Burj Khalifa, known as Burj Dubai prior to its inauguration, is at the moment, the tallest skyscraper in the world, and the magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai, a new, world-class destination. Visit the jewel of Dubai, reaching half a mile into the sky. the Burj Khalifa soars over Dubai at a colossal 2,717 ft. Visit ‘At The Top’–the Burj khalifa Observation Deck located on the 124th floor of the tallest building in the world: floor-to-ceiling glass windows will provide sweeping unobstructed 360 degree views of the city, desert and ocean. And as the night falls and the sparkling lights merge with the stars, special telescopes will provide virtual time-travel visions of the scenes beyond and below. It’s one of those sights that need to be experienced to be believed.
There’s also the world’s largest 900 feet long dancing fountain, animated with performances set to light and music. Step out of one marvel of design into another for next to the Burj Khalifa stands the Dubai Mall, home to just about every fashion brand in the world. Touted as the world’s largest mall, it boasts 1200 outlets, not to forget an indoor ice rink and an underwater zoo. How’s that for spectacular?
Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab (Arabic: برج العرب,Tower of the Arabs): the 7-stars luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (even though officialy referred to as 5-star) At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) out from Jumeirah beach, and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. On the pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf stands Burj Al Arab, Dubai’s foremost landmark. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. You arrive in a chauffer-driven Rolls Royce and are whisked through a soaring atrium to a suite with sweeping panoramic ocean views and a dedicated private butler. Dining becomes an experience of a lifetime at award-winning restaurants that are amongst the top 10 in the world.And to relax and unwind, there’s always your private beach. Anything is possible when you’re at the most fascinating hotel in the world.
Situated on Jumeirah Beach road in front of Burj Al Arab and close Jumeirah BEach Hotel, Wild Wadi is the only themed amusement park in the UAE. Packed with action “go-on-if-you dare” kind of rides, Wild Wadi has the world’s second highest water slide, the Middle East’s largest wave pool and rides with names like The Tunnel of Doom, Tantrum Alley and Wipeout. The water park also has two gift shops, three restaurants and two snack stands.
Flying the hot air balloon is the closest you’ll ever get to a magic carpet ride. Feel the gorgeous desert breeze as you soar 3000 feet into the golden desert sky at sunrise and float only a few meters above giant red sand dunes, emerald green oases, gazelles and wandering camels. Most of all, watch as the East meets West phenomena unfolds before your eyes with a moon-like landscape of a rugged mountain terrain to the East and the 21st century skyline of Dubai to the West.
You’re flying at 21,000 feet in clear blue skies. As your plane begins its descent into Dubai, you glance out the window. The scene below is astounding- an archipelago of three magnificent islands configured as palms within crescents, planted with high-rise resorts, amusement parks and sprawling mansions. If you’re a thrill seeker, you can enjoy the view from an angle only a few will ever experience in their lifetimes- by jumping from 13,000 feet, free-falling over the Palm Trilogy and living to tell the tale thanks to professional skydiving instructors. The wonders will never cease!
Dubai harbours some of the most spectacular locations for golf in the region. There are plenty of world-class clubs to play at and with a list of courses that reads like a who’s who of the golfing world including courses designed by Greg Norman, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie, Ian Baker-Finch, Vijay Singh, it’s little wonder the International Association of Golf Tour Operators has voted Dubai one of the most exciting golfing destinations in the world.
A rollercoaster ride along the sand dunes of the great Arabian desert- now we’re talking! Slide down the highest of sand dunes in a 4X4 or better still, jump off a dune into the air on a sandboard. And if you’re up for an even wilder adrenaline rush, mount a quad bike and take on the massive desert yourself. You’ll finally understand why it’s called “Extreme Sport.”
Ever thought of going skiing or snowboarding in the midst of a desert? If that sounds incredulous, you know it could only happen in Dubai! The Alpine themed Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates features the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the biggest indoor snow park in the world. For the shopping enthusiasts, the Mall has a whopping 520 international brands from high-end boutiques to retail outlets making it the ultimate shopping resort in the UAE.