Travel to The Future
Travelling to Dubai for the first time and not sure where to start? Follow our top tips on what to see and do, and you‘ll find your way around in no time.
EXPERIENCE NEW HEIGHTS
If there‘s only one place you can visit while on a trip to Dubai, let it be the world‘s tallest building, Burj Khalifa. Take in incomparable views as you step out onto the world‘s highest observation deck on the 124th floor, perched 555m high. Admire the desert sands and sparkling coastline in the distance, and ultra-modern towers all around, which perfectly capture Dubai‘s journey from desert city to modern metropolis. To combine views of the city skyline with thrills, few places compare to Sky Views that‘s located on floors 52 and 53 of the twin Address Sky View hotel. It‘s home to an exclusive observatory with a 46m glass floor, a fun glass slide experience and, for the brave, a hands-free walk along a tower edge that‘s over 219m above the ground. The sunset timings are especially popular, presenting a photo opportunity you cannot afford to miss.
DISCOVER DUBAI‘S PAST
Beyond the record-breaking sights, a visit to Dubai‘s historical treasures, museums and heritage areas should be on every holiday itinerary. Head to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood to tour centuries-old architecture, as well as to shop for authentic souvenirs at nearby souks. Dubai’s Spice Souk is a colourful, aromatic and sensory experience, while the nearby Gold Souk is one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the city for purchasing jewellery and gemstones. Unlike stores in malls, there are more traditional wares here – just make sure to haggle for the best prices. You‘ll also find lots of art galleries and cafes in the area, including the cosy XVA Art Hotel featuring 14 unique and individual rooms that showcase the architectural and cultural motifs of the region.
GET AROUND LIKE A LOCAL
Dubai is an easy city to navigate with multiple transportation options. Jump aboard the Dubai Metro for a ride that conveniently stops at the city‘s top shopping and leisure destinations, including The Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Dubai Marina. There is also the tram that goes along Dubai Marina and beyond, and a dedicated monorail on the Palm Jumeirah. For something a little
different, we recommend a scenic evening commute to Dubai Festival City aboard a sleek water taxi, or a traditional abra boat ride across Dubai Creek for just AED1.
Tip for first-time visitors: Make sure you get a Nol card which works across Dubai‘s public transport system.
INDULGE IN UNIQUE EXPERIENCES
When in Dubai, a superlative experience always awaits. Adventure enthusiasts can sign up for the thrill of a lifetime by booking a skydiving experience at Skydive Dubai or riding the world‘s longest urban zipline, XLine Dubai Marina. If you’re looking for next generation science, the Museum of the Future is one of Dubai’s most famous landmarks that explores how society could evolve in the coming decades using technology and innovation. For the more leisure-inclined, charter a yacht and go deep sea fishing while admiring the city skyline from a different perspective or take the plunge at the world’s deepest swimming pool for diving, Deep Dive Dubai. And if anyone asks about your trip to the desert, don‘t forget to tell them about your time on the snow-covered slopes of Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the region.
WHERE THE FUTURE LIVES
The Museum of the Future is the first museum of its kind. Built to transform the very perception of the future as we know it, the unique structure has become home to several immersive future environments that aim to position visitors in an empowering version of the future. Through distinctive themes, it elicits a world we thought we could only experience 50 years from now. Visitors become active participants in an expansive experience that taps into all five senses. By meaningfully merging aspects of science, technology and spirituality, the museum inspires humanity to re-imagine the future and all its possibilities.
The museum is a testbed for new ideas, especially relating to solutions to society’s challenges. It also features a permanent exhibition of future innovations.
REAL ESTATE GUIDE
Dubai’s real estate market adjusts quickly to changing demand, and growing e-commerce across the UAE creates significant opportunities in warehousing, industrial and logistical real estate.
Dubai is shaping the future of cities with sustainability and innovation.
Establishing the pillars on which the city’s growth has been built over recent decades and responsible for the iconic structures and developments that have made it instantly recognisable, Dubai’s construction and real estate sectors are important drivers of the economy. These have been driven by demand across all verticals and a strong appetite for investment from around the world.
WELCOME TO DUBAI
BEAUTIFUL BEACHES, RECORD-BREAKING ATTRACTIONS AND EXPERIENCES LIKE NO OTHER – DUBAI IS THE PLACE TO BE IN 2023.
IT‘S NO WONDER DUBAI HAS BEEN NAMED TRIPADVISOR‘S #1 MOST POPULAR DESTINATION IN THE WORLD FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING.