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Monday, September 24, 2018

Dubai at a glance

dubai concrete jungle
Dubai view from my Hotel window

Dubai is the largest city in UAE and the most popular destination for tourists. There are different places to go in your Dubai visit. I will discuss here the places which you must not miss.
Within just 7 days it is not possible to visit each and every tourist place but you can go to the best places or I must say the unique one which is not there in another country. So plan your trip accordingly and select the places of your choice.

The best time to visit Dubai is November to march. Due to the hot climate summer is not advisable for Dubai visit as you can not enjoy the outdoor places.
Each tourist place is well connected to the main city by either bus or taxi or metro.
Dubai is famous for shopping and you will find a number of malls around.

Dubai tourist Visa for Indians:

We can obtain UAE visa from online easily through any travel agent. I booked from UAE visa.  UAE visa for Normal passport holders can be done only either through a travel agent or any sponsor (who is having resident VISA of UAE)  from UAE.
VISA cost around AED 350 (more or less depends on days and travel agents).

VISA on arrival is possible for the Indians those who are having valid residency visa of US, UK or any European country. Cost around AED 120

How to reach UAE from INDIA:

There are three main airports in UAE Dubai and Abudhabi and Sharjah. when you are booking from your location you can book any of these airports(as per the cheapest airfare). Sharjah to Dubai is only 30min to travel by road. from Abu Dhabi to Sharjah or Dubai 2 to 3 hours by car.

There are many direct flights with convenient timings from Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kerala (more than 1 airport), Karnataka (Bangalore and Mangalore). From Kolkata limited direct flight to Dubai. From Delhi or Mumbai or Hyderabad, the flight fare is also less than any other place.

Though the cheapest tickets are available with flydubai or indigo or SpiceJet but the best airlines as per their service is Emirates..I travelled with my 45 days infant with them and it was most convenient journey.

Hotels in UAE:

From budget hotels to the world's most luxurious hotel- many staying options are available in the UAE. Book as per your own choice. If you arrive in Abu Dhabi, stay there for a day or two and visit all the tourist attractions. Then you can travel to Dubai by Bus or car and stay in Dubai for the other places to visit in Dubai. Do not miss to stay in Dubai. If you arrive in Dubai and also will departure from Dubai then book your hotel in Dubai or Sharjah. You can roam all the emirates in UAE by staying at the same place.
I book my hotels from Agoda

For the hotels and sightseeing you can also get a better offer through Holidayme.

let's have a look at the tourist spots in Dubai. Please read my other post  Abu Dhabi and Sharjah for the places in those emirates.

Dubai Mall
Dubai mall is one of the world ’s largest shopping malls in UAE. A must visit place for all tourist.
You need a whole day to explore this place. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are one of the most attractive places inside the mall. Also, there is a musical fountain which starts after 6pm or 6.30pm (depends on summer and winter timing). Also, the beautiful view of Burj Khalifa is another attraction for tourists.

Dubai Mall fountain,Musical fountain
Dubai Mall Fountain

Burj Khalifa
Since late 2008 Burj Khalifa has been the tallest structure and building in the world. It is amazing to see from the top of Burj Khalifa.

Burj Khalifa dubai mall world tallest building
Burj Khalifa
Dubai Museum
If you are interested to know the  Arab history and the Islamic civilization, then you must visit the Dubai museum. Entry fee AED 3.

Dubai museum
Dubai museum

Dolphin & Seal show & Dubai creek park
One of the most visited tourist attraction in Dubai. You can book the ticket from Dubai dolphinarium official website. Ticket cost starts from AED 75. Ticket can be reserved before by online booking. Show Timings and all the other information will be available on the website. After the show, you can visit the adjacent creek park.

Riverland park
One of the must-visit theme parks in Dubai. In Riverland park, there are four different theme areas such as Broad walk (the theme of early America), India Gate (Theme of Indian culture), French village Theme of French historical architecture), The Peninsula(19th-century architectural theme). In Riverland, you will find a lot of entertainment as different street shows, jugglers, live shows. There are multiple restaurants with different food options.
There is no entry fee for Riverland park.
You can go to Bollywood park, Legoland Park & water park, Motiongate also from here. There is a different entry fee for each. You can check the timings and ticket price from Dubai parks and resorts official website.

Riverland park dubai
Riverland park

Miracle garden and Butterfly garden:
The wonderful flower garden in Dubai, UAE. The floral houses, a floral clock and the other decorations are amazing. There a Butterfly garden adjacent to this. This garden is open from October to April. Closed from May to sept due to very hot climate. Entry fee AED 50 per person in miracle garden and AED 55 for Butterfly garden. Few scenes from the Bollywood movie Hamari Adhuri Kahani was shooted in miracle garden. Check the video for more details.

miracle garden flower garden dubai
Miracle Garden

Global Village
This is one of the best places to visit in Dubai. In one place you can get products from all the countries of the world. Varieties of shopping and food options with a lot of entertainments will make your visit memorable. This open from November to April. Entry fee AED 10 per head.
Global village shop dubai
Shop in Global village

Jumeirah Beach and Burj al Arab
Jumeirah Beach is the white sand famous beach in Dubai. In walking distance, there is the world’s most luxurious hotel Burj al Arab. This is the third tallest hotel in the World.

Burj al arab dubai. costly Hotel
Burj al Arab

Desert safari
In your Dubai visit do not miss the thrilling experience of sand dune bashing, dinner, traditional shisha (hookah) and entertainments like belly dance, Tanoura dance. Cost of desert safari varies with different travel agencies and seasons. It is cheaper in summer. It may be between AED 100-180 per head. But it may be cheaper if booked online with offers.
Watch the video for details in the picture.

Dhow cruise dinner
Do not miss a Dhow cruise dinner in Dubai marina or Dubai creek. A two hours journey in a sea with delicious foods and entertainment such as traditional tanoura dance or magic shows on board. Dhow cruise dinner cost varies with different travel agencies. It will be between AED 55 to 150 per head depends on the food items and the services.

Dhow cruise dubai
Dhow cruise

Palm Jumeirah and Atlantis
Hotel Atlantis is another 5-star hotel in beautiful man-made island Palm Jumeirah. Atlantis water park is one of the biggest water parks in UAE. Many scenes from the Bollywood movie Happy new year were shooted here.

Atlantis dubai palm jumeira
Atlantis Hotel at the palm Jumeira

Dubai frame
Dubai frame is the big architectural landmark in Dubai Zabeel park. In 2018 it was opened.
A good place for tourists to visit as this is the biggest picture frame in the world. Entry fee AED 50 for adults.

Beside this Zabeel park is a very good place for the kids to run and play.

But winter is the best option to visit.

Dubai frame, world largest photo frame
Dubai frame night view
Dubai Marina mall and Ferry ride
Dubai marina ferry ride for an hour in the Arabian Sea is very exciting.
We had a complete ride through the Dubai canal and the sea near Palm Jumeirah. 
Ticket AED 50 per head
There are timings for these rides, one starts at 3pm and the other at 5pm. Tickets can be purchased either through online in advance or in counter at Marina ferry station. It was summer, so there was no crowd so we took the ticket at marina ferry station ticket counter but if you plan to visit in winter you must book in advance as you may not get a ticket at the last moment.

dubai marina ferry ride
Marina ferry for ride

Mamzar beach & park

Mamzar beach is another white sand beach in Dubai with a beautiful park adjacent to it. There is an entry fee of AED 4 for the park.

Let's have a look on overall Dubai through pictures

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