Luxury 4-star hotel : TIME GRAND PLAZA

Location: This comfortable 4-star hotel was built in 2010 and is in the vicinity of numerous sights in the heart of the Qusais district.

Facilities: The Time Grand Plaza Hotel offers its guests modern and luxurious interior design. Look forward to a spacious reception area with a lobby bathed in light and perfect for relaxing. Featuring high-quality furnishings, the 232 spacious rooms offer maximum comfort. Apart from a cosy café, you can also enjoy international cuisine and local dishes in the hotel restaurant. A spa is available for relaxation as well as a very well-equipped gym. One highlight of this hotel is represented by its heated pool with pool bar on the roof terrace.

Accommodation: The comfortable rooms feature a bath or shower, WC, hairdryer, slippers, bathrobes, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone, WiFi (subject to charge), sat TV, minibar (subject to charge), safe and air-conditioning.

Sports/Entertainment: A gym is available which is open around the clock. And the hotel also offers a sauna and a steam bath. Or you can relax with a professional massage which is subject to charge.

Special feature: Alcohol is not served in the Time Grand Plaza Hotel. It goes without saying, however, that alcoholic drinks purchased outside the hotel can be consumed in your room.

Super-luxury 5-star hotel on the Palm Island: DUKES DUBAI

Location: The modern, 5-star super-luxury hotel is located on the world-famous The Palm, a palm-shaped island, and combines British charm with cosmopolitan luxury. Situated right on a long sandy beach on the Persian Gulf and with a breathtaking view of the Dubai Marina, this is the perfect place to pamper yourself.

Facilities: The Dukes Dubai offers world-class service and a breath-taking view out over the Persian Gulf. The hotel‘s amenities include a cigar and whiskey lounge and a Champagne/tea lounge where you can enjoy your afternoon tea in a relaxing atmosphere. In addition, the super luxury hotel offers you the legendary DUKES Bar, which is famous for its martinis. Three restaurants with specialities from around the world will ensure you won’t go hungry. The Great British Restaurant (GBR) brings the best of the UK to the table and serves a fantastic selection of dishes with a British touch. The award-winning West 14th Steakhouse, on the other hand, offers delicious meat variations and seafood. The multiple award-winning Khyber brings a large selection of North Indian specialities to Dubai. It is the first restaurant of its kind outside of Mumbai. Numerous celebrities like Sir Paul McCartney, Richard Gere and Demi Moore have been guests here. The Khyber is located on the 15th floor and offers a unique 180 degree view of the Dubai Marina.

Accommodation: The luxurious DUKES double rooms are between 27 and 31 m2 in size and have a shower/WC, hair dryer, slippers, tea and coffee making facilities, WiFi (subject to charge), sat TV, minibar (subject to charge) and a safe.

Sports/Entertainment: The ultra-modern fitness centre is located on the 14th floor and offers an impressive and extensive view of the Dubai skyline. In addition, an indoor pool and two outdoor pools are available to you. Numerous types of water sports are offered at the beach.

Package includes:

  • Return flights to the United Arab Emirates
    with Turkish Airlines (best European airline 2011 – 2016)3
    incl. hotel transfers, airport and security fees
  • 4 nights in a double room at the 4-star dream hotel (nat. category)
    TIME GRAND PLAZA ****

    incl. 4× sumptous breakfast
  • 2 nights in a double room on the world-famous Palm Island at the 5-star super-luxury hotel (nat. category)
    DUKES DUBAI *****
    • incl. sumptous breakfast
    • Free use of the hotel’s facilities:
    – spacious outdoor grounds with swimming pools
    – private sandy beach exclusively for hotel guests
    – fully-equipped fitness centre
  • Fantastic excursion “The 5 landmarks of Dubai”:
    • Atlantis Hotel
    • Palm Island The Palm
    • Burj Al Arab (photo stop)
    • Dubai Marina
    • Dubai Mall
  • Qualified, English-speaking guide


3 Scheduled flight with Turkish Airlines (Best European Airline 2011-2016 according to the Sky Trax World Airline Award) with change in Istanbul to United Arab Emirates and back


On request, you can book our additional tours and services at special prices:

„Discoverer“ excursion package:

The package includes 3 excursions: “Great Dubai tour, incl. museum”, “Dubai boat tour, incl. dinner” and “Abu Dhabi tour, incl. lunch”: only € 240.00 per person

Temperatures UAE Dubai – Dublin

 JanFebMrzAprMaiJunJulAugSepOktNovDez
UAE DUBAI242528323739404038333126
DUBLIN68913171923211813107

Geography:

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) comprises seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Um al-Qawain, Ras al-Khaimah and Fujairah. The UAE is located in the southeast of the Persian Gulf and borders on Oman.

Form of government:

The United Arab Emirates is a federal constitutional monarchy comprising seven autonomous emirates. The highest federal body is the Supreme Council made up of the rulers of the seven emirates. They elect the head of state and his representative from among their number, each of whom holds office for five years. Comprising 40 delegates, half of whom are elected indirectly and the other half are appointed by the emirs, the parliament has an exclusively advisory function. Political parties are not permitted in the UAE.

Capital:

Abu Dhabi (approx. 1.2 million inhabitants).

Religion:

Islam is the state religion (80 per cent Sunni, 16 per cent Shiite). Resident foreigners practice their religions without hindrance (e.g. Christianity, non-native Islam religions, Hinduism).

Language:

The official language is Arabic. English is also spoken and understood in business transactions and in hotels.

Climate:

Subtropical to tropical desert climate with very low annual rates of precipitation (mostly in winter); extreme heat and humidity from May to October (max. daytime temperature of over 45 °C); average temperature in January 18 °C, in August 34 °C.

Electricity:

220-250 volt AC, 50 Hertz. Three-pin plugs are the norm here. Adapters can be obtained from any electrical store and all larger supermarkets.

Local time:

Central European Time (CET) +4 hours. During European summertime, the time difference is +3 hours.

Making telephone calls:

The country code for international calls from Ireland to the Emirates is 00971. For telephone calls to Ireland, the country code to dial is 00353, dropping the zero before the area code.

Country and people:

Islam restricts the consumption of alcohol in the UAE. A strict general ban on alcohol prevails in the Emirate of Sharjah in particular where alcohol is not offered in any hotel while it is served in the other emirates.
During the fasting month of Ramadan, restrictions in everyday life (e.g. restaurants outside the hotels are closed during the day, shorter opening hours at official authorities) and increased sensitivity concerning religious matters and regarding the observation of Islamic traditions can be anticipated. Eating, drinking and smoking in public, including in vehicles, is also forbidden for non-Muslims from sunrise to sunset. During this period, women should wear respectable clothing with long sleeves and men should refrain from wearing short leisure clothes.

Entry requirements for Irish citizens:

Adults and children must hold a valid passport to enter the UAE. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry.
Irish citizens do not require a visa before their arrival in the UAE and will be given a 30-day visa on arrival. Single parents or other adults travelling alone with children should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country.
Note: Entry requirements for Irish citizens can change at short notice without the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA) being made aware of this beforehand. Legally binding information and/or information on entry regulations going beyond this information can be obtained from the competent representation of the destination country. Before travelling to the United Arab Emirates, please check your visa requirements and make sure you have a valid visa if necessary. You are solely responsible for applying for, and presenting, any visa that may be required. RSD assumes no liability if you fail to do this. Please note that entry into the UAE is dependent upon the approval of the immigration authorities.

Tour guides:

Your expert tour guides will be able to provide you with detailed information about the country, people, history, culture, etc., and offer advice and assistance for organising your trip. They can also help with room allocation and look forward to welcoming you with initial information. Here you will find out all you need to know and useful information about the trip. We have put together a varied programme including numerous highlights, enabling you to experience the culture and diversity of landscape that the United Arab Emirates have to offer, and learn all about the country and its people. Although your trip already includes a comprehensive package, you also have the option of choosing added extras. We recommend booking the following package:
„Discoverer“ excursion package: The package includes 3 excursions: “Great Dubai tour, incl. museum”, “Dubai boat tour, incl. dinner” and “Abu Dhabi tour, incl. lunch”.

Currency/Banks/Credit cards:

The currency is the UAE dirham (AED). 1 dirham = 100 fils. Exchange rate (February 2020): 1 EUR = 4,00 AED; 1 AED = 0,25 EUR.
Currency can be exchanged at banks during opening hours and at your hotel. Bank opening hours: Sat. – Wed., 8 a.m. – 3.30 p.m., Thurs. 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; some banks also open from 4.30 to 6.30 p.m. The weekend in the United Arab Emirates is Friday and Saturday. International credit cards are accepted by hotels, car hire companies and several shops. Cash withdrawals using a PIN code can be made at ATMs. Travellers’ cheques are almost universally accepted.

Customs regulations:

Severe penalties will be imposed on anyone bringing weapons, drugs, forged currency or pornographic items into the country. Even the cover pages of some, more “permissive” magazines, may be construed as pornography. Video cassette recordings may be checked and even confiscated. E-cigarette imports are also prohibited and will be confiscated on arrival. Should you require more detailed information about customs regulations governing the goods which may be brought into the United Arab Emirates, please contact the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates directly. Only there will you be able to obtain legally binding information. The customs regulations for Ireland can be obtained from the website of the Irish Revenue at https://www.revenue.ie/en/Home.aspx.

Safety instructions:

In view of the general situation in the Near and Middle East, vigilance is also advised in the United Arab Emirates. You should act in a safety-conscious manner that is appropriate to the situation, especially in large crowds.
Crime: The UAE is one of the safest countries in the Middle East with an extremely low crime rate. Nevertheless, individual incidents of pick pocketing, e.g. in larger shopping centres, can not be ruled out.

Special criminal law provisions:

Strict Islamic moral values prevail in the UAE. Homosexuality and extra-marital sexual relations are prohibited and punishable by a prison sentence if reported to the authorities. Tourists sharing rooms in hotels do not generally experience any difficulties in this regard. Likewise, expressions of mutual affection (e.g. kissing, physical contact) in public can lead to fines or prison terms in accordance with Islamic law. Consideration of customs and traditions in the UAE is therefore recommended. Travellers should exercise restraint in public, and their behaviour should take consideration of the religious, political, cultural and social traditions of the country, as well as staying clear of any demonstrations or protest events. The possession and consumption of even the smallest quantities of drugs will also result in prison sentences. Even consumption of soft drugs some days beforehand can be established through blood tests and subject to correspondingly tough punishment. It is a criminal offence to photograph/film the following facilities: military facilities, ports, airports, imperial palaces, public buildings, industrial plants, crude oil/natural gas plants. In the event of a violation, at least the camera/film/chip will be confiscated.

Medical information:

Vaccinations:Please contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country-specific information and advice is published by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFA).

Medical care:

Healthcare facilities in the UAE are generally comparable with those in the UK, but visitors may be prevented from using them without travel insurance or without the means to settle any medical fees. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 999 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.
If you are planning to travel with any prescribed or over the counter medicines for personal use, you will need to meet the UAE’s specific requirements for your medicine to be allowed into the country. A list of medicines where this rule applies, allowed quantities and documents to present can be found on the UAE Ministry of Health website (https://www.mohap.gov.ae/en). To gain approval prior to travelling, you can apply online using the electronic application form and accompanying user guide on the UAE Ministry of Health website.

Customers should ensure that they are physically and psychologically fit for undertaking the selected trip and make the necessary queries concerning the level of physical and psychological fitness required.

All information subject to change – last updated February 2020

Your FREE excursion “The 5 landmarks of Dubai” !

Experience with us the 5 most famous landmarks of Dubai. At the beginning of our tour, we have the opportunity to take a stroll through Dubai Mall. We then go to the famous Burj Al Arab Hotel, where we make a photo stop. In the Dubai Marina district, with its countless yachts and skyscrapers, we experience the luxury of Dubai up close. Afterwards, we go to the world-famous Palm Island The Palm with a view of the breath-taking skyline of Dubai. We visit the Atlantis Hotel and let ourselves be amazed as we walk past sharks in a giant aquarium. Finally, we admire the variety and colourfulness of the hand-knotted works of art in a modern rug production business. Dubai will inspire you.


What our ”Discoverer“ excursion package has to offer

Great Dubai tour, incl. museum
Look forward to a fascinating excursion, which brings you closer to traditional Dubai. Marvel at the Burj Khalifa during a photo stop. The highest building in the world can already be seen from a great distance and shapes the city of superlatives. You will then experience original Dubai during a visit to the Al-Fahidi-Fort, which today houses the Dubai Museum (admission included). After a short trip with a traditional water taxi to the other side of the Dubai Creek, you can watch traders bargaining at the Gold Souk. In addition, you will go on an exclusive shopping tour in the city of luxury at a gold jewellery and leather studio. You will be inspired by the highlights of Dubai.

Dubai boat tour, incl. dinner
Ring out the day in a very special way. On board a traditional “dhow”, you will enjoy the wonderfully illuminated skyline of Dubai. While you sail along the coast, you will be served a delicious dinner. Let yourself be pampered by the Arabian and international cuisine.

Abu Dhabi tour, incl. lunch
Get to know Abu Dhabi, one of the richest cities in the world, from its most beautiful side. Among other highlights, you will see the Heritage Village, the Yas Marina as well as the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the biggest mosque in the Emirates. Your physical well-being will also be taken care of. During lunch, you can reminisce about all of the impressions you have collected.

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