is the second largest of the seven Emirates that makes up
the United Arab Emirates and ranks as the country’s
leading commercial center. Dubai is the place where one
can embrace a wide variety of scenery in a very small area.
In one single day, the tourist can experience every thing
from rugged mountains and aweinspiring sand dunes to sandy
beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to luxurious
residential districts and from ancient houses with
wind-towers to ultra modern shopping malls. Dubai is a unique
combination of cosmopolitan society with an international
lifestyle, yet with a culture deeply rooted in the Islamic
traditions of Arabia.
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is a lot more to do in Dubai, as this is a place where
one can enjoy the activities from desert to coast
. The activities like desert safaris which includes
dune driving, camel riding, exploring the wadis, sand
skiing, desert feasts etc. Besides these there are
many other activities like water sports, diving, go-karting
majesty and tranquility of the desert can be experienced
in a choice of exciting half day full day and overnight
safaris. These action packed trips cover varied terrain
ranging from desert to mountain and take to remote
and isolated villages. Mostly such safaris are arranged
by the hotels and tour operators.
Highlights of a safari in Dubai may include the following:
Driving in sand is an
adventure in itself, combining the excitement of a
rollercoaster ride with a challenge of remaining mobile
on the shifting surface. Courses in sand driving are
available, with four-wheel-drive vehicles provided
along with expert instruction.
popular are safaris that culminate in spectacular
desert sunset views followed by a traditional Arabian
barbecue under the stars. These events are just full
of fun-packed evenings complete with music, belly-dancing,
the smoking of hubble-bubble pipes and often a display
On Thursday, Friday from
8am to 2pm, during the months of October-April, Camel
racing is a major sport in Dubai. The Track is located
on the outskirts of the city at Nad Al Sheba (behind
the Metropolitan Hotel).
Sports in Beaches
Weather conditions in
Dubai are just perfect for sailing, with a constant,
predictable wind year round, little current or tide
and warm weather. Windsurfers and dinghies dot the
water around Dubai’s sailing clubs and marinas as
visitors can really take advantage of the fine weather
conditions. Facilities for
water-skiing and wake-boarding are readily
available in Dubai, and arrangements with professional
local operators can be made through most hotels.
: The Dubai International Marine Club at Mina
Seyahi, approximately 20 minutes drive from the city
centre, hosts international and local watersports
Wadi Water Park
Wadi water park is the world’s most advanced water
theme park. Situated besides The Jumeirah Beach
Hotel, Wild Wadi Water Park is designed to offer
hours of fun and pleasure to thrill-seekers and
Among the main attraction of Wild Wadi are :
Master Blasters, Flow Riders, Wave Pool, Lazy
River, Ring Ride, Fossil Rock etc.
Golf and Racing Club
Dubai Golf and Racing
Club are the Middle East's fully floodlit 18 hole
championship course. The intriguing course has eight
lakes, more than 110 pot bunkers and is designed in
the Scottish links.
Location : Situated at Nad Al Sheba, some 10
minutes from the city centre.
air balloon flight
This package includes
a pre-flight safety briefing, approximately a one
hour flight sparkling grape juice celebration, breakfast,
full passenger insurance and a return transport to
the launch site.
Booking : GB& AC (Dubai) PO Box 35121,
Dubai shopping is another major attraction for tourists.
Attractive modern shopping plazas are conveniently
located throughout the city, housing a wide range
of shops, boutiques and supermarkets etc. Among the
leading malls Deira malls, Dubai malls and Jumeirah
malls are famous for their unique collections which
includes everything from ultra-modern gadgets and
the latest fashions to gold, carpets and antiques.
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old Bastakiya district with its narrow lanes and tall
wind towers gives a tantalising glimpse of old Dubai.
In the past, the city was famous for a mass of windtowers
which lined the Creek on either side. These were not
merely decorative; they were the only means of cooling
houses in the days before mains electricity.
Dating from the late
1800s, Sheikh Saeed’s House was built in a commanding
position near the sea so the ruler could observe shipping
activity from its balconies. With its windtowers and
layers of rooms built around a central courtyard,
it is a fine example of regional architecture.
The city has many fine mosques. One of
the largest and most beautiful Jumeriah mosque -
is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture
and one of Dubai’s most photographed sights. Built
of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, the mosque
dome is a city landmark.
Situated on the Bur Dubai
side of the Creek near the Ruler’s court Grand Mosque
was re-built in 1998 and now has, at 70 meters, the
city’s tallest minaret. It has 45 small domes in addition
to nine large ones boasting stained glass panels,
making it a distinguished landmark.
Fahidi Fort, which houses the Dubai Museum, is another
imposing building. It once guarded the city’s landward
approaches. Built around 1799, it has served variously
garrison and prison. As a museum it was renovated
in 1970 and the galleries are full of colourful and
evocative dioramas, complete with life-size figures
and sound and light effects.
Umm AI Sheif Majlis
The summer resort of the late Ruler of Dubai has
been restored and is open to the public. Built in
the early 1950s in the coastal Umm Suqeim area, the
majlis gardens feature a reproduction of the traditional
falaj irrigation system.
and diving village
traditional heritage village, located near the mouth
of the Creek, has been created where potters and weavers
display their crafts. The Diving village forms part
of an ambitious plan to turn the entire Shindagha
area into a cultural micrcosm, recreating life in
Dubai as it was in days gone by.