17 Apr 15 Things to do in Dubai for the whole family
Dubai is a city in the United Arab Emirates that has become a playground for the world’s rich and famous. It’s a city of superlatives, with the world’s tallest building, the world’s only 7-star hotel and is working on the world’s largest airport. Dubai’s airline, Emirates is fast becoming a leader in long-haul flights, and offers direct service from Dubai to cities all over the world. Citizens from most English-speaking countries (US, UK, Australia, New Zeland, Canada, etc) can obtain a 30-day visitor’s visa upon entry, making the logistics of visiting Dubai a breeze.
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, topping out at 160 stories! This multi-use building opened in 2010 in a government attempt to diversify from the oil industry and put Dubai on the map internationally. The Armani hotel occupies 15 of the lower floors, sky lobbies with swimming pools on floors 43 and 76, plus 900 residential apartment homes occupying up to the 108th floor. There is also an outdoor observation deck on the 124th floor. Tickets to the observation deck can be purchased in advance, and at a significant discount vs buying them in person.
At the base of Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Fountain, which is the largest choreographed fountain in the world. The 30-acre lake is illuminated by over 6,000 lights and 50 color projectors, with musical accompaniment. Light and music shows occur twice in the daytime and every 30 minutes in the evening, so you’ll have a good chance of catching a light show at the Dubai Fountain.
The Burj Al Arab is an ultra-luxury hotel set on an island in Dubai, connected to the mainland by a private bridge. The sail-shaped building is easily recognizable and it is the third tallest hotel in the world. Claiming to be a seven-star hotel, one night at the Burj Al Arab will run you nearly $2000 USD. Not feeling up to that bill? You can visit the Burj Al Arab with a dining reservation at any one of the many restaurants on the property.
In the shadow of Burj Al Arab is Jumeirah Beach, a white sand beach on the coast of the Persian Gulf. The beach is lined with hotels and resorts, and if you are not staying along the beach, you will need to seek out the public section of the beach for access. There is no public access between Burj Al Arab and the Palm.
Situated near Jumeirah Beach, is the world’s fastest growing outdoor waterpark, the Wild Wadi Waterpark. Offering the largest collection of water rides in the UAE, visitors can ride over 20 different thrilling water rides. The park is part of the Jumeirah hotel family, so guests at their hotels will receive free entry to the waterpark.
The Dubai Mall, opened in 2008, is the world’s largest shopping mall by total area. The mall is part of the larger Downtown Dubai complex and houses over 1,000 stores. Dubai Mall attracts over 50 million visitors per year – that’s more than all of New York City or Los Angeles! Of course, this isn’t just any ordinary mega-mall made for shopping
The newest addition to the Dubai superlatives is the Dubai Frame, a landmark / picture frame in Zabeel Park. Opened on January 1st, 2018, this is the world’s largest picture frame and is centered on the stunning skyline of Dubai. The frame is 150 meters tall and is likely already featured across social media accounts worldwide.