Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach holiday or to explore all the corners of this metropolitan city, Dubai offers the best of both worlds. Enjoy the sun and sand in one of the many luxury resorts, take in the breathtaking views from atop the world’s tallest skyscraper, and visit the waterfront galleries and cafes in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
If you’re looking for fun, sun and a bit of retail therapy, a Dubai city break is for you. Known for awe-inspiring architecture, leisure activities that will blow-your-mind and Arabian hospitality at its finest, Dubai is an amazing experience.
Dubai is a shopper’s paradise. You’ll be amazed by the luxurious brands you can discover at heavily discounted prices, like The Outlet Village. Don’t miss haggling for a bargain in Dubai’s heritage district at the Gold, Spice, Perfume and Textile Souks. Dubai’s modern shopping destinations include The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and outdoor European-inspired City Walk and BoxPark.
While shopping, experience the wonders of TheDubai Mall’s choreographed dancing water show: The Dubai Fountain. We also love the Mall of the Emirates, which includes the world’s largest indoor ski park: Ski Dubai.
Your hotel in Dubai will be a short distance away from the city's stunning shoreline the city and there is nothing better than splashing your toes in the incredibly warm Arabian Gulf. Most of Dubai’s coast is privately owned; however, there are also public beaches that are incredibly well maintained and include plenty of food and dining outlets like Jumeirah Beach Residence and Kite Beach.
Pay a visit to one of Dubai’s newest theme park destinations like IMG Worlds of Adventure or Dubai Parks and Resorts; or try out waterparks like Wild Wadi and Aquaventure. Try throwing on some flippers and scuba diving in the Arabic Gulf, strapping on a sandboard and racing your way across the local desert dunes, paragliding high above Dubai’s unique coastline. If these all sound like they will get your heart pumping too fast, enjoy a laid back camel ride across the dunes, or snorkeling in the Gulf.
Dubai prides itself on its modern architecture so take your time in the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, which boasts astonishing views across the city. And no trip to Dubai is complete without a selfie amidst the iconic Burj Al Arab and a stroll through Madinat Jumeirah. For some time on the water, enjoy a gentle glide across the Dubai Creek in a traditional abra for only AED1 to escort you from one side of the city to the other.
Dubai offers a high standard of food but also offers extravagant, competitive pricing and, dining experiences that everyone can enjoy. Within walking distance of your hotel in Dubai you’ll find a diverse range of eateries offering impressive global cuisines. Check out one of Dubai’s most popular eateries, like Nusr-Et, Ramusake, Farzi, Salt or Miss Lily’s.
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