Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates and by far the most developed and progressive one, especially in the tourist and trade sector. Dubai is widely known as the world’s largest economic centre because of its huge and most advanced infrastructure, high number of internationally connected transport systems and one of the largest cities in the most oil productive state-federation in the world, which is the United Arab Emirates.
You can reach Dubai through plane, boat, bus or car. Dubai’s main airport is the Dubai International Airport. Two other options are Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) in the nearby emirate of Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH). Low cost carriers are also available such as Fly Dubai and Sharjah’s Air Arabia. Etihad has bus shuttle services from their exclusive check-in facility in Sheikh Zayed Road or Central Business District of Dubai which can take tourists to and from Abu Dhabi Airport.
Dubai has an international cruise terminal at Port Rashid. Also during winter, Costa Cruises has based one of its cruise ships, Costa Luminosa, at Dubai. Alternatively, you can pre-arrange with several other vessels that regularly do trading activities in Dubai. From Iran, Valfajr Shipping Company has a boat service that leaves Bandar Lengeh and Bandar Abbas every other day and docks at Port Rashid. Tourists can also use bus services called “Emirates Express” that links Dubai with the rest of UAE.
The only international road border of Dubai is from Oman at Al Wajajah. Expatriate residents of Oman need to acquire an official permit to cross the border while visitors do not require any permit. The charge for every vehicle leaving Oman is 3 OMR and receipts have to be kept if returning since this is required to re-enter. Also, temporary insurance is available at the border but for a premium price. With the increasing hotel construction and developments in Dubai, several five-star hotels can now offer accommodations as low as $140 during off-season. Below is a list of hotels that will make your stay in Dubai a truly unforgettable one. Al Uruba Hotel assures a basic and clean accommodation with each room having its own fridge and internet access. The hotel is not easy to find though as it is still unknown to most taxi drivers.
Grandeur Hotel has 100 rooms and 25 suites, with each room equipped with air-conditioning, cable TV, safe, wi-fi, and minibar. Hotel amenities include sauna, pool bar, cafe, restaurant, and gym. Dubai Youth Hostel is located next to Lulu Hyper Market. The hostel has a pool, football field, and chill-out garden. There are free safety deposit boxes but never misplace the key as replacement will drain US $200 from your pocket. Some of the other hotels in Dubai are Gulf Pearl Hotel, My Dubai Stay Apartments, Pacific Hotel, and Panorama Hotel.
Must-see places in Dubai are the Dubai Museum, Desert Safari, Ski at Mall of Emirates, and Global Village. Dubai showcases the most unique features that the world can never imagine to create minding the high level of resources incurred in creating them. These features like the three artificial islands and the highest global yacht building hold the highest significance in the tourism industry.