Hydropolis Underwater Hotel, Dubai
Currently under construction in Dubai, Hydropolis is the world’s first luxury underwater hotel. It will include three elements: the land station, where guests will be welcomed, the connecting tunnel, which will transport people by train to the main area of the hotel, and the 220 suites within the submarine leisure complex. It is one of the largest contemporary construction projects in the world, covering an area of 260 hectares. It will open at the end of 2007.
The Dubai Sports City
It seems that Dubai became the place to be this summer. Why? For more than 20 reasons, I found in a nice travelling site. Its not a city, its a huge amusement park!
Dubai offers an extensive horizon of things to do, see, experience and learn. It is surrounded by mysterious deserts, sand dunes and the stunning Hajar Mountains, it is divided by the Creek which is essentially an inlet from the gulf splitting the commercial centre of Dubai in two, and within the city you’ll find amazing beach resorts, incredibly high tech buildings all side by side with old traditional houses and mosques giving you a peek of just what variety you can expect from your time in Dubai.
Dubai how Boat Racing
Boat racing has cultural and historical significance in Dubai with its roots in dhow (traditional wooden trading vessels) racing, which still takes place today, especially on government holidays such as the UAE National Day on December 2. It is considered as one of the most spectacular and graceful of sports, the traditional dhow sailing witnesses more than 80 traditional boats take to the clear blue waters surrounding the DIMC in precisely the same manner as it was done in the ancient past. Adhering to age-old tradition, the hulls are varnished teak wood with billowing white sails made from canvas. The three different racing categories here include 60ft, 43ft and 22ft.
Participate in the Dhow racing which takes place throughout the winter months and well into the summer. Racing usually takes place off the coast of Mina Seyahi from 2 pm on a Thursday or Friday.
For a glimpse of Dubai’s fishing-village roots, wander the Jaddaf district and watch local craftsman hand-carving dhows.
Dubai Water Delights
There is plenty to see and do water wise in Dubai. The Dubai International Marine Club has been the driving force behind the growth of national and international water sport events in the Middle East.
Dubai International Boat Show, the largest marine industry exhibition in the Middle East, is a classic showcase of yachts and boats from both local and international builders together with the latest innovations in marine equipment and accessories.
Apart from this there is parasailing, snorkeling, diving and surfing at the beach.
Dubai Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab is a part of The Jumeirah Beach Resort, situated 17km south of the city of Dubai. It is designed to resemble a billowing sail; the hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai coastline. At night, it offers an unforgettable sight, surrounded by choreographed color sculptures of water and fire. This all-suite hotel reflects the finest that the world has to offer.
You can take a two minute submarine ride to the Al Mahara seafood restaurant and catch a hearty meal.
Dubai Jumairah Mosque
One of the largest and most beautiful mosques is the Jumairah Mosque. It is a spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture and is built of stone in medieval Fatimid tradition, the mosque is a city landmark in Dubai. It is particularly attractive at night when subtle lighting throws it artistry into relief.
You can book an organized tour that is held every Thursday and Sunday.
Souk’ is the Arabic word for market or place where any kind of goods are brought or exchanged. Traditionally, dhows from the Far East, China, Ceylon and India would discharge their cargos and the goods would be bargained over in the souks adjacent to the docks.
You can find the wonders of aromatic spices and the beauty of hand-crafted gold through the labyrinth of narrow winding alleys on the Deira side of the creek. In the spice souk you will find perfumes, incense, and delicious foods piled in sacks awaiting your attention. Walk a bit further toward the gold souk and you will be dazzled by the glittering displays in each shop window. Choose from gold necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and you can even design your very own jewelry.
At the Perfume Souk you will literally find thousands of aromas, and if you can’t find the one that you want, shopkeepers would be able to conjure up a unique concoction that suits your tastes exactly.
You will find the antique market near the souks where you can buy coffee pots, Arabian chests, daggers, Bedu jewelry and carvings at excellent prices. If interested in buying textiles or silk, head for Cosmos Lane in Bur Dubai or the streets of Satwa, where numerous shops sell a vast array of colorful fabrics.
Dubai Souk Madinat Jumeirah
The souk is a colorful and vibrant market or part of a market in an Arabian city. Lively trading culture, animated, interactive – this defines Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
Meandering paths lead visitors through a bazaar-like atmosphere in which open fronted shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways. The sounds of craftsmen and women at work mingle with the aroma from street cafes and boutique restaurants. Souk Madinat is exclusively known for the unique brands, crafted quality and an interactive experience.
Dubai Ibn Battuta Mall
Ibn Battuta Mall, a Nakheel Project, was conceived to celebrate Dubai’s increasing role as one of the world’s top destinations. Located adjacent to Sheikh Zayed Road between interchanges 5 and 6, the Mall combines retail, entertainment, restaurants and family activities all within a uniquely themed environment that is designed to reflect the unique combination of various heritages and cosmopolitan lifestyle that is the very essence of Dubai.
Al Bastakia Area in Bur Dubai dates back to the early 1900s, and occupies the eastern section of the old town along the Creek, extending to a length of 300 meters, and depth of 200 meters in the southern direction. This area represents an important area in the history of architecture, and the urban development of town. The masons, who constructed the building, have left a permanent mark on the town’s heritage.
To the east of Al Fahidi Fort is the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses within wind towers. In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers which lined the creek on either side. These were not merely decorative but served as the only means of cooling houses in pre-electricity days.
Dubai Wonder Bus
This luxurious amphibious bus is brand new state of the art vehicle and is approved by US coast guard and Emirates Marine Services Dubai. The total number of passenger capacity is 44. The bus takes you around the beautiful city sights and entertains you to wonderful sceneries of the classy past and the modern present of Dubai.
Dubai Open Top Bus
The Big Bus aims to give you the most enjoyable and memorable experience of your life in Dubai. From the towering sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to the mysterious gold and spice souks, what better way to see Dubai’s breathtaking views? So, hop onto the big red double decker bus for a quick tour of Dubai’s main attractions starting and finishing at Wafi City.
Dubai Cable Car
Another arial view of Dubai would be to take the cable car ride that runs the 2.3km length of Creekside Park (between the Creek’s two bridges) in under half an hour. Suspended 30 metres in the air, you can see for miles in each direction.
Twelve cable cars traverse the Creek Park affording a view of the creek area from 25 meters above ground.
The cable car system spans 4,200 meters from the park’s amphitheatre to Al Maktoum Bridge. Three stations have been set up where passengers can be picked up. Each car accommodates up to four passengers. A private company has been commissioned to operate the project.
Dubai Scenic Flying
Take an aerial tour of Dubai. Helicopters and plane tours offer a bird’s eye view of the city and operate throughout the year. Prices start from Dhs. 250 for a 45 minute to 1 hour flights.
See the countryside in a Hot Air Balloon as you have never seen it before. A flight in a Hot Air Balloon gives you the power of the winds. You can fly high above the haze or skim the sand dunes, float on a gentle breeze or ride with a cloud.
Dubai Wild Wadi
Located next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Wild Wadi offers thrill-seekers and families hours of fun at one of the world’s most advanced water theme parks. Featuring the tallest and fastest water speed rides outside North America, other attractions include Log River, Ring Ride, Flood River, Wave Pool, Flow Rides, Lazy River and much more. Check opening timings and discounted ’sundowner’ rates as these vary from month to month.
Wonderland Fun Park
Located just off the Garhoud Bridge, Wonderland is a family fun park that caters to all ages. Attractions include numerous water rides and slides, roller coasters, a log flume, bumper boats, games of skill and a nightly water mist show.
You can also spend your day with the little ones at the encounter zone at Wafi mall which has the popular crystal maze, horror chamber and fascinating 3D films.
Dubai Desert Safari
Trips to the desert can be a great way to explore the sandy expanses and safaris are generally half day and can include an overnight stay in Bedouin tents.
Wadi bashing, a popular amusement with both residents and visitors is all about exploring the wadis or dry beds of streams that flow after the winter rains from the Hajar Mountains. Many wadis offer scenes of unexpected beauty like attractive rock pools, some with water year-round, surrounded by greenery.
Driving in sand is an exciting activity. It is an adventure in itself which combines the excitement of a rollercoaster ride with the challenge of remaining mobile on the shifting surface.
Dubai Camel Racing
Camel-racing, a traditional sport, is extremely popular in the Emirates. It was originally staged in an informal setting, at weddings or special festivals, but now customized tracks have been built throughout the country where race meetings are held in the winter months from October to April, culminating in the annual camel race festival at Al Wathba which attracts entrants from all over the world.
Sheikh Zayed’s sponsorship of the Zayed Grand Prize camel races, also held at Al Wathba racetrack to celebrate UAE National Day, is an indication of the special focus and encouragement given to the revival of heritage sports and camel-racing festivals as an occasion for the gathering of UAE citizens.
Dubai Horse Racing
The World famous Dubai world cup is held in Dubai annually at the Nad Al Sheba club which boasts of a 2000- metre turf course. The evening features the Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, supported by the UAE Derby and the Dubai Kahayla Classic for Purebred Arabians. The Dubai Duty Free, Dubai Sheema Classic, Dubai Golden Shaheen and Godolphin Mile complete a night of history. This is also a rare opportunity for ladies to wear hats to the occasion.
Dubai Golf Courses
Even for the non-golfer, Dubai’s golf clubs are worth a visit, both for the spectacular architecture of their clubhouses and as examples of the successful greening and landscaping of the desert.
More than one visitor has mistaken the lush greens and freshwater lakes of the Emirates Golf Club and Dubai Creek Golf Club for a desert mirage. Man-made oasis of rolling green fairways, bunkers and lakes materialize miraculously from a desert haze with superbly designed clubhouses as their epicenters.
Dubai Autodrome is the first fully integrated automotive and motor sports facility in the Middle East region, incorporating a world class FIA sanctioned 5.39 km motor racing track, international standard pit lane complex with a “state-of-the-art” grandstand accommodating over 7,000 spectators as well as providing modern hospitality suites for corporate customers.
Providing a “real home” for the automotive industry in the Gulf with a comprehensive business park being developed around the racetrack, it will also feature an international and local racing calendar will be established on the Autodrome to include Single Seater Racing, Touring Cars, Motor Bikes, Sports Cars and Karting.
Dubai Zoo is the oldest zoo of its kind not only in the United Arab Emirates but also in the Arabian Peninsula. Dubai Zoo also happens to be the first Arabian zoo to breed the rare Chimpanzee and Arabian wild cat. It is a special place of interest and fun for tourists and residents of Dubai.
H. H. Sheikh Rashid bin Maktoum, the late Ruler of Dubai, permitted Otto J. Bulart to build the Zoo on a two hectare plot in Jumeirah. The Dubai Zoo became a landmark as it indicated the “town’s end”. Timings of the zoo are as follows: Open 10am to 6:30pm, Wednesday to Monday.
Dubai Knowledge Village (KV) is a vibrant, connected learning community that will develop the region’s talent pool and accelerate its move to the knowledge economy. KV was set up to develop Dubai into a destination for education for both regional and international learners. This new education and training hub is also set up to complement the Free Zones other two clusters: Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City by providing the facilities to train the clusters’ future knowledge workers.
Dubai Knowledge Village provides the infrastructure for developing, sharing and applying knowledge. In addition, Dubai Knowledge Village has expanded to include the mega-campus Dubai Knowledge Universities, the first stage of which will be completed in 2006.