Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, is a glittering city known for luxury shopping, ultramodern architecture, golden beaches and a lively nightlife scene. It is iconic for its skyscrapers, like the Burj Khalifa. Where else can you play on the beach in the morning, go snow skiing at lunchtime, explore the desert in the afternoon and then watch dancing fountains reach to the skies underneath the world’s tallest tower? It is a city where the impossible is possible.
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Sandboard from a 300ft-high sand dune, gallop across the desert on a thoroughbred Arabian stallion, enjoy a game of camel polo, flyboard over the water, or perhaps do some dune bashing in the sea of sand.
11 outstanding courses make Dubai a golfer’s paradise. You might enjoy teeing off on a floodlit golf course at midnight.
Spend the night desert camping under a ceiling of stars in a Bedouin camp.
Try your hand at falconry, an integral part of Dubai’s heritage and culture.
Visit some of the architectural triumphs like the Burj Al Arab or the Burj Khalifa, where you can witness the Dubai Fountain, with jets and lights choreographed to music.
Shop ‘til you drop at the annual Dubai Shopping Festival or in the world’s largest shopping mall.
Laze in one of the many sun-kissed spots or unwind & relax at one of the many luxurious spas throughout the city. Perhaps a 24-carat gold facial…
Dubai Creek – The real heart of the city, this is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe settled in the 19th century. It is awash with the history of the emirate. Riding across the water on a traditional abra is a must-do.
Palm Jumeirah – Originally billed as the eighth wonder of the world, this man-made island is in the shape of a palm tree. You can take the monorail up the ‘trunk’ of the tree to the iconic Atlantis Hotel & Resort. Sunset yoga sessions on the beach are a wonderful way to relax after a day of activity.
Bur Dubai & Deira – On either side of Dubai Creek, these districts are considered to contain the oldest parts of Dubai. Bur Dubai is home to many historic sites, museums and old buildings. Tour the living museums of the Heritage and Diving Village and explore the Textile Souks. Or wander through the lanes of the historic Al Fahidi District, home to some of the only original Arabic wind-tower houses left on the Arab side of the Gulf, built by wealthy traders and pearl merchants. Deira is home to the colorful Gold and Spice Souks, and the Fish Market. It is also the location of many of Dubai’s entertainment centres.