Dubai has found its place on the world map as a shopping and leisure destination and commercial hub. With its mind-blowing developments and advanced infrastructure, Dubai has more to offer than meets the eye. For those looking to do something different, have a great time or try something new, Dubai is the place to be. Here are some of the things that you can explore when you are planning a holiday. Sun, sand, shopping, relaxation and a whole lot more – no
one does fun like Dubai.
No visit to Dubai would be complete without a trip into the desert. Such excursions, which are best organised as part of a group tour, offer a taste of the true heartland of Arabia. The majesty and tranquility of the desert can be experienced in a choice of exciting half-day,full-day and overnight safaris. These action-packed trips cover varied terrains ranging from desert to mountain and take in remote camel and goat farms and isolated villages. Highlights of
a safari in Dubai also include dune driving, camel rading, wadi explorations and sand skiing.
Dubai by Air
Visitors with a head for heights and a weakness for the dramatic can enjoy the excitement of a helicopter tour over the city. Alternatively, visitors can enjoy city or desert tours in a fixed-wing aircraft. Adrenaline junkies can also visit Sky Dubai, world renowned for its extraordinary and innovative pursuit of excellence in aerial sports, holds multiple Guinness world records, and has developed two of the foremost skydiving locations worldwide.
Dubai by Sea
A fascinating way to see Dubai is by sea. You sail along the Arabian Gulf and admire the coastline and palaces, hotels and beaches.
Dubai has the Middle East’s first fully-equipped 40,000 sq. ft air-conditioned indoor go-kart facility at Formula One. Open 7 days a week, try your hand at this super fun activity. Outdoors, an active go-karting fraternity races regularly at the track beside the Jebel Ali Hotel. Visitors can enjoy this sport during the months of Oct-May. Open 7 days a week, from 10am – 10pm for 8 years upwards. Tel: 3388828
The sport of kings has rapidly become Dubai’s most popular spectator event, attracting crowds of more than 15,000. Race meetings are held weekly during the cooler months at one of the UAE’s four racecourses. Dubai Racing Club, at Nad Al Sheba also holds meetings at night under floodlights. Horse riding is part of the local tradition and is upheld today by several active centres including the Dubai Equestrian Centre and Jebel Ali Hotel Riding Stables.
The souks on both sides of the Creek are attractive not just for their shopping bargains but also as places for the sightseer and photographer. The atmosphere and the scents of the past can be savoured – bags of spices, incense, rose petals are stacked outside each stall.
Each shop window is crammed with gold necklaces, rings, bangles, earrings and brooches. In the evening the area is a hive of activity. Gold prices are among the lowest in the world. In other small streets, the visitor can find shops selling nargilehs (hookah or hubble-bubble pipes) and coffee pots, and nearby tea stalls where both of these items are in daily use.
An exciting state-of- the-art water park located adjacent to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel offers exciting water rides for the whole family. It really does not matter whether you swim or not – there’s plenty to do as long as you like splashing around in the water. It is open from 11am to 7pm. Entry fees vary – Dhs 95 (Adults) for all day and Dhs 75 (children) for all day. Kids under 9
must be with adults.Tel: 3484444
Global Village is Dubai’s leading family entertainment and cultural attraction with a unique shopping experience at 30 pavilions each representing a different country. Global Village also offers a variety of dining options from different cuisines, along with thrill rides and children rides at the Fantasy Island. Launched in 1997, Global Village was first based on the Creek side then
Oud Metha then Dubai Festival City, until it found a permanent home in 2005 on Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Road Exit 37.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Dubai Parks and Resorts is the first integrated resort destination in the region. It’s the home of three world-class theme parks and one water park, as well as Riverland Dubai, the grand entrance plaza, and a Polynesian themed family resort. Whether it’s Legoland, Motiongate, Bollywood Parks and Riverland, there’s something for every entertainment craving!
Last Exit is a first-of- its-kind themed food truck concept offering a selection of fresh and tasty gourmet street food in a fun, chilled and convenient atmosphere. Each location has its own unique theme and entertainment for all ages to explore and discover. It’s up to you whether stop for a quick bite or come for the day. All we ask is that you bring an appetite for great food and your imagination.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Owned by IMG Group, IMG Worlds of Adventure is Dubai’s first mega themed entertainment destination promising visitors from around the world the excitement of four epic adventure zones in one location. Two of the four zones represent renowned global brands Cartoon Network and MARVEL, while IMG Boulevard and the Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure zones are original
concepts created by the IMG Group. IMG Worlds of Adventure is the largest temperature controlled indoor themed entertainment destination in the world, covering an area in excess of
1.5 million square feet. With the capacity to welcome more than 20,000 guests a day, the destination is featuring a unique array of adrenaline-pumping roller coasters, thrill rides, and spine-tingling attractions based on popular Cartoon Network characters, iconic MARVEL Super Heroes and hair-raising dinosaurs.