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Old 11th August 2016, 13:24   #31
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I too had a similar layover when I was going to Seattle and an 8hr one when going to NYC. However, you need to factor in the time it would take for you to get out of the Airport, get your transit visa, immigration and then the time it will take for the bus to arrive and take you to the hotel.

If you are put up in Hotel Copthorne, you can walk down to the GGICO metro station nearby and take the metro to Dubai Mall, and if interested book for the top view from the Burj Khalifa. Also just next to Dubai mall is the Aston Martin showroom where I had the pleasure of seeing the Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall. Also the Ferrari Store is a short walk away from the mall.
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I too had a similar layover when I was going to Seattle and an 8hr one when going to NYC. However, you need to factor in the time it would take for you to get out of the Airport, get your transit visa, immigration and then the time it will take for the bus to arrive and take you to the hotel.

If you are put up in Hotel Copthorne, you can walk down to the GGICO metro station nearby and take the metro to Dubai Mall, and if interested book for the top view from the Burj Khalifa. Also just next to Dubai mall is the Aston Martin showroom where I had the pleasure of seeing the Aston Martin DB5 used in Skyfall. Also the Ferrari Store is a short walk away from the mall.

Thanks! Did you apply for transit visa before hand or is there on-arrival transit visa for Indian citizens going to US?
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Thanks! Did you apply for transit visa before hand or is there on-arrival transit visa for Indian citizens going to US?
During your check-in at the origin you will be given your hotel, food and visa vouchers. On arrival in Dubai you would need to go to the Visa counter and submit the visa voucher on which they will stamp a visa in your passport. In short it will be visa on arrival.
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During your check-in at the origin you will be given your hotel, food and visa vouchers. On arrival in Dubai you would need to go to the Visa counter and submit the visa voucher on which they will stamp a visa in your passport. In short it will be visa on arrival.
Ok, Emirates told me they wouldn't sponsor my stay or visa since I have chosen to have a 22hr layover even when an earlier flight is available :( Looks like I will have to apply for a transit visa myself.
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In how many days were the above places covered by the driver?
In a single day! The package offered by our hotel was much more expensive.
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Ok, Emirates told me they wouldn't sponsor my stay or visa since I have chosen to have a 22hr layover even when an earlier flight is available :( Looks like I will have to apply for a transit visa myself.
Yes it is only available if you do not have earlier options. Try booking your visa and hotel through emirates (skywards). It comes easier and is hassle free I guess. Airbnb.com is another option for rooms but I don't know how feasible it will be for a few hours stay.
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I need your help to plan my itinerary for Dubai. I will be landing on 8th Oct early morning say round 6 am and will be leaving on 12th evening. So I have four and half days. I have 2 kids one 12 year and one 9 year. Hotel and airline bookings are done.
I am planning to cover
1. Jumeirah Beach ( not sure its worth)
2. Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium and Sky Dubai
3. Desert Safari with dinner
4. Dhow Cruise and Dinner ( Dubai Creek)
5. Burj Khalifa
6. Dolphinarium
7. Wild Wadi water Park
8. Dolphin Experience at Atlantis The Palm in Dubai
9. Dubai Fountains
10. The Dubai Mall- Giant aquarium and sea zoo on 2 levels
11. Gold Souk ( how can I forget that)

Please help me to plan the literary I am very confused on when to visit Burj khalifa, will evening is better or morning is better time to visit. Desert safari and cruse are to be done in evenings. Also how can I get the cheaper entry tickets.
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I need your help to plan my itinerary for Dubai.
I guess you can cover point # 2, 5, 9 & 10 in one day as they all are interconnected or in the vicinity of the Dubai Mall. You can watch other attractions in the mall like, Dubai Ice Rink, Waterfall, and Underwater Zoo & Aquarium etc during the day time and keep Burj Khalifa & Fountain for the evening. The ideal time to visit Burj Khalifa is between 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM where you can watch the sunset over Dubai sky & also capture some amazing pictures. There are 2 observation decks for visitors, one on the 124th floor & the other at the (126-148) 148th which is being expensive of the two. Due to the enormous height of this building, one can actually watch the sunset twice on the same day - once from the ground & second time at the top of the tower if you happen to go to the top after watching the sunset from the ground.

The fountain show starts at around 7:00 PM with every show running for few minutes & they repeat the same once in every 30 minutes thereafter until the midnight. You can watch this from the top of the Burj Khalifa tower if you happen to be at the observation deck when the fountain start, though the complete view of the fountain looks quite minuscule from the top.

Keep a whole day for Desert Safari and another for Gold Souq & Dhow Cruise Dinner. If you happen to find some time in between watch “Dolphin Show” in Dolphinarium which is located at the Creek Park and the show is REALLY amazing.

You can also look at travelling to Abu Dhabi for a day and cover Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Ferrari World and YAS Mall etc. I am not sure Jumeirah beach & Wild Wadi Water Park are worth the effort to cover in 4 days of time.

As far as tickets are concerned, you get good packages if you try to book tickets clubbing multiple events.
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I am very confused on when to visit Burj khalifa, will evening is better or morning is better time to visit. Desert safari and cruse are to be done in evenings.
I suggest you to visit the Burj Khalifa in the evening for two main reasons:
  1. The top view of the musical fountain is spectacular.
  2. You will get to witness sunset and then the glittering Dubai skyline at night.

If you are an adventure freak, do give Skydive-Dubai a visit
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I suggest you to visit the Burj Khalifa in the evening for two main reasons:
  1. The top view of the musical fountain is spectacular.
  2. You will get to witness sunset and then the glittering Dubai skyline at night.

If you are an adventure freak, do give Skydive-Dubai a visit
Thank you Syed.
I find when you book multiple events as package, the timings for Burj Khalifa is during the non peak time, which is during the day and not in the evening. I tried searching on the net but could not find satisfactory results.

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As far as tickets are concerned, you get good packages if you try to book tickets clubbing multiple events.
Thank you cbatrody. But I could not find a package which gives Burj Khalifa tickets for evening. Hence I am not sure should I go for package or book individually. Could you please refer some site/link where I can find packages.

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Abu Dhabi:
Abu Dhabi nice and clean city 170 km from Dubai, can go by car

Al Ain:
Al Ain is garden city 190 km aprox from Dubai or Abu Dhabi,

Sand Dunes & Safari ride:
I don't know, but you can get plenty of information from hotels, people
locally.

Caution:
Avoid driving car specially on highways and even locally, even though
road and traffic systems was very efficient, but still there is danger from
rash drivers. .
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- For a motorhead, some of the must-experience activities are below.
a. Ferrari World -
b. Dubai Autodrome - For karting and some branded experiences,
e. Desert Safari -
f. Drive yourself around - When on a visit visa, if you have an international licence from India, you can drive a rented car.
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Plan a 5 PM slot for the Burj Khalifa.

Keep one full evening for Global Village.

Ferrari World is another attraction in Abu dhabi, but since you are from Mumbai the iMagica is almost the same like Ferrari world, albeit the expensive one (infact some rides are better in iMagica).

Dhow cruise is famous. You can dine in a cruise ship and its quite an experience with their traditional dances and Tanoora show.

Sand Dunes are worth visiting, opt for a Hummer for just 20$ extra each .
My wife and 2 of her friends surprised their families with a Dubai-Abu Dhabi plan.

They have already booked us for 2 nights in Dubai, 2 nights in Abu Dhabi, and 4 nights in Dubai

We intend to spend first 2 days in Palms Atlantis (we have rooms booked here). Then go to Abu Dhabi (hotel rooms are booked) and see the Grand Mosque and Ferrari World

and come back to Dubai for (days 4-8)
1. Visit to Al Ain
2. Desert Safari: ARABIAN Adventures is what has been recommended
3. Shopping and Dhow cruise with dinner
4. Dubai Mall - Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium, Sky Dubai, Burj Khalifa (5-6pm), and Dubai Fountains (around 7pm)

In general we are a group of 11 (6 adults) and travel at a lazy pace. Is there anything else we should make time for.

Also should we book a car for all 8 days? Or just to go to Abu Dhabi and back? I assume Indian driving licenses with an International Permit will work.

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My wife and 2 of her friends surprised their families with a Dubai-Abu Dhabi plan.

They have already booked us for 2 nights in Dubai, 2 nights in Abu Dhabi, and 4 nights in Dubai

We intend to spend first 2 days in Palms Atlantis (we have rooms booked here). Then go to Abu Dhabi (hotel rooms are booked) and see the Grand Mosque and Ferrari World

and come back to Dubai for (days 4-8)
1. Visit to Al Ain
2. Desert Safari: ARABIAN Adventures is what has been recommended
3. Shopping and Dhow cruise with dinner
4. Dubai Mall - Underwater Zoo, Dubai Aquarium, Sky Dubai, Burj Khalifa (5-6pm), and Dubai Fountains (around 7pm)

In general we are a group of 11 (6 adults) and travel at a lazy pace. Is there anything else we should make time for.

Also should we book a car for all 8 days? Or just to go to Abu Dhabi and back? I assume Indian driving licenses with an International Permit will work.
1 Night in Abu dhabi is enough, since you are visiting the Palm, there is no need to go to Yas Waterworld in Abu dhabi, Grand Mosque wont take time and Ferrari World can be done on the same day. The women need to wear the special clothes in the mosque which takes time. Actually we did not take any stay in abu dhabi.

Don't forget to visit Global Village, Dolphin Show and Miracle Gardens in Dubai.

Since you are 11, taking a cab is more cheaper than the trains or other means of transport IMO.
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I assume Indian driving licenses with an International Permit will work.
Googled info says yes, but do check ground reality. Maybe someone who has rented car in UAE can comment better on this.
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Don't forget to visit Global Village, Dolphin Show and Miracle Gardens in Dubai.

Since you are 11, taking a cab is more cheaper than the trains or other means of transport IMO.
How would I fit the Global Village, Dolphin Show and Miracle Gardens into my current schedule.

We intend to rent 3 SUVs and drive across from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back.

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Googled info says yes, but do check ground reality. Maybe someone who has rented car in UAE can comment better on this.
Fellow moderator bblost put me in touch with a friend based in Dubai who said it is ok to use and IDL with a rented car.
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The National” says RTA (Roads and Transport Authority) has confirmed that a tourist or a visitor can drive in the UAE not only ‘Rent a Car’ but any car with owner’s permission if they have an IDL OR a Passport and DL from one of the following countries:
  • Any of the GCC countries
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • France
  • Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • Italy
  • the United Kingdom
  • Turkey
  • Greece
  • Switzerland
  • Norway
  • Denmark
  • Sweden
  • Romania
  • Poland
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Canada
  • the United States
  • South Korea
  • Singapore
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • South Africa

All other nationalities must have an IDL along with their home country license. If you are driving a car which is not a ‘Rent a Car’, you need to ensure that the respective insurance company is informed about the situation and they are Ok with that. A written confirmation from the Insurance Company would be ideal in case of claim related disputes in future, if any.

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http://www.thenational.ae/business/p...nly-hired-cars
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