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Reasons Why You Must Visit Dubai

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Dubai is a city that has a fascinating mix of old and new. As part of the United Arab Emirates, the city has really grown in the last 50 years. It’s a city of contrasts and a city that you will never forget.

When you first drive into the city, beautiful modern skyscrapers litter the skyline, shining in the sun. Being home to the biggest and best of almost everything it’s a place that is known for its extravagance,  its luxury but also its traditions and culture.  Less is certainly not more in Dubai!

These are our reasons why you must visit Dubai.

For The Luxury
inside the Burj Al Arab

Inside the Burj Al Arab

Dubai has an amazing array of beautiful luxury hotels, such as The Burj Al Arab the world’s only ‘7-star’ hotel. Standing on an island, the Burj Al Arab it is known for it’s flowing shape, which is designed to look like the sails of a ship. Inside the luxurious hotel, dancing fountains and 24 carat gold pillars decorate the foyer and rooms have butler service. There is even a helipad on the roof for the millionaires that stay here. Afternoon tea in the Burj Al Arab gives you a little insight into how the other half live, with tiny sandwiches, cute little pastries, scrumptious cakes and warm delicious scones. Millionaires must like their food in miniature.

The other hotels are amazing too, many in an Arabian style with ornate buildings and marble bathrooms whilst others cutting edge modern with clean lines and minimalistic elegance.

Not surprisingly, many wealthy business people live here and the sight of the luxury cars on a Saturday night driving along Jumeirah beach cannot be missed. We played ‘real life’ Supercar Top Trumps as we watched  numerous Lamborghinis, Bugatti Veyrons, Ferraris, and Porches drive up and down.

Apparently, even the police cars are Lamborghinis which makes change from our local policeman’s diesel Ford Focus.

All the luxury brands have shops in Dubai including Christian Louboutin, Bvlgari, and Cartier and there is even an island in the shape of a palm tree. We didn’t see a Poundland but there were plenty of ThousandPoundLands.

For The Shopping

Gold Souk

Test your haggling skills at the Gold Souk

Dubai is known for its shopping and has one of the largest shopping centres in the world, as well as a number of souks, (old Arabian markets) where shoppers haggle for the best price. For many us Brits haggling can be hard work and a bit Monty Pythonesque.

At the Mall Of The Emirates, you can shop in over 700 stores from high street shops such as Top Shop to luxury brands such as Burberry and Christian Louboutin, that I mentioned above. As well as shops, it also has a range of over 90 food outlets and cafes. Entertainment here is also in abundance with a multi-screen cinema and entertainment centre as well as an indoor ski centre. Yes, you heard me correctly, you can go skiing indoors when outside temperatures can reach 45 degrees centigrade in the height of summer.

If you want something more traditional head to the city’s souks for a vibrant and colourful experience. There are souks for perfume, spices, gold and everything else imaginable. In the gold souk every store has shelves and shelves of beautiful gold chains, and every precious stone imaginable can be found here. Then further on, there are the colourful sites of the textile souk and the wonderful smells of the perfume and spice souks. Haggling is expected.

For The Activities And Attractions
Burj Khalifa

Looking up and down at the Burj Khalifa

Dubai is the place to go if you are an adrenaline junkie. From going to the top of the world tallest hotel The Burj Khalifa and seeing the buildings that look like ants below, to swimming with sharks in Dubai Aquarium and taking a skydive over the desert, there is a wide range of adrenaline activities in Dubai.

Kids are looked after well too, from the Aquaventure and Wild Wadi waterparks to Sega Republic and Ski Dubai at the Mall Of The Emirates. This is not taking into account the soft sand of Jumeirah beach and the beautiful warm waters perfect for swimming.

The Burj Khalifa at over 829m is three times as tall as The Eiffel Tower and worth a visit. You may recognise it from the Mission Impossible films where Tom Cruise famously filmed his own stunts on the top of the world’s tallest skyscraper. The trip to the top, in speeds up to 600m a minute, is highly recommended.

While you are here why not go ‘dune bashing’.  Slap on the sunscreen and don’t forget the water then strap yourself into a twin seater buggy. These vehicles have a full roll cage, and safety harnesses to take you at speeds up and down the dunes for an exhilarating experience.

For The Weather
Dubai Beach

On the beach in Dubai

If you are a sun worshiper you will love Dubai, as even in the coldest months the temperature rarely goes below 19-degrees centigrade. In the height of summer, this can rise to 45 degrees so be sure to use a high factor suncream and cover up in the midday sun. It’s a place where you will get your vitamin D that’s for sure! In fact, it apparently has sunshine 330 days a year.

As you can see Dubai has something for everyone. A true luxury destination with shopping galore in the middle of the desert, with activities for everyone. With the highest building in the world, the most luxurious hotel in the world, and even a ski centre in the middle of the desert I think you can see Dubai is a great tourist destination

Have you ever been to Dubai? What is your must do attraction?

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  • Reply
    Robin Masshole Mommy
    September 29, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Oh I would LOVE to visit Dubai! It sounds amazing there.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      October 6, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      It is amazing, a real mix of cultures and of course, the weather is fantastic,

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    Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle
    September 29, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I have actually never thought about visiting Dubai, but I want to go now. It’s beautiful!

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    Colleen Lanin
    September 29, 2016 at 6:13 pm

    What an amazing looking place. I had no idea that Dubai was such a gorgeous place. It’s like a totally different world.

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    September 30, 2016 at 12:20 am

    Dubai looks absolutely beautiful and I am sure we would enjoy a trip there.

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    September 30, 2016 at 1:29 am

    It’s so beautiful there! This looks like such a great place to visit!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      September 30, 2016 at 7:20 am

      You are virtually guaranteed nice sunny weather in Dubai, hot but not humid.

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    September 30, 2016 at 2:42 am

    You know, I was just talking to someone who recently went to Dubai. Maybe this is a sign that I should go someday.

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    September 30, 2016 at 4:17 pm

    My brother was here years ago and hasn’t stopped talking about it. I would love to go one of these days! Your photos are stunning!

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      Mr and Mrs W
      October 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      The weather is wonderful and the light is amazing especially at sunset. We only use a simple point and shoot camera.

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    September 30, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Definitely on my travel bucket list. It looks like such a bustling city that features design so different from my home. I’d love to see it in person.

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    Kelly Hutchinson
    September 30, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Dubai is such a gorgeous city. There is so much to do and see. I love the architecture. So beautiful.

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:11 am

    Wow, these are wonderful and tempting reasons! We should go to Dubai one of these days.

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    October 1, 2016 at 4:43 am

    Oh wow, this looks incredible! I have a friend who moved to Dubai for a few years and her stories are amazing.

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    Joyce Brewer
    October 3, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    My husband has mentioned Dubai as a vacation destination. But that long flight makes me apprehensive.

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      Mr and Mrs W
      October 3, 2016 at 2:32 pm

      Yes, I think it’s at least 14 hours from the US, it’s just under 7 hours from UK. It may be worth a stopover if you get chance of a longer trip.

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    October 4, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Oh my gosh i totally want to visit here. looks so beautiful!!!

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