Dubai By Foot’s educational field trip to Old Dubai and the Souks is the perfect tour you might be looking for, for your students. The Old Dubai Prism Tour- Field Trip takes learning to the next level and brings education to life beyond the classroom. The tour is customized as per the classroom learning and the age of the students. It inspires any student from elementary, middle junior and senior high school’s students.
Old Dubai Prism Tour- Educational Field Trip
What is the structure of the tour?
Our walking tours can go on for a duration of one to three hours as per your need. The Old Dubai Prism Tour is our top selling educational field trip, which takes place in the historic Al Fahidi region of the district (formerly known as Bastakiya).
On our Old Dubai Prism Tour, we offer students an interactive and sensory experience, filled with story-telling, trivia, treasure hunts, and activities to help them understand the history and culture of our country. We also focus on the historical journey of the Emirati people from Nomadic Bedouin life to the modern-day development. Our tour also includes a visit to the Dubai Museum where we explain the students the history of the pearl diving industry in UAE.
It is generally a three-hour walking tour with approximately one hour for each section.
Section 1: Bastakiya
Section 2: Dubai Museum
Section 3: Textile and Spice Souk along with the Abra Ride across the Creek
What is the itinerary of the tour?
The tour first focuses on introducing the students to the history of Dubai and UAE, and how its economy was back in the 1900s. We talk about the Bedouin life, the ruling kingdom of Dubai and the origin and importance of coffee in this region. We shed light on Bastakiya and its role in Dubai’s development.
The next hour of the tour focuses on Pearl Diving, as we walk to the Dubai Museum to delve into the early days of Dubai when fisheries and pearl diving was the main source of revenue for the district.
The next hour includes a fun Abra ride across the Creek (students love the boat ride!) as we walk through the Textile Souk to the Spice Souk. Here the students learn about the different spices and their origin.
A detailed presentation on pearling and Bedouin life in the Past
Each section of the tour is included with activities and quizzes to keep up with the interest of the students.
The first hour of the tour in Bastakiya includes a quiz contest where students are grouped in teams to answer questions testing their knowledge of what they have learned so far on the tour. It is a helpful activity that tests what they have retained from the field trip so far, also helping them in team building and maintaining their excitement and energy level through the trip. We ask them questions related to coffee, the Bedouins and the wind tower systems in Old Dubai. The winning team is awarded.
The second hour of the tour includes a postcard writing activity in the foyer of the Dubai Museum, where the students also take a little break before the next stop. We provide each student with a postcard to write a note to someone they love, telling them about the tour and what they have learned from it. The postcards can be sent to the address the students provide.
It helps the students to give their parents or loved ones, a snapshot of their time away.
Here, we also present the students with their certificate of participation and click group photos that are sent to the teachers after the tour.
Why should you book an educational trip with Dubai By Foot?
Our Old Dubai Prism Tour focuses on the in-class learning of the students to help them understand the history of Dubai better. Our tours are known to inspire students for the culture and history of UAE.
We have over a decade of experience in providing and organizing school tours for students across Europe and America. We have trained-licensed guides to provide tours for the students. Moreover, to ensure a better guide to student ratio, we assign not more than twenty students to one guide.
We have recently provided educational Old Dubai tours to students of Collegiate American School, Nibras International School, GEMS National School, Kent College Dubai and Ranches Primary School, Dubai.
Our guides are trained to answer all questions your students might have. Also, when you share with us what the students are learning in school, we customize the entire tour as per their learning. Therefore, we make sure that curriculum elements are a part of the tour to give the students first-hand experience. From Old Dubai, Pearl Diving and Trade, to Bedouin Life and to the major developments in Dubai history, our tours are famous for the depth of knowledge they delve into.
We turn the tour into a mobile classroom, where students enjoy, learn and test their knowledge at the same time. Also, most of the students visit the Historic Old Dubai for the very first time.
Our educational trip is well designed to stimulate learning beyond the textbooks as students visit historic relics themselves. Our Old Dubai Prism Tour- Educational Field Trip is a customized version of our top-selling and signature tour, Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour, which is loved by all our guests. For more queries or details of the tour, please contact us by email.
The UAE is no stranger to the spotlight and music videos and movies being shot in Dubai are no exception. In this blog, we will talk about five famous music videos and movies shot in Dubai.
Which are the famous songs shot in Dubai?
Imagine Dragons- Thunder
Imagine Dragons, the famous band came up with a single called Thunder which was shot completely in Dubai.
On March 16, 2017, the Imagine Dragons official Instagram account posted a photo of the group with the caption “In Milan. Now Dubai bound to film something special…”
That week, the American band teased fans in the city with photos of themselves enjoying the desert, leading many to speculate about the reason behind their visit. An Instagram post of a slate against the backdrop of the Burj Khalifa finally satiated the fans’ curiosity — the group was in Dubai to film a new music video.
The video was primarily filmed in the Dubai Design District. Despite being shot completely in black and white, it manages to capture the beauty of the city with shots of popular areas like Shaikh Zayed Road, City Walk and Dubai Marina.
In May 2016, the rapper Wiz Khalifa shot the music video to his song So Much in Dubai. The video shows the rapper hanging out with tigers, feeding giraffes and riding an ATV in the desert.
Cardi B- Bodak Yellow
American rapper Cardi B’s Grammy-nominated song “Bodak Yellow” took the world by storm soon after its release in June 2017. It topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks. And yes, it was shot in Dubai!
Cardi B shot parts of the music video in Dubai’s deserts.
Which are the famous movies shot in Dubai?
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol
The movie that grossed over USD 700 million dollars, featuring Tom Cruise was shot in Dubai.
Many scenes were shot in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world.
At the time of filming, the building hadn’t been completely finished so unused floors were taken over, windows removed and those stunts were terrifyingly real.
The chase through the sandstorm ended at Dubai’s wave-shaped Meydan Bridge.
Shot in 2011, this Paramount Pictures movie was a huge hit and opened doors to more shootings in Dubai. Tom Cruise was highly praised for doing the stunt on the Burj Khalifa himself. He put himself in the harness dangling 1,700 feet off the ground! During the eight days of shooting the sequence, only a cable with the thickness of a piano wire separated the actor from going from one of Hollywood’s biggest draws to one of its biggest cautionary tales.
The king of Bollywood- Shahrukh Khan is loved by all in the UAE. He calls Dubai his second home an featured in Dubai Tourism’s #BeMyGuest Video that was an instant hit.
The movie Happy New Year was shot in 2014. Most of the scenes in Dubai were designed to be shot in or around the famous Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah. The shooting went for a month but the team at Atlantis started preparations months ago to cater to the script.
Khan’s crew and cast filmed all over the hotel – at Nasimi Beach, in the grand lobby, the Ambassador Lagoon, on the Royal Beach, at the helipad, and at Dolphin Bay. All the while the hotel was still running and functioning as usual for guests and visitors.
Many guests thought they’d walked into a time machine when they found the lobby bedecked in festive decorations.
Tax rebates are offered to people who come to make movies/ videos here, so along with the stunning architecture and desert landscape, filming in the UAE is a very attractive option for film-makers. Who knows what kind of movies we can expect to arrive here next, judging from what we have above, we have bets on some more futuristic-style action flicks.
This post will help you navigate through the myriad of discounts, specials and Black Friday deals for 2018 so you can continue to explore!
Keep in mind that ourname your own price walking toursare always budget friendly in any of our cities and we have special blog posts to cover visiting on a budget or how to enter certain attractions for free with a tourist discount pass!
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A workshop where creativity and technology co-exist, The Jewel Teller is in Alserkal Avenue. It is a design space in Dubai’s very own art hub with a collection of some fine jewellery.
About Alserkal Avenue
Located in Al Quoz 1, Alserkal Avenue is Dubai’s foremost art hub that was established in 2007. The Avenue was once a cluster of industrial warehouses. These warehouses are now the art spaces that support the regions to encourage and support the region’s mushrooming art scene. The space brings artists and collaborators ideas from across the globe, come to life.
The warehouses include non-profit artists’ studios, residency programmes, project spaces, concept stores, black box theatre, independent cinema, outdoor event facilities and community-led cultural initiatives, as well as unique food and beverage outlets. Our favourite, The Jewel Teller is located in Warehouse E49 of Alserkal Avenue.
About the Jewel Teller
The Jewel Teller is a boutique jewellery store conducting three operations in one design space. There is a design studio where the initial ideas are recognised. Then, a workshop where the designs and ideas are perfectly created and handcrafted. Then there is the main gallery where the finished jewellery is showcased.
The idea of The Jewel Teller is to create a space where the studio can share the full jewellery journey. It begins from the initial design through to the finished article. The experience is different. It is much appreciated when customers and clients can see their jewellery designs sketched, watch the pieces being made, and learn about the stones, materials and historical inspiration behind them – all in one space.
The store uses design, hand techniques, wax model making, CAD and 3D printing, gem cutting, engraving and stone setting to carve the beautiful jewellery being displayed outside.
The inspiration for the designs comes from a variety of historical periods – for example, the founder’s passion for the Art Deco period with its range of exotic influences, and the glamour of the 1940s and 50s when ladies wore jewellery for most occasions.
The Jewel Teller opens its doors to show the ancient yet, unknown craft of jewellery making through the skilled hands of its 15 goldsmiths.
The best way to reach here is by a cab to Alserkal Avenue or a cab from the First Abu Dhabi Bank metro station. Parking is generally full at Alserkal Avenue, so we recommend visitors do not drive.
Founder and Creative Director at The Jewel Teller
Susana Martin is the founder of this unique space. She got this idea when she saw a gap between the design and production stages of the jewels where she previously worked. She felt the need to have a creative control over designing which gave her the idea of The Jewel Teller.
Currently, Marcela Costa is the designer and creative director at the Jewel Teller. Born and raised in tropical land Brazil, Marcela knew from a young age she would design and make jewellery. She was still in school when the natural materials from the Amazon inspired her to hand make her first jewellery pieces and create partnerships with other jewellers, designer and fashion designers. The abundance of Brazilian gems encouraged her to get her business diploma and venture out to Florence to learn the goldsmith craft from the old-world masters. Upon her return she landed an important role with a New Yorker Jeweller where she stayed for the next 4 years. She worked for several designers of different backgrounds, collecting experience and experimenting different styles, which culminated to the beginning of her own brand.
Her love and ability to carve and sculpt has allowed her to explore different shapes and the nature of movement, which is a trade mark throughout her pieces. After a 20-year journey between Brazil, Italy and US, Marcela, designs for the Jewel Teller. Here, she has the chance to explore and incorporate elements of Eastern traditions to her cosmopolitan and earthy style.
The co-founder of the Jewel Teller is Hayan Sheakh Othman, who Martin’s met through a work project. He introduced her to their investor Ahmad Alqaz Alfalasi. The three of them brought the idea to life.
When was the Jewel Teller founded?
The Jewel Teller was started In 2016, and you can visit this studio and workshop on Dubai By Foot’s Art Tour. The store is open Saturday to Thursday from 10am to 7pm.
Art, Jewels & Chocolate Tour by Dubai By Foot
This walking tour is designed for both art lovers and art-agnostics. We explore Alserkal Avenue – through its galleries, studios, and artistically-inspired stores, and an end-to-end designer jewellery manufacturing store. This tour is an insight into the lives of expats in Dubai, expressed through installation artwork. It is also a terrific opportunity to understand how design-thinking is shaping product design.
We also visit our favourite, The Jewel Teller store on this tour. Guests learn about jewellery by seeing any stage of its creative journey in the design incubator. It gives you a 360-degree experience, incorporating the three core concepts of jewellery design in a single space.
The journey starts at the stone cutting station where rough gemstones are hand cut into perfectly faceted jewels. We then proceed to see the 3D printed master models being moulded and cast into precious metals. They are then distributed to have their sprues cut, roughness filed, parts soldered, texture applied, stones set and finally, to be polished to perfection. You will be wow-ed by this experience!
No matter how busy you are,we recommend youvisit this beautiful space. And why not, if it gives you some memorable Instagram photos!
With Dubai growing as an international hub, it makes sense that a new airport has opened up. Al Maktoum International Airport officially opened in 2010 and it welcomed passenger airlines starting in 2013. Currently, the airport welcomes airlines such as fly Dubai, Aeroflot and Wizz Air. In this post, we will discuss the various ways of getting to and from Al Maktoum International Airport.
What is the fastest way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?
You can hire a taxi straight from the airport to your destination. These taxis are available 24/7. Riders have a choice between a cream-trimmed taxi, which is available for anyone to hire, or a pink-trimmed taxi, which has a female driver and is available for women and families to use. If you are a fan of ride-sharing apps like Uber and Careem, however, you’ll find yourself out of luck – these services don’t operate out of Al Maktoum Airport.
It’s important to note that Al Maktoum Airport is a bit out of the way from Dubai’s city centre, so a taxi ride will easily cost about 100 – 150 AED. Many Dubai taxis are not equipped with card readers, so make sure you exchange money beforehand so you can pay in cash.
Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability
Cons: More expensive for single travellers
What is the cheapest way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?
There is also the option of taking the public bus into the city. This is one of the cheapest options available, costing less that 8 AED per passenger. There are two buses that together, provide 24/7 service.
The Express Bus F55 operates between 6am and 10pm. It departs hourly from the airport and runs every hour, taking riders directly to the Ibn Battuta Metro Station. This journey takes approximately 40 minutes. After reaching the metro station, visitors can travel by metro, can call a taxi or can hop on one of the other buses at this stop (the Ibn Battuta Bus Stop also connects to Route 8 bus line to Dubai’s central business district and the Route 99 bus line to the Jebel Ali Free Zone).
The Express Bus F55A is the night service bus, running from 11pm to 6am. This bus departs the airport on the hour and runs hourly. This bus takes passengers from Al Maktoum airport to the Satwa bus station, in a trip that takes about 90 minutes.
If you plan to take a bus from the airport, it’s important to note that Dubai buses do not accept payment in cash or coin. You will need to purchase a Nol card and top it up with some funds. Tourists often purchase a red ticket, which can be loaded with up to 10 trips or with 5 daily passes (you can read more about the different types of Nol cards and their associate pricing here). You’ll find kiosks in the airport that will allow you to purchase a Nol card before getting on the bus.
Pros: Highly affordable
Cons: Hourly service only, limited destinations so further transport via taxi, metro or bus is likely required.
What is a convenient way to get to the Dubai City from Al Maktoum Airport?
You also have the option of renting a car from the airport and driving to your destination. Car hire agents with kiosks in Al Maktoum Airport include Dollar, Thrift, W&B Rent a Car and Hertz. This is the most expensive option. The prices vary based on the car make, length of rental and the rental company. If you’re thinking about renting a car, you should also remember to include the price of fuel in your estimate (even though fuel in Dubai tends to be cheaper than in other parts of the world) and the price of parking (as there are only a few areas with free parking in Dubai). You should also consider that driving on Dubai’s roads can sometimes get a bit chaotic, so make sure you will be comfortable driving in these conditions.
Pros: Freedom to travel anytime at your convenience and directly to/from your destination
Cons: This is the most expensive option. You should only consider renting a car if you are planning to make use of the vehicle throughout the length of your trip.
The type of transport you use when leaving Al Maktoum International Airport depends on a lot of factors. It can be the amount of luggage you are carrying, the number of people travelling with you, the time you arrive, your budget and your destination. We hope this post will help you narrow down your options and let you begin your journey into the city.
When it comes to number of passengers, Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest international airport. It’s the main flight hub in Dubai, so if you are planning a visit to the city, it’s likely to be the airport that you will be flying into. Once you arrive, you’ll find there are a variety of options to help you get to where you are going. In this post, we’ll take you through the various forms of transport out of Dubai International Airport.
What are the fastest ways to get to Dubai City from Dubai International Airport?
You can hire a taxi straight from the airport to your destination. These taxis are available 24/7 outside Terminals 1, 2 and 3. Riders have a choice between a cream-trimmed taxi, which is available for anyone to hire, or a pink-trimmed taxi, which has a female driver and is available for women and families to use.
There is a 25 AED surcharge for trips from the airport and passengers are generally charged 1.96 AED for every kilometer travelled.
Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability
Cons: More expensive for single travellers.
For those of you who prefer ride-sharing apps, there is also the option of taking an Uber. Uber has made it very convenient to request a pick up from Dubai International Airport. You choose the ride option that suits the size of your group and the amount of luggage you are carrying and indicate which terminal you would like to be picked up from. You can then exit from the arrivals area and head to your pick up spot by the parking lot.
If you are at terminal 1, your pickup spot will be the Short Stay Car Park A1.
If you are at terminal 2, your pickup spot will be the passenger pick up area next to the outdoor carpark across the road.
If you are at terminal 3, your pickup spot will be Parking Lot 2.
Pros: Door-to-door service, easy especially for families, 24/7 availability, online receipts make reimbursement easier, ability to pay directly through the app
Cons: Possible difficulty locating the pickup spot and identifying your driver, Internet access required to use the app.
What are the affordable ways to get to the city from Dubai International Airport?
Outside Terminal 1 and terminal 2, you will find special air-conditioned buses with large baggage holds. These buses operate 24 hours a day at 30-minute intervals and follow two main routes.
Airport Bus 401 travels to Deira, stopping at DNATA, Al Maktoum Road, Deira Taxi Station and Al Sabkha Bus Station. Airport Bus 402 transports passengers to the Dubai city area on the other side of the creek. The stops on this line are Deira City Centre, Al Karama, Golden Sands, Al Mankhool and Al Ghubaiba Bus Station.
The bus fare will only cost about 3 AED, making this an extremely cost effective option. However, it is important to note that Dubai buses do not accept payment in cash or coin. You will need to purchase a Nol card and top it up with some funds. Tourists often purchase a red ticket, which can be loaded with up to 10 trips or with 5 daily passes (you can read more about the different types of Nol cards and their associate pricing here). You’ll find kiosks in the airport that will allow you to purchase a Nol card before getting on the bus.
Pros: Highly affordable
Cons: Departure only every 30 minutes, limited destinations so further transport via taxi, metro or bus is may be required.
Dubai also boasts of a world class metro system that connects to Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport. Passengers entering the metro from one of these stations are allowed two pieces of luggage each, one of which is hand luggage.
Trains run every ten minutes; however, the metro is not in operation 24/7. The exact timetable will depend on your destination. In general, trains on the red line run from 5am till midnight Saturday to Wednesday, 5am till 1am on Thursdays and from 10am till 1am on Fridays.
You will need a Nol card with sufficient funds (minimum 8 AED) in order to ride the metro. We’ve written a detailed guide on how to use the Dubai Metro here.
Pros: Highly affordable
Cons: Possible difficulty manoeuvring suitcases on and off the train, limited destinations so further transport via taxi or bus may be required.
What is a convenient way to get to the city from Dubai International Airport?
You also have the option of renting a car from the airport and driving to your destination. Car hire agents with kiosks in Dubai International Airport include Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, Sixt, Thrifty, Asia Autolease, Continental, DiamondLease, Fast, Tamara, United and Yasi. This is the most expensive option, with prices varying based on the car make, length of rental and the rental company. If you’re thinking about renting a car, you should also remember to include the price of fuel in your estimate (even though fuel in Dubai tends to be cheaper than in other parts of the world) and the price of parking (as there are only a few areas with free parking in Dubai). You should also consider that driving on Dubai’s roads can sometimes get a bit chaotic, so make sure you will be comfortable driving in these conditions.
Pros: Freedom to travel anytime at your convenience and directly to/from your destination
Cons: This is the most expensive option. You should only consider renting a car from the airport if you are planning to make use of the vehicle throughout the length of your trip
The type of transport you use when leaving Dubai International Airport depends on a lot of factors – the amount of luggage you are carrying, the number of people travelling with you, the time you arrive, your budget and your destination. We hope this post will help you narrow down your options and let you begin your journey into the city.
There are several different tourist passes available in Dubai. Whether you’re just looking for a few things to do or you’d rather have access to as many attractions as possible, there are many excellent opportunities to save money in this city. This post will provide information about your options, comparing all of the activities included with each pass.
Dubai tourist passes come in many different forms. While some will provide easy access to many different attractions, others will allow you to pick the specific locations you want to visit. This section will provide information about what you can expect from each type of city pass.
This discount pass will include admission to dozens of different attractions for one low price. You can purchase an all-inclusive pass for anywhere from 2-7 days at a time.
Even if you can’t take advantage of everything these passes offer in the amount of time you’re given, you stand to save the most money with this option. That being said, most people prefer this service because it is easy to use for skip-the-line access at many different locations.
Rather than giving you unlimited access to dozens of fun activities, this tourist pass will allow you to choose 3, 5, or 7 different attractions for one low price.
This is a much better option for anyone who might not be certain that they will be able to take full advantage of an all-inclusive pass, as you can pick the specific locations you want to visit and pay one price for all of them.
Flex passes are usually a lot more affordable than an all-inclusive pass, but the savings potential isn’t as significant as other options. That being said, flex passes usually allow you the freedom to choose your attractions as you go, so you won’t necessarily have to make your choices ahead of time.
If you’re looking for an alternative to the flex pass, this option will probably work out better. Although you won’t save as much money as you can with other passes, you can choose as few as 2 different attractions when you build your own pass.
The main difference between this option and the flex pass is that you will have to pick your attractions ahead of time rather than deciding where to go at your own leisure. This is undoubtedly the most affordable discount pass you will find, but it’s also the least extensive and it offers the least savings.
The following section will provide all the information you need to choose an all-inclusive Dubai city pass. In addition to prices, we will also include information about the various attractions you can visit with each service.
You’ll get the best deal by purchasing the longest pass. While the 2-day pass is $159.50 per day and does not have any premium attractions, the 7-day pass is only around $85.50 per day and everything is included.
You can use either a physical card or a digital pass which is offered through their app for admission to each activity. If you don’t manage to use your pass, you can return it within 30 days of the purchase date for your money back. Your Go Dubai Card will be valid for the allotted time, but you can use it on any day you want over the course of two weeks.
For example, if you use your card once, the pass will be validated for one day of use. If you don’t plan on using the card on the next day, it won’t count against the time on your pass. The next day of service will not be validated until you use it again.
In other words, you could technically get a 2-day pass and use it on Monday, wait 3 days, and then use it again on Friday without needing to purchase another card.
NOTE: Dubai Parks and Resort includes a lot of different amusement parks such as LEGOLAND, MOTIONGATE and Bollywood Parks. The pass you will receive allows you to hop from one park to the next at your own leisure.
TIP:You will not require reservations to enter IMG Worlds of Adventure with the Go Dubai Card. This priority entry is only included with Smart Destinations passes.
30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.
As you can probably tell, the Dubai Unlimited Pass is a lot more affordable than at least some of the other passes.
This service also offers a lot of the same attractions as competitors such as the Go Dubai Card, including at least one of their premium options – Dubai Parks and Resort. Their lowest price option is valid for three days, and it’s actually cheaper than the 2-Day pass from Smart Destinations. Although the Turbo Pass (which you can read about below) is a bit more affordable, it doesn’t include as many popular and premium attractions as this service. If you’re looking to get the most bang for your buck, this tourist pass is definitely worth consideration.
Make sure to compare the activities included with each pass before making a decision.
With that said, it’s important to note that the Dubai Unlimited Pass must be used on consecutive days. Although it is valid for 6 months after your original purchase, once it has been activated, you will need to use it as quickly as possible.
If you’re working with a tight budget, this all-inclusive pass is definitely worth a look. Depending on how many days you choose to use it, you could have access to over 30 different attractions in Dubai.
In addition, a shuttle bus to Abu Dhabi is also included. The Dubai City Pass is offered in increments of 1, 2, 3 and 7 days.
1 & 2-day passes include only 14 attractions, but 3 & 7 day passes feature over 30 activities.
The main difference between this and other passes is that they don’t offer popular activities such as the Dubai Parks and Resort. However, if you’re interested in visiting the museums and taking a variety of tours, this is a great choice.
The Dubai City Pass is a lot more affordable than some of their competitors. Even the 7-day pass is more affordable than the cheapest Dubai Unlimited Pass.
Even if you won’t need it for more than two days, we recommend purchasing at least a 3-day pass in order to get access to all of the attractions. The price difference between these two options is negligible, so it’s worth spending a few extra bucks to double your entertainment value. NOTE: The Dubai City Pass includes skip-the-line entry to Burj Khalifa’s ‘At the Top’ Observatory. This is an excellent advantage that other tourist passes do not include.
The following section will provide details about the various flex pass services that are available in Dubai. These discount passes will allow you to choose a specific number of popular attractions rather than a number of days that you can access them.
Even though this option is more affordable, your discounts probably won’t be as significant as they would be with an all-inclusive pass.
There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.
Much like their competitors, this flex pass will also allow you to choose a specific number of attractions for one flat price. Choose between 3, 4, 5 or 7 different options from a list of 40+ popular activities and attractions in Dubai. This list has 10 more attractions than the unlimited pass.
The Dubai Explorer Pass is valid for a total of 30 days after its initial activation, giving you plenty of time to use it at your leisure rather than having to hop from one activity to the next as quickly as possible.
This flex pass might not be as cheap as some of the other flex passes on this list, but there are a few notable features.
For one thing, you don’t have to use it immediately after it is activated. Visitors who are spending more than a week in the UAE might appreciate having plenty of time to use their pass whenever they want within a span of 30 days.
There are also a lot of attractions included with the Dubai Explorer pass which you will not find on other flex passes. The RIB Speed Boat, Aquaventure Waterpark and Camel Trek activities are all examples of services that their competitors do not offer.
The Dubai Explorer pass is also easy to use with the Go City Card app. Although you can print out your tickets, they are also simple to access and can be scanned directly from your smartphone.
There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.
This flex pass will allow you to choose between 3, 5 or 7 different attractions for one low price. There are well over 30 activities to choose from including popular locations like Burj Khalifa and IMG Worlds of Adventure.
They also offer a premium option with access to 12 elite attractions which you won’t find on the Super Saver pass.
Some of the prices for this service are comparable to the Dubai Unlimited all-inclusive pass. The attractions included are also very similar, but you’ll be choosing the specific locations you want to visit rather than paying one lump sum for dozens of activities.
What this means is that you should consider what you want to do while visiting before making your decision.
For instance, if you only want to visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, LEGOLAND, and the Wild Wadi Waterpark, it would be cheaper to get the Dubai Super Saver Pass.
However, if you intend to do all of this and use a hop-on-hop-off bus or enjoy a cruise, it might be worth it to consider an all-inclusive pass instead.
This service also offers admission to either 3, 5 or 7 different attractions. There are a total of 33 different activities to choose from including many popular locations such as MotionGate and LEGOLAND. Unlike their competitors, iVenture does not include any premium attractions with the Dubai Flexi Pass. All tickets must be used within 7 days of pass validation.
It is worth noting that some attractions such as the Palm Island cruise are actually the same as the premium options offered by their competitors. Why pay a higher price for something that you can get with the basic Dubai Flexi pass?
Speaking of value, you might have noticed that the prices for this pass are actually a lot lower than some of the other flex passes. If you’re looking for the lowest possible price on certain attractions, make sure to keep this service in mind.
You can also save money by purchasing your pass during the low season. The Dubai Flexi pass can be activated at any time within 6 months of the original purchase date. As a result, you can buy your pass ahead of time and avoid paying high season prices!
If you’d rather take matters into your own hand and pick the specific attractions which interest you, consider a build your own pass instead. This option will allow you to save money on as few as two activities in Dubai.
However, this pass also represents the least significant discounts of any tourist pass on our list.
You will also need to pick your attractions ahead of time rather than making that choice at your leisure.
One of the best things about this discount pass is that you can use it anytime you want within the span of 30 days. If you’re planning to spend more than a week in Dubai and you want the freedom to enjoy various activities at your own leisure, this is a great opportunity.
It’s worth noting that their all-inclusive pass is valid for two weeks from the date that it is first validated. Although it’s not the full month you’ll receive with this option to build your own pass, the same general principle of using the card at your leisure also applies with their other services.
There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.
This is one of the cheapest tourist passes you will find in Dubai, but it will only provide access to 3 different attractions from a list of over 30 possibilities.
Depending on how you choose to use the Dubai Select pass, you could save over 50% on each activity. Your savings will depend primarily on which activities you choose, so you may want to consider using this pass for the more expensive services.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
iFly Indoor Skydiving
Ski Dubai Polar Pass
Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’
Dubai Safari Park
Some of the attractions you can choose from cost almost as much as the Dubai Select pass, so it’s pretty easy to save a lot of money. Here is an example itinerary you may want to consider:
Although you can save a lot of money with the Dubai Select pass, there is one requirement that you should keep in mind: you must use the pass within 7 days of the first use. You’ll have the freedom to use it whenever you want during those 7 days, but after that week the pass will no longer be valid.
In comparison, the Build Your Own pass option from Smart Destinations will allow you to use your tickets at any time within 30 days of the first use. If you plan on staying in Dubai for longer than a week, that might be a better option.
However, it is worth noting that you can save more money with the Dubai Select pass.
The only other catch with this pass is that all three of the attractions you select must be from different pools. Needless to say, you can find some pretty valuable and fun activities in each pool, but this also makes it impossible to get more than one ticket from one pool.
If you plan to visit more than one of the locations included in one of the attraction pools, keep this factor in mind before purchasing.
The following section will provide a few different alternatives to traditional tourist passes. Rather than paying per day or activity, you will pay one flat price for a specific selection of attractions.
Most of these opportunities are offered by bus tour companies. The discounts possible with these options aren’t always on par with attraction passes, but you may still want to consider them if you know exactly what you want to do while visiting Dubai.
Big Bus Tours
This is a very popular international bus tour company. Although they do not offer any discount passes in Dubai, their special ticket options include several notable attractions. They also provide a few select combo packages that you may want to consider.
The combo packages offered by Big Bus Tours may actually be better than the passes provided by City Sightseeing. In addition to various tours, each pass also includes cruises and museums.
It’s also worth noting that prices for tickets and packages are a lot more affordable than the deals offered by their competition.
This is another notable international bus tour company, and they often offer either discount passes or packages which include their hop-on-hop-off tours. In Dubai, they provide a selection of 3 tourist passes and several packages to choose from.
Depending on which option you choose, you could save up to $157 for various activities. You’ll find a breakdown of each major option below.
Cool Summer Pass
3-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Ski Dubai Polar Pass
Al Seef Dhow Cruise
Palm Jumeirah Cruise
Total Value: $301
Total Price: $180
Total Savings: $121
Twin City Pass
7-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
Dubai Mall Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Abu Dhabi City Tour w/ hotel pick up & drop off
2 Hour Walking Tour of Dubai Creek
Global Village Ticket
Palm Jumeirah Cruise
Total Value: $235
Total Price: $180
Total Savings: $55
Dubai Essential Pass
7-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Sunset Dinner Safari
Palm Jumeirah Cruise
Total Value: $337
Total Price: $180
Total Savings: $157
City Sightseeing also offers combo packages which include their bus tours and one other attraction. Here are a few combination deals they offer:
The average Emirati spends around 2.5 hours a day on social media. There are many social and cultural factors at play that encourage this, but we can’t help but feel that the city of Dubai itself plays a part. The city is beautifully designed and well lit, making it perfect for taking photos of your Instagram! In this post, we’ll share the top 10 most Instagram spots in Dubai.
Dubai Miracle Garden
Insta it with flowers! The Dubai Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden, with over 109 million flowers planted. The entire park provides a beautiful, verdant backdrop for your photos. We’re particularly partial to the heart-shaped floral arches lining the walkways that provide great framing for any shots that you may wish to take. Try wearing a floral-print outfit when you go to the Miracle Garden – it can provide an intriguing match to the flowers of your surroundings, leading to great photos.
Box Park is a colorful collection of buildings along Al Wasl Road. The area is so named because the architecture was designed to resemble a funky stack of industrial style boxes. The sharp lines and colorful facades make for a striking background for any photos you might want to take. If you’re planning a photo shoot here, we recommend wearing a single color outfit will contrast well with the primary colors of the buildings.
There are few places as quintessentially Dubai at Madinat Jumeirah. The area boasts lovely sand-colored buildings, sparkling waterways topped with gliding abras and leafy palm trees, all with the Burj Al Arab towering in the skyline behind. Stick on your sunnies, plop on your hat and take some photos that celebrate the Dubai aesthetic. Definitely one of the top 10 Instagram spots in Dubai.
Tub of Butter
There are plenty of restaurants and cafés in Dubai that serve perfectly plated meals and eye-catching desserts. It’s hard to narrow down which places to head to for foodie-friendly Instagram shots, but we particularly like Tub of Butter. They offer a fine collection of sandwiches and pastries, as well as a deli selection providing fine cheese and meats. For Instagram purposes, however, we love their coffee art. You can order a drink topped with an image of anyone from Marilyn Monroe to Sheikh Mohammed.
The Dubai Dunes
There are few sights that combine simplicity and majesty as well as the sand dunes of Dubai. If you get the chance, we recommend taking the trip out to the desert sometime during the sunset hours. The sky casts a warm hue that leaves the dunes a rich dusky red that makes a gorgeous backdrop for photos. Not to mention, this period is known as the golden hour, thanks to the beautiful soft light about during that time – you won’t need any filters if you take photographs during this time.
Dubai Design District
Dubai Design District is a purpose-built community of designers and creative. The entire space is one that celebrates the aesthetic makes a great spot for some Instagrammable shots. The area is dotted with eye-catching modern sculptures that you can pose beside. The Dubai Design District is a little out of the way compared to other places in Dubai, but in a way, that makes it even better. The lack of crowds means that you can spread out and pose to your heart’s content.
Street 18B Karama
For a while, this area was only known as a flea market district – great for shopping, but not the best background for photos. However, this area has gotten a major makeover in the past few years. Where there were once plain sandstone walls, there is now a collection of colorful graffiti art decorating the area’s buildings. These eye-catching pieces really stand out against the neutral tones of the old Dubai buildings, so it’s a great place for eye-popping pictures.
Alserkal Avenue is one of Dubai’s major artistic hubs – it’s the reason why it features so heavily in our Art Tour of Dubai. Naturally, there are a lot of great places here to take photos. The open spaces and pale, angular buildings allow for some great dramatic shots. If you want to get up close and personal, a lot of the galleries in the area allow you to take photos of the statues and paintings – just ask.
Dubai’s most famous locale has plenty of eye-catching attractions within, making it a great place to snap a shot. There is always something to photograph here, from dinosaur skeletons to a disco-lit ice rink to a massive aquarium. When it comes to selfies though, the most popular spot is probably in front of the Human Waterfall. It depicts a collection of exquisitely carved figures diving down a shimmering cascade of water. It definitely makes for a striking image.
This is the site of our Old Dubai Tour. The area is a small enclave of historic sand-colored buildings with rising wind towers. Unlike many historical sites, this one is spacious and clean, with plenty of room to spread out and take photos. We recommend walking a little further to the Creek area, to get some nice shots of the gliding dhow boats as well. This is one of our favorite of top 10 Instagram spots in Dubai.
There are plenty of places to see and admire in Dubai, many of which make for fantastic backdrops for photos. You’ll find there’s plenty to take a picture of here in Dubai. Try heading out to one of the many instagrammable locations in the city and enjoy the chance to both make great memories and to bring in those social media likes.
Visitors to Dubai might see a usual ingredient on menus and supermarket shelves – camel milk! From camel milk chocolates to ice creams to cappuccinos, this dairy product provides a unique flavor and authentic taste. Here is everything you need to know about camel milk.
History of Camel Milk
Historically, camel milk has had the advantage over dairy milk for the people of the Gulf. Unlike cows, which rely upon fields of green grass and winds of cool air, camels are naturally adapted to the desert environment. Therefore, they are a more sustainable choice for dairy farming. It also has certain properties that make it extremely adaptable for use by those living in a hot desert climate. It is high in vitamins and minerals and it has more fat and protein than cow’s milk while having lower cholesterol and less of unhealthy saturated fat. This made it an excellent choice for the wandering Bedouins, who required nutrient dense food to survive the harsh climate.
Of course, it’s difficult to call Dubai harsh now – the city is full of comfort and luxury. Nevertheless, it is still popular for other reasons. The milk can be an alternative for people allergic to cow’s milk. This is because it has a different protein structure and does not contain A1 casein or lactoglobulin. It is also very high in potent immunoglobulins, which help to lessen problems caused by autoimmune disease, allergies, and even autism. And if you suffer from diabetes, the milk of camel is also high in insulin, improving its absorption and making it a suitable option for diabetics.
The taste of this milk can be compared to that of goat’s milk, albeit less pungent. When you first take a sip, you taste a sweetness, but the aftertaste has a slightly salty flavor. These properties of sweet and savory mean that camel milk can be used in plenty of recipes – we particularly like using it in our coffee, where it adds a special and unique richness.
Camel Milk Products
If you’d like to try pure milk of camel, your best bet would be to simply pick up a bottle from a local grocery store. Anyone of the major supermarkets in the UAE is likely to carry it. Our favorite brand is Camelicious, which also allows the opportunity for online purchase. You can get a flavored milk, like chocolate or strawberry. You can also try a camel-milk Laban, which is a fermented milk drink that is popular in the region. The brand also sells camel milk ice cream, which is even creamier than traditional cow’s milk ice cream. Pair the ice cream with a salty-sweet dessert item to take advantage of camel milk’s unique flavor profile. If you’d prefer to get your camel milk in a restaurant, check out the Camel Milk café, in the Dubai Mall souk. There, you’ll coffees, ice creams and milkshakes to suit your taste.
You will find many souvenir shops selling camel milk chocolates (with a long shelf life), often in the actual shape of camels. Camel milk soap also makes a great option for souvenirs. Shops like the Camel Soap Factory take advantage of camel milk’s natural anti-bacterial properties to create luxurious, all natural soaps. Taking a camel milk souvenir back home is a great way to commemorate your trip in a way that’s special to the Gulf. Want to try some camel milk ice cream, join us on our Emirati food tour of Dubai.
There is a new no-frills hotel in town that the city has been craving- Zabeel House by Jumeirah. The hotel is an explorer’s dream and offers an affordable stay with Jumeirah’s convenient service.
Where are the Zabeel House Hotels, Dubai located?
Zabeel House by Jumeirah is the second hotel to launch at Al Seef, which is operated by Meeras and brings together elements of Dubai’s past and present in one of the city’s most historically significant districts. The first hotel is the Zabeel House Mini, which is right next to Zabeel House, with a lower price point that doesn’t skimp on style or comfort.
The Zabeel House is a four-star property while the Zabeel House mini is a three-star property. However, being a part of the Jumeirah collection, they are described as ‘maximum attitude, minimum frills’.
Al Seef, the new cultural district on the shores of Dubai Creek, just keeps getting better. New shops and restaurants are popping up all the time. Meeras is also the mastermind behind The Beach, Box Park, City Walk and La Mer; a busy two-kilometer promenade of shops, cafes, and pop-ups on the south bank of Dubai Creek.
Who operates the Zabeel House Hotels?
Born in Dubai, Zabeel House by Jumeirah is a wide-ranging collection of hotels located in the heart of vibrant neighborhoods in key cities around the world. Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company and a member of Dubai Holding, operates a world-class portfolio of hotels and resorts. The Jumeirah groups are also the creator of Burj Al Arab.
There are currently five hotels planned for the collection. There is one in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, one in London, UK, and three in Dubai: Zabeel House by Jumeirah – Al Seef; Zabeel House MINI by Jumeirah – Al Seef and Zabeel House by Jumeirah – The Greens.
All About the Zabeel House Hotel
The hotel is a new ‘Upscale-Casual’ collection of the Jumeirah group. Think design-led spaces, moderately-priced comfy rooms with just enough added extras, and welcoming and unobtrusive staff. It’s the basics done brilliantly, with a touch of the instinctive hospitality.
There are 200 rooms in Zabeel House. The rooms come in three varied sizes (the Plush, the Popular and Suites) for solo travelers, couples or families. The Zabeel House’s lobby is filled with a collection of contrasting art and design pieces and bookcases. It has a destination restaurant that stretches out over the waters of Dubai Creek. Furthermore, there is a rooftop bar and pool with views across both old and new Dubai, Zabeel House provides a completely new experience. With three room sizes, the hotel offers contemporary retreats made for rising above the city’s round-the-clock energy, mixing comfort with an edgy style.
Zabeel House has four restaurants and cafes. CHAPTERS is not your normal lobby bar, guests are encouraged to settle in for a while with one of the books pulled down from the surrounding bookcases. Through the lobby, you’ll find NYON serving the Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern bites throughout the day. To get a full flavor of Emirati delicacies, why not try our food tour of Dubai?
Skafos, opening after the summer, will be an alfresco gastro restaurant reaching out over the waters of Dubai Creek and seven floors above, Sol Sky Bar sits on the brim of the rooftop pool.
Zabeel House Mini
Zabeel house mini does not discriminate. No matter who you are, you’re staying in one of the 150 Pocket Rooms. You will be immediately reminded that Dubai is always a good idea through the messaging on the wall. The room is designed for the explorer; it inspires you to get outdoors and has everything you need when it’s time to relax. There are vintage telephones for dialing at the reception and a ceiling that shows you around Dubai.
The lobby at Zabeel House Mini is certainly not your typical hotel lobby; in fact, it’s much more of a creative hangout split into different chilling areas. From the stylish rope swings to the cushioned couch areas, space pops with color and is oozing with Instagram inspiration. We love the lively vibes and the way that you can feel at home whether you’re working at the communal benches or checking out the eclectic artwork around you.
Zabeel House mini has two restaurants, C.U and MishMash. C.U offers some great Thai food. Also, make sure you Look out for the table in MishMash that opens into a pool table for some friendly competition.
There is also a courtyard space designed for pop-up events and outdoor film.
What do the two hotels share?
The hotels also feature and share creative spaces to work from as well as five meeting rooms for the corporates.
From the group of human sculptures raising their hats to you as you enter the hotel to the abstract art display called the ‘cityscape’ which portrays Dubai’s transformation and the stereos that adorn the reception desk and the spa, there are design details to inspire in the lobby.
If you’re looking for zen throughout your stay, there is a well-equipped indoor gym, complete with sauna, steam room, and two treatment rooms – or head out for a run on the 2-kilometer promenade that stretches from the hotel alongside the Creek.
There are cycle racks to cycle around Al Seef and easy access by Abra to Deira, another side of the creek. For exploring more of the Deira and Al Fahidi Neighbourhood you can try our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage walking tour.
What do we love about the Zabeel House Hotels?
With an unbeatable location like Dubai Creek and Al Seef, the hotel is easily accessible by metro (walking from Burjuman Metro) and by car. The hotel is affordable and has a unique design and an art concept. You will love the stay at Zabeel House because of the vibrant look and positive vibes it offers. If you are an Art lover, why not check out the art scene in Dubai?
From a design perspective, one of the striking centerpieces of the hotel is the Cityscape feature, which portrays Dubai’s ongoing transformation. This is a feature befitting its location in Al Seef on Dubai Creek. Dubai Creek was formerly one of the city’s most important trading hubs.
Both the Zabeel House and Zabeel House Mini are in the contemporary area of Al Seef. A third hotel, offering a more traditional Arabian experience, is planned for the heritage area. We are excited to see what more this Hotel group offers! Plan your next weekend getaway to this property to have an amazing time and some lovely instagrammable pictures!