Dubai City Activites – Explore the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif

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.

 

Explore the Majlis
Explore the Majlis

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.
Incase you have not made any Dubai hotel booking or opted for a tourist package, you can hire a Dubai car rental to ferry you to and from the place.
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.

Memorable Mosques to Visit When Sightseeing in Dubai

Being an Islamic city-state, Dubai has an impressive number of mosques, each seemingly grander than the next. Of the 188 mosques constructed in the city, there are two worth mentioning- the Grand Mosque and the Jumeirah Mosque.

Dubai City toursalmost always include a glimpse or a stopover at these mosques and for admirers of Islamic and Arabian art and aesthetics, they are a breath-taking sight. 

Veteran Dubai travel company guides will point out the Grand Mosque in Bur Dubai near the Radisson

dubai city tour
Dubai City Tour

Hotel. Nearly a century old and possessing the largest minarets (towers) in Dubai, Persian aesthetics dominate in the layout and styling of this mosque. Unfortunately, tours to the interiors of the mosque are off limits to non-Muslims.

The Jumeirah Mosque on the other hand, is open for touring and photography. It is counted among some of the best places to experience on Dubai City tours.
Located near Jumeirah beach, the medieval-modern mosque dominates the coastal skyline and is a favorite among photographers, especially for its sunset and night captures.
Besides these notable edifices, elsewhere in the UAE there are some more awe-inspiring mosques. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is undoubtedly the most famous among these with its exceptional artistry, sculptures and soaring ceilings. You could take a Dubai car rental for a short trip to the neighboring emirate to view this beautiful creation.
For special Dubai tour packages that include heritage architecture and sights like mosques, museums and palaces, make sure you hire an established Dubai travel company. You cannot afford to have a guide who is not well versed with the sights you are visiting.
Jumeirah Mosque photo by atomicjeep

Explore Wadi Wurayah on your Safari Tour in Dubai

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.

 

Desert Safari
Desert Safari

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.
For special Dubai tour packages that take you to this spectacular Wadi in Fujairah, you can learn more at our Dubai travel company.
Wadi Wurayah waterfall image courtesy: Makcik Siput Corner

Dubai City Activities to Attend – Art Dubai

People may insinuate that Dubai lacks indigenous artistic talent and that the city is entirely frigid when it

Arts in Dubai
Art in Dubai

comes to artistic attractions of any sort, but I would like to differ.

Whether the artist hails from Iran, Europe or Canada, the nationality matters not, as long as they are producing beauty in Dubai and seeking inspiration while living in this lovely city. A majority of Dubai is made up of expatriates anyway, who I might add lend their own freshness to the emirate’s cosmopolitan makeup.
Nearly all our traditional Dubai tour packages include a brilliant showcase of culture and art of some sort, most of it Arabic in style. Buildings, mosques, fabrics, souvenirs, sculptures, entertainment, islands, camel races, dhow cruises, every aspect of Dubai daily life is brimming with vitality and beauty.
This time when you are visiting Dubai for any kind of Dubai City tours, you could look up Art Dubai 09, an art festival organized with an aim to mesmerize the senses with various artistic interpretations. Take a short break from your Arabian adventure to attend this beautiful event and expand your cultural and aesthetic horizons.
More than 450 artists are expected to display their artwork at the expo, which commences from 18 March 18

Henna Painting
Henna Paint

and lasts until 21 March. Check out the schedule and let our Abu Dhabi tour company know if you would like to include this excursion on your trip.

One World can arrange for a Dubai car rental service to pick you up from your accommodation and ferry you to the event, which will be housed at the Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai.

Unusual Hotel Rooms to Stay in: at the Dynamic Tower

The as yet location-unconfirmed, impossible, highly-unusual and very modern (in a Lego block way) Dynamic Tower project taken up byRotating Tower Dubai is undoubtedly the most ambitious building job to hit Dubai; not least because it is the first of its kind on the planet. 
Predicted to near completion by 2010, the Dynamic Tower is poised to add to the real estate portfolio as well as to the growing list of über luxury hotels in Dubai
For one, an innovative engineering trick will have the views change every three hours throughout the day, for each floor as well as each unit. Depending on where the tower will be finally constructed (their brochure simply states ‘in the heart of Dubai’), this aspect deems it a fantastic option for a hotel booking in UAE that is nothing short of unusual. 
However, the constantly changing views also make it a very high-price affair. In a city where people pay for views overlooking verdant gardens and vast spans of the ocean, a hotel suite commanding multi-views like the Dynamic Tower are definitely going to be on the pricey side
From the 80 floors that are to be constructed, floors 21 to 35 are proposed to be part of a luxury hotel plan. Unlike the floors with villas though, which also include dedicated parking space, the hotel spaces are as exclusive as they come. 
So if you are ready to visit the UAE for some sightseeing in Dubai, then you might think of adding the Dynamic Tower to the list of unusual hotels to live in. Get in touch with Dadabhai Travels to know about similar hotels and how you can go about making a Dubai hotel booking in them. 

Get a Touch of the Whimsy with a Dubai Hotel Booking at Raffles

If there ever was a hotel built with shameless flamboyance in mind, then it is Raffles Dubai. With its iconic pyramidal shape, the hotel is as much of a landmark as what the Burj Al Arab is.
The hotel is located in Oud Metha and is connected to Wafi Mall via a private corridor. The location of this 5-star luxury hotel in Dubai makes it very accessible from nearly all major quarters of the city like Deira and Sheikh Zayed Road (the Bur Dubai area especially).

 

Dubai Hotel Booking at Raffles
Dubai Hotel Booking at Raffles

hotel booking in UAEdone at Raffles is a wonderful experience and is viewed as a novelty of sorts among the tourists visiting Dubai. Egyptian elements resonate throughout the décor and design of the hotel, intermingling with Singaporean and Arabian aesthetics in some places.

The hieroglyphs engraved on the walls are absolutely authentic and are largely stories of Egyptian myths and legends. Each of the suites is a testament to the four elements- wind, water, fire and air with guests being assigned to any one.
The same theme continues in the adjacent botanical gardens, which are touted as one of Dubai’s finest. A Dubai hotel bookingdone at Raffles will definitely not disappoint you, as you will not want for fascinating sights. The tip of the 19-storey hotel is made entirely of glass and at night makes for a remarkable sight.
For couples honeymooning in Dubai and in need of opulent luxury that does not need to be justified, head to Raffles Dubai. Our Abu Dhabi travel company can take care of your hotel booking in UAE as well as any Dubai City activities you wish to enjoy.
 Image Credit: Daveness_98

Update on The Newest Luxury Hotels in Dubai – The Address

The Address is one high-class place in Dubai receiving a lot of attention these days and not least because of its opulence.
Right on the doorstep of the tallest tower in the world, the Burj Dubai, this luxury hotel in Dubai boasts of Neos, the highest sky lounge in Dubai City. The art-deco inspired lounge rests on the sixty-third floor and makes for fantastic 360-degree views of the city.

 

Tourists who would like a taste of the haute life and would not mind shelling out a couple of more dhirhams could try out The Address. Our Abu Dhabi travel company would likewise arrange for your Dubai hotel booking.
The Address is fifteen minutes away from the Dubai International Airport and houses a well-appointed Business Lounge, library, conference hall and banqueting facilities. For travelling executives and visiting organizations, attending a MICE in Dubai at this venue would be well appreciated by all members.
A total of eight restaurants with separate bars vie with one another to provide guests at The Address with an international fare made up of at least seven different cuisines (Burmese, French, German, Malaysian, Thai, Swiss and Kiwi).
Some of the other options you could enjoy for a MICE in Dubai at The Address include complimentary Wi-Fi and video conferencing services for conference bookings and high-tech equipment and event organization, all handled by an events and conference staff dedicated towards providing these services.
With such an impressive collection of amenities under one roof, The Address at Downtown Burj Dubai remains one of our customer favorites. Get your hotel booking in UAE done with Dadabhai Travels and get access to a lifestyle that resounds with luxury living and experiences.

Dubai City Activities With A Bit Of History & Culture

A lot of travelers and tourists do go back to their hometowns with praises for Dubai’s cosmopolitan makeup and ultra-modern façade but very few take the trouble to discover the wonder that is old Dubai. A wonder that still exists, if you would only care to look for it.

 

Our Abu Dhabi travel companywould like to point out the official address of Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum,

Dubai City Activities
Dubai City Activities

grandfather to the present ruler of Dubai. The house is located on the Shindagha end of the Dubai Creek and holds a collection of photographs and documents that is quite rare.

The Heritage Village and Diving Village, another point to soak in some old world charm and culture is in the vicinity of the Sheikh Saeed house.
Another historical location to go sightseeing in Dubai is the Hatta Heritage Village, a 400-year-old settlement. The community is nestled among the Hajjar Mountains and also houses the magnificent rock formations and rock pools known as the Hatta Rock Pools.
Of course, no Arabian adventure involving old Dubai is complete without a shopping excursion in Dubai’s souks. First on your list for sightseeing in Dubai souks should be the Gold Souk in Bur Dubai near the Ascot Hotel. Follow it up with a trip to the Perfume Souk, the Spice Souk and Textile Souk- each market an exciting experience in itself.
There are many Dubai City Activities that will show the soul of real Dubai and you don’t need a guide book to tell you where to go looking for them. Let our Abu Dhabi travel company help you out. We have well-placed contacts and a touch on the local pulse- perfect for your excursion into old Dubai.
Image Courtesy: Flickr 

The Cream Of Luxury Hotels In Dubai Called Atlantis

Almost every photograph I have come across of the Atlantis resort tends to be a fine specimen of imagery. It is almost as if this jewel of the Palm Jumeirah is a lesson in traditional Arab aesthetics itself!
Most tourists who visit the U.A.E. make it a point to visit the man-made islands constructed in Dubai waters, commonly known as the Palm islands. While there is no shortage of luxury hotels in Dubai, a stay at any of the coveted hotels dotting the Palm islands is an experience in itself.
The Atlantis resort however, is a feat of Arab architecture and tends to overwhelm the senses. This beautiful 5-star resort also happens to house the tallest and fastest free fall water slide in the Middle East (it has a drop of 27.5 metres).
For those travelers with a yen for the opulent, this luxury hotel in Dubai would be the ultimate treat with an
Luxury Hotel in Dubai
Luxury Hotel in Dubai

efficient five-star service and £13,000/night stay. However, if the price is too steep for you, you could simply make your Dubai hotel bookingat another location and head over to the Atlantis and soak in some spectacular sightseeing in Dubai.

One World can take care of your hotel booking in U.A.E. at the Atlantis or recommend you another location. Our Abu Dhabi travel company suggests you take a look at the Lost Chambers under the Ambassador Lagoon at the Atlantis- its construction promises to give you a glimpse of the original Atlantis, albeit a sunken one.
Let One World know if you would like to have some help in charting out your travel plans at the Atlantis or elsewhere.

Written by Casey Andrews at 8:29 AM