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Breaks In Dubai – Dubai Hotels

Posted January 21, 2010 by BookingBuddy

Dubai_night_skyline The glittering city of Dubai is an ode to excess, but if you look closely enough, you can still find quiet little hidden spots that tell of the city’s illustrious history. While the city is known for it’s many shiny new developments, visitors longing for a bit of nature need only travel a short distance to find some stunning landscapes.

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Hatta Rock Pools – The ancient town of Hatta lies a short distance away from Dubai. Intrepid explorers will be rewarded with a great day out at these stunning, jewel-hued rock pools nestled among the Hajar Mountains. The cool, spring-fed pools are a delightful oasis in the dry, mountainous terrain, and a popular picnic spot for many local families.

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Qamardeen Hotel – It may not be as hyped up as some of the city’s glitzier concoctions, but the Qamardeen more than makes up with its exceptional service. Shopaholics will be glad to learn that the Dubai Mall and the Mall of the Emirates are a short hop from the hotel. The rooms are decorated in a quietly elegant manner, with beautifully detailed touches and cutting edge facilities. For some respite from the never-ending bustle of the city, ask for a Garden Access room, which allows guests to enjoy the serenity of the hotel’s beautiful garden. Rates start from around £125.

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Shabestan – Said to be one of the best Iranian restaurants in the city, hungry travellers can be assured of getting some bang for their buck at this elegantly decorated restaurant. The lamb dishes are the stars here, with the chelow kebab highly recommended by many. Pair it with some fragrant saffron-infused rice and you have a meal fit for a king. Wash it all down with a glass of tea, and some faloodeh – a light Iranian ice cream flavoured with rose water and saffron.

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City Break In Dubai – Dubai Hotels

Posted July 7, 2009 by BookingBuddy

Dubai_gold_souq For an over-the-top experience, take a trip to Dubai. Almost everything in this city on the Persian Gulf is a hymn to excess. Whether it's the biggest, the largest or the most expensive, they can all be found here.

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Four Points Sheraton – Your budget may not stretch to the 7-star Burj Al Arab, but this hotel in downtown area of Bur Dubai more than makes up for it. The Four Points is only minutes away from the world famous Old souk – the perfect distance to travel if you’re lugging back bags filled with plenty of shopping. With room prices starting at around £65 per night, you’ll be sure to have plenty of dough left over for shopping.

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Souks – No visit to Dubai is complete without a trip to at least one of the souks. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a lot of fun to just go and soak in the atmosphere of the noise and crowds. Take a pair of sunnies with you if you’re planning to go to the Gold souk, as the bling is sure to dazzle you. Make sure you choose the right time to go, since many stalls take a break at midday and only open again at around 4 o’clock.

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Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary – It may not seem like it, but Dubai’s location is the perfect spot for many migratory birds to stop and feed. The sanctuary is also home to small mammals, fish and crustaceans. The calm and peaceful atmosphere in here disguises the fact that this reserve is only minutes from the centre of town. Camp out in one of the three birding hides and watch a myriad of birds go about their business. Entrance to the sanctuary is free.


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