Dubai is a city of superlatives with its larger-than-life attractions, glimmering metropolis, blue Persian Gulf waters and seemingly endless desert sands. A futuristic gem of the Middle East, Dubai is a multicultural destination that treats families to theme parks, adventurers to desert safaris, city-slickers to enormous shopping malls and foodies to delicious cuisine. Home to profound traditions and history, Dubai is still much more than its glistening skyline and worthy of deeper exploration.
Things to do in Dubai
The Burj Khalifa is the highlight of any trip to Dubai. Head straight to the 830-metre-tall skyscraper to find incredible views of the city’s ever-evolving skyline. Immerse yourself in the city’s traditional roots by meandering through Bur Dubai to uncover Arabian heritage houses in this historic waterfront district.
A shopper’s delight, Dubai offers an inviting collection of old and new retailers, from the high-end boutiques found in the world’s largest shopping centre, Dubai Mall, to the friendly vendors at the traditional Gold and Spice Souks located in eastern Dubai. Tradition meets luxury at the ancient citadel in the five-star Madinat Jumeirah resort, where you can get pampered at the world-class Talise Spa and shop for treasures at Souk Madinat Jumeirah.
From the natural beauty of the Arabian Desert to the opulent skyscrapers on Sheikh Zayed Road and the unique man-made Palm Islands, Dubai offers a dizzying array of unforgettable sights. With endless summer days, the city is prime real estate for glamorous rooftop bars offering island-style cocktails and international wine with breathtaking city and ocean vistas.
Have you always dreamed of embarking on an exciting desert safari? Take a once-in-a-lifetime overnight journey out into the Arabian Desert to enjoy dune bashing, traditional barbecues and relaxing camel rides. You can also see the famous Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque on a day trip to UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi via a 1.5-hour bus ride.
The traffic in Dubai can be heavy at times, so the metro is the best way to get around the city. Dubai Metro features driverless trains, large window panels for sightseeing and first-class cabins. It’s easy-to-use, connecting travellers to many of the city’s major points of interest, including Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab, along with providing direct transport to and from Dubai International Airport. For a unique look at the city, take a traditional water taxi ride along Dubai Creek.