Dubai is the city of superlatives: the most, the tallest, the largest, the best. It’s a city of grandeur in the middle of the desert. People from all over the world venture to Dubai to enjoy the shopping, the beaches and the unique luxury Dubai prides itself on. The Burj Al- Arab self proclaims the title of the only seven -star hotel in the world, is actually the tallest hotel in the world and can only be accessed via hotel or restaurant reservation. There are man-made islands and palms that house beautiful hotels and even more amazing homes. The world’s tallest building (Burj Khalifa) can be accessed through the world’s largest shopping center (The Dubai Mall) which is also home to the largest fountain show (Dubai Fountain). With over 150 world records in the United Arab Emirates, it’s hard not to become a part of it all. The work week in Dubai spans from Sunday to Thursday and the city definitely transforms for the weekend. Yachts (and their parties!) are plentiful on the weekends. Friday champagne brunches are culinary and social events where you can indulge in an excess of food and alcohol (Note: alcohol is only served in hotels, BUT there are almost 500 hotels!).
But there is plenty to do at any given time in Dubai. Since cabs are pretty cheap and the newly minted metro is easy to navigate, getting around the city is really easy. Spend a day in and around the Marina area and enjoy the promenade, the restaurants and the beauty of the water and high rises. Perfect your haggling skills in the Creek/Deira area at the Gold, Spice and Textile souks and then take an abra across the creek for 1 dirham (yes!). Indulge your inner child at Ski Dubai, an indoor winter wonderland where you can ski, snowboard, bobsled, ride a chairlift and meet a few penguins. Don’t worry about packing warm clothing since a ski suit, boots and gloves are provided. If freezing temps aren’t your thing, take a desert safari tour where you dune bash through the desert, ride camels, sand board and experience an Arabian night under the stars with dinner, whirling dervishes and belly dancers. When you just want to relax with the sun, sand and shoreline head to the Jumeirah Beach area where there are public (free) and private (5 dirham) beaches that offer their own scenic views of Burj Al-Arab, the city skyline and skydivers. Whatever you decide to do, Dubai ensures that you do it to the extreme and provides a beautiful backdrop for your enjoyment.