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Dubai is a desert city known for its luxurious amenities and it's over the top infrastructure. This tourist destination is a good short stop for sunbathing, partying, shopping, sporting events and fine dining. Dubai has always been known for being the highest, largest, tallest and biggest in everything it does.
Jumeirah is a very diverse district with Filipino, Pakistani and European residents. The Jumeirah Beach offers easy access to the beach. The district has beautiful villas with the Jumeirah Mosque and the beach being the top attractions.
Located in New Dubai, the Downtown district is a fairly new development with many attractions like the world's biggest mall- Dubai Mall, Dubai Fountain and the world's tallest building- Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Marina is a huge development, which borders the world's biggest artificial port. The marina is home to the Jumeirah Beach Walk, several skyscrapers, an open air market and various shows. Bur Dubai is the historical and cultural centre of Dubai. This colourful district has many tourist attractions ranging from floating restaurants and the creek to souks and abras.
Deira is the ancient financial centre of Dubai and a bustling district with various old souks specializing in spices, gold and everything imaginable. The Dubai Creek or Khor Dubai is one of the most traditional locations in Dubai and perhaps the only one where the city's old traditions exist even today.
Dubai is known for its excellent shopping amenities. Luxurious malls like the Deira City Center, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Mirdiff City Center and traditional souks are both popular options.
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holidays - Top Places To Go
|1. Dubai Creek
||What is it? The 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.
Hours of Operation:
|What is it? The old Bastakiya district is a step back in
time to the days before electricity and air-conditioning, where
traditional courtyard houses were cooled by wind towers. Old Dubai
was famous for its wind towers that lined the Creek on both sides,
and today the narrow lanes festooned with the distinctively Arabian
architecture is a popular historical attraction that has been
marked for tourist development.
Hours of Operation:
Both sides of the Creek, in Deira and Bur Dubai
|What is it? The souks or traditional markets are popular
with bargain hunters as well as sightseers and photographers. The
most famous is the gold souk where the narrow streets are lined
with shops selling everything golden from 24-carat bars to rings
and elaborate necklaces and all at low prices. The tiny lanes of
the traditional spice souk are scented with sacks of cinnamon,
incense, spices, and dried fruit, while the modern fish souk
bustles with activity and is redolent with smells of a more
unpleasant nature. At the heart of the Bur Dubai souk lies Al
Fahidi Street, selling the latest electronics, photographic
equipment and home appliances at competitive prices. Other streets
sell everything from materials and carpets to traditional coffee
pots, loaves of unleavened bread and hubble-bubble
Hours of Operation: Daily 7am to 12pm and 5pm to 7pm; Fridays 5pm to
holidays - Top Events
|1. Dubai Shopping Festival
|What is it? The Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) was started
in 1996 by the government to promote retail trade in the city, and
has since grown into the foremost shopping event in the world, an
annual extravaganza of shopping and entertainment that promotes
tourism and attracts millions of people from around the world to
Dubai every year. The city is already known as a shopping paradise,
but for a whole month thousands of retail outlets offer further
specials, with hotels, travel companies and airlines also extending
special discounts to visitors during this period. Besides the
shopping malls and souks, one of the most popular shopping spots is
the Carpet Oasis, showcasing thousands of exclusive carpets from
around the world. Other events include nightly fireworks,
laser/light shows, international fashion shows, street
performances, music concerts and many cultural events. Daily raffle
draws offer very attractive prizes of money, gold, cars and 4x4s.
The festival also coincides with the richest horse race in the
world, the Dubai World Cup (US$15,250,000 in prize
Where is it? Throughout the city, but the main focal point of the
festival is the Global Village, Emirates Road
|2. Dubai Desert Classic
|What is it? Part of the European PGA tour, the Dubai
Desert Classic takes place at what was the first grass golf course
in the Middle East, which was entitled The Desert
Miracle in 1988. The tournament attracts prestigious
international players to compete for the trophy and US$2.2 million
in prize money.
Where is it? Majlis Course of the Emirates Golf Club
|3. Dubai Rugby Sevens
|What is it? The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
heralds the opening of the IRB Sevens World Series, and features 16
of the best international rugby sevens teams each year. The event
has grown rapidly over the last few years and attracts fans from
around the world.
Where is it? Dubai Exiles Rugby Ground
|4. Dubai International Jazz Festival
|What is it? Ten of thousands of jazz lovers flock to see
some of the finest international acts in the world performing in a
variety of genres including rocket-fuelled funk and bluegrass, pop,
blues, rock, reggae, and afro-centric music. The festival is in its
fifth year now and the increasing number of fans has helped secure
it an award for the Best Festival in the UAE. This year's line-up
includes Jamie Cullum, Toto, and Dee Dee
Where is it? Dubai Media City and at Madinat Jumeirah Outdoor