Dubai

The culture of Dubai is closely intertwined with Islamic traditions. Even though the city is considered as the entertainment capital of the Middle East, the Muslims of the city refrain from the wild parties that can often be found at many of the luxury bars and clubs around the city. The major festival celebrated in Dubai is Eid, observed after the month of Ramadan during which the people fast throughout the day and pay penance for their sins. The other major festival celebrated in the city is the National Day, celebrated in December, commemorating the forming of UAE. . 


Culture

The culture of Dubai is closely intertwined with Islamic traditions. Even though the city is considered as the entertainment capital of the Middle East, the Muslims of the city refrain from the wild parties that can often be found at many of the luxury bars and clubs around the city. The major festival celebrated in Dubai is Eid, observed after the month of Ramadan during which the people fast throughout the day and pay penance for their sins. The other major festival celebrated in the city is the National Day, celebrated in December, commemorating the forming of UAE. 


In the Beginning

Some 800 members of the Bani Yas tribe, led by the Maktoum Family, settled at the mouth of the creek in 1833. Dubai’s economy relied heavily on fishing and pearl diving until the mid-20th century when Dubai struck oil in 1966. Oil changed everything for this sleepy town and eventually transformed it into the mega city it is today. Shortly after Dubai switched its currency from the rupee to the riyal (which it still uses today.) With the recent oil money, Sheikh Rashid began developing a modern a city and in 1971 the United Arab Emirates was formed with Dubai as its shiny capital. 


Family Travel Highlights

Take a tour at the world’s largest mall Enjoy at the world’s largest permanent global showcase Take a walk through the Green Planet Play on the interactive museum of OliOli Indulge in an indoor skiing at Malls of the Emirates’ Ski Dubai 


Bucket List

Glamping in the Dubai desert 

Skydiving above Palm Jumeirah

 Diving at the Lost Chambers Aquarium 

Dune Buggy through the Dubai desert 

Jet Surf at SeaWake 

Culture



Foods To Try

Manousheh

 Kousa Mahshi 

Baba Ganoush 

Fatteh 

Kellaj 

Shish Tawook 

Manakkish 

Luqaimat 


Drinks To Try

Freshly Squeezed Juices 

Karak chai 

Jellab and qamardeen 

Laban and ayran 

Tamar Hindi 


Bucket List

Do a vintage car tour

 Join the winter Carnival in Havana

 Horse riding in the valley of Viñales 

Hiking in Viñales 

Learn how to roll cigars in the tobacco plantations 

Snorkel or Dive in the Bay of Pigs 

Do a cacao tour in Baracoa 


Foods To Try

Tamales 

Medianoche

 Pernil Relleno de Moros y Cristianos 

Vaca Frita 

Frita Shrimps in coconut sauce 

Arroz con pollo (rice with chicken)

 Lechon asado

 Ropa vieja 


Drinks To Try

Daiquiri 

Mojito 

Cuba Libre (Cubata) 

Bay Leaf Tea 

Cuban Coffee Primer

 Agua Fresca- Jamaica Hibiscus Drink 

Caribbean Style Lemonade 


Photography Hot Spots

Burj Khalifa 

Dubai Marina 

Palm Jumeirah

 Business Bay 

Jumeirah public beach

 Bastakiya 

Dubai Creek 


Souvenirs To Buy

Dried dates 

Camel milk 

Assorted candied fruits and nuts 

Oudh and Bakhoor 

Pashmina Shawls 

Gold Jewelry 

Coffee and Arabic coffee pot 

Hookah pipe/Shisha pipe