Dubai has managed to eclipse the capital, Abu Dhabi, to become the jewel in the UAE’s crown. Dubai City, itself, is nicknamed the City of Superlatives – the world’s tallest structure, the planet’s biggest shopping mall, and the most luxurious hotel around all call Dubai home. At the other end of the spectrum, Dubai’s old quarter sings to the tune of spice-scented souks and traditional dhow boats.

Location

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads the Dubai-Sharjah- Ajman metropolitan area.

People and culture

The UAE culture mainly revolves around the religion of Islam and traditional Arab culture. The influence of Islamic and Arab culture on its architecture, music, attire, cuisine and lifestyle are very prominent as well. Five times every day, Muslims are called to prayer from the minarets of mosques which are scattered around the country. Since 2006, the weekend has been Friday-Saturday, as a compromise between Friday’s holiness to Muslims and the Western weekend of Saturday-Sunday.

Climate

Dubai has a hot desert climate. Summers in Dubai are extremely hot, windy, and humid, with an average high around 41 °C (106 °F) and overnight lows around 30 °C (86 °F) in the hottest month, August. Most days are sunny throughout the year. Winters are warm with an average high of 24 °C (75 °F) and overnight lows of 14 °C (57 °F) in January, the coldest month. Precipitation, however, has been increasing in the last few decades, with accumulated rain reaching 94.3 mm (3.71 in) per year. [56] Dubai summers are also known for the moderate to high humidity level, which can make it uncomfortable for many.

Wild Wadi Water Park

The Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Situated in the area of Jumeirah, next to the Burj Al Arab and the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the water park is operated by Jumeirah International, a Dubai-based hotelier. Wild Wadi has a heated/cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines.

In addition, the park had the largest water slide outside of North America, but it has since been removed to make space for two other rides. Another feature of the park is an 18 m (59 ft.) waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.

Dubai Creek

Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Previously it extended to Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary but as part of the new Dubai canal it extends through to the Persian Gulf. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. There are a variety of dinner cruises on the Dubai creek.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a district in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a two-mile stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. There are a variety of dinner cruises on the Dubai  marina.

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall is a shopping mall in Dubai and the largest mall in the world by total area. It is part of the 20-billion- dollar downtown complex, and includes 1,200 shops. Huge shopping and leisure centre, with department stores, plus an ice rink, aquarium and a cinema.

Mall of the Emirates

The multi-level shopping mall currently features more than 630 retail outlets, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai (the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park), the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Magic planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centres in Dubai.

Atlantis the palm

This hotel is located on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah Island and enjoys a private sandy beach, the 5-star Atlantis offers stunning views of the Arabian Gulf. It provides an underwater aquarium, swimming with dolphins opportunities. (Aquaventure water park and the Lost Chambers Aquarium are complimentary access for guests staying at the hotel):

  • Aquaventure Water Park: Vast Water Park with zip lines, slides through shark-filled lagoons & a splash area for kids.
  • Lost chambers aquarium: Atlantis-themed aquarium with underwater halls & tunnels housing marine life, plus feeding sessions.
  • Dolphin bay: Palm-fringed lagoon with supervised opportunities to get close to dolphins, touch & swim with them.

Burj khalifa

Ascend to the 124th floor on a thrilling ride in elevators that reach speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. Upon reaching the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, be in awe of the City of Gold with breath taking 360-degree views. Admire the rolling dunes of the desert to the west and the expanse of ocean to the east.

Avari Dubai

In a modern building 6 km from the Dubai World Trade Centre, this upscale hotel is also 11 km from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper. Featuring free Wi-Fi, the contemporary rooms also have flat-screens, minibars, and tea and coffee making equipment. Suites have living rooms. Upgraded rooms and suites offer daily fruit platters and provide complimentary access to the business centre and to a lounge hosting happy hours. Breakfast is served in a casual restaurant. Other amenities include a cafe, 2 nightclubs, a karaoke club and a pub. There's also a spa, a gym and a rooftop pool. An airport shuttle is available (a fee may apply).

RADISSON BLU HOTEL, DUBAI DEIRA CREEK

The Radisson Blu lies within the beautiful Deira Creek area of Dubai, a short walk to the bus and metro stations and only 7 kilometers from Dubai  international Airport. The hotel, first built in 1975, is a classic fixture of Old Dubai. This area teems with shopping malls as well as traditional souks such as the Spice Market. Each of the 275 rooms and suites boasts a private balcony, coffee or tea provisions and other upscale amenities. It makes for a comfortable stay in Dubai, whether you’re visiting for leisure or business.

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