The Jewel Teller at Alserkal Avenue

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 you visit this beautiful space. And why not, if it gives you some memorable Instagram photos!

Transportation Between Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai City

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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?

Taxi

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.

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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?

Bus

dubaibyfootThere 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?

Rental car

 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.

Transportation Between Dubai International Airport and Dubai

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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?

Taxi

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.

Uber

 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?

Bus

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.

Metro

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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?

Car Rental

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.

Which Dubai City Pass is Best?

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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.

 

A Desert Safari is just one of the activities included with these Dubai city passes. Image Source: Pixabay user sharonang under CC0 Creative Commons license.
 


BEFORE YOU BUY

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. 


All-Inclusive 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.

Flex Pass

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.

Build Your Own Pass

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.

 


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ALL INCLUSIVE PASSES

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.


Go Dubai Card (Smart Destinations)

Much like their competitors, there are 35 attractions included with the all-inclusive Go Dubai Card. You can get the pass in increments of 2, 3, 4, 5 or 7 days.

Additionally, you may also be able to choose one premium attraction from a list of four popular options. This opportunity is only available for customers who purchase at least a 3-day pass.

There is also a 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Go Dubai All-Inclusive Pass from Smart Destinations. Image Source: Smart Destinations.

Premium Attractions

  • Royal Safari Experience
  • Gourmet Dinner Cruise
  • Dubai Parks and Resort
  • Island Beach Cruise in Abu Dhabi

Main Attractions

  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Abu Dhabi Bus Tour
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Desert Safari in Abu Dhabi
  • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi
  • Mattel Play Town
  • And More!

Prices

  • 2-Day Pass: $319/Adults | $239/Children
  • 3-Day Pass: $429/Adults | $279/Children
  • 4-Day Pass: $529/Adults | $309/Children
  • 5-Day Pass: $569/Adults | $359/Children
  • 7-Day Pass: $599/Adults | $399/Children
  • 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Purchase or learn more about the Go Card All-Inclusive Pass

Things to Consider

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.

 


Dubai Unlimited (iVenture)

This all-inclusive pass includes access to 30+ popular attractions in and around the city. The Dubai Unlimited pass is available for 3, 5 or 7 consecutive days.

Upon purchasing this service, you will have 6 months to activate your discount pass.

A free color guide and map is also included with each option, and you can save over $300 per person on various activities in the area.

Included Attractions
The Dubai Unlimited Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.

  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Dubai Parks and Resorts
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Desert Safari, Dinner & Camel Ride
  • Speed Boat Tour Around Dubai
  • Dubai Safari Park
  • And More!

Prices

The price of the Dubai Unlimited Pass depends on whether or not it is high or low season. High season is from September 16th – May 14th while low season is May 15th – September 15th.

  • 3-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $257.03/Adults | $241.88/Children
  • 3-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $265.61/Adults | $249.88/Children
  • 5-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $385.69/Adults | $359.96/Children
  • 5-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $408.56/Adults | $383.98/Children
  • 7-Day Pass (Low Season)
    • $508.63/Adults | $474.32/Children
  • 7-Day Pass (High Season)
    • $540.08/Adults | $504.91/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Unlimited Pass


Things to Consider

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.

 


 

Dubai City Pass (Turbo Pass)

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.

1 & 2 Day Pass Attractions
The Dubai City Pass from Turbo Pass. Image Source: Turbo Pass.

  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Conservatory
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Heritage House Museum
  • Dubai Museum
  • Horse Museum
  • Camel Museum
  • Desert Safari
  • And More!

3 & 7 Day Pass Attractions

  • Ethiad Towers Observation Deck
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Shuttle Transfer to Abu Dhabi
  • Flamingo Lagoon Discovery
  • Marina & Lagoon Boat Cruise
  • Ambassador Lagoon Aquarium
  • Everything included w/ 1 & 2 day pass
  • And more!

Prices

  • 1-Day Pass: $129.18/Adults | $70.41/Kids
  • 2-Day Pass: $152.69/Adults | $82.16/Kids
  • 3-Day Pass: $176.20/Adults | $105.67/Kids
  • 7-Day Pass: $199.71/Adults | $117.43/Kids

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai City Pass

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.

 


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FLEX PASSES

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.


Dubai Explorer Pass (Smart Destinations)

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 45 popular activities 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.

The Dubai Explorer Pass from Smart Destinations. Image Source: Smart Destinations.

Included Attractions

  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • LEGOLAND Park
  • LEGOLAND Waterpark
  • MotionGate Park
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Aquaventure Waterpark
  • RIB Speed Boat Tour
  • Camel Trekking in Abu Dhabi
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • And More!

Prices

  • 3 Attractions: $169/Adults | $139/Kids
  • 4 Attractions: $219/Adults | $179/Kids
  • 5 Attractions: $269/Adults | $219/Kids
  • 7 Attractions: $379/Adults | $299/Kids
  • 30-day money back guarantee from date of purchase of any unused card.

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Explorer Pass

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.

 


Dubai Super Saver Pass (My Pass UAE)

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.

Dubai skyline. Image source: Pixabay user nextvoyage under CC0 Creative Commons license.Premium Attractions

  • Ferrari World + Dubai Transfer
  • Atlantis Aquaventure
  • Palm Island Sea Cruise
  • Dubai Exotic Limousine
  • VIP Safari
  • And More!

Super Saver Attractions

  • LEGOLAND
  • MotionGate Park
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Mattel PlayTown
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Abu Dhabi Full Day City Tour
  • Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
  • And More!

Prices

  • 3 Attractions: $148
  • 5 Attractions: $240
  • 7 Attractions: $337
  • 2 Premium Attractions: $181
  • 3 Premium Attractions: $267

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai 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. 

 


Dubai Flexi Pass (iVenture)

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.

Included Attractions
Dubai Flexi Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.

  • Palm Island Dinner Cruise
  • Ski Dubai Polar Pass
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
  • Bollywood Parks
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • Wild Wadi Waterpark
  • Aventura Parks
  • Desert Safari w/ Dinner
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Dubai Safari Park
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • And More!

Prices

The price of the Dubai Flexi Pass depends on whether or not it is the high or low season. High season is from September 16th – May 14th while low season is May 15th – September 15th.

  • 3-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $136.95/Adults | $131.23/Children
  • 3-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $145.53/Adults | $139.81/Children
  • 5-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $211.29/Adults | $199.85/Children
  • 5-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $222.72/Adults | $211.29/Children
  • 7-Ticket Pass (Low Season)
    • $274.19/Adults | $257.03/Children
  • 7-Ticket Pass (High Season)
    • $285.62/Adults | $271.33/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Flexi Pass

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!

 


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BUILD YOUR OWN PASS

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. 


Go Dubai Card – Build Your Own (Smart Destinations)

Go Dubai Card Logo. Image Source: Smart Destinations.This tourist pass will allow you to pick from 54 different attractions in Dubai. As long as you choose at least two different services, you’ll save 20% on every activity you select.

Although this isn’t as much savings as you’ll get from their all-inclusive and explorer passes, you will have access to over a dozen more activities.

This option to build your own pass is valid for 30 days after your first visit to an attraction and tickets can be validated using your smartphone.

Included Attractions

  • Helicopter Sightseeing Tour
  • Kitesurfing Lesson
  • Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Royal Safari + 5 Star Dinner
  • Dubai Parks + Resort Park Hopper
  • Kayak Tour of Palm Jumeirah
  • Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory
  • IMG Worlds of Adventure
  • iFly Indoor Skydiving
  • Mattel Play Town
  • Camel Trekking
  • And More!

Potential Savings

The price you pay for this pass will be dependent on how many attractions you want to visit. Here is a sample of the potential savings:

Dubai Parks + Resort Park Hopper

  • Normal Price: $77.66
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $62.13

IMG Worlds of Adventure

  • Normal Price: $70.03
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $56.02

Burj Khalifa ‘At the Top’ Observatory

  • Normal Price: $57.23
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $45.78

iFly Indoor Skydiving

  • Normal Price: $62.95
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $50.36

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

  • Normal Price: $70.85
  • Build-Your-Own Price: $56.68

Total Price: $270.97

Total Savings: $67.75

Purchase or learn more about the Go Card Build Your Own Pass


Things to Consider

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.

 


Dubai Select (iVenture)

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.

The Dubai Pass from iVenture. Image Source: iVenture.


Attractions Included

  • 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
  • Aventura Parks
  • LEGOLAND Dubai
  • MotionGate Dubai
  • Dubai Aquarium
  • And More!

Potential Savings

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:

Palm Island Dinner Cruise

  • Normal Price: $82.63
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Wild Wadi Waterpark

  • Normal Price: $88.63
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour

  • Normal Price: $72.05
  • Dubai Select Price: $38.03

Total Value: $243.31

Total Price: $114.08

Total Savings: $129.23 (53% off)

Prices

  • Low Season (May 15th – September 15th)
    • $114.08/Adults | $111.22/Children
  • High Season (September 16th – May 14th)
    • $121.51/Adults | $115.79/Children

Purchase or learn more about the Dubai Select pass

Things 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.

 


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OTHER DUBAI TOURIST DISCOUNTS

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.

 

 


Premium Ticket

  • 2-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Sharjah Tour
  • Marina Cruise
  • Dhow Cruise

Deluxe Ticket

  • 5-Day Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Lost Chambers Aquarium
  • Desert Sunset Tour
  • Palm Island Drive
  • Marina Cruise
  • Sharjah Tour
  • Dhow Cruise

Dubai & Abu Dhabi Combo

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Abu Dhabi Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Dhow Cruise

Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Muscat Combo

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Abu Dhabi Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Muscat Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • Desert Sunset Tour
  • Dhow Cruise
  • Water Bus
  • 10 Museums
  • 5 Walking Tours
  • Etihad Gallery
  • Heritage Village
  • And More!

Dubai Bus Tour & MotionGate Park

  • Dubai Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour
  • MotionGate Theme Park
  • Dubai Bus Night Tour
  • Walking Tours
  • 10 Museums
  • Dhow Cruise

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.


City Sightseeing

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
  • Dhow 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
  • Dhow 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:

  • Bus Tour + IMG Worlds of Adventure
    • $125/Adults | $91/Children
  • Bus Tour + Bateaux Cruise
    • $115/Adults | $73/Children
  • Bus Tour + Ski Dubai Polar Pass
    • $130/Adults | $101/Children
  • Bus Tour + Aquaventure Waterpark
    • $136/Adults | $97/Children
  • Bus Tour + Ferrari World
    • $141/Adults | $108/Children

There are many more combo packages to consider. Check the City Sightseeing Dubai site for more details.

 


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Top 10 Instagram Spots in Dubai

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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

Miracle

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

 Box Park

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.

Madinat Jumeirah

 Madinat

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

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 Mall

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.

Bastakiya

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.

Camel Milk

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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.

Zabeel House

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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.

Zabeel House

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!

FORM Hotel

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A dozen of Hotels are sprawling up in Dubai. However, only a few of them are well designed with an affordable price tag. With the introduction of FORM Hotel, this is certainly going to change.

Where is the FORM Hotel located?

Sited in the Dubai Cultural Village, in Al Jaddaf area, the FORM hotel is the first member of the Design Hotels collection. Launched by the UAE Based Smartotels in May 2018, the FORM Hotel brand features a technologically-advanced and socially responsible design.

The hotel is in proximity to the Dubai Design District, Dubai International Airport, and the World Trade Centre. The metro station- Al Jaddaf Marine Metro Station (Green Line) is a 2-minute walking distance from the Hotel. If you are new to Dubai, you can refer to our guide on How to Use the Dubai Metro.

What is the Design of the FORM Hotel?

FORM Hotel’s 143 key flagship, 15 storey property is developed by Dubai Contracting Company (DCC). It is designed by a Paris-based global architectural firm, Architecture-Studio. The façade relives the origins of Dubai’s heritage. The extruding frames etched with contemporary calligraphy are a telling example.

Inside, the rooms have custom crafted art and photography by Nina Dietzel. This makes the interiors look understated yet sharp interior that is at once timeless and contemporary.

What makes the FORM hotel unique?

The FORM Hotel offers the business and leisure travellers a concept hotel which is focussed on health and fitness. As per the founder of Smartotels, Tarek Daouk the brand emphasis on healthy habits and the Hotel will not serve alcohol. 

 

The Hotel is smoke free right through. The hotel believes that between you and your workout, there should be nothing except a magnificent view. Therefore, they have a fitness centre on the rooftop. Furthermore, there is a half Olympic size infinity swimming pool at the rooftop. The pool offers views of the Al Jaddaf Boatyards.

The rooms are very basic and just focus on what travellers need. The brand has five essential built-in offers: a custom-crafted luxury bed, walk-in high-pressure rain shower, complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, 49-inch HDTV with Google Chromecast, and a complimentary breakfast. They are also spic and span clean. 

The FORM Hotel provides a range of add on features which you can select according to your needs when you book your room. Their website is very simple and straight forward to use. After you select the room of your choice ranging from Mega, Ideal King, Ideal Queen or Cozy Single room, you can even select the floor of your choice.

The addons are for a range of tastes, varying from architecture tour, private yoga sessions, babysitters, curated cultural tours, art tours and foodie tours! You can also add on for a butler service or an airport pick up and drop off. FORM’s curated cultural tour walks you through the oldest neighbourhood of the city, Bastakiya while the Art Tour takes you through the art hubs and galleries in Alserkal Avenue.

The Hotel will also offer a ‘co.lab space’, Form’s creative zone aimed at nurturing smart business. Concept boutique by FORM is a unique and cool hotel shop with very nice items selection

Which are the restaurants at the FORM hotel?

The hotel presents a wellness-driven concept throughout, most prominently in its three food and beverage outlets. While the menu is wholesome and crafted from sustainably sourced ingredients, it is definitely healthy.

The Roots Kitchen by Parlour is the healthy dining option with vegan and gluten-free items on the menu catering to those with special dietary requirements. Then there’s wrap counter at Concept Boutique. You can find handmade healthy wraps, signature sandwiches and the freshest salads available here 24/7. Then there is the Salũs Housetop for easy evenings.

They also have the concept of in room pour over coffee. Instead of a boring capsule coffee machine, the Hotel has an exciting in-room pour-over coffee kit. It comes with freshly-ground premium coffee. You can create your own barista-styled brewing experience.

What do we love the most about FORM Hotel?

While there is not much to do in the immediate neighbourhood itself, the hotel is at a great location because of the metro connectivity at about 100 metres. You can easily dodge the traffic and reach the Hotel.

The hotel comes with a sleek and clean design. With more emphasis on a healthy living, the Hotel is a no frills and a good bang for your buck. It has most of the essential features as an addon.

With a concept as unique as this and a great friendly staff, we are sure you would love to stay here and keep your Instagram feed updated!

Top 10 UAE Books

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There are many ways to learn about a city. You can take a walking tour, watch a news report, or talk to locals. Another way to learn is by reading books. Luckily, there is an extensive collection of literature on Dubai and the rest of the UAE. In this post, we’ll share our Top 10 UAE Books.

The Emirates by the First Photographers

This outstanding photography book provides a visual history guide of the earliest days of the United Arab Emirates. It covers the country from 1900 to 1962. It encompasses when the region was a collection of independent Sheikhdoms to the discovery of oil. Therefore, it talks about the official founding of the United Arab Emirates. One can see the rapid progress that the country has gone through this book.. The author, William Facey, provides insightful historical context to each of the images. The book’s archivist, Gillian Grant, provides understanding from a photography perspective.

An Amazing Nation

This book provides a detailed yet easy to understand look at the inner workings of the UAE. It touches on topics such as the structure of the federal government, the flora and fauna of the region. It also talks about the demographics of the population and the geography of the coastlines. It’s a great way to get an encyclopaedic look at the different facets that make up the country.

Telling Tales – An Oral History of Dubai

Before Dubai became the glittering metropolis of today, it was once a humble fishing village bordered by great dunes. In this book, BBC Gulf Correspondent Julia Wheeler has collected tales from the early local inhabitants of the UAE. It offers a fascinating look into what everyday life was like for the everyday people of the city. The tales in the book are accompanied by introspective portraits of citizens who have shared their story. This adds a poignant dimension to the book.

Emirati Women: Generations of Change

This book was written by an anthropologist, Jane Bristol-Rhys. She has interviewed three generations of Emirati women. She interviewed the grandmothers who raised their children in the poverty of the UAE’s early days, the middle-aged women who witnessed the biggest changes in the UAE first hand and the young women who grew up surrounded by the wealth of a thriving and oil-rich country. The book provides an insight into the benefits and disadvantages that the changes the UAE has gone through has had on its women. It’s a unique look at the people that some say are the backbone of the country.

The Trucial States

This book was published in 1970, a year before the UAE was officially founded. It was written by Donald Hawley, a British diplomat who was working in the Gulf during that time. He worked closely with the ruling Sheiks as they established the United Arab Emirates. This book provides an inside look at the wheeling and dealing that goes into founding a nation. It is a scintillating read both politically and historically.

My Vision: Challenges in the Race for Excellence

This book was co-authored by the ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. As the man who spearheaded the emirate’s push into the 21st century, and the one credited for diversifying the city’s economy, Sheikh Mohammed has plenty of valuable insights into what it takes to build a strong future. The book is contains recollections from his childhood. It also shows examinations of his feats as a ruler and insight into his personal ethos. This book is a way to get into the mind of a visionary ruler who built an extraordinary city.

From Rags to Riches: A story of Abu Dhabi

Mohammed Al Fahim, the writer of this book, is a UAE businessman. He tells the story of the growth seen in Abu Dhabi from the 1950s to the 1990s. He knew the poverty stricken life of the Bedouins in the harsh climate of the Gulf. Mohammed witnessed the rapid transformation of the emirate into one of the richest places in the world. Al Fahim is very frank in his recollections. He allows readers to get a true glimpse into the past from the perspective of one of the emirate’s own citizens. The book was first published in 1995. This book is now available in multiple languages including English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.

Dubai: Architecture and Design

Dubai is a city famed for its striking skyscrapers. From the Burj Al Arab, crafted to resemble a sail on the sea, to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the city is one that pushes architecture to its limits. This book provides insight into how these famous buildings were built. It also shows how they have worked to incorporate Middle Eastern culture into their designs. The book encompasses both the traditional architecture of the past. It focused on beating the heat, to the modern architecture of today, which is made to dazzle. While the book speaks on a specialized subject, it is written so even those unfamiliar with the fundamental principals of architecture can enjoy it.

Keepers of the Golden Shore: A History of the United Arab Emirates

This book traces the history of the United Arab Emirates, from pre-history to the present day. From the days of the Ottoman Empire to the struggles of the pre-oil period to the founding of the modern nation, author Michael Quentin Morton provides a clear-cut view of the past that still shapes the Emirates today. Unlike some of the other books on this list, the narrative here is not a personal history but a broader examination. Nevertheless, the book is eminently readable, playing more like an adventure story than a history book.

Uncommon Dubai

Uncommon Dubai, edited by Hind Shoufani, goes beyond the trite and provides a look at the city’s true culture. Shoufani has collected musings, advice and stories from a variety of contributors, both local and expatriate. Together, they combine to showcase the hidden sides of the city. This book is a great purchase for tourists and the beautiful photos make it a great souvenir as well.

 

There is great power in stories – they can provide illumination in all things. This reading list is just the start of opportunities to learn more about the UAE. We hope you get a chance to check out some of our suggestions on Top 10 UAE Books.

Top Dubai Websites

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Dubai is a city where something is always happening. Luckily, there are ways to keep on top of it all. Here is our list of the top Dubai websites giving you the inside track of Dubai’s events and attractions.

Visit Dubai

This site is an absolute gold mine for any tourist coming to Dubai. Dubai’s Department of Tourism runs this site.. The entire website full of quality information that any visitor to Dubai will find helpful. Here, you’ll find overviews of various Dubai attractions, tips on planning your vacation, information about cultural norms and access to a variety of discounts. One of our favourite features of the site is the Dubai Calendar. It is a comprehensive listing of various events happening in Dubai. The events are sorted into categories of Business, Leisure and Experience, if you want to browse by topic. If you’re feeling spontaneous, however, you can also type in a specific date and just see which events will be going on and what attractions will be open. Visit Dubai and Dubai Calendar also have their own apps, so you can take their information with you when on the go. It’s a great way to stay informed as you explore the city. We absolutely recommend downloading it for the duration of your stay as it is one of the top Dubai websites.

What’s On

What’s On is one of the major websites for information. It covers food, beverage, hospitality and entertainment in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. You can also find the print version in most major supermarkets in the UAE. Here, you’ll find lists of things to do, hotel and restaurant reviews, advice on sales and news articles of interest. The publication is particularly famous for hosting the ‘What’s On’ Awards, a series of accolades celebrating the best of Dubai. These prizes range from ‘Favorite Indian Restaurant’ to ‘Favorite Nail Bar’. This variety of awards is a great indicator of how closely the publication follows the pulse of the city. If you want to learn more about a new restaurant or need some ideas for cultural events to check out this month, give this website a place of pride in your bookmarks tab.

Insydo

Insydo is an online publication with a plethora of great information on Dubai.  The name is a play on the term “Inside Dubai”. The website explores multiple facets of visiting and living in the city. This website it provides information for people interested in having a well-rounded social calendar. Instead of focusing solely on glitzy art shows and gourmet restaurants, the website also gives information on more everyday activities such as fitness classes and kid’s events. The site is very neatly organized by category and subcategory. Therefore, it is easy to navigate. This website also has a stronger emphasis on fun video content. If you’re someone who prefers watching to reading then this might be the best avenue to learn about the trends and events hitting Dubai.

Time Out Dubai

The Time Out group of publications is intended to help people ‘make the most of a city.’  Time Out Dubai hosts tons of information on where to eat, where to go and what to do. The website has a great search feature, allowing for the use of great customization features. If you want to go out for a budget Asian brunch in Dubai Marina, you can use the search feature to find exactly that. Furthermore, Time Out has its own City Card, which allows those who sign up for it get access to great deals when out and about in the city.

Gulf News

Gulf News is the online portal of the city’s major daily newspaper. Unlike most of the other publications on this list, it does not have a focus on tourism and events. While it does have a section for leisure and life & style, the website primarily provides articles on global and local affairs in politics, business and other current events. We recommend checking it out to get a good view of the city’s own perspective of the world around us.

We have been featured on the Gulf News Tabloid for two years consecutively. In 2017, our signature tour, The Old Dubai Walking Tour was featured for being one of the top Walking Tours in the city. This year, Our Art Tour also made it on the list of the five paths of discovering the city on foot along with the Old Dubai Walking Tour.

Feature of Dubai By Foot in Gulf News Tabloid (print version) 2018

 

In today’s day and age, there are plenty of ways to keep track of everything that’s going on in Dubai. We hope you found this list of top Dubai websites useful when planning your next outing. And if you’re still looking for something to do then why not check out one of our walking tours?