The trick to getting the most out of a holiday to Dubai is to think big and expect amazing.
Family holidays to Dubai will, undoubtedly, involve a trip up the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building at 2716 feet and 6 inches. It holds the record for the largest number of floors in a building (160), the highest restaurant from ground level (1447ft 10in), the highest residential apartments (1263ft), the tallest (1654ft) and fastest (39.77mph) elevator in a building plus the highest base jump from a building (2,716ft 6in).
If you’re devoted to shopping, you’ll find retail heaven takes the form of The Dubai Mall. Located at the foot of the Burj Khalifa and stretching across 11.8 million sq ft, it is the world’s largest shopping, entertainment and leisure destination.
Here, visitors can not just shop at more than 1200 retail outlets, they can venture down the 270-degree walkthrough tunnel to the Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, drop the kids off at children’s theme parks or perform their best Torvill and Dean impressions at the Dubai Ice Rink.
If that’s not enough, Dubai is also home to the world’s largest indoor theme park. IMG Words of Adventure occupies 1.5 million sq ft split into four zones – IMG Boulevard, MARVEL, Cartoon Network and Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure.
There are 22 rides and attractions in IMG Worlds of Adventure, including this velociraptor rollercoaster which takes visitors around the indoor park before speeding through the surrounding desert.
Luxury holidays to Dubai can also involve staying in the world’s first 7-star hotel. With gold-plated iPads in every room, a revolving bed in the Royal Suite and 17 types of pillow that can be selected from a menu, there is nothing modest about the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel. But it is the perfect place to escape if you want to be pampered and enjoy a world of excess.
At the centre of Dubai’s man-made island The Palm’s crescent, the 5-star Atlantis The Palm Hotel is a destination in itself. This hotel, which is themed around the fabled lost city of Atlantis, not only has more than 1500 rooms, each with their own balcony overlooking the ocean or The Palm, guests have unlimited free access to the Aquaventure Waterpark next door. It also has 23 restaurants plus room service, its own beach, swimming pool, sauna, spa, steam room, tennis court and kids’ club.
Also highly recommended by Travel Republic customers is the 5-star Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach which sits in the heart of “new” Dubai and next to Dubai’s media city. This hotel enjoys a great location on the beachfront and is within walking distance of Dubai marina.
Other five star hotels recommended by our customers include the Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort and Towers which sits in landscaped gardens with over 200 palm trees. This hotel offers outdoor and indoor swimming pools and a kids’ club with plenty of activities to amuse your little ones while you relax. The Madinat Jumeirah Mina Al Salam Hotel on the Jumeirah Beach Road, where all rooms and suites have a sea view, is also a popular choice. Translated into English, Mina Al Salam means ‘harbour of peace’, which reflects the tranquil setting this hotel enjoys.
If you fancy a budget holiday to Dubai, check out the Arabian Park Hotel – a 3 star hotel with a 5 star attitude, as one of our customers described it. The hotel is situated in Bur Dubai and offers a twice daily complimentary shuttle bus to the beach and other popular destinations.
There are plenty of other great value hotels on offer in Dubai, making it one of the most sought-after holiday destinations year-round.