Experience the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
No other building represents Dubai quite as much as Burj Al Arab Jumeirah an architectural masterpiece. You too can be one of the select few to cross the bridge and step inside this luxurious palace. All you need to do is book afternoon tea in the colourful lobby requisite (complete with its own aquarium), dine on the chic outdoor terrace at Scape Restaurant and Bar or take in the city views in the spectacular views from Gold on 27 or the vibrant Skyview Bar.
Have a wild time
Make a splash in the city’s awesome Wild Wadi Waterpark™. With over 30 rides and attractions, there’s something for everyone. Only diehard adrenaline junkies should contemplate the Jumeirah Sceirah. And then there’s the Burj Surj that is sure to leave you in a spin, while the gravity defying Master Blasters will take your breath away.
Hit the parks
Dubai is theme park central. Head south to explore three parks in one at Dubai
Parks and Resorts – Legoland Dubai, Motiongate Dubai and Bollywood Parks
Dubai. Alternatively, head to the world’s largest indoor theme park at IMG Worlds of
Adventure where the fun all unravels in air-conditioned comfort.
Explore history and culture
Head to the old part of town near Jumeirah Creekside Hotel to discover the remarkable story of how, in just a few years, Dubai has transformed from a small fishing village to the metropolitan city that we see today. Wander the lanes of the Al Fahidi Historical District; visit the SMCCU (Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding) to learn
about the local culture; tour the Dubai Museum and then head to the new Etihad
Museum to witness the coming of the Nation.
Soak up the souks
As the shopping malls of Arabia’s yesteryear, venture through the original,
covered bazaars that skirt the old Dubai Creek, near Jumeirah Creekside Hotel. Be dazzled by the reels of colour in the Textile Souk, breath in the air heady with the aroma of spices in the Old Souk and then explore the sparkling Gold Souk. Alternatively, for a modern-day replica, don’t miss the beautiful Souk Madinat. Here a maze of lanes house stalls and tiny shops selling Arabian handicrafts, regional souvenirs and a medley of
bespoke fashion, quirky homeware and quality memorabilia.
You can’t come to Dubai without ticking off the tallest tower in the world. Take
the super fast elevator to the 124th floor (or the 148 th if you want the VIP
treatment) of the magnificent Burj Khalifa. From the observation deck look down
on the network of spiraling highways, see the iconic Burj Al Arab Jumeirah and Palm
Jumeirah and view the vast desert spilling off the horizon. If you visit at sunset or in the evening, you can also watch the world’s tallest performing fountain in Downtown Dubai, a wonderful way to conclude the day.
Dubai is not short of entertainment. Catch a show at the beautiful Madinat Theatre; treat yourself to a night at the Dubai Opera; be wowed by acrobatic feats at La Perle or see your favourite pop band at The Irish Village.
The Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Experience old-world Arabia and meander around this authentic re-creation of a traditional bazaar. Characterised by traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience, Souk Madinat Jumeirah is reminiscent of ancient Arabia. Explore the souk’s many winding streets that lead to waterfront cafés, restaurants and bars and boutique-style open-shuttered shops and galleries. Visitors can purchase goods from shops that spill out onto the ‘streets,’ offering traditional Middle Eastern items, designer goods, artwork, home-ware and gifts from every corner of the globe.
Visit rehabilitated turtles
Behind the scenes at Madinat Jumeirah and Burj Al Arab Jumeirah is a turtle rehabilitation centre that rescues hundreds of distressed sea turtles every year. Since it was set up in 2004, the team has nursed over 1,000 sea turtles back to health and returned them to the waters off the Dubai coast. Over the last decade, the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project has impacted regional and international sea turtle populations by increasing the number of animals in the environment that would have otherwise perished. Visit the turtles every Tuesday for feeding at the lagoon in Jumeirah Al Naseem.