FOR Dubai, the song “anything you can do I can do better” seems particularly fitting. It boasts several records for having the world’s longest this and the world’s tallest that, and it likes to shout about it
Activities wise you certainly won’t be short of things to do in Dubai. The Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is a real eye-opener. Travelling up to the 124th floor in less than a minute – be prepared for your ears to pop – once at the top you can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city, desert and ocean.
The Burj is located in the Dubai Mall in downtown Dubai, one of the world’s largest shopping malls and a destination in itself. From high street favourites like Zara and H&M to designers including Chanel and Versace, it has everything a fashionista could possibly want. And while you shop until you drop, there’s no need to worry about the children.
The mall also features the Dubai Aquarium. From an underground tunnel to open fish tanks, it’s every marine-lover’s dream – get your timings right and you can even watch the keepers feeding the piranhas.
For a taste of local culture, a city tour shows you all the sights. Catch a boat across to the souks where spices, shoes and fabrics are aplenty, visit the museum for a taste of history and take a stroll through the Gold Souk – a whole street of jewellery and all things sparkly – a magpie’s paradise.
And any adrenaline-junkies out there should definitely book onto the desert safari trip. Sat in a 4×4, you will be driven across the sand dunes at speed – beware, this is not for the faint-hearted or those prone to travel sickness.
At the end of the wild journey lies a purpose-built camp where you can enjoy belly dancing, a freshly-cooked barbecue, camel-riding, shisha-smoking, and henna.
For accommodation, Dubai offers the whole spectrum. For a reasonable, wallet-friendly hotel that retains a sense of grandeur and sophistication, there’s the Park Regis Kris Kin. Located opposite the BurJuman shopping centre in the heart of the city’s historic district and nestled between a row of restaurants and cafes, it doesn’t look much from the outside but inside it’s clean, chic and modern.
The rooms are well equipped and comfortable and on the top floor lies a rooftop pool perfect for taking advantage of Dubai’s fantastic year-round climate.
The 19th floor wine bar and fine dining restaurant, Kris with a View has floor to ceiling windows, allowing guests to admire the spectacular skyline while enjoying exotic dishes from China, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Arabia