Arabian adventures Discover vibrant Dubai
With incredible hotels, cuisine, architecture and culture, a visit to Dubai is a must
dubai is not just all about high-rise elegance and incredible shopping malls. With year-round sunshine, scenic desert landscapes, a range of souks, incredible cuisine and amazing hotels, there’s never been a better time to make more than a stopover in this exciting destination.
JOURNEY THROUGH TIME
The Dubai Frame is the perfect way to acquaint yourself with Dubai; it’s also the newest attraction in the city. Located at Zabeel Park, the Frame takes visitors on a journey through time on three different levels: the old side of Dubai, the present city and the future one. It’s an immersive experience that tells the evolution from the Old City when Dubai was a fishing village to the ultra-futuristic Dubai of today, and the city of
tomorrow. The Dubai Frame also offers spectacular panoramic views across the city. thedubaiframe.com
STAY AT ATLANTIS, THE PALM
Combine opulence, incredible design and great cuisine, then add some fun, and you have Atlantis, The Palm. Built on a man-made island shaped like a palm, it’s not just a five-star hotel, it’s a destination in itself.
At the resort’s Aquaventure Waterpark you can jump on an inner tube and the current will shuttle you around 17ha of speed slides and river rapids. Thrillseekers should try the Leap of Faith, a nine-storey tall slide that drops you from the top of a Mayan Temple at hairraising speed into a shark-filled lagoon. atlantisthepalm.com
SHOP AT THE SOUKS
Spend a day visiting the dedicated traditional markets in the city. Start with the fragrant and colourful Spice Souk. Located in Deira, it’s one of the most popular marketplaces in Dubai. Wander around stalls, each filled with a selection of herbs and spices as well as nuts and oils.
Afterwards, shop for colourful fabrics, including silks, at the Textile Souk in the old trading centre of Bur Dubai. Not in the market for fabrics? Stock up on ready-made outfits, or buttons, sequins and lace. Most famous, though, is the Gold Souk, which houses a huge selection of jewellery and stones available in a variety of carats. Find something you must have? Be ready to barter!
TASTE THE CUISINE
With some of the world’s very best restaurants on offer, Dubai is a true paradise for foodies. And an array of Aussies are on the scene serving cuisine (and great coffee!) inspired by home. Head to Tom & Serg, one of Dubai’s favourite cafes, for an Aussie-style coffee. It’s owned by Melbourne native Tom Arnel and Spanish-born Sergio Lopez. Another Australian-owned cafe inspired by Melbourne’s coffee culture is Boston Lane. Be sure to try their toasties.
Fancy a romantic dinner for two? Sean Connolly, the well-known English-born Australian chef, has a contemporary brasserie serving seafood and steak, nestled next to Burj Khalifa called Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera.
HEAD TO THE DESERT
For an amazing experience, book in for a desert safari. You’ll enjoy a thrilling 4x4 drive over sand dunes before joining a Bedouin camp at dusk. Here, you’ll feast on Middle Eastern delights including hummus, breads, salads and grilled meat under the stars. It’s truly unforgettable. dubaisafari.ae
HOW TO GET THERE:
Emirates fly directly from Australia to Dubai, call 1300 303 777. emirates.com.au
Experience the colours and flavours of the Spice Souk. Stop in for a coffee at Boston Lane.
Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera offers great food and spectacular views.
The Dubai Frame Marine life on view at Atlantis, The Palm.