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Dubai: The Best Spas in the City
By Andrew
 April 16, 2015     Comments (0)        




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. #Pool with a view. #Jumeirah Beach #Hotel seen from #BurjAlArab's pool, 18th floor #Assawan #Spa. #dubai #UAE #middleeast #assawanspa #JBH #romance #poolwithaview #luxury #hospitality #iconic #mydubai #nofilter www.iconicstays.com A photo posted by Teodor Stefan (@teostefan) onJan 21, 2015 at 3:05pm PST 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....

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Unique and awe-inspiring images of Dubai!
By Andrew
 April 15, 2015     Comments (0)        




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,...

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2 Day Trip to Dubai: The Best Things to do
By Andrew
 March 25, 2015     Comments (0)        




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. Dubai Mall 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. Burj Khalifa 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 t...

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How to Plan Your Dream Hen Party in Dubai
By Andrew
 March 19, 2015     Comments (0)        




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. (image created from: Google Maps and OpenClipArt) 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 (image: Srilatha Sharma under CC BY 2.0) 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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Where to Eat Out in Dubai: Our Five Favourites
By Andrew
 March 12, 2015     Comments (0)        




If you’re holidaying in Dubai this year, you’ll no doubt want to know the best places to dine out in the city. Well look no further. Here at My Dubai Stay, we’ll share with you our top ten eateries and you’ll be spoilt for choice with the wide selection of restaurants to choose from, serving pretty much every national cuisine from around the world. Read on and find restaurants that are guaranteed to offer you unforgettable culinary experiences. Pierchic Image: Instagram As the name suggests, this romantic restaurant is set on stilts in the middle of the sea, just off the coastline. There’s nothing dreamier than an over-the-water dining experience, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city and in earshot of the gentle ripple of waves as you tuck into Dubai’s finest seafood. If you’re looking to sweep your other half of his or her feet, Pierchic is the place to go: a picturesque setting and delicious fresh seafood. Nobu Image by Alexis Lamster under CC-BY-2.0 If you’re torn between two cuisines, Nobu could be a winning choice. Why? This Japanese restaurant based at the Atlantis, The Palm Dubai Hotel, offers much more than a typical Japanese menu. Nobu combines innovative Japanese food with Arabian influences by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa, hence the name! You can experience the best of both worlds at Nobu and if you’re feeling really adventurous, why not book onto a cooking class and learn the secrets behind this much-loved restaurant chain. Blue Elephant Image by TripAdvisor For a taste of Thailand, head to the Blue Elephant. This spectacular restaurant with its tranquil waterfall, exotic flowers and lush greenery will make you feel like you’re dining out in an authentic Thai village. Who would have thought that you could experience a chunk of Thai paradise within the Al Bustan Rotana?! Enjoy traditional Thai dishes that have been...

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Holiday Checklist: Essentials for Dubai
By Andrew
 March 09, 2015     Comments (0)        




If you’re thinking of visiting the stunning city of Dubai, you’re bound to need a checklist to make sure you’ve got your essentials. It’s a long way away from home so it’s not as if you can pop back to the UK if you forget something! Whilst ticking off a checklist may seem extremely organised, you know how the saying goes: it’s better to be safe than sorry. Take a look at our helpful checklist and you’ll arrive at your holiday rental in Dubai with everything you need. Culturally Sensitive Clothing Dubai is a Muslim country so you will cause offence if you expose too much flesh. Be sure to dress in a modest manner and as a rule of thumb; aim to cover your shoulders and knees. Whilst it’s hot outside, the air conditioning in shopping malls can feel extremely cold in comparison. Pack a lot of light garments so you can layer up and don’t rule out taking a jacket or pashmina for cooler evenings. Of course women can wear bikinis while on the beach but it’s not acceptable to wear them in public – even if you’re on your way to or from the beach. Bare chests are not allowed in public so men should keep shirts on at all times when not on the sand. High-factor Sunscreen This should go without saying but you’d be surprised by how many people forget to pack this holiday must-have, and Dubai get's pretty hot, so make sure you pack it! Take a look at the weather at the moment! Sunscreen is available in Dubai but it’s far more expensive than in the UK so make sure you tick this off your list before heading to the airport. It’s best to buy too much than too little; if you don’t use i...

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Where to stay in Dubai in 2015?
By Andrew
 February 19, 2015     Comments (1)        




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: Dubai Marina (Image by مشاري محمد بن خنين under CC-BY-2.0) 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. Jumeirah Beach (Image: Imre Solt under CC BY-SA 3.0) 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...

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Where is Best to Party in Dubai?
By Andrew
 February 16, 2015     Comments (0)        




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 (image: aaronallen.com) 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...

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Dubai
By Andrew
 February 13, 2015     Comments (0)        




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 Image Source 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 Image Source: www.mybestaddressbook.com 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. Nibble chocolate dipped strawberries and sip champagne from the comfort of your own private...

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The Best Bars in Dubai
By Andrew
 February 12, 2015     Comments (0)        




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. At.mosphere (Image Source TripAdvisor) 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. 360 Degrees (Image Source TripAdvisor) 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...

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