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Anyone been to dubai? Burj Al Arab afternoon tea in particular

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hi guys were off to dubai next week and im looking at going to the burj al arab (yes that one) for afternoon tea but its about 70 notes each and just wondered is it really worth that much? i know its that hotel but it seems a hell of a lot of cash to hand over for a few cakes and a pot of tea.
Also any advice for out there would be greatly appreciated

many thanks
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#1
This Trip Advisor review makes me wanna go
#2
Went to dubai last year, fab place absolutely stunning in places,mind you dubai resembles a building site,new builds everywhere, but still absolutely love the place, people,foods etc etc..
some things you must do is the desert safari, your hotel should be able to book this for you, wonderful half day of dune bashing,campfire activities,barbecues,quad biking in the desert.
Also go to the mall of the emirates try the indoor skiing, if you like water activities try the wild wadi near jumeira beach hotel.
Also try the water taxis across the dubai creek only a few dirhams at night fabulous sights,#
there is loads of stuff to do let me know if you want.:thumbsup:
#3
make sure you dont get caught on the beach there though
#4
irshybar
Went to dubai last year, fab place absolutely stunning in places,mind you dubai resembles a building site,new builds everywhere, but still absolutely love the place, people,foods etc etc..
some things you must do is the desert safari, your hotel should be able to book this for you, wonderful half day of dune bashing,campfire activities,barbecues,quad biking in the desert.
Also go to the mall of the emirates try the indoor skiing, if you like water activities try the wild wadi near jumeira beach hotel.
Also try the water taxis across the dubai creek only a few dirhams at night fabulous sights,#
there is loads of stuff to do let me know if you want.:thumbsup:


That about sums it up, the old gold souk was worth a look too, I spent most of the two weeks I as there in the seamans mission though as it's the only real pub there. I know all the hotels have sports bars but god was they expensive
#5
irshybar
Went to dubai last year, fab place absolutely stunning in places,mind you dubai resembles a building site,new builds everywhere, but still absolutely love the place, people,foods etc etc..
some things you must do is the desert safari, your hotel should be able to book this for you, wonderful half day of dune bashing,campfire activities,barbecues,quad biking in the desert.
Also go to the mall of the emirates try the indoor skiing, if you like water activities try the wild wadi near jumeira beach hotel.
Also try the water taxis across the dubai creek only a few dirhams at night fabulous sights,#
there is loads of stuff to do let me know if you want.:thumbsup:

i have been looking at the safari thing, looks ace but our lass gets car sick and think she will soon be spewing in the dunes hahaha
were off to stay at the new atlantis for its opening days so will get the all new water park and dolphin thing in the hotel, i love the building site aspect though im looking forward to seeing all the construction going on.

Are there any tips for getting round the city or are taxis best bet?

Thanks
#6
Save your money- Ive been 2 dubai 5 times (old skool m8 there). It is an experience inside the burj but have coffee in the emirate towers lobby-BELIEVE me you will love it and very reasonable. Free parking at the back of the towers.
#7
drdanielmacdonald
Save your money- Ive been 2 dubai 5 times (old skool m8 there). It is an experience inside the burj but have coffee in the emirate towers lobby-BELIEVE me you will love it and very reasonable. Free parking at the back of the towers.

emirate towers? is that the new tallest building?
#8
i wikipedia'd it, looks cool thanks for the nod,

any other tips? you frequent flyer you
#9
markhodges1975

Are there any tips for getting round the city or are taxis best bet?


hi mate,

When i went a few years back, i found the easiest way to get around was using the open top bus... it takes you to all the sites (malls, beach, shops etc) and has regular pick up times....

if you're after electronics/gold- buy them from electronic/gold souk rather than from the malls... you'll be able haggle and save loads of £'s!

check out the dubai page on wikitravel for more info!

have fun!
#10
ive been dubai 6 times and beleive me i just love that place.

you want to check the shopping malls out like emirates mall where they have the ski going on,

city centre mall i just love that too.

theres plenty of things to do in dubai,the people are good, the beach is lovley and can also vist wild wadi water park which is cool its right next to burj al arab,

how long are you going for?

dubai is expensive now am tempted to go again if i find a good deal

safiri is a must what ever you do.

and no bang bang on the beach ;-)
#11
markhodges1975
i have been looking at the safari thing, looks ace but our lass gets car sick and think she will soon be spewing in the dunes hahaha
were off to stay at the new atlantis for its opening days so will get the all new water park and dolphin thing in the hotel, i love the building site aspect though im looking forward to seeing all the construction going on.

Are there any tips for getting round the city or are taxis best bet?

Thanks


yeah try the open top bus but does not go all the little nooks and crannies to see the real dubai, taxis are cheapest and best option to get any where, friendly drivers know a lot of the place. cost me less than a tenner from jumeirah to old dubai in deira nr the gold souks, its about an hours journey by car,cheap, wish the petrol prices here were the same as dubai.

If you got time and cost permitting we went to oman doing a mountain safari and wadi bashing, great fun, food included at a 5 star hotel. hope it helps
#12
khalifazed
ive been dubai 6 times and beleive me i just love that place.

you want to check the shopping malls out like emirates mall where they have the ski going on,

city centre mall i just love that too.

theres plenty of things to do in dubai,the people are good, the beach is lovley and can also vist wild wadi water park which is cool its right next to burj al arab,

how long are you going for?

dubai is expensive now am tempted to go again if i find a good deal

safiri is a must what ever you do.

and no bang bang on the beach ;-)

were going for four nights, im off looking for an omega watch while im there, are there really any great deal with shopping?
were in the new atlantis palms so that waterpark will be our home, supposed to be better than wild wadi even

thanks for your help
#13
hey mate u are going at the wrong time its the month of ramadhan and they adher strict laws like even eating in public etc,shops tend to close early aswell
well was going to say 4 days aint enough but since your going in ramadhan it should be ok dunno still think 4 days aint enough
#14
khalifazed
hey mate u are going at the wrong time its the month of ramadhan and they adher strict laws like even eating in public etc,shops tend to close early aswell
well was going to say 4 days aint enough but since your going in ramadhan it should be ok dunno still think 4 days aint enough

yeah i know its ramadham, i think its the g/f's way of getting me to drink less hahaha

its just how it fell to go for the opening of the atlantis, mind you given how hot its going to be im not too fussed of eating much and drinking beer in day time, cant wait for sun down though lmao
#15
We went to dubai last christmas and tried to book the afternoon tea in the burj but it was fully booked.

This might of been because it was the christmas period, but you might struggle to book a place now. I would get onto it asap if your going to.

Taxis are so cheap and easy, the emirates mall is cool, but i didnt find the prices that cheap.
The big red bus tour is excellent, it covers all the main places and sights and you can jump on and off wherever you like.
#16
smithyp1
We went to dubai last christmas and tried to book the afternoon tea in the burj but it was fully booked.

This might of been because it was the christmas period, but you might struggle to book a place now. I would get onto it asap if your going to.

Taxis are so cheap and easy, the emirates mall is cool, but i didnt find the prices that cheap.
The big red bus tour is excellent, it covers all the main places and sights and you can jump on and off wherever you like.

Hi, already been speaking to them, got booked in, but looked like only a few slots left, well waiting on confirmation anyway, fingers crossed!!!

Was there any specific clothing rules for women? My OH is worrying about having to be covered up all the time, think she has visions she has to wear a burkha lmao
#17
smithyp1
We went to dubai last christmas and tried to book the afternoon tea in the burj but it was fully booked.

This might of been because it was the christmas period, but you might struggle to book a place now. I would get onto it asap if your going to.

Taxis are so cheap and easy, the emirates mall is cool, but i didnt find the prices that cheap.
The big red bus tour is excellent, it covers all the main places and sights and you can jump on and off wherever you like.

what sort of price were restaurants etc? and do you have any recommendations?

thanks
#18
markhodges1975
Hi, already been speaking to them, got booked in, but looked like only a few slots left, well waiting on confirmation anyway, fingers crossed!!!

Was there any specific clothing rules for women? My OH is worrying about having to be covered up all the time, think she has visions she has to wear a burkha lmao


nah mate, dubai is quite a liberal muslim city, but since it is ramadan if you go to any mosques then suggest cover up legs for women and hair, bung a hat or scarf on.
#19
choc1969
This Trip Advisor review makes me wanna go

thanks, it looks ace!!!
#20
irshybar
nah mate, dubai is quite a liberal muslim city, but since it is ramadan if you go to any mosques then suggest cover up legs for women and hair, bung a hat or scarf on.

ah sound mate, thats kinda what i heard but she is going a bit overboard with it, think she doesnt want flogging in public hahaha
#21
oh and while im thinking, whats the best currency to take? was wondering if US dollars were better or the AED best bet?

cheers again
#22
markhodges1975
oh and while im thinking, whats the best currency to take? was wondering if US dollars were better or the AED best bet?

cheers again


take pounds, and convert it over there, believe me you will get a better rate there. theres plenty of these foreign exchanges dotted everywhere.
#23
i had a 'snack' with the mrs on honeymoon 4 years ago. Cost over £100 for pasta, salad anf a couple of juices! They wont let you over the bridge unless you have collar and trousers!
#24
try the lunch buffett, better value for money. £55 i think it was last time....

correction - £85
#25
amansk
try the lunch buffett, better value for money. £55 i think it was last time....


That would be interesting ...
#26
markhodges1975
ah sound mate, thats kinda what i heard but she is going a bit overboard with it, think she doesnt want flogging in public hahaha


I've been to Dubai too, it is a lovely country and you will have plenty to do in 4 days. Just one key piece of advice. Remember that you can not display any type of affection with your G/F in public or even in some hotels where there maybe Sheikhs. Basic holding hands, linking arms, kissings etc.. is a no no! Even though I was fully aware of this, when me and my boyfriend went to Dubai my OH decided to give me a kiss on the cheek just as we left our hotel room... before we knew it as the lift hit the ground floor and the doors opened, there stood a Sheikh pointing his finger at us saying.."excuse me no kissing allowed anywhere or you will be arrested." Bezeeeejus!!! I was on edge for the rest of our hoilday. I don't want to put you off but literally unless your locked in your hotel room with the curtains closed... pls don't get up to any hanky panky!! :thumbsup:

As for female dress code... tshirts are fine, dont expose your shoulders. Wear either long trousers or long skirts. You may get away with 3/4 lenghts but nothing above the knee. And for the men??? well you lot are sorted... just do not go topless!!!

Above all.... Have fun guys! :)
#27
Miss Money Penny
I've been to Dubai too, it is a lovely country and you will have plenty to do in 4 days. Just one key piece of advice. Remember that you can not display any type of affection with your G/F in public or even in some hotels where there maybe Sheikhs. Basic holding hands, linking arms, kissings etc.. is a no no! Even though I was fully aware of this, when me and my boyfriend went to Dubai my OH decided to give me a kiss on the cheek just as we left our hotel room... before we knew it as the lift hit the ground floor and the doors opened, there stood a Sheikh pointing his finger at us saying.."excuse me no kissing allowed anywhere or you will be arrested." Bezeeeejus!!! I was on edge for the rest of our hoilday. I don't want to put you off but literally unless your locked in your hotel room with the curtains closed... pls don't get up to any hanky panky!! :thumbsup:

As for female dress code... tshirts are fine, dont expose your shoulders. Wear either long trousers or long skirts. You may get away with 3/4 lenghts but nothing above the knee. And for the men??? well you lot are sorted... just do not go topless!!


Above all.... Have fun guys! :)



yeah best bit take some money with you from here and cash it in at dubai airport you might get little less but if you have any left over they will buy of you at the rate they sold you the AED.just make sure you keep the receipt.
i have a cousin who actually works in dubai only if i had his number i would get him to look after you when you come to burj al arab :)

make sure you drink plenty water as it will be very hot,u will be fine in shorts but to be on the safe side just take trackies etc.

what hotel you stopping at?
#28
I lived in Dubai from 1998-2000 - a lot has changed since then but I have always wanted to go to the burj al arab!
#29
Went last year awesome place, most attracttions seem to have been mentioned here apart from the Ibn Batuta shopping Mall.
#30
ok- accommodation?
There are 2 'panorama' hotels- one in deira (the older side of the creek on the right) and one on bur dubai. Both are reasonable 2ish star hotels- about 30-35 a night- go thro www.hotelscomparison.com to find the cheapest agent and then go via quidco :)
Hiring a car? well- the traffic can be EVIL 24 hours a day- a cab might be great alternative and cheap (basically the minorities drive cream coloured cabs-always metered and very reasonable.)
If you stay in the panorama in bur dubai then www.carhire3000.com is best for car hire, £15 a day- no excess and return tank full. Dont 4get quidco!! Pm if u wanna ask stuff! dan :)
#31
given the price of a room id say 70 pounds each is wrth it. specially when u see the place, and what thet serve u up. once in a lifetime
#32
khalifazed
yeah best bit take some money with you from here and cash it in at dubai airport you might get little less but if you have any left over they will buy of you at the rate they sold you the AED.just make sure you keep the receipt.
i have a cousin who actually works in dubai only if i had his number i would get him to look after you when you come to burj al arab :)

make sure you drink plenty water as it will be very hot,u will be fine in shorts but to be on the safe side just take trackies etc.

what hotel you stopping at?

were staying at the new atlantis on the palms, it opens the day we arrive, can wait!!!

got our booking for afternoon tea confirmed now, got a quote to get a transfer in their rolls royce phantom, but at over 170 notes one way that isnt going to happen lmao
#33
One of the best restaurants we went to was http://www.therupeeroom.com.

It is located at the marina walk and it was superb.

In fact, the marina walk was great for restaurants, plenty of choice.
After you have eaten, you can just chill outside, have a drink, smoke and relax.

I would also recommend paying a visit to the Karama if you like your designer, clothes, bags, sunglasses etc

It is a bit scary at first, they will try and get you into the shop to have a look, then they ask if you would like to see specific designer stuff ie bags, belts etc, then they knock one of the doors, the door opens, which then leads to another door, then to an old tiny staircase until you arrive in the rooms full of all the designer stuff locked away.

They arnt pushy, so if your not interested just walk away being polite, no problems at all.

Came home with 4 lacoste polo shirts, approx £7 each....
Gucci and guess bags....
Armani shoes....

Yes the quality isnt the best...but for those prices and just the fun of being in the shops its worth every penny !!

Enjoy. :thumbsup:
#34
I worked out there for a while some years ago - has and will always be a bit of a building site! - Are the usual taxis still air conditioned mercs?

They were just building the Burj when I was out there but it looks impressive, you only live once and there are no pockets in a shroud, etc... enjoy it!

On the subject of Omega watches though, you should go the Fishawi in Khan al-Khalili in Cairo - You'll get one a tenner if you haggle enough!
#35
Flodd
I worked out there for a while some years ago - has and will always be a bit of a building site! - Are the usual taxis still air conditioned mercs?

They were just building the Burj when I was out there but it looks impressive, you only live once and there are no pockets in a shroud, etc... enjoy it!

On the subject of Omega watches though, you should go the Fishawi in Khan al-Khalili in Cairo - You'll get one a tenner if you haggle enough!

hahaha i can get a bent one anywhere, im after a pukka job thanks

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