For a sampling of some of Dubai's greatest treasures, be sure to visit the coastal town of Jumeirah during your stay. Here you'll find one of the world's finest hotels - as indicated by its elusive seven-star rating, as well as the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque - one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims for tours. After a day of exploring, take in the breathtaking scenery over a bite to eat on the beach.
Not only is Dubai home to world-class golf courses and beautiful beaches - unusual activities like desert safaris and sand skiing are also among its available adventures. If you're looking for a unique spectator sport, check out Camel Racing, one of Dubai's major pastimes. Then afterward you can fuel up with a freshly cooked campfire breakfast. It's no wonder Dubai is becoming known as an exotic playground for world travelers!
Shopping for Bargains
Wondering why Dubai is fast becoming a shopping mecca? Picture this: In the morning you're exploring the Mall of Emirates - a huge, elaborate shopping mall with over 200 shops, some theaters and restaurants. Maybe you've even decided to take a few runs down its indoor ski slope. Come afternoon, you're walking through a souk buying spices from all over the Middle East, straight out of the sacks. By dinnertime, you've hit the jackpot at the Gold Souk, one of the world's largest retail gold markets. Come to think of it, you better stay awhile - you haven't even gotten around to checking out the finest Persian rugs outside of Iran. If you're in the market for one, you may want to do some advance research and be prepared to negotiate!
Dubai's cultural richness and diversity translate tastefully into the cuisine of the region, where you'll find a great variety of Gulf, Arabian and Middle Eastern food options. Whether you're on a budget or going gourmet, Dubai offers a wide range of restaurants bound to please even the most sophisticated palate. Wherever you decide to eat, be sure to sample one of Dubai's most popular dishes - Shawarma, a sandwich containing any variety of shaved meats.
Dubai's currency is the United Arab Emirates dirham (AED). When dining in Dubai, most restaurant bills will include an additional 10% service charge and another 10% municipality tax. If a price is 'net,' this means that all taxes and service charges have been included. Also, when taking a taxi, it is customary to round the fare up to the nearest dirham.