1. Go up the Burj Khalifa - At the time of writing this the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and stands at 828 metres (2,716.5 feet) and 160 stories. For unparalleled views of downtown Dubai head to the Observation Deck on the 124th floor. If purchased in advance tickets cost 125 AED for Adults (12 years +) and 95 AED for children (4- 12 years) children under 4 go for free. If tickets are purchased for immediate entry they cost 400 AED for adults and children, under 4's remain free. The entrance to 'At the Top' observation deck van be found on the lower ground floor of Dubai Mall.
2. 4x4 Dune Bashing - A trip to Dubai isn't complete without an extreme off road drive across the beautiful sand dunes. 'Bashing' through the dunes is an exhilarating experience and you also get to enjoy a scenic desert journey.
3. Brunch - In Dubai the weekend falls on Friday and Saturday, so if your visit coincides with this time brunch is something you should try. Mainly for expats, Dubai's Friday Brunch has become a favourite and very popular pastime. Like Dubai itself the Brunches there are all about excess. Buffets stacked high with such a variety of food and all the booze you can drink (at some its unlimited Champagne). A Brunch will normally last 3-4 hours and can cost between $50-$100. But as much as people let their hair down at brunch it must not be forgotton that the country adheres to Islamic Laws and traditions and it is illegal to be drunk in the street so just remember to get a taxi wherever you go next.
4. A Helicopter ride- With such an iconic skyline there is no better way to view it than up in the air. From the skyscrapers of downtown and the impressive Sail shaped Burj Al Arab to the beautiful artificial islands of The World and the Palms.
5. Miracle Gardens- You may be surprised to know that in the parched desert landscape of Dubai you will find the world's biggest natural flower garden. 45 million colourful flowers are displayed in flowerbeds as well as in a variety of structures including heart shaped tunnels and pyramids.
6. Malls- Even if you are not a shopaholic you cannot go to Dubai without a visit to a Mall or two. They are more than just shopping centres, they are a whole new shopping and entertainment experience. Set amongst hundreds of shops do not be surprised to see an ice rink, or an indoor ski slope or a world class Aquarium, you can relax in a spa, wander through a gold souk, watch a film, play in a amusement park, eat, drink or shop til you drop.
7. Burj Al Arab, afternoon tea or drink with a view from 360 bar- Personally this is visually one of my favourite buildings in the world. Famed as 'The Most Luxury Hotel in The World' or 'The World's first Seven-Starred hotel' (although in truth you cannot go above five, but you get the picture that this hotel is special) you need to have a big wallet if you want to step inside this hotel let alone stay there. One option is afternoon tea but this will still set you back 510 AED with champagne and 450 AED without (roughly £85 and £74 respectively) or High Tea for 360 AED (roughtly £60). The option I chose was to admire the building from the comfort of 360 Bar. Tucked away at the end of Jumeirah Beach Hotel's Marina walkway this bar/club is one of the most impressive in the world and offers spectacular views back to the shore.
8. Visiting a Gold Souk- Whether or not you are looking to buy gold a visit to a gold souk is a must. If you do plan to buy be prepared to haggle but be assured that if you purchase in a store it will be good quality as the government keeps the industry regulated. If you buy from the traders outside the same cannot be said.
9. Water Parks- In the heat of Dubai there is no better way to cool off than by visiting one of the water parks. There are a few to choose from, including Aquaventure featuring the most extreme ride in the UAE, Wild Wadi, and Atlantis The Palm.
10. Traditional Dubai - It is hard to imagine now that Dubai was originally a small fishing village and there is not much left to show this, but a wander round the Bastakia Quarter will provide a little insight into Traditional Dubai. You will find art galleries and cafes, the textile souk and Dubai museum. The later provides more information about life in Dubai before oil.
Expedia.co.uk currently has some great deals on flights and hotels in Dubai if you book between 25.03.14- 07.04.14 so why not treat yourself!
Arabian Spotlight- Dubai
After being bitten by the traveling bug at 17 I made it my mission to visit, explore, experience as much of the world as possible. 12 years later and this blog looks at where I have been and as always what is next.........