Dubai is one of the seven municipalities comprising the United Arab Emirates and is one of the few cities in the Middle East that are very open to welcoming tourists. By 2020 Dubai is expecting to have built another 50,000 hotel rooms to further welcome guests and encourage tourism. But Dubai is a luxury holiday destination that divides opinion.
Tales of tourists falling foul of the law, and myths around alcohol consumption have undoubtedly impacted Dubai’s reputation over the years. However, Dubai’s appeal endures. The year round sunshine and extravagance are impossible to resist! The state is also incredibly safe, with safety and security a top priority. The sheer range of self-contained beach-front resorts makes it perfect for travellers and families especially. Dubai’s location only seven hours away from the UK, further adds to the appeal. There are over 20 direct flights to Dubai flying from various UK airports every day. And, Dubai’s close proximity to the Maldives, Amman, Tbilisi and Delhi makes it perfect for multi-stop honeymoons or holidays.
With some of the world’s most fantastic attractions, luxury experiences and fine dining restaurants Dubai has everything that you could possibly imagine and more. If you’re unsure about whether you would like to go on holiday to Dubai, read this blog post and see if it’s for you!
World Class Shopping
If New York is the city where you can “shop till you drop”, Dubai is a place where you can “shop non-stop”. Whether you’re looking for spices and trinkets at traditional souks, or more upscale global fashion brands you’ll find it in Dubai. Dubai Mall, the most spectacular mall in the UAE is the largest and most visited shopping mall in the world. With flagship brands like Alexander McQueen, Cartier, Gucci, Chanel and Ralph Lauren, the mall is a shopper’s paradise. But that’s not all. Located a few stops on the metro line is the Mall of Emirates, one of the Dubai’s other spectacular malls. Situated in the Al Barsha area of the city, it offers more than 500 shops, an indoor ski resort, a multiplex cinema, a theatre, and a huge selection of restaurants and fast food outlets. For a more traditional experience, why not visit Souk Madinat Jumeirah? This Arabian style bazaar has long been one of Dubai’s most popular tourist attractions. With an Arabian souk and traditional eateries, this sprawling atmospheric bazaar has something for everyone.
Dubai does not have its own Michelin Guide, however you do not have to travel far to come across world class restaurants, owned by some of the world’s biggest names in food. Unlike in other cities, in Dubai, most of the best restaurants can be found within luxury hotels and resorts. Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen can be found at Caesar’s Palace Bluewater. Nusr-Et, the restaurant of charismatic Nusret Gökçe AKA #SaltBae, can be found at the Four Seasons Resort Jumeirah. However there also are a range of more understated restaurants that provide a fantastic experience and incredible views. One such restaurant is Rüya, located within Grosvenor House Dubai on Al Elmreef Street. Rüya brings the soul of a Turkish Meyhane to Dubai. Centred around a sharing concept where diners can share delicious bites, the innovative Anatolian cuisine is a combination of flavours unlike any other. The enviable location, overlooking Dubai Marina make it the perfect choice for a relaxed meal beside one of Dubai’s most beautiful attractions.
Spectacular Experiences and Attractions
Aside from the Burj Khalifa, and Dubai’s impressive waterparks, Dubai is also home to a whole host of spectacular experiences and attractions. You can skydive; you can embark on a desert safari and try activities such as dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding. And for the animal lovers, there’s Dubai aquarium located within Dubai Mall, and Ski Dubai where you can introduce yourself to an adorable colony of Gentoo and King Penguins. These are just a few of the many things you can do in Dubai, but if you’re keen to tick several impressive activities off your bucket list then Dubai is definitely the place to go.
Unmatched Luxury Hotels
Everything in Dubai has been created and designed to an incredibly high standard. Dubai’s luxury hotels are no exception. In November 2016, Versace celebrated the opening in of Palazzo Versace Hotel and Resort Dubai. One of only two Versace hotels in the world (the other being Palazzo Versace Gold Coast Australia), Palazzo Versace Dubai sits in the heart of the Dubai Jaddaf Waterfront. Its architecture is reminiscent of a 16th century Italian palace with subtle traces of Arabian influence. Such one of a kind hotels only exist in destinations like Dubai, where only the truly exceptional exists and thrives. Donatella Versace, exclusively designed the interiors and furniture for each of the 215 rooms and suites, creating a lifestyle experience that is the ultimate in Italian luxury.
There’s Always Something New
In 2018, Bluewaters Island – a manmade island around 300 metres off the Jumeriah Beach Residence coastline, opened to the public. The stunning development offers residential buildings, apartments, penthouses, townhouses, beach hotels and 200 outlets and restaurants. Where else do new islands open to the public?!
In Dubai, there are always new ladies days, and ladies day brunches launched each year. Brunches are truly phenomenal in Dubai, typically taking place on Friday’s, the brunch culture is huge! On ladies day, women can expect reduced prices and a range of perks that make it impossible to resist. Bucking the Friday trend is Nikki Beach Club Dubai – the ultimate beach club. Famous around the world, Nikki Beach Club hosts ladies days on Tuesdays. Serving up a lively atmosphere, live music and delicious food and drink, this is one party that you won’t want to miss when visiting Dubai.
Another new addition to Dubai is Dubai’s latest architectural landmark in Zabeel Park called the Dubai Frame. 150 metres high the Dubai Frame provides a 360-degree view of Dubai, with a 93-meter glass bridge that connects the past and present of the city visually by showcasing old and new Dubai.
For an experience off the beaten track, why not head to the Dubai Design District (d3). The district is a premier hub for lifestyle and creativity dedicated to the design community. With a never ending programme of events throughout the year including fashion shows and exhibitions you’re sure to find something new to do, see, or try.
With so much to do and see in Dubai, it’s a place worth visiting at least once in your lifetime. Although it’s likely that you’ll love it so much you’ll revisit Dubai time and time again.
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