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Whether you’re a landlubber or a seasoned sea dweller, satisfy your thirst for adventure as we delve into the 2nd part of our Dubai day trip series. Miss the first edition? Read all about it here.
Take the Plunge in Oman
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Rise early one morning, take a 2 hour train to Oman and brave deep sea diving. Trust us, it’s exhilarating. Once an enigma, in recent years the Arabian state has opened its borders to intrepid travellers revealing a rich and fascinating diving scene.
Breathtaking mountains complement over 1700 km of stunning coastline while Oman’s pacific waters are home to a myriad of sea creatures including sting rays, reef sharks and turtles. Divers of all competency levels can seize the opportunity to dive with an amazing selection of marine life in this magnificent corner of the world.
Take Flight at Jazira Aviation Club
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If you don’t fancy diving deep into the Pacific, how about flying over it in a gyrocopter instead? Referred to as the ‘ultimate flying experience’ by trusted sources, you’ll try your hand at being a pilot in an open cockpit plane while taking in unrivalled views of the Arabian Peninsula.
Marvel at the aerial view of landscape and see if you can spot turtles and sharks as you cruise above the Arabian Sea. The whole experience should l...
Who would have thought golfing in the desert could ever have been so popular?
In the heart of Dubai’s infamous Sports City, the Els Club is a multi-billion dollar golf club and you get exactly what you pay for. The plush, green course has two returning loops making it a very easy course to play on. There are two water hazards which can be found on the 7th and the 15th, which adds a nice bit of diversity to the course. 2.Dubai Creek
Arguably the first golf course in the Middle East, the established Dubai Creek is as good now as it was when it was first developed. There are a range of tees to choose from which makes it fun for golfers of all handicaps. The course may be relatively short, but there are some very tricky holes including a par three with a water hazard.
It may not be a particularly old golf course, but Jumeirah Fire is well established among golfing enthusiasts. The course is unlike any other, with the terrain changing from grass to sands and other unique surfaces to this course. There is also quite a bit of exposure meaning that you need to be able to account for the wind with your long shots.
Sister of the Fire course, Earth has been listed as one of the best places that anybody can go golfing in Dubai. It provides a good challenge for golfers of all levels, including a 651 yard long, par five 18th hole with a water feature in the middle of the fairway. If you love testing your abilities then you need to go to Jumeirah Earth.
5.Emirates Golf Club
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum commissioned this golf club to be built in 1988, making it the oldest grass course in the Middle East. This course has ages brilliantly and...
Will it be indoor skiing pistes or daredevil dune rides that take your fancy when holidaying in Dubai? Allow My Dubai Stay to help you make up your mind. It’s our edit of the UAE’s most extreme activities.
Cool Down, Ski Indoors
Cool down from the hot hot heat at the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort. Ski, snowboard and fly through the world’s first sub-zero zip line at this gigantic manmade resort. Overindulged on holiday? Take part in snowrobics- a 45 minute intensive workout designed to burn fat, fast.
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There’s plenty for all ages to do at Ski Dubai and equipment is provided for your convenience. Whether you’re an intermediate skier or a complete snow virgin, instructor-led lessons and a variety of pistes ensure that every competency level is catered for.
Zoom Through the Dunes
Exhilarating, terrifying and utterly amazing, anyone with a taste for adventure should consider dune bashing essential. Self drive buggies through dunes at high speed, feel your heart beat double quick bumping along the rolling ochre sand and watch camels traverse the desert as you pelt past.
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Dubai's not all diamonds, champagne and infinity pools. If you're more turned on by nature's creatures than manmade goods then set aside some time to visit the city's best wildlife attractions.
The Dubai Aquariam & Underwater Zoo
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Getting up close and personal with 300 sharks and stingrays isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it’ll certainly give your heart a workout. Brave fully-fledged diving amongst the sea warriors or feel the same thrill from the safety of a cage.
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Dubai doesn't offer much in the way of history- most buildings have been constructed in the last 20 years and aside from tours of the old town on an abra, the focus is very much on the here and now. And that’s why it’s surprising to learn that Dubai Zoo is the oldest wildlife attraction in the Arabian Peninsula.
The popular family attraction is special to tourists and residents alike and houses over 230 animal species including foxes, hyenas, pumas and...
When it comes to going on holiday, there's no harm in enjoying the odd drink – even when it goes against the culture of the place they are visiting. Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations around that, as an Islamic country, has a very strict policy on alcohol. However, that strict policy doesn’t mean that you aren’t able to enjoy a nice tipple in one of the most extravagant locations in the world. Here are some of the best bars in Dubai:
Neos Extravagant, beautifully decorated and stunning views, this is the bar to go to when visiting Dubai. The best thing about Neos is definitely their exotic, alcoholic cocktails which will blow you away. They may not be cheap, but you really are paying for the location here and a couple of strong cocktails will stop you worrying about the price soon enough! CalabarThis famous venue is often found to be absolutely heaving with crowds who are dancing the night away to the sounds of international guest DJs. Calabar does a huge range of mixed drinks which will go down an absolute treat in the intense Dubai heat. Whatever you do, don’t get too drunk that you think a swim in the Dubai Fountains is a good idea – that’ll end up with you being in a fair bit of trouble!Skyview Bar Ever wanted to down a pint sitting on the top of the world? Well at the Skyview Bar you can do pretty much that. 27 stories up, this bar has everything from classic drinks to innovative, inspired co...
Dubai in recent years has become known for its opulence, with flash cars, stunning accommodation and party atmosphere. But is this dessert jewel suitable for a family holiday with children? Of course. Here are a few child friendly highlights:
Dubai is home to the first ever 7 star and the 3rd tallest hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab. It sits proudly on its own artificially made island out to sea, and is known for its opulence and splendour.
In fact, the majority of hotels in Dubai are modern, new builds with everything you could ever wish for from a holiday destination; including aquariums, Michelin star restaurants and even water parks. But of course this splendour comes at a price – especially when you have a large family. So cut the cost, without compromising on quality by booking into one of the Palm Jumeirah apartments.
These are pleasant self-catering accommodation in prime position for some of the best tourist attractions in the city. Here you can sit back and relax in the knowledge you can keep an eye on the little ones.
There is so much to see and do in Dubai. Besides the must-see Burj Khalifa and a visit to the World Islands, there is a huge array of family friendly activities you can all get involved with. We’d recommend you spend a day or two at the epic Wild Wadi Waterpark. And don’t forget Children’s City, an 80,000sqft educati...
If you’re a petrol head then Dubai is considered to be a Mecca for your motoring passion. There is nowhere else in the world where you can see hundred thousand dollar sports cars scattered around the place with the casualness of a Ford Mondeo. Car parks in Dubai often resemble what you would expect from an A-list Hollywood party. Here are just a couple of the cars you can expect to see when out and about in Dubai: Laraki Epitome
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Nine of these cars were ever made and guess where some of them ended up? That’s right – Dubai! Gumpert Apollo
Image: Under CC BY-SA 3.0 With a top speed of 223.9 mph and a 0-60 time of just 3.1 seconds, this only place this car won’t stand out is in the middle of Dubai! Maserati MC12
Initially only 25 MC12’s were built, but in 2005 a further 25 were released and all 50 cars sold for a staggering €600,000 each! Naturally a couple of them found their way into the garages and collections of some of Dubai’s richest residents.
Police Supercars Even the police get in on this impressive act of keeping up with the Joneses, their supercar fleet features a Chevvy Camaro SS, a Ferrari FF and a Lamborghini Aventador. These will have absolutely no problem catching up with anyone who decides that they have a real need for speed. Bugatti Veyron
Image: Under CC BY-SA 3.0This may be a £1million car, but that does not make it a rarity in Dubai. Granted, they aren’t as popular as VW Polos are in the UK, but to most Dubai residents this type of supercar has become almost common place. Merced...
Sun lovers head to Dubai to bask and bathe, shopaholics adore the expansive, air-conditioned malls and luxury lovers revel in the cities decadence- but what’s out there for the explorers? From highbrow art exhibitions to motorsport mayhem, the following trips should quench your thirst for adventure.
Indulge your Need for Speed at Yas Marina Circuit
Anyone with a taste for fast cars will be in their element at Yas Marina Circuit. The iconic circuit is primarily home to the Formula 1 Grand Prix but when racing champions aren’t burning rubber on the tracks tourists are given the opportunity to experience life behind the wheel themselves.
Fancy taking an Aston Martin GT4 for a spin? How about putting the pedal to the metal in a Supersport SST? Well, here’s your chance. And there are rich pickings for the all-out daredevils too. Take a ride in the passenger seat of a Yas Three Seater SuperComp Dragster- a race car that can go from 0 – 300kph in 4 seconds. Wow.
Kayak to your Hearts Content in Abu Dhabi
Kayaking is fun, exhilarating and great exercise. Take a journey through Abu Dhabi’s mangroves on an Eco Tour. Learn about the rich ecology of the forest on a 2 hour paddle through the Eastern and Yas Mangroves and admire the magnificent, nat...
If you’re planning a family holiday to Dubai, you’re going to need some trusty travel tips to help you along the way. We’ve put together essential advice for you to bear in mind when organising your trip. Take a look at our quick guide to help you plan your trip to this beautiful city.
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Travelling with Children
This is a family holiday after all, so it’s no surprise that you’ll have one or two little ones in tow. Dubai has a very family-friendly environment and whilst it is not common to see young children dining out late at night, the UAE welcome children at all times. However sometimes you might want to ring the restaurant in advance to double check.
Dubai offers an abundance of exciting things to do for children including amusement parks, water parks, as well as plenty of other adrenaline-fuelled activities. You may perceive Dubai, the epitome of extravagance, to be full of glitz and glam but it also caters to children too, offering plenty of family-filled fun.
Dubai has a dress code based on respect for the culture and religion of the UAE. In order to avoid unwanted attention, it’s important to follow the dress code. This way you’ll have a more enjoyable stay as well as ensuring not to offend anyone.
Be sure to have everything from your shoulders to your knees covered, which let’s face it, isn’t hard to follow.
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When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Dubai, it’s essential to try some of the delectable, local cuisine to fully live up to the emirate experience. Dip your taste buds into Dubai and encounter a real taste of the culture. We’ve put together our top five traditional foods to try whilst visiting this stunning city.
Be sure to try a shawarma, an extremely popular food all over the UAE. This delicious dish is similar to a kebab and is usually made with lamb or chicken. Served in several different ways, it is most commonly served in an Arabic Roti. The meat is mixed with garlic sauce, pickles, fries and tomatoes to create a combination of mind-blowing flavours. A shawarma is typically enjoyed with a fruit drink in Dubai. This little piece of heaven is a ‘must’.
We know what you’re thinking: stuffed camel, really? However it’s a must-try. This unusual delicacy is truly delicious and is traditionally served at weddings in Dubai. However you can find it on the menu at restaurants what with it being such a renowned meal in the city. To truly experience an authentic taste of Dubai, opt for this meal, but don’t be surprised by its size when it arrives on your table. The camel is stuffed with a sheep, stuffed with cooked chickens, stuffed with fish, stuffed with eggs…it’s a feast fit for a king! You can understand why it’s mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records as being one of the biggest meals in the world.
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