Dubai fascinated me right from the first time! If I may say, it was love at first sight! It’s hard to describe what I liked the most, because Dubai world is amazing!
WHY VISIT DUBAI
It’s a fabulous mixture of luxury, with high-tower buildings (which reminds me of beautiful New York), innovation, technology, the biggest mall and the highest building in the world, with the fastest elevator like no place else. Everything is at superlative, and it’s impossible not to feel important there!
WHAT TO DO IN DUBAI
If you are going to Dubai for the first time, Burj Khalifa it’s a must! From the tallest building in the world you will be amazed with wonderful landscapes of Dubai and you will be using the fastest elevator in the world that will get you to the top in only 60 seconds.
I have seen the fountains in Barcelona which are amazing, but Dubai Fountains are specials. The water is moving in the rhythms of music and is quite impressive to see it from different positions, even from the top of Burj Khalifa. So, by day you can go shopping in Dubai Mall and by night, join the crowds on the bridge and marvel at the illuminated water and buildings adorning the city. The afternoon shows are at 1:00PM and 1:30PM, except on Fridays, when it’s 1:30PM and 2:00PM. In the evenings, the shows occur every 30 minutes, between the hours of 6:00PM and 11:00PM.
DUBAI AQUARIUM AND UNDERWATER ZOO
If you are in love with the underwater life, within the Dubai Mall you will find the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo that includes the world’s largest collection of sand sharks and one of the world’s largest acrylic panel viewing platforms and numerous marine habitats, including an underwater tunnel, house 33,000 marine animals, from crocodiles to tropical fish.
Unlike anywhere in the Middle East, the Dubai Marina is a district where you can purchase all of life’s pleasures. Upon the development’s completion, it will be the greatest man-made marina in the world with a two mile long waterfront. Dubai Marina is also a great place for shopping as there are various boutiques and high end storefronts scattered along the marina, where you can find all the brands you can think of concentrated. Real estate is the business that created the Dubai Marina, so expect some of the finest and tallest hotels in the world. Also, if you would like to go for a cruise, there are a variety of boat tours and relaxing cruises available along the Persian Gulf shore.
From my point of view, Dubai desert safari it’s a must! Prepare to spend around 5 hours in an amazing environment and places. If you choose to go in the Winter, take with you a jacket as it gets chilly after the sunsets in the desert. So, get ready for a ride with the jeep on the dunes of sand and take pictures at the sunset! It’s wonderful! Then enjoy a walk on a camel and on top of everything dance, have a traditional barbeque, smoke a shisha, paint your hands with henna and dream under the open sky!
PALM JUMEIRAH & BURJ AL ARAB
If you want to experience Dubai from a different perspective, you can choose to go on a 90 minutes cruise around Palm Jumeirah & Burj Al Arab by unique rib boat. Depart from Dubai Marina and sail around the artificial archipelago of Palm Jumeirah, the smallest of the original 3 planned Palm Islands of Dubai. Admire iconic attractions and luxury hotels, such as the Atlantis the Palm, and get a look at the Burj Al Arab with it’s emblematic design of billowing sails. See the Sheik’s private Island and much more.
Depending on what you plan to do on your holiday in Dubai, you should choose your hotel. Do go only for 4 or 5 stars hotel and if possible with a swimming pool if you plan maybe to say a bit in the sun or just enjoy a splash in the pool. So, if you want to visit and have some activities, it’s better to choose a hotel in the center. The best place would be somewhere close to Dubai Mall/Burj Khalifa. I have stayed in Millenium Plaza Hotel, very close to Dubai Mall, with a nice pool located on the 10th floor and great pricing (around 110$/night in December, so in season) and it was perfect. We had an amazing view from the 64th floor and a huge bathroom with shower facing the windows. But, if you plan to go for the beach, of course choose a hotel that is close to the beach. One amazing option would be Atlantis, The Palm or Jumeirah Beach Hotel.
FOOD IN DUBAI
Prepare yourself for a harmony of colors and tastes! In Dubai you can find anything your hearts desires. From American restaurants, to Italian food and, of course, traditional, tasty food. A very nice and good restaurant is right in the back of Jumeirah Beach Hotel, located on the beach, where you can have an amazing view of the Burj Al Arab and enjoy a lovely dinner. You can also choose one of the restaurants with terrace at the Dubai Mall and enjoy the lovely fountains. Or you can go to Madinat Jumeirah, which is an amazing place with water canals, gondolas and lots of lights, and restaurants near the water.
BEACHES IN DUBAI
If you like the type of beaches where everything is at superlative, go for Nikki Beach! Great sand, turquoise water, amazing pool, nice staff, lovely music and a great place to spend a nice after-noon. Food is also good and you can choose from a variety of cocktails as well, anything you need to make your day lovely. All day long music it’s hosted by a DJ and if you are the kind of person that likes to party, the dancefloor it’s yours! If you prefer to lay in the sun (as I did), just relax on your sunbed and enjoy the music!
Nasimi Beach is great if you want to enjoy a day in the sun, listen to good music, enjoy great cocktails and dance! I went there on lady’s day (all the Sundays) when with 105 dirhams (around 30$) you can enjoy unlimited open bar and one meal course. Careful cause it’s very crowded and it’s possible not to get a place. If you can, make a reservation before or be there early.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Legoland & Legoland Waterpark
Slope Session at Ski Dubai
IMG Worlds of Adventure