About Dubai

General Information


Dubai is located on the Eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula, in the south west corner of the Arabian Gulf. It is extremely well known for its warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage, and the Emirati people are welcoming and generous in their approach to visitors.

  • Country Dialling Code: + 971
  • When to Go: The Peninsula is best visited between November and March. Between April and early October temperatures are hot and can reach 50°C. Between June and September it is the monsoon season in some areas.
  • United Arab Emirates Capital: Abu Dhabi
  • Currency: UAE Dirhams (AED). Recommend take US$ to exchange.
  • Electricity: 220/240V at 50 cycles. Three point British plug.
  • Shopping: Tax-free, open market.
  • Tipping: Restaurants 10% tip, if a service fee is not included. Most hotels charge a service fee, hence you do not tip if you see a service fee levied. Tipping is a way of life.
  • Bargaining: While boutiques, some electronic shops, department stores and supermarkets operate on a fixed-price basis, most other outlets consider friendly negotiation a way of daily life.
  • Alcohol: Available in hotels and club restaurants and bars. However restaurants situated outside hotels and clubs are not permitted to serve alcohol.
  • Road: Taxis are the most common way of getting around Dubai. Self-drive cars are available for visitors with international driving licence.
  • Water Taxis: A great way to travel between Bur Dubai and Deira is by water taxi, or abra.
  • Festivals & Sporting Events: Dubai Shopping Festival, runs for a month from mid-January. Dubai Desert Classic lures some of the best golfers to partake in one of the world's richest golf tournaments. Held in March. Dubai World Cup, International Racing Carnival runs from February through to the end of March and culminates in the World Cup, the world's richest horse race.
  • Gateway Airport: Dubai (DXB)
  • Ramadan 2009: Will commence approx Aug 21st, and takes place over a period of one lunar month. Almost everything closes in the afternoon during Ramadan, yet the evenings are filled with festivities. 

Nightlife in Dubai is mainly focused around the hotels and starts quite late. Bars and Nightclubs don’t tend to get busy until after 11pm, with most clubs open until around 3am. Whilst most nights are busy, the big night out in Dubai is Thursday and a favourite with the expats. The finest restaurants in Dubai can be largely found inside the luxury hotels and are often the most popular, because they are mostly the only restaurants that have an alcohol licence. There are numerous independent restaurants in the city that are certainly worth visiting even if you are not able to indulge in a bottle of wine. There is a large buffet culture in Dubai with many hotel restaurants providing all you can eat and drink buffets with a huge variety of food from all over the globe. There are also a lot of recognisable franchises around too, so you can often spot something you are familiar with.

Bars & Restaurants

Neos – Downtown Burj Dubai
This exclusive 63rd floor sophisticated lounge bar has a perfect view of the Burj Dubai. The bar has a dramatic feel due its use of black granite infused with reflective quartz, which gives off a starlight effect. Crystal chandeliers enhance the overall feel making this venue a memorable experience and an ideal location for impressing guests.

360° bar – Jumeirah Beach
Located at the end of a pier extending from the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and perched on top of the Marina Seafood restaurant, this bar gives wonderful 360° views. This is definitely the place to be seen and the music is always good with live DJ sets most evenings. Some nights are guest list only so worth checking before going

Apres Bar – Al Barsha
This is a very welcoming bar with a good atmosphere that overlooks Ski Dubai. You can enjoy good food, bottled beers and cocktails sitting in comfortable booths. It is a great venue for just chilling out and having a beer whether you have just come off the slopes, out of the cinema or from the attached shopping mall

Barasti Bar – Dubai Marina
This is a great outdoor venue with elevated decking that gives superb views of the Gulf coast. It has a relaxed atmosphere with great food and sports fans can keep up to date with all the latest action on the big screen.

Buddha Bar – Dubai Marina
This bar owes its origins to the famous Buddha bar in Paris. The ornate decoration in the main bar and dining room is a truly wonderful sight. The menu blends influences from Thailand, China and Japan together with Arabian ingredients creating a palate sensation. A sushi bar area allows guests to be private and the mezzanine floor gives great views of the Dubai crows in full flow

Calabar – Downtown Burj Dubai
A great lounge style venue for after work drinks with views of the Burj Dubai and the Dubai Fountain. Distinctive Latin influences in style and the menu will ensure you have an evening of fun. This vibrant and colourful bar is definitely hip and trendy.

The Irish Village – The Aviation Club, Garhoud
A much loved bar and a regular institution. It hosts a good line up of entertainment with both in house and visiting bands. The overall decoration gives The Irish Village a wonderful relaxing atmosphere and there are big screens to watch all the major sporting fixtures. The beer and food is excellent and all at reasonable cost

Sho Cho – Jumeirah Beach
The place to see and to be seen. It is very modern and has a distinct Japanese feel and is where the beautiful people go especially on a Sunday night. Wonderful cocktails and great music combined with a stunning terrace area overlooking the sea make Sho Cho a great experience.

The Observatory
Set on the 52nd floor of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel, it boasts magnificent panoramic views across Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeriah and also the Emirates Golf course. The impressive 360 degree international restaurant and bar, offers fine dining, international beverages and exciting entertainment.

BarZar – Madinat Jumeirah Hotel
Located in the heart of the Madinat Souk complex, BarZar is superbly located for pre or post dinner drinks. It is a stylish and down to earth venue that you can just go and enjoy a few drinks with friends. The price of drinks is very reasonable and after dark it turns in to young and hip venue pumping out some good music in a trendily designed environment

Dhow & Anchor –  Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This bar prides itself on being one of the few venues that creatively blends Arabian heritage with the feel of a classic English pub. It overlooks the majestic waters of the Gulf and the spectacular Burj Al Arab. It provides a relaxing dining experience for those looking to enjoy classic English specialties. You can catch up on all the sports action and the Happy Hour proves to be very popular.

Zuma – Business Bay
Other Zuma venues are located in London, Hong Kong and Istanbul. It philosophy is one of sophisticated cuisine inspired by the informal nature of Japanese dining. The dishes are brought to your table steadily for all guests to enjoy. It has a vibrant atmosphere and is well worth a visit

QD's - Dubai Creek and Golf Club
Relax and unwind at this modern and trendy outside music venue. It’s chic, atmospheric and the ultimate place to chill out on a beanbag or sofa, with a shisha or pizza and snacks, whilst listening to the DJ and enjoying the idyllic climate, magnificent views and unique ambience of Dubai under the stars, right next to the Creek

Chili’s – Saleh Bin Lahej Bld
Chili's is a wonderful place to visit with friends and family and enjoy a delicious meal. Chili's is like no place else. The restaurant offers a distinct, fresh, and flavourful mix of grilled American favourites prepared in a way that keeps guests wanting to come back for more

The Meat Company – Madinat Jumeirah
The Meat Company specialises in serving some of the most delicious steaks in the area. The menu is pretty simple but the food is great. It is situated right by the water, so it is worth trying to get a table outside for some fantastic views of the Burj. The service is efficient but it can get extremely busy

Medzo – The Pyramids, Wafi, Nr Health Care City
Medzo is a very good Italian restaurant and be sure not to miss the wood-fired pizza’s. The atmosphere is casual and friendly. The outside terrace is pretty popular in the winter, as with most of the Wafi restaurants, so make sure you book ahead. Good value dining.

The Noodle House – Sheikh Zayed Road
With its enticing open show kitchen this restaurant bridges the gap between fast food and fine dining. It is fresh, lots of fun and affordable and always produces a lively atmosphere. The staff is friendly and the attention to detail is impressive.

The Rib Room – Sheikh Zayed Road
The dark red walls and rich leather seating create an intimate ambience in a stylish chic way. It specialises in prime quality red meat as well as offering a good selection of seafood dishes. Good service and good meal presentation add to the experience of enjoying your food in style

 

Clubs

Chi
Located at the Al Nasr Leisure-land, this club is very popular with the younger generation. It is known for having funk, house and hip-hop nights and also organises many theme nights to keep the youngsters interested. It has four large rooms, a semi outdoor dance area with a garden, and a VIP room to chill out in providing you have made reservations.

Trilogy
Located on the Jumeirah Beach Road, this is one of the biggest and trendiest nightclubs in Dubai. It has three floors and the roof top bar is the best spot to glance at the stunning views of the city. The club features many big named DJs and hosts a considerable amount of VIP bashes. Trilogy is a fascinating club which will definitely offer a night to remember.

Peppermint Club
One of Dubai’s top nightclubs and great for those party lovers. The promoter imports some of the best international DJs around. Over 2000 clubbers dance away on the overheated dance floor. There's often an admission charge for men but women usually get in free.

Mix, Grand Hyatt
MIX features resident and international DJs, a dance club and a chill out lounge. This vast 'superclub', operates on three floors. It has a chic lounge on the mezzanine level with a separate DJ and a soundproofed bar upstairs. This is absolutely the place if you want to let rip in style

 

Copacabana
Possibly named after the 70’s Barry Manilow hit, the CopaCabbana has become very popular among the increasingly large young and trendy crowd in Dubai. Sandy floors and Bamboo Railings give it quite an interesting unique look. It is also renowned for having fantastic snacks.

Jam Base
Dark wooden interiors and soft lighting create just the right atmosphere for possibly the best jazz/soul/funk bar clubs in town. Sunk in the depths of Souk Madinat Jumeirah It is intimate, welcoming and always busy. You can sit outside and enjoy the music or head inside for dancing. Arrive early on Friday nights as it can get packed

The Apartment Lounge, Jumeriah Beach Hotel
The Apartment is one of Dubai’s leading night venues. Boasting a range of local and international DJ’s who are invited to spin tunes alongside resident DJ’s. The Apartment + club continues to shape the local music scene in Dubai with its blend of urban sounds

Zinc, Crown Plaza Hotel
It's bigger and better than ever before! Zinc takes playtime to another level. Massive DJ's, bouncing live music and plenty of play mates, not to mention an atmosphere you only find at Zinc. It's a dance club with a generous industrial-type décor, but the vibe is casual and not at all snooty.

 

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Experience Dubai

Dubai is an international business city with a relaxed beach resort, combining the sophistication of the 21st century with the simplicity of traditional ways. A visit to the desert is a must on anyone's itinerary to Dubai. Desert oasis, date palms, camel farms and barren mountains are part of the landscape that you'll see on any sightseeing tour that leaves Dubai.

4WD Sundowner Dune Dinner

4WD Sundowner Dune Dinner

Departures: Daily.
Duration: 7hrs

An exhilarating 4WD journey takes you deep into the heart of the desert over rolling sand dunes. Enjoy the desert sunset, an Arabic feast and a local belly dance performance.

Price from £40 per person including dinner.

Afternoon Dubai City Tour

Afternoon Dubai City Tour

Departures: Daily.
Duration: 5.5 hrs

A fascinating historical excursion and orientation tour of this fabulous city, including the magnificent Jumeirah Mosque, the old wind tower houses and the alleys of the gold & spice souks.

Price from £22 per person.

An Evening of Elegance

An Evening of Elegance

Departures: Daily.
Duration: 2.5 hrs

Enjoy a 360 degree view of Dubai Creek from the sleek, all glass Seine designed Al Minsaf boat. The best of sightseeing, fine dining and live music. Beverages can be purchased on board

Price from £75 per person including dinner.

 

Camel Riding

Camel Riding

Departures: Daily.
Duration: 5 hours

A chance to experience the arid splendour of the desert from a unique vantage point! Since ancient times camels have been used to transport people and goods across the dunes.

Contact us for prices.

Desert Feasts

Desert Feasts

Particularly popular are safaris that culminate in spectacular desert sunsets followed by a traditional Arabian barbeque under the stars. These can be modified to meet every taste from a romantic and peaceful experience to elaborate fun-packed evenings complete with music and belly dancers.

Dubai Motorsports

Dubai Motorsports

If you feel a need for speed, head for the Dubai Autodrome located near Arabian Ranches on the Emirates Road. You can drive karts, F1 style single-seaters or various race tuned high performance vehicles like the Subaru STI Impreza.

Exploring The Wadis

Exploring The Wadis

A popular pastime is exploring the wadis or dry river beds that flow after the winter rains from the Hajar Mountains. Many wadis offer scenes of unexpected beauty with attractive rock pools surrounded by greenery. 4WD are required and are available for hire with or without drivers.

Sand-skiing

Sand-skiing

Fun and adventure lovers cannot afford to miss out on sand skiing. It is a daring sport, which should not be ignored. People with a taste for speed and a head for heights and enthusiasm in their blood will enjoy the unusual experience of skiing down the sand dunes of the Dubai Desert lanscape

 

 

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. It offers an amazing snow setting for skiing, snowboarding, or just playing in the snow. The huge resort is covered with real snow all year round and you don’t have to worry about ski clothing or equipment either as all of this is provided

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi is a state-of-the-art water park that forms part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort just a 20 minute drive form the city centre. The park has 24 rides, 16 of which are inter-connected including The Jumeirah Sceiah, which is the tallest and fastest freefall slide outside the USA.

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