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Dubai is a uniquely exciting and attractive place to work, live and holiday. It boasts an idyllic location alongside the clear blue waters of the Arabian Gulf, uninterrupted sunshine, a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere, plus excellent education and healthcare facilities.

Tourists and residents alike can take advantage of the world’s most luxurious hotels, spectacular shopping malls, countless gourmet restaurants, dazzling nightlife and a year-round calendar of top class sport, entertainment and cultural events.

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    Bastakiya - Dubai Old City

    Watch Abras zigzag across the Creek as you experience Dubai’s beautifully preserved past. Delve into Dubai’s fascinating past and experience the city’s wealth of heritage. Wander through the narrow alleys of the 19th century Bastakiya, explore Dubai Museum’s ancient treasures and intriguing displays, hail an Abra across the Dubai Creek to be dazzled by the glittering Gold Souk, then follow the fragrant trail into the Spice Souk.

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    Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai

    Get a glimpse into the culture of Islam as you explore the beautiful architecture of Jumeirah Mosque. Located on Jumeirah Beach Road, the Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslims. Take a tour of this beautiful building and learn all about the culture of Islam courtesy of a fascinating, English speaking guide. The mosque is open 24 hours a day for Muslims, with a special viewing for non-Muslims and open-discussion sessions.

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    Desert Safari in Dubai

    Enjoy an exhilarating desert experience followed by an authentic evening of entertainment. With millions of hectares of unspoilt desert, Dubai offers the ultimate adrenaline rush. Take your pick from quad bikes, dune buggies, dirt bikes, 4x4s, or even horses or camels, and head out into the dunes for an exhilarating day of desert driving, riding or trekking, followed by a camp BBQ under the stars.

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    Ski Dubai

    Sub-zero temperatures and snow in the desert? Experience it all at Ski Dubai. Skiing in the desert might sound crazy but in Dubai it’s entirely normal courtesy of our friends at Ski Dubai. This 400 metre indoor ski slope allows you to ski, snowboard and toboggan on its four slopes. Lessons are offered and a fun snow park keeps the younger kids entertained. Young or old, there is something for everyone! From the casual visitor who just wants to enjoy the alpine ambiance of the snow park to the sports enthusiast keen to tear down the slopes. Ski Dubai is a unique mountain themed attraction that offers the incredible opportunity to enjoy snow in the desert.

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    Hatta Wadi - scenic change of scenery

    Plunge into the crystal clear waters of a natural Dubai’s phenomenon: the wadi, or desert river. Within a short drive of the desert sand dunes and the skyscrapers, discover the lush green oasis, walk amidst the palm groves, pick on succulently fresh dates, and dive into the cool pools carved into the rock. The Hajar mountain range on the outskirts of the Emirate provides a welcome change of scenery – hike up the many jagged peaks which jut up from the rust-red dunes. An Omani enclave near Hatta is the location of some scenic wadis; rock pools carved by seasonal rivers which provide a cooling place to swim during the heat of the day.

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    Culture in UAE, Dubai

    UAE, Dubai is a unique example of tolerance between people of different beliefs, nationality and culture. Dubai is politically and economically stable, and is extremely tolerant of western cultures and practices. Whilst Islam is the official religion, the UAE recognises the right to worship of other faiths, and there are many churches and other religious assembly points across the city. Women’s rights are equal to those of men, and females are not expected to cover up – in fact bikini-clad women are a regular sight on Dubai beaches. However, cultural sensibilities do prevail and hence overly revealing clothes are frowned upon.

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    Shopping Malls in Dubai

    Partake in Dubai’s national pastime and shop until you drop at some of the world’s finest shopping malls. Shopping is the national pastime of Dubai and this is reflected in its many ornate shopping malls. Burjuman and Deira City Centre have been overtaken in size by Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta, but for sheer scale, nothing beats Dubai Mall, the world’s biggest shopping mall. Shuttle buses are available to take guests from the hotel to Mall of the Emirates, at frequent intervals. Familiar high-street and designer brands can be found across the city, as can numerous innovative boutiques. An annual Shopping Festival is held in spring each year, attracting up to 3.5 million visitors who flock to Dubai for incredible offers and discounts.

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    Burj Khalifa, Dubai

    Ascend the dizzy heights of the world’s tallest tower, and enjoy panoramic views of this amazing city. The world’s tallest tower was officially opened in January 2010 and reaches the dizzy height of 828 metres. Visitors can take the world’s longest, highest and fastest elevator ride up to the viewing deck on the 124th floor for a 360 degree panorama of Dubai. Burj Khalifa became world-class destination and the magnificent centrepiece of Downtown Dubai, Dubai's new urban masterpiece.

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    Golf Courses in Dubai

    Did you know that Dubai has become one of the desired Golf destinations in the World? The Emirate offers world-class golf courses in the most spectacular locations. Many high profile golf events are held yearly with the involvement of celebrity golfers.
    Concierge desk at the hotel can suggest variety of options based on our guests' preferences. Emirates Golf Club operated by Dubai Golf is located in just 15 minutes drive from the hotel and offers 2 courses - Faldo and Majlis.