Due to its impressive number of shopping malls and souks, Dubai is a shopper's paradise, frequently called "the shopping capital of the Middle East". At Dubai's shopping centers visitors can find a wide range of products including cars, haute couture clothing, jewelry, electronics, furnishing, perfumes, sporting tools, etc. at reduced prices. Shops usually open from 9 am to 10 pm and on weekends until midnight. Visitors can apply for shopping cards in major malls and receive important discount.
Dubai Creek Ride
The creek is the historic and modern hearth of Dubai. It formerly served as a port for trading to/from India, Africa and the Middle East, and today has become the main commercial hub of the region, preserving some of its shipping culture and traditional houses; along with imposing contemporary buildings. There are available all the year organized creek-tours in wooden Abras or in private boats that carry tourists along Deira and Bur Dubai while enjoying a calm and relaxed trip.
The city has various excellent public and private beaches where visitors have the chance of soak up the sun or practice different sea-sports in the hot, white and very salty waters of Dubai, like scuba diving, surfing, skiing and fishing.
The beach parks have diverse facilities including changing rooms and play zones. Visitors can also travel 90-minute road to Khor Fakkan in Sharjah, where there are beautiful coral reefs supporting extensive aquatic life that includes kingfish, jackfish, red snapper, barracuda and rock cod.
There are helicopter and plane tours providing an excellent view of Dubai throughout the year. The fee is about Dhs. 250 for 1-hour flight. Hot air balloon is another option to see the sand dunes and mountains in the countryside (there is an annual festival). Tourists can even try bungee jumping. The city is also provided with a cable car ride that runs 2.3km length at Creekside Park in 30 minutes. Suspended 30 m in the air, visitors can enjoy a wonderful sight of Dubai Creek.
Originally staged just at weddings or special festivals, this traditional sport has been renewed with a lot of enthusiasm in latest years and today is enormously popular in Dubai, which counts with exceptional customized tracks. The exciting race meetings are normally held in the winter months (October to April) finishing in the annual camel race festival at Al Wathba, which attracts entrants from the entire world. The Zayed Grand Prize is a singular race to commemorate the UAE National Day (2 December).
As well as camel racings, the sport of kings is extremely popular in Dubai. The Nad Al Sheba club hosts the world's richest horse race every year, in its 2000-meter turf course with 15,000-spectator capacity. Moreover, Dubai has a world-class FIA autodrome that includes single seater racing, motor bikes and karting. Abras races have a great cultural significance and are considered as one of the most graceful sports.
Sited at Jumeirah Rd, it is an fabulous 2-ha outdoor (there is an indoor plan) zoo near to the beach that houses many exotic species like chimpanzee, tigers, Arabian wolves, gorilla and the Arabian wild cat. Admission fee Dhs. 3 (US$ 1), open 10 am to 6:30 pm, Wednesday to Monday. Tel: +971 4 344 0462. Due to at the emirate there are more than 400 species of birds, bird watching is a major appeal for ornithologists. Tours may cover Dubaiís natural habitats including parks, desert, mountains and the famed flamingo reserve on the creek.