Middle East and Central Asia

Overall Middle East and Central Asia Region – (and including countries not expanded below)

General Info / Resources

Recommended Books (Selected)

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Attractions and Sights (Selected)







– Dead Sea (Jordan Rift Valley)
– Petra (Ancient structural site)

Wadi Run




– Jeita Grotto, Nahr al-Kalb


– Musandam

Palestine / Israel

– Holy Land and Jerusalem
– Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Jerusalem

Saudia Arabia






Local Transportation

Regional Tours (Selected)

Bahrain –

General Info / Resources

Recommended Books (Selected)

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Attractions and Sights (Selected)

Local Transportation

Regional Tours (Selected)

Qatar –

General Info / Resources

Recommended Books (Selected)

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Attractions and Sights (Selected)

Local Transportation

Regional Tours (Selected)

United Arab Emirates –

General Info / Resources

Smart Dubai – City planning – http://www.smartdubai.ae/

Emaar – Dubai development – https://www.emaar.com/en/index.aspx
Nakheel – Dubai development – http://www.nakheel.com/

Recommended Books (Selected)

Explorer – Dubai local guide books and essentials information – http://www.askexplorer.com

Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Abu Dhabi -Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Dubai – Tourist Cards and City/Local Tours (Selected)

Attractions and Sights (Selected)

Abu Dhabi – Attractions and sights

Abu Dhabi Cultural Centre
Abu Dhabi Mall
Al Ain heritage city – al Ain palace
Al Ain – White water rafting – Wadi adventure https://www.wadiadventure.ae/
Al Jahili fort
Heritage Village
Khalifa Park
Marina Mall
Saadiyat Island
Nurai Island
Pearl diving
Sir bani yas island
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The Corniche
Yas Island and marina – Formula one circuit, yas water world, Yas shopping mall
Louvre Abu Dhabi

– 74th floor observation deck – etihad hotel
– Corniche – waterfront area and beach
– Date souk
– Falcon hospital
– Garden city – al Ain
– Al Jahili fort – al ain
– Jebel hafect hot springs – al ain
– Al ain zoo
– Ferrari world
Observation deck at 300 jumeirah at Etihad towers
Abu Dhabi falcoln hospital

Emirates Palace
Abu Dhabi beaches

Dubai – Attractions and sights

Desert sleeping
– Abra crossing ride on dubai creek

Dubai Parks and Resorts world (Includes legoland, legoland waterpark, motiongate and bollywood parks)

Dubai design district
Box park (Shipping containers area)
Dubai International writers centre

Dubai Creek souks and museums
Al dhiyafah road (cheap eats road)
Al Fahidi Historial neighbourhood and fort
Abra boat and station
Al Manzar beach park
Al shindagha (Heritage house)
Arabian tea house
Art at Dubai international financial centre
Atmosphere sky bar at burj khalifa
Dubai Art – http://www.artinthecity.com
Dubai Culture – http://www.dubaiculture.gov.ae

Dubai community theatre and arts centre
Dubai creek
Dubai creek park
Dubai museum
Dubai Parks and resorts – https://www.dubaiparksandresorts.com/en/
Dubai Trolley
Fish souk
Hot air balloon over the desert – Mid Sept to May
Jumeirah beach residence – walk
Pearl museum
Sheikh mohammed centre for cultural understanding
Spice souk
Old souk
Textile souk
United Arab emirates – Islands
xLine – Urban zipline

• Dubai Desert Safari – http://www.desertsafaridubai.com/
• Atlantis – Palm Jumeriah
• Burj al Arab

Burj khalifa Tower
– Prebook online – Opens one month in advance
– Look at sunrise and sunset times – select entry times just prior to this for great views

– Two types of tickets:
– level 124 (At the top) Sunrise at 5.30am until 8am Fridays and Saturdays and general all days – 8.30am until 11pm (prime times 16.30 – 18.00
– Levels 125 + 128 (Burj Khalifa sky) – 10am until 9pm

• Burjuman Shopping Centre
• Culture village
• Deira City Centre shops and district
• Desert dunes safari and dinner
• Dhow Boat sunrise ride
• Dubai Aquarium – Dubai Mall
• Dubai Creek area
• Dubai Marina
• Dubai miracle garden
• Dubai museum
Dubai Opera house – http://www.dubaiopera.com
• Dubai Safari
Dubai Womens museum (Bait al banat)
• Dubailand
• Festival City
• Global village
• Gold souk
• Hatta heritage village
• Mall of the Emirates
• Mercato
• Dubai Musical Fountain – Dubai Mall
Dubai musical fountain lake boat ride
Dubai Parks and resorts (Integrated various parks and resorts) – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubai_Parks_and_Resorts
Img Worlds of Adventure Theme park – http://www.imgworlds.com/en/
• Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding – Free cultural tours of Dubai – http://www.cultures.ae/
• Ski Dubai – Mall of the Emirates
• Souk Al Bahar – Dubai Mall
• Souk Madinat Jumeirah
• Spice souk
• Wild wadi waterpark

Tower (The) – skyscraper – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Tower_at_Dubai_Creek_Harbour
Sega Republic

Local Transportation

Abu Dhabi – Local transportation

Ticketing –

Bus –
Waterbus –
Ferry –
Monorail –
Train –
Tram –

Dubai – Local transportation

Ticketing – NOL Card – http://www.nol.ae/

Bus – http://dubai-buses.com/index.aspx
Waterbus –
Ferry –
Monorail – http://www.palm-monorail.com
Train – Dubai metro – http://www.rta.ae/dubai_metro/
Tram – http://www.alsufouhtram.com

Dubai – Local Events

Dubai Calendar – http://www.dubaicalendar.com

Dubai Shopping festival – January
Dubai International kite show – january
Dubai jazz festival – February
Dubai food festival – February / March
Dubai International boat show – March
Dubai International dance festival – September
Festival of literature – march
Taste of Dubai – March
Design Days Dubai – March
Art Dubai
Al Marmoom heritage festival (Camel racing)
World art Dubai
Middle east film and comic con – April
Dubai tango festival – May
Dubai summer surprises – July to September
Dubai music week – September
Dubai comedy festival – October / November
Dubai design week – October
Sensation – Music festival
Dubai motor festival
Dubai International triathlon
Dubai international film festival – December
Dubai winter festival – December

Regional Tours (Selected)

Dubai desert gate – http://www.dubaidesertgate.ae
Unseen Trails (Photography) – http://www.usneentrails.com
Frying pan adventures – http://www.fryingpanadventures.com


Abu Dhabi- Shopping

Dubai – Shopping
Boz park
Burjuman Shopping Centre
Deira city centre
Dubai Mall
Festival city hall
Floating Venice – Dubai – http://www.thefloatingvenice.com/
Global village
Gold Souk
Ibn batutta

Madinat jumeirah souk
Mall of the Emirates
Meena bazaar
Souk al Bahar
Spice souk
Textile souk
The beach


Links last checked : 04/02 /2017

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