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Dubai Zoo:

Summer: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Winter:10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Closed.
Located in Jumeirah opposite Jumeirah beach. It is surrounded by lush green trees and is the greenest spot in the suburb. The entrance is from the Jumeirah road. Ample car parking is available both in the front and rear side of the Zoo. It covers a total area of 1.75 hectares providing spacious habitats for its occupants. Mammals: There are nearly 248 different mammals. Gorilla, Foxes, Hyenas, Pumas, Lions, Jaguars, Chimpanzees, Baboons, Monkeys, Deer, Bears, Porcupines, Giraffes and Sheep are some of the mammals in the Zoo. Birds: These feathered friends range from tiny budgerigars to tall ostriches, golden eagles to parrots. Reptiles: almost 403 reptilian specimens are exhibited for the visitors. Endangered Species: the Zoo also protects and conserves endangered animals including Barbary-Sheep, Waterbucks, Siberian and Bengal Tigers, Arabian Wolves and Wild Cats

Creek Park:

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: Ladies and Children only.
This modern and beautiful green park is situated on the west shore of Dubai’s historical focal point, Dubai Creek. This park extends for 2.6 km between Al Maktoum and Al Garhoud bridges covering a total area of 96 hectares. A variety of facilities for children and adults are available. The highlights are a complete golf course, children’s games area. The park also has 14 picnic areas and a large amphitheater that can accommodate 5000 people providing great joy to visitors.

Safa Park:

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Thursdays, Fridays and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Ladies and Children only
On the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway near the second interchange, this park is one of the premier recreational spots of Dubai. Rectangular in shape and easily accessible, this park covers a total area of 64 hectares. The park has an air-conditioned hall containing electronic games. There are restaurants and a playground for children. The park also has many other outdoor sports activities like football, volleyball, basketball, tennis and a modern track for running or jogging. Ladies and children can enjoy exclusive privacy in a special garden reserved for them. Children love the maze and the games provided. The 21 covered barbecue sites and benches makes the setting complete with fun, games and food.

Jumeirah Beach Park:

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Public Holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: Ladies and Children only.
Located in Jumeirah, along the sea shore bordering the Indian Ocean. The park extends over a total area of 13 hectares. The park attracts all ages because of its ideal location and variety of recreational activities, particularly during the summer. There are special areas designated for picnics, and the beautiful surroundings provide for relaxing and enjoyable meals. The park also has an Amphitheater which offers dramatic and musical entertainment. The Children’s Playground is ideal for children of all ages. There are also volleyball courts.

Al Mamzar Beach Park:

Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Thursdays and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: Ladies and Children only.
Situated on the north-west coast of Dubai, to the north of Al Hamriya port, the park extends over an area of 99 hectares making it one of the largest parks in Dubai. The beach has modern lifeguard stations, changing rooms and beach chalets. There are swimming pools and a children’s playground. There are also numerous picnic areas with grills, chairs and umbrellas. The large Amphitheater hosts evening programs. An observation tower offers a scenic view of the whole park.

Events & Entertainments

The main Islamic holidays are Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, Eid al-Adha, which marks the pilgrimage to Mecca, and the Prophet’s Birthday.

The UAE Desert Challenge:

The road rally is a dusty, rollicking affair that takes place in November. The race starts and finishes in Dubai, but revs through Abu Dhabi territory as well.
More in the spirit of most visitors is a shopping festival in early March.

Festivals:

Dubai hosts two major tourist-oriented events during the year. The fiercely promoted Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) runs from late March to late April, when shopping centers bust themselves to bring in the spenders. Entertainment for the kids, fireworks and free raffle tickets with every purchase are just part of the fun. The lower-key Dubai Summer Surprises is designed, along with cheap hotel rates, to attract tourists during the summer slump. Surprises include displays of traditional culture, cooking demonstrations, art shows and more raffle tickets.

Religious holidays:

Religious holidays are tied to the lunar Islamic Hijra calendar, so dates vary from year to year on the western Gregorian version, which runs on solar time. Eid al-Fitr (the end of Ramadan), Eid al-Adha (Pilgrimage), Lailat al-Mi’raj (the Ascension of the Prophet), the Prophet’s Birthday and the Islamic New Year are the main celebrations. Secular holidays include New Year’s Day (1 January) and National Day (2 December). Keep in mind that Thursday and Friday make up the Dubai weekend.

Ramadan:

The month during which Muslims fast from dawn to dusk, and it is in poor form to eat, drink or smoke in public. If a Muslim friend offers you tea or coffee during the daytime in Ramadan, Ms Manners would suggest that you politely refuse. Alcohol is not served publicly at any time during Ramadan, but those with a liquor license can purchase it for consumption at home. At sundown, the feast begins.

Daily Life During Ramadhan:

Muslims generally eat two meals each day: the first (sahoor) is usually eaten about an hour before dawn and must finish before first light, the second (iftar) immediately follows sunset, which in some places is announced by the firing of a cannon. Once the sun goes down, Muslims usually break their fast following the example of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him) by eating a few dates, offering prayers, and sitting down to dinner.

In many Muslim countries, labor laws stress that Muslims may be required to work a maximum of six hours daily. Offices, shops, and other places of employment adjust to the reduced working hours. Restaurants close and food may not be consumed openly during the day by non-Muslims or Muslims who are not fasting.

Night turns into day with prayer and family life being the focus of activities. In the UAE, shopping centers are open late into the night, the streets are crowded with people, and television offers special late night viewing for the entire family.

Allowances should be made for a marked slowing down of daily life and it may take longer than normal to transact business. More care should be taken in traffic as the level of concentration might slump due to fasting and lack of sleep. When making appointments, allow for more flexibility than would normally be required.

Eid Al Fitr:

Ed Al Fitr is the three-day celebration following Ramadhan. It is a festive and happy time during which Muslims do not fast; in fact, it is a time for feasts. The first day of Eid begins before dawn. After eating something (probably dates), showering, and putting on good or new clothes, Muslims gather in large outdoor areas for the first prayer of the day. Returning home from prayer, Muslims spend the day greeting friends and family. Homes are busy with visitors arriving throughout the day. Sweets, fruits, and snacks are offered to all and gifts are often given to children. Eid is a time to be thankful and generous.

The UAE also observes:

New Year’s Day, Lailat al-Mi’raj (Ascension of the Prophet) and National Day in (2 December). In Abu Dhabi, August 6th is a holiday marking the accession of Sheikh Zayed.

By santri seo

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