No stranger to being in the spotlight, the emirate of Dubai has become a booming hub for tourism, finance, business, fashion and aviation. On par with the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, this architectural haven truly is a melting pot of cultures.
Renowned for its glitz and glam, it will come as no surprise that Dubai is a main hub for the crème de la crème. The emirate offers unique gastronomic experiences, shopping like no other destination and nightlife buzzing with celebrities. If you’re in Dubai on a shopping spree, visit the Dubai Mall, newly opened Jebel Ali Outlet Village, Mall of the Emirates and the Gold Souq. If you’re feeling the urge to splurge, head over to the Gold and Diamond Park.
Merrymakers can dance the night away at some of the world’s finest nightclubs, including Cirque Le Soir, Movida, The Act and Boa. The nightlife is ever-changing so what’s hot today might not be the place to be seen at tomorrow – ask around before you head out! If you are lucky enough to be in Dubai over the weekend, you need to experience a “Dubai-style” brunch – it’s all the hype, for good reason. Sweeping vistas of Dubai’s famous skyline can be enjoyed at venues across the city. For iconic views, you can take your pick from a long list of lounges and bars including Level 43, Jetty Lounge, Koubba Bar, Bahri Bar, Iris, 40 Kong, Vii, Above, Inka, W Lounge, Vault and so many more. All of these vantage points offer breathtaking views.
Attractions in the city include:
- Dubai Mall (here you can visit the viewing deck in Burj Khalifa) and the spectacular fountain show
- Theme parks including Legoland, Bollywood Parks and IMG Worlds of Adventure
- Burj Al Arab
- Wild Wadi and Aquaventure waterparks
- Ski Dubai
- Miracle Garden
- Heritage Village
- Dubai Canal
- Dubai Opera
- City Walk and Box Park
- Desert Safari – dune bashing, sand-boarding, belly dancing, henna and camel riding
You can get your daily dose of vitamin D at one of the many beaches in Dubai – here you can also enjoy water activities such as jet-skiing and kayaking. Feeling extra adventurous? Leap off a plane straight down to views of the Palm Jumeirah, at SkyDive Dubai.
Aside from the three ultra-modern terminals of Dubai International Airport (dxb), tourists can now fly in and out of the city’s new Al Maktoum International Airport (dwc) that lies in Dubai South, a magnificent aerotropolis in the making. If you’re visiting in the winter, you’ll enjoy temperatures in the 20s and a buzz throughout the city as residents revel in the cooler temperatures.
Giving visitors something to do absolutely any night of the week, here’s to one more concrete jungle that never sleeps.