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Dubai was already discovered by people, who're instantly attracted to its swanky Vegas like resorts, gorgeous balmy beaches and coast, also it duty-free status of a shopping mecca. It is also, progressively, a prime port of embarkation for cruise vacationers starting on the very popular Middle East itineraries. The cruise "season" runs, typically, from October through May.
Where You are Docked
Dubai has accepted cruise vacationers, and nowhere could it be more apparent compared to its recently built cruise terminal. It is so lovely you will want to do greater than go through. The Main Harbour of Dubai facility provides a coffee bar, a deli/lunch operation, and free -- can one continue doing this? -- free Internet on five devices in the business center. There is a foreign exchange office, an ATM along with a concierge who are able to set you track of day tours. The main harbour terminal offers two free shopping shuttles, one each to Mercato Mall and City Center Drive. Departures leave around the hour.
Hanging Out
Alas, apart from the main harbour facility, you're situated in the heart of a cargo shipping port and thus there's little else to complete here. Carrefours, a French supermarket, is situated just outdoors the main harbour gates and is a great spot to stock on essentials, but you'll have to have a taxi to obtain there.
Making Your Way Around
Taxis, your best choice for any day visit, fall into line in the port. Intend to pay 75 dh -- about $20 -- to visit Jumeirah, an trendy section of hotels, shops, restaurants and beaches. Taxis to close Dubai, where the majority of the historic sites are situated, will definitely cost about 20 dh.
Must Dos
Go through the city's history before you decide to enjoy its present! Start at Khor Dubai, also known as Dubai Creek, which runs with the heart from the city. It separates Deira, a company-oriented area of the city, from Bar Dubai, where lots of tourist points of interest are situated, in the Dubai Museum, a wonderful ode towards the past that's built round the Al-Fahidid Fort, dating back the late 1700s. The Hatta Heritage Village nearby provides more on its social and cultural history, in addition to excellent experience in to the city's Bedouin lifestyle. Adjacent may be the Sheikh Saeed al-Maktoum House, the main one-time home of the present ruler's grandfather, also it gives a great consider the pre-oil occasions from the late 1800s.
During Deira, certainly don't miss the gold souk and also the Spice Souk. That which was also fascinating in this region was the "marina" for dhows. These rickety, canvas-covered motorboats sail to individuals aforementioned "oft-forbidden lands" transporting mostly cargo (from fridges and children's toys to ovens and cars). It is a Middle Eastern Un of the sort, and my one regret isn't investing additional time lower here absorbing the scene.
Burj Khalifa, built because the world's highest building, comes with an observation deck around the 124th floor.
Chic Jumeirah. You might have seen photos from the legendary hotel Burj Al Arab, which encourages itself because the world's only seven-star ranked establishment. The 27-floor hotel, designed to resemble a sailboat's sail, comes with an apparently underwater restaurant along with a foyer with water ballet fountains clothed in gold leaf. The easiest method to gain entrance is to create a reservation at certainly one of its restaurants Beyond Burj Al Arab, nearby resorts cluster around Souk Madinat. This authentic form of a real souk stylishly showcases a number of local treasures, varying at home decor to pashmina jewelry and bottles of "designer" sand. Negotiating wasn't urged. Beyond all of this, Jumeirah features its own public beaches -- lovely and safe.
Local Experiences
Nature Wadi Waterpark, near the swish Jumeirah Beach Hotel, features 23 rides, some interconnected, as well as on really hot days water is cooled. They are enormous. The very best known range from the Wafi City Mall and also the aforementioned City Center and Mercato. Tourists love the no-holds-barred trendy Bur Jurman Mall where shops ranged from Hermes and Saks. There have been more local people there than vacationers.
Desert Safaris: It is a coming of age, only, alas, should you arrive a couple of days before your cruise (or stay a couple of days after). The likes of Alpha Tours drive you, in Toyota Land Cruiser 4 x 4 automobiles, 50 minutes in to the desert, in which the dunes seem like slopes from "The British Patient." The ride is exhilarating and thrilling like none other across the bumpy desert terrains. Part among the experience is really a mad ride up and lower the dunes with a number of other Toyota Land Cruiser motorcycles doing exactly the same factor we counted about 20 are eco-friendly on the trip.
You stop from time to time for photo operations or when motorists really go to town the sand. Later on, you mind to some camping where you are feted having a barbecue dinner (Middle Eastern chicken, lamb, ribs, preparing salads -- quite scrumptious) and given an opportunity to ride a camel, snowboard lower a sandboard, have your feet hennad watching an incredibly trim bellydancer. Equine racing is big in Dubai races are held November through April. And with that, you won't want to miss the chance to see camel racing it's held in the Nad al-Sheba track on Thursday and Friday, first factor each morning, throughout winter several weeks.
Shoreline Activities
Consider using a general introduction tour of Dubai. They often last about a day and visit from Jumeirah to close Dubai's historic sites. If you are over nighting in Dubai, essential experience may be the aforementioned desert safari that you ride with the desert's dunes in 4 x 4s, and then are treated to some Middle Eastern dinner underneath the stars in a campground.
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab (Tower of the Arabs) is the world's only 7 star hotel and designed to resemble a billowing sail, the Burj Al Arab soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline making it the fourth tallest hotel in the world.It truly is one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai and is a majestic building. No trip to Dubai would be complete without at least seeing it! There are various view points you can take photos from but one of the best is from the public beach next to it... there you will get that Dubai shot of you on the beach with The Burj in the back ground. It is one of the most photographed structures in the world, and consistently voted the worlds most luxurious hotel. It is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting making it an impressive building day or night!
Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest tower and is an amazing feat of engineering- the story of which you can see if you take a trip to "At The Top"- the highest viewing platform in the world. The high point of any Burj Khalifa experience is the view from At The Top. Located on level 124 of the world's tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of any visit to the Middle East. The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. Throughout the journey to the top, visitors are entertained by a multi-media presentation of the exotic history of Dubai and the marvel that is the Burj Khalifa.
EW top tip is to buy your tickets online in advance as you can save about 300 Dhs per person doing this. The slots sell out fast though- especially the sun set ones so make sure you get booked in in time!
The Dubai Fountains
The dubai fountains at the base of the world's tallest tower is one of the world's most amazing fountains! In fact it is the world's largest dancing fountain! Set on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft, equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft  long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It is designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The Dubai Fountain performs daily, with the performance repertoire including Sama Dubai; Baba Yetu, an award-winning song in Swahili; the Arab world’s top-selling dance number Shik Shak Shok; and the signature piece of world-renowned Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Con te partiro (Time to Say Goodbye).
Over 6,600 WET Superlights and 25 colour projectors create a visual spectrum of over 1,000 abstract attractions. The beam of light shining upward from the fountain can be seen from over 20 miles away, and will be visible from space making it the brightest spot in the Middle East, and quite possibly in the entire world.
Dubai Fountain Show Timings:
Sunday to Wednesday
1.00pm and 1.30pm
6:00pm - 11:00pm every 30 minutes
Thursday to Saturday
1pm and 1:30pm
6:00pm to 11:30pm

Atlantis Hotel
Atlantis is the majestic resort in Dubai situated on the Palm, a man-made island that has captured the world’s imagination with its magnificent scale and ingenuity. From the moment you arrive, you will be immersed in a dazzling world of imagination, pleasure and luxury of 5-star hotels.
The resort offers relaxation and thrills for couples and families alike, including:
Unique marine habitats- The Lost Chambers
An exhilarating water park- Aquaventure
Pristine white beaches
World-class cuisine in 18 restaurants,
An indulgent spa (ShuiQi) to awaken your senses
Cosmopolitan boutiques to shop until your heart is content
Global Village
global village dubaiFor the past 15 years, Global Village has been providing cultural entertainment along with an international shopping experience to millions of visitors.
Breathtaking live performances, mouth-watering cuisine, authentic handicrafts and merchandise from different countries await you at the many national pavilions in Global Village.
There are many more attractions, including thrilling rides, games and firework displays, to complete your visit. Global Village is open from November to March every year, some year's the extravaganza is extended sometimes well into April - it's worth checking their website for more details if your trip falls over the March / April cut off.
Palm Island
Palm Island DubaiPalm Jumeirah has everything you need to enjoy a wonderful holiday break. World famous hotel names, amazing tourist attractions, luxury fashion and shopping malls are starting to open up. Whether you just want to relax or immerse yourself in an exciting world of leisure and entertainment, this is a truly inspirational holiday destination in Dubai.
Visitors will come to enjoy the magnificent sunsets, unwind in the spas, pools and gardens and eat out at the fine selection of restaurants. There's a wide range of daytime activities, including water sports, aquariums, theme parks and of course miles of beautiful beaches. And at night, the bars, clubs and shows will offer plenty of fun and amusement.
Dubai Creek
dubai creekThe natural seawater inlet that cuts through the centre of the city is the historical part of Dubai where visitors can take an abra (small water taxi) and view the old trading port and the dhows from the water.
A cruise to Al Maktoum Bridge will pass many of the city's historic as well as modern landmarks. A stroll around the wharf offers a picturesque glimpse of Dubai's trading heritage, where dhows bound for distant places dock to unload their goods.
The Creek, a natural sea water inlet which cuts through the centre of the city, is the historic focal point of life in Dubai. A stroll along its banks evokes the city’s centuries-old trading traditions.
Visitors will be captivated by the colour and bustle of the loading and unloading of dhows which still ply ancient trade routes to places as distant as India and East Africa.
Ski Dubai
Ski DubaiSki Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing, or just playing in the snow. Young or old, there is something for everyone, from the beginner to the snow sport enthusiast. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain-themed attraction that offers you the opportunity to enjoy real snow in Dubai all year round.
You don't have to worry about ski clothing or equipment either. Ski Dubai has thought of it all and offers guests the use of winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment. Your skis will carry you down the slope and our quad-chairlift and tow lift will promptly carry you back to the top for another run.
Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina SkylineOne of Dubai's newer tourist attractions is Dubai marina. The marina is set in the backdrop of the amazing buildings of JBR and has great views, walkways and boat rides available. It is amazing either during the day or in the evenings. Dubai Marina is the largest man-made marina in the world and is home to super yachts and also Dubai Marina Mall.
Set in the heart of ‘new Dubai’, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (DMYC) has rapidly gained a reputation as one of the renowned private yacht clubs of the region, with a purpose built clubhouse forming the centre-piece of four distinctive marinas. Arrayed along the length of a remarkable 3.5km canal, the marinas provide sheltered berthing for over five hundred yachts, in a setting that is simply unrivalled.
With a choice of casual or fine dining restaurants, a lively Sports Lounge, or the tranquillity of the club lounges, all ensure that the clubhouse is a place of refuge throughout the week and not just simply a weekend get-away. For the keen yachting enthusiast, the club organises the increasingly renowned ‘Cruising Club’, which offers exclusively to DMYC members the opportunity to explore regional yachting destinations, and to join the regular series of workshops and seminars with fellow yachtsmen.
Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi Park located in front of the  Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore.
Wild Wadi Timings:
November to February: 10am - 6pm
March to May: 10am - 7pm
June to August: 10am - 8pm
September and October: 10am - 7pm
Dining Out
Visitors will discover that restaurants are the simplest choices for a pleasant meal, particularly if you want wine or perhaps a cocktail, included in this would be the restaurants in the Jumeirah Beach hotel and also the One and Only Royal Mirage. And in Jumeirah, we loved the choices within the Souk Madinat, which incorporated the ultra-casual Dome for coffee and sandwiches, and restaurants whose styles vary from Persian to steakhouse. American casual eateries -- Chili's, for example, as well as junk food places -- abound.
Dubai Restaurants
Great culinary options come great chefs. The likes of Gordon Ramsay, Pierre Gagnaire, Richard Sandoval, and Nobu Matsuhisa have all set up restaurants in Dubai and brought with them rumors of possible Michelin Star ratings. Choosing the best restaurants here is no easy task, so we decided to do the legwork for you.
Gordon Ramsay's first Dubai restaurant opened in 2001 and hasn’t looked back. Perhaps inspired by his Kitchen Nightmares TV show, Ramsay decided to give his own eatery something of a makeover last year, revamping the menu and decor, and appointing a new head chef from his Claridge’s restaurant in London. Opt for a three- or five-course set menu, or go all out with nine courses each at the chef’s table. Every dish offers a chance to experience fine European fare and the slickest service in town. Their signature dish: We’re big fans of the braised belly of Bavarian pork, a delight for the tongue to taste as well as to say after a few glasses Adress: Hilton Dubai Creek Phone: +971 4 227 1111 verre.creek@hilton.com
Armani Ristorante
Dubai is certainly full of firsts: Gordon Ramsay opened his first restaurant outside of the UK here with Verre, and Giorgio Armani chose the city as the first place to launch an Armani-branded hotel. Located within the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the hotel boasts a number of restaurants at the same level of quality as an Armani suit. Homemade pasta and bruschetta are par for the course, but where this eatery really excels is in its desserts, with each course as memorable in presentation as it is for taste -- just as you would expect from the man who inspires it all.
Signature dish: The nougat semifreddo. Sandwiched between thin sheets of white chocolate, stood up on its side, with a hole through the middle and a raspberry balanced on top is typical of the presentation here.Dubai Armani Hotel
Burj Khalifa Phone: +971 4 888 3444  media@armanihotels.com
How many Spanish restaurants are there where you can stare into the deep-blue depths of a gigantic fish tank between courses? We can only think of this one, and it’s situated in the Atlantis hotel on the man-made Palm Jumeirah island. The aquarium is one of the major highlights of the restaurant and takes up an entire wall. The late three-Michelin-starred chef Santi Santamaria took this restaurant on as his first outside of Spain, and the menu is something else. Sadly, they won’t cook a shark for you, no matter how much you point at it.
Signature dish: Try the Prestige Tapas menu, consisting of 14 dishes that include scallops, shellfish and Santamaria’s own Middle East-inspired dish: lentils with foie gras melted over the top.
Palm Jumeirah Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah Phone: +971 4 426 2626 Dxb-restres@atlantisthepalm.com
Having redefined the parameters of top-end hospitality, Dubai approaches retail with the same paradoxical principle: exclusivity, and lots of it.Shopping is a key reason for visiting Dubai, and anyone with a taste for exclusive brands will find their cravings well and truly satisfied.  But if you pictured yourself skipping from boutique to boutique, Pretty Woman montage style, the first thing to know is that shopping is largely mall-based. The second thing to know is that Dubai malls are bigger and more opulent than malls just about anywhere else in the world. The biggest of them all, in fact “the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination”, is Dubai Mall, in the shadow of Burj Khalifa. Think of a luxury brand, and this city-within-a-city probably carries it. And if your favorite designer isn’t represented there, try Mall of the Emirates. The center’s famous indoor ski run is just one of the features designed to keep you (and your credit card) there.
Discreet luxury is a concept largely foreign to Dubai and nothing says conspicuous consumption like gold, which the Gold Souk has by the ton, not to mention other precious metals and jewels. But for sheer exclusivity, there is little to top BurJuman. Chanel, Dior, Tag Heuer, Fendi, Hermès, Versace are just a few of the household names represented here. And if you get tired of lugging your purchases around, the concierge (yes, of course there’s a concierge) will arrange for someone to follow you round, arms outstretched. If you need pointers through the maze of luxury shopping options, hotels will be able to put you in touch with a personal shopper. And to bring this designer bounty closer to the reaches of everyone else, the annual Dubai Shopping Festival has bargains at all levels of the price scale.
Because in Dubai Bargaining is a Fine Art
Part of the fun of shopping Dubai’s souqs is bargaining, or haggling. It’s not a requirement, as in Cairo, Istanbul or Marrakech – if you don’t want to play simply ask the price, you’ll be told a price, and you can pay that price. And believe me, I’m an old hand at it, and it can be exhausting and it’s not always fun. But if you pay the first price you’re given, understand you’re probably paying double the value. It’s probably still a bargain compared to what you’d pay back home, but you can get it for a whole lot less, and have fun in the process if you bargain.
So, where do you start? Ask how much then when offered a price, suggest 50% less. The salesman will probably laugh or feign horror and offer a higher price. Stick to your guns. He’ll then drop the price and once he does, you should raise yours a little. And so it goes…
Use your instinct to respond to his reactions and adjust your price accordingly. As the process draws to an end, ask for the final and best price. If the offer seems reasonable, pay up. Don’t go back to your initial offer – or worse, leave! – this is extremely rude. The sales guy won’t welcome you back when you later realise his offer was a good deal and he’ll probably spread the word around the market so you get ripped off elsewhere. While bargaining in the souqs is acceptable, it’s not in a mall, unless it’s at a carpet shop. At small independently owned electronics, computer or camera shops, you can ask for discounts, but offer 50% less and you’ll be laughed out of the store.
Mall of the Emirates
This sumptuous shopping center is one of the city’s largest, but also one of its most beautiful, with polished marble floors, spacious avenues, and a stunning skylight. It boasts the best selection of shops, with several swellegant department stores, including swish Harvey Nichols, dozens of chic boutiques, exclusive designer stores, fantastic shoe and accessory stores, cosmetics supermarkets, a massive Virgin Megastore and Borders bookshop, cinemas and theater, art galleries, a theater, Ski Dubai (yes, that huge indoor ski slope you’ve read so much about), and superb restaurants, including Emporio Armani Caffe and Almaz by Momo (by Mourad Mazouz of Momo London fame), bars (Apres), and a hotel, the swanky Kempinski Mall of the Emirates. Location: Interchange 4, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Tel: 04 409 9000
Dubai Mall
dubai mallConstruction work started in 2004 and the mall opened its doors to the world on November 4th 2008. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping, leisure and entertainment destination. There are now over 1,000 shops open in The Dubai Mall. The Dubai Mall has over 165 stores that are new to the region, or have opened up stand-alone stores for the first time. Location: Financial Centre Road, Interchange 1, Dubai, United Arab Emirates -- Tel: 04 362 7500
Burjuman Centre
Burjuman is billed as the world's most luxurious shopping destination. With 300 leading stores including Saks 5th Avenue, you'll always be spoilt for choice. Located in the heart of Dubai, the Burjuman Centre is a distinctive landmark which comprises of 800,000 square feet of retail space. Burjuman has more than 300 prestigious stores and you can also choose from a wide selection of restaurants, a food court and cafes. Location: Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Bur Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai’s Best Buys
Dubai’s best buys are the things we associate with shopping the Middle East – carpets, textiles, perfume, spices, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Seriously. Dubai’s Spice Souq may be small and a lot more touristy now than it once was, but a stroll here is an aromatic assault on the senses – great buys include tiny boxes of saffron, frankincense (the sticky golden rocks of resin in the big sacks), incense burners, and do-it-yourself henna kits.
Deira’s Covered Souqs are the place to shop for bellydancing outfits, traditional costumes, sheesha pipes, and at the Gold Souq, anything that glitters. Bur Dubai’s Textile Souq sells Indian saris, vibrant fabrics, spangly Aladdin slippers, Dubai t-shirts, and Arabian ‘antiques’. Karama Souq is not so much a souq but a rather shabby shopping center, but it’s the best place for discounted souvenirs from the region: Arabian bronze and copper coffee pots, engraved trays and Aladdin lamps, Yemeni khanjars (daggers), Bedouin silver jewellery from Oman, colorful Moroccan lamps, sequinned and beaded cushion covers and bedspreads from India, and mother-of-pearl inlaid boxes and furniture from Syria.

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