Expo 2020 – Dubai by Foot

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If you’ve visited Dubai Airport recently, you may have seen some signs – “Proud Hosts of Expo 2020”. This might lead people to wonder – what exactly is World Expo 2020? And why should I care about it? In this post, we’ll answer some of the common questions tourists might have about the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai, and tell you why you should get excited about this incredible event.

 What is Expo 2020?

Expo 2020 can be seen as a type of “World Fair,” showcasing the best innovations that mankind has to offer. It will consist of a series of pavilions connected by common themes that apply to all of humanity. The Expo provides a platform for the world’s best and brightest to display their most creative and ingenious ideas. For example, Expo 2015 included inventions like solar trees and energy-saving elevators.

When is Expo 2020?

World Expo 2020 is set to open on October 20th, 2020 and close on April 10th, 2021.

Where is Expo 2020 held?

Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai. Specifically, the Expo site is in Dubai South, which is close to Al Maktoum International Airport. The site itself will cover an area of almost 4.5 square kilometers.

How was Dubai chosen as the site for Expo 2020?

To get the privilege of hosting this event, Dubai was required to submit a bid. In this bid, the head of the Expo 2020 committee highlighted Dubai’s strong infrastructure, its residents’ support of the bid and the city’s commitment to making this expo an extraordinary one. Happily, Dubai was successful, receiving 116 out of 164 votes. The announcement of the win caused fireworks to go up by the Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Mohammed announced a holiday for educational institutions in the city.

How do I get to the Expo 2020 Dubai site?

If you’re a visitor, the best way of getting to the Expo 2020 site will be via the Dubai Metro. Currently, the Dubai Metro line is being extended to reach the Expo 2020 site. This extension is referred to as Route 2020, and it will link to the Dubai Metro Red Line. Furthermore, the Expo 2020 site metro station is set to be the biggest and most eco-friendly station in the Dubai Metro network, capable of handing an incredible 46,000 passengers per hour.

Nervous about potentially having to ride the metro? Don’t worry about it – the Dubai Metro is super easy to use. We’ve written a guide about it here.

 If you would prefer to drive, the government is set to build over 30,000 parking spaces at the fringe of the Expo 2020 site, making it accessible by car as well.

What is the theme for Expo 2020 Dubai?

Expo 2020 centers on the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” This links back to three main ideas – “Opportunity”, ”Mobility” and  “Sustainability”, which will drive the Exhibition displays.

What will people see at the Expo 2020 Dubai site?

The Expo 2020 site has a lot of really cool features. The plaza will be encased by a dome. At night, that dome will serve as a 360 degree screen, projecting a series of images both on the inside and the outside. Inside the dome, you’ll find the pavilions as well as features like fountains, parks and waterfalls. The dome is partially open at the top, so there’s no need to worry about the arena feeling stale.

Each participating country will have its own pavilion at the exhibition, with every pavilion featuring inventions and innovations hailing from that country. Even the UAE will have its own specialized pavilion, done up in an outline of a falcon. There will also be specialized pavilions focusing on the three main themes –  sustainability, mobility and opportunity,

I won’t be in Dubai when #Expo2020 is taking place! Can I still check out the site afterwards?

Fortunately, a good part of the Expo 2020 site will remain up even after the Expo has officially ended. For instance, the UAE pavilion, with its falcon design, will remain unchanged from what it was during the Expo, and the plaza dome will continue to grow a lush garden within its sphere. Other buildings will remain up, but will undergo a renovation inside. For instance, the Sustainability Pavilion will be transformed into a center for child and scientific education. More than being a strictly business space, the District 2020 area will be more of a community hub more than a strictly business space, making it a welcome area for visitors.

Will Dubai by Foot be offering a tour of the #Expo2020 site?

 It’s a bit early to plan a tour of a site that hasn’t finished construction yet, but we have definite plans to add the exciting District 2020 area to our collection of Dubai tours.

Expo 2020 is a perfect fit for a city like Dubai, with its focus on building connections, encouraging innovation and promoting sustainability. Furthermore, we’re incredibly excited for the upcoming Expo, and feel that it will be an extraordinary experience for visitors. We’ve already started the countdown!

Dubai Landmarks

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Iconic and Famous Buildings in Dubai

Dubai is known for its incredible skyline of towering skyscrapers, many of which are record-breakers in some form or the other. Most of these skyscrapers feature distinctive architectural features to make them stand out against the already impressive crowd. Any visitor to Dubai with a passing interest in architecture (or even someone who just likes landmarks that look cool) will be impressed by what the city has to offer. Here, we have given a list of the top ten skyscrapers in Dubai.

Almas Tower

Almas Tower is also known as Diamond Tower. It is a flagship building in the Jumeirah Lake Towers area of Dubai. The building is home to the Dubai Multi Commodities Center and includes facilities for the region’s rich gemstone industry – particularly, pearls, cultivated from the Arabian Gulf, and diamonds. This is the reason for the buildings colloquial name. In fact, the podium where the diamond exchange takes place was designed to resemble the triangular facets of a cut diamond. Security for the building is intense, due to the nature of the work carried out inside. You can still take some beautiful exterior shots.

Cayan Tower

The official name for this building is Cayan Tower. However, you’ll still find people referring to it by its previous name, Infinity Tower, or by its colloquial name, Twisting Tower. No matter what you call it, the fact remains that this is one of the most architecturally unique skyscrapers in Dubai. The building was designed to twist at a 90 degree angle, so the entire structure resembles a helix.  You’ll often see tourists looking to take a photo with the building – it’s that striking. Another interesting fact is that the building is also environmentally sustainable – the architects carefully placed the rooms in the structure in order to prevent overheating. It’s a great example of sustainability and style.

Princess Tower

Princess Tower is the second tallest skyscraper in Dubai and the 24th tallest building in the world. What is more, up until 2015, it additionally held the distinction of being the tallest residential building in the world as well. The tower is named ‘Princess’ because the roof resembles a crown placed atop the building. It’s located in the same area as Cayan Tower, so if you’re doing an architectural tour, you can easily fit both into your itinerary.

Cayan Tower and Princess Tower are two stops on our self-guided tour of JBR/Dubai Marina.

 Atlantis

If you’ve ever enjoyed the Little Mermaid, you’ll adore this luxury hotel resort. For one, it is located on the Palm, a man-made island shaped like a palm tree. That’s pretty interesting on its own. However, when you reach the hotel itself, you’ll truly feel that you’ve stepped into an oceanic paradise. The hotel itself resembles a palace, with turrets and sweeping arches. Inside, you’ll find a combination of Moorish architecture with a distinctly nautical twist – think twisting spires embossed with a fish-scale pattern. The hotel is definitely worth a visit to see the cross between of whimsy and tradition.

 Burj Al Arab

The hotel is world-famous for a good reason. It’s resembles a majestic sail rising up from the beautiful blue water. Inside the hotel, you’ll witness the height of luxury, from the luxurious dancing fountain to the rainbow atrium. However, entrance to the hotel is restricted. We’ve written a guide to how to get inside the Burj Al Arab here, but if you don’t want to go that route, you can still take gorgeous photographs of the hotel exterior. For the best photos, we recommend heading out to Kite Beach, where you can get sun, sand and structure in one shot.

 JW Marriott Marquis

This hotel in Dubai boasts a unique architectural feature. The shapes of the twin towers were inspired by that of the date palm. Consequently, the building has ‘fronds’ that ‘grow’ out of the structure, creating an interesting textural look against the Dubai skyline.

Burj Khalifa

This is one of the most famous skyscrapers in both Dubai and the world.  At a staggering 830 meters in height, the Burj Khalifa is, quite simply, the tallest building in the world. In fact, it’s a bit of a challenge to get a photograph that encapsulates the entire thing! The spiraling design of the building is inspired by Islamic architecture, especially the Great Mosque of Samarra. The Mosque is an ancient Iraqi monument that was built in the 9th century. If you’re hoping to check out the view from the top, our guide to visiting the Burj Khalifa will tell you everything you need to know.

The Address Hotel

This is a luxury hotel situated in Downtown Dubai, just minutes away from the Burj Khalifa. The skyscraper is about 300m tall. It follows the Art Deco style architecture and includes many luxury amenities. However, the hotel is probably most famous for being the site of a 2015 blaze on New Year’s Eve. The Downtown Dubai area is the site of an annual fireworks show, every New Year’s Eve. The pyrotechnics are extraordinarily impressive, and usually millions of people watch the show live or on television. In this case, however, an electrical short caused the building to catch fire, meaning that viewers were left to see the broadcast of the blazing building with the bursting of fireworks behind it. Thankfully, there were no fatalities from the incident, so the incident can simply be taken as an interesting bit of Dubai’s modern history.

Emirates Tower Hotels

The Emirates Towers Hotel is sometimes called Emirates Tower Two – because the hotel is in fact made up of two buildings. The glass-and-steel buildings resemble a triangular prism, with the two buildings mirroring each other. Thanks to their location in Dubai’s Financial District, the atrium of this building is a popular place to do business. In terms of Dubai skyscrapers, this is actually one of the older ones on the list- the towers were completed in 2000. This just goes to show how far back Dubai’s commitment to fine architectural design goes.

Dubai Frame

The last structure on our list is a bit different. For one, it’s not a skyscraper. It’s a towering structure that resembles a picture frame. For the other, it is not yet complete, although it is due to open to the public before the end of the year. Once complete, visitors will be able to see Old Dubai from one side and New Dubai from the other. And if the view piques your interest – Dubai by Foot offers walking tours of both.

Conclusion

Dubai is home to a variety of gorgeous skyscrapers that push the boundaries of architecture while paying homage to the roots of Islamic architecture. They truly encapsulate the heart of the city. So make sure to try and photograph the skyline when you visit Dubai.

 

 

Shopping in Dubai | Dubai by Foot

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Where to Shop in Dubai, Best Shopping Deals and Amazing Sales | Dubai Shopping Guide

Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. It’s home to one of the largest malls in the world, has multiple shopping complexes and even has its own dedicated shopping festival. With all of these options, it can be hard to know where to even start if you’re looking to do some retail therapy.

Here is a list of the some of the options available to the shoppers of Dubai:

Malls | Dubai Shopping Guide

Dubai Mall

This is the big one – in fact, it’s one of the biggest in the world, and definitely one of the most famous. Beyond the luxury brands and fast fashion, you’ll also find a dinosaur skeleton, a massive aquarium and a beautiful fountain with an evening light show. If you’re visiting for the first time and looking to explore, we recommend our self guided tour of Dubai Mall, which takes you to the various attractions and some of the more unique stores in the mall.

Mall of the Emirates

This is another of Dubai’s most popular malls. It has plenty of excellent stores, but it is perhaps most famous for its indoor ski park, which allows shoppers to take a break by taking to the slopes. Even if you don’t know how to ski, you can still partake in the experience and simply enjoying the indoor snow. Other attractions at this mall include a bowling alley and an arcade.

Burjuman

Located in Bur Dubai, the older part of Dubai, this mall did not always make the list of must-see shopping destinations in Dubai. However, this mall just underwent a massive expansion and makeover. Now it boasts trendy stores on par with those found in Dubai Mall and Mall of the Emirates. If your hotel is by the older part of Dubai, this mall is a great option for your shopping needs. And if you’re taking one of our tours of the historic parts of Dubai, Burjuman Mall is within easy reach, making it a great stop to wind down afterwards.

Dubai Marina Mall

Dubai Marina Mall boasts a prime location in the glamorous Dubai Marina area. It’s a bit smaller compared to the other malls in Dubai, but it is every bit as chic (and a lot more manageable to explore). This mall is particularly child friendly – one of our favorite offerings is a miniature train that goes around the mall. And for the adults, the mall is adjacent to some of the hottest clubs and restaurants in Dubai.

Dragon Mart

Dragon Mart is massive. While it lacks the multiple floors of many other malls, it makes up for it thanks to its high square meter area. This mall in particular is focused on goods brought in from China and other parts of Asia. There are great deals to be had there on everything from clothes to furniture to electronics, all for comparatively lower prices.

The Outlet Village Mall

This mall is a contrast to some of the glitzier offerings in Dubai. It’s definitely luxurious, but with a design scheme that mimics the look of a European village. It has a much more relaxed vibe. The mall is known particularly for its selection of deeply discounted designer goods. There is no better place to get a pair of cheap Jimmy Choo kicks or a Tommy Hilfiger polo. The mall is located a bit away from the main parts of the city – however, it is appealingly located near Dubai Parks and Resorts, making it a great stop after spending the day at the park.

City Walk by Meeras

City Walk by Meeras is not technically a shopping mall. Instead, it’s more like an “urban shopping destination.” It consists of a collection of stores connected by European-style streets. The stores here are super trendy, even by Dubai standards. So shopping at City Walk by Meeras is a definitely fun evening out. As you walk, you can enjoy the vista of the Dubai skyline in the background and take a break for some al-fresco dining.  Because of the wide-open space and eye-catching street features, City Walk is a great place for selfies as well. Some of our favorite places at City Walk by Meeras are

The Green Planet:

The green planet is a tropical bio-dome, in a shopping complex, in a desert city. Nevertheless, it authentically recreates the experience of stepping into a jungle. The gorgeous flora and fauna – of which there are over 3000 varieties – provide a great way for visitors to connect with nature, while still enjoying the comforts of an indoor setting

Hub Zero:

Hub Zero is a gaming attraction designed for enthusiasts and first-timers alike. Many of the games have an interactive component. You don’t just shoot lasers at a screen, you play laser tag with friends over a two level battle zone. With the incorporation of 3D and virtual reality technology, and the chance to compete with your friends beside you, Hub Zero is a great spot to bring out your inner adventurer.

Mattel Play! Town:

This attraction is a fun experience for kids aged 2-10. The fun characters are used to build worlds that develop a child’s reasoning and social skills – a perfect mix of education and entertainment.

Farzi Café:

Indian cuisine can often be viewed as ‘street food’ – something delicious but not exactly en-vogue. Farzi Café aims to change that, by combining the techniques of molecular gastronomy with the traditions of Indian cooking, to create a unique dining experience.

Walnut Grove:

Walnut Grove is a South African café and bakery that caters to young and old alike. The family-friendly joint is particularly known for its fresh coffee (with cute coffee art) and delicious cakes  (we recommend their colorful rainbow cake for a treat that tastes as good as it looks).

Sales

Sales in Dubai are a frequent occurrence, as retailers like to encourage people to wander around their stores. If you want to try to time your visit with a major sale, there are several weekends that tend to have discounts across the board. In particular, the first week of December corresponds with the UAE’s National Day, so there tends to be major sales around that date. The timing is perfect for some Christmas shopping.

Other major sales happen around the time of Eid. Eid Al Adha, which takes place near the end of summer, tends to attract massive discounts, as the timing also corresponds with back-to-school season. It’s a great time to pick up a backpack for your little one, or an autumn outfit for yourself.

Festivals | Dubai Shopping Guide

In celebration of Dubai’s shopping spirit, the city also hosts a variety of shopping festivals – special seasons wherein malls and stores across Dubai host special promotions and crazy discounts. The two biggest ones are:

Dubai Shopping Festival

The Dubai Shopping Festival lasts for about one month and usually takes place in January of the year. Every mall participates in the shopping festival. In addition to the promotions happening at the stores, the malls often host special events such as dance shows. Even if you don’t want to shop, you can have a great time just wandering around.

One of the most popular events is a seasonal affair known as Global Village. It does not take place in a mall, but instead consists of a series of outdoor pavilions. Each pavilion is designed to represent a certain country and one can usually find pavilions focusing on India, China, Thailand, Egypt, Russia and a host of foreign countries. Within these pavilions, one will find a selection of small shops selling wares local to each country. If you want a Persian rug or a Japanese anime doll, this is the place to get it. It’s definitely a unique experience and one we recommend to anyone who loves chopping and culture.

Dubai Summer Surprises

Dubai Summer Surprises takes place for six weeks starting in July. Retailers offer mass discounts during this period, while other attractions in Dubai also offer their own discounts. Dubai Summer Surprises is also particular great for children. The event’s mascot is a colorful character called Modesh. There are multiple shows and games aimed at entertaining children during this time.

Dubai is definitely a shopper’s paradise. There are plenty of options for those who want to go shopping in Dubai. Even if you can’t make the festivals, you’ll always find plenty of sales and offers designed to tempt you. Shopping is a huge part of everyday life in Dubai. So when you visit, make sure to take a stroll in one of the malls or shopping destinations. This is one of the best ways to experience a huge aspect of the city’s social scene.

If you want a quick tour of the Dubai Mall or Old Dubai and its souks, do try out our Downtown Dubai Walking Tour and our Old Dubai Walking Tours

How to Visit Dubai on a Budget

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Dubai, the city of dreams is a must visit destination for any travel enthusiast. It is a model city where modernization has taken place while keeping its heritage and traditions intact.

It’s also a city that has a reputation for being expensive – and with the city’s luxury hotels, fabulous shopping malls and gourmet dining spots, that could very well end up being the case. However, Dubai is certainly still within reach of those travelling on a budget. If you are visiting Dubai and looking to save some money, here are some of the best ways to do it.

Plane Tickets | Dubai on a Budget

As a general rule, it’s always best to try and book your tickets a few months in advance. This will help you get the best rates. Since Dubai is such a popular tourist destination, many airlines offer special promotions, so try and keep an eye out for those. For example, Etihad keeps a running list of special fares on its website and the Emirates website constantly shows the featured fares for flights from your country. Budget airlines, such as Fly Dubai can offer even more great deals.  Choosing one of the UAE’s local airlines can give you access to special tourist offers and discounts in Dubai, allowing for even more savings. For instance, if you visit Dubai before the end of August and show your Emirates boarding pass at certain dining establishments and spas, you are eligible for a discount of up to 40% off your bill.

Hotel Booking | Dubai on a Budget

Dubai’s most famous hotel is probably the Burj Al Arab, which is so luxurious people claim it was awarded 7 stars. However, there is a plethora of reasonably priced hotels available to the budget-conscious traveller. We have a run-down of our favorite budget hotels here.

Another great option for someone looking to save is to rent an Airbnb. Dubai has a thriving real estate market and there are plenty of gorgeous apartments out there. Airbnb provides the owners of those apartments the opportunity to rent them out to tourists, often for a cheaper per-night fee than they would pay at a hotel. If you don’t require a lot of amenities, Airbnb can provide you with cheap, comfortable housing for your stay.

And if you’re wondering when is the best time to visit Dubai on a budget, you’ll find that tourist traffic tends to be lower in the hot summer months and Holy Month of Ramadan. Because of this, hotels and airlines often give out special discounts to those visiting at this time.

Travelling within the city | Dubai on a Budget

If you intend to travel around Dubai, it is in your best interest to get an RTA NOL card. The best option for tourists is the red card or silver card which you can get for AED 6 and AED 25 respectively. The silver card is the best option in the long run as it can be used in all public transport services running within Dubai, from RTA buses to metros, trams and even water taxis. You can learn more about the Dubai Metro here.

In general, taxis are cheaper in Dubai compared to prices in other parts of the world. However, it is certainly not a low cost way of getting around, especially when you consider traffic in the city. A taxi ride will cost you a minimum of 12 AED, no matter how short the distance. If public transport if available, the budget traveller should strongly consider that alternative – especially since the public transport system in Dubai is so well maintained

Food | Dubai on a Budget

For food, you need to consider two things – what you are eating and where you are going to eat it. European, American and Japanese food tends to be on the higher end of the price scale, whereas you can get Arabic and Indian food for very low prices (if you know where to go!).

Furthermore, different areas of the city tend to operate at different price ranges. For low-cost food, Bur Dubai and Deira are your best bet. There, you will find a number of budget restaurants.

Some of our favorite reasonably priced restaurants are:

Al-Ustad Special Kebab: This is a very old restaurant, located in Dubai’s historical district (near where we do our Old Dubai Walking Tours). They serve amazing Iranian food and some of the best kebabs in Dubai.

Delhi Darbar: This restaurant serves Mughlai cuisine – food that was developed in Medieval India at the center of the Mughal Empire.  There are several branches around Dubai (and worldwide). We’re fans of the chicken tikka masala and the biryani.

Arz Lebanon: As you can tell from the name, this restaurant serves Lebanese food. The falafel here is phenomenal, with a crisp exterior and flavorful interior. This restaurant also has several branches across Dubai.

Sightseeing in Dubai on a Budget:

Some sightseeing areas of Dubai require a hefty entrance fee, but there are plenty that do not. Here are some fun free and low-cost things to do in Dubai as a tourist.

Bastakiya:

Bastakiya is known as the heritage hub of Dubai. It is home to the Dubai Museum (AED 3 entry) and various examples of ancestral homes. The area also has a strong cultural vibe, with beautiful street art and trendy coffee shops dotting the area. We’ve written more about the attractions of Bastakiya here.

Souqs :

For those who love to bargain and shop, the Souqs – ranging from Gold Souq, Spice Souq, Perfume Souq to Textile Souq – are a must visit. While bargaining make sure to quote for around half the price that the shop keepers are asking and start negotiations from there to get cheapest rates. The gold, spice and perfume souqs are on the Deira side, which you can access via a fun abra ride across the Dubai Creek for only AED 1. Not only is it convenient, it’s a great way to explore the area.

Dubai Mall:

Okay, we see you raising your eyes. Why has a shopping mall been listed as a low-cost place to visit in Dubai? Well, entrance to the mall is free and there is plenty to see inside without paying a thing. Make sure to get photos of the massive dinosaur skeleton, the marine life visible from the outside at the Dubai Aquarium and the beautiful light-and-water shows. Our self-guided tour of Dubai Mall will take you to all the highlights.

Beaches:

Dubai is home to beautiful beaches with clean sand and clear seas, including Kite Beach and Jumeirah Beach. Both offer fun options for tourists. If you are on a budget, why not head over to Kite Beach to marvel at the talented kite-surfers on the water? Or take a selfie with the Burj Al Arab in the background at Jumeirah Beach? Either way, you can enjoy sun, sand and surf without breaking your budget.

JBR The Walk:

This is a beautiful promenade to walk along, in one of Dubai’s most trendy areas. We love car watching here- you can see some really flashy vehicles. We talk more about The Walk in our self-guided tour of JBR Marina.

Walking Tours:

Dubai by Foot offers amazing walking tours that suit the budget of the conscious traveller. Because we don’t have the extra cost of hiring transportation, we are able to offer tours at a low cost. The Old Dubai tour is only 88 AED for a 2 hour tour! We also offer a no upfront cost, name-your-price tour on the second and fourth Thursday of every month in the off-peak season. You can learn more about the tours on our schedule here.

Other Deals:

Dubai by Foot is constantly working with partner organizations to bring you discounted deals. We’re constantly updating this page, so be sure to keep checking it out.

A trip to Dubai doesn’t have to break your budget. With a bit of smart planning, you can enjoy a great stay in the city for a low cost. And if you decide to use your savings to do a bit of extra shopping, well, we won’t judge you for that.

Dubai Parks and Resorts

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Dubai Parks & Resorts opened their gates in 2016 as the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region’s first and largest integrated resort and theme park destination. The Dubai Parks and Resorts complex consists of over 100 rides and attractions, 3 theme parks, 1 water park, 1 Grand Entrance Plaza, and 1 four-star hotel. This blog will provide useful information for prospective guests who are planning their visit to the wonderful theme parks such as description of each park, how to get to the Dubai Parks and Resorts, ticket prices, offers and discounts and park timings.

 

Legoland 

Legoland is ideal for families with children of ages 2 through 12 and of course for all Lego enthusiasts in the world. This seventh Legoland of the world is first of its kind in our region, so easily accessible from a major airport and home to over 40 attractions and rides all themed around our favorite little colored building bricks. Miniland has its own lego Burj Khalifa, Dubai Metro, Burj Al Arab and Cayan Tower!

 

Legoland Waterpark 

Legoland Waterpark is one of a kind waterpark in the world – it is entirely themed around Legos and is especially great for families with children between the ages of 2 and 12. Even the lazy river in this park has opportunities to build legos on our floats! With boundless creativity, splash of color and vibrance, this park is the perfect way to cool-off after a day at the Dubai Parks and Resorts. There is a shop that sells swim gear and a place to rent towels and lockers as well.

Motiongate 

Motiongate is our personal favorite because firstly its apt for our age (ahem! We’ll let you guess what our age group may be), and secondly because its themed after Hollywood’s biggest blockbuster movies. Featuring the maximum roller coasters of all the parks her and some of the best animation and live characters and performances, this park is like nterland fantasyland via DreamWorks! From Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs to Shrek to the Hunger Games, this park will satiate your appetite for thrill and how! Lets just say you might learn how to train that dragon after all.

Bollywood Park 

High time Bollywood got its own namesake park! This is the first park in the entire world solely dedicated to Bollywood, its dreams, its music and beats and its famous movies. For Bollywood lovers of all ages, this park mainly has live performances and attractions based on famous movies such as Don, Ra-One, Lagaan, and Mughal-E-Azam. Of the rides, our favorite was the Sholay ride where we got to assist Veeru and Jai on their mission to defeat the infamous Gabbar Singh.

There is a restaurant and night club Rock On that has live performances and can also be accessed without a park ticket. The Jaan-E-Jigar show is a larger than life opera experience live dance show which requires tickets of its own and is a not-to-miss experience in the Raj Mahal Theater.

Riverland 

When you arrive at the Dubai Parks and Resorts, you are welcomed by a large expanse of flowing river, stunning Frech – village architecture and music and an ambience that gets you in the holiday mood at once. This is Riverland, the face of the Parks, front, open, grand entrance plaza with 50 food and beverage and retail outlets, a river boat ride experience of its own and live music, jazz festival and concerts.

Lapita Hotel

Lapita Hotel is a 4-star hotel managed by Marriott on location. It is ideal for those who want to get the maximum out of their Dubai Parks and Resorts experience. Generally speaking it takes 3 full days to experience the entire complex completely. So the highlight of your Dubai trip is to see thrills on roller coasters and hang out with characters from Hollywood and Bollywood, then you might consider staying at this lavish and conveniently located hotel.

How to get to Dubai Parks & Resorts?

Dubai Parks and Resorts are located roughly 50-minute drive from the Dubai International Airport (DXB). Off of Sheikh Zayed Road near the Dubai Outlet Village Mall. An average taxi/Uber ride costs AED 125-130 one way from the airport to the Parks.

There is also a complimentary shuttle available, which operates, on the first-come-first-served basis only since the capacity of the bus is maximum 40 guests. Please see schedule below. We recommend calling 800-AMAZING (2629464) to re-confirm before you plan on taking the shuttle.

How much does a ticket to Dubai Parks & Resorts cost?

Children under the age of 3 are free. Tickets online are cheaper than at the gates by 11-14% approximately. So if you are planning to go, best to buy online.

For the more popular rides for which the lines may run long, you can buy a Q-Fast Pass at the gate and have faster access without waiting around so much.

For discounted tickets that include a car ride to these fantastic rides, check out our pages on Deals & Discounts.

Families with kids should consider visiting Legoland and Legoland Waterpark in the same day. Active adults can easily do any two parks in a day.

What is the best time to visit Dubai Parks and Resort?

While the months of September through March bring the best weather in this region, know that summer should not a deterrent for you. There are approximately 70 cooling stations throughout Dubai Parks and Resorts and many rides and attractions are indoors.

Park timings and visiting hours change in Ramadan, for the summer and for the peak winter months. We recommend you check online at https://www.dubaiparksandresorts.com/en/Parks-Hours or call 800-AMAZING before planning your visit for the most updated information on timings, ticket prices and offers.

What next at Dubai Parks and Resorts?

Coming soon to this complex of Amazing-ness, is the famous Six Flags Dubai and even Dubai very own Legoland Hotel! So be sure to plan your next trip to Dubai Parks and Resorts in 2019!

Mosque Dress Code For Tourists

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Here is the mosque dress code when visiting the Jumeirah Mosque in Dubai or the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi:

 If you are visiting a mosque especially the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, you need to have a more conservative dress code. For men and women, your legs and arms need to be covered – no shorts or skirts above the ankle. Additionally, your clothes should not be tight fitting – this is not the place for yoga pants! Try and ensure the fabric of your clothes is opaque as well, as see-through garments are inappropriate in a religious environment. Female visitors to the mosque will be asked to cover their hair; however, a headscarf will be provided to them upon entry. As a side note, you will be asked to remove your shoes.

Traditional Emirati Clothing

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Dubai is one of the most glamorous cities in the world. A simple stroll outside shows a world that looks like a runway, with couture clothing and designer accessories abound. Many tourists who visit Dubai make it a point to do some shopping, whether it’s purchasing threads from a fast fashion outlet or buying a handmade adornment for their arm.

In the midst of all this glitz and glam, there remains the traditional clothing of the UAE, which many local people wear to this day. These garments are steeped in history and provide a keen insight into the culture of the region.  In this post, we’ll give you an overview of the traditional clothes of the UAE.

Traditional Emirati Clothing for Men

Kandura:

The kandura (also referred to as a thobe) is a long-sleeved, ankle length garment. It resembles a loose-fitting robe or a long shirt. It is most commonly found in white (all the better to fight the sun’s rays!). Furthermore, it also comes in beige, yellow, lavender and blue, particularly in the winter season. Different countries in the Gulf have their own twist on this traditional dress. In the UAE, for example, the kandura has no collar and often has embroidery on the sleeves.

Ghutra:

The ghutra is a cloth headdress that Emirati men wear. Traditionally, it served a dual purpose of protecting the desert dwellers from both the sun and the sandstorms. The conventional ghutra for Emirati men is white. However, the current fashions have been influenced by the traditions of neighboring Gulf states as well. Today, you’ll also see Emiratis wearing ghutras in a red and white chequered pattern, inspired by the style in neighboring Saudi Arabia. The ghutra is held in place by the agal, a black cord that wraps around the head.

Traditional Emirati Clothing for Women

Abaya:

The traditional dress of a UAE woman is the abaya. It is important to note that the abaya is not really a dress. Instead it can be more accurately compared to a thin, flowing cloak that covers the body. Underneath, women wear their clothes (and in fact, often choose western-inspired styles, like jeans). That is part of the reason that the abaya is black. It allows the wearer to don brightly colored hues underneath, without revealing their inner garments to the public eye. Traditional abayas are plain black. Many modern styles incorporate embellishments and embroidery on the dark fabric, which adds a contemporary twist to the look.

Hijab:

The Hijab is a veil worn by Muslim women. It usually covers their hair, ears and neck. Hijab is colloquially a catch-all term to describe the various styles of head coverings for Gulf women. Hijab actually refers to a specific form of head wrap. One of the most popular styles of head covering in the UAE is the shayla, which consists of a long, rectangular scarf that crosses over the shoulder.

EMIRATES WOMAN PICTURES – photo credit “Emirates Woman”

Burqua:

In the Gulf, a burqua is a type of facemask. This differs from the burqua in other parts of the world, which refers to a head-to-toe covering garment. The mask is designed to cover a part of the woman’s forehead and upper lip, in a manner that resembles a horizontal H shape. At first glance, these burquas look like they are made of metal, but they are in fact made of metallic cloth. Generally, burquas tend to worn by members of the older generation, with it not being as popular a style among the youth of the country.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the above items as a souvenir, we recommend visiting the Textile Souq, where you can find a lot of beautiful designs for great prices. Our Old Dubai Tour tour will give you a guide to this area and teach you the history behind the clothing of these ancient desert dwellers.

What should tourists wear when visiting the UAE?

There tends to be a lot of confusion regarding what is appropriate for tourists to wear when visiting the UAE. In general, there is no need for tourists to cover their hair when visiting the UAE. Despite some sensational news headlines, the dress codes are quite relaxed as well. Authorities only ask people to cover up in cases of highly immodest outfits. You can still wear shorts or a skirt an inch above the knee, or tops that bare your arms. Just try to keep in mind the amount of overall skin you are showing. For example, if you are showing your legs, try to wear a more modest top.

 

Deals and Discounts | Dubai By Foot

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Deals and Discounts on Dubai Attractions

 It’s no surprise that Dubai can sometimes be an expensive place to visit, especially because there are so many things to see here. There’s no reason why you should skip seeing places you’ve dreamed of because the cost of admission will take a big bite out of your budget. We’ve hunted down multiple ways to save money visiting some of the top sites so that you can take Dubai to the fullest without busting your budget. We frequently introduce new deals and discounts, so make sure to check this page regularly.

For more information on enjoying Dubai on a limited budget see our post Guide to Dubai on a Budget on how to stretch your money as much as possible!

 

Below are our combo-tour packages at discounted prices. If you are a private group, please do email us and we will come up with the best possible offers for you.

Feel free to drop us an email on contact@dubaibyfoot.com if you want our bests deals and discounts for other Dubai attractions. Also don’t forget to check our Dubai Tour Packages page for more Offers.

 

Why Choose a Walking Tour with Dubai By Foot?

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At Dubai By Foot, we bring over 15 years of tour guiding experience to the table (or shall we say to the walking tours!). We have done our research and our guides are trained as the city’s best ambassadors, historians, art lovers, and story-tellers. Most of all, we love Dubai and we love showing this wonderful city to our guests. Furthermore, our passion for this city is contagious and it will leave you energized.

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Dubai By Foot is one of the Top 10 Tour Company Dubai, for Walking Tours

What to expect while on The Best Dubai Walking Tour?

* When you walk with us you get the real scoop. We share history, stories of the past and present, urban legends and fun facts.

* You see the attractions up-close-and-personal, and really get a feel for the city. We are unique in our style and in the design of our tours. We are also flexible and willing to tailor the walk according to your interests.

* You get to interact with the real people of Dubai. These people make the city what it is – a melting pot of cultures. We encourage you to ask questions and engage with the shopkeepers, vendors, cooks and servers. This will allow you to find out their story and how they fit into this amazing culture of tolerance.

* The devil is in the detail – there are so many small structures, architectural nuances, art installations, design elements, historical significances that only our walking tours can capture. It would be a shame for you to come to Dubai and miss these small wonderful things about our city that might get over-shadowed by the mega-structures surrounding us.

*We are affordable, 100% personalized and the most extensive in our offering of private tours for schools, educational instituters, universities, corporates etc. We can also arrange tours in Spanish, German, Chinese or other languages. In addition to the above we can also design very specific  tours, such as architecture, art, food, business opportunities, and so on as per guest requirements.

Come fall in love with Dubai with us!

Want to join us on our signature Old Dubai Tour ? Shoot us an email on contact@dubaibyfoot.com and let us know of your interest. We’ll be happy to schedule any walking tour as per your interests and group requirements.

 

Why Choose a Walking Tour of Dubai?

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By choosing a walking tour of Dubai, you can see the details of the city up close. Instead of just viewing the big monuments, you can traverse the heart of the city. Our Dubai walking tour gives you to a chance to really soak up the atmosphere and feel the energy of the local crowds. Whether you’re stopping over for a day, or planning a longer visit, we believe a walking tour is the best way to truly experience the city.

The narrow streets of Old Dubai are perfect to explore with a walking tour. We offer a variety of tours, including food tours, art tours and a tour of the historic Al Fahidi District

 

Stay fit on your trip

Dubai is famed for the amazing variety of food on offer. Whether you’re munching on falafel from a street vendor or tasting a gold-leaf cupcake from a boutique bakery, it’s pretty easy to gain a few extra pounds while in the city. By choosing a walking tour of Dubai, you’ll have an engaging way to keep your fitness levels up – so you can treat yourself later. We encourage you to wear your fit bits on our tour and track your steps!

Want to indulge while staying active? Our Food Tour of Dubai is a walking tour with plenty of stops to try a variety of different cuisines.

 

Meet new people

There’s no such thing as assigned seating on a walking tour. Instead, you can easily mingle with anyone else walking with you. This makes it a lot easier to meet new travel companions from different backgrounds. Feel free to strike up a conversation with someone around you – you never know where you might find a new friend.

 

Take Better Photos

Have you ever experienced the frustration of trying to take a decent photo from a moving vehicle? By choosing a walking tour of Dubai, you can easily adjust your position, lock the focus and watch the light. Plus, you can always request your guide to take a group photo – no need to rely on selfies.