Is Dubai the most impressive of all the Emirates
10 Nov 2013 5 PM
Dubai has long had a reputation as a luxurious holiday destination. Iconic skyscrapers, a magnificent coastline and lavish hotels greet visitors on their arrival – things are certainly not done by halves here.
In fact, they’re often done in epic proportions, draped in luxury. From the world’s largest shopping mall to the world’s tallest building, prepare to be impressed by Dubai.
An iconic skyline
One of the first things you’ll notice when you arrive in Dubai is its skyline, which looks particularly awe-inspiring at night.
Home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa stands out like a beacon. At over 828 metres tall the tower holds six world records, including tallest building in the world, highest number of stories and highest occupied floor.
And from the world’s highest observation deck, this is the place to see Dubai from above. Day or night the high speed elevator will take you to the top at 10 metres per second where you’ll find a panoramic open-air terrace and be able to enjoy sweeping views of the city.
The Conrad Dubai hotel also stands out impressively on the Dubai skyline – with 51 stories and 555 rooms, the Conrad is sleek on the outside and stylishly decorated with traditional designs on the inside. World-renowned for offering high quality, luxury accommodation in the world’s most iconic cities, this Hilton hotel is the perfect place to base your trip to Dubai.
Over 1,200 shops at the Dubai Mall
Perhaps you’ll want to indulge in a spot of retail therapy during your stay at the world’s largest shopping and entertainment complex. The Dubai Mall welcomes over 100 million visitors every year and to say it’s of epic proportions is an understatement.
Not only are there over 1,200 shopping outlets, there’s also a 22 screen cinema and an Olympic-sized ice rink. The Dubai Mall really offers a unique shopping experience.
For a traditional Arabic shopping, you should begin your day at the mall at The Souk (Souk Al Bahar). Named after traditional Arab markets, this elegant precinct offers jewellery shops, accessories, handicraft stores and traditional Arab clothing.
And if you get hungry, you’ll be spoilt for choice with where to eat. There are more than 200 delicious food and beverage outlets and the food hall is the perfect place to discover both Arabic and international cuisine.
It’s famous for offering food from all over the world so from local cuisine to Mediterranean and Asian, there’s a taste here for every palette.
A coastline to rival the Caribbean
Located on the Arabian Gulf, choosing a hotel on the coast is the best way to experience the stunning views. Many hotels in Dubai have their own private beaches, giving you exclusive access to soft white sands and crystal clear waters.
The Palm Jumeirah – an artificial group of islands in the shape of a palm tree – is one of Dubai’s most famous and recognisable sights. It is home to hotels, restaurants and beaches and if you’re lucky enough to see it from above, it is certainly a sight to behold.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Dubai is just minutes away from the Palm and when you stay there you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service from the hotel to Jumeirah Beach. Also known as the Al Barsha Hotel & Residences, this DoubleTree is located in a bustling area full of shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities.
You can even treat yourself to a little luxury and choose a Hilton hotel with panoramic views of the coastline. The Hilton Jumeirah Residences
are located near Jumeirah Beach and when everything around you is opulent and luxurious, your accommodation should be too. Spoil yourself with a King Lagoon Suite at the Hilton Jumeirah Resort and you’ll wake up to beautiful views of the Arabian Gulf. There’s no better way to experience Dubai, which is without a doubt one of the most impressive Emirates.