The Best of Dubai 2016

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A beautiful panoramic skyline of Dubai during the day.

Dubai is renowned for its luxury shopping, vibrant nightlife, and innovative architecture and business culture. Whether you’re traveling to this holiday oasis on business or treating yourself to a leisurely well-earned break, there is no shortage of things to do, restaurants to check out, and upscale hotels to stay at. The fascinating balance between rich history and an ultramodern future makes visiting Dubai a nonstop adventure.

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Best of Dubai in 2016:

Things to Do

No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa, an 830-metre high tower that has been hailed as a marvel in both architecture and engineering. At its base is the Dubai Fountain, which features a choreographed water and light show. Enjoy the view from the two observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors before enjoying drinks and dinner at the restaurant on the 122nd floor.

Dubai skyline in evening with the Dubai mall and fountain in the background; a must-see and one of the best of Dubai in 2016.

For the ultimate shopping experience visit the Dubai Mall, the world’s largest shopping centre. In addition to over 1200 stores that include leading European outlets (as well as the first Bloomingdale’s outside America), the mall features indoor theme parks, a huge tropical aquarium, and a giant ice rink.

If you’re feeling daring, why not enjoy a hot air balloon ride over Dubai Desert Conservation Reservation? The morning voyage guarantees a nonstop series of amazing desert vistas, so don’t forget your camera.

Restaurants–Best of Dubai

Dubai has a vast range of restaurants and cuisines. Dinner as a rule is eaten late: if you reserve a table at one of these popular establishments before 10:00 pm, you’ll be eating with expats or fellow tourists.

Reflets par Pierre Gagnaire is celebrated all over the city and beyond for its gastronomic excellence. Be sure to try a tasting menu at this luxurious eatery, which features the culinary expertise of Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire.

If you want an authentic Arabian Nights experience, Tagine is the place to go to. Featuring fine Moroccan cuisine and enlivened by a Moroccan band, you’ll love the friendly and energetic atmosphere.

The Arabian Tea House, located in the city’s Persian quarter, features sumptuous traditional Arabian breakfasts, fresh lunches, and a wide range of traditional teas. It’s a great place to enjoy refreshments while visiting this section of town.

Hotels–Best of Dubai

Like its restaurants, Dubai hotels are elegant, welcoming, and available to suit most budgets. At the upper end of the scale is the 5 star Hilton Al Hamra Beach and Golf Resort, which is situated between the world-famous Al Hamra Golf Course and the gorgeous beach on the Ras Al Khaimah coast.

Souk Madinat Joumeirah near the Medina of Dubai during the day. The Burj Al Arab hotel can be seen in the background.

Equally lavish is the Fujairah Rotana Resort and Spa, which has 250 rooms and suites with ready access to white sandy beaches and breathtaking Middle Eastern gardens. If you’re bringing the family,  the 231-room Rixos The Palm Dubai offers a kid’s club along with a luxury spa, swim-up bar, and three restaurants.

This is only a sample of the attractions, dining opportunities, and accommodations in Dubai. With so much to see and do, all you need to do is take a walk and your sightseeing itinerary will practically create itself.

Have you visited Dubai in 2015 or 2016? What were you favorite things to do in Dubai?


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