Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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