As we gear up for one of our early 2015 weddings in exotic Dubai, we are reminded of what an enticing, vibrant and fabulous destination this city really is! If visiting, it would be criminal to leave without sampling some of the local sights, so whether you are there for a celebration, a vacation or even a short business trip, here are some of our favorite activities that we hope you will find time to squeeze into your schedules:
The Gold Souk is a traditional market that is located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira. The souk consists of over 300 retailers that trade almost exclusively in jewelry. A trip to the Gold Souk truly demonstrates why Dubai has earned itself the title City of Gold. It’s worth visit even if you have no intention of buying, just to soak in the hustle and bustle of urban life and the busy street atmosphere.
This is the world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination and the world’s most-visited shopping and leisure destination, has approximately 1,200 retail stores over 200 food and beverage outlets so there will always be something for everyone.
This is the tallest building in the world. At The Top on the 124th floor you can find an observation deck offering unrivalled views spanning the entire city, open daily from 9am to 12pm. If you’re feeling like extending your visit, try the cuisine in the fine dining restaurant on the 122 floor. Reservations are mandatory.
The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai development in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The fountain is animated with performances set to light and music. It is visible from every point on the lake promenade and from many neighboring structures. Performances take place at 1:00 pm and at 1:30 pm as well as every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends (weekends being Thursday, Friday, and Saturday).
Take a half-day tour and experience riding a camel across the desert before spending an evening of entertainment at a traditional Bedouin desert camp. The camels will be ready to take you into the Arabian Desert to feel the rhythm and beauty of the vast landscape. You will end up at the traditional Bedouin desert camp by sunset, where Arabic hospitality awaits you with a welcome drink of Ghawa and dates. Attracting people from all over the world, the entertainment in the desert camp includes a Tanoura dance show, henna painting, a shisha corner, and traditional costumes in which guest can take pictures. Enjoy a perfect evening as the BBQ buffet dinner is served. The evening finishes with a spectacular belly dance show before you are dropped back off at your hotel.
Emirates Gold Club was the first all grass championship golf course in the Middle East when it opened in 1988. Taking pride in its 36 holes of world-class golf, the club sports two of the city’s finest must-play courses, the Majlis and the Faldo Course, which is also the only 18-hole course in the region to offer night golf. Both courses combine the natural rolling desert terrain for a serious golfing test, while the signature clubhouse remains the most eye-catching in the region. The Emirates is also so much more than a golf club, serving as the premier address for all things leisure. Its appeal is equally wide-ranging off course, with everything from fine dining to bar bites available alongside top-notch pool and gym facilities, tennis courts and a brand-new spa.