The city of Dubai is situated on a coastal strip bordered by desert and gets very hot. It is dry on the hottest days and humid during the cooler days in the summer. Cooler, more pleasant weather lasts from the end of September to beginning of May. In winter the temperature at night is usually from 10°C-16°C . From May to September, the sun is intense and temperatures can touch 45°C in the city and even higher in the desert. The heat, coupled with a humidity of 60%-70% near the coast, effectively precludes most activity outdoors for the daylight hours during summer.
Shopping malls and buildings:
Burj Dubai is at the height of 828 meters and has 160 floors.This is the world's tallest structure by a long shot, over 300m taller than the previous contender in Taipei. The observation deck at the 124th floor is also said to be the highest in the world. Already dominating the Dubai skyline, the newly opened tower houses nine hotels and a Las Vegas-inspired fountain system. The visitors' entrance is located at the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall. Although the tour is called At the Top be aware that it isn't! Although the observation deck is the highest open deck in the world, at 452m it's just over halfway up the tower itself. Console yourself with the knowledge that most of the rest of the tower consists of service areas and the view below looks suitably ant-like. Tickets cost Dhs 100 for a timed entry ticket, usually later the same day, or Dhs 400 if you do not want to wait.
Food and drinks:
The most available food item on almost all streets in Dubai is Shawarma . It is the arabic equivalent of the Burger. It is meat that has been cooked on a skewer and then cut into thin strips and placed into a bread with vegetables and dressing. The more exotic Lebanese and Iranian varities are also available.Another local snacks is Fala-Fil also available at about the same costs as the shawarma.Most of the American fast food chains have set up shop in Dubai, including KFC, Chillis,TGI Fridays Starbucks and McDonalds. The beauty of the food in Dubai is that you can find cuisine of every taste.There is a wide variety of Middle Eastern food at Cafe Arabesque in the Park Hyatt Hotel. Mizaan is located in the Monarch, and has several light and healthy options on its menu, all in the local style.The Far east Seafood Market sounds like a grocery store, but it's really a restaurant that serves food all the way from Asia; Japanese, Chinese and Thai food are all represented here. It's Mirchi is a pub restaurant that specializes in Indian and Asian cuisine. The owners also frequently play the latest Bollywood blockbusters as you eat, and there is sometimes an in-house DJ.
Desert Safari or Dune Bashing:
Desert Safari or Dune Bashing is the most popular desert of Dubai. If you head out to the desert with specialist Desert Drivers. The drivers will take you for a roller-coaster ride over sand dunes, show you the sunset from a strategic vantage point and then take you to a lavish dinner with music and dance to complete the atmosphere. You may want to stay clear of the dune-bashing if you know that you get carsick easily.
The huge amounts of cargo passing through its port and the low tariffs ensure that practically anything is available at fairly competitive rates, although the appreciation of the Dirham, and the plentiful supply of shoppers means that Dubai is no longer a bargain basement shopping city.