From its glittering skyscrapers to its sweeping sand dunes this multi-cultural metropolis is as awe-inspiring as ever. Once a small fishing village, Dubai has emerged recently as a truly cosmopolitan city. It has world-class shopping - and the world’s largest shopping mall to boot - as well as snowy indoor slopes for skiing, the world’s tallest tower, beautiful beaches, and even man-made islands.
Where to keep the little ones occupied
Summer is the time to be in Dubai, especially if you’ve got little ones to entertain. Some of the city’s best activities and attractions can be found indoors, and there's a host of ways to keep the kids entertained on holiday while you do your own thing – or join in, perhaps.
Best beach clubs
With sumptuous dining by day, plus live music and an energetic atmosphere by night, Dubai's beach clubs have earned an international reputation. If you’re looking for a party on the beach or a relaxing day poolside, we’ve got you covered for an amazing sun-filled holiday in Dubai.
Seeing Dubai on a deadline
While Dubai has more than enough attractions to warrant a whole fortnight’s holiday, even on a short stopover it is possible to get a taste of the place. Whether you’re just passing through between flights or spending the night in the city, here’s what you can see and do.
In a city full of cutting-edge art and film, nightlife and family activities, you are spoilt for choice with an almost endless list of places to be and things to see. Dubai sets the stage for world-class events and festivals year-round, from Dubai Music Week to the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
Your handbook to sports in the city
Dubai’s world-class tennis courts, golf courses and sports clubs are here to help you achieve your personal best. Into watersports? Head to Kite Beach for kitesurfing or Sunset Beach to test your balance during a stand up paddleboarding or surfing session...
Fasten your seatbelts
Dubai is the perfect setting to be swept away by high-adrenaline activities. Rocket across the Arabian Gulf in a speedboat or roar along the circuit in a race car, skydive over Palm Jumeirah, ski around The World, paddleboard along the coast or swim with dolphins and sharks.
The first of its kind in the world. Packed with action, dance and romance, live the Bollywood fantasy with exhilarating attractions and passionate live performances based on some of the biggest blockbusters across five themed zones.
There’s a reason why the world’s athletes and superstars come to rest and relax in Dubai. There are literally hundreds of spas in all shapes and sizes, from internationally acclaimed spas like the Talise Ottoman Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Assawan at the Burj Al Arab to the simple street corner variety. Common to all are great service and value. Dubai is also known for its signature experiences. With such a huge offering of beauty salons, Turkish hammams and day spas, there’s plenty of room for something different like 24-carat gold facials, kids nail salon or desert spa. There’s no better way to slip into a state of relaxation while achieving that enviable post-holiday glow.