Luxury Holidays to Dubai
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Bask in the attraction and sunshine of the UAEs most-famous state. Dubai is the home of high-end 5* hotels which feature lavish lobbies, breath-taking views and first class service. However, there is more to Dubai than flashy cars and shopping malls. Set in within the array of incredible restaurants is the Arab hospitality, golden beaches and expansive deserts just waiting for you to explore.
Adrenaline-triggers can be found in the way of ‘dune-basing’ and sand-skiing over magnificent dunes in the desert, however you can experience a few thrills somewhere a bit cooler. Known widely as a place where you can also ski in the afternoon after a morning on the dunes, head to the Dubai Mall for 22,500 sqm of ski slopes.
Horse-riding and a wide selection of watersports are available throughout the country too via hotels and Al Dhabi Dubai City Stables.
Nightlife & Party with Locals
There is no shortage of parties in Dubai, no matter which day of the week you choose to head out. Many of the hotels feature their own bars and clubs due to licensing purposes, however there are more and more clubs popping up with incredible, exocentric themes. ‘White Dubai’ has won awards year after year for their rooftop EDM DJ sets. Other highlights include ‘Cirque Le Soir’ and ‘Armani/Prive’ which is located at the luxurious Armani Hotel in the Burj Khalifa.
Gourmet Cuisine & Dining Out
Gastronomy has to be part of the perfect luxury holiday, and Dubai houses both international and local cuisine in a selection of awe-inspiring locations. From the JBR Walk to panoramic and rotating restaurants at the top of hotels. The list is endless, and each one features quality and character.
World’s Best Scuba Dive Sites
Submerged wrecks attract startling arrays of vivid tropical fish, self-formed artificial reefs, and depths range from 10 to 80 metres. Dubai’s protected Gulf waters mean that May to October is so warm that no wetsuits are needed, and 3mm suits are comfortable for the rest of the year.
World Class Golf Courses
Dubai’s major courses cater for all handicaps, and they include the magnificent Al Badia 18-hole championship course located at Dubai Creek; the Desert Course at Arabian Ranches; The Dubai Creek and Yacht Club. As well as home to some of the world’s finest golf courses, Dubai is also home to the Dubai Desert Classic where some of the world’s best golfing champions compete.
Luxury Family Holiday in Dubai
There are more than enough ways for children and families to enjoy their escape to Dubai. Aside from being looked after in the form of kids clubs and kid-friendly hotel facilities, many feature their own waterparks such as Aquaventure and Lost Chambers Aquarian at Atlantis, or access to theme parks such as Wild Wadi Waterpark from Jumeirah properties. And when you’re wishing for a unique experience, a desert safari is a great way to show the family the traditional side of the UAE. Dubai is the perfect family holiday destination.
As a country which is full of both Emiratis and ex-pats, you will find a wide selection of events which are more prominent in the cooler months. And since it is Dubai, there are even festivals for shopping; so for the best deals you can time your trip perfectly.
Crazy sales across all stores make the Dubai Shopping Festival the largest of its kind. Spanning the whole month of January, DSF brings to life every shoppers dream in the form of discounted prices.
The most anticipated annual sporting event in Dubai, the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon features races of 3km for beginners, 10km and 50km marathon for those over 18.
Dubai Jazz Festival is held in the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre and is the most anticipated musical event in the country. With big names such as Mariah Carey, John Legend and Duran Duran headlining in the past, it is no wonder. The event runs for 10 days.
Taking place in the cooler months between February and March is another one of Dubai’s highly-anticipated sports events; Dubai Duty-Free Tennis Championships.
The most popular golfing event in the UAE is the Dubai Desert Classic which also takes place between February and March. It is held at the Emirates Golf Club and has seen some of the biggest names in the business.
The annual Dubai Food Festival is one of the most exciting events in the UAE. Each year events include the flagship Etisalat Beach Canteen, Dubai Restaurant Week and Taste of Dubai return to be a part of it. This event spans over the space of a few weeks across both February and March also.
The Dubai World Cup is the largest of the yearly events in Dubai, and it is a fantastic excuse for a day out at the races. With a prixe of $10m it is also known as the richest horse race and is the most prestigious.
From June to August is the six-week spectacular of Dubai Summer Surprises. Once the schools close, parents take advantage of the sales as well as the activities through the event mascot, Modesh.
The Dubai Fitness Challenge was started in 2017 as a way of encouraging residents to have a healthier lifestyle. The entire city turns into a playground with everyone completed their 30 minutes a day for 30 days.
Dubai Design Week is aimed at celebrating Dubai’s creative community. This is done in the way of art installations, events and exhibitions for a week, with more than 60,000 visitors attending each year.
National Day Festival is marked by cultural activities throughout Dubai including concerts, music competitions, fireworks, camel- racing, traditional markets, cuisine and crafts.
Aiming at providing platforms for showcasing original films from the region, the Dubai International Film Festival is one of the most popular festivals. A-listers to attend in the past include the likes of George Clooney, Cate Blanchett and Morgan freeman on the red carpet.
Second largest of the seven autonomous states and a premium leisure destination in the Middle East. Dubai basks in a dry subtropical climate on the southern shore of the Arabian Gulf, where long white beaches are lapped by the azure seas of the Gulf. It’s little wonder that Dubai is one of Arabia’s most in-demand leisure destinations. Modern, clean, efficient and welcoming, it delivers a superb mix of sunshine, watersports, luxury hotels, world-class cuisine, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, championship golf courses, desert safaris - and pretty much everything you need for the best luxury holiday in Dubai!
WHAT TO SEE DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO DUBAI
Dubai’s main artery, winding inland from the Gulf, is a fascinating hive of activity by day and night. With traditional teak trading dhows plying their way across the Gulf and local water taxis (abras) endlessly criss-crossing its waters, you can view it from the water before heading into Deira.
The eastern side of the Dubai Creek is Deira; the city’s commercial and business heart, which is home to some of the best shopping. Highlights include glass-fronted souks (local markets) which are all categorised; the Spice Souk, the Gold Souk and Fish Souk.
To the west of Dubai Creek is historic Bur Dubai. The many attractions include the Dubai Museum; housed in Al Fahidi Fort which is a landmark dating back 200 years, as well as a former palace, garrison and prison. Other sites include the Grand Mosque with the city’s tallest minaret, and the blue-tiled Iranian mosque.
Gain tantalising glimpses old Dubai by wandering around the narrow lanes of Bastakiya district, notable for its traditional courtyard houses with their distinctive wind towers providing natural air-conditioning. Aside from the coffee museum, a must-visit is to a Bedouin brunch at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre of Cultural Understanding (pre-booking is advised).
To the west of the mouth of Dubai Creek this the most-famous sweeping strip of sand in the UAE. Washed by the warm waters of the Arabian Gulf is the setting of many of Dubai’s world-class luxury hotels, along Jumeirah Beach.
Jumeirah Mosque is one of the largest and most beautiful of Dubai''''s many mosques, and is though to be the most photographed in Dubai too. A spectacular example of modern Islamic architecture, with twin minaret and, a majestic dome are dramatically illuminated after dark.
WHAT TO DO DURING YOUR LUXURY HOLIDAY TO DUBAI
If you’re staying at one of the Jumeirah Beach resorts, you’ll find plenty of watersports on offer from windsurfing and parasailing to jet skiing, which will all be available at your hotel or nearby. Scuba-divers and game-fishing enthusiasts are also well catered for in the area.
Even for non-golfers Dubai''s fantastic golf courses, which include three of world-class championship standard, are worth a visit for their spectacular clubhouse architecture and landscaping of the desert.
For a complete change of scene and style, take a trip into the desert and Hajar Mountains on an exciting ‘dune-bashing’ or ‘wadi-bashing’ safari. For an authentic Arabic experience, pair it with a camel ride and even breakfast or dinner in the Bedouin Camp. Aerial sightseeing and daylight and evening dhow cruises are also increasingly popular.
Dubai is home to some of the largest and most-extravagant shopping malls in the world. Many including cinemas and hotels as well as plenty of dining option for when you need to rest your feet. Offering every top designer brand, as well as great duty-free prices on electrical goods and jewellery, be prepared to spend should this be one of the purposes for your visit.
Dubai is a truly cosmopolitan affair and offers a buzzing night-scene from beachfront to city centre. Bars, pubs, discos, shisha bars and nightclubs are plentiful, and most serve food and offer a wide range of entertainment. Dubai increasingly attracts popular singers and entertainers from both the West and the East, and hundreds of high-quality restaurants tempt with a mouth-watering array of tastes from around the world.