What to do while in Dubai

What to do while in Dubai
The Al Maktoum family has ruled over Dubai since 1833, today Dubai is the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). There are no elections in the emirate and it is an absolute monarchy. The current ruler is Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, he is also the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and member of the Supreme Council of the Union (SCU).

It is located on the northern coastline of the emirate’s and heads up the  Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area. Dubai will be the host of the World Expo in 2020.

What is it like there
Dubai is a desert so it is going to get hot there. Summers are extremely hot, windy, and humid, and the average temperature is around 41 °C (106 °F) in the day and about 30 °C (86 °F) at night during the hottest months. The over high was in July of 2002 and it was 49.0 °C(120.2 °F). Winter time is not as hot but still up there, temperatures get to 24 °C (75 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F) in January, the coldest month. The good news is that over the few decades, precipitation has been increasing. They are getting around 94.3 mm (3.71 in) of rainfall per year.

Where to stay while there
There are so many places you can stay, it would be hard to talk about them all, so here is the top 3 people are talking about.

Burj Al Arab: is probably on the top of most everyone’s list. Burj Al Arab is called The world’s only 7 star hotel and it is the third tallest hotel in the world (the top 5 are all in Dubai) topping out at  321 metres (1,053 ft). It was built on an artificial island off of Jumeirah beach and can be reached by a curving bridge or helicopter. For as big as it is it only has 202 suites ranging in size from 169 m2 (1,820 sq ft), the largest covers 780 m2 (8,400 sq ft).

The Royal Suite cost 24,000 USD a night and is ranked 12th on the World’s 15 most expensive hotel suites compiled by CNN. There are 2 restaurants in the hotel Al Muntaha (“Highest”) and Al Mahara (“Oyster”).Don’t forget to give back the Solid Gold Ipad you get to use while staying there. 

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The Royal Suite Burj Al Arab
Soild Gold Ipad
Solid Gold Ipad

Even if it is called the only 7 star hotel in the world it has never received this title officially. As a matter of fact the only true Certified 7 Star Hotel in the world is in Milan, Italy and you can’t even find the name of the hotel. It just says it is hidden inside Milan’s 19th century Vittorio Emanuele II structure.

Burj Khalifa/Armani Hotel Dubai: is not far behind I am sure.

A few fun facts about the building before we get to the hotel.

  1.  The Burj Khalifa stands at 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) tall, soaring over Dubai. It’s three times as tall as the Eiffel Tower and nearly twice as tall as the Empire State Building. Laid end to end, its pieces stretch over a quarter of the way around the world.
  2. Aside from holding the World Record for being the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa holds six other World Records: tallest freestanding structure in the world, highest number of stories in the world, highest occupied floor in the world, highest outdoor observation deck in the world, elevator with longest travel distance in the world, and tallest service elevator in the world.
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Burj Khalifa at night
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Armani hotel Dubai

Okay, now for the hotel, the name of the hotel is Armani Hotel Dubai and it is a 5 star hotel. It takes up 11 floors of the Burj Khalifa and offers a deluxe spa and has direct access to Dubai mall. There are 160 guestrooms and suites, and eight restaurants in the hotel itself.

FYI

The observation deck is open from 10am to 10pm Sunday through Wednesday and 10am to midnight Thursday through Saturday. The last entry is 45 minutes prior to closing.The observation deck is accessed from the lower level of the Dubai Mall near the food court.

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection:
Well this hotel seems very nice and with out the bigger than life price tag of the last two. Coming in at 400-700 USD a night. The rooms are very nice and it is in the same area as the Burj Al Arab. You might not get the same service but you will have more money to use on your trip. They offer a spa also and they have 4.5 star rating and the other hotels are at 4.7 stars.  There are rooms with a kitchen/kitchenette and there are 16 restaurant and bars at, or around the resort. So it seems even here there is something for everyone.

Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection
Burj Al Arab

Address: Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 3 – إمارة دبيّ – United Arab Emirates

Phone:+971 4 301 7777
www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/burj-al-arab/
Burj Khalifa
Address: Burj Khalifa Area, Downtown Dubai – إمارة دبيّ – United Arab Emirates
Phone:+971 4 888 3888
http://dubai.armanihotels.com/
Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa Autograph Collection

Address: Al Falea Street – Jumeirah Beach – إمارة دبيّ – United Arab Emirates

Phone:+971 4 399 5000
http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dxbhg-habtoor-grand-beach-resort-and-spa-autograph-collection/

Activities & Outdoor Adventures:
There are many things to do in Dubai, so many in fact there is a website for you to pick what you can do each day. Things like the top attractions, family day, easy going day, and if you only have one day there, there is also a package to do them all. If that is not your cup of tea you even make your own itinerary.

So what is there to do there? Anything you could imagine, from going to the Dubai fountains, Burj Khalifa, shopping in one of there many high end malls, seeing the Burj Al Arab, or going on an outdoor adventure. If you can think of it I am sure you can find it.

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hummer desert safari
speed boat tour
Speed boat tour
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Ski Dubai

Anything and everything you would like to do can be found in Dubai, there are water parks to cool down in, or if you want something even colder head over to Ski Dubai to hit the slopes. Water sports, rent a jet ski or speedboat to full on yatch tours. Don’t like the water? head out in the desert in a 4×4 or dune buggy.

If history is your thing, head over to historic Dubai and walk the street of the old market and hit up some of the ancient temples to be found there. So no matter what you are into, be it water sport, 4 wheeling, shopping, gardens, or just relaxing. If you can’t find it in Dubai they have not made it yet.

What can you see there:
Dubai is not lacking in tourist attractions as well. Here are some of them:

Dubai Creek: is a saltwater creek that runs through Dubai and ends at the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources have said the creek could have went in as far Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Fishing and taken a tour of the river are something you can do, there is also a dinner cruise.

Best Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise
Winter Rates – Valid from 1 September 2015 until 31 May 2016AED 415- Soft Drink Package  AED 520- Unlimited House Beverage Package Timings: Boarding starts at 7.45 pm and Bateaux Dubai cruises from 8.30pm until 11pm Phone: +971 4 814 5553 Facsimile: +971 4 399 4995 Email: mail@Abateauxdubai.com

Jumeirah Mosque: Located in the city and is said to be the most photographed mosque in all of Dubai. It was built in 1976 and was built in the traditional Fatimid style. You can take an organized tour of the Mosque even if you are not Muslims. Address: Jumeirah Beach Road,Jumeria 1 – إمارة دبيّ – United Arab Emirates Phone: +971 4 353 6666:
Hours: Open daily from 9:00am-5:00pm/ Closed on Fridays

The World: is an artificial archipelago made up of 300 small islands and is in the Persian Gulf. Nakheel Properties developed the project, and if was conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai. Because of the 2008 financial crisis The World has not been finished and already, 60 percent of the islands have been sold. As of 2013 only two of the islands have been made.

Festivals:
UAE (Abu Dhabi) Desert Challenge: Happens between March – April. The race starts on Abu Dhabi and ends in Dubai. It last for 5 days and is very popular with people who like fast cars and motorcycles .

If you happen to be in Dubai the weekend of the 29th in November you can watch the last F1 race of the season. or even stop by Ferrari World Dubai.

these are just a few of the cool Festivals they hold each year in Dubai. To name a few more they also have

Festival of Taste

April – May:

Dubai World Cup

March – April:

Dubai Tennis Championships

February – March

Dubai International Jazz Festival

February – March

Dubai International Film Festival

November – December

Restaurants

 Little BangkokThere menu is described as to be the taste of Thai street food, with a mix of grilled meat to
fiery soup simmering on a hob. 800 2264565 info@littlebangkok.com Sun – Sat 12:00pm – 11:00pm

PIERCHIC: This one is cool because it is our in the water on a pier. in 2010 as Time Out Dubai’s Best Seafood Restaurant two years in a row. +971 4 366 6730 Open Daily : Lunch: 12:30 – 15:00 Dinner: 18:30 – 23:30
Please note: children under the age of 10 are not allowed in the restaurant after 20:00)

EAUZONEFeatures shaded wooden decks and floating ‘Majlis’ – an Arabic word for a room in a private home used to entertain guests, overlooking the Arabian Gulf. The place offers is casual during the day and stylish as the sun goes down. Please note:”In respect of local s casual yet elegant. No sleeveless T-shirts, shorts or plastic flip flops. Long Trousers only.” +971 4399 9999 Open daily: 12 noon – 3.30pm and 7pm – 11.30pm

Tourist/ Traveler information

Dubai city map
Map of Dubai

Conclusion
What more can be said about Dubai? Really if you can’t find something to do there then you’re not doing something right. With all the food, tours and places to see your days should be filled with adventure, each day you’re there. Maybe the hardest thing to find there would be time to relax. No matter if you like indoor or outdoor activities there is something for you. Bring a lot of sunblock and water, and enjoy your time there.

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