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.

 

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

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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.

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

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?

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

 

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.

Top 10 Things to Do in Dubai

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This post covers the best things to do in Dubai, including top attractions, free activities, museums, points of interest, kid-friendly activities, things to do at night and much more. Be sure to consider our tours to explore these neighborhoods. 

 

TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

Below is our list of the top 10 things to do in Dubai. 

1. Sightseeing Tours of Dubai

Dubai and the UAE have a tremendous history, culture, tradition, and folklore. Much of this can easily be missed as one gets enamored by the tall skyscrapers and modern infrastructure. Therefore, sightseeing tours can be really valuable in providing a deeper understanding of the region, along with the stories that shaped the course of history. Dubai is a real case of desert-to-destination in a very short time frame and in order to capture this transformation accurately, you need a local guide to show you around and provide the insights and context. Fortunately, Dubai has many options for sightseeing tours be it walking tours, bus tours, boat tours or even seaplane tours.

Old Dubai and particularly the Al Fahidi District is a hidden gem of the city preserving its pearl diving history and its very first residential community. This area is only accessible to pedestrians as no cars or vehicles can get inside these winding narrow alleys. Off-beat walking tours by Dubai By Foot offer rich content tours by expert certified guides who know their way around the maze and bring you to the little museums and temples tucked quietly amidst the hustle-bustle. The signature Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour is the ideal way to get to understand Dubai and its history from a bird’s eye view of what happened since the 1750’s up until oil was discovered in the mid-1950s. This introductory tour is of value to both stopover guests as well as those in Dubai for a week. For those looking for a 2-in-1 value tour, we recommend the Flavors of Arabia – Emirati Food Walk tour which encapsulates both the history of Old Dubai, its major sights as well as authentic Emirati cuisine.

Favours of Arabia: Emirati Food Tour

For those guests who prefer an overview tour of Dubai from the comfort of air conditioning, Dubai has a variety of Bus Tours and we offer a detailed comparison of the best value bus tours here. These bus tours are popular in the summer months when the heat can be harsh especially between June and August.

Boat excursions range from paddle boats to 200-feet yachts and usually provide a scenic photo opportunity from the seaside.

2. Old Dubai, Al Fahidi Historic District (Al Bastakiya)

On your trip to Dubai, you should not miss seeing how traditional life in the mid-19th century used to be at the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, formerly known as Bastakiya, by joining us on our Old Dubai and Souk Tour. Located along the Dubai Creek, this district is a key heritage site which has preserved much of the original infrastructure.

Bastakiya

The traditional wind towers constructed from stone, teak, gypsum, palm wood and sandalwood represent only a small part of Al Fahidi’s history. Each alley, twisting pathway and breezy tower tells a story of life before the Emirates.

Today, these houses have been converted to art galleries, hotels (XVA Art Gallery and Hotel, museums (coffee museum and coins museum) and institutes such as the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

Escape the skyscrapers and take a glimpse into how Emiratis from past generations lived their lives in this historical district.

3. Cross the Dubai Creek on an AED 1 Abra (boat) Ride

Abra rides across the creek might not be fully free, but we would not mind spending one dirham to hop on the boat and witness the beautiful sunsets.

The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across. Also, check our Old Dubai tour to see this part of the city.

Cross the Creek on the Abra

We’re convinced this is the best cruise in the city!

4. Walk through the Textile, Spice and Golds Souks on our Walking Tour

Retail therapy in Dubai doesn’t necessarily mean heading to one of the (many) sprawling malls. For a more traditional experience, head down to one of the many souks lining either side of Dubai Creek. The Gold Souk has hundreds of retails offering a selection of jewelry, diamonds and other precious stones, while the Textile Souk has a wonderful selection of colorful fabrics

Walk through the Souks

Our Old Dubai and Souk Tour is our signature tour and the best way to visit this part of the city.

5. Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall & Dubai Fountain

The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since

excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online, inside the Dubai Mall or from the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. You can check out the views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa or go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city. The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai also hosts the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere.

Visit the Burj Khalifa

You can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvelous buildings the area has.

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. Ticket is valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo are open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am until midnight.

6. Experience a Desert Safari

Desert Safari gives you the chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities. Desert Safari is a must- do if you are in Dubai for the dune bashing, camel riding, sand boarding, henna, shisha and some hours of unlimited desert fun. There are several safari companies which allow you to camp overnight in the desert as well. Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can definitely opt for a tour with extended riding time. Meals are included in most safaris are give you a taste of the traditional local food.

Book you Desert Safari with us on this visit to Dubai!

7. La Mer Beach

La Mer Is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk.

La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

You can check their website here.

8. High Tea at the Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is one of the top iconic hotels of the world. You can truly experience living like a royal if you book a stay in the Burj Al Arab. The hotel was opened in 1999 and has a distinctive sail-shaped silhouette. The hotel marks Dubai as a luxury tourism destination.

It is built on a man-made island and rises 321 meters above the sea level, offering great views of the sea. Gold interiors, lavish restaurants, great afternoon high teas, and its own helipad- that has hosted Roger Federer and Tiger Woods!

9. Discover Middle East’s Art Hub at Alserkal Avenue

Dubai has its very own art scene thriving in the city. Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz District is home to famous art galleries from around the world, government office, a jewellery store and a chocolate factory.

Dubai By Foot’s Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour is the perfect way to explore this neighborhood.

10. Enjoy a traditional Emirati Meal at Arabian Tea House

One of the Heritage houses in Bastakiya has been converted to a restaurant- Arabian Tea house restaurant. The restaurant is full of guests from 7am, for traditional Emirati breakfast like Balaleet with coffee and dates, to 10pm for dishes like Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. You can enjoy these delicacies on our Flavors of Arabia: Emirati food tour on your next visit to Dubai.

11. Take a Day Trip to Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is the capital of United Arab Emirates. If you wonder why you should take a day trip to Abu Dhabi, it is because you can cover 75% of the major attractions of Abu Dhabi, including the world-famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque and Ferrari World in one trip. You get ample opportunities for memorable photos all the trip. If you can cover so much on an eight to ten-hour trip, then why not?

TOP 10 FREE THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

1. Take a Free Self-Guided Walking Tour

Free walking tours? Yes! Dubai By Foot offers you self-guided tours and audio tours to visit the locations yourself. All you need to do is follow our itinerary.

You can visit the oldest neighborhood in Dubai- Al Bastakiya. On your trip to Dubai, you should not miss seeing how traditional life in the mid-19th century used to be at the Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, formerly known as Bastakiya, by joining us on our Old Dubai and Souk Tour. Located along the Dubai Creek, this district is a key heritage site which has preserved much of the original infrastructure.

The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.

Check out our post on self-guided tours now!

2. Dubai Fountain

 A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

Shows start at 6:30 pm onwards every day till 11 pm. There are two shows in the afternoon as well at 1pm and 1:30 pm. You can also pay for a boat and view the fountain dancing from a very near distance.

3. Hit the Beach or a Beach Library

 For the perfect weekend, you can visit the Kite Beach, famous for the kites in the area or the famous Beach at the JBR. if you want to avoid the crowds, try Al Sufouh (or ‘Black Palace’)

Beach – this spot is a bit trickier to find, but you’ll be rewarded with peaceful waters and beautiful views.

Thanks to Dubai Municipality, there are beach libraries across the coast line of Dubai. The libraries are home to great books for avid book readers where most of the books focus on Dubai’s history and formation. The library at Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim is open 24/7 and has bean bags and a perfect setting for you to enjoy the books and the views. Books are available in both Arabic and English.

4. IMAGINE Show at Dubai Festival City

 There are lasers, lights, fountains, mega video displays and a huge sound system to go alongside it. IMAGINE at Dubai Festival City is one of the top free attractions in the city running regularly throughout the week and pops up with some awesome performances on special occasions too.

Whether it’s the Game of Thrones spectacular it ran last summer 2018 ahead of the seventh season of the show, or the original production A Child’s Dream it also put on, you’re bound to spot something sensational here. And best of all, it’s 100 percent free to see.

5. Visit a Wildlife Sanctuary

 Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is home to wetlands featuring salt flats, mangroves and lagoons. It houses more than 20,000 birds of 67 species. All you have to do is rock up to one of three viewing hides dotted around the perimeter of the sanctuary.

Flamingos are the area’s stars, although more than 60 species of bird and 500 types of flora and fauna can be spotted here. 

The sanctuary is open from 9am to 4pm Saturday to Thursday, and entrance is free (there are binoculars available to borrow, too).

6. Alserkal Avenue

 Dubai has its very own art scene thriving in the city. Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz District is home to famous art galleries from around the world, government office, a jewellery store and a chocolate factory.

Dubai By Foot’s Art, Jewels and Chocolate Tour is the perfect way to explore this neighbourhood.

7. Ladies Night Party

Why pay for your drinks when you can have them free? Dubai’s restaurants and clubs provide a variety of fun Ladies Nights offerings, allowing women to go out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. 

Check out our post on Ladies Night in Dubai, one for each day of the week!

8. Visit the Parks- Zabeel Park and Khazzan Park

 Despite being in the middle of the desert, Dubai has a surprising number of green spaces, and there’s no better way to while away an afternoon than lazing around in one of the city’s wonderful parks. Bring the family along for a fun day out at Khazzan Park in Al Safa, the first totally solar-paneled amenity of its kind in the country, and the sprawling Zabeel Park, where you can watch the boats gently cruise across the lake (entry costs a five dirhams though). Bring a picnic and make a day of it.

9. Visit the Al Qudra Lakes

The perfect spot for picnics and a long drive from the main city- head out to Al Qudra and the recently opened “Love Lakes”, the heart shaped lakes. The “Love Lakes” are two intertwined heart-shaped lakes set up near Al Qudra Lakes, and it’s full of all things related to love.

This is one part of Dubai where wildlife is likely to be seen in its natural habitat, from desert foxes to the oryx, or one of 170 bird species that live around the lakes. Just a few of the species include swans, geese, ducks, flamingos and more. Some of these native birds are even on the endangered list, such as the Steppe Eagle and the Asian Houbara.

You can also rent a bicycle and cycle on the tracks around Al Qudra! Winters is the perfect season to be here.

 

TOP ATTRACTIONS + MUSEUMS IN DUBAI

  1. Burj Khalifa & Dubai Mall & Dubai Fountain

The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world. Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online, inside the Dubai Mall or from the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. You can check out the views from the 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa or go up to the 148th floor and marvel at views of the city. The Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai also hosts the world’s highest restaurant, At.mosphere.

You can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvellous buildings the area has.

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. Ticket are valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo is open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10am until midnight.

2.  Dubai Museum

The Al Fahidi Fort, now known as the Dubai Museum was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was opened in 1971 to be an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its original heritage. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort.

The underground museum displays the pearl diving section and tells the importance of the pearl diving industry in the history and formation of Dubai.  In the centre of Fahidi Fort lies a spacious yard that is used for displaying models of local boats and bamboo houses with their traditional furniture.

Museum ticket only costs AED 3 per person and is a must visit site when you are in Dubai. You can visit the Dubai Museum on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour as well, where our guide will give you detailed information about everything.

3. Coffee Museum

We all love coffee, don’t we? This is a one of a kind Museum (free of cost!) in Bastakiya, the oldest neighbourhood in Dubai. Coffee Museum is open daily from 9am except on Fridays. You can see the various displays of coffee equipment and learn about the coffee traditions in UAE and the importance if coffee in this region.

You can also taste some authentic coffee of the region for just AED 5. There’s a museum shop too where you can buy a range of products – be it barista equipment or recipe books. 

Coffee Museum is loved by all our guests on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour.

4. Pearl Museum

Before the discovery of oil, pearls were the biggest cash crop in the Gulf, whose warm, shallow waters produced some of the world’s finest. You can see many of these exquisite natural wonders on display at the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum.

In addition to examples of magnificent jewellery, the museum also celebrates the lives of the divers and sailors by displaying the instruments and tools they used to harvest and ship the precious cargo.

Please note, you can only visit the Pearl Museum by prearranging with Emirates NBD beforehand. They prefer 8-10 people to visit at a time, with an upper limit of about 20 people in a larger group.

5. Etihad Museum

Located on the Jumeirah Road, the Etihad Museum is host to a variety of photographs, videos, and interactive displays. You can view artifacts from the original founding fathers, watch informational videos on the country’s history, and explore an interactive timeline showing the nation’s founding.

You can also check our blog post on the Etihad Museum.

6. Women’s Museum

The Women’s Museum is a national archive and documentation center. It is dedicated to exploring the different facets of the lives of Emirati women – professional and personal, past and present. It includes artwork by various female Emirati artists, photographs showing the contributions of Emirati women. Examples of their Emirati jewellery and dresses and an exploration of how past and current rulers have affected the role of women in the UAE.

Dr. Rania Obaid Ghubash founded the Women’s Museum. Ticket costs AED 20 per person and the museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 10 am to 7pm.

7. Coin Museum

Located in Bastakiya and built of coral, stone, plaster and leaves of palm trees and teak wood, the two-story.  Coins museum displays more than 470 rare coins belonging to different historical eras. Special display cabinets and magnifying screens give visitors a better view of the coins, while electronic drop-down lists provide all the information required.

Admission to the museum is free.

8. Naif Museum

In the heart of the city, this Deira museum (a wing of the first police station in Dubai) gives visitors an insight into the history of the police and security services in the emirate. The two showrooms showcase how uniforms changed from traditional to more modern ones, as well as medals and badges of different police ranks, and weapons used by them since their formation in 1956 to now. Admission is free of charge and you can get a guided tour for free too.

9. Museum of Poet Al Oqaili

Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili is located at Al Ras area in Deira, the house was constructed in 1923 and retained by the poet Mubarak bin Hamad bin Mubarak Al Manea Al Oqaili, who relocated from Saudi Arabia and lived between 1875 to 1954. He is reflected to be one of the well-known poets and famous personalities of Dubai, in writing Eloquent and Nabataean poetry.

The visitor to the Museum of the Poet Al Oqaili can avail the opportunity to experience the atmospheres of one of the most stunning traditional heritage houses in Dubai, which states the fine sense and taste of its owner as a poet, where the visitor enjoys the beautiful heritage, the architectural designs and its elements.

10. Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Al Seef houses 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes. The museum promises to tantalise visitors in a unique visual and sensory experience – and provide heaps of fun, of course. Unlike other museums, you are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, and take as many photos as you like. 

Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 225 for a family of four people.

11. Museum of the Future (To be Opened)

Set to open in 2019, the Museum of the Future will be providing a permanent home for the world’s greatest innovations and will work to stimulate and incubate imaginative solutions to the challenges of future cities. It will bring together researchers, designers, inventors and financiers under one roof. This integrated environment will empower creative minds to test, fund and market their ideas for futuristic prototypes and services.

The Museum will be located in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai. Visitors will be able to experience the future through cutting-edge simulations and interactive demonstrations.


 

TOP THINGS TO DO AT NIGHT IN DUBAI

  1. Ladies Night Party

Why pay for your drinks when you can have them free? Dubai’s restaurants and clubs provide a variety of fun Ladies Nights offerings, allowing women to go out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank. 

Check out our post on Ladies Night in Dubai, one for each day of the week!

2. Pub Crawl in Pier 7- Dubai Marina

Pier 7 in Dubai Marina is home to the famous pubs and restaurants in the city- Asia Asia, Atelier, Cargo and so on. The clubs have deals, discounts, and events each day, so make sure you do not miss this out. This is the best way to enjoy Dubai’s nightlife scene. Make sure to reserve your table before you head out here!

3. Dhow Cruise

Head on to a relaxing evening with fun and entertainment on a traditional Arabic boat, Dhow on the Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina or the Creek. Famous for its Tanura dancers and their colorful costumes, Dhow Cruise cheers up everyone. Dhow Cruise usually includes a three-course dinner buffet.

It’s a magical experience drifting along the creek while watching colorful reflections out on the water of the beautifully lit up skyline of Dubai. Make sure you bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. Book now for this unique and relaxing experience. The perfect antidote to busy city life. 

4. Camping at Al Qudra

Often, people think they have to venture out of the Emirate in order to enjoy a fun-filled camping trip in and among the dunes. Little do they know that just 40 minutes East of the main city, you’ll find the secluded Al Qudra camping spot in the desert near to Al Qudra Lake. Disconnect from the digital world, gather your friends and pack the supplies for a night under the stars.

Al Qudra Lakes is the ideal location if you’re new to camping in the UAE, or just looking for a low-key break from the city that won’t require a huge amount of effort. You won’t need a 4×4 to reach these picturesque lakes, and the area is within half an hour’s drive of the city. Keep in mind that because it’s so easily accessible, it’s popular with weekend warriors.

Al Qudra Lakes might be manmade but it’s still a picturesque slice of greenery, with plenty of trees and wildlife, especially birds, to be spotted in and around the water. If you’re feeling sporty you could also go for a bike around the nearby Al Qudra Cycle Track, where you might also spot wild oryx and gazelle (rent a bike from the Trek store). If the great outdoors gets too much for you, there’s always Bab Al Shams Resort and Spa nearby for a little R&R. It’s unlikely you’ll need it though, as there are plenty of amenities in the area. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, see if you can track down Dubai’s new man-made Love Lakes.

5. Gold Souq

A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without a trip to the famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Whether you’re just browsing or genuinely on the hunt for even the slightest amount of precious gold, walk through the glittering Gold Souk and you’ll find the biggest selection of gold jewellery and gemstones crafted in a variety of carats. Long lines of market stalls showcase a gleaming myriad of authentic and eye-catching products – you never know when you’ll spot something just for you or a loved one. All merchandise is carefully regulated by the Dubai government to ensure the authenticity its quality. You can be sure your purchases will be genuine. In addition to gold, careful inspection of the wares on offer may see you uncover diamond-encrusted ornaments, strings of pearls, platinum and silver. Retailers are more than up to the match with haggling. But be fair with your price – there are lots of bargains to find.

6. Dine in the Dark at Noire Dubai

At Noire Dubai, dining takes place in the dark, where you savour the flavour of your food by eliminating light. Waiters are equipped with night vision glasses to lead you to your table. Noire is located in Fairmont Dubai.

Cost starts from around AED 325 per person.

7. Barasti

Barasti beach bar is world famous and the trend has not changed from the last twenty years. Barasti, Dubai Marina hosts some great parties and events in Dubai. This is for sure Dubai’s most happening place!

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provides whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.

8. Get green fingers at Garden Souq
The Garden Souq at Dubai Garden Centre opened in time for the start of the winter season and will be open every Saturday until the end of March. It’s free to peruse and, if you are in the market to part with some cash, you may find an utter bargain from a range of local vendors and artists all selling their wares. As well as household pots and plants, you can also expect to find a unique collection of clothes, jewelry, shoes, fashion accessories, home décor products, handmade items, and many other artisanal products. There’s also live music and free cooking demonstrations, so we’re on board.
Entry is free!

9. Deira Waterfront Market

The Waterfront Market replaced Dubai’s long-standing Deira Fish Market in the summer of 2017, and in the last 18 months, it’s been filling up with an array of shops and stalls, plus the four huge market halls.

As well as housing the largest fish market in the GCC – with some 400 vendors selling their fresh catches every single day, the market is home to a big fruit and veg market, meat market and spice & dry food market.

At the fish market, guests can purchase an array of fish and seafood 24 hours a day (the fish market closes for deep cleaning for a couple of hours only). While some fish are priced per kilo, you can often haggle for the best price if there’s something, in particular, you’re after.


 

TOP THINGS TO DO WITH KIDS IN DUBAI

  1. KidZania

KidZania is a children’s theme park with the purpose of educating as well as entertaining the kids. It is located on the second floor at the Dubai Mall in Downtown Dubai. Parents can watch their children or even relax while the kids have fun. KidZania is a city with all the important structures, public buildings as well as businesses. The kids are given some starting money and the need to grow themselves by getting a job It is a great way to educate children about daily struggle of life while having fun.

Children can enter KidZania at the Emirates desk located at the KidZania International airport and the ticket is worth 95AED for adults and toddlers while it is 140AED for children between the ages of 4-16.

2. OliOli

Children, aged two to 11 are able to have fun while learning at OliOli. They can unlock the power of positive play and let their imagination run free. The experiential play museum in Al Quoz features eight galleries spread across two floors. Kids can have fun while learning at dedicated spaces: Air, Water, Toshi’s Net, Creative Lab, Future Park, Fort Building, Toddler Gallery and Cars & Ramps. 

Each gallery offers an immersive sensory experience and has been carefully designed with art and modern equipment, inspired by ideas from leading global educators, development psychologists, artists and fabricators. In total, the galleries include over 40 interactive things for kids to experience. 

3. Legoland

Legoland Dubai is a family theme park in Dubai. It opened on 31st October 2016. It is the first Legoland park in the Middle East and was the seventh worldwide. The park is designed for families with children from ages two to 12 years old. The park is divided into six fun zones for kids with unique rides and activities in each zone that the kids can enjoy. Like many other Legoland theme parks, Dubai’s includes a Mini Land where over 20 million Lego bricks are used to create 15,000 miniature models of different landmarks and structures around the world.  

Tickets can be purchased at Legoland entry for 245AED while the residents of UAE enjoy a discounted price of 145AED.

4. Dubai Garden Glow

Dubai Garden Glow is the dinosaur park located at Zabeel Park jogging Track, Dubai. Dinosaur Park created a record with 120 animatronics Dinosaurs on display. This animatronics are designed to educate and entertain the kids as well as family entertainment. This season the park offers more engagement and interactive elements and immensely popular hubs like Dinosaur Lab where one can experience the journey of a Dinosaurs Life and the Dinosaur Museum that displays replica of dinosaur skeletons. Dubai Garden glow also has a glow park as well as art park.

The tickets for Dubai Garden Glow are 65AED.

 5. Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort located in Dubai Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai was opened in 2005. Ski Dubai is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the first to open in the Middle East. It has a chair lift and a T-bar, 6,000 tons of snow are at your disposal. Children as well as families can have fun at this ski resort. It has activities for all age groups as well as all skilled people. At the resort, you can also meet Snow Penguins in an up close and personal one-of-a-kind intimate encounter that the whole family will love. You can check activity prices on their website.

6. Dubai Frame

Opened in January 2018, the Dubai Frame witnessed 1 million visitors in just one year of its inauguration. This new landmark of Dubai allows you to see the past, present and future of the city in one tour. The sky glass bridge is 150 metres high and gives unique views of the “old town” and the “new city”. The Frame connects the two 15o metre tower with a 93-metre-long bridge.

Tickets can be bought online on www.thedubaiframe.com or at the counter for 50 dirhams (adults) and 20 dirhams (kids).

The Dubai Frame is open daily from 10am-7pm. Trust the people of Dubai to push the boundaries of creativity.

7. Aqua venture, Atlantis

Aqua venture is a water park located at Atlantis, Dubai. The water Park is overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline pumping fun. The water park has record breaking slides and rides. It also offers up and close time with sharks and rays. It also has a 700-meter private beach to relax. The park also offers features marine activities and children play areas for all ages.

The ticket for the water park is 289AED.

8. Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park neat the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach hotel. Wild Wadi has a heated as well as a cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. The park has the largest water slide outside of North America, the park is featured in various game shows like Amazing Race.

The price for a day’s entry is 149AED

9. Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai Land. The garden was opened on 14 February in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

In 2015 Dubai Miracle Garden opened the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species.  Other attractions in the park include a floral clock, peacocks., flower castle and an aromatic garden. It also has an Airbus A380 which is the biggest flower structure in the world as per Guinness book of world Record. Dubai Miracle Gardens also has a Mickey Mouse flower structure weighing almost 35 tons to attract the kids and families.

The tickets for Dubai Miracle Garden is 50AED for adults and children above the age of 2 is 40AED.

10. Atlantis, Palm Jumeirah

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai , the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world.

The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms. It has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicentre of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

11. Dubai Parks and Resorts

Covering a massive 25 million square feet, Dubai Parks and Resorts is UAE’s largest multi themed leisure and entertainment park. You can either head to Motion gate, featuring some 27 rides, Bollywood Parks for an Indian themed adventure or Legoland.

Tickets:

Bollywood Parks: AED195 (adults and kids) AED170 (residents) free for children under three. Open daily 3pm-11pm.

Legoland: From AED 235 (adults)

Motion Gate: From AED 235 (adults) and AED 165 (residents)

12. Sprawl out on the grass

When was the last time you stretched out, faced the sky and just let the world pass you by? There’s a lot to be said for deliberately slowing down the pace of life and just chilling out. In JLT, behind clusters P, Q and R, sits JLT Park, a grassy expanse (bouncy running track included) where you’ll find al fresco yogis, kids playing and families with dogs. It’s laid-back, relaxing and it’s totally worth whiling away a few hours on a weekend and just watching the (occasional) cloud glide by.


 

 TOP NEIGHBOURHOODS IN DUBAI

 1. Downtown Dubai

Downtown Dubai, also known as “The Centre of Now” is home to the world famous, the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. But that’s not all, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, Palace Downtown Hotel, Dubai Fountain and the Burj Plaza are all a part of Downtown Dubai. We are sure you will be amazed to see the architecture of the buildings in this area. And want to know more about them? Then, why not take our Downtown Dubai Architecture Tour. The landmarks in the area take you on a trip to understand Dubai’s ambitions as a World City and future prospects of the Region.

2. Bastakiya

Narrow walking lanes, flanked by sand-coloured houses topped with wind towers- if that doesn’t sound like Dubai, we recommend you visit Bastakiya, the oldest neighborhood in Dubai. Dedicated locals, expats and even the UK’s Prince Charles prevented the area’s demolition in the 1980s. The houses are now restored and serve as restaurants, cafes, hotels and museums. No wonder, our Old Dubai and Souk Tour is our most selling and signature tour. Guests love seeing this side of Dubai. Combined with the Souks and the Abra rides, it makes one memorable visit.

 3. La Mer

La Mer Is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk.

La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

You can check their website here.

4. Al Seef

Found upon the shores of the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the Creekfront development is packed with shops and restaurants. But equally it’s a top spot to just meander around and enjoy the views of the Creek. Al Seef is an area of Dubai steeped in history, with a huge amount of Emirati culture. This latest attraction leans heavily on the contemporary elements of life in Dubai in 2019, but in equal measure reflects and pays homage to the city.

Easily accessible as it is a walking distance from Burjuman Metro station and cab rides are easily available.

Well worth a visit!

5. JBR Walk

Shop dine and stroll by the sea along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Along this buzzing beachside boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques.

Recently, the board on the walk gives some fascinating views of the Blue waters island and the Ain Dubai.

You can also check our self-guided tour of JBR on our website.

6. Dubai Marina

Home to the world-famous Princess Tower and the Cayan Tower, Dubai Marina mesmerizes everyone with its high rise and unique buildings. The neighbourhood is loved by expats and also has more than 100 restaurants on the Marina Walk.

Marina Walk is also a favourite of many for morning and evening jogs. The Dubai Marina Mall in Dubai Marina is packed with fashion and luxury brands amongst some great restaurants with lovely views of the waterfront.

7. City Walk

Al Safa’s famous City Walk has some high-end luxurious brand stores and amazing restaurants and cafes. It is very close to Downtown Dubai. If you’re looking for something to eat, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you could even be in trouble if decision-making is not your forte, such is the huge range on offer.

Whether you’re after high-end fashion or something more low-key, there are loads of options. Fashion-wise you’ll find Michael Kors, Coach, Calvin Klein, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Rag & Bone, Whistles, DVF and Cavalli. There are also jewellery stores including Swarovski, beauty shops such as Sephora, Bobby Brown and Urban Decay, and home stores including Lumas and Villeroy & Boch.

8. Blue Waters Island

Blue Waters Island is the new development project hosting the much-awaited Ain Dubai. Located 300 metres off the JBR coastline, the island is connected to the mainland via a direct link from Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a 265-metre-long pedestrian bridge from The Beach.

The island’s lifestyle and retail area, The Wharf, is the home to all the shopping and eating action, connected by walkways dotted around low-rise boulevards, with outlets still yet to open.

As well as licensed fine-dining restaurants at the waterfront, there’ll also be a home for the hipsters, with quirky cafés and intimate bistros at every nook and cranny – because nothing goes with a lavender chai latte like an unkempt beard.

For those who want to class it up a bit, there’s always Caesars Palace Bluewater’s Dubai, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, six brand-spanking new restaurants, a fitness center, and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

 

MUSIC CONCERTS IN DUBAI 2019

2018 was the year of Dua Lipa, Backstreet Boys and Ricky Martin in Dubai. In this post, we will tell you the upcoming music concerts in Dubai in 2019. Make sure to mark these dates in your calendar!

February

Camilia Cabello

With “Havana” topping all charts in 2018, Camilia Cabello became a known name to everyone with her solo album release in January 2018. She is performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the second day of RedFestDXB on February 15. Tickets cost AED 395 and can be purchased here.

G-Eazy

American Rapper, G-Eazy will be performing in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the opening night of RedFestDXB on February 14. The event will take place over two days, On February 14 and 15. Tickets for the concert are priced at AED 395 and can be purchased here..

He has also performed in Dubai previously, in Cavalli Club.

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol will perform at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre from February 20 to 22, with the Irish rockers set to perform on the opening evening on February 20. It will be the band’s first performance in the UAE since 2012, when they headlined the Sandance music festival on the Palm Jumeirah.

Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Alicia Keys

Described as the Queen of R&B, Alicia Keys will set the stage on fire with her performance on February 22 at the 2019 Dubai Jazz Festival in Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. Tickets cost AED 350.

Vishal and Shekar

Bollywood fans, make sure to block your calendar on February 7 to attend Vishal and Shekhar’s live performance in Bollywood Parks. Put your dancing shoes on as this will be one rocking concert. Tickets are priced at AED 150.

Bollywood Parks is in our list of Top Things to do in Dubai. You can visit the park as well as attend this concert by the duo.

March

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

On March 1 and 2, audiences can rediscover Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets while the Armenian State Symphony Orchestra performs Patrick Doyle’s unforgettable score and Harry Potter soars across the big screen in high-definition at Dubai Opera.

Rita Ora, Little Mix

Saturday, March 23 will be Rita Ora and Little Mix’s concert at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. This music concert is in honour of all the teachers in Dubai, to thank them for their hard work. The event is called “The Assembly: A Global Teacher Prize Concert”. Tickets are priced at AED 350.

Rita Ora delivered successful hits in 2018 with “Let me Love you” and “Anywhere” from the music album “Phoenix”.

The Gipsy Kings

Dubai Opera is set to feature The Gipsy Kings with their comeback in Dubai this year. The Gipsy Kings, led by André Reyes, are a French musical group who are most famous for their catchy songs including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba”and “A Mi Manera. You might also be familiar with their Spanish take on “Hotel California”, which you can see them perform on March 6 for AED 195. Tickets can be purchased from the Dubai Opera website.

Know more about Dubai Opera on our Downtown Dubai Architecture tour.

April

Boyzone

Boyzone fans, this one is for you!

Legendary Irish boyband Boyzone will perform at Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Stadium on Friday, April 12. The four-piece boyband enjoyed more than 25 successful years in the music industry, racking up number ones including. Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, and Keith Duffy parted ways back in 2000 after seven years together but reunited in 2009 for the “Back Again… No Matter What” tour and again 2013 to celebrate their 20th anniversary with a tour and new music. This is set to be your last chance to see the boyband, who announced last year that they are splitting up for good after their farewell tour in 2019.

Tickets cost AED 195.

We hope you enjoy these concerts and we will update you in the upcoming months as well! We are really excited. Are you?

May

Amy Dickson and Amira Fouad

Dubai Opera will host two times Grammy nominated, British-Australian saxophonist on May 1. She recently launched her third album Dusk and Dawn, which attained the coveted No. 1 position in the UK Classical Album Charts. Tickets are priced at AED 150 per person can be bought here.

The show starts at 8 pm.

The Brand-New Heavies

What a way to end the season! The brand-new heavies. Bringing in their unique sound of acid jazz and funk to the Irish Village Groove into the summer.

Location: The Irish village, starting at 9 pm on May 2! Tickets cost AED 175 onwards.

June

Catrin Finch

Wednesday, June 12, Dubai opera will host the Official Harpist to the Prince of Wales from 2000 to 2004, Catrin Finch. Her top famous songs include Listen to the Grass Grow and Bach to Biasso. The event will start at 8 pm and there is a general admission fee of AED 150 per person and onwards. Tickets can be bought here.

Nouvelle Vague

Dubai Opera will host the highly acclaimed Parisian new wave band ‘Nouvelle Vague’ as part of their 15th Anniversary world tour, on the 25th of June 2019.
Led by Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux, ‘Nouvelle Vague’ released their first album in 2004, with renditions of Punk and New Wave hits reinterpreted by female singers in the dreamy style of the 50s and 60s Bossa Nova, with lush arrangements and entrancing vocals. Nouvelle Vague soon became a global phenomenon.
After five studio albums and many extensive global tours, Nouvelle Vague is now celebrating their fifteenth anniversary with an international unplugged tour in 2019 keeping with the band’s original 2004 format: an acoustic guitar, a few keyboards, a smattering of ambiance, and two singers, performing the band’s iconic songs.

Price as per stand in Dubai Opera and start at AED 150 up to AED 450.

September

Puccini’s Turandot by Shanghai Opera House

Puccini by Shanghai Opera House will make its Middle East debut at Dubai Opera on September 5, with its spectacular masterpiece “Turandot”.  The event will last till September 7 and will start at 8 pm on all three days.

Turandot is Puccini’s final opera, featuring arguably the most famous tenor aria in the opera repertoire, the iconic “Nessun Dorma”, an instantly recognizable piece of music. This magical version of Turandot, under the direction of Roberto Andò, was held as the first new opera production of Shanghai Opera House’s 2018 Season, receiving wide acclaim. Tickets can be bought here.

Early Spring

Dubai Opera will host the next September event by Shanghai Opera House on September 11 and 12, composed by Du Wei Yuanyuan and performed by Shanghai Opera House Dance Ensemble.

Early Spring is an original Dance Drama, adapted from the novel February of Rou Shi. In front of the contradictions between ideality and reality, the protagonist Xiao Jianqiu’s feelings, serving as the main line, reflected a prevalent indifference to the vulnerable during the 1920s in the traditional rural culture in China. The seemingly unintentional gossips and gibes have suppressed kindness and destroyed human nature, and finally led to tragedy.

Tickets can be bought here. The show starts at 8 pm onwards.

October

Dubai Opera and Dubai will host the world’s most popular musical, The Phantom of the Opera for the first time from October 16, 2019, through October 29, 2019.

The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. The Phantom of the Opera became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006, when it celebrated its 7,486th performance. On January 1, 2018, it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.

Keep your calendar updated so that you do not miss the biggest international concerts in Dubai!

Upcoming Attractions in Dubai Creek Tower 

1.Creek Tower

Set to open in 2022, Dubai Creek Tower will be the next tallest tower in the world. It will be the centerpiece of a new and sprawling residential and retail location. The new global icon is being constructed by Emaar properties. the tower will soar up from the heart of Dubai Creek, up into the clouds. The tower is expected to be atleast 828m high.

2. Burj Jumeirah

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid will literally leave his fingerprint on Dubai. Burj Jumeirah will be a 550metre tower, the base of which will bear the imprint of the Vice President and Ruler of Dubai. This will be the latest building to define Dubai’s skyline and is expected to open in 2023.

Burj Jumeirah will be developed by Dubai Holding Group, who are also responsible for Burj al Arab. The building will be oval-shaped on its front, and sleek and cut in two halves which meet in the middle.

 

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

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 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

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?