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Comparison: Singapore vs Dubai – Now choose the right destination!

Family vacations are a special time to enjoy with the children, but as all parents know, finding a destination which keeps the kids happy while also offering the adults opportunities for fun and relaxation can be a challenge. If you are confused whether to go for a Singapore trip or a Dubai holiday (where wealth and luxury know no bounds), this article will clear your confusion and then you can easily plan your trip.

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  • FOOD

In Singapore, street food equals hawker centers. While Singapore does do better Peranakan and Teochew cuisine, and a meaner chili sauce, there’s something to be said about street food actually coming from the street. And Arabic food is the main type of food in Dubai. Special items are Shawarma, Falafel, Arabic bread, fruit juice in Shawarma shops. They have a special taste that you may not find anywhere in the world. Also the Dubai Food Festival is cherry on the cake bringing together some of the Emirate’s most popular business and consumer food events including Gulfood and Taste of Dubai, the festival feature city-wide events, industry conferences and appearances from world-renowned chefs, plus a wide range food-related activities, tastings and events.

  • SHOPPING

Singapore shopping plazas – ION Orchard, Ngee Ann City, Vivo City, Marina Bay Sands Shoppes, and Mustafa are not famous as that of Dubai shopping centers, Dubai Mall- the world’s largest mall, with 1,200 shops filled with more luxury designer brands. What makes Dubai outstanding is its Shopping festival which takes place every winter with its mammoth array of discounts, competitions, prizes, fireworks and entertainment. DSF offers amazing shopping discounts, attracting holiday makers from around the globe keen on grabbing a bargain.

  • TRANSPORT

In Singapore, drivers have GPS, the autos pass roadside wellbeing tests, and the booking framework is generally simple and quick. Also, while costs are high, they’re directed.  There are many taxi companies in Dubai but the largest and most numerous are the Dubai Taxi which is owned by the Dubai government via the RTA. They have a fixed flag down rate of 6 AED from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm and 7 AED from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am if called via telephone or dispatch center and 3 and 3.50 AED (6 am to 10 pm and 10 pm to 6 am respectively) if hailed on the road. Cost is less expensive than Singapore.

  • NIGHTLIFE

Whether it is live jazz, karaoke or a philosophical talk you’re after, Singapore is the spot to be. Because of its huge expat populace, it essentially has more to offer as far as nightlife, from housetop bars and global move acts, to big name restaurants and spectacular clubs, for example, Avalon and Pangaea. Dubai has an extraordinary and unique nightlife scene. This oasis in the desert is full of amazing places. You can chill out in a lounge bar, relax and enjoy the sun in one of the many beach clubs and outdoor as the famous Cafe Del Mar Dubai, UAE Blu Marlin Ibiza, XL beach club, Nassimi and much more. You can have the chance to go to the Armani Privé located in the world tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa and continue to party till late at Movida, People and VIP ROOM. Dubai night clubs usually close at 3am, you can go home safely, many taxis are available outside. Dubai wins here.
PRICE

Dubai is 22% percent less expensive than Singapore.

THINGS TO DO IN SINGAPORE

  • Eat at a hawker food market: From Malay dishes such as nasi lemak to local Chinese favourite Hainanese chicken rice, not to mention dim sum, dahl and Korean BBQ, grab a bargain meal with the locals at a hawker food market such as Maxwell Road or Lau Pa Sat.
  • Relax in the Botanic Gardens: The star attraction is the National Orchid Garden, while there is also a rainforest, lakes and weird and wonderful plants from around the world. The gardens are open from 5am ‘til midnight
  • Get down to Chinatown
  • Explore the many temples and shrines before a visit to 24-hour shopping mecca Mustafa, the gigantic department store where you’ll find everything from perfume to peranakan trinkets.
  • Walk on the wild side at Singapore Zoo and Night Safari: Singapore Zoo and Night Safari are renowned as two of the world’s finest zoological attractions. The zoo is famed for its cleverly-designed open enclosures which mean that many animals appear to be within touching distance.
  • Take a trip Marina Bay Sands: the gigantic Marina Bay Sands ‘integrated resort’ features the city’s biggest casino and a shopping mall
  • Re-live at Gardens by the Bay:  The main attraction however is the stunning Supertrees, a group of shimmering 50m structures which dazzle to lights and music every evening.
  • Chill in the Arab Quarter:  If Singapore’s endless shopping malls don’t float your boat try the hip boutiques on Haji Lane in the centre of the Arab Quarter.

THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI

  1. Burj Khalifa: Dubai’s architectural marvels couldn’t get better than this. Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world identifies Dubai as the centerpiece of tourist attractions found nowhere in the world.
  2. Atlantis Resort & Hotel: Atlantis Resort and Hotel stationed on the crescent of Palm Jumeirah is luxury and happiness personified. Be it families, couples or single travelers, there’s something for everyone at the Atlantis Resort.
  3. The World Islands: The World Islands of Dubai is a set of artificial islands created by man to highlight his standard of luxury. The World Islands are unique because such kind of man-made islands can nowhere be found in the world leading to a new rise and expansion in real estate developments.
  4. Wild Wadi Waterpark: This is certainly something for the children to enjoy. The waterpark includes many exciting rides for all ages which are based on the Legend of Arabian adventurer, Juha and his friend Sinbad. The waterpark also includes the popular almost free-fall ride, Jumeirah Sceirah.
  5. Desert Safari by four-wheel drive: Twice daily, convoys of Jeeps hurtle around an area called Big Red in the desert close to Dubai. Dozens of companies take cars of up to six people over the distinctive orange-tinted dunes.
  6. Atlantis: Dubai’s first truly integrated resort. Guests staying at Atlantis enjoy complimentary access toAquaventure Water Park, The Lost Chambers Aquarium and have preferential rates to swim with our dolphin in Dolphin Bay.
  7. Cruise: Enjoy a sumptuous feast of Arabic, continental and oriental dishes set to traditional Arabian Music as you gently cruise along the moonlit Dubai 
  8. Ferrari world: Enjoy a full day’s admission to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, the world’s first Ferrari theme park where you can experience high adrenaline rides and Ferrari inspired multi-sensory attractions including Formula Rossa the fastest rollercoaster in the world. 
Now choose the right destination!

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Last modified: May 30, 2014
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