Monday, March 15, 2010
This traditional sport has been renewed with much enthusiasm in recent years. Informal desert tracks, and now quite a few official ones have been assigned for this purpose - a large ten kilometer track on the Al Ain road, about forty-five kilometers from Abu Dhabi city; at Al Ain itself, at Dubai and Umm Al Quwain.
Certain slender, finely formed breeds such as the white or golden 'Anafi' and the brown or black 'Boushari' are more suitable for racing. Camel training commences at about six months and entrance for official races beginning at about three years.
Camel races are usually held every Thursday, Friday, Sunday and occasionally on Monday mornings, providing visitors with a unique opportunity to observe local Emiratis in harmony with their surroundings. Camel racing season begins in October until April.
Camel Racing is a truly fantastic local sport and a must see whilst in Dubai.
You will be amazed at how fast camels can run.
Monday, March 8, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The nightlife in Dubai is active, growing and noisy. Get up late so you can enjoy all the night fun this city has to offer.
First, be aware that while the climate here is hot, many clubs don’t allow flip flops or baseball caps and the like. Although flip flops are allowed in beach bars, such as Barasti. Like clubs in just about any major city, the bouncer will decide who gets in and they often do stop people at the door in “inappropriate” attire, even if it seemed appropriate outside in the 100-degree weather.
Once you do venture out to take in the club scene, here are some things to note.
Stay away from the clubs on Mondays. Most of them are not active and some closed altogether. Best nights in Dubai are Thursdays and Fridays.
Clubs in Dubai close at 3 a.m. and you must be 21 to get into one, and 21 to drink in Dubai. All clubs serve alcohol, unless it is their holy season, Ramadan (varies from month to month each year.)
You should be able to get into just about any club, even members-only clubs. They aren’t allowed to refuse admittance to anyone, but they will charge an entrance fee and it can be hefty which might deter you from trying to get in. Anything in Dubai is subject to a 10% tax, which goes to the Dubai Government, not the waiters, so extra tipping is usually advised.
Dubai Creek Golf Club
Located in Deira has at least 9 (PAR) course with floodlight. There is also the original Dubai Golf Academy with PGA qualified Instructors. The Club House is a shape of pillowing sails .
Dubai Country Club
Dubai Country Club was the first 9 holes course opened 1971 in Dubai . It is a sand course so there is rather “Browns instead of Greens.” Later, they opened a new 18 holes sand course in Al Awir .
The players are carrying the artificial turf with them and use it to play off when on fairways.
Jumeirah Golf Estate
The Jumeriah Golf Estate is scheduled to open in 2007 - 4 18-hole Championship Golf Courses will be built around a gated residential community, designed around elements of Earth, Fire, Air and Water. Greg Norman has designed the Fire and Earth courses and Vijay Sing will design the Water course.
Emirates Golf Club
It has two courses: The Majlis and The Wadi (The Wadi is under re-construction at the moment). It has a club house shaped as Bedouin Tents.
Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa
On this golf course 9 first holes are surrounded by exotic trees and players are companied by peacocks and large number of other birds. From 18 holes 5 are surrounded by salt water lakes.
Al Badia Golf Resort
The center piece of Dubai Festival City. Designed around 11 lakes and was open just recently.Limited public play.
Located in the Emirate Hills Residential Estate. Designed by Colin Montgomery and Donald Murhead. It has the world’s largest green area which is in shape of UAE.
As important as the shape of the green or clubhouse is also the modern technology in this sport…
In Arabian Ranches is the newest course and was designed by Jack Nicklaus . The Club employs the Golf Plus System that uses GPS technology to inform the player extract distance from the cart to the green .
Dubai Golf City
The world’s largest single based Golf Estate development. 5 World Class-themed signature Golf Courses will be opening 2009 in Dubai Land.
The indoor aquarium which is part of the Dubai Mall has a viewing tunnel through the middle, a large fish tank measuring about 45 metres and home to some 33000 species. You cannot help but feel concerned that there are far too many sharks and fish in such a small area. If you just want to see the aquarium you pay 25aed per adult or 50aed if you want to visit the Discovery Centre upstairs as well. However, though first impressions of the Discovery Centre are pretty good, some nice fish in relatively large aquariums with good educational guides, further round you come to extremely small enclosures housing otters, penguins and seals.
The enclosures for the otters and seals could not be more than 12ft by 10ft housing more than 3 animals in each, which seems far too small. The mall is impressive enough without the animals, so perhaps concentrate your efforts on the other sites, shops, and attractions the mall has to offer.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
You can also swim with 4 dolphins. there are two types of sessions: mixed and private. In a private session you can have all the time for yourself with the dolphins. It will cost you Dhs 1,600/- for 3 people. Every extra person will be charged at Dhs 400/- only, up to 6 people. Mixed sessions take a maximum of 6 people to swim with 4 dolphins . You will be charged Dhs 400/- per person for a mixed session, which lasts for 40 minutes (10 minutes training session, 10 minutes to change and the other 20 minutes with the dolphins).
Here is a list of the government departments contact numbers for your reference.
|Civil Aviation Department||2066333|
|Department Of Economic Development||2229922|
|Department of Naturalization & Residency||3139999|
|Dubai Airport Free Zone Authority||2995555|
|Dubai Electricity & Water Authority||3244444|
|Dubai Government Workshop||3342999|
|Dubai Internet City||3998888|
|Dubai Ports Authority||3451545|
|Dubai Ship Docking Yard||3341217|
|Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing||2230000|
|Endowments & Islamic Affairs Dept||2663535|
|Federal National Council||2824531|
|General Information Authority||2821565|
|General Postal Authority||3371500|
|General Secretariat of UAE Muncipalities||2237785|
|Health & Medical Services||3370031|
|Heritage & History Committee||2227498|
|HH The Ruler's Affairs & Petroleum Affairs||3531060|
|Institute Of Administration||2821575|
|Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority||8815000|
|Jebel Ali Free Zone Administration||8813000|
|Ministry of Agriculture & Fisheries||2958161|
|Ministry of Communications||2953330|
|Ministry of Defence||3532330|
|Ministry of Economy & Commerce||2954000|
|Ministry of Education||2994100|
|Ministry of Electricity & Water||2626262|
|Ministry of Finance & Industry||3532323|
|Ministry of Foreign Affairs||2221144|
|Ministry of Health||3348000|
|Ministry of Information & Culture||2615500|
|Ministry of Islamic Affairs & Endowments||2691220|
|Ministry of Justice||2825999|
|Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs||2691666|
|Ministry of Public Works & Housing||2693900|
|Ministry of Youth & Sports||2691680|
|Ports & Customs Dept||3459575|
|Prime Minister's Office||3451900|
|Real Estate Dept||3461444|
|State Audit Institution||2286000|
|UAE Radio & Television Dubai||3369999|
As a tourist in Dubai, you might face some difficulties so I have compiled a list of important numbers that you might need in Dubai. In case of emergency you can contact the following numbers, hope the list is useful.
|Hospital Emergency Numbers|
|Al Maktoum Hospital||228-4584|
|Al Wasl Hospital||324-1111|
|Lost Credit Cards|
|Commercial Bank of Dubai||800-4474|
|Emirates Bank International||800-4080|
|National Bank of Dubai||800-4767 / 223-3166|
|Dubai International Airport||224-5555|
|Mobile Tel. Enquiries||101|
|Call Booking & Enquiry||151|
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
There are 4 books
The main Entertainer book
This is of use to holidaymakers who intend to visit a few attractions and eat meals out, especially if you have children. You will find vouchers for ice cream parlours, coffee shops, bistros in the malls etc
The Fine Dining entertainer book
This book is good for holidaymakers who want to sample some of Dubai's excellent restaurants and will usually be a 2 for 1 voucher and/or a free bottle of wine with your meal
The Kids Entertainer book
In my opinion this book is of most use for families who live in Dubai as many of the vouchers are for things like karate lessons or regular kids things, where you would only get the full benefit if you live there BUT depending on what you and your kids want to do in Dubai it may pay to buy the book.
The Body Entertainer book
Again perhaps of more use to the resident spa junkie or for you if you intend to spend a lot of time in spas on your holiday
They have a web site, see this link
You can buy the book in any bookstore and in many supermarkets OR you can go on line before you go to Dubai, order the book on line and have it delivered to your hotel for collection when you arrive.
The price of each book is clearly stated on the web site.
You can also sign up on the web site for monthly offers and just check in to see what's available to print off for free from the website just before you go.
Please be advised that whilst we recommend the book we are not connected to it commercially. This information is put here to help you plan and also to help you to save money on your visit to Dubai.
It is a very special time in Dubai and people should respect the local customs during this time. They should also enjoy one of the fabulous Iftar (breaking of the fast) buffets that are held in the early evening.
During this time Eating, drinking and smoking are strictly forbidden in public places from sunrise to sunset except for designated areas - designated areas will include inside your hotel, around the pool and at the private beaches
Nowhere is permitted to serve alcoholic beverages during day light hours. However, they will be available at all normal hotel bars after sunset.
There will be no live music or entertainment during the Ramadan period. Bars will be open as above but there will be no live music.
Shopping hours may differ as many stores change their opening hours - often staying open later in the evening - during Ramadan. When visiting any shopping malls or other tourist attractions, please ensure that you respect the local culture. It is against the law to eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in all public places during daylight hours and appropriate clothing must be worn.
Appropriate clothing means no shoulders, cleavage, middles, and thighs on show when outside the hotels.
The day Ramadan finishes is celebrated as Eid-ul-Fitr day.