A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a dune buggy tour of the desert, and there is no better way to enjoy the desert than an open dune buggy tour. Big Red DXB offers special guided dune buggy Dubai tours that give people an opportunity to observe the scenic desert landscape in an exciting manner. At Big Red Tours, we believe that our customers should have an extremely comfortable experience while on tour with us which is why our desert buggy tours include refreshments to keep you hydrated, and our pick up facility ensures that you do not have to travel to far and wide to reach our starting point.
Best buggy tours in Dubai
A Must-Do Adventure Activity In Dubai - Dune Buggy Desert Tours - YouTube
Big Red is the providers of the best buggy tours Dubai, we only use the leading Polaris dune buggies which are specially equipped to drive through the desert sand. We offer buggy tours at different times of the day, from early morning tours to twilight tours, so that our customers can take in the majestic desert view at the time that suits them the best. The buggy adventure that you have with Big Red Tours is bound to be one of the most thrilling experiences of your life as you will get to have fun in one of the most beautiful deserts in the world in a safe environment. So for the people looking for the most amazing buggy tours Dubai, Big Red DXB is there to fulfill all their demands.
Quad biking in Dubai
In addition to this, if you are looking for the best quad biking Dubai, Big Red tour also offers quad biking tours led by our expert drivers, so that tourists do not need any prior training or experience to enjoy this one-of-a-kind ride. Our quad bikes are of the highest quality and have all the equipment necessary to make your ride across the desert as smooth as possible.
We also provide all the safety gear that is required for the tour in order to ensure the safety of our tourists. Our quad biking tours also make for great photographs as they are set against the backdrop of the extremely stunning Dubai desert. In short, if you are coming to Dubai with your friends and family, the best way to make some beautiful memories is by joining Big Red DXB on its quad biking and dune buggy tours.
Dubai is the most populous and glamorous of all the Emirates; aptly called the pearl of the UAE. The Emirate of Dubai is the second largest in size with over 2.1 million inhabitants living in an area of 4,114 km.sq.
In the 1830s, Dubai was established as a prominent port in the Middle East, with the business focusing on trade, pearl diving and fishing; the city we know today was little more than sand. From its humble beginnings, it took Dubai less than four decades to be transformed into a bustling cosmopolitan metropolis. Today this city enjoys the global spotlight as a tourist, business and trade destination. There are many exciting things to do in Dubai.
At the Top of Burj Khalifa
At an astonishing height of 828 meters (2,717ft), the Burj Khalifa is the tallest free-standing structure in the world. It is located on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, near The Dubai Mall. A trip to the top of the viewing area will set you back approximately 83 AED ($23 USD) where you can catch a glimpse of Dubai in all its grandeur. This 160 storey tower opened in 2010 and is a mixed-use space with corporate offices and other luxurious spaces. The Burj Khalifa is visited by approximately 1.87 million people every year, making it one of the most popular attractions of Dubai.
Dubai World cup - The Equestrian Exhibition of the YearCredit: Pixabay
Meydan Racecourse hosts the Dubai World Cup, an annually held horse races with 9 events consisting of 8 Thoroughbred contests and 1 Purebred Arabian contest. The inaugural run of the Dubai World Cup was held in 1996 at the Nad Al Sheba Racecourse when the total prize money was around $3.41 million. Today, the races have one of the biggest prize purses of US $35 million eclipsing the Epsom Derby Festival, Royal Ascot, The Breeders’ Cup and Melbourne Cup, making this one of the biggest sporting events of 2019. Over the years the World Cup has been headlined by many by A-list talents like Jennifer Lopez, Sia, Kylie Minogue and Janet Jackson.
This year the one and only ‘Hollaback Girl’, Gwen Stefani performed. Although gambling is frowned upon in Islamic culture, patrons are legally permitted to use online betting sites (operated from outside the UAE) for participating in one of the most prestigious races in the world. Similar to the Dubai World Cup, some young people play lottery in Dubai that can be played from anywhere.
Day out on the Desert Dunes/Desert Safari
Visitors can get away from the concrete jungle and visit the pristine sands of Dubai; desert safaris provide an opportunity to escape the heat and live the Bedouin (nomad) experience. A typical Dubai desert safari consists of dune bashing in a 4x4 car on the hot sand, sand boarding, camel riding, falcon taming and camping. At the end of the safari, tourists usually enjoy local delicatessen such as barbecued meats, dates while sipping on Arabic coffee and beautiful sunset views. There are several luxury safari experiences available at hotels such as the Al Maha Resort, located inside the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
Dubai is a city of extremes and of contradictions. The recent headlines about travellers being advised to avoid alcohol when flying into the United Arab Emirates is hard to rationalise against the “Sunday brunch” culture in which thousands of expats are falling over drunk by mid-afternoon. Similarly, the city is often described as the “Las Vegas of the Middle East,” yet casinos are prohibited.
True, if you want to enjoy a spin of the reels or a game of blackjack, you will have to pull out your smartphone and visit a site like winningroom.com, as you won’t find a Grosvenor or a Gentings here. However, the comparison with Vegas is more about the glitz, glamour and excess of this intriguing city. Want some evidence? Check out the following night spots for an experience like no other.
Situated at Dubai Marina, a visit to this rooftop lounge is a wonderful way to kick off a night on the town over a cocktail or two. There are two areas, overlooking either the bustle of Sheik Zayed Road or the relative calm of the Persian Gulf, and an indoor restaurant in the middle. It’s a perfect place to watch the sunset as you sip on a Singapore Sling before heading into the thick of the action.
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Situated at Jumeirah Beach Residences, this is a sports bar with a twist that is all Dubai. The theme is Industrial American, the walls are made of repurposed smartphones and stereos and the result is probably the most Instagrammed location in Dubai. As well as the biggest sporting events on the biggest screens, LSB is also a great place to catch some live music, whether you favour the low-key acoustic night on a Monday or the full-on club classics being pumped out on a Friday night.
Given that it has won Time Out Dubai’s Club of the Year three years in succession, it is impossible not to mention this nightclub, tucked away at the Meydan Racecourse a few miles outside the city. Being up on the roof of the grandstand, the club has incredible views of the Dubai skyline. Dress to impress, as the door staff tend to permit entry on the basis of sartorial elegance.
Dubai loves its “secret” bars, but despite the best efforts of its regulars, Poppy must be the worst-kept secret in the Emirates. Enter through an innocuous-looking door marked “private” and you are instantly transported into the world of a 1920s speakeasy. There’s a bewildering choice of house cocktails to try, and the record decks churn out a constant medley of 1960s classics.
For the ultimate night out in the ultimate location, however, there is really only one choice. Armani/Privé is situated in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and it is where the rich and the beautiful go out to play. Here, you will encounter live performances by internationally famous acts playing to a small, but oh, so exclusive, audience.
Traveling all over the world while making a living is something many people have done in the past - but with the spread of easily available high-speed internet access and the ever-more-powerful portable computers this lifestyle has become ever more popular. Decades ago, you could put on your backpack and hike across Europe, spending a few weeks selling t-shirts here or working as a croupier there.
Today, in turn, "digital nomads" are roaming the world with laptops in their backpacks, doing everything from remote assistance to design and creative work to accounting and data entry from pretty much any place where they can connect to the internet. With the emergence of this laptop-wielding lifestyle, the need for easily accessible office space has also begun to rise. This has led to the emergence of the so-called "coworking spaces" where digital nomads can plug in, do some work, and mingle with similar-minded individuals.
What is a coworking space
Coworking is a thing with multiple layers. On one hand, it's a space where digital nomads, freelance professionals, remote workers, and similar individuals can rent a desk - either by the hour or by the day - where they can work. These spaces offer the amenities and pieces of equipment of a typical office, from coffee machines to printers, faxes, and, of course, an internet connection. On the other hand, coworking spaces are as much about the community as they are about the location. Here, workers can find like-minded individuals with a collaborative spirit, ask for help, build connections and - why not - friendships in an informal, social environment.
The coworking movement has been started in 2005 by a digital nomad called Brad Neuberg who wanted to combine the freedom and independence of working for himself with the structure and community of working with others. In time, coworking spaces have become a viable alternative to public libraries and coffee shops and have spread all over the world.
Coworking spaces in Dubai
Since Dubai is a place with good internet, a great safety record, and welcoming toward foreigners, many digital nomads choose it as a stop on their journey. According to Nomadlist.com, a massive online database for digital nomads, Dubai has a great record when it comes to places to work from, and it names Impact Hub Dubai the best coworking space in the city. The location offers its "hubsters" free Wifi and unlimited water, AVP equipment, discounted food and beverages, and discounted access to their events, all this for a fee of AED 499 (+ taxes) or more. And it is just one of the dozens of other coworking spaces where digital nomads can work, mingle, and have a good time.
Dubai is famous for being home to the super-rich and most extravagant personalities of the Middle East. However, while extravagance is commonly associated with gambling in other parts of the world, with the world’s flashiest casinos filled with the rich and famous rubbing elbows and flaunting their luck on the spin, this is not the case in the United Arab Emirates.
Despite horse and camel racing being great tourist activities, and recognised sporting events in the nation, most betting on these events is outlawed. Dubai even has a place on Formula One’s world championship calendar, with the Yas Marina Circuit, having decided some championships in the past. Yet, while many fans across the world will be betting on the race, those in the United Arab Emirates aren’t allowed.
Even if you’re the richest visitor in the world, you won’t be able to visit a casino in Dubai. However, if you want the casino experience, there may be a way. The world of online casino gaming is constantly improving and become more akin to the real experience. As shown by the Immersive Roulette review, playing live dealer games like this roulette delivers the real-feel. So, are gambling games hosted elsewhere illegal to play in Dubai, or are all forms of gambling illegal?
The state of gambling law in the UAECredit: Pixabay
The United Arab Emirates is an Islamic nation, and its government and lawmakers adhere to Islamic law. While betting with real money does exist in tiny pockets across the country, it is disapproved of and outlawed for the most part. So, casinos and bookmakers do not formally exist in Dubai. It is illegal and seen as sinful to operate a gambling house, run gambling games, or incite others to partake in gambling.
As explained here, gambling is illegal across the UAE per Article 414 of the UAE Penal Code. The law stipulates that those found gambling can be punished with up to two years of imprisonment or a fine of up to Dhs20,000 (£4300), with a certainty of detention if the gambling takes place in a venue prepared for gambling, in a public place, or open to the public.
If caught running a gambling operation in the form of a venue or in a public place, a maximum period of ten years' imprisonment can be charged, per Article 415 of the UAE Penal Code. As for foreign gamblers, according to Article 121 of the UAE Penal Code, a custodial penalty can be changed by the court to deport the foreign offender from the nation.
Online gambling will be seen with the same disapproving gaze as land-based gambling of any form. It does, however, come under the ruling of a different set of laws, which have recently been updated and tightened.
Dubai has made a point of being as modern as possible in all areas, which includes its lawmaking. While many nations have struggled to adapt their gambling and internet laws to adapt to the ever-advancing world of online gambling, the United Arab Emirates have been quick to update where necessary.
Under Federal Law No. 5, the New Cyber Crime Law, Article 17 dictates that the statute punishes those who publish, produce, exploit, or transmit online gambling or any other material deemed to have the potential to prejudice public morals. Anyone found to supervise, establish, or operate gambling websites, can be punished by incarceration and a fine between Dhs250,000 (£53,800) and Dhs500,000 (£107,600).
In 2018, these laws were further amended to tighten the nation’s stance against what is deemed to be cybercrime in the United Arab Emirates. As shown in the article, changes were made to manage terror websites and those deemed to inciting acts against the interests of the UAE, which includes, under Article 42, the expulsion of non-citizens who break the laws.
As you can see, not only is gambling frowned upon in Dubai, it is also illegal. There are plenty of laws in place to punish those found to be running gambling operations or partaking in gambling activities in the nation. However, unless you play in a public place, it’d be very difficult to be caught and punished for playing online.
If you can gain access to an online casino that runs live casino games while you’re in Dubai – likely via a proxy or VPN – and keep it very much to yourself, you may be able to enjoy some Immersive Roulette while you visit. But then again, why risk it when there are all of these fantastic experiences to enjoy during your visit to Dubai; best save your online live casino play until you're back in the continent of its origins, Europe.
Summer has come to Dubai and it brings the season of adventures. Enjoy dune bashing, sand boarding, great food, and entertainment as you experience a typical desert safari and there is no shortage of Instagram-worthy sights as you have a blast in the sand.
Summer safaris give you a chance to get away to a cool desert evening; low humidity and groundwater levels in the desert means the heat from the day goes away quickly, leaving it up to seven degrees cooler than metro areas. Drive into a truly local Bedouin (nomad) experience as you feel the true Arabian spirit of the desert.
Getting thereCredit: Unsplash
Most safari tours are scheduled in the late afternoon through evening. To combat the residual heat, it helps to dress in light clothing and keep yourself hydrated. Tours usually offer pickup from your hotel and take you to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR). DDCR is a giant (225 sq. km) natural reserve specially designed to conserve the desert wildlife and habitat; here you’ll find falcons, hawks and other desert wildlife about. You can ride camels or horses here for a nominal fee.
Riding the DunesCredit: Max Pixel
Enjoy a thrilling ride cruising inside a 4 x 4 Land Rover as your driver zooms across the dunes; you’ll feel your adrenaline rise as you drift and slide across the dunes, this ride is nothing short of a roller coaster. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, you can strap on snowboard-like contraptions on your feet and glide across the dunes yourself. The fine sand in the desert acts similar to snow so you can try and perfect that backflip!
After a lively time in the desert, you’ll be taken to an area where tents have been set up for a hearty feast and a night of making merry. Enjoy a night of Henna, Tanoura (traditional Egyptian dance) and belly dancing as you enjoy a buffet dinner and Arabic Coffee. Tired of Dubai’s glitz? Take a safari through the desert and explore what the sands have to offer.
Starting from 21 June and lasting till 3 August 2019, Dubai welcomes the Dubai Summer Surprises with sales, hotel and spa deals on city-wide attractions and entertainment destinations. Check into luxury hotels at reduced rates and take advantage of the city-wide sales and celebrations.
The Lap of Luxury at Half Price!
100+ hotels across Dubai offer a wide range of discounts across room rates, spas and restaurants till 17 August 2019, so you have plenty of time to explore Dubai after the hustle and bustle of the festival. Hotel chains like Rove Hotels offer special room rates which include a room plus tickets to Dubai’s hottest parks and resorts.
For an affordable yet deluxe resort check out Lapita Hotel where you can book packages with up to 50% off on second family rooms; perfect for some family fun and as an added bonus, children below 12 dine for free at the hotel’s Kalea restaurant. If you’re a fashionista looking for something more luxurious, check out Palazzo Versace’s Summer Escapes offers which include breakfast at GIARDINO as well as high tea and access to Dubai Parks and Resorts.
Shop the Sales till you Drop
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Dubai Summer Surprises returns with over six weeks’ worth of deals and offers on over 700 brands at 3000 outlets and malls across the city. You can find everything from homegrown labels to international brands for incredible prices at top malls and retail destinations; you’ll get discounts ranging from 25% up to 75% and in some cases even 90% on fashion and accessories, interior decorations, technology and more. Don’t miss the ‘Deal of the Day’ for some absolute steals! You can also participate in several shop-and-win schemes at Dragon Mart and Ibn-Battuta Mall.
Entertainment For Everyone
Experience the best Dubai has to offer with something for everyone. Your kids can enjoy 90-day summer fun at LEGOLAND Dubai, Modhesh’s World and meet the Justice League at City Centre Deira while you laugh it out with The Laughter Club’s June lineup, work out at Dubai Sports World or catch Psycroptic, live in Dubai. Senior citizens can get a blast from the past with the ABBA Reunion coming aboard Queen Elizabeth II on 26th and 27th June.
Indulge in the ultimate retail therapy with almost one-hundred magnificent malls; Dubai is a true Mecca for shoppers. Each mall has its own unique characteristics; The Dubai Mall is palatial, one of the largest in the world, while Ibn Battuta Mall oozes culture. If you truly do shop till you drop, unwind with one of the many entertainment options or feast from a melting pot of international flavours.
Home to 600+ brands, no trip is complete without a visit to the Mall of the Emirates. Dine under the European inspired Fashion Dome or shop luxury brands. If you want to unwind, head down to Yalla! Bowling or chill in the snow at Dubai’s first indoor ski resort- Ski Dubai.
2. The Dubai Mall
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Located next to the world’s tallest building (the Burj Khalifa); this larger-than-life mall will take care of all your shopping needs. The Dubai Mall covers a total area of more than 1 million square meters and accommodates over 1,200 shops, 120 restaurants and cafes, an ice rink, a SEGA game centre, a five-star hotel and a 22 screen cinema. It also boasts the world’s largest indoor aquarium - 'Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo'.
The Dubai Outlet Mall is the ultimate destination for bargain hunters. Its 240 stores carry more than a thousand premium brands, with discounts ranging between 30-90%. Keep your kids occupied with games at Chuck E Cheese and fun rides in other play areas.
4. The Beach DubaiCredit: Facebook/The Beach Dubai
Enjoy a mix of indoor and outdoor activities at ‘The Beach Dubai’ with a treat at one of the many cafes overlooking the majestic Palm Jumeirah, or just laze around on the public beaches. If a workout is what you crave, get pumped on the running track and outdoor gym equipment, and don’t worry about your retail therapy fix, there are plenty of shops around.
5. City Walk Dubai
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A city within a city, the contemporary City Walk has some of the cutest boutiques from high-end designers and the most Instagram-worthy sights. This is a shopping destination near Dubai Mall. Your kids will love Mattel Play! Town and Hub Zero. The Green Planet provides a unique edutainment experience for the whole family and the spectacular water & laser show is the hourly highlight.
6. Ibn Battuta Mall
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Immerse yourself in the cultures of the world at Ibn Battuta Mall; named after the famous Moroccan explorer, the mall’s six courts are each inspired by Andalusia, Tunisia, Egypt, Persia, India and China, the regions in which he travelled. Ibn Battuta Mall should be your stop for everything fashion, lifestyle and sporting goods.
7. Dubai Marina MallCredit: Dubai Marina Mall
If you’re looking for affordable high-street fashion or for an afternoon of self-care, head down to the Dubai Marina Mall. Spice things up with a new haircut at one of its many salons and enjoy some lunch along the water’s edge for a truly relaxing weekend experience.
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One of Dubai’s longstanding shopping destinations; BurJuman has changed with the times. Once home to a slew of luxury brands the mall now hosts a variety of more affordable global brands and also houses a state-of-the-art cinema.
A replica of a Renaissance-era Italian village, this mall provides a relaxed, family-friendly shopping experience. Make sure you stop by one of its many bakeries for some scrumptious treats and treat yourself to Dubai’s best hot chocolate at Alison Nelson’s Chocolate Bar.
Get transported to Egypt as you walk down the lanes of Wafi mall. Filled with Middle Eastern boutiques selling burqas and abayas, this mall provides a truly Arabic shopping experience. Visit the Souk Khan Murjan for some Arabian handicrafts or stop by for some meze at one of the 30 eateries.
Besides the summer heat, the month of June in Dubai brings in a completely different atmosphere to the popular tourist getaway. Ramadan and other festivals, fewer crowds and slightly more economical rates are just a few of the perks of travelling in summer. We have mentioned some interesting things that you can try out during the holiday this month which is bound to make your trip to the United Arab Emirates more memorable!
Enjoy the Dubai Dolphinarium & Seal ShowCredit: Dubai Dolphinarium
Head over to the Dubai Dolphinarium and be prepared for an exciting surprise! You can now enjoy 45 minutes of uninterrupted performances by dolphins and seals as they perform fun tricks and interact with the audience. Great way to spend some time with your children!
For an electrifying experience to satisfy the daredevil in you, check out iFly Dubai. It’s an indoor skydive experience with the first dual tunnels to open inside a shopping mall. Being indoor activity, you can escape Dubai’s worst heat.
Experience Night Desert Luxury SafariCredit: Pixabay
A Dubai holiday is incomplete without trying out one of the many Desert Safari tour packages. Experience the night safari with your guide and sport nocturnal animals in the dark. Enjoy a traditional Arabic dinner under the starry sky and relax!
Museum of IllusionsCredit: Museum of Illusions Dubai
Interact with over 70 exhibits and enjoy an intriguing visual experience at the Museum of Illusions in Dubai. The playrooms, games and puzzles will surely keep you entertained.
Unlike most holiday destinations, this Middle Eastern city offers up the unique opportunity to take a Dhow Cruise on the Creek or in the Marina. The traditional Dhow is fitted with modern accessories and you can enjoy a mouthwatering buffet meal along with some soulful Arabic music as you watch the scenic views.
Grab the chance of a lifetime by planning a trip to Dubai. Relax and unwind at one of the most luxurious vacation spots in the world.
There is no shortage of festivals and events in Dubai to check out during your travels to the city. While there are plenty of day tours to experience, there is something different when you visit Dubai especially during a popular festival time like Eid. If you are planning a trip during June, read more and learn all about Eid Al Fitr to experience and celebrate the festival in traditional Arabic style.
When in Eid Al Fitr?
For this year of 2019, Eid Al Fitr is set to begin during 3rd or 4th of June and is also a public holiday in Dubai for everyone.
Why is Eid Celebrated?
Eid Al Fitr usually marks the end of the 30 days of Ramadan season and is a time of merriment amongst the locals and tourists alike.
How is Eid Celebrated?
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Eid Al Fitr is usually a family occasion with all your near and dear ones. Marking the end of Ramadan, locals get up early and head over to the mosque for prayer after which the family and loved ones enjoy a feast for lunch. Close friends and family gather for a time of enjoyment. After the food, gifts are given and exchanged between the family and some even donate food to the less fortunate.
How to enjoy the Festivities of Eid in Dubai?Credit: Cavalli Club Dubai
Due to the efforts by the Government of Dubai, live music concerts, fireworks and shopping festivals are popular during Eid for both the locals and tourists. Despite being the smaller Eid festival of the two, Eid Al Fitr is a time when the city of Dubai comes to life. Luxury restaurants like the Cavalli Club offer some of their best cuisines and dishes while the retail outlets give out amazing discounts. Be sure to book a flight and hotel room well in advance while travelling during this time as everything can be completely booked at the last moment.
Well, what are you waiting for? Book your hotel way before time and head over to Dubai to enjoy the festivities with a traditional Middle Eastern flair.