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Dubai vacation at Christmas via Istanbul

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Dubai vacation at Christmas via Istanbul

Hey all,
Just looking for advise . Me and hubby are planning trip to Dubai at Christmas time ( tentative date December 25 to Jan 3). I know it’s peak season but I work for a school board and that’s my vacation time.
Hubbys is looking after airfare while I’m looking after hotel and activities . I have no idea where to start . I’ve done some research but have little idea of where is a good centrally located place to stay . Don’t want to spend 400 night for hotels ...but willing to do up to 300 . I’ve booked 2 hotels around the “ internet city “ area( if I’m remember the name correctly) and they are within walking distance to the metro ( ended up being 200-250 a night )
So any suggestions ? I like to shop, husband likes to eat, neither of us care about going to the beach. And is 8 days more than enough? Or too short?

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Update October 14th. So we are booked on Turkish airlines leaving Toronto the night of 18th, landing on tne 19th...Istanbul for 4 days then on to Dubai for 8.
Any suggestions for Istanbul are welcome. I’ve tentatively booked a hotel in the old area called Blue Arcadia mainly because of its location to the Blue Mosque and haggia Sophia .
Thanks for all the help. You all have been really helpful

Thanks in advance
Last edited by queenofhearts on Oct 14th, 2018 4:35 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Personally, I would never make Dubai the "destination" but more so a place to do a stopover for a couple of days on the way to somewhere else. 8 days is way more than enough IMO. As a shopper, you'll probably love it as that seems to be a central theme but as you don't like sand/beach I think you could probably get bored before 8 days are up.
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Sep 12th, 2018 3:32 pm
Personally, I would never make Dubai the "destination" but more so a place to do a stopover for a couple of days on the way to somewhere else. 8 days is way more than enough IMO. As a shopper, you'll probably love it as that seems to be a central theme but as you don't like sand/beach I think you could probably get bored before 8 days are up.
Thanks. It’s is kind of a stop over fir husband who needs to travel on to Pakistan. We both also want to do tne touristy things and visit some of the mosques. Just need to figure out a “ reasonably “ priced hotel. I figured 8 days was more than enough but I hate to travel all that way and not take advantage ( we will probably fly first into Abu Dhabi ...but I think there’s even less to do there )
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Checkout Golden Sands apartment Hotel. I believe the location is reasonable; not very far from Al-Fahidi street (shops) and the 'abra' (boat) station to cross to the other side (Deira) of Dubai.
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Must has been discussed about Dubai here:

https://forums.redflagdeals.com/best-ch ... #p29789124

I'm sure you can find the laundry list of "touristy" things on other websites/travel guides... off the top of my head there's the off-road drives over the sand dunes, Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall (with the musical fountains), the powerboat tour of the Marina and Palm Islands (highly recommended!), the gold souk, abra boat across the creek (I'd call this Dubai's version of the Staten Island Ferry in NYC or the Star Ferry in HK -- cheap, and you get a nice view)...
Going in December you're avoiding the heat... Dubai in winter is like Los Angeles in the spring or fall.

This is the powerboat tour I went on: https://theyellowboats.com/dubai-tour-90/

If you and/or your hubby are into thrill rides I'd say go check out Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi and try the world's fastest roller coaster. I wish I had time to go there...
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queenofhearts wrote:
Sep 12th, 2018 3:12 pm
Hey all,
Just looking for advise . Me and hubby are planning trip to Dubai at Christmas time ( tentative date December 25 to Jan 3). I know it’s peak season but I work for a school board and that’s my vacation time.
Hubbys is looking after airfare while I’m looking after hotel and activities . I have no idea where to start . I’ve done some research but have little idea of where is a good centrally located place to stay . Don’t want to spend 400 night for hotels ...but willing to do up to 300 . I’ve booked 2 hotels around the “ internet city “ area( if I’m remember the name correctly) and they are within walking distance to the metro ( ended up being 200-250 a night )
So any suggestions ? I like to shop, husband likes to eat, neither of us care about going to the beach. And is 8 days more than enough? Or too short?
Thanks in advance
Going to UAE for 9 nights/10 days too leaving a few days after Christmas. Meeting family from Italy there & my sister is there with my brother in law on business for the next 12 months.

Staying 4 nights on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi
Staying 3 nights on The Palm in Dubai
Staying 2 nights out in the desert New Years

Having been there before, would def break up your stay between Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Really how much time needed is a personal choice.
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There is lots to do there and its an amazing place to see. Its a world class city. Lots of shopping.
Abu Dhabi is older and not as nice.
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Thanks to all of you who responded! Great information here...now I will start researching more!
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Sep 14th, 2018 4:14 pm
try the hop on hop off bus tour. there are 2 lines and it covers most of the city in detail. transfer points are at Dubai mall and emirates mall so you can a few hrs there as well.
Thanks. The hotel I have tentatively booked is right around a metro station. From what I can tell the metro is very convenient and clean.
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8 days may be more than enough, you can consider going to Abu Dhabi, which is about 1.5 hours away, for a day or two . Abu Dhabi has a Louvre museum and Ferrari World theme park.

For activities in Dubai, I would avoid paying over 300 AED to go up to the Burj Khalifa's observation deck for 30 minutes, instead book an afternoon tea at the at.mosphere lounge for 350 to 500 AED per person depending on the menu selection. The lounge is on the 122 level of the Burj Khalifa. The ticket price to go up the observation deck is not fixed, price depends on availability, time and date.

"Internet City" is far from city center. Try hotels around the Dubai Creek area, which is Dubai central location. The souks/markets are along the creek. Hotels along Sheikh Zayed Road are also good choices because the Dubai Metro runs along this road.
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Sep 16th, 2018 4:40 pm
8 days may be more than enough, you can consider going to Abu Dhabi, which is about 1.5 hours away, for a day or two . Abu Dhabi has a Louvre museum and Ferrari World theme park.

For activities in Dubai, I would avoid paying over 300 AED to go up to the Burj Khalifa's observation deck for 30 minutes, instead book an afternoon tea at the at.mosphere lounge for 350 to 500 AED per person depending on the menu selection. The lounge is on the 122 level of the Burj Khalifa. The ticket price to go up the observation deck is not fixed, price depends on availability, time and date.

"Internet City" is far from city center. Try hotels around the Dubai Creek area, which is Dubai central location. The souks/markets are along the creek. Hotels along Sheikh Zayed Road are also good choices because the Dubai Metro runs along this road.
So ...I’m obviously not understanding the map of Dubai ...seems like the best area to be in downtown Dubai?
I’ve booked these as possibles .:
Atana Hotel :https://www.atanahotel.com/en/
Gloria hotel : https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... Dubai.html
And Al Salam grand grand hotel apartments https://www.tripadvisor.ca/Hotel_Review ... Dubai.html

Am I looking too far from activities ? Don’t mind take metro which all 3 of these are near..but I also don’t want to be out so far it becomes inconvenient. Sort of like staying in upper town manhattan but all tne “ good stuff”is midtown
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Sep 20th, 2018 9:35 pm
So ...I’m obviously not understanding the map of Dubai ...seems like the best area to be in downtown Dubai?
Dubai really has three downtowns. There's the old one (Deira) where you'll find the Gold Souk, the abras (boats) across the creek, etc. There's "Downtown Dubai" which is the area in and around the Dubai Mall, where you find the Burj Khalifa and the International FInancial Centre (also lots of hotels). And finally there's the Dubai Marina, which is a lot newer and you could include the Mall of the Emirates and the Palm Islands in that area (although technically those things aren't in the Marina proper).

Maps of Dubai are deceptive. It might look like you could walk from Deira to the Marina in an hour but... nope. Think of Sheikh Zayed Road (E 11) as their "Hwy 401" across town. That's the scale you're dealing with.
If you stay "downtown" (so, near the Dubai Mall) you're pretty central. The Marina looks nice but it is quite a ways -- using Toronto scale that's like staying in Etobicoke or Scarborough when everything you wanted to do is at the CN Tower. Sure, the Metro/subway will get you there but it'll take awhile.

As an aside, if you want to use your own mobile phone while there, before you leave the airport get one of these:

https://www.du.ae/personal/helpandsuppo ... le-line-en (from du mobile)
or
https://www.etisalat.ae/en/consumer/mob ... r_line.jsp (from Etisalat mobile)

A hell of a lot cheaper than paying the roaming fees with your home provider, and you can surprise your friends/family at home by calling or texting them from a Dubai local number! But not every store sells these; pretty much you're limited to the airport and perhaps in the biggest malls (I got mine in the Virgin Megastore in the Dubai Mall).
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I stayed at the Sofitel Dubai Downtown earlier this year. It is a bit on the pricier side (~$400 CDN a night) but it is located right beside a Metro stop, as well as the overhead walkway to the Dubai Mall. As it is right on the Metro stop, this made it easier to get around and see the sights and sounds.
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I recommend Sheraton Mall of the Emirates ....best hotel I have stayed at .... it's connected to the mall too ...so it's not blazing hot every time you step outside ... connects to underground subway where you can sub to the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa ....

other attractions you will have to take cabs ...it's a short cab ride to the Jumeirah area

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