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Handcrafted Dubai Tours

It is hard to believe that over 3 decades ago, the glittering skyline of Dubai was still nothing more than a pure desert with a small trading port facing the Arabian Gulf. Some of the most celebrated architects in the world have poured their talents to build up a futuristic metropolitan that almost outshine the sun itself. Dubai has thus become an opulent destination for luxury travelers from all over the world. In fact, because Emiratis only contribute a small amount of the population, Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitans cities the world, if not the most.  Coming here means you are arriving into a young, vibrant and energetic cultural hotpot that is never run out of things to do, no matter if you are an adventurer, a beach lover, a history buff, a foodie, honeymooners or families traveling with kids.

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A City of Extremes

The world’s tallest building, the world’s biggest shopping mall, the world’s largest manmade island, the world’s busiest airport are all in Dubai. The city is on an endless mission of acquiring records after records. Traveling to Dubai means you are about to have some extraordinary experience that you will never forget. And that’s what luxury travel is all about, the experiences.

Ultimate luxury hotels

5 of the world’s tallest hotels are all in Dubai, including the most extravagant hotel of all in Burj Al Arab. The collection of hotels and resorts here really raise a new standard of luxury. Spend a few nights at the Madinat Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf which was inspired by the lavish ancient Arabian summer houses. Or stay at the opulent Armani hotel which is a part of the gigantic Burj Khalifa. Besides, don’t forget that Dubai is a coastal city with sunshine all year long. Indulge yourself and your beloved ones at Atlantis The Palm, rising above the Arabian Gulf and featuring an underwater suite.

Shopping

From the local markets to mega shopping malls, from spices, garments, to luxury clothing, jewelries and gold, there are no limits for shopping in Dubai. There is even a shopping festival that lasts for one month in the first quarter of every year. During Dubai Shopping Festival, almost every shops offer discount on their merchandise, attracts millions of tourists coming to spend every year.

A paradise for kids

Do you know that in Dubai, there is an entire city run by kids? One of the reasons why traveling families keep coming back to Dubai is that it has the best facilities for their kids, to keep them entertained all day long. From thrilling water parks and marine parks to endless stretch of white beach, from ice cream shops everywhere around the city to an expedition in the desert, it will be a long and exciting for your kids in Dubai.

A stroll in the desert

Leaving the human’s wonders behind and head for the vast Arabian Desert to find calmness and tranquility, only one hour drive from the world’s tallest building. Here you will truly appreciate another side of Dubai, the side of pure natural beauty. Gaze at the sand dunes that span endlessly and watch the sun slowly descends into the far horizon. A day strolling around the desert is something you should not miss on your luxury trips to Dubai.

PASSPORT & VISA

30 nationalities are exempted from visa to Dubai, including EU Citizens (except Republic of Ireland and United Kingdom). Visa on Arrival is available for nationals of 12 other countries and territories. Their visa can be obtained at the airport and it is valid for 30 days (Single Entry)

Passport must be valid 6 months before expiration date to be entitled of travelling.

MONEY

Dubai uses the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Dirham, often presented as AED or DHS. As Dubai is one of the most developed cities in Asia, ATMs are widely avaiable. You can make payments by credit cards in all luxury resorts, restaurants or shopping malls.

Below are the exchange rates of the UAE Dirham, as of June 2015:

$1 = AED 3.67

€1 = AED 4.08

£1 = AED 5.77

TRANSPORT

The Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) regulates transportation within the city of Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. Its mission is to reduce the traffic. Initially started as Dubai transport in 1998, the government of Dubai revamped the system to unify its services under the brand name “RTA” in 2006, in order to accommodate the metro and other facilities under one name.

Taxi:

Dubai also has an extensive taxi system, by far the most frequently used means of public transport within the Emirate. There are both government-operated and private cab companies. The Dubai Transport Corporation operates cream-colored taxis.

Metro:

The Dubai Metro is one of the few driverless passenger trains in the world and was completed over the period of about 4 years after the plan to improve public transport in Dubai. The road networks were getting clogged up and something needed to be done and the Dubai Metro is a clean and efficient modern transport system that is still expanding in the Emirate crossing all the main unique places of Dubai such Mall of Emirates, Dubai Mall & Burj Khalifa.

Buses:

The bus system has 193 routes on weekdays and transports over 30 million people weekly. The Public Transport bus system is large and advanced but not large enough to accommodate the volume of people who use it. This means that in busy areas, it is common that at the end of the day commuters may have to wait more than an hour before they can board a bus. Unfortunately, the number of buses does not increase with the same rate as the amount of passengers, which makes this problem worse as time progresses.

Trams

As of April 2008, there were two expected tram systems to be built in Dubai by 2011. The first is the Downtown Burj Dubai Tram System, and the second is the Dubai Tram.

Port and Water Travel

Dubai is served by two large commercial ports, Port Rashid and Port Jebel Ali. Various cruise ships dock in Dubai. Dubai Creek and Port Saeed are used by local traders in dhows.

FOOD & DRINK

Seafood has been the mainstay of the Emirati diet for centuries. The United Arab Emirates cuisine is a reflection of a great Arabian heritage and vast exposure to civilizations over time. Muslims are prohibited from eating pork, so it is not included in Arab menus. Meat, fish, and rice are the staple foods of the Emirati cuisine. Lamb and mutton are the more favored meats, then goat and beef.

Popular beverages are coffee and tea, which can be supplemented with cardamom, saffron, or mint to give it a distinct flavor.

Hotels frequently have pork substitutes such as beef sausages and veal rashers on their breakfast menus. If pork is available, it is clearly labeled as such.

Alcohol is generally only served in hotel restaurants and bars (but not in Sharjah). All nightclubs and golf clubs are permitted to sell alcohol. Specific supermarkets may sell pork, but are sold in separate sections.

CLIMATE:

Dubai features a desert climate. Summers are extremely hot, humid and very dry, with an average high around 40 °C yet usually higher than 40, and overnight lows around 30 °C.  Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are mild and short with an average high of 23 °C (73 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F). Precipitation, however, has been increasing in the last few decades with accumulated rain reaching 150 mm (5.91 in) per year. The climate is a tropical desert climate because of its location within the Northern desert belt. The weather can bring short and irregular rainfall as is typical for the Middle East. Most of the rainfall occurs between December to March. The weather between December and March remains warm and is considered as most comfortable climatic conditions throughout the year.

VOLTAGE:

Dubai uses the same plug and voltage as the standard British plug.  220V

LANGUAGE:

UAE’s official language is Arabic, but English is widely spoken.

CLOTHING:

Whilst Dubai and the UAE in general is more tolerant to western culture than other Arab states, it is still wise to be judicious with your choice of clothing.  In general, most ‘normal’ western clothing is generated, although in more public areas, it is better to cover the knees and shoulders and everything in between.

*At the beach or swimming pools (hotel or private), bikinis are fine for women.

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Please bear in minds however that local people may take exception to being photographed wearing their national dress without their permission.

TIPPING:

Normally 10% is about the correct amount, but it is not obligatory.

The very first thing that you’ll want to do is extend your vacation by two more weeks.

Beaches – Since it is always “beach weather” in Dubai, the beaches are the most popular among visitors for luxury and safety. Private beaches accompany all the luxury hotels but public beaches are located adjacent to most of them.

ALL beaches have very strong riptides. Even strong swimmers have been swept out to sea so make sure that wherever you choose to swim that there are lifeguards on duty.

Al Mamzar Park has a sheltered public beach with four lifeguards plus pools and picnic areas if you want to get away from your hotel for a while.

Wild Wadi Waterpark is along the lines of some kind of water play and this waterpark outdoes any you’ve ever seen. The theme of the park is focused on an Arabian tale and the enchantment of the park lingers long after you’ve returned home.

**Note:  the waterpark will be closed for maintenance and upgrading the entire month of January 2017.

Top Picks for Tourists:

Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the top picks that is geared for adult and family taste. There is a “Shark Walker” experience for the very brave, too.

4 x 4 Dubai Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner provides visitors with dune buggy rides across desert sand hills, camel rides and sand-board surfing followed by dinner with belly dancers.

More Unique Activities:

Dubai Camel Racecourse is open from November to March and is one of the most popular local sports that tourists may find entertaining, as well.

Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise takes place along Dubai Creek, which happens to be the oldest waterway in Dubai, and catered to trade for more than a thousand years. The cruise provides a 3-course gourmet dinner and wines are available.

Shopping

Dubai has the most magnificent shopping experiences in the entire world with each mall attempting to outdo its competitor. These are the top four and if you stay for two weeks in Dubai you could spend the entire time in these four and still not see everything.

Deira Souks is a collection of traditional markets (souks) in a bazaar setting located on the north bank of Dubai Creek. If it’s a magic carpet that you seek, this is the place to look.  The Gold Souq is the most famous around the world for being the largest gold bazaar in the world.  The Spice Souq sells every spice imaginable and the smells will have you floating on air.  It’s here that you can find the Dhows – old style fishing boats – and take a one of the tours on offer.

The Mall of the Emirates is the ultimate shopping resort.  Here, you’ll find Magic Planet, the indoor ski slopes and a family entertainment center with its own game room and theme park as well as multiplex cinemas with fully reclining chairs. Oh, and yes, plenty of shopping!

The Dubai Mall is actually the largest mall in the world by square footage and not to be confused with the Mall of the Emirates. It’s made up of particular zones such as family entertainment where you’ll find ice rinks, aquarium and underwater zoo, 14 VOX cinemas.  The mall also boasts of more exclusive designer stores anywhere in the world.  Every item you can imagine is available at this mall as well as hotels in case you don’t want to leave.

The Mall of Arabia will be the newest mall to open in Dubai.  It is located in the area of the city known as the “City of Arabia” scheduled to open in 2017.

Sleeping and Eating

If it’s unique, luxurious accommodations you seek, Dubai is prepared to meet your needs.  Every luxury hotel in Dubai is immaculately maintained and provides completely trained, top-level and experienced staff.

Al Maha Resort and Spa is a desert hotel offering the atmosphere of the Arabian Nights.  Geared to adults and honeymooners, children under 12 are not admitted. Oriental carpets and other gifts are available on site.

Jumeirah Beach and Resort: This is a family oriented resort with luxury suites and villas located on the Arabian Gulf.  This hotel includes a pass for all child guests to Sinbad’s Kids Club that has certified personnel that will keep your children safe and entertained while you are off on your own.

Burj Al-Arab located on its own manmade island is totally decadent and worth the price.

Hydropolis is the world’s most exclusive, fully underwater hotel where sleeping with the fishes is a glamorous affair.

Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is the first and currently only hotel to offer swimming balconies right off your hotel suite, overlooking the lights of Dubai at night and the Gulf in daytime.

Some of the most exquisite restaurants and mouth-watering foods are available at every turn in Dubai. Even the street food is above average. If you are looking for something traditional, you can try one of the many Arab cafes.  For the more unique, the Ice Café is a place to experience!

Should you happen to be in Dubai for the Dubai Food Festival, you’ll have an opportunity at tasting cuisines that are unique to this region.

A City-Nation-State Too Magnificent For One Trip

Dubai offers so many exciting things to do that one trip – even if it’s one year long – cannot possibly provide enough time to see it all.  And, then, there’s Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE still left!

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