A city known for its outlandish buildings and world-class shopping, Dubai is strewn with world-challenging concepts. There’s the Burj al-Khalifa, the world’s highest building, but if that weren’t enough, you can ascend to admire the view encased in the world’s fastest lift. If you prefer your hotel suites a little more opulent, the Burj al-Arab will sort you out, with its Royal Suite which is one of the most expensive in the world. Then there’s the Mall of the Emirates, which can claim the world’s largest indoor ski slope. But what really makes this city exciting is that it’s placed in the cultural heart of the Middle East, with a calendar of unique Dubai events to keep you engaged. Not convinced? Read on for more details.
Every month in Dubai has a festival
Whatever your interest, it’s likely you’ll find a festival for it in Dubai. January sees a colossal shopping and entertainment festival running for a month, that conjures up a rash of excitement among shopaholics. February will satiate an appetite for fine dining with the Dubai Festival. March sees the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. From musicals, concerts and art exhibitions to polo cups and golf tournaments, there’s always something exciting descending on the city.
The Emirati culture is fascinating
From the dazzling treasures of the Gold Souk in Khalid Bin Waleed Road to the traditional, tawny wind tower houses of the Bastakia quarter of the city, it’s worth removing yourself from the air-conditioned environments of the hotels and the malls for at least one day on your visit to Dubai. Then, unpack the culture of the Middle East with a trip to the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding. This welcoming exhibit aims to teach visitors more about Dubai’s culture, customs and religion.
The desert is calling
A desert safari is one of the most fun and exciting ways to experience the terrain of Dubai. Plough through the burning sand in a 4×4 Jeep, but stop by starlight for a feast of Bedouin cuisine accompanied by shisha, belly dancing and a display of falconry. Then, learn about Bedouin history around a roaring campfire, before slipping off into desert dreams.