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The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, is over 160 stories tall and overlooks the entire Dubai skyline. It has a beautiful observation deck on the 124th floor, and the view is out of the world. On the 122nd floor of this luxurious building, a fine dining restaurant and lounge by the name of Atmosphere Burj Khalifa serves up the most extravagant meals and drinks but be sure to reserve a table well in advance. If you are looking for a fine dining Indian experience, do visit Armani Amal which is located on the 3rd floor of this magnificent building.
Located within the Dubai Mall (which we will come to next), this location provides various underwater experiences including feeding sharks and an educational experience regarding conserving the marine ecosystem. You also have the option of doing a cage snorkeling experience which will not require you to dive to great depths of the ocean as they have designed a specialty cage where you can witness exotic marine life including rays up close. At the underwater zoo, you can view an array of aquatic wildlife including a King Crocodile and his companion. The aquarium tunnel is a great place to view all types of marine life without getting wet, and fascinating for all especially kids and young adults.
This is the world’s largest indoor theme park and is perfect for families with children or to satisfy the inner child in all your adults. The park is divided into different themed zones, Cartoon Network, Marvel and Lost Valley: Dinosaur Adventure being the most popular ones. The park is complete with thrilling rides, roller coasters, and themed dining experiences. If with kids, it will be their dream come true, especially if you choose to take them to ‘Forbidden territory’ where life-size dinosaurs roam the planet. The ‘Haunted Hotel’ has an enter at your own risk feel to it, and navigating through its chilling lanes can surely terrify you to the bone. Beware!
Of course, our list would not be complete without adding the Dubai Mall to it, which is the world’s second-largest mall, but surely second to none. Well, to be honest, there are malls all over the world and then there is the ‘Dubai Mall’. If you believe in retail therapy and take it seriously then this is just what the doctor has ordered. With approximately 1300 retail outlets, we do not think you will struggle with a lack of choice rather an abundance of it. When you need a break from all that shopping, be sure that you will be well fed as the mall consists of over 150 different food outlets. The good part is that if you are in a larger group and someone does not share the same passion of shopping like you, they can go to the Underwater Aquarium and Zoo which is within the mall itself. Talk about options!
Hire a water taxi or book a table at a Dinner Dhow Cruise which will sail through the Dubai creek giving you an incomparable view of the city’s skyline and a number of them also sail through an area of iconic buildings such as the Shindagha Tunnel and the Sheikh Saeed House. Aboard this old world dhow, one can see how Dubai has changed over the years and transformed into one of the most iconic and cosmopolitan cities in the world. The more luxurious cruises offer fine dining and entertainment while onboard such as Arabic and belly dancing.
Global Village Dubai
True to its name, this is a Global Village with cultural representations of over 90 countries and a great place to learn about people from all over the world and interact with different nationalities. With stage shows, musicals, stunt shows, circus shows and live entertainment on the street, this is a great destination for a wholesome experience. They also have restaurants and stalls to complete the package, with fascinating cuisines to try from. If you haven't had enough the ‘Carnaval’ area has various thrilling rides and children games.
To limit Dubai to city of skyscrapers, malls and adventure theme parks is not fair. Its desert safari is one of the most sought after attraction and choosing a safari wisely is recommended to suit your needs. Our recommendation is the overnight desert safari where you will have the opportunity to spend a night under the stars- well not all of it because they do provide a traditional Arab style tent to sleep in. Various activities are part of this adventure, such as camel riding, live dances, and riding quads. Many of these overnight safaris also offer a traditional Arab BBQ dinner with music and belly dancing.
The iconic palm island in the Persian Gulf is a stunning sight from high up but also a great place to be. It has a beautiful boardwalk and a variety of restaurants and retail outlets including malls and shopping stores. One of the iconic malls is the Golden Mile Galleria which had been designed in a beautiful style, with archways and an archaic charm. This mall has several luxury retail stores along with regular shopping outlets and a number of highly reviewed cafes and restaurants. Another popular spot is the Lost Chambers Aquarium which is home to thousands of marine animals including sea horses and sharks. The theme has been based around the lost city of Atlantis and is the largest aquarium in the UAE.
Down in Dubai and did not buy any gold? We are not going to let that happen. Head down to the Gold Souk in Deira which is the commercial district of Dubai and get ready to be amazed by a market with over 200 jewelry shops all selling the beautiful bright yellow metal, traditionally designed into rings, necklaces, and bracelets. Dubai is also considerably cheaper when it comes to gold compared to many other countries in the world, so do not hesitate to make that purchase.
This is one of the world’s tallest hotels and definitely one of the most extravagant. Also, the Burj Al Arab is one of the most photographed of Dubai’s skyscrapers making it absolutely iconic. We are all aware of the distinct design of this building which is fashioned after the sale of a yacht and it sits beautifully on an artificial island with stunning views of the sea. If you do want to splurge on luxury, a room in this hotel can go up to $24000 and will include a private butler, a private library, and various other grand options. If you are in the mood for some quality food, Al Muntaha is located on their 25th floor. The restaurant is known for its French cuisine, fine dining experience, and exemplary service. Along with amazing food, the view is absolutely stunning as well. Well worth it.