Dubai is fast becoming the ultimate destination for hedonists seeking a luxury holiday where there’s plenty to do – but it needn’t be expensive! Earlier this week I was considering booking a trip for June and return flights with Emirates plus 5 nights in the 4* ABC Arabian Suites came in at a surprisingly reasonable £470 per person. Not too shabby at all!
And, in case you need more tempting to visit the Jewel of the Desert, here are 5 more reasons:
You can meet PENGUINS
Come on, who’s never dreamed of meeting a penguin? (OK, don’t answer that.) But meeting penguins in a country with an average summer temperature of 40 °C would give you serious kudos. The Indoor Ski Resort in the central Mall of Emirates is home to a colony of Gentoo and King Penguins and for the princely sum of 175 DHS (around £32) you can get up close and personal with them for 40 minutes!
|A Gentoo penguin, asleep and dreaming of fish. Potentially.|
You can go up the tallest building in the world
Visit the Burj Khalifa and you can officially laugh at the rest of the world’s feeble attempts to build tall buildings.
The Burj Khalifa has broken many other World Records, including having the highest outdoor observation deck in the world. This is probably not one for those with a fear of heights, but there is also a souvenir shop on the lower ground level of the Dubai Mall so you can still buy a postcard and boast you’ve been there. Purchase tickets to go up in advance and you’ll be looking at paying 125 DHS (around £23.)
|A 2p coin has been placed next to it so you can get an idea of its height…|
There’s history as well!
Many people view Dubai as being an ultra-modern and futuristic city but there’s also a lot of history to be unearthed. Take a tour round the Bastakia Quarter for a glimpse into Dubai from a by-gone era.
“The Bastakiya is a picturesque step into Dubai’s past. It’s big on atmosphere and a delight to wander.”—Sarah Monaghan, author, DK Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Dubai.
Expect to find textile souks, art galleries and cafes. Bonus points if you find tea.
|History and a camel: what more could you possibly ask for?|
You can escape into the desert.
Escape from the metropolis of Dubai and head out into the Arabian Desert. Preferably not alone – Desert Safari Dubai (http://www.desertsafaridubai.com) runs a day tour across the dunes with opportunities to watch belly dancing around the campfire and ride a camel (email for rates). Alternatively, unleash your wild side and go sandboarding with Viator.com (£52)
|Count the grains of sand. The closest answer wins an all-inclusive paid trip to Dubai.|
Earn your swimming stripes – just about everywhere.
Jump in at the deep end and explore Dubai from a different perspective – underwater!
There seems to be aquatic activities everywhere, but my personal favourite I’m busting to try out is the water park at Aquaventure Dubai. For those staying at Atlantis, complimentary and unlimited access to the park is included – otherwise, visitors can purchase a day pass. And it’s well worth it: from daring water slides for the thrill seekers and dolphin encounters for animal lovers (at an added cost) you could easily spend the whole of your holiday here.
|The Leap of Faith where you plunge 9 stories in mere seconds – into a clear tube surrounded by sharks and sting rays.