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Basic information

  • Area: 4,114 km² (1,588.4 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +971
  • Currency: UAE dirham (AED)
  • Population (EST): 1,204,000
  • Language: Arabic
  • Time Zone: UAE (UTC+4)

Dubai – Places to Visit

Burj al Arab

One of Dubai’s most iconic sights has to be its legendary 7 Star hotel – the Burj al Arab. Rising like a sleek sail from a man made island off Jumeirah beach, visitors should be sure not to miss the chance to step inside the hotel’s opulent interior and get a true taste of Arabian excess. All entrances require a reservation, so book ahead for afternoon tea, one of the hotel’s tastiest highlights.

Desert Safari

Visitors can not leave Dubai without having first experienced the rolling red sands of its desert. Numerous tour operators offer Desert Safari’s and can take visitors on half, one day or even overnight adventures. Thrill seekers can strap themselves into an off road vehicle and get their fix from Dune Bashing at “Big Red” a high speed roller coaster of a drive across a mighty 300 ft high dune.

Ski Dubai

Touted as the “coolest thing to do in Dubai”, Ski Dubai is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort that offers the novelty of all year round sports in a winter wonderland. Visitors can snap on some skis or a snowboard and throw themselves onto a mind boggling 22,000 square metres of snowy slopes. For the serious sportsmen, five runs vary in steepness and difficulty whilst for children, toboggan rides and slides await.

iFly Dubai

More thrills can be found at iFly, Dubai’s giant man made wind tunnel, that gives gutsy guests the chance to experience all the action of sky diving from the safety of a simulator. Located at the Mirdif City Centre, instructors offer a 35 minute induction sessions followed by two unforgettable minutes of free flight.