In­du­bitably Dubai

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

FOR the av­er­age fam­ily, Dubai gets ev­ery­one’s vote. It’s a des­ti­na­tion that not only meets ex­pec­ta­tions, it far sur­passes them and pro­vides once- in- a- life­time ex­pe­ri­ences.

Where else can you play on the beach in the morn­ing, go snow ski­ing at lunchtime, ex­plore the desert in the af­ter­noon and then watch danc­ing foun­tains reach to the skies un­der­neath the world’s tallest tower?

It’s a packed timetable with one mem­o­rable event af­ter an­other.

Along Dubai’s sandy, clean and safe beaches there is no end of fun wa­ter sport ac­tiv­i­ties that can be en­joyed by all ages – from fam­ily tube rides and kayak­ing to wa­ter- ski­ing and paraglid­ing.

The warm wa­ters of the Ara­bian Gulf en­joy gen­tle cur­rents and the wa­ters along­side the shore tend to be rel­a­tively shal­low – at low tide you can eas­ily walk out up to 100m and still only be an­kle- deep.

A visit to Dubai’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing wa­ter­parks at Aqua­ven­ture at At­lantis, The Palm and Jumeirah’s Wild Wadi have thrills and spills for all ages.

You only have to be over 1.1m high to ex­pe­ri­ence the awe­some drop of the “Jumeirah Sceirah” ride or take the ul­ti­mate “Leap of Faith”.

For tiny tots, both wa­ter­parks have ded­i­cated ar­eas just for them, both com­plete with oblig­a­tory dump­ing buck­ets, slides and climb­ing frames.

More thrills and spills are to be had for fam­i­lies who ven­ture into the desert, just min­utes away from the city cen­tre.

Re­ly­ing on tour op­er­a­tors on lo­gis­tics, fam­i­lies can en­joy bump­ing and slid­ing up and down the golden waves in a four- by- four.

They’ll get the chance to go sand­board­ing, ride a camel, hold a fal­con and en­joy au­then­tic Emi­rati hospitality when they dig into a sump­tu­ous buf­fet.

When it’s time for a break from the great out­doors, check out Dubai’s great in­doors where there’s a vast choice of re­mark­able fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties to be ex­pe­ri­enced.

These range from ski­ing ( or tum­bling) down snowy moun­tains at Ski Dubai, the Mid­dle East’s first in­door snow park com­plete with pen­guins; and a 150m- long zip wire, to sky­div­ing in the iFly wind tower at Mirdif City Cen­tre mall.

The most re­cent ad­di­tion to Dubai is IMG World of Ad­ven­ture – the world’s largest in­door theme park with 1.5milsq ft ( 0.14sq m) of rides and ac­tion.

It con­tains four zones: Mar­vel, Car­toon Net­work, Lost Val­ley and IMG Boule­vard.

In Fe­bru­ary, fam­i­lies can look for­ward to the city’s an­nual Dubai Shop­ping Fes­ti­val ( DSF), a packed sched­ule of fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment is avail­able, fea­tur­ing stage shows, street per­for­mances and com­pe­ti­tions and of course ir­re­sistible bar­gains.

Plans are afoot to add more fam­ily at­trac­tions in the com­ing years, with nu­mer­ous theme parks un­der con­struc­tion.

All this is part of Dubai’s Tourism Vi­sion for 2020 – a vi­sion that puts fam­i­lies at the top of the agenda.

World Dis­cov­ery Travel has been serv­ing clients since 1989 and is pleased to of­fer cus­tomised flights and ground ar­range­ments to a va­ri­ety of des­ti­na­tions.

Call the team to­day at 03– 2026 1128 or e- mail en­quiries@ world­is­cov­ery- travel. com or drop by the booths at PWTC Linkway, L1 and L2.

Burj Khal­i­fah, the cen­tre­piece of dubai.

savour the smells and sounds of the souk.

Be­hold the un­der­sea won­ders of a vast aquar­ium.

ex­pe­ri­ence the magic of the desert.

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