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Dhow Wharfage

The Dubai Dhow Wharfage area is fabulous and offers sightseeing with a real sense of adventure. Steeped in history and stretching gloriously along the Creek bank, north of Maktoum Bridge are countless creaking wooden dhows, moored in time-honored tradition to load and unload their diverse cargoes from all over the region. 

Bursting with colour, activity and character, the Dhow Wharfage area is home to a way of life that has remained intact since Dubai’s earliest days. Deira set along the creek is a testament to Dubai’s lively past. Rich in culture and heritage, this is one place you must visit to get a feel of its vibrant authenticity. Hang around long enough and you might be invited to hop on board for a chat and a cup of tea.

Location: Starting from Baniyas Road and running up to the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club.


Mushrif Park

Located 15 kms away from the city centre of Dubai lies this oldest park in Dubai. Mushriff Park was opened in 1980’s but went through a major makeover and is now one of the most visited park in Dubai. Invoke in some activities like swimming, horse riding, kids playing area, cycling etc. There is also a space for events and also a display of miniature architecture of the continents. The desert like park is around 1300 acres and is the most favorite spot for the people living in Al Khanweej, Mirdiff and Al Mizhar.

Highlights: The Mushriff Park is just 5 minutes’ drive away from the desert camp and so it is an ideal place for a long night stay.

Timing: Opens from 8:00 AM – 10 PM.

Price: 3 AED per person, 10 AED per car. Entry is free for kids below 2 years and for the physically challenged.

Desert Conservation Reserve

The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is an initiative by the Dubai Government that allows you to spend a good amount of time camping at the deserts of Dubai (over 9 in number) and dine in the company of night stars which are primarily organized to experience a Bedouin lifestyle. Over here, you can experience falcon shows, camel rides and several other activities that will get you to the true essence of Dubai.

Location: The office is located on the Airport road and they will take you to the desert where you can participate in a variety of activities. 

Highlights: This reserve provides an array of activities such as Falconry, Archery, Horse Riding, Dune Driving, Camping, Hookah. 

Approximate Price: A 5-hour tour will cost you around 150 AED per head.  


Hatta Heritage Village

Located in the Al Hajar Mountains, on the outskirts of Dubai city, the Hatta Heritage Village shows the traveler the beautiful traditional life in Dubai. You will get to observe the strong attachment of the people who hail from this old town, people whose ancestors were farmers and handicraft men. The other significance also lies in the houses that you will see here, which were built from mountain rocks in the old year. There are over 17 houses, 2 castles and even a fortress here that you can revel in. You can explore the sculptures here as well and enjoy the folklore, the songs and the performances that grace the village every night.

Timings: Can visit the place from Saturday to Thursday


Dubai Village

Bur Dubai Village, also known as the Dubai Heritage Village is located near the mouth of Dubai Creek that takes tourist back in time through a series of heritage villages complete with recreated architecture and local artisans. For patrons, the village is a great place to find unique handmade items to take home as souvenirs or gifts. 

Highlights: The vicinity offers many places to stroll around like Pottery shopping, visit traditional markets and enjoy live performances of Arabian folklore such as Raza, Ayyala, and Harbeya 

Timings: It is opened every day from 08:00 to 20: 00, however on Fridays many shops will be closed as the operational hours are 15:00 to 22:00. 

Getting There: You can reach the location through the Ghubaiba bus and train station nearby. 


Guru Nanak Darbar

Guru Nanak Darbar is built in the demand from the Sikh community for a dedicated place of worship. The Gurudwara is believed to be the first of its kind in the entire region. It has a dedicated floor for a community feasts for about 5,000 people at a time and a huge hall for devotional songs. The main prayer hall of the new Gurudwara has a 7.2-metre high ceiling and 18-metre diameter dome roof. The function hall can accommodate up to 900 people. 

Location: It is located in Jebel Ali which is around 35 km from Dubai center. Taxi is the best mode of transportation to reach the temple. The closest metro station is Ibn Batuta. 

Timings: It is opened daily from 4:30 AM to 9 :30 PM


SEGA Republic

Stationed within the Dubai Mall, the 76,000 square foot, a fun-for-all-ages indoor theme park of SEGA Republic is loaded with more than 15 attractions. See your desired games and characters brought to life with state-of-the-art simulators and experiences that boast high-tech entertainment. As part of the world's largest shopping and entertainment space, SEGA Republic portrays cutting-edge technology to games and attractions. Your favorite SEGA characters, like nemesis Robotnik and Sonic the Hedgehog, play their part as you jump on thrilling rides that get your pulse racing at breakneck speeds.

Timings: Opens daily from 10 AM to 1 AM

Price: Approximate price starts from 170 AED

Burj Beach

With the panoramic view of the Burj al Arab in the milieu, the Burj Beach is another famous beach having a huge sandy stretch. With a number of volleyball nets and large open area for playing various sports, the beach is very popular amidst sports lovers. So pack your bags and have a relaxing day at the beach with a beautiful setting. The access to the beach is not chargeable.

Highlights: There are volleyball nets and barbecues on the beach. There is also a water sports club which offers water skiing, wake boarding, banana boating and other activities.  

What You Should Know More About Dubai

  • About the Destination

    Dubai is every bit fascinating with its energy, positivity and receptivity towards tourists from all parts of the world. The astounding variety of the authentic global cuisines is exhilarating for every foodie who comes here. Further, Dubai completely spoils you for a choice when it comes to shopping making the activity more people pleasing. It is one of those few cities that is constantly in a flux and it has always been overwhelming to see it mature and grow as a city and more so as a society.

    While Emiratis constitute only a minuscule population, Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the hustling centers calmly shared by the traditions, cultures and values from every corner of the world. This assortment is well depicted in the art, landscape, music, fashion and performance. Despite rooted deep in the Islamic culture, the society is open and welcoming where the visitors and the newcomers have an easy chance to connect with an array of experiences be it dancing on the beach, eating like a Bedouin, shopping for souvenirs or carrying out activities like riding a camel in the dessert.  

    After dark, Dubai usually seems like a city with the lotus eaters who are always on a lookout for a blow out. The transmuting nightlife or party spectrum well caters for every age group, budget and taste. Right from the sizzling beach clubs to the glittering dance temples, concerts under the sky, flawless rooftop terraces and the fancy cocktail caverns, Dubai does offer hot-stepping odysseys.  

  • Travel Advice

    • Strictly avoid the flea bag hotels of Dubai.

    • Gather adequate information about the place before making a visit.

    • Women, please avoid being over friendly with your tour guides, hotel staffs or any stranger that you encounter during your trip.

    • No there is no rule to wear a burkah in Dubai for tourists but it is equally important to dress appropriately. Maintain the decorum of the place and dress according to the place you are visiting.

    • Do not leave your important stuff or valuables in the hotel.

    • Enquire about a room safe to store your valuables.

    • Nightlife scene is great in Dubai but that in no way means that you can take your safety for granted. Always move around in groups.

    • Instances of theft have been reported in Dubai so ensure that you do not carry excessive cash with you when going out.

    • Do not get into a verbal or physical spat unnecessarily.

    • Always keep the necessary numbers handy.

    • Keep a copy of your passport and an identity proof with you always.

    • Ensure that you keep the originals of your passport and visa in a safe place.

    • Never let the kids below 5 roam around alone. Always make sure that you write the emergency phone number and place it in their pockets just in case they are lost.

  • Drinking Laws

    In Dubai the legal drinking age is 18 however, the Ministry of Tourism allows serving alcohol only to tourists over 21 years.

  • Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Burj Khalifa
    One of the most quintessential place to see in Dubai is the Burj Khalifa. It is the tallest building in the world (82.9 meters). A lot of tourists take a tour to the Observation Deck that lies on the 124th floor which is definitely the most important thing to do in Dubai. The views from here are simply staggering. Due to the Dubai’s prominent city light panoramas, the night-time visits are famous here. Buy, your tickets in advance to avoid wasting time in queues. 
    Dubai Museum
    Housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, the Dubai Museum is an important sightseeing location of Dubai. It was built in the year 1787 to defend the Dubai Creek.  The walls of this fort are built using the traditional coral blocks and are assembled together with lime. It was restored for the first time in 1971 and again in the year 1995. Today, Dubai Museum is one of the premier museums of Dubai. 
    Bastakia Quarter 
    Built in the late 19th century, the Bastakia Quarter is a home of all the wealthy Persians who mainly dealt with the textiles and pearls and were attracted towards Dubai because of easy access to Dubai Creek and the tax free trading of the city. Also known as Old Dubai, it is lined with striking Arabian architecture and the narrow lanes are a reminiscent of the bygone era.  
    Dubai Creek
    Dubai Creek divides the city into two towns -  Bur Dubaito on the south and Deira on the north. This creek has been a dominant element in the growth of the city and was a drawcard for the settlers to pearl dive and fish here.  This small residual of the Dubai’s traditional economy is definitely a great spot to wander around. 

  • What will you like there?

    The most fascinating skylines in the world 
    Ok, so it is better to state the obvious early. There is a myriad of skyscrapers in Dubai. Whether, you are down at the Marina or at the Downtown around the Burj Khalifa, Dubai indeed has 4 to 5 of the tallest residential buildings of the world. 
    Unison of different cultures
    Dubai is a multi cultural melting point. Here, you can see people from more than 200 different nationalities. Moreover, 90% of the population of Dubai comes from outside the country. It is thus one of the most prominent cosmopolitan cities of the world when compared to London or New York that have remained inhabited for hundreds of years. The diversity here is appalling.    
    Typical heaven for foodies
    Given the vast population of Dubai, there is a spectacular range of food styles found in the city. Here in the city, you can locate hundreds of Chinese, Japanese, Arab, Persian, Indian, British, Pakistani, French, American and Filipino restaurants. On the whole, there is something for everyone. What’s best is that, whichever month you visit, there must be one or the other food festival happening here. 
    Sun, Sea and Sand
    Another likeable thing about Dubai is sun, sea and sand. This is definitely the major drawcard for the tourists who come to spend their holidays here. Dubai experiences sunshine on 300 days every year and has a sprawling coast line of 1,000 km. You can also enjoy several water sports here. 
    Things happen fast
    It isn’t a forgotten story when Dubai was just a lax black water which was home to the pearl divers and the fishermen. It is only in the 90s that the government began focusing on business and tourism and since then the pace has never been off. You can see several new infrastructure and properties pop here overnight. 
    Art and Design Capital of Middle East
    Right from the slick art galleries to the gritty Alserkal Avenue art district, Dubai indeed has a pretty diverse scene in art. Art Galleries and design museums are the key places to see in Dubai. 
    The Palm Island
    Built between the period of 2001 to 2006, the Palm Jumeirah is presently the number one artificial island of the world. It is also a home to the million dollar mega mansions, island resorts, luxury 5 star stays and the most celebrated, Atlantis The Palm. 
    Nightlife Scene of Dubai
    With several miles of stunning beach fronts, there is no shortage of willing party goers in Dubai. Dubai definitely has a myriad of slick bars housing some of the best DJs on the international circuit who can entertain you all night long. Some of the biggest night clubs brand here are Blue Marlin Ibiza, Mahiki and Pacha.
    Skiing in the desert
    Dubai does have a ski slope in the desert. So, adventure enthusiasts have a fun activity to do in Dubai deserts. There is an 85m high, 5 slope indoor ski resort that spans over an area of 22,500 square meter. It is also the number one 400 metre long indoor black run in the world. 
    One of the main reasons to visit Dubai is shopping. Shopping in Dubai is simply superior to the other destinations of the world. In Souk Madinat, you have waterways that can transport you from one store to the next. 

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