Friday, January 29, 2010

Things to do with Kids in Dubai

Dubai is a family tourist destination and a place for stuff to do for people of all ages, so planning a visit to Dubai with family and kids is easy and children will have a great time on the vacation to Dubai. Most hotels have facilities for children including clubs for kids to play in with supervision. Most restaurants in Dubai will allow children without a problem except some very exclusive places which will want children to be out before 8:00PM. All the shopping malls in Dubai have play areas for kids even soft play areas for toddlers and this keeps the children busy and enjoying the vacation

List of things to do for Kids Dubai

  • Dubai also offers magnificent green spaces and parks which offer children s activities these include Safa Park, Creek Park and Jumeira Open beach.
  • Skiing and snow Park at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates.
  • Ice Skating at the Dubai mall.
  • Paint Ball near the Grand Hyatt Hotel.
  • Rainforest Cafe, Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall
  • Children's City at the Creek Park.
  • Lazy River and Laser Tag at the Wafi Mall.
  • Wild Wadi water Park on Jumeira Beach Road.
  • Aquaventure water park located at Atlantis Palm Jumeira.
  • For dolphin lovers the Dolphinarium at the CreekPark is a wonderful place you can even swim with the dolphins.
  • Fairgrounds at the Festival city is very good place for children.
  • Sega World at the Dubai Mall is fun for tech savvy kids.
  • Cafe Ceramique
  • Planet Hollywood located on Sheikh Zayed Road is a good kids friendly restuarant.

There are many others and you will find all the usual fast food places Mc Donalds, KFC, Pizza Hut, Pizza Express. There are several ice cream parlours in the malls; Cold stone creamery and marble slab are particularly good.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Dubai The Best Bars and Nightclubs

Like everything else in Dubai the Bars and Nightclubs are some the best in the world, making Dubai a premier nightlife city. Although Dubai is a Muslim country with some strict Islamic laws in place the night and club scene is legal and fully active. Following is the list of some of the best bars and night clubs in Dubai.

Zuma
The popular Japanese inspired restaurant in London and Hong Kong is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Zuma serves an authentic far eastern fusion cuisine, par excellence. The restaurant features an exclusive dining lounge and a busy bar.
Location:Dubai International Financial Center,Gate Village - Building 06

Buddha Bar
The world famous Buddha Bar fuses decor, food and music to create a relaxed ambiance. A Vietnamese lounge, sushi bar and Japanese private rooms set the tone.

Buddha Bar is hugely popular throughout Dubai for visitors and residents alike, a place to see and be seen.

Location: Grosvenor Hotel in Dubai Marina
Hours: Sunday - Wednesday 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM; Thursday - Friday 7:00 PM - 3:00 AM (Closed Saturday)

Boudoir Bar
On entering this fabulous lounge and club, you will be seduced by the glamour, finesse and grandeur of the interior. There is an air of romance, enflamed by the French Renaissance period, yet with an added twist of Baroque arrogance. In fact, it’s so Moulin Rouge frolicsome you can almost imagine Nicole Kidman in suspenders and bowler hat by the bar.

Fashionable, chic and trendy are not the only images that Boudoir reflects.

Boudoir is unique in every way. The world’s best in sounds and interior design makes it Dubai’s first stop for style and sophistication.

Location: Marine Beach Resort & Spa. Open daily from 9:00 p.m. till 3:00 a.m.

Cavalli Club
With meticulous attention to detail, every element is thought out and executed perfectly to create a unique and ideal place for relaxation and enjoyment. The Cavalli Club’s innovative schedule offers light lunch, lunch, aperitif, pre-dinner, dinner and disco set; truly catering to the guests and allowing the experience of a luxury Club from day to night, in true Cavalli style.

Location: Fairmont Hotel on Sheikh Zaved Road

Left Bank
Left Bank is a sophisticated contemporary lounge, bar and restaurant. A trendy meeting place that combines style with a relaxed atmosphere, Left Bank is known for its creative casual dining menu and for pouring the best cocktails in town.

Locations: Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Waterfront Promenade & Souk Al Bahar,2nd Floor, Waterfront, Downtown Burj Dubai

Fashion Themed Island - Isla Moda

A new project has just been announced by developers in Dubai, this would like many others be one of a kind projects in the world. Planned inside a mega development itself called "The Worlds" another mega project consisting of numerous islands shaped in the shape of the world map. The project is called Isla Moda, the whole island will be fashion themed and everything on the island will have to do with fashion. The fashion-themed isle off Dubai which is being developed with the help of top designer Karl Lagerfeld will house hotels, boutiques, fashion houses and event venues to do with fashion.

The latest gossip is that Victoria Bekham has been personally offered by the ruler to design a hotel on this Island, the hotel will be a fashion themed hotel and will have the best any hotel can have. The offer is reported to be in the range of $40 million an astronomical sum even for Dubai in these tough times. Dubai and its revolutionary projects have caught the eye of the world and does not seize to amaze anyone and dazzle the world with its magnificance. I'm sure when this hotel and the island are completed the place would be an envy of the world.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates

Location: Ski Dubai, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zaiyed Road Dubai.

Timings:

Sunday to Wednesday (10:00 - 23:00)*

Thursday (10:00 - 00:00)*

Friday (9:00 - 00:00)*

Saturday (9:00 - 23:00)*

* Last tickets will be sold 90 minutes prior to the closing time.

Dubai is known for its aggressive tourism marketing as well as the amazing tourism projects it has started in the recent years, these projects and the amazing weather as well as decent prices have attracted tourists from all parts of the world to this desert oasis turned tourism hub.

Ski Dubai is one of these mega projects that attract tourists and enables them to ski in a place that has never seen snow, it has five runs of unreliable complexity, height, and sharpness. The longest run is 400 meters with a fall of 60 meters. There are gentler slopes for beginners and indoor black runs for more experienced skiers. Skiers and snowboarders are evenly probable to get pleasure from Ski Dubai with snowboarders getting to perform their aerobatics on a 90 meter long quarter pipe.

The management of Ski Dubai provides all clothing, gears and equipments required for entertaining skiing. Winter jackets, caps, gloves and snow boards are readily available here. Quad chairs and the tow lifts bring back the skiers after their skiing from top to down. Themed restaurants located at various heights offer the skiers with enough coffee items required to pump energy in to the body. Ski Dubai also offers professional instructors for helping the novices with important lessons of skiing.

General Price List (AED)

Snow Park
Adult 100
Child 90

Ski Slope (2 hours)
Adult 180
Child 150

Extension (per hour)
Adult 40
Child 30

Ski Slope Day Pass
Adult 300
Child 240

Locker Rental 20 dhs., Refundable keycard deposit 10 dhs.
Adult = 13 and above, child = up to 12

What's included in your Slope Pass:

  • Jacket

  • Trousers

  • Skis

  • Ski Boots

  • Snowboard

  • Snowboard Boots

  • Ski poles

  • Disposable socks

  • Helmets for children

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Art Dubai 2010


Fair Dates: 17 - 20 March 2010
Venue: Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai

Dates & Times
OPENING NIGHT OF ART DUBAI
Wednesday 17 March 2010 | 16:00 - 22:00

PUBLIC DAYS
Thursday 18 March | 16:00 - 22:00
Friday 19 March | 16:00 - 22:00
Saturday 20 March | 12:00 - 18:00

Website: http://www.artdubai.ae

Over the last three years Art Dubai has created a defining platform for current art practice in the Middle East, setting the business of art within a context that is intelligent, stimulating and relevant. Earlier this year, Art Dubai’s third edition attracted an audience of over 14,000 visitors from across the Middle East, South Asia and beyond, including leading curators, museum directors, artists, 80 museum groups and over 300 international press.

Working with universities across the UAE, current students and alumni have the opportunity of applying to join the Art Dubai team to experience a variety of working environments within the art world. Students will spend time with Art Dubai, working on all aspects of is planning and strategy such as event management, PR and marketing campaigns and design of the spaces.

They will have the opportunity to work with other arts-related organisations such as the charity START that was formed at the fair in March and other arts organisations within the UAE such as local galleries, publications, radio stations and non-profit artist spaces. During Art Dubai they will actively be involved with international galleries and artists during set-up, the running of the fair and take down.

Dubai International Horse Fair

Date: 18th-20th March 2010
Venue: Hall 5 & 6, Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre.

DIHF has established itself as the region’s largest exhibition for equestrian equipment, services and care products. Over the years, the exhibition has introduced several new features and has evolved into the essential platform for everybody in the equestrian related business, such as distributors, veterinarians, riders, horse owners and breeders, grooms, etc.

This development is in line with the huge growth of the Equestrian Market in the Middle East. New equestrian projects are being developed, driven by the rapid 5% annual growth in population and further propelled by the region’s heritage as a culture of horse-lovers.

DIHF is under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, UAE Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Dubai World Trade Centre. The exhibition will once again be complimented by the Dubai International Arabian Horse Championship (DIAHC), a competition for pure-bred Arabian Horses.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

See Dubai History- Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House

Over the years, Dubai has turned from a small isolated desert oasis to a globally cosmopolitan city inviting millions of tourists from all over the world, to enjoy and cherish the numerous wonderful places, activities, hotels and theme parks on offer in Dubai. Dubai is best known for its wonderful desert safari's trips and its Dinner Dhow Cruises on the Dubai Creek, but for the tourist who wants to enjoy there is much more on offer.

If you want to see how Dubai transformed over the years and want to delve in Dubai's past a wonderful sight seeing tour would be of the "Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House". The Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House is one of the oldest in Dubai, as well as one of the best examples of traditional architecture. Built in 1896, the one-time ruler of the city used the house to monitor trade in and out of the country. It was opened as a museum in 1986.

The imposing building takes its name from the Sheikh who lived in it until his death in 1958. Originally strategically situated at the mouth of Dubai's lifeline, the Creek, this carefully restored museum now lies close to the Bur Dubai side of the Shindagha Tunnel and next to the Heritage and Diving Village.

It is built in the traditional manner of the Gulf Coast, from coral covered in lime and plaster, with a large courtyard and a large number of rooms, verandas and bath rooms, divided into independent family units. There are two entrances to the building. The main entrance is from the Creek side, the second entrance is on the rear side of the building, and was probably reserved for family members.

The restoration is remarkable for its carved teak doors and windows, architraves and wooden lattice screens, and the balustrades of railings. The pierced gypsum ventilating screens have floral and geometric designs, and are set into the thick walls. The house also contains an exhibition illuminating Dubai's development from the 1940s to the late 1960s.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sky View Bar Burj Al Arab Dubai

One of the most expensive and exclusive places to have tea or drinks in the world, be sure to make your reservations well in advance because you won't even be allowed to go near the premisis without advanced reservations, reservations for tea should be made about a week in advance if you would like to have tea/coffee sprinkled with 24 carat gold dust.

Suspended 200 metres above sea level, spectacular views are guaranteed from the 27th Floor of Burj Al Arab.This stylish bar is located adjacent to the renowned Al Muntaha restaurant and provides a sophisticated setting with scenic window.This is a wonderful location for Indulgent Afternoon Tea, dinner drinks that are served within an ambience of luxury and comfort.

360 Degrees @ Jumeirah Beach Hotel Dubai

One of the most stylish venues in Dubai. The rooftop of Marina restaurant at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel's breakwater gives stunning views of both the Arabian Gulf and the Dubai skyline. So grab a shisha, sink into an oversized beanbag and enjoy the soft sea breeze complemented by wafting music.

Nestled atop the Arabian Gulf, 360 Degrees gives an iconic view of the place. The capacity is a whopping 400 people, with a resident DJ churning out ultra-cool music. You'll definitely find the atmosphere casual - relax on the sea loungers or beanbags thrown across the deck, and check out a few Dubai head-turners. Party goers hang out in majlis (beach shacks) at sunset. Dig into the scrumptious snack menu or simply chill out with an exhaustive beverage list.

Dubai Burj Khalifa- Tallest building in the World

Open Post to watch Opening ceremony Video of Burj Khalifa Dubai.


Burj Khalifa, formerly known as Burj Dubai, is a skyscraper in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and the tallest man-made structure ever built, at 828 m (2,717 ft). Construction began on 21 September 2004, with the exterior of the structure completed on 1 October 2009. The building officially opened on 4 January 2010. The building is part of the 2 km2 (490-acre) flagship development called Downtown Burj Khalifa at the "First Interchange" along Sheikh Zayed Road, near Dubai's main business district.


Saturday, January 9, 2010

Mosques of Dubai

Dubai is a modern Islamic country, A tourist to Dubai must not miss the opportunity to see amazing Islamic architecture in the form of numerous mosques of the emirate. Although non Muslim tourists can not enter any mosque in Dubai other then the Jumeira Mosque the rest of the mosques must been seen to truly understand Dubai, its religion and its culture.

The Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai is home to the city's tallest minaret. It might appear to be a beautiful example of restoration work, but was in fact built in the 1990s in the style of the Grand Mosque, which dated from 1900 but was knocked down to make way for another mosque in 1960. Ah, the perils of progress, always perceived too late. But the new Grand Mosque's sand-colored walls and wooden shutters blend perfectly with the surrounding old quarter of Bur Dubai.

Other mosques are also worth a look, particularly the Jumeira Mosque , known for its size and elaborate design. The best time to see it is at night, when it is spectacularly lit up. The stunning Iranian Mosque has incredibly detailed blue mosaic work typical of Persian building design. Non-Muslims are not allowed to enter mosques in the UAE.

Dubai Experience Old Arabia (Hotel Review)

Dubai has fast become the tourist destination of the world, with its fame it has brought the best in hospitality to its land. Dubai has hundreds of world class hotels, and guest houses with every luxury possible but one place to stay for a tourist who wants to experience Arabia in its essence is a little known place called the "Orient Guest House", Located in the Bastakiya Heritage area, The Orient Guest House offers guests a window to the past. It is a traditional two storey villa restored to it's former glory and offers ten Arabian style decorated rooms and a majlis (lounge) offering travelers the true taste of times gone by as they relax in the serene surroundings.

In the heart of lively Bur Dubai surroundings, the guest house is a walking distance to the Dubai Museum , Meena Bazaar, Dubai Creek, Abra (water taxi), Bank Street and Computer Street . It is a short drive of 6 K.M from Dubai International airport and only 3 K.M from the Sheikh Zayed Road business district, World Trade Center and exhibition halls. The diplomatic area is only half a kilometer away.

In close proximity to the shopping venues, guests can strike up a bargain at the Meena Bazaar (Souk Al Kabeer) or enjoy the high street shopping at nearby malls.

With views of the streets from a bygone era, guests are able to relive the past as it was almost a century ago. The roof terrace and two courtyards provide tranquil spots in which to relax and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Stone alleys, wind towers, art galleries and caf├ęs surround the Orient Guest House offering the cultural traveler the taste of old Arabia.

The Orient Guest House offers two types of accommodation, The Heritage Room and the Mumtaz Room. Normal/ Rack room rates are priced as follows:

  • Heritage Room AED. 1000.00 (US$ 275.00 approx.)
  • Mumtaz Room AED. 1200.00 (US$ 325.00 approx.)

Rates include daily breakfast for up to two guests .

Contact Information:

ORIENT GUEST HOUSE
Historic Bastakiya Area
Opposite Al Musalla Post Office
Al Fahidi Street, P.O.Box 46500,
Dubai, U.A.E.
Tel: +971-4-3519111, Fax: +971-4-3517744
E-mail: info@orientguesthouse.com
http://www.orientguesthouse.com/

Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club

Dubai is known to have some of the best golf courses in the World. The courses are not only appealing for the golfers, but they are a must visit for all the tourists coming to Dubai. The scenery is beautiful and the clubhouses have spectacular designs. One of the oldest and best known golf club in Dubai is the Dubai Creek Golf and Yatch Club. Located in the Gharoud Area on the Dubai Creek this is an 18-hole course par 72 course of championship standards and a 9-hole floodlit par 3, 774 yards course from the gents tees.

Open during daylight hours with tee times in 10 minute intervals. During most weekends, 'shot-gun starts' for corporate and society groups operate which means that everyone starts and finishes at one time, usually early in the morning and lunchtime. Handicap certificate required - 28 for men and 45 for ladies. No handicap required for the 9-hole course.

The facilities provided make it a premium golf course, Flood lighting allows golfers to play through the darkness until 10pm. Dubai's first-created Golf Academy offers tuition to all ages and abilities using V1 - the latest in swing analysis technology. Three floodlit practice holes, a marine and yacht club, swimming pool with a 'swim up' bar, and a Health Club Gym 2000 with personal trainers keep the active occupied day and night. The superbly facilitated club has hosted concerts by major names including Rod Stewart and Elton John.

Green fees: The 18-hole course costs 395 AED ($108) Sunday to Wednesday, and 475 AED ($130) Thursday to Saturday and Public Holidays. The 9-hole floodlit course is a modest 50 AED ($14).

Other costs: Carts cost 50 AED ($14) per person, and Ping club hire is 120 AED a set ($33), with 20 AED ($5.50) for practice balls.

Hot Air Ballooning in Dubai

A trip to Dubai for any tourist becomes even better when they experience Dubai at sunrise from a hot air balloon. You experience a wonderful, tranquil balloon ride with only the occasional blast of the gas burner to disturb the peace. The rides take place over the beautiful red desert sands near Fossil Rock between Dubai and Hatta. The Best time for the flights is at sunrise.

Feel the cool dawn air as you float only a few meters above the red dunes, then be awestruck as the mesmerizing landscape unfolds below you. View the giant dunes, the moon-like landscape of the rugged Hajj mountains to the east, and the "21st century" skyline of Dubai to the west as you rise high into the immense blue of the desert sky.

Flying with Balloon Adventures Dubai is a true desert adventure. Not only do you fly over the desert, you also get to land among the sand dunes and then experience desert driving at its best. The expert drivers are happy to demonstrate and explain what it takes to get through the desert to the main roads. For added safety there is always more than one 4-wheel drive vehicle used for each return trip.

Ballooning is suitable for all sorts of people, making it possible for families with children over the age of five to have an adventure together, within a safe environment. Taking off at sunrise allows you to enjoy the beginning of your day in an original and memorable way, and still be able to fit in the rest of your busy itinerary.

Pricing:

From 2 to 24 persons:
Price per adult: US $261 (AED 950)
Price per child: US $220 (AED 800) [5-12 years old]
Operating daily: 5 am

Exclusive charter balloon rides:
Small exclusive charter (1-8 persons): US $2865 (AED 10450) per charter ride
Big exclusive charter (9-24 persons): US $5730 (AED 20900) per charter ride
Departs daily at 5 am (timing will change with the sunrise)

Cost Includes:

  • Transportation from Selected hotels in Dubai
  • Approximately one-hour flight
  • Flight Certificate signed by the pilot
  • Light refreshments after the flight