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A guide to Dubai

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By on Wednesday 17th Aug, 2011 at 14:44

Golden sands, expensive cars, high rise hotels and first class shopping & Golf resorts – you know when you’re in Dubai. The weather here is hot and sunny all year round so even if you’re only here for a few days you should have plenty of opportunities to cram in all the tourist essentials.

Must see sights

Jumeirah Beach: Jumeirah is a must see spot in Dubai and is about a 40 minute drive from the city centre. From here you can visit the Wild Wadi water park which is one of the best water parks in the world – it’ll keep you entertained for hours!
Burj Al Arab: The Burj Al Arab is the famous seven star hotel in Dubai; they will charge you a small fee to get in (I know – you’d figure they make enough money without it) but it is well worth it to go and have a nosey inside.

Dubai Desert Safari: This is a must do activity in Dubai. This will take half a day, but worth spending that time even during a short break in Dubai. Your vehicle will clamber through sand dunes, climb Dune Mountains and scale back down them at 45 degree angles. Once the thrills are out the way you pitch up the van and get to watch the sunset in the desert which is absolutely beautiful.

Shopping: Dubai is a haven for retail therapy; there are three main places to visit and lots of hotels schedule shopping tours for you that last around four hours at a time. Whether you visit the Burjuman, City Centre or Lamcy Plaza, you’ll find all the brand names you love all under one roof.

Dubai Floating Restaurant: Take a cruise along the Dubai creek and have a lovely buffet dinner at the same time; this is the Dubai Floating Restaurant.

Places to eat and stay

Deciding where to stay and eat in Dubai is easy once you know the layout; Deira is on the Eastern bank of Dubai and is one of the busiest areas, the streets are lines with shoppers and vendors and isn’t too far from Dubai Creek Golf Club.

Bur Dubai is the restored historic section of Dubai and isn’t so popular with tourists as a base to stay at but is very interesting to visit on a day trip if you have the time. Jumeirah Beach is the place to be for most visitors as this is where all the glamorous beach and hotel resorts are including the seven stars Burj Al Arab with its famous underwater restaurant.