Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s the tallest skyscraper in the world! Burj Khalifa is a Dubai icon composed of shimmering glass and steel upside down forming an icicle shaped monument. The sophisticated building holds a luxury hotel, restaurants and the world’s tallest observation deck. Catch a ride on the world’s highest escalator shaft to see both breathtaking and knee trembling views of downtown Dubai below.
Right at the foot of the Burj Khalifa is the enormous, turquoise Burj Lake, home of the world’s largest performing fountains. The jets of water are choreographed to classic and contemporary music, dancing and jumping water is lit by streams of coloured light. For a truly spectacular view, jump on a lake tour boat for the best experience.
What’s the last thing you’d expect to find in Dubai? A ski slope? Well they’ve got one of those too. Learn to ski at the ski school, take a spin on a snowboard or just play around in the snow with the little ones. Yes this nation in the middle of the desert has snow. And don’t worry about packing in your ski gear as trousers, gloves, ski’s and boots are included in your Ski Pass.
Dubai Design District
Dubai’s very own creative neighbourhood, the Dubai Design District, is home to an ever changing collection of art and photography exhibits. Always a hub of activity, packed with fashion shows and exhibits from some of the world’s top names including Mario Testino and Harvey Nichols Fashion Week.
Within the Burj Khalifa development downtown, you will find one of the world’s largest malls. Offering a shopping experience unlike any other – here you can shop the best of New York, Paris and London all in one afternoon. An afternoon at Dubai Mall is the perfect activity for when you are trying to escape the hot Dubai sun. The mall also has restaurants, wudhu facilities and prayer rooms so theres no reason to leave the mall.
Thrilling rides, lazy inflatable rides, and water playgrounds for the little ones, restaurants, cabana’s and wave pools – Wild Wadi is the ultimate outdoor family fun. With rides for all ages, and all skill levels, the water park makes for a great day (or two) that can be as thrilling or as relaxing as you choose.
Appropriate swimwear must be worn at all times when using the park’s attractions. if wearing inappropriate attire, you might be asked to change or leave the premises. Both women and men are required to not wear transparent bathing suits or expose parts of the body.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Housed at the Dubai Mall is the enormous Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo. With sharks, rays, crocodiles, otters and over 10 million litres of water exhibits, there are wonders at every turn. Cage dive with sharks if you’re feeling brave or take the kids to an interactive touch-and-learn adventure.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
When the sun goes down, it’s time to visit Souk Madinat. Inspired by a traditional Arab market place, this dining and shopping district is laid out with palm trees, water canals and terracotta buildings. Here you can pick up a few souvenirs or stop for an Arab coffee. Don’t forget your camera – the Souk offers the very best nighttime views of the Burj Al Arab.
Truly a miracle is this display of flowers and plants, right in the heart of the Middle East. Colour, textures and a myriad of scent – the flowers on display are absolutely breath-taking. Perfect for a romantic afternoon for two, this relaxing day out offers a great respite from the busyness of the city. Best visited during the winter months.
The Dubai Eye
After your visit to Dubai, why not finish off with a ride on the Dubai Eye – a 201 metre high ferris wheel. From up here you will see all the landmarks of Dubai, where you can relive your memories after a wonderful holiday!