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The tallest building in the world with a height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa in Dubai used to be known as Burj Dubai. 162 rooms and an antenna in the top of the building have given the whole tower world’s attraction from the moment it came into existence in 2008.
The construction of the tower was started in 2004 and it was opened to the public in 2010 as a part of the new development of the Government called Downtown Dubai. Burj Khalifa was considered to be the masterpiece of the popular large scale, mixed-use development.
It was built and named in honour of the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The design of the building came into the artistic mind and famous designer Adrian Smith, then working for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill.
Highlights: This tallest skyscraper has 162 rooms and has the world’s tallest elevator spans up to 140 levels. The highest occupied floor in the building is 153rd floor where parties and events are occurred frequently and it has a private terrace as well. Experts believe that Burj Khalifa is the perfect blend of different aesthetic senses from different cultures around the globe.
The spider lily, a widely cultivated flower in Dubai is said to be the influence for the architectural design of the building. At 555 meters, the SKY or the highest outdoor observatory space exists spreads across the levels of 148 and 125 of the building. The recent attraction is the spiral flight which has 36 steps in white oak and has a length of 100 meters. It is made beautiful with the crystal LED Chandelier.
Location: It is located at 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai, UAE. From Dubai main city, it is just 1.7 km away.
Timings: Opens daily from 9 AM to 11 PM.
Price: Prices vary according to timings and age but approximate pricing ranges from 125 AED to 500 AED.
When we talk about desert safari the first place that strikes your mind is Dubai. Dubai has always been a favorite destination when it comes to desert adventure. One such favoured activity is the Desert safari in Dubai . Enjoy riding through the desert while enjoy riding through the desert while soaking in the scenic views.
The timings of your tour depend on the packages which you are choosing from. While in Dubai you can find of number of tour operators which provides you with the best desert safari. There are also night safari, evening safari and day safari in Dubai.
Highlights: Halt to watch the lovely dusk before reaching your destination where you have the chance to enjoy a camel ride, sand boarding and experiment with henna close by or feet.
Location: Dubai Desert, Dubai.
A lot of you might be searching for that perfect lucury while you are travelling to Dubai. Well then you have the famous Dubai Creek which is the perfect place for you. Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek which is a part of the new Dubai canal it extends through to the Persian Gulf.
Dubai Creek is one the emirate's most beautiful areas that especially stand out for its conventional atmosphere and appeal. Regardless of the record-breaking points of interest involving tall structures and excitement settings that dab over the city, this normal seawater brook remains as the genuine personality of Dubai and is a living representation of the nation's long-standing convention.
Going through the heart of the city, the river isolates Dubai into two noteworthy regions: Bur Dubai and Deira. A retro vibe is obvious in each alcove and corner of the rivulet and its encompassing territories.
Highlights: Old-style structures that reflect rich Arabian accommodation, conventional style wooden dhows, and clamoring souks – all make Dubai Creek very extraordinary. With the warm and shallow water one can find a variety of rich marine life here. Take a stroll through the amazing beauty of the region and enjoy the mixture of old and modernity while you visit this place.
Location: The Dubai creek is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Jumeirah International, a great group of hoteliers is the guardians of Wild Wadi Waterpark, located in Jumeriah, Dubai near to Burj Al Arab. This is a famous outdoor water park with a heated or cooled wave pool, two artificial surfing machines, and numerous water slides and earlier it used to have the largest water slide apart from North America but it was removed in order to give space to two other major rides.
The featured attraction of the park is a relishing waterfall of 18 meters and it goes off every ten minutes. To keep people entertained the park has established two gift shops, restaurants, snack stands etc.
Highlights: There are 30 fun filled rides made equally suitable for any type of person. Built on the theme of the tale of Juha, a person from the Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi Water Park surprises kids as well as adults. The amazing rides include white water wadi, wadi lookout, Falaj Fury, Jebel Lookout, Flood River Flyer, Tumble Falls, Falcon Fury, Tunnel of Doom, Thunder Rapids, and Rushing Rapids and so on.
The two new exciting rides are Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj that replaced some old rides and these two rides are one-of-a-kind rides very new to the region. The separate changing rooms for men and women with lockers are an additional advantage the park has.
Location: Jumeriah, Dubai, UAE. The park is located at a distance of 15.7 km from Dubai.
Timings: The park will be open on all days from 10:00 am to 07:00 pm. There is a separate Wadi for women that will be open on Thursdays from 08:00 pm to 12:00 midnight.
There may not be any other zoo or aquarium where people are freely interacting with dolphins and seals than at Dubai Dolphinarium. An exclusive living space for the gentle, human friendly animals of the sea, dolphins and seals are protected and preserved properly at Dubai Dolphinarium and now it has received wide accolades and recognition.
Located in the creek side park at Bur Dubai, the dolphinarium is a very special spot for children as well since they find these species of water very adorable and cute. The aquarium is supported by Dubai Municipality since it came into existence in 2008. There entertainment programs and shows at regular times here so that people would love to spend much time with their families and kids. The dolphinarium was built with an aim to motivate the young generation to protect marine life and its habitat intact.
Highlights: The activities of bottlenose dolphins and seals leave everyone at pure laughter and joy and there are separate fun activities like acrobatics, singing, dancing, playing balls etc done by these charming animals. There are different pools for the dolphins and also a private habitat with sea water connected to these pools.
A medical pool and seal pool constructed in addition to the existing pools make their lives better and safe. Here, one can spot Senya, Ksyusha, Tetka, Jerry and Fekla which are the bottlenose dolphins and four seals named Ghosha, Fila, Lusha and Max. Kids’ Summer Camp, Dubai Summer Surprises are some of the major events arranged here to grab the public attention on a large scale.
Location: Riyadh Street, Inside the Creek Park Gate No.1, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai. It is about 11 kms from Dubai main city via Abu Dhabi- Ghweifat International Highway or Sheikh Zayed Road.
Timings: The dolphinarium is open on all days from 10:00 to 07:30 pm except on Sundays.
Price: Different types of entry fees are there depending on your selection. To swim with dolphins costs one price while for watching the show costs different price.
Shallow water- Swimming with Dolphins: 450 AED
Deep Water- Swimming with Dolphins- 600 AED
This time remain awestruck while you visit one of the most wonderful Ferrari world in Dubai and be ready to try the ultimate loop. Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the ultimate mecca situated on Yas Island. It is the primary Ferrari-marked amusement park and has the record for the biggest space outline structure at any point assembled.
The recreation center additionally holds the Formula Rossa, the world's speediest crazy ride. The recreation center and it formally opened to general society on 4 November 2010. It covers a range of 86,000 square meters and was granted as the "Center East's Leading Tourist Attraction" in the year 2015.
There are distinctive rides in the recreation center and every one of the rides is intended to excite. Regardless of whether you long for the extraordinary G-compel of world-class rollercoaster’s, need to run kart race with your family or test the best lap times in a best in class test system – we have a great time for everybody.
Highlights: Different rides like Formula Rossa, Fiorano GT Challenge, Scuderia Challenge, Carousel, G-Force
Location: Ferrari World is located at Yas Island - Abu Dhabi - United Arab Emirates.
Timings: The Ferrari World remain open from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
A vivid part of Dubai Aquarium, the Underwater Zoo is a stunning picturisation of the sturdy underwater world, but more creative and unbelievable than the original. Kids as well as adults come in large numbers to visit the zoo which has unusual reptiles and sea animals floating freely in the clean, clear water and they are the amusing creatures to be found alive only in the secret chambers of the sea.
Since the zoo is existing inside the popular Dubai Mall, the tourists who come to visit Dubai would never miss to watch the impeccable zoo. There are surplus of things to make your kids entertained but this atypical underwater zoo would definitely leave them speechless.
Highlights: The latest charm or highlight of the zoo is the giant crocodile which is fondly called as the King Croc, weighing a whopping 750 kilograms and with a length of 5 meters, the giant creature is the eye catcher at Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. But without giving the ears to puffery, this mammoth creature surprises the visitors every day with its adorable features.
It is one of the biggest animal in the world currently and expected to grow more in next 50 years. Sounds like a fantasy? No, it is absolutely a fact that, this animal is a wonder for many and you will believe it does exist only after you see it.
Location: Dubai Mall, Doha off 1st Interchange, Sheikh Zayed Street Road, Dubai, UAE. From Dubai city, you have to walk for 6 minutes to reach the Mall.
Timing: The zoo will be open from 10:00 to 11:00 pm on all days from Sunday to Wednesday and from 10:00 am to 12:00 midnight on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and the timings are subject to change.
Price: For researcher experience: AED 100 is the ticket charge in which you get new meet and greet area, aquarium tunnel, underwater zoo, behind the scenes tour and underwater observatory. For explorer experience, you have to pay AED 120 as the ticket charge in which you will get new meet and greet area, aquarium tunnel, underwater zoo, submersible simulator, big screen theatre and aquarium glass bottom boat ride. There are other different types of tickets available like Otter Encounter, Ray Encounter, King Croc Encounter, VIP Line Buster Experiences, and Membership Program etc at different ticket charges.
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, a district as well in Dubai situated along the two mile stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline that glitters all the time. Experts insist that once the complete construction of the district is over, it will be able to accommodate an en masse, around 1, 20000 people in residential towers and villas.
The area is quite important in Dubai that accommodates Dubai Internet City, Dubai Media City and the American University in Dubai. The blind folded inspiration to Dubai Marina is the Concord Pacific Place along the False Creek in Vancouver, Canada. The close proximity with the sea opens up a lot of chances to the marine species to enter the district.
Highlights: To create the extensive man made marina beautiful, the developers had to bring water from the Persian Gulf to the site and created an unbelievable waterfront and the large central waterway that is excavated from the desert and extended up to 3 km. 12% of the total land area is dedicated to the central public space. 8 km of wide landscaped public walkways tranquilizes the beauty of the place to a large extent.
Location: It is located in Dubai, around 21 kms from Dubai city.
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Traveller Tales from UAE
29 January 2019
Burj Khalifa is a brilliant architectural structure. Spending money on visiting the building is really worth. We got a hassle-free booking through Thrillophilia. Thanks to Aditya. Thanks to Thrillophi...
25 September 2018
It has been a great experience with full enjoyment. All the attractions were really beautiful, especially Jumeirah Beach, Burj Khalifa and Palm Islands. Very helpful guide and safe driving throughout....
25 September 2018
Bus pick up was delayed. But as a whole, liked the activities since all of them were really fun filled. For this cost, the package is worth. Camel rides, falcon, biking, jeep safari, dune bashing, b...
28 February 2019
"Just one word... Wow. It's feels so amazed to be there at the top of the world. If you want to see view in prime hours just book 148 floor so that you can save your time in queue."
25 September 2018
It was one of the most amazing activities I did in Dubai. The cruise is fully lit and looks beautiful and takes you around dubai marina. It also provides you with an option of open air seating and give...
16 March 2019
"thanks for Thrillophilia to make my trip successful. good experience. I booked Dubai city tour combo with desert safari and dhou cruise. that is better option with small period. overall experience was
04 November 2017
Loved it totally. It was one of the best adventure that we had so far. The underwater zoo was incredible.
26 February 2019
"tnx Thrillophilia very good dhow cruise experience, worth every penny."
30 October 2018
"the view from the top was exhilarating. loved it"
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Get to know all the rules and laws of UAE before travelling as doing something against the law out of ignorance could lead to heavy penalties.
There are many tips that solo women travelers in Dubai can follow. You can always wear a ring even if you are not wedded, as it keeps stalkers at bay.
When travelling with a male company always introduces yourself as married.
Dress conservatively and do not wear reveling clothes when travelling anywhere except beaches.
When in queues women have a better advantage of being served first than men.
It is good to tip at the restaurants, though this is not a compulsion.
Women don’t have to be fully covered or wear burkha. You can wear casual, western clothes that are not tight or revealing.
Always travel with health and travel insurance in place.
Ask for permission before taking pictures.
Keep your passport and other important travel documents safe.
Use the right hand to greet someone, give or receive any item.
Do not take photographs of official buildings, as this is strictly prohibited.
You cannot indulge in PDA in the UAE. Even kissing your wife or girlfriend will be resented and dealt with seriously.
Never litter in any of the places, as it is strictly against the law.
When asking for directions, never ask directions to a lady who is with her husband.
The legal age for drinking in UAE is 21 years or above. You must not get drunk on the streets or in public places. Only ask for drinks in licensed pubs and restaurants that serve alcohol.
The legal age for drinking in UAE is 21 years or above. You must not get drunk on the streets or in public places. Only ask for drinks in licensed pubs and restaurants that serve alcohol.
Beaches and shopping You can visit the Dibba and Khor Kalba and go kayaking amidst the mangroves. You can also take boat riding trips, and go crab hunting at the beaches at Umm-al Quwain. There are beaches at Dubai, and Abu Dhabi as well that provide clear waters, white sandy beaches, and luxury resorts and hotels to stay. You can visit the Jumeirah Beach Park and enjoy kite surfing at the kite beach. At these beaches you cannot go topless, but wear bikinis only on these beaches. Souks are famous in Dubai. You can go souk shopping for buying gold jewelry, spices, clothes, and other items that are precious and semi precious at a bargained price at these markets. If you are not up for shopping, you can also take a stroll across the streets of the markets and take photographs for your travelogue. Dubai is also famous for its nightlife. Dubai has one of the most iconic buildings like the Burj Khalifa. It is known to be one of the world’s tallest buildings. You can also enjoy horse racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club or the Dubai world club. You can either play golf at the golf courses or view the golf tournaments at these golf courses. The Bastakiya near the Dubai creek has the most wonderful cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. There are many forts and buildings that are spread across Dubai and nearby places for sightseeing. You can take a camel safari, or drive in the deserts and get some sun. If you do not want to drive by yourself you can also view the dunes by hot air balloon and by air. You can take the dhow cruise and go deep sea fishing in the Dubai creek. You can also take yatch trips in this area. There are many places to see and things to do in Dubai.
Forts, buildings, race courses
Desert driving and cruise
You can visit the Dibba and Khor Kalba and go kayaking amidst the mangroves. You can also take boat riding trips, and go crab hunting at the beaches at Umm-al Quwain. There are beaches at Dubai, and Abu Dhabi as well that provide clear waters, white sandy beaches, and luxury resorts and hotels to stay. You can visit the Jumeirah Beach Park and enjoy kite surfing at the kite beach. At these beaches you cannot go topless, but wear bikinis only on these beaches.
Souks are famous in Dubai. You can go souk shopping for buying gold jewelry, spices, clothes, and other items that are precious and semi precious at a bargained price at these markets. If you are not up for shopping, you can also take a stroll across the streets of the markets and take photographs for your travelogue. Dubai is also famous for its nightlife.
Dubai has one of the most iconic buildings like the Burj Khalifa. It is known to be one of the world’s tallest buildings. You can also enjoy horse racing at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club or the Dubai world club. You can either play golf at the golf courses or view the golf tournaments at these golf courses. The Bastakiya near the Dubai creek has the most wonderful cafes, restaurants, and art galleries. There are many forts and buildings that are spread across Dubai and nearby places for sightseeing.
You can take a camel safari, or drive in the deserts and get some sun. If you do not want to drive by yourself you can also view the dunes by hot air balloon and by air. You can take the dhow cruise and go deep sea fishing in the Dubai creek. You can also take yatch trips in this area. There are many places to see and things to do in Dubai.
Sightseeing and shopping UAE has been a global hub for shopping, having a good time, spending time in the nightclubs and bars, and getting the most of architecture and swish buildings. There are many places that are iconic for sightseeing. You can take a taxi to book private tours with family to visit historical forts, monuments, and take a cruise on the clear waters of Dubai. Outdoor activities You can also visit Dubai for skiing, spending real time with penguins in the snow by visiting the ski Dubai resort. It offers a variety of outdoor activities under trained experts. You can also eat and shop at the restaurant available in the resort. You can play ice hockey at the Dubai’s ice rink. If you love bird watching, you can visit the Ras Al Khor wild life sanctuary. Enjoy the lush green scenery at the Safa park, landscape gardens and sandy beaches at the Al Mamzar Park, and other water fun at the theme park, Atlantic Palm Jumeirah. You have options for water sports like kayaking, sailing, and boating at a few places in Dubai. You can attend the music festivals that happen frequently in Dubai, and also go on long shopping sprees. Dubai is a place where shopping, recreation, and historic tours take a front seat.
Shopping and music festivals
UAE has been a global hub for shopping, having a good time, spending time in the nightclubs and bars, and getting the most of architecture and swish buildings. There are many places that are iconic for sightseeing. You can take a taxi to book private tours with family to visit historical forts, monuments, and take a cruise on the clear waters of Dubai.
You can also visit Dubai for skiing, spending real time with penguins in the snow by visiting the ski Dubai resort. It offers a variety of outdoor activities under trained experts. You can also eat and shop at the restaurant available in the resort. You can play ice hockey at the Dubai’s ice rink. If you love bird watching, you can visit the Ras Al Khor wild life sanctuary. Enjoy the lush green scenery at the Safa park, landscape gardens and sandy beaches at the Al Mamzar Park, and other water fun at the theme park, Atlantic Palm Jumeirah. You have options for water sports like kayaking, sailing, and boating at a few places in Dubai.
You can attend the music festivals that happen frequently in Dubai, and also go on long shopping sprees. Dubai is a place where shopping, recreation, and historic tours take a front seat.
Oman, UAE & Arabian Peninsula (Travel Guide) by Lonely Planet and Jenny Walker.
Be prepared for the right season in UAE. The temperature varies across different months.
Best way to reach UAE is through Dubai, Take a flight to Dubai International Airport, almost all the major international airlines cater to this destination. Abu Dhabi Airport is the second best option, with direct flights for various international locations. You can travel throughout UAE via some well- built network of highways.
Types of visa to enter Dubai or other emirates within UAE, highly depend on several factors such as your nationality, your purpose of visit and the time you are going to spend in this confederation of six emirates. You must essentially check with the UAE embassy in your homeland for updates on Visa rules and regulations. Citizens of 45 nations like the UK, the US, Canada, Australia and other European countries, need no tourist visa to enter the UAE.
Others must have a visitor visa organized by your hotel or the tour operator in UAE before your arrival at UAE. The visas cannot be renewed and are valid for 30 days. However, you can extend your visa at an immigration office for 30 more days for an additional cost. Citizens of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) only require an updated passport to enter the UAE and stay for an indefinite time.
The following are the types of visa available as per requirement:
Local UAE currency is Emarati Dhiram (AED)” which equals to 0.27 USD.
The local currency, AED, is secured to the Dollar, so you’ll always receive roughly the same rates (taking into account fees and charges) when exchanging Dollars to Dirhams. When exchanging any other currency to Dirhams, the value rises and falls in line with USD.
It is very convenient to find money exchange vendors and companies in Dubai and other commercial places of UAE. Just ensure you check the conversion rate online.
UAE is the land that promises limitless possibilities but has stringent laws one needs to adhere to. The land is hospitable and greets its vacationers with several iconic attractions like:
Some of the best things to do in UAE are:
You can find various joints and places where you can find mouth- watering local food. Alcohol is generally served in hotel restaurants and bars except in Sharjah. All nightclubs and golf clubs are allowed to sell alcohol. Popular Emirati Cuisine includes:
You will find some of the world’s finest restaurants and cafeterias in any of the six emirates of the UAE. Below are the names of few of the prestigious eating joints for you to check out:
During the rush hours, roads and metros are very crowded. Rush hours are majorly from 7-10 am & 5-8 pm. Taxis are the best modes of travel in the nights. Also metro is the most convenient source of commuting. Tram is the best option in areas covering Dubai Marina. The best walking strips are Dubai Marina, Downtown Dubai, historic Bur Dubai and Deira. Without a second thought, taxis and metros are the most convenient modes of transport to move around UAE. You can also hire a car but the roads here are too rash and crowded at times to understand by outsiders or else a chauffeur driven car can be the best way to put you into a comforting situation.
Various greeting phrases are as follows:
Hello= Ahlan wa sahlan
Most common greeting is “salam aleykum” and its reply is “wa aleykum as salam”.
How are you doing? = Kaifa Haaluk.
The famous islands to visit in UAE are:
Desert safaris are based out of Dubai & Abu Dhabi. They have been categorized into various forms and names as follows:
There are various popular companies who organize some awesome desert safari tour experiences. Few of the top rated ones are:
There are various famous beaches in different parts of UAE mostly in Dubai. Here is a list below:
Dubai especially is famous for its nightlife, and has got very popular pubs and discotheques which serve liquor. Few popular ones which you should not skip are:
Various ways to commute between the two most popular cities of the Emirates. Around 90 minutes by taxi, 2-3 hours by bus. It’s around 150 km away from Dubai.
Things to do in Dubai: