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- Time Zone
/ Shopping and Working hours
Points of interest
World Trade Centre
and Diving Villages
Al Sheba Club (horse races)
- Wild Wadi
- Emirates Golf Club: 2 minutes
away from Bavaria Executive Suites
- Montgomerie Golf Club:
5 minutes away from the hotel
- Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht
- Nad Al Sheba Golf Club
- Mall of
- Ibn Battuta
- Wafi City
- Deira City
- Dubai Shopping
Festival: January - February
Tennis Open: January
Desert Classic: March
World Cup: April
Summer Surprise: June - September
- Air Show:
Rugby Sevens: November
Boat Race: December
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) consists
of seven Emirates: Ajman, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm
Al Quwain, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah. The second largest
Emirate is Dubai, which lies on the coast of the Arabian
Gulf. Although Abu Dhabi is the capital, Dubai appears as
the business center of the UAE.
Dubai is a city of pleasant contrasts:
a rich Arabian culture complements an upbeat cosmopolitan
lifestyle. A harmonious blend that has transformed the city
into one of the most sought after destinations, attracting
businessmen and leisure seekers from around the world.
Time Zone & Climate
4 hours ahead of GMT (+4 GMT).
Dubai has a sub-tropical, arid climate.
Sunny, blue skies can be expected most of the year. Rainfall
is infrequent and irregular, falling mainly in winter.
Temperatures range from a low of about
10.5°C/50°F to a high of 48°C/118°F. The
mean daily maximum is 24°C/75.2°F in January rising
to 41°C/105.8°F in July.
The electricity supply in Dubai is 220
/ 240 volts at 50 cycles. US-made appliances may need
Tap water is quite safe to drink, but
locally bottled mineral water is generally served in hotels
The national language is Arabic but English
is widely used in business and commerce.
Alcohol is freely available in most hotel
restaurants and bars.
Currency & Banks
The UAE dirham (AED) is made up of 100
fils. It has been held constant against the US dollar
since the end of 1980 at a mid-rate of approximately US$1=
Many international banks have branches
in Dubai. Bank hours are 8:00 am to 1:00 pm, Sunday to
Wednesday, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon Thursday. Some are also
open from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm. They are closed on Fridays.
Credit Cards: American Express,
Diners Club, Visa, MasterCard, etc are generally accepted
in the main hotels and larger shops.
ATMs: Automatic Transaction (or
Teller) Machines are common throughout the UAE and are
tied into one or more of the global ATM systems. However,
it is advisable to make sure that your card is compatible
by checking with your bank or credit card company before
Bargaining / Shopping and Working hours
Bargaining is expected in the souk where
vendors will often drop the price quite substantially,
particularly for a cash sale.
Private sector office hours vary, It
is advisable to check the timings in advance.
Shops generally open at 10.00 am, closing
at 9.00-10.00pm. Department stores, boutiques and souks
are generally closed on Friday mornings, opening later
in the afternoon for a few hours. Many of the larger food
shops remain open on a Friday. Government offices close
on Friday and Saturday for the weekend, whilst private
sector enterprises vary, with some closed Thursday and
Friday, Friday and Saturday, or just Friday.
Medical services in Dubai are of an international
standard, with numerous excellent choices of doctors and
Lightweight summer clothing can be worn
for most of the year, but the temperature can drop quite
sharply at night during the winter. At the pool or on
the beaches, trunks, swimsuits, shorts or bikinis are
quite acceptable. When in the city, particularly in the
old parts of town, care should be taken not to wear clothing
that is too revealing. Modest attire should be worn during
the month of Ramadan when in public places.
Entry visa on arrival
If you are a citizen of one of the following
countries, you no longer need to apply for a visa in advance
of travel - a visit visa is now stamped directly in your
passport by immigration officials at the port of entry
and is valid for 60 days:
Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland,
France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein,
Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,
San Marino, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom,
the Vatican, Australia, Brunei, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia,
New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, United States of
America and Canada.
GCC residents can also visit Dubai without
applying in advance for a visa. Holders of British overseas
passports issued in Hong Kong or China can obtain a visa
on arrival at Dubai International Airport.
All other nationalities require a visa
prior to arrival, and should contact their travel agent
for current information and procedures before their travel
Visa regulations may change, we recommend
contacting the nearest UAE embassy prior to travel.
The Palm Jumeirah
"Live the Eighth Wonder of the
World". Man-made island for housing and recreation,
built in the shape of the date palm.
A collection of 300 man-made islands in
the shape of the world off the coast of Jumeirah, for residential
Burj Al Arab
Designed to resemble a billowing sail,
the hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the
Dubai coastline. A spectacular venue for afternoon tea or
a sumptuous meal.
A waterfront city offering shopping, living,
leisure & working opportunities. To open in 2006.
Divided into 6 themed worlds, Dubai Land
will feature theme parks, resorts, spas, recreational facilities,
museums, galleries and shopping malls. Opening 2006.
A planned community for 40,000 people with
shopping, swimming pools, and marina facilities. Al fresco
dining on the boardwalk offers a pleasant end to the day.
Just 5 minutes from Bavaria Executive Suites.
Dubai World Trade Centre
The Dubai World Trade Centre was one of
the first buildings ever constructed on the Sheikh Zayed
Road. As well as office buildings, the complex boasts a
modern conference centre and seven exhibition halls hosting
an active programme of international trade fairs that attract
exhibitors and visitors from all over the world.
Lined by dhows, the Creek offers a picturesque
glimpse of Dubai's trading heritage. It can be crossed by
abra (water taxi) and day or night cruises are organized
by tour operators.
This fort was built last century and renovated
in 1970 to house a museum where 4000-year-old archaeological
finds and dioramas of traditional life are among the many
The museum is opened from 8:30 am to 8:30 pm, except on
Friday where it opens from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Heritage and Diving Villages
Along the Creek, the Heritage and Diving
Villages provide a glimpse of Dubai's traditional culture
and lifestyle. Exhibits focus on Dubai's maritime past,
pearl diving traditions and architecture. Several shops
also sell handicrafts.
Dubai boasts one of the largest retail
gold markets in the world, selling at bargain prices everything
from ingots to intricately worked jewellery. Behind the
street-front stores are many alleys of smaller shops with
glittering show windows.
The narrow lanes of the spice souk are
redolent with cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, incense, nuts
and dried fruit Imported from all over the Middle East.
The spices are sold straight out of open sacks that surround
Camel racing is a popular sport in the
Emirates and takes place on weekends (Thursday and Friday)
throughout the winter. It is an exhilarating and truly Arabian
Nad Al Sheba Club (horse races)
Horse racing is a much loved sport in the
emirate. Meetings are held regularly during the cooler months.
To experience a taste of Bedouin life,
a trip to the desert is a must. Experienced safari drivers
take you on a thrilling roller-coaster ride through the
magnificent red sand dunes, reaching a traditional campsite
just before sunset. Take a camel ride up and down the dunes,
before relaxing by the bonfire. Delicious barbecue dinner
is served under the starlit night accompanied by traditional
Arabian music and dance entertainment.
Just 10 minutes from the Bavaria Executive
Suites, The Jumeira Mosque is one of the most photographed
buildings in the city and an impressive modern Islamic architecture.
It is the only mosque of the UAE open to non-Muslims, with
guided visits every Sunday at 10 am.
Dubai by Sea
Enjoy a different view of Dubai with a
small cruise along the Jumeirah coastline. Many operators
organize daily cruises.
For a nominal entry fee, Dubai offers a
number of attractive and well maintained public parks and
gardens. Particularly popular with families, they offer
shaded picnic spots and children's play areas, many with
a variety of entertainment facilities.
Close to the hotel are the Jumeirah Beach
Park and Safa Park, two superb and very large parks.
5 minutes from the hotel, Wild Wadi Water
Park is 12 acres of pure fun for the whole family with 23
adrenalin-pumping rides and attractions that leave you gasping
Located just off the Garhoud Bridge in
Bur Dubai, Wonderland is a family fun park that caters to
all ages. This park features attractions such as numerous
water rides and slides, roller coasters, a log flume, bumper
boats, games of skill and a nightly water mist show.
A wide variety of sports is available in
Dubai, such as:
- Polo, which might be practiced at
the Arabian Ranches or the Guantoot Polo Club.
- Mountain biking: many tour operators
offer tracking through the mountains.
- Shooting: at the Jebel Ali Shooting
Dubai is the pioneer of golf in the Middle
East with championship-standard day and night play grass
courses to challenge the skills of even the most experienced
- Emirates Golf Club
Only 500 meters away from the Bavaria
Executive Suites Dubai.
The first grass course in the Middle
East, with three lakes and undulating fairways. Home
of the annual "Desert Classic" championship,
the course is highly regarded by many of the world's
- Montgomerie Golf Club
Only 5 minutes away from the hotel,
the Montgomerie Dubai is the new jewel of golf courses
in the United Arab Emirates.
- Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
Close to the heart of the city on
the banks of the Creek are 200 acres of championship-standard
golf course. The complex includes a marina, and the
spectacular main clubhouse is a Dubai landmark.
- Nad Al Sheba Golf Club
Trips to the racetrack at Nad Al Sheba,
Stable Visits, or a game on the 18-hole links golf course,
can be organised by the hotel.
Only 500 meters away from the hotel, the
Mall of the Emirates includes the first Indoor Ski slope
of the Middle East.
The Ski Dubai snow resort features a 400
meter long ski slope with varying terrain, a snow area the
size of three football fields, over 6,000 tons of real snow
at any given time and a full capacity of 1500 guests.
The Bavaria Executive Suites Dubai
is located within easy reach of the Jumeirah Beaches, where
our guests will enjoy all kinds of water sports:
- Jet skiing
- Karting: at "Emirates
Kart Centre" or "Formula One Dubai"
- Desert Driving: courses are
offered by many tour operators
- Dune Buggies and Quad Biking:
available with guided tours in the desert
Dubai is truly a shopper's paradise, with
many world-class shopping malls and local markets..
Mall of the Emirates 500 meters away
from the Bavaria Executive Suites
The largest shopping mall outside of North
America features the first indoor ski resort in the Middle
East, offering an authentic snow mountain environment and
a myriad of leisure and sports activities. All major department
stores, international brands and local boutiques are to
be found in this brand new mall.
Ibn Battuta Mall 5 minutes away from
The architectural inspiration behind the
unique design of the mall comes from the travels of the
legendary Arab explorer Ibn Battuta, through Andalusia,
Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China. Complete with the
UAE's first IMAX cinema and a 20-screen Grand Cinema megaplex.
On Jumeirah Beach Road, within easy reach
of the hotel, Mercato brings together the choicest lifestyle
offerings from the Mediterranean, in addition to many exclusive
international brands. Based on a distinctive Renaissance
architectural concept, it predominantly captures Italian,
French and Spanish flavours and artistic characteristics.
Wafi City is a shopping complex on the
theme of Egypt, hosting a variety of designer shops, boutiques
and other entertainment facilities.
Deira City Centre
One of the largest shopping malls in Dubai,
with over 250 shops and restaurants, it boasts an extensive
variety of popular shops for fashion, electronics, cosmetics,
furniture and more.
One of the first shopping malls in Dubai,
Burjuman is a large but more intimate shopping complex.
On the road from Dubai to Hatta, Chinamex
Mart also called the "Dragon Mart", spreads across
50 hectares. This stunning shopping mall was designed in
the form of a colourful dragon with a 1.4 kilometre long