Dubai

Anything is possible’ must be the catchphrase for summarizing Dubai holidays. There’s something for everyone in this special desert playground, from thrill seekers and history buffs to shopaholics and beach bunnies. As well as the beautiful, luxurious resorts on offer, the hospitality of its incredibly friendly people is a key ingredient of the success of Dubai. It’s the place for pampering, indulging, and spoiling.

Don’t miss the water park at Aquaventure in the Atlantis Palm. This isn’t your average water park, as you might imagine from Dubai, it’s all bigger, better and more thrilling than normal. You can see whales, turtles, sharks and an array of other vibrant marine life as well as the world’s largest water slide, kilometers of rapids and a lazy river snaking around the whole area.

Shop till you drop!

Everybody knows that Dubai is the best place to shop, and the Dubai Mall is *the* place to spend a couple of hours if the sun gets a little bit too hot. The air-conditioned interior presents shops from just about every fashion brand you’ve ever heard of, and there’s plenty of other things to keep even non-shoppers busy. You will be dazzled by the underwater aquarium with the biggest viewing screen in the world, and children will never want to quit Sega Republic, an indoor adrenaline theme park. As well as a variety of interactive video games, there are rides for the youngest to the oldest and every level of thrill seeker.

Take in the Dubai views from the world’s highest tower.

Towering at just over 829 m, way above the other skyscrapers of the region, the Burj Khalifa is currently the world’s highest building and a true testament to the aspirations of Dubai. A night trip to the tower is a must-see sight on your luxury vacation. The elevator whisks you up to the rooftop observation deck, dubbed’ At the Top’ travelling 124 floors in less than 60 seconds. You will get panoramic views of the twinkling lights of Dubai from there. Back on the ground, another attraction is the fountain display at the Mall. It is romantic, mesmerizing, and completely worth a visit, choreographed to music and an accompanying light show.

Dubai holidays have such a huge range of accommodation options. But it’s all about choosing the one that fits the needs of your holiday. The exclusive island of Palm Jumeirah is a sight to be seen. The largest artificial island in the world today, its trunk, crown and fronds are home to luxury villas owned by A-listers like David Beckham. At its top end is Atlantis, the playground hotel which has become one of the iconic pictures of the city. Complete with dolphin beach, waterpark and over 20 restaurants, it’s the perfect place to base yourself on a 5-star holiday for a family. Another great option is the Dubai Marina area with its top floor helipad, home to Dubai’s other iconic Burj Al Arab tower. This is a luxurious and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. Or maybe, base yourself at the quieter end of Deira. It’s no less luxurious, but with its gold souk, traditional coffee shops and the excellent Dubai Museum, you’ll find smaller, more independent shops and an opportunity to experience some true Arabic culture.