Spice and all things nice
From colourful souks to delightful mezze desert adventure, Dubai is a globetrotter's dream-come-true.
No desert trip would be complete without a traditional post dune-bashing feast, camel ride, sand boarding and belly dance performance
Rising spectacularly from the golden sands of the desert, Dubai is the Middle-Eastern city of glitz and glamour. Combining the mystique of traditional Arabia with contemporary luxury, the city is sure to satisfy all your travel desires.
If there is one thing Dubai has in endless abundance - it’s shopping opportunities. With some of the world’s largest malls, including an array of international high street and chic designer brands, it’s easy to see why lavish sprees are one of the city’s favourite pastimes.
A great way to escape the malls in favour of a more unique experience is to visit one of the many souks. These traditional Arabic markets, filled with authentic and traditional goodies, weave their way through narrow streets and along the banks of The Creek in Bur Dubai. Adorned with colourful textiles, rich gold and aromas of exotic spices, it’s an adventure that will surprise and delight the senses.
Sand and City
Dubai’s mosques are beautifully distinct landmarks scattered across the city, with the largest and most spectacular being Jumeirah Mosque. With its traditional Fatimid style and white stone structure, it’s a breathtaking tribute to modern Islamic architecture and a must-see while in the city.
Built in 1787, Dubai Museum, located in the Al Fahidi Fort, is the oldest existing building in Dubai and among the greatest historical treasures. Home to an impressive collection of artefacts, it’s the ideal spot to discover the history of Dubai.
For the more adventurous, a 4x4 desert safari is a great way to escape town and traverse the rolling dunes. Tours depart all day, but the sunset tour is best for a truly stunning view. No desert trip would be complete without a traditional post dune-bashing feast, camel ride, sand boarding and belly dance performance.
Home to some of the most diverse international dining, from celebrity chef restaurants to an array of cheap street eats, Dubai offers an eclectic range of international cuisine to tantalise the taste buds.
Treat yourself to an evening at one of the many local eateries around the city. Feast on Arabic delicacies such as hummus, tabbouleh, fresh pita bread and a delicious selection of grilled meat and fish. Finish with Arabic coffee and a puff on the traditional shisha pipe.
If you fancy a cheap and cheerful option, try the legendary Ravi’s Restaurant in the heart of Satwa district. This famous Pakistani restaurant is a Dubai institution, and although the interior is less than impressive, the scrumptious curries, dal and buttery naan have attracted foodies from around the world over the years.
Once you’re all shopped out, what better place to rest than at the serene Shangri-La Hotel, Dubai. The hotel boasts elegant contemporary décor, exclusive health and leisure facilities and the Shangri-La’s unrivalled service.
Relax and rejuvenate with a luxury treatment in The Spa at Shangri-La. The combination of natural ingredients, traditional French techniques and experienced staff will ensure you leave feeling on refreshed and revitalised.
Host to a range of epicurean treats, hunger is simply not an option during your stay. Try the stylish Amwaj restaurant for some of Dubai’s most outstanding fresh seafood, Marrakech for a taste of contemporary Moroccan cuisine or Hoi An restaurant for Vietnamese fare with a French twist.