60 million Brits travel abroad in search of fun, sun, or generally for rest and relaxation. In the past many Every year, between 50 and disabled people travelling abroad found it hard work, but now in 2014 disabled travel from the UK is catered for from the minute you book your tickets.
Each year approximately 10 million people are welcomed to Dubai, and this year you could be one of them. Dubai has something for everyone. Here's just 10 things to do for disabled visitors:
Wild Wadi is based and designed on a tale from Arabian Folklore about Juha and his seafaring friend Sinbad. There are eight gravity-defying Master Blasters that operate on a series of high-powered water jets, taking guests on an aquatic roller coaster ride, that's without the other 22 pulsating attractions, shops and restaurants.
If you’re not a lover of adrenaline rides, you have Juha's Journey. This Lazy River ride is a relaxing flow of water, which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely swim or sunbathe in an inflatable ring as you drift down the river course.
The park is wheelchair friendly, with easy access to the changing rooms, wave pool, most of the shops and the restaurants.
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If you are looking to get a few holes in while in Dubai, there is nowhere better than the Dubai Creek course. This is a stunning, green space in a desert country, with tree lined fairways and plenty of bunkers. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on four holes, several lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of the course.
Complimentary buggies are available for disabled golfers.
For an ultimate guide to Golf in Dubai, check out our cool infographic here!
High-tea is a predominately British pastime, unless you're British of course! But it's celebrated daily the world over... some will say it's just a pot of tea with a few sandwiches and scones served between lunch and supper.
High-tea has been taken to a whole new level in Dubai with a luxurious twist. Enjoy at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure, standing at 2,722ft (829.8m) making your Afternoon-High-Tea experience here, the highest, HIGH tea on the planet.
The question you're probably thinking, why shop in Dubai? Why not, it's tax free!
Dubai has some of the biggest malls in the world. One of the malls is so big it has electric taxis available to drive you from one side of the mall to the other. Most malls have something unique to offer, from massive aquariums, Olympic size ice-skating rinks, dancing water fountains, indoor ski resorts and spectacular waterfalls.
There aren't many places in the world where you can go shopping for a punnet of strawberries, a diamond ring, a designer wardrobe and then go to a top restaurant before heading to the theatre, all under one roof.
A majority of the malls have complimentary wheelchairs (on a first come basis), lifts and disabled toilets.
Aquarium ‘The Lost Chamber’
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Travelling with the kids on a family holiday can get a little tricky when they hit the terrible teens. Especially since they are always so BORED with everything. So how can you keep yours interested on a trip to Dubai? We have a few ideas.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do with kids in Dubai:
1. Desert Safari
This is a safari without the animals, but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. Instead you’ll tear around in a 4x4 dune bashing and then sail down the mountains of golden sand with some sand boarding (which is like snowboarding).
This is an exhilarating trip which is full of thrilling activities. Many of these trips will also include evening entertainment, a BBQ and even henna tattoos, making it a great day trip for all the family.
If you are looking to cool down from the heat you won’t be short of great waterparks to do so. Dubai has some of the best in the world.
A beach or poolside can get a little boring for the kids so get active with slides, rapids and lazy rivers at Wild Wadi, Aquaventure or Wadi Adventure.
3. Camel Rides
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This is a once in a lifetime experience that even the grumpiest of teenagers is sure to love. Here you’ll dress up in local costume (mostly to help against the heat) and ride your own camel along the curved dunes of the desert.
And like the desert safari the Emirati like to give you a whole day out so your kids will get to hold a falcon on their arm and you can all take part in a belly dancing show at the end of the day.
4. Indoor Skiing
If you have teens who can’t handle the heat then give them the exact opposite with the icy temperatures of the Dubai indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates.
Here they’ll have to wrap up warm to enjoy snowboarding or skiing down the snow runs, magic carpet ski lift and tobogganing. You can even roll down the slopes in a giant sphere. And little ones can meet the Snow Penguins.
5. Indoor Skydiving
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For real thrill seekers there is no better than the feeling you get from freefalling. And don’t worry parents, your teens can do this from the safety of only a few feet off the ground at iFLY in Dubai. ensure
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Dubai may be a luxurious city, but you don’t have to have a Sheik’s wealth to enjoy a trip here. Here’s how to do Dubai on the cheap and still have a brilliant time:
Things to See and Do in Dubai
Many people may visit Dubai to see its modern skyscrapers, but among these towering giants you will find the ‘real’ and much older Dubai. The Bastakiya Quarter in downtown Dubai in the Bur Dubai district is the only remaining historic district.
This was once a very popular Persian area, where people made their wealth and built huge mansions. Today these beautiful buildings have been converted into art galleries, museums and sheesha cafes for your enjoyment.
Most of the attractions here are free to visit, but be aware that many will close from 1pm to 4pm to avoid the afternoon heat.
Just a short walk away from the Bastakiya Quarter is the Dubai Museum. Here you can see what life in Dubai was like before oil was discovered and the city began its immense construction. Life-size dioramas and galleries depict the souks, houses and mosques that were a main part in Dubai’s culture many years ago.
If you’d like to learn more about Dubai’s religion and culture then this is a must-stop. And it’s open to the general public 6 days a week for free!
Tours around the mosque will teach you about the medieval Fatimid architecture of the building and the history of faith in Dubai. There is only one tour a day so make sure to get there early.
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So you may not be staying in the world’s only 7 star hotel, but in a more affordable Dubai apartment, you can however use the hotel’s beach. And who wouldn’t want to sunbathe with such an iconic building as their backdrop. The Burj Beach is free to use unlike some others in the city.
BBQ at the Beach
If you’re looking for Dubai cheap eats and would like to cook yourself an affordable dinner one night then a beach BBQ is a great idea. Many of Dubai’s public beaches have facilities for this and can be used for as little as 5 Dirhams.
Don’t cook pork sausages though. This is a Muslim country after all.
Jumeirah Beach Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Walk or the JBR as it is locally known is Dubai’s largest single-phase residential area and one of the biggest in the world with its 36 towering skyscrapers that line the marina.
With its wide promenade lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants it makes the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and indulge in some people watching or flash car spotting.
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If you thought Dubai was all sun lounging, shopping and swanky food then think again. There are plenty of alternative activities in Dubai which are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Take a break from the shopping centres and try a few of these activities on for size instead:
Take part in a Live Escape Game
Who says games are for kids? At HintHunt Dubai adults take over the playground by solving mysteries and puzzles to escape a shoebox room. With only 60 minutes on the clock the race is on to escape or be trapped forever. Ooh-err.
Catch your supper on an exciting fishing tour
Cruise the Adriatic Sea and reel in some whoppers with a Go Fishing Tour. Smell the ocean breeze and work on your tan while having enormous amounts of fun catching fishies. If you’re staying in an apartment you can even cook up your catch later that evening.
Take a helicopter ride over the city
Choose the best seat in the house with a helicopter tour over Dubai. Everyone raves about the panoramic views from Burj Khalifa- the world’s tallest building – but even that can’t compare to soaring through the clouds with the city beneath you. Discover the most magnificent things that Dubai has to offer from way up high including the Palm Jumeirah an...
Are you planning to have a holiday of a life time in the next year? Well, Dubai is the perfect destination holiday for a short city trip, a week’s beach holiday, or a little bit of both.
There are a few things you may like to know before travelling however. Here are 8 things to know before heading to Dubai:
When to Travel
The best time to travel to Dubai is between October and April, as this time of year the weather is fine, but a bearable temperature (26°C average). The heat in the summer months can exceed 50°C with soaring humidity, something that people used to cooler climates may suffer in.
When You Arrive in Dubai
Dubai International Airport can be found in the Garhoud area and has great access throughout the city. Expect a taxi to the northern end of the Jumeirah strip to set you back around AED 90 to AED 100 (around £17).
There are very few public transport systems here compared to elsewhere in the world, and therefore taxis or hire cars are very popular. Walking is not popular thanks to the heat, and rather large roadways, but there is a metro system that supplies most of the city.
Most hotels will include service charges of up to 15% on the bills in their restaurants and bars. This however usually goes to the company, not the servers, so if you want it to go to the waiting staff you need to leave cash. It is also polite to tip taxi drivers, valet and other services.
During the ninth month of the Muslim year (around June) much of Dubai will be participating in Ramadan, a religious period of fasting and worship. If you are planning to visit at this time it is important to respect their culture and practises.
During Ramadan Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours, and therefore you should not do so in public places. Clubs will be closed as loud or live music...
Whether it’s for a shopping trip, a hen party or just a chance to get a bit of sun, a girls trip to Dubai is sure to put a smile on your face. Here are a few ideas to make the most of your trip with the girls. Stay
There are plenty of hotels and villas to rent in Dubai, but some of the best are on the coast, or even out to sea. Yes we said “out to sea”!
If you are planning a trip to Dubai, then make sure to stay in an apartment on the Palm Jumeirah, a manmade island shaped like a palm tree just off the Dubai coast. Not only will you be a stone’s throw away from the sea, but your room will be only a short walk from the Palm Atlantis where Dolphin Bay and Aquaventure Waterpark is, should you fancy cooling down one day.
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Eating out in Dubai
If you are looking to splurge on a decadent meal out, then why not visit the favourite restaurants of stars like Kim Kardashian and Jourdan Dunn – YUAN?
YUAN, also on the Palm Jumeirah, has only been open a year, but is quickly making a name for itself as one of Dubai’s best eateries. This is mostly due to the fact you can enjoy contemporary Chinese cuisine in sumptuous surroundings of gold and brown hues.
It is quite pricey, but it’s worth it. Make sure to try a few of their Chinese tea inspired cocktails!
Drinking in Dubai
For a relaxed night in warm and comfortable surroundings and good company head to the Calabar Lounge at The Address Downtown.
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Dubai is notorious for being an area of extreme luxury and leisure, therefore it is unsurprising that you will find some of the world’s most amazing water sports here. So, if you’re in the mood for adventure and you love getting your feet wet then here are some activities that you simply can’t miss out:
1. Submarine Scooter
There’s nothing quite like taking in the sights… underwater! While a conventional submarine tour can be as boring as a glass bottomed boat, a submarine scooter provides you with a surreal scuba diving type experience that you’ll never forget. You can imagine that you’re on a motorbike in an episode of the Jetsons, zooming around wherever you want to go and all without those long, tedious diving training sessions. The best bit is, this trip is affordable with a 40-minute session costing AED 499 or around the £80 mark. That really isn’t bad for the trip of a lifetime!
2. JetLev Flying
The future really is now and nothing proves this point more than the JetLev. This is a contraption that looks as though it comes straight from a James Bond film and it actually works! The JetLev sucks up water and fires it out at high velocities, allowing you to literally hover above the water. If you’re visiting Dubai and you’re a water sport fanatic then you simply cannot go home without trying this!
3. Diving with Sharks in Dubai Mall
Yes, you read that right. You can go diving with sharks in the massive Dubai Mall, so while your other half is out buying...
Looking for a way to make your friends and family erupt with jealousy? Casually mentioning your New Year’s Eve holiday to the city of gold is sure to produce the green lava effect. Forget staying in with a pizza and a bottle of wine while Jools Holland croons in the background, live it up in Dubai this NYE with our recommendations.
Be blown away by fancy fireworks
Boasting an Olympic sized ice rink, 900 foot long fountain and 1.5 hectare park, Downtown Dubai is hardly the village green. Add a huge selection of ritzy restaurants and the world’s tallest building into the mix and you’re looking at a seriously good NYE spot.
Impressive colours will explode into the sky come midnight as Burj Khalifa lights up with fireworks. And that’s not all. Last year critically acclaimed superstar Emeli Sande took to the microphone to serenade revellers so in the spirit of Dubai constantly striving to be bigger and better, expect even better performers this NYE.
This event is free allowing you and your party more money to splash out on a special meal or lavish cocktails.
Set sail on a voyage across the city
Embark on a swish voyage across the Persian Gulf with friends, your partner or family. The 8-hour cruise will take you around Dubai’s main sights including Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Ara...
Here at My Dubai Stay we get a lot of questions about what to wear when holidaying in the United Arab Emirates. The warm weather, and the rule of conservative dressing in public places, can be a concern for some, but there is no need to fret.
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Here’s how to look Sheik chic on your trip to this glamorous city:
The Style Rules
Dubai is a Muslim country and it is important to respect the culture if you are planning a visit here. It may be hot, but that is no excuse. Here are a few basic rules to bear in mind:
In public places dress should be conservative. Everything from your shoulder to knees should be covered, clothing should not be form fitting, see-through, and cleavage should not be on-show.
When at the beach or by a swimming pool, bikinis are allowed, but thongs and topless bathing are not. You must make sure to get fully redressed when leaving the beach, a cover-up is not acceptable.
Underwear should not be seen, so cover up those bra straps and pull up those trousers!
Although all these rules apply in public places, the majority of bars and restaurants are private establishments within hotels and therefore you have the freedom to wear what you like on an evening out. Just cover up while travelling to and from there.
There may be some rules about the way you can dress, but this should not restrict you in expressing yourself through the way you look. You can still look stylish!
Fashion Week Middle East and the Latest Trends
There’s London, Paris, New York, Milan and now Dubai is tipped to be a new fashion hotspot. It’s now been over a month since the Fashion Week Middle East was held during the Eid break in the Dubai International Financial Centre. So let’s take a look at what the top designers are saying is hot for next season.
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Are you saving up to travel around the world? Would you like to savour exotic cuisines from all corners of the globe? Unpack your bag, put your passport down, and throw away that plane ticket – Global Village Dubai is the only destination this weekend!
Experience a journey through cultural shows, sample some of the finest delicacies from across the globe, or simply shop till you drop for a variety of items from the different countries.
The Annual Global Village in Dubai features 38 different nations showcasing their homegrown talents and pride – this year UK, France and Germany are also joining-in on the fun!
You’ll find Global Village just past Arabian Ranches on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Saturday toWednesday: 4pm to 12am
Thursday’s, Friday’s and Public Holidays: 4pm until 1am
Monday is a family day (except public holidays)
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