The warm waters and soft sands of the Arabian Gulf create a stunning combination of beaches along the coast of Dubai. Many of them are privately-owned by the hotels, however, paying a small entry fee will allow you access. Water sports can be easily organised from the beach or hotels surrounding it.
Double-decker bus tour
Get a different view of the city by jumping on a bus. Bus tours give a great insight in to everything Dubai over a couple of hours and the hop-on-and-off system means there’s no schedule to follow! The guides are very knowledgeable, and with your ticket valid for 24 hours, this could cover all tourist locations in a single day.
Burj Al Arab
Designed to resemble a billowing sail, the world’s only seven-star hotel soars to a height of 321 metres, dominating the Dubai skyline. The Burj is certainly impressive and is illuminated at night by choreographed lighting representing water and fire. Entry is restricted to staying and visiting guests of the hotel
A marvel of human engineering, the world’s tallest freestanding structure opened in January 2011. Visit the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor and experience a breath-taking view of Dubai before visiting the many entertainment and shopping venues in the area.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Located at the centre of The Dubai Mall, the 10-million litre Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind in the world. The 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel treats visitors to an exceptional underwater experience as they come eye-to-eye with one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life worldwide.
A four-and-a-half hectare lush tropical setting modelled carefully on their natural habitat is home for the dolphins at Atlantis. There are three vast lagoons where you can meet and play with these graceful, charismatic creatures through a choice of interactions.