Dubai and beybond

Trish Griffiths on 25 September 2016
Dubai is a great destination that I would recommend to all! I have been many times and stayed in different hotels each time, it is so diverse and has so much to offer for all ages!

The hotels range in price and there are so many, you can choose from a hotel that offers a Waterpark, great choice of restaurants, shopping and a stunning aquarium! Or a hotel with a difference that has a layout designed to resemble an Arabian Town.

Amongst the many new hotels in Dubai are some budget hotels – Holiday Inn Express, Ibis etc. which now makes Dubai affordable to a wider community of potential visitors.

I have been lucky enough to have a tour around the iconic 7-star Burj al Arab hotel a couple of times – it is quite breath-taking but I would never stay there, one because I could never afford it and two because it was not relaxed enough for me. You can take a drink in the rooftop bar and dine in the underwater restaurant – but you have to make a reservation and have a healthy wallet!

One of the most popular things to do in Dubai is to visit the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. Take the lift to the observatory deck (124 floors up) the views are amazing!

You could also consider the Sundowner desert safari for an evening of authentic Arabian entertainment including dinner, camel rides, and sand dunes in a Jeep.

The Dubai Mall is one of the world's largest shopping malls with many shops, although it’s not just shops; it is home to a luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and dozens of restaurants and cafes - here you will also find the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

One of my favourites was cruising along the Creek on a Dhow, you can do this during the day or take a Dinner Cruise to watch the world go by.

Dubai has so much choice in terms of hotels, call me if you need help deciding where to stay as getting the right location in Dubai makes all the difference.

If you don’t fancy Dubai itself I have also visited other areas which are worth considering to see something more authentic.