Home to some incredible architecture and a man-made island that has to be seen to be believed, Dubai is one of the best places to have your holiday of a lifetime. Whether you’re planning to stay in one of the luxury apartments in Dubai so you have a bit of privacy or a stunning hotel in the heart of the city, you can be sure that Dubai has a lot to offer everyone.
The Iconic Burj Khalifa
Standing at an impressive 828 metres tall, the Burj Khalifa is one of the world’s most incredible buildings. Made up of three different sections that surround a central core, the Burj Khalifa is home to two observation decks, a restaurant, a lounge, and so much more. Make your way to level 124 where you will find the observation deck that proudly shows off the beautiful city of Dubai. If you’re feeling brave, why not head to level 148 that is located an impressive 555 metres above ground, offering you floor-to-ceiling views of the city. With a mall situated at the base of the tower along with a multitude of tourist attractions nearby, the iconic Burj Khalifa needs to be at the top of your list.
The Dubai Fountain
With the ability to shoot water up to 500 feet into the air, the Dubai Fountain is a must-see landmark that is truly out of this world. Choreographed to music and designed by the same people who designed Las Vegas’s Bellagio fountain, the Dubai fountain is nothing short of spectacular. With daily performances on the Burj Khalifa Lake, you have the opportunity to make your visit to the fountain extra special by taking a traditional Abra ride on the lake as the fountain works its magic.
Musandam Khasab Day Trip and Dhow Cruise
Lasting approximately 9 hours, and taking you to the Musandam Peninsula, this awe-inspiring cruise will take you to the northern coast which is known as the ‘Norway of Arabia’. Slowly drift by rocky mountain peaks on blue/green waters, and be on the lookout for dolphins who frequent this incredible part of the world. Get picked up and dropped off at your hotel, enjoy a buffet lunch, and take the opportunity to snorkel in what can only be described as paradise.
A palm-shaped man-made island that is unlike anything else in the world, the Palm Jumeirah is located in the Arabian Gulf, and sits on emerald waters, giving it a real tropical feel. An ideal spot to visit even if you’re not staying on the island, you can enjoy a leisurely sail in a speedboat or a yacht. Alternatively, if you prefer to stay on dry land, you may want to hop on board the Palm Monorail that takes you right to the Atlantis resort that’s home to Dolphin Bay, Nasimi Beach, and impressive restaurants.
Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark
The Dubai Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark is the perfect place to visit if you love to spend time in the water. Not only does the waterpark offer you the chance to enjoy a swim, but it also happens to be the Middle East’s best park, offering you the opportunity to enjoy a river ride while you lounge on a rubber ring, bobbing along in the sunshine. Little ones are guaranteed a great time in the Splashers Children’s Play Area that is home to water cannons, slippery slides, and climbing frames. For those who wish to enjoy something very special, why not hand-feed a Ray in the Shark Lagoon, or explore the Shark Safari that gets you up close and personal to stunning sharks and colourful fish?
The Dubai Mall
Located in Downtown Dubai, and thought to be the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall really does have something for everyone! With an aquarium an underwater zoo, an ice skating rink, and more than 1,000 different stores, you can literally shop ‘til you drop. Home to many well-known high street stores as well as luxury brands that are located in Fashion Avenue, no matter how much you want to shop, or how little you want to spend, the Dubai mall gives you the chance to shop in style.
If you are a fan of water sports, you need to head to Kite Beach, the ideal location if you love to kite surf, or simply watch from the water’s edge. The beach is home to a lot of water sports operators who are happy to let you rent out some of their equipment if you wish to take to the water and give kite surfing a try. Head to the beach in the afternoon when the waves are at their best, providing you with the perfect opportunity to show off your moves on the water.
Take a Helicopter Flight in Style
If you would like to see beautiful Dubai from the air, you’re in luck. Many helicopter tours are available, giving you the chance to take in this incredible city from a whole new perspective. Tours typically last 15 to 25 minutes and take you over the Palm Jumeirah, and close to the Burj Khalifa so you can snap as many photographs as you wish. Fly over The World Islands, a man-made archipelago of small islands built In the shape of the world map, and truly something that has to be seen to be believed.
With so much on offer to everyone no matter who you are, whether you love to shop, laze about on a tropical beach, or meet and feed some exotic animals, Dubai has it all.