Dubai is a city like no other in the world. It borders the sea and was also built in the middle of the desert. An atypical location that allows its visitors to marvel at the breathtaking views from the tops of its emblematic skyscrapers, including the highest tower in the world to date. With good weather all year round, mythical places for shopping and culture, old quarters and unusual activities, it has the perfect cocktail for a relaxing, fun and contemplative holiday. Currently, most travellers are required to provide a certificate of negative results from a COVID-19 PCR test carried out within 96 hours prior to departure to enter the country. Once the conditions are met, here are the must-see visits to Dubai
1- Visit the Burj Khalifa
It's Dubai's ultimate attraction. At 828 metres high, the Burj Khalifa is the highest tower in the world. It is as much fun to look at it from the outside as it is to take the elevator to the observation platforms. One thing is certain, one is never disappointed by the beauty of the viewpoints offered, on the city, the sea and the desert in the distance. One by one at the 124th, then the 148th floor, you can access indoor and outdoor platforms, beware of vertigo, and you almost feel like you're in an airplane, because the city below seems so small. For a gastronomic moment, don't hesitate to stop at one of the restaurants
2- Visit old Dubai
If Dubai surprises by its modernity, we should not forget that the city was founded in the 18th century. At the time, it was a small city, far from the huge metropolis of today. Even if old Dubai no longer looks exactly the same as it did in the early days, you should think about strolling through the districts of Deira and Bur Dubai, located on either side of the arm of the Khor Dubai. One then takes pleasure in contemplating the architecture of the monuments, wandering through the souks and rediscovering the atmosphere of yesteryear, just like settling on board a traditional boat, the abra, to cross the arm of the sea and move from one district to another.
3- Observe the mythical hotels of Dubai: Burj Al Arab and Atlantis
Discovering the architecture of the capital of the United Arab Emirates is an activity in its own right. With mild, even very hot weather for a large part of the year, you should take the opportunity to visit two must-see hotels, Burj Al Arab and Atlantis. The first one is easily recognizable thanks to its sail-shaped design. One benefits from a superb point of view by joining the public beach of Jumeirah. The second is simply immense and is located at the end of the Palm Jumeirah, the famous artificial archipelago in the shape of a palm tree
4- Flying over Dubai from a helicopter or seaplane
While there are plenty of opportunities to soar to new heights in Dubai's towers, nothing beats a ride in a helicopter or seaplane to marvel at the vastness of the city. You can then have fun spotting its main sites, its main monuments and contemplating the beauty of the surrounding nature, between sea and desert. There is no better way to contemplate the beauty of The Palm Jumeirah archipelago. For those who want to push the adrenaline rush to the limit, another alternative is to make a parachute jump. If you have to have your heart set on it, this is an unforgettable activity to do in the city.
5- A stroll in the Dubai Marina district
In the heart of the new Dubai is a district where it is very pleasant to stroll: the Dubai Marina. It is crossed by an artificial canal which is surrounded by a pleasant promenade, the Dubai Marina Walk. It is in this part of the city that most of the most modern skyscrapers are located, housing housing as well as hotels and shopping centres. It is a great place to do some shopping before stopping at the terrace of a café or restaurant, which are numerous in the area. For the gourmet, many world cuisines are on offer.
6- An afternoon shopping in Dubai Mall
Going on holiday also means knowing how to have fun, which is why shopping remains a favourite activity. For the followers, Dubai is a real paradise in the field. This is particularly evident when you go to the unmissable Dubai Mall. It is quite simply the largest shopping mall in the world, as well as the most visited. With more than 1,200 shops, you can choose from a wide range of affordable brands as well as the big names in luxury. To alternate with the moments spent in the shops, the centre has, among other things, an aquarium, a large cinema and an arcade.
7- Spend time on Dubai's most beautiful beaches
What would a trip to Dubai be without the pleasure of spending time on the beach in the sun? The capital of the United Arab Emirates has several beaches where you can put down your towel or take a seat in a deckchair with the sole purpose of swimming, sunbathing and sporting moments. Sunset Beach has a unique side to it for the view of the Burj Al Arab Hotel, while the Jumeirah Beach Residences is a delight for those who wish to swim as well as enjoy water activities. Not forgetting the unique view of the skyline. And for those who want to exercise and let off steam, Kite Beach is very popular for this practice, because of its sparkling waves
8- To go on a desert safari
Dubai seduces lovers of big, attractive and always lively cities, but one should never forget that the desert is within reach. The Arabian Peninsula is one of the most beautiful places in the world to ride through the sand dunes in a 4X4. From the city, you can quickly reach the desert for an afternoon or an evening. It is impossible to get tired of this fascinating landscape, and when you stay in Dubai, it is an activity not to be missed to escape for a few moments from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, and recharge your batteries.
9- Attend the Dubai Fountain show
The Dubai Fountain or Dubai Fountain is the largest fountain show in the world. It takes place between the Burj Khalifa Tower and the Dubai Mall and is 275 metres long. Several times a day, it offers a beautiful show lasting between three and five minutes. It propels water up to a height of 275 meters, just like that! And the whole thing is illuminated by numerous spotlights. The spectacle is particularly striking at nightfall, and it is also possible to observe it from a boat touring the lake. Quite simply enchanting!
10- Join the best water parks
For a great time with family and friends, there's nothing like joining some of the best amusement parks in Dubai. If you love multimedia experiences, then join the Motiongate Dubai and its multiple attractions around the cinema. To please children, a trip to Children's City is an opportunity to take them to a planetarium, a space dedicated to the discovery of the human body and then a nature area. A moment that is both fun and educational. And for everyone to have fun, Wild Wadi Water Park is a water park where you can go down slides, rapids, and even swim with dolphins