To explore the area along the Creek, take an abras or water taxi that ferry hundreds of passengers back and forth daily. It’s very cheap and a great way to see the real hustle and bustle of Dubai as trading dhows are loaded and off-loaded.
There are some incredible skyscrapers to take in, including the Burj Khalifa, which rises from its base in a spiral pattern that tapers gradually into a graceful spire.
The Jumeirah Mosque is the only one in Dubai open to the public.
Don’t miss a visit to the Spice and Gold Souks. Very atmospheric, and a great place to see how good you are at haggling for the best price.
The golden desert sand dunes and Hajar Mountains are an hour or so away by car. Choose from tours that range from half-day trips to overnight camping out in a Bedouin tent.
The extravagant Dubai Fountain is well-worth a look. Standing in a man-made lake, it shoots water nearly 500 feet into the air, to the sound of Arabic and classical music. Illumination comes from more than 6,000 lights and 50 colour projectors.
In the know
The Golden Sands Hotel Apartments offer a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for your holiday:
Golden Sands 5 has the rooftop pool.
Golden Sands 9 is closest to the metro.
Rather than hire a taxi from right outside the hotel, pre-book one of the Dubai City Taxis and you’ll save yourself a fair amount of money.