Radisson Blu Dubai Deira Creek Hotel

6 March 2019

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INSIDER TRAVEL TIPS

Take the ferry to the other side!

The Radisson is on Dubai Creek. Opposite it is a beautifully redeveloped area, Al Seef. Take the ‘Abra’ ferry from Baniyas Marine Transport Station to Al Seef Marine Station. It takes 5 minutes and runs from 07.00 to 22.00 (until midnight on Thursday and Friday). It will cost you all of AED 2 per person (that’s US 5c or GB 4p).

 

Buy the tickets at the blue RTA customer service booth before you get on (unfortunately you can’t buy a return ticket so have to buy one each time). Alternatively book your own river taxi at Baniyas station, half an hour for AED60 for your own boat. Cruise up and down the creek before being dropped off at Al Seef – there’s room for about 6 people. You can also book longer cruises and day trips at the hotel.

 

If you take the river taxi to Al Seef, turn left for modern Dubai – burgers, chic restaurants etc - or right for “old” Dubai - a beautiful series of small alley ways, souks, old style shops, coffee shops, riverside walk etc. There is also the charming Al Seef hotel which features traditionally designed Arabian buildings adorned with old style wind towers. Stay here and get the feel of old style Arabia. Tip: Look out for the Iranian shop selling Iranian-made sweets, herbs, spices, cosmetics that are all embargoed back home!

 

NB: If you want a beer or a glass of wine, you’ll need to look for the Al Seef hotel’s restaurant or (in the modern area to the left of the Al Seef Marine station) the Zabeel House hotel which has a beautiful roof top bar with stunning views across the city. (Zabeel House is 10 minutes’ walk from Al Seef station.)

 

In the Radisson

 

Within the Radisson there are about 15 restaurants serving everything from Japanese, to Burgers, to traditional Emirati food (with an evening belly dancing show). All serve alcoholic drinks and several offer Brunch packages.

 

Travellers’ tips

 

Remember that the weekend starts on Thursday night as Friday and Saturday are non-working days (most shops and restaurants will not be affected but offices will be closed). Everyone is back in their office on Sunday morning.

 

The ‘Dubai Brunch’ scene is famous in the region and actually starts on Thursday night…  Hotels offer fabulous all you can eat and drink for as long as you like packages on Thursday evening and Friday and Saturday morning/afternoon.

 

Throughout Dubai you’ll need to look for hotels or clubs if you want to drink beer, wine or any other alcoholic drink. Wine is sometimes expensive, and cocktails can sometimes be cheaper than a glass of wine!

 

Taxis are safe and reliable, Uber also works well. A taxi from the Radisson to the airport should take 15 minutes, but can take 30 minutes in rush hour.

 

Dubai is very tourist friendly, but, if travelling with your partner, you should avoid public signs of affection – kissing, cuddling in public is frowned upon.

 

This web site gives practical guidance on travelling in Dubai

http://www.thatdubaisite.com/info/dos-and-donts/

 

And of course there are a host of amazing places to visit in Dubai from the world’s tallest building to beautiful beaches at JBR, at La Mer and a wonderful, free, water fountains and music display at the lake in the middle of the Dubai Mall (think a bigger version of  Bellagio in Las Vegas!).

 

And finally, here’s a great app that gives lots of 2 for 1 offers on restaurants and drinks https://www.theentertainerme.com/home

 

We hope you enjoy your trip to Dubai!

 

 

 

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