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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

The Cape in South Africa is wonderfully hot in January- so I' d stay there and travel direct. Sorry, but the recent history of Dubai means I wouldn't want to go there- ever.
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Erm, not starting in either. We're coming via South Africa, which we've done many times before but with a typical layover as opposed to a stop over.

We've heard it is a cool city to visit at least once so we thought okay, there's no charge for the stopover...why not?

Oh and I forgot to mention weather-wise, we'll be there in December.
The charge for the stopover depends on your ticket, if it is allowed not, one way or each way.Have a look at your ticket or contact the airline.
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Old 18.09.2016, 23:38
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The Cape in South Africa is wonderfully hot in January- so I' d stay there and travel direct. Sorry, but the recent history of Dubai means I wouldn't want to go there- ever.
Lovely idea, but I should have phrased better. The plane tix are booked and paid for, so the "planning" part of the question is what we should do (or not) on the stopover in Dubai.

So far you lot are making me wonder if this will be a sour and disappointing end to an otherwise lovely holiday.

Let me try again? What can we do in Dubai on our 2-day stopover at the end of our vacation that won't A) break the bank or B) ruin the previous delight in South Africa?

And do I really need a doctor's letter for every med? I normally take half a pharmacy on trips just to have all the bases covered for allergies, insect bites, headaches, yadda yadda.
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

I would make a desert safari (hopefully without any russians).Visit the
shopping centers, .........


http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/...s-9997648.html

Depends on the schedule , i would make before flying to south africa(so you get there relaxed)
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

There are loads of things to do for a two day stopover. We were there in late November last year, the old town is worth a visit but the souks are full of pushy sellers as you'd expect. The trip up the Burj Khalifa is worth it for sure, it's right next to the Great Mall so easy to get to. As mentioned the prices in the malls are nothing special, even by Swiss standards but the level of choice is.
We also went to the Madinat Jumeirah which was OK but nothing special. We were staying by the marina so took a boat tour of that and the palm.
The metro/monorail works well if you're staying near it, otherwise we just took a taxi or uber to get around.
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I would make a desert safari (hopefully without any russians).Visit the
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What's wrong with Russians on a desert safari?
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

December is a decent month to visit Dubai; sea water is not as warm as in November but coming from Switzerland, it will still feel warm for you.

If it s only two days, I would stay in Dubai without going on a tour outside the city, probably chase a good hotel deal with beach access.

I would highly recommend booking your hotel in advance; but again coming from Switzerland, I do not need to remind you of that at all.
An alternative might be to check short term rentals either on airbnb or dubizzle -and check for flats in Oceana or Tiara (two building complexes in the trunk of Palm); they have their own beach + pools; very handy if you have small kids

Shopping experience is nothing extraordinary apart from the wide selection available and long shopping hours; prices are high and you need to be informed particularly if you are checking electronics (they can be not the latest models). You can visit one mall or another just to get a feeling; Dubai Mall is still the best.

Someone spoke against it, but I enjoy Souk Madinat; shops look authentic and restaurants serve alcoholic drinks. In general though, dining out is very expensive particularly when it involves alcohol.

You can also visit JBR - Walk for a stroll along the beach and dine. The newly built City Walk should also be enjoyable in December.
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Old 19.09.2016, 15:51
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And do I really need a doctor's letter for every med? I normally take half a pharmacy on trips just to have all the bases covered for allergies, insect bites, headaches, yadda yadda.
I'll ask our friends. They were in Dubai in the summer and he has bad asthma so carries a load of medicines around with him.
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The Cape in South Africa is wonderfully hot in January- so I' d stay there and travel direct. Sorry, but the recent history of Dubai means I wouldn't want to go there- ever.
i would advise against visiting cape town in December/January.
its full of joburgers (package mainland visitors) and the queues and traffic is unbearable.
i used to leave cpt in December and specifically go on holidays away from the mother city due to it loosing its identity over December.
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i would advise against visiting cape town in December/January.
its full of joburgers (package mainland visitors) and the queues and traffic is unbearable.
i used to leave cpt in December and specifically go on holidays away from the mother city due to it loosing its identity over December.
To sum it up, OP would do better to just cancel the tickets and stay at home instead. Nonsense even considering to visit Cape Town and/or Dubai. Who needs vacation anyway?
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Old 19.09.2016, 18:52
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To sum it up, OP would do better to just cancel the tickets and stay at home instead. Nonsense even considering to visit Cape Town and/or Dubai. Who needs vacation anyway?
Actually zmaster has a point. The locals all bail out and escape the tourists. Tip - steer clear of GP license plates.

Back to Dubai and my hijack of Castro's thread...

Some good ideas so far, thanks! I have to say, hotel prices are making my head spin. Maybe a dumb question, but why is it so expensive? I get London, New York and whatnot, but what makes Dubai so fab that it can ask such prices?
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Never been to Dubai but driving around the sand dunes in a 4x4 looks like fun
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Never been to Dubai but driving around the sand dunes in a 4x4 looks like fun
To me that was the least exciting experience when I vacationed in Dubai. Felt queasy all day afterwards. Sorry, can't recommend anything. I did not enjoy our visit.
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What's wrong with Russians on a desert safari?
There was a belly dancer, the russians were intoxicated and wanted to molest the women , who was belly dancing. The police was called in.........
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Actually zmaster has a point. The locals all bail out and escape the tourists. Tip - steer clear of GP license plates.

Back to Dubai and my hijack of Castro's thread...

Some good ideas so far, thanks! I have to say, hotel prices are making my head spin. Maybe a dumb question, but why is it so expensive? I get London, New York and whatnot, but what makes Dubai so fab that it can ask such prices?
Because Dubai is an "Hip City" currently(for me it is not), been there, done that. Too artfical in every aspect (love or hate it, nothing in between).
My Heart belongs to Sydney, Melbourne and Vancouver.
I would never make a trip to Las Vegas or Bangkok, they are really crap(imo), but a lot of people like these cities.

In Australia , they don't like Boers (from South Africa)
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

I think the only time I have been told not to go to Dubai is August when it is WAY too hot. Other than that I think it is fine.
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

The best time for Dubai is October-November and then March-April.


December-February can be cool if you are looking at Swimming in the ocean.


Musandam in Oman is very cool for diving. It is about 1.5 hours from Dubai.


Dubai is also good if you like Shopping.
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Re: Dubai - Good time to go?

Dubai is like a strip mall. Loud, plasticky, garish, gaudy, and built to appeal to the nouveau riche. It's Disneyland for grownups. Don't expect culture or anything.

I lived there in 1997-99 and there was one bookstore (and about 500 video libraries). Nothing to do other than shop and eat out.

Never met or spoke to a local in 2 years. Other than the guy who stamps your visa or work permit or similar. Been back several times recently, and nothing much seems to have changed...

Don't get me wrong - it can be fun for a couple days. Just don't expect more than hotels and shops.
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I lived there in 1997-99 and there was one bookstore (and about 500 video libraries). Nothing to do other than shop and eat out.
They have a place called BookWorld now. I guess it's a chain, but it's the most amazing book store I've ever been in, bar none.
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They have a place called BookWorld now. I guess it's a chain, but it's the most amazing book store I've ever been in, bar none.
Yep, and there is a Barnes and Noble or Borders (they seem to still exist there) in every mall as well. It's still not exactly the city of culture, but finding books has never been a problem.

Local coffee shop even had a small library last time I was there
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