Last Updated on June 22, 2020 by Iris Sinilong
Indulgent, glamorous, and progressive are words that describe Dubai. This United Arab Emirates city is a luxury travel destination for leisure and business travellers. Dubai combines a modern metropolis with a timeless sensibility and Arabian flair. It’s a dining, shopping, and nightlife mecca where you can allow your adventurous side to take over and partake in excursions such as desert safaris, hot air balloon rides, and sand boarding. Enjoy the beaches, spas, waterparks, and famous golf courses. Whether you’re staring in awe at the Middle Eastern icon: Burj Khalifa, lounging in the world-famous Buddha Bar enjoying late-night drinks, or strolling through the chaotic camel market and interacting with traders, there are so many unique facets of Dubai culture to experience on your next vacation!
From the airport: The Dubai International Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world. Reservation desks are located at the Terminals to help you book hotels, safaris, and city tours.
Getting around: Taxis and the Dubai Metro are the most common ways for tourists to travel. The Dubai Metro operates at 10-minute intervals. There are bus connections and taxi pickups at each station and stations are typically 1.5 km apart. Ticket fares depend on distance travelled, but day passes can be purchased for $14 or declining balance cards can be loaded and used on metro, buses, and water buses. Car rentals are available for travellers with an international driver’s license and a valid passport.
Where to Stay
The Golden Sands Hotel Apartments
The Golden Sands Hotel Apartments are located in the Bur Dubai neighbourhood, close to shopping malls, restaurants, nightlife, and a metro station. The hotel offers a variety of rooms and all units have a kitchenette.
Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort and Spa
This hotel located on the Arabian Gulf is perfect for those craving some time in the clear, blue waters- and it has a staggering 14 restaurants and bars!
Jumeirah Beach Hotel
This architecturally beautiful family resort has luxurious suites and villas with stunning views of the Arabian Gulf, five swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a scuba diving centre, and a water park.
Grand Hyatt Dubai
In close proximity to Dubai’s financial and entertainment districts, the Grand Hyatt Dubai has extraordinary dining options, resort facilities, landscaped gardens, an award-winning spa, and it’s located minutes away from the airport!
Observation Deck Tickets: Reserved Adult General Admission 125 AED
The world’s tallest building is an architectural and engineering masterpiece, standing at over 828 meters.
Visit the world’s largest shopping mall with 1,200 retail stores and 200 food outlets. This complex houses the Dubai Aquarium, SEGA Republic indoor theme park, and the Dubai ice rink.
Located just outside the mall in the Burj Khalifa Lake is the Dubai Fountain that shoots water as high as 500 ft. Enjoy the daily light and music performances.
Stroll through the Bastakia Quarter of Dubai and visit the art galleries, garden cafes, textile boutiques, craft markets, and traditional homes that decorate this historic area.
These magnificent artificial islands are shaped like a palm tree. Jumeirah, the only island open to the public, is where the ultra-luxurious Burj Al-Arab 7-star hotel rests. Also located on the Palm Islands are upscale hotels, residential villas, water homes, restaurants, malls, spas, marinas, and other attractions.