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The WOW factor

8 reasons why you need to visit Dubai

Clive Wedderburn September 9, 2016

If you’ve still not been to Dubai, then why not? Or perhaps you’ve been before and it’s time for another visit. It’s the world’s most glamorous, futuristic and fastest growing city, a place where world records tumble and where the impossible is made possible almost every day. The city is growing and changing constantly, with lots more attraction being added, so you can be sure of finding new things to do.

If you still need some persuasion, then here are our eight favourite reasons to visit Dubai.

1. It’s a stunning stopover

As a destination in its own right, Dubai is a great winter-sun option and you’re guaranteed blue skies whatever time of year you visit. It has stunning beaches and has many amazing new and existing attractions. However, Dubai is also the perfect stopover destination, situated on the crossroads of Europe and Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Far East; perfect if you want to experience more of the world in a single holiday.

2. New attractions coming soon

Wild Wadi Water Park in Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Aquaventure Waterpark at Atlantis the Palm are still high on our list of world-class amusement parks you or your family won’t want to miss.

Coming soon, Dubai Parks and Resorts (open October 2016) is however, set to be the region’s largest integrated theme park resort and we can’t wait. Comprising six parks in one, including Lego Land Dubai, Lego Land Waterpark, Motiongate a Hollywood-inspired theme park, Bollywood Parks dedicated to all things Indian cinema, plus Riverland with four golden eras to wander through including a French Village, Indian Gate and a riverside zone dedicated to 1950s America.  ​

If that wasn’t enough, IMG Worlds of Adventure is set to be the world’s largest indoor amusement park housing no less than four different adventure zones including Marvel, Lost Valley, Cartoon Network and the IMG Boulevard.

Further projects due for completion are the Museum of the Future, specialising in design and innovation, while Bluewaters Island will be home to the world’s largest Ferris wheel, the Dubai Eye. Other attractions to keep on your radar are The Dubai Frame that opens later this year for panoramic views across the city, while Aladdin City is yet another ambitious project inspired by the Arabian Nights adventures you’ll want to add to your list. 

3. Amazing hotels

Dubai is home to some of the most luxurious and unique hotels in the world. Atlantis the Palm provides the WOW factor for couples and also offers amazing entertainment for children of all ages.  Situated on the Palm Jumeirah is the beautifully appointed Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, featuring one of the most luxurious spas in Dubai, plus opulent restaurants and bars and stunning views of the Arabian Gulf.​

4. Culture thrives in Dubai

Contrary to popular belief there’s so much to explore culturally in Dubai. When you visit the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood for example, you’ll find a place of winding lanes, sand-coloured houses and courtyards containing museums and craft shopsThe Textile and Gold Souks are located nearby, perfect for those exotic souvenirs at great prices. Also situated nearby is the beautiful and enchanting Jumeirah Mosque, one of the most photographed sights in the city.  

5. Value for money in Dubai

Dubai is an upbeat, energetic city, a multi-cultural melting pot where eighty percent of the population are from other countries. Eating out is an inexpensive option with hundreds of Arabic, Indian, Filipino and French, Japanese, Indonesian and Chinese eateries ranging from humble snack bars and fast food restaurants to uber-stylish dining opportunities.

Value for money tip: Cut out the traffic by taking a traditional and scenic abra (boat ferry). From as little as 22 pence it’s a great way to reach Al Fahidi and the Spice Souk.

6. Dubai’s must-see ultra-modern cityscape

The old Bedouin outpost of former Dubai has been unrecognisably transformed into an architectural wonder in little more than twenty years. Head to Burj Khalifa to glimpse the desert landscape surrounding this incredible metropolis and imagine what this city in the sand used to look like.  Be sure to enjoy some high tea while you’re there too, in the tallest man-made structure on the planet. The Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, illuminated by 6,600 lights, it’s located on the Burj Khalifa Lake. Another modern masterpiece on your architectural tour should be the world’s tallest twisting tower, Cayan Tower, with its striking helical shape, turning 90 degrees over the course of its height. The newly constructed Dubai Opera House will please music enthusiasts. Recently opened in 2016 it’s a stunning cultural addition to an increasingly amazing city.

7. Dubai is a shopper’s paradise

Wander among the palm-lined waterways of the Souk Madinat, search for designer bargains at the Mall of the Emirates before hitting the indoor slopes at Ski Dubai. Or explore Dubai Mall featuring hundreds of stores and eateries, a skating rink, a 22 screen cinema complex, a giant aquarium, a zoo, plus the children’s theme park - Kidzania.

8. Try something new – New Year’s Eve in Dubai

If you’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in New York, then you should consider Dubai for your next adventure. The weather is ideal in late December and there’s lots of live entertainment and events for everyone. It’s worth noting that in 2014 Dubai broke the world record when 479,651 shells were fired in just six minutes leaving spectators mesmerised. Since then, Dubai has continued to offer awesome New Year’s Eve displays that light up the night sky and next year is set to be as equally impressive. So why not make Dubai your destination of choice for a spectacular start to the New Year.

Don’t bury your head in the sand any longer, if you need more inspiration then visit our Dubai holiday pages for exciting options and amazing hotel experiences.