Dubai is an ultra luxurious holiday destination with its opulent hotels, fine dining restaurants and high end shopping, beaches, a marina, creek,as well as state of the art entertainment venues and daring skyscrapers. It is also home to the largest shopping mall in the world and the highest building in the world.
Perfect for a holiday either as a final destination or a stop over, Dubai also benefits from year round sunshine. It is extremely safe and you do have to respect the culture and dress appropriately.
I have been to Dubai a few times and so this post is a combination of suggestions from my visits, of my favourite things to do.
You can take a 7km long walk alongside the Dubai marina which has a whole host of restaurants, entertainment complexes and views of the various skysrapers and hotels. You can also take a dhow ride.
We enjoyed a lovely meal at one of the eateries whilst people and yacht watching.
The Burj Khalifa
You can take an ultra fast elevator to see Dubai from the tallest building in the world. Perfect for day or evening, the views are incredible. It is advisable to book your tickets in advance though, as this is a very popular activity.
From the 124th floor you can get a 360 degree view of Dubai, which is just breathtaking.
The higher floors are also fabulous and you have photo opportunities available too. If you happen to be there around 6pm you can also watch the Dubai Fountain show from up above, or alternatively head down for 6pm.
Dune bashing in a landcruiser – perfect for adrenalin seekers, as a 4×4 car takes you on a rollercoaster journey through the desert sand dunes. It is a must do and the perfect adventure before a lovely dinner in a Bedouin style camp, where you can watch belly dancers whilst you dine.
There are various types of packages available and options of types of cars depending on your budget, so there is bound to be something that appeals to everyone.
You can even go for camel rides in the desert or jump around in the sand like I did. Trust me it was lots of fun!
Go shopping in the world’s largest shopping mall which has some of the biggest luxury and designer brands all under one roof. It also houses an aquarium, ice rink amongst a host of fabulous restaurants and coffee shops. We enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake break at the Armani cafe, before going up the Burj Khalifa, whose entrance is from this mall.
Gold Souk – Deira
All that glitters is gold – quite literally! You can find so much in this souk (market) but make sure you negotiate the prices. The government keeps an eye on the quality of the goods so you are safe in the knowledge that it is genuine.
Burj Al Arab
The mythical ‘seven star’ hotel is definitely one of the most opulent I have seen! To gain access inside the hotel you have to have a booking at one of the restaurants or bars. However, you can also marvel at the architecture from various vantage points.
Pictured below was the view from dinner at Jumeirah Beach Hotel, part of the same group of hotels. I love seeing it at night as it changes colour and occasionally has a brief animation show.
The view below was from Madinat Jumeirah, where we enjoyed a lovely lunch.
- If you have enough time, a day trip to Abu Dhabi, which is only a couple of hours drive, is a must to see Ferrari world, Yas Island and the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
- A day spent at Atlantis at the Palm, which has a water park, swimming with dolphins experience, restaurants, bars and shops.
- A helicopter ride over Dubai for an aerial view.
- Skiing at Ski Dubai!Yes really
- Fine dining at one of the many amazing restaurants in Dubai.
Have you been to Dubai? What was your highlight?