The lively city centre is what most tourists head to Dubai for: luxury hotels, world famous architecture, the largest shopping centres on earth, and enough activities to please everyone ensure that a holiday in Dubai can be had without leaving the city.
Visit the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab, then head to the world’s largest building, Burj Al Khalifa. While you’re touring the record-book monuments, have a go at skiing in the world’s biggest indoor ski-slope, and shop in one of the world’s best shopping centres.
A Dubai city tour is the best way to get a feel for the city. You’ll get taken to the historic districts, get to see inside the Grand Jumeirah Mosque, and see how Arabian culture and customs have developed, and how they affect day-to-day life.
For an out of this world shopping experience, make sure you try out Dubai city’s best shopping centres: from the luxurious Mall of the Emirates, to the colossal Dubai Mall, and the aesthetically Arabian Madinat Jumeirah, you’ll find everything from couture fashion to Persian rugs.
Regardless of whether you’re searching for street food on a strict budget, or wanting to taste the finer things in life, Dubai city has a bit of something for everyone. Eat like the locals, and try Dubai’s national dishes and customary snacks, or let top chefs prepare gourmet food in icy-cold hotels and restaurants.
Despite it being a Muslim state, Dubai has regular champagne brunches. If you plan on being in the Emirate on a Friday, check into any hotel licenced to serve alcohol, and watch as Moet and Laurent Perrier flows as freely as the neighbouring Creek. With buffets heaped with prime rib-eye steak, oysters and prawns, this exercise in lavish living and luxury isn’t to be missed. Opt for dancing on the tables by 12, or al-fresco dining, with live entertainment and a section dedicated to kids’ entertainment.
Dubai boasts more than a handful of mega-records, but most ambitious of all would have to be the surrounding man-made islands. Cruise around the World, the Palm Jumeirah, or wait and wonder over the ambitious Jebel Ali and Deira, both in the final stages of construction.
It’s tempting to spend your whole trip in Dubai city: watch the mesmerising Dubai Fountains at night, relax in tranquil parks or on beautiful beaches when the heat rises, and spend your days shopping, skiing and seeing the heart of Dubai’s culture.