Welcome to Dubai!
Dubai - the pearl of the Middle East located in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dubai is known for its luxurious shopping, ultra-modern architecture, amazing cuisine, unparalleled coastline, majestic desert and magnificent cityscapes, and its lively nightlife! Dubai is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with the iconic Burj Khalifa, an 830m-tall tower that dominates its skyscraper-filled skyline. The famous Dubai Fountain is a sight to behold as it water jets and lights dances to the sound of music.Escape to an artificial island just off its shores, to find the Atlantis, The Palm, a resort with water and marine-animal parks. So whether it is by the banks of the Dubai Creek, or at the top of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, Dubai lives and breathes a sense of endless possibilities and innovation, waiting on you to create lifetime memories.
Want to know why Dubai is on everyone’s bucket list?
Everyone always ask how hot is it in Dubai?
After all, its “hot” destination but the best months to visit are from November through April when it’s much cooler. It’s a great time to enjoy the outdoor activities and attractions. Between April and October the hotel rates are more attraction but prepare to deal with high temperatures but rest assured all the restaurants and malls are well air conditioned.
Dubai is also a popular stop over destination for visitors connecting through Dubai to other UAE or Indian Ocean destinations. With 24 hours of play time in Dubai, there is so much for you to do and places to see, making Dubai, the world’s best stop over city in the world!
The Must See Attractions in Dubai
Burj Al Arab
the world's most luxurious hotel, the Burj Al Arab is one of the region's most famous tourist landmarks. Built on a triangular man-made island, the billowing sail-like structure rises 321m above the sea. The Burj Al Arab sets a new standard for hospitality superlatives, including the famous helipad that has hosted numerous celebrity stunts.
a site to behold and a definitely a must see on your trip! It’s the home to the world famous, 160-room Armani Hotel and At the Top's observation decks. At The Top is located on the 124th and 125th floors and the premium At The Top Sky is on the 148th level – a staggering 555m above ground Atmosphere is the world's highest & coveted restaurant, with stunning views and an equally stellar menu. Here you will enjoy the highest view of Dubai from 555 meters up. Standing high above the city, so immerse yourself in the breathtaking views when you reach At The Top.
Dubai Water Canal is a new 3.2km long waterway which extends from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay, before finding its way to the Arabian Gulf. Board a water taxi to Marasi Drive, home to a sparkling marina, water homes and cool dining venues such as Park House and fine dining favorites Morimoto Dubai and Bleu Blanc by David Myers nearby at Renaissance Downtown Hotel.
Dubai Marina (Pier & Skyline)
Take a tram up two stops from JBR (for AED5), or a short taxi ride (AED20-25), to the Dubai Marina Mall that sits front and centre of the impressive Dubai Marina district. Walk through to get to the docks, where there’s al fresco seating at most of the water-facing restaurants. See how the marina's waters reect the surrounding high rises, including the twisting, 90-degree prole of the iconic Cayan Tower. Here, most restaurants are open past midnight, and a merry-go-round and pop-up stalls are there to entertain the whole family to and from dinner. The Marina's gourmet project, Pier 7, is a destination for foodies: the tower rising from the middle of the pedestrian walk hosts seven very dierent, but equally delicious restaurants on each level.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Lavish gold jewelry, hand-woven fabrics, oud fragrances and bargain knick-knacks – you'll find it all in our bustling souks, or Arabian markets. While the emirate lives up to its reputation as a thriving modern city, the souks have been a crucial part of daily life and trade for centuries. For an immersive cultural experience, visit the gold, spice, perfume and textile souks in Dubai's historical neighborhoods of Deira and Bur Dubai and, for a modern take, visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah or Souk Al Bahar.
Ain Dubai and JBR
Dubai Opera, the city’s latest architectural masterpiece. Shaped like a futuristic dhow, this institution hosts a stellar program of international names and local legends in opera, ballet, theatre and music. Designed by Danish architect Janus Rostock and located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the 2,000-seat Dubai Opera is a world-class cultural facility.
Dubai Frame is one of the newest additions to the city’s skyline and represents a remarkable feat of engineering. Situated in Zabeel Park, directly between old and new Dubai, the towering structure offers sweeping panoramic views of the city from 150m high. One of its most amazing features is the state-of-the-art clear glass bridge that connects parallel vertical towers to create the shape of a picture frame – a top pick for selfies.
The world's largest choreographed fountain system features a sound and light show which shoots 22,000 gallons of water as high as 150 meters in the air. Each brightly illuminated jet sways in time to music, producing what has become one of Dubai's most popular shows. Situated outside The Dubai Mall, make time to shop between evening water shows, which begin every 30 minutes.
Where to stay? Your options are endless!
From the world’s only 7 Star Hotel Burj Al Arab on Jeremiah Beach, your accommodation choices are endless. Enjoy exquisite cuisines, breathtaking roof tops and well-appointed suites at some of Dubai’s finest luxurious resorts located on the Palm, Jumeirah Beach, Down Dubai and Sheikh Zayed Road. Here is some of our client’s favorite resort to stay when in Dubai:
- Burj Al Arab
- Armani Hotel
- Caesar’s Palace Blue Waters
- Emerald Palace Kempinski
- The Palm Jumeirah
- The One & Only Royal Mirage
- Atlantis, The Palm
- Jumeirah Al Qasr,
- Jumeriah Mina A Salam,
- Jumeirah Al Naseem
- Madinat Jumeirah
- Nikki Beach Hotel & Spa
- Park HyattAnantara The Palm
- Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
- Palazzo Versace Dubai
- Al Maha Desert Conservation Resort & Spa
- Palace Downtown Dubai
- Address Fountain View
- Mandarin Oriental Jumeira, Dubai
- Kempinski Hotel and Residences Palm Jumeirah
- Five Palm Jumeirah Dubai
- Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
- Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Now that you have seen the major attractions, it’s time to add a little heritage and culture to your Dubai’s Experience:
Spice Souk/ Fabric Souk/ Gold Souk
Heritage District (Fahidi
Saruq Al Hadid Museum + Wildflight Arabian Tea House
Abra Dock (Old Town)
Dubai Creek: Dubai may be famous for the glitz and glamour of its sky-high towers, but the real heart of the city is, and always will be, the creek. The saltwater estuary is the original site where the Bani Yas tribe settled, and its waters were vital for what used to be Dubai's main forms of economy: pearl diving and fishing. The area is home to the Dubai Museum and Shindagha Museum, the waterside heritage retail area Al Seef, as well as the labyrinthine alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souks. While at the Creek, a ride across the water on a traditional abra is a must, and at an AED1 each way, it's easily the best value tourist attraction in the city.
Etihad Museum: at the Etihad Museum located in Jumeirah you will discover the contemporary history of the United Arab Emirates. The Etihad Museum offers a series of interactive pavilions that explore the country’s past through photos, films and more. Visitors can discover what life was like before the UAE's founding fathers signed the treaty that unified the seven emirates, and learn more about the extraordinary economic development since
Jumeirah Fish Harbor
Emirati: A citizen of the Arab nation of the United Arab Emirates or A person descended ethnically from the Arab people of the United Arab Emirates.
Now it’s time for you to do a little shopping and Dubai has it all.
A visit to Dubai would not be complete without shopping at the world’s famous Dubai Mall. Dubai hosts a Shopping Festival in the months of January & February annually, so if you plan to do some shopping, the best deals are usually found these months. The Dubai Mall is not your regular mall, as you can enjoy experiences such as the VR Park, a visit to the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.
For more amazing shopping, here’s a list of Dubai’s popular spots for shopping:
- Dubai Mall
- Mall of the Emirates
- Gold Souk- Deira
- Gold Souk- Dubai Mall
- Gold Souk- Gold and Diamond Park
- Fabric Souk- Fahidi
- Madinat Jumeirah Souk
- D3- Local / Regional Designer Boutiques
- La Mer
- Al Serkal
The currency in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates is the Dirham.
Dubai Parks & Resorts- Motiongate, Legoland, Bollywood Parks
IMG: Enjoy multi-sensory adventures with characters from Cartoon Network and Marvel Comics heroes. Then there’s the hair-raising Lost Valley with 70 animatronic, life-sized dinosaurs. With non-stop entertainment from live stage shows to movies, it’s a full day of thrills for the whole family.
Ski Dubai (Mall of the Emirates): visit the indoor ski slopes of Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates. The perfect antidote to a warm day, you can mix a spot of shopping with a skiing break. There are five runs of varying difficulty, along with a freestyle area for snowboarders and tobogganers. Families will love the snow caves and tube rides, while Avalanche Café is ideal for sipping hot chocolate in minus four degrees or watching the daily march of the penguins.
Ripe Organic Markets – Organic Food, Arts & Crafts
Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Miracle Garden: Located in Al Barsha South, the park is home to the region's biggest flower garden with more than 45 million blooming flowers across 72,000sqm, all showcased in a variety of immense sculptures and designs. Feast your eyes on blooming pyramids, stars, igloos, and hearts. Marvel at the record-breaking wall of flowers, or take a stroll under a ceiling of colourful umbrellas. Bursting with vibrant displays, the park feels more like an immersive art exhibit than a tourist attraction. You'll leave knowing you've truly witnessed a miracle: a mega garden in the middle of a desert.+ Butterfly garden
Dubai Garden Glow: Dubai Garden Glow has something for the whole family to enjoy. The Glow Garden sparkles in the dark, and is made of over 10 million energy-saving light bulbs and yards of recycled luminous fabric. There’s also Dinosaur Park, which is home to more than 100 realistic animatronic dinosaurs, while the Ice Park has been made from 5,000 tons of ice. There are also musical shows and live performances throughout Dubai Garden Glow, as well as an edutainment zone for the kids and a pavilion with food from around the world.
iFLY Mirdif City Centre
A trip to Dubai must include some type of Nightlife!
Guest can spend relaxing evenings at roof top bars & clubs, or a late afternoon brunch with friends while on vacation. Some of our client’s top picks from their Dubai visit are:
- Penthouse at Jumeirah Al Naseem (sundowners and a beautiful skyline view)
- 40Kong (nightlife)
- Mercury Lounge, Four Seasons
- Ruya, Grosvenor House Dubai
- Cove Beach (Caesar’s Palace)
- Boa (The V)
- 1 OAK Dubai (JW Marriott)
- Barbary (nightlife and funky interiors)
- Zuma (buzzing nightlife)
- Saffron Brunch- The Atlantis
- Hakkasan- The Altantis
- Industrial Avenue (Westin Mena Seyahi)
- London Social – The Ritz Carlton JBR
- Atmosphere, Burj Khalifa
- Fork & Cork – Anantara, The Palm
- Folly By Nick & Scott- Madinat Jumeirah
- BB DIFC
Dubai Endless Adventures & Possibilities
Dubai is always so creative and innovative with their creation - from amazing architectures, beautiful landscapes and amazing outdoor activities. Your possibilities for things to do when visiting Dubai are endless. What are you in the mood for on your Dubai Adventure?
- Hiking – Hatta
- Cycling – Hatta, Al Qudra, Dubai Canal, Meydan Loop
- Horse Riding- Meydan, Jebel Ali
- Yoga - Banan Beach (Monday), Burj Al Arab Beach, Life N One, Inspire Yoga, Zen Yoga, Kintsugi Yoga Studio
- Pilates- Real Pilates, Life N One, Jumeirah Ladies Club
- Bounce Dubai
- Kayaking- Kite Beach, Hatta
- Flyboarding – Kite Beach, Dubai Marina & JBR
- Paddle Boarding- Kite Beach, Burj Al Arab
- Kitesurfing – Kite Beach
- Desert Fat Bike – Platinum Heritage
- Skateboarding – D3, Kite Beach
- Quad Biking
- Dirt Biking- Desert & Hatta
- Scuba Diving
- Deep Sea Diving
- Platinum Heritage Desert Safari (classic cars + falconry
- Bedouin style cooking in the desert)
- Mountain Camping - Hatta Sedr Trailers (trailer hotels)
- Hot air Ballooning over the Margham Al Maha Desert Conservation – Falconry, Oryx & Gazelles
- Jebel Ali Resort - shooting club / horseback riding/ beach
- Airborne activities - Seawings / helicopter / gyrocopter
- Skydive (city + desert) if in desert can cover gyrocopter
- Human Slingshot- XDubai
- Dubai Marina Zipline
- Dance Studios- Contemporary, Ballet, Hip-Hop, Kizomba, Salsa, Tango, Tap, etc.
- Pole Dance Fitness
What not to do when you visit Dubai?
Yes, there are many things not acceptable in Dubai and is considered illegal, so you must know the do and don’t before visiting the destination. It is illegal to drink alcohol in public, share a room with the opposite sex besides your spouse, taking pictures of random persons without their permission, using offensive language or gestures in public among others. Most of these are also punishable by law.
With so much to do and see in Dubai, or even if it’s a stopover to your final destination, add this destination on your bucket list.
Now let’s plan your Dubai Adventure! Contact our Dubai specialist today!