Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Beautiful City of Dubai

Taking a trip to Dubai should be on anyone's top list of things to do. Famous for having one of the worlds few 7 star hotels and having the largest, tallest, fattest, biggest in everything, their man made islands and some of the tallest buildings in the world, it is definitely a must see place on any travelers holiday destination.

Making up the one of the 7 emirate cities of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, located South of the Persian Gulf, is the most progressive city of them all and is still developing at an unbelievable rate. Its population has the highest number of immigrants in the world.

Previously famous for its copious amounts of oil and what used to be their greatest source of income, this has now been surpassed by the income generated by their growing tourist and trade industry.

Only 5 hours from Europe, it offers some of the best fine dinning, first class beaches, shopping, a fantastic nightlife and some of the richest sporting events across the globe. Dubai is definitely the place to be.
Dubai's summer is from March to November, with around 11 hours of sunshine a day. After all, it is desert territory. The temperature has been know on the hotter days to reach up to 48 degrees C, with midday temperatures hitting 42 degrees and even hotter, the further inland you go. Most experts recommend you avoid Dubai during the summer, as it can be quite uncomfortable if you're not used to it.

Should you want to brave the soaring heat, don't assume it is acceptable to walk around with practically nothing on. Pay close attention to the policies of Dubai with their dress code and other laws pertaining to alcohol use etc. Whilst they are a liberal country, you should still respect their values and traditions and it might be worth looking these up before you arrive.
If you can't stand the heat in the summer, during the winter, you can expect temperatures to average around 22 to 30 degrees, which is much more bearable. Not bad for winter right? A flight in October from the United Kingdom would cost around £450 - £500.

The choices of hotels are amazing. However, like most destinations, the prices will vary depending on when you travel. If money is no object, then you could of course stay in the famous 7 star, Burj Al Arab hotel. A two-night stay in a one-bedroom suite in October would set you back a measly £1,700. However if you're not into that sort of thing, there are plenty of other hotels around that won't break the bank.

Throughout the year, Dubai hosts a variety of celebrations, festivals and activities taking place for everyone. Here are some of those events.
For the ladies - One of the major players is the Dubai Shopping Festival. Taking place in January and February, shopping for a whole month is any women's dream. I can hear the men groaning right now. This is a festival like no other. A month long "shop till you drop" event where the shopping centre's, renown for their selection for quality products and merchandise, offer discounts, contests and much more including spectacular firework displays. Although events like this happen around the world, none can pull it off like Dubai.

For the men - The annual Oktoberfest hop festival in Dubai has now been running for 5 years and is staged at Dubai's Grand Hyatt's hotel and their International Cricket Stadium. The festival has taken on the traditions of the German beer festival, which originated in Germany in 1810. With a range of German beers and Bavarian meals, last year, more than 9,000 litres of hops were sold, along with 822 Municher sausages, 3,468 Nuernberger bratwurst, and 800 pretzels consumed.

Dubai's Shopping festival (as mentioned earlier). No doubt a favourite with the ladies. With bargains galore from all the major shopping centres.

The Desert Classic - A prestigious six-day golf tournament, hosted by the Emirates Golf Club

The Dubai World Cup - One of the richest races in the horse-racing calendar, with a whopping first prize of $6million, yes $6 million US dollars for first place.

The Bride Show - A whole month dedicated to Dubai's bridal exposition. The main event is held at the International Exposition Centre, with smaller events held across the city.

The Arabian Travel Market - Attended by residents of almost 100 nations, the event plays an important role in the trade market for the Middle East.

A host of summer treats - This is the city's popular festival, lasting for an impressive 10 weeks and offers a range of events including concerts, carnivals and themed exhibitions.

Eid al-Adha - The celebration of the ascension of Muhammad the Prophet, by the Muslim community.

Ramadan is the time of fasting for Muslims. Not participating in pleasurable or indulgent activities and fast during daylight hours.

The International Middle East Textile Exhibition - Staged at the International Exposition Centre, this event host hundreds of textiles-related exhibitions.

Celebrations all around - As the month of Ramadan comes to an end, the city celebrates with family gatherings and feastings for all.

Rugby Sevens Begins - A 3-day International Rugby event hosted by the city in November.

National Day is on the 2nd December and celebrates the city's independence from Great Britain.

Remember that each year the dates may change so do check before you go.

Article Source: Enzine Artikel

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