Jun 22, 2009
Dubai: A modern and bustling city that seems to have almost everything for everyone. The airport is new, clean and the duty free shop is open 24 hrs and you can buy items going into Dubai, be aware that alcohol purchase in Dubai is limited to hotels and you will pay hotel prices, so you might consider buying a bottle on your way in. Taxis are very safe, modern but a tad expensive. This visit (my 4th) I stayed at the "Arabian Courts" hotel in the “Mena bazaar” district or the Bur Dubai area opposite the Dubai museum. Hotel location was fantastic and I would highly recommend this place, not 4 stars, but 5 star service and quality. Here at the things to do;
•Take the Big Bus tour, cheap and the station is opposite the hotel, you will see all the sights.
•Go Skiing at the Emirate Mall, if you can not ski, take a lesson, very reasonable and experience the indoor ski effect. See my wife's picture as she is getting ready to ski for the first time in her life & that is in the desert!
•The Dubai Creek park, not worth the visit
•Ride the “Arba” across the creek and visit the Gold and Spice “Souk”(market), get the feel of the town while riding the arba, crossing the creek is a 5 minute walk from the hotel.
•Eat dinner at the dozens of local “Indian” places all around the bazaar.
•Go to Jeremiah Beach, free hotel transportation, lovely sandy beach, but HOT!
•Go to TEA at the Borj Al Arab(reservations must be made in advance) Dubai 7 star Hotel, this will be pricey.
•Visit dhow station walk around, about 10 minutes from the hotel.
•Visit the Dubai museum, a must for every visitor located directly opposite the hotel.
•Visit Palm Jumeriah, expensive cab ride.