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Madinat Jumeirah, an Arabian Shopping and Dining Experience | by Nadia Masood

Who would have possibly thought that in the middle of a barren desert, a resort that reminds one of Venice could arise one day?

In Madinat Jumeirah, winding paths lead one through a traditional Arabian, bazaar-like atmosphere in which shops and intimate galleries spill onto the paved walkways.

Ramada Downtown Dubai is located in Dubai's prime district - Downtown Dubai, adjacent to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, the world's largest shopping destination, The Dubai Mall also offers great views on Dubai Fountain. Offering a large, comfortable and well appointed Suites only facilities, our Hotel has one of the best views of Burj Khalifa; up close and is fast becoming the most recognized name in Dubai. This provides our guests a uniquely exciting experience of inner-city Suite living combined with all the facilities and services of a first-class hotel and is a true ‘home away from home.'

Love it or hate it Dubai is an unforgettable city. Not only does it have the tallest tower, the only ski slope in a desert and the Middle East's largest shopping mall, it is also home to a diverse mix of cultures. With so many nationalities living in Dubai finding a balance to support the myriad of traditions and beliefs can be challenging.

Far from the hustle and bustle of Dubai is the peaceful city of Al Ain. Perfect for a weekend away or an out of town business gathering Al Ain is a verdant oasis that offers a host of activities and tourist attractions.

For the more adventurous the Jebel Hafeet poses a challenging cycle climb or a leisurely drive, either way it is a breathtaking trip with spectacular views. Equally the Al Ain Raceway provides an adrenaline charged evening of go-karting while the off-road driving around the wadis and dunes is an absolute must.

Ask most visitors why they come to Dubai and it is generally for two reasons: the beaches and the shopping. Of course they also come because of the impressive hotels and world class dining but largely there are two types of traveller - those who want to shop, shop, shop and those who simply want a relaxing holiday on the beach.

There is no doubt that Dubai is blessed with great shopping options from the iconic Dubai Mall and the newly opened Mirdif Mall to the themed Ibn Battuta mall and the more traditional gold and spice souks.

An ideal place for business or shopping needs.

Ayla Hotel is the new face of luxury in Garden City of United Arab Emirates -Al Ain . The Four Star Deluxe hotel offers you magnificent views of the City and the famous Jabel Hafeet. we have 153 rooms and suites all tastefully furnished to delight and comfort both business and leisure travelers alike.

UAE Info

ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL: Abu Dhabi

COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Dubai

GEOGRAPHY

The United Arab Emirates, sometimes simply called the Emirates or UAE, is a country situated in Southwest Asia, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia. The largest emirate, Abu Dhabi, accounts for 87% of the UAE’s total area (67,340 square kilometres) while Ajman, the smallest emirate, covers an area of only 259 square kilometres.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 5.4 million. Muslims account for about 76% of the entire population.

CLIMATE

Tropical and warm. On the coastal plain average maximum temperatures reach above 48 °C (118.4 °F) during July and August. Average minimum temperatures in January and February are between 10 and 14 °C (50 and 57.2 °F).

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic and English are two commonly spoken languages in the UAE.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+4 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 3 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM
(Sunday to Thursday are the working days of the week. Friday & Saturday are considered as weekends)

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: December 2nd
New Year's Day: January 1st

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calendar):
Milad-un-Nabi
Islamc New Year
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha

CURRENCY

UAE Dirham

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 999
Tourist Security: 800-4888
Medical: 998
Fire: 997

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