Burj Kahlifa rises above the city at 828 meters, and is the tallest building in the world. The tower homes Atmosphere, the world’s tallest restaurant; the Armani Hotel; and the “At the Top” experience on the 124th floor, the building’s observation deck, which shows the city of Dubai—the skyscrapers amongst the desert’s endless sand—in all its glory.
Atlantis, The Palm
Rising majestically over the soft white sand and the shimmering waters of the Arabian Gulf, the Atlantis stands atop the crescent of The Palm. With 1,539 exclusive rooms that boast a unique aquatic theme, it is a mesmerizing underwater world replete with exhilarating waterpark adventures that will delight both young and old. A newly opened Aqua Adventure, featuring gigantic water slides was opened just this October to mark the park’s fifth anniversary.
Never go to Dubai without taking a desert safari—a thrilling ride on the sand dunes on a 4×4, more commonly known as “dune-bashing.” Cap the experience with dinner at one of Dubai’s many desert camps where traditional Arabian food and entertainment will delight the senses.
I-Fly Dubai at the Mirdif City Center Mall is an exhilarating experience of indoor skydiving. The “world’s first double skydiving simulator,” it is “safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for everyone,” as it website says. Don’t worry, experienced flight instructors will give a detailed lesson on safety before you “take the plunge,” and if you’re lucky, you can speak to him in your native tongue! (www.theplaymania.com/ifly)
Ski Dubai is yet another first in the emirate, as the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. It’s website describes the experience in the wonderland to a cool, concise tee: “With an amazing mountain-themed wintery setting, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or just playing in the snow—minus four degrees.” It’s where to head when the temperatures in Dubai go sky high. (www.theplaymania.com/skidubai)
For an experience of old-world Dubai, head out to the Spice Souk for your fill of dates, every spice and scent you can imagine, camel figurines, colourful head scarves, and belly dancing gear, and take pieces of Dubai home with you.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on total area, and the sixth largest by gross leasable area. Located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, it is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown Dubai complex, and includes 1,200 shops. (Wikipedia; www.thedubaimall.com). There is also the Mall of the Emirates, the world’s first shopping resort, which is strategically located in the heart of what is now deemed as the “New Dubai.” (Wikipedia; www.malloftheemirates.com)
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The Melia Hotel Dubai is known as “an urban oasis in bustling Bur Dubai.” It is the first Spanish five-star hotel in the Middle East, and invites business and leisure travellers to experience its array of facilities and services amid contemporary elegance, from stress-free business accommodations, to culinary experiences, and body and mind relaxation in its spa. (www.melia.com/hotels/united-arab-emirates/dubai)
The Oberoi, Dubai is a contemporary luxury hotel that embodies height, light and space and overlooks the iconic Burj Khalifa. Opened just in July, the five-star hotel is located at The Oberoi Centre, which is a commercial complex and includes an office tower. The Oberoi is located within minutes from the Dubai Mall and the Dubai International Financial Centre. The 252 spacious guest rooms and suites have floor to ceiling windows and have spectacular views of the city’s skyline. (www.oberoihotels.com/oberoi_dubai)