Visited Dubai for the 6th time figured to update the blog for future Dubai visitors. If you are coming to Dubai to catch a cruise ship, the cruise terminal is very close to the “El Mena” district. The majority of name hotels such as “Hyatt etc” are about a 15-20 minute cab ride from the cruise terminal. I would suggest you forget all the big name hotels and stay at the “Arabian Court” hotel which is in the El Mena district and is centrally located to many activities, the most important fact to remember is that if you stay in Dubai you MUST insure that your hotel is within walking distance of the Metro, Dubai tends to get congested and in the evening traffic can gets worse. Dubai is walk friendly during the non summer months, so get a Metro pass for a few days and explore city. No need to pay for the “Big Bus”, the metro will take you to all the places of interest and you will get a great view of the city. Plan a visit “Atlantis” ride the Metro to “internet city” station grab a cab to the monorail station and then ride the monorail both ways across the Palms, riding a cab will not get you the great view. Go Ice skating at the Dubai mall and while there visit the aquarium, the aquarium is not large but still very interesting. Walk outside the mall and admire the lovely architecture walking around outside will give you a feel of being in Venice you will be facing the Burj KHALIFA(world’s tallest building) make sure if you want to visit that you buy your tickets online and save a bundle, in the evening hours watch the free fountain show. For another treat ride the metro to the mall of the emerites and go skiing or just enter the snow slopes (everything is provided). Dubai is a fun city with a lot to offer, just avoid visiting in the summer months.