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There are no issues with:

  • Having Jewish items
  • Looking Jewish
  • 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
UAE- Abu Dhabi and Dubai TR with lots of links for attractions and food etc (maybe s/o would copy+paste from there to here)

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)
King David Kitchen kingdavidkitchen.com
Kosher coffee Bibi


Synagogue:
PM Dan for contact info.

Things to Do:

Sites to find deals:
  Groupon.ae
  Greatdeals.ae
  getyourguide.com
  klook.com
  tiqets.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
- The view at the palm - theviewpalm.ae
- Legoland
- Inside burj al arab insideburjalarab.com


Hotels:

Getting Around:

Notes:

« Last edited by hakohen on August 20, 2023, 04:53:22 AM »

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1360 on: October 11, 2023, 05:54:15 PM »
Have a trip scheduled for February but wife is very nervous now with everything going on. For those there now do you feel unsafe at all or is it just business as usual?
Have a flight there in 8 hours with a 14 hour layover. Should I be worried? Should I not be going out?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1361 on: October 13, 2023, 07:28:43 AM »
What's the top recommendations to do there if I have a 12 hour stopover in Dubai?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1363 on: October 13, 2023, 03:38:53 PM »
Have a flight there in 8 hours with a 14 hour layover. Should I be worried? Should I not be going out?
My personal experience, I didnít encounter any semblance of anti semitism, everyone was as friendly as advertised. Many people were walking around noticeably Jewish. Obviously, it only takes one nutjob to wreak havoc but the dynamics overall donít seem to have changed.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1364 on: October 21, 2023, 03:17:21 PM »
My personal experience, I didnít encounter any semblance of anti semitism, everyone was as friendly as advertised. Many people were walking around noticeably Jewish. Obviously, it only takes one nutjob to wreak havoc but the dynamics overall donít seem to have changed.
Was your stated experience in the airport specifically or in the city generally?

I'm still debating whether to cancel my trip or not.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1365 on: October 21, 2023, 07:43:38 PM »
Was your stated experience in the airport specifically or in the city generally?

I'm still debating whether to cancel my trip or not.
Airport, hotel, mall, burj khalifa, and walking around in general. Although I will note that arab opinion in general has shifted since I was there.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1366 on: November 29, 2023, 09:19:40 AM »
i was wording if someone was in Dubai lately, Chabad told me there not operate now due the situation, any ideas what hotel to be on shab food etc.


is it a good time to be in Dubai?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1367 on: December 05, 2023, 10:57:01 PM »
Same. Have a trip planned for November! I feel quite uncomfortable going ahead with it, wondering what the consensus is on DDF?
Interested to hear you opinions/advice.

Did you end up going?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1368 on: January 04, 2024, 02:44:02 PM »
Has anyone been there recently, has the Israel situation impacted things?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1369 on: January 04, 2024, 04:40:21 PM »
Does anyone know why Armani/Kaf closed down?

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1370 on: January 05, 2024, 02:28:07 PM »
I have a non-refundable trip in February which I had booked prior to October 7th. My understanding is Armani closed because there simply isn't enough people going currently to support the establishments; not because of a fear of terrorism / harassment or what not. I am also very nervous but I guess it is what it is.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1371 on: January 06, 2024, 10:30:27 PM »
I have a non-refundable trip in February which I had booked prior to October 7th. My understanding is Armani closed because there simply isn't enough people going currently to support the establishments; not because of a fear of terrorism / harassment or what not. I am also very nervous but I guess it is what it is.
Do you have specific info thats why it closed or is that just your theory? because there was a new resturant that just opened called Bamidbar.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1372 on: January 11, 2024, 02:54:04 AM »
thinking about visiting, does anyone have an update if things are tense and thats why shabbos meals and other stuff are currently suspended? https://chabad.ae/shabbat-meals/

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1373 on: January 11, 2024, 08:18:37 PM »
Iím hearing things are very dangerous right now. Iím stuck with my reservation and canít get out of it.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1374 on: January 12, 2024, 04:43:39 AM »
Iím hearing things are very dangerous right now. Iím stuck with my reservation and canít get out of it.
For example?

The local shliach says everything is pretty much the same as before Oct7

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1375 on: February 18, 2024, 03:21:11 PM »
Ended up going and spent a week in Dubai, Sunday-Sunday. I stayed at the Burj Al Arab and the hotel was absolutely stunning. I had absolutely no issues with the Country in terms of brining tallis/tefillin or anything Jewish into the country, though I chose to wear a ball cap everywhere I went. I never felt "unsafe" and never heard anything about Palestine or Jews or anything like that whatsoever. Dubai itself is very cosmopolitan feeling and at times you forget you're even in an Arab country. I flew on Emirates from Dulles and got the Kosher meals which were provided by the kosher caterer out of Dubai both there and back and I found these to be some of the best kosher meals I've ever had on an airplane. They were freshly made and came with tons of food and tasted very good.

As far as activities I did the Dubai Mall which you could spend an entire day at doing the aquarium, shopping, ice skating, skiing, the VR Park, the fountain, tour the Burj Khalifa etc., etc. I did water sports and beach which is pretty much what you'd expect. We also did the global village which was very cool, kind of like a more upscale carnival, though that was the one time where it was like 95%+ Arab and while it may have all been in my head I did feel slightly uncomfortable there.

We did do the kosher jeep tour and while the guy running it is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet I personally found the activity to be pretty boring. Having said that it's one of those your mileage may vary type of deals and just because I found it to be kind of a snooze fest doesn't mean someone else won't think it was the best experience of their life.

The food was so-so at all of the establishments but the fact there are even Kosher options to begin with is in and of itself amazing. I pretty much lived off Elli's Cafe for breakfast/lunch and the Butcher's Burger for dinner and did Bamidbar a couple of times. All of it was satisfactory but I wouldn't call any of it 5 star dining. The one place I did go out to eat at that I would say avoid was Mosaica. I feel bad having to say it but there were two other unsatisfied parties there as well and the food was really, really bad and took forever. I didn't complain but the other parties did and the owner came out and fought with them. It was prety awkward.

For Shabbos we catered through Treat Kosher and I thought the food was really good and the portions were large.

The mikvah is closed and my wife had to go in the Ocean in the daytime the following day because it's too dangerous at night. Apparently the govt shutdown the mikvah out of "precaution." I don't really understand why or the backstory but it's something worth knowing if you plan on going and will need to utilize a mikvah, that your spouse will be going in freezing waters in daylight.

All in all I had a blast, I felt safe (though again I didn't walk around with an IDF shirt, tzitzis hanging out and no ball cap), and it's somewhere I would definitely go again.


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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1376 on: February 18, 2024, 03:46:06 PM »
Nice TR.
Is Armani still closed? Sounds like I ate much better in 2017 when I brought my own food that I enjoyed with Rabbi Duchman...

Why is the ocean dangerous at night? Aside from halachic issues, I'd think going skinny dipping in Dubai in daylight would a pretty dangerous activity?

Didn't make it to Abu Dhabi or Ferrari World?
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1377 on: February 18, 2024, 06:05:44 PM »
Nice TR.
Is Armani still closed? Sounds like I ate much better in 2017 when I brought my own food that I enjoyed with Rabbi Duchman...

Why is the ocean dangerous at night? Aside from halachic issues, I'd think going skinny dipping in Dubai in daylight would a pretty dangerous activity?

Didn't make it to Abu Dhabi or Ferrari World?
Armani is permanently closed.

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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1378 on: February 18, 2024, 06:19:44 PM »
Armani is permanently closed.
Bummer :(
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Re: Dubai Master Thread
« Reply #1379 on: February 18, 2024, 08:05:06 PM »
Why is the ocean dangerous at night? Aside from halachic issues, I'd think going skinny dipping in Dubai in daylight would a pretty dangerous activity?
Its usually advised to wear something loose fitting AFAIK