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Dubai Hotels and Apartments
Accommodation in Dubai
The richness of the city also reflects in its Dubai hotels, with plenty of them to choose from in different locations, offering different experiences. The famous Palm Jumeirah is the foremost option for most people as you can find accommodations for all budget here. The Walk offers posh hotels and Jumeirah beach area is good for families and couples alike. Apart from above, the hotels in Dubai are mostly concentrated in the areas of Al Barsha street, Barsha Heights, Jebel Ali, Sheikh Zayed Road area. A few are also there in Dubai Investment park and Dubailand Residence area, airport road and Dubai Festival City. If you want to live in the old town areas of Dubai, then Al Mina road, Bur Dubai and Deira are a good choice.
The Middle Eastern city of Dubai lies on the southeast coast of Persian Gulf. It is one of the 7 emirates of the U.A.E. the strategic location of the city has made it a trade route in ancient times when it was a link between Asia and Europe. Gradually it developed into a fishing village in the 19th century. It struck fortune when oil was discovered half a century ago and Dubai emerged as a global and richest city. From being just a trade route to world business and trade hub, Dubai has become a dream destination for holidaymakers. The city reminds of Arabian nights’ tales and Dubai holidays is close to living the tales. Dubai lures with its royalty, hospitality and magnificent architectures.
Where to Stay on your Dubai Holiday
Finding the right hotel in Dubai is as easy as finding a camel in Dubai. The localities are thriving with varied options. Palm Jumeirah, Jumeirah beach area, Barsha heights, all the localities are ideal to find accommodations- whether you are looking for hotels in Dubai or apartments. The apartments in Dubai are just as sophisticated as the hotels and ideal if you wish to stay longer or looking for independent units and are also designed for extreme comfort to leave you feeling spoilt and most of them also have private chefs and butlers. If you want to stay with an Arabian night fairy tale theme, then you can find an accommodation in Al Qudra road near Al Qudra oasis. If you are enough to find a deal for cheap flights and hotels in Dubai, you can also choose super luxurious hotels that oozes royalty, Burj Al Arab, is one such experience.
Things to See and Do in Dubai
In a land with vast stretches of deserts, its only good to start with a desert safari on a camel or jeep. The safaris offer sunrise and sunset desert tour, sand dunes trekking on camel, sandboarding, Dubai Falconry safari, sand skiing and much more. The evenings are glistening with BBQ’s in open desert with dinner under the stars and live belly dancing. The Hatta Hill Park and village is a breath of greenery in the desert of Dubai while the beach area near the Palm Jumeirah has endless adventure sports options. Some of the hotels in Dubai include these sports in their all-inclusive packages. There are some adventure sports options also at Sheikh Zayed Road area and Bur Dubai. You can also visit mosques, museums, parks and also Dubai Aquarium and underwater zoo and the Global Village. There’s still more fun left thanks to the Aquaparks, the world class IMG Worlds of Adventure with rides, eateries, shows, and hot air ballooning at the Control Tower in Motor City. In the end you can end your tour with a delicious 3 course meal at Burj Khalifa at 124 level.
After a day full of scorching sun, evenings in Dubai come like a breath of fresh air, when the city starts to cool. The nightlife of Dubai is centred around the areas of Burj Khalifa, Marina, Downtown, Sheikh Zayed road area, Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. You can find Dubai’s top nightclubs here like White Dubai, Cirque Le Soir, Armani Prive, the Act, Billionaire mansion, Cavalli club, People, N’dulge, Provocateur, Sensation club, etc. There are many chic rooftop lounges in the hotels in Dubai if you just wish to chill. More famous ones are 360°, Barasti, Bliss lounge, Dubai ladies club, The Irish village, Jetty lounge, Borocay and Boudoir. The cultural and international music shows are practically interwoven here as both are organized equally. You can also watch opera or international stage shows.
Food options in Dubai
Emirati cuisine is a marriage of many middle eastern and Asian cuisines. Owing to the desert climate, the diet mainly comprises of vegetables, dairy, seafood and meats. Camel meat is a delicacy in from traditional forms to their modern fusion versions like stuffed camel. Some other traditional dishes that you can’t miss on your next Dubai holiday include Maq'louba, Harees, Al Harees, Shawarma, Hummus, Shakshouka and Mishwy. Fresh breads like raqaq, khameer, and chebab and deserts Luqeymat, Khabeesa and Bethitha are must try. The meals are ended with a mint and tea infused red drink. There’s a tradition in Dubai hotels to welcome guests with dates and Garwah (Arabic coffee). Deira Creek, Boxpark, Souk Al Bahar, JBR, Jumeirah town, Downtown Dubai and Dubai festival city, are lined with fine dining restaurants and for street food then the old town areas of Satwa, Al Wasl road are it.
Dubai for Shopping
Throughout the world, Dubai is known as the Mecca of shopping thanks to various malls like the BoxPark, the Outlet Village, at the JBR and the Mall of the Emirates which is the king of all, lined with designer and boutique wear. If you are into street shopping then the old town markets of Satwa, Deira, Bur, Meena bazaar, gold and textile souks sell everything from accessories, perfumes, carpets, spices, frankincense, myrrh, antiques, gold, clothing and other decorative that will take you to Aladdin’s story, at cheap prices. On your Dubai holiday, you can also visit the Souk Madinat, Souk Al Bahar, Khan Murjan, that are modern souks with air conditioning. Some local markets are Ripe market, ARTE that sells goods straight from artisans, Dubai Flea market and night market. The Dubai Shopping festival held in January and February and availability of cheap flights and hotels in Dubai in this time, has made it the right time to shop with huge discounts and crazy sales going on, all with kid’s entertainment, street food stalls, fireworks, making it a fest in a real sense.
Interesting trivia facts about Dubai
The Burj Khalifa is so tall it can be seen from 95 km away and that those who live at the top have to wait 2 minutes longer for the sun to set before they can break fast during Ramadan. Its interior is decorated with around 1,790 square meters of 24-carat gold leaf. Dubai has 24 percent of all cranes. The man made artificial island of the Palm required 94 million cubic meters of sand for construction. Dubai’s police force uses super cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, to impress tourists. It doesn’t ask its citizens for taxes and there are ATMs that dispense gold. Robot jockeys are used in camel racing instead of human jockeys. Dubai has the best hotel of the world Burj Al-Arab, world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa, largest indoor ski park and truly became larger than life in true sense.
Fast Facts about Dubai:
Currency: UAE Dirhams
Airport: Dubai International Airport (DXB)
Flight duration from Dublin to Dubai: 7 hours 30 minutes approx.
Time difference between Dublin and Dubai: Dubai is 4 hours ahead of Dublin