Good day to all of my friends. I hope you are enjoying a sunny life today!
When I think of sun and fun, Dubai comes to mind almost instantly. Dubai is a fantastic destination for a holiday, for business or for combining both into a ‘bleisure’ trip.
Skyscraper city – left or right there is one in sight!
The Tallest Building in the WORLD!
Dubai is all about trade, commerce and shopping. Because it has very little oil, unlike its sister Emirate of Abu Dhabi, it had to survive by trade. To attract people from all over the world, it has built infrastructure like airports and highways, signature architecture like the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building) and the iconic Burj al Arabi, trading facilities like the Jebel Ali Port and world class hotels and leisure facilities.
The Wall of Swimmers at the Dubai Mall
Here’s a pro-tip: It is undeniably hot in Dubai – especially during its long summer. That means that the city really comes alive at night. Shops, malls and restaurants are all open late. So, relax by the pool during the day and take a long nap before having a great time at night!
When you are tired of shopping, you can take in theme parks instead. There are more than thirty theme parks and some are extraordinary. In a place as warm as Dubai, you would expect water parks to be big, but in Dubai ‘big’ means ENORMOUS. Atlantis has the best known and most elaborate water park but there are many from which to choose. I like the Wild Wadi which is locally themed and fun for the entire family.
Located on the apex of the Palm Dubai – The Atlantis
Visiting Dubai is easy because Emirates Airlines was developed specifically to take guests to and through the city. Emirates has changed the way the world flies. Migrating birds find it easier to take Emirates – even though they invariably have to change planes! While Dubai is served by many of the world’s finest airlines, Emirates Airlines dominates. The airport is one of the most fun but least convenient in the world. The distance between connecting gates can be daunting enough to require a train, which is wildly inconvenient, but the shopping along the way is fun and exciting. The Airport is packed with shops, restaurants and lounges. It’s the first feature destination airport in the world!
Here’s a pro-tip: most airports in the world allow ninety minutes for connecting from one international flight to another. Dubai allows two hours because the distances are so vast. Arrive at the airport at least three hours in advance for departure or you’ll be rushing to the gate and you’ll miss all of those last minute bargains for sale!
One of the most iconic structures in the Middle East – The Burj Al Arab
Taxis are plentiful, inexpensive and efficient. There is no reason to take an unlicensed taxi in Dubai. Ridesharing is becoming popular as well. There is even Uber Helicopter if you’re in a particular hurry. There is an efficient monorail system that is a fun way to travel quickly across the city’s various districts. Dubai is trying to become more eco-friendly so please consider taking public transport when you visit.
Hotels are plentiful and cater to all tastes and budgets from the low-cost to the ultra-luxurious and mega-expensive. The first hotel in Dubai was built in 1959 and the second and third were only constructed in 1968. When I first visited Dubai in 1995, there were 167 hotels with 9,400 rooms in total and it seemed like they were everywhere. As of early in 2019, there are 719 hotels with 118,000 rooms. That’s incredible growth!
Here’s a final pro-tip: for a truly incredible view, book a table at the Atmosphere Bar on the 121 floor of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. A visit to Atmosphere is more exclusive than the viewing platform, provides incredible views and it’s a treat that you should enjoy with someone you love!
Afternoon Tea 121 floors up in the Sky!
If you visit Dubai, you’ll marvel at this miracle in the desert!