Dubai is one of the seven emirates of the UAE. In recent times, it’s seen a large influx of travelers which has made it develop into a thriving tourist hotspot. Unparalleled shopping experiences draw thousands to the city every year, as do the promise of adventure sports.
The city-state is divided into many districts, mostly on the basis of settlements. Little India and Little Manila refer to colonies highly populated with Indians and Filipinos respectively. These areas have shops and restaurants that cater to the inhabitants’ tastes.
Many describe Dubai as flamboyant, glitzy and modernized. There is, however, a more traditional side to the city, especially during Ramadan, when the Emiratis proudly perform their song and dance.
In a game of word association, when you think ‘Dubai’, you think ‘shopping’. Known as the shopping capital of the Middle East, the annual Dubai Shopping Festival draws hordes of people from all over the world. With the promise of best price and best quality, nowhere else in the world you can find everything you’re looking for at negotiable prices. Dubai’s colossal malls and widespread Souks (or local markets) offer jewellery, clothes, vehicles, electronics and under the same roof. To get your fill of retail therapy, head to Dubai, experience a shoppersparadise.
The climate of Dubai features a desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, humid and very dry; most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are mild and short. The weather in Dubai can bring short and irregular rainfall as is typical for the Middle East. Most of the rainfall in Dubai occurs between December, January, February and March. The weather between December and March remains warm and is considered as most comfortable climatic conditions throughout the year.
DAY WISE ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Dubai
Welcome to the delightful city of Dubai - a land of surprises surrounded by mysterious deserts and sand dunes. Upon arrival, meet our representative outside the airport, who shall guide you to your coach. Enjoy a comfortable drive to your hotel. After checking-in, spend the rest of the day at leisure, followed by a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Dubai City Tour
After enjoying breakfast, set out to explore Dubai and experience both its modern and ancient aspects. You will visit the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque, World Trade Centre, some grand palaces, the fascinating Dubai Museum and many more. Later comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 3: Dubai | Dhow Cruise
Meals: Breakfast & dinner
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel and spend the day at leisure. You may choose to relax in the hotel or go for shopping in one of those swanky malls. In the evening, you will go on a cruise in the traditional Dhow boat, an experience of a lifetime. On the cruise, experience the "city of Lights" and have a delicious dinner. Later, return to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 4: Desert Safari
Meals: Breakfast & dinner
Enjoy Breakfast. Experience the essence of Dubai on a Desert Safari and enjoy a camel ride or Heena painting and belly dancing. Mark an end to a fun-filled day with a mouth-watering barbecue dinner and a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Day at leisure
Enjoy your day after breakfast for the shopping.
Day 6: Departure
Good times mostly end leaving behind a trail of golden memories to cherish. After breakfast today, spend some time at leisure or enjoy some last minute shopping as per your flight schedule. Thereafter, check-out from the hotel and take a transfer to the airport to board a return flight. This marks the end of a memorable Dubai holiday!
Places to Visit:
It is the third largest city in the United Arab Emirates (after Dubai and Abu Dhabi) and just a stone’s throw away from Dubai. Also known as the Pearl of the Gulf, it has a number of historical landmarks such as the grand King Faisal Mosque, the Sharjah fort and the Heritage Museum. While at Sharjah, do not miss out the opportunity to shop at Al Markazi souk which is a haven, a treasure trove of handicrafts, jewellery and carpets. You can also take a look at another famous Souk – the Al Arsah – which is also the oldest souk in the country.
The largest city in the Emirates, Abu Dhabi is also its federal capital. One of the most modern cities in the world, CNN recently described it as the “richest city in the world”. And all that becomes apparent as you drive around the city, its well-laid out roads flanked by beautiful parks, boulevards and rows and rows of trees, the malls epitomizing lavishness, the skyscrapers kissing the clouds,and the oil companies telling us why Abu Dhabi is where it is! Some of the must-see sights when you are in Abu Dhabi are the Sheikh Sayed mosque (6th largest in the world), the Khalifapark with its resplendent gardens, museum and aquarium and the spectacular waterfront known as the ‘Corniche’. For the alpha males, there is Yas Island –a haven for motorsport lovers – with its grand F1 track and Ferrari theme park.
The oasis or the ‘Garden city’ of the Emirates, Al Ain shares borders with the Omani town of Buraimi. Amongst the most popular sights in Al Ain is the camel market, where hundreds of camels are brought and sold every day. Lying close at hand are the scenic Hajarmountains, its arid expanses interspersed with oases - some real, some mirages. You can also visit the Al Ain Wildlife Park that has besides herds of gazelles and the indigenous Arab Oryx, giraffes, zebras and the beautiful, rare white lions of Sambona. Another well-known sight is the Green Mubazzarah , at the base of the JabalHafit mountain. With hot springs, lakes and green hillsides, it is one of the most popular family picnic spots in the region.
Built completely out of stone and resplendent with twin minarets, this mosque is the largest in the city and built along the medieval Fatimid custom. A beautiful example of Islamic architecture, this is one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims for tours. Evenings are a good time to visit, when it’s lit up with beautiful lights.
This old district, situated in Bur Dubai. If you’re looking for culture and tradition, this is the place to be, as it houses traditional structures with narrow lanes and high towers. Browse the eclectic art galleries and cultural centres, or watch life go by from one of the many cafes.
This cultural haven is a platform for artisans and craftsmen to showcase their wares. Situated in the Shindagha district, this open air venue is a conclave of museums, cafes, souvenir shops and crafts. Also situated here is the home of former Sheikh Rashid Al-Maktoum.
Palms Islands: These are three of the world’s largest artificial islands, each in the shape of a palm tree. Just off the coast of Dubai, this archipelago is a tourist haven with high-end beachfront properties, both commercial and residential.
Burj Al-Arab Hotel:
Shaped like a billowing sail, this 1053 foot tower of luxury is a self-proclaimed 7-star hotel. Situated on an artificial island off the Jumeirah beach, this iconic structure boasts of a 600 ft high atrium, an underwater restaurant and 202 bedroom suites. A panoramic view of the Persian Gulf from a 660 ft high restaurant is not to be missed.
160 floors, 2717 ft high, over 10 world records. What do you get? The tallest structure in the world, the BurjKhalifa, housing 9 hotels, the world’s highest mosque, swimming pool, restaurant and nightclub. Club this with the swankiest offices, residences, and an observation deck on the 124th floor, and you have an experience like no other.
A man-made canal flanked by glitzy hotels, extravagant shopping plazas, regal residences and a glorious city skyline is perfect to enjoy the city lights. Take a stroll along the two walkways, stop at the coffee shops or pick up some curios on your evening out.
Desert Safari & Dune Bashing:
If you live for the great outdoors, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Strap up and prepare yourself for a roller-coaster ride through the golden sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, in your very own SUV! A trademark adventure sport in Dubai, it makes for a great day trip, but is not for the faint-hearted. Picked up from your doorstep, a trained driver will ferry you through the scenic desert and then ride the slopes, guaranteeing you the thrill of a lifetime. Enjoy the beautiful sunset from a vantage point, and then proceed for an evening of music, belly dancing and a traditional Arabic dinner. You could also go sand-boarding and stop at a camel farm.
Spend a day with the kids- splashing about in a wave pool, riding a water roller coaster, or plummeting down a 33m high water slide. This Arabian themed water park is a perfect family spot with a variety of rides for both the adventurous and faint-hearted. The JumeirahSceirah and Master Blaster will have you yelling you lungs out, but are still amongst the most popular rides.
Dubai Creek Cruise:
The Dubai creek was originally a trading port for vessels from India, Africa and the Middle East. Some of the old culture is preserved in the traditional houses and defense structures lining the creek. Quaint wooden Abras and private boats alike ferry tourists through Bur Dubai and Deira for a relaxed cruise. Enjoy the sparkling city lights with a romantic dinner, music and belly dancing.
Hot Air Balloon Ride:
For a panoramic aerial view of the magnificent Arabian Desert, set out on an early morning hot air balloon expedition. The cool morning breeze is the perfect setting for you to enjoy an eagle-eye view of the riot of colour that is the Arabian Desert. The red sands and golden dunes reflecting the sun’s first rays, ambling camels and desert oases, all make for a most memorable flight.
Nothing like sun, sand, surf and sport. Indulge your adventurous side at Dubai’s sandy white beaches. Go scuba diving, surfing or fishing. Take an excursion to the nearby KhorFakkan to explore the beautiful coral reefs abundant with aquatic life-forms.
Dubai’s traditional sport is picking up speed once again. Races are held on customized race tracks during the winter months, and culminate in the annual camel race festival at Al Wathba. Tourists can watch the race, visit the stables, browse the numerous curio stalls and buy souvenirs.
At this traditional Arabian marketplace, all that glitters is definitely gold. One of the largest jewellery markets in the world, you’re sure to get your fair share of bling here. Situated in the narrow lanes of Deira, intricately hand-crafted gold is sold in the form of necklaces, earrings and self-design jewellery. The shopkeepers are open to bargain and the store fronts guarantee to dazzle, so do pay a visit whether or not you’re in the market for gold.
As the name suggests, this is a historical market of fragrances. Thousands of aromas are available here, mostly traditional Arabic scents that are strong and spicy.
Ibn Battuta Mall:
This mall is made up of 6 festive areas themed around the 6 countries of China, India, Persia, Egypt, Tunisia and Andalusia. A 21-screen cinema complex with an IMAX screen sits in the centre. Also attached are a Geant supermarket and a second hand book-store.
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