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Another group taking a rest
"Dune-bashing" is basically driving 4x4's (SUV's in the US) at fast speeds all over desert sand dunes. There's loads of companies in Dubai offering trips out to the nearby dunes where you are picked up at your hotel in a Toyota Landcruiser and driven an hour or so into the desert outside of Dubai. Here you meet up with other people who are doing the very same with other companies. Firstly the driver lets some of the air out of the tyres so that they have more surface area contact with the sand for extra grip. Then you're off! These guys are very experienced at doind this. You'll be in a small convoy following the driver in front who sets the pace and the course over the dunes. Some of the angles up over the dunes are incredible. You feel like the car is about to flip over onto it's roof but instead the weight of it just let's the sand give way so you end up slipping down the dune. It's really an experience to be savoured. After about an hour or so's bashing around, you might have a trp on some quad bikes on a nearby sandy circuit (which costs extra) or go and see the sun setting over the desert landscape. Lastly on the itinerary will be a trip to a bedouin camp where you'll be treated to a BBQ and belly dancing before being dropped back at your hotel.
As I said, there are several companies that offer this type of trip so shop around Dubai for the best price and package. It's cheaper to book in Dubai then beforehand via the internet.
Great day out I had here. The waterpark features long tube rides known as Master Blasters where you ride along the water on a ring up and down and around through tunnels and into small pools. Excellent fun! There's also hairier slides that can reach speeds of 50mph (80kph). One of them, known as Jumeirah Sceirah, is the tallest and fastest free-fall speed slide outside North America. Also in the waterpark are flowriders which are surfing rides whereby fast moving water comes at you so as to mimic breaking waves on a beach.
Address: Jumeirah Rd
Directions: Open daily from 11am-7pm (9pm in summer). Admission is AED150.
Dubai has many fine mosques. One of the largest and most beautiful, the Jumeirah Mosque, is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture. Built of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, the mosque with its twin minarets and majestic dome is another of Dubai's landmarks.
Address: Jumeirah mosque
There's only a few hotels in the world that are famous enough to become tourist attractions in their own right. Burj Al Arab is one of them. Opened in 1999 it has become an iconic landmark for the city. It costs a fair bit to stay in the world's first 'seven-star' hotel that is actually classed as five-star deluxe and there's a whole host of reasons why. Built on an artificial island, 280m offshore, the 320m sail shaped hotel houses 202 suites - each with their own private butler. Everything that looks like it's gold actually is - 24 carat gold leafed furnishings and fittings.
Address: Jumeirah Beach Road
This house of Dubai's former ruler has been restored as a museum to showcase life in Dubai before oil was discovered. The 30 room house was built in 1896 during the reign of Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al-Maktoum and for many years it served as a communal residence for the Al-Maktoum family. Sheikh Saeed lived here from 1888 until his death in 1958. The house was opened as a museum in 1986 and houses an exhibition of photographs from the 1940's-60's showing the history and development of Dubai. There is also displays of coins and stamps.
Address: Al-Shindagha Rd
I think this is what it's called but if someone knows otherwise then let me know. Beautiful decorative tiled exterior on this mosque.
Directions: Bur Dubai near main souk
Built in 1996, the mostly covered Bur Dubai Souk is the largest souk area in Dubai. It features mainly small textile and cloth shops as well as a few money changers and souvenir stalls.
Located just behind the Dubai Museum, this mosque boasts the city's tallest minaret at 70 metres. It was actually built in the 1990's in the style of the original Grand Mosque, which dated from 1900 and was knocked down to make way for another mosque in 1960 before the current mosque was built. The mosque can accomodate 1,200 worshippers and is also home to the city's Kuttab (Quran school).
Housed in Al-Fahidi Fort which was built in 1799, the Dubai Museum is a must thing to see whilst visiting Dubai. The entrance features several aerial photographs showing the growth of Dubai over the years. You then enter through into the courtyard which features a large tank which was used to carry fresh water on pearling boats. Also in the courtyard are several small boats including a shasha, a small fishing boat made of palm fronds. A hall on the righthand side of the fort displays the forts history. There is also a barasti house which features a wind tower.
Housed inside the fort are exhibits of the city's fast development, recreations of a typical souk, a home and a school as they would have looked in the 1950's and a display on pearling.
Address: Al-Fahidi St
Directions: Open daily from 8.30am - 8.30pm, except Fridays: 3pm-8.30pm
Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1799, is home to the Dubai Museum and is thought to be Dubai's oldest building. In the past the fort was used to defend the town from warlike neighboring tribes. For many years it was both the residence of Dubai's rulers and the seat of government, before it became a museum in 1971. The walls of the fort are built from coral and shell rubble from the sea, and are cemented together with lime. Wooden poles called handel support the upper floor, and the ceiling is made of palm fronds, mud and plaster.
Inside, a large section is devoted to musical instruments, with displays of drums, flutes, lyres, bagpipes made of goatskin and other locally-made instruments used in performances on festive occasions. There is also a re-creation of a typical home and school of the 1950's. Additionally, there is an interactive display of the flora and fauna of the UAE, and findings from the archeological sites (950-550 BC).
Address: Al-Fahidi St
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