The very first thing that you’ll want to do is extend your vacation by two more weeks.
Beaches – Since it is always “beach weather” in Dubai, the beaches are the most popular among visitors for luxury and safety. Private beaches accompany all the luxury hotels but public beaches are located adjacent to most of them.
ALL beaches have very strong riptides. Even strong swimmers have been swept out to sea so make sure that wherever you choose to swim that there are lifeguards on duty.
Al Mamzar Park has a sheltered public beach with four lifeguards plus pools and picnic areas if you want to get away from your hotel for a while.
Wild Wadi Waterpark is along the lines of some kind of water play and this waterpark outdoes any you’ve ever seen. The theme of the park is focused on an Arabian tale and the enchantment of the park lingers long after you’ve returned home.
**Note: the waterpark will be closed for maintenance and upgrading the entire month of January 2017.
Top Picks for Tourists:
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo is one of the top picks that is geared for adult and family taste. There is a “Shark Walker” experience for the very brave, too.
4 x 4 Dubai Desert Safari and BBQ Dinner provides visitors with dune buggy rides across desert sand hills, camel rides and sand-board surfing followed by dinner with belly dancers.
More Unique Activities:
Dubai Camel Racecourse is open from November to March and is one of the most popular local sports that tourists may find entertaining, as well.
Bateaux Dubai Dinner Cruise takes place along Dubai Creek, which happens to be the oldest waterway in Dubai, and catered to trade for more than a thousand years. The cruise provides a 3-course gourmet dinner and wines are available.
Dubai has the most magnificent shopping experiences in the entire world with each mall attempting to outdo its competitor. These are the top four and if you stay for two weeks in Dubai you could spend the entire time in these four and still not see everything.
Deira Souks is a collection of traditional markets (souks) in a bazaar setting located on the north bank of Dubai Creek. If it’s a magic carpet that you seek, this is the place to look. The Gold Souq is the most famous around the world for being the largest gold bazaar in the world. The Spice Souq sells every spice imaginable and the smells will have you floating on air. It’s here that you can find the Dhows – old style fishing boats – and take a one of the tours on offer.
The Mall of the Emirates is the ultimate shopping resort. Here, you’ll find Magic Planet, the indoor ski slopes and a family entertainment center with its own game room and theme park as well as multiplex cinemas with fully reclining chairs. Oh, and yes, plenty of shopping!
The Dubai Mall is actually the largest mall in the world by square footage and not to be confused with the Mall of the Emirates. It’s made up of particular zones such as family entertainment where you’ll find ice rinks, aquarium and underwater zoo, 14 VOX cinemas. The mall also boasts of more exclusive designer stores anywhere in the world. Every item you can imagine is available at this mall as well as hotels in case you don’t want to leave.
The Mall of Arabia will be the newest mall to open in Dubai. It is located in the area of the city known as the “City of Arabia” scheduled to open in 2017.
Sleeping and Eating
If it’s unique, luxurious accommodations you seek, Dubai is prepared to meet your needs. Every luxury hotel in Dubai is immaculately maintained and provides completely trained, top-level and experienced staff.
Al Maha Resort and Spa is a desert hotel offering the atmosphere of the Arabian Nights. Geared to adults and honeymooners, children under 12 are not admitted. Oriental carpets and other gifts are available on site.
Jumeirah Beach and Resort: This is a family oriented resort with luxury suites and villas located on the Arabian Gulf. This hotel includes a pass for all child guests to Sinbad’s Kids Club that has certified personnel that will keep your children safe and entertained while you are off on your own.
Burj Al-Arab located on its own manmade island is totally decadent and worth the price.
Hydropolis is the world’s most exclusive, fully underwater hotel where sleeping with the fishes is a glamorous affair.
Atlantis, The Palm Dubai is the first and currently only hotel to offer swimming balconies right off your hotel suite, overlooking the lights of Dubai at night and the Gulf in daytime.
Some of the most exquisite restaurants and mouth-watering foods are available at every turn in Dubai. Even the street food is above average. If you are looking for something traditional, you can try one of the many Arab cafes. For the more unique, the Ice Café is a place to experience!
Should you happen to be in Dubai for the Dubai Food Festival, you’ll have an opportunity at tasting cuisines that are unique to this region.
A City-Nation-State Too Magnificent For One Trip
Dubai offers so many exciting things to do that one trip – even if it’s one year long – cannot possibly provide enough time to see it all. And, then, there’s Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE still left!