Tourists visiting Dubai for a unique Arabian adventure always remember one particularly startling aspect of the emirate- the stunning sunsets that suffuse the desert city at sundown.
The surrounding desert is one of the main reasons for the brilliant sunsets and the city’s favorite pastime at sundown is to head to open parks or even the outskirts to catch the fading rays of the sun. Even viewed over the skyline of Dubai, you will find the views equally breathtaking.
One of the best ways to experience a summer sunset in the city is on a dhow cruise in Dubai. As the abras (water taxis) wrap up with their day’s errands, the dhows venture out on the waters. Some ferry passengers across the Creek while some take tourists on a Creek tour for sightseeing in Dubai.
A dhow cruise in Dubai can also be booked for a private cruise along the Dubai Creek. Dhows are let for more than two hours for couples and private parties. Since these dhows contain more creature comforts than the average dhows or abras, they are perfect for a romantic sunset dhow cruise on Dubai Creek.
Another great way to experience the brilliant sunsets of Dubai is to step out on acamel safari in Dubai for
These Dubai tour packages for desert safaris usually end at a Bedouin camp. If you are the type to prefer a heightened Arabian adventure, you could try out packages for overnight camping in the desert. It is a very safe activity and is the perfect opportunity to spend a romantic night for two deep in the calm desert. Of course, there will be guides along as well.
While the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif is not that old a construction (it was built in 1955), it certainly holds an important position among some of the main heritage buildings in Dubai.
This building used to be the summer retreat of the royal family and on occasion, an important meetinghouse for the people who used to make Dubai tick. The Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Sayeed Al Maktoum presided over these meetings in the main hall of this simple and traditionally constructed structure.
Named after the Umm Al Sheif pearl fishing bank, the Majlis Ghorfat is an unusual, largely because of its design. The architecture leans more towards the practical than the aesthetic and is especially adapted to provide respite from the summer heat by way of large shutter less windows.
Dubai City tours of the heritage structure are allowed and tourists can even enjoy an opportunity to check the interiors of the two-storied building. Tourists coming for sightseeing in Dubai can visit the Majlis Ghorfat between 8am to 9pm.
The Majlis is located in Jumeirah and is very close to the beach. It is currently unoccupied and serves mainly as a museum of sorts for visitors. The items used by the royal family are preserved intact and are on open display for tourists to admire.
Contact an established Dubai travel company like One World to make your bookings to view this slice of Dubai heritage.
Wadi bashing on a safari tour in Dubai is one of the more popular tourist activities, but a trek in the wild pockets of Wadi Wurayah is not something you would want to do in haste. The Wadi is well known as the first UAE mountain habitat to be declared as a protected zone, all 129 square kilometers of it.
Tourists coming sightseeing in Dubai can request a leisure trip to the Wadi Wurayah, which technically falls within the precincts of Fujairah, another emirate of the UAE.One World does hold excursions to this wonderful place though.
The Arabian Tahr, an extremely rare species of mountain goat is found in only three places in the world and Wadi Wurayah is counted as one. The Epipactis veratrifolia, an orchid variety unique to the UAE is another rare sight to look out for in the Wadi besides other endangered species of flora and fauna.
Some rare sights you can hope to see on your Arabian adventure in the Wadi Wurayah include the graceful caracal lynx, humpbacked flies, Arabian leopards, spotted eagle owls, blue-tailed lizards and the Garra barreimiae, a type of fish unique to the Wadi.
For tourists interested in Dubai City tours that emphasize on heritage monuments and architectural marvels, there are around 18 heritage sites scattered about the Wadi. You can round off your safari tour in Dubai with the Al Wurayah waterfalls, a lovely scenic spot in the Wadi Wurayah.
In case you are slow to catch up, it’s not a movie that I’m talking about. Dubai Bike Week 2009 is going to commence in a couple of days and I for one, cannot wait to hear that sweet sound of motors revving and zipping around in a flash of wind and color!
Motorbike enthusiasts and professional bikers already know everything there is to know about this event and
bikers in the Middle East especially are definitely gearing up to travel to Dubai. Incase your accommodation and travel are not yet arranged to attend the 3-day festival, then might we suggest making a Dubai hotel booking with us.
Most professional bikers and aspiring stunt artists prefer to travel light and while I doubt a Dubai car rental will be required, an affordable place to stay will definitely be on the cards.
Among the hotel apartments in Dubai that are closer to the venue (Dubai Festival City) bikers and people coming on a safari tour in Dubai have some comfortable options. The Crowne Plaza,InterContinental Dubai and the W Hotel all have comfortable rooms and might be just what you are looking for. If you would like to discuss available options further, give our Dubai travel company a quick call.
A desert safari excursion in Dubai is one of the best activities to experience in the deserts of the Middle East. Dubai’s deserts have a number of possibilities and experiencing them all could result in quite the trip for your and your family/friends.
For those visiting one of the UAE’s richest emirates on a small purse, consider a stay at budget hotels in Dubai where the accommodation is comfortable and the service friendly. Select your preferred Dubai discount tours package from the tour company you have chosen for a better deal.
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A desert tour generally involves adrenaline-pumping activities like camping, camel safaris, quad biking and even aDubai buggy desert safari.
Desert camping in Dubai for instance, has some wonderful options like overnight camping where you are surrounded by the calm and peace of the desert region for an entire night. Of course, there will be tour guides along to guide you but you could even opt for a stay at special luxury hotels in Dubai in case roughing it out is not for you.
Dubai sightseeing tours on camel back are another Gulf novelty where tourists can go for a short ride in the desert along a camel track. The ride maybe a tad bumpy, but rocking on the ships of the desert is infinitely worthwhile.
Whether you are visiting Dubai for conventions or for a short recreational trip, a desert safari in Dubai is equally enjoyable for both types of stays. If you are unsure about the arrangements though, hire an established travel operator that can help you out.
Going sightseeing in Dubai will inevitably bring you to the famous Irish drinking hole nestled at the Aviation Club, The Irish Village. With St. Paddy’s day nearing (March 17), this quaint pub is going all out with Irish fare cooked and served the traditional way. If you have missed hearing Bob Geldof play live (he plays today), there is an impressive line-up organized at the pub in anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day.
You could even go on a safari tour in Dubai of a different kind for St. Patrick’s Day. Start with lunch at
Dublin Arms and move on to lively dancing atWaxy O’ Connor’spub.
Few people might be able to make it for the feast mass on the actual day, as most feast masses are usually celebrated on the Saturday that follows the feast date. One World can organize for you an Irish outing that will start at the Parish Hall of St. Francis Church (Jebel Ali) with mass at 10.00 am onMarch 21, 2009. You could book aDubai car rental with us to get you there and thereafter to your hotel apartments in Dubai.
Gaelic football, hurling, dancing, music and merrymaking are some of the things even the Irish in Dubai are passionate about. Let ourDubai tour company know if you would like to join them in the festivities.
Okay. Here is something interesting for all you photography enthusiasts out there:
The Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Center is to hold the only photography exclusive event in the Middle East, Gulf Photo Plus 2009. If you are planning on visiting the emirate for Dubai City tours, this is one event you can add to your itinerary.
There is a panel of 13 expert photographers on board for the 5-day event, which will commence from 30 March. To keep professionals and amateurs alike occupied, 50 workshops have been organized on topics ranging from wedding photography and Photoshop skills to creative portrait lighting techniques and documentary photography.
The prices could be a tad steep, but the talent pool slated to make an appearance at the event are more then worth the money. You could get in touch with our Abu Dhabi tour company for transport and accommodation arrangements in case you are planning to attend.Check the event schedule here.
The photographic talent from Dubai alone is brilliant, to say the least. Everyday as I open my inbox, I come across photos clicked by individuals with an eye for detail and a penchant for tongue-in-the-cheek humor.
Travelers interested in visiting the real Dubai for an Arabian adventure cannot afford to miss out on the honest specimens of Dubai life as captured through the lenses of some really talented individuals:
Airport user fees in Dubai arenot going to be raised for the next four years in a bid to take control of operating costs. From the looks of it, Dubai Airports are doing their best to assist economies dealing with a recession on their hands.
If you are planning a trip for sightseeing in Dubai and are coming in from another country, then use this to your advantage and make use of the money-saver opportunity it presents.
In the coming months, there is the Dubai Fashion Week to look forward to for those with a bend for the sartorial. The show will bring out the Autumn/Winter collection for 2009 and is to be held from April 5 to the 9th.
For children, there are the Sesame Street themed entertainment zones to look forward to. These venues are going to be part of the Middle East’s first Universal Studio theme park. This is not to be until late next year though. In the meanwhile, you could enjoy various other Dubai City activities with your children like a camel safari in Dubai or a dhow cruise in Dubai.
“I love the social fabric of the UAE. It is a place where you walk into a hundred nationalities everyday. You see all kinds of people from those who stare at you as if you are from another planet to many who smile at you for no reason. I have never felt that I am not welcome here. YES there are instances of red tape in some government departments and some other issues, but to me the UAE has been a very friendly place. Every place has its issues, as does the UAE.”
Sentiments like these are, surprisingly echoed by many expatriates (many are avid commentators and bloggers on Dubai and UAE themselves!) and definitely make one think hard about the validity of the HSBC survey.
Our Abu Dhabi company keeps reiterating Dubai’s mass appeal and way of life, mainly because it is one of the best kinds you can come across in a region like the Middle East. Small wonder then that many tourists and visitors in transit to other places love sightseeing in Dubai or visiting for anArabian adventure.
Dubai, if you make the effort to, can be a very friendly place and thanks to the government pushing many educational reforms, the language has far from become a barrier for interaction.
The next time you are looking for a hotel booking in UAE, remember all these points and consider Dubai.
Held in Al Seef Street, the Night Souk houses 50 retail units- all competing for buyer attention with attractive discounts and half-priced goods.The crux of the idea is to provide customers with a point to shop until late into
the night after a day of shopping at other participating outlets in the DSF.
This year, the DTMC has chalked up an exciting entertainment plan for tourists and visitors who have arrived in the Emirate for the ultimate Arabian adventure. With Emirates Airlines stepping in with special excess baggage allowances (excess of 10 kgs free) for departing visitors, there is more the average visitor can shop for and buy when sightseeing in Dubai.
Lookout for these fun activities and attractions at this year’s Night Souk:
The Grand Raffle Stage
Lexus Mega Raffle
Nissan Grand Raffle
Dubai Food Festival
Al Zarooni Fireworks
Dubai Carnivals, etc.
Apart from shopping, activities like the ones listed above can be an especial delight for young children and will prevent them from asking you to take them home so that they can go sleep!
There are also Dubai City activities to enjoy during the one-month festival, which will take you and your family to places like the Heritage Village and Festival City. These places are simply crammed with sights to see and enjoy for the tourist.