Where to stay in Dubai
There is one thing that happens in Islamic countries that happens no where else in the world – the early morning call to prayer. This is what you can expect to hear five times a day when staying in one of the many hotels Dubai has.
After a heavy night out, it might seem a tiny bit annoying to be woken at 4.30am by the calling of the azan. Yet there is a certain haunting quality to the sound that gets to you, so just accept it will happen every morning. You will most often hear it if you are staying in one of the hotels Dubai has in the old quarters.
Some of the headiest hotels Dubai offers
For opulent and extravagant hotels Dubai definitely tops the list. There is no other place on earth where you can find such an array of completely over-the-top glamour and luxurious hotels Dubai has. The hotels Dubai has have become a byword for sumptuous comfort, stunning private beaches and quite a lot of gold accessories and crystal chandeliers!
Most of the more luxurious hotels Dubai has are situated in Dubai Marina or along the beach at Jumeirah. One particular hotel Dubai has boasts a dolphin swimming experience and a massive water park where there is a 90m near-vertical plunge into a shark pool. But even with a staggering 1,300 rooms, this hotel Dubai has still gets booked up months in advance.
If you are looking for budget hotels Dubai is not the place for you. Deep pockets are needed here though increasingly some of the hotels Dubai has are catering for the less flashy crowd. Because of strict government regulations and inspections, even the cheapest hotels Dubai has are kept clean and well maintained.
Shopping in Dubai
Whereas New York used to be the place to pop over for a weekend of shopping, now Dubai is seen as just as desirable, especially since the Mall of the Emirates had their grand opening. This was the first mega-mall in the Middle East and houses an indoor ski slope with real snow and toboggan runs.
Dubai Mall is the biggest shopping centre in the world with 1,200 shops, and if that is not enough to excite you, there is even a shopping festival in late January or early February where stores slash their prices.
Gold and diamonds are cheaper here than anywhere else in the world, or for cheap spices and food, enter the world of the souk, the Arabian markets. A good idea is to take an open bus tour round the Gold Souk and Spice Souk and get a feel for prices before launching into a bargaining strategy.
If you are planning to stay in one of the luxury hotels Dubai has, be rest assured that while you might have to splash out loads of cash for accommodation, your flights with Budgetair South Africa will be less expensive. Budgetair South Africa offer great deals on flights to Dubai so check out the chosen hotel Dubai offers and book your holiday.