Ara­bian ad­ven­tures Dis­cover vi­brant Dubai

With in­cred­i­ble ho­tels, cui­sine, ar­chi­tec­ture and cul­ture, a visit to Dubai is a must

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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.


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. the­


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. at­lantis­thep­


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!


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.


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. dubaisa­


Emi­rates fly di­rectly from Aus­tralia to Dubai, call 1300 303 777. emi­

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.

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