Dubai is situated on the Persian Gulf coast of the United Arab Emirates and is roughly at sea level (16 m/52 ft above). The emirate of Dubai shares borders with Abu Dhabi in the south, Sharjah in the northeast, and the Sultanate of Oman in the southeast. Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert. However, the topography of Dubai is significantly different from that of the southern portion of the UAE in that much of Dubai’s landscape is highlighted by sandy desert patterns, while gravel deserts dominate much of the southern region of the country. The sand consists mostly of crushed shell and coral and is fine, clean and white. East of the city, the salt-crusted coastal plans, known as sabkha, give way to a north-south running line of dunes. Farther east, the dunes grow larger and are tinged red with iron oxide.
Dubai has a hot and, at times, humid climate (drier during extreme heat) with many months recording temperatures of over 40 °C (104 °F). Rainfall is generally light, with a mean of about 150 millimeters (6 in) per year precipitation is usually centered around January, February and March. However, heavy rain is not uncommon in Dubai during the winter months and January 2008 saw a record of 120mm (or 5″) of rain falling in just 24 hours. The mean humidity in Dubai is about 60% and is higher during the cooler winter months.
|Fact File – Dubai|
|Location||Middle East, bordering the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, between Oman and Saudi Arabia|
|Area||Land: 82,880 sq km Water: 0 sq km|
|Time Zone||GMT +4:00 Hours|
|Currency||Arab Emirates Dhrhms (AED)|
|Language||Arabic (official), Persian, English, Hindi, Urdu|
|Religion||Muslim 96% (Shi’a 16%), Christian, Hindu, and other 4%|
|Climate||Dubai enjoys an arid subtropical climate, with blue skies and sunshine all year round. The hottest months are between June and September, when temperatures can soar to 113F (45C) and more during the day and humidity levels are very high.|
Day 02: Dubai (B)
Breakfast at Hotel; Morning free at leisure and afternoon proceed for Half day Dubai city tour; Sample the historic sites and vibrant cosmopolitan life of Dubai on this comprehensive tour, The tour starts with a photo-stop at the famous landmark of Dubai, Burj Al Arab and proceed to Jumeirah, the picturesque palace and residential area of Dubai, also home to the famous Jumeirah Mosque, The tour continues to Al Bastakiya, the old part of Dubai, to reach the museum located in Al Fahidi Fort, All aboard the Abra (water taxi) to cross the Creek to the spice souk, On your return, there is time to shop in the most famous landmark of Dubai – the gold souk, return to the hotel and overnight stay at Dubai.
Day 03: Dubai (B)
Breakfast at Hotel; Morning free and Easy and late afternoon proceed for half day Desert Safari tour (4 WD). This tour departs in the afternoon across the desert with photo-stops during an exciting dune drive and visit the camel farm, the drive continues across the desert and watch the beautiful sunset in the desert. Reach our campsite, where you have the opportunity to do camel riding; sand boarding and try out a henna design on hands or feet, after working up an appetite enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner and a shisha (the famous Arabic water pipe), Before returning watch our belly dancer performing her show around the campfire by starling, Return to the hotel and overnight stay at Dubai
Day 04: Dubai (B)
Breakfast at Hotel; Full day free and easy for shopping or leisure and overnight stay at Dubai
DAY 05: DUBAI – COCHIN (B)
Breakfast at Hotel; Morning free and Easy, by noon check-out hotel and transfer to Dubai International
airport to take flight back to Cochin.