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From the bright lights and city sights, to thrills and spills in the adrenaline-pumping theme parks and waterparks, there’s an endless amount of things to do in Dubai. Seamlessly combining old and new, the City of Gold has everything from sweeping deserts to record-breaking skyscrapers.
Downtown, you can immerse yourself in the all the glitz and glamour of the city. Browse the world-class shopping malls, go to the top of the Burj Khalifa, and dine in swanky Michelin-starred restaurants. And don’t forget about the famous Friday brunch scene in Dubai. If you like the sound of endless drinks, Champagne tipples and a feast fit for royalty, you certainly won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or simply enjoying a family holiday together, a decadent brunch should certainly be on your list of things to do in Dubai.
For a glimpse of what this city was like only a few hundred years ago, take a dhow boat across the creek and explore traditional spice-filled souks. You can take long relaxing walks along the endless beaches and promenades of JBR and Bluewaters Island. And, when you fancy a break from the sun, stop for a refreshing drink in one of the many cafes and simply watch the world go by.
Prefer to get your adrenaline pumping? Dubai offers all kinds of high-octane activities. Start your adventure by visiting one of the city’s waterparks or theme parks, where speeding rollercoasters and enormous slides await. If you’re feeling daring, take in the views of Dubai from above, with a scenic seaplane flight or exhilarating helicopter ride. Or leave the city behind you completely for some fun in the desert. Rumble over some of Dubai’s highest sand dunes in a 4x4, before watching the multi-coloured sunset over the desert. Fasten your seatbelt, harness or helmet — it’s going to be an exciting ride.
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The ancient underwater city of Atlantis might be a fable, but Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai is a dream come true. Catch a glimpse of fascinating marine life from its large underwater restaurant, Ossiano. You’ll be treated to a close encounter with the 65,000 animals that call the resort’s thriving aquarium home.
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A cherished landmark of New Dubai, One&Only Royal Mirage is a sanctuary made up of three hotels – The Palace, Arabian Court, and Residence & Spa. Oozing traditional splendour, The Palace at One&Only Royal Mirage is enveloped by a kilometre-long private beach and 65 acres of lush gardens.
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Jumeirah Beach Hotel is one of the original hotels in Dubai, the iconic wave-shaped hotel is as fun as it looks. This instantly recognisable hotel has an abundance of facilities to make it one of the best family hotels in Dubai.
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Whether you’re visiting Jumeirah Zabeel Saray for a romantic break, a getaway with friends or a family holiday, you’ll find plenty of things to keep you occupied. If you’re feeling adventurous, visit the on-site watersports centre and try out water-skiing and paddle-boarding.
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Le Royal Méridien sits among some of Dubai’s most exclusive properties, boutiques and restaurants close to the Marina in Jumeirah Beach Residence. This resort is set across 19 acres of carefully landscaped gardens, so you’ll never be far away from an area of lush greenery.
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Located on the north-east side of Palm Jumeirah’s crescent, Sofitel Dubai The Palm offers views of both the Arabian Gulf and the unique Palm Island. During its short history, Sofitel Dubai The Palm has won awards for the quality of its spa, restaurants and facilities.
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You'll be spoiled for choice at this impressive resort in Dubai. Take your pick from 13 bars and restaurants, and try out water-skiing and windsurfing at the hotel's very own watersports centre. Plus, you can go for a dip in five gorgeous pools, including a lagoon-style number with swim-up bar and even a lazy river.