Places to Visit
Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai
Currently the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa dominates the skyline of Dubai and its 124th-floor viewing deck offers unparalleled vistas across the city and beyond. Surrounding this incredible skyscraper and its famous dancing fountains are the colossal Dubai Mall and the Arabesque-style Souk al Bahar, each offering a wide range of shopping, dining and entertainment options.
Al Bastakiya and the Creekside
Sitting alongside the Creek, Bastakiya is the historical district of the city, where narrow lanes and old-style windtowers provide an incredible contrast to the lavish landscape of Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Museum offers a fascinating insight into the history of one of the fastest growing cities in the world, while a wander through the streets provides an opportunity to appreciate Dubai’s more traditional architectural styles.
Deira and the Souks
From both sides of the Creek, wooden abras transport travellers across the water for just 1 AED each way. The Deira side of the Creek is home to the famous Dubai Souks; traditional Arabic market places where you can ‘bargain’ with traders over an incredible variety of products. The two main souks in this area and the gold souk and the spice souk, though you don’t have to be looking to buy anything to enjoy an insight into the local culture that exists in this part of the city.
Beaches, Recreation and Water Parks
Dubai is an excellent place to be if you enjoy the outdoors, with a range of public parks and beaches offering access to open space and recreational activities across the city. The public beaches are well maintained and in the designated ‘beach park’ areas, a good range of facilities are offered for a nominal entry fee. Similarly, the public parks offer pleasant green spaces to relax and enjoy your leisure time, with a few offering enhanced facilities for a small charge. Dubai is also home to two world-famous water parks – Wild Wadi by the Burj Al Arab and Aquaventure in Atlantis on the Palm.
Snow Sports Facilities
A simple illustration of Dubai’s unique cultural ambition can be found in its construction the Middle East’s first indoor ski slope. Based in the Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai offers visitor the change to ski, snowboard, toboggan, or simply have fun in the snow, all year round. The Dubai Mall also accommodates an Olympic size ice rink, which hosts public skating and league hockey matches.
Dubai Marina and the Palm
From Dubai Marina you can pick up a range of boat trips – from a relaxing cruise to a thrilling speedboat ride – that will give you a different perspective on the cityscape of Dubai. Tours will take you out of the impressive Marina enclave and into the Gulf waters, where you can sail around the Palm Jumeirah – the world’s largest man-made island – on to the iconic Burj Al Arab and beyond. The Marina area is also home to a wide range of dining options and in close proximity to Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR), which is a popular boulevard for restaurants and nightlife.
Dubai is just one of seven Emirates in the UAE, each of which has its own unique culture and landscape to explore, from the desert oases of Abu Dhabi to the rolling mountains of Ras Al Khaimah. Beyond the UAE, the GCC states offer an abundance of stunning natural beauty and diverse cultural heritage that attracts visitors from around the region and beyond.