Your guide to Dubai.
Nestled on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf, Dubai has been a bustling hive of travel since the 1960s, offering a unique blend of glamour, architecture and natural beauty that attracts visitors from around the world. Indulge in haute cuisine at rooftop restaurants, inhale the fragrant aromas that drift through the spice souk and relax to the blissful blues of the annual Jazz festival. The combination of old and new that runs through the city leads to a unique travel experience. Full of fascinating contrasts and distinctive blends, from ultra-modern skyscrapers to sun-soaked deserts, this sensory metropolis has something for everyone.
From the historic north to the cosmopolitan south, Dubai hides many treasures. Marvel at the unique architecture of Jumeirah Mosque, or stroll through Al Fahidi for a glimpse into the city’s heritage. Dubai Design District offers chic galleries showcasing emerging artists while the Dubai Miracle Garden boasts over 250 million plant varieties. If seeking tranquillity in the city, the wetlands of Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary (also known as Cape of the Creek) are a breeding ground for flamingos, grey herons and more. Alternatively, take in the phenomenal views from the observation deck of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa skyscraper; the tallest structure in the world.
Eating and drinking.
From flavors inspired by the spice routes to trendy brunch spots, Dubai has a thriving culinary scene. The city is known for its Middle Eastern food but also its world-class gastronomy. Authentic Greek food, the freshest seafood and elegant Parisian cuisine are just a handful of the dining options Dubai offers up. Many of the city’s best restaurants can be found within its top-rated hotels which, along with clubs and bars, are the only licensed establishments permitted to serve alcohol. Shawarma (shavings of grilled meat typically served with salad and bread) are a Middle Eastern staple, offered in countless eateries throughout the city.
Dubai offers myriad shopping experiences and no visit to this part of the world is complete without exploring the city’s souks. A divine maze of colors, textures and aromatic fragrances, a seemingly endless choice of spices (at very reasonable prices) await in the Spice Souk while the famous Gold Souk is crammed with stores selling necklaces, earrings and broaches. Dubai is also renowned for its modern shopping centers. The Dubai Mall, with its hundreds of shops and an aquarium, and Mall of the Emirates, a dazzling shopping metropolis and home to the authentic snow slopes of Ski Dubai, are just two in its impressive collection.
Nestled on the Persian Gulf coast of the Arabian Desert, a port call in Dubai presents the perfect opportunity to try sandboarding, ride a camel or take a 4WD desert safari. Arabian Desert tours are one of the most popular Dubai excursions, full of thrill-seeking moments and offering an unparalleled way to experience the awe of the desert’s valleys and dunes. Stop for lunch at an Arabian camp, climb aboard a camel and savor the exhilaration of speeding down a sand dune. If golf is a favorite pastime, the outskirts of Dubai offer several excellent courses, while Jumeirah Open Beach is the city’s closest public beach for bathing.