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Situated around 140 kilometers, north east of the capital and an hour`s drive from Abu Dhabi international airport, the Emirate of Dubai is the worlds fastest growing tourist destination and the most popular in the Middle East. Long established as a trading and commercial centre, the historic quarters of the city have been superseded by rise building, spreading the length of the coast. The Dubai way is to dream the impossible so it's no surprise that there is always something new delight, amaze or astonish you.
Keeping up with its reputation as a destination for offering the fastest, biggest and highest, Dubai unveiled the world's tallest building this year, proudly standing more than 800 meters high, Burj Khalifa has broken seven world records and boasts 160 storeys. Here you can stay in luxury, dine on fine foods or sample cocktails in chic bars or head to the observation deck on level 124 for unrivalled across Dubai.
The building that first put Dubai on the world map is the Burj Al Arab, the first ever seven-star hotel situated just off the main tourist area of Jumeirah Beach. For a small entrance fee, you can visit the Hotel even if not a resident. The Sky view Bar, 200 meters above sea level, gives you a spectacular view of the coastline and a clear view of another of Dubai's iconic landmarks, the Palm Jumeirah. Holding the record for the world's largest manmade island, Palm Jumeirah, has superb hotel and restaurants, including its flagship resort, Atlantis, set at the head of the crescent encircles the palm fronds, facing out to the Arabian Gulf. Another way to see the scale of the latest developments in Dubai is from the air, either by helicopter or by taking a sea plane which takes off near the shore, or enjoy a champagne hot air balloon flight, which will take you effortlessly over breathtaking terrain.
Back on terra firma, a trip to the nearby Wild Wadi Waterpark is highly recommended, especially for families. For the brave, its hosts the fastest, tallest free slide outside North America, the 33-metre high Jumeirah Sceirah.
What to See & Do
Dubai's dramatic new landmark is comfortably the highest building of any type in the world. Looking up from the ground, its scale is breathtaking and makes a visit to the observation deck an absolute must do. With your appetite whetted by an entertaining multimedia presentation on Dubai's history and the story of the tower's construction, the world's longest elevator then speeds you up to the 124th floor for a view you will never forget.
Burj Al Arab
Resembling the shape of a dhow sail, this luxury hotel is unmistakably perched out from he stunning Jumeirah Beach. Visit the hotel for an entry fee if you're not a hotel guest. The other way to experience this iconic hotel afternoon tea in the sky view Bar, with spectacular views from 200-metres above sea level. At the other end of the scale is culinary flight, a chance four of the hotels restaurants all on one evening.
Aquaventure, Dolphin Bay & The Lost Chamber (Atlantis)
Discover real thrills and excitement at one of the largest water parks in the Middle East - a new addition to Dubai's long list of the world-class attraction and located next to the Atlantis Hotel on the Palm Jumeirah.
Aquaventure is overflowing with 42 fun-filled acres, master blaster speed slide, rivers; rapids splashers children's play area, lush tropical landscape and a private beach.
Explore the mysterious of Atlantis - lost for thousands of years deep beneath in placid waters. Lose yourself in the maze of underwater halls and tunnels, feed sharks Lagoon, or enjoy a behind the scenes guided the interaction which is open the lost chambers. Enjoy an up close and personal meeting with dolphins. Touching, hugging playing ball and feeding are some of the activities guest can experience during the interaction which is open to all.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
Only 20 minutes from Dubai city centre, wild wadi world has 30exciting rides within 12 acres of fun. One of the attractions of the park is that it caters for all ages inclination. There is the incredibly fast free-fall signature ride, Jumeirah sceirah or try surfing on the flowrider, but the younger or less energetic can equally enjoy the Lazy River or take a dip in the Wave Pool. There's plenty opportunity to sunbathe and a choice of cafes for when you get hungry.
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Mall of the Emirates
With over 450 retailers, over 70 dining outlets and indoor entertainment facilities, Mall of the Emirates is one of the largest shopping centers. Chill out from the shops at Ski Dubai, or have fun with 10-pin bowling and bumper cars at the renowned magic planet. To visit the mall, there is a complimentary shuttle bus that runs between Dubai's major hotels and the mall. Or if you're on the Big Bus tour, it's the last stop en route after a morning at the beach.
The top of Ski Dubai can be seen for miles around, towering over the top of the Mall of the Emirates. You can hire all the equipment you need including clothing, and you're ready for the slopes. There's an area for beginners and if you are completely new to skiing. This is surprisingly long with a section for more advanced skiers, though you can also ski from halfway up, where there is also café. At the bottom of the slope is a toboggan run and Snow Park where younger ones can play in the snow.
The Al-Fahidi is the home of the Dubai Museum and thought to be Dubai's oldest building. The museum offers insight into the UAE history through maps, instrument, weapon, antiques, architecture and water transportation.
Chillout - Dubai Ice Lounge
Giving a whole new meaning to the idea of 'chilling out', the ice Lounge is a unique venue located in the Times Square Center on Sheikh Zayed Road and offers a startling contrast to the warmth of the city's climate. Maintained at -6C, everything in the lounge is made of ice, from the tables and chairs to the lights, even the cutlery. Fortunately, the cover charge includes a thermal jacket and woollen gloves but even so, this is one venue where it's not recommended to stay the whole evening.