Dazzling Dubai

Sue Kirkham on 05 November 2013
I visited Dubai for four days travelling in mid-October. We flew with Emirates so our flight was very comfortable, the time passing quickly as they have an award winning in-flight entertainment system called 'ice', with up to 1400 channels available on demand!

On arrival in Dubai it was a short 20 minute transfer to our hotel, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, which was directly on the beautiful Jumeirah Beach. Ideal for a luxury break and with so many excellent hotels to choose from, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. Some well-known hotels include The Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Mina A'Salam and the iconic Burj Al Arab.

We enjoyed spending time on the beautiful beach and swimming in the warm waters. Whilst we were there the Palm Island was being built, but visitors can now stay on the island at the amazing Atlantis The Palm Resort which has its own Aquaventure Waterpark, making it perfect for families.

No visit to Dubai would be complete without a visit to the desert, so we decided to take a day trip out of the city, to try some new experiences. We travelled in four-wheel drive vehicles and made our way across the sand dunes, stopping en route to have a go at sand tobogganing which was great fun! We travelled on to a traditional Arabian campsite where we enjoyed a sumptuous meal under the stars.

It would be impossible to come to Dubai and not go shopping! The malls are huge and offer designer stores, together with a host of quality restaurants to enjoy. If you fancy skiing while in Dubai, why not go to the Mall of the Emirates where you will find Ski Dubai. Quite amazing, inside the mall there are huge glass windows looking into the ski slope itself, so even if you would rather not ski yourself, you can still enjoy watching everyone else!

More traditional shopping can be found near the Creek in Dubai which is well worth a visit. Here you can barter in the gold souks and pick up a bargain as the city is tax free, making it excellent value for money.

Dubai really dazzles and is one of those 'must see' places. I for one cannot wait to go back for a second visit.