As one of the United Arab Emirates' seven emirates, Dubai has transformed from a small fishing village and pearling center to a regional transport and tourism center for the Middle East. Set on the southern shore of the Persian Gulf, Dubai’s development took off with the discovery of oil there in the 1960s. Now it is home to a large expatriate community and has a well-developed tourist infrastructure.
Dubai International Airport is the busiest air transportation hub in the Middle East. The country’s national airline, Emirates, is based in Dubai and runs non-stop flights from almost all major cities in the world with over 100 international airlines also fly into Dubai. The cheapest way to get around is by local buses operated by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). A bus ride can be a fraction of what you’d pay for a taxi, especially during rush hour. Access bus schedules and information at the RTA official website.
Dubai is a top retail haunt that hosts not one but two huge annual shopping festivals. Shopping is a leisure activity here, malls much more than mere collections of stores. Some look like an Italian palazzo or a Persian palace and lure visitors with surreal attractions like an indoor ski slope or a giant aquarium. Traditional souqs, too, are beehives of activity humming with timeless bargaining banter.
The best times to visit Dubai are between October and March, when temperatures are bearable. December and January tend to be high season, with more festivals and events accompanied by higher accommodation prices. Take advantage of lower rates from October through November and February through March.
There are restaurants serving virtually every national cuisine from around the world, including many specializing in Dubai’s own Arabic delights. Dubai does not have its own Michelin Guide, but instead it imports chefs or restaurant chains that have previously been recognized elsewhere by this prestigious publication. Each restaurant featured here is not simply somewhere to eat, but a destination for stunning décor, amazing views and unforgettable culinary experiences.
Operational Days: Daily From 20:00 to 22:30
Dress Code: Casual
Price: Adult AED 250.00 Child AED 180.00
The Marina Dhow Cruise offers the most prominent sights of sky scrapers and surrounding residences around the Marina, this includes the Dubai Marina Yacht Club, the Dubai Marina Mall, a conglomerate of five-star hotels, and other fascinating architectures. You can enjoy the breath taking sights with our soft and melodious background music (Arabic/English).With years of experience and so many tours along the Dubai Marina, this tour in particular is also the most sought of and popular tours among international tourists and residents.
Price: Adult AED 230.00 Child AED 140.00
Absolutely one of the main attractions of your Dubai vacation, a dinner cruise is the most perfect way to enjoy the exquisite vistas of Deira and Bur Dubai in a cozy and welcoming ambience. The two-hour Dubai Dhow cruise that usually begins after sunset covers almost the entire of Dubai Creek.
Home to countless attractions, the river bank that lines the creek itself is one of the Dubai’s iconic sights. Once you board our magnificently restored wooden dhow on Dubai Creek, you’ll be offered a welcome drink, and as soon as the cruising begins, you can dine on an inspired range of freshly prepared gourmet specialties.
Operational Days: Daily From 15:00 to 21:00
Dress Code: Sporty and Casual
Price: Adult AED 275.00 Child AED 230.00
An adventure like no other, the desert safari will take you off-road into the desert for a thrilling and exhilarating experience in the capable hands of one of our experienced drivers.
Riding in a luxurious four-wheel drive vehicle you will experience the wild majesty of the Arabian Desert, one of the last true wildernesses on Earth, and be enthralled by the spectacular scenery of the vast sweeping sand dunes. Watch the full glory of an Arabian Desert sunset and then relax in comfort at the traditional Arabian campsite where more activities for to savor await you.
Ride a camel, smoke aromatic Shisha (water pipe), sand surf, take a picture with Arabic costumes, or have a traditional henna painting done are all part of the experience. For the grand finale, tuck into the sumptuous 3-course Arabic feast, accompanied by an authentic Belly Dancer and finish with the soft tones of Arabian folk music under a moonlit sky to complete the experience.
Dress Code : Casual
Price: Adult AED 140.00 Child AED 125.00
Take a tour of the city of Dubai - A city of contradictions and of wonders. See the old and the new; the ancient and the modern; the exotic and the majestic...
The tour begins with a panoramic shoot of Burj Al Arab Hotel, the world\'s tallest hotel set on a man-made island, and one of Dubai\'s most recognizable landmarks. Be awed by the view of the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque and the impressive Emirates Towers, one of the tallest buildings in the world.
Dress Code : Casual
Price: Adult AED 290 Child AED 255
The capital city of the UAE and the administrative centre of the country, Abu Dhabi is recognized as one of the greenest Capitals of the Middle East. Traveling from Dubai, the tour passes through Jebel Ali Port and Free Zone (JAFZA), which is the largest manmade port in the world.
On arrival in Abu Dhabi you will start with a visit to the Heritage Village; then there is a refreshing drive along the Corniche, where a breathtaking view of the city skyline and the Al Hisn Fort awaits. Take photos at the one million square meters Emirates Palace, the world's most exclusive hotel, and visit Sheikh Khalifa's Palace, where the UAE's president resides.
See traditional wooden dhows being constructed by hand on a trip to the Dhow yard and Batinah Harbour, and then visit Sports City and the biggest Mosque in the UAE, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Mosque, to complete the tour.
* Guests should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes for all tours. A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Tours can be purchased directly with TripAxis.
* Pick up timing will be confirmed once the tour is booked as it depends on the pickup location (hotel where you are staying).