Dubai is a grown up’s theme park, a city with the luxury and opulence of huge shopping malls and seven star hotels influenced by an undeniably Middle Eastern feel. Like no other holiday destination, a visit to Dubai will surpass all of your expectations, and allow you to revel in the splendour of the area.
Explore the history and heritage of this trading settlement with a visit to the Museum housed at the Al Fahdi Fort. It shows everyday life before the discovery of oil, as well as ancient artefacts from as far back as the third millennium BC.
The Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant landmark and the Sheik Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding organises regular visits for non-Muslims.
At the Dubai Dolphinarium, you can see spectacular shows and be educated about the wonders of these creatures, perhaps even swim with them too.
The Dubai Mall is the world’s most visited shopping/leisure destination. There are 1200 retail outlets, two department stores, and over 160 food and beverage choices. Plus, there’s an Aquarium, ice rink, and cinemas too.
60,000 spectators flock to the big races at the nearby Meydan Race Track, between November and the climax of the season in March. Then, the Dubai World Cup is the richest day in world horse racing, with a staggering $27.25 million up for grabs.
A dhow cruise down the Dubai Creek in a traditionally decorated wooden craft can be a nice way to slow the pace.
A Sea Plane tour will offer a unique bird’s-eye view of Dubai’s man-made landmarks, and natural beauties too.
Fun awaits at the Aquaventure Water Park, the largest and most exciting in the Middle East. Its 42 acres are packed with Master Blasters, speedslides, raging rivers and rapids. Kids will have a watery good time in the Splasher’s Area.
In front of the towering Burj Al Arab, the Wild Wadi is another fun destination. 30 rides for all ages are themed around the tale of Juha, a character from Arabian folklore. Look out for the new additions: Jumeirah Sceirah, two tandem slides that zoom down at 80 km/h as they descend from 32 m up in the air.
The nearby Dubai Marina Mall is a short stroll away from the hotel, and offers ‘all the best bits of the big malls’. Shop at 130 outlets and take in a movie at the six-screen cinema.
In the know
Sofitel Jumeriah Beach, Dubai offers a number of ways to make your stay extra special – if you know about them! Here are our insider’s secrets for your holiday:
Rooms at the front of the hotel catch more of the sun.
Up above the 20th floor, things are quieter, away from any street traffic noise below.
The ocean views get progressively better the higher you go.