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T – Things Nobody Tells You About Dubai | #AtoZChallenge

T – Things Nobody tells you about Dubai | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

By now, through the previous 19 posts, we have discussed where to shop, which restaurants to visit, which malls to go to and some of the major attractions to cover in Dubai. Today I am going to highlight some of the things, for which not much is written or spoken about but people look for.

Alcohol places

Everybody who travels to Dubai keeps asking me about the places they can consume liquor. Well, there are a plethora of options where you can get a drink but I will tell you a couple of places where you are going to get at the best prices in town along with complimentary food. If you are around Al Karama, head to President Hotel, just beside it there is a small place by the name of ‘The Cowboys’. Till today it is my favorite place to head to for a round of beer and a game of pool.

Another place, where you are sure you to find some offers in their happy hours, is in Ambassador Hotel – George and Dragon bar in their ground floor has good music, decent food and some really cheap cocktail and beer options. If you are into live music then head to the Ramee Royal Hotel in Karama – The Times Café is a huge sports bar where you will find great music with some wonderful deals on liquor.

Sheesha Places

The Arabic world is also famous for its ‘Sheeshas’ that forms a part of their traditional heritage. A sheesha place is not far away in Dubai and you can always locate one in your vicinity. Though my personal favorite is ‘Koyla Lounge’ in Al Karama for their amazing ‘hookahs’ and ‘sheeshas’ and affordable food with great music. QD’s is another favorite hotspot – enjoy the sheesha sitting alongside the creek.

Dance bars

Being touted as the sin city of the Middle East many people travel with the expectation of finding places like in Vegas or Amsterdam. If yes, then you will be highly disappointed; Dubai doesn’t have any strip clubs.

Almost all the major hotels have dance bars in Dubai. Don’t get confused with the dance bars that you might find in India. These are sophisticated places where you occupy a table and watch dancing moves from a distance. You will find a lot of women in the audience as well. It is compulsory for you to order something. Some of the best places include Antakshari in President Hotel in Al Karama and one in Ambassador hotel in Bur Dubai. Make sure you don’t make anyone uncomfortable with your gestures.

Massage Parlors

Massage parlors are like pan shops in India. Sometimes I feel it is difficult to get water in some places but a massage parlor is only a throw-away. If you like to pamper yourself, do try their Moroccan bath – that’s quite famous.

VOIP access is limited

If you are traveling to Dubai, make sure your international roaming is activated otherwise calling through Whatsapp and Skype won’t work. There are other proxy apps that might work but the reception would be patchy and would invariably require an Internet connection.

Lost and Found

If by any chance you forget or lose a valuable thing or some cash, be assured most of the time you will find it back.

Gold ATM

You can even buy gold directly from an ATM in the Dubai Mall. Amazing, isn’t it! The prices are updated every 10 min and are in sync with the current market prices and all you have to do is swipe your card and a gold bar will pop out.

Precautions while driving

Apart from following traffic rules, one has to be very attentive and aware while driving about the road exits because if you miss one it might take you another 20 min to find another. The roads can get really confusing sometimes.

Carry warm clothing

Wherever you traveling to and in any climate, it is advisable to carry warm clothing or a jacket with you. Although you will be in the desert every place in Dubai is air-conditioned and you might find the temperatures in malls and offices freezing.

Avoid altercation

I know I should not bring this out, but if for some reasons you get into an altercation with an Arab, the police might appear to be soft on them. Suck up your pride and move on – the Best thing is minding your own business. Please follow the rules.

Spot a Tiger

In most of the countries, it is very common for someone to see a dog peeping out of a car window, well Dubai is known for its tigers. Don’t be surprised or shocked if you find a tiger staring at you at a traffic light. That’s completely normal.

Road closures

Road closures are quite normal for maintenance work in Dubai. Don’t get too attached to a particular route and always learn alternative options because you will definitely come across a couple of road closures very frequently.

Meeting the Sheikh

If spotting a tiger was surprising for you, imagine what if you are crossing the road along with Sheikh Mohammad. He lives a normal life and it’s not uncommon to find him traveling via metro, simply using a zebra crossing, standing right behind you in a mall queue. In our part of the world where the VVIP culture is predominant, he sets some exemplary standards.

With Dubai, all I can say is always be prepared to be shocked, awed, surprised and be ready for unpredictability in all sense.

For all those who were looking for alcohol places,

For all those who love sheeshas,

For all those who love to pamper themselves,

And

For all those who wanted to know things, nobody tells about…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 20th 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 ‘U’

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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O – Opera & Other Places | #AtoZChallenge

O – Opera & Other Places | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

An opera is a theatre form in which music plays the leading part but it is not a musical play. It originated in Italy around the 16th century and forms a base for western classical music. It is usually a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and is performed in an Opera house.

A western classical opera is the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Dubai but keeping in sync with their motto where they have something for everyone it has an opera theatre, ‘the Dubai Opera.’

Dubai Opera

It is also situated in Downtown Dubai in the Opera district. It is the perfect blend of culture and art and truly showcases Dubai as a cosmopolitan hub. It is an excellent 2000-seat, a multi-format theatre that has an overwhelming collection of world-class abilities. The outside of it is designed to resemble a ‘Dhow’. Imagine opera in a dhow – that’s Dubai for you.

The theatre space is appropriate for large-scale drama productions, musicals, ballets, lectures, conferences and live entertainment options. There is an amazing rooftop restaurant, The Loft, and sky garden with The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa in the backdrop. This is one of the best places to go out at night.

Timings: 10:00AM – 9:00PM

Price: AED: 50 to 550

There are other places of importance and of great interest to travelers. I would like to highlight them in this post before I miss them for this theme. Sadly there is only one ‘D’ in the alphabets and most of the locations in Dubai start with ‘D’. Some of them require a full post and would be taken up in detail after the #A2ZChallenge is over.

Dubai Miracle Garden

This is one of my favorite places to visit in Dubai. With a sea of colorful flowers and the aromatic breeze, this is a must visit for nature lovers, if you traveling during winters. When it is at its peak, there are more than 150 million flowers on display, which are used to create specific designs and colorful patterns.

You won’t be surprised when I say that it is the world’s largest natural flower garden. It opens from November till the end of April. Every year they come up with new structures that make it a must-visit every season.

Timings: 9am – 9pm Sunday to Thursday, 9am -11pm – Friday and Saturday

Tickets: Adult (12 years old above): 50AED, Children (12 years old and below): 40AED

Dubai Butterfly Garden

Though it is in the same complex of Miracle Garden it has a separate entrance and requires another ticket. By now you would be getting used to every time I mention that this is the world’s largest and biggest – It is the world’s largest and region’s first indoor butterfly garden featuring 15,000 butterflies of around 26 kinds.

I visited along with my father and sister and with so many butterflies fluttering around we ourselves became kids. Through its ten domes, it gives an opportunity to learn how butterflies evolve through each stage.

Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM

Tickets: Adults and Children (2 years and above): 55AED

Bollywood Parks

If you are a Bollywood lover and an adventure enthusiast then Bollywood Park would surely be fun for you. It is the world’s very first Bollywood themed park and has everything from rides, cafes, zones, stage performances, live entertainment based on Bollywood.

Bollywood is really popular in Dubai and our biggest stars are their biggest stars too. With 12 rides and 5 themed zones, it will keep you well entertained for the entire day. It is in the same complex as Dubai Parks and Resorts, where Legoland and Motiongate are.

They have separate winter and summer timings – Do check before going there.

Tickets: 99 AED onwards.

Inside of Dubai Gurudwara

Guru Nanak Darbar

It is the region’s biggest Gurudwara and is visited by people of all faiths. It is located near the Ibn Battuta Mall. It also holds a couple of Guinness records – Through “Breakfast for Diversity” it served around 600 people from 101 nationalities, the largest gathering of such kind. They also attempted to break the record for World’s largest distribution of saplings. It serves free food, ‘Langar’ to about 5000 people daily.

Timings: 04:30 AM till 09:30 PM

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club

For all the rich people visiting Dubai for leisure and have lots of free time, then you will definitely have a wonderful time at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. If you want to pamper yourself head directly to it. The things that you can enjoy at the club are – Gym, swimming pool, Zumba, yoga, horse riding, spa, etc. Dine world-class cuisines at – Palermo, Epona, Ippos, and the Splash Pool Bar.

Timings: 6:00AM – 12:AM

Tickets: AED 1620 onwards

When Papa posed like me 😀

Alserkal Avenue

An art and culture district made out of warehouses – yeah you read it right. The avenue was an area of industrial warehouses that have been converted into a wide array of galleries, facilities and platforms known as the Alserkal Avenue.

With 60 art houses, design and creative venues it was gathering the region’s artists. The best part is entry is free of cost.

Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Friday closed)

Dubai Clocktower

The Clocktower is one of the most popular landmarks in the city, though it is not of architectural importance. It is a roundabout that is believed to be constructed by the people in Dubai lived during the 1960s. Its design resembles that of a clock and as the Telegraph newspaper once reported, Dubai Clock Tower is the prime attraction in Dubai and one of the 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world.

Hope you are enjoying this journey across the City of Gold with the Joker. If you want me to cover something in particular – Do highlight!

Come back tomorrow for more.

For all those who love opera,

For all those who enjoy theatre,

For all those who love flowers,

And

For all those who flutter like butterflies…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 15th 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 ‘P’

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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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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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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I – IMG Worlds of Adventure | #AtoZChallenge

I – IMG Words of Adventure | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z

A couple of days back, it was adventure coupled with fast rides at Ferrari world, then we headed to adventure in nature at Hatta. Today I will take you to a place where it is escapade of a new kind. It is an adventure with cartoon and Marvel characters. If you have been to this place you would have guessed it by now. I am talking about the ‘IMG World of Adventure.’

IMG World of Adventure is an indoor amusement park and is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination. It is the world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor themed entertainment destination, with an area in excess of 1.5 million square feet, which welcomes more than 20,000 guests a day.

The park is divided into five ‘epic zones’. Two of the five zones represent global brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones are original concepts created by the IMG Group. Novo Cinema is the fifth section of IMG Worlds of Adventure, which has a 12 – screen Novo Cinema complex.

The adventure world includes rollercoasters; thrill rides, and other attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic Marvel Super Heroes and animatronic dinosaurs along with a wide variety of themed retail stores and dining venues.

Adventure Zones

Marvel

The main rides and attractions are:

Avengers Battle of Ultron – Join the avengers team as they take on the evil villain Ultron.

Hulk Epsilon Base 3D – One-of-a-kind, state-of-the-art stereoscopic cinema dome to see Marvel’s Hulk, the Incredible Avenger, in stunning 3D in an immersive 360-degree experience.

Spider-Man Doc Ock’s Revenge – Battle Spider-Man’s nemesis Doctor Octopus in a ride you won’t want to end.

Thor Thunder Spin – You will be pinned to your seat by the laws of gravity as Marvel’s Thor, attempts to rescue you from the clutches of Loki.

Avengers Flight of the Quinjets – you will own a two-seat Quinjet and take flight with other Quinjets in a fun race.

Dining options include – Tony’s Skydeck, Chang’s Golden Dragon, Mama Scano’s Of Yancy Street and Downtown Shawarma.

There are multiple retail options to suit your shopping needs – Marvel universe, Empire News and Comics, Avengers Exchange, Epsilon Command, Daily Bugle Company Store and Marvel Vault.

The Lost Valley

Main attractions:

The Velociraptor – It is a rollercoaster through the prehistoric jungles. Not for the faint-hearted.

Forbidden Territory – A fun ride through time, where you can witness some of the most amazing and terrifying creatures.

Predator – Another rollercoaster with exhilarating loops and rolls.

Dino Carousel – It’s a dino-themed merry-go-round. Perfect fun for kids.

Adventure Fortress – its an adventure playground that includes ladders, tunnels, slides, bridges, nets and climbing challenges.

You want to experience what it was dining with the dinosaurs – Try these restaurants – Spice Valley, Carnivore Hut brought to you by Wingstop (America’s Number 1 Chicken Wing concept) and 360 Express.

Wanna take a dinosaur’s egg or a printed T-shirt as a souvenir – shop at these retail outlets – The Explorer’s Supply and Raptor Outpost.

Cartoon Network

The Zone is based on cartoon characters from Cartoon Network. It contains the world’s first 5D Ben 10 cinema and the largest Ben 10 store in the world.

Major rides and attractions include:

The Powerpuff Girls – Mojo Jojo’s Robot Rampage.

Ben 10: 5D Hero Time – Experience Ben’s world in this epic multi-sensory adventure.

Adventure Time – The Ride of OOO with Finn & Jake-monorail – Visit the varied and vibrant kingdoms and encounter the Ice King through this fun ride.

The Amazing Ride of Gumball-a dark ride – It’s a laser shooting attraction where you zap the objects that have come to life and are threatening to take over the town.

LazyTown – It is an interactive attraction full of climbing, adventure and other fun and exciting experiences. You will have to pay extra AED 25 if you want to enjoy Pirates adventure along with it.

Have fun while dining with your beloved cartoons at – CN Feast, Mr. Smoothy Richard’s Around the World Café and Finn & Jake’s – Everything Burrito.

Take back your favorite cartoon characters from these outlets – Cartoon Network Classics, Cartoon Network Store, The Amazing World of Gumball – The Store, Lazy Store and Ben 10 – Universe.

IMG Boulevard

IMG Boulevard is the exciting zone of the park, where you can have thrilling experiences along with enjoying vast retail outlets and a wide selection of dining options.

The main attraction here is The Haunted Hotel. It is a frightening experience where you negotiate a maze of corridors and changing scenery, encountering all sorts of scary characters against a chilling backdrop. Hold your nerve as you try to find the exit.

Warning – This attraction is only open to guests aged 15 and older.

Other main dining and shopping options include – Popcorn Factory, Boulevard Gourmet, Samosa House, Flavors of Arabia, The Coffeehouse, Haunted Hotel Store, World of Candy and IMG Emporium.

Note: Each of these rides has separate restrictions, especially if you are unaccompanied. Please check them before you take part in any ride or attraction.

Tickets and Timings:

Just like the Ferrari world, the tickets include unlimited access to all the rides and attractions.

  • Park admission: AED 285
  • Junior admission (under 1.2m in height): AED 255
  • Senior Citizens: AED 175
  • Guest with Disabilities:
  • Above 1.2m in height: AED168
  • Under 1.2m in height: AED115

IMG Worlds of Adventure brings imagination to life 365 days of the year.

Sun-Wed: 11 am to 10 pm.

Thu–Sat: 11 am to 11 pm.

Getting there

IMG Worlds of Adventure is located on E311 (Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road – near Arabian Ranches, next to Global Village). It is situated in the City of Arabia, along Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road.

The best option is to take a taxi or drive yourself.

There is so much on offer in IMG World of Adventure that each zone requires a dedicated post in itself. You can go there and spend an entire day and still you might not be able to cover everything. Go and have fun!

For all those who love adventure,

For all those who love cartoons,

For all those who are Marvel fans,

And

For all those who love IMG World of Adventure…

It’s not a goodbye,

But it’s a GOOD BYE.

Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul

This is the 9th 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 ‘J’

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.