Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
One of Dubai’s most famous tourist landmarks, the Burj Al Arab Jumeirah often stands among the top five – if not the absolute peak – of the world’s most iconic hotels.
Since its opening in late 1999, the hotel with its distinctive sail-shaped silhouette, has thrust Dubai onto the global luxury tourism landscape. Built on a triangular man-made island reclaimed from the sea, the hotel and its billowing sail-like structure rise 321 metres above the sea, offering panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf.
Managed by Jumeirah Hotels & Resorts, the Burj Al Arab takes accepted standards of luxury to a new level. Guests have access to service on par with royalty and fine dining alike. Gold interiors, lush suites, the finest delicacies – Burj Al Arab’s long list of superlatives cannot be matched.
Take your pick from an underwater aquarium restaurant reached through a simulated submarine voyage, heralded by famed and award winning chef Nathan Outlaw, a fleet of Rolls-Royces on the forecourt and the famous helipad that has hosted the likes of Tiger Woods, Anthony Joshua and Roger Federer.
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Wild Wadi Waterpark
One of the best waterparks you’ll find anywhere in the world is the Wild Wadi Waterpark, a popular ticket at anytime of the year thanks to Dubai’s warm weather.
Sitting right on the shore of the city’s iconic Burj Al Arab, it’s a true Arabian water experience. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of classic Arabian character Juha and offers a variety of pulsating rides, slides and activities for all ages.
If relaxation is your tonic, the gentle Wave Pool is a great way to rock away the day. Or, you can hire a private cabana for some quiet downtime at the Lazy River.
Kids will want to explore Juha’s Dhow and Lagoon, a giant playground offering a number of different slides. The giant tipping bucket is guaranteed to leave you drenched if you happen to be standing anywhere nearby.
For something with a bit more tempo and excitement, there are a number of speed slides to tempt you from your lounge chair.
Try your hand at the Flood River Flyer, or test your limits on the Jumeirah Sceirah. There’s also a surfing simulator to try and fight the water flow on a surfboard or bodyboard.
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A trip to Dubai isn't complete without a visit to Burj Al Arab - and Skyview lounge, which is perched at the very top of the hotel. This blue and green oasis features floor to ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the city. Like the hotel, the decor was never intended to be understated so it's worth it for special occasions or to impress visitors. Be sure to make reservations for easy access to this landmark venue.
The Aviation Club
The Aviation Club is a popular venue that brings crowds to the Deira side of Dubai Creek. Offering a number of restaurants and cafes, alongside the ever-entertaining atmosphere of the Irish Village pub, and a world-renowned tennis stadium, you'll rightfully find the floors packed from Monday to Sunday.
Fitness freaks and weekend warriors flock to the five-star facilities of the club. They offer body pump classes, spin, circuit training and a prestigious half-sized Olympic pool to swim off the heat. After your workout, enjoy an authentic emerald isle experience at the Irish Village.
The star of the club is the tennis stadium. Clark Francis Tennis Academy offers a multitude of classes and activities for any age and skill level. And when they're not busy giving professional-level tips, they're filling up their 5,000-seat stadium for professional tournaments. Host to the annual Dubai Tennis Championships, all-stars like Roger Federer, Andre Agassi and the Williams sisters have graced their eight floodlit Decoturf courts. The stadium has also been voted Best Venue by the pro players of the ATP Tennis Tour for an amazing three times in a row.
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The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
For designer boutiques in an exclusive intimate setting, pay a visit to this sleek two-floor mall in the iconic Emirates Towers. The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers is all about luxury and prestige.
Throughout your shopping experience, you can expect nothing less than first-class customer service, amidst the cool and calm atmosphere.
If you’re a fine jewellery admirer, splurge on exquisite designs at stores such as Cartier, Montblanc, Bulgari, and Dhamani. For clothing, you can stop by Lanvin, Ermenegildo Zegna and Alfred Dunhill.
After some retail therapy, head to one of the chic eateries. La Cantine du Faubourg is a popular spot for business lunches or brunch. Al Nafoorah offers some of the finest Lebanese cuisine in Dubai, while Hakkasan is perfect for unwinding after a busy day.
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Sink into soft red sofas and wind down with the sun at Koubba. High above the city in the luxurious surrounds of Al Qasr Hotel at Madinat Jumeirah, you'll find breathtaking views of the Burj Al Arab, the emerald Arabian Gulf, and the city skyline and, no doubt, plenty of peace of mind beneath Arabesque lanterns. Soak up the city views from the lounge or take it one step further with al fresco fun on the huge terrace. With sunset-themed beverages, delicious snacks, and a soul-soothing live band, you can truly reflect on your day of Dubai adventures.
Madinat Theatre is located in the heart of Souk Madinat, within the Madinat Jumeirah precinct. Designed to resemble an ancient Arabian citadel, the stunning 442-seat venue was the first theatre to be built in Dubai.
The tiered design allows for audiences to enjoy excellent views of the stage, creating a more intimate and immersive production. The varied schedule offers entertainment ranging from Shakespeare's plays and international comedy to smash-hit Broadway musicals. You’ll also find smaller-scale performances from opera and classical concerts to pantomime.
World-renowned performers such as Britain’s John Cleese and India’s Paresh Rawal have graced the theatre stage. And tribute bands honouring The Blues Brothers, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson have all performed here as well.
Madinat Theatre has hosted productions like the Moscow City Ballet, India’s Maayavi Dance Drama Concepts and the UK Comedy Club show, Whose Line Is It Anyway.
The venue is also suitable for private events including corporate meetings, product launches and school graduations and ceremonies. Tickets can be purchased online or at the theatre’s box office.
The Pavilion Dive Centre
Pavilion Dive Centre at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel opens the Gulf seas for all to explore in an aquatic adventure.
With snorkeling and scuba diving for any range of skill level, you can start your learning of the sea sports at the home base with in-depth classes, or start by jumping in the water and going deep-sea diving like a professional.
Recognised as a five-star Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), it offers top-notch classes and deep-sea adventures for everyone. With 30 courses to pick from, multilingual instructors are available to teach classes in many languages of your choice.
There are also children courses available, where they have to complete “Aqua Missions” in a fun and safe environment.
Pavilion Dive Centre extends a free Discover Scuba Experience for Jumeirah Beach Hotel guests, to get started with.
Explore underwater sea wreckages, gaze at the tropical fish, and immerse yourself in a truly adventurous experience in the Arabian Gulf.
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