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N – Nightlife in Dubai | #AtoZChallenge

N – Nightlife in Dubai | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Dubai is the party capital of the Middle East and no party capital can be happening without its Nightlife. Every major metropolitan hub around the globe never sleeps – if endless corporate meetings mark the days and never-ending traffic jams then the nights never sleep because of their buzzing and exotic nightlife.

There is a reason why Dubai is known as the sin city of the Middle East and it truly lives up to that name. Dubai’s nightlife is not only about clubs and discotheques but there are amazing experiences that one can relish.

Play Golf in the night

No, I am not joking! One can literally play golf in the night at Faldo Golf Club. It is an 18-hole golf course that tests your golfing skills under the stars. Open on all days one can experience the grassy terrains from 4:00 pm until midnight and that makes it one of the best places to visit in Dubai at night. The bunkers, salt water and fresh water lakes make for an authentic golfing experience.

Timings: 4:00 pm – 12:00 am

Cost: Start from 230 AED

A Horse Ride in Full Moon

Ride a white horse for about 90 minutes in the moonlight through shrubby wildlife and sandy forests. It is an amazing and unique experience. You can take the ride at Mushrif Equestrian Club, Mushrif Park where an instructor will always accompany you. You don’t need to be an expert to soak in this experience.

Timings: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Cost for Two: AED 600

Full Moon Yoga Session

Who said nightlife was only about unhealthy options. One can rejuvenate their mind and soul by going for a full moon yoga session. This is the latest trend and usually, is conducted at one of the public beaches. In a 90 min session experience blissful tranquility as you try asanas, soaking in the sea breeze of the Arabian Gulf with the magnificent Burj Al Arab in the backdrop.

Where: Talise Spa, Madinat Jumeirah

Timings: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Charges: 119 AED onwards.

Twinkle Twinkle Stars

If you are a stargazer and a lover of the universe then Dubai Astronomy Group is a heaven for you. For astronomy enthusiasts, this is among the most delightful things to do in Dubai at night. This is absolutely free of cost and the gathering is usually on the outskirts of the city. All you need to do is a register using an email. Don’t forget to bring your telescope if you have one.

Experience the festivities

If you are travelling during the month of Ramadan then you are in for a different experience altogether. The days might be slow and quiet but the nights definitely make up for it that last till the wee hours of the morning. At the JBR there is a month-long event that exhibits the culture and tradition through different zones – food, art, and lifestyle. Go to the Ramadan night markets for food, handicrafts and other fun options.

Take a deep dive into marine life

This is an activity that professional divers (PADI certified advanced divers) who have taken a dive within the last six months can experience. Diving deep in the sea that too at night is not for the faint-hearted. The east coast of Dubai near Fujairah is used for these 45-50 min dives. It requires participants to carry/wear their own swimwear, however, the diving kit is provided in most cases.

Nightclubs

The best thing about Dubai’s hot spots is that their usual closing hours are around 3am. They generally start filling around 10pm so you have all the time to dress up in your best and burn the dance floor.

Best nightclubs in Dubai:

Club 360 – from my own experience, this is the best place simply because of its location – right in the middle of the sea next to Burj Al Arab. It is the home to the biggest parties of the region.

Timings: Sunday to Saturday from 5:00 PM to 03:00 AM

Cost for Two: AED 345

Barasti – It is a perfect place whether you are going in a group or as a couple. You can view the skyline as well as the Persian Gulf from the same spot.

Timings: 10:00 AM – 1:30 AM

Cost for Two: AED 470

Nasimi Beach – I had been to a foam party once at Nasimi beach – all I can say is it is like an ‘American Pie’ experience. Nasimi Beach lets you enjoy the clubbing experience on a 7 km long beach with the Atlantis in the background.

Some of the other popular party places include Chi@The Lodge, N’Dulge, Bar 44, Stereo Arcade, Buhayra Lounge, At.mosphere, Trilogy, Boudoir, and People by Crystal.

I have previously discussed experiences like the Dhow Cruise that you can take from the Dubai Creek or go on an overnight Desert Safari and camping. One can always head to the viewing deck at Burj Khalifa and get mesmerized by the Dubai Skyline.

Feeling hungry! Don’t worry you can always grab a late night Shawarma. Any trip to Dubai is incomplete without trying their lip-smacking Shawarmas. Some of the nicest places open late at night are Aroos Damascus and Al Shami Restaurant (Al Muraqqabat Road, Deira), Al Mallah (Satwa) and Reem al Bawadi (Jumeirah Road). You can always find one at the roadside for just AED 5 in areas like Bur Dubai and Karama.

Important things to remember

The weekend is Friday and Saturday, so try to go clubbing on Thursday and Friday nights.

‘Drink and Drive’ is strictly prohibited and one can end up paying really hefty fines leading to the cancellation of driving licenses. Always take a cab.

Don’t be caught with liquor without a license – best is to enjoy and have drinks in pubs and bars.

Don’t get involved in a brawl – again the fines and repercussions are severe.

Be careful about the dressing. Try to go for proper footwear as many of the lounges might not allow you to enter.

Always keep an ID handy – passports in case you are travelling from outside, for locals emirates ID is the best option.

For all those who are club hoppers,

For all those who are stargazers,

For all those who are adventure enthusiasts,

And

For all those who love nightlife…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 14th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘O’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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M – Malls Of Dubai | #AtoZChallenge

M – Malls of Dubai | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Dubai is famous for many of the World’s ‘largest’ and ‘biggest’ things and is equally rated as one of the top shopping destinations in the world. With modern cosmopolitan global cities, shopping and malls go hand in hand, which makes Dubai home to many of the world’s largest malls. In total, it has more than 40 places that qualify as shopping malls.

Dubai Mall

It is the second-largest mall in the world by total land area and is one of the world’s most visited shopping and entertainment destinations that welcome in excess of 100 mn visitors in a year. It is a part of the Downtown Dubai area with more than 1000 retail outlets. Some of the biggest names include; Topshop and Zara, and department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Galeries Lafayette.

Inside of Dubai Mall

It is also home to some of the major attractions in Dubai – like the entrance to Burj Khalifa, The Underwater aquarium and zoo, Dubai Ice Rink, Kidzania, Reel Cinemas with 22 screens, VR Park Dubai, Rain Forest Café, Hysteria, Dubai Fountain and Souk Al Bahar.

It has connectivity with the metro through the Dubai Mall metro station.

Mall of the Emirates

Mall of the Emirates or MOE as it is famous in Dubai is another huge shopping mall in UAE. There has always been a debate about which among the both has a bigger shopping space. MOE is the place where you can find snow in the middle of the desert – Ski Dubai is a fun and adventure place for everyone especially kids.

With more than 600 retail outlets and 100 restuarants, it is one of the leading shopping destinations in Dubai. Some of the major attractions include – Magic Planet – one of the largest indoor family entertainment centers in Dubai, Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Vox cinemas with 14 screens. The famous restaurants are Tribes, Salero Tapas and Bodega and The Cheesecake Factory.

One can take a metro ride to reach the MOE.

Ibn Battuta Mall

Ibn Battuta is the world’s largest themed shopping mall and is named after the famous 14th-century explorer with the same name. In a way, this mall is a tribute to the travels of Ibn Battuta. There are six major courts whose designs are inspired by the regions he traveled – Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China.

It is one of those malls that you can visit even if you are in no mood to shop. For travellers, it is a must and is my personal favorite because of the amazing detailed interiors of each court. You can find plenty of backgrounds to get clicked. It is also home to Dubai’s only Imax along with 21 other screens.

It is situated at the end of Dubai towards Abu Dhabi and has good metro connectivity.

Festival City Mall

Festival city mall is situated on the banks of the iconic Dubai Creek and it is one of the largest malls in Dubai. Just like Ibn Battuta Mall one can travel to the Festival City Mall for entertainment and leisure. There is an amazing fire and light show that takes place on the waterfront after the sunset. One can also enjoy the show from any one of the restaurants that silver line the waterfront.

The Festival city area is like a ‘City-within-a-city’ and you can find Dubai’s only IKEA there. Don’t miss Ikea’s sumptuous breakfast at a reasonable cost. The mall has the largest Aldo store on the planet and the only Mint Velvet outside the UK. The rock lovers can head straight up to Hard Rock Café – the only in UAE.

It is not connected via metro, hence a taxi is a best-preferred option.

Wafi Mall

Wafi Mall is another themed mall in the heart of the city and its styles are based on Ancient Egypt where you will find architecture reminiscent of Karnak, small pyramids, and images of pharaohs. It is a quieter mall compared to other malls in terms of foot-fall and makes it a perfect place if you are heading for a meeting over a coffee.

It also an immersive light and laser show in the evening depicting the era of pyramids. The place also has some of the best restaurant options in the whole of Dubai. Khan Murjan, an underground souk is famous for Arabic souvenirs.

Dubai Outlet Mall

As the name suggests, you will find factory outlets of all the major brands here. During my stay, I would regularly pay a visit to it to grab on some amazing offers which may range from 30% to 90%. It is a shoppers’ paradise with the location being its only drawback. It is located on the Al Ain Road and would take roughly around 30 min from the city to reach.

Make sure you visit on Mondays as they have extra offers on them. No direct connectivity with metro.

Mercato Mall

Mercato mall is a themed mall whose architecture takes you to the Italian Renaissance era. This mall is famous for its eateries and bakeries like Cakery Epicerie by Stephane Glacier and Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar for the city’s creamiest hot chocolate

Burjuman Centre

It has a long history and has the best location of all the malls – right in the heart of Bur Dubai. It has great metro connectivity with both the metro lines and you will find a taxi at any point of the day. Close to some of the main office locations it is the best place for a quick lunch getaway.

If you are staying in JLT, JBR and Dubai Marina then Dubai Marina Mall is the answer to all your shopping needs. Similarly, if you living near Mirdif and Deira then you can head to the Mirdif City Centre and Deira City Centre respectively.

Some of the other famous malls are DragonMart in International City, The Village Mall, The Beach and the famous City Walk.

Tips:

When going for a movie try for the smaller malls, as the chances of getting tickets are high there.

Do check out the location of malls as you may find one just next to you as there are so many of them.

Parking can be a huge issue on the weekend. Always note your location and drop the SMS for parking.

Carry a water bottle.

If you love shopping…then you will love Dubai…and its Malls.

For all those who love shopping,

For all those great at bargaining,

For all those who like discounts,

And

For all those who are always found in Malls…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 13th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘N’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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L – Limo & Yacht Ride | #AtoZChallenge

L – Limo & Yacht Trip | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

I am a fan of WWE since childhood. Every week I would see Vince McMahon and the Rock arrive into the arena in a long…really long car. I guess back then I didn’t even know what it was called. The car was a Limousine and would catch the fancy of every kid. Well during my stay in Dubai I got the awesome opportunity to experience it myself.

The Limousine

We were about 12 of us – since the cost of arranging a limousine followed by a yacht trip was really high. We were studying and yet not earning it was best to keep the cost practicable for everyone.

The limousine ride followed by the yacht ride is perfect for everyone – whether you are travelling in a group or whether you reside in Dubai or whether you want to take your partner out for a romantic intimate evening.

The limousine will pick you up from your place and take you around a complete tour of Dubai for about a couple of hours and would then take you to the Dubai Marina Yacht Club before finally dropping you off at your pick up point. It will take you to major landmarks including Palm Jumeirah, the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab, Dubai Marina, and more.

Inside the Limo

We all got dressed up and were looking really sharp in our suits. The inside of the limousine was surreal. You will not make it from outside, but once inside it truly feels never ending with really luxurious leather seats. Interiors had neon lights with some hip-hop soundtrack playing in the background. The chauffeur compartment was separated by a partition and there were flashy lights to accompany on that wall.

The LED-lit disco-style floor, tinted windows and upward opening rear doors added to the class and style. Refreshments and soft drinks were included in the package and were served inside the limo. We celebrated and clicked snaps while the limo zipped across the streets of Dubai and after about a couple of hours we reached the Dubai Marina Yacht Club.

Those who are travelling in smaller groups can also book it on a shared basis.

Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a 3.5 km stretch of the Persian Gulf shoreline. The Yacht cruises through towering high-rises, awe-inspiring structures and the glistening marina water.

At the Yacht Club, there was a yacht already waiting for us. We boarded our designated yacht that took us around the Marina for another two hours.

It was a super luxurious yacht, the kind of which you only see in movies. We clicked endless snaps in the overwhelming background. It will take you to the point where Marina merges with the Persian Gulf and takes you back. The interiors were elegantly done and appeared comfortable but we chose to remain outside for most of the time. There were complimentary food and refreshments, along with a live barbeque. You can carry your own food and drinks as well.

There will be enough safety gears like lifejackets and will be provided to you once onboard. Be careful while walking towards the deck as the railings are small and take extra precautions if kids are accompanying you.

The most suitable time to go for the yacht ride is when you can catch the sunset too. Since we were doing the limo ride first we skipped the sunset part and straightaway headed to the party part of it.

The best possible way to enjoy and soak in the opulence of Dubai and that too at manageable cost is the Limousine and the Yacht experience. All you need to do is dress up nicely and show up!

For all those who are a fan of WWE,

For all those who love cars,

For all those who love yachts,

And

For all those who love the limousines…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 12th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit on Monday for the next post with the letter ‘M’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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K – Kite & Kids | #AtoZChallenge

K – Kite & Kids

Dubai is famous for its sandy beaches and mesmerizing skyscrapers. Dubai is also famous for its endless theme parks and multiple attractions for kids. I have previously discussed many of the adventure lands; this post will highlight other kids friendly places where they can have a joyous time.

Kite Beach

Yesterday we discussed extensively the Jumeirah district, well Kite beach is an extension of the Jumeirah beach itself. It is situated between the Jumeirah beach and the Jumeirah public beach. One look at kite beach and you will know it is all about kids.

It has a Skate Park, outdoor trampolines, an adventure gym and a dedicated play area for the little ones. Kite beach also offers multiple activities like wakeboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. Its pristine stretch of white sand and a 14 km joggers track is a perfect place for you to enjoy with your kids.

Dubai Dolphinarium

If you are looking for a location to take your kids to, Dubai Dolphinarium is a must visit. It is a 5000 sq mt dolphinarium that is home to bottlenose dolphins and fur seals who are the real stars of the show. They will perform all sorts of fun activities including dancing, singing, jump through hoops, ball play and they will even paint. I found the host of the show very interactive and engaging with the audience.

You can also get up-close and personal with the Dolphins and seals and get yourself clicked while playing and swimming with them. This, of course, comes at an extra cost. Watch out for the splash of water if you are occupying the front rows.

You can also watch a bird show which showcases about 20 exquisite rare species from across the globe. The huge Brazilian eagle is the showstopper of the show.

Open Hours: Monday to Saturday – 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sunday – Closed.

Dubai Glow Gardens

If you want to teach your kids and make them aware of the environment, then this is the place to be in. There is a special edutainment zone where kids can have interactive fun. Their tagline is ‘It’s a wonderful world’ and it literally transports you through many wonders of the world through its 10 dedicated zones – Ice Park, Dinosaur Park, Art Park, Glow Park, Flower wally, Colorful World, Happiness Street, My Dubai, Glowing Safari and Happy Forest.

Timing: Daily, 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Tickets – 65 AED.

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Bounce Dubai

It is the biggest indoor trampoline park in Dubai with more than 100 interconnected trampolines. It is a popular adventure destination for kids, athletes, and the general public alike. They are certainly living up to their mission of ‘inspire movement, creative expression and human connection’. Take your kids to this wonderful location and watch them bounce with excitement.

Kidzania

Remember how we used to do role-plays of doctors, firemen, and a police officer when we were kids, KidZania is exactly that. It is an activity-packed interactive indoor city where kids learn and grow while playing and having fun. There are more than 80 role-plays on offer. It is situated inside the Dubai Mall.

Ice Rink

While you are still inside the Dubai Mall there is another attraction that the kids will love. The adults too become kids for a day, when they try their hands at ice-skating at this Olympic sized ice-rink. It recently launched a full coaching program that teaches basics as well as advanced skating techniques. There is a dancing session with disco lights and tunes, which the older kids will definitely enjoy.

LegoLand Dubai

Playing with Legos is one of the cherished memories of every child. Legoland is an adventure theme park, brought to you by the most popular toy manufacturers in the world, which takes you in the world of Legos. There are over 40 thrilling rides including Lego Factory, Lego City, Lego Kingdoms, Lego Miniland, and Lego Technic Twisters. It is a part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, where you can also visit Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Park.

Timings: Operates daily from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Tickets: Starts at 145 to 285 AED

Ski Dubai

Snow in the middle of the desert? Don’t worry! Dubai has it covered. Located in the Mall of the Emirates, it is spread over a 3,000 square meter area and with temperatures being maintained -2° C – it is covered in snow all the year round. One can enjoy a plethora of chilling activities like snowboarding, tobogganing, skiing and watch penguins.

Note: kids below the age of 3 years are not allowed to visit Ski Dubai.

Jumble – the Urban Maze

It is the world’s first urban indoor maze where kids over the age of 12 can visit and tickle their brains by solving brainteasers. It not only tests your mental skills but physical skills as well. It elevates the concept of escape rooms that are spread over 3,500 sqm space, with twists and turns.

Tickets start from 175 AED and the maze is open daily.

Multiple Parks and waterparks

There are various public parks spread all across Dubai where the entire family can go and have a fun-filled picnic. There are multiple waterparks also in Dubai that will be discussed at length in the subsequent posts.

For all those who love kites,

For all those who love parks,

For all those who like snow,

And

For all those who love kids…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 11th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘L’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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J – Jumeirah | #AtoZChallenge

J – Jumeirah | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Jumeirah is one word that you will come across the most, after Sheikh Zayed, when in Dubai. Many believe that the word means ‘beautiful’ and some believe it means ‘Gift of God’, though it doesn’t have an official definition. But one look at the Jumeirah district in Dubai and you will believe in both the meanings.

Jumeirah is a residential coastal area of Dubai, which mainly comprises of western expats and local Emirati population. It offers both kinds of dwellings; the extremely expensive ones and some moderate ones for the middle class. The area is particularly famous for its serene sandy beaches, amazing cafes and restaurants, expensive shopping options and beautiful modern walks.

History

We have archaeological shreds of evidence that suggest there was inhabitation in the area around 10 BC during the Abbasid era. At the beginning of the 20th century, it was a small village where people were mostly fishermen, pearl divers and traders. During the 1960s it started getting populated with western expats and the present day Jumairah beach was then known as Chicago beach.

Some of the main attractions of Jumeirah are:

Jumeirah Beach

Named after the district, Jumeirah Beach is a white sand beach that is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The beach and its surroundings are home to expensive hotel chains and resorts, housings and shopping malls and complexes. The most famous being Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel. It is mostly crowded by the expats.

Jumeirah Public Beach

While the Jumeirah beach might have restricted use, moving ahead to the north of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, you will the Jumeirah Public Beach, which is always open for the general public. It is also known as sunset beach and it is the perfect place to take capture the perfect sunset with Burj Al Arab in the backdrop.

I remember during my stay in Dubai, I would spend the entire night there as it is open for night swimming as well, and return after having breakfast in the nearby 24 hours McDonald’s.

Burj Al Arab

It is the second most iconic structure in Dubai after Burj Khalifa. No picture of Dubai is complete without Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab. It is considered the world’s most luxurious hotel and often described as ‘the world’s only seven-star hotel’ but is actually a five-star hotel, the highest official ranking. The hotel has a dedicated helipad as well whether the famous Nadal-Federer match took place on its inauguration. It is the fifth tallest hotel in the world and a single night stay starts from AED 6000 and can cost up to AED 50000. Yeah go ahead and sell one of your kidneys!

One can pay a visit to the opulent lobby but if you want to go past the lobby and you aren’t staying at the hotel then you need a confirmed reservation at their SkyView Bar, which might not be that cheap. The cocktails start at AED 370 only.

Madinat Jumeirah

Madinat Jumeirah is famous for its superlative resort, its traditional Arab resembling souks and palm-fringed waterways. It resembles an old Arab Village with the interiors reminding you of that era. The resort is the largest in Dubai. Even if you aren’t shopping you will particularly enjoy walking in the maze-like streets of the souk – with various retail outlets and over 50 restaurants and bars. It is just next to the Jumeirah beach hotel, Burj Al Arab and Wild Wadi Water Park.

Jumeirah Mosque

The desert colored Fatimid styled Mosque is one of the most famous and beautiful mosques in Dubai. It is rare in the sense that it is open for non-Muslim as well – under the ‘Open Door Open Minds’ program of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU). You can understand the Emirati culture in a one-hour guided tour of the mosque. Don’t forget to try that free pastry at the end of the tour.

Etihad Museum

Eithad is the Arabic word for ‘Union’. The Etihad museum, opened in 2017, takes you through the journey of formation of the UAE. It is connected to the iconic Union House, where the treaty for the formation of the federation was signed, through a white travertine plaza. The building is a contemporary elegant design that showcases the heritage of the UAE through Documentary films, photographs, artifacts, timelines and interactive displays.

City Walk

It is the modern concept of a shopping mall, where an array of shopping outlets are placed on both sides of a walk including restaurants, bar and adventure zones. It is an outdoor complex with tree line esplanade and a central fountain. There is a 10-screen cinema complex along with family fun options like Hub Zero and Green Planet.

Green Planet:

Dubai is done with creating islands, tallest building, a ski dome in the middle of the desert – they are now playing with affluence. To add to this list they have now created a tropical rain forest, a bio-dome, that houses more than 3000 species of flora and fauna. It is like taking a walk in the Amazon with the world’s largest artificial tree cover.

Hub Zero

It is an indoor theme park, which is a gamers’ paradise. It has interactive gaming zones with climbing zones, rides and virtual reality. This place beautiful highlights what the future of VR is going to be in gaming. There are about 18 attractions, including a head-spinning VR experience, 3D dark rides, and 4D cinema.

La Mer

La Mer is another destination similar to the City Walk, where the walk is replaced by an exquisite beachfront. Opened in 2018, it’s free to sunbathe or roam the complex and an inflatable playground for Kids.

Eateries and Cafes

Jumeirah is the home for a range of finest dining places. You can find Dubai’s only Buffalo Wild Wings outlet here. Some of the other amazing options include; Bahri Bar, Logma, BuQtair, Lima Dubai, Moshi, Al Fanar and Lime Tree Café.

Jumeirah is the perfect place to live in Dubai with its seamless mix of modernity with heritage. Whether it’s the Jumeirah Archaeological site or Wild Wadi waterpark or the modern La Mer or the City Walk – everything will leave you entranced every time you visit.

For all those who live in Dubai,

For all those who walked at the City Walk,

For all those who sunbathed at the Jumeirah Beach,

And

For all those who love the Jumeirah…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 10th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘K’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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G – Global Village | #AtoZChallenge

G – Global Village | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Global Village, as the name suggests, is an extravagant cultural, entertainment, family and shopping destination. It is a first of its kind in the region and claims to be the world’s largest tourism, leisure, shopping, and entertainment project.

The Global Village is truly global in nature as it features 30 pavilions that showcase more than 90 countries through 35,000+ shopping outlets from across the globe. It covers a massive area of 17,200,000 sq ft (1,600,000 m2), which attracts more than 5 million visitors every year. To give you an idea of the size of the village, they have about 18300 parking spots.

It is like a festival or carnival celebrating the best of culture from countries of the world when you embark on the journey through a group of pavilions. It offers unique international cuisine and breathtaking entertainment experiences across a wide range of entertaining games and interesting tours.

To give you a perspective, in the Indian context, it is like the India International Trade Fair, which usually is organized at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi, where we have pavilions and stalls from different states and division of India.

Currently, in its 23rd season, it usually begins around late October or early November and lasts till next April.

Global Village consists of fours sections namely, Events and Concerts, Carnaval, Dining and Shopping. The Carnaval features more than 60 exhilarating rides and games that can be enjoyed with the entire family. This year the event is set to host over a whopping 13,000 entertainment and cultural shows.

History

Global Village started out in the form of a number of small stalls in 1996 located on the Creek Side opposite to Dubai Municipality before being shifted to the Oud Metha Area near Wafi City for 5 years. Since then it has been its is current location and you need to take the exit 37 on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road.

Every year they come up with new attractions, shows and concerts – hence it is always great to visit once every year for the locals.

Pavilions

The pavilions are divided into six main regions.

  • MENA: The major pavilions under it are – UAE Pavilion, KSA Pavilion, Iraq Pavilion, Yemen Pavilion, Lebanon Pavilion, Syria Pavilion, Bahrain Pavilion, Oman Pavilion, Iran Pavilion, Kuwait Pavilion, Khalifa Foundation Pavilion, Al Sanaa Pavilion, Jordan Pavilion.
  • The Far East pavilion features Japan, South Korea, Indonesia and Philippines.
  • Europe Pavilions: Turkey Pavilion, Russia Pavilion, Europe Pavilion, Bosnia and Balkans Pavilion.
  • The African pavilion represents around 15 countries, including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Ghana, Ethiopia, Mauritania, Angola, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Rwanda, Madagascar, Namibia, South Africa and Nigeria.
  • The Americas Pavilion represents 48 countries in North and South America.
  • The South Aisa Pavilion highlights experiences from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

Must buy

This is the best place to buy some souvenirs, artifacts and handicrafts, as it is practically not feasible to visit these many countries.

  • Yemen: The Yemeni honey is considered the best in the world.
  • Iran: The best place to pick up dry fruits from including saffron.
  • Morocco: Argan Oil.
  • India: Antiques like wooden chests and glass work furniture.
  • Africa: Handicrafts, Coffee, Shea Butter & African Black soap.
  • Turkey: Rose perfume, Coffee and Turkish delight. Do try their street food.

Food and Restaurants

There are a plethora of street food options – Every nook and corner would have one. The roasted chestnuts and dynamite shrimps are a must try.

There are 23+ restaurants serving you most of the cuisines. For Indians, there is ‘Grand Barbeque’ and ‘Punjabi Village’, which was getting covered by National Geographic the day I visited.

Timings and Tickets:

  • From 30th October 2018 until 13th April 2019:
  • From Saturday to Wednesday from 4:00pm – 12:00am (entry gates close at 11:30pm)
  • Thursday, Friday and Public Holidays from 4:00pm – 1:00am (entry gates close at 12:30am)
  • Mondays are dedicated to Families and Ladies only.

Entrance: There are 2 main entry gates to Global Village Dubai – Gate of the World and Cultural Gate.

Entry Tickets: AED 15 per person per day. Children under 3, People of determination with one companion and seniors above 65 years old are given free entry to the village.

You can also go for a VIP ticket that includes car passes, entry tickets, VIP parking tickets, restaurant vouchers, circus cards and much more.

Getting There

There is no direct metro connectivity but the RTA provides the public with 4 bus routes to Global Village:

  • Bus no. (102) starts from Rashidiya Metro Station.
  • Bus no. (103) starts from Ittihad Station and will pass by Baniyas Street, Al Rebat Street, and Nad Al Hamar.
  • Bus no. (104) starts from Al Ghubaiba Station and will pass by Sheikh Rashid Street, Al Jafiliya Metro Station, 2nd Za’Abeel Street and Dubai-AlAin Street.
  • Bus no. (106) starts from Mall of the Emirates Metro Station.

The service runs from 3:15pm until 11:15pm, with 30 minutes of travel time.

Note and Tips

Get hold of a Global Village Dubai Map as soon as you enter, it makes it easier for you to plan which pavilions you want to visit.

It’s a huge place so if you are traveling with family, try to stick together.

It would be really smart if you could take a picture of the parking spot, as it might be really chaotic to find it while returning.

Global Village is the perfect and unique family destination whether you are traveling to Dubai for a holiday or settled in the region. Don’t miss it.

For all those who love family destinations,

For all those who love to try new food,

For all those who love rides,

And

For all those who love the Global Village…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 7th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold

Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘H’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.

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F – Ferrari World | #AtoZChallenge

F – Ferrari World | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

Any trip to Dubai is incomplete without paying a visit to the iconic Ferrari World on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It is one of the world’s largest indoor amusement parks and just lost the title of being the largest after the opening of Dubai’s IMG Worlds of Adventure. It still holds the record for the largest space frame structure ever built.

It is the first Ferrari-branded theme park and has won many awards over the years. It was named the ‘Middle East’s Leading Tourist Attraction’ on several occasions. Personally, I would not categorize it as an amusement park. It is far more thrilling than that.

Just to give you a perspective, it is like a Disneyland with faster and crazier exhilarating rides. It is about a 60 min drive from Dubai and serves as one of the best weekend getaways for the entire family. There is something for everyone here. It is also home to the world’s fastest roller coaster – the Formula Rossa.

Formula Rossa

To this day I will never forget those first three seconds of the ride. It is the world’s fastest roller coaster for a reason – it goes from 0 to 240 km/h in only 4.9 sec. I was sitting in the front row and was handed a pair of big transparent glasses to cover my eyes from any injuries. I still remember, funnily, the glasses came off with the extreme force of wind within the first three seconds. It was so fast that I couldn’t hear even my own scream and no breathe will leave your lungs.

Just imagine what the F1 racers feel when we can’t survive it for about 30 odd secs. Once you have paid for the ticket at the entrance you can go for any ride any number of times.

For other ‘Speed’ experiences you can head on to:

Scuderia Challenge

It is a timed challenge and gives you a feel of exactly how a Ferrari F1 driver feels. It is a simulator experience, hence arrive early to sign up and enjoy the fun.

Karting Academy

It is an amazing 290 m long track where you can test your racing skills. It is the region’s first electric go-kart circuit and this one is also a timed attraction.

Flying Aces

Inspired by the legendary ‘ace of aces’ aviator, Count Baracca, it is world’s highest rollercoaster loop at 63 m height and at 51-degree incline and reaches up to stirring speeds of up to 120 km/h.

Fiorano GT Challenge

If you are traveling with friends and want to challenge them in a race, this is the one to do it in. The circuit is swirling parallel tracks in a Ferrari F430 Spider based on real GT courses and speeds can reach up to 95km/h.

Turbo Track

If you love zero gravity falls then this one is surely for you. It is a back-to-back rollercoaster with a vertical climb that launches guests through the roof into the sky and back down in reverse.

If you are traveling with kids, don’t worry there is plenty to try out at the Ferrari World.

Attractions for Kids

You can head to the racing slides of Nello’s Adventureland to begin with. The RC Challenge is the perfect test for their fingers where they can navigate the remote-controlled boats and cars. Khalil’s Car Wash is an interactive obstacle course where they can climb the grandstand, slide down the carwash, and grab those remote control Ferraris and pedal cars.

You can definitely try out Junior GT, Junior Training Camp, Junior Grand Prix and Bell’ Italia for exciting offerings for kids.

Attractions for the whole Family

If you want to have fun with the entire family there are multiple options for that too.

In Tyre Twist the entire family can sit in a giant F1 tire and slide and collide with others. If you want to experience what it is like to do a pit stop try the ‘Tyre Changing Experience’. The ‘Speed of Magic’ is a 4D-simulated universe where you dive into oceans, fly over cliffs and venture into ice caves – watch out for that splash of water.

Some of the other family attractions include; Motor Midway Games, Made in Maranello, Galleria Ferrari, Driving with the Champions, Benno’s Great Race and Viaggio in Italia.

You can enjoy multiple shows and performances that happen at different places inside the park. There are multiple shopping and dining options also available that are catering to different requirements.

Tickets

Everything comes at a price and so does the adrenaline-charged experience of Ferrari World. There are basically three options.

Single day ticket: Starts from AED 295 – gives complete access with all the rides for a single visit.

1 Day – 2 Parks: Starts from AED 395 – there are other amusement parks in Yas Island, one can choose any other park along with Ferrari World on the same day.

2 Day – 2 Parks: Starts at AED 435.

If you can afford, it is always advisable to buy the VIP or quick access tickets to avoid waiting in the queues.

Note: Try booking the tickets online in advance – they have decent discount options available.

The Park is operational from 11am to 8pm. Anybody traveling from April to June – Formula Rossa will be closed from 28 April 2019 to 2 June 2019.

How to Reach

If you aren’t driving on your own or taking a taxi there are other options available that are free of cost from Dubai. You can catch a Free Shuttle Bus from any one of the locations to Yas Island – Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Deira City Center. Check the website for timings.

Go and have fun with the entire family and take back memories of a lifetime.

For all those who like an adrenaline rush,

For all those who enjoy rollercoasters,

For all those who love the Formula Rossa,

And

For all those who love the Ferrari World…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 6th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.

F – Ferrari World

Read the Previous post here:

A – Arrival in Dubai

B – Burj Khalifa

C – CREEK – The Heart of Dubai

D – Desert Safari

E – Emirates of UAE

Please do visit on Monday for the next post with letter ‘G’

I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’. If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback.