We’re in need of some TLC this week, so what better time to list the best spas and pampering spots in Dubai? It’s part 3 of our Dubai excursions series.
From deep sea diving in the Oman Ocean to zooming around Yas Marina Circuit, we’ve already covered plenty of ground in our day trip series. Now in the 3rd edition of Dubai excursions, we’re taking a break from adventure and going off in search of relaxations. Fluffy dressing gowns, oriental hammam massages and nourishing juices are all on the menu this week.
Indulge in an Oriental Hammam Massage
Considered the best spa day in the Middle East, Spa Cordon has a reputation for excellence. Exuding glamour, the plush 3,537 square foot spa features a relaxation area, special heat treatments, a revitalizingshower and whirlpool.
Indulge in a luxurious spa package and experience an amazing 2 hour hammam and massage performed by leading therapists. Many travellers choose to purchase the ‘kessa’ exfoliating glove scrub treatment when they first arrive in Dubai. This is to get rid of the dead skin and ensure that their skin is completely transformed ready to embrace the Dubai sunshine.
Whether it’s a decadent full-body massage, or an exfoliating kessa scrub which takes your fancy, you’re bound to leave Spa Cordon feeling ten times the human you came in as.
Experience the Rainforest Rainroom at Banyan Tree Al Wadi
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You’ve heard about the supersize malls, illustrious islands and year round sunshine, but scratch beneath the surface and there are many secret gems to be found. From camel markets to sublime canyons, discover the Dubai less travelled.
A taste of history in Al Bastakiya
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Situated in the historic district of Dubai, Al Bastakiya is the place to go for a piece of the old Dubai, the Dubai before the Burj Khalifa and supermarkets with door to door service took over. Weave in-between the historic buildings, marvel at the unique architecture and get a feel for how the city used to be before its industrialisation.
The barjeel, or wind tower, is usually of particular interest to travellers. In Al Bastakiya, each house has a barjeel and the more barjeels a house has is indicative of how wealthy its owners are.
Jawdropping scenes at the Camel Market in Al Lisaili
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It’s no secret that Dubai is home to a myriad of amazing souks. Those in the market for gold, spices and textiles are unlikely to leave empty handed. And although you won’t find Lisaili’s Camel Market listed in the travel guides, you better believe it exists.
Yes, that’s right, there is an entire market dedicated to the sale of camels, raising tool and food. We doubt you’ve much desire to return home with a pet camel, but it’s worth going to the market for the experience and atmosphere alone.
Spectacular scenery in Wadi Bih
Are you looking for a chic and stylish honeymoon destination that has the best of both a beach and city trip? Then there is nowhere better than Dubai.
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Honeymoon Activities in Dubai
Besides the stunning cityscape and long, white sandy beaches there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy during your romantic trip. How do these sound?
The crystal clear waters here make it the perfect location for a spot of diving. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced professional, there is a suitable spot for you.
Dubai doesn’t have a natural reef, but you will be able to explore the many wrecks that litter the gulf here. There are even some from before the Gulf War!
Guided Desert Safari
Dubai was originally a desert town, which in recent years has grown to become a modern metropolis. You can still take a trip to the outer edges of the city and explore what it was once like though.
Book a guided tour through the Arabian Desert (well part of it anyway) and enjoy a romantic candlelit picnic at sunset.
For the best views out over the city, a trip to the world’s tallest building is a must. The Burj Khalifa at 829.8m or 2,722ft has stunning panoramic views over the city from its observation deck on the 124th floor.
Buy tickets in advance though as this is a highly popular attraction.
Hot Air Balloon
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If you are a little more daring, then take to the air in a hot air balloon! It may be a little windy up there, but this is an unparalleled experience that is truly enchanting. There is no better way to see the city than from the air.
Cruise Down Dubai...
Dizzying heights, mouth-watering morsels and impossibly stylish decor await your presence at the Burj Khalifa. Find out everything there is to know.
If you want to get higher than you’ve ever been in your life, the Burj Khalifa is just the ticket. As the world’s tallest skyscraper, it stands at over a whopping 828 metres! Discover everything there is to know about this impressive architectural wonder.
7 world records
Not content with a small portion of the limelight, this glamorous building has scooped a whopping 7 world records since its inception in 2004. The buildings 7 accolades include:
Tallest free-standing structure in the world
Elevator with the longest travel distance in the world
Highest outdoor observation deck in the world
You don’t build the tallest building in the world without putting some thought into the interior. Luckily, the Burj Khalifa is amazing both inside and out. First things first, that view. This has gotta be the ultimate bucket list experience and one of the main reasons people visit the structure in the first place.
Ride the elevator 124 floors to the top and land on the Burj Khalifa’s observation deck. Get blown away by the dizzying heights which offer panoramic views over the city. Be sure to take full advantage of the unique photo opportunities too. Whether you want a snap of your group next to the glass windows with Dubai at your feet, or simply some architectural shots, the choice is yours.
Fancy a bit of Sex on Fire with your sirloin? How about Arabic singing to go with that hummus? Sample Dubai’s amazing, musical restaurant scene.
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If you’d rather listen to live guitar riffs than your other half while you dine out in Dubai, you could be in luck. From downtempo niceties to jazz and latin, the live music dining scene is flourishing. Discover a world of serenading, ambient instrumentals and sing-along rock in the city of gold.
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Dubai is an Arab country, so naturally there’s a plethora of authentic entertainment to be found. Make a reservation at Lebanese restaurant Al Basha for the full works. Between Monday and Saturday each week, you’ll be treated to belly dancing, Arabic singing, pianos and drums to accompany your meal. Food wise expect the usual suspects; tabbouleh, hummus, tzatziki, shish and loads of greens. It’s mouth-watering stuff.
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Rocking and Rolling
If it’s thrashing guitars abd infectious riffs which get your feet tapping you’ll want to check out Classic Rock Coffee – an eatery where live music thrives. Set up by Guns’n’Roses guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal, the place is kitted out with jaw dropping music memorabilia, nifty merchandise and a large stage area for bands and artists.
Menu wise, coffee takes centre stage but there’s also a range of smoothies, protein shakes and healthy lunch options for those in need of a light bite.
Ferrari World, it’s like Disney Land but for Ferraris. What’s more, Ferrari World is the largest indoor theme park to be found anywhere on earth – it spans a staggering 86,000m2! The park was created with entertainment in mind, making it perfect for everyone from toddlers to lifelong motoring enthusiasts.
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With so much to do in Ferrari World it can be hard to know where to start, here’s what we suggest:
Ferrari World Attractions
Naturally, this amusement park has dozens of attractions to choose from with rides built specifically for children to ones built for the kids that never grew up. The complete list of attractions you can enjoy include:
Speed of Magic - this 4-D fantasty adventure is great fun for all the family, feel everything the environment has to offer as you search for Nello.
Made in Maranello – take a virtual tour of the Ferrari factory and learn all about what goes into building one of these magnificent machines.
The Racing Legends – go on a historical journey of the most impressive Ferrari racers to ever sit behind the wheel.
Paddock – go behind the scenes of a Grand Prix and hear from the technical team, you’ll feel like you’re in the Paddock with them!
Galleria Ferrari – this is the ultimate display of Ferrari cars with everything from the 1947 Wanderer to the latest model to roll off the factory floor.
Cinema Maranello – this is an old Italian theatre with a film displaying the ‘Coppa di Sicillia’ giving you all the glory of the old Ferraris.
Driving with the Champions - this motion based simulator featuring POV footage with racing legends lets you feel as though you’re in the cockpit!
Fast Lane – if you love game shows then this interactive game show testing knowledge of Ferrari can’t be missed!
Tyre Twist – a teacup ride with a Ferrari twist, spin around in a F1 tyre and hold on tight!
Viaggio in Italia – this virtual tour of Italy will definitely leave you with a passion for the old country.
Red – acrobatics and multimedia combine to bring together a theatrical spectacular you won’t forget in a hurry.
Bell Italia – Slow down a bit and take a ride in a classic small scale Ferrari while taking in...
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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 last...
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.
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