Bastakiya Quarter in Bur Dubai is the place with which Dubai shares its traditional roots. It's been declared a conservation area and no vehicles are allowed. Walking tours are arranged regularly in the mornings where a walk down the narrow alleys will give you a peak into the restored buildings. Visit Basta Art Caf� and the nearby galleries if you are interested in knowing Dubai's growth graph. Be prepared to reserve half of your day at Bastakiya.
Dubai's cheap eats are famous not just because they are light on the pocket but also for the fact that the restaurants in Dubai are not affordable to a common man. If you want to taste a hard hitting combination of delicious food at rock bottom prices, head to Jumeirah and Satwa. Restaurants operating for more than 20 years will narrate tales of bygone Dubai as they serve delicious local Arabic, fast food and Asian cuisine.
Beaches are a prominent part of Dubai's identity as most star hotels are located on the Jumeirah stretch, many having their own private beach access. The major two, Palm Beach and Jumeirah Beach offer a wide range of recreational activities for holidaymakers such as water sports, swimming and beach bumming.
Cruising down Dubai Creek is a once in a lifetime experience particularly when it's on a traditional Dhow in the shadows of the moonlight. If you are travelling as a couple, the cruise sets up a perfect romantic setting amidst the flickering background lights, music and belly dancing and BBQ buffet dinner. The cruise takes approximately 2 hours of sailing in the Dubai Creek.
A major landmark in Dubai, Deira Clocktower has been a silent witness to the city's changing faces when it was built in 1963 to mark the country's first oil exports. Also referred to as Dubai Clocktower, it stands at the gateway of Maktoum Bridge, one of the significant constructions in Dubai Creek linking Bur Dubai and Deira.
Located in what is known as 'new Dubai', Dubai Marina is a man-made canal city built to encourage luxurious lifestyles through exclusive waterfront constructions along the Persian Gulf shoreline. These include swanky hotels, aristocratic residential palaces and extravagant shopping and entertainment centres.
Ski Dubai, in the Mall of Emirates, creates one of the most captivating contrasts to Dubai's image as a hot, sunny place. For a first timer, it is an amazing place to ski with mountain-themed wintery settings for beginners and intermediaries. Enjoy snow activities like skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just simply play in the snow! Better still, there is the Mall of Emirates to hunt for, after the wonderful snowy experience. Allot at least half a day for this activity. We would not recommend the experience if you have swished down the slopes of Switzerland in its full bloom.
If you feel the creative geniuses behind the world's tallest building deserve applause, then certainly visit 'The Observation Deck' at Burj Khalifa. Built high atop, on 124th floor of the Burj Khalifa, it reveals the most extraordinary views of Dubai city. The entry is through the world's largest Dubai Mall from where you will ride in one of the world's fastest elevators to reach the Observation Deck. Reserve at least 45 minutes - hour to enjoy the scenic views.
The Palm Islands can be admired even if you don't own a property or stay at one of the hotels on the island. It is one of the simply amazing sightseeing points which can be admired in a helicopter or in a seaplane. Picturesque opportunities are in plenty with yacht charter companies that arrange for sailing trips around the Palm and the World islands.
The Palm Islands can be admired even if you don't own a property or stay at one of the hotels on the island. It is one of the simply amazing sightseeing points which can be admired in a helicopter or in a seaplane. Picturesque opportunities are in plenty with yacht charter companies that arrange for sailing trips around the Palm and the World islands.The Dubai Fountain is a record breaking, musical fountain show located on the man-made Burj Khalifa Lake. Water is shot up in the air to an altitude of over 500ft and accompanied by classical & contemporary music from around the world. The fountain opened in 2009 but in 2010 the fountain's length was increased to 275m.
Everyone dreams of staying at the Burj Al-Arab, the most extravagant hotel in the world. However, world's first seven star hotel developed by Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts chooses its customers and not vice versa. Burj Al Arab's billowing sail enjoys being a focus of public attention with its glittery gold interiors, ultra-spacious suites and the heightened level of luxury offered.
If you think, the Hot Air Balloon ride is the only way to experience the pictorial horizon of Dubai, then think again! You can have an exclusive Helicopter or Seaplane 30-minute tour to enjoy Dubai scenic spectacles through a bird eyes view. Capture images of characteristic landmarks like Palm Islands, Burj Al Arab, and Burj Khalifa from unthinkable angles. In less than half an hour, you will have seen Dubai's true beauty.
First time jumpers are just going to love this! Learn to aviate and enjoy the experience of total freefall from 10,000 feet! As you venture into open air, memorize the bird eye's view of the Palm Island, Sheikh Zayed Road, the Arabian Sea and Jumeirah Beach. You should be prepared to allot at least 3 hours for parachute jumping and adventure skydiving.