When you imagine a holiday to Dubai what do you think of? Posh hotels, expensive souks and long walks down the beach?
Dubai is an extreme sports paradise! Don’t believe us, well here are eight awesome things to do in Dubai:
How about an adventure down under? No, not Australia… under the sea! There are plenty of reefs, wrecks and rocky islands to explore off the coast of Dubai, all with an abundance of marine life.
Whether you’ve been scuba diving before or if this is your first time, there are plenty of guides, schools and tours available to ensure you have the best possible underwater experience.
Motocross Adventure Touring
Dubai has a great big desert that’s perfect for motocross, so if you’re a petrol head with a passion for sandy, speedy adrenaline then this is definitely the place to go.
The dunes provide an awesome natural playground for you to rip around, launch bikes over and generally mess around in. If you think you’ve had fun on a motocross bike before then you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Sand Surfing in Dubai
Sticking with the desert for a bit longer, but motocross isn’t the only way to enjoy the possibilities that the sand dunes present.
Sand surfing is extremely popular here with both the locals, tourists and even sports superstars, like Caroline Wozniacki.
There are plenty of tours available that take you to some of the best dunes available, so wherever you stay in Dubai you’ll be well located to make the most of this activity.
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Another one for the petrol heads here, but if you’ve always dreamed of blasting a Ferrari around a track like a slightly slower version of the Stig then this is where you need to be.
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Planning on visiting Dubai’s fabulous Jumeirah Beach Residences or already here and looking for something to do? Well, you’re in the right place!
Not only is this one of the liveliest areas of Dubai, but there are sights to see and places to be that will leave everyone in the family smiling for days. Here are just a few suggestions of ways that you can blissfully pass your days:
The Walk and the Beach at JBR
If you love strolling along the beach while being able to dip into cafes and restaurants along the way, then the Walk is something that you should prioritise on your holiday.
The Beach development has transformed the area with creating landscaping, while the new changing rooms and kids play area make this an enjoyable place to go to pass the days.
Look into the sea and you’ll find Wibit – an inflatable waterpark that lets you climb, bounce and swim your way around a variety of obstacles.
While this may not be suitable for young children or poor swimmers, teenagers and adults will love spending the day splashing and bouncing their way around the course.
This famous Dubai landmark is actually the oldest zoo of its kind to be found anywhere in the Arabian Peninsula. Here they breed rare Chimpanzees and Arabian wild cats, as well as housing a range of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles.
In fact, approximately 230 animal species can be found at Dubai Zoo, making it extremely popular with tourists and families. If you have any animal lovers traveling with you, then Dubai Zoo could be a good option for you.
Escape Quest Dubai
And now for something completely different… a unique gaming experience. The premise is simple, all you need to do is escape in 60 min...
Dining out with the kids is usually a bit chaotic. As you know, it can be extremely messy and often very stressful. When eating out on holiday, stressed is the last thing you want to be feeling; you want to go out as a family, and enjoy a tasty meal together.
There are many family restaurants to choose from in Dubai, take a look at our pick.
Baker & Spice
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Going out for breakfast? Head to Baker & Spice. Tuck into delicious fruit pancakes or yummy doughnuts, made fresh to order, or if you’re more for savoury than sweet, you’d be silly to miss out on the best omelettes in town. So, why is this a great place to take the kids?
Baker & Spice serve up oozy boiled eggs which your children can lap up with the toasted homemade bread that’s perfect for dunking. And, what with the restaurant having a terrace that overlooks the spectacular Dubai Fountain, your little ones can work up an appetite running outside before sitting down to a truly scrumptious breakfast.
Lime Tree Café
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The thing about Lime Tree Café is… your kids will want to come back tomorrow. And the next day. Let’s face it, what child wouldn’t love to start their morning in a place that offers breakfast and an abundance of books and toys?
This place is a hit with the whole family: Dads tend to love the hearty all day breakfasts, mums go crazy for the homemade muesli and the kiddies are just happy being there!
Have more of a sweet tooth? The homemade muffins and pancakes are simply heavenly, and a fresh pot of coffee will sort out the tiredness that’s inevitable after an early morning with the children.
Le Pain Quotidien
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If you have really little ones, this place is your best bet. You’ll certainly feel welcome bringing your tots along to Le Pain Quotidien. Asides from the abundance of high chairs, which will put your mind at rest that no one will be overly bothered by your child refusing to sit down nicely, there are friendly staff too.
You won’t at all feel out of place dining out in this relaxed setting which provides a rustic dining experience, renowned for its freshly baked organic loaves. The kids will...
If you’re planning on taking your children to Dubai for a holiday then you’ll no doubt want to know the top things to do in the city. Dubai offers a little something for everyone, and a family-friendly experience makes the list! Keep reading to learn what’s on offer for you and your family.
Dubai provides a fantastic holiday for you and the children. Why? Well, for starters the sun is always shining, the sky is as blue as the surrounding ocean water and the sand is that dreamy sort of sand that’s soft on your feet and spectacular to look at.
However there are many other reasons why this destination is the perfect place for a family holiday; it’s not your standard beach holiday, Dubai is home to fun and excitement. From aquatic fun at some of the best water parks in the Middle East and indoor skiing (yes, indoor!) to camel treks and outings to souks, the city has plenty to entertain both parents and children.
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A day spent at Children’s City will be one to remember forever. Kids will not only have a whale of a time at this educational centre, they’ll learn a lot too – double whammy! There is an assortment of activities available for all ages including mini golf, as well as a spectacular dolphinarium and range of interactive exhibits.
If you’re looking for a day packed full of entertainment, Children’s City is your best bet. This...
With an average rainfall of only 23 days a year and high winter temperatures warmer than the British summer, Dubai makes the perfect destination to top up your tan with a beach holiday any time of year.
And there’s so much to do and see while on vacation here. Here is our pick of the 7 best beach activities to do in Dubai. Which will you choose?
1. Hit the Waves and Go Kite Surfing
If you’re a thrill seeker then you’ll love this next idea – kite surfing! Hit the waves with the wind in your hair and speed past the city at speed from the water.
Kitesurfing is new to Dubai so at the moment it is only offered on one beach, Kite Beach, just south of the Jumeirah Offshore Sailing Club. Could you be one of the people who make this sport popular in the UAE?
2. Lounge in Luxury and Charter a Yacht
If you’re not afraid to splash some cash then there’s nothing better than chartering your very own luxury yacht for the day. This private ship can be your very own party boat, sun lounger and restaurant all in one. And don’t forget the champagne!
There are many companies based in Dubai Marina which can be hired for the day, but make sure to shop around for the best deals.
3. Snorkel in Crystal Clear Waters
Dubai looks beautiful from all angles, even from under the sea! And the many ship wreck sites off the coast here make the ideal location to experience a snorkelling adventure. The water is shallow and aqua blue so there’s great visibility. You may even spot some turtles and octopus among the fish who live here.
The best place to dive and snorkel in Dubai is around the horn of the Gulf at Musandam in Omani waters. However, this is quite far from the main tourist spots...
If you’re planning a trip to Dubai then you’ll want to know the best time of year to go. Whilst Dubai only really experiences two types of weather - hot and hotter – you may have a preference on when you’d like to visit this stunning city.
Head to Dubai in the winter during peak tourist season or through the summer months when you can escape the crowds due to the extreme heat. So, when is the best time for you? Keep reading to find out.
November to March in Dubai
Winter in Dubai is during this time; however it’s not your typical winter which welcomes bitterly cold temperatures and snow. Between November and March, the temperatures are moderate which means you can still enjoy the sun without feeling like you’re going to melt.
January and February are particularly popular months because of the city’s most anticipated event: the Dubai Shopping Festival. If you were born to shop then you won’t want to miss out on a visit to this shopper’s paradise.
Be sure to plan your trip around this event and you’ll have the best of both worlds: gloriously sunny weather (the coldest temperature will be around 19°C) and the largest shopping and entertainment extravaganza in the Middle East!
Due to the weather being pleasant in the winter, you can do outdoor activities all year round; camping, desert safaris, sightseeing, lounging by the pool and relaxing on the stunning beaches.
Holidaying in this city during the winter months will not hinder you in the slightest! If anything, you’ll benefit from visiting this scorching city at winter as it won’t be unbearably hot.
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If you’ve booked a holiday then you’re no doubt looking to unwind. So, where can you go in Dubai for a relaxing and rejuvenating spa? This fast-paced city has a few hidden treasures so that in between dining out, exploring and shopping, you can slow right down and enjoy peace and tranquillity. Keep reading to discover 3 of Dubai’s best spas.
Assawan Spa and Health Club
For a truly luxurious spa day, head to the Assawan Spa and Health Club. This spa is located on the 18th floor of one of the world’s most opulent hotels, the Burj al Arab. It’s no surprise that this spa has made our list.
The interior is strongly reminiscent of the bathing pools and hammams of the ancient Middle East but it is also home to Jacuzzis, saunas, steam rooms and infinity pools. So whilst this spa flaunts an aura of the past, its facilities are up-to-the-minute.
Assawan Spa and Health Club offers a memorable experience, what with its Amphitheatre, a balcony on the 18th floor which enables guests to wind down after a treatment and take in breath-taking views. A day spent at this spa will not be a disappointment.
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Talise Ottoman Spa
This award-winning spa is a ‘must’ visit. Why? Well, if it’s fancy enough for Nicole Scherzinger and Myleene Klass, you know it’s a good one.
There are limitless ways for you to pamper yourself here with an authentic spa and hammams spread over not one but two floors, boasting 42 individual treatment rooms.
You’re truly spoilt for choice at the Talise Ottoman Spa; thalassotherapy pools, snow rooms, saunas, hydrotherapy rooms and floating baths – you name it, this spa has got it....
If you’re thinking of heading to Dubai soon, do not, and I mean DO NOT forget your camera! Why? Just take a look at these awe-inspiring pics of the world’s fastest growing city!
There is truly something for everyone is this fascinating, almost futuristic and breath-taking paradise – these images will take your breath away!
Dubai’s skyline offers breath-taking views in the golden sunset. The temperature can get pretty high, so be sure to check the best time of year to go!
It doesn’t look too bad in the night either!
The iconic sail shaped Burj al Arab – the world’s only 7 star hotel is pure luxury! Its design symbolises Dubai’s nautical history.
Standing at a whopping 829.8 m, the Burj Khalifa is by far the tallest building in the world! Take a look at what you can do there here!
Here’s a view of the mall from the top - not for the feint hearted!
The same can be said about ground level Dubai too – makes me dizzy!
Opened in 2008, the spectacular 5 star Atlantis was the first resort to be built on the manmade Palm Island – Majestic!
When the seasons change in March and September,...
So, you’ve decided to visit Dubai for the weekend. Firstly, pat yourself on the back for choosing to travel to one of the most amazing cities in the world. Second of all, how are you going to spend these 2 days? With so much to see and do, where do you start? Take a look at our pick of the best things to do in Dubai in 2 days.
If you’re a shopaholic, you won’t want to leave the city until you’ve visited the Dubai Mall. The shopping hub offers stores that stock designer brands that are available tax-free, more than 500 high-end shopping and retail establishments, not to forget the traditional souks of the Deira and Bur Dubai districts.
It also offers the Dubai Shopping Festival, an annual event that provides one of the best shopping experiences in the whole world.
It isn’t like your regular shopping mall. It isn’t only home to shops, restaurants and coffee shops; the Dubai Mall is in a league all on its own. For starters, it’s part of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
That itself is a major focus point for tourists – being able to visit a remarkable shopping mall whilst also admiring one of the world’s tallest buildings!
To add to its appeal, the spectacular mall houses an aquarium, ice-skating rink and huge cinema complex, putting Westfield London to shame.
The Burj Khalifa dominates Dubai's modern skyline, so you’d be making a foolish mistake if you failed to visit it whilst on your trip. What does the world’s tallest building have to offer?
Well, asides from it being an extraordinary building to photograph, you can take a high-speed journey in one of the world’s fastest lifts to floor 124 – the observation deck – in just seconds.
Here you can take in some mind-blowing views that may only take moments to capture, but you’ll remember them...
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, has held the largest firework display ever seen and its Sharjah Wedding Show saw the world’s longest bridal veil, so it makes perfect sense that Dubai should be the ideal location for the best hen party ever held. And that party is, of course, yours.
But planning the perfect hen party in a strange city can be daunting for even the most organised of people. So here at My Dubai Stay we thought we’d let you in on Dubai’s biggest secrets with some inside-knowledge. Here’s how to plan your dream hen party in Dubai.
Getting to Dubai
Flights to the United Arab Emirates may be more affordable than you think. You can bag yourself a return trip for the same price as somewhere a quarter of the distance away!
According to Skyscanner, 5 airlines fly between London and Dubai, with 105 flights a week and an average flight time of 7hours and 20minutes. At the beginning of 2015, the cheapest return price was a bargain at £277! So, you can stop worrying about the money and just enjoy yourself.
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Best Hen Party Activities
There is so much to see and do in Dubai, but besides from the obvious tourist attractions, there are some wonderful activities which could make your hen party trip here that little bit extra special.
Charter Your Very Own Yacht
If you’re feeling flash, why not charter a yacht for the day? You only ever have one hen party after all, (hopefully), so why not? And there is no better place to do this than the city famed for its opulent lifestyle – Dubai!
Imagine sunbathing on the bow of a boat and topping up your tan, while sipping on champagne and munching on fresh strawberries. You could take in the stunning city skyline as you glide past and then cool off by jumping into the crystal blue waters once your boat stops. Bliss!
Just be careful not to turn it into a booze cruise!
Have a Sleepover Party!
After a long day out of wining, dining and super yachts you may be a little tired. But there’s no rest for the wicked!
You may not want to hit the clubs every night, but that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to curl up in bed by 9pm. There are plenty of stunning villas to rent in Dubai (check ours out here) and with their multiple bedrooms and large, spacious lounges, they make the perfect place for a sleepover party.
Take a step back in time and pretend you’re 13 again; Put on your best pyjamas, stock up on yummy treats and press play on the DVD player. You could even play some classic girly games, like Truth or Dare and Chubby Bunnies. Sometimes staying in can be just as much fun as going out.
Pick a Petal at the Miracle Garden
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Okay, so don’t actually pick a flower here as you may get told off, but you won’t want to anyway. You’ll be too dumbstruck at the awe-inspiring beauty of this floral garden in the middle of the desert. You’d be forgiven for thinking the Dubai Miracle Garden was a mirage, but you’ll be happy to know this floral paradise is very much real.
This is the perfect location for a classy bride-to-be to celebrate her upcoming nuptials with a sophisticated day out. Walk among real, fluttering but...
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