Dubai saw almost 7 million people booking suites, rooms and hotel apartments in Dubai in 2008. The 6,996,449 guests Dubai’s hotels played host to last year helped pull in revenue that totaled Dh 15.25 billion- a record of sorts for the emirate that revels in breaking and setting records.
Despite unnecessary whispers of a financial meltdown, these figures do much by way of contributing to some relief for the city-state, especially when tourism plays such a vital role in the workings of Dubai.
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Thanks to the busy construction houses, hotel rooms are added every few days to the already extensive inventory of hospitality establishments in the city. Tourists who are visiting for somesightseeing in Dubai or a MICE in Dubai need not worry though, not all of these establishments are priced high or overpriced.
For tourists on a budget, there are options like the Admiral Plazaand York International hotels in Bur Dubai and the Dubai Palmand Orchid hotels in Deira Dubai. The Sheikh Zayed Road, an important trajectory that sidles along most of Dubai’s important buildings is also host to affordable options like the Ibis World Trade Center and Metropolitan hotels.
A number of tourists come seeking an adventurous safari tour in Dubai and prefer roughing it out in the deserts on the outskirts of the city. A hotel booking in UAE at the Bedouin-style Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa may not be for the budget traveler, but it sure is a voyage in tranquility.
Dubai’s stronghold for American food the Hard Rock Café may not be closing down indefinitely after all, but it’s not really the only place you can go to get your fill of cheeseburgers and steaks.
Junk food or rather food on the go does not refer solely to American fare but can also include Arab delectables like shawarma as well in a region like the Middle East. For tourists from Western countries on acamel safari in Dubai, popular chains likeDunkin’ Donuts,Burger King and Pizza Hut are scattered all over Dubai.
When you are longing for a bit of Worcestershire sauce and a medium rare steak while on your Dubai City tours, you can be assured that forgoing fare like this will not happen in a city like Dubai. For a junk food fix that includes some alcohol though, you could visit trendy joints like St. Andrew’s English Pub at Rydges Plaza in Satwa and Bidi Bondi at the Palm Jumeirah.
People may insinuate that Dubai lacks indigenous artistic talent and that the city is entirely frigid when it
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
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.
This is something really shocking and at Dadabhai Travelswe wish that it were not true. But sadly, the Dubai Police are threatening to ‘commercially boycott’ employers in Dubai arbitrarily laying off nationals in the name of recession.
According to our Abu Dhabi travel company, there should not be any discrimination on part of anyone in hiring or sacking employees. Dubai and consequently even the tourism department is in equal need of expatriates as it needs nationals and it is only fair that both groups are given due consideration.
Additionally, doom-reporting tactics on how the recession is making many people leave everything- their properties, cars, credit cards, et al need to stop. In a nod to UAB, whatever happened to positive thinking everybody?
Yes, Dubai has been through upheavals, but currently the city-state boasts of an Emirati-Expat ratio of 2:8. A difference that should notbe taken lightly.
If you are an expatriate or foreign visitor, then unfamiliarity with the language or some traditional customs might be a hurdle when it comes to making a Dubai hotel booking. To make the best of thesightseeing in Dubai hire a consultant who can better understand your needs.
One very adverse effect I noticed in the Blogger service for blogging is that the visitors count it calculates increases every time you indulge in mundane activities like refreshing the page and whenever you switch from the dashboard to the blog page. For someone who likes keeping a record of statistics, this can be a difficult affair and if anyone else faces this same problem and knows a solution to it please let me know.
Coming back to the objective of this blog, hasanyonenoticedthe brouhaha being madeover our fair Emirate and its financial status or lack of it by the Western media?
It is deeply demoralizing for the people residing in Dubai. As anAbu Dhabi travel company, we shall have you know that there are a number of people still coming into Dubai to stay and to enjoy the myriad attractions it has on offer.
I feel the best thing about Dubai is its regenerative nature. Reinvention and progress are two things the city-state has taken into its stride. This is one of the main reasons why there are people visiting Dubai not only for Dubai City tours and shopping, but also for residence.
If you are planning a MICE in Dubai or a vacation, then this a very good time to visit. The DSF may have ended, but there are still a lot of traditional attractions that make summer a memorable time to stay in Dubai.
“The Ecotel took shape of a major campaign by the hoteliers around the world to show their guests that even though profit may be the motive for running a hotel, they were equally conscious about the well being of the environment.”
At Dadabhai Travels, we strongly believe that within this natural give and take, lays a major part of the
appeal of an ecotel. The rest is advertising genius.
Regardless, we are always happy to point our more eco-loving travelers and tourists to luxury hotels and hotel apartments in Dubai that are a bit more environment-friendly.
Take the Grand Hyatt in Dubai. Those visiting for somesightseeing in Dubai can hope for a booking from $344 onwards at this environmentally conscious hotel. Grosvenor House on West Marina Beach too can be a lovely option among luxury hotels in Dubai.
For smaller budgets, Le Meridien Baniyas Square and Ramada Dubai offer good eco-forward residences.
A word of advice: Hire a competent Abu Dhabi travel company to make the necessary arrangements for you. Most of the best agencies take care of choosing the type of hotel tourists and short-term residents prefer and even arrange for ancillary needs like Dubai car rentals and Dubai City tours.
Regardless, before you even plan your business or sightseeing trip to Dubai do make certain you remember to convey your hotel and residential preferences to your travel operator/agent. Your stay will be that much more comfortable for it.
So head to the Honey Festival in Al Seef Street quickly to enjoy this delicious liquid in all its different forms and uses. The Honey Festival ends on 13 February and you might want to hire a Dubai car rental service to get you there before it ends.
The best thing about honey is its versatility and at the Honey Festival in Dubai, variety is something you will find in huge dollops. Bringing in varieties from places like Yemen, Lebanon, Pakistan and India among others, the offerings will have everything from cosmetics created from honey to food items and gourmet dishes using honey as an ingredient.
Include the Honey Festival as part of your Dubai City activities and get to enjoy other attractions like discount shopping as the Festival is actually part of the events lined up for the Dubai Shopping Festival.
If you rush now and hire an Abu Dhabi travel company, you could still have enough time to enjoy the last few days of the DSF before it shuts shop for the year. You need not worry about tickets or yourDubai hotel booking availability either, as during this period Dubai tourism goes out of its way to welcome and accommodate tourists and travelers.