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Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort with five slopes of varying difficulties, lengths, and gradients, including the world's first indoor black run and largest indoor snow park. Aside from the sporting opportunities, the park offers plenty of snow-centric fun for nonskiers as well.
Smack dab in the heart of modern Dubai, the Mall of the Emirates is more than the city’s second-largest mall. The multilevel center, one of Dubai’s most popular destinations, draws visitors with a huge array of international stores and leisure attractions, from fashion outlets and restaurants to theaters and an indoor ski resort.
Overlooking Dubai Marina, Dubai Marina Mall is one of the city’s smaller and more understated shopping and entertainment destinations. Opened in 2008 with a central domed atrium and around 140 outlets spread across four levels, the mall exudes a calm and unhurried atmosphere in keeping with its waterside location.
Prepared to be amazed at Dubai’s first permanent show,La Perle by Dragone.
A feast for the senses,La Perle is an immersive theater experience that features thrilling aerial displays, aquatic stunts and acrobatics, and cutting-edge special effects and illusion, all unfolding in a purpose-built “aqua theater” that includes an on-stage pool.
Overlooking the Burj Al Arab hotel on Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark boasts 30 water attractions and draws almost a million visitors annually. Adrenaline-junkies, water lovers, and families wanting a fun day out flock here to enjoy everything from white-knuckle chutes to lazy rivers, play pools, surf waves, and more.
Fringing the town of Hatta in the eastern United Arab Emirates’ Hajar Mountains, the Hatta Heritage Village is a restored mountain village that showcases life as it was before the country’s oil boom.
Comprised of the reconstructed houses of what was once a working village, the village illustrates different aspects of traditional life, from customs and crafts to agriculture.
Bollywood Parks Dubai is the first theme park dedicated to Mumbai’s famous film industry. Part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, the park features more than 15 rides and attractions inspired by Bollywood blockbusters, behind the scenes movie experiences, and plenty of high-energy live performances and song and dance sequences.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has grown to become the region’s first integrated resort destination, comprising three theme parks, a waterpark, an entertainment district, and a Polynesian-style family resort. From Lego-building experiences to Bollywood-themed stunt shows and fireworks every Friday night, there is truly something for everyone.
Unleash your creativity and explore the colorful world of LEGO® at LEGOLAND® Dubai, the first of its kind in the Middle East. With six themed lands, more than 50 LEGO-themed rides, shows, building experiences, and millions of LEGO bricks, this 73-acre (30-hectare) theme park offers a fun and educational day out for the whole family.
Experience the magic of Hollywood in the desert at Motiongate Dubai, the largest Hollywood-inspired theme park in the Middle East. Part of Dubai Parks and Resorts, Motiongate features five separate zones, 27 rides, interactive play areas, and plenty of live shows and entertainment inspired by 13 popular Hollywood blockbusters.
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South of Dubai Creek, the Bastakia Quarter—aka the Al Fahidi Historic District—is comprised of wind tower (barjeel) houses, courtyards, and lanes dating from the late 1800s when Persian merchants first settled the area. As Dubai’s oldest district, it’s filled with museums and cultural attractions.
Escape the heat of the desert at LEGOLAND® Water Park, the only water park in the United Arab Emirates designed specifically for families with kids ages 2 to 12. Enjoy more than 15 water slides, raft and tube slides, a toddler play area, and the opportunity to customize your own LEGO raft and build your own miniature boat.
Located in Dubai Mall, KidZania Dubai is an educational theme park where kids can learn about different professions, money, and the real world in a safe, interactive, and fun environment. A kid-size scaled replica of a real city, KidZania Dubai offers more than 60 real-life role-playing activities that teach kids important life skills.
Overlooking the mouth of Dubai Creek, the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House was home to Dubai’s rulers during the early 20th century and is now a museum. Dating from 1896, the house is composed of wind towers (barjeel), courtyards, and rooms featuring exhibitions on Dubai and its ruling al-Maktoum clan from the late 1800s to the 1960s.
Explore the world of illusions and test the limits of your perception at Dubai’s immersive Museum of Illusions. Spanning around 4,845 square feet (450 square meters), the museum features more than 80 interactive exhibits, mind-bending optical illusions, stereograms, and holograms, as well as a playroom with puzzles to challenge the mind.
Situated on Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai’s Jumeirah 1 district, the Mercato Shopping Mall is hard to miss for its pastel-painted Italian-style design. Relatively small by Dubai standards, the mall accommodates around 140 shops—fewer than most of the city’s larger shopping centers—but scores highly for its upscale atmosphere and laid-back Mediterranean vibe.
Experience a tropical rainforest in the middle of the desert at Green Planet. Located in Dubai, Green Planet is a biodome and indoor rainforest experience. Spanning 60,000 square feet (5,574 square meters), Green Planet houses more than 3,000 plants and animals and the world’s largest artificial tree.
Located in the Mirdif neighborhood of Dubai, iFly Dubai is a skydive center that lets you replicate the experience of a parachute drop in a controlled indoor environment. iFlyers—as they’re called—fly on air gusts created in an acrylic wind tunnel. You’ll get the sensation of a real skydive—without having to jump from a plane.
With three floors of exhibitions dedicated to Emirati women, the Women’s Museum at Bait Al Banat is one of Dubai’s most revealing cultural institutions. Founded in 2012 by Professor Rafia Ghubash, it showcases women’s art, photography, poetry, costume, and writings to tell the story of UAE women past and present.
Designed to promote Dubai’s customs and culture, Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) is in the city’s Al Fahidi Historical Quarter—also called the Bastakia Quarter—and welcomes visitors under an “Open Doors, Open Minds” motto. The center showcases Dubai’s traditional and Bedouin roots through a variety of activities.
The Rustar is a traditional wooden dhow vessel that offers its guests dining and entertainment while cruising along Dubai Creek and taking in the sights of the city. The ship, which is equipped with lateen sails, has three levels; the lower deck has a bar, the middle level features the main dining hall, and the upper level is an open-air dinner deck.
A romantic setting for a meal for two but equally popular with families, the Rustar Floating Restaurant has all the luxuries of a five-star establishment. Its lavish interior is made up of predominantly glass and teak wood with typical Arabic designs throughout, and there’s even a small rock waterfall onboard to add to the ambience. Dinner is a buffet of international and continental cuisine, while the live entertainment includes singing, dancing, and other performances.
The Rustar Floating Restaurant experience lasts for two hours and bookings should be made in advance. There are various types of tours to choose from, some of which include roundtrip transfers from selected Dubai hotels.
With temperatures in Dubai often reaching heights of 50 degrees Celsius the opportunity to relax in subzero temperatures in the middle of the city is a unique one. The Chillout Ice Lounge is located inside the famous Times Square Center in the city. Refurbished in 2014, it features dramatic ice sculptures, seating and tables made of ice, plus ambient diffused lighting to set the tone in the minus-six-degrees climate.
On arrival at the Chillout Ice Lounge all visitors are issued with a complimentary welcome drink and thermal clothing. You will also be advised to spend a few minutes acclimatizing in a buffer zone area set to five degrees before venturing into the main lounge. Once in the lounge, you can order soup, sandwiches, juice, hot chocolate, tea and coffee, plus a variety of desserts and mocktails.
The lighting in the Chillout Ice Lounge changes color intermittently, filtering through blocks of ice and making it a romantic setting for couples. The venue also holds a magic show for children on several days of the week, making it ideal for families, although it is not advisable to take infants under the age of one.
The most convenient way to enjoy Dubai's Chillout Ice Lounge is by joining an organized tour that includes entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop off.
Situated on the southern edges of Dubai, the Gurunanak Darbar Temple has been a place of worship for the city’s 50,000-plus Sikh population since its opening in 2012. This opulent temple is open to Sikhs for worship and ceremonies, as well as non-Sikhs keen to experience its interior and a slice of Sikh religion and culture.
Opened in 2009, the Dubai Metro is a rapid transit rail system serving Dubai. With driverless, fully automated trains operating along two routes—the Green and Red lines—and connecting 47 stations, the cutting-edge, 46-mile (74-kilometer) system is one of the most convenient ways to get to key points around the city.
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