Dubai Hotel & Tour Booking


Just like most metropolises all over the planet Dubai has a very multifaceted personality which can impress very different aspects to your stay. Here are a few tricks to enjoy your days (or even weeks?) in the most pleasant way.

Your transfer from the airport to your hotel

We strongly advise to book it in advance as the Dubai International Airport is extremely wide; what’s more, in some hours it becomes very much traffic-congested though being organized in an excellent way. As a result, you could experience some trouble before finding a  taxi available for you due to the great amount of concurrent arrivals.

Your hotel

Hotels and Hotel Apartments are located everywhere in Dubai: from the waterfront to the desert through any intermediate area. When you book your accommodation make sure that it meets your requirements in terms of connections and distances from the places you are planning to visit as well as of quiet. Thanks to the Google Maps function (also available on dubai-hotel-booking.com) it is decidedly comfortable to check both the location and the distances of the hotels you are interested in. In case you are looking for tranquillity the only location we’d rather suggest to avoid is the Sheikh Zayed Road – the never ending huge road which connects the whole city and also goes far beyond – as it becomes very chaotic during peak hours and consequently it would frequently take much time to reach your hotel.

Going around

Dubai boasts an unbelievable number of must-see places which are undoubtedly memorable and well-worth seeing as well.

Wherever you decide to go there are a few rules to be considered in order to establish a pleasant relation with the locals and residents who are generally very friendly and welcoming. As a Muslim-majority country the Arab Emirates expect from tourists that their religious customs are  respected just like they do with the other beliefs. From the practical point of view there is a couple of rules which are important to be known and followed:

  • Do not take photographs where one or more persons are framed as it is considered offensive especially if women are involved. This is not the case of wide open spaces such as streets,  squares and promenades where you just have to take care not to give the impression of taking a photograph exactly where one or more people are; on the contrary, in every indoor place pay attention not to frame people directly.
  • Public effusions of love are not allowed, so keep a relaxed behaviour even if you are with the sunshine of your life.
  • Alcohol is available for tourists in most hotels and a good number of restaurants outside the hotels but not in all of them, as a proper licence is mandatory.
  • Tips are greatly appreciated since service fees are rarely inclusive and show appreciation for the service received.

Once you bear in mind these simple rules and behave accordingly you will have expressed your respect for your host country and get from all around you the utmost friendliness.

Madinat Jumeirah

Must-see Places

Objectively, it is simply a very hard job to list all of the places in Dubai which cannot be missed but let’s try at least to draw up a general map of a good part of them:

  • Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world: both the spectacular round terrace At The Top on the 124th floor and the At.mosphere Restaurant on the 122nd one are definitely unique places. Moreover, the Dubai Fountain offers frp, 18:00 hrs. a marvellous water show.
  • Heritage & Diving Village on Dubai Creek in the Shindagha district: pearl diving exhibits, traditional crafts and lots of precious culture tracks. Areal step back in the past.
  • One of the four main archaeological sites Al Qusais, Al Sufooh, Jumeirah and Hatta – including also the typical watch towers which protected the city in the past against outside aggressions.
  • Burj Al Arab, the luxury sail-shaped hotel lying on a man-made island with even two heliports on its top; Madinat Jumeirah, the fascinating resort close to Burj which reproduces an ancient Arab village; Wild Wadi, the astonishing water park close to both of them.
  • Jumeirah Mosque, the most famous and impressive one in the city, though there are many other mosques – some even really small – which are equally well-worth seeing.
  • Atlantis, the Palm: this exclusive city-resort covers a whole branch of Palm Jumeirah and keeps all the magic of the ancient submarine city it is inspired to.
  • Bastakya, thehistorical district in the heart of Dubai where also the Dubai Museum is hosted in the Al Faidi Fort.
  • Dubai Marina, the charming tourist port which is a huge pedestrian zone with uncountable attractions and promenades.
  • The desert around the city where to enjoy a barbecue dinner with shisha and belly dance, sand skiing and camel rides.
  • White beaches, Beduin camps, typical souks, shopping malls, nature reserves, the Creek, Bur Dubai

Could this post ever end? Perhaps, but not your wish for a stunning stay in Dubai.

Comments on: "How to spend an unforgettable stay in Dubai" (8)

  1. Margareth said:

    I’ve not been in the Emirates yet. But have heard tons of things about and am quite curious to visit them.

    By reading several posts of yours I’ve noticed that you often emphasize about the shopping malls there. What about them? Are they really well worth visiting? Why?

    • Yes, shopping malls in the Emirates are well-worth seeing, at least the most important ones. Each of them has a strong personality in terms of architecture; what’s more, they are endowed with a wide range of services available for clients: huge parking areas, information desks, shuttle services, first aid points, praying rooms, children entertainment areas, location maps, cinemas, taxis… Obviously, any kind of shop, boutique, souk, and supermarket is to be discovered in the shopping malls throughout the Arab Emirates.

      Not to be missed are also the so-called “Food Courts”: usually covering a whole wing of one or more floors, they consist of numberless restaurants and street food shops, whereas in the middle of the same circular area there are lots of tables where to enjoy your self service food. Most of the world gastronomies are available in the Food Courts so that you can choose the most appealing one for you. Prices are very competitive and there is also room for tasty ice creams and desserts.

  2. Tra i luoghi da visitare citi anche Atlantis the Palm. Ma cos’è esattamente? Mi pare che sia solo un grande albergo, magari un po’ particolare per la sua posizione; perché dovrebbe essere interessante andarci da “esterni”?

    • Atlantis, the Palm è effettivamente una delle icone più rappresentative di Dubai nel mondo. Sorge su uno dei “rami” di Palm Jumeirah, ed è raggiugibile in auto (quindi anche taxi, chiaramente) oppure con il Monorotaia, l’avveniristico mezzo di trasporto che unisce i vari rami al tronco e si estende anche in alcune aree di Dubai, incrociandosi con alcune fermate del Metro.

      Visitare Atlantis, the Palm è un’esperienza che va ben oltre quella di un grande albergo. Tra le attrattive sul suo vastissimo territorio, l’Acquario merita il primo posto: è immenso, ma quel che forse colpisce di più è che offre due pareti, altre oltre 10 m, in vetro, che offrono uno spettacolo unico al visitatore. La fauna e la flora che abitano l’Acquario sono di infinite specie (anche rare) e la sensazione, anzi la percezione di essere a pochi centimetri da loro, al di là del vetro, suscita un’emozione profonda.

      Tanti i ristoranti e i caffè che si susseguono in un ambiente che s’ispira fortemente al mito di Atlantide, e che conduce al grande parco acquatico Aquaventure, il più vasto di tutta la regione mediorientale, con giochi d’acqua, scivoli giganteschi e piscine per grandi e piccoli. La Dolphin Bay, ampia baia in cui ammirare numerosi delfini, con cui intrattenersi e interagire, the Lost Chambers, le esclusive suite sottomarine con vista unica nell’acquario o nel mare, la bianchissima, lunga spiaggia privata, le oltre 1300 camere disseminate sull’amplissima estensione del resort, le boutique, in cui concedersi un ricordo di Atlantis o un oggetto di benessere e atmosfera, e infine il tunnel sottomarino, in cui passeggiare al cospetto dello spettacolo unico del mondo sommerso, che lo sovrasta tutto e da cui il tunnel è separato grazie all’immensa volta trasparente…

      Tanto c’è da scoprire, da ammirare e da vivere ad Atlantis, the Palm. Al punto che sicuramente avremo dimenticato di citare qualcuna delle straordinarie icone che lo popolano…

  3. Grazie per i consigli. Senz´altro è molto importante di sapere come comportarsi adeguatamente quando si va a visitare un paese come gli Emirati Arabi con una cultura completamente diversa dalla nostra europea.
    Con tutte queste icone e attrazioni da visitare a Dubai, quanto tempo ci vuole per visitare questa città che sembra davvero affascinante? 2 settimane forse non basteranno?

    • Effettivamente occorre un bel po’ per riuscire a vedere davvero abbastanza a Dubai, sebbene pur dopo lunghi periodi resti sempre tanto da scoprire, anche perché la nascita di nuovi parchi tematici, shopping mall, attrazioni e icone è pressoché continua.
      Considera comunque un soggiorno di almeno due settimane, se desideri davvero stabilire un “contatto” con la città e la sua gente, che vada oltre lo strato più superficiale.
      In alternativa, come consigliamo anche nel nostro post Weekend Breaks in Dubai, soprattutto se non hai le due settimane disponibili di seguito, potresti suddividere il tutto in più soggiorni brevi, che ti consentirebbero anche di “vivere” Dubai in periodi diversi, quindi con atmosfere e temperature diverse.

  4. I’ve heard from some friends of mine that there are around 10,000 taxis in Dubai. How is it possible that one could arrive and not find a taxi driver available out of the airport? It’s an exaggeration.

    • Please believe me. It’s not a matter of taxi number but of concurrent arrivals’ number and peak hours as Dubai is eventually connected with the whole planet and daily flights are definitely more than numerous.
      It’s true that there are more than 9,000 taxi drivers in Dubai who do their best to perform at any time but it can happen that they are not enough.

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