The Palm Dubai
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Dubai is the most famous of the seven emirates making up the United Arab Emirates. It's certainly the most talked about it seems every week there's a new hotel, soaring building and an unusual entertainment. As recently as 20 years ago there was just one lonely hotel and lots of sand.
There are more expats living in Dubai these days than there are locals. It's one of the most multicultural countries on earth.
After seeing it all from on high, Catriona Rowntree took a boat ride around the Dubai Palm Islands. The Palm Jumeirah will be followed by Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. The commercial, residential and entertainment infrastructure was created in the shape of 17 huge fronds on reclaimed land.
It's all surrounded by 12km of protective barrier reefs extending 5km into the Persian Gulf south of Dubai City. They are accessible by 300m bridges from the mainland or boat.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum just wanted Dubai to have more beaches, and when the whole project is completed he will have 520km of it. Their next project is The World, a series of 300 islands in the shape of the planet's countries. That will add another 232km of coastline.
Catriona was able to take it all in from a comfortable yacht which takes a maximum of six passengers. The two-hour cruises depart at 9.30am and 2.30pm and you sail past the iconic seven-star Burj Al Arab Hotel before reaching Jumeirah Palm Island and The World.
Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Greece & Mediterranean Travel Centre has two-hour tours around The Palm for $168 per person. Return hotel transfers are included.
Emirates has flights to Dubai.
- Perth $1747
- Melbourne and Adelaide $1801
- Sydney $1820
- Brisbane $1824
On sale between April 22 and 26, 2010, for travel between October 1 and November 30, 2010.
Prices correct at April 22, 2010.
For further information
Ph: 1300 303 777
Greece and Mediterranean Travel Centre
Suite 2, 644 Botany Road
Ph: (02) 9313 4633 or 1300 661 666
Fax: (02) 9313 4475
Visas: Visas are not required for entry into Dubai but passports must be valid for at least six months.
Electricity: Plugs are British with three rectangular prongs forming a triangle.
Time zone: GMT +4.
Currency: The UAE dirham.
Telephone code: + 971.
It is recommended travellers to Dubai see their doctor at least six weeks before departure as there are specific vaccinations recommended. Other health precautions and preventions may also be recommended. For further information, visit www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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