When booking any holiday it’s important to do your research about where’s best to stay. You may like to know where the best restaurants are, which parts are the safest, or where’s the shortest walk to the beach? Well, not to worry, we have you covered.
Here are the three best places to stay in Dubai at the moment:
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If you are drawn by the glitz and glamour of Dubai’s illuminated skyscrapers at night time, then you’ll love staying in a Dubai marina apartment.
This is a vibrant and lively area, with amenities just a few steps away from its towering blocks, juxtaposed with the tranquillity of the water. This is a great place for spotting luxury yachts and the fashionably dressed elite, while prices maintain relatively affordable.
Just a short walk from the sea, the marina is well connected if you’re looking to travel around the city too. There’s a tram running right through the streets here, which connects with the Metro for links throughout the city.
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Palm Jumeirah villas to rent and apartments are the perfect location if you want to stay somewhere with a sea view. You couldn’t get closer to the beach!
Jumeirah is a stretch that lines the western coast along from Dubai Creek, and is lined with five star luxury hotels in a glamorous and high-demand resort. At the end of the beach you’ll find the Burj Al Arab hotel, but in between the huge hotels you’ll find a number of affordable, low-rise Jumeirah beach apartments, which are ideal if you are looking f...
Dubai makes for the perfect destination for a fun, boys weekend away or a girly holiday in the sun. And there is nowhere quite like it when it comes to city nightlife. Here is our pick of the best clubs and bars in the city.
Cirque le Soir, Sheikh Zayed Road
A night here is a unique experience you will never forget. It certainly isn’t for the faint hearted. The London club became so infamous that they just had to open another and Dubai felt like a natural fit.
Expect to see snake charmers, fire eaters, contortionists and sword swallowers among other performers, and drink a concoction made by some of the best mixologists in the business. Cirque le Soir takes partying to the next level; it’s no surprise that it is a favourite celeb haunt.
Chi, The Lodge, 10th Street
Chi is one of the few original clubs that is still going strong despite the big move to marina side nightclubs, and its popularity shows no sign of waning.
This huge 3,000 person capacity club is split into 4 sections – the garden, club, Black and Pub. So whatever your mood craves, whether it’s laid back drinks or dancing the night away, they have an area for you.
And Chi is the only place in Dubai to offer a Miami style outdoor clubbing experience.
Not only do they have great club nights here, but they’ve also had some amazing live performances over the last 12 months, with many more plugged in for 2015.
Kasbar, The Palace, Al Sufouh Road
You can really rock the casbah at this authentic Arabic styled club. With its bright and eclectic décor Kasbar stretches over three levels with ornate terraces overlooking its large dancefloor.
Kasbar is a favourite among locals and travellers alike, thanks to sets from amazing DJs incorporating modern clu...
Wondering what Dubai has to offer this Valentine’s Day? From the epic Burj Khalifa to the amazing Dubai Fountains, the city of gold is full of special attractions. Discover the most romantic things to do in Dubai this weekend.
Enjoy a live music extravaganza
A garden centre might sound like an unlikely setting for a night of passion but there’s method in the madness for music initiative Freshly Ground Sounds. The cities best live music event returns Valentine’s Day for an acoustic soiree titled For the Love of Music.
Taking place at the Dubai Garden Centre, the space will be transformed into a mythical open-air area perfect for couples and singles alike.
The best news of all is that this event is totally free. Pack up your picnic blanket, grab a partner and listen to soothing sounds under the Dubai night sky.
Rejuvenate the senses with a luxury spa package
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Glamour is undoubtedly sexy. Impress a loved one by investing in a luxurious spa experience this Valentine’s Day. The Talise Ottoman Spa is offering a superb couples package guaranteed to rejuvenate the senses and get you in the mood.
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Do you enjoy the champagne lifestyle? Look no further. Dubai is the place to visit if you’re after a luxurious break. Here you can discover some of the most magical places to go for bubbly in this cosmopolitan city. What’s so special about these bars? They’re the world’s highest bars. Read on to discover where to go for a sophisticated drink.
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This bar sure lives up to its name what with it being situated on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building: the Burj Khalifa. This vast restaurant and lounge which spans across 3,000 square foot is the ultimate place to go to enjoy a glass or two of the fine stuff. Why? You’ll be an impressive 1,384 feet off the ground whilst enjoying some of the finest champagne in the city at the Guinness World Record holder. If that isn’t pretty spectacular, what is? Take in some breath-taking views as you sit back in plush chairs and watch the world go by.
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If you haven’t heard of this bar before, you’re in for a treat. Why? As the name suggests, the bar is circular which makes it a talking point amongst tourists. Voted as one of the best ten bars in the world, you’ll experience nothing but pleasure at this high-end hangout. As part of the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, it’s located at th...
Are you fantatical about food? Do you pick your holiday destination based on the local cuisine? If so then you’re going to love Dubai Food Festival- the UAE’s annual feast. Running for the majority of February, it’s the perfect time to abandon that New Year diet and chow down on some serious grub.
So, what can you expect from DFF?
Dubai Food & Film
Eating food while watching films and documentaries about food- does it get any better than that? Springing up at outdoor locations across the city of gold, diners can watch short films and fictional films all focused on the joy of indulgent eating.
Just make sure you have something to graze on while watching or you’re going to get a serious case of the munchies!
Street Food Photography Exhibition
30 images depicting the essence of Dubai’s street food culture will be on show at the airport during the festival. Salivate over the delicious shots taken by New York based photographer Penny De Los Santos and tap into the cities diverse food scene.
Extremely popular in past years of the festival, Beach Canteen will return with a bang this year. Dubai’s Kite Beach will be filled with exciting pop-up restaurants many of which are curated by celebrities. With free entry it&rs...
60 million Brits travel abroad in search of fun, sun, or generally for rest and relaxation. In the past many Every year, between 50 and disabled people travelling abroad found it hard work, but now in 2014 disabled travel from the UK is catered for from the minute you book your tickets.
Each year approximately 10 million people are welcomed to Dubai, and this year you could be one of them. Dubai has something for everyone. Here's just 10 things to do for disabled visitors:
Wild Wadi is based and designed on a tale from Arabian Folklore about Juha and his seafaring friend Sinbad. There are eight gravity-defying Master Blasters that operate on a series of high-powered water jets, taking guests on an aquatic roller coaster ride, that's without the other 22 pulsating attractions, shops and restaurants.
If you’re not a lover of adrenaline rides, you have Juha's Journey. This Lazy River ride is a relaxing flow of water, which offers guests the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely swim or sunbathe in an inflatable ring as you drift down the river course.
The park is wheelchair friendly, with easy access to the changing rooms, wave pool, most of the shops and the restaurants.
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If you are looking to get a few holes in while in Dubai, there is nowhere better than the Dubai Creek course. This is a stunning, green space in a desert country, with tree lined fairways and plenty of bunkers. Apart from the Creek, which comes into play on four holes, several lakes add to the beauty and difficulty of the course.
Complimentary buggies are available for disabled golfers.
For an ultimate guide to Golf in Dubai, check out our cool infographic here!
High-tea is a predominately British pastime, unless you're British of course! But it's celebrated daily the world over... some will say it's just a pot of tea with a few sandwiches and scones served between lunch and supper.
High-tea has been taken to a whole new level in Dubai with a luxurious twist. Enjoy at the Burj Khalifa, the tallest man-made structure, standing at 2,722ft (829.8m) making your Afternoon-High-Tea experience here, the highest, HIGH tea on the planet.
The question you're probably thinking, why shop in Dubai? Why not, it's tax free!
Dubai has some of the biggest malls in the world. One of the malls is so big it has electric taxis available to drive you from one side of the mall to the other. Most malls have something unique to offer, from massive aquariums, Olympic size ice-skating rinks, dancing water fountains, indoor ski resorts and spectacular waterfalls.
There aren't many places in the world where you can go shopping for a punnet of strawberries, a diamond ring, a designer wardrobe and then go to a top restaurant before heading to the theatre, all under one roof.
A majority of the malls have complimentary wheelchairs (on a first come basis), lifts and disabled toilets.
Aquarium ‘The Lost Chamber’
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Is Atlantis real? Plato's story of this sunken continent, of its highly advanced, well educated population from Atlantis in approximately 360 B.C is usually referred to as a fable.
On your visit to Dubai, not only will you find Atlantis, but als...
Travelling with the kids on a family holiday can get a little tricky when they hit the terrible teens. Especially since they are always so BORED with everything. So how can you keep yours interested on a trip to Dubai? We have a few ideas.
Here are a few suggestions of things to do with kids in Dubai:
1. Desert Safari
This is a safari without the animals, but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. Instead you’ll tear around in a 4x4 dune bashing and then sail down the mountains of golden sand with some sand boarding (which is like snowboarding).
This is an exhilarating trip which is full of thrilling activities. Many of these trips will also include evening entertainment, a BBQ and even henna tattoos, making it a great day trip for all the family.
If you are looking to cool down from the heat you won’t be short of great waterparks to do so. Dubai has some of the best in the world.
A beach or poolside can get a little boring for the kids so get active with slides, rapids and lazy rivers at Wild Wadi, Aquaventure or Wadi Adventure.
3. Camel Rides
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This is a once in a lifetime experience that even the grumpiest of teenagers is sure to love. Here you’ll dress up in local costume (mostly to help against the heat) and ride your own camel along the curved dunes of the desert.
And like the desert safari the Emirati like to give you a whole day out so your kids will get to hold a falcon on their arm and you can all take part in a belly dancing show at the end of the day.
4. Indoor Skiing
If you have teens who can’t handle the heat then give them the exact opposite with the icy temperatures of the Dubai indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates.
Here they’ll have to wrap up warm to enjoy snowboarding or skiing down the snow runs, magic carpet ski lift and tobogganing. You can even roll down the slopes in a giant sphere. And little ones can meet the Snow Penguins.
5. Indoor Skydiving
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For real thrill seekers there is no better than the feeling you get from freefalling. And don’t worry parents, your teens can do this from the safety of only a few feet off the ground at iFLY in Dubai. ensure
There’s no experience needed to do indoor skydiving in this wind tunnel and anyone above the age of 3 can t...
Dubai may be a luxurious city, but you don’t have to have a Sheik’s wealth to enjoy a trip here. Here’s how to do Dubai on the cheap and still have a brilliant time:
Things to See and Do in Dubai
Many people may visit Dubai to see its modern skyscrapers, but among these towering giants you will find the ‘real’ and much older Dubai. The Bastakiya Quarter in downtown Dubai in the Bur Dubai district is the only remaining historic district.
This was once a very popular Persian area, where people made their wealth and built huge mansions. Today these beautiful buildings have been converted into art galleries, museums and sheesha cafes for your enjoyment.
Most of the attractions here are free to visit, but be aware that many will close from 1pm to 4pm to avoid the afternoon heat.
Just a short walk away from the Bastakiya Quarter is the Dubai Museum. Here you can see what life in Dubai was like before oil was discovered and the city began its immense construction. Life-size dioramas and galleries depict the souks, houses and mosques that were a main part in Dubai’s culture many years ago.
If you’d like to learn more about Dubai’s religion and culture then this is a must-stop. And it’s open to the general public 6 days a week for free!
Tours around the mosque will teach you about the medieval Fatimid architecture of the building and the history of faith in Dubai. There is only one tour a day so make sure to get there early.
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So you may not be staying in the world’s only 7 star hotel, but in a more affordable Dubai apartment, you can however use the hotel’s beach. And who wouldn’t want to sunbathe with such an iconic building as their backdrop. The Burj Beach is free to use unlike some others in the city.
BBQ at the Beach
If you’re looking for Dubai cheap eats and would like to cook yourself an affordable dinner one night then a beach BBQ is a great idea. Many of Dubai’s public beaches have facilities for this and can be used for as little as 5 Dirhams.
Don’t cook pork sausages though. This is a Muslim country after all.
Jumeirah Beach Walk
The Jumeirah Beach Walk or the JBR as it is locally known is Dubai’s largest single-phase residential area and one of the biggest in the world with its 36 towering skyscrapers that line the marina.
With its wide promenade lined with shops, cafes, bars and restaurants it makes the perfect place to enjoy a delicious meal and indulge in some people watching or flash car spotting.
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If you thought Dubai was all sun lounging, shopping and swanky food then think again. There are plenty of alternative activities in Dubai which are guaranteed to get your blood pumping. Take a break from the shopping centres and try a few of these activities on for size instead:
Take part in a Live Escape Game
Who says games are for kids? At HintHunt Dubai adults take over the playground by solving mysteries and puzzles to escape a shoebox room. With only 60 minutes on the clock the race is on to escape or be trapped forever. Ooh-err.
Catch your supper on an exciting fishing tour
Cruise the Adriatic Sea and reel in some whoppers with a Go Fishing Tour. Smell the ocean breeze and work on your tan while having enormous amounts of fun catching fishies. If you’re staying in an apartment you can even cook up your catch later that evening.
Take a helicopter ride over the city
Choose the best seat in the house with a helicopter tour over Dubai. Everyone raves about the panoramic views from Burj Khalifa- the world’s tallest building – but even that can’t compare to soaring through the clouds with the city beneath you. Discover the most magnificent things that Dubai has to offer from way up high including the Palm Jumeirah an...
Are you planning to have a holiday of a life time in the next year? Well, Dubai is the perfect destination holiday for a short city trip, a week’s beach holiday, or a little bit of both.
There are a few things you may like to know before travelling however. Here are 8 things to know before heading to Dubai:
When to Travel
The best time to travel to Dubai is between October and April, as this time of year the weather is fine, but a bearable temperature (26°C average). The heat in the summer months can exceed 50°C with soaring humidity, something that people used to cooler climates may suffer in.
When You Arrive in Dubai
Dubai International Airport can be found in the Garhoud area and has great access throughout the city. Expect a taxi to the northern end of the Jumeirah strip to set you back around AED 90 to AED 100 (around £17).
There are very few public transport systems here compared to elsewhere in the world, and therefore taxis or hire cars are very popular. Walking is not popular thanks to the heat, and rather large roadways, but there is a metro system that supplies most of the city.
Most hotels will include service charges of up to 15% on the bills in their restaurants and bars. This however usually goes to the company, not the servers, so if you want it to go to the waiting staff you need to leave cash. It is also polite to tip taxi drivers, valet and other services.
During the ninth month of the Muslim year (around June) much of Dubai will be participating in Ramadan, a religious period of fasting and worship. If you are planning to visit at this time it is important to respect their culture and practises.
During Ramadan Muslims do not eat, drink or smoke during daylight hours, and therefore you should not do so in public places. Clubs will be closed as loud or live music...
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