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Dubai and the Emirates in a week

Oct 22, 2006  Recent trip with a friend from Australia
4.0 of 5 stars based on 7 votes

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  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Dubai, Al Ain
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  • 1. Dubai Museum
    Dubai Museum, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai

    Really worth a visit - allow a couple of hours to do justice to a fascinating look at Dubai past and present. Also it's cool inside so could be a trip in the heat of the day.

  • 2. Wafi City Mall

    Centrally located for anyone staying near the creek or airport. Classy and less busy than many of the malls. Some brilliant restaurants - would recommend Thai Chi

  • 3. Burj Al Arab
    Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, Dubai, Emirate of Dubai

    An amzing place - you need to have booked afternoon tea or a meal to get in, but they do a buffet at lunchtime which is the cheapest option. We are really glad to have seen it but found it brash, but having said that it's like Las vegas - you have to see it to believe it.

  • 4. Al Ain
    Al Ain, Emirate of Abu Dhabi

    We went to Al Ain for a day and went up Jebel Hafeet - what a stupendous view - well worth the effort. There is also the Mercure hotel - the best buffet lunch all week

  • 5. Bateaux Dubai

    An evening cruise up and down the creek with a 'gourmet' dinner thrown in. Get a table near the front, as the enthusiastic live music can be a bit intrusive near the centre of the boat.

  • 6. Mall of the Emirates.

    If you're staying in central Dubai then it's worth the trip out here (about 50 dirhams for a taxi) Big and brash but where else could you sit beside a four hundred metre snow slope and watch the skiers whilst having lunch while the temperature outside is in the high thirties.

  • 7. Jumeirah Mosque

    Regular familiarisation visits for non Muslims explain a little of Islam and what is involved for believers. They also answer questions with good humour emphasising the similarities rather than dwelling on the differences - an hour or so well spent we thought.

  • 8. Chill out

    Don't try to do too much - we hired a car and driver on a daily basis for about 600 dirhams but didn't use him every day- if you don't spend time a the beach or by the pool you won't be up to haggling at he Gold Souk.