After a lengthy wait, the Dubai Metro launched in September 2009. It is a well-used and extraordinarily cheap way to get around parts of the city, with fares as low as Dhs1.80, and the most expensive standard fare less than Dhs6. You will need a Noll card (see Buses for more info). For those concerned […]
Official taxis are well maintained, air conditioned and metered. Fares are Dhs1.6 per kilometre (0.3 miles), with Dhs3-3.50 cover charge depending on the time of day. Taxis don’t have to pay Salik (tolls). The biggest taxi companies are Dubai Transport (04 208 0808) and National Taxis (04 339 0002). Taxi drivers usually have a reasonable […]
Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding/SMCCU (House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Al Fahidi District, Bur Dubai) — Located in a traditional Wind Tower House in the heart of the historic Al Fahidi District in Bur Dubai, the SMCCU offers a range of activities through its programs. Operating under its philosophy & motto “Open Doors. Open […]
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House (Shindagha Heritage Area, Dubai) — This was the house of the current ruler’s grandfather. Built in 1896, under Sheikh Maktoum bin Hasher al-Maktoum, the house was home to the ruling family until Sheikh Saeed’s death in 1958. Aside from being an architectural marvel, it has been converted into a museum […]
Jumeirah Mosque (Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai) — This is the best known mosque in Dubai, made prominent by its huge central dome. This is also the only place of worship where non-muslims can enter. Organised tours of the mosque are conducted every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 10 am.
Heritage and Diving Village (Bur Dubai, towards the mouth of the Creek, Dubai) — Displays ancient artifacts from sites dating back as 550BC. You may enjoy coffee and traditional Arabic bread at a small souq in the village.
Dubai Marina (Interchange 5, Dubai) — an artificial canal city, is a fun place to bar hop and people watch at night. Bear in mind that alcohol is only permitted for non-Muslims in hotels. Fortunately there are plenty of hotels at the marina, which gives you plenty of options to choose from, including the Observatory […]
Burj Al Arab (Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai) — “the world’s only seven-star hotel”, is worth a visit, although unless you are a guest you aren’t allowed inside the gate. The loophole is to make a reservation for “Sky Tea”, or high tea in the Skyview Bar located on the top floor of the sail-shaped hotel. […]
BurJuman Centre (Trade Centre Road, Dubai) — BurJuman has more than 300 prestigious stores including designer fashions such as Donna Karan, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Rodeo Drive, Stuart Weitzman Polo Ralph Lauren, Escada, Christian Lacroix, Louis Vuitton, Aigner, MaxMara, as well as popular ready-to-wear apparel from NEXT & Guess. You can also choose from a […]
Atlantis Beach Dubai – a.k.a. Nasimi Beach (Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis Hotel, Dubai) – this mega hotel occasionally makes an effort to book mega dance music events within its grounds (in this case, at a place called Nasimi Beach), often with interesting results. House music acts such as Avicii, ATB and David Guetta have performed there. […]