Saturday, November 28, 2009

The Spice Souk

The spice souk also famously known as the old souk is a traditional old market common in Middle Eastern countries. The one in Dubai is a must visit because of its historic architecture, its traditional wind towers and an assortment of spices, fabrics, incense, rugs, handicrafts and historic artifacts.

The spice souk is littered with both open and covered shops selling all kinds of goods. If you plan on shopping here be prepared to haggle, sometimes shopkeepers will reduce prices by up to 50%. Go during the day and you will surely enjoy the colorful display of spices in jute sacks.

The spice souk in Dubai is situated in eastern Dubai in a locality called Deira on Sikkat al Khail road and is adjacent to another great place called the Gold Souk.

There are three ways of visiting the spice souk.

1. If you are staying in a hotel in the Deira side of Dubai, you can ask for directions and walk it the souk should be walking distance from your hotel.

2. You can get a cab; every cabbie in Dubai will know how to drive you to the spice souk.

3. Some tour operators have city tours of Dubai that include a trip to the spice souk but this is not recommended because they only visit for a very short time and you would not be able to enjoy the trip if you are hurried.

The spice souk is a good place even to see and window shop, you get to see how an arab market used to be in the olden days.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Dubai as a wedding destination

Dubai with its wonderful white sand beaches, amazing 7 star hotels, romantics resorts and an endless number of shopping destinations has become one of the most popular wedding destinations. Thanks to the boom in the tourism industry it is now much easier to get married in Dubai, and you can be sure a Dubai wedding will be remembered forever not just by you but by all your friends and family who are privileged to attend.

If you are not too tight on the budget you can contact a wedding planning service and they will arrange everything for you including hotels, meals, tours etc. These days even tour operators are doing weddings so it would be wise to get in touch with some and find out what they would charge to arrange the whole thing.

A cheaper option is having a Church wedding, and making the rest of the arrangements yourself, in this way you would save a lot of money and plan the whole wedding according to your wishes, almost all churches in dubai can be found online, you can email them and they are very cooperative in giving you all the details and requirements they will even give you contacts for associated services. You can book hotels online for a cheaper price, as well as plan the dinners and tours for your guests, on a small budget you can do a lot if you do it yourself.

NOTE: Make sure before your arrival all your required paperwork (Church or Wedding planner will guide you) is complete otherwise it can be a huge hassle.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dubai Dhow Cruise Dinner

Tour Name: Dhow Cruise Dinner
Approx. Time: 2-3 Hours
Approx. Cost : AED 160- AED 240 (US$ 43- US$ 64)
Included: Pick and Drop, Food, Hinna Mehndi, Entertainment

This product is offered by almost every tour operator in Dubai, price and quality of service varies.

The Dubai Dhow cruise dinner is another must for all tourists visiting Dubai. The Dhow is the traditional boat made out of wood, in the olden days Arabs were mostly fishermen and pearl divers, they built strong wooden boats, the tourism industry in Dubai has now made a tourist attraction out of the dhows and offer a regular tour every evening called the Dow cruise dinner.

You have the option of being picked up at your hotel or house or showing up at the site of the cruise. Most dhow cruises start from the deira side of dubai although there are some that start their journey from the Bur Dubai side of the dubai creek.

The trip lasts aproximately 3 hours, as soon as you embark on the journey the boat starts its ride along the picturisque Dubai creek, you will be able to enjoy the sights of the city from terraces on the crusie, traditional food as well as contonental foods are offered at the buffett table and to finish it off you will be given a traditional tea and shisha.

The dhow cruise dinner is a memorable experience for a decent price. Special facilities are available for individuals who would like to rent half or the entire dhow, which is popular for honeymooners, group outings, and business meetings.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Dubai Desert Safari

Tour Name: Dubai Desert Safari
Approx. Time: 4-5 Hours
Approx. Cost : AED 160- AED 240 (US$ 43- US$ 64)
Included: Pick and Drop, Food, Camel Rides, Sand Boarding, Hinna Mehndi

This product is offered by almost every tour operator in Dubai, price and quality of service varies.

One of the most popular tourist activities of Dubai is the Famous "Dubai Desert Safari", The desert safari is basically a trip into the depth of the desert on a 4x4 Toyota Land Cruiser. This exciting trip begins with the tour operators vehicle picking you up from your house or hotel. The vehicle seats 6 people so if you would like privacy you can negotiate a cheaper rate with the tourism company beforehand and get the whole vehicles for yourself. After being picked up you will be driven to a meeting point where the rest of the vehicles will assemble and all the vehicles will proceed into the desert as a convoy, The desert safari is quite a roller coaster ride as driver will drive thrillingly up and down red sand dunes. After a short ride the convoy will come to a stop in the middle of a desert at a camel farm you will get opportunities to take photographs and stretch your legs.

After the camel farm you will proceed to the desert camp of the tourism company where you will disembark and proceed into the Bedouin camp established to give you an insight into the desert life led by traditional Arabs. The camp is a fully functional tourist structure with all modern amenities including wash rooms, electricity and telephones.

You will spend approximately 3 hours at the desert safari camp and you will have an option of buying souvenirs from the souvenir shop, you can also buy a video and pictures of your adventurous trip, there are ladies who will put henna mehndi on your hands before you are served a traditional and continental dinner buffett. After the dinner there is a belly dancing display and the belly dancer will be happy to teach you some steps you will never forget. After the dance you are dropped back to where you were picked up from. To sum it up the dubai desert safari is a must do if you are going to dubai.

What is Dubai

Dubai is a city that offers a lot of things to do for visitors. It is the tourism capital of Asia/ Middle East and is on a fast track to becoming the tourism capital of the world. The country is spending a lot of money on tourism infrastructure so lately we see a lot of tourists around. Dubai has the best of both the East and the West, you will find a rich eastern culture, you will also find that people who live here are mostly expatriates from all over the world creating a nice mix of different cultures, you can find foods, dresses and other stuff from all over the world. On the other hand it is probably one of the most liberal Islamic states with quite a lot of clubs, concerts all the time and amazing places to eat and hang out at.