I recently paid a visit to Dubai and discovered you really can get the most out of this brilliant country, even if you don’t have much time to spare! Below is a roundup of some of my favourite things to do – perfect even if you do not have long to stay.
- Look up for your sight seeing
Dubai boast some of the biggest and best buildings – including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The world’s fastest lift can whisk you to the top in just a few seconds and expose you to the best views Dubai has to offer. I would recommend going at sunset for truly spectacular scenes that can rival The Shard’s. In addition, the Burj Al Arab, ‘the world’s only 7-star hotel’ is another piece of architecture not to be missed, cleverly designed in the shape of a sail. The Burj is one of the most photographed buildings in the world, and regularly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. Just as beautiful from the outside if the hotel prices are a little high!
- Desert Safari
A desert safari is a unique way to get a flavour of the desert-dwelling Arabian groups’ existence from years gone by. It is also quite a contrast from the built-up and modern architecture that Dubai is now famous for. Four-wheel drive vehicles will speed you up, down and over the dunes in a fast-paced desert drive before taking you to an authentic-style campsite. Here you can try Shisha and some of the more traditional cuisine of Dubai. Entertainment is provided in the form of falcon flying, camel riding and belly dancing, or you can simply lie back and watch the stars in the perfectly clear Arabian skies.
- Ski Dubai – Mall of the Emirates
Want a holiday that offers searing heat and desert landscapes – but also keen to hit the slopes? Only in Dubai! In the vast Mall of the Emirates you can visit Ski Dubai – a huge ski slope found right in the heart of the mall. There are instructors and equipment to hire if you need, otherwise you can just take a break from the 50C heat and unwind in these sudden sub-zero temperatures. In true après ski style there is even a café situated half way up the mountain – the perfect pit stop for a well-deserved hot chocolate.
- Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk and Dubai Marina
If you are in the mood for people-watching I would certainly recommend the Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk, just next door to the Dubai Marina. Quaint cafes and intriguing bars line the walk, ideal for sitting back, relaxing and watching the world go by. Some of the city’s top restaurants can also be found here including Gary Rhodes’ Twenty10 and Frankie Dettori’s Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill. Grab a copy of Time Out Dubai from the airport to find the best happy hours and deals taking place during your stay.