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    Emirates /Dubai Airport & Dubai

    3 Star Skytrax Rating Frequent Flyer: Skywards Join Up Link: https://www.skywards.com/index.aspx http://www.airlinequality.com/Airports/Airport_forum/dxb.htm Currency : Emirati Dirham (AED) http://www.xe.com/ucc/ (Converter) British Embassy Dubai at - Al Seef Street PO Box 65 Dubai Tel: (+971)(4) 309 4444 Fax: (+971)(4) 309 4301 Australian Consulate Dubai Level 25, Bur Juman Business Tower Khalifa Bin Zayed Road Dubai United Arab Emirates Telephone +971 4 5087 100 Emirates Australian Link http://www.emirates.com/au/english/index.aspx?cid=GoogleSEM07Australia31532&pkw=yes Emirates UK Link http://www.emirates.com/uk/english/ Seating on Emirates Airlines Airbus A380-800 series http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Emirates_Airlines/Emirates_Airlines_Airbus_A380.php EMIRATES AIRLINES CHILDREN & BABIES SEATING POLICY See Post No.6 Before you fly Travel tips before you fly: Do not carry liquids in excess of 100 ml. Each container should not exceed 100 ml Use a clear, resealable plastic bag Place resealable bag in hand luggage Maximum 1 litre capacity Pack personal belongings in your hand luggage. Place laptops in an easily retrievable location as you will be asked to place in trays provided at the security checkpoint. Check with your airline about baggage allowances. Generally 2 pieces of baggage are allowed for international travel with the weight of each piece not exceeding 32 kilograms, however this may vary by airline and by fare type. Excess baggage must be repacked and excess baggage fees typically apply. Always remove old baggage tags as they may cause the baggage system to reject the luggage it is attached to. Avoid using cardboard boxes as they must be processed manually (which takes more time) and are not durable. Arrange for travel insurance. Facilities & Services For Disabled Travellers There are desks located throughout Dubai International Airport and between rows A and B in the Departures hall which are dedicated to disabled passengers and passengers with special needs. For more information, take a look at our dedicated section on Disabled services & facilities at Dubai Airport. Electric carts are available at Dubai Airport for transporting passengers to and from the concourse. Within the concourse there are dedicated lounges for passengers with special needs and unaccompanied minors located near Gates 9 and 22. Dubai Airport provides special assistance services for Passengers with Restricted Mobility (PRM). If you are travelling through Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, it is important that you ask the airline you are travelling with to notify Dubai Airport about any specific requirements you may have. To contact the special assistance help desk at Dubai Airport call (+971) 04 216 2016 or if you are travelling via Terminal 3 on Emirates Airline, please contact Emirates Special Services on +971 4 505 7119 or +971 4 505 5053. Electric carts are available to transport passengers requiring special assistance at Dubai Airport to and from the Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse. From here, disabled passengers at Dubai Airport can access the specially dedicated lounges near gates 9 and 22. There is also a dedicated lounge available in the Arrivals Hall for disabled travellers. Assistance is available for those with special needs and passengers should request special assistance from their airline before travelling. All Emirates flights arrive at and depart from Terminal 3, the Emirates-exclusive terminal at Dubai International Airport. Transfer passenger amenities Dubai International offers a non-smoking environment, however, there are enclosed, ventilated smoking rooms located in Concourse 1. Separate prayer rooms are also available for ladies and gentlemen. Restrooms can be found in the vicinity of every transfer desk. Wi-Fi Internet access is available free of charge throughout the airport. All three terminals provide a wide choice of local, continental and fast food restaurants and Duty Free shops. Airport Hotel Dubai International Hotel If you are craving rest and relaxation between flights, take advantage of the comfortable rooms and luxurious amenities offer at the Dubai International Hotel. With 78 deluxe 5 star rooms, 6 junior suites, 2 royal suites, Dubai International Hotel is located on the third level of the Sheikh Rashid Terminal and offers a fantastic view of the runway and the Dubai Duty Free. All rooms are fitted out with TVs, mini Bars, luxurious bathrooms and a safe. Rooms are also available on an hourly basis. Special rooms are available for the disabled. For reservations call: +971 2164289; Fax: +971 4 2245955/56. * This airport Hotel is not cheap and I have listed some cheaper airport hotels outside of the Terminal * See below for Business Class Lounges Amenities which can be purchased on line for 19GBP for 5 hrs Maximum G-Force, Health Club within Hotel complex Dubai International caters to fitness buffs as well! Passengers can use the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gymnasium on an hourly basis. Massage services are also available. For more information call +971 4 2164257. http://www.emirates.com/english/plan_book/dubai_international_airport/emirates_terminal_3/airport_hotel.aspx Business Class Airport Lounges Purchased on Line An alternative way of relaxing and very reasonably priced is the Dubai Airport Lounge @ 19 GBP everything included** Dubai International Business Class Lounge serving Terminal 1 all inclusive Snacks & drinks Alcoholic drinks Air conditioning Showers Television Flight Monitors Conferencing Disabled access Internet WiFi Phone Fax Marhaba Lounge @ 19 GBP all inclusive serving Terminal 3 Snacks & drinks Alcoholic drinks Air conditioning Television Flight Monitors Conferencing Disabled access Internet WiFi Phone Faxarhaba Lounge Marhaba Lounge @ 19 GBP all inclusive per adult serving Terminal 1 Snacks & drinks Alcoholic drinks Air conditioning Showers Television Flight Monitors Conferencing Disabled access Internet WiFi Phone Fax You can book on line for the above @ http://www.gosimply.com/airport-lounges/united-arab-emirates/dubai-airport/ Dining Passengers have the option of 25 food and drink outlets at Dubai International. From fast food to speciality cuisine to an Irish pub, passengers are spoiled for choice. The Food Court is located on the Departures Level between Gates 113 and 115. Restaurants such McDonalds, Round Table Pizza, Le Matin Francais, Bistro (Lebanese), Jashan (Indian) and Tansu Kitchen (Chinese and Mongolian barbeque) can be found in the food court. The Irish Village: which serves typical Irish fare is located next to Gate 123. Safar: The main restaurant in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal, Safar is divided into three sections- the bar, called Pint 19, the Buffet area and the a la carte restaurant with an open kitchen offering international cuisine. Cafes: Starbucks the international coffee house chain is situated near Gate1. *Irish Bar is a smoking bar Dubai Airport Restaurants & Bars Passengers travelling through Dubai Airport are literally spoilt for choice when it comes to finding somewhere to have a drink or get something to eat at Dubai International Airpot from fast food to speciality cuisine to an Irish pub. The Food Court is located on the Departures Level between Gates 113 and 115. Restaurants such as McDonalds, Round Table Pizza, Le Matin Francais, Bistro (Lebanese), Jashan (Indian) and Tansu Kitchen (Chinese and Mongolian barbeque) can be found in the food court at Dubai Airport. The Irish Village which serves typical Irish fare is located next to Gate 123. The main restaurant in the Sheikh Rashid Terminal is Safar and is divided into 3 sections which are the bar, called Pint 19, the Buffet area and the a la carte restaurant with an open kitchen offering international cuisine. Starbucks the international coffee house chain can also be found situated near Gate1. Our dedicated section on Dubai Airport Bars & Restaurants lists all the various establishments, their contact details and where they are located. There is also a section which includes a list of which restaurants & bars are located at Dubai Airport’s Terminal 3 building. *Irish bar is a smoking bar http://www.dubaiairportguide.com/dubai-airport-restaurants-bars/ Entertainment Women's Lounge & Children's Play Area: A children's play area with a play zone and a mother's lounge is located between gates 12 and 14. Internet services Besides Global Link (Gate 16) and Connect, (see Dubai International Hotel) internet services are also available in the form of touch screen kiosks which can be operated either those who have an Etisalat internet account or by swiping a credit card. The internet kiosks are positioned opposite the DCA First Class Lounge (Gate 9) and the Irish Village (Gate 23). Help and Information Desks at Dubai Airport There are various help and Information desks at Dubai Airport and dedicated travel information desks at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. The Department of Tourism and Commerce (DTCM) operates Dubai Airport’s information desks and provides tourist information, maps and tours in Dubai. the DTCM can be contacted direct on (+971) 04 224 5252 or you can visit their website at www.dubaitourism.ae Dubai Airport Bank & Money Facilities Dubai Airport offers passengers banking services and ATMs at each terminal building. There are 24 hour bureaux de change facilities near gates 8, 18 and 22 and a 24 hour post office near gate 18 at the Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse at Terminal 1. Dubai Duty Free can also provide passengers with foreign exchange, banking and Internet facilities. Touch screen Internet kiosks which can take credit card payments are also available opposite the DCA First Class Lounge near gate 9 and the Irish Village. Medical Centre & Pharmacy There is a 24-hour fully equipped medical centre at Dubai Airport which is located on the ground level of the Terminal 1 Sheikh Rashid Departures concourse near gate 13. Contact: (+971) 04 216 4950. Visa on Arrival after Immigration (Transit Passengers do not require a visa) http://www.dubaifaqs.com/visa-arrival-dubai-free-nationalities.php UK & Australian Citizens are issued 30 days FOC Canadians require a visa since 2 January 2011. Drug Laws Dubai has very strict drug laws. Anybody thinking about bringing drugs or restricted medicines into Dubai should read the following articles: Fair Trials International - Briton imprisoned for possession of 0.003 g of cannabis, plus other cases BBC News article - Various cases Gulf News - Codeine requires a prescription Gulf News - Woman jailed for traces of codeine in her system ArabianBusiness.com - Surge in number of British tourists arrested for drugs in 2007, drugs in bloodstream can count as possession Please do read Post No 6 regarding medications Customs Laws http://www.dubai-online.com/essential/customs.htm Hotels near the Airport Holiday Inn Express Dubai Airport Get directions My Places http://www.booking.com/hotel/ae/holiday-inn-express-dubai-airport.en-us.html?dva=0 Airport shuttle upon request Le Meridian Airport Hotel Dubai Airport (Excellent I recommend)) Airport shuttle upon request Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai Telephone: +971 4 217 0000 Star Rating: 5* Dubai International Airport: 1.8 KM Other Hotels Near Dubai Airport Use the links below to view information on some of the other popular and recommended hotels located near Dubai Airport. To view a complete list of all hotels based at Dubai Airport or nearby click here. Al Bustan Centre & Residence Al Bustan Rotana Dubai City Seasons Hotel Dubai Grand Hotel Le Meridien Fairway Millenium Dubai Airport Premier Inn Hotel Princess Hotel Rihab Rotana Dubai Things to do in Dubai Bus Tour of Dubai The Big Bus Tour is pretty good in Dubai, taking you around all the tourist sites and starts at Wafi City Mall. The "Big Bus Tour" gives a great overview of everything in Dubai over a couple of hours. You can book your tickets even before you get to Dubai, and hop on and off the bus at the various points. The ticket now includes a separate tour which drives you to see the various hotels and the construction that is going on. The guides are very knowledgeable, and with your ticket valid for 24 hours, this could cover all tourist stuff in one go. For those into something a little different, the Wonderbus Tour drives across land, before going into the water, giving a whole different view of Dubai. Even more rock star, if you have the cash, would be to take a helicoptor tour. Take an abra across Dubai Creek Avoid the traffic and cross the creek using an abra, one of the small wooden boats. It costs next to nothing (1 Dirham) and can be included as part of your adventures through the city. You get a real feel for Dubai by crossing the creek. It lasts only a few minutes and you can incorporate it as part of your day. AQUAVENTURE. NON-STOP WATER. NON-STOP FUN. http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/marineandwaterpark/aquaventure.aspx Water Slides A thrill-seekers paradise, the master blasters of Aquaventure Dubai twist and turn in a fast paced frenzy of excitement from the magnificent Ziggurat. River Rides Glide along the inter-connected waterways and beaches and dare to brave The Rapids. Or, enjoy the leisurely tidal effect of Torrent River. Young Kids The largest family play-structure in the region will keep younger guests excited and amused all day. Aquaventure Beach Escape and unwind after your Atlantean adventure on 700 metres of private beach. Access to this exclusive oasis is included with admission to Aquaventure. Atlantis Dolphin Encounter Enjoy an up close and personal meeting with one of our dolphins. Touching, hugging, holding ‘hands’ and playing ball are some of the activities guests can experience during the interaction which is open to all ages. Atlantis Dolphin Adventure A one-of-a-kind dolphin experience awaits at Dolphin Bay. Journey into the depths of a lagoon alongside our dolphins and enjoy the thrill of our signature belly-ride back to the shore.check Atlantis Royal Swim The new Royal Swim is action packed from beginning to end! Guests swim out to the depths of the lagoon where they enjoy the thrill of a dorsal fin tow and a foot push in addition to hugs and kisses! Learn More Observer Pass If a guest wishes to watch dolphins swimming and at play from the Dolphin Bay beach, they can relax on a chaise lounge, take photographs and enjoy complimentary soft drinks. A visit to our education centre is also included. Learn More Educational Programs Dolphin Bay offers a range of educational programs through schools in addition to summer camps arranged through the Atlantis Kids Club. Meet The Dolphins Learn a little more about our playful family at Dolphin Bay. From the leaders to the laid-back, get to know your friends a little better. The Lost Chambers http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/marineandwaterpark/thelostchambers.aspx The Story Discover the lost world of Atlantis within the elaborately themed hallways of The Lost Chambers, now inhabited by thousands of marine species from around the world. Ray Feeding Experience the thrill of feeding our Cownose Rays in Shark Lagoon. Back of House Tours See your favourite marine life from a whole new perspective and get an Aquarists’ view. ULTIMATE DIVE EXPERIENCE Dive into the 11.5 million litre Ambassador Lagoon where you are guaranteed to glide alongside sharks, rays, wrasse, guitarfish and so much more. Kids Clubs http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/thingstodo/kidsclub.aspx ATLANTIS KIDS CLUB The Atlantis Kids Club offers kids aged 3 to 12 new and awesome adventures everyday! With morning, afternoon and evening adventures available, we have different rates and packages to suit your needs to make sure you don’t miss out on the excitement! Explore the creative fun within AKC from being an animator, going on an underwater safari and even have your chance at being a chef! Add a sandy beach, some fun in the sun and get psyched for an awesome adventure with the AKC team! Parents can take a guided tour of the Kids Club daily at 1.15pm. Play Zone Kids rotate from adventure to adventure and the club central area offers two challenging climbing walls, designed to meet the different age groups. Creation Zone The arts and crafts area is ideal for stimulating creativity and inspiring the imagination of children. Adventures can be media-based activities such as painting, origami, or experience-based adventures such as cookie decorating or visiting the fish hospital with our marine specialists. Underwater Theatre The Underwater Theatre has two circular windows with visible access into the Ambassador Lagoon so kids can climb in the bubble and experience being under water. The auditorium allows children to attend fun learning programs and games or movies on a large screen. Beaches & Pools http://www.atlantisthepalm.com/thingstodo/beachesandpools.aspx ZERO ENTRY POOL The Zero Entry Pool is an ideal high-octane environment convenient for families with its kid-friendly design with a dining option just a few steps away from the family-friendly Nasimi Beach restaurant. Hours of Operation: Daily 8:30am - sunset AQUAVENTURE BEACH Aquaventure has its own magnificent 700-metre beach that puts other Dubai beach hotels in the shade, allowing visitors to combine a day at the water park with time by the sea. Hours of Operation: 10:00am - sunset ROYAL POOL Located at the front of the Royal Towers, the Royal Beach provides the best view the toward the cityscape of Dubai as well as first class view of Palm Jumeirah, offering a relaxing and calming experience. Hours of Operation: Daily 8:30am - 8:00pm Ski Dubai Great for Adults and Kiddies HOW TO FIND US Ski Dubai is located in Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, exit 39 (4th interchange), towards Al Barsha. Tel: +97144094000, Fax: +97144094101. Click here to know how to get here. http://www.skidxb.com/ http://www.skidxb.com/home/about-ski-dubai/opening-times-and-standard-pricing.aspx Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo Directions Located within The Dubai Mall, experience the largest Aquarium window in the world and walk through the 48-metre Aquarium Tunnel on Ground Level, and explore the Rainforest, Rocky Shore and Living Ocean environments at the Underwater Zoo on Level 2. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo The Dubai Mall Doha Street Off 1st Interchange - Sheikh Zayed Road Dubai, U.A.E Click here to view Interactive Map Print Location Map *Fantasic for all ages http://www.jumeirah.com/hotels-and-resorts/Wild-Wadi/ Wild Wadi Water Park Dubai Located in Dubai and situated in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a known character from the Arabian folklore. Rates & Opening Hours Contact us at: Tel: +971 4 348 4444 Fax: +971 4 34 85625 WWinfo@jum Bastakia Quarter The Bastakia Quarter in Bur Dubai is one of the city’s most picturesque heritage sites. It was built in the late 19th century by Persian merchants attracted to the city by its relaxed trade tariffs and takes it name from the town of Bastak in southern Iran. The lovely Bastakia Quarter, or Bur Bastakia, is Dubai’s historic heart. Here, in the narrow whitewashed lanes overlooked by lofty windtowers of traditional courtyard houses, the glitz and glamor of Sheikh Zayed Road and the Mall of the Emirates feel centuries away. This is a place for wandering and soaking up the atmosphere, catching glimpses through shuttered gateways into the tranquil courtyards of traditional homes, hearing the sound of trickling fountains, and seeing sprays of purple bougainvillea add a dash of color to the passageways’ high whitewashed walls. Several of the gorgeous courtyard buildings host art galleries showcasing the work of local artists, and their garden cafes provide a relaxing oasis. A colorful souq market is held here on Saturdays, featuring books, arts and crafts, and fashion. The area has been declared a conservation area and its narrow alleys pedestrianised. Many of the restored buildings here feature wind towers, an early but effective form of air-conditioning. Some are private homes, but many are open to the public. These include: Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding Basta Art Café - Popular courtyard café. Majlis Gallery - Features the work of local and international artists. Ostra - Gallery specialising in contemporary art and sculpture. XVA - Small guesthouse and art gallery. THE MALL OF THE EMIRATES This Mall of the Emirates opened in October 2005 and is the largest shopping mall outside North America. It is situated on Sheikh Zayed Road, very near the beach. It is bigger than 73 football pitches with more than 400 retail outlets. What more can you ask for, every possible shop ranging from the traditional Arabic area through to a Ski Slope! - Yes an indoor ski slope is situated next to Virgin Records, here you can show off your skills on the slopes, play in the snow and even have lessons. Imagine telling your friends you learnt to ski in the desert. It is advisable to bring your own ski gloves as these are the only item not supplied by the ski centre. Prices are very affordable, the equivalent of approximately £20 for a 2 hour session. A day pass can be purchased for approximately £34. This is no ordinary ski slope , it has fully operational ski lifts along with 5 different runs, the longest being over 400m. The highest point for experienced skiers is more than 60m! This is the worlds first indoor black run. The shopping mall itself is open from 10am-10pm on Sunday to Wednesday & 10am-12pm Thursday to Saturday. It will get very busy Thursday-Saturday evenings as in Dubai Friday and Saturday are classed as the weekend. There are so many fantastic things to do in the Mall of the Emirates, it would be difficult to do justice to them all on this page; however below you will find 3 of our favourites (Splash, Marble Slab & Magic Planet). Dubai Live The Dream Tip: For the real bargain hunters enter the supermarket Carrefour, you will be amazed at the clothing and shoe section. It is a bargain hunters paradise! Magic Planet - (Mall of the Emirates) http://www.malloftheemirates.com/en/entertainment/MagicPlanet/ For children make sure you visit the two storey Magic Planet play area. The word magic describes this amazing futuristic play zone. You can purchase small credit cards which can be topped up and swiped through a bar code reader at each ride and all arcade games have a small swipe machine. The benefit of purchasing a swipe card means you can use the card at all the Magic Planet zones in Dubai. Magic Planet is the largest indoor family entertainment centre in Dubai, featuring several international award-winning rides and games that have never before been found indoors! Spread over two levels, this centre will appeal to the young and young at heart. Providing fun for all ages, Magic Planet has an incredible range of fun rides, games and attractions. Come and test your skills and reactions on the racing simulator, which is the only one of its kind open to the public in the world! Or experience the thrilling act of the Theatre, the first-ever 4D theatre in the UAE. Hang on to your seats on the state-of-the-art RoboCoaster, a 2-person thrilling ride that is unique to the Middle East. Alternatively, chill out with your friends over a game of pool and soak up the fun atmosphere. Magic Planet also includes soft play, a professional child care service and a number of tempting restaurant options. DEIRA CITY CENTRE The mall is spread over three floors, with over 350 stores. You will find fashion (all the big names), electronics, entertainment in “Magic Planet” or the 11 screen cinema “Cinestar”, a huge supermarket, a total of 40 different restaurants and cafes, 33 jewellery stores and textiles, such as silks and cashmere. At the Deira City Center, Dubai you can shop for antiques, home furnishings, carpets, fabrics, jewels, gift items, et al. Goods of the highest quality are available in this place at original rates. There is absolutely no chance of customers being haggled or duped with artificial stuff. The Deira City Center, Dubai is open on all days of the week. From Sundays to Wednesdays, the timings are 10 am to 10 pm; and on the other days, the mall remains open till midnight. BURJUMAN The residence of high-fashion BurJuman brings the world before your eyes. Here's where the world's leading brands mingle comfortably with one another. Louis Vuitton, Dior, Hermes, Valentino, Emanel Ungaro, Loewe, Etro, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Christian Lacroix, Salvatore Ferragamo, Just Cavalli, and many more. Tempations abound, but the feeling of getting the finest in an ambience of absolute comfort and luxury is wonderful. With 300 leading stores including Saks 5th Avenue, you'll always be spoilt for choice. Located in the heart of Dubai, the BurJuman Centre is a distinctive landmark which comprises of 800,000 square feet of retail space. LAMCY PLAZA This mall is situated next to the American Hospital near Sheikh Zayed Road. It has over 150 retail outlets and one of Dubai’s best children’s play areas called Loulou Al Dugong. This mall was constructed in 1997 and you may find parking very difficult if you have children or are in the latter stages of pregnancy. Please request valet parking, should you spend more than Dhs25 at any outlet the Dhs5 will be refunded for the valet parking. The shopping mall is open 9am-11.30pm. FESTIVAL CITY Spanning 1,300 acres and stretching three kilometres along Dubai Creek, Dubai Festival City offers a rich and vibrant living experience that encompasses the finest and easily accessible shopping, dining, entertainment, homes, schools, hotels, offices and leisure all in one place. With easy access via the 13 lane Business Bay Crossing, Garhoud Bridge and the airport tunnel, situated only two kilometres from Dubai International Airport, Dubai Festival City’s unique waterfront setting delivers vibrancy and a sense of place to Dubai’s landscape Evening Desert Safari http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g295424-d1915098-r113242277-One_World_Travel_Day_Trips-Dubai.html Unit M3, Mezzanine Floor, Sama Building Dubai 120002 United Arab Emirates +971 4 2209393 Fax: +971 4 3372011 http://www.owtravels.com/ info@owtravels.com *Well worth a trip! http://www.arabianteamadventures.com/ Breathtaking views, unforgettable tours Arabian Team Adventures are committed to becoming UAE's leading travel specialists, and as such, they offer a range of services that span from touring to hotel accommodations. As far as the "adventure" goes, with hot air balloon tours, helicopter tours and safaris, they do keep their promise. Overnight Desert Safari http://www.desertsafaridubai.com/overnight-safari-dinner.html We need a minimum of 6 people to avail this under the stars experience, This includes every thing there is in the evening safari as this is an extension to it. Once everyone has left from the camp you will be left under the starts to experience a night in the desert. Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse At the heart of Meydan City lies an architectural masterpiece that is the iconic Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse. With a capacity of 60,000, this landmark stadium houses the world's first luxury 5-star trackside hotel, The Meydan, peerless breeding and training facilities, world-class amenities, and an exciting mix of food and beverage establishments. It also houses the Meydan Museum and Gallery, an IMAX Theatre, the Dubai Racing Club and Emirates Racing Authority offices, and can comfortably accommodate 8,600 vehicles in its majestic Falcon Carpark. Currently the new home of the world's horseracing elite, Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse has marked a defining moment in the sport's global history by hosting the most illustrious race - the Dubai World Cup. This icon is also the world's largest integrated racing facility, which comprises of a 1,750m all-weather Tapeta surface track and 2,400m turf track, providing unsurpassed standards in racing facility and technology for the ultimate horseracing experience. Ramsar Convention Bird Sanctuary http://www.wildlife.ae/en/ During winter, RAKWS supports more than 20,000 water birds of 67 species and acts as a critical staging ground for the wintering birds of the East African-West Asian Flyway. The site hosts more than 500 species of flora and fauna and is one of the best-managed arid zone wetlands in the region. Located within Dubai city, it is an important eco-tourism destination and receives increasing numbers of local and international visitors. Dubai Autodrome http://www.dubaiautodrome.com/ Track Days/Evenings allow drivers to explore the performance of their cars in a controlled and safe environment. It is an opportunity to drive on a race track without the constraints, restrictions and invariable risks of a public road. Safety cover on the track is run to strict international standards, with marshal’s posts manned, and safety trucks, ambulance and paramedic services available throughout the event. Any standard road worthy car may participate in a Car Track Day/Evening. Drivers must be in possession of a valid, current drivers licence, and must wear a helmet at all times while on the track. Helmets can be hired on the day for AED 50. Track day costs depends on Dubai Autodrome circuit configurations being used on the day. Dune Buggy Adventure http://www.dreamexplorerdubai.com/products/dune-buggy-adventure All our Dune Buggies include roll cages, seat belts, bucket seats, night lights, fire extinguisher, helmet and a back up vehicle complete with mechanical support to give you an uninterrupted and safe ride. All convoys are lead by a qualified safari driver certified by local authorities for advanced desert driving. All our back up vehicles have mandatory First Aid kits and our drivers hold basic First Aid certification as required by law and local authorities. Minimum age to drive is 18 Years and a valid international manual driving license is a must. Welcome to Souk Madinat Jumeirah Visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah for an experience that will surprise and delight every time. Wander through the traditional Arabian souk, past wind towers, lantern lit hallways and narrow waterways to discover the treasures hidden within. With specially selected shops, restaurants and bars to entertain throughout the day and into the night, enjoy unlimited amusement at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, the gem of Dubai. Gold Souk Hundreds of shops lined with row upon row of gold jewellery. Sikkat Al Khail Street, Deira Spice Souk Dried lemons, cumin, coriander seeds and other pungent Arabic seasonings are sold out of open sacks. The picturesque alleys of the Spice Souk are extremely popular with tourists. Al Ras Street, Deira Perfume Souk A huge selection of spicy Arabic perfumes. Sikkat Al Khail Street, Deira Covered Souk Sells everything from household goods to toys. Al Sabkha Road, Deira Meena Bazaar Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Flea/ Street Markets Close to Khalid Bin Waleed Street Bur Dubai Dubai United Arab Emirates Minha's Bazar is located in Bur Dubai, just of Bank Street. It features a wide range of clothing and linen shops, as well as some exquisite cafes and restaurants. If you want to escape the "I could be anywhere" homogenized shopping malls and experience the vibrancy of the real market town Dubai then Minha's Bazar is a great place to start. You can also pick up some great bargains. Souk Madinat Jumeirah PO Box 75157, Dubai, UAE Tel: +971 4 366 8888 Fax: +971 4 366 7788 Email: souk@jumeirah.com Click here to view a map of the souk The Textile Market— where you'll find magnificent bolts of fabric, along with less inspiring tat — and on to the Creek where you can either join the commuters for a AED 1 ($.30) abra (water taxi) ride across the water or hire your own boat for a scenic tour of the waterway. Back in port, head to the small but interesting Dubai Museum to see how oil and ambition mixed to make this modern oasis. If you get hungry again, check out Bastakiah Nights, an atmospheric Lebanese restaurant with a great rooftop area. Spa http://www.angsanaspa.com/dayspas/dubaimarina/index.htm Angsana Spa & Health Club Dubai Marina Level 2, Marina Walk, Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates Tel: + 971 4 368 4356 Fax: +971 4 368 3256 Email: spa-dubaimarina@angsana.com Zoo I personally wouldnt recommend.. its sad! Golf Emirates Golf Club, host of the European Tour sanctioned Omega Dubai Desert Classic and Omega Dubai Ladies Masters, was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city's finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18 hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse, remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Majlis Course has been presented with numerous accolades over its 22 year history, the most recent of which were its 2010 ranking by Golf World magazine as one of the 'Top 100 Golf Courses in the World' and its award for 'Best Course Middle East' in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010 . http://www.dubaigolf.com/emirates-golf-club.aspx The Best Of Dubai On A Budget - Your Hotel In Dubai, you may automatically assume that every hotel costs a month's salary for a night's stay. That's untrue. Many affordable Dubai hotels offer the utmost in luxury and hospitality. Some fine hotels you may want to look into are: * The Gulf Pearl Hotel - Rates are around $71 per night. You’re only minutes away from the airport and within walking distance of many of Dubai's shopping and cultural wonders. * The New Peninsula Hotel - Rates around $99 per night. Enjoy comfortable rooms and only you’re only 10 minutes away from the beaches of Dubai. This one is also located in the heart of the shopping district. * The Pacific Hotel - A double room costs $80 per night. Your room features a balcony that overlooks the stunning city and offers an idealistic setting for an after dinner cup of coffee. Located in Diera's main electronics and textile market, you're only minutes away from the Twin Towers Mall, the Dubai Creek, the Gold Souk and the Dubai Museum. The Best Of Dubai On A Budget - Dining You can eat like a sultan in the city of Dubai for less than you would have imagined. The local delicacy, Shwarma (delicious seasoned meat and vegetables on a pita with dressing), is available for only about 80 cents. The deluxe version climbs up to $1.30 for a tasty treat. Many American fast food chains have staked a claim in the Dubai food industry, but you can get delicious regional cuisine for about the same money. Here are some budget conscious restaurants in Dubai. * Karachi Darbar – Scattered throughout the city, this is a chain of Eastern restaurants serves delicious food for minimal money. * Jabal Al Noor - Another Eastern chain restaurant serving regional fast food. It's different, delicious and dirt-cheap! * Toscana - Moderately priced Italian food that's as authentically Italian as Tuscany. Perfect for when you want something different. * Wafi Gourmet - Impressive Lebanese cuisine and ambiance to match.
  2. We have made the journey from the UK to Australia a couple of time with Emirates, and always booked directly with them via their website. Does anyone know of any other website or a travel agent in the UK who can offer the same Emirates flights cheaper? I know there are lots of websites that promise the cheapest flights, but on comparing the exact flights and times I've never found one that is actually cheaper. The flight we are taking is Glasgow - Dubai - Perth. Any suggestions welcome.
  3. Hello, i am in urgent need of peoples opinions about which airline company to fly with, my main queiries are 'comfort', 'time sent in the air' and which 'airport' to connect with on the journey. My friend mentioned 'ethaid airlines' are they better than 'emirates' for example. I can see by researching, we will have a 7hour flight first and then a longer flight, is there any comfortable airline that dose it the other way round. I would be will to upgrade for some more comfort, but what that is i do not know and at what price. Could you recommend websites to book flights with. Myself and my husband and daughter (11) travel in about 7 weeks, how nerve wacking ha!! Thank you for your time and input, much appreciated.....take care
  4. A friend of a friend mentioned Emirates will increase your baggage allowance if you are flying on certain visa's (PR/457 etc). Can anyone confirm if this is true and also who I would contact to take advantage of this? I have my partner and young daughter (of just 8 weeks) coming from Dublin to join me in Perth in early July, I am slightly concerned about them passing through security in Dubai with how busy the place is. Does anyone know if I can seek 'extra or special' assistance from staff at the airport to get my partner and child through quicker and help with hand luggage? Thanks in advance. P
  5. If anyone can give me any advice I'd appreciate it. We are a family of 4 and had our flights booked to make the move on 17 April, however my husband has now been hospitalised for 2 weeks with a nerve disorder making him unable to walk. We hadn't sorted our insurance out at that time as was one of the things on my to do list. Anyway, I have spoke to agent I dealt with at flight centre who said there is a cancellation fee of £400 per flight. I have been trying to see if there is any way of reducing this, she said she spoke to Emirates and they won't waiver or reduce the fee and she promised me that she done everything she could. I tried phoning Emirates myself and although they agreed they couldn't waiver or reduce the cancellation fee, the person I spoke to told me that their cancellation fee isn't anywhere near £400pp. I went back to flight centre and they told me this is rubbish. I have tried looking online to find Emirates cancellation fees but can't find them anywhere, has anyone booked direct with Emirates that could look at their tickets to tell me how much the fee is. Our visas will now become invalid as we won't be able to validate but the only thing I want now is for my husband to get better and his visa would be invalid now anyway with his illness. I had given up work to move so I am now unemployed, my husband is unable to work and I need to refurnish whole house now as we had sold most things. If anyone can give me any advice I would really appreciate as I really need to get as much of this money back as possible.
  6. Is someone here widely travelled enough to compare these three airlines? I am specially interested in reviews from single, adult travellers who don't have to mind kids. Even if you haven't travelled all three, feel free to chip in with whatever you have. I'll try to consolidate all the reviews so we have a clearer picture.
  7. Anyone flown with Emirates? WE're going to Perth via Dubai with them and wondering if anyone can tell me how they got on with them?!!! Company bought the tickets so I think they are the cheapest option. Any input appreciated! :biggrin:
  8. Anybody else leaving on that flight? :biggrin:
  9. Guest

    Promo code for emirates

    Hi All Does any one know, if there's a new promo code you can put in when you are booking a flight with Emirates or any other airline. Thanks Paula
  10. Im going to assume that its not going to be a UK 3 pin plug in the back of the seat, does anyone know what power adaptor I will need to use it? :biggrin:
  11. Hi all, just thought I'd ask out of curiosity more than anything if any of you are flying out to Melbourne on the 20.10 flight out of Manchester on the 3rd Feb? Me - I'll be the one with frazzled hair and at some point or another throttling 1 of 3 kids or maybe all three lol:biglaugh: I must be mad travelling on my own with 3 kids - oh well its only 24 hours or there abouts. Have already warned Geoff I am likely to abstain from any responsibility for the children for at least 24 hours after we arrive as I will have had enough after the flight :arghh: I'll have the Bach's Rescue remedy to hand - on second thoughts anyone have a spare valium??:wacko: Tracy xx
  12. Does anyone know if Emirates are due anytime this year to start running their A380 to melbourne?
  13. Hi After our house sale fell through in September we decided to book flights to validate our visas in February. We have booked via Dial a Flight and are flying with Emirates. We have now agreed a new sale and all being well we will now be emigrating in Feb rather than just validating :biggrin: However, Dial a Flight have said that we should keep our tickets as returns and that as we did not ask for extra baggage allowance at the time of booking we will only be entitled to the normal 20kg or whatever it is. We have permanent residency and really could do with the extra allowance, I believe you get up to 40kg per person don't you? Has anybody else been in this position and do you think it would be worth approaching Emirates direct?
  14. In peoples experiences which do you think are the best airlines to go with? We are planning on migrating Sept / Oct 11 from the UK and will have with us a 2 year old year old and a 8/9 month old baby. Do they all have the same baggage allowance as standard? Would love to hear your experiences, especially those travelling with babies & toddlers, i.e would Dubai be a better stopover than Singapore, etc. Does a 2 year old get their own baggage allowance? We are moving to Canberra so I guess we would be UK to Sydney Thanks Claire
  15. Has anyone done this recently and/or had any problems with it? We've opened our ANZ accounts and have the code - our flights are being booked for us today/tomorrow! Thanks Lindsey
  16. I found this on Emirates web site and thought it might be useful for anyone flying with Emirates one under the UKMOVE1 prom code. Welcome to Emirates Additional baggage allowance when migrating to Australia and New Zealand Emirates is offering an additional baggage allowance totalling 50kgs in all classes for movingPlanet users migrating to Australia or New Zealand. However, this is subject to the following controls: It is valid for UK departing passengers holding British passports only. The passenger must hold a valid permanent migration visa stating over 1 year stay. No multiple entry or visitors visas will be accepted. It is not valid if you have a stopover (exit the airport) in Dubai or anywhere else on the way. Tickets must be one-way (no return date or open returns). You must NOT have entered Australia on the visa already. Infants are not entitled to an excess baggage allowance. PROCEDURE FOR CLAIMING ADDITIONAL BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE Before booking online through Emirates and movingPlanet, ensure you are already in possession of a valid migration visa and you comply with the above conditions. After booking online, you must notify the Emirates UK Online Department within 24 hours of the booking being completed to provide proof of your visa, so that your baggage allowance can be increased. The Emirates UK Online Department will need to receive a photocopy of your passport and migration visa either by email or fax, together with covering details containing your name, contact number and booking reference number, found on your online booking confirmation page. Emirates UK Online Department: Tel: 0844 800 4842 Fax: 01625 445260 Email: ukonlinesupport@emirates.com Please note, if tickets are issued without changing the allowance, the allowance will not be granted at the airport on departure. Therefore it is important that you contact the Emirates UK Online Department within 24 hours of booking online. If you have any problems or questions about this procedure please contact the Emirates UK Online Department on 0844 800 4842. Lynne xx
  17. Just wondered if anyone has managed to get extra luggage allowance over and above the 30Kg economy class allowance when emigrating? There used to be a promotion code 'UKMOVE1' or some such but its expired and all the posts on the subject are old and out of date and theres nothing on thier web site. If you did can you let me know how you went about it, we fly Wednesday and 30Kg is not enough!! 40Kg would be perfect!! Kind regards Jay
  18. Does anyone know what it is? I can see on their website that its 30kg for adults but i cant find what it is for children. Would it be the same?
  19. Luella2

    Emirates or Singapore???

    Really need to book our flights to Melbourne we want to leave in October. Can anyone advise me on which airline? Have never done the Dubai route usually fly Singapore and have found them excellent. Our problem is baggage allowance, we have already validated our visa it has no stamp on it and the travel agents said they won't notice but I think they may notice the Initial entry by march 09! I rang Singapore and they can offer 40kg if your visa has not been stamped but to my knowledge this can not be confirmed before you show your visa at check in. I so would not like to turn up with double allowance and be charged! Any advice please?:wacko:
  20. EXCLUSIVE Sale to 6 Cities in UK/Europe from Brisbane or Melbourne Jul-Sep Check out this amazing fare from Etihad Airways & Emirates Exclusive from Brisbane & Melbourne to these six hot destinations! You will from from Brisbane or Melbourne in Economy Class to Singapore with Emirates, from here you will fly with Etihad via Abu Dhabi to any of the following cities... Brussels - Dublin - Frankfurt - London - Manchester - Milan. Stopovers are permitted in Singapore in each direction. Stopovers are also permitted in Abu Dhabi at a cost of $170 per stop. The maximum stay away is 1 month with a minimum stay away of 3 days in UK/Europe. All travel must be completed by 24th of September 2010. Due to flight schedules extra nights may be required at passengers own expense. Please note inbound travel blackouts apply for travel from Singapore to Melbourne on or between 06 July-09 August 2010. Flight restrictions may apply. Please note that this very special fare can only be booked over the phone on 1300 767 757. Full payment is required at time of booking. Please note that all featured "from" prices are based on the lowest priced routing and can differ for each departure and arrival point determined by the taxes and surcharges Departures on or between Brisbane Melbourne 21 Jul-25 Jul N/A $1599.00 26 Jul-12 Aug $1629.00 $1599.00 13 Aug-05 Sep N/A $1599.00 06 Sep-19 Sep $1629.00 $1599.00 Prices INCLUDE all pre-payable taxes. My apologies that the formatting from the media release does not carry over here,the figures in the left column are from Brisbane,the right column is from Melbourne. Cheers
  21. If you have longer than 4 hrs in Dubai travelling with Emirates, you are entitled to a free meal (nobody actually tells you this). Find Burger King on the ground floor, and the free restaurant is above it (use the lift to get there). Bingo, food and drink courtesy of emirates:biggrin:
  22. We are hoping to book our one way tickets this weekend for 26 October 2010. 3 adults and 1 child (oldest is 12 so seemingly she is now an adult!!!) with the 2 hour stopover in Dubai with Emirates. We have flown with them before and they were great. I have tried various sites and the cheapest is £2553 with Opodo through Skyscanner (Emirates) Cant seem to get the same price though when I klick on BOOK?? Haven't phoned anyone up yet so was just wondering if there were any I might of missed in my search for a deal/bargain. Tried netflights,skyscanner emirates, thomas cook. Thanks Mandy
  23. markandtraceyessex

    Emirates, skywards reward scheme

    www.skywards.com register and they email you your personal login details then login and enter your flight number. you can select seating for both legs of journey, meal choices and even look at available upgrades. it also awards you points (like nectar airmiles) to give your savings on future flights etc. hope this helps.
  24. I know Emirates UKMOVE1 code is now no longer valid, to give us the extra baggage allowance, but was wondering if they have issued a new code? We had decided on Singapore because we can get the extra luggage allowance with them, but the flight times are better for us with emirates but without a code cannot get the extra luggage. Help!!!! Melanie x
  25. :wacko: Hi everyone! We are soooo confused, stressed etc... My kids and I are planning to join my brother in Sydeny in 8-10 weeks. Have been planning and selling for nearly 2 years and have decided to bite the bullet and rent my house and just go! sooo excited! Heres the possible problems: 1: Can I take my dogs on a tourist visa? (till I find a teaching job) either a three month or six month visa. 2: I have found a n airline which, so long as my dogs and crate are not over 32kg, will allow them to travel as backage in cargo (?)/luggage area for free!!! plus 70 GBP as they are 2kg over 30kg total weight. (Any more than 32kg they would need to go via emirates sky-cargo) This is where the problem lies, as AQIS state that they have to travel in Cargo, not in passenger (?), does that mean they can travel in cargo on the same plane as us?? or they cannot travel in same plane, and need to go on a specific cargo based flight? so bl@@dy confused!! :confused: Secondly, AQIs say they can travel via Dubia, so long as they don't trans-ship, however, the flight is direct, but changing planes in Dubai from UK, less than three hour turnaround. they dont touch dubai ground, but do transfer??? Cannot seem to find much info from AQIs on these two matters, head is FRIEDDDD ! :arghh: PLEASEEEE HELPPPP!! I am traveling with twin sister (yes twins by definition!!) labradors, one weigh 26kg the other 27kg , choc n black! 1 yr old munchkins thanks Crazyfox xxx