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Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:11 am

I am traveling to Dubai next month and wanted to get some ideas from others as to what I should spend my 3 days doing. I am up for anything!
 
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 2:56 am

Own a parachute?

Base-jumping from Burj Dubai, still under construction but already about 700m high

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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 5:54 am

Well, technically, the 'coolest' thing to do is to ski down that artificial indoor ski slope they have there...
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:40 am

Check-in for your return flight home! JK  Wink
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:45 am



Quoting Francoflier (Reply 2):

Oh yeah, I heard about that, would love to try it.

Or just walk around. From what I've heard, if you can stand the heat, Dubai is pretty amazing and impressive in terms of skyscrapers and buildings.
 
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:51 am



Quoting Boeing777228 (Thread starter):
some ideas from others as to what I should spend my 3 days doing. I am up for anything!

One word: shopping!! there are about 4 billions shopping centers around Dubai  Wink So, if you need to buy something, you will find it in Dubai  Wink

Quoting Elite (Reply 4):
if you can stand the heat

I am in Dubai currently and it is really hot outside... Either pool or air- conditioned hotel room Big grin

Quoting Elite (Reply 4):
pretty amazing and impressive in terms of skyscrapers and buildings.

Oh yeah it is. Or the palm tree and the world built in the water. Or the Bursh Al Arab (spelling?) the hotel. looks vey nice.

Enjoy Dubai!

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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 6:57 am

Or just stay in the 7 star hotel and use the facilities there. . . another dream of mine if I ever had enough money.
 
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:05 am



Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
Base-jumping from Burj Dubai, still under construction but already about 700m high

I was going to suggest it the other way around. Just like some climb the Eiffel Tower, he could climb to the top of the Burj Dubai.

They are crazy to build that high although I hear there will be an even taller building that will be built at the Dubai World Islands. I wonder what they will come up with next.
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 7:16 am

I had lots of fun at the Wild Wadi Water Park. They even have a water slide that goes up the hill. Its right next to the Burj Al-Arab hotel.

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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Sat Aug 30, 2008 11:49 am

At this time of year you'll probably want to spend most of your time either inside, or in a pool...unless you're happy being outside when it hits 122F!

Dubai has aircon down to a fine art, to the extent that it can actually be a bit chilly in some buildings, especially at the movies, so take a light sweater! But there's still plenty to see and do inside.

Even if you don't like shopping, some of the malls are stunning, and can often be tourist attractions in their own right, especially 'Ibn Battuta' mall. As someone already mentioned, there's Ski Dubai, the indoor ski slope and snow park at the Mall of the Emirates. It's easy to waste a whole day there, especially with its massive food courts and tons of restaurants. And a trip to the 'Marble Slab' for ice cream is a MUST!!

Then there are the indoor souks, especially those at Madinat and the Wafi mall...always worth a visit to pick up some interesting souvenirs.

A trip to the Burj al Arab is an interesting experience, but bear in mind that you won't be allowed any further than the gate at the bridge across to the island on which it is built unless you are a hotel guest, or have a reservation at one of the restaurants or for afternoon tea. Bring a shedload of cash or an empty credit card!! But if you just want to see the place from the outside, you can get a good view of it from neighbouring Umm Suqeim beach.

At some point you should have something to eat at the Lime Tree cafe. There are two branches, one in Jumeirah and another at Ibn Battuta mall, which keeps longer hours than the one in Jumeirah.

If you're up for a beer, you could do worse than head to 'Barasti' at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Resort. It's one of the coolest bars in town to see and be seen. Am not a massive fan of it myself, but many people are!

Then of course there's "Dune Bashing". Don't forget that Dubai is built in the desert, and there are a number of companies that offer 4X4 tours over the dunes. You even get fed and watered!

I love Dubai, it's a fascinating place...have a great time!!
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:47 am

Thanks for the replies! Should I rent a car or just use taxis?? Are there any good places to watch the planes fly into DXB from??
 
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RE: Coolest Thing To Do In Dubai?

Mon Sep 01, 2008 12:07 pm

Quoting Boeing777228 (Reply 10):
Should I rent a car or just use taxis??

Taxis are plentiful and very cheap...you'll find them waiting at most places where lots of people are. But if you prefer the freedom of having your own car, rental might be for you! Just be warned that as Dubai is such a muliticultural city, there is a huge mix of different driving styles, which can lead to some interesting situations if you are used to more orderly driving conditions! The Sheikh Zayed Road (a major thoroughfare through town) can be especially stressful at busy times of the day, and chances are that you will need to use that road a fair bit if you want to see the major sights.

Also be warned that if you have any kind of accident while driving the police must be called and a report produced, otherwise insurance companies will not pay out. I have experienced this procedure at first hand myself, and it can be a bit worrying if you don't know what to expect, or don't have someone around that can translate from English into Arabic!

If I were you I'd use taxis! Big grin

As for spotting at DXB, I'm sure that some of the locals can help you out there.

Andy.

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