"Dubai is a fascinating place like no other, with some of the best shopping and dining in the world, a holiday here is an experience you will never forget..."
Dubai is about as surreal as a city can be: a vast cathedral to modernity, with massive futuristic skyscrapers that puncture the sky, it offers luxury and fun in one of the most unforgiving deserts in the world. It is the kind of place that makes your jaw drop and has some of the finest architecture that you will find anywhere. It is the urban equivalent of a magic lamp, with enough activities to make pretty much any wish come true. From watersports to skiing in the desert and everything in between you name it and Dubai has it, ideal for family holidays. This combined with the amazing nightlife, bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere and panoramic views from the top of Burj Khalifa, make it a city without compare, where you are virtually guaranteed an amazing holiday. So, if you’re looking for a city break where you can indulge and enjoy the finer things in life, make Dubai your next holiday destination with Cyplon.
Dubai Travel Guide
At A Glance:
It is considered a city and emirate, within the larger United Arab Emirates. Emirate roughly translates to kingdom and the best way to think about it is as a small independent state, within a larger conglomerate that has come together for mutual benefit. It is famous for its incredible modern architecture, including the iconic Burj Khalifa tower, which stands a remarkable 830-metres tall and is the largest building in the world. It is also renowned for the many artificial islands that have been built around the harbour area. Dubai is fairly large with a population of around 3-million people.
Dubai has a hot climate throughout the year, with temperatures averaging highs of 36 degrees in August and averaging lows of 19 degrees in January. The best times to visit are in Spring and Autumn, when the temperature is not quite as sweltering as in summer, while still being hot. Dubai is a desert city, which doesn’t get much rain and visitors there should really be more concerned about it being too hot for them.
History & Culture
A relatively modern city it was founded by the Maktoum family in around 1833, when they settled with 800 others at the mouth of a natural creek. It had become a successful trading port by the beginning of the 20th century and by the 1930’s around 20,000 people lived there. They struck rich in 1966 when a vast supply of oil was discovered, and Sheik Rashid elected to embark on a massive building program that continues to this day. Its welcoming attitude, excellent infrastructure and competitive taxation policies quickly made it into one of the largest business hubs in the world and it has remained that to this day.
An excellent family destination it has host of activities for the younger members of the clan. The Wild Wadi Waterpark is a great place for people of all ages to escape the heat and has a myriad of exiting attractions including: log flumes, pools and lazy rivers. While Kidzania a vast city designed for children is ideal for parents who want to leave their children somewhere safe while they go shopping. Other things of note include: the Dubai Aquarium, home to a huge range of marine species, the huge Burj Khalifa tower, the Heritage and Diving Village, Wonderland Amusement Park, SEGA Republic Gaming Park, and the many beautiful beaches. The city and the outskirts of the city provide some amazing tourist attractions, enough to keep young kids and teens entertained all week.
Tours & Attractions
Other than lively beaches, luxury shopping and fine dining hotspots dotted across the city, you will also find some spectacular tourist sites to keep the whole family entertained. Head to the city’s many aquariums (such as the Atlantis Aquarium or the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo), go up the Burj Khalifa to soak up the views, or take a tour out into the Sahara Desert There are also plenty of attractions and theme parks suitable for young children and teens.
Its diverse nightlife is about as good as they come, with a plethora of bars and clubs offering drinks and entertainment on a nightly basis. Visitors should note that the legal age for drinking is 21 and is strictly enforced and drink driving is punished with jail time. Many of the bars are attached to hotels and they are generally for rich Emiratis and foreigners. The coolest area is the beachfront Jumeirah Beach, which hosts plenty of bars and clubs. The clubs tend to be busiest on Thursday and Friday, with a dedicated ladies night offering free entrance usually occurring on Tuesday/Wednesday. Many bars and nightclubs are found within hotel complexes and resorts due to the fact that alcohol isn’t permitted everywhere in the city.
The incredible Dubai, is one of the best places to shop in the entire world and you won’t be disappointed. It is home to a host of vast malls, the biggest of which, the Dubai Mall, has more than 1200 stores, catering to every imaginable taste or desire. This along with the Dubai Outlet Mall, Dragon Mart, The Arabian Centre, Mall of Emirates and Dubai Festival Centre, means that you won’t be short of options while there. However, Dubai also has an array of more traditional shops, including the Gold and Spice Souks, allowing visitors to escape the ordered modernity and travel back to a chaotic world of haggling and traditional local products.