December 23, 17
After its discovery of oil in 1966, it took Dubai just about 40 years to evolve from a small fishing and pearling sea port into a futuristic and beaming city. Its transcendent architecture only showcases the boundless potential of what us humans can create and build. As the most populous city in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai also ranked as the 1st most visited city by international tourists in 2018. In a place like this the “Sky is the Limit” and everywhere you go, there is something incredible to see or do. Having in mind the countless fun things around you, we would like to outline our favorites for a five-day trip to the “City of Gold”.
1. JUMEIRAH AL QASAR + SOUK MADINAT
Jumeirah Al Qasr or Hotel Madinat Jumeirah is one of the best hotels around Dubai. It has the best view of Burj Al Arab, the best service and food on the beach and a super relaxing atmosphere. If you are not able to stay there, try to get a day pass for its private beach. Make sure to make an inquiry in advance, as they might close the beach for external guests, if it’s high season and busy.
PRICE ARE AS FOLLOW
- Adult: AED 295
- Child (5-12 years old): AED 195
- Children below 4 years old, can access the beach complimentary
- Adult: AED 395
- Child (5-12 years old): AED 295
- Children below 4 years old, can access the beach with our complimentary
- CONTACT INFO:
- PHONE: +971 4 366 62 35
- [email protected]
After you enjoyed an afternoon at the beach, head over to Souk Madinat Jumeirah (connected to Al Qasr). There you can cool off and shop around stands and stalls for authentic oriental goods and get an idea of how a traditional Middle Eastern market place looks like.
Shops: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm
Restaurants: 08:00 to 02:00 pm
2. ATMOSPHERE BURJ KHALIFA + DUBAI MAL
With a total height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft) Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and a truly remarkable accomplishment. With its opening, Dubai ensured its recognition as a tourism hub and an architectural “Disneyland”. The world’s tallest restaurant “At.mosphere” is located on its 122nd floor (at 442 m/ 1450ft high) and it offers incomparable views of Dubai. You can choose from an intimate dining experience at the restaurant or a tea afternoon in the clouds at the lounge.
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After breathtaking views from the top of the world, make your way down and walk over to Dubai Mall (right next to Burj Khalifa). It is one of the largest malls in the world and offers impeccable shopping with over 1300 shops, a Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, a Virtual Reality Park, the Reel Cinemas megaplex and the Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink.
3. ZERO GRAVITY + MARINA WALK (DUBAI MARINA)
The best beach club in Dubai is located in Dubai Marina near the Ritz Carlton Hotel and by The Beach at JBR. JBR is a lively public beach district offering a variety of watersports and a beautiful view on the Dubai Eye Ferris Wheel. At Zero Gravity Beach Club you can enjoy a whole day of music by the sea, while tanning in one of the loungers and watching skydivers cruising through the clouds (Skydive Dubai’s drop zone is right next to Zero Gravity). The infamous skyline, including the twisted skyscraper called Cayan tower is right in the background and in a perfect angle for snapshots featuring skyscrapers and beach in one.
FIND RATES AND SCHEDULED EVENTS ON THEIR WEBSITE HERE
After you sunbathed all afternoon, check out Marina Walk (on the other side of JBR walk). A yacht club, the Marina Mall and another beautiful skyline await you there. Take a walk around and grab a bite by Marina Mall, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the harbor.
4. DESERT SAFARI
We absolutely recommend to go on a desert safari, as it really takes you back to Dubai’s roots, offering a glimpse into how life was like before the oil and real estate boom. There are many different kinds of safari tours to choose from and it depends on what your preferences are. However, we would like to share our view on a fairly new travel company: Platinum Heritage. They offer the most environment-friendly safari tours, as they stay away from the practice “dune bashing” (driving at increased speeds over sand dunes). Their educational concept does not only teach you about the local flora and fauna and how to preserve local culture without attacking the wildlife, but it also offers a more authentic experience in the Arabian Desert. Instead of using utility sports vehicles that need to be replaced every few years, Platinum Heritage rebuilt vintage Land Rovers that have a much longer shelf life than a Hummer or a Toyota SUV used for off-roading and those museum-worthy “oldies” make the tour even more special.
FOR MORE INFO, CHECK OUT THEIR WEBSITE
5. TALISE SPA - BURJ AL ARAB
The fifth-tallest hotel in the world is an impressive architectural masterpiece. Shaped like a sail, Burj Al Arab rests on an artificial island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge. In order to be admitted to the hotel you either have to be a guest or make a reservation at one of their restaurants, the tea room or at Talise Spa. As you enter the bridge, security will stop your car and ask for your name and reservation, so make sure you have booked your visit in advance.
On the last day of your trip we recommend a Spa Day at 150 meters (492 feet) high. Talise Spa at Burj Al Arab is the perfect escape to relax and rejuvenate, all the while enjoying an impressive view. The natural sunlight coming through the enormous windows in the pool area will boost your body’s vitamin storage and make you ready for your trip back home. Talise Spa is housed over two levels and offers a variety of treatments: from facials to massages and even special experiences for couples such as the Romantic Moonlight Swim – there is no other Spa as close to heaven as this one.
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