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There are no issues with:

-Having Jewish items
-Looking Jewish UPDATE: Dubai Police said that it was prohibited to wear a Yarmulka or other Jewish items uncovered in public places.
-Bringing in food or alcohol
-Having Israeli stamps in your passport.

List of TR's:
https://www.dansdeals.com/points-travel/trip-notes/maldives-trip-notes-part-2-dubai-and-abu-dhabi/

Sam28 TR

Kosher Food/ Restaurants:
for up to date and more info see https://chabad.ae/kosher/

TLV Restaurant - Location in the H hotel  - For reservations: Call: +97142435711  / WhatsApp: +971522209155
The Kosher Place - Location Jumeriah Creekside Hotel - For reservations, please WhatsApp +972559453118
Mul hayam
Armani Kaf - Location Armani Hotel - Reservation online or email Restaurant.Reservations@armanihotels.com (sometimes it wont show available online but over email they'll confirm)


Synagogue:
PM Dan for contact info.

Things to Do:

Sites to find deals:
  Groupon
  Greatdeals.ae
  getyourguide.com

 - Miracle Garden (need 1-2 hours) - https://www.dubaimiraclegarden.com/
 - Global Village  (Need 3-4 hours - opens at 4pm ) - https://www.globalvillage.ae/en/home-page
 - Xline - zip thru the marina (need max 1 hour from checkin till land back) - Book online in advance to secure a spot - http://xline.xdubai.com/
 - Desert Adventure - (need 6 hours - from 3pm -9pm) - Includes Quad Biking, Dune Bashing, Camel rides, BBQ dinner in a camp site while watching Cultural shows  - https://www.desertadventures.com/  - There is a Kosher catered tour that is highly recommended , every tuesday , Whatsapp +972 58-551-1911 for reservations , full Kosher BBQ and "kosher" cultural shows
- 3 Main Malls - Mall in Marina (Basic) , Mall of Emirates (huge mall - Has indoor ski) , Mall of Dubai (downtown -even bigger mall has aquarium inside and is a very high end shopping mall)
 - Gold / Perfume / Spice Souk - Marketplace in Deira area (need half a day minimum for this)
 - Burj Khalifa - View points from above - Buy tickets online in advance for best price - https://www.burjkhalifa.ae/en/index.aspx  - best to go in evening time before sunset  - Theres also a VIP option to skip the lines
 - Dubai Sky Dive
 - Helicopter ride - recommended is the 22 min flight option
 - Hot Air balloon - https://www.ballooning.ae/ - check the deal sites sometimes have a buy 2 get 1  - Early AM in the desert
 - Dubai Creek Boat ride ( need 2.5hrs - Board 8pm - duration 830pm to 1030pm)
- Dubai Gold frame 
- night boat ride along the intercostal
 - Fountain Show on the boardwalk downtown - from 6pm every 30 min (buy a ticket online/walkup to be closer to water but you can still see it without that or if you are eating at Armani Kaf, you can see from the terrace
- Yacht + jet ski rentals
- Dubai Aquarium / underwater zoo
- Yellow Boat (inflatable motor boat) Sightseeing Cruise


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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1020 on: January 07, 2021, 12:12:51 PM »


Apparently the new Switzerland.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1021 on: January 07, 2021, 01:46:52 PM »
Thanks @Let3 ! What age are your kids?

What did you do for food?
For food - we were at the Wagner program at habtoor palace (Hilton)

Kids are 2.4,5, and 7

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« Reply #1022 on: January 07, 2021, 06:31:10 PM »
For food - we were at the Wagner program at habtoor palace (Hilton)

Kids are 2.4,5, and 7

Thanks! (Sorry I missed the food part at the beginning of your post, appreciate your response  :) )

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1023 on: January 07, 2021, 06:35:09 PM »


Apparently the new Switzerland.
Whyís he there ?

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« Reply #1024 on: January 08, 2021, 12:22:36 AM »
Whyís he there ?

You know the guy?

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« Reply #1025 on: January 08, 2021, 12:23:25 AM »

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1026 on: January 08, 2021, 12:25:17 AM »
You know the guy?
Heís the Karliner Rebbe

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1027 on: January 08, 2021, 12:36:10 AM »
Heís the Karliner Rebbe
He's a holy jew and a big traveler, from what I hear he's been too many cool spots, in hebrew it's called מתקן ניצוצית

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1028 on: January 08, 2021, 09:18:49 AM »
If anyone has recently flown JFK-DXB or DXB-JFK, how are they regarding masks and open middle seats? And how crowded were the flights in general (esp. if you flew Motzei Shabbos to DXB, or came back on the non-stop redeye)?

Also, once in Dubai, how strict are they regarding masks and SD in public places, hotels, and tourist attractions - malls, souks, Burj, etc.?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1029 on: January 08, 2021, 01:47:25 PM »
You donít?

Image was showing up fuzzy for me and he's wearing a mask - sorry, but I couldn't figure it out but now I see.

Heís the Karliner Rebbe

Thx

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1030 on: January 08, 2021, 01:48:21 PM »
and he's wearing a mask
Thatís how you know itís him. :)

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1031 on: January 10, 2021, 12:49:58 AM »
If anyone has recently flown JFK-DXB or DXB-JFK, how are they regarding masks and open middle seats? And how crowded were the flights in general (esp. if you flew Motzei Shabbos to DXB, or came back on the non-stop redeye)?

Also, once in Dubai, how strict are they regarding masks and SD in public places, hotels, and tourist attractions - malls, souks, Burj, etc.?
There were open middle seats and plain was not crowded.
They were ok about the mask - never making us any problems with the kids, but did ask us to cover up when not eating.

In Dubai - in public places they do ask to wear masks (I heard they can fine for not wearing) but not overly aggressive about it. In hotel they did not bother us at all.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1032 on: January 10, 2021, 07:45:58 PM »
Thanks for the info. I see I wasn't so clear in my question. I don't have antibodies and wear masks and SD when I'm out, so I was hoping to hear that Emirates + Dubai tourist attractions are somewhat strict regarding enforcing their rules. It sounds like the flight should hopefully be okay, but will I feel safe when touring Dubai, or is the mask/SD situation there total hefker?

And separately, what's the situation in the shul there - how strict are they with masks and SD? Also, where exactly is the (weekday) shul located, and what are the best points hotels in the area?

Lastly, it seems that a negative PCR test within 4 days of arrival is sufficient for Dubai, but is it possible to also visit Abu Dhabi as a day trip at this time? From what I found online it sounds like they require much more testing and quarantining.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1033 on: January 11, 2021, 04:28:48 PM »
Thanks for the info. I see I wasn't so clear in my question. I don't have antibodies and wear masks and SD when I'm out, so I was hoping to hear that Emirates + Dubai tourist attractions are somewhat strict regarding enforcing their rules. It sounds like the flight should hopefully be okay, but will I feel safe when touring Dubai, or is the mask/SD situation there total hefker?

And separately, what's the situation in the shul there - how strict are they with masks and SD? Also, where exactly is the (weekday) shul located, and what are the best points hotels in the area?

Lastly, it seems that a negative PCR test within 4 days of arrival is sufficient for Dubai, but is it possible to also visit Abu Dhabi as a day trip at this time? From what I found online it sounds like they require much more testing and quarantining.
People were pretty good about wearing masks in public places - you should be ok.

We had minyan in our hotel so I donít know about the shul.
From what I heard it is difficult to get to Abu Dhabi as you said, but I didnít try myself.
Sorry canít be more helpful.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1034 on: January 12, 2021, 05:51:08 PM »
Do Dubai accept a Teudat Machlim from Israel?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1035 on: January 13, 2021, 08:50:57 AM »
Quick recap of our trip
We arrived friday morning 00:35
I rented a big 9 seater passenger van (in dubai only 2 people in regular taxi and 4 people in minivan are allowed because of covid)
We stayed at the al habtoor grand hotel (got a good rate through mariott best rate -25%)
friday we got up late and went to miracle gardens, very nice place and good for a erev shabbes
shabbes we spend with chabad at the adress marina (15 min from our hotel) about 250 people, nice atmosphere and good food
moze shabbes we went to global village, its a big area with different markets/shops of different countries. Also has a cool car show and a big attraction park for kids (open until midnight)
we spend every morning by pool/beach and did something in afternnon
-sunday we went to motiongate. its a attraction park about 30 min out of dubai. its right next to legoland. (legoland is more for smaller kids) you can buy cheaper tickets online on groupon or other website. we bought front of line tickets, without it every ride would have been 1 hour wait https://www.motiongatedubai.com/en
-monday we went out in the desert and did a dune buggy tour at sunset. It was the best activity we did. the place was not organized well, but after difficulties sorting it out it was amazing   https://monster-experience.com/tours/can-am-1000cc-turbo-4-seats/
-tuesday we went to the top of burj al khalifa and watched the fountain show, once again buy discounted tickets on websites. best time to go 30 min before sunset, so you get to see day/sunset/night
-wednesday we did the mall of the emirates incl snowpark
-thursday was new year, the hotel was quite expensive that night, so we checked out after spending morning at the pool and a late checkout and went to a airport hotel (aloft Deira). it was much cheaper and as our flight was 08 in the morning next day. we went back to global village for some shopping, they also had some nice fireworks for new year

some general info

-rent a car. its cheap and has parking everywere
-dubai airport is huge and check in can have long lines. we almost missed our flight being there 2 hours before
-book activities on deals websites
-we took along some double wrapped meals, as not have to eat out every meal
-restaurant in the hilton by elis kitchen was a buffet. 300 aed for adults, 200 aed for kids. small selection. quite expensive for what it was
-armani was very good. cheaper then elis kitchen, better food and has a good kids menu, so it ended up being much cheaper
-masks have to be worn everywere, even by kids from the age of 6. my kids between 6-10 didnt wear and nobody cared. at pool or beach nobody had one on
-bringing in ffod through customs is allowed
-certain medicins are not allowed. there is a website were you can send in doctors letter and they aprove it in 24 hours and you get a permit. better then going to jail
-bring your own groceries, as you cant buy to much kosher stuff there
-chabad might have some milk, we brought our own for easy breakfast. you cant drink cholov stam there
-need a negative pcr test for everyone over 12 no older then 96 hours old

it was a very nice, fun and safe vacation spot. my kids walked around with their yarmukles and zizis no problem. we even saw a shtraimel shabbes walking on the street. Dubai is not cheap, things cost the same as in USA (hotels and taxis a little cheaper) but its one of the only places that allows tourism at the moment










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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1036 on: January 17, 2021, 07:24:15 AM »
Quick recap of our trip
We arrived friday morning 00:35
I rented a big 9 seater passenger van (in dubai only 2 people in regular taxi and 4 people in minivan are allowed because of covid)
We stayed at the al habtoor grand hotel (got a good rate through mariott best rate -25%)
friday we got up late and went to miracle gardens, very nice place and good for a erev shabbes
shabbes we spend with chabad at the adress marina (15 min from our hotel) about 250 people, nice atmosphere and good food
moze shabbes we went to global village, its a big area with different markets/shops of different countries. Also has a cool car show and a big attraction park for kids (open until midnight)
we spend every morning by pool/beach and did something in afternnon
-sunday we went to motiongate. its a attraction park about 30 min out of dubai. its right next to legoland. (legoland is more for smaller kids) you can buy cheaper tickets online on groupon or other website. we bought front of line tickets, without it every ride would have been 1 hour wait https://www.motiongatedubai.com/en
-monday we went out in the desert and did a dune buggy tour at sunset. It was the best activity we did. the place was not organized well, but after difficulties sorting it out it was amazing   https://monster-experience.com/tours/can-am-1000cc-turbo-4-seats/
-tuesday we went to the top of burj al khalifa and watched the fountain show, once again buy discounted tickets on websites. best time to go 30 min before sunset, so you get to see day/sunset/night
-wednesday we did the mall of the emirates incl snowpark
-thursday was new year, the hotel was quite expensive that night, so we checked out after spending morning at the pool and a late checkout and went to a airport hotel (aloft Deira). it was much cheaper and as our flight was 08 in the morning next day. we went back to global village for some shopping, they also had some nice fireworks for new year

some general info

-rent a car. its cheap and has parking everywere
-dubai airport is huge and check in can have long lines. we almost missed our flight being there 2 hours before
-book activities on deals websites
-we took along some double wrapped meals, as not have to eat out every meal
-restaurant in the hilton by elis kitchen was a buffet. 300 aed for adults, 200 aed for kids. small selection. quite expensive for what it was
-armani was very good. cheaper then elis kitchen, better food and has a good kids menu, so it ended up being much cheaper
-masks have to be worn everywere, even by kids from the age of 6. my kids between 6-10 didnt wear and nobody cared. at pool or beach nobody had one on
-bringing in ffod through customs is allowed
-certain medicins are not allowed. there is a website were you can send in doctors letter and they aprove it in 24 hours and you get a permit. better then going to jail
-bring your own groceries, as you cant buy to much kosher stuff there
-chabad might have some milk, we brought our own for easy breakfast. you cant drink cholov stam there
-need a negative pcr test for everyone over 12 no older then 96 hours old

it was a very nice, fun and safe vacation spot. my kids walked around with their yarmukles and zizis no problem. we even saw a shtraimel shabbes walking on the street. Dubai is not cheap, things cost the same as in USA (hotels and taxis a little cheaper) but its one of the only places that allows tourism at the moment
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1037 on: January 17, 2021, 09:20:56 AM »
With the new requirement to be tested within 3 days of flying back to the US, does anyone have any info or experience or tips about the COVID testing situation in Dubai? I would assume it's a better situation than say Cancun, but would be interested in some actual DP to help with advance planning and realistic expectations.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1038 on: January 17, 2021, 10:25:58 AM »
Quick recap of our trip
We arrived friday morning 00:35
I rented a big 9 seater passenger van (in dubai only 2 people in regular taxi and 4 people in minivan are allowed because of covid)
We stayed at the al habtoor grand hotel (got a good rate through mariott best rate -25%)
friday we got up late and went to miracle gardens, very nice place and good for a erev shabbes
shabbes we spend with chabad at the adress marina (15 min from our hotel) about 250 people, nice atmosphere and good food
moze shabbes we went to global village, its a big area with different markets/shops of different countries. Also has a cool car show and a big attraction park for kids (open until midnight)
we spend every morning by pool/beach and did something in afternnon
-sunday we went to motiongate. its a attraction park about 30 min out of dubai. its right next to legoland. (legoland is more for smaller kids) you can buy cheaper tickets online on groupon or other website. we bought front of line tickets, without it every ride would have been 1 hour wait https://www.motiongatedubai.com/en
-monday we went out in the desert and did a dune buggy tour at sunset. It was the best activity we did. the place was not organized well, but after difficulties sorting it out it was amazing   https://monster-experience.com/tours/can-am-1000cc-turbo-4-seats/
-tuesday we went to the top of burj al khalifa and watched the fountain show, once again buy discounted tickets on websites. best time to go 30 min before sunset, so you get to see day/sunset/night
-wednesday we did the mall of the emirates incl snowpark
-thursday was new year, the hotel was quite expensive that night, so we checked out after spending morning at the pool and a late checkout and went to a airport hotel (aloft Deira). it was much cheaper and as our flight was 08 in the morning next day. we went back to global village for some shopping, they also had some nice fireworks for new year

some general info

-rent a car. its cheap and has parking everywere
-dubai airport is huge and check in can have long lines. we almost missed our flight being there 2 hours before
-book activities on deals websites
-we took along some double wrapped meals, as not have to eat out every meal
-restaurant in the hilton by elis kitchen was a buffet. 300 aed for adults, 200 aed for kids. small selection. quite expensive for what it was
-armani was very good. cheaper then elis kitchen, better food and has a good kids menu, so it ended up being much cheaper
-masks have to be worn everywere, even by kids from the age of 6. my kids between 6-10 didnt wear and nobody cared. at pool or beach nobody had one on
-bringing in ffod through customs is allowed
-certain medicins are not allowed. there is a website were you can send in doctors letter and they aprove it in 24 hours and you get a permit. better then going to jail
-bring your own groceries, as you cant buy to much kosher stuff there
-chabad might have some milk, we brought our own for easy breakfast. you cant drink cholov stam there
-need a negative pcr test for everyone over 12 no older then 96 hours old

it was a very nice, fun and safe vacation spot. my kids walked around with their yarmukles and zizis no problem. we even saw a shtraimel shabbes walking on the street. Dubai is not cheap, things cost the same as in USA (hotels and taxis a little cheaper) but its one of the only places that allows tourism at the moment










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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1039 on: January 17, 2021, 04:58:00 PM »
With the new requirement to be tested within 3 days of flying back to the US, does anyone have any info or experience or tips about the COVID testing situation in Dubai? I would assume it's a better situation than say Cancun, but would be interested in some actual DP to help with advance planning and realistic expectations.
At American hospital you can get test results for PCR test in 12 hours. Cost is 150 AED ($40 USD)