Dubai, UAE

The most luxurious and populous city in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is the most expensive city in the UAE and has become an icon known for skyscrapers and high rise buildings. The most famous being the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Staying on the apex of the palm in the Atlantis hotel, I had the best of both worlds. Being only 20 mins away from the city centre I was able to enjoy both the benefits of the hotel and the cities amazing tourist attractions.
The Atlantis hotel has everything you need with over 1.4 kilometres of pristine beaches, two refreshing swimming pools and 22 restaurants in the resort, you can immerse yourself in the amenities this magnificent hotel has.

Splash your way around the ginormous well known waterpark, just one of the amazing activities you can enjoy there!
Create unforgettable memories by spending time with the beautiful marine animals the Atlantis holds.

At 828 meters in length and 164 floors, as of January 2010 the Burj Khalifa was named the tallest building in the world. If you are planning on visiting the Burj Khalifa I highly recommend buying the ‘At the top|SKY’ tickets which includes fast track queueing, visiting all three observation decks at levels 124,125 and 148 where you are escorted up and get a lovely refreshing drink in the lounge.

Feeling ravenous after walking around the world famous building, the Dubai mall holds hundreds of restaurants to dine in. I chose a restaurant on the terrace outside of the mall called Serafina’sServing Italian cuisine, you can twirl your pasta and observe the spectacular performance of the Dubai Fountains.

There are plenty of restaurants in Dubai, my personal favourite that I was lucky to dine in is Ossiano. Located in the Atlantis Hotel, this unique award winning restaurant is the best dining experience I have ever had. You can enjoy views of the Ambassador lagoon whilst sipping champagne and tucking in to a delicious 3 course meal.

The beauty of Dubai is the fact that you have old and new combined in to a beautiful city. The souks are traditional markets based in the business district of Dubai, Al Dhagaya. I visited the Gold souks, which consists of 300 retailers mostly selling jewellery, however there are plenty of textile shops selling traditional Abayas.
I think this was one of my favourite experiences of my trip in Dubai, the retailers have fun with you bartering back and forth over prices and purchasing items that you assuredly cannot find anywhere else.

Dress: Whistles, Shoes: Birkenstock, Handbag: Prada.

Bordering Dubai is the Arabian desert, surrounded by vast desert wilderness it was only natural to go and visit. Booking on the Platinum Heritage camel desert safari, you have an evening of turning back the clocks and experiencing the traditional heritage of the UAE. Taking an hour camel ride whilst watching the sunset was by far the most breath taking adventure I have ever been on. Enjoy a falcon show whilst quenching your thirst on some sparkling date juice.

Sunglasses: Barberini eyewear.

After that the evening in the authentic Bedouin camp begins. Relish in all the cultural festivities, such as henna, dance, music and hookah. Devour in a delicious traditional meal in the desert.

Ironically the world’s largest natural flower garden is held in Dubai, featuring over 109 million flowers planted. This colourful crowd-pleaser has become a major tourist scene since the Dubai Miracle Garden launched on valentines day in 2013.

If you have time whilst on your travels I strongly recommend jumping in to a taxi and heading over to Abu Dhabi to visit the Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque. Designed by the Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky, the mosque is one of the most stunning buildings I have ever laid eyes on! It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and is considered to be the key site for worship in the country.

I hope this article has inspired you all to visit some of the places mentioned. Dubai is a truly magical city, I cannot wait to go back!

Rebecca Brotherton
Rebecca Brotherton

Travel editor

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