Dubai is an exciting smorgasbord of unique and fascinating experiences. The jaw-dropping skyline and the gorgeous aerial views are punctuated by extraordinary structures. But these near-impossible feats of engineering stand on a land that still oozes with rich history and traditions that span centuries.
Thanks to this perfect mix of the ultra-modern and the beautiful old, Dubai has a lot to offer for everyone from tourists and pleasure seekers to Emiratis and residents just out on the town. Whatever be the reason that you're in Dubai, there's always something to do and something to enjoy in the City of Gold. Below, we take a look at some of the major attractions to help you plan your itinerary and guide you through this beautiful city.
Stay in Splendour
When on holiday, convenience and living experience becomes a priority. Hotels like Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates offer an unabashed experience in luxury. Both of them are situated right at the heart of the city and are short drives away from the airport. They're also attached to some of the biggest malls in Dubai - City Centre Deira and Mall of the Emirates respectively, that offer easy access to a wide range of brands and attractive deals on electronics, jewellery, toys and household items.
Sunset at the Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates Dubai
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road 120679, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 3410000
Check in: 2:00 PM
Check out: 12:00 PM
Tariff: AED 884 - AED 1219
Outside Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
Location: Deira City Centre, Port Saeed Road, Deira, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 294 1222
Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 12:00 PM
Tariff: Starting from $122
If you'd like to explore Dubai inside and out, you can always hop on a bus and tour around the city with a Big Bus Tours package. Big Bus offers special pick up service to the guests of Ibis City Centre Deira Hotel.
Phone: +971 4 3407709
Dine in Style
With so many places to go and so much to do, it’s natural to work up an appetite. Drop in at Bistro Domino, the stylish French restaurant located at Ibis Dubai City Centre Deira. The contemporary all-day French restaurant, with an alfresco dining terrace, offers a host of popular dishes from around the world.
You can also check out restaurants like Rhong Tiam (authentic Thai cuisine with a modern twist), Nayaab Haandi (live barbeque and Pakistani delicacies), Chaat Bazaar (the most authentic experience of Indian street food in Dubai), Aubaine (a classic French café with a modern ambience and a decadent selection of delicacies), and Din Tai Fung (soup dumplings that transport you, mind and soul, to the streets of China).
Inside Bistro Domino at Ibis Dubai City Centre Deira
Location: Ibis City Centre Deira, Port Saeed District, City Centre Deira Area, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 2925000
Cuisine: Mediterranean and International
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM (all 7 days)
Avg. cost for 2 people: AED 200
When you find yourself craving some rest and relaxation, check into Soma Spa at the Pullman Dubai City Centre Deira Hotel. Here, you can spend an afternoon pampering yourself with the many services they have to offer. Choose from a range of traditional eastern therapies including oriental treatments, a relaxing hammam or an aromatherapy session. Spas around Dubai often run promotions and offers that provide large discounts on spa packages. So make sure you do your research before you walk into one. If you’re looking for a different kind of relaxation, you can always check out anyone from a string of high-end malls around Dubai for an afternoon of indulgent retail therapy.
Location: Pullman Dubai City Centre Deira, Port Saeed Road, Deira, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 2941222
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Talking of shopping malls, there are rare few like City Centre Deira. The first large-scale, mixed-use shopping destination in Dubai, it packs in over 370 retail stores from leading international brands like Karen Millen, Armani Exchange, H&M, Sunglass Hut, Arabian Oud, Paris Gallery, Samsung, and Jumbo. There are also entertainment facilities like Magic Planet and VOX Cinemas, and dining experiences that offer cuisines from all around the world.
Ramadan decorations at City Centre Deira
Magic Planet, City Centre Deira
Location: Level 1, City Centre Deira, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 2954333
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Sunday - Wednesday)
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Thursday - Saturday)
If your interests in retail lean towards more decadent options, you can always visit the Mall of the Emirates. Pamper yourself in the aura of over 630 retail outlets, 90 international dining options and 80 of the world’s most renowned designer brands. Check out stores like Balenciaga, Aigner, Alexander McQueen, Emporio Armani, Hermes, Swiss Arabian, Jo Malone, Apple Store, Carrefour, and Debenhams.
If you would like to leave your kids to some fun and games while you shop or if you're thinking of catching the latest blockbuster afterwards, you’ve got options like Magic Planet (family entertainment destination) and the 14-screen VOX Cinemas. Mall of the Emirates also hosts Ski Dubai (Middle East’s first indoor ski resort and snow park) and the Dubai Community Theatre and Arts Centre (DUCTAC).
Mall of the Emirates
Skiing at Ski Dubai
Location: Ground level, Mall of the Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 4094000
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
With something for everyone in the family, Dubai lives up to expectations and more. Combining the rich culture of the Middle East with its ultra-modern luxury attractions, it offers you an unparalleled array of entertainment, shopping, dining and relaxation options. So get out and soak yourself in the City of Gold.