just back after a week in Dubai so its my turn to return some advice after all the help I got in advance!
Arrived in Abu Dhabi and had a choice of fixed price cab or a metre cab...we were staying at Jumeirah lake towers area and said we would take a chance with a metre cab - fixed was 275AED...metre cab cost us 150AED!!! so def go for metre.
We stayed in the Bonnington hotel at jumeirah lake towers...perfect hotel and a 2 min walk to the metro stop so was ideal. Metro so so cheap...about 2.40AED a journey so like 50cent!!! put about €12 worth on a card and did us for the week!! def worth using the metro if going to somewhere there is a stop eg mall of emirates, gold and diamond park (First gulf bank stop) etc as the same journey by cab is maybe 10 times the price by cab...still not a lot but if doing a journey 5/6 times a day...difference between 15AED and 115AED each day!
Entertainer book def of use...we contacted them thorugh the site and they delivered it straight to the hotel...cost €68. hardly used any of it at all, you would want to live there to use it all but still saves a load!!
what we did over there:
Aquaventure waterpark at Atlantis - loved it. just myself and my husband but we had a ball and the private beach is just lovely. well worth a visit if you like water parks!
Ski dubai - never skiied before so did a discovery lesson (150AED each) entertainer voucher only covers the 2 hour slope - only suiteds to expereinced skiers so had to pay in full for us both. great craic and a nice taster of skiing for an hour!
Burj khalifa - to be honest was fine but wouldnt get too excited about it, have been on every tall building of every city Ive been to, but this was the least exciting I thought. No area to sit and have a coffee so it really is just go up, have a look and leave. we had planned on staying for sunset but having gone up at 5pm and with nothing up there just left after an hour! maybe im being unfair but not sure i would bother if i had known what is was like before. Also visibility quite poor in dubai so couldnt even see that far.
Burj al Arab - booked skyview bar for 7pm one night and loved it! spectacular hotel and got a lovely window seat where we stayed till 10.30pm. Ok it is over priced at 85-100AED per drink with minimum spend of 225 AED a person. But in comparision to spending 100AED for the burj khalifa, would def spend it on a trip to the burj al arab instead!!
Gold and diamond park - having looked in a good few places, Cara beat them all...as I have heard from a few before I left. Dealt with Sunil, lovely man and really helpful. Met the owner, a gas man!! Bought a ring and a diamond bangle braclet for nothing in comparision to what it costs here in ireland. Its the only shop that is full and that says enough.
Jumeirah beach park - lovely day out. Point to note - dont bother lugging beach towels across the world, can be rented at the beach for 5AED and an umbrella for 5AED, as well as 5AED entrance. can also rent towels at aquaventure by the way
Mall of emirates / dubai mall / ibn battua - all the high end shops and high street shops except all the european high street shops, way dearer than at home so didnt buy any clothes at all...stuck to jewellary!
gold souk - found it over whelming, preferred the calm of the gold and diamond district and I also found more haggling at the G+D rather then the souks.
I am a coeliac and for any of ye out there that are - Dubai is a disaster for GF food!!! some in the supermarkets but the restaurants havent a clue what it is. So just stick to griled meats, potatos, rice and veg!! did find one restaurant with a GF menu - Carluccios in the Marina mall and Dubai mall. Also wagamammas was good. Ate in Applebees too and they were very helpful. Also there was an NYC fries place and was great as they only do fries so could actually eat chips for first time since I was diagnosed.
overall a lovely trip, nice and relaxing..great weather between 28 - 35c each day...def bring a pashmina as a lady, can put it in the handbag and pull it out as needed...its cold in the malls so you need to wear a lot of clothes but pashmina handy for restaurants etc
will be happy to give any further info if anyone needs it!