Dubai is by far the best known and most famous of the emirates, famed for its stunning architecture and ultra-modern skyline. The origins of Dubai are lost in the mists of time with early evidence of settlement dating back to the Stone Age. Dubai in its modern incarnation originally started as a small pearl fishing village; however this city has grown from humble beginnings to a world famous metropolis renowned for its prosperity and stunning architecture. With a choice of either Dubai city, famed for its buildings and shopping opportunities don't miss the famous Gold souk; or Dubai Beach (Jumeirah Beach) the perfect choice for sun seekers and home to the world famous Burj al Arab hotel, and the artificial structures of The Palm and The World.
Transport: Taxis are the most popular way to travel around and are metered, with a minimum fare of 10Dhs. Public buses are available. The Dubai Metro can be accessed on various days & times. Alternatively a small Abra ferry will take you from one side of the Creek to the other.
Beyond Dubai, the UAE is a fascinating mix of culture and scenery. Choose from Fujairah on the western coast, with its mountainous scenery and stunning beaches; Ajman, the smallest Emirate by area or Ras al Khaimuh to the north with its sandy shores and stunning natural landscape. Whilst each Emirate offers a truly unique holiday experience, they all share one common theme; each promises a remarkable holiday.
Dubai Tourism Tax - The Emirate of Dubai has introduced a compulsory Tourist Dirham tax levied on all booked hotel accommodation in Dubai, the new tax is to be paid by Guests at the hotel before the end of their stay. The fees are as follows: AED 20.00 per room per night for stays in 5 star hotels and deluxe apartments AED 15.00 per room per night for stays in 4 star hotels, superior apartments and deluxe holiday homes AED 10.00 per room per night for stays in 3 and 2 star hotels, standard hotel apartments and standard holiday homes AED 7.00 per room per night for stays in 1 star hotels and guest houses.
Ras al Khaimah Tourism Tax - Like Dubai, the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah has also introduced a compulsory Tourist Dirham tax levied on all booked hotel accommodation in the emirate, the new tax is to be paid by Guests to their hotel before the end of their stay. The fees are as follows: AED 20.00 per room per night for stays in 5 star hotels AED 15.00 per room per night for stays in 4 star hotels and AED 10.00 per room per night for stays in 3 star hotels.
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