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Dubai

Dubai

From a humble village to a cosmopolitan city Dubai has transformed from a humble fishing village to one of the most cosmopolitan and innovative cities in the world today. Tracing its origins back to 3,000 BC, Dubai's inhabitants made their livelihood from fishing, pearl diving, boat building and sea trading, before the discovery of oil in the late 1960s. In 1971, Dubai joined its neighbours to form the United Arab Emirates, safeguarding the area's prosperity.

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Buggy Safaris

Head off-road with Dune Buggy Dubai to discover the thrills of the desert. You can find activities to suit whatever level of adventure you crave. The Morning Dune Buggy Safari features an early bird hour-long ride in your own open buggy. If you're looking for more, try the Evening Desert Safari. Here, you'll go dune bashing in a brand new Land Rover. After the drive, you'll sit down for live entertainment consisting of a traditional dance show. Food, beverages and henna painting enhance the experience with sand boarding and camel riding available to keep the excitement going until late at night.

Flyboarding

Thrill-seekers can get their kicks at sea in JBR Beach, where Dubai’s latest toys are getting hearts racing. Flyboarding, also known as water jet-packing, sees adventure lovers fitted into a small board and strapped to a specially-made backpack that sucks up seawater, before spitting it back out, propelling the rider into the air. If you have never tried it before, no worries. Even beginners will be able to manoeuvre themselves around the marina – just be prepared to make a splash crash-landing the first few attempts.

Dubai Food Festival

Held annually, Dubai Food Festival celebrates the city's distinct food scene, celebrity chefs and world-class dining experiences. The festival features a fantastic line-up of events from late February to early March. The exciting schedule typically includes Dubai Restaurant Week, where foodies can taste must-try restaurants for less; an array of beachside food stalls at Beach Canteen; Taste of Dubai, where food, culture and music mix for an epic weekend event; and much more.

Emirati Cuisine

While modern flavours and techniques influence Emirati food, the cuisine still retains much of its traditional character. A medley of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, saffron, turmeric and nutmeg take centre stage alongside dried fruits and fresh herbs like coriander, mint and thyme. Try traditional harees, mandi and karak tea at restaurants like Logma at The Dubai Mall, JBR's Seven Sands and Al Hadheerah, tucked away among the dunes of Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa.

Malls

From chic outdoor shopping precincts to super-sized city malls, there’s no better place to indulge in retail therapy than Dubai. And it’s not just the shopping that attracts; there’s also ice rinks, ski slopes, fabulous cinemas, spas and restaurants districts to keep you entertained. Take in the attractions of The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates, City Walk and The Beach at JBR as a starting point.

Souks

Lavish gold jewellery, hand-woven fabrics, oud fragrances and bargain knick-knacks – you'll find it all in our bustling souks, or Arabian markets. While the emirate lives up to its reputation as a thriving modern city, the souks have been a crucial part of daily life and trade for centuries. For an immersive cultural experience, visit the gold, spice, perfume and textile souks in Dubai's historical neighbourhoods of Deira and Bur Dubai and, for a modern take, visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah or Souk Al Bahar.

30 Days Visa

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa on arrival for 30 days with a 10-day grace period for extension: Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, Russia, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City Please note: - Citizens of the above countries can obtain a visa upon arrival for 30 days from the date of entry with their normal passports - The visa is extendable and the total validity, if extended, would be 60 days from the date of entry - Passports should be normal and valid for more than six months - This visa is considered a multiple-entry visa, which allows the visa holder to consume the 30-day visa validity regardless of whether the visa holder is inside or outside the UAE. Any number of days the visa holder stays outside the UAE would be calculated from the 30-day validity of the visa

90 Days Visa

Citizens of the following countries do not require advance visa arrangements to enter the UAE and can obtain a visa on arrival for 90 days: 90-day visa - extendable: Argentina, Bahamas, Nauru, Solomon Islands, South Korea Please note: - Citizens of the above countries can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports - This visa type is extendable - Only normal passports are accepted and need to be valid for more than six months 90-day visa - not extendable: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland Please note: - Citizens of the above countries can obtain a visa upon arrival for 90 days from the date of entry with their normal passports - This visa type is not extendable - Only normal passports are accepted and need to be valid for more than six months - The visa holder can use the 90-day visa upon arrival, to be consumed within 180 days from first entry