.
Gay and lesbian
travelers should be particularly careful, as the
official penalty for homosexual acts in the
United Arab Emirates is death. The level to
which this law is enforced is not well known.
Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding,
is a non-profit community service organization
that has been set up to bring down barriers
between people of different nationalities, and
to help understand the traditions, customs and
religion of the UAE.The SMCCU, under the banner,
Open Doors Open Minds organizes educational and
social events, that allows its clients to
exchange ideas, pursue learning and share ways
to reach understanding for their companies,
their families, their countries and the world.SMCCU
Some of the
activities that are offered at the center
tours to Jumeirah Mosque
and managing cultural events
Also if you are
walking through the streets you will most
probably come across people wanting to sell you
pirate movies or anything else that can be
replicated or faked they will tend to lead off
the streets into a alley and into a building
this can be seem to be very dangerous but you
will find that 90 percent of the time it will be
what they actually claim to be this is done
because they have to hide from the police also
don't take very much money with you otherwise
they will ask for all the money you have a
typically pirate DVD should cost about 3-5