Emirates Air - Stopover in Dubai

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Jun 20th, 2012, 03:11 PM
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Emirates Air - Stopover in Dubai

We are doing Overseas Adventure Travel's Heart if India, in February, 2013, flying from New York to Delhi, with a connection in Dubai. We would be arrivimg at 8:30 PM and departing at 10:10 PM. We are exploring the option of leaving a day early and departing the next night. Has anyone done a stopover in Dubai. Was it worth doing? How expensive was it, etc?. That flight schedule should allow a decent nights sleep, time for a tour of the city and leave us more rested to start the tour in Delhi.
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Jun 20th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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Spent the night both going to and coming from Africa last year at the International Hotel in the Dubai airport. Very glad we did and would do so again. While not cheap, it is worth it. They charge by the hour. Can't remember now how much, but if you book at their website far in advance you get the best rate going. You will be met at arrivals and escorted quickly through security by a member of staff. There is a choice of room and bathroom size -- larger rooms have a massage chair and bathtub, which made all the difference to me. They are also high above the airport and very quiet. All luggage is left aboard the plane, so you need nightclothes etc. in carry on. Room service food is reasonable and good. Emirates provides a complimentary breakfast buffet not far from the hotel, but we preferred eating in the room.

You need a visa to leave and return to the airport & could be subject to long delays getting back in. We did not think it worth it between two such very long flights and found the airport itself, its many shops, and the throngs of people literally from around the globe to be entertaining enough.
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Jun 21st, 2012, 06:30 AM
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I like Dubai as a stopover and there are plenty of interesting things to do other than malls, esp. in Feb. when the weather will be at it's best. Bastakiah and the Islamic Cultural Center are worthwhile and you can have a group breakfast/lunch with an Emirati and find out more about their culture. You can also walk around the souk area and take an abra ride across the creek. They also have a small but good Bedouin culture museum. The dunes outside of Dubai are wonderful to visit also but you can find out much more on TA.

Hotels near the airport are still a short taxi ride to central Dubai and taxis are not too expensive and easy to use.
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Jun 21st, 2012, 12:11 PM
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My wife and I did the stopover last year on our way to Kenya and it was fun even eventhough it was during Ramadan. In our case it was a free stopover with hotel and transportation included and we spent 2 nights in Dubai. February should be nice weather wise.
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Jun 22nd, 2012, 12:45 PM
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"they charge by the hour"
Guess though if those who book are only looking for a nap and shower or 'quickie' makes sense.

ROFL - haven't heard anything like that in years!

Am sure you can find a nice hotel at a reasonable rate nearby the airport and be at your own leisure for the time you have in DXB.
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Jun 22nd, 2012, 01:19 PM
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It does not keep getting more expensive as time goes on. In other words, the shorter the time you want the room, the more expensive it is. An overnight stay is about what you'd pay at any good hotel in a major city. And congratulations to anyone in the mood for a quickie after a 16 hour flight...
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Nov 1st, 2012, 09:27 PM
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You can do and see a lot not too costly. Taxis are fairly cheap and readily available. You could visit Dubai museum and the souk in that time if you are looking for a cultural experience -entry fee is nominal. The Cultural Center is also a great option. If you are looking for things to do visit the aquarium at Atlantis or Dubai Mall or do a bit of skiing at Mall of the Emirates-these are a bit more expensive options! Enjoy!
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