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Dubai visit from Bangladesh

March 11, 2015

Tourist visa is required. Now it is e visa. So one will get a fax or email with the copy of the visa. Original visa sticker or just entry seal would be provided in Dubai Airport.

In Dhaka, Bangladesh Saimon Centre do the visa processing with certain fees. Hotels, tour operators may apply for your visa from Dubai.

http://www.dubaivisabd.com/

visa requirement and procedure information at Emirates website:

http://www.emirates.com/ae/english/plan_book/essential_information/visa_passport_information/prearranged_uae_visas.aspx

Departure from Dhaka Airport

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In the immigration just go to appropriate counter, that is normal Bangladeshi passport. Luggage allowance 30 Kg written in the ticket means 30 Kg in the main luggage, and you could take another 7kg as hand luggage.

Inside Emirates Plane

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In the boarding emirates, zone is mentioned with different alphabets. We , the passengers, were called according to zone. Across means far corner.

In Emirates, they provide warm wet small towels initially. One could refresh with this towel wiping the face. I found it very refreshing. To my experience with Itihad, British Airways, Malaysian Airlines, I did not find this service.

They provide juice, small coke, so ask for which ever you want. In main meal usually differenciation is only made on main course. Usually fish option is more tasty – so better go for it. They provide stainless steel spoons, forks and knifes – that’s great. A small chocolate is provided. In my first flight I kept in my hand in a while and it melted down. So better keep it on the tray.

The entertainment system of Emirates is called ICE – information, Communication and Entertainment. In the outbound journey, the plane was Boeing 777-300 which was first came into fleet around 1999, so a bit old one. Here the screen is small, head set is to be put on just on the side of the seat. Hand controller unit is stowed in front just beneath screen, one needs to pull it out. To return it back, pull the cable to the end and then the spring action will take it back.

ICE could be go up and down using the arrow button in the hand controller or one may do so touching the screen. Here touch screen was not that good as I found. In the information segment, there is airshow, the basic one shows the path in a map, and there are two camera view, front and bottom. These camera views are live, so one could see runway thing when grounded using front camera view and have a glimpse of underground things through bottom camera view when the plane takes off and close by to the ground.

The other information channels include information about the destination, for my case it was about Dubai. There are BBC, CNN and few other news and sprots channel live.

In the communication segment, one may use email and text with the payment of 1 usd, and there are other paid services.

Entertainment segment includes latest movies, tv shows, radio shows, podcasts, cd and music. In the radio show channel there are some podcasts about freakonomics,ceo etc.

In my return inbound journey, the plane was Boeing 777-300 ER which first came into fleet around 2005, so a bit newer one. It’s headset connection is front beneath the screen, screen is big around 12inches, has an usb port which could be used to see pdf files, images and music. To use the usb port, insert the pendrive, then select pdf and then it could be used to pdf files.To see images, one needs to select image view and then click respective file in the pendrive. There is a plugpoint to charge your laptop or mobile or else.

Touch screen of the newer plane I found was better than the older ones. View and organization are also better in the new version.

In the cutlery plastic wrap, a sticker thing is provided which has three stickers. One states wake me up when food comes , another for waking up during duty free and the third one is don’t disturb. One may stick on top of the seat that could be visible to the crew members.

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Immigration and luggage collection in Dubai Airport;using Metro

After landing one needs to proceed through immigration. If you are required to collect visa , go to visa collection. I went there and after seeing my document, the official told me to directly go to the immigraction counter, he did not put up any visa sticker. I ffollow through the sign and took a queue in a counter. The time was around 2pm and the time was for a new shift. Previously all were male officials with Abya, after 2 pm came all the girl officials. They were clade with original borka only face could be seen. They were very young probably just passed the university or after 12 class joined here. The girl official asked me whether I worked in Dubai before. Then she asked me to look into post with wide open eyes to take the retina scan. At first glance, it was not ok, so I was asked to look it again with wide retina. In the second chance it was ok. She put a seal in my passport and the printed pdf letter that I got from Dr Ahad Ali. So I passed the immigration and following the signs, collected the luggage. I saw some guys with trolleys though I did not take one. Later Mr Salek told me that they were porters, mostly from Bangaldesha and their service could be taken for a nominal price tag.

By the by, before coming to immigration I exchanged 100 usd from NBD bank counter. They gave me little less just 351 AED where outside in Diera they gave me around 366 AED. So its 15 AED difference. There are some shops, hotel information desk and café.

There is no landing form to be filled in.

There is no restriction on bringing or taking out foreign currency. However, for carrying more than One hundred thousand AED, one may need to declare.

Baggage rule

http://www.dubaiairports.ae/before-you-fly/procedures/security-customs

http://www.qantas.com.au/travel/airlines/airport-guide-dubai/global/en#arrivals

Floor layout of Dubai International airport

http://www.dubaiairports.ae/while-you-are-here/maps?map=T3

The above official layout map does not show gate no and shop locations, its just show escalators and some other things

Information about Dubai Airports

http://www.dubaiairports.ae/

Marhaba lounge is for everyone including economy passengers

http://www.marhabaservices.com/english/our-services/airport-lounges

Metro

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Following the metro sign, I got up with elevator, come to the terminal 3 metro station. From the information counter I bough the NOL card for 25 usd(in the web, the previous price of 20 AED remains though it was increased lately. The day card cost around 19 AED and the original 25AED card contains 19 AED credit. This card could be refilled using machine with cash,coin or credit/debit card.

The names of few stations have been changed lately. For example, Dubai Marina has been renamed Damac properties and Khalid bin walid has been renamed as Burjman.

There are two operating lines at the moment – green line and red line. The change between the lines could be made at Union station and Burjman station. To change one does not need to swipe out, everything is inside and clearly marked. There are staired elevators and lift. So one may take whichever suits. Most stations have connecting buses and taxi ranks for onward travel. Most major hotels and tourist destinations are relatively close to a station.

On the exit and while entering one needs to swipe the card. The gate opens on the left where you swipes. Remaining balance would be shown in the screen of entrance or departure

Nice booklet about Dubai metro could be downloaded in pdf at:

http://dubaimetro.eu/

http://dubaimetro.eu/files/metro_pocket_brochure.pdf

http://www.mydubaimetro.com/en/article/downloads/pocket-map.html

Frequency: Trains run roughly every 10 minutes

Opening and closing time: every day 5am to 11 pm except Friday. Friday first train starts at 2pm and then continues till midnight at 1am.

The front carriage on each train is ‘gold class’, for a small premium – kids will love the view through the driverless front window! There is also a carriage for women and children only.

Taxi

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After getting off from metro station, you may take bus or taxi. From the airport you may take taxi. There are several taxi companies like cream color Dubai govt taxi, red ,green etc. Most taxis have a mast on top and at night you could see the word whether vacant or hired. There are some while black colored taxis that do not have masts. Some taxis are marked with pink color which means the driver inside is female. Such taxi could be hailed by any gender.

Taxis are supposed to go wherever you want to go. However, sometimes the drivers may refuse to go some places when their shift change time comes closer.

The meter should be turned after you enter.

Tipping is not mandatory in social convention, however if you like especially for higher valued fares you may give 5 to 10% tips.

Going from the airport

http://www.dubaiairports.ae/before-you-fly/to-from-the-airport/by-taxi

Follow the signs to the official taxi rank at each terminal, or ask our May I Help You team. The ranks are well organised, with taxis waiting 24/7.

There’s an AED20 flag charge from the airport. A ride from Dubai International to Dubai Marina for example will cost around AED100.

Other taxis

Dubai Transport also provides a special limousine service.

Additionally, most hotels offer transport for their guests.

And Dubai also has numerous taxis and limousine service companies, whose numbers are available at all hotels.

This remains the best way of getting around the areas of the city that the metro has not yet reached. Cabs are metered, air-conditioned, mostly reliable and can be flagged down on the street, or pre-booked. Taxis from the airport start with the meter at Dhs20, though in the city, meters start at Dhs3. The main operators are Dubai Taxi (tel: 04 208 0808), Cars Taxis (tel: 04 800 269 2900), Metro Taxi (tel: 04 600 267 3222) and National Taxis (tel: 04 600 339 0002). Note that street names are rarely used in Dubai except for the biggest roads, and navigation is usually by local landmarks – which is how taxi drivers will expect to be directed, rather than being given a street address, which will most likely mean nothing to them.

http://www.insightguides.com/destinations/africa-middle-east/united-arab-emirates/dubai/plan-your-trip

A taxi from the airport to Deira or Bur Dubai will cost around Dhs40–50; considerably more (Dhs80–100) to the

Taxi rate in detail

http://www.dubai-bus.com/dubai-taxi/taxi-fares

Starting Meter Charge

Dubai International Airport Area:    Dh. 20.00

Day Time – 6:00am to 10:00pm

Hired on Road / Street Pickup    Dh. 3.00

Booking through Dispatch Center    Dh. 6.00

Night Time – 10:00pm to 6:00am

Hired on Road / Street Pickup    Dh. 3.50

Booking through Dispatch Center    Dh. 7.00

Running Meter Charges

Every 625 Meters    Dh. 1.00

Per Kilometer    Dh. 1.60

Waiting Charges

Start of Waiting Charges    Once the taxi stops

Rate of Waiting Charges    Dh. 30.00 Per Hour

Rate of Increment    Dh. 0.50 Per Minute

Daily Rates – Within Dubai

6 Hours of Taxi Service    Dh. 300.00

12 Hours of Taxi Service    Dh. 500.00

http://wikitravel.org/en/Dubai

Taxis are metered at 1.75 dhs/km, so no haggling is necessary. The rates of all taxi companies — Dubai Transport, National, Cars, Metro, and Arabian — are identical, so just take the first one that comes along. From the airport, there is a standing charge of 25 dhs; all other street pickups attract a standing charge of 3.00 dhs during the day, 3.50 at night (10 PM-6AM), but a minimum fare of 10 dhs applies,

If you can’t find one otherwise, you can attempt to call a taxi at 04-2080808, there’s a surcharge of 3 dhs to book. The booking system was notorious for its unreliability but with a significantly increased taxi fleet, many taxis now deliberately wait in unofficial holding areas waiting for bookings.

Abra or water bus

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An easier way of crossing the Dubai Creek is by abra, essentially a small ferry. Abra stations are located along the Creek on both the Bur Dubai and Deira sides, and the system of filling the boats is remarkably efficient. The cross-river trip costs 1 dirham (AED1) per passenger, payable to the driver after the boat has left the station, and affords a very picturesque view of the city (not to be missed). Abras set off very regularly, and the service is available round-the-clock.

There is also a government run water bus service which has stations at different locations. You may find one near Creek metro station.

Bus

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Bus time table,journey planner, fare etc

http://www.rta.ae/

Bus shelter and other maps

http://www.dubai-bus.com/buses-stops-map/map

You can inquire about bus arrival timing at a particular station by sending an SMS to 5223 as shown in the introductory flyer available via this link.

Looking into the google map and clicking on the bus stop sign you could find which bus is to take for a destination.

Journey planner

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Dubai transport authority has developed a journey planner. You could use it online at:

Real time journey planner

http://wojhati.rta.ae/dub/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

http://www.dubai-bus.com/journey-planner

Money exchange

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24 hour money exchange is available in Dubai airport. These money exchanges are located before immigration and after immigration. As elsewhere, airports money exchange are little less than outside ones.

In central Deira, especially along Baniyas Rd and on Baniyas Sq, every other building seems to contain a bank or a moneychanger. For example, near Palm Deira station, you could find ‘Cash Express Exchange’ just opposite to Gold Souk Bus station.

In Bur Dubai there are moneychangers around the abra docks. There are ATMs throughout the city, in all shopping malls and in most five-star hotel lobbies.

Electricity mobile charging plug

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UAE Electrical Plug/Outlet and Voltage Information for United Arab Emirates

http://www.adaptelec.com/index.php?main_page=document_general_info&products_id=325

electric plugs are same as Bangladesh

Mobile sim buying

There are two mobile operators in Dubai – govt owned Etisalat and privately owned Du.

Du is ok with 35 AED with 20 minutes free and 20 SMS free. They are supposed to have shops in Dubai Airport but I could not locate them. As of March 2015, rules have become tight for providing sim to foreingners and activitation could take days. There is shop in Damac Property(Dubai Marina formerly) station for mobile sim and other things.

http://www.du.ae/personal/mobile/plans/visitor-mobile-line-en

the international code for UAE is +971, for Dubai, add a 4 afterwards for land lines.

Local mobile phone numbers will start +971 50 xxx yyyy or +971 56 xxx yyyy (newly introduced as of second half of 2008) for the GSM provider etisalat [101] and +971 55 xxx yyyy and +971 52 xxx yyyy for the GSM provider du [102]

The International code for the United Arab Emirates is +971. The outgoing international code is 00. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)2 for Abu Dhabi and (0)4 for Dubai.
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Accomodation or Hotel

In general, hotels are little pricey in Dubai. In most city centre(i.e.Deira) hotels, there are clubs so better to avoid such hotles as it could become very noisy at night. So you should look for hotel apartments.

A good place to find hotels is booking.com. They provide facilities in the hotel as well as shops and other things around. One may click the map and find other hotels around. Agoda.com provides similar facility. After initial screening one may look into tripadvisor for review and hotel boarders uploaded photos. Since 2014, Dubai has google streetview. So you may click yellow man sign in Google map to have a real view of the hotel and its surroundings.

Deebaj al khabisi plaza hotel may be ok. Near Abu bakr al siddique metro station. I think its ok.Nearby is afsar apt hotel that is little more pricey. Had grand mall supermarket at 100m away. Price 8500 for two nights +30% others = 11000 bdt =150 usd

  • Location: Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 262 0666
  • Travel: Abu Baker Al Sidiqque Road

http://www.timeoutdubai.com/hotels/details/6019-deebaj-al-khabisi-plaza-hotel-apartments

From Abu bakr al siddique metro station. D80 then turn left to D78 see waraa shopping centre, turn right to get 2B st,turn left after flags of marriot then comes writing nameplaque of Merriot, turn left at the corne after seeing a orangie apt building,that is the 4th st,now you have reached 45 st with a blue sign of Parking, go ahead and see khabisi plaza hotel and its opposite is gulf speciality hospital.

Eat in Dubai

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http://wikitravel.org/en/Dubai

Shawarma is the most available food item on almost all streets (and cheap!) in Dubai. It is the Arabic equivalent of the Burger. It is meat that has been cooked on a skewer and then cut into thin strips and placed into a kuhbus (pita) bread with vegetables and dressing. It costs about AED6 (USD1.9) for either the plain-jane variety or the more exotic Lebanese and Iranian varities. The Shawarma sold by Indian restaurants are arguably the cheapest.

Another local snacks is Fala-Fil (Felafel, Falafel) also available at about the same costs as the shawarma. Falafel is like piaju. One specific shop for falafel is justfalafel which has a shop in the Mall of Emirates.

http://www.justfalafel.com/

Most of the American fast food chains have set up shop in Dubai, including KFC, Chillis, TGI Fridays, Starbucks, and McDonalds. The beauty of the food in Dubai is that you will probably find cuisine for every taste.

For Indians (and vegetarians), Dubai has a big selection of budget Indian vegetarian food. Dosa, vada, idlee, samosa, chapaati/roti, with generous servings of sabji (cooked vegetable stew) are available at throwaway prices, typically less than 10Dhs ($2.5) per course. The more expensive stuff costs up to USD5. Bur Dubai (particularly Meena Bazaar area) and Karama are the places that abound in these restaurants. Most of them are open from 7AM till 10PM or 11PM throughout the week.

Head to legendary Pakistani eatery Ravi Restaurant to enjoy delicious parathas, naans and rotis for a dirham a pop.
Dhs1. Satwa Road, Satwa (04 4331 5353).

Budget

  • The Evergreen Pure Vegetarian chain of restaurants scattered throughout the city is worth visiting for its vegetarian dishes and famous Thali. The Evergreen Restaurants are located in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu dhabi. The restaurants in Dubai are in Deira, Bur Dubai and Satwa area of Dubai. Thalis (all round unlimited meal) just cost 10 Dhs. It also has a range of chaats like PaniPuri, BhelPuri.
  • Karachi Inn Restaurant, 1. At Satwa roundabout, 2. At Bur Dubai near Mussala Tower, ☎ 3315353. It is a Pakistani Restaurant that provides cheap Pakistani & Indian food. Good for anyone with a spicy tooth. AED 20-25 per person for a good meal.  edit
  • The Karachi Darbar chain of restaurants scattered throughout the city.
  • The Jabal Al Noor chain of restaurants. A Middle Eastern take on fast food and its own unique variety of drinks with names such as “Lexus”,” Burj al Arab”, and “Sitara”. AED7-10 per item.
  • The Anjappar Restaurant and Ibrahimi Restaurant are famous for their wonderful delicacies.
  • Pak Liyari Restaurant is famous for excellent biryani.

As mentioned earlier, Dubai is a melting pot for various cultures who have bought their local cuisines over with them. For those who are open to trying new and different foods , Frying Pan Adventures [36] offers food tours that allows visitors to try various regional foods while at the same time exploring less known parts of Dubai.

Ravi

This popular Pakistani restaurant in Dubai is famous for its good food and relaxed atmosphere. A cheap and cheerful takeaway with outdoor tables attracts both locals and tourists, rich and poor for its excellent slow-cooked beef nihari, lamb haleem, and fresh, buttery naan bread. There’s also a family room and cafeteria. Ravi is open daily from 5am to 3am.

Address: Al-Satwa Road, Satwa
Telephone: 04 331 5353
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Lonely planet suggestions are as follows:

Dubai’s melting pot culture means every cuisine in the world is represented here, with budget versions – if you know where to look. Ravi in Al Satwa is a local legend, which serves huge bowls of Pakistani curry and tea-tray size naan breads for between Dhs30-40. For traditional Levant street food, like the shawarma (chicken wrap with tahini), head to Zaroob (www.zaroob.com) or Zaatar Z Weit (www.zaatarwzeit.net) for budget belly-busters.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/united-arab-emirates/dubai/travel-tips-and-articles/top-10-ways-to-experience-dubai-on-a-budget#ixzz3T3esHE7p

Na3 Na3
Address:
The Address Dubai Mall, Dubai
Tel: 04 438 8999
Web: http://www.theaddress.com/en/dining/na3na3-1
Dress code: Smart casual
Times: 6.30am to 11.30pm, Sunday to Saturday
Price Range: $$$
Those wanting to satisfy their Arabic food cravings at odd hours could do no better than to dash to Chef Hana Dib’s Na3 Na3. The hidden gem serves up a fulsome buffet-style feast for those ravenously hungry as well an a la carte option for those wanting more demure helpings. From a deceptively simple halloumi sandwich to fried red mullet to chicken shawarma, this restaurant caters for all. The floor to ceiling windows and 20ft waterfall set a contemporary stage while live cooking stations dish up sumptuous mixed grills, plump tiger prawns, piping hot zaatar saj and steam-filled, puffed-up pitas. The delicious Friday brunch is one of the best bargains in the city.
FYI: Have an early morning breakfast meeting and need a central location? Na3 Na3’s 6.30am opening ensures you have the perfect caffeine-filled start to the day.
Signature Dishes: Lahem bil ajin, kofta khashash, mango crème brûlée.

More Middle Eastern Restaurants

https://www.zomato.com/dubai/restaurants/lebanese

Shopping

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Head to the Creek to shop like it was 100 years ago in the traditional souks. Buy gold, frankincense, or spices such as saffron and cinnamon on the Deira side, while over on the Bur Dubai bank, snap up pashminas and Arabian style slippers. Remember to haggle hard for a bargain. Take an abra (a small Arabic boat) to get across the Creek for Dhs1.
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Pashmina

Fakes are found all over the world, but in Dubai you’ll find bargains on real, silky-soft 100% pashmina shawls.Women around the world adore pashminas, those feather-light cashmere shawls worn by the Middle East’s best-dressed ladies. If you’re shopping for a girlfriend or your mother, you can never go wrong with a pashmina. They come in hundreds of colours and styles, some beaded and embroidered, others with pompom edging – you’ll have no trouble finding one you like.

But aside from setting it alight to make sure it doesn’t melt (as polyester does), how can you be sure it’s real? Here’s the trick. Hold the fabric at its corner. Loop your index finger around it and squeeze hard. Now pull the fabric through. If it’s polyester, it won’t budge. If it’s cashmere, it’ll pull through – though the friction may give you a mild case of rope burn. Try it at home with a thin piece of polyester before you hit the shops; then try it with cashmere. You’ll never be fooled again.
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International supershops like Spinneys, Carrefour and Choithram are in Dubai.

Find where and what to shop, specialized markets:

http://uk.hotels.com/articles/ar001500/dubai-shopping-guide-find-where-and-what-to-shop-and-buy/

[the above link is not as elaborate as it says]

Al–Ghurair City

Traditional clothing can be purchased here and the oldest mall in Dubai also sells Arabic furnishings, authentic rugs, stylish shaylas and abayas, and famous brand names such as Nine West and Paris Gallery can also be enjoyed at Al–Ghurair City.

Big modern Malls

The two main shopping facilities in Dubai are the Mall of the Emirates (the largest mall outside of North America) and the Dubai Mall. Both have numerous other attractions to complement their astounding range and number of shops.
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Souks – traditional Arab markets

The best shopping is to be had at the souks – traditional Arab markets – around the city. Here you can find authentic Bedouin paraphernalia, Persian-style carpets and textiles. A particularly pleasant shopping area is the Bur Dubai side of the Creek where you can find textiles, raw silks and interesting souvenirs.

Dubai’s most famous bazaar is the Gold Souk at Sikkat al-Khali Street. Innumerable shops and stalls sell gold jewellery in every possible form. Bargaining is expected and prices determined according to weight.

Shops tend to open from 8am to 1pm, reopening after the heat of the day at around 4.30pm until 8pm or even later. Malls will remain open from 10am until 10pm. Shops, malls and souks usually close on Friday mornings.

No ‘Mall’ has cheap outlets, other than the Chinese Mall (also known as Dragon Mart). For less expensive stuff you have to visit the shops that advertise ‘everything from 1 to 10 dhs’ or one of the hundreds of street shops in various parts of Dubai. You will find some near to wherever you are staying.

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Al Fahidi Street

Since Dubai is a tax-free country, electronics are much cheaper here than in other parts of the world. Al Fahidi Street is lined with electronic shops that sell computers, laptops, cameras as well as household electronics like ovens, refrigerators and washing machines. When buying electronics here, make sure to ask for an international warranty and to check voltage requirements if you are planning on taking anything back to your home country.

Bur Dubai Souk

Famous for its collection of colorful fabrics and textiles, mostly from India and the Far East, the Bur Dubai souk runs along the Dubai creek. Parking is always a problem here, although there are a few pay and park lots that might have some parking. Although not very pleasing to the eye, this souk is worth exploring if you are looking to buy exotic fabrics. The surrounding streets are brimming with jewelry stores, tailoring shops and sari shops and this is the place to go to if you are looking to buy fabric and have it tailored to your specifications.

Karama Shopping Center

If you are looking to take gifts back for family or mementos of your visit to Dubai, souvenirs sold at the Karama Shopping Center are much more reasonable than those available at more expensive malls. Although nothing much to look at, the shopping center is bustling with shops that sell imitation watches, knock off designer clothing and handicrafts and souvenirs from the region. Be aware that most of the clothes available are manufactured in Asia so sizes are likely to be small.

http://www.livingindubai.org/top-7-places-to-go-shopping-in-dubai/

Dubai Climate and Weather

Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can soar to 113°F (45°C) and more during the day and humidity levels are very high. Even the sea temperature touches on 104°F (40°C) during the summer months, and swimming pools at hotels are usually cooled to be refreshing. Temperatures are only slightly more moderate the rest of the year, the coolest time being between December and March with temperatures between 57°F (14°C) and 77°F (25°C). There is very little rainfall in Dubai, but when showers do fall it is mainly in the cooler months.
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Time

GMT +4

Electricity

Electrical current is 220 and 240 volts, 50Hz. The most frequently used plugs are the square three-pin type.

Language

Arabic is the official language of the Emirates, but English is widely used.

Travel Health

No vaccinations are required for entry to the UAE, however a certificate is required for cholera and yellow fever if arriving from an affected area. Tap water in the major cities is safe to drink, but elsewhere only bottled water should be drunk. Medical care is excellent in the main cities, but extremely expensive, while medicines and medical care are not always available in the outlying areas. Health insurance is essential; in Abu Dhabi particularly a health insurance law has been implemented that makes it mandatory for all travellers to Abu Dhabi to have health insurance. In general, travellers who require medical treatment will have to cover the cost of any medical fees incurred.

Tipping

Tipping practices are similar to most parts of the world. Where no service charge is included, 10% is adequate and many hotels and restaurants add a service charge, so it is best to check the bill.

Safety Information

Most visits to the UAE are trouble free. Crime is not a problem, but there is deemed to be a threat of terrorism against Western interests and gathering points, particularly entertainment venues. It is therefore wise to be vigilant when frequenting these. It is also wise to avoid political gatherings and demonstrations. Al Qaeda continues to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region, including references to attack Western interests, such as residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests.
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Things to see in Dubai

Yellow page dubai uae info of tour operators in dubai uae

http://www.yellowpages.ae/c/advs/uae/tour-operators.html

Desert Safari: A trip to Dubai remains incomplete without Desert Safari, that is going through a nearby desert by a 4X4 drive.For Desert safari, I took Rayna tours desert safari package(AED 150 per person as of March 2015) as it came up on the top of Google search. After visiting I found its quite good as they have their own camp. https://www.raynatours.com/city-tour/tour-details/Desert-Safari-38.aspx

Half day city tour https://www.raynatours.com/city-tour/tour-details/Dubai-City-Tour-33.aspx

and dhow cruise

https://www.raynatours.com/city-tour/tour-details/Dhow-Cruise-Dinner—Creek-86.aspx

offered by Rayna tour seem good and value for money.

https://www.raynatours.com/

Description of Rynatours Desert Safari:::

Are you ready to experience an exhilarating escapade of a lifetime? Choose Rayna’s best-priced Desert Safari Dubai package that offers six hours of untainted fun and heart-stopping activities in one of the biggest as well as magnificent deserts in the Arabian Peninsula. Desert Safari in Dubai is a mix of adventure, cultural entertainment, and sumptuous dinner under the stars.

The real highlight of the tour is an exciting, adrenaline-pumping 4×4 drive deep into the desert to explore the vast stretch of the golden dunes by plummeting low in the deep ditches and escalating high on the summit of the dunes. This is followed by a visit to our traditional Arabic Bedouin campsite, which enables you to capture the real essence and beauty of the desert, as you relish traditional Arabic coffee, smoke a flavored Shisha, and rivet in the mesmerizing belly dance movements and Tanura horse shows.

A not to miss out is the enchanting desert sunset views that promote for an exceptional photographic experience. You will also get the opportunity to ride a camel, walk over desert sand, put on Arabic attire, adorn your hands with mind blowing henna designs, and take pictures of falcon sitting on your shoulder. To tantalize your taste buds, this exclusive Dubai desert safari also includes a scrumptious dinner featuring international buffet with a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes.

So contact our tour experts today itself to discover the mysterious nuances of the desert and get an intriguing slice of the Bedouin lifestyle while enjoying incredible deals.

Inclusions

  • Pick up from your hotel or residence in Dubai / Sharjah
  • Dune bashing in 4×4 by an expert driver
  • Sunset photographic opportunity
  • Camel riding
  • Sand board and quad bike available upon request
  • Henna designing
  • Arabic dress photograph opportunity
  • Shisha smoking facility
  • Unlimited refreshments
  • BBQ dinner with a choice of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes
  • Alcohol beverages available upon request for extra charge
  • Belly dance show in accompaniment to Arabic music
  • Tanura show by male artist
  • Separate toilet facilities for men and women
  • Drop back to your hotel or residence in Dubai / Sharjah

Hop on hop offtour offered by Bigbus company seems very good however its little pricey.

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It’s a good idea to see what landmarks or things could be seen for free(better if close to metro train station or bus stop) or as little price like 1 Dirham(AED).

http://www.timeoutdubai.com/aroundtown/features/59637-25-things-to-do-in-dubai-for-dhs1-or-less

choreographed fountain show at Dubai Mall

The largest choreographed fountain show in the world, Dubai Fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 feet and its beams of light shining upward are visible from space.
Free. Afternoon shows: Sat-Thu 1pm and 1.30pm, Fri 1.30pm and 2pm. Evening shows: daily every 30 minutes between 6pm and 11pm. The Dubai Mall, www.thedubaimall.com (04 362 7500).

Metro station: Hop off at Dubai Mall metro station. From the station around one km long walkway goes to Dubai Mall. In the walkway motorized walking belt provided so it’s a nice experience.

Cross the creek

Hop on a motorised wooden abra and travel between Bur Dubai and Deira for just a dirham. It’s one of the richest cultural experiences in the city. Board at Deira Old Souk or Bur Dubai Abra Stations.
Dhs1. Daily 6am-midnight. Dubai Creek, www.rta.ae.

Heritage and Diving Village

Head to Heritage and Diving Village to see potters and weavers practicing traditional crafts, as well as pearl diving demonstrations.
Free. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-10pm, Fri 3.30pm-10pm. Al Shindagha, Deira (04 393 7139).

Flamingo Roost at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

Stand at the Flamingo Roost at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to watch the pink birds against a spectacular cityscape.
Free. Sat-Thu 9am-4pm. Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, off the junction of Al Wasl and Oud Metha Roads, www.wildlife.ae (04 606 6822).

Enjoy park life
Most parks in Dubai carry entrance fees, but Al Barsha Pond Park bucks the trend with free entry. The park near Jumeriah free baeach is also free.
Free. Open Sun-Thu 8am-11pm. Fri-Sat. 8am-11.30pm. Al Barsha 2, near Al Barsha Mall.

Visit an art gallery
Art Sawa Gallery is dedicated to contemporary art from the Middle East, North Africa, and neighbouring countries – and it’s completely free to enter.
Free. Street 14, Al Quoz, www.artsawa.com (04 340 8660).

Camel races

Camel races should be on every Dubai residents ‘to do’ list, running regularly between December and March.
Free. Call for timings. Al Marmoum Camel Racetrack, Dubai-Al Ain Road (04 832 6526).

Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

Spend a morning or afternoon exploring the narrow passageways and wind tower houses in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, formerly known as Bastakiya.
Free. Bur Dubai Waterfront and Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai.

Expat things top ten appears below

http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/311/top-ten-must-visit-places-in-dubai

  • Malls of Dubai

    Many malls in Dubai are a must visit place both from the shoppers point of view as well as a sightseer’s.

    Ibn Battuta mall(designed to commemorate the travel experiences of Arabic traveler, Ibn Battuta)

    Mercato Mall (designed to celebrate the extravagance of the Tuscan and Venetian architecture and lifestyle reflecting the beauty of the Renaissance )

    Dubai Mall – A visit to Dubai Mall provides a complete experience in terms of entertainment, food,leisure and shopping.It is the world’s biggest mall with 1200 retail shops, ice rink, multiplexes, food courts and restaurant, the colossal candy shop- candilucious, theme parks for both adults and children, worlds tallest musical fountain, fashion catwalk, 70 stores dedicated solely to haute couture,worlds largest Waterfront Atrium, aquarium, world’s largest Gold Souk; Fashion Island, Galeries Lafayette department store and Oasis Fountain Waterfall.

    Wafi Mall – Wafi city has both mall and hotel of the same name. The mall is inspired by the Egyptian architecture and resonates the culture of the great Egyptian civilization. The light and sound shows of this mall is something that a visitor cannot afford to miss.

Wafi City

  • Desert Safari

    If adventure and thrill is what you crave for, set out on a sturdy off-road vehicle for the joy ride of your life and penetrate the mysterious and sultry desert. There are many tours offering Desert Safari on their itinerary, with experts on the wheels taking you on a natural thrilling ride-dune bashing. Camp out individually or book a camp as part of the safari to relish the desert and its culture under a star studded sky, as the non-stop entertainment ( Tanaura dancers, belly dancers, Mehendi artists,camel ride, dune bashing on bikes, Faconery ) and Arabic cuisine spin their web of charm.

  • Palm Jumeriah or Palm island

    To witness the marvel of the product of the land reclamation visit the Palm Jumeriah. These three man-made islands,which are shaped like a palm tree, are so copious that they are visible from space to the naked eye.Because of the magnificent view it offers, it is the hot spot for skydivers. These islands have numerous five star hotels, lavish residential apartments and villa’s and even the majestic. Here you can just drive past and take photo. To enter inside the hotel like Atlantis you need to be a guest.

  • Burj Khalifa

    For a stunning view of the city glittering in the night, visit the worlds tallest tower measuring over 828 meters. Its architecture marvel is truly breathtaking. It houses many residential apartments , an observation deck on the 124th floor with optical telescopes and multimedia presentation, commercial spaces and even the esteemed Armani hotel.

Burj Khalifa, [1]. Until recently called Burj Dubai, at 828 metres and 160 floors this is the world’s tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei. The observation deck at the 124th floor is the 2nd highest in the world after the Shanghai World Financial centre. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors’ entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall[]. Although the tour is called At the Top be aware that it isn’t! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452m it’s just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets cost Dhs 125 for a timed entry ticket, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait. Tickets can sell out several days in advance, and it is advisable to book them online ahead of your visit.

  • Parks/Miracle Garden

    The Miracle Garden is a true miracle in the desert- an oasis with the world’s largest collection of natural flowers. There are many parks and beach parks like Creek Park, Jabeel park and Mamzar park adding to the tranquil beauty of Dubai and raising the green quotient in the city.

Miracle Garden Dubai

  • Beaches

    Dazzling white sand beaches with radiant, serene and clear waters, like the Jumeirah Beach are to be relished early in the morning or during sunset.With the Burj Al Arab providing a scenic backdrop and the fresh, unsullied breeze you are promised a tranquil, restorative experience.

Dubai has over 40km of golden sand coastline but much of it has been land-grabbed by five-star hotels that charge an expensive daily rate for access. Jumeirah Beach Park is a family-style, life-guarded public park with a beach that has sunloungers, umbrellas and roving ice cream sellers, as well as shady, grassy areas, photogenic palm trees and a small fast food café. It costs Dhs5 per person for entry.
Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/united-arab-emirates/dubai/travel-tips-and-articles/top-10-ways-to-experience-dubai-on-a-budget#ixzz3T3ff5yMi

  • Creek

    A visit to Dubai is incomplete without a brisk walk by the picturesque Creek or a ride on the Dowh cruise or Abra.

  • Gold souk and Global Village

    If you wish to be dazzled by the glitter and sheer opulence of the array of gold ornaments and their design the Gold Souk is the place to be.

Metro station: Hop off at Palm Deira station and take the street just opposite to the Gold Souk bus station(its with the palm deira metro station)

The global village is a global market having stall of almost 36 countries. The Global villages is spread on an expansive area The ambience, the opportunity to shop products of different countries, taste their cuisine and have a piece of their culture is an unique experience for anyone visiting Dubai.

– See more at: http://www.expatsblog.com/contests/311/top-ten-must-visit-places-in-dubai#sthash.aqMwJz0M.dpuf

http://wikitravel.org/en/Dubai provides the following information

  • Dubai Marina. One of the newer and more popular areas of Modern Dubai, both with residents and tourists. It offers numerous features such as a phenomenal skyline, world class hotels, a fabulous beach, a mall, and 2 different walkways (The Walk and Marina Walk) with coffee shops, restaurants, and shops. Marina Walk is right on the “Marina water”, and there are many yachts there. You can rent a yacht for a cruise around the area. The Walk has a nice open market run from October till May, every Fridays and Saturdays at daylight.
  • Palm Islands[]. The three largest artificial islands in the world are located just off the coast of Dubai; a major urban development to add a significant amount of upscale beachfront property to the area. Each of the islands is shaped like a palm leaf, with a trunk connected to the mainland, fronds extending from the trunk, and a crescent (a breakwater encircling the trunk and fronds). Of the three planned, the Palm Jumeirah, at 5km square and near Dubai Marina, is the only one yet open, connected to the mainland by a freeway bridge and a monorail and sporting marinas, luxury resorts, and upscale shopping areas.
  • Dubai Museum, Al Ibn Abi Talib Road, ph: +971 (4) 353-1862. A must-see for anyone interested in the social history of the Emirate (and indeed the country). A visit starts at the al-Fahidi fort, which has a few examples of the traditional reed houses and other artefacts, but isn’t much to look at. The more interesting part is the modern extension built underneath the fort, showcasing Dubai’s history using the latest technology and culminating in a reconstructed souq from the pearling days, complete with authentic sights and sounds. It is quite fascinating to see the speed at which the transition from poor pearling village to modern metropolis occurred. Admission AED3.
  • Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah Road, Jumeirah 1 (opposite Palm Strip Mall). Is the largest in the city, and a wonderful example of Islamic architecture. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition with the interior decorated with elaborate Arabic calligraphy. It is one of few mosques in the city open for visits by non-Muslims, the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding[11] conducts special tours for non-Muslims to help promote understanding of Islam. Guided tours are available on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday beginning at 10AM, followed by a question-and-answer session. Located on Jumeirah Road, the mosque is an especially great place to visit in the evening when it’s dramatically illuminated by floodlights. Public transport: There is no direct metro station. You may hop off at Al Jafiliyah station and take X28 bus to go there.

Day bus tours::

http://eng.bigbustours.com/dubai/day-tour.html

Viator half day tour::

See Dubai’s famous landmarks such as the sail-shaped Burj Al-Arab hotel and beautiful Jumeirah Mosque, and learn interesting details about each attraction from a local guide. Take in views of the city’s most picturesque palaces and residential areas, and venture into Bastakiya, Dubai’s inspiring old quarter. Cross Dubai Creek by ‘abra’ (water taxi) and visit the Spice Souq. The tour also includes free time to shop in the glistening Deira Gold Souq!

After a pickup from your centrally located Dubai hotel, relax in your comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle on the way to your first Dubai city stop: the striking Burj Al-Arab hotel. Located on the sands of Jumeirah Beach, on an artificial island, the luxury hotel is one of the tallest in the world, standing at roughly 1,053 feet (321 meters). Stop for a photo, and then continue with your guide along the shoreline to Jumeirah, one of Dubai‘s upmarket residential areas.Next, head to Bastakiya to see the contrast between the two neighborhoods. Explore the winding lanes that lead to hidden courtyards and the mud-brick homes topped by traditional wind towers, designed to catch cooling offshore breezes. Continue to old Al-Fahidi Fort, home to Dubai Museum, and take in views of the fort’s cannons, turrets and fortified walls. Then, cross Dubai’s central waterway, Dubai Creek, in a traditional abra; it’s a must-do activity in Dubai!On the Deira side of Dubai Creek, soak up the colors and perfumes of the famous Spice Souq. Then enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs or glimmering accessories in the nearby Deira Gold Souq before returning to your
Read more: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:pZ08mFlIZjMJ:www.lonelyplanet.com/united-arab-emirates/activities/family/dubai-city-half-day-sightseeing-tour+&cd=23&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk#ixzz3T3hBz4cu

Hop on hop off tour::

The City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour allows you to board the bus from any of the designated stops on the two bus routes. The Hop-On, Hop-Off ticket is valid for 24 hours/ 48 hours from when you first board the bus. You may hop on and hop off at any of the designated stops, sightsee, and shop or eat and then hop back again when the next bus comes along.

The City Sightseeing Dubai Hop-On, Hop-Off bus operates on two routes – The Red Route and the Blue Route. The 24 stops on the two routes are as follows

Red Route:
Stop 1 – Al Ghubaiba
Stop 2 – Gold Souk
Stop 3 – Spice Souk
Stop 4 – Riviera Hotel
Stop 5 – Dubai Creek
Stop 6 – Sheraton Hotel
Stop 7 – Deira City Center
Stop 8 – Burjuman
Stop 9 – Sheikh Zayed Road
Stop 10 – Dubai Mall
Stop 11 – DIFC
Stop 11 – World Trade Cente
Stop 13 – Dhow Cruise
Stop 14 – Bastakia
Stop 15 – Dubai Museum
Stop 16 – Old Souk

Blue Route
Stop 10 – Dubai Mall
Stop 17 – Union House
Stop 18 – Jumeirah Mosque
Stop 19 – Mercato
Stop 20 – Jumeirah Beach Park
Stop 21 – Umm Suqeim Public Beach
Stop 23 – Madinat Jumeirah
Stop 24 – Atlantis
Stop 25 – Mall of the Emirates

our ticket for the Big Bus Dubai is valid for 24 or 48 hours from when you first board one of the buses. The bus will follow three interlinked routes: Red (City Tour), Blue (Marina Tour) and Green route (Beach Tour).

Red Route City Tour stops include:
• Wafi (changing point)
• Creek Park
• Burjuman
• Al Seef
• Bastakiya
• Dubai Museum
• Old Souk
• Heritage Village
• Gold Souk
• Spice Souk
• Abra Station
• Baniyas
• Dhow Wharfage
• Deira City Centre

Green Route City Tour stops include:
• Wafi (changing point)
• Union House
• Jumeirah Mosque
• Mercato
• Jumeirah Beach Park
• Jumeirah Public Beach
• Burj Al Arab
• Souq Madinat Jumeirah (changing point)
• Atlantis On The Palm
• Mall of the Emirates (changing point)
• The Dubai Mall
• Downtown Dubai

Blue Route stops include:
• Mall of the Emirates (changing point)
• Souk Madinat (changing point)
• Palm View Beach
• Palm Monorail Station
• Beach Resorts
• Marina Walk
• Marina Mall
• The Walk JBR
• The Beach JBR
• Marina Promenade
• Marina Quays
• Boulevard
• Bayside
• Atlantis The Palm
• Itihad • Mall of the Emirates (changing point)
• Souk Madinat (changing point)
• Palm View Beach
• Palm Monorail Station
• Beach Resorts
• Marina Walk
• Marina Mall
• The Walk JBR
• The Beach JBR
• Marina Promenade
• Marina Quays
• Boulevard
• Bayside
• Atlantis The Palm
• Itihad

In addition, your ticket includes a free entrance to the following:

  • Dubai Museum: Believed to be Dubai’s oldest building the Al-Fahidi Fort is well worth a visit. Hop off at stop 3 to visit the fort, built in 1787, which is also home to the Dubai Museum. Dubai Museum offers a unique trip to desert life, traditional Arabian homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trade. Major highlights of Dubai Museum are artifacts from excavated graves, musical instruments. Deadly weapons also form the major part of Dubai Museum, such as swords, spears, bows, arrows, shields, pistols and axes.
  • Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House: Hop off at stop 5 for a visit to the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House. Sheikh Saeed was the grandfather of the present ruler and his house has been restored as a museum. Built on the edge of the Dubai Creek, this palatial building distinguished by its four elegant wind-towers was built in 1896.

Other benefits include:

  • Free daily Arabian Dhow Cruise. The cruise departs four times a day at 1130h (11:30am), 1330h (1:30pm), 1530h (3:30pm) and 1730h (5:30pm). Hop off at stop 7 and explore Dubai’s famous Creek on the Big Bus Arabian Dhow Creek Cruise. This one hour river cruise is free and is included in your Big Bus ticket. Jump aboard a traditional wooden Arabic Dhow and glide down the beautiful Dubai Creek. You will be amazed as you gently sail through the sparkling emerald waters of the UAE’s most famous waterway. Your informative recorded commentary will tell you the history of the Creek

Return journey through Dubai Airport

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One may do online check in. In online checkline reservation code or agent code appears in your eticket is to be provided. In the airport there are many counters where you could drop off your luggage with online check iin. Then you may proceed to passport control and exit seal would be stamped. Then go to concourse near the gate. There are Mcdonalds, justpulp juice, a chocolate ,nuts and other gift item shop with reasonable. Behind the board pass and all the way through the concourse, time required to go to the gates are mentioned. Nearby the monitors, local time is also displayed. I think its very userfriendly.

While in plane, the passengers are provided with arrival card and baggage tax form. Everyone is required to fill out the arrival card(i.e. first port of entry is the airport from where you start your journey for returning home, in this case it would be Dubai). If you don’t have any taxable item, there is no need to fill out the baggage tax form. As mentioned in the form, one could bring in 5000 usd or equivalent any currency without disclosing.

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