The options are endless , the choices galore, Welcome to Dubai ! From mini-breaks to family holidays and luxury vacations , the most populous city and the capital of the United Arab Emirates promises it all. Though shopping may seem as the biggest lure for tourists, there are far more modern and ancient attractions to leave you in awe. From the world's only "luxury 7-star" hotel, the "Burg Al Arab" to the "Burg Khalifa" which at 828 metres stands as the "tallest man made building in the world" to the traditional souks, the ultra-modern city and the desert adventures, Dubai will certainly not leave you disappointed. It has something for everyone! Be respectful of the dress code though.
One won't be at a loss for family fun in Dubai. The options are endless. To start with, the theme parks, from KidZania to Motiongate from Bollywood Parks to the amazing LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water park, then to beat the extreme heat in summer and enjoy it too, Wild Wadi and the Aquaventure waterparks will leave you enthralled. From thrilling slides to the Lazy River and the Splashers Children's Play Area to the gravity-defying thrills and awesome spills. From the water to the ski slopes of Ski Dubai . There is 22,500 square metres of snow spread over five runs of varying difficulty to the 3,000-square-metre Snow Park is great family fun, with snow caves, toboggan slopes and tube rides. The alpine café is ideal for sipping hot chocolate in minus four degrees, or watching the daily march of a colony of snow penguins.
From traditional to modern, whether you are a shopahoclic or not, you are bound to be tempted. The world class malls take your shopping experience to an all new height. From the palatial Dubai Mall, the largest mall in the world, to the eye-popping wonder of the Ibn Battuta Mall, these mega-complexes are filled with entertainment for all ages. The spectacular Aquarium and Underwater Zoo in the Dubai mall is home to 140 species of sea life including sand tiger sharks and stingrays. A visit to the traditional souks are also not to be missed from the famous Gold Souk to the textile Souk, to the spice market, they will all treat your senses to rich sounds, sights and scents. Dining in Dubai is a feast for the palate. From the exotic Emirati cuisine to international celebrity chefs , from cafe's and bakeries to food markets, from luxurious settings to fine dining and rooftop restaurants, Dubai has it all.
Dubai is a city that must be seen to be believed. Modern record-breaking architecture stands alongside traditional quarters, while man-made islands jut out of the coastline. The world's tallest tower , Burj Khalifa naturally dominates the Dubai skyline.On a clear day, the view from the observation deck on level 124 is absolutely stunning, topped only by that of the view from the luxurious At The Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor.A man-made island in the shape of a palm tree - there's a reason why locals say 'only in Dubai.' Palm Jumeirah is one of the largest artificial islands in the world and a triumph of human ingenuity.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. The real heart of the city is, and always will be, The Dubai Creek. Today, the area is awash with the history of the emirate, as it's home to the Dubai Museum as well as the alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souks. While at the Creek, a ride across the water on a traditional abra is a must. Burj Al Arab , The Jumeirah Mosque and not to be missed the spectacular Dubai Fountains , the world's largest choreographed fountain system where the length of the fountains is 275 m (902.2 ft).
A must do attraction in Dubai is the Desert Safari. If there was one thing to convince you of being in the desert ,this certainly would ! Take a backseat and hold on tight in your four-wheeled drive as an experienced driver whips you around the sand dunes, teetering on the edge of seemingly sheer drops, before dipping down sandy slopes and back up again. If thats not enough, there is quad-biking or even sandboarding. Once you have steadied yourself enjoy a camel back ride , click a few pictures as memories and finally enjoy the sunset at a traditional-style Bedouin camp, where an Arabic buffet dinner awaits you and if you are lucky even some belly dancing. Then If dune bashing is not your choice, there is Skydive Dubai, the incredible thrill of a free fall for a whole minute after which you have 5 minutes to enjoy the magnificient view of The Palm Jumeirah. If adventure is the theme for your holiday, there is much more from bungee jumping to ballooning and even motorsports. Dubai aims to please and you won't be disappointed.
Dubai has its share of its beaches. Sunset Beach, Al Mamzar Beach Park and Black Palace Beach are perfect for a lazy day in the sun, while Kite Beach and Jumeirah Open Beach are ideal for everything from kite surfing to paddle boarding. Take your pick, and head out for a dose of sun and sand. For a complete rejuvenation and indulgence , check into one of Dubai's destination spas. The Talise is one such and renowned throughout the Middle East. Dubai also offers Medical, Ayurvedic spas or even a Turkish Hammam experience.