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OUR SAVVY TRAVEL GUIDE TO GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR TIME IN DUBAI.

The jewel of the Middle East, Dubai’s emergence as one of the most popular destinations in the world for both business and tourism has to be one of the marvels of the 21st century. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Dubai has vastly expanded in a blink of an eye into a major holiday resort for those wishing to experience the finer things in life.

Although Dubai is considered relatively small in population of just over 2m, they are definitely a Goliath in terms of their expansion plans of building everything bigger and better than the rest of the world from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifah to the largest shopping Mall in the World, the mall of the Emirates. It doesn’t end there, they also boast the self proclaimed only 7* hotel in the world, The Burj Al Arab (although not an official rating) which is extravagantly finished with lashings of gold leaf on every chair to every door handle with a fleet of Rolls Royce phantoms neatly parked at the entrance waiting to pick up guests.

Still not convinced? How about the tallest water slide in the world at the Wild Wadi waterpark or the largest man made island in the world, the Palm Island or maybe a ski slope in a shopping centre? There’s also no exception with the choice of restaurants with a whole host of Michelin starred chefs opening up a string of eateries serving up high class cuisines from around the world. Policing this great modern day metropolis, the Dubai police force with their very own range of Lamborghini’s! Some would argue that this is a step too far considering Dubai has one of the lowest crime rates in the world but then again Dubai doesn’t do things in half.

Wherever you go in Dubai your never too far away from the lavish, over-the-top extravagance but this is blended in seamlessly with the old historical side found in the Bur Dubai area. Home to the souks where you can buy cheap Gold, the area has an air of Asian influence with many of Dubai’s labourers working on their relentless expansion plans residing their.
So whether its uber luxury or an affordable getaway, Dubai has it all
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The key areas in Dubai

Downtown: Bur Dubai and Deira are considered to be “Downtown”, however Downtown Dubai is now at center of “New Dubai” between Dubai Marina on the south end and the border with the town of Sharjah to the north. It includes the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain, and lots of other skyscrapers and hotels.
Dubai Marina: The development that edges Jebel Ali, the world’s largest man-made port and is jam-packed with skyscrapers. It merges with “Jumeirah Beach Walk” which has some of the most popular restaurants, inns, and an open-air market.
Satwa: Dubai’s Little India and Little Manila is understandably named after its residents. The area is famous for gold and textiles at really reasonable prices.
Karama: A diverse commercial residential area, another one of Dubai’s Little India and Little Manila, where cheap food and local shops are commonplace.
Bur Dubai: An ancient district, Bur Dubai ranges from Jumeirah to the creek, where the creek splits Bur Dubai from Deira. Tourist attractions from Abrams to souks to moving restaurants to the well-known creek are located here.
Deira: Dubai’s ancient financial center, currently Deira is a lively commercial-residential region with some ancient souks and a great place to find spices.

What to see in Dubai

  • 1Burj Khalifa
  • 2Dubai Museum
  • 3Bastakia (Old Dubai)
  • 4Sheikh Zayed Al-Maktoum House
  • 5Dubai Creek
  • 6Jumeirah Mosque
  • 7Deira Souks
  • 8Dubai Parks and resorts
  • 9Bastakia Mosque
  • 10Heritage and Diving Village
  • 11Dubai Aquarium
  • 12Dubai Mall
  • 13Burj al-Arab
  • 14Jumeirah Beach
  • 15Mall of the Emirates

What to do in Dubai

  • 1Desert Safari or Dune Bashing
  • 2Spend the evening under the stars at a desert safari
  • 3Water Sports
  • 4Take an evening stroll down JBR
  • 5Watch the dazzling water fountain show at the foot of Burj Khalifah
  • 6Visit the Malls for a great shopping experience
  • 7take a cruise down the Dubai Creek
  • 8Spend the day at The Atlantis Waterpark or Wild Wadi Water park
  • 9Indoor skiing at the Mall of the Emirates

ABOUT Dubai

Although Dubai is considered relatively small in population of just over 2m, they are definitely a Goliath in terms of their expansion plans of building everything bigger and better than the rest of the world from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifah to the largest shopping Mall in the World, the mall of the Emirates. It doesn’t end there, they also boast the self proclaimed only 7* hotel in the world, The Burj Al Arab (although not an official rating) which is extravagantly finished with lashings of gold leaf on every chair to every door handle with a fleet of Rolls Royce phantoms neatly parked at the entrance waiting to pick up guests..

Shopping in Dubai

Dubai is renowned for its shopping malls and is home to some of the largest in the world such as Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. You’ll struggle not to find an international brand that isn’t in Dubai. The malls are a great place to be during the hot summer months when temperatures can reach in excess of 37 degrees with some amazing restaurants and take-aways found in the endless food malls. If shopping isn’t top of your wish list then you can always take to the ski-slopes at the Mall of the Emirates or visit the Aquarium housing sharks and all kinds of weird and wonderful sea life at the Mall of the Emirates. For a feel for local life you can head down to Bur Dubai and barter for cheap gold jewellery. Dubai is a great place to buy cheap precious metals and many simply visit just to buy cheap precious metals.

Nightlife in Dubai

With all year round sunshine you’ll find many of the locals and ex-pats tend to venture out during the evenings. A great place to start the evening would be from the Jumeirah Beach walkway (JBR). A beachfront stretch that has many great restaurants and desert and sheesha bars to ease you into the early hours of the night. There are also some classy bars and clubs around the City playing an array of genre’s so you can dance the night away to whatever takes your fancy. Some of the most frequented bars and clubs by international celebrities are usually found at the hotels and the 360 and Mahiki at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel is probably the pick of the bunch.

Best Time to Go

Keep in mind that Dubai is hot all year around. The weather is milder between November and March. The world's most lucrative horse race, the Dubai World Cup, takes place in March. July and August can get very hot, with temperatures exceeding 35 degrees.

Transportation

Metered taxis are the most prevalent and popular means of getting around. Metered taxis start from a flat rate of $3 and is relatively cheap in this small city. The Dubai metro has been growing in popularity and many more locations have been added onto the route allowing for easy access to all the major attractions.

August is the hottest month while January is the coldest month. Dubai has an arid sub-tropical climate with very hot, humid summer. Fall and spring are still slightly hot with less humidity. Winter weather is pleasing and dry. Dubai is recognized for its beaches, with water temperature in summer getting as warm as 37 degrees (99F).

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