Dubai is famed for its stunning modern architecture and luxury hotels but it also has a rich history that gives visitors a glimpse into Emirati culture.
Experience a taste of old Dubai in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood with its art galleries, museums and coffee shops.
Wandering through the lanes and courtyards, you'll also find the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offering visitors fascinating heritage tours, cultural lunches and educational talks.
Take a trip back in time in the Textile Souk, then cross the Dubai Creek in a traditional Abra to experience the magical Spice and Gold Souks. It's a whole different world.
Irresistable Dubai ,where the modern interacts with the ancient traditions and souks. Reflecting the UAE's new found wealth from oil resources Dubai's architecture and eclectic designs leave you in awe each time you visit this amazing holiday destination. The huge duty free shopping Malls are where you can shop till you drop and watch the rich sheiks and famous stars in the designer stores. Outside of the malls the theme parks provide rides to amaze.
The warmth of Dubai is matched by the contrasting coolness of the hotels and malls. Dubai is a place of luxury, 5 star and luxury hotels are in abundance. Dubai is a firm favourite for the thrillseeeking holidaymakers of today's sophisticated travellers. Outside the main city you can participate in camel rides or take a jeep safari through the desert. Dubai is home to many large sports and racing events. If you are looking for the historic side of Dubai then Dubai creek is the area to visit. Busy Arabian souks, traditional wooden dhows (boats), visit mosques and trips along the creek where one can amaze at the skyscraper Dubai skyline. You can smell the excitement at Dubai Creek.
|Ramadan – a magical time of year|
Starting on 6th June and lasting 30 days, Ramadan is a twin draw for visitors to Dubai. Not only is it a great time to discover the city’s traditions, but as Ramadan falls in summer this year, there are also some incredible hotel deals to be found.
Ramadan is the Islamic calendar’s major holiday, during which, most Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset. This isn’t required for non-Muslims, as throughout the holy month there are plenty of restaurants open throughout the day.
When the sun sets, Dubai comes to life as families and friends head to Dubai’s elaborately decorated Ramadan tents to break their fasts with an Iftar (sunset feast) or Suhoor (early morning feast). Most hotels and restaurants also put on special Iftar feasts for their guests.
Geographically situated on the southern shores of the Arabian peninsular, Dubai is the most popular holiday destination of the seven Emirates.The constituent emirates are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Sharjah, Ras al-Khaimah, and Umm al-Quwain. Dubai used to be a humble fishing village but has grown into one of the greatest trading destinations on the planet.
Viewed from the air the reclaimed man made Palms and the World are a wonder to behold. To fully appreciate the enormity of these structure they are best viewed from a helicopter trip or hot air balloon.
Dubai grew as it's dependance on oil faded. It grew it's airline (Emirates air) and invested heavily in it's infrastructure to become the focal point between East and West, now a popular holiday and business destination. Dubai is two halves, split by Dubai Creek .The north is called Bur Dubai, while the south is Deira. Dubai is the home of the world's tallest building, the Burj Kaleifa Dubai, almost too high to photograph effectively. The Burj Dubai is next to the largest mall in Dubai and the world's largest choreographed musical fountain system. The whole area around the Burj is amazing.
Dubai has over 45 shopping malls to visit and is tax free haven .Designer goods abound in the malls while other traditional items of clothing, spices and gold abound in the souks. Islamic culture is followed quite strictly in Dubai and you are expected to abide with the local traditions when outside the hotel compounds.
Mosques and architure go hand in hand with your Dubai holiday. You can take a ride on a Dhow and see the busy old trading port with the wooden boats arriving from faraway African trading points. The desert, that is all around Dubai, is best appreciated with a trip on a 4 by 4 excursion. Going out into the desert at night for a bedouin experience allows you appreciate the twinkling stars that can only be viewed without light pollution. Dubai is famous for it's nightlife which is based around the main hotels of Dubai.
There is so much to do in Dubai. The city is famous for it's major sporting events ; horse racing, golf, squash, camel racing and power boat racing to name just a few. The sea in Dubai is lush and warm, ideal for water sports. If you prefer more park based friendly water fun then you can try Aquaventure at Atlantis The Palm, or Wadi Wadi situated in front of the infamous Burj Al Arab hotel at Jumeriah beach. Keep your family enthralled by visiting the wildlife park at Khar Dubai wildlife sanctuary.
Most hotels in Dubai are at the higher end of the market 4, 5 and 6 star luxury. On this trip or short stay or en route to Australasia it is well worth paying the extra to appreciate the Arabian opulence that abounds in Dubai. Food is of the highest quality with many of the world's finest chefs based here. The summer months are very hot in Dubai so it's worth bearing that in mind when booking your holiday. Having said that the summer months are when Dubai has its best deals available with many hotels offering free half board; and remember there are always the the malls, hotels and indoor ski slopes to keep you cool! ( Although your husbands may struggle to keep cool with you in the malls)
The quality of hotels in Dubai is arguably the best in the world. Food is excellant and extremely varied ,catering for both Eastern ,Asian, Western and American tastes.
We have highlighted some of our favourites but we are able to book most hotels in Dubai and the Emirates.
And then there's The Burj al Arab hotel .Burj Al Arab – Renowned as the World’s 7* hotel with opulent grandeur on an amazing scale.
Dubai is fast becoming a major air hub for Faraway Holidays. Why not combine a Dubai short stay with an Indian Ocean Destination or Australia stopover
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