Dubai is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination, but apart from the high-profile shopping opportunities and chance to enjoy ultimate luxury, what else is there to do? The answer is plenty. This guide will introduce some of the top attractions you can expect to encounter once you have touched down in the city with Air Express.
The Lost Chambers
Sounding like something that has come out of Indiana Jones, the Lost Chambers is actually an aquarium, based around the ruins of Atlantis. Some 65,000 sea creatures, including sharks, eels, piranhas and sea horses, live within the complex, which is explored through a series of underwater tunnels and mazes.
A visit to the Lost Chambers is likely to be a big hit with the kids, who will undoubtedly want to spend the majority of their time at the touch tank where they can interact more closely with the marine life.
At 828 metres high, Burj Khalifa is not just the tallest building in Dubai, but in the whole world. It was completed in 2010 and since then has been an incredible presence on the city’s skyline. If you are not content with just looking at it from the outside, then take a trip into its impressive interior.
An observation deck on the 124th floor will be the destination for those wishing to get the best views possible of Dubai and the surrounding area. But don’t worry, you do not have to take the stairs, as Burj Khalifa is served by no fewer than 57 lifts.
If you do not have a head for heights and would prefer to stay on ground level, then make your way to the 30-acre lake on which the Burj Khalifa is located. This is where you will find the stunning Dubai Fountain in all its glory.
Over a space of 275 metres, five circles and two central arcs spurt water 150 metres into the air. If you can’t quite visualise the height, it is the same as a 50 storey building and there are even a few of those in Dubai to compare it to!
There are several shows in the afternoon and evening each day in which the fountain is synchronised to famous classical, Arabic and world music tunes. Some 6,600 lights illuminate the spectacle, along with 25 colour projectors. It is said that the glow can be seen from as far away as 20 miles.
When thinking about Dubai you probably conjure up images of the baking heat and the desert that surrounds the city, which is diametrically opposed to skiing. But Dubai is a place where just about anything is possible and that includes taking part in this popular snow sport.
The Mall of the Emirates has its own ski dome, complete with 22,500 metres of area in which to practice your skills. Everything you could possibly need to take part is available for hire, so spend an afternoon flying down the piste in Dubai.
Winter activities are not confined to just skiing, however, as the dome also allows visitors to participate in snowboarding and tobogganing, as well as snowball fights. The highlight for many will be meeting the snow penguins – a colony of gentoo and king penguins that has recently been introduced to the site. They take part in a free daily show, but one-to-one encounters can also be arranged.