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Cairo to Dubai: A Cheap Deal Guide

Cairo to Dubai: A Cheap Deal Guide
    written by
    Jennifer Brooks

    While the hot weather is
    a major deterrent for some, if you are looking for an affordable time to visit
    the quiet and peaceful version of Dubai,
    then seize the moment and pack your bags for a summer weekend! If humidity is
    not your nemesis, then this is the perfect opportunity: you can hit the pools,
    the nightlife and the malls without being too bothered by the powerful summer
    heat. Since many leave the UAE for summer, you will have the shops to yourself
    and won’t need to worry about reserving every activity well in advance.

    Getting
    There:
    Egypt Air offers tickets for
    under 2000LE, while budget airline Fly Dubai offers midseason sales
    for as little as 800LE; but you’ll have to travel from Alexandria’s Burj El Arab Airport. If you are looking to fly to Abu Dhabi , then Etihad Airways has some similarly low rates. To book online, also
    try some travel sites such as Vayama , Kayak
    and Cheaptickets for shockingly cheap deals.

    If you need a hotel, hotels.com , booking.com and kayak.com can provide a range of hotels at the
    best prices for your budget. So coordinate dates for flights and hotels on one
    easy site and you’re off for a mini-break!

    For early July into
    August you can stay at Grosvenor House for around 1000LE per night, Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah
    Beach starting at around
    775LE, Atlantis the Palm starting at 1700LE per night.

    Transportation is easy and
    unlike in Cairo,
    all taxi cabs are air-conditioned and easy to flag, with several limousine services
    that you can call to reserve. The newly opened outdoor metro system is the
    stuff of science fiction dreams; fully air-conditioned and impeccably clean,
    the carriages have premium seating areas, TVs and wireless internet for working
    commuters.

    Eating: Try Lime Tree for the most colourful and
    flavour-packed breakfast that you can imagine. Most of the food is displayed in
    a floor-to-ceiling glass refrigerator case holding fresh and zesty salads,
    juicy and unique sandwiches, in addition to the most luscious and tempting of
    baked goods. From raspberry chocolate cake to hearty cheesecakes and every
    tart, cake and cookie you could dream of; the selection is mouth-watering.

    JW
    Steak House
    , Prego and Da Vinci’s come highly recommended for
    some refreshing Italian cuisine. Take advantage of the multicultural population
    and try foods from around the world; be it Asian, Italian or anything else that
    strikes your fancy.

    Night
    life:
    Stop for an exotic cocktail and some Latin dancing at Trader Vic’s, a local favourite that will
    have you feeling as if you are vacationing in Maui .
    Cavalli Club has created quite a
    stir lately: for those in search of the chic, glamorous and branded type of
    night on the town, this is your spot.

    If you crave a good
    party or a casual night out with your friends then try 360° and Barasti for day
    partying, Sanctuary at the Atlantis
    or Club 400 at the Fairmont for
    clubbing, while drinks at Sho Cho’s is an absolute must-
    especially on Sunday nights.For the
    high-end places, be prepared to spend around 400LE to 700LE. It’s not cheap
    at all; but it will be a night to remember.

    Activities: A trip to Dubai would not be the
    same without a visit to the unbelievable 800m-high Burj Khalifa skyscraper (formerly
    Burj Dubai). Dubai Mall’s promenade has the best view of the skyscraper, and if
    you wait around till 9PM, the supersized fountain will hold a breathtaking
    fountain show with oriental music.

    For adventurous
    travellers, Dubai
    boasts countless daytime activities. Dubai
    Dolphinarium
    is perfect for marine life-enthusiasts, while daredevils should
    try Sky Dive Dubai, where you can
    take the plunge over a breathtaking aerial view of the Palm Islands.
    Other ideas range from water parks and safaris to good old-fashioned bowling,
    Dubai-style. A few to check out are: Aqua
    Venture
    , Wild Wadi, Dubai International Bowling Centre, Sega Republic,
    Desert Safari, Jebel Ali Shooting Club
    and Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Shopping: Dubai is well-known by Cairenes
    as a shopper’s dream come true, with plenty of international brands to choose
    from, without Egypt’s
    burdensome sales tax. Take the opportunity to roam the many stores of Dubai Mall from high-end labels to
    average to off-the-beaten-track shops. Mall of the Emirates has your
    favourite international brands from Harvey Nichols to Top Shop, and houses the Middle East’s first indoor ski slope, Ski Dubai. The recently opened Mirdiff City Centre has Pottery Barn and Dubai’s
    first branch of Cairo’s
    very own Abu El Sid  if you’re feeling homesick.

    Whether you recline at
    the hotel pool, spend the day feasting, err on the side of daredevil or buy your
    own weight in cloths; Dubai
    in summer may no longer be just a sweltering city to be avoided. Reduced summer
    rates and low crowds can make it the perfect weekend getaway; but only if you
    do it right.

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