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Enjoy Jumeirah Beach without offending anyone

Travel Tips for Area: Jumeira Beach
Enjoy Jumeirah Beach without offending anyone

Holidaying in Dubai is a brilliant way to explore a new and exotic culture while taking advantage of all that modernity has to offer. No need to bunker down in some Bedouin tent in the middle of the Sahara Desert to get a taste of the ‘Arab World’! Simply book your Dubai holiday rental apartment on Jumeirah Beach, the city’s epitome tourist hub, and shop, sun-bake and eat your way through this enticing and titillating world. While it’s true that Dubai is world away from much more rigid Islamic countries, it is still a world away from Europe and, with just a little understanding and tolerance, you need not end up in some dodgy jail for doing something you thought would be perfectly acceptable. So...follow our guide to essential Muslim etiquette and set forth on an unforgettable journey! When a simple hello will do Greetings, greetings fellow humans...or so the line goes. What to do when meeting someone new? Well, in the UK we’d shake hands; in Italy we’d kiss on both cheeks and Iceland we’d rub noses with Eskimos. Likewise, Dubai’s code of greeting is unique to its culture. Women should never shake hands with local men, and should do so with ...

Best Bars near Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

Travel Tips for Area: Palm Jumeirah
Best Bars near Palm Jumeirah in Dubai

Up until a few years ago, even infinitely famous guide books would steer clear of mentioning Dubai’s bar scene. We all knew the city boasted some brilliant bars, yet it was often considered of poor-taste to ever mention any in great detail considering alcohol consumption is a no-no in the local Arab culture. But times are definitely changing; as Dubai aims to attract the world’s largest tourist crowds in the coming decades, it has become quite evident that catering to their needs is of the utmost importance. So while things may not change for the locals, they certainly have done for the visiting tourist. Nowadays, Dubai is not only renowned for its superlative shopping and sun baking options, but also for its fantastic array of top-notch watering holes. Want to know where to go to quench your thirst on a balmy night? Then book your exquisite Dubai holiday rental villa on Palm Jumeirah, the most fashionable suburb inDubai, and check out our favourite bars. Barasti Bar, Le Meridien Seyah Hotel, Dubai Marina Need a mojito-mecca whilst visiting Dubai? Then head straight for Barasti bar on Dubai Marina and have a religious experience bar none! The beachside setting is just perfect for daytime ...

Souk Madinat: best of Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Travel Tips for Area: Jumeira Beach
Souk Madinat: best of Jumeirah Beach, Dubai

Dubai may be renowned for its superlative shopping options, but rarely does one have the chance to experience them all under one roof. You can certainly spend hours weaving your way through the chaotic, heatstroke-inducing outdoor souks, or you can barricade yourself in one of the many designer malls scattered about town; but in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah you have it all in one location. Moreover, the shopping, entertainment and dining options are so varied and of good quality, that finding a reason to tear yourself away will be near impossible. Madinat Jumeirah is like a city within a city; this amazing conurbation of opulent 5* hotels, designer shopping mall and entertainment complex, all encircled by elaborate canals and waterways, makes a brilliant day trip destination for anyone holidaying in Dubai. Souk Madinat is just a section of this amazing complex, and the place where thousands converge on a weekly basis to take advantage of the calm and relaxing shopping experiences the souk can offer. To this end, why not book your holiday rental apartment in Jumeirah on your next Dubai vacation? Having the best of Dubai at your doorstep will certainly make your vacation a truly unforgettable one. Half way between ...

Dubai’s Best Brunch near Palm Jumeirah

Travel Tips for Area: Palm Jumeirah
Dubai’s Best Brunch near Palm Jumeirah

My first glimpse of Dubai is breathtaking, and I mean that in the most literal sense possible. Stepping into the heat and humidity of this Arabian Gulf haven is quite a shock to the system. My sunglasses fog up, as does every single pore on my body. I scramble to find an air-conditioned taxi, and indulge in some instant relief. My taxi driver is from Cashmere, speaks no English and drives like an Italian, overall not a good mix. Luckily, the sprawling city skyline does a good job of distracting me and I soon find myself driving towards one of the most iconic landmarks in the city: Palm Jumeirah. This absolute feat of human engineering is where my friends Suzanne and Martin live. They moved here 2 years ago, to get out of the hustle and bustle of Sydney, and to take advantage of Dubai’s incredible financial opportunities. I hesitate ever so slightly getting out of the taxi, I somehow foolishly expect the Palm to somehow sway; even though I know it was built using almost 1000 million cubic metres of sand, and almost seven million cubic metres of rock. ‘WOW!” Is the first word I utter upon seeing my long ...

A Splendid Day in and Around Dubai Marina

Travel Tips for Area: Dubai Marina
A Splendid Day in and Around Dubai Marina

[pinit] Dubai Marina, along with the nearby Palm Island resort, is one of the most ambitious building constructions in the world. It is the largest marina of its kind ever built and is completely man-made. The almost 4km long supreme waterfront boardwalk offers the discerning holiday maker a myriad of entertaining, dining and shopping options. Elegant, faultless and utterly gorgeous, Dubai Marina is pure class, and booking a rental apartment here is about as good as Dubai gets. While the entertainment opportunities are near endless, we thought we’d help you on your merry way by sharing with you what we would consider to be an ideal day out on Dubai Marina. Follow our lead and get a taste of this most delightful corner of the Arab world. Savour some culinary delights, frolic in the pristine waters of the Gulf and enjoy one of the most spectacular dinner cruises in town. For an invigorating and delicious start to your day, head to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club for a gourmet breakfast fit for a king. Café Bistro 25°55° boasts a grand terrace overlooking the canal, and offers a full buffet English breakfast which would make the most patriotic Pom blush with embarrassment. Breakfast ...

A day in and around the gold souk in Dubai

Travel Tips for Area: Deira City
A day in and around the gold souk in Dubai

A Dubai vacation makes for an exciting and tantalizing experience. Often regarded as the Las Vegas of the Middle East, Dubai’s dazzling suburbs can often make one forget where one is! For a true taste of all that is so exotically Arabian, book Dubai apartments in Deira, one of the oldest quarters of the city. This where you’ll find the Gold and Spice Souks! Spending a full day exploring this area will make for a memorable and fun day out. Getting there is half the funNo matter where you are staying in Dubai, getting to the Gold Souk is child’s play…as long as you manage to avoid the horrendous morning traffic. For a much more relaxing start to your day, we suggest you take an abra (small ferry) ride along the Dubai Creek. If you’re staying on the western side of the Creek, head to Bur Dubai where you can catch an abra across to the Old Souk Marine Station. This mode of transport is cheaper, faster and infinitely more enjoyable than a taxi ride in Dubai!Spice up your morningThe first thing you’ll notice, upon disembarking, will be the intoxicating aroma of exotic spices. This, my friends, is where your ...

Shopping in the Dubai Marina

Travel Tips for Area: Dubai Marina
Shopping in the Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a vivacious and luxurious lifestyle waterfront community that lies in the heart of the cosmopolitan paradise of Dubai – an amazing city within a city. The Marina is a haven for business travelers, yachters and pleasure travelers who prefer dynamic and carefree living and tranquility away from the hustle and bustle of city life - a perfect area for renting a Dubai holiday apartment. The inclusive, waterfront-living – with an eclectic mix of Dubai style, urban living and waterfront access – has no shortage of shopping all within the neighborhood’s reach.The stylish Dubai Marina Mall – a vibrant Dubai shopping mall located on the waterfront edge including an expansive promenade – is sure to keep anyone staying in the Marina pleased. It covers 42,000 square metres on four levels and includes a wide range of fine-dining restaurants, cafes, entertainment and a diverse mix of 160 stores – ranging from luxury fashion, accessories, home furnishings, specialty stores and a Cineplex movie theater. A key attraction to the Mall is an 8-storey Gourmet Tower dedicated to world-class cuisine. The Walk is a fashionable and exclusive 1.7 km shopping boulevard that lines the Dubai Marina waterfront and is filled with ...

Getting Around Dubai

Travel Tips for Getting Around Dubai
Getting Around Dubai

Dubai has a myriad of transport options to whisk you around the city and beyond, from traditional Arabic boats to a new, state of the art, Metro system. Metered taxis are plentiful and cheap in Dubai, even if they are at mercy of the gridlocks. The flag fall for Dubai’s taxis is 3 AED (about 70 eurocents) and then 1.60 AED for every kilometre after that. Long distance taxis (known as ‘Taxi Service’) can take you out of the city and even cross the Emirates. You can book them on (+971 4) 2080808. Dubai also has an efficient network of buses and night buses, which is controlled by the Road and Transport Authority. More than 30 million people travel by bus every week in Dubai and on weekdays on the buses ply on 193 routes in the city and along the Jumeirah beach road. In Dubai, men and women have separate areas in the air-conditioned buses in keeping with the region’s traditions and culture. One of the nicest ways to travel around Dubai is by abra—or an Arabic boat. A large waterbus ferries thousands of people across Dubai Creek daily (25 Dhs return fare for tourists). Motorised and traditional rowing ...

Day trips from Dubai

Travel Tips for Day Trips from Dubai
Day trips from Dubai

The closely-knit nature of the seven United Arab Emirates, makes day and weekend tripping feasible. A network of buses (called Emirates Express) connects Dubai with all major cities in the UAE as do budget airlines such as FlyDubai. Whichever way you go, you’ll have amazing views of the desert terrain that blankets the Gulf States along the way. Sharjah is the third largest city in the UAE (after Dubai and Abu Dhabi) but with the largest mosque—the King Faisal Mosque. Slightly rough around the edges yet charming all the same, Sharjah is located less than an hour away from Dubai by bus. Major attractions include the Fort of Sharjah (dating from 1820), the Islamic Museum and a Children’s Farm at the Sharjah Desert Park. Muscat, the capital of Oman (so not part of the UAE but on the extreme east of the peninsula) is another great option though flying is the best way to get there (FlyDubai have a regular service, as does Emirates from Sharjah’s airport). Attractions in Muscat include the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (the third largest in the world and open to non-Muslims) the Al Jalali and Al Mirani forts and the charming Corniche quarter. Afterwards ...

The Top of the Town in Dubai

Travel Tips for Area: Dubai Marina
The Top of the Town in Dubai

In January 2010, the world watched as a dazzling fireworks and laser display announced the opening of Dubai’s 828-metre high Burj Khalifa. Now the new title-holder of the world’s tallest building is inviting the world in. The Burj Khalifa’s observation deck is open for business. Located on the 124th floor (rather disappointing not the very top floor, but at 442 metres off the ground, certainly high enough). After purchasing your tickets (currently priced at 400 Dhs, or about €76 at the door, or 100 Dhs with advance purchase) your journey begins on the lower floor of the adjacent Dubai Mall. After this, a ‘travelator’ will transport you (virtually-speaking) from Dubai’s earliest beginnings as trading post to the soaring, hyper-modern city it is today. Then hold onto your hat, as a double-decker, glass enclosed lift travelling at the speed of 10 metres per second will whisk you up, as the skyline of the city falls away beneath your feet. The observation deck has been fitted out with special telescopes that give virtual impressions of the past and future of this constantly changing metropolis, but this pales in comparison to stepping outside the enclosed area for pulse-racing, uninhibited views from ...

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