The Best Holiday Experiences

Written by Arpan Ghosh

What would you consider to be your ideal holiday? Does it involve lounging in a beachside cabana? Discovering new cultures and cuisines? Perhaps a bit of urban exploration, or spending time in the wilderness? In Dubai, you can experience it all, and much more. No matter what your lifestyle, this vibrant city has something for you. Below are some of the best vacation experiences you can have in Dubai.

1. Exploring the Desert

Exploring the Desert

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The desert safari is practically a tradition for anyone visiting the city. Leave civilisation behind as you spend a day out on the dunes, driving through stunning vistas of rock and sand. No trip is complete without an overnight campout, sitting around a fire in the chilly desert air and then sleeping under the stars. There are desert tour companies that provide a full camping experience, including food and entertainment for the evening, and of course there are ‘glamping’ options as well for those who don’t want to rough it too much. If you want to enjoy an activity that doesn’t involve actually going to the desert, you can always enjoy a camel ride on the beach, take in a camel race at the Al Marmoom Racetrack, or mount up for a game of camel polo.

2. Living on a Wonder of the World

Living on a Wonder of the World

Palm Jumeirah is one of the most iconic destinations in Dubai, and is often known as the Eighth Wonder of the World. This immense man-made island contains a selection of ultra luxury homes that feature exquisite architecture, private beaches and breathtaking views. It is one of the most sought-after locations for those seeking to purchase a high-end home, and is a very popular option for short stays or holiday homes in Dubai. You get all of the benefits and conveniences of staying at a beach resort, but with the privacy of a house in a gated neighbourhood. Five-star resorts, two shopping malls and a wide variety of restaurants are all located a short drive away, so you have everything you need right for the perfect beach holiday right at your doorstep. Also, have a look at the best family holiday destinations in the world.

3. Golfing Night & Day

Golfing Night & Day

Dubai is a haven for golfers, featuring courses designed by some of the greatest names in the sports, including Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie and Ernie Els. It is home to the oldest golf course in the Middle East - the Majlis course - and also hosts major events such as the DP World Tour at Jumeirah Golf Estates and the Omega Desert Classic at the Emirates Golf Club. It also features the only floodlit course in the region so you can enjoy a game at night, with several other courses expected to have that option in the near future. The start of this year saw the introduction of Topgolf - a combined golfing, dining and entertainment experience that has been popular across the United States for many years. And the best part is that all of these courses are just a 15-minute drive from each other, so you could spend an entire day and night hopping from course to course.

4. Dining with (Michelin) Stars

Dining with (Michelin) Stars

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A cosmopolitan city that houses more than 220 nationalities from around the world will naturally have a broad spectrum of cuisines to cater to every taste. You will find everything, from hole-in-the-wall cafes and food trucks to world-class restaurants helmed by Michelin-starred chefs. Celebrated names such as Vineet Bhatia, Massimo Bottura, Gordon Ramsay and Nobu Matsuhisa all have restaurants in the city, boasting exemplary cuisine and an impeccable level of service. This year, those luminaries will be joined by Heston Blumenthal and Jose Andres, among others, only adding to the city’s gastronomic prestige.

Read more: World's Newest Michelin-Starred Eateries

5. Discovering the City’s History

Discovering the City’s History

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There is so much to grab your attention in Dubai, from the world’s tallest tower and the world’s largest shopping mall to unique experiences such as skydiving over Palm Jumeirah and taking the world’s longest zipline over the Dubai Marina skyline. However, if you are looking for a more enriching cultural experience, then you should head to the older quarters of Dubai, where you can see its history come alive. There is the Dubai Museum at the heart of the old Bur Dubai district, the Al Bastakiya district with its historic architecture, and several souks (open air markets), where you will find commodities such as gold and spices sold at a much cheaper rate than you would get at any branded store. You can even take an abra (ferry) ride across the Dubai Creek, an iconic waterway that played a central role in the city’s history and growth. It is a great way to immerse yourself in the city’s culture and get to know the true beauty of Dubai.