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Dubai Marina. With its 1.56 sq. km, the Dubai Marina is the largest water sports and living project in the world and thanks to the alternation between the buildings, the marinas, the water and the recreation areas, this part of Dubai has become a special place where you can relax, especially in the evening hours. In the marina you have the possibility to book several boat trips

Marine Walk. This beachfront promenade is located in the older Jumeirah beach Residences (JBR) area where the Dubai Marina was built.

Dubai Marina Mall. Shopping Centre with over 160 shops spread over 4 floors

Burj Khalifa since 2007 officially the tallest building in the world and you can visit him! Thanks to the two observation platforms in the tower it is possible to visit the Burj Khalifa as a normal tourist. The cheapest of the two options is  at the Top  which is located on the 124th floor of the tower, 452 meters above the ground.

A lot higher in the tower, to be precise at 555 meters altitude, is located At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. This more luxurious variant of the normal At the Top is located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and costs considerably more euros to visit. But there you will get your own private guide and you may visit the 125th floor where you can make a virtual tour of Dubai. An advantage of the higher entrance fee is that it is a lot quieter in this higher-lying observation platform which makes it even better to enjoy the magnificent view of Dubai.

Tip from our side, book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa on time. The attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai, making it almost always sold out if you want to buy tickets for the same day or a few days ahead. Do you want to take full advantage of your ticket? Book your tickets about 1.5 hours before the sunset, that way you can see Dubai both day and night. Two for the price of one!

Dubai Mall with a shopping area of more than half a million square meters and over 1200 shops, the Dubai Mall is officially the largest shopping center in the world.

The largest aquarium in the world happens to be in the shopping Centre. Or walk out and enjoy the world’s largest fountains show.

You’ll find the largest aquarium in the world that you can view for free from the ground floor and the first floor. The underwater Zoo  which lies behind the aquarium and the tunnel through the Dubai Aquarium does cost money to visit. In addition to an aquarium, you can also find an ice skating rink in the shopping Centre, which is the ice skating on the track itself. There is also a huge three-story waterfall in the mall which you can watch for free and in the Grand Atrium of the shopping mall is the  Dubai Dino,  An original skeleton of a dinosaur.

Dubai Marina. With its 1.56 sq. km, the Dubai Marina is the largest water sports and living project in the world and thanks to the alternation between the buildings, the marinas, the water and the recreation areas, this part of Dubai has become a special place where you can relax, especially in the evening hours. In the marina you have the possibility to book several boat trips

Marine Walk. This beachfront promenade is located in the older Jumeirah beach Residences (JBR) area where the Dubai Marina was built.

Dubai Marina Mall. Shopping Centre with over 160 shops spread over 4 floors

Burj Khalifa since 2007 officially the tallest building in the world and you can visit him! Thanks to the two observation platforms in the tower it is possible to visit the Burj Khalifa as a normal tourist. The cheapest of the two options is  at the Top  which is located on the 124th floor of the tower, 452 meters above the ground.

A lot higher in the tower, to be precise at 555 meters altitude, is located At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. This more luxurious variant of the normal At the Top is located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and costs considerably more euros to visit. But there you will get your own private guide and you may visit the 125th floor where you can make a virtual tour of Dubai. An advantage of the higher entrance fee is that it is a lot quieter in this higher-lying observation platform which makes it even better to enjoy the magnificent view of Dubai.

Tip from our side, book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa on time. The attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai, making it almost always sold out if you want to buy tickets for the same day or a few days ahead. Do you want to take full advantage of your ticket? Book your tickets about 1.5 hours before the sunset, that way you can see Dubai both day and night. Two for the price of one!

Dubai Mall with a shopping area of more than half a million square meters and over 1200 shops, the Dubai Mall is officially the largest shopping center in the world.

The largest aquarium in the world happens to be in the shopping Centre. Or walk out and enjoy the world’s largest fountains show.

You’ll find the largest aquarium in the world that you can view for free from the ground floor and the first floor. The underwater Zoo  which lies behind the aquarium and the tunnel through the Dubai Aquarium does cost money to visit. In addition to an aquarium, you can also find an ice skating rink in the shopping Centre, which is the ice skating on the track itself. There is also a huge three-story waterfall in the mall which you can watch for free and in the Grand Atrium of the shopping mall is the  Dubai Dino,  An original skeleton of a dinosaur.

Dubai Marina. With its 1.56 sq. km, the Dubai Marina is the largest water sports and living project in the world and thanks to the alternation between the buildings, the marinas, the water and the recreation areas, this part of Dubai has become a special place where you can relax, especially in the evening hours. In the marina you have the possibility to book several boat trips

Marine Walk. This beachfront promenade is located in the older Jumeirah beach Residences (JBR) area where the Dubai Marina was built.

Dubai Marina Mall. Shopping Centre with over 160 shops spread over 4 floors

Burj Khalifa since 2007 officially the tallest building in the world and you can visit him! Thanks to the two observation platforms in the tower it is possible to visit the Burj Khalifa as a normal tourist. The cheapest of the two options is  at the Top  which is located on the 124th floor of the tower, 452 meters above the ground.

A lot higher in the tower, to be precise at 555 meters altitude, is located At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. This more luxurious variant of the normal At the Top is located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and costs considerably more euros to visit. But there you will get your own private guide and you may visit the 125th floor where you can make a virtual tour of Dubai. An advantage of the higher entrance fee is that it is a lot quieter in this higher-lying observation platform which makes it even better to enjoy the magnificent view of Dubai.

Tip from our side, book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa on time. The attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai, making it almost always sold out if you want to buy tickets for the same day or a few days ahead. Do you want to take full advantage of your ticket? Book your tickets about 1.5 hours before the sunset, that way you can see Dubai both day and night. Two for the price of one!

Dubai Mall with a shopping area of more than half a million square meters and over 1200 shops, the Dubai Mall is officially the largest shopping center in the world.

The largest aquarium in the world happens to be in the shopping Centre. Or walk out and enjoy the world’s largest fountains show.

You’ll find the largest aquarium in the world that you can view for free from the ground floor and the first floor. The underwater Zoo  which lies behind the aquarium and the tunnel through the Dubai Aquarium does cost money to visit. In addition to an aquarium, you can also find an ice skating rink in the shopping Centre, which is the ice skating on the track itself. There is also a huge three-story waterfall in the mall which you can watch for free and in the Grand Atrium of the shopping mall is the  Dubai Dino,  An original skeleton of a dinosaur.

Dubai Marina. With its 1.56 sq. km, the Dubai Marina is the largest water sports and living project in the world and thanks to the alternation between the buildings, the marinas, the water and the recreation areas, this part of Dubai has become a special place where you can relax, especially in the evening hours. In the marina you have the possibility to book several boat trips

Marine Walk. This beachfront promenade is located in the older Jumeirah beach Residences (JBR) area where the Dubai Marina was built.

Dubai Marina Mall. Shopping Centre with over 160 shops spread over 4 floors

Burj Khalifa since 2007 officially the tallest building in the world and you can visit him! Thanks to the two observation platforms in the tower it is possible to visit the Burj Khalifa as a normal tourist. The cheapest of the two options is  at the Top  which is located on the 124th floor of the tower, 452 meters above the ground.

A lot higher in the tower, to be precise at 555 meters altitude, is located At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. This more luxurious variant of the normal At the Top is located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and costs considerably more euros to visit. But there you will get your own private guide and you may visit the 125th floor where you can make a virtual tour of Dubai. An advantage of the higher entrance fee is that it is a lot quieter in this higher-lying observation platform which makes it even better to enjoy the magnificent view of Dubai.

Tip from our side, book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa on time. The attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai, making it almost always sold out if you want to buy tickets for the same day or a few days ahead. Do you want to take full advantage of your ticket? Book your tickets about 1.5 hours before the sunset, that way you can see Dubai both day and night. Two for the price of one!

Dubai Mall with a shopping area of more than half a million square meters and over 1200 shops, the Dubai Mall is officially the largest shopping center in the world.

The largest aquarium in the world happens to be in the shopping Centre. Or walk out and enjoy the world’s largest fountains show.

You’ll find the largest aquarium in the world that you can view for free from the ground floor and the first floor. The underwater Zoo  which lies behind the aquarium and the tunnel through the Dubai Aquarium does cost money to visit. In addition to an aquarium, you can also find an ice skating rink in the shopping Centre, which is the ice skating on the track itself. There is also a huge three-story waterfall in the mall which you can watch for free and in the Grand Atrium of the shopping mall is the  Dubai Dino,  An original skeleton of a dinosaur.

Dubai Marina. With its 1.56 sq. km, the Dubai Marina is the largest water sports and living project in the world and thanks to the alternation between the buildings, the marinas, the water and the recreation areas, this part of Dubai has become a special place where you can relax, especially in the evening hours. In the marina you have the possibility to book several boat trips

Marine Walk. This beachfront promenade is located in the older Jumeirah beach Residences (JBR) area where the Dubai Marina was built.

Dubai Marina Mall. Shopping Centre with over 160 shops spread over 4 floors

Burj Khalifa since 2007 officially the tallest building in the world and you can visit him! Thanks to the two observation platforms in the tower it is possible to visit the Burj Khalifa as a normal tourist. The cheapest of the two options is  at the Top  which is located on the 124th floor of the tower, 452 meters above the ground.

A lot higher in the tower, to be precise at 555 meters altitude, is located At The Top, Burj Khalifa SKY. This more luxurious variant of the normal At the Top is located on the 148th floor of the Burj Khalifa and costs considerably more euros to visit. But there you will get your own private guide and you may visit the 125th floor where you can make a virtual tour of Dubai. An advantage of the higher entrance fee is that it is a lot quieter in this higher-lying observation platform which makes it even better to enjoy the magnificent view of Dubai.

Tip from our side, book your tickets for the Burj Khalifa on time. The attraction is one of the most popular in Dubai, making it almost always sold out if you want to buy tickets for the same day or a few days ahead. Do you want to take full advantage of your ticket? Book your tickets about 1.5 hours before the sunset, that way you can see Dubai both day and night. Two for the price of one!

Dubai Mall with a shopping area of more than half a million square meters and over 1200 shops, the Dubai Mall is officially the largest shopping center in the world.

The largest aquarium in the world happens to be in the shopping Centre. Or walk out and enjoy the world’s largest fountains show.

You’ll find the largest aquarium in the world that you can view for free from the ground floor and the first floor. The underwater Zoo  which lies behind the aquarium and the tunnel through the Dubai Aquarium does cost money to visit. In addition to an aquarium, you can also find an ice skating rink in the shopping Centre, which is the ice skating on the track itself. There is also a huge three-story waterfall in the mall which you can watch for free and in the Grand Atrium of the shopping mall is the  Dubai Dino,  An original skeleton of a dinosaur.

Mall of the Emirates

Until the arrival of the Dubai Mall, the Mall of the Emirates was Dubai’s largest shopping mall. Despite the fact that the mall has lost that title, it is still well worth a visit to this shopping mall. Just because of the luxury decoration of the shopping centre and the shop windows it is a feast to wander around here.

Highlight of the shopping mall is Ski Dubai, the largest indoor ski resort in the world, and that in the middle of the desert! The ski track is no less than 85 meters high and has a large fun park for the children. Thanks to the many windows you have a good view of the ski track and

fun Park from the shopping centre. And if you look closely you will even see  the Penguins  that live in Ski Dubai.

But the Mall of the Emirates of course offers more. Of course you can shop very well in the hundreds of shops in the shopping centre, whether you are looking for the latest clothing from Dior or want to keep it affordable in the H & M, there is something for everyone. Just enough of shopping? In the Food Court you can eat nice and cheap, so you still have money left to shop even more. You’ll find here not only the well-known fast food chains like Mcdonald’s, Pizza Hut, KFC and Burger King but also restaurants where you can eat Chinese, Japanese, Lebanese or Indian.

Visit the old Souks and Dubai Creek

In addition to all the modern shopping malls, Dubai also has a number of traditional Arabian souks and you’ll feel back in time. Most souks are found in the city’s old town, near the Dubai Creek. A fun way to travel to the souks is via a boat trip across the Dubai Creek. You only pay 30 euro cents for a single trip and can enjoy a unique view of the Dubai Creek and the surrounding area during your trip.

Especially the Gold Souk  is very special. One narrow street with window displays full of shiny gold. Due to the huge amount of gold that Dubai traded annually and the lack of taxes making Dubai one of the best places in the world to get to your gold. Striking about the Gold Souk is its low level of security.

Besides the Gold Souk, you shouldn’t miss the Spice souk  . This souk is located near the Gold Souk and is full of spices and herbs. On this traditional spice market, you’ll be welcome by a unique scent of herbs and spices, and the sellers will try to persuade you to buy something from their stalls. It is a must in the souks, otherwise you pay the main prize!

Al Bastakiya & Dubai Museum

Near the Dubai Creek in the old part of Dubai is the historic district of Al Bastakiya. A visit to this district offers you a picturesque glimpse into the city’s past, and offers a sharp contrast to the striking architecture and huge skyscrapers of modern Dubai. Narrow alleys, traditional houses made of loam and coral lime, historic wind towers and small shops define the image and give the neighborhood a unique character, especially in the evening hours there is a special atmosphere in this part of Dubai. In the district you can find several museums, including the  Dubai Coffee Museum. The Al Bastakiya district and the museums in the historic area are free to visit.

Close to Al Bastikya is the Dubai Museum. The Dubai Museum is housed in the Al Fahidi fortress, a fortress built to defend the city and has also been a repository for ammunition, a prison and a government seat. The fortress dates back to 1787, making it the oldest fortress complex in Dubai.

In the Dubai Museum you’ll learn all about former Dubai, the great development of the city during the past years and the future plans. The Dubai Museum may not be completely free, but an entrance fee of 3 AED (not yet 75 euro cents) should not be a barrier to not visiting the museum.

Visit the beautiful Desert

Something you really must have done during your holiday or stop over in Dubai is a desert Safari. If you book a Dubai Desert Safari, you will be picked up in the afternoon with a 4 × 4 jeep at your hotel and drive to the Dubai desert. Just before you drive into the desert, you’ll make a short stopover to get the air out of the tires and then the adventure can begin. The experienced driver knows exactly how to drive and sends the 4 × 4 jeep at high speeds over the dune tips.

After this wild trek, which is also called Dune Bashing  , make a stopover at a Bedouin camp where you can enjoy a snack and drink from a belly dancer show, ride a camel or go sandboarding. And don’t forget to enjoy the beautiful sunset in the desert!

Please note, this trip is not suitable for people who are quickly getting sick, it can go wild during the dune bashing tour. Also, the trip is discouraged for pregnant women and those with heart problems. There are also desert tours where the wild part is skipped through the desert and only quietly driven by the desert.

Book a high tea in the Burj al Arab

The Burj Al Arab calls itself the only seven-star hotel in the world, which is clearly evident when you walk inside this special hotel. Everywhere you look you can see golden details and a beautiful décor. Thanks to its altitude of 180 meters, the atrium of the hotel is the highest atrium hall in the world and really a picture to see.

For normal tourists, the doors of the hotel remain potproof, unless you book a high tea or afternoon tea. You will only be inside if you are on the guest list of one of the hotels or guest of the hotel. As a hotel room for the vast majority of tourists is not payable, booking a high tea is the only option to admire the Burj al Arab inside. While you enjoy a super De luxe high tea you can enjoy the view from the Skyview bar on the 27th floor of the hotel.

You’ll have to pull your wallet (or your credit card) if you want to book a high tea at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel as prices start at around 120 euros per person, but it’s guaranteed to be an experience you’ll never forget!

Visit the Souk Madinat Shopping Centre

As far as we are concerned, the Souk Madinat shopping Centre is one of the most beautiful in Dubai. The compact shopping mall is built entirely in traditional Arabian style and is part of the Madinat Jumeirah complex. This complex is located next to the souk from a number of luxury 5 star resorts, several restaurants and cafés which alternate with many water features and greenery.

Madinat Jumeirah is located near the well-known hotel, the Burj al Arab. This luxurious hotel with its typical shapes is located in large parts of the Madinat Jumeirah complex and, together with the stunning Arabian style of Souk Madinat, provides stunning views and unique photo opportunities. Especially in the evening the view of the Burj Al Arab is beautiful here.

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Range of shops and restaurants

The Souk Madinat Shopping Centre offers a diverse range of shops which are mainly aimed at tourists. If you are looking for Arabian products, carpets, local clothing or typical souvenirs such as water pipes, lamps and sculptures you are at the right place.

The shopping offerings are complemented by the possibility to drink a cup of coffee at Starbucks. There are dozens of cafés and restaurants in particular along the water features where a large number of international cuisines are represented. Several bars and restaurants in Souk Madinat  donate alcohol, either at high prices. Many of  Souk Madinat ‘s restaurants offer a terrace with breathtaking views of the  Burj Al Arab  and the magnificent water features that are all around the Madinat complex. If you want to be sure of a place outside on the terrace then it is wise to book a few days in advance. Thanks to the presence of many restaurants, the relaxed atmosphere and the beautiful view, Souk Madinat is a popular destination for both locals and tourists in the evening hours.

Open Tour

A tour of the Madinat Jumeirah complex with a traditional Abra boat is recommended. This Abra Tour  takes about 20 minutes to complete. With a special Abra taxi you sail through the many canals that make up the complex and you will be able to imagine the size and beauty of the complex. During your trip, the captain of the Abra tells the necessary interesting facts about the complex and the various hotels.

The Abrataxis depart from the central Abrastation which is opposite the Italian restaurant Tuscany. Tickets for the Abra Tour must be purchased in advance, the price of a ticket is 70 AED per person. More information about the tour of the Madinat Jumeirah complex is available on the website of Madinat Jumeirah  or  our page  on the Abra Tour.

Dubai Fountain

You can now get closer than ever to the magical  Dubai Fountain     thanks to a new floating walkway. This latest attraction in  Downtown  Dubai  gives you the chance to admire the dancing fountains show from very close. You’ll experience the world’s largest fountains show as if you were in the middle of it as the water jets just nine meters away from the platform up to a staggering 150 meters high the air in being sprayed.

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The 272-metre-long boardwalk platform is located in the Burj Lake and runs from the Burj Park towards the Dubai Mall. The floating walkway is open daily from 17:00 hours to 23:00 hours. Access to the Boardwalk area of the  Dubai Fountain  costs 20 AED per person. Tip from our side, take a poncho because the chances are that you will get wet from the splashing water if you are so close to the fountains show.

The tickets for the platform along the Dubai Fountain  are for sale at the ticket desk on the  Fountain Promenade,  Burj Park  and at the checkout of  Burj Khalifa  – at the Top.

Dubai Fountain Lake Ride

Do you find nine meters away too close and don’t feel like getting wet when you look at the Fountains show from very close? Then you can also book The Dubai Fountain Lake Ride  with a traditional  Abra cruise along and through the  Dubai Fountain  during the Fountains show.

The tickets for the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride  cost 17 euros per person. Tickets are available at the checkout at the waterfront Promenade in front of the  Dubai Mall, at  the at the Top

counter in  the Dubai Mall  or the tickets can be booked online via  the website of Tiqets.com. Booking Online is advisable as you are sure that you can take the boat trip on the desired day and time.

This show is officially the largest and most expensive fountain show in the world and is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

The fountain can spray up to 83,000 litres of water simultaneously, reaching heights of up to 150 meters, which is equivalent to a building of 50 storeys. The fountain has a length of 275 meters (2 football fields), counts a total of 6600 lamps and 25 color projectors that provide a breathtaking spectacle. The entire project, including the construction of the 12-hectare Burj Dubai Lake, cost a staggering 800 million Dirham, converted to around 150 million euros.

Every night, several fountain shows will be shown starting from 6 hours, which will be started each 30 minutes. There are several choreographies available with music from, among others, “I will Always Love You” by Witney Houston, “Thriller” by Michael Jackson, “Con te Partirò (Time to Say Goodbye)” by Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman, “The Prayer” by Celion Dion and Andrea Bocelli and several Arabic song such as Baba yetu,  Sama Dubai  and Shik Shak Shok. New songs are regularly added to the repertoire to replace the older songs so that the offer always remains up to date.

The first and last fountains show are accompanied by the song Sama Dubai, which was specially written for the leader of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rasjid Al maktoem.

Please note that in the high season from October to early April, it can be very crowded on the promenade in front of the Dubai Mall where most people gather to watch the fountains show. The busiest evenings are those from Thursday to Saturday, these are the days when one is in Dubai weekend.

Large beach and many restaurants

The entire project of La Mer beach front is completed in phases and in October 2017 the first phase with  la mer North  and  la mer South is officially opened. These two areas include 130 shops, cafés and restaurants, a playground for children, various beach activities, changing cabins with toilets and showers and a white sandy beach of no less than 2.5 kilometers long. From the beach you have not Only a beautiful view of the clear blue waters of the sea, but also a splendid panoramic view of the impressive Dubai skyline.

A beach without beach club is not a beach, therefore La Mer North  and  South  also have its own beach tent called  Sea Spice Beach Club  where you can enjoy delicious cocktails and mocktails and a.o. the Watch the sunset while enjoying a bite and a drink. Would you like to enjoy the sun, sea and the beach sheltered? Then you can rent your own  Cabana  on the beach of  La Mer.

As we are accustomed to the other projects of Meraas, La Mer is also beautifully landscaped with modern buildings interspersed with large green borders, water features and fountains. In terms of style it looks somewhat like the the beach AT JBR complex  which makes  Le Mer  the ideal location to enjoy sun, sea and beach and good food. Also in the evenings , La Mer is the ideal location to relax on one of the many terraces of the restaurants and Café’s. Or enjoy the view of the sea from one of the many benches in the area.

The third part of La Mer  that gets the name the Wharf  will be opened at the beginning of 2018 and includes a water park including a high tech surf Park, a cinema and even more shops and restaurants.

Location of La Mer

La Mer is located next to the  Dubai Marine Beach Club Resort  and between  Pearl Jumeirah  and  Jumeirah Bay  on an artificially landscaped piece of land of no less than 1.24 million square meters of surface area. The project is also a stone’s throw away from the new  Etihad Museum, the  Jumeirah  Mosque and the  Dubai Water Canal.

Dubai Creek

The famous Dubai Creek  runs through the city centre of Dubai and distributes the city centre in the  Bur Dubai Neighborhoods on the southwest side and  Deira  on the opposite side. Formerly , the Creek was mainly used by the pearl fishermen and local traders to trade with the neighboring Emirates. Currently,  the Creek is mainly used by the traditional  Abras  which tourists and locals sail from one side to the other, luxury yachts, canal boats and cargo ships (dhows ) which supplies the port further afield.

Along the shores of Dubai Creek  are a number of well-known buildings, including the gigantic  Etisalat building  with the well-known ball atop, the  Dubai Bank  and the  Rolex Twin Tower. Also the old house of the now deceased ruler of Dubai,  Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum  is located a stone’s throw from the  Dubai Creek. In This old house, the  Heritage and Diving Village Museum is now located which is free to visit.

Between the Maktoum Bridge and the Gartenbrug Bridge, on the Bur Dubai  side, lies the well-known  Creek Park. Here, many locals come to hike, relax and picnic. Close to the  Creek Park  is also the  Dubai Festival City Shopping Centre  , where around a harbour including fountains show more than 400 shops and a small seventy restaurants and Café’s are found. You will also find a large square where events and performances are regularly given.

At the end of the Dubai Creek, at  Ras al Khor, is a huge lagoon where more than 25,000 birds live. Here you have the chance to see real wild flamingos which live permanently in the  Creek Lagoon. Since November 2016, the  Dubai Creek has been connected to the water at the  Business Bay  and not new  Dubai Water Canal Project  which will make you from the  Dubai Creek  now  Dubai  can sail and sail the sea at Jumeirah Beach  . Along the  Dubai Water Canal , many luxury villas, hotels, shopping malls and marinas come in the coming years. There is also a kilometre-long walking and cycling path along the  Dubai Canal. It is therefore expected that the Dubai Canal  will become a new favorite place for the locals and tourists in the coming years.

Abra tour

What you shouldn’t miss during your visit to Dubai is an Abra  crossing over the  Dubai Creek. The abrastations are located both in  Deira   and Bur Dubai  and a trip with an  Abra  is easy to combine with a visit to  the Gold Souk  which in the district of Deira  is to be found.

For the mere amount of 1 dirham, converted about 20 cents, you sail with a wooden Abra  to the other side of the Creek. You must pay on board with cash, debit or credit card is not possible.

During the tour you will get a good picture of old Dubai for the economic growth and the huge growth spurt of the city over the last 25 years. The crossing takes a short 5 minutes and during your crossing you will pass through the old harbours with the traditional dhows, the old district  Bastakiya  with its magnificent mosque and narrow streets and the modern buildings such as The towers of the  National Bank of Dubai  and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce.

You can also book a private Abra  Tour of the Dubai Creek. The costs for a private trip of 60 minutes are around the 120 a 150 AED, converted this is about 25 to 30 euros.

On Dubai Creek, Dubai’s well-known waterway, you’ll find the  dhow wharfage, a piece of nostalgia in the largely modern Dubai. In the  dhow Wharfage  Port, many dozens of traditional dhows boats sail every day to load and unload their merchandise In a traditional way.

Those who walk around here seem to be back in time. Here you will not find any cranes and automatic trucks, no here the ships are often unloaded as before, just by hand. On the quay there is an organized chaos where complete refrigerators, TVs, tires, large stacks of boxes, bags with rice and even furniture are loaded and unloaded here by hand. All in all a very nice spectacle to admire from a bench. The hobby photographer can also enjoy themselves here thanks to the coloured boats and special scenes.

The traditional Dhow

de Dhow is a traditional wooden sailboat which has been used for many hundreds of years in the Gulf region as a cargo ship. Where the dhows used to be mainly sailing, today many boats are equipped with an engine. Despite the tremendous growth of the modern port of Dubai, many traders continue to transport their goods with the traditional dhows boats. Especially for trade within the Gulf region, the dhows are still fully deployed. This is mainly about the transfer of goods that have arrived with modern freighters from China and Singapore to the surrounding countries and cities such as Oman, Abu Dhabi, India, Iraq, Iran and Yemen.

Location

the Dubai  dhow wharfage  is located in the  DeiraDistrict, along the  baiyas Road  just north of the Great Maktoum Bridge which runs across the Dubai Creek. At the Hilton Dubai Creek Hotel, the port begins which extends to the Maktoum Bridge.

Dubai Museum

What you absolutely shouldn’t miss while visiting Dubai is the Dubai Museum. Housed in the Al Fahidi Fortress , the museum is located in the Dubai District, centrally located in old Dubai next to the  Dubai Creek. The  Al Fahidi Fort  dates back to 1787 and has been built to defend the city and has also served as a storage place for ammunition, a prison and a government seat.

Behind the thick lakshmi walls of Dubai’s oldest fortress complex you’ll learn all about former Dubai, the great development of the city over the past few years and the future plans. Other themes in the museum include pearl divers, traditional weapons and prehistoric finds in and around Dubai. In the courtyard of the fortress you will find a number of traditional boats and a barasti house, a typical house in which one lived in the Middle East until halfway through the last century.

Don’t forget to visit the Dubai Museum  in the historic  Al BastakiyaDistrict. Diagonally across from the museum, towards the  Dubai Creek, you’ll find the  Dubai Grand Mosque  and the 1934-stammering,  Bayt Al wakeel, Dubai’s first government building. Behind the  Dubai Grand Mosque , The narrow streets of  Bur Dubai Old souqbegin. This oldest  souk  of Dubai has been completely restored in 2002 and is definitely worth a visit. The  Bur Dubai Old souq  goes into the textile  Souk, where you can find beautiful fabrics and many tailors who work behind their sewing machines. At the end of the Bur Dubai Old Souq You will find the jetties where you can take a traditional abra crossing over the  Dubai Creek.

The Lost Chambers

At the Atlantis Hotel, you can find a beautiful attraction that young and old enjoy: the Lost Chambers. The  Lost Chambers  consists of over 20 different aquariums where more than 65,000 wondrous sea creatures swim around. The Lost Chambers  is an attraction based on the legend of the sunken city of  Atlantis. Entirely in style with the Atlantis theme, the aquarium is classified as a series of tunnels and mazes. So you are constantly exploring an underwater world.

In the various aquariums of the Lost Chambers  swimming are sharks, lobsters, jellyfish, octopuses, seahorses and piranhas. Attraction of the  Lost Chambers  are the brothers Ali and Blue, the two rare albino crocodiles that grew up in the aquarium from childhood onwards. For anyone who would like to get very close to the sea creatures there is the “Touch Tank” where you can touch various fish and other sea creatures to feel how these particular marine creatures feel.

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Tickets The Lost Chambers

Tickets for the Lost Chambers  cost 28 euros for adults and for children 20 euros. The tickets are easily bookable via  the website of Tiqets.com. You simply pay in euros via iDeal or credit card. By pre-booking your tickets you avoid having to wait for the checkout.

Hours of Operation
the the Lost Chambers Aquarium  is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10am in the evening. The best visiting time is between 10 am and 13 pm. The Lost Chambers Aquarium is located in the Atlantis Hotel, which is located on the  Palm Jumeirah Island  off the coast of Dubai.

Miracle Garden

A flower garden is not expecting you so quickly in the middle of the desert, yet there is a huge flower garden in Dubai since 2013. In the Dubai Miracle Garden  , more than 100 million flowers are found of over 60 different species, some of which were even first planted in the Gulf region.

The fun thing about the Miracle Garden  is that not only flowers and plants are central but there are also many other objects to admire. In the park you can find among others the world’s largest  flower clock, several  cars  adorned with flowers, a replica of the  Burj Khalifa  built and an  Airbus A380 from Emirates  that Remanufactured is full-size. In addition, a large number of construction works vary every season so that the park is a surprise every year.

Since the opening of the Dubai Miracle Garden  on Valentines Day 2013, the park has welcomed a large number of visitors. During the first season (winter 2012/2013) only 400,000 visitors were able to find the Miracle Garden, in the following years the number of visitors increased far above 1 million and the expectation is that this number will increase even further, thanks to the opening of The  Butterfly Garden  right next to the  Miracle Garden.

Location

The Dubai Miracle Garden  is a short half-hour drive from  Downtown Dubai  and the  Dubai Mall,  and is close to the  Arabian Ranches residential area and the  Dubai Autodrome circuit.

The Dubai Miracle Garden is easy to reach by car. The  Dubai Miracle Garden  is located on  Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road, right next to the  Dubai autodrome. The best way to follow the signs above the road to the  Dubai Autodrome is to follow the signs to the  Dubai Miracle Garden  .

Tickets Dubai Miracle Garden

The entrance of the Miracle Garden  is 30 AED per person (converted about 7.50 euros). For the  Dubai Butterfly Garden  which is located next to the  Miracle Garden , it has to be paid separately.

The Dubai Miracle Garden  is open from Sunday to Thursday from 09:00 hours to 21:00, on weekends from Friday to Saturday, the flower garden is open from 09:00 hours to 23:00 hours.

Please note!
The  Miracle Garden  is only to be visited in the winter season. In summer, the temperatures in Dubai are too high to keep the flowers alive and the park is closed to the public. The  Dubai Miracle Garden  opens its doors this year on 7 november for the new 2017/2018 winter season. For the new season, the Flower garden has gone to a big kick and the park is decorated around a completely new theme.

Dubai Water Canal

The Dubai Water Canal  Project is an extensive project in Dubai with the aim of connecting the water from the Business Bay  to the sea. All around the newest waterway in the heart of the city come a large number of luxury villas, marinas, a shopping centre, recreation areas and hotels.

New tourist attraction

The prestigious project costs a total of more than 2.5 billion euros and includes a connection from the Dubai Creek  and  the Khor Dubai  with the water in the  Business Bay  and the sea. To make this connection possible, channels have been dug in various locations to connect the various loose lakes so that one large channel is created. This has made it possible to sail through Dubai from the sea and get back to the open sea without having to reverse.

The newly constructed canal runs along the Al Wasl Road, the  Business Bay, the  Safa Park  and the  Jumeirah Road  and flows into the  Arabian Gulf  at the former Jumeirah Beach Park. On the spot where the canal is located in the sea is a special island built in the sea on which among other things a wide sandy beach, luxury apartments and hotels will be constructed. There is also the striking  Gate Tower Bridge  , which will include a three-storey shopping centre, 300,000 square metres. In Total, the shopping mall 434 stores and restaurants. Striking is also the roof of the shopping centre, which is a public park with a view over the  Safa Park.

Around the canal there will be almost 300 new restaurants to be built, also several marinas, a large number of hotels in particular the class of four and five stars and of course luxury apartments and villas for the affluent locals and Wealthy foreigners. Next to the Sheikh Zayed Road , an iconic shopping mall and World Trade Center will be built in a form where the channel goes under the building.

Large parts of Dubai now an island

Through the opening of the canal, a large piece of Dubai has officially become an island. The area in the city which runs from Habtoor City  to  Bur Dubai  is in no place more via land connected to the land. Downtown Dubai, the area where the  Burj Khalifa  and the  Dubai Mall  are found, is also located on an island.

The Dubai Water Canal  Project is an extensive project in Dubai with the aim of connecting the water from the Business Bay  to the sea. All around the newest waterway in the heart of the city come a large number of luxury villas, marinas, a shopping centre, recreation areas and hotels.

New tourist attraction

The prestigious project costs a total of more than 2.5 billion euros and includes a connection from the Dubai Creek  and  the Khor Dubai  with the water in the  Business Bay  and the sea. To make this connection possible, channels have been dug in various locations to connect the various loose lakes so that one large channel is created. This has made it possible to sail through Dubai from the sea and get back to the open sea without having to reverse.

The newly constructed canal runs along the Al Wasl Road, the  Business Bay, the  Safa Park  and the  Jumeirah Road  and flows into the  Arabian Gulf  at the former Jumeirah Beach Park. On the spot where the canal is located in the sea is a special island built in the sea on which among other things a wide sandy beach, luxury apartments and hotels will be constructed.

There is also the striking  Gate Tower Bridge  , which will include a three-storey shopping centre, 300,000 square metres. In Total, the shopping mall 434 stores and restaurants. Striking is also the roof of the shopping centre, which is a public park with a view over the  Safa Park.

Around the canal there will be almost 300 new restaurants to be built, also several marinas, a large number of hotels in particular the class of four and five stars and of course luxury apartments and villas for the affluent locals and Wealthy foreigners. Next to the Sheikh Zayed Road , an iconic shopping mall and World Trade Center will be built in a form where the channel goes under the building.

Large parts of Dubai now an island

Through the opening of the canal, a large piece of Dubai has officially become an island. The area in the city which runs from Habtoor City  to  Bur Dubai  is in no place more via land connected to the land. Downtown Dubai, the area where the  Burj Khalifa  and the  Dubai Mall  are found, is also located on an island.

The canal is a total of 3.2 kilometers long, 80 to 120 meters wide and more than 6 meters deep. Due to this depth and width, boats of up to 8.5 meters high and 32 meters long can sail over the canal, so enough space for an average yacht. Thanks to the construction of this new “man-made” channel, Dubai has gained 6.4 kilometres of “coastline” and around the canal is a seven-metre-wide walkway on both sides and a 12-kilometre-long cycle path of three metres wide where you can enjoy Hiking or cycling. For the runners there is a special three kilometer long running path built from 3 meters wide. There are also several eateries along the pedestrian promenade.

Around the Dubai Water Canal There  are also several green areas which together with the existing  Safa Park  and the new  Jumeirah Beach Park  have to take care of places where locals and tourists Can relax. Especially for pedestrians, five pedestrian bridges have been built across the canal, all of which are equipped with lifts and escalators, so that the bridges can also be used less valid ..

Waterfall

A striking attraction of the Dubai Canal  is the waterfall built on the 570-metre-long viaduct of the main  Sheikh Zayed Road  Highway. On the side of the huge viaduct over the canal is a waterfall built which pumps tens of thousands of liters of water from the canal 24 hours a day and drops back into the water. Especially in the evening hours the fountain is extra nice to see thanks to the  LED lighting  in the fountain which can show all the colors of the rainbow.

Who sails across the canal and fears of wet clothes because of the waterfall does not have to be afraid. Thanks to a number of sensors along the canal, the waterfall automatically stops when a boat arrives.

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Dubai Ferry & Water Taxi’s

The opening of the Dubai water Canal  allows you to travel through large parts of Dubai by boat,  Water taxi  or  Dubai ferry. Also, it is expected that a large number of cruise providers will be offering boat trips across the  Dubai Water Canal  , similar to the current boat trips across the Dubai Creek.

Dubai Water Taxi

In Total there are nine new stations opened for the water taxis by the RTA, the Dubai Transport Service     . Five of these new stations are found along the newly constructed stretch of the channel, these are the stations  Sheikh Zayed Road, Safa Park, Al WASL, Jumeirah  and  Dubai Canal.

Four new stations are to be found in the business Bay, these are  the  Dubai Design District Station,  the  al Wajeha Al Maeyah Station,  the  Marasi Station,  and the  business Bay Station. With this, there are a total of 42 different water stations in Dubai to be found for the Dubai Water Taxi. The water taxis will sail on a daily basis including the  Dubai water Canal  and the  Dubai Creek  between 10:00 a.m.  and 10am in the evening. The tariffs of the  Dubai Water Taxi  start at 55  dirham up to 205 dirham, the fare depends partly on the length of the ride.

Dubai Ferry

for the Dubai ferry there are a total of five new stations built. Two of them are found along the new  Dubai Water Canal  and three in the Business Bay. Thanks to these new stations, three new daily return services have been added to the  Dubai Ferrytimetable. These three new services will sail between the  al Jaddaf Station  in the  Dubai Design District, the  al

Wajeha al Maeyahstation, en de Marasi stations in de Business Bay, het Sheikh Zayed Road station en de Dubai Canal  stations in het Dubai Water Canal.

The ferry service sails daily at 10:00 hours, 12:00 hours and 16:30 hours. The existing service between the Al Ghubaiba  Station and the  Marina Mall station  will be adapted so that it also stops at the new  Dubai Canal station. Tickets for the  Dubai Ferry  cost 15 dirham per person for the trip to 1 station, two stations cost 25 dirham per person, three stations 35 dirham, four stations 45 dirham and one ticket for a trip along all stations cost 50 dirham.

Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque  is the largest mosque in Dubai and is known as one of the most beautiful mosques in the United Arab Emirates. You can view the mosque for free from outside, but if you want to see it inside then this is only possible for a small fee of 10 AED. These tours are open to non-Muslims and take place every day, except Friday, at 10 a.m.

The mosque is entirely built of white stone entirely according to the medieval Fatimid tradition and features two minarets that frame a large central dome. The mosque is at its most beautiful at dusk and evening hours, when the lights turn on and the mosque is beautifully illuminated.

The Jumeirah Mosque is the largest mosque in Dubai and also one of the most beautiful in the Arab Emirates. You can watch this mosque from outside for free, but for a small contribution of 10 AED, about two euros, you can get a tour in the morning (except Friday). The Jumeirah Mosque  is the only mosque that also allows non-Muslims to explain their beliefs. Well worth the effort so to do such a unique tour, but even if you just want to see the mosque from outside it is worthwhile to make an extra stop here.

Ibn Beat Mall

The Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates are Dubai’s two most famous shopping malls and are almost always visited during a holiday in Dubai. But besides these two well-known shopping malls there is another shopping centre which is worth visiting, the Ibn Battuta mall. In This shopping mall you won’t find the world’s largest aquarium or the largest indoor ski area In The world, yet the mall is one of the most beautiful In Dubai and probably the world. This is mainly due to the furnishing of the property and the style in which the shopping centre is built.

Central to the Ibn Battuta Mall  is the explorer  ibn Battuta  and the locations that this Arabian Explorer has visited. The shopping centre has six different divisions, all of which are built in the style of the country or region. During his tours, Ibn Battuta  has visited India, China, Egypt, Andalusia, Persia and Tunisia, and the styles of those six areas can be found in the six different sections of the shopping centre. It is sometimes even so that it looks like you are walking in a museum rather than in a shopping mall. A very special experience. Highlight is as far as we are concerned the huge Chinese ship on the main square of the China section of the shopping mall.