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SITES TO SEE

Sites

Crossroads of Civilizations Museum

The Museum Group (TMG) is a historical center which includes: The Crossroads of Civilization Museum (CCM), Rare Books Manuscripts & Prints Museum, and The Armory Museum. Together, they reflect the best of each civilization that has passed through the region. Its artefacts, reflect the diversity & tolerance of cultures, beliefs & religions; personifying the legacy of Dubai and the UAE as a crossroad of global trade routes and cultural exchange between Europe, Africa and Asia. It weaves together a prolific tale of how the dynamism of Dubai and the UAE is a natural development of the historic interplay of world travelers, traders and Bedouin. On view at the privately owned Crossroads of Civilisations Museum, the show, organisers say, is the first exhibition centred on the Holocaust to be staged in the Gulf and there is no closing date confirmed, hopefully becoming a permanent exhibition. The exhibition includes historical sections that showcase rare items such as the facsimile of a Mahzor, a Jewish prayer book, from the city of Worms, Germany. Its significance is linked to the spiritual leaders of the Jewish community in Worms, including Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki, a medieval French rabbi who helped write comprehensive commentary on the Talmud and the Hebrew Bible. The original prayer book was saved from the Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, a pogrom against Jews, who were executed by Nazi forces in Germany in November 1938. Another highlight of the exhibition is a tribute to Muslims who helped save Jewish lives during the Holocaust, including stories of Albanian Jews rescued by Albanian Muslims. Another account details the actions of Mohammed Helmy, an Egyptian doctor living in Berlin during the war. He not only provided a safe haven to Jews in a cabin he owned, but he also tended to their medical needs.

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TOURS OF Dubai

Tours

A Jewish Oriented Trip to Dubai and Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates, is a federation of seven principalities in the Arabian Peninsula united into one country in 1971. The largest and most famous of which are Dubai and Abu Dhabi. In August 2020, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the normalization of their relationship, thus actually allowing Israeli tourists to visit the magical kingdom on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Today the seven emirates enjoy unimaginable abundance and wealth. In the UAE they have been able to utilize the huge funds received from the utilization of natural resources, especially oil, in order to flourish the long-standing wilderness, promote the country and make it special and extraordinary. All wealth and prosperity grew in less than fifty years. The rugged Arabian desert dances and magical and secluded bays of the Persian Gulf. At that time the inhabitants of the principalities made a meager living mainly from sheep, cattle, basic agriculture, fishing, and pearling. Since then the inhabitants of the emirates have upgraded themselves significantly and today the emirates are synonymous with luxury, investment, innovation, ambition to which the world bears amazing eyes. The magnificent architecture, the artificial islands, the centers of art and commerce, all embody modernity and groundbreaking progress alongside culture and tradition. A trip to the Emirates is a special and varied experience. The Emirates trip is a combination of futuristic and unique urban landscape alongside dunes and remote deserts, Neve Dekalim, fishing villages, luxury hotels, authentic markets, spectacular beaches, and more like your imagination – the land of unlimited possibilities.

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Arabian Nights Tour

The biggest, the most expensive, the most grandiose, the most innovative (with a place of honor for camels) Kesher Kosher Tours has opened the gates to the United Arab Emirates with 8 days of kosher travel to this magical and glamorous world. We are the first and only company that has sent to the UAE both a rabbi and an expert guide to prepare the infrastructure for our trips. The word “Emirates” has become the most widely spoken word in Israel since the “Abraham Accord” – the moving announcement of the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates on August 13, 2020. Israel’s relations with these principalities are currently emerging from the shadows, and shortly we’ll enjoy direct flights and trips that were once just imaginary. Some 17 million tourists visited the Emirates in 2019, enjoying a destination that attracts the rich and famous from all over the world and offers a fascinating combination of desert landscape and Mediterranean atmosphere, combining camels and high-tech and innovation, futuristic sites and most importantly, luxury and splendor all over. The UAE is one of the richest countries in the world and the second largest economy in the Arab world after Saudi Arabia. The country sits on huge oil reserves with the highest revenues in the world – no less than $ 1.2 trillion – that are currently being invested more and more in high-tech. You can see the results of the huge mountain of cash that the emirates have in our eight dream days of touring in four emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras al Khaimah and Sharjah. Abu Dhabi is the largest and the capital of the Emirates, and also the richest city in the world. The emirate of Abu Dhabi stretching over 87% of the UAE’s territory is home to government institutions. Two-thirds of the UAE’s wealth comes from Abu Dhabi, which is also considered a more cultural city, with museums, mosques and some of the most beautiful in the Muslim world – ones we have not been exposed to. Add to that theme parks, attractions and of course luxury malls. On the Dubai City website, you will find the following statement: OUR VISION IS TO MAKE DUBAI THE HAPPIEST CITY ON EARTH OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS Those are not just words. Dubai, the second largest city in the Emirates, is not only a world-class construction and architecture, and not just an international business center, rolling in billions of dollars, but also an international fashion capital. It’s a dazzling hub of wealth and glamor, with huge skyscrapers, glittering malls, artificial islands in the middle of the sea and even a ski resort in the desert. The third largest emirate is Sharjah, the cultural capital of the United Arab Emirates. Considered by UNESCO in 2019 as a “World Culture Capital” for 2019. Sharjah is home to the Arab Writer’s Association, as well as to numerous museums, markets and it’s well preserved old city. Only some 10% of the residents of the UAE are Emirati citizens. The rest are foreign, permanent or temporary residents, mainly construction workers, and those employed in tourism, housekeeping and more. Add to them international businessmen, branch employees and leading international companies living here, among them quite a few Israelis. Abu Dhabi and Dubai have small Jewish communities who gather for prayers on Shabbat and holidays. Despite the abundance, progress and innovation, the UAE has not for a moment forgotten its traditions and heritage. The Emiratis cherish their camels that have served their ancestors for many generations, and are today part of local folklore. Dubai holds camel races and even camel beauty contests -and these also roll in millions. Dubai is the only city in the world with a Camel Hospital where dromedaries receive exclusive treatments and surgery, using the most advanced veterinary technologies in the world!

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Jewish Style Restaurants

Restaurants

Al Khaima

In its picturesque beachside setting, Al Khaima is the perfect spot to enjoy warm Arabic hospitality and the traditional flavours of Middle East cuisine or simply to enjoy a shisha. Diners at Al Khaima have a treat in store. A beautiful setting, delicious cuisine and a joyous atmosphere. The perfect Middle Eastern evening. Chef Salah Salha Was Born In Syria In 1969. Following The Completion Of His High School Diploma In 1987, He Enrolled In A Culinary Program At The Intermediate Institute For Hotel Studies In The Coastal Resort Town Of Lattakia, Syria. It Was Here That He Graduated With A Certificate In Hotel Science. Starting His Career In 1992 With Le Meridien Chain And Later The Blue Beach Resort In Syria, Chef Salah Gained Invaluable Culinary Experience Exploring The Diverse Flavours Of Mediterranean Cuisine. In 1995 Chef Salah Joined The Starwood Hotel Group, Starting At The Sheraton In Sana’A, Yemen, Where He Quickly Rose Through The Ranks To Become Oriental Chef De Cuisine. Chef Salah Moved To The Uae In 1999, Joining The Sheraton Deira, Where He Headed Up Dubai’S Arm Of Al Fardous Lebanese Dining Restaurant. In 2002 Chef Salah, Joined Le Royal MéRidien Beach Resort + Spa Where He Currently Resides As Chef De Cuisine Of Al Khaima, The Picturesque Arabic Restaurant Nestled In The Gardens Of The Hotel. Within This Position, Salah Is Also In Charge Of All Arab Dishes For Brasserie And Banqueting, And Has Become A Regular Guest On Ajman Tv’S Weekly Cooking Show Maedati. A Firm Favourite Of Le Royal MéRidien Guests And Dubai Residents Alike, The Delightful Al Khaima Restaurant Offers A Beautiful Arabic Setting, Complete With Outdoor Kebab Grill. Al Khaima’S Large Outdoor Terrace And Courtyard, Dotted With Gazebos And Sofa Settings Is What Really Gives The Restaurant Its Peaceful Atmosphere. Just Meters From The Beach, The Restaurant Is Tranquil Yet Lively, As Musicians Perform On The Terrace Whilst The Aromatic Smells From The Shisha Bar Add To The Relaxing Ambiance.

Restaurants

Ellis Kosher Kitchen

Perhaps unsurprisingly, people do not normally associate traditional Jewish home cooking within the textured multicultural fabric of the UAE- let alone it’s much stricter Kosher protocols! When Elli moved into the community with her husband and three children back in 2013, this cultural gap combined with the lack of readily available Kosher products in the UAE served to strengthen Elli's sense of purpose. ​ Elli was born and proudly raised in South Africa by Greek parents. She is a Sociologist and self-professed foodie with a deep respect for ancient history and culture which naturally led her to live in multiple cities around the world including Argentina. Her appreciation for traditional Jewish and Kosher food has made it difficult to eat in restaurants therefore she decided to invite people into her own kitchen and Elli’s Kosher Kitchen was born! ​ Over the years, Elli has blended her multicultural family recipes with local flavors to create unique, mouthwatering “Kosherati” dishes that are both familiar to locals and meant to be generously shared with loved ones of all ages. ​ What started out as a way to help travelers extend their time in Dubai for business or to explore its wonderful cityscape and world-class marvels has led to a growing demand for fresh Kosher meals as well as Jewish cuisine in general for the local population of Emiratis and expats. To make sure her meals meet strict Kosher food prep protocols, she maintains two separate kitchens (1 for meat and 1 for dairy) and welcomes regular inspections from international rabbis. ​ By providing Kosher food to travelers and residents in the UAE, Elli's hope is that you will feel the hospitality, warmth, and quality of service characteristic to this part of the world and embraced by her family.

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CITY GUIDES

Guides

Rahul Kalia

An enthusiastic communicator, entertaining, informative and professional, I will ensure you get the most out of your visit. Multilingual in English, Japanese (日本語) and Hindi. Your Trip, Your Rules! Whether it's a family holiday, a city breaks for two of you, shore excursion, or a layover for a couple of hours, I can plan everything in accordance with your preference and will be there to help you make your Dubai experience memorable, first time, every time. A completely flexible start and end time, you can fit in sightseeing around your schedule, with a convenient pick-up at your hotel, airport or cruise terminal, including drop-off directly at any location of your choice. I have traveled extensively and enjoy organizing and extending my support towards groups and events and thrive in areas that are both, demanding and challenging. Being a resident of the Dubai for over 20 (twenty) years, I know the city like the back of my hand. I have been fortunate to have friends and like-minded individuals of various nationalities, ethnicities, cultures, and religions. This melting pot of cultures has been positive towards my appreciation of people from all walks of life. My love and flair for traveling have also complimented to my knowledge of the wide spectrum of nationalities and peoples globally with the U. A. E. as the catalyst, due to its rapid changes and mega-developments, which are unique, to say the least. Contact me now to find out how I can help you to plan your perfect trip to Dubai, UAE. I look forward to welcoming you here in Dubai!

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HOTELS IN Dubai

Hotels

Raffles Dubai

A part of Dubai, a place apart, Raffles Dubai is a 5-star luxury hotel that embodies an oasis of calm and charm with an incredible sense of space, service and unforgettable style. A surprising, chic merging of Asian style with an Egyptian aesthetic, Raffles Dubai is perfectly positioned in the heart of the city, delivering the unexpected luxury of space, impeccable service and sophisticated style. Loved by travellers for the warmth of its service and the sophistication of the aesthetic, Raffles Dubai offers some of the most spacious rooms in the city - generously proportioned, sumptuously appointed and blessed with a uniquely Raffles sensibility. With their walk-in showers, sitting areas and balconies the rooms are like suites; and the suites are ... extraordinary. At night, the views from your private balcony stretch out forever. With a choice of seven exceptional restaurants and bars, as well a myriad of restaurants in Wafi, Raffles Dubai is the ultimate destination from which to explore Dubai's amazing boutiques, shops and souks. This iconic architectural gem is beautifully positioned close to the magnificent Khan Murjan souk, Dubai International Airport and convention centers. Guests are also close to Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai World Trade Centre and Exhibition Halls - and just a short hop to the sea, sand and sunbathing off the coast. Surrounded by lush private gardens, Raffles offers space to live, breathe and express yourself in unique style. An outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art gym, the exceptional Raffles Spa - with six treatment rooms including a couple’s suite - and the exclusive Raffles Garden to complete the picture. Surprising, delightful, delicious - and promising an incredible sense of space, service and unforgettable style - this destination hotel is an oasis of calm and charm for those for whom life is always an adventure.

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Habtoor Palace Dubai

A luxurious retreat located on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, Habtoor Palace is Dubai’s first ever integrated urban resort.A city escape within the city, Habtoor Palace sits alongside two other hotels, three high-rise residential towers, as well as the city’s first amphitheater water show La Perle by Dragone. Guests are spoiled for choice with access to 22 restaurants and lounges, three swimming pools, two spas, 24 hour fitness facility and an indoor tennis academy. Progressive in outlook, yet rooted in tradition, Dubai has captured the imagination of the world, presenting a fantastic ensemble of attractions and experiences. Continually ranked as one of the world’s most decorated places to live in, Dubai offers an extravagant lifestyle and is widely regarded as the business hub of the Middle East.With direct air connections to 220 destinations worldwide, its accessibility, together with the city’s cultural diversity, infrastructure and hospitality resources, make it the ideal meetings and events destination, as well as a popular tourist attraction. Wake up to a world beyond expectation. Choose from 234 guestrooms including 52 suites featuring its flagship Sir Winston Churchill Suite and the Middle East’s first Bentley Suite.The striking Habtoor Palace interiors present a bright, airy ambience with impeccable details, from intricate chandeliers to the most lavish furnishings. Rooms and suites feature exquisite marble double vanity bathrooms and state-of-the-art entertainment technologies. Born out of a need to fulfil every guest’s desire, the butler service is extended to all guests. Presenting seven well-defined restaurants and lounges, each venue promises a seduction of senses with distinctive aromas and enchanting ambiences. BQ - French Kitchen & Bar - Serving contemporary French neighborhood favorites.The adjoining pastry shop is where aromatic espresso and freshly baked pastries create sweet experiences. World Cut Steakhouse - Set within a convivial and elegant space, the award-winning venue offers American steakhouse favorites presented with a modern flair. Expect the choicest cuts and mouth-watering seafood paired with hearty rustic sides. Le Patio - Enjoy the serene ambience of an al fresco courtyard where guests can savor Middle Eastern cuisine alongside flavorful shisha. The facilities at Habtoor Palace elevate both body and spirit.The 24-hour fully-equipped Fitness Centre allows esteemed guests to customize their workout on state-of-the-art equipment, for a stimulating journey of invigoration. Personal training from our fitness expert is available upon request. Nestled amid lush greenery, enjoy absolute tranquility and unwind in the unrivalled ambience of our two rooftop swimming pools. Indulge in a host of poolside treats such as fruit sticks, smoothie tastings, sunscreen spritzing and more, with our compliments. Comfortable sun beds and cabanas present the perfect setting for poolside pleasure and is accessible only by in-house guests.

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Palazzo Versace Dubai

Reminiscent of a 16th century Italian Palace, Palazzo Versace Dubai is a Neoclassical masterpiece with subtle traces of Arabian architecture. Featuring a striking entrance, high ceilings, landscaped gardens, and a range of well-crafted Italian furnishings, the hotel is truly symbolic of the Versace lifestyle. Located in Jaddaf Waterfront, less than 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport and 8 minutes away from Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai, Palazzo Versace Dubai is conveniently located along the shores of the historic Dubai Creek. On arrival one is welcomed by the striking ‘Pietra di Fiume’ design of the iconic Medusa and Greek décor. A walk through the 5-star hotel’s public spaces reveals several exclusive designs and fabrics from Versace, while the lagoon pools and reflection ponds complement the serenity of the lush gardens that surround the hotel – a true luxury retreat for leisure travellers. Every single piece of furniture and fabric that adorns the hotel’s 215 hotel rooms and suites, and 169 residences, is designed and tailor-made by Versace exclusively for the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai. Each of the hotel’s 9 restaurants and bars is designed to have an al fresco terrace to reflect the heritage of Palazzos, where the internal court was the informal space to meet, dine and enjoy the weather. The three outdoor pools are decorated with mosaic tiles and surrounded by palm trees and flowers. The beautifully landscaped gardens and unobstructed views of the Dubai Creek and skyline, make this luxury hotel an ideal venue for weddings and social events in Dubai.

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