Heritage Attractions of Dubai

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“Our Union stems from our heritage…the Spirit of the Union paired vision with work, hence cultivating success.” – HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Introduction to Dubai History

The most beautiful, picturesque and tourist-worthy sights in Dubai are its historical attractions, many of which are set around the natural seawater inlet, the Dubai Creek. To understand how Dubai has come to be the trade center of the world, a visit to these heritage attractions are an eye-opening and humbling experience. In addition to their setting against sea water their old, preserved architecture, their style and feel all enhance their charm and aura.

Most importantly, the historical stories that situate them help us understand how this nation has emerged. Furthermore, these stories shed light on the landmarks in its development and the perseverance of its people. In this blog, we will read about the main heritage attractions of Dubai, their highlights and their modern day relevance. Of course, the best way to experience these are to actually walk through them with our expert guides during our signature Old Dubai & Souk Walking Tour. The primary heritage attractions in Dubai can be clubbed together based on their location:

Al Fahidi District ♦ Al Souk Al Kabeer (Bur Dubai) ♦ Al-Shindagha Historical District ♦ Historical Souks District ♦ Al-Ahmadiya Historical District ♦ Jumeirah Mosque

Together, these heritage attractions play host to traditional art and architecture in addition to many different museums, forts, traditional markets (souks), traditional boats (abras), traditional Emirati cuisines and loads of cultural references. A look at the history of this desert town makes you admire its modern day developments even more.

The info-graphic below will help you understand the location of most of the heritage attractions with reference to the always mesmerizing Dubai Creek, which offers stunning views of Bur Dubai and Deira (the two Dubai districts the Creek separates).

 

 Bird’s Eye View of the Main Attractions Around the Dubai Creek:

  1. Gold Souk
  2. Spice Souk
  3. Dubai Creek
  4. Dubai Heritage Village
  5. Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum’s House
  6. Meena Bazaar in Bur Dubai (Old Textile Souk)
  7. Dubai Musuem
  8. Al Fahidi District

 Description & Highlights of the Heritage Attractions of Dubai

I. Al Fahidi District

Built in 1859, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood initially was the residential area of wealthy merchants. Till date, their homes are preserved to showcase the traditional Arabic home architecture with their wind-catching Barjeel. Each narrow alley in this unique district features a trip down the historical life that bustled through these characteristic streets. This is a popular stop for tourists owing to its many art cafes, restaurants, boutique hotels, and its very own Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU).

The Al Fahidi Neighborhood is a not-to-miss destination of Dubai – this is where the Dubai Museum, the famous Coffee Museum, and the Ruler’s Divan are also located. The Dubai Museum will help you travel back in time with its almost-real-life displays of what Arab life was like in the past from traditional crafts, traditional occupations such as pearl diving, to traditional clothing. In merely 45 minutes to an hour you can walk through the museum comfortably and soak in rich Emirati history.

The Coffee Museum is very popular among tourists as it features the coffee making and drinking traditions of not just the UAE but also from other parts of the world. You can also enjoy a cup of coffee with some dates inside the café and get refreshed and energized for the rest of your day of sightseeing. The Alserkal Cultural Foundation art gallery and café combo is quintessentially set up inside the winding streets of the Al Fahidi District. Furthermore, the food is exquisite, the ambience mesmerizing and the masterful artwork by local Emirati artists and other burgeoning talents from the Arab world make this center and the Make Art Café a perfect stopover destination.

II. Al Souk Al Kabeer (Bur Dubai)

Al Souk Al Kabeer was a community marketplace in Bur Dubai. It consists of the neighboring districts of Meena Bazaar (the old textile souk) and the adjacent Dubai Creek. On sale here are pashminas, carpets, harem pants, embroidered purses and sequined slippers. It also houses the Grand Mosque of Dubai. The Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, originally built in 1850, is the oldest mosque in Dubai. Furthermore,It boasts of Dubai’s tallest minaret at 70 meters height. A minaret is a tower from which the call to prayer is broadcast. The Grand Mosque features a Persian-style architecture of blue mosaic, domes in addition to its sand-colored façade.

The Dubai Creek offers a spectacular waterfront scenery for Dubai with the abras (motorized water taxis), sifting people back and forth between Bur Dubai and Deira, traditional restaurants such as Bayt Al Wakeel, sunset Dhow cruises and much more. It is interesting to note here that Bayt Al Wakeel was the first office building in Dubai. HH Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum led the efforts to dredge the creek to widen and deepen it. This Creek expansion became instrumental in positioning Dubai as a major port city in the Middle East. In addition to the waterfront of the Creek itself, the Dubai Creek Park, and the Dubai Creek The Golf Club offer many more choices of activities and fine dining.

III. Al-Shindagha Historical District

Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House was the official residence of the Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Saaed (1912-1958). He was the grandfather of the present Ruler H.H Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum . The house is located on the Shindagha end of the Dubai Creek, and is a repository of old photographs, coins, stamps in addition to important documents. Earlier, Sheikh Saeed’s House performed many different roles in addition to being the Ruler’s residence. It was the political seat of the government, official meetings, and a place for important gatherings.

Heritage Village, at the opening of the Creek, is a space for artisans, potters and weavers to display their handicrafts. The old Diving Village is currently being renovated in an ambitious plan to transform the Shindagha Historical District into a cultural epicenter to preserve Dubai’s Heritage.

IV. Historical Souks District

Across the Dubai Creek, on the Deira side, is the famous Spice Souk. The Spice Souk features large open displays of spices, dried fruits, and nuts such as saffron, vanilla, zaatar, and agarwood. You can even smell some refreshing menthol. As you walk past the Spice Souk, within a short distance, you find yourself in the Gold Souk.

Dubai is famous for its Gold Souk. Most visitors come here out of curiosity and eagerness to purchase some very high quality gold jewelry at very fair prices. The styles of jewelry offer a range from Western modern designs to traditional eastern sets. You can find pearls and precious stones here. Furthermore the helpful shopkeepers can help you choose something from their vast choices of ingots to intricate jewelry designs. The elaborate displays of gold are a sight in themselves.

V. Al-Ahmadiya Historical District

Al – Ahmadiya School, housed in the Al-Ahmadiya Historical District, was the oldest school of Dubai, established in 1912, in Deira. In 1994, the Dubai Government restored the school by converting it to a historical museum. The museum sheds lights on the passion and emphasis on the sciences,. Furthermore it gives insights into educational efforts centered around Dubai’s traditional society. Even though resources were scarce, the efforts of traders and philanthropists helped keep up the high standard of education at the school.

VI. Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is one of the few mosques in the UAE that is open for public visits. It is the locus for the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding’s “Open Doors – Open Minds” program. In order to help build cross-cultural ties and understanding, the Jumeirah Mosque is open to non-Muslims as well. It is built in the Fatimi style of architecture with its two minarets standing tall and proud. A visit to this landmark mosque is a unique opportunity to learn about Islam, and the Emirati culture. Visits also feature water, dates, Arabic coffee and traditional pastries. Modest attire is recommended out of respect for the local cultural norms.

The mission of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (DubaiCulture.gov) is:

“To enrich the cultural scene by maintaining a sustainable cultural ecosystem while preserving the Emirati Heritage and nurturing talents to enhance cultural diversity and social cohesion”.

Aligning with this mission, the Heritage attractions of Dubai are all well maintained. These attractions bring their own significance and charm to the modern day developments around them.

Even Meraas, a large development group in Dubai is presently working on a new project called Al Seef. It is located right on the Bur Dubai side of the Dubai Creek where most of the Heritage Attractions are situated. This project aims at transforming the old heart of Dubai to enjoy a new atmosphere of cafes, restaurants and shops. Furthermore the shows, events and cultural activities here attract people from all over to the original historic waterfront. This is where fishermen, pearl-divers, weavers and tradesmen once came together. This respect and pride towards Emirati history and culture makes Dubai an ideal platform for diverse cultural exchange and innovation, both in the Middle East, in the Arab World, and also globally.

Conclusion

In the words of the wise late Sheikh Zayed, “A nation without a past is a nation without a present or a future. Thanks to God, our nation has a flourishing civilization, deep rooted in this land for many centuries. These roots will always flourish and bloom in the glorious present of our nation and in its anticipated future.”

 

Traditional Emirati Food

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Dubai is a food lover’s paradise. The huge influx of expatriates means that one can find cuisine from every part of the globe here – spicy Indian curries, tender Iranian kebabs, rich Italian pastas and more. In the midst of all this, one might even forget the local delicacies the emirate has to offer. You’ll find plenty of Levantine dishes on offer here, including hummus, a smooth dip made of chickpeas and sesame paste, and shawarma, a sandwich made with meat that has been roasted on a spit. However, the traditional Emirati food is its own unique cuisine that pays tribute to the area’s geography, climate and culture. In this post, we will provide a guide to the country’s traditional food and help you figure out what traditional food to eat when in Dubai.

To experience the variety of cuisine Dubai has to offer, check out one of our food tours!

Introduction to the Traditional Emirati Food

Traditional Emirati meals focused on meat from animals such as camels and goats, or fish caught from the Arabian Sea. Today, you’ll see dishes prepared with chicken as well, but the local populace’s access to chicken only really occurred after the oil boom. Before that, the ancient Emiratis would cook indigenous birds such as Houbara bustards.

The ancestors of the local Dubai community, known as Bedouins, were people who travelled across the desert. Because of this, many of the meals incorporate complex carbohydrates, in order to provide the travellers with energy. Most of the dishes have delicate flavoring of spices like turmeric, saffron, cardamom, cinnamon. These are spices that hail from India, indicating the influence that trade with Indian merchants had on their cuisine.

To learn more about life in Dubai before the oil boom, check out one of our Old Dubai Walking Tours

Main Meals

For a main course, one-pot dishes tended to be the most popular option for those who dwelled in Old Dubai. This is because they reduced the number of dishes to wash (important in a desert climate) and simplified the food’s transportation (useful for people who were often travelling). If you want to eat a traditional, local meal in Dubai, some good menu options to try are:

Harees

Harees is one of the most popular Emirati dishes and is frequently served at weddings in addition to religious holidays. It’s preparation involves cooking meat together with wheat in a pot, along with a generous dash of salt. The mixture is cooked until the meat melts into the wheat, and the combination is thickened over coals. The final result is very moreish.

Thereed

Thereed is a rich and comforting stew, similar to a Moroccan tagine. The stew combines succulent meat with a selection of slow-roasted vegetables – potatoes, tomatoes, marrow and pumpkin. What makes it unique, however, is the addition of the thin Emirati flatbread known as rigag. The bread is generally placed at the bottom of the dish, with the stew layered on top of it. This allows for the flavors of the stew to really sink in.

Machboos

This is a rice dish made with meat or fish, similar to an Indian biryani. What really sets it apart is the fragrant combination of spices used to flavor it – turmeric, cumin, cardamom and saffron, to name a few. The secret ingredient is the addition of a dried lemon, known as loomy. It provides a brightness and a zest that really makes the dish.

Desserts

Over the years, the Emiratis have developed a great collection of desserts and sweet. Our favorite traditional Emirati desserts are:

Luqaimat

This is probably the most popular traditional Emirati dessert. It consists of small deep-fried dumplings, that are then soaked in a sweet, sticky date syrup known as dibbs. These little things are addictive and an absolute must-try.

Balaleet

This is a dish made from vermicelli noodles and eggs. The mixture is cooked with sugar and spices, to create a salty-sweet dish that brilliantly combines the crunchiness of the noodles with the fluffiness of the eggs. This dish is sometimes had for breakfast as well (at least it has protein!).

Where to go

Of course, we would be remiss in telling you about what traditional food to eat in the UAE with telling you where to go to find traditional food.

Our top picks for restaurants that serve the local food of the UAE are:

Seven Sands

This restaurant is named after the seven emirates. Located in the trendy JBR area, it boasts striking décor in a bold Arabian aesthetic – great for any selfies you want to take.  It also has a great variety of non-alcoholic drinks – try the date frappé (not exactly traditional, but still delicious)

Al Fanar

This restaurant has multiple branches in the UAE. You can find it in Festival City Mall, Town Center Mall and Jumeirah Road.  Its extensive reach is a marker of just how good the food is, and furthermore the plethora of Emirati diners behind its doors just highlights it. The décor is meant to mimic the inside of a traditional Emirati house, which provides a great ambiance.

Arabian Tea House

This eatery boasts a prime location in Dubai’s historic Al Fahidi district. When it comes to tradition, it’s hard to get a more authentic ambiance. The restaurant offers a combination of local Emirati fare, pan-Arabian favorites and even a few continental options such as pasta, which makes it a great option for tourists.

Karak and Rigag

This is a budget-friendly option. Try coming here for some luqaimat served with karak (strong tea). You can further more find a selection of Arabic breads, which you can have plain or with fillings like cheese or potato chips. Not the most traditional, but a great way to try some modernized versions of the old favorites.

We hope you find our guide to traditional Emirati food in Dubai helpful. If you want more recommendations on what to eat when in Dubai, leave us a comment and we’ll help you out. Alternatively, why not try one of our food tours to have an experienced guide walk you through the different cuisines of the United Arab Emirates?

 

Best Dubai Hotel Suggestions

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Dubai is known as a tourist destination. So, naturally, it is home to variety of hotels to suit every budget. In addition to the beachfront properties with access to sea and shore and the towering skyscrapers located in the heart of the city; budget hotels located in the older parts of the city are also available. Below, we’ve given a quick rundown of some of our favorite hotels in Dubai.

Budget Hotel List | Best Dubai Hotel

Landmark Grand Deira

This Dubai hotel is great for people who want to explore the city’s historic districts, while staying in a modern hotel. The rooms here are lovely and spacious and come with complimentary WiFi. However, the hotel’s main advantage lies in its location by the glistening waters of the Dubai Creek and the bustling souqs where you can haggle for gold, textiles, perfumes and spices. The hotel is also relatively close to the airport, making it a popular destination for business travellers as well.


City MAX Hotel, Bur Dubai:

The rooms at CityMax hotel are bright and friendly – a welcoming place to lay your head after a long day exploring the city (not to mention, the rooms are even wheel-chair accessible!). This hotel offers great breakfast, perfect for filling you up before you head out to explore for the day. It’s a short trip from this hotel to Dubai’s popular historical district, where you can see ancient houses, wander around the Dubai Museum and catch a ride on the traditional wooden abra boat.

Our Historical Dubai Tour will guide you throughout this area and provide you with interesting facts about the region’s heritage.  


Marco Polo Deira Dubai

The Marco Polo Deira is located within walking distance to two Dubai metro stations. For travellers looking to save money, we recommend looking for a hotel in Dubai with easy access to public transport – the money you save by avoiding cabs quickly adds up. The Marco Polo Deira takes it a step further by offering a free daily shuttle to one of Dubai’s beautiful beaches. This hotel is also close to the souqs and the Dubai Creek, and it offers free High Speed Internet Access to guests.

Our Historical Dubai Tour will guide you throughout the souks and provide you with interesting facts about the region’s heritage.  


Mark Inn Hotel Deira

Mark Inn Hotel Deira a 2 star hotel in the galaxy of Hotels in Dubai but it dwells in light and excels in service above it’s greater stars to meet your expectation and value for your money.

It is located in Deira near Baniyas Metro Station and is 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport -1.

It has 52 rooms elegantly decorated with 24 hour room service and complimentary WIFI.


Ibis al Rigga

This is another hotel located in the historical district, with views of the Dubai Creek and access to the modern and traditional shopping areas of the city. It is only 10 minutes away from Dubai Airport, making it a popular option for business travellers as well and it is just quick walk to Al Rigga metro Station. If you’re looking to while away some time at the hotel, Ibis offers several options, from a fitness center (all the better to burn away the ‘tourist ten’) and a 24 lounge café.


Mid Range Hotel List | Best Dubai Hotel

Hayatt Regency Dubai

This hotel is a bit pricier than others in Deira –  however, you’ll find that thanks to its location, it is cheaper than other 5 star hotels in the city. Therefore, it’s the perfect option for someone looking to experience a luxury stay in a less-expensive location. It’s situated by the Creek’s cornice, providing a beautiful spot for an evening promenade near the city’s cultural locale.


The Oberoi Dubai

The Oberoi is a beautiful luxury hotel situated in Downtown Dubai. Its prime location in Downtown Dubai allows its guests a gorgeous view of Dubai’s most famous landmark, the Burj Khalifa. The hotel is also conveniently located in near the world-famous Dubai Mall, which offers a variety of dining and entertainment options. Within the hotel, guests can bask in luxury furnishings including hand-woven rugs and specially commissioned artwork.


Shangrila Hotel

Shagri-La means paradise and this Dubai hotel is certainly that! It is situated in the bustling Downtown Dubai district, but the hotel itself feels like an oasis of peace. It features a plethora of gourmet dining options, a luxury spa and beautifully appointed rooms.


Le Royal Meridian Beach Resort & Spa

Dubai is home to some beautiful beaches. If you want to ensure that your stay provides you with access to them, you can’t go wrong with Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, situated by the sparkling blue waters of the Arabian Gulf. Furthermore, the hotel is located right across the luxury beachfront promenade JBR the Walk, which combines beach views with trendy shopping and dining outlets. It’s great for someone looking to experience both the beach and the city.


Roda Al Murooj

This Downtown Dubai hotel has a relaxed vibe, with a temperature controlled outdoor-pool and some of the friendliest staff in the business. It also boasts a great central location in Downtown Dubai. What is more, it’s an easy walk to the metro, allowing guests the freedom to explore beyond the city’s hub.


Splurge Hotels List | Best Dubai Hotel

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is one of the most luxurious hotels in Dubai and in the world. It’s one of the most eye-catching buildings on the Dubai skyline, shaped like a sail rising up from the sea. Inside, it’s even more phenomenal, with gorgeous fountains, a rainbow atrium and the finest in furnishings. The hotel is also home to some of the city’s trendiest bars and most exclusive dining experiences. Your stay at the Burj Al Arab would be the epitome of luxury. Expect amenities such as personal butlers, chauffer-driven Rolls-Royce rides and discreet in-suite check-ins. You need not worry about hordes of wandering tourists looking to take photos. Entrance to the Burj Al Arab is by appointment only.


One & Only Royal Mirage Hotel

Located in the Dubai Marina, the One & Only is aptly named. You are unlikely to find a hotel like it anywhere in the world. The hotel is reminiscent of an opulent palace, with lush gardens and towering architecture. One of the hotel’s major attractions is the variety of restaurants on offer – mouth-watering Mediterranean, elegant European, exotic Moroccan and fresh seafood grill.

Come with us on a culinary adventure onto the streets of Dubai. Our Dubai Food Tour will guide you through the different cuisines in this region from Falafel to Samosas to Camel Milk Icecream!


Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf – Madinat Jumeirah

This Dubai hotel is a particular favourite for families, thanks to its unlimited access to the Wild Wadi water park. The park ensures fun for the families, but it is hardly the hotel’s only amenity. It boasts a private beach and the option of renting luxury ‘summerhouses’ done in the Arabian Majlis style. The hotel is also only steps away from Souk Madinant Jumeirah. This modern Souk offers a shopping experience which combines the atmosphere of a traditional Arabian souk with the amenities of the modern world (like air-conditioning and luxury brands!).


Raffles

Raffles Dubai is home to some of the largest rooms and suites in Dubai. It is situated near Wafi Mall, which is known for its Egyptian styling (Raffles itself is shaped like a pyramid). The hotel is a short drive to Downtown Dubai. Furthermore, the slight distance from the hub allows for some lovely views of the Dubai skyline.


Address Dubai Marina

This Dubai hotel overlooks the beautiful Dubai Marina, allowing guests to enjoy the glistening waters and the gliding sailboats. Furthermore, the trendy area is home to night lounges, upscale shops and fine dining establishments. What is more, the hotel itself it connected to the lovely Dubai Marina Mall, ensuring that guests always have a place to wander (and shop!)


Atlantis the Palm

As you may have guessed from the name, Atlantis the Palm is located on the world famous “Palm Island”. This island is shaped like the fronds of a palm tree. The entire hotel follows an aquatic theme, with a giant aquarium, world-renowned water park, beach club and dolphin cove as just some of the hotel’s attractions. In addition, the hotel is home to over 21 restaurants. We are particularly fond of the seafood offerings, as the hotel’s location off the coastline ensures that the catch is always fresh.

The various attraction within Atlantis are as follows:

Aquaventure Water Park: From water slides to shark safaris aquaventure has it all. It has received the “World Travel Award” and is considered middle east’s leading Water Park.

Dolphin Bay: The Dolphin Bay allows for a fun encounter with Dolphins. You can click photos as well as  swim and scuba diving with them.

The Lost Chamber: Enjoy Hourly Myth Tours and Aquatheatre Shows and discover the lost world of Atlantis.

Nasimi Beach: Dine by the Beach or Party at night, Nasimi Beach Restaurant is one of Dubai’s Hottest Clubs. Furthermore, enjoy cuisine ranging from Grilled Sea Food to Lamb Koftas to Fresh Sushi.

Adding to the above Atlantis The Palm has over 21 world renowned restaurants like Kaleidoscope, Saffron, Asia Republic, Bread Street, Plato’s etc. These restaurants offer a wide array of cuisine ranging from Fresh Seafood, to mouth watering pastries and funky cocktails.

Atlantis is located at the tip of the Jumeirah Palm Island. In addition to offering an unparalleled view of the Dubai Coastline it offers a mesmerizing view of the Arabian Ocean. It is one of the top holiday Resorts in the Middle East for adults and children alike.

If you are looking for this adventure to add lifelong memories to your Dubai Trip, check out our tour packages page and deals and deals and discounts blog


Conclusion

Whichever hotel you decide to stay in Dubai, you are bound to experience the Arabian hospitality that makes the city such a popular tourist destination. Whether you splurge or save, you’ll never feel more welcomed.

3 Day Dubai Tour | Tour Suggestions

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Dubai is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa. As a result, many tourists opt for a stopover or a short vacation in Dubai as they travel around the globe. If your visit is only for 2 or 3 days, you may not be sure of what to do during your Dubai trip. Here’s our suggested tour Itinerary for 3 days in Dubai.

Day 1 | 3 Days in Dubai

On Day 1, we recommend taking a Dubai tour. A Dubai City Tour is the best way to get an overview of the different Dubai Attractions. Dubai by Foot offers two Dubai tour packages, depending on how much you’d like to see and how much time you’re willing to spend.

The Dubai Whet-Your-Appetite City Tour takes about 4 hours and covers all the major things to do in Dubai. You start off in the historical district of Al Fahidi, where you’ll learn about the region’s humble beginnings. Then, you’ll have a chance to view the extraordinary Islamic architecture at the Jumeirah Mosque. From there, you experience the energy of everyone’s favorite local hangout spot, Kite Beach and take some photos of the luxurious Burj Al Arab silhouetted against the skyline. You’ll then have the opportunity to see more of Dubai’s innovative architecture at the Palm Island, before finally heading over the world-famous Dubai Mall, for a chance to do some serious shopping and to view the iconic Burj Khalifa.

If that’s not enough for you, why not go for the Dubai I-own-this-town City Tour? It’s actually our post popular option, so you’ll be in good company! In addition to the sites shown in the tour above you’ll also get a chance to see the Old Souks, ride across the creek on a traditional wooden abra & enjoy a lunch of authentic Emirati cuisine.  It’s a great way to get the full flavor of the city.

Day 2 | 3 Days in Dubai 

Morning

The first day of our 3 days in Dubai tour itinerary focused on giving an intense overview of the city’s major attractions. For the second day, we recommend going more specialized. Dubai by Foot has a plethora of walking tours on offer to suit individual interests.

Perhaps you’d be interested in a food tour, chowing your way through the different cuisines of the UAE’s melting pot?

Or maybe your interests are on the artistic side, so you’d prefer to look at the stylish avenues of the city’s varied art districts? In that case, why not try an art tour?

Or maybe you just want someone to guide you through the various shopping districts of the city, from the luxurious shopping centers to the crowded bazaars? Or perhaps you have some other specific interest you want to explore further in Dubai? In that case, contact us for a custom tour and we’ll arrange something to suit your requirements.

Whatever your particular interest, you can spend the morning of your second day in Dubai exploring it with the help of one of our guides. Luckily, our specialty tours generally last 2-4 hours, so they allow plenty of time to try another activity on the evening.

Evening

For the evening, we recommend trying a desert safari, a quintessentially Dubai activity. Basically, a desert safari is a trip to the desert that involves sporting activities and cultural events. You can try your hand at sand boarding, Quad Biking and riding a camel. You’ll have the opportunity to go dune bashing and experience an Adrenalin filled ride in the tricky desert Terrain.

After Dune Bashing you will be led to a well-equipped camp to relax. You can dine on the generous buffet and witness a Belly Dancing and Fire Dancing show. Paint your hands in a henna design and even try a complimentary round of shisha (also known as hookah or water pipe).

The desert safari is one of the most memorable experiences you can have within a 3-day visit to Dubai. We highly encourage including it as part of your itinerary.

Day 3 | 3 Days in Dubai

 For the third day in your Dubai Holiday, you might be wondering what other things there are to do in the city. We recommend trying out one of the many amusement parks, which are sure to leave you with a grin on your face.

Water Parks

 

Thanks to the heat, Dubai is known for its many water parks. The two best known ones are Wild Wadi and Aquaventure.

 Wild Wadi

Wild Wadi is located near the famous Burj Al Arab. The entire park is designed around a tale from Arabian folklore involving Juha and the sea-faring Sinbad. You can cruise on a float in an aquatic roller-coaster, try your hand at surfing or experience a dramatic water drop for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Wild Wadi is a great spot for families and solo adventurers alike.

Aquaventure

Aquaventure is located on the Palm Islands, near the Atlantis Hotel. It’s definitely a popular spot – in fact, the World Travel Awards named it the Middle East’s Leading Water Park in 2016. You can take a relaxed ‘river ride’ or try one of the adrenaline-inducing water slides. And if that’s all a bit too much, simply sit and relax by the park’s pool. One of the major advantages of going to Aquaventure is its close proximity to the Atlantis hotel. This means that you can combine your visit with a trip to the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is home to 65,000 varieties of marine life. It’s an educational and interactive way to learn about the many species that call the Arabian Sea home.

Amusement Parks

 

If water parks aren’t your scene, Dubai has a variety of amusement parks to suit every interest. In particular, Dubai Parks and Resorts has some great options. It is a multipark consisting of four main attractions: MOTIONGATE Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai and LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Waterpark. You have the option of buying a multi-park ticket, or buying a ticket to one of the individual parks. Here’s a quick run-down of the available options:

 

MOTIONGATE Dubai provides branded attractions with characters from Dreamworks Animation, Columbia Pictures and Lionsgate. You can join the Ghostbusters, play with the Smurfs, kick butt with Kung Fu Panda and soar in the sky with Toothless the dragon. It’s a great option for those who love Hollywood.

If Hollywood is not your scene, try the Bollywood Park. Dubai has a vast population of Indian expatriates and it welcomes huge numbers of Indian tourists every year. The Bollywood Park is a one-of-a-kind experience featuring attractions based on Indian cinema.

And in a city so focused on building, is it any wonder that it’s home to a LEGOLAND Park? This Park has over 40 LEGO-themed rides. Its a hit with kids and adults alike. A ticket to LEGOLAND will also include access to the LEGOLAND Water Park.

Conclusion 

There are plenty of things you can do in Dubai, even when on short visit. We hope you find our 3 days in Dubai Tour Itinerary useful and that it gives you an idea of what you can do in the city. With a bit of planning, you can experience the city’s cultural, historical and extravagant sides in only a few days.

If you are looking for custom Dubai Packages, feel free to drop us an email on contact@dubaibyfoot.com and we will work with you to build a tour schedule just for you.

Ramadan in Dubai – What to know and how to make the most of it

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 “Culture is everything and everything is culture.”

Here is our guide on what to expect if you intend on spending your Ramadan in Dubai, how to learn about it and how to enjoy it fully.

Ramadan is observed in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Muslims all over the world fast during the day to commemorate the first revelation of the Holy Quran to Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H).

Spending your Ramadan in Dubai? Here are the General Etiquette’s  in Public and the Workplace that One must Follow:

  • No eating, drinking, shouting or wearing revealing clothes
  • Keep a modest demeanor and good attitude
  • Be understanding, tolerant and patient
  • Be mindful of others’ needs and shortcomings
  • Feed the poor, donate and be charitable
  • If you make a genuine mistake, apologize and be sorry. Do not have a poor attitude.
  • YES join iftars and Ramadan tents!
  • Enjoy the Eid festivities!

Ramadan in Dubai is observed without much disruption to regular services of the city for instance public services like:

  • Government offices are working form 9 Am till 2 PM.
  • Public transportation like Buses, Abra, metros, tram  along with taxi services run at usual timings.
  • All shopping malls are open as usual and close at around 2am in the morning.
  • Most restaurants Offer take away during the day. They offer dine in services only after Iftar at 7 PM.
  • Food outlets inside shopping malls are always open.

The following restaurants offer dine-in services during Ramadan, even in the first half of the day:

Name – Contact
  1. 1762 – 800 1762
  2. 365 All Day Dining – 04 304 9000
  3. 7 Elephants Dubai – 04 354 4354
  4. Al Muntaha – 04 301 7600
  5. Academy Café – 04 295 6000
  6. Aji, Club Vista Mare – 04 552 0244
  7. Al Mandaloun – 04 363 7474
  8. Alfie’s – 04 319 8088
  9. Anise – 04 701 1127
  10. Apres – 04 341 2575
  11. Al Mayass, Sofitel – 04 338 7772
  12. Asia Republic – 04 4262626

 

If you would like to take a quick city tour of Dubai and learn more about the city and its history and culture, do check out our Whet-Your-Appetite-City-Tour.

What is the Best Time to Visit Dubai?

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The best time to visit Dubai is during its cooler months i.e. between November and April. The remaining months mainly restrict outdoor activities. Everything else from shopping to shaded sightseeing is possible even when the mercury levels go over 50°C (122°F). This is largely due to the fact that almost every public place in Dubai is air conditioned from malls, hotels to even bus stations.

The tourist season is at its peak from November to April when the mercury levels are in between a comfortable 24-35°C (75-95°F), keeping the evenings pleasant and the nights cool. Months from November to February observe gentle winds where the thermometer dips down to almost 14°C (57.2°F). If your lucky you can even experience the occasional rains that occur between January and April.

It is advised to take into account the months when the holy month of Ramadan is observed through out the emirate. The month of Ramadan is a particularly good time to visit Dubai if you are interested in experiencing the culture and heritage of the emirate. You can take our Heritage tour of old Dubai to learn about the history and importance of this holy month.

A lot of fun and exciting events take place between the months of October and May such as:

(January-February) – It is an annual event generally organized between December and February. Huge Discounts, Mega promotions and numerous live events are the key highlights of the festival.

Dubai World Cup (March) – It is one of the most prestigious Thoroughbred Horse Races, organized at Meydan Racecourse.

Al Marmoom Heritage Festival (April) – It is a popular Camel Festival, where thousands of well trained camels compete for glory.

Gitex Technology Week (April and October) – It is the leading Tech-Fest held in Dubai twice a year. Leading international brands use it as a platform to launch and showcase their new products.

UAE National Day (2nd December) – This is the union day between six emirates (later joined by the seventh). This memorable day is celebrated all over the country and Dubai is no exception. Extravagant fireworks, road rallies and traditional dance shows are seen everywhere. The whole plethora of UAE’s history and culture is on display on this momentous day.

Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) (December)- It is the leading film festival in the GCC region, where local talents as well as international stars are in attendance.

Art Dubai (March) – It is an international art fair, with a diverse lineup of over 90 galleries from over 40 countries.

 

Things To Do During A Layover In Dubai

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Dubai International Airport welcomed an incredible 83.6 million passengers in 2016. Of this number, many were transit passengers making use of Dubai’s strategic location between Africa, Asia and Europe. Some layovers are brief affairs, with passengers simply rushing from one gate to the next. Sometimes, however, the passengers get to spend a little more time when stopping over in Dubai. We’ve put together a guide on how to make the most of a short Dubai layover.

Things to know before leaving the airport during a short Dubai layover:

Visas

Before you make the decision to leave the airport, you should look into what your visa situation will be. The citizens of 48 countries, including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States and Germany, can get visas on arrival, which will allow them to easily leave the airport during their layover. Furthermore, Indian passport holders with a valid American visa or Green Card are also eligible for a visa on arrival. To know more about visa and entry in Dubai, and to see the full list of which passports get visas on arrival, click here.

If you’re flying on Emirates, you can also look into their Dubai Connect Program, which helps accommodate passengers with long layovers in Dubai.

Baggage storage

If you don’t want to lug your carry-on throughout the city, you should look into keeping it in short-term storage. Dubai International Airport offers this service in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 (it is not available in Terminal 2). The short-term storage facility is open 24/7. It costs either AED 20 or AED 25 for every 12 hours, depending on the size of the bag.

Transport 

The Dubai Airport is located close to the city, allowing for people to quickly leave the airport during a layover in Dubai.

There are two metro stations by the Dubai Airport – Airport Terminal 1 and Airport Terminal 3. Both of these terminals are connected to the Dubai Metro Red Line. You can check out our guide to travelling by Dubai Metro here. Kindly note that travelling by Dubai Metro involves certain luggage restrictions. Passengers are allowed to carry one large suitcase (< 81cm x 58 cm x 30cm) and one piece of hand baggage (<55cm x 38cm x 20cm).

You also have the option of leaving by taxi. The taxi service at the Dubai Airport is very well organized, with a fleet of taxis waiting 24/7. There is an AED 25 flag charge for a taxi leaving from the airport, and charge of AED 1.96 for each km traveled.

Things to do when visiting Dubai for one day

Below, we’ve suggested a brief one-day itinerary for tourists visiting Dubai for one day. We’ve chosen the below attractions based on their popularity and their relative proximity to the airport. You may have to adjust the itinerary below based on the length of your layover, and the date and timing of your arrival (for instance, some attractions in the Historical district run on reduced hours on Fridays).

Al Fahidi Historical District

If you’re in Dubai, we recommend checking out the historical district, known as Al Fahidi. The closest metro station is the Al Fahidi Metro Station, on the Green Line. If you are coming by Metro from Dubai Airport, you will need to transfer to the Green Line at Union Station.

When you’ve reached the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, you can see the traditional Arabian architecture, interspersed with an impressive collection of public street art. There are many small museums in this area, which are either free or have a very low entrance fee.

We particularly like the free Coffee Museum – if you head up to the second floor, you can purchase a cup of traditional Arabic Coffee with dates. We also recommend checking out the Dubai Museum. It is located in Al Fahidi Fort, the oldest existing building in Dubai. The entrance fee in only AED 3, and it provides a great showcase of what life was like in the region prior to the discovery of oil.

Our Historical Dubai Tour will guide you throughout this area and provide you with interesting facts about the region’s heritage.  

Dubai Traditional Souks

You can head over to the Souqs once your done with the Dubai Museum. The Textile Souk is only a few minutes away from the Dubai Museum, and offers pashminas, carpets, harem pants, embroidered purses and sequined slippers for sale.

Once finished, you can head across the Creek via the Dubai Abra (water taxi). It’s the quickest way to get from Bur Dubai to Deira and at AED 1 only, it’s incredibly cheap.

When you arrive on the Deira side, you will find yourself in the Spice Market, where you can purchase delicacies like saffron, vanilla & zaatar for amazingly low prices. Be ready to Bargain as haggling is expected. If you wander further along, you will see the glittering Dubai Gold Souk. Here, you’ll find an incredible selection of Eastern and Western jewelry. The pieces here are quite affordable, so if you’re looking for a new trinket, be sure to check it out.

In our Old Dubai Tour we will guide you through the different markets in this region and even take you inside the shops to showcase the variety of goods on offer. It is the prefect tour to take during a short layover in Dubai.

Down Town Dubai

When you’re done with shopping, head over to Downtown Dubai, to the famous Dubai Mall. The 12 million square feet edifice is one of Dubai’s most popular destinations for tourists and locals alike, with a combination of luxury and fast fashion stores. It also has a great collection of international cuisines, with both fancy restaurants and snack stalls represented.

There is plenty to do and see in Dubai Mall even if your not interested in shopping. The Dubai Aquarium, for instance, is spread out over several floors of Dubai Mall and is home to 140 species of sea life. You can purchase a ticket to enter or just admire the view from outside.

When you’ve had your fill of the mall, head over to the Lower Ground Level, where you’ll find the entrance of the Burj Khalifa. We’ve written a guide for getting to the top that that you can see here. Remember that tickets sell fast, and unless you are purchasing an immediate entry ticket, tickets have timed entry. Therefore, we recommend booking online, in advance, to avoid disappointment. Most people spend about 1 hour at the top of the Burj Khalifa.

When you exit the mall, you’ll be able to see the Dubai Fountain. The Dubai Fountain has a beautiful choreographed show that runs in the evenings from 6:00pm to 11:00pm, every 30 minutes. It also has select afternoon shows at 1:00pm and 1:30pm (except on Fridays, when the afternoon shows are at 1:30pm and 2:00pm). From this area, you can also take some great photos of the Burj Khalifa from the outside.

From there, you can cross the walkway to Souk Al Bahar, an stylish shopping and food center. Or, you can wander down the boulevard to look at the public artwork on display.

Conclusion

There’s tons to see and do during a layover in Dubai, so it can be difficult to narrow it down to only a few quick highlights. Nevertheless, we think the above one-day itinerary is a great option for someone looking to make the most of a layover in Dubai. If you have any questions on how to plan for your upcoming layover, leave us a comment and we’ll get back to you.

Dubai Tourist Visa – Rules and Regulations

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Dubai is the go to tourist destination in the gulf region. Tourism industry is almost 42% of the GDP of Dubai. Due to this very reason, Dubai has made its visa policies completely tourist friendly. Dubai tourist visa on arrival is offered to Citizens of over 33 countries. Residents of AGCC member nations don’t require a visa while travelling to Dubai.

 

Below are the various requirements for those who can avail Dubai tourist visa on arrival services :

AGCC Residents who are not GCC nationals, but hold high professional status such as:

Company Managers, Accountants, Auditors, Business People, Engineers, Doctors, Pharmacists or employees working in public sector or their dependents such as parents, spouse, drivers, maids etc

Such professionals and their self sponsored personal staff can obtain non-renewable 30-day visa on arrival at approved ports of entry.

Dubai provides free of charge visa for nationals of following countries for single entry  for maximum stay of 30 days:

Andorra Australia Brunei Canada Hong Kong
Ireland Japan Malaysia Monaco New Zealand
China Russia San Marino Singapore South Korea
United Kingdom United States Vatican City

A 90-day visit visa with 6 months validity is available for nationals of following European countries (≈$220):

Austria Belgium Bulgaria Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Estonia Finland Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland Italy Lativia
Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Malta Netherlands
Norway Poland Portugal Romania Seychelles
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden Switzerland

Indian Nationals can obtain visa on arrival if they have a visit visa or green card, issued by USA. This visa is issued for a maximum stay of 14 days and can be extended for an additional 14 days. For this a Passport with at least six months’ validity is required.

To know more about UAE visa regulations, feel free to visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation website.

If you want a quick city tour of Dubai, do check out our Whet-Your-Appetite-Dubai-City-Tour.

Planning a Dubai Opera Visit?

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Here’s what you need to know

Though it only opened its doors in 2016, the Dubai Opera has quickly become one of the city’s most treasured cultural jewels. The 1901-seat performing arts center has played host to operatic performances, ice shows, ballet dances, orchestral productions, illusionist acts, musicals and more. In this post, we’ll tell you everything you need to know about visiting the Dubai Opera.

 Where is the Dubai Opera?

To visit the Dubai Opera, you will need to head over to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, in Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Opera is situated close to the Burj Khalifa.

If you’re interested in seeing more of Downtown Dubai, check out our Downtown Dubai Walking Tour

If you are traveling by metro, you should take the Red Line to the Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall metro station. The Dubai Opera is approximately a 15-minute walk away from that stop. You can check out our guide to using the Dubai Metro here.

How do I buy tickets to the Dubai Opera?

You may visit the Dubai Opera website to purchase tickets online. You can also buy tickets in-person at the Dubai Opera Box Office. The Box Office is located on the Opera Plaza on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard and is open daily from 10am to 9pm.

How much do tickets to the Dubai Opera cost?

The cost of tickets will depend on the show that you wish to see and the location of your seats. Tickets can range from 250 AED (for back row seats) to 7000 AED and over for VIP Box seats. Group bookings of 10 or more may qualify for discounts, depending on the show – visit the Dubai Opera website for more information.

What is the seating plan for the Dubai Opera like?

 

The Dubai Opera is built to seat 1901 people. The seating is divided into three main areas – Stalls, Royal Circle and Grand Circle.

The pricing within each section can vary significantly (for instance, there is a difference of several thousand dirhams between seating in B reserve and seating in a B1 or B2 box seat, even though they both fall under the “Stalls” Category). Check your pricing carefully when purchasing!

How will my tickets be delivered to me after purchase?

Printing at Home: Most shows at the Dubai Opera allow you to print your tickets at home. Make sure the barcode is printed clearly on your home-printed ticket. When you arrive at the venue, you will not need to check in with the box-office. Simply proceed to the ushers, who will scan your ticket for entry. For tourists, we recommend printing tickets at home.

Mobile Ticketing: Selected shows offer mobile tickets as well. You can hold all of the mobile tickets on your phone (if you plan to arrive as a group), or you can SMS the tickets to each member of your group (if you are arriving separately.) When you arrive, present your mobile ticket to the user for scanning.

Note: If you are using this method, make sure you have chosen “Mobile Ticket” when purchasing. If you have chosen the “Print Ticket” option, you cannot enter the venue by showing the PDF of the ticket on your mobile.

Collecting from Venue: You also have the option to collect the tickets from the Box Office. To do so, you will require your email purchase receipt, a Photo ID and the credit card that you used to purchase the tickets. If you choose this method, please ensure you arrive early! Lines at the Box Office can be long, and you don’t want to miss the start of the show. Additionally, kindly note that only the person who purchased the tickets can collect them from the Box Office.

What happens if I forget my ticket?

If you have sufficient proof of purchase and a valid ID, the Dubai Opera should be able to reissue your ticket. You may be charged an administration fee of 30 AED for this process. General admission tickets (with unallocated seating) may not be valid for readmission.

What is the dress code for visiting the Dubai Opera?

The venue encourages its attendees to dress up. We recommend dressing smartly, in a similar manner as you would when visiting a nice restaurant.

What happens if I arrive late to the Opera?

All guests of the Opera are strongly encouraged to arrive in plenty of time for the show. guests arriving late are not not permitted to enter the auditorium until there is a break in the performance. This is done to prevent late-arrivers from disturbing the other attendees.

Doors to the Opera foyer open 2 hours before the performance. Doors to the auditorium open 30 minutes before the performance is due to begin. Therefore, we recommend arriving early. This will give you a chance to take photos of the architecture, which was designed to resemble a traditional dhow.

Do I need a ticket to enter the Dubai Opera?

It is possible to enter the Opera house without purchasing a ticket. The doors to the Opera foyer open two hours before a scheduled show starts. You may enter the foyer without a ticket. However, entry to the auditorium will not be possible without a ticket.

 

Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab – See Inside of the Burj Al Arab

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Afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab is the best way to spend your afternoon in Dubai. The Burj Al Arab is one of the world’s most luxurious hotels – so luxurious, in fact, it is said to be rated seven stars. The sail-shaped edifice is one of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Dubai. However, tourists can’t just walk up to the hotel. One can only access it via a private bridge, as the island itself is 280 m offshore. To cross that bridge, you need to show security that you have business at the hotel. The most popular way for tourists to do that is to book an Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab.

Looking to burn the calories after having afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab? Our Downtown Dubai Walking Tour will allow you to explore by foot the view you see from the hotel.

Options for Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab

There are three options available for anyone wishing to have afternoon tea at the Burj Al Arab.

Sky Tea at Skyview Bar: Seven-course afternoon tea providing atrium access and a view from the top

Ultimate Afternoon Tea at Sahn Eddar: Seven-course afternoon tea providing atrium access

High Tea at Sahn Eddar: Three-course afternoon tea providing atrium access

Sky Tea at the Skyview Bar is the most popular (and most expensive) option. This Bar is located at the top of the Burj Al Arab and guests can enjoy stunning views of the city as they eat.

If a table with a view is not a priority to you, you can book one of the afternoon teas at the Sahn Eddar. This restaurant is located on the first floor, so you won’t get a view from the top. However, you can still explore the incredible hotel lobby, with its fountains, aquariums and gold columns. You also have property access, so you can take great photos of the building from the outside.

 

Below, we will give a more detailed rundown on the three afternoon tea options at the Burj Al Arab:

Sky Tea at Skyview Bar

 

Cuisine: The Sky Tea at Skyview Bar is a seven-course afternoon tea. The delicacies on offer include an extensive selection of teas, coffees, finger sandwiches, French pastries, scones and jams. You will also receive a complimentary glass of champagne. Don’t fear uninspired offerings – past menu highlights include smoked salmon sandwiches, squid ink bread and lychee sorbet, alongside more traditional options like egg salad and the chef’s carvery. Even the drinks menu is extensive – the tea menu alone includes over 20 different options.

Cost: AED 620 per person. Window seating costs AED 100 extra*. So, if you and your spouse want to book a table by the window, you would pay AED 1340 in total (620+620+100).

*Previously, window seating was on a first-come, first-serve basis, so you might find old guides advising you to arrive early and wait by the doors to get the best table. However, window seats now require advance booking for an additional cost

Timings: Currently Sky View Bar offers Sky Tea from Sunday to Thursday. You can book tables for one of four seating times – 13:00, 13:15, 16:00 and 16:15. Table seating is valid for 2 hours.

Reservations: Reservations are required. Due to the popularity of the Sky Tea, the hotel recommends booking a few weeks in advance.

Family Policy: The Skyview bar can only be accessed by guests aged 21 and over

Dress code: The dress code is described as semi-casual. However, we recommend erring on the side of formality. A lot of the appeal of the Burj Al Arab lies in the ambiance, so be sure to dress smartly.

Cancellation policy: You must make any cancellations at least 24 hours prior to your reservation time. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, or fail to show up at all, you will have to pay a fine of AED 300.

Ultimate Afternoon Tea at Sahn Eddar

 

Cuisine: The Ultimate Afternoon Tea at Sahn Eddar is a seven-course afternoon tea. The menu is nearly identical to the one offered at the Skyview Bar Sky Tea. Guests can choose from a selection of teas, coffees, finger sandwiches, French pastries, scones and jams.

Cost: AED 560 per person with a glass of champagne, AED 520 per person with unlimited non-alcoholic drinks

Timings: Afternoon Tea is served at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00

Reservations: Reservations are required. Booking a day or two in advance is usually sufficient.

Family Policy: The Sahn Eddar is open to those of all ages

Dress code: The dress code is described as semi-casual. However, we again recommend erring on the side of formality, to keep in with the ambiance of the location.

Cancellation policy: You must make any cancellations at least 24 hours prior to your reservation time. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, or fail to show up at all, you will have to pay a fine of AED 200.

High Tea at Sahn Eddar

Cuisine: High Tea at Sahn Eddar is a three-course afternoon tea. The menu is a bit more limited in comparison to the ones offered in Ultimate Afternoon Tea and Sky Tea. The three-course afternoon tea is inclusive of Sandwiches, scones and pastries, as well as cocktails.

Cost: AED 410 per person

Timings: High Tea is served at 19:00 and 20:00

Reservations: You need to have reservation. Booking a day or two in advance is usually sufficient.

Family Policy: The Sahn Eddar is open to those of all ages

Dress code: The dress code is semi-casual. However, we again recommend erring on the side of formality, to keep in with the ambiance of the location.

Cancellation policy: You must make any cancellations at least 24 hours prior to your reservation time. If you cancel with less than 24 hours’ notice, or fail to show up at all, you will have to pay a fine of AED 200.

How to visit the Burj Al Arab for Afternoon Tea

 

Making your reservation for Afternoon Tea

First, it is essential that you make a reservation before visiting the Burj Al Arab. The earlier you can make your reservation, the better, as tables fill up fast. For reservation, call the hotel at +971 4 301 7600. You can also send them an email at BAArestaurants@jumeirah.com.You will have to provide your credit card information for making the reservation and remember to jot down the confirmation code for future reference.

Getting to the Burj Al Arab

On the day of your reservation, you will need to head over to Jumeirah. Once their, you will have to provide security with your confirmation code in order to cross the bridge. Security will only allow you entry 30 minutes before your scheduled afternoon tea time, so while it’s good to be an early bird, make sure you don’t overdo it.

Entering the Burj Al Arab

 

The Burj Al Arab boasts stunning interiors. If you reach the lobby about 20 minutes before your scheduled tea time, you’ll have plenty of time to take photographs. Then, either enter the Sahn Eddar restaurant or take the elevator to the Skyview Bar.

Enjoying your Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab

Last but not least, relax and enjoy your luxurious afternoon tea. The Afternoon Tea is a popular option for tourists, so feel free to take photos of your meal without any self-consciousness. And if you have any questions about your menu (or simply want a refill), don’t hesitate to ask one of the waiters – the service there is out of this world.

If you would like to go a traditional Dubai food tour feel free to email us on contact@dubaibyfoot.com.