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Dubai Local History

Archaelogical fnds suggest that the area was inhabited since 3000BC and the Bronze Age Magan civilisation, who were renowned for trading were some of the first inhabitants of the Dubai area. In the 6th cenury AD the Umayyads made Dubai their new home and brought Islam to the area. The tribe established more trade routes with China, bringing silks and porcelain to trade with the European and Middle Eastern markets.

The British gained control of Dubai's waterways in 1766 and expanded the areas pearl trade. The Bani Yas tribe moved in on Dubai in 1833 and founded the Al Maktoum Dynasty which still rules Dubai today. In 1966 oil was discovered and five years later Dubai became the seventh emirate in the UAE.

Dubai Attractions

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Dubai Museum - housed in the city's oldest building, the Al Fahidi Fort, which was the seat of government and Dubai's rulers residence untill 1971. The museum has exhibits on nautical items, antique daggers and archaelogical finds. There are also multimedia and interactive diplays on many topics.

Grand Mosques - one of the many Mosques in the city, it has the city's tallest Minaret built in the 1990's. The Mosque has lovely sand coloured walls and wodden shutters that blend well with the old quarter.

Shaikh Saeed Al Maktoum House - the former residence of Shaikh Saeed and the ruling Al Maktoum family has been restored and turned into a museum with an exhibition of photographs on Dubai's history. The house itself is built using traditional methods of coral quarried in the Gulf and then coated in lime and plaster.

Dubai Creek - the Dubai waterfront epitomises the city so make sure you take a walk around the Dhow Wharfage or take a cruise or small boat called an Abra.

Dubai Souq - a great place to shop for Indian wares such as custom made saris. The souq is woderfuly built and is visually very lovely.

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Blues SeaFood Restaurant Enjoy the new concept restaurant with the view of Dubai Marina. Defenitely the best place to catch up on good sea food with warm hospitality, unique ambience and well trained staff serving you.
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Balloon Adventures Dubai Experience ballooning in a unique desert environment with the Dubai hot air balloon rides. View the amazing desert landscape and the awesome desert dawn from a gently floating hot air balloon.
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Dubai Shopping

Dubai is quite literally shopping heaven. You can choose from an endless stream of shiny shopping centres and traditional markets known as Souqs. Luxury items are cheaper in Dubai than in most countries and you can buy anything from dresigner clothes to electronics.

The duty free shopping complex is a great place to buy branded goods as is Al Karma centre and Al Dhiyafah road.Traditional Souqs sell ethnic crafts, spices, perfumes and jewellery. Deira Old Souq sells great spices, Naif Souq sells traditional goods and Gold Souq is one of the largest retail gold markets in the world and sells incredible jewellery.

Dubai Activities

Dubai Zoo - a small zoo that has a variety of wildlife including endemic Arabian species like the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Axis Steer.

Wild Wadi Water Park - situated at Jumeirah beach, the theme for the park is the story of sinbad the sailor's companion Juha and features 24 rides. Pools and rides have lifegaurds on duty.

Wonderland - this fun park is divided into three sections. Main street has a water mist show, the theme park has a cart track and rollercoaster and splashland has water attractions.

Dubai Parks & Gardens

Al Mamzar Park - music plays all day at this 106 hectare park that has chalets, barbeque sites, childrens areas, swimming pool, food kiosks, sheltered beach and lagoon. Open 8:00am to 10:00pm daily, Wednesday for children and women only.

Al Wasl Park - great for families, offering shaded seating areas and childrens play areas. Wednesday for women and children only.

Creek Side Park - a huge park incorporating play areas, walking and jogging tracks, barbeque sites, mini golf and a 1200 seat amphitheatre. There is also a botanic garden with an exotic and desert garden. Open 8:00am to 10:00pm daily, Wednesday women and children only.

Dubai Beaches

Jumeirah beach - the warm blue water is shallow and the sand is soft and white. The long beach is divided into smaller public and private hotel beaches.

Al Mamzar Park beach - the beach has public facilities including barbeque sites, playgrounds, picnic areas and food kiosks.

Dubai Restaurants and Bars

Dubai is a great place to sample foods from all over the Gulf and Middle East, including Morrocan, Lebanese and Iranian. Local dishes to sample include Matchbous, a spicy lamb with rice dish and Hareis, a rich dish of slow cooked lamb and wheat. Seafood is fantastic in Dubai and you can enjoy a wide variety of delicious desserts such as an Arabian bread pudding and Mehalabiya, a pudding sprinkled with pistachios and rose water.

A great snack sold around the city is Shawarma, a traditional Middle Eastern snack of lamb or chicken with lettuce inside a pocket of Arabic bread.

Dubai Restaurants

The One - Jumeirah Beach Road. Fantastic for inernational and vegetarian dishes, this popular, stylish cafe serves the best cakes and pastries in town.

Beach Bar and Grill - Royal Mirage Hotel, Al Sufouh Strip. Enjoy international and arabic specialities in an extremlly romantic setting on the restaurants wooden deck by the waters edge surrounded by palm trees.

Gerards - Jumeirah Beach Road. An incredibly popular coffee house with a cafe style courtyard serving coffee, sandwiches, cakes and croissants.

Fakhreldine - Holiday Inn Hotel Bur Dubai, Umm Hurair 2. Serving the best authentic Lebanese food in exotic surroundings and playing live music.

Al Dawaar - Hyatt Regency Hotel 25th floor. Enjoy magical views and an international buffet of Arabic, Asian and Indian dishes in Dubai's only revolving restaurant.

Dubai Bars & Clubs

The Irish Village - The Aviation Club, Al Garhoud. A friendly Irish pub that is probably the most popular pub in Dubai.

Out of Africa - Avari Dubai International Hotel. A casual dress code and African theme club. Live African, rhythm and blues, soul and jazz music.

Up on the 10th - Dubai Marin Beach Club, Hotel Intercontinental. A stylish bar that has great city views and live international jazz music.

Longs Bar - In Towers Rotana Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. The longest bar in Dubai with a small dance floor.

Dubai children's activities

Dubai Zoo - a small zoo that has a variety of wildlife including endemic Arabian species like the endangered Royal Bengal Tiger and Axis Steer.

Wild Wadi Water Park - situated at Jumeirah beach, the theme for the park is the story of sinbad the sailor's companion Juha and features 24 rides. Pools and rides have lifegaurds on duty.

Wonderland - this fun park is divided into three sections. Main street has a water mist show, the theme park has a cart track and rollercoaster and splashland has water attractions.

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