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Unforgettable family holiday in Dubai

What to see and and do for a Dubai break you’ll remember for years to come
Dubai is a city of inspirational adventures and unique experiences that the whole family will enjoy. From scaling the world’s tallest tower and conquering the Arabian desert, to shopping for the best brands and taking in an award-winning show, Dubai has it all. Say ‘marhaba’ to your dream come true.
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Discover new heights

Burj Khalifa

Discover new heights

Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building is Dubai’s crown jewel

Soaring 828m above Dubai, the world’s tallest building Burj Khalifa is an impressive feat of art, engineering and heritage. Head to the sky-scraping tower At the Top, the outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor for sweeping views of the city. For a more premium experience, try At the Top SKY on the 148th floor or book a table at At.mosphere – the world's highest restaurant, offering stunning views as you enjoy afternoon tea.
Contact Details
  1 Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Dubai
  +971 4 888 8888

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Watch water dance

The Dubai Fountain

Watch water dance

The Dubai Fountain

Take a boat ride for an up-close look

Enjoy the spectacle of the world’s largest choreographed fountain, set within a lake at the base of the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. The Dubai Fountain is a captivating water, music and light show that includes water shooting up to 150m into the air. Each colourful, illuminated jet sways in time to music, producing what’s become Dubai’s most popular show. The beam of light shining from the fountain can be seen from more than 30km away. Stroll along the floating 272-metre-long boardwalk for a new perspective on the aquatic performances or book two seats on a traditional wooden boat known as an abra.
Contact Details
  The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai

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Shop 'til you drop

The Dubai Mall

Shop 'til you drop

The Dubai Mall

World’s largest retail destination

Take the family on a shopping trip they’ll remember to The Dubai Mall, an unmatched retail heaven for shopaholics. Stretching across an extraordinary 1.1 million sqm, this is the world's largest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination. Set out with a plan or simply wander among more than 1,200 retail outlets that range from Armani to Zara. Visit the Dubai Aquarium or the Dubai Ice Rink. For haute couture, browse Fashion Avenue where you can see the latest collections from top designers such as Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
Contact Details
  Financial Centre Road, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 362 7500

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It’s showtime

Dubai Opera

It’s showtime

Dubai Opera

Award-winning musicals await

A brilliant addition to the city’s live entertainment scene, Dubai Opera is an architectural masterpiece in Downtown Dubai. It’s become the region’s home for world-class concerts and musicals, and the stage features a diverse line-up, with everything from the musical Evita to kung fu artistry by the Shaolin Warriors. Head to the acclaimed Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera restaurant for pre- or post-theatre bites. The celebrity chef is famed for his steak and seafood creations.
Contact Details
  Dubai Opera District, Downtown Dubai
  +971 4 440 8888
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By the beach

JBR

By the beach

JBR

Shop on the sand in Dubai

Dubai boasts miles upon miles of sparkling coastline and one of the best places to soak it all in is at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR). Stroll by The Walk at JBR, a buzzing boulevard where stylish boutiques mingle with al fresco dining options, creating the perfect atmosphere for a leisurely afternoon with the family. During the winter months, there are plenty of pop-up markets selling gifts and handicrafts by local artisans. Take the time to visit The Beach, opposite JBR, a slick outdoor shopping and entertainment destination that features some of the city’s finest restaurants, including north Indian gem, Bombay Bungalow.
Contact Details
  Jumeirah Beach Residence
  +971 4 317 3999

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Calling all adventurers

Dubai desert

Calling all adventurers

Dubai desert

Take on the dunes

Imagine rolling red sand dunes as far as the eye can see. A serene place where magical sunsets transform into a dramatic starry sky. Dubai makes the vision a reality. A city of contrasts, with districts of towering skyscrapers located a short drive away from stunning desertscapes. Take it all in by booking a desert safari, choose to set your own itinerary and camp out under the stars with your loved ones.
Contact Details
  Dubai Desert Safari
  +971 4 456 9944
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Walk down memory lane

Dubai Creek

Walk down memory lane

Dubai Creek

The city’s historic quarter

Life began along the waterways of the Dubai Creek decades ago, transforming the city from a humble desert village into the modern metropolis that it is today. Along Dubai’s historic heart, the waters of the Dubai Creek still flows – a poignant reminder of the city’s rich past. Spend the day exploring the area of Old Dubai, which also houses Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The district is best experienced on foot where you can admire beautiful ‘barjeel’ houses with striking windtowers up close. Stop by the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to find out more about Emirati traditions and culture.
Contact Details
  Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, Bur Dubai
  +971 4 353 6666
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Honouring history

Etihad Museum

Honouring history

Etihad Museum

Learn more about the nation’s past

This stunning museum, housed in a sleek building, boasts a unique shape. Its exterior mirrors the shape of the original constitution, with seven columns meant to symbolise the pens used to sign the historic agreement by the seven emirates that together make up the United Arab Emirates. Step inside Etihad Museum and explore the interactive galleries that tell the story of the nation’s past and present, with a rich archive of photos, films and memorabilia. The Founding Fathers display is a highlight and features personal objects from the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan – known as the ‘Father of the Nation’ – including his cane and pocket watch.
Contact Details
  Union House, 2nd of December Street
  +971 4 515 5771

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Waterside wonder

Dubai Canal

Waterside wonder

Dubai Canal

The city’s bridge of the future

One of Dubai’s newest attractions is Dubai Canal in Downtown Dubai, with its meandering waterway and striking bridges. Head down for a casual stroll along the Canal’s 3.2km promenade or hop aboard a traditional abra for a relaxing journey along the waters, which stretch from the historic Dubai Creek in Old Dubai through to the bustling Business Bay district. You can also enjoy the aquatic aerobics on show at La Perle aqua show in the neighbouring hotel complex Habtoor City. The Canal is truly special after dark when a bright, illuminated waterfall adds a dash of colour to the Sheikh Zayed Road bridge.
Contact Details
  Business Bay, Downtown Dubai
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All in one

City Walk

All in one

City Walk

Dubai’s dream district come true

Make the most of Dubai’s year-round sunshine at City Walk. This sprawling outdoor destination has it all – a brilliant boutique hotel, al fresco restaurants, art galleries and plenty of places to shop. Try on the latest style trends, enjoy an Instagram-worthy meal or try something different by experiencing Dubai’s indoor rainforest attraction – The Green Planet. It’s home to 3,000 plants and animals, as well as the world’s largest indoor man-made, life-sustaining tree. Virtual reality fans will also love Hub Zero, an immersive entertainment hub and every gamer’s dream come true.
Contact Details
  Al Wasl and Al Safa Road junction, Jumeirah
  +971 4 317 3999