Consumer May 2013

Dubai Update
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Dubai Tourism is pleased to announce the launch of the amazing ‘Summer is Dubai’ promotions. Running from 7th June to 7th September, if you book at any of the fantastic participating hotels (including Atlantis, The Palm, The Address Downtown Dubai, The Ritz Carlton Dubai and The Jumeirah Beach Hotel) then you can benefit from some great deals, including:

- Free accommodation for 1-2 children below the age of 12 (minimum three night stay)
- 20% off on internet access
- 20% off spa and beauty salon treatments
- 20% off any other extras provided by participating hotels
- 20% off airport transfers
- Free meals for children under 12 at selected hotels
- Free access to selected attractions including the Wild Wadi and Aquaventure waterparks for children under 12

There’s plenty of shopping discounts to be snapped up too. As part of the ‘Dubai Summer Surprises’ promotion (14th June to 14th July), over 6000 stores will be offering fantastic savings. Each mall will also have special activities for kids, including puppet shows, Hello Kitty Karaoke and the Charlie and Lola show!

There will also be special events across the emirate to mark Ramadan (10th July to 9th August). Inspired by the spirit and values of the Holy Month, the city will be alive with various cultural and traditional events and activities. Most malls will be open for late night family gatherings with shopping and dining after midnight. Ramadan (Iftar) tents are also a main attraction during the whole month, with each tent offering a different ambience and experience.

And don’t forget Eid Al-Fitr, which is a three day festival that marks the end of Ramadan and the breaking of the fast. Families exchange gifts, there are special public events arranged and more eating of delicious Arabic cuisine. The holy month of Ramadan is a truly fascinating time to visit Dubai.

For full details, please visit the Summer is Dubai website.
While Dubai is renowned for its fantastic climate and amazing shopping, the fascinating cultural delights that lie in and around the city are less well known. For this edition, Dubai Update has listed five of the best:

Find out more about Islamic traditions at the beautiful Jumeirah Mosque.

Step back in time and enjoy the atmosphere of Bastakiya, one of the oldest Emirati neighbourhoods in Dubai.

Haggle for gold, spices and textiles at the wonderfully vibrant Dubai souks.

Located in a 19th century fort, the Dubai Museum chronicles the story of the emirate.

Overlooking a fertile oasis, the 16th century Hatta Heritage Village provides a fine example of traditional style Emirati architecture.

For the latest cultural news and events in Dubai, go to the TimeOut Dubai’s About Town pages.
From musicals, to world class sporting events, via pop star concerts and religious festivals, Dubai’s varied events calendar is a reflection of the exciting diversity of the city. Take a look at some of the exciting events listed below, which show that there is truly something for all tastes to enjoy on holiday in the emirate.

Elvis Forever at Madinat Jumeirah (5 – 8 June)
Back by popular demand, this spectacular show captures the onstage excitement of Elvis' greatest performances spanning the 50s, 60s and Vegas-70s.

Dubai Rock Fest (7 June)
Guitar legend Yngwie Malmsteen and rock acts from around the world will descend on Dubai for the ultimate rock experience.

Michael McIntyre (7 - 8 June)
Following his record breaking UK tour where he played to over three quarters of a million people, Michael McIntyre will bring his uniquely perceptive observational comedy to the Dubai World Trace Centre.

Under African Skies (26 - 29 June)
After sell-out shows and wowing audiences in Dubai in 2012, this nostalgic production will take you through the history of South African music.

For a full list of all of the city’s exciting events, visit the Dubai Calendar website.
When many people think of eating in Dubai, images of gourmet dining and Michelin starred restaurants spring to mind. Frying Pan Adventures is seeking to change this, by offering gastronomic tours which show how diverse, authentic and delicious Old Dubai’s food culture is.

The knowledgeable guides take small groups to local eateries only experienced locals know about and explain the fascinating historical and cultural context behind the food they are eating. And by visiting 5 – 7 different places, guests can get a great appreciation for Emirati cuisine.

The tours cost £60 and are inclusive of all food provided and a shuttle transfer from the Mall of the Emirates. To book and find out more, please visit the Frying Pan Adventures website.

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