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Anyone Been To Dubai?  
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 785 times:

Hey all,
Has anyone been to Dubai? If so, how was your experience? Was the dining good? I've heard the accomodations are spectacular, is this true? What's your opinion on Dubai?

American_4275

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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 775 times:

Nope. No one has been to Dubai.

Ever.


User currently offlineQatar From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 775 times:

I am from Qatar and visit the UAE regularly. It is great, and if you visit in March/April you will be in time for the shopping festival which is excellent visit www.mydsf.com.

The dinning is excellent and there is a huge restaurant selection. You could find food for any budget.

The accomodation really depends on where you are staying and how much you will stay. Emirates Tower is spectacular and is ver well priced. You probably heard about the record breaking Burj Al Arab hotel, it is very expensive with the prices varying from $1100 - $30000 per night yes $30000 it is not a typo.

I would recommend it to you but i also recommend visiting the neighbouring Oman or Qatar. Oman has spectacular landscapes and has very beautiful breathtaking natural parks. Qatar is also a very pleasent and will give you a full Arab hospitality experience. If you want a sporting vacation also Qatar is the ideal place.

Probably visit Dubai for 7 nights and then travel to Qatar (stay in the Ritz Carlton) or Oman (Bustan hotel) and enjoy 3 nights there.


User currently offlineAirmale From Botswana, joined Sep 2004, 376 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 770 times:

Dubai is great, a bit over crowded and the weather in Summers sucks, its like standing infront of an Oven with the door open, Literally! too many South Asians (Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Afghans etc) honestly speaking it reminds me of an extremely rich version of Karachi in Pakistan, my home city, especially the areas of Clifton and D.H.A.


.....up there with the best!
User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 761 times:

I used to live there and visited last year. Nice place (stupidly hot in summer though - like 50 degrees celcius/140 degrees fahrenheit!).

I stayed in the Burj Al Arab - it is amazing (you reach one of its best restaurants by private submarine) but it costs $1500 USD per night so you get what you pay for! The resort is on its own Island too.

Places to see include the Gold Souk, and there's a cool water park called Wild Wadi.

It's great, but VERY expensive in Dubai



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 757 times:

Thanks for all the comments!

Ryanb741,
The Burj Al Arab is supposed to be spectacular. How was the room you stayed in? Anything extraordinary? Was it worth the $1500?


American_4275


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 756 times:

The Burj al Arab is all suites, done out in a bedouin style. I didn't pay anything for the suite thanks to Emirates airlines.

Let me tell you about the insane generosity of EK. Last year I was booked on an Ek flight to DXB and they overbooked and bumped me to a flight departing 4 hours later. To make up for this they upgraded me to 1st class, gave me a 2 night stopover in Dubai at the Burj Al Arab and also gave me THREE FIRST CLASS(!) return tickets to anywhere on their network. That's three first class return tickets for my wife and myself. EACH!!! Needless to say, they didn't lose me as a customer.

The most amazing thing is the delay I incurred as a result of overbooking was only 4 hours! What other airline would give all that for a mere 4 hour delay?!!?

If I had paid for the room, well, determining whether it's worth paying $1500 a night is subjective (I wouldn't do it) but the hotel is by far the best I have ever stayed in, and I have stayed in places like the Oriental in Bangkok and the Raffles in Singapore. So, if you have that amount of cash to spend, then the Burj is the best you can get.



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 746 times:

Wow that is ridiculously gracious of Emirates! You got lucky!  Smile


American_4275


User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 743 times:

wow, a few questions, because like many I have also been fascinated with the incredible growth and wealth in Dubai over the past few years.

1) Ryan, amazing story, thats unbelievable. Emirates really sounds like they are in a class of their own. Do you know why they afforded you such royal treatment or do they afford everyone the same.

2) Can one speak English in Dubai and not have any security worries? Do many speak in English in Dubai? I asked this about Qatar on an earlier thread but I lost the thread before getting the answer.

3) Can you reach and visit the Burj if you don't have a booking? Or are they "closed".

4) How big geographically is Dubai? Like the size of London? Manhattan? Half of London? Miami Beach? thanks.

TNNH


User currently offlineRyanb741 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 3221 posts, RR: 16
Reply 9, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 744 times:

Okay, here are the answers:

1. Sheikh Mohammed Bin 'loads-of-money' Makhtoum. Enough said.

2. No problem. It's very cosmopolitan

3. No problem. You can go to one of the restaurants or simply look around

4. Dubai is one of the states of the UAE. It's geographically probably about twice the size of London, but apart from the city most of it is desert and oil refineries



I used to think the brain is the most fascinating part of my body. But, hey, who is telling me that?
User currently offlineAmerican_4275 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 1076 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 740 times:

I heard United Arab Emirates is the safest country in the world and currently has no conflicts with other countries? That's just what I heard.

I also heard that you have to pay a certain amount to get into the grounds of the Burj Al Arab and that security is very tight.

Ryanb741,
What percentage of the natives speak Farsi?

American_4275


User currently offlineMarco From United Arab Emirates, joined Jul 2000, 4169 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (12 years 5 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 734 times:

Hey American_4275

I live in Dubai and I'd be more than happy to answer your questions!

What percentage of the natives speak Farsi?

A BIG percentage, in fact Farsi is probably one of the
main languages of Dubai. A considerable percentage of the nationals of Dubai are of Iranian descent and still speak Farsi. That's besides the huge Iranian expat population. In fact my best friend's Iranian!

Concerning the other questions posed;

Accomodation in Dubai is excellent, this city re-defines customer service. Like Qatar said, I would recommend the Emirates Towers, it's one of my favorite hang out spots in Dubai. It's got a nice little starbucks, restaurants, nightclubs, etc...and it's good value for money if you're staying there. The Burj al Arab is fascinating but slightly overrated, it's not worth paying at least 1,500$ a night IMO.

Dining is as about as good as it gets. We've got everything from Argentinian cuisine to Mexican to Lebanese and the list goes on. The restaurants here are amazing! Also we've got TGIF, Chilli's, Fuddruckers, Johnny Rockets, Mcdee's, and almost anything you could think of!

To answer TWAneedsNohelp's questions:

The majority of the people living in Dubai speak English, it's probably the most widely used language. Arabic's only used in Governmental offices and places like that. It's a safe city and it's full of Europeans and Americans.

The size of the city is very small, but Dubai as an emirate is probably as big as London city, maybe twice the size. It only takes 25 minutes to get to Hard Rock Cafe from Mulla plaza (two ends of Dubai) but there are about 850,000 people living here.

Regards



Proud to be an Assyrian!
User currently offlineTwaneedsnohelp From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 716 times:

Thanks for great answers.

The size of the city is very small,

How small? I now understand the size of the emirate but that doesn't concern me as much as the size of the city. Sounds exciting love to go.
thanks

PS: Americans need a travel visa for entry?


User currently offlinePaulc From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 711 times:

Went to Dubai in 2000 and going again in June - flying Emiates from B'ham (just to get a A330)  Smile

At least it will be drier than the UK at the moment



English First, British Second, european Never!
User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 711 times:

Dubai is in a class of its own in many different ways.American_4275 i do not know what picture you have of the Gulf,specially UAE but let me start of by telling you that Dubai is perhaps....no actually it is infact the most international place i have ever been to....considering that i live in Boston take a moment to think of what i just said. It is a very modern,safe and cosmopolitan city with a standard of living as high as any Western city.
Unlike Saudia or Kuwait,Dubai is not a conservative place.I completely agree with the philosophy behind running Dubai.....Everything goes as long as you are not harming anyone....
If you like cars then i do not think there are many places on earth that rival Dubai for the ratio of great cars you will see there.Here in America i once saw this show on Travel Channel on the "top 10 hotels in the world"...... number 2 was some hotel in Italy but it did not even come close to Burj al Arab which was at #1.You have to go there and see it to appreciate it.....amazing!!
Being on this forum i assume i need not tell you about the DXB airport and the wide array of flights/airlines that serve the city. It makes me very happy to see how Dubai has progressed so much in little time....Inshallah the progress will continue
Do write us a trip report when you go ...  Big grin


User currently offlineCPDC10-30 From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2000, 4775 posts, RR: 24
Reply 15, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 717 times:

My parents visited last year and generally enjoyed the stay. The accomodations were fantastic...as was the service on Emirates - the best they had experienced anywhere.

However, the disgraceful treatment of women became apparent rather quickly. My mother (wearing a headscarf, by the way) stepped into an elevator in the hotel, there was a man already in the elevator. The man exchanged a dirty look before bolting out of the elevator. So you could say that did not leave a good feeling.


User currently offlineTurbolet From Cape Verde, joined Nov 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (12 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 708 times:

No, never been to Dubai. My family were thinking of going this Easter, but after 9/11, they're not into it anymore. Which is a shame because Emirates flies the A300-600R into Malta and I'd love a ride on that plane.

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