Delve into Dubai
One of the most exciting cities on earth, Dubai is sure to take your breath away. In a city where nothing is done by halves, you’re sure to get swept up in the endless charm and energy of Dubai holidays. A futuristic skyline mingled with dazzling beaches and year-round sunshine is a sure-fire way to attract visitors and just one of the many reasons why holidays to Dubai are so popular. Located within the United Arab Emirates, you’ll have the opportunity to top up your tan, hit the shops and revel in luxury all in the same destination. Whether its stunning beachside spots or classy inner-city hotels, you won’t find it a challenge to find somewhere to stay. Experience the best of both worlds and indulge in the city’s endless array of top attractions, from its stunning sands to its luxurious spas – what more could you want from a getaway?
Life’s a Beach
Of course, one of the main attractions of Dubai holidays are its beautiful beaches and you’ll find a myriad of glorious sand-swept areas to laze upon in its year-round sunshine. Make your way to the beach at Jumeirah for a much-needed dose of rest and relaxation or explore further up the coast for idyllic private spots. Within close proximity of the city, you need never be too far away from a whole host of amenities, without compromising on your own private paradise. For spectacular views, head down to the waterfront. This vibrant marina is the setting of many restaurants, bars and entertainment developments as well as featuring some of the most beautiful yachts and luxury apartments. By day, it serves as the ideal place for some shopping while by night you might find yourself sipping on drinks at one of its luxurious bars. If you’re looking to turn things up a notch, Dubai holidays offer a plethora of high-octane sports for those with a sense of adventure. The great outdoors provides a playground for sports and activities – whether you fancy hiking in its rugged mountains or taking part in water sports in the Arabian Gulf. Adrenaline-seekers craving a once in a lifetime opportunity might like to try sky-diving, with the spectacular sights of the city creating a particularly beautiful backdrop.
Top Dubai Attractions
There is a wide range of things to do in Dubai, mainly related to the amazing architecture and man-made islands that have been built over the last few years. Leading the way is the Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest man-made structure in the world, closely followed by the Palm Jumeirah which is a series of islands that form the shape of an enormous palm tree. If you’re in search of more visual delights, the Dubai fountain boasts a 150m water jet that dances spectacularly in time to music. The entire emirate is full of larger than life wonders! Dubai also lays claim to housing some of the world’s most opulent hotels, some of them even claiming to have a full seven stars worth of luxury.
Wine and Dine
Dubai has a vast array of eating options, ranging from shawarma bought from a street merchant right through to the hotel restaurants that are awash with Michelin stars and opulent surroundings. In between there are a number of mid-range restaurants that include flavours from all over the globe. Popular amongst these is Bar B.Q. Tonight that features buffet style fare of mainly Pakistani origin that is reasonably priced and loved by locals and visitors alike. At the top end of the scale, book a table at Café Chic and indulge in some high end French cuisine and the chance to visit the stunning confines of the Le Meridien Hotel.
Action and Adventure
Dubai attractions are as exciting as they are varied but you should definitely partake in some water sports while you’re there, with water skiing, wind surfing, banana boats, parasailing and good old fashioned swimming all available. Other things to do in Dubai during your adventurous break include scuba diving, a 4X4 desert safari and a hot air balloon trip. Dubai also boasts the fairly rare attraction of a ski slope in a shopping mall, the Mall of the Emirates, complete with real snow! Those in search of more sedate sports in the heat can indulge in some golf at any one of the impressive courses in the area.
Family Fun and Couples
Dubai has much to offer its visitors, whether you decide to approach it as a city break or a family beach holiday. Certainly, as a city break, Dubai ticks all the boxes with its superb range of beautifully appointed hotels, world famous shopping facilities and dazzling array of eateries to suit every budget and palate. On the other hand, with its superb beaches and range of water sports facilities, Dubai also works well as a family holiday destination. Apart from the beach areas, there are numerous parks such as Al Barsha Pond Park boasting funfairs, mazes, video arcades and various sports facilities such as tennis and volleyball.
There are still plenty of things to do in Dubai when the sun goes down, with a huge selection of bars and clubs that cater for every part of the night time spectrum. Try Longs Bar, an English style sports bar, to find a great selection of DJs and a wide range of food. As the name suggests, the Skyview bar affords you views from way above Dubai and is one of the emirate’s more opulent bars way up on the 27th floor! For a chilled out evening, pop along to the Nasimi beach; a restaurant by the waterside that has DJs playing all evening as well as an expansive menu. Remember that the weekend here is considered to be Thursday and Friday, so plan your visit accordingly!
Many of the things to do in Dubai are centred on the new developments and incredible malls but it’s worth visiting the old sections of the city too, namely the Bastakia Quarter. This area was built around 200 years ago by merchants from Persia and for a while was under threat of demolition. Thankfully, it has been restored to its former glory. There are narrow alleyways that run between the buildings, museums and tea houses, along with examples of early air conditioning known as wind towers. There’s also a textile market that is very popular and full of bargains, as well as the opportunity to take a scenic boat tour of the waterway. If you’re an art lover, the Ostra gallery in this area will provide you with some lovely examples of Arabic paintings and calligraphy.
Whatever you’re looking for, holidays in Dubai are sure to impress. Forget down-market high street stores and dingy shopping centres, the malls in this city are like nothing you’ve ever experienced. A remarkable sightseeing, cultural and entertainment experience, you’ll find numerous places to crack out the credit card, while those looking for authentic souvenirs should head to the historic souks and markets. After all that shopping, you’ll be in need of an opportunity to refuel and fortunately, this city boasts hundreds of world-class restaurants and stylish bars to choose from. With over 200 nationalities living here, it’s no surprise that its diverse culture is reflected in the food on offer, giving you the opportunity to devour everything from Asian fusion food to delicious Middle Eastern cuisine. Experience the sophistication of an indulgent meal in the city centre or alternatively, head to the Marina where you’ll find every type of cuisine imaginable! If you’ve got the kids with you, you’ll find plenty of things to do to keep them occupied. Where else can you spend your morning on the beach, go snowboarding at lunchtime, explore the desert in the afternoon and spend your evening scaling the world’s tallest tower? There are numerous experiences to be had on holidays to Dubai, whether you’ve got adrenaline-seeking teenagers or inquisitive little ones. Small adventurers with a love for animals will be in their element as they meet a colony of penguins at Ski Dubai or catch a glimpse of a King Croc at the Dubai Mall. Renowned as one of the safest cities in the world, your big kids can have plenty of fun too, whether that means exploring the desert in a 4x4 or riding a camel.