Welcome to DUBAI, city of merchants, cultural crossroads, second largest of the seven emirates in the UAE. A country where the dust of the desert is clearing to reveal the potential for one of the most significant international cities of the 21st century.
S5-Sunshine, Shopping, Seaside, Sports and Safety - the key ingredients that have earned Dubai a growing reputation as one of the world's most attractive and rapidly developing leisure destinations.
And this is high time for Shopping as DSF is slated from 5 Jan to 5 Feb, 2012. Come discover its heritage and culture, see its globally unique landmarks, indulge in 7 star luxuries or challenge yourself to an adventure in its mystical deserts. From the timeless tranquility of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. Dubai is a city of striking contrasts; it is an exciting destination both for travelers seeking thrills and adventure.
Long established as the trading and commercial hub of the Middle East, the emirate combines the excitement of a bustling commercial centre with the wide open spaces of a luxurious resort.
Both business travelers and tourists find that Dubai offers the highest standards of comfort and luxury. As befits a dynamic and prosperous business centre, Dubai's ultramodern hotels offer every luxury. Yet the comforts of the 21st century co-exist comfortably with the emirate's rich Arab-Islamic culture.
Hospitality has been its tradition for centuries. Today, Dubai extends this welcome to holiday makers as well as business visitors, offering facilities of the highest international standards combined with the charm and adventure of Arabia - an exceptional blend of modern city and timeless desert. With a perfect winter climate, top class hotels, superb facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities and excellent shopping, Dubai has something to offer everyone.
Dubai has a lively night life. Hotel bars range from sophisticated cocktail lounges to typically informal British and Irish pubs and Western-style lounges. Most of them serve food and many feature pianists, guitarists, duos and bands nightly.
Experience Arabian night
on a Dune Dinner Safari
A traditional Arabic welcome awaits at a Bedouin encampment for a night of bewitching belly dancers, aromatic shisha and a delectable Arabic feast.
Moonlight Sonata – Dhow cruise with dinner at Dubai Creek
See Dubai from a totally different perspective. See the old and new from the seat of an Abra (small water taxi) past old trading ports and the modern skyscrapers that line the Creek.
“At the Top”
Burj Khalifa's Observation Deck
Located on the level 124 of the world's tallest tower, this observatory is destined to be the highlight of your visit. The journey begins in the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall and surrounded by 11Hecters of Park with Musical Water Fountains.
Adventure at Atlantis, The Palms
Enjoy the thrill of to the largest and most exciting water park in the Middle East. Aquaevture is overflowing with 42 fun-filled acres, Master Blasters, speedslides, rivers, rapids, Splashers children's play area, lush tropical landscapes and a private beach.
Big Bus Company
From the towering sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel to the mysterious gold and spice souks, what better way is there to see Dubai's breathtaking views and attractions than from the king of all sighseeing vehicals – an open-top, double-becker Big Bus.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo at the Dubai Mall
One of the largest aquarium windows in the world at The Dubai Mall brings you closer than ever to over 33,000 aquatic animals. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo provides an aquatic adventure you will never forget.
Dubai Dolphinarium at Creek Park
Dubai Ice Rink at The Dubai Mall
Catamaran Cruise – Sailing & fishing
Seaplane Spectacular – Aerial tours of Dubai
Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates
KidZania at The Dubai Mall
Wild Wadi Waterpark
The Lost Chambers at Atlantis
Hot Air Ballon
Ferrari World – The fast lane to family fun
Climate - Dubai has all year round sunshine! For most of the year Dubai's weather is warm and humid and the sky is rarely cloudy. Rainfall is infrequent with an average of only five days of rain per year. Temperatures range from a low of 10°c - 30°c in winter from Oct – Apr (making it now the best time to travel) to over 48°c in summer.
Population - Dubai's population is about 1.8 million. Many expatriates call Dubai home and the mix of nationalities contributes to the cosmopolitan lifestyle and the wide variety of activities available to tourists.
Currency - The UAE Dirham is pegged to the US dollar. 1USD = 3.65 Dirhams. Money exchanges and ATMs are easily accessible across the emirate.
Visas - Tourist Visas are available to all nationalities, except Israeli passport holders, and must be prearranged, usually through a hotel but possibly also through an airline or you may simply contact us at WINGSPAN HOLIDAYS for the same.
There's something for everyone choose Dubai and a array of options opens up to you. With a perfect winter climate, top class hotels, superb facilities for a variety of sports and leisure activities and excellent shopping and more. WINGSPAN HOLIDAYS are offering special packages during DSF so, write to Dubai Expert on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 022-6624 9000 or visit www.wingspanindia.com for more info.
Dubai Shopping Festival
(5 Jan – 5 Feb, 2012)
Launched in 1996 with the now-famous slogan 'One World. One Family. One Festival.’ the DSF only becomes bigger and better every year. With a stupendous array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainments, DSF draws millions of visitors from around the world. Welcome to the annual shopping extravaganza held across the city. Today, DSF is a leading global event that employs innovation to offer the finest in shopping, winning, and family entertainment.
Shop till you drop: Dubai's reputation as a shopper's paradise extends to many aspects of the city's bustling commercial life. One area where this is especially evident is that shopping centres serve both a regional and tourist - rather than purely local - market.