10 Things To Do In Dubai
If you ask anyone in Dubai what things they would do if they had guests to visit, their answers will have changed dramatically over the last four years. The construction boom has borne the many fruits of Dubai’s aspiration to be home to the biggest and best of a multitude of things. Here?s my top 10.
- Of Course The Burj Khalifa - The tallest structure on the planet is impossible to miss from the moment you arrive in Dubai. Soaring above the city like a giant needle-shaped spacecraft, it really is a wonder of modern technology and design. The opportunity to view the city from the observation deck on the 134th floor is not to be missed, and day or night the view is truly spectacular.
2. Dubai Mall - Well Dubai is Also famous for shopping. One of the most famous shopping Destination in Dubai is Mall of the Emirates. Considered the world's first shopping resort, Mall of the Emirates boasts more than 560 international shops selling lifestyle, fashion, sports, electronics and home furnishing products, including more than 80 global fashion powerhouses located in the Fashion Dome and Via Rodeo areas alone. The mall is also home to a breathtaking array of family-friendly offerings like Ski Dubai (the first ski resort and snow park in the Middle East), the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre, the 14-screen VOX Cinemas multiplex, the Magic Planet family entertainment area, the largest Carrefour in Dubai and more than 90 dining and cafe options.
3. Jumeirah Beach Walk - The largest single-phase residential construction in the world is the Jumeirah Beach Walk, locally known as JBR. It consists of a wall of 36 towers along the beach front in the Dubai Marina. Along the front of the JBR is a lovely, wide promenade flanked on one side by shops, cafes and restaurants and on the other by a single-lane road. This is the ideal spot to enjoy a leisurely meal while people- and car-watching. I can guarantee you will see things that you would not have thought possible–like a gold-plated Porsche Cayenne or a two-tone Ferrari
4. Zuma - Everyone wants to know where to go for that special meal when they are in Dubai. You won?t be short of options; nearly every conceivable cuisine is available in a variety of price ranges. However, for that one special night out, my recommendation would be Zuma. Japanese restaurant with a vibrant bar and lounge area. The open kitchen and excellent staff ensure a memorable dining experience. Reservations are absolutely essential. Insider tip: Be sure not to miss out on their signature black cod dish, Gindara no saikyo miso yaki
5. The Atlantis - The Atlantis is a five-star hotel resort. There is also a world-class water park, called Aquaventure where you have to try the “Leap of Faith” slide for an exhilarating experience. You can meet dolphins up close and personal and, for the kids, there is fantastic children’s play area and a man-made beach to relax on. If, like me, you love aquariums, then your pass for the water park also allows you free entry to the “Lost World” inside the hotel.
6. Friday Brunch - Weekends in Dubai start on Thursday nights, and it has almost become a tradition for restaurants to put on an all-you-can-eat-and-drink brunch at Friday lunchtime. The various establishments battle for which can put on display the most elaborate array of dishes and beverages, and the choices can at times bewilder you. The very top-end buffets put others I have been to in Las Vegas or Asia to shame, but you can get by spending far less and still walk away satiated. Insider tip: The brunch at the Al Qasr Hotel or Bubblicious at the Westin Hotel score highest for high-falutin dining, with more relaxed affairs at the either the Shangri La or Spectrum on One at the Fairmont Hotel. All of these get popular, so book early.
7. The Dubai Fountain - The Dubai Fountain, located at the base of the iconic Burj Khalifa and just outside the doors of the famous Dubai Mall, features the world's largest choreographed fountain system. This popular dancing water show jets water streams as high as 150 metres in the air. Each colourful, illuminated jet sways in time to various musical numbers from around the world, producing what has become the one of the most popular shows in Dubai. Two showings occur in the afternoon (1pm and 1:30pm), except on Fridays (1:30pm to 2pm) and evening displays begin at sundown and take place every 30 minutes until the final song plays at 11pm.
8. Dubai Marina Stunning Cityscape - Look into the future at the world's largest man-made marina, Dubai Marina. Marvel at some of the world's tallest apartment buildings as you stroll along Dubai Marina Walk or see it from the water as you set sail from the Dubai Marina Yacht Club.
9. The Desert ( Majestic Landscape ) - Less than 20 minutes driving from the modernist streets of Downtown Dubai, you can experience the marvels of the Arabian Desert, the original tourist attraction of Dubai. Take a Desert Safari Dubai-style with off-roading, quad biking and sandboarding followed by traditional barbeques, henna and camel rides. Or just drive out and experience the wonder of the desert on an adventure of your own. Those looking for luxury should indulge in a Heritage Dinner Safari Can't get enough in a day? Treat yourself to an unforgettable night amid the dunes at the Al Maha Resort And Spa or Bab Al Shams Resort And Spa.
10 Dubai Canal - Dubai Water Canal is a 3.2km long waterway extending from the Creek in Old Dubai through Business Bay before finding its way to the Arabian Gulf. Dubai Canal will create 80,000 sqm of waterfront public space and facilities, to include new recreational areas like the 3km running track and 12km cycling path. The canal’s beautiful waterfall can be viewed from Dubai’s Business Bay or you can take in views of the canal from some of Dubai’s newest hotels, like W Hotel and the St Regis. The Atrium is a series of five restaurants that are also situated off the canal’s waterfront.