Dubai Things to Do Tips by solopes
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More than a traditional transport, the filling of these boats and their "dance" from bank to bank are an interesting performance to see.
By sunset, when the heat becomes bearable, the stronger colors and shades enhance the visual effects.
Al Fahidi Fort - Dubai
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.
A massive, iron-studded door stands at the entrance, and its battle-scarred walls and towers, bear witness to the conflicts in the past.
All the guides and most VT tips advice the visit to Jumeirah mosque at night, to see its illumination.
My hotel was across the street and I did it almost each day.
I agree with the tips. At night, it gets new colours, new relieves, and, with the not so hot weather, we may take a little longer appreciating it. (My daytime visit was at 6 AM, also ?mild?).
I only saw from outside this water park situated between the Burj-al-Arab and the Jumeirah Beach hotels.
Of course that, being in Dubai, it must be the most... something, but the almost 50º C of August didn't allow us to leave the air-conditioning.
Maybe next time, if it there will be one!
This dinner in a boat it's a different way to see the creek and to travel in Dubai in the air-conditioning.
The prices are reasonable, and the quality acceptable, however, don't expect a great experience.
The upper deck calls to romance, but... don't get too hot; nor the climate, nor the local culture advise that...
This luxurious complex tries to compose the traditional look in studied harmony. Each door, each window, open to a perfect sight, where not a single detail was neglected.
Beach, hotels, shopping mall, pools, bars, lakes, everything is accessible and available to make you feel in a 1001 nights place. At a price... of course.
In the arid and torrid sands of Dubai which sport should I recommend? SKI, naturally.
Accessible from the shopping area of Mall of Emirates, or from the adjacent Kempinski Hotel (where you may book a chalet in the snow for "only" US $1000 a day) the artificial snow hill really creates the true ambiance. All the equipment may be rented or bought locally, but... you better try to book in advance.
The poorest souk in Dubai is the cloths area - it's easy to understand, that, with so many malls and brands around, things are not favorable to traditional commerce in this area.
Maybe for locals, but... who are them? Where are they?
In the malls, like everybody else, of course!
My most interesting visit in Dubai was the museum. Installed in the recuperated fort of Al-Fahidi, built in the 18th century, it has not a remarkable collection, but it concentrates mainly in the people and their behaviours.
Contrasting with the modern and high buildings that popup everywhere like mushrooms, this classical structure has the look and personality of the real local architecture.
The views from outside are very interesting, but you should enter and enjoy the freshness and simplicity of its interior.
Dubai - Mina a Salam
I didn't stay there - just entered for a drink and a brief visit, and I hesitated between posting this here or in he "Things to do" section. I decided... both.
Everything in Dubai is being built with the objective of getting the top in luxury, comfort and beauty. That's why hotels, malls and office buildings are assuming the role of Dubai tourist attractions.
This hotel easily hits the goal. Each room, each corridor, each corner, each lake or pool was thought to please.
And it does. The integration with the shopping center and the sea works fine.
Even if you don't stay there, when visiting Madinat Jumeirah you should enter and look around. It's a privileged place to see the Burj al Arab hotel, and a cocktail in one of its many bars is a fresh relief in the torrid heat of the beach and pool.
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