Five things to do in Dubai
Dubai's great wealth makes it an ideal holiday destination for luxury holidays like those offered by www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk. And so, if you are visiting via Hayes and Jarvis Dubai in 2013, there will be enough variety and plenty to do during your stay. Here are just a few things:
1. Enjoy the food
In Dubai, the region's native food culture meets the rest of the world. There's a cornucopia of cuisines imported by the many migrant construction workers from Asia, and from all the expats who've brought a taste of the West with them.
Local food worth trying includes Hwarma, similar to kebab, made from grilled lamb or beef and which is served on flatbread.
Restaurant and fast food chains that Westerners would recognise are easy to find. Many of the hotels offer more upmarket (and pricey) fare. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes has an outlet in the Grosvenor House Hotel, whereas Gordon Ramsey has one in at the Hilton Dubai Creek.
Licensing laws prohibit restaurants outside of hotels to serve alcohol, but the prices are so much cheaper here that it usually makes up for it.
2. Experience the art and culture
Despite the former reluctance to document their past, these days there's plenty for the history buff to do when visiting Dubai. And some of Dubai's significant wealth has been directed into projects especially for the culture vulture or art appreciator.
Dubai hosts several annual international art fairs, such as Art Dubai, which takes place in March in the Madinat area, and the Jam Jar Gallery, which exhibits contemporary art, again from local and established talent from both the surrounding area and further afield.
3. See the view from the Burj Khalifa
Futuristic and unmistakable, the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building. It stretches to 2,722ft at its tip and contains 163 floors. According to its architect, the Burj Khalifa's design was inspired by the ancient traditions and ideas of Islamic architecture. The building contains the world's highest located Mosque and nightclub, among other things.
People who want to see something they'll never forget are invited to ascend 124 stories to the tower's public Observation Deck, where the views are spectacular (you can even see Iran in the far distance).
4. Visit the Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Located inside the Dubai Mall, Dubai's Aquarium has many different ways to enjoy the 33,000 plus animals, which range from fishes of all kinds, to penguins, sharks and giant ghostly stingrays. Like most things in Dubai, its bigger and more impressive than most, boasting the world's largest viewing panel at 32.8m wide and 8.3m high. There's also the walkthrough tunnel which offers 270 degrees aquatic views, and what they're calling a 'lunar-cyclic' lighting system, simulating the night and day cycle and creating a very unusual and interesting ambiance.
5. Sail to manmade archipelagos
Dubai is well known for its epic construction projects, and the most ambitious of these may be the on-going project to ‘reclaim’ parts of the sea. They've been doing this by dredging up sand and using it to create a series of intricately designed archipelagos, with names like The World, The Universe and The Palm Islands.
All of archipelagos can be seen up close by boat, and you can take your pick from a variety of yachts, speedboats and conventional motorboats to do so. It's a work in progress and most of the islands are currently vacant, with the financial crisis having slowed the development of this rather ambitious project. One that is currently in use is Lebanon Island, which is home to The Royal Island Beach Club. Apparently parts of this archipelago are sinking back into the sea, so it's probably worth seeing as soon as possible!