Posted: June 29th, 2009 | Author: TwB | Filed under: Dubai, Middle East | Tags: Dubai, Dune Bashing, Middle East | No Comments »
If you are tired of your list of usual vacation spots, fly to Dubai and explore the many wonders of this Muslim county. Dubai has about 200 mosques bearing the grandness of Muslim architecture. Sadly, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter most mosques in the United Arab Emirates, but the Jumeirah Mosque allows non-Muslims to see the mosque’s interior.
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding offers educational tours for non-Muslims who visit the country. Take note, however, that one should dress appropriately for such tours. The Jumeirah Mosque, located along Jumeirah Beach Road, is the most famous mosque in Dubai with its attractive façade and one central big dome. It looks spectacular during nighttime.
The horse race at Nad Al Sheba is quite famous, but there are also camel races being held. The admission is free for these races. “Dune bashing” is another common past time in the country. It’s simply driving into the dessert on a four-wheel-drive vehicle and enjoying the unusually bumpy and hot trip. If you’re interested in trying dune bashing, make sure you book a tour operator because going into the dunes unaccompanied very risky.
Famous Dubai attractions include: Dubai Museum, Grand Mosque, Bastakiya District, S Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House, the Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai Creek, Hatta Town, Palm Island, Heritage Village, Jumeirah Beach Park, Burj Al Arab Hotel, and the Jumeirah Archaeological Site.
Veteran tourists know that the best places to visit and the best experiences to enjoy are not in the guidebooks you buy in bookstores or airports. So before you fly to distant Dubai, try to read a few interesting articles about this country and have a blast exploring the rich culture and history of Dubai with your family and friends.