Where to stay and play in our city
Whether it’s relaxation, sightseeing or partying (or a mixture of all three), Dubai is the perfect place to spend a long weekend. Read on for our guide to make the most of a short break.
Soak up the atmosphere at Kite Beach
As its name suggests, this beach is ideal for kitesurfing, as well as other watersports including wakeboarding, kayaking, windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding with equipment available to hire. Near Jumeirah’s main street, this well-maintained beach is a great place for swimming in the clear water. Or just rent a sunbed, towel and beach umbrella and sit back and relax as you sip strong karak tea.
It also has a 14km running track with great views of the Burj Al Arab, and is complete with shops, food trucks and restaurants. One of the most popular spots is Salt, a happening burger joint that began life as a food truck and is now a bustling eatery where you can dine with your feet in the soft sand. The menu includes Wagyu beef sliders, cheese fries and is especially known for its soft serve ice cream.
Unwind at the award-winning Talise Ottoman Spa
Built with marble and decorated with ornately carved doors, mosaics and murals, the opulent Talise Spa at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Palm Jumeirah is the perfect place to unwind. Step in and you’ll be welcomed with the scent of exotic oils and five-star hospitality.
The signature spa features a large selection of treatments to choose from, with unique facilities such as dedicated snow rooms and thalasso-therapy pools. Only the best quality products, sourced from around the globe, are used in spa treatments, including Rose Damascena from the Himalayas and natural ingredients from Arabia.
Try out an indoor theme park
At IMG Worlds of Adventure, there are four epic zones to explore – with themes from popular brands Cartoon Network and Marvel, as well as original concepts such as IMG Boulevard and Lost Valley.
Head to the Marvel zone for attractions and rides based on all the greatest super-heroes, like Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Avengers. For younger crowds, The Cartoon Network zone is a sure-fire crowd pleaser, with more family-friendly attractions based on much-loved characters from shows like The Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time. Lost Valley is a prehistoric world with 70 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, and if you're looking for something to get your heart thumping, the Velociraptor ride won't disappoint. There truly is something for everyone at IMG Worlds, and we challenge you not to have a blast at this sprawling adventure wonderland.
Shop ‘til you drop at The Dubai Mall
More than 80 million shoppers pass through the doors of The Dubai Mall each year. It is home to more than 1,000 retail outlets, including department stores Galeries Lafayette and Bloomingdale’s, as well as more than 200 food and beverage outlets, making it the perfect place to spend an unforgettable day.
The Fashion Avenue is the place to go for a designer experience, with more than 150 luxury shopping and restaurants. The Souk is a must-visit for jewellery, accessories, traditional Arab clothing and handicraft stores, while the open-air section known as The Village has tree-lined walkways, cafes and restaurants.
There is also an Olympic-sized ice rink, aquarium and underwater zoo with a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel, a megaplex cinema and unique virtual reality attraction VR Park. The centre is easily accessible from the Dubai Metro via a link bridge.
Stay or play in a Dubai icon
If there’s one image that represents modern Dubai, it’s that of the sail-shaped silhouette of Burj Al Arab. The luxurious hotel sits on its own private island 280m offshore, which is connected to the mainland by a bridge. The 320m-high building has luxurious duplex suites, a private beach, premium spa and more.
Guests can make the most of their stay with access to Wild Wadi Waterpark, dedicated kids’ club and nine restaurants and lounges, including the highly-acclaimed Al Mahara. One of the hotel’s key drawcards is its 10,000sqm terrace, which has dedicated butler-serviced cabanas, plus a beach area with luxe sunbeds.