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Your guide to a Dubai stopover

By , February 4, 2016

Dubai is one the most diverse and dynamic places to be, but it’s hard to imagine that this cosmopolitan city used to be a desert.

A prosperous destination featuring spice markets, remarkable architecture and huge shopping malls with built-in walk-through aquariums, everything in Dubai is luxurious and big! As a global city, Dubai is safe, diverse and welcoming. It’s the perfect hub to get to other destinations around the world or to simply taste some Arabian adventures.

Here is our rough guide to exploring the city of Dubai:




Although Dubai is primarily a luxury travel destination there are still two main locations in Dubai; The Beach and Downtown Dubai. These areas offer entry to the city’s tourist sites, shopping, hotels, and of course, the beaches.

Burj Al Arab


The distinctive sail facade of the Burj Al Arab is a symbol of modern Dubai. Voted the most luxurious hotel in the world and situated on its own private island ashore from Jumeirah Beach, it is also acclaimed to be the world’s first seven-star hotel.

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The Majestic Hotel Tower


This stunning four-star hotel is situated centrally in Bur Dubai on the western side of Dubai Creek. With rooms and suites spanning more than 28 floors, The Majestic Hotel Tower that provides luxury and easy access to the city’s traditional roots as well as the airport.

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Tamani Marina Hotel


The Tamani Marina Hotel is located in the heart of Dubai and close to the Marina. Furnished with soft carpets and damask fabrics, this modern and functional hotel is great for business travellers and families who are looking for budget accommodation.

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Burj Khalifa


As the no.1 destination on most people’s list, the mighty Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower, standing at 828 metres high. It’s a place where you can absorb the magnitude of Dubai’s fast-growing city over the past 15 years from the shimmering waters of the Gulf to the dunes of the Arabian Deserts. But it’s not all about just getting to the top! The ten-part journey starts at Dubai Mall, with its ornate entrance presented with monumental fields of LED displays. It’s also the largest mall in the world.

Jumeirah Mosque

The Jumeirah Mosque is said to be the most photographed mosque in the whole of Dubai, and not just for its beautiful white marble and intricately detailed architecture. It houses some of the most beautiful views of Dubai especially when lit up against an evening sky, and is one of a handful of mosques that are open to non-Muslims. You don’t have to book to visit and modest dress is advised, although traditional clothing can be borrowed for free before entering.



Bastakia is one of Dubai’s oldest towns where you can take a step back in time to small lanes festooned with distinctive Arabian architecture and to the exotic smell of spices. Also spelt locally as Bastakiya, it’s the most central and busiest market of Dubai, where sales of rich textiles and souvenirs can be found. You can even visit The Gold Market, known as The Gold Souk, or catch a traditional boat, an Abra, which is an affordable way to see the creek.




Jumeirah Beach Residence

The Jumeirah Beach Residence is a located on the waterfront of the Persian Gulf in the Dubai Marina. With its stunning views and range of local restaurants, its own waterpark, shops, Wi-Fi and kids activities, it makes an exquisite two kilometres of sun, sand and sea.


Atlantis Hotel Waterpark


Rapids, slides and rides are all part of this amazing Atlantis-themed waterpark. As one of the biggest water parks in the Middle East, you can certainly discover an underwater world of fun and excitement.


Kite Beach


This long pristine stretch of white sand is not only beautiful but offers a lot of activities such as kite surfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking – there are also additional views of the Burj Al Arab. Showers, toilets and changing facilities are also accessible.




Having brunch is the ultimate Dubai pastime and due to its popularity, Fridays and Saturdays are the best days to indulge your cravings. Whether you are looking to eat your way through a buffet or simply enjoy a bottomless cocktail, these brunches are known for going on well into the day.


Burj Khalifa

Extravagant experiences and fancy food are two things that can be expected at dinner in the Burj Khalifa, alongside the 150-metre dancing fountain accompanied by music, 25 colour projectors and the most advanced incandescent lights.

Armani Hotel

If you fancy a bit of al fresco dining then the three landscaped terraces at the Armani Hotel are perfect. It mainly serves Mediterranean-style food, but there is also the choice of more exotic options complete with a comprehensive wine list and beautiful views of Dubai.

Awtar at the Park Hyatt

This traditional restaurant offers an extravagant interior with a tent-style ceiling and true Arabic hospitality. For some authentic cuisine, Awtar at the Park Hyatt is the place to be.




The Address Dubai Marina


Positioned by the skyscrapers of Dubai Marina and overlooking an infinity pool, the stylish scenery of The Address Hotel Dubai Marina will set you up for a night of cocktails, tea and shisha, or you can simply enjoy a relaxing evening with friends.

Just be mindful that you cannot buy nor consume alcohol in the small bars around the city or the waterfront as it is only served in the hotels.

The Marriott Observatory of Dubai Marina


This best kept brunching secret is a secret no more! The Observatory is the signature restaurant of The Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel. Found on the 52nd floor, it offers a very cool 360-degree view across the marina and offers a happy hour and a Friday brunch buffet.


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