Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai

October 30th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General, Hotels

Jumeirah Beach Hotel © flickr.com - ADTeasdale/cc-by-2.0

Jumeirah Beach Hotel © flickr.com – ADTeasdale/cc-by-2.0

Jumeirah Beach Hotel is a hotel in the coastal residential area Jumeirah of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The hotel, which opened in 1997, is operated by the Dubai-based hotelier Jumeirah. The hotel contains 598 rooms and suites, 19 beachfront villas, and 20 restaurants and bars. This wave-shaped hotel complements the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, which is adjacent to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. The hotel occupies a location on the beach. Visitors to the hotel have at total of 33,800 square metres (364,000 sq ft) of beach for their use. Beside the hotel is the Wild Wadi Water Park. All guests in the hotel have unlimited access to the waterpark.   read more…

The World in Dubai

March 15th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Dubai, General

© NASA

© NASA

The World or The World Islands is an artificial archipelago of various small islands constructed in the rough shape of a world map, located in the waters of the Persian Gulf, 4.0 kilometres (2.5 mi) off the coast of Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The World islands are composed mainly of sand dredged from Dubai’s shallow coastal waters, and are one of several artificial island developments in Dubai. The World’s developer is Nakheel Properties, and the project was originally conceived by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai.   read more…

Dubai Creek

February 24th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General

© Imre Solt/cc-by-sa-3.0

© Imre Solt/cc-by-sa-3.0

Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek located in Dubai. It ends at Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary. Some sources say that the creek extended as far inland as Al Ain, and that the Ancient Greeks called it River Zara. Historically, the creek divided the city into two main sections – Deira and Bur Dubai. It was along the Bur Dubai creek area that members of the Bani Yas tribe first settled in the 19th century, establishing the Al Maktoum dynasty in the city. In the early 20th century, the creek, though incapable then of supporting large scale transportation, served as a minor port for dhows coming as far away as India or East Africa. Although it impeded the entry of ships due to current flow, the creek remained an important element in establishing the commercial position of Dubai, being the only port or harbour in the city. Dubai’s pearling industry, which formed the main sector of the city’s economy, was based primarily on expeditions in the creek, prior to the invention of cultured pearls in the 1930s.   read more…

Palm Islands in Dubai

January 6th, 2017 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General, Living, Working, Building

Palm Jumeirah, The Universe, The World and Palm Deira © Tobias Karlhuber

Palm Jumeirah, The Universe, The World and Palm Deira © Tobias Karlhuber

Palm Islands are three artificial islands, Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali, on the coast of Dubai. As of November 2014, only Palm Jumeirah has been completed. This island takes the form of a palm tree, topped by a crescent. After completion, Palm Jebel Ali will take a similar shape; each island will be host to a large number of residential, leisure and entertainment centers and will add a total of 520 kilometers of non-public beaches to the city of Dubai. The creation of the Palm Islands began in June 2001. Land reclamation began shortly after the announcement. Palm Jumeirah was built entirely from sand and rocks (no concrete or steel was used to build the island). This was done in accordance with the order of the Prince of Dubai, who came up with the idea for the Palm Islands, as well as their design. The primary objective for the construction of the Palm Islands was to create a major tourist destination in Dubai to compensate for a decrease in revenue from oil as oil reserves in the Persian Gulf depleted. The Palm Jumeirah has a number of hotels, resorts, and hotel residences, among them Atlantis. Other artificial islands in Dubai are The World, Dubai Waterfront and Jumeirah Islands.   read more…

The Dubai Media City (DMC)

July 4th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General

Dubai Media City entrance sign © Hicham-ix/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dubai Media City entrance sign © Hicham-ix/cc-by-sa-4.0

Dubai Media City (DMC), part of Dubai Holding, is a tax-free zone within Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It’s located next to the Dubai Marina neighborhood, next to Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai Internet City, and the private American University in Dubai, as part of the new to be built Dubai International Academic City.   read more…

Atlantis, The Palm, in Dubai

June 10th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General, Hotels

Atlantis, The Palm © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Atlantis, The Palm © Bgabel/cc-by-sa-3.0

Atlantis, The Palm is a hotel resort in located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was the first resort to be built on the island and is themed on the myth of Atlantis but includes distinct Arabian elements. The resort opened on September 24, 2008 as a joint venture between Kerzner International Holdings Limited and Istithmar World.   read more…

Theme Week Dubai – Ski Dubai

May 30th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General

Ski Dubai slope from inside Mall of the Emirates © Frank Seiplax/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ski Dubai slope from inside Mall of the Emirates © Frank Seiplax/cc-by-sa-3.0

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with 22,500 square meters of indoor ski area. It is a part of the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest shopping malls in the world, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was developed by Majid Al Futtaim Group, which also operates the Mall of the Emirates.   read more…

The Mall of the Emirates

May 2nd, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Dubai, General

© flickr.com - Peter Gronemann/cc-by-2.0

© flickr.com – Peter Gronemann/cc-by-2.0

Mall of the Emirates is a shopping mall in Dubai. Developed and owned by Majid al-Futtaim Properties, it opened in November 2005 and is located at interchange four on Sheikh Zayed road. The multi-level shopping mall currently features more than 630 retail outlets, 7900 parking spaces, over 100 restaurants & Cafes, 80 luxury stores and 250 flagship stores. It has a total gross leasable area of 255,489 square meters. It also hosts family leisure activities including Ski Dubai (the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park), the 500-seat capacity Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre and Magic planet, one of the largest indoor family entertainment centres in Dubai. On November 2005, it was named the World’s Leading New Shopping Mall at the World Travel Awards in London.   read more…

Business Bay in Dubai

April 8th, 2016 | Author/Destination: | Rubric: Architecture, Dubai, General, Intelligent Buildings, Living, Working, Building

Downtown Burj Dubai and Business Bay, seen from Safa Park © Robert Luxemburg

Downtown Burj Dubai and Business Bay, seen from Safa Park © Robert Luxemburg

Business Bay is a central business district under construction in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. The project features numerous skyscrapers located in an area where Dubai Creek will be dredged and extended. Business Bay will have upwards of 240 buildings, comprising commercial and residential developments. The infrastructure of Business Bay has been completed in 2008, and the entire development is expected to be completed between 2012-2015. Business Bay is part of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and Ruler of Dubai. Business Bay will be a new ‘city’ within the city of Dubai and is being built as a commercial, residential and business cluster along a new extension of Dubai Creek extending from Ras Al Khor to Sheikh Zayed Road. Covering an area of 64,000,000 square feet (5,900,000 m2), once completed it will comprise office and residential towers set in landscaped gardens with a network of roads, pathways and canals. It will become the region’s business capital as well as a freehold city. There will be over 230 towers in the Business Bay district.   read more…

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