PLACES TO VISIT IN DUBAI
The Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world since its topping out in late 2008 which gives you the feeling of being on top of the world. Burj Khalifa is surrounded by a park which is designed same as the tower, based on the flower of the Hymenocallis, a desert plant. With all these amazing features, Burj Khalifa makes its place in one of the most famous tourist destinations in Dubai.
Set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake, The Dubai Fountain is the world's largest choreographed fountain system. The fountain would not fail to amaze you as it is animated with performances set to light and music. It is so bright that it is visible from every point on the lake promenade and from many neighboring structures. Music played through the speakers around the lake accompanies the fountain's performances which is not actually audible to the audiences seeing the show from surrounding buildings.
Underwater tunnel under a huge shark- & ray-filled tank, plus a creepy crawly zone with snakes can get anyone's interest in exploring the Dubai Aquarium. Located at The Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, it is one of the most captivating attractions in Dubai.
Burj al Arab
The iconic sail-shaped silhoutte of Burj Al Arab Jumeirah stands tall as a beacon of modern Dubai, characterized by the finest hospitality you can ever experience.
Take a stroll on a traditional dhow cruise which is an Arabian wooden boat and take in spectacular views on the Dubai Marina along with a lavish international buffet dinner, a memory you will cherish forever.
The Ferrari World, located on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, is the first Ferrari-branded theme park. You wouldn't want to miss riding the world's fastest roller coaster that can get anyone's adrenaline rushed.
Dubai Miracle Garden
The garden is famous for being launched on the Valentine's Day in 2013. It's the world's largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.
The Palm Islands
Palm Jumeirah is an outstanding attraction in Dubai, which looks like a stylised palm tree from above and is home to many luxury hotels and resorts. DescriptionPalm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Duba
USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT DUBAI
The standard time zone in Dubai is UTC/GMT+04.
The official language of Dubai is Arabic, but English is spoken practically everywhere.
The currency of the United Arab Emirates is the Arab Emirate Dirham (AED). The dirham to US dollar exchange rate is fixed (3.67 AED /dollar). One dirham divides into 100 fils.
The electric current is 220/240 volts and 50 hertz.
An Nol card can be purchased in advance. The Nol Silver Card costs 25 AED and is rechargeable. The Nol Red Ticket is a paper ticket valid for 10 trips. It costs 2 AED plus the cost of the trips.
Friday is the holy day of the Muslim week and the weekend consists of Friday and Saturday, but some businesses close Thursday and Friday. Shopping centres usually open every day from 10:00 to 22:00.
In the souks and markets it is very common to haggle, trying to pay half of what the merchant is asking, but in shopping centres prices are fixed and bargaining is considered impolite.
The main Muslim holidays change date according to the lunar calendar. Fixed holidays: New Year’s Day (1 January), HH Sheikh Zayed Accession (6 August), United Arab Emirates Day (2 December).
Tourism offices can be found at the airport (open 24 hours) and in the major shopping centres. The address of the head office is: Al Fattan Plaza, Airport Road, Al Garhoud. The website is very informative: http://www.visitdubai.com/en/
Useful Telephone Numbers
Police: 999. Ambulance: 998. Firefighters: 997. Dubai International Airport: 224 5555. Roads and Transport Authority: 800 9090. Car Hire: 224 5219. Taxis: 02-622 3300. The prefix from outside Dubai is 971-4.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What documentation do I need to enter Dubai?
Find out about the entry requirements according to your country of origin here: www.visitdubai.com/en/travel-planning/travel-tools/visa-and-entry-information
How can I get to Dubai?
By plane to Dubai International Airport (DXB), located about 5km from the centre. Flights take about 7 hours from western Europe and 17 from New York.
How can I get from the airport to the centre?
The best way is the Metro. The red line stops at terminals 1 and 3. Buses leave terminals 1, 2 and 3 but are slower.
When is the best time to travel?
From October to May because they are the coolest months. Temperatures in Dubai are always high, but the rest of the year is extremely hot and dry, with temperatures surpassing 40°C (104°F).
How can I get around the city?
The best way is to hire a car or use a taxi to get around. Distances tend to be long and public transport does not reach everywhere. Besides, the prices are reasonable.
What public transport can I use?
Dubai has two metro lines (red and green), a bus network and tram service that connects the metro stations to the residential zones. There are also water taxis, monorail and abras (traditional wooden passenger boats).
Is it a good place to go with children?
You will find an infinite number of places to enjoy with youngsters; there are several amusement parks and the majority of shopping centres have areas exclusively designed for children. They will love the Aquarium and Ski Dubai.
How should I dress?
Some places (particularly restaurants and shops) have a dress code that must be followed. Normally, women are required to cover their heads before entering a mosque. Going topless on the beach is not allowed.
How should I behave in public?
Despite being one of the most liberal places in the Muslim Middle East, there are certain points you must take into account in Dubai: it is considered disrespectful to show affection in public, even holding hands. Being drunk can be cause for arrest.
What do I need to know about Ramadan?
During the day you cannot eat, smoke or drink in public. Many restaurants only open after sunset. In general, international hotel restaurants stay open to cater to tourists.