DUBAI

The City of Gold

  • About Dubai
  • History of Dubai
  • Culture of Dubai
  • Geography of Dubai
  • Tourist attrection for Dubai
  • Cuisine in Dubai
  • Tureist tips
  • Getting to Dubai

About Dubai

Dubai is the second-largest of the seven city-states in the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi is the largest, with proven oil reserves of 92 billion barrels. Since Dubai only has oil reserves of 4 billion barrels, it focused on developing itself as a major world financial center and tourism destination.

Until the recession, all went well. In 2004, the Dubai government began building theBurj Dubai, now known as the Burj al Arab. It is the world's tallest building. It also backedDubai World famous for its real estate developments: man-made islands built to look like the world map and a palm tree. On March 23, 2011, Dubai World negotiated restructuring on $25 billion in debt with its 80 creditors. Dubai World stunned the world on November 25, 2009, when it asked its creditors to delay interest payments on $60 billion in debt.

Most of Dubai's business investments is in hard-to-sell real estate. The global recession made these assets difficult to lease, thus putting Dubai World in a cash-flow crunch. Dubai's government debts ran up to $120 billion.

Creditors were worried that Dubai would go bankrupt, joining Iceland. The news came at the time of great concern about many European Union countries, especially Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain.

The history of Dubai points at a story of rolling sand dunes lapping the foothills on the Eastern side of Mount Hajar. Dubai owes its present identity to the wise vision of the late Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Maktoum. Today Dubai is an Economic powerhouse and truly a world class city but the history of Dubai points at a completely different picture. It was just a decade or two back that Dubai was inhabited by Bedouins and Nomads who traveled all over the place with their flocks and herds. The settlements, as a history of Dubai points out, were mainly inhabited by the fishermen community who lived along the coast of the Arabian Gulf and earned their living by fishing, pearling, herding sheep and goats.

The importance of this small coastal settlement increased with it becoming a trading Port.Under the British Protectorate the volume of trade expanded and the merchant appeal of Dubai grew.History of Dubai now saw a major influx of foreign population into the area and by the year 1930s Persians, Indians, Baluchis, communities of Bahrain all flocked into Dubai.

1971 was a major turning point in the history of Dubai when the British withdrew and Dubai joined Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Aiman, Umm Al Quwain, Fajairah which was later named as the Federation Of the United Emirates. Oil was already discovered in the year 1966 and the successful shipment of Oil opened a new chapter in the history of Dubai. The entire infrastructure of the city was now new. Detached from the history of Dubai, modern Dubai is now an economic hub.

Dubai culture today is very different from what it used to be a decade or two ago. The narrow widening creek divides the city into two parts, the Southern part called Bur Dubai has a traditional culture in Dubai and the Northern area, Deira has a busy and bustling culture. The Al Shindagha tunnel which runs under the creek connects the two halves of the city.

The Dubai cultureis a cosmopolitan one. With the influx of great number of foreign population which includes, Persians, Indians, Baluchis etc ,the culture in Dubai has become a global one. With Islam as its official religion , Culture in Dubai is essentially a Muslim one but the presence of Hindus, Christians, Sikhs etc cannot be ignored and their presence has left an undeniable mark on the Culture in Dubai.

Like religion, language Culture in Dubaiis also diverse and although Arabic is declared to be the official language of Dubai, other languages of the world co-exist with it. The schools are also not biased regarding language and many of them teach foreign languages to the children.

Dubai culture is essentially very colorful and vibrant. The Dubai shopping festival and the Dubai International Film Festival are an integral part of the culture in Dubai.

DUBAI GEOGRAPHY
Located on the Persian Gulf, between Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Dubai is one of the seven emirates that comprise the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Geography of Dubai is as interesting as the emirate itself is.

Area of Dubai
Dubai has an area of about 3,885 sq km, making it the second largest emirate after Abu Dhabi. One of the most interesting geographical features of Dubai is the Dubai Creek, a natural inlet in Persian Gulf, dividing the city into two parts - the Deira to its north and Bur Dubai to its south.

The unique location and geography of Dubai allows it to connect to all neighboring Gulf States, as well as South Asia and East Africa by sea or land.

The UAE has 700 km long coastline of which 100 km are on the Gulf of Oman, which connects the country to the Arabian Sea. Dubai is also a major stopover for flights from Asia to Europe and vice versa.

Desert Landscape
Dubai has a primarily desert landscape with extensive sand dunes, oases and wadis (dry river bed). There are also some spectacular offshore islands, coral reefs and sabhka, or salt marshes. That's not all about Dubai geography. Visitors will be surprised to see a range of mountains lying close to the Gulf of Oman.

Currency
The Currency in Dubai is the UAE Dirham (Dh), or the United Arab Emirate Dirham (AED), as it's termed in the international market. One Dirham is equal to 100 Fils. Dubai currency notes are available in denominations of 5,10,20,50,100,200,500 and 1000 Dirhams.

TOURIST ATTRACTION

THE CREEK
This historic focal point of life in Dubai, The Creek, a natural sea-water inlet which cuts through the centre of the city. It is very interesting to see the colour and bustle of the loading and unloading of dhows which still ply ancient trade routes to places as distant as India and East Africa.

An attractive way to view the Creek and the dhows is from an abra, one of the small water taxis which criss-cross the Creek from the souks of Deira to those on the Bur Dubai side.

Boatmen will also take visitors on a fascinating hour-long trip from the abra embarkation points to the mouth of the Creek and inland to the Maktoum Bridge, passing on the way many of the city’s historic and modern landmarks.

Redevelopment work has transformed parts of the Creek’s banks. On the Deira side, a broad and well-lit, paved promenade extends from the Corniche, which faces on the Arabian Gulf, all the way to the attractive purpose-built dhow terminal constructed beside Maktoum Bridge

On the Bur Dubai side between Maktoum and Garhoud bridges, Creekside Park provides pleasant paved walks and extensive landscaped public gardens.

At the inland end of the Creek is a large, shallow lagoon, now a wildlife sanctuary which has become a haven for migrating shore birds. Some 27,000 birds have been counted here at one time during the autumn migration. The most spectacular are the many Greater Flamingos which have made the Creek their permanent home.

Archaeological Sites You can visit the excavation sites at Al Ghusais, Al Sufooh and Jumeirah where you will find arte facts from the seventh to 15th centuries.

Bastakiya The old Bastakiya district with its narrow lanes and tall wind-towers gives a tantalizing glimpse of old Dubai. Immediately to the east of Al Fahidi Fort is the largest concentration of traditional courtyard houses with wind towers. In the past, the city was famous for a mass of wind towers which lined the Creek on either side. These were not merely decorative; they were the only means of cooling houses in the days before electricity.

Burj Nahar One of three watchtowers guarding the old city, the restored Burj Nahar in its picturesque gardens in Deira is popular with photographers

DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE
The Dubai World Trade Center's office tower houses the regional headquarters of many of the world's largest corporations, the high rising building has 39 floors.

Alongside, a modern conference centre and seven exhibition halls host an active programme of international trade fairs that attract exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.

Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the tower's viewing deck. (Guided tours operate twice daily at 9.30am and 4.30pm, except on public holidays).

WONDER LAND
The 18-hectare Wonder Land family fun park features a wide range of water attractions. Capable of accommodating up to 8,000 visitors at a time, Wonder Land’s water rides include speed slides, surf hills, twister, wave runners and a Caribbean cruise. It also has a water mist show and water cinema, with videos projected on a thin film of water, plus a full complement of on-land attractions.

SHINDAGHA
At the mouth of the Creek, Shindagha is the original site from which Dubai grew. Sheikh Saeed's house, the former home the ruling Maktoum family, has been carefully restored here.

Open daily from 8:30am - 8:30pm, except Fridays: 3pm - 8:30pm

GOLF COURSES
Dubai’s golf clubs are worth a visit, both for the spectacular architecture of their clubhouses and as examples of the successful greening and landscaping of the desert. A nine-hole ‘country’ course is also available at the Hatta Fort Hotel where golfers have a unique fun experience of playing in craggy mountain scenery.

BAIT AL WAKEEL
Built in 1934 by the late Sheikh Rashid, Bait Al Wakeel was Dubai's first office building. At the edge of the Creek near the abra landing, the building has been completely restored and now houses a museum devoted to Dubai's fishing and maritime traditions.

BEDOUIN VILLAGE
Bedouin village lies outside Dubai. This village provides an experience of the traditional desert way of life and may include camel-riding lessons. Those who want a desert safari experience with a difference may choose to stay at Al Maha, a unique luxury resort set in 3,300 acres of dunes off the highway between blankets, rugs, beads and a variety of other rural wares spread on the ground.

DUBAI MUSEUM
The Dubai Museum, situated in the Al Fahidi Fort, is another imposing building. It once guarded the city's landlord approaches. Built around 1799, it has served variously as palace, garrison and prison. It was renovated in 1970 for use as a museum; further restoration and the addition of galleries was completed in 1995.

Colorful and evocative dioramas, complete with life-size figures and sound and lighting effects, vividly depict everyday life in pre-oil days.
Galleries rescenes from the Creek, traditional Arab houses, mosques, the souk, date gardens, desert and marine life. One of the most spectacular exhibits portrays the underwater world of pearl-diving, and is accompanied by sets of pearl merchants' weights, scales and sieves. Also on display are artifacts such as fine copper, alabaster and pottery objects found in 3,000-4,000 year-old graves at Al Ghusais. The main fort is a fascinating military museum.

The Dubai Museum is open daily from 8.30am - 8.30pm, except Fridays: 3pm-8.30pm.

GRAND MOSQUE
The Grand Mosque was re-built in 1998 and now has, at 70 mt, the city's tallest minaret, the mosque is situated on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek near the Ruler's Court. It has 45 small domes in addition to nine large ones boasting stained glass panels, making it a distinguished landmark and important place of worship.

GOLD SOUK
Dubai boasts one of the largest retail gold markets in the world, selling everything from ingots to intricately worked jewellery at bargain prices. The street-front stores hide alleys of smaller shops with glittering show windows. A visit to Dubai would be incomplete without seeing the gold souk - the biggest in the world with the lowest prices. The visitor is left spell bound by seeing all that glitters is gold here.

SPICE SOUK
The narrow lanes of the spice souk are an exotic mix of spices with cloves, cardamom, cinnamon, incense, dried fruit, incense, rose petals and traditional medicinal product. Imported from all over the Middle East, they are sold straight out of open sacks that surround the shop keepers. Smaller streets have stall on both sides displaying nargliehs or hookahs, and traditional coffee pots.

HATTA
The ancient fortressed village of Hatta is at a distance of 120 km from Dubai City. This place is home of the Hatta Fort Hotel, Dubai’s only mountain resort complex. The drive through the majestic Hajjar mountains is as fascinating as the destination itself. Taking the visitor through burnished sand dunes and mountains of varied colour.

Even in summer the temperature here is a few degrees cooler than down on the coast, and a whole lot drier.

Wadi Helew, this fascinating destination is a must for all four wheel drive enthusiasts This beautiful Wadi nestles in the north of Hatta and getting there is like stepping back in time. Tours cover the recently - renovated old fort and a trip through Wadi Hatta with its lush greenery and variety of wildlife. The village, over 200 years old, and Juma Mosque which stands amidst palm groves, are other tourist attractions.

HERITAGE AND DIVING VILLAGE
A traditional heritage village, located in the Shindagah area has been created where potters and weavers display their crafts. The Diving village forms part of an ambitious plan to turn the entire area into a cultural microcosm, recreating life in Dubai as it was in days gone by.

Located near the mouth of the creek, this area is also popular in the evenings as a venue for its open-air cafeterias and live entertainment. Several shops also sell handicrafts.

JUMEIRA MOSQUE
Located on Al Jumeira Road this mosque, one of the most beautiful of all, and a fine example of modern Islamic architecture. The beauty of the mosque, the city's largest, is seen at its very best particularly when floodlit after sundown, when the subtle lighting throws its artistry into relief.

SHEIKH SAEED AL MAKTOUM HOUSE (MUSEUM)
The house of Shaikh Saeed, the grandfather of the present ruler, has been restored as a museum. Dating from the late 1800s, Sheikh Saeed's House was built in a commanding position near the sea so the Ruler could observe shipping activity from its balconies. With its windtowers and layers of rooms built around a central courtyard, it is a fine example of regional architecture.

INDIAN RESTAURANT IN DUBAI
 

Ashiana
Ashiana has been turning out delicious Indian cuisine for years. Although the food itself is sublime, it is not just the fare which draws people into this restaurant. The staff is extremely pleasant and goes out of their way to get you exactly what you want at Ashiana. The décor is authentic in style yet with a contemporary twist which draws in crowds of all ages. If you are searching for the best items on the menu it would have to be any of the spicy meat dishes. Serve that up with their delicious and varied selection of naan and the result is pure delight.

Details
Location:- Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira, Duba
Tel:- +971 4 2281111

Options
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the creator of Options and knows just how Indian food should be prepared. Options features many of the tried and true Indian cuisine items yet adds a little pizzazz to each one to draw diners in and keep them coming back for more. One can tell simply by looking at the crowds which flock into Options that it is a wise choice when craving Indian food in Dubai.

details
Location:- Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel:- +971 4 3293293


Zaika
Zaika has many wonderful qualities such as welcoming staff, unique and pleasing interior and palate pleasing Indian cuisine. All of these items form a true dining adventure for those who dine at Zaika. There are many recommended items on the menu but one of the more highly recommended one is the dhania murgh with fresh naan, of course.

Details
Location:- Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Tel:- 04 321 1111 - +971 4 3211111
Cuisine:- Indian
Experiences:- Alcohol available, Business lunch, Formal dress code, Outdoor seating, Private dining area, Smoking permitted
Times:- Open daily noon-3pm; 7pm-midnight
Credit Cards Accepted:- Yes

Spice Lounge
Contemporary design and tasty delicacies are what await you at Spice Lounge. This chic restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine which is pure enjoyment from start to finish. Some of the menu items to try include the biryani and mutton rogan josh. Leave room for dessert as this too will tantalize one's taste buds.

Details
Tel:- +971 4 3453365
Location:- Jumeirah, Dubai

Calicut Paragon
Calicut Paragon is the perfect spot to dine at if you are searching for a delicious meal. This is the ideal spot for families who want to get together and enjoy each other's company while dining on tasty starters, entrees and desserts. From the fish curry to the biryani, you will not be disappointed at the Calicut Paragon.

Details
Location:- Karama, Dubai
Tel:- +971 4 3358700 / 04 335 8700
Cuisine:- Indian
Times:- Open Sat-Thu noon-1.30am; Fri 1pm-1.30am
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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Delhi Darbar
Delhi Darbar is an Indian restaurant which makes our top 10 list not for elegant and exquisite décor, as the restaurant is very down to earth and inviting, but for the fantastic cuisine which is served within its four walls. At Delhi Darbar some of the best entrees to go with include the palak paneer and the chicken tikka masala. You are also sure to love the inexpensive prices which laden the encompassing menu.

Details
Tel:- 04 235 6161 / +971 4 2733444
Cuisine:- Indian, Vegetarian
Experiences:- Outdoor seating, Private dining area, Take away
Times:- Open Sat-Thu 9am-2am; Fri 9am-11am, 1.30pm-2am
Credit Cards Accepted:- Yes

Gazebo
If you are in the Bur Dubai region of Dubai and craving some great Indian food, definitely make a stop at Gazebo. The curry dishes are fabulous and there are plenty of them to choose from. If you are looking for something a little bit different, achari gosht is also a popular menu item. The prices are extremely reasonable and the staff quite helpful. All in all, a sure hit for delicious Indian food.

Details
Location:- Bur Dubai, Dubai
Tel:- +971 4 35985554 / 04 359 8555
Cuisine:- Indian
Experiences:- Family friendly, Take away
Times:- Open daily noon-3.15pm, 7pm-11.45pm


AAMCHI MUMBAI
Aamchi Mumbai is well known Indian food hotel in Dubai. Hotel provides authentic Indian food like samosa, paneer papadi and gobi chapati.Aamchi Mumbai is located on Bank Street, you could say, an authentic north Indian restaurant. Meat has been banished from the menu.

DETAILS
Location:- Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
Cuisine:- Indian
Experiences:- Alcohol available, Business lunch, Live music, Private dining area
Times:- Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-1am; Fri 7pm-1am
Credit Cards Accepted:- Yes

AANGAN
The food is always very good, service exceptional and entertainment...well, entertaining. Aangan is a popular choice for Indian cuisine and there are usually plenty of individuals who frequent Aangan often. The food is excellent, with succulent tomato curry lamb shank and tandoori sure to rival any served at other restaurants in Dubai, however the one feature which really stands out is the house band. The music and food bring you to a place you will find difficult to leave…the land of sheer enjoyment.

Details
Location:- Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai, Dubai
Tel:- 04 359 9992
Cuisine:- Indian
Experiences:- Alcohol Available, Business Lunch, Live Music, Private Dining Area
Times:- Open Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm, 7pm-1am; Fri 7pm-1am
Credit Cards Accepted:- Yes


Indego
Indego is the creation of chef Vineet Bhatia and is an establishment laden with style, class and excellent cuisine. The carefully chosen items in the interior of the restaurant simply exude elegance and also hint at the fact that the menu prices are going to be a bit higher than some other Indian restaurants around Dubai. With that said, all you have to do is taste the tandoori salmon or other popular Indian fare and know that Indego is here to stay.

Details
Location:- Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel:- +971 4 3998888


Bombay by the by
When you walk into The Bombay you are sure to notice the sleek interior and live band playing authentic and catchy Indian music. When you inhale slightly the next thing you notice is the tempting smell of fine quality Indian food. Finally, when you peruse the menu you will notice the reasonable prices. It is all of these things which will make you smile and be satisfied with your restaurant selection that evening. Choose a fish tikka or tandoori entrée and you will see why many people frequent The Bombay.

Details
Location:- Dubai Marina, Dubai
Tel:- 04 429 7979
Cuisine:- Indian, Vegetarian
Experiences:- Beachside, Family friendly, Outdoor seating, Take away
Times:- Open daily noon-3pm, 6pm-11.15pm
Credit Cards Accepted:- Yes

ADVICES FOR TOURSIST

Misbehave
Swearing and making rude gestures are criminal acts in the UAE and may result in significant penalties.

Affection
Public displays of affection, such as holding hands and kissing, are socially unacceptable. There have been arrests for public displays of affection.

Bouncing cheque
Bouncing cheques and non-payment of bills may result in imprisonment or fines.

UNDRESSED
In situations other than the beach or swimming pool, a woman's clothing might be considered indecent if it is tight, transparent, above the knee or shows her stomach, shoulders or back.

CHATTING UP WOMEN
It is illegal to harass women. This includes unwanted conversation, prolonged stares and glaring.

PHOTOS
Taking photographs of local people, particularly women, without permission and where there has been no previous contact is illegal and can lead to arrest or fines.

RAMADAN
During the holy month of Ramadan, non-Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public in front of Muslims between sunrise and sunset.

SEX
Sex outside marriage is banned. Homosexual acts and prostitution are illegal and subject to severe punishment.

DRINK DRIVING
It is illegal to have any alcohol in your blood when driving.

DRUGS
The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and penalties for drug trafficking include the death penalty or life in jail.

GETTING TO DUBAI

By air
The flight distance from India to Dubai, United Arab Emirates is : 1,432 miles / 2,304 km.

Tour
Tour CodeNights/DaysPickup - DropPlaces
DUB 0012 N/3 D Dubai Airport Pickup & Dubai Airport Drop City Tour, Desert Safari
DUB 0023 N/4 D Dubai Airport Pickup & Dubai Airport Drop City Tour, Desert Safari, Al Ain Tour


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