Dubai, synonymous with luxury, elegance and wealth beyond imagination is one of the most popular Emirati destinations because of it almost sunny year-round sunshine and beautiful manicured beaches set against the Arabian Gulf. But there is more to Dubai, with its old city charms, you can experience a taste of historic culture, shopping in the souks strolling along the Creek or even sailing in a Dhow shoulder to shoulder with the locals.
Dubai’s The Palm is a luxury seafront area, ideal for thrill-seeking water lovers with access to a huge waterpark, sea life aquarium and 20 restaurants in the resort which is around 20 minutes taxi ride from downtown Dubai. Staying on the Dubai Palm allows you free access to many of Dubai’s leading attractions.
The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building scene from any point in the city over 828 m high with 160 stories where you can book afternoon tea as you take in those spectacular views of the city lights and night skyline and see the perfect palm at height a must do if you want to capturing some impressive photos of Dubai.
A massive attraction in the heart of downtown Dubai is the free evening water and light show where 22,000 gallons of airborne water and spray up to 500 feet high provides a dramatic and incredible delight of 1,5 million lumens of projected light. To get there, walk through the Dubai maul to reach the fountains and be delighted for a few minutes at lunch times or evening shows every half hour.
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Dubai Parks are 20 mins from downtown Dubai, a brand-new theme park which opened in 2016 featuring Legoland, and Legoland WaterPark. In the park discover the Dreamworks Studio, high energy Bollywood performances and rides which transport you into a world of fantasy powers and delight. This is a popular park for the Emiratis and visitors alike and is a great place for all the family. Many hotels provide free shuttle services to the park and Dubai Mall.
So, whether you’re here for a stopover or a longer stay there are plenty in the Dubai events calendar including premier sporting championships, arts exhibitions, music concerts, festivals, and movie premiers.
Things to see and do
- Check out the huge wind tower houses
- Sail on a traditional dhow along Dubai Creek
- Shop in one of the many Souks for silver, gold, spices and more
- Chill at the famous Niki Beach
- Wander the Miracle Dubai Gardens and Butterfly Garden
- Ride a camel at the A Maroum Camel Racetrack
- IMG World of Adventure & Global Village are entertainment hubs for all the family.
- Sun, Sea and Sand are aplenty – swim with Dolphins and splash in one of the many waterparks
- Snow Ski at the indoor slopes in the Emirates Mall