Dubai is one of the world's most unique and dynamic destinations. With a wide variety of attractions visitors may feel overwhelmed by the choices; here are a few select attractions we believe every visitor should partake in during their visit to Dubai.
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The easiest way to get to the dunes outside the city is on a four-wheel-drive safari. The tours are incredibly popular and include sand bashing in the desert in a Jeep, BBQ in the middle of the desert, a camel ride and belly dancing enchantment. Tours usually depart the hotel at 15:00 with a return between 21:30-22:00.
Dubai By Air
Enjoy the expansive desert views by booking a hot-air balloon flight over the sand at sunrise - a truly unforgettable desert experience. Another interesting option is a seaplane trip to gaze over the man-made wonder that is the Palm Jumeirah and feel the excitement take-off and landing over water. Helicopter tours can also be arranged, where views of the Dubai skyline, Palm Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab by air are spectacular. Trips are often between 15-25 minutes.
Dubai Heritage & Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek represents a significant era of Dubai's history. While vast swaths of the city have been demolished in the relentless drive towards the future, one neighborhood harks back to the quiet fishing village that once was. The Bastakiya Quarter is situated between the Dubai Creek and the buzzing Deira district, a mini maze of wind-towered buildings with a section having been transformed into art galleries and cafés. In order to cross the Creek you can either hop on a water taxi called an 'Abra' or for a ride across the water or hire a private boat for a scenic tour of the waterway. On the Deira side of the Creek, stroll down to the Spice Souk and wander through the many shops selling wide varieties of exotic spices. Right next to the Spice Souk is the famous Gold Souk. A haggling paradise, whether its silver, gold, platinum or diamonds you will be spoiled for choice. Jewelry aficionados can even have their own jewelry designs made here.
|Location:||Deira and Bur Dubai|
|Driving Time:||45 min.|
|Opening Hours:||All Day|
The Friday brunch is a cornerstone of Dubai's social calendar with virtually every upmarket hotel featuring a Friday brunch. Many restaurants feature free-flowing 'bubbly brunches' with heaping buffets that are sure to impress even the most indulgent foodie.
Golf is an obsession in Dubai. If you want to rub elbows with celebrities on the green, try the courses designed by Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els. Better yet, head to the city's most famous course, the Emirates Golf Club, which hosts the annual Dubai Desert Classic (total prize money is a staggering $2.5 million). It is a stunning course whose 18th hole has one of the finest approaches in the world. Almost as impressive is the Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club which boasts a challenging par-72 course, a fun 'pitch n putt' course, plus an impressive clubhouse whose architecture echoes that of the Sydney Opera House. The new Fire and Earth courses at the Jumeirah Golf Estates (the latter being more challenging) are giving the Majlis at Emirates Golf Club a run for its money. Perfect for serious social players looking for a challenge, these Greg Norman designed courses offer classic links-style play at championship level. Arabian Ranches, a middle-range desert course boasts a floodlit driving range and putting green. The Al Badia Golf Course has a challenging 18- hole course with floodlit driving range and extras including MATT swing analysis and a Science and Motion putting laboratory.
The National Museum Of Dubai
The Dubai Museum is surrounded by the historic Al Fahidi Fort and Historical District which is the oldest building in Dubai, dating all the way back to the 18th century. Within the museum you will find recreated scenes from traditional Arab homes, desert life, mosques and agriculture. There is a wonderful exhibit at the museum on pearl diving that's worth seeing.
|Location:||Bur Dubai Al Fahidi Street|
|Driving Time:||45 min.|
Saturday - Thursday
08:30 - 20:30
14:30 - 20:30
Burj Al Arab
The Burj Al Arab's dominates the Dubai skyline and tourists' imagination like nothing else. It is the world's least subtle hotel - gold-leaf is applied as liberally as undercoat, there is a fleet of white Rolls Royces on the forecourt, dancing fountains in the foyer and fireworks launch from the bridge to announce the arrival of VVIPs - but nobody ever came to Dubai in search of understatement. The only way to get inside without paying for a room is to book a table at one of the hotel's eateries.
|Driving Time:||20 min.|
The tallest building in the world is a sight to behold and a challenge to photograph in it its full 828 meters. Given the shopping mall surroundings you might struggle to fit the entire building into one frame. On the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world, whilst visiting 'At The Top', nothing else matters but you. Experience a journey through Dubai's exotic Arabian heritage and the extraordinary story behind Burj Khalifa. World's largest dancing fountain is set in Burj Khalifa Lake, right outside The Dubai Mall on Lower Ground Waterfront Promenade in the heart of Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Mall is the world's largest shopping mall based on total area. The Dubai Fountain performs daily on the 30-acre Burj Khalifa Lake, the fountain shoots water jets as high as 500 ft (150 metres), equivalent to that of a 50-storey building. The fountain is 900 ft (275 metres) long and has five circles of varying sizes and two central arcs. It has been designed by California-based WET, the creators of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
|Location:||Dubai Mall, Downtown|
|Driving Time:||30 min.|
|Opening Hours:||Daily 08:30 - 00:00|