Top Things To Do In Dubai

					                               Top Things To Do In Dubai

Afternoon Tea at Al Iwan Restaurant
-   first floor of the Burj Al Arab Hotel (ring to make a reservation Tel: 04 301 7600)

Jumeria Mosque Tour (Jumeria Beach Road)
-  you get to find out about the local way of life in Dubai and Muslim culture.
-  The only mosque in Dubai non-Muslims can visit on Thurs and Sun at 10am.

Boat trip at the Jumeria Beach Hotel
-  view the Palm, the Sheikh’s beach palaces and the new Marina

Visit the Palm Sales office
-    see models of what the new palm and world developments will look like

The Dubai Museum in Bastakia
-   great henna tattoo’s

The Majlis Gallery in Bastakia

Souk shopping (Gold, Spice and Textiles Souks) in Bastakia

Have a drink at the XVA hotel/café – very nice (Tel: +971 353 5383)
-  also jump on an abra boat on the creek to see the city from the water

Go to the Madinat souk for late afternoon shopping
-   stay for dinner at one of the many restaurants (wander until you find one you like)

Have a manicure & pedicure at Nstyle at the Madinat souk
-  costs 80 AED (11 pounds for both!)
-  Nstyle Tel: 04 368 6124
-  for men there’s the 1847 grooming salon (Emirates Towers) – Tel: 04 330 1847

Go to Karama for bargain hunt shopping
-   lots of fake designer clothes/bags/pens etc.

Visit a shop called Persepolis - Tel: 04 334 2824 for 10 dirham pashmina’s = 1.50!
-    great bags at shop called Blue Label (ask to go upstairs to see exclusive collections)

If you like horses do the Nad al Sheba
-    one of the world’s leading racing facilities, home to the Gold Cup
-    stable tour (you get to see top Arabian horses up close)
-    plus ride golf buggies!
-    Godolphin gallery/museum and breakfast.
-    early morning start but great fun Tel. 04 336 3666.
-    the racing season is Nov-Apr if you want to see the horses in race action!
-    there’s also the only night lit golf course there in Dubai.
Visit the camel market to see the camel racetrack
-    see the camels training
-    the market sells colourful camel blankets for 10 AED = 1.50!
-    a short trip but worth doing in a taxi if you are on the way to/from Dubai centre

Have sundowner cocktails at the rooftop bar at the Royal Mirage Hotel
-  get there for 5pm, sun sets around 6-ish
-  one of the best hotels in Dubai, perhaps stay for supper

See flamingo’s at Al Khor (outskirts of Dubai)
-   get the taxi driver to show you on the way to or back from Dubai Centre

Go for a massage/spa treatment at the Six Senses Spa
-   Tel: 04 366 6818

Wild Wadi water park
-   great for small and big adult type kids!

Desert safari with Arabian adventures
-  tel. 04 303 4888
-  day trip from approx. 2-9pm
-  you get to see the real desert and to ride a camel!

The Big Bus Company Tour
-   great thing to do early on
-   shows you all the main sites
-   gives you a feel for the size of Dubai
-   Tel: 04 324 4187

Bastakyia
-   oldest heritage site in Dubai
-   Dates to early 1900’s
-   Lots of wind tower buildings, art galleries, cafes etc
-   A cultural delight!

The Creek
-   take an abra boat down the creek and view Dubai from the water.
-   this is the real heart of Dubai
-   stop at the Souks (Gold, textile and spice) on the way.

Shopping:

      Wafi City
      Top end shopping mall, also home to M & S!
      Great restaurants and open air cinema

      Top of Jumeria Beach road
      Several small malls along a strip of road
      The Village
      Jumeria Centre
      The Palm Strip
      Take a cab and wander
    Mercato Mall
    Very nice
    Set in a Venetian theme

    Diera City Centre
    Largest shopping mall in the Gulf
    A bit of everything
    Great Arabian shopping at “Arabian Treasures” for mementos and family presents

    Burjuman
    More high street shopping
    Designer fashion brands

    Gold and Diamond Park!!
    Great indoor shopping
    Best shop we have found there is called Cara on Tel: 04 347 8089

    Mall of The Emirates
    Biggest shopping centre in the middle east
    Indoor ski slope!

    Antique Museum
    Great Arabian treasures
    Speak to Musthak

Dinner recommendations:

    Vu’s restaurant
    5 Star
    Tel: 04 330 0000
    At the top of the Emirates Towers
    Pre-dinner drinks on the 50th floor (glass lift to 40th floor and then change lifts)
    Stunning views
    Delicious food
    Special occasion stuff

    Café Chic (French)
    Meriden hotel near the airport

    Bateaux Dubai
    Glass boat that travels down the Creek
    Dinners only

    Eauzone and the Beach Bar & Grill
    Royal Mirage Hotel

    Lime tree café
    Great lunch spot

    Villa Beach
    On the beach
Marina Seafood Restaurants
Jumeria Beach Hotel

Boudoir
Ladies night on a Tuesday
Free champagne all night
Great dinner
Dancing
Very Moulin Rouge!

Segreto’s, Pier Chic
Restaurant on a wooden pier in the sea

Alboretum
Al Qsar Hotel

Koubba
A really nice bar with views of the sea and lovely setting (after dinner drinks)

Shimmers
Arabic food on the beach – amazing

Zheng He’s
Chinese
Mina Salam Hotel

The rib room
Emirates Towers

Verre
Gordon Ramsay
Hilton Creek Hotel

The Glasshouse
Hilton Creek Hotel
Champagne brunch on a Friday
Set menu with champagne included, very yummy!
Lots of brunch menu’s in Dubai on a Friday – also try The Fairmont Hotel.

Madinat Souk
Lots of venues to choose from - We like:
         Jambase - Jazz & Blues restaurant, great dancing too
         Shoo Fee Ma Fee - Moroccan
         Trader Vics - fun international menu
         Noodle House - quick & easy
         The Meat Company – steaks
         The Agency - lovely bar to have a pre-dinner drink in

Bab Al Shams Desert Hotel
Desert restaurant (Al Hadheerah) - Arabian BBQ and belly dancing. Tel: 04 809 6194.
If visiting in the summer book at the indoor restaurant.
Location is 40 mins taxi ride from main Dubai
      Budda Bar
      Grosvenor House Hotel
      Drinks and dinner (based on the famous concept in Paris)
      Mezziane.

      Park Hyatt Hotel
      On the Creek
      A great Terrace bar
      Overlooking a fantastic Marina

Nightclubs:

      Trilogy at the Madinat
      Peppermint at the Fairmont (Fri)
      Tangerine at the Fairmont
      Lotus One at the Novotel

Lie on the beach
-    Swim in the sea lots!

				
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