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Thanks but I really need to fly from Geneva, but your offer sounds good
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Old 14.01.2010, 16:27
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Thanks but I really need to fly from Geneva, but your offer sounds good
Post your dates Swissinfo, lets see if we can't beat your best quote
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

One cheaper option would be using Easyjet from Basel to Istanbul, and then using Air Arabia to Sharjah (.5 hour from Dubai).
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Post your dates Swissinfo, lets see if we can't beat your best quote
Ok my dates are 2nd April and return can be 10th/11th April but have to back at work in Zurich for 12th april

Thanks upfront for those who are helping
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At the moment over Easter period the cheapest flight I can see it around 700to800sfr whilst Swiss and Emirates come out at 1200to1300sfr, I was wondering what Ataturk Airport is like? since you would have to change flights there, I am a bit worried about losing lugguage
Ataturk is a fine airport, far better than many European airports such as Heathrow to name but one.
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

This is proving to be quite a challenge
One possibility would be:

EasyJet GVA > LGW = £110 RTN
Qatar Air LGW > DXB = £295 RTN

CHF 657

Nb. The 3rd April seems to give cheaper flights than Friday 2nd

If you have friends/family in London you could also indulge in a little crash-age and spend the night, which is what I'd do
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Ataturk is a fine airport, far better than many European airports such as Heathrow to name but one.
There is Turkish girl working on my reception and she tells me it a very new airport
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Dubai is very nice town .it is very beautiful town.
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Dubai is like Las Vegas without the casinos.
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Ressurecting this thread as I am going to Dubai in 3.5 weeks. Did you end up making it there Castro?? I have a few questions about Dubai: 1) How is the metro system. I will rely on it exclusively because my hotel is near the red line. 2) How are the beaches in Dubai? Is it true that the weather is still around 35 degrees in October? 3) Renting a car seems quite cheap? Is it worth renting a car especially since i want to day trip to Abu Dhabi Any other tips on what to see would be very welcome
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Hi..
The metro system is very good.. i use it when I am there..have had no problems..
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Was in Dubai earlier this year for a week (not hols)...have to say I found it the most boring, dull, soulless place I have ever been to. The shopping malls, which despite being tax free are not cheap either

If you want a nice hotel and a beach - it's fine....but not for anything else. Oman or slightly diiferent location - Jordan are I think are more interesting places to visit
Totally agree. What a crap place to holiday. Soulless is right...
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The Canaries are an awful lot closer! Must say Dubai would never be my choice. Bonne vacances.
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Ressurecting this thread as I am going to Dubai in 3.5 weeks. Did you end up making it there Castro?? I have a few questions about Dubai: 1) How is the metro system. I will rely on it exclusively because my hotel is near the red line. 2) How are the beaches in Dubai? Is it true that the weather is still around 35 degrees in October? 3) Renting a car seems quite cheap? Is it worth renting a car especially since i want to day trip to Abu Dhabi Any other tips on what to see would be very welcome
The beaches in Dubai are pretty good. Also, the diving is pretty good in
the area.

Where are you planning to stay?
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

We went to Dubai for a few days in May and had a relaxing time, sunning ourselves by the pool (all right, basking in deep shade actually....), eating out at a reasonable cost and doing a spot of sightseeing. A mate of mine used to live in Dubai and had some useful tips.

Best tourist attraction was going to (nearly) the top of the Burj Khalifa. Book online as the advance purchase is a quarter of what it costs to go up on the day, plus when we rocked up they had actually sold out for that day and the following one - we would have been stuffed had we not bought ahead

http://www.burjkhalifa.ae/observatio...formation.aspx

We went up just as the sun was setting, so we had the benefit of seeing just how desolate the area outside the oasis of the city actually is, and then the lights at night. Like something out of Blade Runner.

There is a sound and light show with enormous fountains in the lake at the foot of the Burj Khalifa - this is free if you stand by the lake, or you can book a table on a balcony in a restaurant overlooking the lake



We had a meal at this restaurant, the Rivington Bar and Grill.

Dune bashing?

http://www.arabiannightstours.com/

If you have time, take a taxi to Bastakiya the old town, there you will find the Dubai museum - be sure to go downstairs. Then if you feel up to it, might be too hot, take an abra down the creek. This is around 150 Dhs - 50chf and you will get it to yourself. The driver will take you down and you see the palace, huge yachts but best of all the number of Noah's ark style boats piled high with fridges, vans, all sorts from Pakistan etc .... It is biblical!



It takes about an hour down the creek and back. You pay 1dhs to just take a trip across the creek to the gold & spice souks, (that is about 50 Rappen) Go early it will be hot!

There are money changing places every where, it is no problem but you may need to show your passport.

A restaurant I particularly recommend is in The Habtoor Grand - the Grand Grill. Fabulous steaks. Totally African - say Asante sana (Thank you in Swahili) and you will have a very, very good time. Tell them it is your birthday and see what happens.

http://grandjumeirah.habtoorhotels.c...randGrill.aspx

Taxis are soooo cheap. From the airport to our hotel was about 120dhs - about 32 chuffs (Le Royal Meridien). Most trips are under 30 chuffers, and there are no buses. The Metro is clean and reliable, but slow with long waits at stops (as no one walks quickly in Dubai), and if the weather is warm next month (it was 40C when we were there in May) a walk from the Metro stop to the hotel could be nearly insufferable.

Anyway, that is probably enough, we enjoyed it and hope you do too

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Dubai- shite hole for a holiday.

If you know someone there fine, otherwise forget it.

Some waiter gets annoyed because you didn't give him a tip and you could end up in jail because he claims you insulted him etc - and it happens!

Don't forget about the locals parking along the beach road, watching the westerners on the beach and knocking one out. Lovely!
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Ressurecting this thread as I am going to Dubai in 3.5 weeks. Did you end up making it there Castro??
We did indeed, and had a very nice relaxing week there. Its whatever you make of it, we just wanted to relax on the beach, spot of sight seeing and eating out at good quality restaurants (different cuisine each day).
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Ressurecting this thread as I am going to Dubai in 3.5 weeks. 2) How are the beaches in Dubai? Is it true that the weather is still around 35 degrees in October? 3) Renting a car seems quite cheap? Is it worth renting a car especially since i want to day trip to Abu Dhabi Any other tips on what to see would be very welcome
The beaches are fabulous - and a good way to keep cool if not in a shopping mall

Something I found very interesting was a "Dune Safari" - most hotels cater for booking this day trip, and it`s cheap and worth the experience.

A long drive out into the desert, where all the 4x4`s meet up, and travel out into the desert (drivers doing some hair-raising dune sliding), stopping for some dune surfing and other stuff like changing flat tyres,( allowing time for tourists to puke from the motion) ..... ending up at an oasis for a true Arabian Festival in the desert in the evening - all inclusive in the safari price - taking a Camel ride, then sitting on persian carpets at low tables, in candlelight, around a carpeted dancefloor - arabian disco dancing - free drinks (you only pay for alcohol - which is offered at discount prices) - then an Arabian feast of traditional foods, truly a FEAST! Then belly-dancing exhibitions.

There are stalls all around the venue, offering Henna hand/foot paintings, and traditional clothing to don for your own photographs, lots of jingly spangled belly dancing outfit things to buy (don`t forget to "bargain" the prices down!)

And finally, after about 10pm, you get driven home again (short-cut to the main road, not thru the desert).
What was touted as a 6hr trip, ended up 10 hours - I think the 3 hours was only the actual desert ride? There are long waits for other autos to join the cavalcade, as many are required to escort each other thru the barren wastes!

That was a truly fantastic experience I`m glad I made the effort for.

Oh, and if women want to feel really comfortable? It`s worth buying a Bhurka to wear over clothing, with a colourful headscarf, when going outdoors - the locals seem to appreciate this, and prevents men ogling bare arms/legs. (relatively cheap Bhurkas are available in most supermarkets).
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Thanks everyone for the advice! Our vacation will be similar to Castro's. Lots of time spent at the beach, relaxing. Will be eating out a lot as I hear its not too expensive for western food or Indian food. I want to go to Abu Dhabi and I think by bus might be easiest (and cheapest). As for the bathing, we want to go to the private beaches where you may have to pay but at least you don't have to cover up completely.
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