|Destination Type: Arab World|
Dubai is an ultramodern city. In appearance it is clean, safe, and ultimately dynamic; a shrine to the ebb and flow of capitalism at its best. Very little which is obsolete remains and markets here tend to sell gold and electronics rather then more traditional goods.
Al Fahidi Street
Al Fahidi Street lies at the heart of the Bur Dubai souk. Its many shops are packed with the latest in electronics, video, audio, TV systems, home appliances and photographic equipment, which are all sold at very competitive prices.
Al Nasr Leisureland
Located in Bur Dubai, off Zabeel Road, is this modern leisure park offering a variety of sports facilities including an ice rink, a bowling alley and swimming pools, as well as a children's amusement park. Open daily from 0900 hrs to 2200 hrs.
Bait Al Wakeel
Built in 1934 by the late Sheikh Rashid, Bait Al Wakeel was Dubai's first office building. At the edge if the Creek near the abra landing, the building has been restored and now houses a museum devoted to Dubai's fishing and maritime traditions.
Bani Yas Square
Dominating Bani Yas Square in the heart of Deira is Deira Tower with its distinctive circular cap. Here you will discover bargains on electronics, textile products and consumer products.
Stroll down the Bastakiya district next to the Dubai Museum and catch the glimpses of old Dubai with wind towers, a cultural centre and an art gallery.
Camel Race Track
There is a wildly eccentric flavor to a desert camel race that makes it irresistibly entertaining to watch. However, camel races are not staged for the tourist, they are both a passion and a serious business in Dubai conducted nearly every weekend in the cooler months.
Dubai Camel Racecourse
The racecourse at the fringe of the city plays a winter host to the popular local sport of camel racing held on Thursdays and Fridays. Races held on the National Day and the Eid are particularly popular events.
On the Jumeirah Beach Road is a small but interesting zoo that is home to a variety of birds, reptiles and exotic animals.
Open 10am to 6:30pm, Wednesday to Monday.
Even for the non-golfer, Dubai's golf clubs are worth a visit, both for the spectacular architecture of their clubhouses and as examples of the successful greening and landscaping of the desert.
More than one visitor has mistaken the lush greens and freshwater lakes of the Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf Club for a desert mirage. Man-made oasis of rolling green fairways, bunkers and lakes materialize miraculously from a desert haze with superbly designed clubhouses at their epicenters.
A nine-hole 'country' course is also available at the Hatta Fort Hotel where golfers have a unique fun experience of playing in craggy mountain scenery.
Having firm roots in Arab culture, it is only natural that Dubai, already recognized as a sports and business centre should develop its potential for international horse-racing. A full racing calendar and the already renowned $4 million Dubai Cup attracts participants and observers from all over the world to the spectacular Nad Al Sheba course.
Hot Air Balloon Flights
See the countryside in a Hot Air Balloon as you have never seen it before. A flight in a Hot Air Balloon gives you the power of the winds. You can fly high above the haze or skim the sand dunes, float on a gentle breeze or ride with a cloud.
The cost is Dhs. 780 per person and includes a pre-
By Air. The Dubai International Airport is the only airport in the metropolis and is the busiest in the UAE. ...
By Bus. Emirates Express connects Dubai to all other emirates. ...
Road/Self Drive. The only way to enter Dubai is through Oman which won't require you a permit, only an exit charge of 3000 Omani Rial.