One of the things you will notice about the restaurant scene in Dubai is that there is no shortage of places to eat. The only thing you are going to have to come to terms with is that if you are going out for a nice meal, it is going to cost you decent coin, but once you are okay with that, the town is your oyster.
If you want to get a glimpse at what Dubai was like before the oil boom transformed it into the ultramodern, extravagant city it is today, you’ll have to visit the Bastakia Quarter (Bur Bastakia). The historic center of the city was one of the few neighborhoods to avoid the wave of demolition started in the 1980s, and it remains one of the city’s most fascinating areas.
OK, here’s an up-front factoid about the city of Sharjah which might be a deal-breaker for some: it’s the capital of the only emirate in the UAE where alcohol is completely banned. Although the city abuts relatively liberal Dubai, its moral code is closer to Saudi Arabia’s.
There’s nothing quite like royalty. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum is the grandfather of Dubai’s current ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, and a ride out to Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum’s house in the Shindagha Heritage area is an astounding look into the grandeur of Arabian-style high-life.
One of the most impressive spectacles of the Middle East, Dubai is a haven for high-end shopping, luxury restaurants and accommodations, but that does not mean that there isn’t an opportunity to give your wallet a rest and enjoy some free activities.