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Going to Dubai, United Arab Emirates

May 06, 2013 - May 17, 2013

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    • Zora O'Neill commented on this trip

      Wow--I didn't know until you asked that Canadians can't get visas on arrival. Interesting situation. I read an article in the National (the Abu Dhabi paper) that seemed to imply that if you were flying Emirates or Etihad, the airline could arrange the visa for you. ("Travellers are advised to apply to the UAE Embassy in Ottawa 15 days in advance, although the process going through the national airlines takes between five and seven days.") In that case, it doesn't seem like they'd need your passport. Either way, it can't hurt to call the consulate in Ottawa.

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    • babak mohamadi commented on this trip

      As a tourist you will have no problem what ever you want to wear . I have traveled 3 times to dubai with my wife & family and every thing about kind of wearing were OK. As many religious places in the world such as Vatican(Italy) &.. you have to cover some parts of your body while entering these places and in dubai you should cover your hair when you want to go to a mosque .

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    • Tashkeel - 5 Nadd Al Sheba Rd - Dubai - United Arab EmiratesTashkeel - 5 Nadd Al Sheba Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Baxter Jackson recommended Tashkeel - 5 Nadd Al Sheba Rd - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
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      Leave it to the Arabs to make a skatepark inspired by the curves and flourishes of their alphabet - in this case with the Arabic word 'Al Tashkeel' which translates artistically as a structure around ... read more
      which one creates (with a skateboard, of course). Other such acts of creation can be found inside where art studios and spaces hold the artistic expressions of a new generation. Free to skate and browse the art gallery. Studio use requires a membership.
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      If you're looking for something completely different...

    • SURF DUBAI3A St - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Baxter Jackson recommended SURF DUBAI
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      Surfing in Dubai? Yep, the swells actually pick up enough in winter time to surf in the presence of of the world renown Burj Al Arab (the building on it's own island that looks like a giant sail from ... read more
      a sailboat). If you didn't bring your board with you, Surf Dubai is the place to go for rentals, lessons or stand up paddle boards. They also arrange surf safaris to neighboring Oman in June and July when the surf kicks up on the Indian Ocean. Friendly dudes totally stoked on surfing.
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    • Barasti Bar & RestaurantThe Beach Road, P.O. Box 24883, Dubai 24883 United Arab Emirates
      Baxter Jackson recommended Barasti Bar & Restaurant
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      Barasti's is a beachside disco cum beach club popular with locals and expat sycophants. There's sheesha on the grass next to the pool, bumpin' & grindin' on the open air dance floor and things that'll ... read more
      get you deported goin' down on Barasti's little slice of the Persian Gulf.
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    • Jumeirah BeachJumeirah Street, Dubai United Arab Emirates
      Baxter Jackson recommended Jumeirah Beach
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      Jumeriah Beach is where the expats of the upper eshelon mix it up with the South Asian worker drones who have actually built Dubai. When I say 'mix it up' I mean the predominantly European ladies ... read more
      sunbathe in their diamond studded Gucci bikinis and the guest workers snap photos of them with their camera phones. The ladies felt so harassed at one point that it became illegal to be on Jumeriah Beach without a swimsuit (or something closely resembling it, meaning no long pants or long sleeve shirts). The solution for the bees was to just strip down to their skivvies. Since then, the enforcement of said ordinance has been somewhat laxed.
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    • Zora O'Neill commented on this trip

      The metro is very easy to use, but it doesn't cover all of the city. It runs a bit inland, so, for instance, you can't take it to anywhere on the beach. But you could take it to the nearest metro stop, then hop a taxi or a bus. Both taxis and buses seem pretty well organized. I can't remember how much a metro ride costs, but it's not terribly expensive. Just know that when you buy a ticket, you're paying a small amount for the card itself--which doesn't seem very fancy. (I didn't know this on my first trip!) So you should put credit for many rides on the card, and/or refill it, rather than buying a fresh one for every trip.

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    • Manvaar Restaurant20 B Street - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Zora O'Neill recommended Manvaar Restaurant
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      Mmm, gheeeeeee.... This Rajasthani restaurant served me some of the best food I ate in Dubai--all super-sturdy northern food, heavily drizzled with ghee. In fact, if you don't put enough ghee on (it ... read more
      comes in a little brass pitcher), the waiter will come over and drizzle more on for you. The waitstaff is lovely, in fact--happy to explain the menu and show you how to eat the various things. (The most typical dish is a big dense dumpling that you have to crumble up first, for instance.) All kinds of yummy very Indian drinks as well too.
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      Delicious! The woman who took me here now runs food tours: Frying Pan Food Adventures. Unfortunately I haven't been back yet to take a tour with her, but I expect they're great!

    • Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural UnderstandingAl Souqe Al Kabeer, Al Musalla Rd. - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
      Zora O'Neill recommended Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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      In Dubai, actual Emiratis seem to be like these legendary creatures--you see them from afar, but never really have a chance to interact with them. The SMCCU tries to rectify that a bit by hosting ... read more
      cultural breakfasts and lunches, where a real live Emirati discusses all kinds of cultural aspects and answers questions of all kinds--he even encourages dumb ones. If you get the same guy I did, he's a ham and a half, and has a great attitude. Plus, breakfast is yummy! That's another elusive thing--good Emirati food--so it's a treat to have some here.
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      Zora O'Neill

      Worth planning around!

    • The Dubai MallD 71 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Balram Mahabir recommended The Dubai Mall
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      This is the best most expensive mall i have ever visited. I absolutely loved the Date shop. The food court was too Americanized. I was hoping for more oriental cuisine. Also i observed that there ... read more
      isn't a large range of oriental cuisine anywhere in Dubai. If you are a vegan well you will love the Indian districts. As per mall shopping Once you are not concerned about price you will get the widest range and best quality here. I do love the high standards by which the mall is maintained. The design is gorgeous.
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    • Atlantis The PalmCrescent Road, The Palm Island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Balram Mahabir recommended Atlantis The Palm
      5
      They have an awesome and beautiful aquarium. I just love the design of this place. The Hotel is magnificent. The park is absolutely a lot of fun. Its a must do in Dubai. The shops are just great. The ... read more
      staff is well stressed but most courteous and helpful. The tourist influx was a reminder of an Orlando Theme park for Christmas. You must visit on any trip to the Emirates.
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    • Burj KhalifaBurj Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
      Balram Mahabir recommended Burj Khalifa
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      Its interesting and lovely man made structure. Looking at the huge building beautifully designed reaching into the sky is awesome. Its quite hot out front so you wont stay out long. the view from top ... read more
      is expansive. Lots of sea and sand to look at.you can actually see a bit of the palms. The mall is well designed and had a homely feeling which i absolutely loved. The musical fountain was just perfection of music and dance.
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    • Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai - Dubai United Arab Emirates
      Balram Mahabir recommended Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort
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      It was so wonderful to view a place of such history and art. I was pleased and humbled at moments to learn of the history of the peoples of the Emirates to learn more of there culture and history. It ... read more
      was a joy to experience a different cultural environment.
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    • DMZ - Demilitarized ZoneSan 121 Eoryong-ri, Jinseo-myeon Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
    • The Ritz-Carlton DubaiAl Sufouh Road, PO Box 26525, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai Outlet MallDubai - Al Ain Road, Route 66, United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai ZooJumeirah, Dubai United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai MetroIndustrial Area 6 - Sharjah - United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater ZooOff 1st Interchange - Sheikh Zayed Road - Doha St - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • IKEADubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Lake Khalifa DubaiDubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • WonderlandNear Al Garhoud Bridge, Dubai United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai CreekPO Box 6302 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Safa ParkAl Hadiqa Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Grand MosqueAli Bin Abi Taleb Street - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Spice SoukDubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Global VillageDubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Wild Wadi WaterparkPO Box 26416, Dubai United Arab Emirates
    • Ibn Battuta MallSheikh Zayed Road, Interchanges 5/6 - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Deira Gold SoukAl Sabkha Road - Dubai - United Arab Emirates
    • Ski DubaiShiekh Zayed Road, Dubai 115443, UAE
    • Dubai FountainDubai Boulevard, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    • Dubai International Airport (DXB)Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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