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Dubai Airport is now one of the busiest Airports in the world so here is some tips on how to plan your trip smoothly. Before you travel if this is the first time to Dubai the size of the airport can become daunting, so i advise you to book the welcome 'meet and greet' called Marhaba. The cost for this service is around £20 and there are family options also. With Marhaba you will have someone collect you from the gate and guide you through immigration , baggage reclaim and customs. If you have someone collecting you they will take you too them or guide you to the taxis. There are three types of taxis at the airport. The red roof taxi is the standard Dubai airport taxi and is relatively cheap to most places. Always have a copy of your hotel booking to show the driver just in case of mis communication although taxis drivers normally do speak good english. The second type of taxi is the pink roofed taxi. These are for women traveling alone or can be used by families as they have female drivers. The third type is the Black Lexus taxis, These taxis will cost more per KM plus the starting amount is higher but if you want a bit of luxury to start you holiday or business trip these are worth the money. All taxis run from a meter, and if the meter is not switched on there is a number inside the taxi to call for any dispute. I have never paid a taxi if the meter was not on (although this only happened once in 10 years). Taxis around dubai are very easy to get and most main roads. Hotels sometimes have their own taxis which can be white Lexus cars or similar. As per the black ones at the airport these are more expensive than a standard taxi, but depends if you want that extra luxury. All shopping Malls have taxi ranks in them to make it easy to get a cab after a day of shopping.

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8 Places

HeliDubai

Helicopter Tours, Air Tours

Dolphin Bay

Swim with Dolphins

Wild Wadi Waterpark

Water Parks

Dubai Fountains

Fountains

Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

Aquariums

Burj Khalifa

Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings

Burj Al Arab

Architectural Buildings

Aquaventure Waterpark

Water Parks

stevieb1974's City Tips

  • Tipping Taxi drivers is personal preference. For me i normally tip on a short journey to the nearest 5AED and on a longer journey the nearest 10 AED.
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    HeliDubai
    Helicopter Tours, Air Tours
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    For 700AED you take take a birds eye view of Dubai . A must to see Dubai from the Air

    Good for
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book in advance
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 438 Outdoor Activities in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing Experience In My Life 17/10/2017
    • Great way to see Dubai 08/10/2017
    • HeliDubai
    Address:
    Al Sufouh
    Located inside Skydive Marina
    Dubai 11097
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 208 1455
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Dolphin Bay
    Swim with Dolphins
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    A must for families with young children. I took my son who was 12 and he loved it

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • plan the full day as you have free access to the water park afterwards. A morning session is better so you can enjoy the rest of the day at the water park.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #8 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such lovely memories made here! 16/10/2017
    • Just a money maker thats all 16/10/2017
    • Dolphin Bay
    Address:
    Crescent Dr
    Atlantis, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 426 1030
    Price range:
    US$ 135 - US$ 135
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:10 - 04:30
    Other:
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    Wild Wadi Waterpark
    Water Parks
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    Considered to be one of the best Water parks in the ME

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • Get there early to avoid queue's. If on holiday avoid weekends also
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Children play area 22/10/2017
    • Lovely day out 22/10/2017
    • Wild Wadi Waterpark
    Address:
    Jumeirah Beach Road
    Umm Suqeim 3
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 348 4444
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Dubai Fountains
    Fountains
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    After 6pm the fountains at Dubai mall are a must to see. They operate for about 5-10 minutes on the Half hour

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    • Must See
    Tips
    • Most people come from the mall and watch the fountains as they exit. If you take the time to walk to the right towards Burj Khalifa you get a far better view with Less crowds
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fountains 23/10/2017
    • Water show 22/10/2017
    • Dubai Fountains
    Address:
    Financial Centre Road
    Dubai Mall
    Dubai 126882
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 800 382246255
    Price range:
    US$ 360 - US$ 360
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 13:30
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
    Aquariums
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    The worlds largest Fish tank in Dubai Mall. You can buy a ticket to walk through this with the fish and sharks swimming above. You should also go to the underwater zoo where you will see one of the largest Cros on the world dubbed 'King Croc'

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Buy entertainer Dubai for 2 for 1 vouchers.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fabulous .👍 23/10/2017
    • Dubai Aquarium at Dubai Mall 22/10/2017
    • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
    Address:
    Sheikh Zayed Road
    The Dubai Mall, Doha Street Off 1st Interchange
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 448 5200
    Price range:
    US$ 68 - US$ 68
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    Burj Khalifa
    Observation Decks & Towers, Architectural Buildings
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    Currently the worlds tallest building you can go to the worlds highest observation decks. There are now two floors to visit 125 and 148 (new).

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Book well in advance. The best time is 5-6pm so you will see the sun setting
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wow! 23/10/2017
    • Burj Khalifa 23/10/2017
    • Burj Khalifa
    Address:
    1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard
    Downtown Dubai
    Dubai 9440
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 881 8818
    Price range:
    US$ 35 - US$ 35
    Other:
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    Burj Al Arab
    Architectural Buildings
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    Afternoon Tea at this 7 star hotel is Luxury all the way, however it comes in at a costly £120 for the experience.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Must See
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Book well in advance. the Skyview bar would give you the best view of the Palm. The skivvies bar does not allow kids.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Over priced tourist trap 22/10/2017
    • Drinks at Gold 26th floor 22/10/2017
    • Burj Al Arab
    Address:
    3 Jumeirah Street
    Burj Al-Arab Hotel
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 301 7777
    Other:
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    Aquaventure Waterpark
    Water Parks
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    stevieb1974 Says:

    Attached to the Atlantis Palm this water park has something for everyone.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    Tips
    • if you book Dolphin bay you get access free to the park. Staying at Atlantis this park is free for house guest.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 413 things to do in Dubai
    • Perfect Day Out! 23/10/2017
    • Great day for the kids... 22/10/2017
    • Aquaventure Waterpark
    Address:
    Crescent Road
    Atlantis, The Palm
    Dubai
    United Arab Emirates
    Phone:
    +971 4 426 0000
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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