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Deira is considered to be the commercial hub of Dubai and is flanked by the Dubai Creek, Persian Gulf and Sharjah on its sides. It also is a shoppers haven for its souks and markets. The Dubai International Airport is located in this district. Check out the Gold Souk for its jewelry shops on every nook and corner. Without a bargain, you won't get a deal. Next to it is the Spice Souk, one of the vibrant markets in town. Shop here for spices, fragrances, artifacts, textiles and rugs. For good fish at affordable rates, the Fish Market is the best bet. Nearby is the Fruit and Vegetable Market where you will find the biggest display of fresh produce in the city. For your shopping mall experience, Deira City Centre will complete it for you. Don't miss the Dhow Wharfage where vendors can be found selling almost everything under the sun and give a glimpse of the olden shopping era.
Al Rigga is an area in Dubai's Diera district is nestled between Al Muraqqabat locality and the Dubai Creek to its north and south, and is flanked by the Abu Baker Al Siddque Road and Omar Bin Al Khattab Road to its east and west. This area is sometimes also referred to as Al Riqqa. Popular as a commercial and residential hub, this place is also home to accommodation facilities of varied ranges. Holiday Inn, Fortune, Rimal Rotana, Mayfair are few of the hotels found here. This area is known for hosting the world renowned Dubai Shopping Festival.
Any trip to Dubai is incomplete without shopping, and the Twin Towers in Dubai offer a plethora of designer and jewelry shops, giving you a chance to spend all that hard-earned money! This mall also offers you a panoramic view of the creek nearby, and its many shops, cafes, restaurants and health clubs make your shopping trip worthwhile!
If a romantic dinner date is what you have in mind, Bateaux Dubai will give you everything you desire and more. Cruising along Dubai Creek for two-and-a-half hours, when the whole emirate is lit up is a fantastic experience. That, coupled with the great food and live entertainment makes this an ideal floating restaurant to dine at. If you don't wish to go on a regular cruise, it is possible to hire the boat for private events. Rates are seasonal and bound to change.
This souk is a haven for electronic goods. Find the latest invention in technology at competitive prices. Shopping for iPods, PDAs, digital cameras, palmtops and the like doesn't get any better. Moreover karaoke machines, DJ mixers and other equipments are also sold here. Please beware of fakes though.
A trip to Dubai would be incomplete without a dessert safari. A striking feature of these safaris are the dune buggies that are customized to traverse on the Dubaite sand. Well-maintained and replete with bucket seats as well as all safety essentials, these buggies make for an unforgettable adventure. Dune Buggy Dubai specialize in tours on these amazing contraptions. On offer here are customisable tours that meet requirements of a wide demographic of tourists - whether you're traveling with family, with kids or with business and corporate associates - they have hand-picked tours that everyone can enjoy. These buggy excursions last for varied amounts of time and include diverse features such as belly dance shows, traditional Arabic food and refreshments; check the website for more details on tour packages.
Located in Deira, this shopping center has become a favorite with the residents of Dubai. Major banks, hotels and commercial offices are located close to this place. There are 97 shops which specialize in cosmetics, sportswear, watches, jewelry and more. The center is also well known for the variety of textiles and fabrics that are available here. Al Manal is very popular with tourists as well, and should be on everyone's itinerary list when visiting Dubai.
Nestled in Bur Dubai's Al Fahidi Historic District, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, is a center that aims to promote and dymystify the diverse cultures, religions and customs existing within the UAE. This esteemed cultural center was launched in 1998 by the prime minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The center's motto, "Open doors. Open minds", urges a cross cultural understanding amongst locals and visitors through their award winning programs, workshops, events and activities. Guests can join in for cultural lunches, visits to religious sites, learn Arabic and more.