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DESERT SAFARI with dinner

99AED

Pick-up: 3:30pm Drop off 9:30pm ($ P/P 27) Dune Bashing, Sand Boarding Belly Dancing, Tanura Show Henna painting Smoking Shesha Five Star Hotel Catering Bbq Dinner, Veg & Non Veg Fire Show, Camel Ride Soft Drink/Coffee/Tea Veg and Jain food available free of charge

ROYAL DESERT SAFARI

600AED ($16

FERRARI WORLD TOUR

350AED

Pick-up: 3:30pm Drop off 9:30pm Dune Bashing on High Dunes Red Dune Complete Package SEPARATE LAND CRUISER UP TO 6 PAX 600 AED ($163) EXCLUSIVE LAND CRUISER OFFER

Pick-up 10:00am Drop off 7:00pm Full Day Ferrari World Ticket Transportation, 4-D Adventure World’s fastest roller coaster ride Unique food court experience Park with 20 exciting rides & entertainment shows Different shopping experience and much more Entertainment

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MORNING DESERT SAFARI

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ABU DHABI CITY TOUR

175AED ($4

FERRARI WORLD + YAS WATERWORLD TOUR

450AED ($12

MARINA DHOW CRUISE

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One hour 4X4 power quad bike on high dune Pick up 9:00 am Drop off 12:00 noon

P/P 8) Grand mosque (1 hour) Islamic art centre (1/2 hour) Emirates palace Hotel (1/2 hour) EXCLUSIVE LAND Heritage village & museum (1/2 hour) CRUISER OFFERS Ferrari world (1/2 hour) 500 AED FOR 2 PAX Marina Mall (1 hour lunch break) 600 AED FOR 3 PAX Photo point (15 Min) 800 AED FOR 4 PAX Dates Mrkt (15 Min) Pass through SADIYAT Island & Yas Island UP TO 7 PAX Abu Dhabi Cornich Presidential Palace Visit to Art Gallery in Sadiyat Island P/P 3) Pick-up 9:00am Drop off 9:00pm Combo tickets for both Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld Two way luxury transportation 5 HOURS IN FERRARI WORLD PARK - Full Day Ferrari World Ticket - Park with unlimited free 21 rides - Fastest roller coaster in the world - 4D games 5 HOURS IN YAS WATERWORLD PARK - Longest roller coaster in the world, All rides free - 4 ride can not find anywhere in the world

IN MARINA AREA

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Pick up: 7.30pm - Drop off: 11pm

300 AED P/P

VIP DHOW CRUISE

QUAD BIKE RIDE + MORNING DESERT SAFARI

Pick up: 7.30pm - Drop off: 11pm

(RUSTAR) by the old part of Dubai Five Star Hotel Catering Largetst Wooden Dhow in the World 250 AED ($68) P/P

One hour 4X4 power quad bike and desert safari on high dune the red dune zone Pick up 9:00am Drop off 12:30pm

REGULAR DHOW CRUISE

Pick up 7:30 pm Drop off 10:30 pm

350 AED P/P

DUBAI CITY TOUR

For 5 hours tour any time with tour guide

Cover entire Dubai Tour

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Pick up: 9am Drop off: 12pm Dune Bashing on High Dunes (Red Dune Zone) Camel Ride & Quad Bike (Extra Charge) Visit to Camel Farm Houses Soft Drinks SEPARATE FOUR WHEEL UP TO 6 PAX 550 AED ($150)

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Two hours Cruise, Continental BBQ Dinner Tanura Show, Hourse Show 100 AED ($27) P/P

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MUSANDAM (OMAN) DIBBA TOUR

Pick up & Drop back Transfers Passed through mountain ranges Beautiful beaches with the sight of dolphins Full Day Cruise, Snorkelling, Fishing, Swimming Banana boat ride, Buffet Lunch, Refreshment, Arabic Tea, Juice, Sweets & Fresh Fruits

300 AED ($81) P/P

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• Pick up and drop off • Experience smooth Dune Bashing and Desert Drive • Sand Ski Boarding • Camel ride • Henna painting • Sheesha • Belly Dancer Show • Tanura Show • Arabic Dress for photo shoot • Snacks at the Camp • Tea/Coffee • Soft Drinks & MIneral Water • Full BBQ Dinner (Jain food / Veg food on request) *** Offer: Separate Jeep offered for AED 540, for a maximum of 6 Guest***

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• Picknd drop off • 2 Alcoholic drinks included • Exclusive Seating • Desert Safari at red dunes with 4x4 Jeeps • Adventurous roller coaster ride • Camel ride • Henna painting • Sand Ski Boarding • Sheesha • Belly Dancer Show • Tanura Show • Arabic Dress for photo shoot • Snacks at the Camp • Tea/Coffee, Soft Drinks & Unlimited Mineral Water • Full BBQ Dinner (Jain food / Veg food on request) • Program will be done in best camp meeting 5 Star standards

• Pick up and drop off • Desert Safari at red dunes with 4x4 Jeeps • Enjoy thrilling dune bashing • Camel ride • Henna painting • Sand Ski Boarding • Sheesha • Belly Dancer Show • Tanura Show • Arabic Dress for photo shoot • Snacks at the Camp • Tea/Coffee, Soft Drinks & Unlimited Mineral Water • Full BBQ Dinner (Jain food / Veg food on request) • Camp, Food and Service meeting International standards *** Offer: Separate Jeep offered for AED 699, for a maximum of 6 Guest***

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ABU DHABI TOUR

• Crab Hunting ............350AED • Mussandam Tour.......350AED • Helicopter Tour.........850AED • Scuba Diving ............600AED • Burj Al Arab Package..425AED • Sharjah Tour..............200AED • Al Ain Tour.................200AED • Hatta Tour.................175AED • 7 Emirates Tour ........650AED • Miracle & Butterfly Garden ......250AED • Deep Sea Fishing .....400AED • East Coast Tour .......200AED • Burj Khalifa and Dancing Fountains...................250AED • Ferrari World + Yas Water World.......450AED

• Pick up and drop off ne • 10hrs Complete Tour • Jebel Ali • Saadiyat Island • Drive through coin tower • Marina Mall • Emirates Palace • Presidential Palace • Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque • Heritage Village • Ferrari World • Yas Marina Circuit • Corniche & Breakwater • Many More...

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• Pick up and drop off • Complete 5 hour Dubai tour visiting all the tourist spots. • Photo stop at Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab • Souk Al Madinat • Atlantis • Palm Island • Drive through Ski Dubai, Mall of Emirates • Jumeirah Beach • Jumeirah Mosque • Skyline of Dubai • DIFC • Rulers Palace • East of Manhattan, Sheikh Zayed Road • Bastakiya • Al Fahidi Street • Dubai Museum with ticket • Abra Boat ride across creek of Dubai • Gold and Spice market • and Many More...

QUAD BIKING

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Welcome to Dubai!

This is the perfect time of year to visit our wonderful city. The weather is fabulous right now, giving you the opportunity to experience all that Dubai has to offer. From beautiful pristine beaches, and every outdoor activity you could imagine, to some of the world’s best shopping and dining, Dubai has it all. With an abundance of sights and attractions, sporting events, and buzzing nightlife and entertainment, Dubai is the ultimate destination for culture, fun and relaxation for everyone. Whether you are visiting for a few days or a few weeks, with so much to do, see and explore we are sure you will be back for more! For further information on Dubai please visit our website at www.discover-dubai.ae and be sure to tag your instagram photos with #discoverdubai. We hope you enjoy your stay in Dubai.

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HAREEM AL SULTAN EXHIBITION

Be inspired by the Ottoman era and head down to the exhibition for a taste of history. Hareem al Sultan is a popular Turkish series, dubbed in Arabic, set in the Turkish Ottoman era about the Sultans Harem, this exhibition will show what is in Topkapı Palace from home decor, costumes, jewellery and more. Running until 31st December at City Walk, general admission is Dhs 112.50 with children from seven to 14 paying Dhs 50. Visit www.citywalk.ae/Play/ Hareem-Al-Sultan.

AXWELL INGROSSO

The duo of Axwell Ingrosso, former members of the legendary Swedish House Mafia, are all set to headline at Meydan, Dubai, this New Year’s Eve. The party promises an unforgettable beginning to the New Year as the DJs take on the stage with the city’s memorising skyline and iconic fireworks as the backdrop. Early Bird Deluxe Tickets are priced at Dhs 799 and Early Bird General Admission is Dhs 299. Visit www.envie-events.com. 6 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

SAMI YUSUF

For the first time ever, Sami Yusuf will hold a one-off concert in Dubai on Friday 16th December at Dubai Opera. During the evening, Sami Yusuf plans to premiere a very special song called ‘Glorification’ which is inspired by the beautiful poetry of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum. For ticket details, visit www.dubaiopera.com.

GARY V

Gary Valenciano, commonly known as Gary V, sets the Dubai World Trade Centre ablaze as he returns for a live concert performance on Thursday 1st December. Tickets are priced from Dhs 150. Visit www.facebook.com/ events/1124667230939661/#.

ELTON JOHN LIVE

There aren’t many artists who have sold more than 300 million records worldwide, but Elton John is one of these superstar legends. See him on Thursday 15th December at Autism Rocks Arena. For ticket details, call 800 36227 or visit www.117live.com/autumn-2016-2017.


007 REPORTS FOR DUTY

Burj Khalifa Annex is hosting the Designing 007: Fifty Years of Bond Style exhibition that presents the design and style of the James Bond franchise and the craft behind the sets, the music, gadgets, vehicles, technology and fashion over the course of five decades. The celebration will be held across At the Top, Burj Khalifa, the world’s highest observation deck; Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall; The Dubai Fountain and Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - all in Downtown Dubai, allowing you to immerse yourself in the James Bond franchise like never before. Running from now to 13th February. Call 04-3661655 for further details.

SLEEPING BEAUTY

Meet Princess Aurora, her overprotective parents, magical fairies, and Maleficent (the evil fairy), and experience the magic in this contemporary twist on the classic tale. Sleeping beauty is an enchanted and memorable production featuring dance, music, and acrobatics. See it from now to 15th December at Meyana Auditorium where ticket prices are range from Dhs 100 to Dhs 170. Call 04-3480000 or visit www.thedubaifringe.com.

SARUQ AL-HADID MUSEUM

The story of Dubai unfolds with the opening of the Saruq Al Hadid museum in Dubai’s historical district, which displays a stunning range of artefacts unearthed from a new archeological dig at Saruq Al Hadid. The archeological site was discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum while flying his helicopter, as he noticed that some dunes were a darker colour than others. Admission prices are Dhs 20 and Dhs 10 for children aged seven to 12 years. Call 04-3539090 or visit www.saruqalhadid.ae.

GO GLOBAL

THE NUTCRACKER ON ICE

Enjoy world-class ice skating in the intimacy of the theatre with The Nutcracker on Ice featuring the Imperial Ice Stars, running from 6th to 10th December at Dubai Opera. Set against a backdrop of colourful scenes and projections, opulent costumes, magic tricks and special effects, world class skaters dance to Tchaikovsky’s glorious score. For ticket details, visit www.dubaiopera.com. www.discover-dubai.ae

Global Village offers visitors an amazing array of festivals, shopping and entertainment in an open-air theme park. This entertainment and shopping destination is open from November through to April and hosts over 70 participating countries presented in over 36 pavilions, with more than 50 fun rides and 26 restaurants offering food from around the world. General admission is Dhs 15. Visit www.globalvillage.ae/en. Discover Dubai DECEMBER | 7


THIS month

SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN

Dubai Winter Festival is everything you love about festive season all in one place. Taking place from 8th to 10th December at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, you can visit Santa’s Grotto, shop at the Winter Market, take your kids to the Snow Play Zone, watch the Tree Lighting Ceremony and check out the performances. Entrance for adults is from Dhs 85 or Dhs 50 for kids, with a visit to Santa’s Grotto priced at Dhs 30. Timings are from 4pm to 10pm on Thursday and from 3pm to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. Visit www.dubaiwinterfestival.com.

RETURN OF THE PACK

The Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens is back and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. The best players in the world will converge on The Sevens stadium from 1st to 3rd December for the annual rugby extravaganza with awesome action and entertainment on offer. Admission on the 1st is free while on the 2nd or 3rd you pay from Dhs 300, and season tickets are Dhs 500. Visit www.dubairugby7s.com.

OMEGA DUBAI LADIES MASTERS

The Omega Dubai Ladies Masters is the season-ending Ladies European Tour (LET) and attracts some of the world’s top female golfers. Held at Emirates Golf Club and boasting a total prize pool of 500,000 Euros the tournament has become a permanent feature of the UAE golfing calendar. Watch the action from 7th to 10th December. Admission is free. Visit www.dubailadiesmasters.com.

UAE NATIONAL DAY

The United Arab Emirates was formed on 2nd December 1971 when the UK’s treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form a Union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates - Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was added a year later to the UAE. To celebrate the UAE s 45th National Day, the Government of Dubai has planned a number of activities throughout the week.

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP

Celebrating its 22nd anniversary in 2017, the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) is the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East. Shop ‘til you drop from 26th December to 28th January and enjoy fashion flash mobs and amazing raffles. Visit www.mydsf.ae.

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) is one of the most prestigious and glamorous events that takes place in Dubai. It is a wonderful celebration of Arab and international cinema, and filmmakers attracting film-buffs to Dubai, from Hollywood, Bollywood and beyond. This year’s event takes place from 7th to 14th December at Madinat Jumeirah and DIFF invites film fans and culture enthusiasts to take part in the ultimate silver screen experience this December with the return of its Friends of the Festival packages. Cinephiles will experience one of the world’s most renowned film festivals in VIP style thanks to special access to gala screenings, elite parties and exclusive screenings. For further details, visit www.diff.ae. 8 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


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Balloon Adventures Dubai, the world’s most experienced Hot Air Balloon company, have teamed with the best falcon trainers in the business, to create a falcon experience many years in the making. These magnificent birds are incredibly important to the heritage of the Emirates and have been trained to fly from the Hot Air Balloon in a breathtaking world-first spectacle. For the first time in history, you can enjoy watching falcons flying up to 1km above the earth. Marvel at their speed as they fly past and even go into an amazing stoop. Enjoy watching this while gently floating over the pristine dunes of the Dubai desert watching the sun rise over the Hajar Mountains spotting Arabian www.discover-dubai.ae

Oryx, gazelle and wandering camels. Your once-in-a-lifetime morning includes a ride in a vintage 1950’s Land Rover, to an authentic Bedouin camp to savour a gourmet breakfast of caviar, hand-cut smoked salmon, Eggs Benedict, fresh fruit and more. Choose to top it off with a wildlife drive through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve with one of Dubai’s most awarded desert safari companies, Platinum Heritage. It is the perfect way to experience Dubai’s desert from two amazing and unique perspectives.

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dining out DINING out

There are some great restaurants in Dubai, from world famous names to hidden gems on the high street, and with an abundance to choose from, you will not be disappointed.

LICENSED RESTAURANTS

Be aware that alcohol in general and wine in particular can be quite expensive in Dubai, and can significantly increase your bill. If you like a glass of wine with your meal, then you may need to book a restaurant in one of the many hotels, which may sound strange at first, but you will soon get used to accessing restaurants via a hotel lobby, and in some circumstances, a lift! Some restaurants can get very busy, so we highly recommend that you pre-book a table. Likewise, it is advisable to be dressed in smart casual clothes - tailored shorts don't always cut it in Dubai! Friday brunches are very popular, and whilst they may appear expensive, when you consider that most include free-flowing alcoholic drinks, they represent great value.

FESTIVE FOOD & FUN THE YELLOW BOATS

The Yellow Boats are on hand to make sure this year’s group gathering is one you won’t forget, with the perfect festive celebration tour packages. The Yellow Boats’ Festive Sea & Tea Tours start with a 75-minute tour of Dubai from Dubai Marina to Palm Jumeirah to Burj Al Arab, and is followed by Afternoon Tea at the Ritz-Carlton Dubai’s Lobby Lounge. Running from 6th to 31st December, the cost is Dhs 330 for adults and Dhs 240 for children. Then for New Year’s Eve, The Yellow Boats NYE Night Tour starts at 10.30pm for an exclusive, extended 120-minute trip and at midnight the boat will stop next to the Burj Al Arab for an unrivalled view of the city’s world-class fireworks. This is priced at Dhs 500 per person, with limited availability. Call freephone 800 892 or 04-4328543 or visit www.theyellowboats.com. 10 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

VIDA DOWNTOWN DUBAI

Celebrate 2017 in style at Vida Downtown Dubai. Stage2 lounge offers incredible views and you can toast the New Year for Dhs 550 per person, inclusive of a selection of light canapés and cocktails. 3in1 offers a six-course set menu and live entertainment for Dhs 695 with soft beverages, and Dhs 950 with unlimited house beverages and half bottle of bubbly. Alternatively, pay Dhs 5,000 for a private cabana, maximum four people, with unlimited house beverages and two bottles of bubbly. For New Year’s Day, 3in1 has a poolside brunch for Dhs 150 and Dhs 80 for kids. Call 04-8883444.

BICE RISTORANTE

BiCE Ristorante at Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort is offering guests an Italian Christmas to remember with its annual festive Brunch on Sunday 25th December. Packages include Basic for Dhs 295, House for Dhs 395 and Bubbles for Dhs 430 per person. A special children’s package (six to 12 years) is available for Dhs 135. Call 04-3182520.


FESTIVE FOOD & FUN ANANTARA THE PALM DUBAI RESORT

Fork & Cork Christmas Day Brunch at Crescendo is the perfect place for Christmas celebrations and is priced at Dhs 445 with soft beverages, Dhs 645 with house beverages and Italian sparkling, and Dhs 750 with bubbly. New Year’s Eve at Bushman’s Restaurant offers an Australian-style three-course dinner for Dhs 850, Dhs 999 with soft beverages, Dhs 1,300 with house beverages, and Dhs 1,499 with bubbly. Alternatively, New Year’s Eve dinner at Mekong has rickshaw style seating and amazing views of Dubai’s skyline for Dhs 750, Dhs 900 with soft beverages, Dhs 1,200 with house beverages, and Dhs 1,399 with bubbly. Call 04-567 8304 or email restaurants.dubai@anantara.com.

THE RITZCARLTON, DIFC

The RitzCarlton, DIFC will help to create lasting memories with your children with their Gingerbread House Workshop, running at 11am and at 1pm on 2nd and 9th December. Each workshop lasts for one hour and includes all the candy-based materials needed to build a unique masterpiece that can be taken home to be enjoyed with all the family. The cost is Dhs 125 and advanced booking is required. Call 04-3722222.

MÖVENPICK HOTEL JUMEIRAH LAKE TOWERS

Enjoy a Christmas Eve buffet filled with festive favourites priced at Dhs 165 with soft beverages and Dhs 260 with unlimited house beverages. Then the Very Merry Christmas Day Brunch offers a buffet priced at Dhs 199 with soft beverages and Dhs 299 including unlimited house beverages. Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a gala dinner buffet with belly dancer and saxophone player, priced at Dhs 350 with soft beverages or Dhs 800 with unlimited house beverages. New Year’s Day Brunch offers a buffet for Dhs 199 (soft) or Dhs 299 (house); and the ubk New Year’s Hangover Brunch is available for Dhs 129 or Dhs 225. Call 04-4380000 or email hotel.jumeirahlakestowers.fb@movenpick.com.

TOWERS ROTANA

Celebrate Christmas Eve with a festive buffet dinner at Flavours on Two for Dhs 259 (soft beverages) and Dhs 349 (house beverages). Then on Christmas Day, brunch is also Dhs 259 (soft) or Dhs 349 (house beverages). Call 04-3122201.

GRAND HYATT DUBAI

The Collective restaurant at Grand Hyatt Dubai offers Christmas Eve Dinner and Christmas Day Brunch, each priced at Dhs 250 with soft drinks, Dhs 350 with free flow wine, and Dhs 100 for children aged six to 12 years. Call 04-3172290.

HYATT REGENCY DUBAI CREEK HEIGHTS

Sufra restaurant presents a sumptuous dinner buffet on Christmas Eve with Arabic, Indian and Western specialities priced at Dhs 250 with soft drinks. Then on Christmas Day, Sufra offers a festive brunch for Dhs 250 with soft drinks or Dhs 350 with house beverages. Children below six dine for free and children aged between six and 12 dine at 50% when accompanied by a paying adult. Call 04-3172221. www.discover-dubai.ae

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DINING out

FESTIVE FOOD & FUN FAIRMONT THE PALM

For Christmas Eve dinner and Christmas Day lunch, the family-friendly Flow Kitchen restaurant offers an international buffet, each priced at Dhs 355 with soft beverages and Dhs 495 with house beverages. Frevo is a Brazilian affair on 24th and 25th, with each event priced at Dhs 395 (soft) and Dhs 545 (house beverages). Kids from six to 12 years dine half price and children five and under are complimentary. Or you could savour the Mediterranean at Seagrill on 25° Restaurant & Lounge with a special à la carte menu and festive themed cocktails. Call 04-4573457 or email Palm.Dining@Fairmont.com.

DUSTY’S

Dusty’s is the perfect DIFC venue to embrace the festive cheer. Christmas Eve offers the Lazy Saturday Brunch Xmas Edition with a mystical Santa’s Grotto plus unlimited house beverages for Dhs 299 (kids eat for free). Then the Christmas Day Departure’s Brunch (Xmas Edition) offers a good old festive feed priced at Dhs 550 (Prosecco package), Dhs 450 (house beverage package) and Dhs 350 (non alcohol option). On Boxing Day, the all day Happy Hour and traditional Boxing Day Christmas Bap with yesterday’s trimmings starts from Dhs 25. Call 04-3545435 or visit www.dustysdxb.com.

SHERATON DUBAI CREEK HOTEL & TOWERS

Vivaldi by Alfredo Russo at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers has a Christmas Eve three-course set dinner menu for Dhs 189 with soft beverages and Dhs 289 with house beverages. Then for Christmas Day, buffet brunch is priced at Dhs 209 (soft drinks), Dhs 289 (house drinks), and Dhs 369 (premium beverage option); and the Christmas Day threecourse dinner is Dhs 189 (soft) and Dhs 289 (house). Call 04-2281111. 12 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

LE MERIDIEN DUBAI HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Meridien Village Terrace offers a lavish Christmas Eve dinner buffet for Dhs 330 with soft beverages and Dhs 190 for kids; and Christmas Day Brunch for Dhs 330 with house beverages. Christmas Day dinner is an al fresco affair and is priced at Dhs 299 with house beverages, Dhs 269 (soft), and Dhs 169 for children. Alternatively, Yalumba’s Christmas Eve Dinner is Dhs 199 with soft beverages, Dhs 299 with house beverages, and Dhs 499 with Bollinger Special Cuvee N.V., house beverages, fine wines, beers and house spirits. Then their Christmas Day Brunch is priced at Dhs 599 with Bollinger Special Cuvee N.V., house beverages, fine wines, beers and house spirits. Finally, Seafood Market celebrates with a set dinner menu on Christmas Eve for Dhs 420 and Christmas Day Lunch priced at Dhs 420. Call 04-2170000.

HYATT REGENCY DUBAI

Christmas Eve dinner at Al Dawaar rooftop revolving restaurant is priced at Dhs 279 with soft beverages, Dhs 399 with house beverages and Dhs 159 per child (six to 12 years); and The Kitchen international restaurant with a buffet priced at Dhs 195 (soft), Dhs 295 (house) and Dhs 100 per child. Then on Christmas Day, Al Dawaar’s family brunch is Dhs 229 (soft), Dhs 329 (house) and Dhs 119 for kids; and The Kitchen offers an international buffet for Dhs 175 (soft), Dhs 275 (house) and Dhs 100 for kids. Visit www.dubai.regency.hyatt.com.


DECEMBER OFFERS DELICIOUS DEALS

West 14th steakhouse and grill located on Palm Jumeirah highlights a selection of its best food and beverage promotions for the winter. The Sunday Rib Roast offers beef with all the trimmings in the evening for Dhs 120; the Saturday Arabic BBQ is a laid back beach affair from 1pm to 4pm priced at Dhs 125; Ladies’ Night is every Tuesday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and women receive two free drinks followed by 30% off the price of a third drink as well as 20% discount on items from the snack menu. Finally, Happy Hour is Saturday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm offering selected house beverages for Dhs 30 including sparkling grape and draught hops. Visit www.west14th.ae.

HIGH TEA

YALUMBA THEME NIGHTS

Yalumba at Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre have left nothing out with their delicious theme nights. Sunday Roast Night and Monday Mediterranean Night are each priced at Dhs 159 with soft drinks and Dhs 219 with selected house drinks; Tuesday Seafood Night is Dhs 259 with soft drinks; Wednesday Noche Latina is Dhs 219 with selected South American wines and PISCO based cocktails and Dhs 159 with soft drinks; and Thursday Bubbles & Vibes Evening Brunch is Dhs 159 with soft drinks, Dhs 249 with selected cocktails, selected wines, selected beers, and house spirits from 7.30pm to 10.30pm; and Dhs 499 with Taittinger Brut NV, selected wines and house beverages. Call 04-2170000.

Head for At.mosphere Lounge at Burj Khalifa and enjoy a flavour of English tradition accented with French flair with a duo of exclusive afternoon tea experiences, accompanied by the relaxing strains of harpist Harjoot Singh and Artur Grigoryan on sax. La Gourmandise (traditional) is priced at Dhs 320 per person for non-window tables only; and the Luxurious Menu is Dhs 420 per person (non-window table), Dhs 490 per person (window table) and Dhs 650 per person including a bottle of sparkling beverage. Call 04-8883828 or email atmosphere@atmosphereburjkhalifa.com.

THURSDAY EVENING BRUNCH

Mercury Lounge, Dubai’s most idyllic and glamorous rooftop atop Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach brings you Thursday evening brunch. With 180 degree views over Downtown Dubai this new evening brunch brings a ‘blind brunch’ concept to the table, with a selection of chefs specially prepared dishes seamlessly blending influences from across the Mediterranean Sea. This is priced at Dhs 295. Call 04-2707804. www.discover-dubai.ae

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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment

Nightlife &

entertainment When the sun goes down, Dubai comes alive with an energetic and cosmopolitan atmosphere buzzing through its multitude of nightspots.

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ith a youthful population, large number of tourists, free drinks for the ladies and some of the best DJs in the world performing on a regular basis, you can usually find a great night out. Most clubs are open until 3am, and given the hot climate during the day and people eating late, things don’t usually get busy until around 11pm. The dress code for most places is smart casual, and you also need to be aware of the ‘No Dancing’ rule - it’s illegal to dance in a bar or club if they don’t have a dance license, but don’t worry, the security staff will let you know... The legal drinking age in Dubai is 21, so if in doubt, take some form of photo ID.

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LADIES’ NIGHTS Believing that women should always be given the red carpet treatment, Dubai's nightlife scene is full of fabulously themed ladies nights, offering something for everyone. Q43 @ MEDIA ONE HOTEL, MEDIA CITY: Ladies Night at Q43 is a trip back in time, with DJ Andy Swift playing some of the best old school 80’s, 90’s, pop, rock and hip hop tunes! Girls don’t Q and don’t pay for drinks either! Call 04-4435403. ZENGO AT LE ROYAL MERIDIEN: Head for Ladies’ Night every Tuesday at Zengo Dubai, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa and enjoy three complimentary drinks whilst watching the skilled bartenders concoct exotic signature cocktails. Good food, good music, good times. Call 04-3165550. LOST ANGELS @ ZERO GRAVITY: Lost Angels ladies' night has moved poolside every Tuesday, from 8pm to 10pm, with the guys joining in from 10pm to midnight. The Lost Angels package is charged at Dhs 100 per person, including a full menu of house beverages, bespoke cocktails and bite-sized treats. Call 04-3990009. RIVA BEACH CLUB: RIVA Beach Club has launched its all new Ladies’ Night every Tuesday where between 7pm and midnight, ladies receive unlimited glasses for just Dhs 75. There are also special sharing platters consisting of favourite Italian delights. For an additional Dhs 50, you can select from three dishes or go all out as a group and opt for the Dhs 100 platter for 10. Call 04-4309466.

AMARILLO: Amarillo is one of the newest editions to the Dubai nightlife scene, offering fusionistic tapas. Open every day from 4pm, and located conveniently at the Pullman Dubai, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Amarillo is the after-work destination of choice and a funky alternative to socialize well into the night. Call 04-5671100. THE STABLES @ TRADE CENTRE 1: If you’re looking to carry on the party after brunch, head to The Stables between 5pm and 10pm and enjoy unlimited free sparkling rose wine. The Stables is located in one of Dubai’s oldest buildings and the rustic charm and horse racing theme create the perfect contrast to city life. Call 04-3425571. AMARILLO @ THE PULLMAN HOTEL, JLT: Amarillo is one of the hottest nightspots in town. Dance the night away to live music and Salsa while enjoy two free glasses of bubbly every night from 9pm to 11pm, except Tuesday when you get unlimited cocktails! Call 04-5671100. www.discover-dubai.ae

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NIGHTLIFE & entertainment BAR 44: Bar 44 has a spectacular view over the Palm Jumeirah and a stunning range of Champagnes and cocktails. Located on the top floor of the Grosvenor House Tower One, Bar 44 is where the chic crowd heads when the sun goes down. With a dizzying range of cocktails, international wine list and Champagne, it’s no wonder the atmosphere is always charged. Call 04-3998888.

KOUBBA BAR: Enjoy spectacular sunsets from the ample terraces of the most stylish bar in Dubai with sweeping views of Madinat Jumeirah, the Arabian Sea and the Burj Al Arab. Relish in the exclusiveness of a custom made cocktail with a sunset theme from the Koubba Bar mixology trolley. This is the perfect setting to enjoy a pre-dinner drink. Call 04-3666730. BUDDHA-BAR: The Buddha-Bar is legendary, its awesome spectacle instantly promising guests an evening of pure theatre and pleasure. The lively main bar and dining room is dominated by Buddha-Bar’s famous four-metre high gilded statue and an entire wall of glass. Relax in the sensual sound of chill-out music and a menu inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, China and Japan, with fresh seasonal ingredients from Arabia. Call 04-3998888. VELOCITY @ JW MARRIOTT MARQUIS DUBAI: This contemporary lounge has a lively, casual vibe and plenty of space to get your friends together. Kick-start the weekend with a selection of signature cocktails between 8pm and 10pm, and a dedicated DJ playing hits from the 80’s, 90’s and modern classics. Call 04-4143000.

VII DUBAI: The city's newest terrace bar and lounge tucked away on the seventh floor of the Conrad Hotel, is where the urban sky meets an unspoilt lush garden. The journey to discovering this hidden gem starts through a spectacular lounge and an artfully crafted tunnel walk which eventually unveils what can only be described as a plush garden filled with all things green and radiant. Call 050-1696777. 16 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


BARS AND PUBS For the sports enthusiast, or those looking for a bit of normality, there are countless traditional bars and pubs scattered throughout Dubai. THE IRISH VILLAGE (IV): The outdoor setting, authentic ambience and excellent food & beverage make The IV one of the top 10 attractions in Dubai. Concerts and international gigs are held there on a regular basis and a trip down is always great craic! Call 04-2824750. BRUNSWICK SPORTS CLUB: A mashup between an industrial gym and a rustic neighbourhood bar, Brunswick is the place to get the squad together and chill with a burger. The joint where the barman knows you, your mates and your usual, it’s the spot where shorts and sports are what’s up. Located on level 2, Sheraton Hotel, Mall of the Emirates. Call 056-4040685. DOUBLE DECKER: Double Decker pub at Al Murooj Rotana has some fantastic offers. Tuesday is Ladies’ Night with five cocktails on the house from 8pm to midnight; Throwback Thursday offers music and unlimited selected beverages from 8pm to 11pm for Dhs 150; and the Double Decker Friday Brunch offers an awesome buffet of traditional Double Decker treats for Dhs 220. Call 04-3211111. D&A: This popular restaurant and bar, located on the ground floor of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, is popular with British tourists looking for that home away from home. The outdoor split-level terrace gives uninterrupted views of the Burj Al Arab and the lower sports bar area shows all the major events. Call 04-4068999. BELGIAN BEER CAFÉ : An authentic 1920s Belgium bistro experience, with old fashioned beer taps, imported memorabilia and antique floor tiles giving the restaurant a warm, rural and lived-in feel. With signature dishes such as “Moules-frites” (mussels with fries). Located at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Al Barsha. Call 04-4299999. CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE: Ladies get red-carpet ready and gather to enjoy the sophisticated Wednesday Ladies’ Night at the Champagne Lounge at The St. Regis Dubai, where you can enjoy free bubbles and berries as long as you are dressed in the same colour as the berries. Look ravishing in red, marvellous in maroon or captivating in crimson. Continue the party into the night as house beverages are discounted by 50% after 9pm. Call 04-4355577. www.discover-dubai.ae

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GENERAL information

Welcome to

Dubai In 1833, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Butti moved the Bani Yas tribal family into Dubai. Sheikh Maktoum subsequently became the founder of the Al Maktoum family who continue to rule the Emirate to this day.

PRESENT DAY DUBAI The current ruler of Dubai is His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is also the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE. Sheikh Mohammed is committed to fulfilling his father’s dream of making Dubai one of the leading cities in the world, and has successfully turned Dubai into a global hub of tourism and trade between the East and West.

RELIGION

The official religion of the UAE is Islam and you will find a large number of mosques throughout the city. Non-muslims are only permitted entry into mosques if they are on a guided tour.

POPULATION

The estimated population of Dubai is approximately 2.4 million people. Around 80% of those are expatriates, who are attracted by the tax-free working conditions and the relaxed, relatively crime-free lifestyle. 18 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

LOCAL TIME

The UAE is 4 hours ahead of GMT during winter months and 3 hours ahead in the summer, during daylight saving.

LANGUAGE

The official language is Arabic, although English is the most commonly used language in all areas that incorporate tourism and commerce. Hindi, Farsi and Urdu are also widely used.

WEEKEND

The UAE weekend falls on Friday and Saturday.


DUBAI CLIMATE

Dubai has a tropical desert climate, with summer temperatures reaching the mid to high 40’s and remaining in the 30’s overnight. Winter months are milder and more comfortable, with average temperatures in the mid 20’s, dropping to 12ºC-14ºC at night. Between December and March the winter weather can also bring short, irregular rainfall - so be prepared!

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CURRENCY

The local currency is the Emirati Dirham which is pegged to the US Dollar. The Dirham is commonly referred to as either AED or DHS when shown in written form on price tags and menus etc. There are 100 fils to one Dirham and coins come in 25 fils, 50 fils and 1 dirham. Notes are issued in denominations of: Dhs 5, Dhs 10, Dhs 20, Dhs 50, Dhs 100, Dhs 200, Dhs 500 and Dhs 1,000. Always try to have a selection of smaller notes available for cheaper items, as it can be difficult getting change for a Dhs 500 or Dhs 1,000 note.

MONEY EXCHANGE & BANKING

Exchanging cash or travellers cheques is relatively easy, with Exchange Centres located in most of the shopping malls and throughout the city. Banks are also open Saturday to Thursday (closed on Friday).

The following Dirham exchange rates are correct at the time of going to press: • One US$ = Dhs 3.67 • One UK£ = Dhs 4.56 • One Euro = Dhs 3.87 www.discover-dubai.ae

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LOCAL

Despite becoming one of the most modern cities in the world, the local population of Dubai remain conscious of their heritage, legacy and culture. The late President of the UAE, H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, famously said, ‘A country that knows not its past has neither present nor future’, a phrase which adequately describes the Emirates of today.

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Many people come to Dubai holding misconceptions about the local culture, so in order to put everyone's mind at ease, Discover Dubai asked Mr Nasif Kayed, General Manager of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU), to answer some of those frequently asked questions.

Q. What is the “dress code” in Dubai?

A. Most expect business casual as the official dress code, as well as the underlying values of modesty. Generally, modesty in this country means no need to show-off. While we do see a bit of that, beachwear is for the beach, evening wear for the nightclubs and family friendly for the malls and public places. Just like company dress code rules, it’s best that a family-friendly attire is worn when out, if your shoulders and knees are covered, you’re sure not to offend anyone.

Q. Can you please explain the local dress?

A. In the past, almost everyone wore some type of robe because of its simplicity and modesty, from religious figures to everyday people. Light, airy clothes also keep you cool in the desert, which is why they are still popular in this region. In the UAE, the national dress for men is the spotlessly clean and crisp white ‘dishdasha’ or ‘kandoura’ and is worn with a headdress known as a ‘ghuttra’ (normally white for Emirati nationals). The ghuttra is secured around the head with a black cord or ‘agal’ which is still used to tether the camel’s feet together to stop them wandering off in the desert. Local Emirati women wear a traditional black weightless cloak called an ‘abaya’, together with a headscarf called a ‘sheyla’ sometimes decorated with traditional embroidery or sequins. The black abaya has evolved over the years and has crossed the cultural line to become a more universal garment worn all over the world and is an iconic part of fashion in the region. Some women will also wear a leather mask called a ‘burgaa’ or use a very light veil ‘niqab’ to cover their face. Tradition, culture and religious modesty all influence the local dress for both men and women, and simplicity is the rule. 20 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


Q. Can I wear the local dress?

A. There is nothing that states you cannot dress like a local, but it’s best to remember that once in that attire, you may be mistaken for one! So best to learn the protocols, mind your manners and understand you may be representing (or misrepresenting) someone’s culture.

Q. Is it okay to take pictures of a local/Emirati?

A. It depends on the person, ask first and if they refuse don't be offended, some might be in a hurry to get somewhere or may simply be shy and do not want their picture taken.

Q. Is it okay to hold hands, and even hug and kiss your wife/husband in public?

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A. This comes from religion regarding do’s and don’ts. So no to alcohol, but here in Dubai it is legal in places like hotels and private residences (if you have a permit), but absolutely no tolerance for it in public or behind the wheel. As to pork, it’s a dietary restriction mentioned in the Quran along with other restrictions pertaining to certain foods. In Dubai, pork can be found in a small number of markets, and is usually kept separate Deira City Centre from the main area. AL KHABISI

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Dubai’s rich history and modern architecture provide superb sightseeing opportunities, and with an ever growing list of things to see and do, you’ll need our Sights & Attractions guide to keep you on the right track.

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WALKING TOUR - POINTS OF INTEREST AL FAHIDI HISTORICAL NEIGHBOURHOOD

Built in 1859, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood has the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses in Dubai and looking across the endless signature wind World Trade C towers really gives you a feeling of what life was like all those years ago.

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SHEIKH MOHAMMED CENTRE FOR CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING (SMCCU)

Operating under the banner of 'Open Doors. Open Minds.' the SMCCU is a non-profit organisation established to increase awareness and understanding of the local culture, customs and religion of the United Arab Emirates. The SMCCU strives to remove barriers between people of different nationalities and raise awareness between the various cultures that live in Dubai. Call 04-3536666 or visit www.cultures.ae.

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COFFEE MUSEUM Packed with 300-year-old artefacts

and antiques, the coffee museum documents both the regional AL atJAFLIYA and global history of the coffee industry. You will be amazed the selection of traditional coffee jugs and the heady aroma of roasted coffee beans drifting through the museum. There are texts dating back to the 18th century and you can relax with a traditional coffee brewed in the museum’s custom-built brew bar. Call 04-3538777 or visit www.coffeemuseum.ae.

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DIWAN MOSQUE

Built around 1985, the Diwan Mosque can hold 500 worshippers with a private entrance from the Ruler's Court and an entrance in the village. Simply decorated with Islamic calligraphy and Fatimid colours, it can be viewed by the public as part of the SMCCU Heritage Tour. Call 04-3536666.

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AL FAHIDI FORT AND DUBAI MUSEUM

Dating back to 1787, Al Fahidi Fort once guarded the landward approaches to the city and has since been a seat of government, the ruler’s main residence, a military barracks and a prison. In 1971, the ruler opened Dubai museum within Fort and together they provide a fascinating insight into days of old, with many interesting archaeological finds displayed in cavernous underground rooms, including spears, armour, khanjar knives and cannons, many of which are inscribed with the maker’s name. Admission is Dhs 3. Call 04-3531862.

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BAIT AL WAKEEL MARITIME MUSEUM

Situated near the abra (water taxi) station at Dubai Creek, Bait Al Wakeel was built in 1934 by the late Sheikh Rashid as Dubai's first office building. The building has been completely restored and houses a museum and restaurant depicting Dubai’s once-traditional fishing and maritime traditions. Call 04-3530530. www.discover-dubai.ae

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HISTORICAL SHINDAGHA Located in the district of Al Shindagha, between Port Rashid and Dubai Creek, Historical Shindagha is a cultural and heritage site, depicting life in old Dubai.

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SHEIKH SAEED AL MAKTOUM’S HOUSE

Built in 1896 on the banks of Dubai Creek, this was the home of the ruling family until Sheikh Saeed’s death in 1958. Aside from being an architectural marvel, the building is now a museum, with a unique collection of photographs showing Dubai, the souqs and traditional celebrations since the 1940s. Other rooms feature coins, stamps and historical documents dating back to 1791, as well as an interesting pearl diving display. Open 7.30am to 8.30pm. Admission is Dhs 3. Call 04-3937139.

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TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE MUSEUM

Built in 1927 to be the residence of Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum, its historic and creative characteristics made it the perfect choice for the museum of Classical Architecture. The house encompasses a number of rooms showing the general architecture in the Emirates and the materials and tools used in traditional construction. Open 7am to 2.30pm. Admission is free. Call 04-3937139.

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CAMEL MUSEUM

Located in the ‘Rekab House’ (Camel House), the museum was originally used as a Camel stable for the Sheikhs. When the building was restored, its architectural design was conserved to become a Camel museum. This unique house explains the history and prominence of Camels, and illustrates breeds such as the Saleel, Faseel, Naqah and Hewar used by the Bedouin people as ships of the desert. Open 7.30am to 2.30pm. Admission is free. Call 04-3937139.


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The Horse museum is located in a house that once belonged to the late Sheikha Mozah bint Saeed, who converted the building into a museum to explain the Arabian stallions’ history, its eminence for Arabs and its names and citing in Arabic literature. The museum has 13 rooms containing information boards and video footage to explain everything you need to know about Arabian stallions. Open 7.30am to 2.30pm. Admission is free. Call 04-3937139.

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HERITAGE VILLAGE

The Heritage village recreates a Bedouin settlement, complete with homes made from barasti and mud, and a tented bedouin village with traditional weapons, chests and household utensils. You can enjoy pottery and weaving workshops, try a traditional coffee house, or visit a small souk which sells a mixture of traditional Bedouin handcrafts. The Heritage village is a great place to see the more traditional aspects of Dubai life, and is ideal for uncovering artifacts and picking up a unique Dubai bowl or basket. Open 7.30am to 8.30pm. Admission is free. Call 04-3937139.

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The Diving village provides a glimpse of Dubai’s maritime past and shows you what life was like six to seven thousand years ago, when pearl diving was one of the regions main sources of income. As the pearl season only lasted six months, divers often risked their lives to gather as many pearl studded oysters as possible, and the village features displays on pearl diving, as well as scale models of dhows and pearling boats. Open 7.30am to 10pm. Admission is free. Call 04-3937139. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SIGHTS & attractions

DUBAI CREEK AND DEIRA The best way to see the impressive buildings that have sprung up along Dubai Creek is from the waterway, and bustling Abra stations will provide you with a quick and efficient way to cross the water.

WATER TAXIS AND ABRAS

Dubai Creek is full of water taxis and Abras ferrying people around, and can be boarded at numerous locations along the banks. Abras are small barges that are powered by diesel engines and can seat around 20 people. Incidentally, the work force commute across the Creek on a regular basis and there are over 17,500 Abra crossings per day, so if you’re wearing expensive or light coloured clothing it's advisable to remain standing for the trip, as the bench seats can get a little grubby. Abras can also be hired for private trips along the Creek and if you negotiate well with the boat captains, you should get a good deal.

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Once you land on the Deira side of the Creek, all you have to do is follow your nose and take in the breathtaking selection of spices, such as ginger, chillies, cardamom and frankincense, all displayed in huge jute sacks ready to burst at the seams. Wandering around the stalls is a pleasant way to pass an evening and the fragrances can really help to work up an appetite. This is a working souq which sells goods to locals and sailors from the dhows, and is a good place to buy incense burners, saffron, rose water, henna kits and shisha pipes.

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One of the things Middle Eastern Arabs are known for is their strong, spicy fragrances and perfumes. The Perfume Souk is the ideal place to explore these alluring scents and a great opportunity to find your perfect smell. Besides traditional perfumes, they also sell branded fragrances from around the world, so it's well worth a fragrant tour of the many shops.

Even if you’re not looking for anything in particular, the Gold Souk is worth a visit to see the glittering array of merchandise on offer (especially in the evening). There are over 1000 jewellery shops in Dubai, and with no taxes, low import duties and high turnovers allowing for lower margins, it's one of the cheapest cities in the world to buy gold jewellery. If you are looking to buy, don’t feel pressured into anything by the first shop, everyone's prepared to barter and there’s plenty of choice! 26 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

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OTHER AREAS OF INTEREST BURJ NAHAR

Further into Deira on Omar bin Al Khattab road, you will find Burj Nahar, one of three inland-facing watchtowers that were used to guard Dubai from attack by hostile desert tribes. Built in 1870 and set amongst beautiful gardens, Burj Nahar is a fine example of an old watchtower and is a wonderful photo opportunity.

JUMEIRAH MOSQUE

Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road, the enchanting Jumeirah Mosque with its huge central dome is the best known mosque in Dubai. Non-muslims can visit the mosque through an organised tour with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Call 04-3536666.

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CITY TOURS BIG BUS TOURS

Big Bus Tours have introduced a new Unlimited Attraction Pass (valid for one week)! This new pass allows passengers to choose from a variety of added-value attractions and excursions of things to do in Dubai. The pass features The Lost Chambers Aquarium, Dubai Museum (Al Fahidi Fort), Arabian Dhow Cruise, Desert Sunset Experience, Flamingo Lagoon Discovery, in addition to Big Bus Sharjah (half day tour), Panoramic Night Tour, Palm Island Drive, Museum Collection, Ambassador Lagoon and walking tours to name a few. Big Bus Dubai offers 3 routes, with 38 stops, covering both traditional and modern Dubai. These amazing sightseeing tours will take you from the creek to Dubai Marina. Sit back, relax and enjoy the mesmerising views of the city. For further details call 800-BIG BUS (800-244 287) or visit www.bigbustours.com.

THE WONDER BUS TOURS

Wonder Bus Tours offers a unique experience for visitors to Dubai, and is the first and only amphibious-based city tour in the Middle East. From the vantage point of your Wonder Bus seat, sit back and relax while your hilarious tour guide entertains you on a fun-packed, exciting

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tour of Dubai. With a seating capacity of 38, the Wonder Buses are equipped with air conditioning, male and female restrooms, a public announcement sound system, TV and DVD Player, and of course the bus complies with the highest level of international health and safety regulations related to its category and use.Free refreshments and Arabic & English speaking tour guides are included in the tour and the places you will see include the Shindagha Heritage Village, Diving Village, Old Souq, Gold Souq and Spice Souq, Abra, Yachts, Wooden Cargo Ships etc, Floating Restaurants, Twin Towers, Dubai Municipality and much more! Tour duration is approx 1 Hr. Call 04-3595656 or visit www.wonderbusdubai.net.


POPULAR ATTRACTIONS DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO

With 10 million litres of water and thousands of aquatic animals, Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world. The 270-degree glass tunnel running through the centre helps to illuminate the marvels of the ocean floor, while the Underwater Zoo offers an interactive approach to the ecology and sustainability of marine life. In addition, Dubai Aquarium also offers a number of activities including Shark Dives, Speciality Dives and the Cage Experience for non-qualified divers. Call 04-4485200.

BURJ KHALIFA THE WORLD’S TALLEST TOWER Unveiled in February 2010, the Burj Khalifa stands 828 metres high - 320 metres taller than Taipei 101 which held the record since 2004. The Burj Khalifa currently holds seven records, including the highest occupied floor, highest outdoor observation deck - ‘At the Top - Sky' and the tallest service elevator. Tickets to the observation deck are time stamped at 30-minute intervals, but if you can’t wait, immediate entry is available for a price. Call 04-3661655.

BURJ AL ARAB TOWER OF THE ARABS

Since its opening in December 1999, the Burj Al Arab has been one of the most photographed structures in the world. Sometimes referred to as "the world's most luxurious hotel", the Burj Al Arab was designed to resemble the billowing sail of a ship, and standing 321 metres high, it makes an impressive addition to the Dubai skyline. To make it even more inspiring the building is illuminated at night by a choreographed light show representing water and fire, and is a great photo opportunity. Call 04-3017777. www.discover-dubai.ae

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WATER PARKS AQUAVENTURE

The spectacular ‘Tower of Poseidon’ is filled with record breaking rides, including the world's largest waterslide. The terrifying ‘Poseidon’s Revenge’ suspends you over a trap door and then releases you through a series of extreme twists and turns, reaching 60kmh! Experience heart-thumping slides, uphill water roller coasters, never ending rapid river adventures and upclose animal encounters. Open 10am till 7pm. Tickets are Dhs 320 for adults and Dhs 275 for children below 1.2 metres in height. Call 04-4260000.

WILD WADI

Situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab and themed around the tale of Juha, a well known character from Arabian folklore, Wild Wadi is one of Dubai's foremost tourist locations. Discover your inner child on the Master Blaster, Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj, while the Jumeirah Sceirah will push thrill seekers’ to the limit! Open from 10am to 7pm, admission is Dhs 275 for adults and Dhs 230 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Call 04-3484444 or visit www.wildwadi.com.

DREAMLAND AQUA PARK

Located on the scenic coastline of Umm Al Quwain, the 250,000sqm expanse of lush, green, landscaped gardens makes Dreamland the perfect place for a holiday escape. Catch the action on over 30 thrilling rides, slides and attractions or push the snooze button on a sun bed at Palm Path and Peak Park. Open 10am to 6pm. Tickets are Dhs 160 per adult and Dhs 100 for children below 1.2 metres and for those over 65 years of age. Infants under 2 years and those with special needs are free of charge. Call 06-7681888 or visit www.dreamlanduae.com.

YAS WATERWORLD

Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi features 43 rides, slides and attractions and follows the story of ‘Dana’, a young Emirati girl, on a quest for the legendary pearl that once brought prosperity to her village. With the atmospheric setting, thrilling rides, authentic souq-style shopping and live entertainment, there’s something for the entire family. Open 10am to 7pm every day. Tickets cost Dhs 250 for adults and Dhs 210 for children below 1.1 metres in height. Premium tickets are also available. Call 02-4142000.

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DUBAI BY AIR SEAWINGS TOURS

This December Seawings is extending the Kids Fly Free offer to all UAE residents. Seawings offers every adult guest that books a Seawings Silver Tour, one child (under the age of 12) will fly for free. This exciting initiative by Dubai’s only seaplane operator aims to give families in the UAE an experience of the perfect getaway, amidst the picturesque landscape of Dubai. The Seawings Silver Tour is specially designed to discover the charm of Old Dubai and New Dubai. This tour takes off from two places, Dubai Creek and Jebel Ali. The Dubai Creek Silver Tour lets you step back in time with aerial views of a vibrant neighborhood that is still full of abras, dhows, and spice souks. The Jebel Ali Silver Tour whisks you off on a thrilling aerial excursion across Dubai’s ever changing coastline, above present day wonders including the Palm Jumeirah, Burj Khalifa, World Islands, Burj Al Arab as well as the historic Dubai Creek, the bustling Port Rashid and more. The Silver Tour Price is AED 1,695 per person. Call 04-8070708, email reservations@seawings.ae or visit seawingslifestyle.com.

HELIDUBAI

With aerial tours of Dubai considered a once in a lifetime experience, Helidubai have scenic flights to suit everyone’s budget. Located at Dubai Festival City and Skydive Dubai (Dubai Marina), Helidubai offer a 12-min Heritage Tour @ Dhs 595, a 22-min Explorer Tour @ Dhs 895 and the unique 22-min Night Lights Tour @ Dhs 1095. Helidubai can also offer custom made trips to almost anywhere in the UAE, including Abu Dhabi, Oman and Fujairah. Call 04-2081455 or email tours@daw.ae. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SPORTS & activities

Sports& activities

Dubai has a great selection of sports and activities, so why not get out and try some of those exciting things you’ve always dreamed of. To help you plan the week ahead, here are some of Dubai’s most popular spots.

SKIING SKI DUBAI @ MALL OF THE EMIRATES

Ski Dubai is a wintery wonderland boasting a 400m ski run with five multi-directional slopes, purpose built jumps and a snowboarding park. If you're looking to hit the piste, improve your skills, tobogganing or just rolling around in the snow, Ski Dubai has it all. Off the slopes why not check out the mind blowing snow park or meet and play with Ski Dubai's resident Snow Penguins! For an added thrill try the new Snow Bullet, a state of the art 150m zip line that propels you over the mountain-themed slopes below. Group packages and private tuition are all available and entry prices include ski jackets and trousers, boots, disposable socks, skis or a snowboard, poles and medical insurance. Open 10am to 11pm during the week and 10am to 12 midnight at the weekends. Call 04-4094000 or visit www.skidxb.com. 32 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


HORSE & CAMEL RIDING AL SAHRA EQUESTRIAN CENTRE

Set amongst miles of glorious natural desert, these boutique stables give you the opportunity to have a true Arabian adventure. Whether you’re a complete novice or the most experienced rider, enjoy the freedom, beauty and excitement of riding a horse in the desert. Take the afternoon ride and watch the magnificent sunset over Dubai, or see the desert waking up in the morning and catch sight of a desert fox or a tiny gazelle, all for Dhs 300. Or why not try a 90-minute Camel Encounter for just Dhs 200! Get up close and personal with the friendly camels; cuddle them, brush them and get to enjoy a 40-minute ride on one of these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. You will learn all about the history of the camel and even try some camel milk! For more information call 04-4274055 or 056-1772856, email equestrian.centre@alsahra.com or visit www.alsahra.com. For something really special, why not try a Champagne Camel ride to a luxurious Bedouin tent in the desert and watch the sun sink over the horizon.

SKY DIVING SKYDIVE DUBAI

The Palm Drop Zone and The Desert Campus Drop Zone (SD2) offer you the chance to feel the rush of the free fall while being safely strapped to a professional instructor. Tandem jumps include a video + photos to remember the experience and show everyone back home. Skydivers with a type D license and more than 500 jumps are also welcome at the Palm Drop Zone, while newer jumpers (100 jumps or less) can train at SD2 located 35km from Dubai. Courses include accelerated free fall and tandem progression, and for experienced skydivers; canopy piloting, formation, free flying and wing suit courses. Opening hours (Skydiving is weather permitting). The Palm Drop Zone: 6:30am to 2pm Monday to Saturday. The Desert Campus: 7:30am to 4pm Tuesday to Sunday. For bookings visit www.skydivedubai.ae or email info@skydivedubai.ae. www.discover-dubai.ae

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WATER SPORTS SCUBA DIVING

The UAE is surrounded by two bodies of water, both offering different diving experiences. Dubai is good for shipwrecks, which are home to Barracuda, Snappers and Jacks, with common Rays and the odd Eagle Ray making an appearance. The East coast has over 50 dive sites, from shallow reefs off Khorfakkan to the deep wall dives in the Musandam. Live-aboard charters are also available in the Musandam which is becoming a popular destination for divers looking to explore new territories. The Pavilion Dive Centre at Jumeirah Beach Hotel offer a range of courses, from the Discover Scuba experience to the PADI Open Water course and dive trips for qualified divers. Call 04-4068828.

LUXURY YACHT AND FISHING CHARTERS

Cruising along the coast is a great way to see the city. Whether it’s a personal day out, celebrating a birthday or a large corporate event, Eden Yachting can arrange a charter package tailored to your needs. Prices include crew, insurance, fuel, soft drinks, water and ice, and you can upgrade your experience by adding catering, transfers, water sports, entertainment, flowers and yacht decoration. Fishing charters are also popular and there are some great catches to be made. Hammour, King Fish, Queen Fish, Barracuda, and Sultan Ibrahim are all caught locally, and for those who enjoy game fishing, the elusive Sailfish is a prize worth a full day out on the water. Trips can be arranged to suit your schedule and if you want to combine fishing with some cruising to keep the whole group happy, you can take a yacht with more facilities onboard and enjoy a BBQ lunch with the fish you catch! Call 050-3716377, 04-3282930 or visit edenyachting.ae.

KITESURFING

Dubai is the perfect playground for beginners and experienced kite addicts, with warm seas and favourable winds throughout the season. There are two fantastic beaches dedicated for kitesurfing and most afternoons you will find both beaches packed with Dubai kiters and spectators. The Kitesurf season runs from September to May, although the Summer months can get the sea breeze. Large kites are commonly used here as the wind is generally light, but there are some great days when you will see the 9m kites in action. Visitors and residents are welcome to use their own equipment and rental equipment is available to those with experience. Complete beginners and those needing a refresher can book lessons through White Water Sports. For more information email White Water Sports at mike.j.c.white@gmail.com. 34 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


WATER ADVENTURE DUBAI

Taking water sports to the next level, Water Adventure provides everything from the newest thrill toys, to a scenic kayaking tour around Dubai Marina. With private and group lessons in windsurfing, sailing and SUPS, together with waterskiing and wakeboard instruction, getting on the water is easy and very competitive priced. Add to this the incredible flyboards and jetaviators, and the newest big boys toy ‘The Seabreacher’ and you also have access to the highest level of adrenalin rush water activities in the UAE. Call 050-9114559, email info@wateradventure.ae or visit www.wateradventure.ae.

SURFING & STAND-UP PADDLE (SUP)

Surf House Dubai is the place to be for like minded people with a respect for the water and love for the sport. Home to everything surfing and stand-up paddle related, you can learn to surf/SUP, get your gear, improve your surfing skills or just sit back with a coffee and enjoy the surfer lifestyle. Dubai’s surfing season runs from OctoberApril, while the summer months are perfect for improving your stand-up paddle technique and topping up your tan. Surf House Dubai also has Yoga classes and a dedicated music room for all you budding musicians. Call 050-5043020, 04-3211309, email info@surfingdubai.com or visit www.surfingdubai.com.

ROWING

Monty's Rowing School located at Dubai Creek Park and Riva Beach Club (The Palm Jumeirah), offers tuition, training and coaching for all ages and abilities. The waters of Dubai are home to a wide variety of wildlife, from flamingos in Ras Al Khor to dolphins around the Palm, and participating in this fun sport is a great way to see Dubai from a completely different angle. As well as being fun, it's also a great way for the whole family to get fit together. You don't have to be a member and can book a single lesson for as long as you like. Call Monty on 050-7380910 or email details@montysrowingschool.com. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SHOOTING SHARJAH GOLF & SHOOTING CLUB (SGSC)

The indoor shooting range at SGSC boasts to be one of the best in the UAE. Featuring 25 and 50 Metre German Technology ranges, you can enjoy a wide variety of pistols, rifles and revolvers from various international brands such as, Berretta, Glock, Sig Sauer, and much more. The range has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere with safety as one of the paramount pre-requisites. SGSC provide you with a fully trained safety instructor who will be with you at all times in the shooting arena. Age will dictate weapon availability, starting with Air Rifles for kids as young as 5, going upto .38 Pistols for those over 21. Call 06-5487777 or visit www.golfand shootingshj.com.

JA SHOOTING CLUB

This indoor and outdoor shooting academy, built to exacting international safety standards, makes the exciting sport of recreational and competitive shooting easily accessible for beginners, corporate groups and experienced shooters. Facilities for Clay Shooting include five floodlit ranges equipped to cater for olympic trap, automatic ball trap, down the line, compak sporting and olympic skeet. The club offers both 12 and 20 gauge Beretta shot guns suitable for all shooting disciplines. There is also an indoor pistol range offering .22 and 9mm pistols suitable for beginners and experienced shooters alike. Open Wednesday to Monday (closed on Tuesdays) 1pm to 8.45pm. Call 04-8836555 or email jasc@jaresorts.com. By order of the Police, you will need to present your Passport to the reception and complete the Guest Profile record before proceeding for shooting.

PAINTBALL SHARJAH PAINTBALL PARK

Sharjah Paintball Park is one of the biggest and best in the Middle East. So whether you are looking for a company day out, special birthday event or an excuse to shoot your friends, Paintballing has it all. The Jungle & Savannah phases can accommodate up to 150 players in one session and a maximum of 14 players in one team. These outdoor fields are fully grassed and floodlit allowing play through the night, and feature bunkers, huts, trees, aircraft, hills, trenches, bridges, towers and more. The new indoor facility features two unique fields, designed as a replica bank and a replica of London city. The building also has changing rooms, showers, briefing rooms, a Grab ‘N’ Go Café and a pro shop selling the best paintball equipment and accessories. Call 06-5487777, email marketing@golfandshootingshj.com or visit www.golfand shootingshj.com. 36 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


MOTOR SPORTS BIG RED MOTORSPORTS

Avoid the crowds and experience the desert of Dubai in the most intimate and exciting way possible. Big Red Motorsports, located at the foot of Dubai’s infamous dune “Big Red”, offers the rental of motorcycles, quad bikes, dirt bikes and dune buggies as well as ATV tours through the dunes and desert. Rentals are available daily from 8am to 3pm, for the duration of 2 hours, 4 hours or full days, with prices starting from Dhs 1,500 to Dhs 3,000. Dune buggies are 2 seater Polaris XP 1000 RZR and Rage Cyclones 1000cc models. Advance booking is recommended. Call +971(0) 50 9192394, email info@bigreddxb.com or visit www.bigreddxb.com. *Discover Dubai readers get special discount via www.club-connector.com or the voucher at the back of this magazine.

MXDUBAI

If you're looking for the best off-road motorbikes in Dubai, then look no further than mxDubai. With the latest 2016 KTM Dirt, Motocross and Enduro bikes, and a wide selection of rental options, mxDubai has something for everyone! Offering Desert Adventure Tours for beginners to advanced riders, 2 day custom tours across the UAE (for those who dare), and even V8 Dune Buggy experiences with an instructor riding along as your navigator, mxDubai has everything the adrenalin junky needs… And why not continue the rush with mxDubai’s Desert/Sea Combo and ride on the latest Supercharged, 310HP Kawasaki Jetski? Call +971 (0) 55 2090832, email info@mxDubai.com or visit www.mxdubai.com. *Hotel Shuttle can be arranged for Dhs 150 per person. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SPORTS & activities

AIR TIME IFLY DUBAI @ MIRDIF CITY CENTRE

iFLY Dubai is the world's first double vertical wind tunnel, standing 10m high and 3m wide, with fans that can blow up to 200kph! Execute twists, turns and somersaults in the specially constructed chambers, while the qualified instructors control the right amount of air flow for the best possible indoor flight experience. iFLY Dubai is safe for kids over 5yrs, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers, offering endless excitement, adrenaline and adventure - no experience necessary! Open 10am to 10pm weekdays and until 12 midnight on weekends. Call 04-2316292 or visit www.mirdifcitycentre.com.

SKATING XDUBAI SKATEPARK

Located on Kite Beach, XDubai’s Skatepark is the largest multi-faceted skating facility in the UAE, offering a central community hub for sport events and competitions. The 3,100m2 skatepark caters to both novice and professional skateboarders with its multiple, specifically-tailored skate areas. With unique street elements, obstacles and transition flow areas such as hubbas, pole jams, up-down rails, soft-ended walls and many more; beginners and experienced skateboarders alike have the perfect opportunity to learn and develop their skills. Visit www.xdubai.com.

CYCLING ON YOUR BIKE!

The sport of cycling is growing every year in Dubai, and there are a host of events and activities to get excited about. Dedicated cycling tracks have been built all over the city, and a growing number of clubs and shops are bringing like-minded people together so they can enjoy the sport in a safe and enjoyable environment. Cycle Safe Dubai, organised by Revolution Cycles, is one such group, and they have a great website detailing all the latest news and events. If you are looking to be part of Dubai’s growing cycling community, Call 04-3697441 or visit www.cyclesafedubai.com. 38 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


FALCONRY ROYAL SHAHEEN

Falcons were traditionally trapped during the autumn migration, used for hunting during the season and then released back into the wild. Due to this cycle of trap and release, Emiratis had to develop effective training methods so they could put the birds to work as soon as possible. As a result, Emiratis are regarded as some of the best falconers in the world. Although hunting with falcons was an important part of life in the UAE, it is now illegal, and today falconry is mainly enjoyed as a traditional sport. If you would like to experience this amazing sport first hand, Royal Shaheen offers exclusive packages that allow you to personally handle and fly some of these magnificent birds. You will be shown traditional and modern training techniques, learn in-depth facts about the falcon’s behaviour and biological make up, and gain a better understanding of the importance

of falconry in Arabia. Located in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, with Oryx and Gazelles roaming freely, the small group sizes (max 8 people) ensure a feeling of exclusivity, and give everyone a chance to stroke the velvety soft feathers of an owl, have a hawk gently alight on your gloved fist and marvel at the breathtaking speed and agility of a falcon as it swoops down at well over 100 km/h. If you are looking for a desert experience guaranteed to create unforgettable memories, call 04-4356550 or visit www.royalshaheen.ae.

ADVENTURELAND Covering 70,000 sqft, Adventureland is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in the Middle East. Home to 17 rides and attractions, including over 70 video, simulator and redemption games; the Motocoaster - an amazing gravity operated roller coaster; two-level indoor Go Kart track and fourlevel Soft Play facility. Known for its distinctive, awe-inspiring rides, familyfriendly atmosphere and environmental design, this world-class entertainment centre is a great place to hang out during the hot summer months. Located at the Sahara Centre, Sharjah. Call 06-5316363. www.discover-dubai.ae

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TRAMPOLINING FLIP OUT DUBAI

Home to the Middle East’s largest trampoline park, Flip Out Dubai’s playground arena is a mammoth 40,000 square-feet, with more than 200 interconnected trampolines. Attractions include a double-decker kids trampoline arena, trampoline football, 3D wall runners and the UAE’s only dedicated fields for Archery Tag - a six-a-aside sport combining elements of dodgeball and paintball where you fire foam-tipped arrows at your opponents. Open 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday, and 12 midnight on Thursday and Friday. Call 600-567568 or visit www.flipout.ae.

BOUNCE DUBAI

BOUNCE promises a euphoric rush of flight for people of all ages and fitness levels - from adrenaline junkies and air-sports athletes, through to families, teenagers and generally anyone looking to achieve a buzz like no other. Not content with being the only place in the UAE to offer more than 80-interconnected trampolines, stunt-grade airbags, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops and Olympic grade trampolines, BOUNCE also has a range of awesome offerings such as BOUNCEFIT, Dodgeball Championships, DJ Nights (BOUNCE After Dark) and Ladies Nights. Located at 32, 4B Street, Al Quoz (behind Ace Hardware - Sheikh Zayed Road). Open 10am to 12 midnight. Call 04-3211400.

JUMP BOXX

Imagine jumping off the walls and having fun with friends in a playground of over 25,000sqft of interconnected trampolines! Jump Boxx’s unique design includes dodgeball courts, slam dunk hoops, a foam pit, VIP party rooms, a cafeteria and more, all guaranteed to bring loads of fun. Located in Uptown Mirdiff Mall, admission is Dhs 69 per hour (Dhs 59 per additional hour), Jump Boxx Junior court (3-5 years) Dhs 39 per hour. All jumpers must purchase the Jump Boxx rubber grip socks for Dhs 11. Call 04-2885744 or visit www.jump-boxx.com for timings and activities.

GRAVITY

The 1,200sqft trampoline park at Magic Planet, Mall of Emirates features 3 separate trampoline arenas for guests to jump, leap, dunk, back drop and even try out somersaults and aerial acrobatics. The high energy indoor park also includes a foam pit, perfect to practice your aerial tricks or simply enjoy the freedom of flying through the air and landing on soft, cushioned foam cubes. There is also a dodge ball area, where players are divided into teams of eight and let free to leap and dodge the opposition. Open 10am to 10pm weekdays and 10am to midnight on weekends. Call 800 386. 40 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


GOLF Dubai is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for dedicated golfing enthusiasts and with several courses in the development stages, Dubai’s reputation can only go from strength to strength.

EMIRATES GOLF CLUB

Probably the best known golf club in Dubai and home to ‘The Dubai Desert Classic’. There are two courses available; Majlis - par 72 from Dhs 995 and the Faldo - par 73 from Dhs 595. Prices include the use of range balls and a cart. Clubs are available for Dhs 240. Call 04-3801234.

ARABIAN RANCHES GOLF CLUB

Designed by Ian Baker-Finch in association with Nicklaus Design, this challenging par 72 course uses a natural desert terrain with little landscaping. Green fees are Dhs 570 off-peak and Dhs 670 during weekends and public holidays. Range balls and carts are included in the price. Call 04-3663000.

THE ADDRESS MONTGOMERIE

Designed by Colin Montgomerie, the par 72 course is a lengthy 7,308 yards with inland links, generous landing areas and undulating greens. 18 holes is Dhs 875, and Dhs 975 during weekends and includes a shared cart, range balls and use of the practise facilities. Clubs are available for Dhs 225. Call 04-3905600.

THE ELS CLUB

Designed by Ernie Els, the course is 7,538 yards with four sets of tees, allowing for a selection of differing lengths from which to play. Green fees are Dhs 995, including a shared golf cart with GPS and complimentary range balls. Taylor Made clubs are available for Dhs 250. Call 04-4251010.

AL BADIA GOLF CLUB, DUBAI

Designed by Robert Trent Jones II, this is a 7,303 yard, par 72 course with 11 lakes and a number of smaller water features. 18 holes is Dhs 595 during the week and Dhs 795 during the weekend. Prices include the use of range balls and a cart. Clubs are available for Dhs 195. Call 04-6010101.

DUBAI CREEK GOLF & YACHT CLUB

Re-designed by Thomas Bjorn in 2005, this 18hole course is par 71 with numerous water features. Green fees are Dhs 770 during the week and Dhs 875 at weekends. Prices include a shared cart complete with GPS and driving range balls. Clubs are available from Dhs 140. Call 04-3801234. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SIGHTS & attractions

A day

on the beach No visit to Dubai is complete without a nice day relaxing on the beach, and for those of you staying in hotels or apartments without beach access, you will find several hotels and beach clubs offering daily, weekly or monthly rates to use their facilities.

RIXOS THE PALM DUBAI

Located in the vibrant Dubai Marina overlooking JBR and Skydive Dubai, Zero Gravity has it all. Relax in the super comfy loungers while being served a beach friendly menu, and try the variety of water sports on offer. Beach passes are available from a single day, to one or two weeks, and include an F&B voucher. Call 04-3990009. 42 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai


CONRAD DUBAI

Located on the 6th floor of the Conrad Dubai, Purobeach Urban Oasis is the ultimate escape within the city where you can spend the day chilling in private cocoon beds surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. The pool entrance fee from Sunday to Thursday is Dhs 125 and on Friday, Saturday and public holidays is Dhs 175, while children pay Dhs 90. The entrance fee is applicable to external guests for the use of the sun beds around the pool and includes towels and welcome tray with fresh fruit and water. It does not apply to external guests who wish to use the lounge and restaurant for dining and drinks. In addition, Soul Sunset Happy Hour is available daily from 6pm to 9pm for Dhs 125 and includes unlimited house beverages, or Dhs 99 if you print the relevant voucher from the website. Visit www.conraddubai.com/en/offers-and-promotions/ dining-and-entertainment/purobeach-soulsunet, or call 04-4447111.

ZERO GRAVITY

Located in the vibrant Dubai Marina overlooking JBR and Skydive Dubai, Zero Gravity has it all. Relax in the super comfy loungers while being served a beach friendly menu, and try the variety of water sports on offer. Beach passes are available from a single day, to one or two weeks, and include an F&B voucher. Call 04-3990009.

RIVA BEACH CLUB

Located beneath building 8 of the Shoreline Apartments on the iconic Palm Jumeirah, RIVA is a stylish and relaxing club with its own stretch of private beach, climate controlled pool and fully licensed al fresco restaurant and gazebo bar. Beach access is Dhs 190 weekends and Dhs 115 weekdays. Visit www.riva-beach.com or call 04-4309466. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SIGHTS & attractions

A walk in the Park You may be in the desert but you can still get close to nature in one of the many public parks around Dubai. If you miss the smell of freshly cut grass, then why not spend the day lounging around one of these popular locations.

DUBAI MIRACLE GARDEN

With its countless floral displays and extravagant outdoor recreational areas, Dubai Miracle Garden is a unique feature in the region and holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest wall of flowers. Adding new flowers and plants this season, together with all the facilities you could need, Dubai Miracle Garden will bring even more beauty and life to this new world of enjoyment and fun. Entry costs Dhs 30. Call 04-4228902 or visit www.dubaimiraclegarden.com. 44 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

ZABEEL PARK

Zabeel Park is a highly maintained inner-city park, with lush green lawns and bridges connecting the 3 main areas around the Trade Centre roundabout. In addition to the beautifully kept gardens, the park is home to Stargate (a space age theme park), Megabowl (a large outdoor amphitheatre) and the Space Maze. There is also a boating lake, mini golf, cricket field, assault course and food court, with a separate area designed to host functions. Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm. Entry is Dhs 5 per person. Call 04-3986888.


DUBAI BUTTERFLY GARDEN

Covering 4,500 sq metres, with 9 custom built domes, a museum and a flower park, Dubai Butterfly Garden is the largest covered butterfly garden in the world. Walk through the spectacular butterfly and insect museum, with thousands of perfectly preserved butterflies on display and then enter the climate controlled domes where you will be surrounded by an abundance of different coloured species, all flying around and confidently settling on your head and arms and landing on the flowers and plants. Tip: Butterflies are attracted to white clothes! Open every day from 9am to 6pm. Entrance is Dhs 50 per person and free of charge for the disabled and kids below 2 years. Call 04-4228902, email info@dubaimiraclegarden.com or visit www.dubaibutterflygarden.com.

MUSHRIF PARK

Situated on the Al Awir Road in 124 hectares of natural ghaf forest, Mushrif Park boasts swimming pools, fountains, lakes, children’s play areas, camel and pony rides and 26 picnic areas equipped with wooden shades, seats and modern grills. It also supports a healthy population of birds, including Owls, Orphean Warbler’s, eastern Black Redstart’s, Yellowthroated Sparrows and Hoopoe's, making it the ideal place to escape the city. Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm. Entry is Dhs 3 per person. Call 04-2883624.

CREEK PARK

As the name suggests, Creek Park runs along the side of Dubai creek. Although one of the earliest parks in Dubai, Creek Park has a modern layout, with well-planned children’s play areas, recreational facilities, easy to navigate footpaths and a number of handy refreshment stands. Creek Park is also home to Dubai Dolphinarium, Children’s City, the ‘teleferic’ cable car rides, rental bikes, train rides, camel and pony rides and restaurants. Open Sunday to Wednesday 8am to 10pm, Thursday to Saturday and official holidays 8am to 11pm. Entry is Dhs 5 per person. Call 04-3367633. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SHOPPING

‘til you

With over 50 shopping malls, and plans afoot to add even more, Dubai is the ultimate shopping destination. From jewellery and electronics, to designer labels and luxury goods, you will find everything you need amongst Dubai’s sumptuous and glitzy malls. 46 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

Dubai is renowned for being the shopping capital of the Middle East, and due to its locality, you can find items from all four corners of the world. Being a tax-free environment, with low import duties, goods can also be distributed at very competitive prices, especially during one of Dubai’s many shopping festivals. Most malls also offer a variety of facilities, with great dining options and plenty of entertainment for children, including aquariums and arcades. In addition to the immense choice, most of the malls are open from 10am to 1am, so you really can 'shop 'til you drop'! As the face of Dubai is ever changing, check out the websites and social media for each mall so you can keep up to date with all the latest offerings Happy shopping, have fun and enjoy all that Dubai has to offer.


SHOPPING MALLS IN DUBAI

TIMES SQUARE CENTER

Named as the 'Retail Destination of 2007' by the RetailME Awards, Times Square Center is at the heart of new Dubai. With a diverse range of brands such as Sharaf DG, Adventure HQ and Chillout (the Middle East's first ever ice lounge), Times Square visitors make the journey to the mall with driven intent and purpose. In addition to the regular outlets, the amazing pop-up market - ARTE, is held at Times Square every fortnight. Visit www.timessquarecenter.ae.

DUBAI MALL

Dubai Mall is the largest shopping and entertainment destination in the world, offering an unparalleled mix of retail, dining, entertainment and leisure attractions. The 440,000 sq ft. Fashion Avenue also makes it the region’s fashion capital, whilst the Dubai Aquarium, KidZania, SEGA Republic, Reel Cinemas, Dubai Ice Rink and The Dubai Fountain make it a prime destination for families and tourists. Dubai Mall is also linked directly to the Dubai Metro station, making it very easy to find. Visit www.thedubaimall.com.

MALL OF THE EMIRATES

The world’s first shopping resort has over 560 international brands, including department stores, fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics, home furnishing outlets and a host of international dining and café options. The Mall features a varied selection of world renowned designer brands in the Fashion Dome and Via Rodeo, and the Magic Planet family entertainment area houses a 14-screen VOX Cinemas, Dubai’s Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC) and the world-renowned Ski Dubai, the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park. Visit www.malloftheemirates.com.

IBN BATTUTA MALL

Ibn Battuta Mall is the world’s largest themed shopping mall and celebrates the travels of Ibn Battuta, the famous 14th century Arabic explorer. The six sections - Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China all provide an invaluable glimpse into the past. With over 275 retailers, 50 restaurants and food outlets and a continual array of events and promotions, it makes for an attractive alternative shopping destination. Located on the outskirts of Dubai, the best way to get there is by car, taxi or Metro. Visit www.ibnbattutamall.com. www.discover-dubai.ae

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SHOPPING

DEIRA CITY CENTRE

With over 370 stores, Deira City Centre prides itself on its wide range of mid-market brands such as Zara, Forever 21, H&M, Splash, Marks & Spencer, American Eagle and Toys R Us, as well as its anchor stores - Carrefour, Debenhams, Iconic, Sharaf DG, Virgin Megastore and Paris Gallery. With a new dining area, VOX Cinemas, Magic Planet family entertainment centre, a Fitness First facility, dedicated tourist services and a Metro Station at its doorstep, Deira City Centre is well worth a visit. Visit www.citycentredeira.com.

MERCATO

Mercato is one of Dubai’s best-kept secrets, boasting beautiful Renaissance-style architecture and an unrivalled ambience for shopping and relaxed dining. Essentially a community mall, Mercato continues to be a hit with residents and visitors alike, and is home to international brands including Mango, Massimo Dutti, Sacoor Brothers, Nicole Farhi, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Gant, GAP, Armani Jeans, Jack Wills, Top Shop and many more. Mercato also has a spacious food court with a range of fast food outlets and superb selection of restaurants. Visit www.mercatoshoppingmall.com.

SOUK MADINAT JUMEIRAH

DUBAI FESTIVAL CITY

Sitting along the banks of the historic Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City houses over 2.8 million sq. ft. of style and sophisticated shopping. Browse over 400 world-leading brands and flagship stores including Carolina Herrera, DKNY, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Ed Hardy, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Calvin Klein, Mont Blanc, S.T. DuPont and Rolex. Together with its renowned hospitality, cafes and bistros, international entertainment, Grand Cinema complex and Bowling City, Dubai Festival City is a must-visit destination. Visit www.dubaifestivalcity.com.

Souk Madinat is a traditional Arabian souk with more than 75 carefully selected shops and boutiques, restaurants, bars and the Madinat Theatre. Here you will find traders selling candles, Arabian scents and souvenirs, artists specialising in personalised portraits and name paintings, all of which provide a choice of gifts for tourists. Dining is also a culinary treat, with the finest Italian restaurants, fresh sushi and Asian delights and signature to casual dining - great for catching up with friends over drinks. Visit www.jumeirah.com/en/hotels-resorts/dubai/madinat-jumeirah/facilities/souk-madinat-jumeirah.

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DUBAI MARINA MALL

Dubai Marina Mall offers the best of the big malls right in the heart of the Marina, and is considered a lifestyle-shopping destination for residents and visitors. Sporting a distinctive architectural style with a circular atrium, the Mall features over 140 stores and provides an exciting mix of shopping and activities. A large food court, SEGA Republic Game Zone and a 6-screen premium boutique Reel Cinemas sitting alongside cafes and restaurants, makes utmost use of this relaxed and stylish waterfront location. Visit www.dubaimarinamall.com.

MIRDIF CITY CENTRE

GOLD & DIAMOND PARK

Mirdif City Centre has more than 465 world-class stores and is the first shopping mall in the region to receive an award for its environmentally sustainable design. Key anchor stores include Carrefour, VOX Cinemas, Playnation, Debenhams, Emax, Centrepoint, Crate & Barrel, Home Centre, Hamleys, Decathlon and Fitness First. Although it’s a little further out of town, it has easy access, plenty of parking and a Metro station, making it the perfect place to shop for the family. Visit www.citycentremirdif.com.

The Gold & Diamond Park has 90 show stopping retail outlets dedicated to the gold and jewellery trade, plus 118 manufacturing units for the gold and jewellery industry. In addition to purchasing ready-made items, jewellery enthusiasts have the option of commissioning their own designs or remodelling existing items handcrafted onsite. This popular shopping destination has cafĂŠs and restaurants, ample parking spaces and is easy to find from the First Gulf Bank station on the Metro Red line. Visit www.goldanddiamondpark.com.

WAFI MALL & THE PYRAMIDS

Wafi delights in its unique architecture and affordable luxury and offers an authentic shopping experience with a mix of retail, leisure, dining, entertainment and residential facilities. Whether its haute couture, fashion, jewellery, gifts or home and interior accessories, you will find many highend retailers and brands that are exclusive to Wafi. An added attraction is the quiet sophistication of Raffles Dubai - part of the Wafi complex, where you can chill out after maximizing your purchasing power. Visit www.wafi.com. www.discover-dubai.ae

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Health&fitness HEALTH & fitness

bread in general, but if you can’t always go without, ensure you eat brown, or whole-wheat variations. Add vegetables to your diet, they are a great source of fibre and healthy carbs.

BEAT THOSE HOLIDAY POUNDS It is common knowledge that when the holidays roll around at the end of the year it can be easy to gain weight. This is probably due to the fact that we are busy socialising with our families (probably eating), planning our holiday festivities and shopping for gifts and the like: exercise and healthy regimens are sometimes no longer a priority for us, and thus the pounds can creep on. While the holidays are mainly about joy, communion and celebration, we cannot allow the aftermath of all that fun to bring us down – there are ways to prepare your body so that you can stay in shape, and maintain your pre-holiday fitness. Eating Habits: Food is often the main activity during the holiday season. Work parties and socialising with friends etc. These are long affairs with multiple plates flying on and off the table and the food is usually moreish, but not necessary healthy. Since eating at those events is as mandatory as it gets, you should opt for healthier options from the menu. Go for more balanced meals, splitting up your meal content into 50% protein, 25% carbs and 25% healthy fats. Whilst that might sound complicated, it is a simply a story of substituting your usual staples (carbs) for healthier options. Instead of rice try quinoa, it is a carb high in protein and low in starch. Opt for sweet potato instead of regular potato. Avoid 50 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

When the festivities roll around, you have earned the right to indulge, but don’t go nuts. Be smart about your choices; don’t over-fill your plate with mac n’cheese and mashed potato, but rather go for the protein, the turkey with a side of mash potato. Increase/start training: No matter how disciplined you are with you food, ultimately if you are inactive there will be some weight gain, so now would be the best time to start training! If you already workout, increase your gym sessions per week, at least in the three weeks leading up to the holidays, instead of going 3 times a week try 5 times a week, push harder and eat well before and after going so not to over-exhaust yourself. If you don’t work out, now would be the perfect time to start. The world of exercise is vast and diverse and good for you. No one is asking you to join an Olympic lifting class, if that’s not your thing - but ease yourself into an RPM class at your nearest Fitness First, allowing yourself to work at your own pace and intensity. Circuit training is another great way to be active, especially if you don’t workout since there are adjustable scaled options to suit all levels of fitness. Travelling for the festive period and can’t get to a gym? You can also workout from home. Wake up in the morning and go for a run, or do some jumping jacks or push ups, use a skip rope, or do some interval training or even some yoga. Use this time to set 2017 goals - The holiday season can be the gateway to your New Year’s resolution to lead a healthier lifestyle! Call 800 FITNESS (348 6377), visit www.fitnessfirstme.com or log on to www.facebook.com/fitnessfirstme.


GETTING AROUND Dubai

Getting around

Dubai

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Public transport in Dubai is made up of Taxis, Buses, Trams, the Metro and Marine Transport (Abra, Water Bus, Water Taxi and Ferry Dubai).

DUBAI TAXI

Taking a taxi in Dubai is cheap, safe and one of the fastest and most popular ways of getting around the city. You can find taxis outside malls, hotels, official taxi ranks, or wave them down in the street. The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) have also introduced an exclusive dispatch service Hala taxi, with numerous on-board features such as free Wi-Fi, weather reports, news updates and entertainment systems.

BOOKING A TAXI

Special Services Taxis with a pink roof are dedicated for ladies and families. Specially equipped vehicles are also available for those with special needs (booked 24 hrs in advance).

Other Taxis Companies Al Arabia Taxi (Green Roof) 04-2855111 Cars Taxi (Blue Roof) 04-2692900 Metro Taxi (Orange Roof) 04-2673222 National Taxi (Yellow Roof) 600-543322.

Luxury Service: If you want to travel in luxury, Uber is for you. Uber taxis allow you to use your smartphone to arrange a pickup in a luxury car. By downloading the Uber App and registering your credit card details, you can have a spotlessly clean car pick you up in minutes from anywhere in Dubai.

Smartphone App Download the RTA's new App 'Smart Taxi' and book a taxi with a shake of your phone. The App will locate your position and send an instant message to the nearest taxi driver. It also allows you to track the taxi’s movement and look for the shortest route.

Tips Avoid getting into unmarked taxis, not only are they illegal, you could become the victim of a scam. Try to identify a landmark near your destination and keep Discover Dubai handy so you can check the map. Tipping the driver isn’t mandatory, but as in most places it seems the right thing to do. 54 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

You can book a taxi by calling the numbers below or using the online booking service at www.etaxi.ae. You can also SMS the taxi rank number to 4774 or use the new Smart Taxi App. For Dubai Taxi (Red Roof), Ladies and Families (Pink Roof), Special Needs or Hala Taxi (Black Roof), call 04-2080808.


MARINE TRANSPORT

Dubai has a combination of water taxis and ferries to move people around the city. Dubai Water Taxis are a private service that will come to the station nearest to you. They operate between 10am to 10pm and cost Dhs 400 per hour. Dubai Ferry service is available from Ghubaiba and Marina Mall stations. Tickets cost Dhs 75 Gold (14 seats) and Dhs 50 Silver (84 seats 2 seats for special needs). You can also find Motorised and Rowing Abra’s and Water Buses to transport you around Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. To book Marine Transport visit www.rta.ae or call 800-9090 for more information. www.discover-dubai.ae

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GETTING AROUND Dubai

DUBAI METRO

The Dubai Metro is a driverless public transport system linking the main areas of Dubai, and each station is supported by a bus and taxi terminal to help you get to your destination.

DUBAI TRAM

The Dubai Tram system links the Dubai Metro and the Palm Monorail and circles the Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence before running along Al Sufouh Road.

BUYING YOUR TICKET

To travel on these systems you need a Nol card or a Nol ticket. To buy or top-up a Nol card or ticket, just go to the ticket office or ticket machine within each station.

WHAT IS A NOL CARD?

A Nol (fare) card is an electronic payment card and there are 3 types available Silver, Blue and Gold. We recommend the Silver card for frequent travellers, which can be loaded with up to Dhs 1000 credit. The Blue card is a personalised card with added security and online services, and the Gold card gives you privileged access to the Gold Class cabins. Nol cards can be used on all modes of public transport and even pay for parking and Dubai Taxis. Each time you travel, just tap the card on the validator and it will automatically deduct the correct fare. It's easy!

WHAT IS A NOL TICKET?

The Red Nol ticket is a paper-based system for occasional travellers. Tickets can be bought from any station vending machine and loaded with up to 10 single trips. Make sure you load it with the correct trip beforehand by checking which zones you’ll pass through, or you could get penalised.

OPERATING HOURS DUBAI METRO

The Metro runs from 6am to midnight Saturday to Wednesday; 6am to 1am on Thursday and from 1pm to 1am on Friday. Trains run every 4 minutes during peak hours and 7 minutes at all other times. 56 | DECEMBER Discover Dubai

DUBAI TRAM

The Tram runs from 6.30am to 1.30am Saturday to Thursday and 9.00am to 1.30am on Friday. Trams run every 10 minutes during peak hours and 12 minutes at all other times.


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• Ferrari World Tour

• Burj Khalifa Tour

• Hatta Wadi Safari

• Helicopter Fun Ride

• Hatta Wadi Safari

• Helicopter Fun Ride

• Deep Sea Fishing

• Wild Wadi Tour

• Deep Sea Fishing

• Wild Wadi Tour

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Package includes: - Roundtrip transfers from the hotel to the boat. - Welcome drinks on arrival in the boat. - Two Hours of cruising along the creek witnessing the old or the heritage part of Dubai. 20% DISCOUNT on Abu Dhabi City Tour (Min 6 pax) - International Buffet dinner. - Tea/Coffee with mineral water. 10% DISCOUNT on Ferrari World (Min 6 pax) -Veg / Jain food can be requested without any 20% DISCOUNT on Desert SafariABC (Min Tourism 12 pax) L.L.C. additional cost.

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GMW Tours All voucher applicable through out the month 10% DISCOUNT on DESERT SAFARI

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- The thrill of the dune bashing on the prolonged stretches of the sand dunes, filled with excitement and thrill in the desert.

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20% DISCOUNT on 5* MARINA DHOW CRUISE

10% DISCOUNT on CREEK DHOW CRUISE 20% DISCOUNT on ROYAL SAFARI 24 hours reservations Email: snytours@gmail.com Subject to terms and conditions.

- 4x4 super power Quad bikes.

15% DISCOUNT on FERRARI WORLD TOUR

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24 Hours Reservation Tel: 04 3805593 / 050 981 7944

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• Ferrari World Tour

• Burj Khalifa Tour

• Ferrari World Tour

• Burj Khalifa Tour

• Hatta Wadi Safari

• Helicopter Fun Ride

• Hatta Wadi Safari

• Helicopter Fun Ride

• Wild Wadi Tour

• Deep Sea Fishing

• Wild Wadi Tour

• Deep Sea Fishing

Discount on Buggy Adventure Tour • Dolphin10% Show • Musandam Oman Tour Bring a Friend and Split the Ride

Disclaimer: to terms Valid untilSubject 30th April 2017 and conditions Tel: +971 50 9192394

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Discount on Buggy Adventure Tour • Dolphin10% Show • Musandam Oman Tour Bring a Friend and Split the Ride

Disclaimer: to terms Valid untilSubject 30th April 2017 and conditions Tel: +971 50 9192394

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Terms and conditions:

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- Show printed voucher at the time of redemption.

- Show printed voucher at the time of redemption.

- Advance booking is recommended.

- Advance booking is recommended.

- Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with

- Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with

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any other offers or discounts.

- Not convertible to cash.

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