Istanbul - Dubai Flight Tickets
You can book your flight ticket to Dubai months ahead on flypgs.com in order to travel in the most suitable and comfortable way. After you have arrived with Pegasus in Terminal 3, there are multiple easy ways to reach your final destination from the airport, which is only 15 minutes away from the city center.
You can use taxi-cabs in Dubai without any hesitation. Using a cab belonging to one of the five cabstands of the monarch, it will cost you only 80 dirham to reach Dubai Marina, which is one of the farthest points to the city. There is also the Pink Taxi which gives service exclusively to women. If you prefer to be driven by a female driver instead of a male one, Pink taxies will be waiting for you outside of the airport. In case of suspicions of being overcharged, you can calculate your taxi fare on www.rta.ae .
The buses 4, 11, 15, 33 and 44 leaving from terminals 1 and 2 drive by almost every hotel. For a more economical trip you can think about this option, too. If you arrive in Terminal 3, you can use the bus 2 in order to get connected to the transportation networks of terminals 1 and 2.
The subway of Dubai opened in 2009 directly moves to the main arterials road of the city. Except from the restriction of carrying only 2 pieces of luggage with you, it does not have any further disadvantages. The subway is a convenient alternative in order to reach the city in 20-30 minutes.
The subway of Dubai provides service through two lines, the red line and the green line. The red line passes by important stations as Internet City, Media City, Dubai Marina, Emirates Mall, Dubai Mall until it finally arrives at Jebel Ali and Rashidiya the farthest location of the city. The green line lies between Etisalat and Creek, connecting especially the old city. One-way tickets cost 2 dirham, whereas all-day tickets for multiple subway lines can be purchased for 16 dirham. Apart from this, you can also choose the economical way to buy a 30-day ticket for 270 dirham. There is also a Gold class for those who want travel by subway in more comfortable way. Of course it costs twice as much as the regular tariff. Plus, there also subway cars enabling comfortable travelling exclusively for women and children.
Almost everyone living in Dubai owns a rented or bought car. Ferrari, Chrysler, Porche, Cadillac are some of these "ordinary" cars. However, if you still prefer to travel among the local people of the city, you can find out more detailed information about bus schedules and lines on http://www.dubai-bus.com.
In order to getting across between the coasts of Deira, an old part of the town, small boats called abras charging 1 dirham are at your service. Even if you do not need to get across, using them will earn you an interesting experience. If you wish, you can even arrange a small gulf tour for an acceptable price.
Because every premise is spread over large areas, Dubai can be easily toured by car. Therefore one option you might prefer is to rent a car as soon as you arrive there. You can rent your vehicle on flypgs.com:
Other rent-a-car alternatives are as follows:
Tel: 800 HERTZ (43789)
Dubai International Airport
Tel:00971 4 282 2727
Arenco Building, P.O. Box 2622, Zabeel Road
Tel: 00971 4 3479001
Shopping in Dubai
As you might guess, shopping in Dubai is mainly limited to malls; however there are a couple of market places and elaborately designed vintage stores to purchase more traditional goods.
Apart from an ice rink, an aquarium, countless cinemas, a playground for children called SEGA, this area is surrounded by numerous stores such as Bloomingdale's, Forever 21, Galeries Lafayette, Alberta Ferretti, BCBGMAXAZRIA, Bebe, Chloe, Carolina Herrera, Max Mara, Mariposa, Top Shop, Sonia Rykiel, Tory Burch, Zadig & Voltaire, Versace Home, Villeroy & Boch. When you get hungry you can taste a piece of luxury at Armani/Dubai Caffé, eat Lebanese food at Al Hallab, satisfy yourself with Chinese dishes at Ping Pong Dim Sum or join an English tea time at Shakespeare & Co.
Mall of The Emirates
Alongsinde Dubai Mall, this is the other great district named Mall of The Emirates. Antique shops, watch stores, book stores, toy stores for children, and branches of world-famous luxury brands such as American Eagle, Azzaro, Balenciaga, Balmain, Bottega Veneta, Cacharel, Fendi, Furla are located here. There are restaurant options as Apres for French dishes, California Pizza Kitchen for an American atmosphere, Just Falafel for those who are can be happy with just falafels, and Tribes for fusion dishes.
The only area of Dubai suitable for walking consists of an 1 km long coast road surrounded by stores squeezed in mini malls. There are famous brands that sell their selected ware like Boutique 1 as well as little stands, which sell traditional touristic gifts on streets.
You can purchase pashminas, camel toys, casters in the shape of the monarch and traditional clothes at Al Souk, which like an minor version of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Likewise you can also find electronics and golden jewelry on the streets nearby.
This is the heaven-like place in Dubai to go, when you are looking for more traditional clothing, bulk fabric, cheap teddy bears.
In order to keep up with world fashion, Bambah was opened among the villas in Jumeriah. It provides hats, dresses, shoes and bags reflecting the spirit of the 50's, 60's and 70's. One department of it contains store related to the zoo across, which sells funny and entertaining stuff. If you are looking for more special, second-hand goods, you should definitely visit this place.
Accommodation n Dubai
Because of the expensiveness of the hotels in Dubai, they developed more suitable places for longer stays known as residences. You can choose either residences which provide everything from kitchens to bathtubs, from balconies to internet connection; or hotel rooms for 3000 dirham per night. No doubt, that you will be overloaded with luxury in both cases.
Jumeirah Living World Trade Centre Residence
This place provides service more like a residence than a hotel. At the restaurant The Club eating is as if you are at home. The flats with three separate rooms, which can be inhabited by up to six persons, can be rented for 1600 TL per night. Which means that it costs 250 TL per person.
2nd Zabeel Road
Tel: 00971 4 511 0000
Ramada Jumeriah Beach Residences
This residence kind of an hotel was set up in 2012 and is ideal for longer travels; it is placed on Jumeriah Beach Walk the place along the beach, where cars are not needed. Each room provides a kitchen, bathtub, TV and free internet. The rooms cost 400 TL for two persons and about 750 TL for four persons.
Bahar 7 Jumeirah Beach Residence
Tel: 00971 4 4398888
These apartments, where you can eat your self-made dinner on the balcony facing the gulf, cost 400 TL for two persons or 700 TL if you want to stay in those with three rooms.
Tel: +971 4 425 9999
Oasis Beach Tower Apartments
The 190m² sized rooms provide LCD TV, kitchens, internet and 24-hours available room service. An apartment with two separate rooms for overall four persons costs minimum 600 TL.
Al Sufouh Road,
Tel: 00971 4 399 4444
It is wonderful feeling to lodge next to Dubai Mall and across from the water shows of Waterfall, or at Dubai Mall right next to the beach. While staying at one of the two branches of The Adress, you can visit the 24 hours nonstop open gym at 4 o'clock a.m.; or if you are staying Downtown you can begin your day with beautiful view on the world's longest building Burj Khalifa. The price for an average two person room is 700-1000TL.
Grosvenor House Dubai
There are butlers at service around the clock, free accommodation for children up to age of 12 years, a collection including every movie you wish for, and a single balcony for each room. Grosvenor is a great choice for singles, Europeans under the age of 40, and those, who are looking for a hip and wallet friendly vacation. Double rooms cost 440 TL, and if you want additionally a living room the price is around 600 TL. Don't forget to taste sushi and Asian cocktails at Buddha Bar & Restaurant, and to look at the view of Dubai Marina from Bar 44.
Tel: 00971 4 399 888
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
If you ever stayed at any Sofitel, you already know that the service is smooth, elegant and perfect. Also the branch in Dubai across the gulf has come up to those standards, especially in terms of its view. The rooms with sea view cost about 600 TL for two persons. And the homemade pasta at Rococo restaurant should definitely be tasted.
Jumeirah Beach Residence Dubai Marina
Tel: 971 4 448 48 48
There two special hotels, Al Quasr and Mina A’Salam, in this destrict of Dubai resembling Venice, where you sail from your room to the restaurants. It is your choice in which to stay. Depending on the luxury level of the room the prices vary between 738TL and 2.418 TL at Mina A’Salam, the Arabian fashioned rooms of Hotel Al Quasr on the other hand cost around 1500 TL. If you reside there, you should visit Al Samar Cake Boutique for a five o'clock tea of Tony Hoyle's hands, and pass by Triology for a dancing night.
One and Only Royal Mirage Palace
This place with its restaurants and bars has recently become one of the hippest places in Dubai. Each bedroom has an unique terrace or balcony, many couples from all over the world have gotten married in its great halls, and there special playgrounds for children also. While staying at this hotel, you can join special safari tours in the desert, walk along its 1 km long private beach, or find easily a partner to play tennis with. The average double room costs here around 1300TL.
Atlantis The Palm Dubai
This hotel at the end of the artificial islands The Palm provides 1500 beds, 16 restaurants, dishes by Michel Rostang, Giorgio Locatelli and Matsuhisa Nobu, personal trainers, entertaining areas covered with white sand for kids, jet sky, sailing, scuba diving lessons and, of course, an unique spa. The minimum price for an average room with sea view amounts to 1100 TL per night.
Food and Drink in Dubai
There is not much to speak of a regional cuisine in Dubai. Because of its cosmopolitan life-style it is probable to run across restaurants with different tastes and styles such as French, English, Arabian, Lebanese, Japanese, Chinese, Thai and Pakistani. The best part of it is that most of these restaurants are run by professionals or employ world-famous chefs.
Some of these world-famous restaurants having a branch in Dubai are Jamie Oliver's place Jamie's Italian, the Parisian bistro l'Entrecôte de Paris, Brussel's Le Pain Quotidien, the famous steakhouse Gaucho, and Hakkasan which is the master of Dim Sum. In that case, let's have a look at where to eat on a certain time of the day.
This bakery in Dubai, which has branches all over the world, is overcrowded with people waiting for their breakfast. We recommend especially the store on Jumeirah Beach Road, to taste freshly prepared omelets, crepes, waffles, fruit salads along with your American coffee.
Jumeirah Beach Residence
Tel: 00971 4 437 6494
Zaatar W Zeit
This a Arabian fast food chain in every sense. The only difference: instead of hamburgers, fries, chicken you get Lahmacun, Manakish, cheese dip with olive oil, roasted cheese and fried eggs with cheese.
Sheikh Zayed Road
Tel: 009 600 522 231
Even though famous for its meat dishes in its home country Turkey, Köşebaşı, serving beloved dishes like Turkish saussage, tomato-cucumber salads, feta cheese, aged kasseri, olives and flat breads, is popular for its breakfast menu among people of Dubai.
The Walk, JBR
Tel: 0090 4 439 3788
Baker & Spice
Baker&Spice, whose menu is full of croissants, muffins and other special cakes, is a must for those who are fond of sweet breakfast in a French and English style. Another plus is that your orders have all kind of marmalade and honey options.
Souk Al Bahar
Tel. 0090 4 425 2240
A luxury place, which is visited by those who reside in the hotel in Madinat Jumeirah at least once especially on Fridays for brunch. Its groaning board contains almost every taste from all over the world.
Tel: 00971 4 366 8888
The Lime Tree Coffee
The menu is prepared depending on what is on the market on that day and what the chef decided to cook with them. Salad with lentil and beets, chicken sandwiches with hummus, tomato quiche, potato salad with mustard, bulgur salad with raisins, homemade pasta, pumpkin soup are among the multiple delicacies.
Beach Road, Jumeirah 1
Media City, Opposite Royal Mirage Hotel
The salad options contain countless variations such as tuna, salmon, mozzarella and zucchini salads. Also, the beverage menu containing fresh-made juices and smoothies just whet your appetite.
Jumeirah Road, Turn after The One (Al Hudiaba 21B)
The most popular address in Financial District known as DIFC is for sure 1792. Its menu reaches from broccoli-cheddar quiche to Asian noodles, from Mexican burritos to Indonesian gadu-gadu salads and therefore offers an utmost cosmopolitan food options.
Tel: 800 1762
This Pakistani restaurant placed on Satwa Road in the old districts of the city is approved by Anthony Bourdain. Its generous portions of rice are enriched with different curry dishes.
Satwa Road, Dubai
Tel: 00971 4 331 5353
The Pavillion Café
Entering this location you are welcomed by sofas, freelance workers seated at long tables, an atmosphere providing them an suitable work place and a library full of art, cinema, fashion books. This the saved hipster part of Dubai. However, the real reason while people chose this place are the delicious wraps, the steaks served in generous portions, the apple pies served along with saffron ice-cream.
Downtown Burj Khalifa
Tel: 00971 4 447 7025
La Petite Maison
The original branch of this restaurant was established in Nice with the slogan "Everyone who comes to this place is famous." And because it attracts foodies from all over the world, one branch was opened also in Dubai. It has different alternatives from snacks from the Mediterranean like mozzarella-rocket, paprika, artichoke, finely sliced zucchini plates with olive oil, to meat dishes such as fillet steaks, lamb, sea bass.
Gate Village, 08, DIFC
Tel: 04 439 05 05
Abdel Wahab in Soul Al Bahar, which is placed in Dubai Mall also known as Downtown, is originally from Beirut. Tabbouleh, fried halloumi cheese, hummus with meat, Fatteh, iced almonds, green olives, fried onions on salad with lentil and rice are among irreplaceable tastes if this restaurant.
Souk Al Bahar
Tel: 04 423 0988
Mardinat Jumeirah which is divided artificially by canals is a district resembling Venice. It has many different locations from cafes, where you can smoke water pipes, to bars, which serve up to 200 kinds of beers. Others are Al Hambra serving tapas and pealla, the sushi restaurant Honyaki and the master of sea food Pierchic. But our actual recommendation is Pai Thai, of which the menu reaches delicacies from Pad Thai to duck with red curry and where Thai culture is reflected even in live music. When you are already in the East, you should use the opportunity of tasting new things.
Tel: 00971 4 3666730
One of the restaurants in the DIFC destrict and part of the night life complex Gate Village is Zuma. After having given your cocktail order in earlier hours, you can later have your sashimi, niyaki, sushi and similar dishes served in the izayaka style.
Gate Village 06
Tel:00971 4 425 5660
The Latin-American menu designed by Richard Sandoval is divided into three parts which are sea, land and soil. You can begin your meal with fried calamar and ceviche (raw fish salad) and continue with fillet steak served with hot pepper and coated potatoes, in order to finally leave the table in a rejuvenated way.
Grosvenor House Dubai
Tel: 00971 4 399 8888
Two chefs coming from the Gordon Ramsey school: Scott Price and Nick Alvis, have determined one price for every kind of meal: starters 70, main course 100; desserts 55 dirham. After receiving this information from your waiter you can choose between dishes like mango and vanilla favored lobster or sea bass with thyme and butter, where the name gives away its ingredients.
Hilton Dubai Creek, Deira
Tel: 00971 04 227 1111
Stay by Yanick Alléno
This Michelin starred restaurant in the currently hippest hotel One And Only, is managed by the French chef Yannick Alléno. The most striking thing when you enter it, is the gigantic library. As for its French menu, it contains special tastes such as hard boiled meat and pate de foie gras.
One and Only Hotel, The Palm
Tel: 00971 4 440 1030
Sarmosa with vegetables, mango chutney, chicken tikka masala, tandoori with rice, chole, palak paneer, kaali daal and naan. These are some of the dishes you can taste at Ashiana and we promise you will not regret any of them.
Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Banias Street, Deira
Tel: 04 228 11 11
This Italian restaurant placed in one of the luxury hotels of Dubai, the Atlantis, was opened by Giorgio Locatelli. Pizzas coming right out of the wood oven, fresh bread, homemade pastas and any other fresh ingredient that is found in a small Italian town is also found here.
Atlantis The Palm
Tel: 00971 4 426 2626
Country code: 00971 4
Ambulance and Police: 999
Fire department: 997
Dubai Hospital:349 5959
American Hospital: 336 7777
Airport lost luggage service: 045057538
Taxi-cab: 208 0808
Turkish Consulate: 00971 4 331 47 88
Places to see
Places to Visit in Dubai
There are not many opportunities to learn about Dubai's historical background, as there are not any museums, monuments, historical artifacts around. The stores in Al Souk, right next to them a ship used for collecting pearls, electronic stores and a museum about the life of the monarch are the only places that introduce us to the history of Dubai. It is more recommendable to explore this city street by street and to go from one shopping mall to the next one while visiting hotel terraces and restaurants. Therefore we have prepared for you a list which gives a little introduction of every destrict.
This Dubai's old residence area. As opposed to skyscrapers, here there duplex or triplex villas. They are generally inhabited by the rich. Palms, buildings with the same color, ladies wearing black eyeliner and driving their Range Rovers are normal here.
If you are visiting the area, you can make your stomach happy with Argentinean meat served in generous portions at La Parilla.
This is the place where the artificial island resembling a palm, which you see on every Dubai photo, is located. This is the residential area of almost all foreigners. At the end of the island there is Hotel Atlantis, which is the embodiment of luxury in itself.
You should also visit One and Only Hotel. This is tasteful hotel with a lot of restaurants and bars. And after dinner you should get a cocktail at STAY by Yannick Alléno.
Jumeriah Beach Walk/ Dubai Marina
The only road in Dubai suitable for walking. It is a coast area with a community beach, people walking on the boardwalk and several hotels.
If you are in the neighborhood should have ceviche with rodizio at Toro Toro. Afterwards you can jump into a cab and get tanned at Blue Marlin of Ibiza Beach Club set up in Golden Tulip Al Jazira.
This like a non-historical version of the Mahmutpasa, Grand Bazaar and Beyazit districts of Istanbul. After getting of the metro in Al Ras, you can explore the mini jewelry-bazaar; and then paying just one dirham, you can reach Al Souk, an area resembling the Gran Bazaar. You can visit the glazed tile covered mosque, sea food restaurants next to the abras, electronic stores and the museum.
If you are in Deira, you should eat Indian food at Ashiana and socialize at The Bar.
Media City/ Internet City/ The Greens
In Dubai, everything is squeezed into little city. The media, internet, finance, even festivals belong to a "City". In order to see buildings of Google, IBM, the American University, you can make a tour in Media City.
You can have Indian dishes at Paratha King together with the working class, or have breakfast at Circle Café, known in Dubai for its wall art.
DHIM/ Financial District
Welcome to the part of the city, where women look like as if they are about to elope with the bankers. Gate Village, containing galleries, bars and restaurants, is the main complex of this area. It has not a view, tables at seaside and a beach, however, it has branches of restaurants and foreigners from all over the world.
If you are already here, you should definitely get something to drink in the evening at La Petite Maison. You should taste the tagliatelle at Caffe Florian listen to Jazz music at The Gramercy.
Downtown/ Dubai Mall
It is not surprising that the centre of Dubai is a shopping mall. This huge place, which contains an aquarium, in which you can swim with sharks, waterfalls, ice skating ring, video game area called SEGA, is the meeting point of everyone. If you take the road connecting Dubai Mall to Souk Al Bahar, you will get opportunity to watch every 30 minutes a water show with the world highest sprinkling water accompanied by good music; get among the other tourists and locals; and take a photo in front of the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa.
You can find every option of restaurants here from American to Arabian, and from Italian to French. The favorites are Lebanese Al Hallab, English Shakespeare & Co., Switch by Kari Rashid, and Ping Pong in dim sum fashion.
You should definitely visit this place, which is known for its hotel rooms connected by canals, bars to which you sail only by abras, restaurants that cost you at least 400 dirham per person, and sisha lounges around the marketplace. The call Medina " Venice of Dubai". The only difference is that everything here is artificially made.
You can have your appetizer at Al Fayrooz, your sea food dish at Pierchic, hang out at Centimetro facing the view and lose yourself to the electro music played by the DJ at Trilogy.
This area is marked by hotels, golf courts, Irish pubs, IKEA and of course shopping malls.
You can have drink at Belgian Beer Café. Also the much beloved Jamie's Italian by Jamie Oliver and the much recommended Le Relais de L’Entrecôte are set up here.
Because Dubai could not invest much into historic monuments, it decided to make the world's biggest, tallest and most uncommon places in order to leave its mark in history. The tallest building Burj Khalifa, the biggest shopping mall Dubai Mall, the water show with highest sprinkling water are among these. They have adopted an unstoppable and inexhaustible attitude in that.
Beach Club Culture
It is not surprising the Beach Club culture has improved in a city at the seaside. There three locations, if you want to linger at beach at 50 degree in summer, and 25 degree in winter.
On Thursdays-Fridays the entrance costs 300 dirham, on the other day 150 dirham including lunch. Besides, there also golf courses next to it.
Al Shalala Beach Club
Entrance fee for this special club, which provides every kind of gym opportunities, is 150 dirham.
The entrance to this place providing five pools, personal trainers preparing workout programs for you, the best beach bars of Dubai costs 250 dirham on Friday and Saturdays, 175 dirham on the remaining days.
Nightlife in Dubai
Alcohol is served in Dubai only at hotels and related concerns. Therefore you can have different kind of juice at cafes on the streets, which are open until midnight. So don't be surprised if they bring you a soda, lemon, pineapple mixture when you ask for mojito.
You can sip your your drinks while watching the gulf view or get to know the cosmopolitan foreigners of the city while watching the sunset above your heads at this terrace bar located in Hotel One and Only.
One & Only Resorts, The Palm Beach
Tel: 00971 4 399 9999
The Irish Village
Don't leave without tasting the Irish bread and the banana-caramel dessert Banoffi Pie.
Al Garhoud, next to the Dubai Tennis Stadium
Tel: 00971 4 282475
Tango and salsa music are on the list at the Latin American Calabar in The Adress. The age limit here is 21.
The Adress Hotel, Downtown Dubai
The Living Room
This place separated in to two as Asia and Europe. Get a divan at oriental side of the place and experience the comfortable life-style of an Arab country.
Oud Metha Road
Tel: 00971 4 317 2948
This is the right place for those, who love live music and Jazz. You can spend a great night (dinner + concert) at Supper Club, especially if you like African music, Soul, Funk and Blues.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Tel: 00971 4 366 6730
Rock music is popular everywhere on the world. You should Rock Bottom in order to listen foreign groups and sing along with known melodies.
Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai
Tel: 00971 4 396 3888
People by Crystal
We promise you opportunity of dancing in one of the luxury clubs of Dubai. There is a dress code to get in and you have to be willing to pay at least 500 TL in one night. Music is of course a la techno and electro.
Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha
Tel: 009715 297 2097
As the name indicates it, you are surrounded by scenery and next to delicious cocktails. If you check in on a Friday, you can watch the sunrise accompanied by the music of world-famous DJs.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Tel: 0097 4 406 8999