Dubai

Dripping in opulence, Dubai has luxury covered with its ultramodern architecture, world-class mega malls, and indulgent resorts.

The City of Gold is in a league of its own

Extravagance reaches new heights in the City of Gold. Dubai is home to the world's tallest building, is known as the Mall Metropolis because of its iconic shopping districts, and brings life to the desert with extreme sport and adventure opportunities.

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Luxury Shopping

Dubai's extravagance is exemplified by its jaw-dropping malls. Dubai Mall is the largest shopping centre in the world with over 1200 stores, an aquarium, and an ice rink. Mall of the Emirates features its own ski slope, a family entertainment centre, a hotel, and hundreds of shops. Both of these luxury centres offer free personal shopping and styling experiences. In traditional Dubai style, souk shopping is accessible and exciting. Many specialise in a specific craft - take the Perfume Souk and Textile Souk for examples - while some like the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and Souk Al Bahar house stalls of all sorts.

Architecture

Marvel at the modern architecture of Dubai, including the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa which stands at a massive 828 metres tall. It features has two observation decks from the 124th, 125th and 148th floor – the world’s highest at 555 metres. The Burj al-Arab is one of the most recognisable buildings in the world. The iconic building is shaped like a sail and has a built-in underwater aquarium restaurant, which is headed by award-winning chef, Nathan Outlaw. The Palm Jumeirah is a manmade island that resembles a palm tree and some of Dubai’s most luxurious resorts and fine dining restaurants.

Adventure & Theme Parks

A desert safari could be called the quintessential Dubai experience. It is an exhilarating ride across sand dunes in a 4x4 available any time of the year. For an even bigger thrill, sky dive over Palm Jumeirah for a once-in-a-lifetime view. In the water, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, and windsurfing are easily found for those who are not faint at heart. For thrills of a different sort, head to one of Dubai's unparalleled theme parks. Bollywood Parks Dubai is the world's first Bollywood-inspired theme park and features immersive rides and realistic sets. Motiongate Dubai is an epic park that combines the world's largest film companies' beloved characters for themed rides.

Cuisine

Dubai’s diverse cuisine has been influenced by the array of different cultures in one city. There’s something for all palates from Arabic to Asian, French to Mexican and more. To name a few tantalising dishes, try mandi, a spicy rice dish with meat and onions; stuffed camel, which takes camel cooked over open flame and stuffed with sheep, eggs, fish, and spices; ghuzi - the national dish of the United Arab Emirates, a dish of roasted lamb often served on kebabs with vegetables over rice. Dubai's cuisine is delicious, decadent, and incredibly flavourful, whether you experience is at petite cafes and bakeries or over-the-top formal dining settings.

About Dubai

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    Arabic, English

    Currency

    United Arab Emirates dirham

    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Burj Khalifa - at 828 metres, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. As stunning as the structure is itself, the views from the top are what make it so iconic. There are three observation decks, including the highest in the world: L148, L125, L124.
    • The Dubai Fountain - this spectacle is the largest choreographed fountain in the world. It stands on the Burj Lake in front of the Burj Khalifa and is comprised of over 6,600 superlights, 25 colour projectors, and performs to music.
    • Palm Jumeirah - the Palm Jumeirah is a highly stylised, carefully developed manmade island created from reclaimed land mass and artificial archipelagos. It is home to many of Dubai's finest resorts and restaurants, but is open to anyone to tour.
    • The Dubai Mall - this is more than just a mall! The Dubai Mall is located next to the Burj Khalifa and is the largest mall in the world. It boasts high-end designer stores on Fashion Avenue, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, an 'edutainment' centre called Kidzania, and more.
    • Dubai Gold Souk - in the heart of eastern Dubai, the Gold Souk is a traditional market with more than 300 vendors. As the name suggests, this market is famous for its precious gold, but there is also a massive offering of silver, gems, and more.
    • Dubai Spice Souk - located near the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk holds colours, aromas, and tastes of unparalleled quality. Don't be afraid to haggle as you purchase a wide range of spices for cooking or making tea.
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  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Wild Wadi Waterpark - set against the shores of the Burj Al Arab, this waterpark brings the water adventures to shore. Children can run themselves ragged in Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, a giant playground offering a number of different slides. Adults can join in on the fun or relax in the Wave Pool.
    • Ski Dubai - snow and ice in the desert? Only in Dubai! Head to the slopes for a ski adventure, take a ride on a twin bobsled, or play it cool with penguins. In this winter wonderland, anything you can dream can be your reality.
    • Dubai Miracle Garden - both an architectural and horticultural achievement, the Dubai Miracle Garden is always in full bloom. Covering 72,000sq with pathways, playhouses, pyramids, and butterflies-a-plenty has been a great feat in this arid climate.
    • Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo - 140 species of sea life call this mesmerising aquarium home. Located in The Dubai Mall, the aquarium & zoo welcomes all visitors to engage even more closely with these beautiful creatures through a glass-bottom boat tour, snorkelling cage, or swimming among sharks. 
    • LEGOLAND Dubai - one of Dubai's great theme parks, LEGOLAND invites families to get creative and have fun. With exhibits that show visitors how legos are made to learning how to run a lego town and everything in between, no idea is beyond the realm of possibility in LEGOLAND.
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  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • Dubai Shopping Festival (January – February)
    • Dubai Marathon (January – February)
    • Dubai Desert Classic (February – March)
    • Dubai International Jazz Festival (February – March)
    • Dubai Tennis Championships (February – March)
    • UAE Desert Challenge (March – April)
    • Art Dubai (March – April)
    • Dubai World Cup (March – April)
    • Festival of Taste (April – May)
    • Dubai Summer Surprises (June – August)
    • Motexha Textile Show (September – October)
    • Dubai Rugby Sevens (November – December)
    • Dubai International Film Festival (November – December)
    • National Day Festival (November – December)
    Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi WINNER Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2018
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • The Karama Market - Karama is part of Dubai's older residential section but it has taken on a new life with flea and street markets. Shops overflow on both sides of the shopping complex, showcasing wares and souvenirs. It's common to haggle over prices here, so don't be afraid to start your limit low.
    • Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary - thousands upon thousands of birds live in this protected area just minutes away from downtown Dubai. Look closely and you can spot grey herons, great egrets, reef herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, osprey and more.
    • Al Qudra - a half hour away from the city's hustle and bustle lies a peaceful collection of manmade lakes. Take in the scenery of the desert from the cycling track, pack a picnic lunch, or get sandy in the dunes.
    • Hatta Heritage Village - this mountain town is situated 130km south-east of central Dubai, but it feels like it is a world away. Absorb the scenery of a life lived centuries ago in the town or venture to the Hatta Dam for a photo-friendly trek.

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