Dubai what a city?!
Mostly known for its looming skyscrapers, luxury hotels and beach resorts, the modern city is mixed with a rich heritage and culture. Dubai is made up of old and new, with resorts and entertainment facilities that spare no detail.
Atlantis The Palm
It would be easy to spend a week at this resort without leaving it. Better yet, even after a week you would probably have only experienced half of what they have to offer. The iconic grand pink façade protruding from the Palm, sprawling with activities, offers chauffeured electric buggies to get you around the resort.
The Atlantis is where you will find the aquarium called The Lost Chambers. It carries the lost city of Atlantis theme, containing “ancient ruins” and dozens of species of fish. The enormous tank can be viewed from multiple walkways or even dined next to at the top seafood place, Ossiano.
For a less formal dining experience there are renown restaurants such as Nobu and Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. But if you are looking for something more family fun, there’s the Wavehouse that has a bowling alley, arcade games and even a surf machine.
It is also worthwhile visiting Aquaventure Waterpark, where you can swim with dolphins or feed stingrays. But it is mostly known for the record-breaking Leap of Faith slide that plunges you through a glass tunnel surrounded by sharks.
To embrace Dubai’s past, head to the old town with a sail across Dubai Creek. It’s only a quick trip over but for a more traditional experience, visit the many souks lining either side of Dubai Creek. Dubai is known for the many sprawling malls; however, it will take you back to where it all began. Whether it is gold, spice or textiles you’re after, you’ll be able to explore the classic markets. The Gold Souk is known for the dozens of jewellery shops offering tonnes of gold, diamonds and other precious stones.
The Dubai Mall
When you need to escape from the heat and sun of Dubai what better place to go than the Dubai Mall. The leading mall is definitely more of a landmark than just a shopping hub. your first ever visit to Dubai largely centres around experiencing this up close for the first time. While there are plenty of opportunities to leave with arms full of shopping bags, there are more than just 1,500 retail outlets on offer. The mall is also an entertainment destination, including the world’s largest virtual reality theme park, VR Park, most of us haven’t even experienced a VR headset at home, let alone a whole theme park experience with roller-coasters. In addition, there is an ice rink and giant aquarium and underwater zoo. Whether it is to escape the heat, keep the kids entertained or enjoy some retail therapy, there is something for everyone at Dubai Mall.
Burj Al Arab
Dubai’s Burj Al Arab Jumeriah iconic sail-shape liked structure is one of the most iconic buildings in the Middle East. The composition is one of a kind as it is the hotel where luxury is an understatement. To take in the view while having drinks head to the Skyview Bar or get the full experience by visiting the Scape Restaurant and Lounge and enjoy the outdoor terrace.
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world with an astounding 160 floors and towers over the city at 828 metres high. Opening in 2010, it is now Dubai’s most iconic landmark holding plenty of world records. So, what can you actually do there? You can stop off on the 148th floor at the world’s highest restaurant and marvel at views of the city.
Why not squeeze in a desert escape?