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Exploring Dubai

Dubai is fairly new on the global scene of tourist holiday destinations, though has gone from strength to strength, with its vast oil wealth used on bettering and beautifying the city. What was essentially a fishing village in a desert backwater is today a hearty metropolis with an excellent infrastructure backed up with innumerable five-star hotels like the Tamani Hotel Marina, plus some of the best and biggest shopping malls.

Dubai is fine for a short break, with its locale between Europe and Asia, as well as offering enough to do to warrant a couple of weeks. The beaches are the best in the Gulf, with fine sands and warm waters, plus you can even make merry at night owing to the relatively liberal policies here regards alcohol consumption. Visitors should heed the warnings, however, and stick to the hotels and places where drinking is legalised.

Sights nearby

Most city attractions are on the Bur Dubai side of the city, across the Creek for the airport. They include Children’s City and the top museums, while Jumeirah Beach runs down the coast. Shopping malls and hotels are dotted about all areas.

Children’s City
A must for those with kids is the fun Children’s City, set within Creek Park. This popular family attraction has been wowing visitors since 2002 with its fabulous, interactive exhibits on science and nature. There is also a planetarium on site, while nearby is the excellent Dubai Dolphinarium and the beautiful surroundings of the park. Just across from Children’s City on the other side of the Creek is the classy Park Hyatt Dubai.

Jumeirah
This beach-facing district has quickly turned into the go-to place for those looking for some sun. It faces the Jumeirah Beach and includes several blocks of classy villas and hotels, including that of the five-star Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The beach is good year round, especially busy between November and February, while the Jumeirah Beach Park and Jumeirah Mosque are a couple of interesting side attractions here. Head to The Walk for shopping, eating and people watching.

Dubai Marina
This super development near Jumeirah Beach and the Palm Jumeirah is one of those typical audacious Dubai projects. The state of the art marina is filled with million dollar yachts and surrounded by stylish condos and hotels. The Dubai Marina Mall is a popular place for shoppers, and there’s also a top end golf course nearby along with part of the Jumeirah Beach Walk. The metro runs here.

Eating and drinking and shopping nearby

The best of the shopping is up around Bur Dubai and the Deira area, where the majority of the malls are at. There are also top malls and hotels in the Downtown Dubai area, including the Dubai Mall, as well as farther south at the Dubai Marina and in the up and coming Jebel Ali—be sure to visit the Ibn Battuta Mall. Jewellery is the best buy in Dubai, while these malls and their associated hotels also typically offer some of the best dining in town.

Public transport

Dubai is a large city with an improving public transport network trying to cope with the demand of ever more millions of tourists. There are just the two metro lines, though these are pretty well connected with the city and tourist areas, including the airport. It is best to have a day travel pass if exploring at large, though, which will also cover the buses. Meter taxis are abundant and reliable, too, while water taxis provide transport cross the Creek. Car rental rates in Dubai are reasonable.

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