Dubai Excursions

Arabian Adventures - Sundowner Desert Safari

This is a must do on your visit to Dubai. The Arabian Adventures Sundowner Desert Safari is an amazing way to experience Dubai as it was many years ago and by this we mean the stunning desert.

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This trip starts by being picked up at your hotel by a 4x4 Arabian Adventures car. There is an option to have a car booked privately as each vehicle seats 6 guests however, it can be quite a nice way to meet others if you’re are a couple or small group. The convoy of cars then start making their way out to the dunes which surround the evergrowing city.

The fleet of cars head through the dunes as the sun begins to set, with several stops along the way to allow for some photo opportunities. One of the stops involves a falconry display which is a brief insight into some of the traditions of the Middle East. There is also an opportunity to ride a camel; one of the original modes of transport from back in the day.

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You are then driven to a bedouin camp set up, where you can enjoy more arabian delights including a traditional middle eastern buffet, unlimited drinks, henna tattoos and shisha whilst watching a belly dancing performance.

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Afterwards, you will be taken back into the bustling city of Dubai and dropped at your hotel.

Burj Khalifa

If there is one thing Dubai is famous for, it has to be the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa is a tower like no other and stands out and dwarfs all the other skyscrapers in its surroundings. The sheer scale of the building is breathtaking and the views from the different viewing levels are stunning.

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You do have to book your visit in advance and there are several times throughout the day and evening that you can head up to the different viewing levels. The best time to go is in the evening, as the sun is setting over the city as the twilight makes for an amazing view of all the other buildings and features along the Dubai landscape. The viewing levels give access to amazing panoramic views which stretch for miles.

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The Burj Khalifa is located next to the Dubai Mall which is known to be one of the biggest and best shopping malls in the world. The Mall has every shop imaginable, an ice rink, aquarium, mini zoo and much more to entertain all ages. The Downtown area of Dubai is a great spot to grab a bite to eat after exploring the sights.
 

Old Town Tour

Whilst the city of Dubai is full of new glitzy and glamorous buildings, hotels, and beaches, there is an older and more cultural side to visit. The Old Town is located on the Dubai Creek which is a sea inlet where the first Bani Yas tribe members settled back in the 19th century. The creek was used as a base for boats for pearl diving and fishing trips. This tour starts at your hotel where you will be picked up and driven down along the Beach Road with a stop for have a photo in front of the Jumeirah Mosque. You will be fascinated by Dubai’s rich history and tradition as you are taken around the Al Fahidi Cultural Neighbourhood and Dubai Museum.

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From here you then may your way to the Creekside where you can take a little traditional Abra boat which taxi people across from one side to the other. On one side is the gold souk and on the other, you can navigate through the narrow alleys of the spice souk. There are plenty of little shops where you can find the perfect gifts to take back home with you.

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Dhow Dinner Cruise

This is a lovely activity for an evening  when you have been out exploring on your feet all day. Experience dinner aboard a traditional wooden dhow - a great way to see Dubai by night. Make the most of a international buffet-style dinner and choose to either eat in the cool air conditioned indoor or outside under the night sky. There are spectacular photo opportunities as you sail and dine. A great way to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

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Transfers are available to and from the hotel at an extra cost.

 

Essential Jargon Buster

1. Antepost

Normally for big races, you can place a bet on a particular race well in advance on the actual day i.e. King George or Cheltenham Gold Cup. This is done before horses have even been declared for the race but means that price is higher than normally expected on the day. Some may not even line up for the race.

2. On the Bridle

This is a term used to refer to a horse which is running with ease and without much pushing/riding effort from the jockey. A horse will remain on the bridle for the majority of the race and towards the end; if ‘hacking up’ with ease, will remain on the bridle unlike most others.

3. Furlong

A measure in racing the equivalent of 220 yards or ⅛ of a mile.  A race will be measured in  miles and furlongs.

4. Going

The going is a reference to the condition of the racing surface; turf. The going can range from anywhere between Heavy to Firm. The going is tested before every race day and a combination of terms is used to provide a more accurate description i.e. Good to Soft. In the case that a course seems to hard underfoot; normally in the summer months, racecourses will decide whether or not to water using irrigation systems. The going is one of the reasons why some trainers decide not to run horses and therefore declare a non-runner.

5. Green

This is a term used for a horse who is either inexperienced or immature in their behaviour. Used more often with young horses. If a horse is playing up and not behaving as it should then you would describe it as being green.

6. Maiden

A maiden is a horse that is yet to win a race. There are many specifications for different maiden races such as a mares maiden and over a variety of distances under conditions with eligibility. The age of a horse also affects which race they will run in.

7. Off the Bridle

The opposite to a horse being ‘on the bridle’. Referred to when a horse is being pushed and ridden along by a jockey thus losing contact with the bit in their mouth. This term would normally be used in the final furlongs of a race.

8. Pacemaker

A pacemaker is as the name suggests. A horse who is a pacemaker, will be entered into a race to act as a pacemaker for another horse with the same connections. This helps the horse behind stay calm and at a steady pace which will provide a better chance of doing well and reserving energy and speed for later in the race.

9. Stayer

If a horse is referred to as a stayer this means that they specialise in racing over long distances. A horse that stays well may not do very well in shorter distances at a faster pace but will go at a slower pace for longer. What we might call stamina.

10. Tongue Tie

A tongue tie is an aid for horses with breathing difficulties. Normally, just a strip of material tied around the horse's tongue to strap it down and stop it from swallowing its tongue during the race.

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