Dubai has been in the limelight and world media time and again for its record breaking achievements and landmarks or events. From the ‘world’s biggest, to world’s highest, and world’s first and so on. Most of these are recognized by the Guinness Book of records.
Here are some of them:
Burj Al Arab
The world’s first 7-star hotel
Formerly known as Burj Dubai is the world’s tallest tower
The world’s biggest shopping mall
The longest driverless network
Deira Gold Souq
The largest gold bazaar in the world
Has the highest and fastest water slide outside of North America
Atlantis, the Palm
One of the largest open air marine habitats in the world
The longest floating bridge in the world
One of the world’s largest flag at Union house
Discover all that’s possible in Dubai
Whether it’s fashion, electronics or gold, you’ll find almost every global brand name on sale in Dubai’s sprawling shopping malls – which at the last count numbered over 95. For a different retail experience, explore the old, preserved covered markets – souks – that flank Dubai’s Creek.
In the centre of the city, among the sprawling skyscrapers, you’ll discover a nature reserve that’s home to thousands of pretty flamingoes. Take a trip to the Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitat. Or head out of town and into the desert to see Arabian oryx scampering across the dunes.
WATERPARKS & WATERSPORTS
Make a splash in two of the world’s renowned waterparks – Wild Wadi, in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab; and Aquaventure, on the grounds of the colossal Atlantis The Palm resort. Enjoy kite-surfing, kayaking, jet skiing or banana boating. If you’re game, why not dive with sharks at the Dubai Aquarium or swim with the dolphins at Atlantis’ Dolphin Bay
You don’t have to venture too far out of the metropolis to discover an ocean of sand dunes disappearing beyond the horizon. Go dune bashing, watch the sunset, ride a camel and sit around the camp fire enjoying the traditional Bedouin hospitality.
SPORTS & INDOOR FUN
Go skydiving at ifly, bowling, ice skating, rock climbing and even skiing – Once you’ve finished your beach fun, swap your flip-flops for skis and whiz down the snowy mountains of Ski Dubai; then don your ice skates and hit the rink at The Dubai Mall. Hit the SEGA Republic where 14 high octane attractions await you. Or head to Meydan’s IMAX cinema – home to the largest screen in the Middle East & Asia.
Trace Dubai’s story as it grew from a tiny fishing village to the metropolis it is today. Explore the bustling souks, stroll along the Creek to visit Sheikh Saeed’s house and cross the water in a traditional wooden boat – an abra. Visit the fascinating Dubai museum where its interactive exhibition brings the past all back to life.
Dubai serves up the world on a plate, with virtually every global cuisine on offer in the city. Spoil yourself with a helping of Michelin-starred cuisine; enjoy authentic curries in Satwa or Deira and, of course, don’t forget the delicious Emirati cuisine.
With its traditions and beliefs firmly rooted in its Arabian and Islamic heritage, Emiratis are proud of their culture. Get a little insight into local lives with a visit to the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding where all will be revealed. Also grab a rare opportunity to enter the beautiful Dubai Mosque.
Hop aboard Dubai’s Big Bus and tour the city sights. Alternatively take a bird’s eye view via an exhilarating flight in a Seawings seaplane.
Lay back and be pampered in some of the best spas in the world offering a dizzying selection of heavenly treatments and therapies that soothe, rejuvenate, cleanse and renew the whole body.
As part of Dubai’s annual Summer Surprises festival, there’s loads of bargains to be had as retailers slash prices for the Summer. What’s more, shopping malls up their entertainment factor by offering family stage shows and mega prize raffles.
Dubai never sleeps! Theaters concert halls, nightclubs and restaurants ensure that the city is lively well after the dark.