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Discover Dubai: 6 Exciting Experiences to Make Your Luxury Vacation Unforgettable

Imagine a hustling and bustling city where the golden desert and pristine waters of the Arabian Gulf meet, tall skyscrapers touch the blue sky, and ancient customs and modern innovation coexist. This is Dubai, a destination that offers more than one might expect and exceeds all expectations for luxury experiences. 

During my trip to Dubai, I was amazed by the combination of traditional heritage and modern attractions. Highrise buildings were under construction everywhere downtown, and it seemed like a race to see who could construct the tallest this or that. Within a few moment's drive from downtown to the historic district, I was transported back in time to glimpse the city's rich history.

If you think a visit to Dubai is in your future, let me recommend this: Take a small group or privately guided city tour before launching into the activities. Learn the history of Dubai first. Once you are acquainted with the history of this incredible place, then it is time to explore the more recent developments like massive malls with ice skating or skiing, the Burj Khalifa, or the Dubai Frame.  Dubai and the surrounding area offer something exciting and fun for every visitor.


Below is a mix of traditional and modern experiences you should consider

when vacationing in the area.


1) The Historical Bastakiya Quarter and Dubai Museum

In the midst of the modern city of Dubai, there is a place called the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, also known as the Bastakiya Quarter. The neighborhood invites visitors to experience what life was like in the past. Learn about the traditional wind-tower architecture, which provided old-style air conditioning and old, narrow alleyways reminding us of simpler times.

This district offers lots to explore, such as art galleries, cultural centers, and cozy cafes. You'll feel like you've been transported back in time while you enjoy the historical atmosphere.

Sword collection in Dubai Museum
Sword collection in Dubai Museum

The Dubai Museum is a short distance from the Bastakiya Quarter and inside the Al Fahidi Fort. Al Fahidi Fort is the oldest building in Dubai. While there, visitors learn how the city changed from a small fishing village to the large, culturally diverse city it is today. 

2) The Iconic Burj Khalifa, and Dubai Mall, home of the Dubai Fountain

No trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Snag a ticket for the "At the Top" experience. You'll get amazing views of the city skyline from the observation decks. For an exceptional experience, try to go in the mid-afternoon or late afternoon so you can see the sunset and then watch the city light up at night. (I visited early in the morning and had to wait several hours for the clouds and haze to lift.)

The Dubai Mall is situated next door to the Burj Khalifa and home to the Dubai Fountains, which sits on a beautiful 30-acre lake. The incredible fountain show is choreographed to music and lights, and the evening shows are particularly beautiful and start around 6 PM. It is a lovely combination of water, light, and music. You don't want to miss it!

Plenty of restaurants are available if you would like to enjoy a fabulous dinner and watch the show. Armani Ristorante, Thiptara, Asado are just a few...

3) 6-star Luxury hotel, the Burj Al Arab

The Burj al Arab is a luxurious hotel renowned for its iconic sail-like structure and opulent facilities. Commissioned by the Sheik of Dubai and designed by British architect Tom Wright, it symbolizes the city's transformation into a central global hub. 


The hotel sits regally on an artificial island, and its foundation is supported by 250 concrete pillars firmly anchored in the Persian Gulf. The interior was artfully designed by a Chinese designer named Khuan Chew, who incorporated the four elements - water, fire, wind, and earth - into the decor. Although the hotel is classified as a 6-star hotel, many guests consider it a "7-star" due to its exceptional services and amenities. 


(Below: I snapped this picture from the Burj Al Arab lobby looking up into the hotel.)

Access to the hotel is exclusive, but visitors not staying at the hotel can still experience its grandeur by booking a spa treatment or dining in the hotel restaurants. Nearby attractions include the Wild Wadi Water Park and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. I shopped in the Souk Madinat Jumeirah and found a wonderful assortment of novelties to take home for friends and family.

While visiting Dubai, I stayed at the Burj Al Arab and fell in love with the outdoor terrace. The luxury space stretches 100 meters out into the sea and is home to SAL Restaurant and two stunning pools, ideal for relaxing, cooling down, and soaking up the Arabian sun. 

There is a freshwater, family-friendly pool, which is perfect for relaxing and socializing. However, my favorite was the saltwater infinity pool overlooking the gulf! With four Jacuzzis, picturesque views, and a lovely stretch of sand, it makes for a truly memorable experience by the water.

4) The Extravagant Palm Jumeirah and Beach Resorts

If you're looking for another unique hotel experience, check out Palm Jumeirah. It's a man-made island shaped like a palm tree. It includes many resorts in the 4-star and 5-star range. The area features hotels like Atlantis, The Palm (complete with its own water attractions), and Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, which is more peaceful and serene. Either way, you'll feel like you're living in the lap of luxury!

Dubai's beaches are at their best during the cooler months from November to April, allowing you to enjoy the sun and sand without the intense summer heat. This period is perfect for relaxation, water sports, and soaking in the luxurious ambiance that Dubai's beachfront resorts provide.

5) The Bedouin Experience and Desert Dune Safari

Take advantage of an opportunity to go on a Desert Dune Safari. Rides take place in Range Rover-style vehicles with specially trained drivers equipped to make the experience perfect! After the ride, most people climb onto a camel for a fun ride across the dunes to watch the sunset or go sandboarding. Take advantage of the cool evening with an outdoor BBQ dinner, henna painting, and traditional belly dance performances with Arabic music.

If you want to enjoy a desert safari, the best time is between October and April. The weather is comfortable, and the desert looks beautiful.

6) Shopping Extravaganza at Dubai's Souks and Malls

If you're looking for a shopping destination, Dubai is the place to be. The city offers a mix of traditional and modern markets to suit every shopper's preference. Stroll through the Gold Souk for stunning jewelry pieces, the Spice Souk for an aromatic experience, and the Textile Souk for various fabrics. You can also check out the Dubai Mall for a modern shopping experience, where you'll find upscale boutiques and exciting attractions like the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

What's the Best Time of Year to Visit Dubai?

If you're planning a trip to Dubai, it's important to know that the weather can get scorching in the summer months. The best time to visit is between late October and April when the weather is slightly cooler. During this time of year, the temperature is typically around the mid-70s to mid-80s Fahrenheit (24-30°C), which is much more comfortable for most people. We enjoyed a private dune dinner in the evening when it was much cooler.

On the other hand, during the summer months, usually from June to August, the weather can get scorching, with temperatures well over 100°F (40°C). Although it's not the peak season for tourists, there are still many places you can go indoors with air conditioning to escape the heat if you're willing to tolerate it.

I can't help but feel amazed by all the incredible things I experienced during my visit of Dubai. I'll never forget the incredible views from the observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the peaceful atmosphere of the Bastakiya Quarter, or the incredible pools at the Burj Al Arab. But you know what's even unforgettable?

Traveling with my son to a destination where the people are friendly, and the culture is just fascinating.

Book a call with me now to start planning your next dream luxury vacation.


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