Home to the world’s tallest building, largest indoor snow park, and biggest mall, Dubai City in the United Arab Emirates famously leads the world when it comes to superlatives. One of the glitziest and most glamorous cities on the planet, it’s got a truly out-of-this-world selection of restaurants, cafés and shops. But there’s so much more to this spectacular city than the skyscrapers and shopping. The beaches are heavenly, the souks enchanting, and you can learn all about the city’s colourful history in the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. Plus, if you want to escape the crowds, you can go star-gazing, wildlife-watching or dune-bashing in the beautiful desert.
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Dubai City’s glittering skyline is dominated by the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, which has offers stunning views from its sky-high observation deck. The city’s malls are wonderlands, with much, much more to offer than just shops. The biggest is the Dubai Mall, home to an aquarium and underwater zoo, or you could head to the Mall of the Americas to swoop down the slopes of the world’s largest indoor snow park. There are miles and miles of gorgeous beaches to bask on, spice souks and gold souks to wander around, plus an enchanting historic quarter to explore. And you can head into the desert for some dune-bashing, or to enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars.
You’ll be dazzled by the wining and dining options in glittering Dubai City. And thanks to the great savings on our flights and hotels for your 2018 / 2019 holiday, you’ll have more to spend on the good things in life! Whether you fancy grabbing some street food in the souks, fancy lunch at one of the arty new cafés springing up, or want to splash out on a Michelin-starred celeb hot spot, you’ll find something to suit all tastes and budgets. Plus, you’ll find everything from Japanese to Indian, pizza to shwarma, so you can happily eat your way around the world.
Dubai City is a huge playground for kids. The Mall of the Emirates is home to the world’s largest indoor snow park – plus enough fashion boutiques and tech stores to keep most teens happy. Then there’s the zoo and underwater aquarium and the KidZania child-sized city at the Dubai Mall, plus the biggest indoor theme park on earth at the IMG World of Adventure. They’ll love the dizzying views from the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the spectacular ballet of the Dubai Fountain (the world’s largest – of course) on the lake in front of the tower. The beaches are perfect for kids, with clear waters and loads of facilities, plus a host of water sports.
From indoor skiing and snowboarding to tennis and golf, Dubai City offers every imaginable activity and experience. The range of water sports alone is phenomenal: water skiing, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking and sailing are just some of them. Plus there’s lots of fun stuff to do, like renting out banana boats, jet skis or donuts. Then there’s all the stuff for all you adrenaline-junkies too. You can take a spin in a Formula 1 car, go flyboarding, or even go diving with sharks in the underwater zoo. Head out to the desert for some dune-bashing or a safari in a 4x4, or float over the dunes in a hot-air balloon.
Dubai City has amazing beaches – endless stretches of white sand and turquoise seas – plus fantastic year-round sunshine to enjoy them. You can take your pick from the many private beach clubs, luxurious enclaves with sun beds, parasols, pools and lots of facilities (for a fee), but there are also plenty of free, public sections. Perfect for your 2018 or 2019 holiday! The Jumeirah Beach, on the amazing Palm Jumeirah island, boasts some of the best hotel beach clubs, while Mazer Beach Park is one of the most popular public beaches, and has been awarded a Blue Flag for the clarity of the water and the excellent facilities. If you’re up for some kite-surfing and paddle-boarding, head to famous Kite Beach.
Grab your dancing shoes and get ready to party. The nightlife in Dubai is as eye-popping and over-the-top as the city itself. Where else can you dance on the roof of a race-course, watch acrobats and fire-breathers whirl above the dance floor, or have world-famous mixologists prepare your cocktails at an exclusive beach club? If you can imagine it, it probably happens somewhere in this dazzling city! Just make sure you’re dressed to impress if you want to get past the bouncers. There’s plenty more down-to-earth entertainment if that’s more your style – speakeasies and jazz bars, traditional pubs and underground concert halls. Variety is truly the spice of life in Dubai! While the United Arab Emirates have strict alcohol laws, the bars and clubs all have special licences for non-Muslims – just don’t drink in public.
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