Dubai, one of the seven ‘emirates’ which make up the United Arab Emirates, is a modern city – luxurious to the extreme and a site to behold; its main aesthetics are of course the incredible collection of futuristic skyscrapers and vast stretches of deep blue glittering coastline all surrounded by miles of desert.
Some of Dubai’s more unique aspects include the artificial island – shaped like a palm tree and home to around 100 islands – especially beautiful from the sky, the Burj Khalifa tower – otherwise known as the tallest building in the world and the worlds only seven star hotel – the Burj Al Arab. Outside of the city you’ll find vast deserts to explore, where you can indulge in sand skiing and an evening feast under a shimmering desert sunset, though if water is more to your taste, then a day cruising the creek will be an ideal way to explore and appreciate this vast city from a different perspective – the marina is inspiring from the water and if you’re looking for a way to spend a romantic evening then consider a dinner cruise, with the neon skyline as a backdrop.
The vast stretches of white sandy beaches that come complete with crystal clear azure waters are perfect for swimming and snorkelling. Jumeirah beach is home to the Burj Al Arab hotel, which provides a unique backdrop to a day on the beach while the luxurious Al Mamzar Beach Park is home to four beaches and two swimming pools. The man made harbour and beaches in Jebel Ali are where you’ll find some of the better water sports such as wind surfing and surfing, and you’ll find them to be less crowded than others. Away from the beaches you’ll find luxurious spa’s, award winning architecture, world-class shopping with an Armani hotel to match (Dubai is after all the ‘shopping capital of the Middle East), quaint markets (or souq’s) like the Bur Dubai Souq and the colourful Deira Spice Souq, indoor skiing and incredible restaurants where you’ll find everything from western haute-cuisine to Asian style street food. For a fun bar experience head to the Skyview Bar on the 27th floor of the Burj Al Arab – where you’ll be welcomed by truly incredible views out over the city, excellent service and a bar tab to match – but it’s worth it for the experience alone – from there you’ll be able to admire the entire city from the sky – and that is what Dubai is all about.