Dubai embraces luxury, magnificence and a go-get-it attitude, and that’s reflected in the style of the city and its incredible locations. Whether you’re here on business, visiting for pleasure or have made the decision to make Dubai your home, there’s plenty to see and do here. Believe us, you’ll never be bored in Dubai! So here is a selection of things to do that will give you a true taste of the spirit of Dubai.
1. Burj Khalifa
This remarkable tower, built by one of Dubai’s biggest developers Emaar, the Burj Khalifa has been described as a ‘vertical city’ and is the world’s tallest man-made structure. This testament to engineering and design excellence is 829.8m high (and those extra 80cm make all the difference to the record books!), providing both living space and the city’s most desirable business address too. Head on up to “At the Top” observation deck in the world’s fastest elevator and be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views of downtown Dubai. Alternatively, head to At.mosphere on level 122 and enjoy an unparalleled dining experience while observing the glittering city skyline from above.
2. Dubai Marina
If you want to see the best of Dubai’s waterfront, head to Dubai Marina. This waterside location is the largest man-made marina in the world and home to some of the most desirable addresses in Dubai, also filled with exceptional restaurants and amenities for everyone to enjoy. The flotilla of yachts is beautiful to look at, while the 150,000sq. m Dubai Marina Mall complex combines exceptional shopping and entertainment under one roof.
3. Ice Skating and Horse Riding in Dubai
Mention Dubai and the last thing you think about is ice skating, but Dubai Ice Rink at The Dubai Mall is an Olympic-sized rink that offers fun and a nice change in temperature for the whole family. If you like outdoor adventures and exploration, head over to Dubai’s Polo and Equestrian Club and enjoy a sunset horse ride along the sandy dunes through the enchanting desert of the Emirates.
4. The Dubai Fountain
Bigger, bolder and brighter than the Las Vegas Belaggio fountains, the Dubai fountains are a spectacular sight especially at night, when the exclusive light show truly brings them to life. The fountains are set to music and thanks to their location at the heart of Dubai right next to the Mall, you can pre-book a table at one of the many restaurants around the fountains and watch the light show while you tuck into a delicious meal.
5. Desert safaris
Dubai may be a truly 21st century city, but it is surrounded by the timeless natural beauty of the desert. As close as a 15 minute drive from Downtown Dubai, the centre of now, discover the nature of the sands with a desert safari. Most include a visit to an authentic Bedouin campsite, and you can choose to venture into the unknown (with a qualified and experienced guide) either in the air-conditioned comfort of a 4x4, or go ‘old school’ with a camel safari. Look for companies that offer extras such as falconry lessons too.