Although Dubai has become synonymous with luxury due to its opulent style and grand design, there's plenty more than just sitting back and putting your feet up on offer for visitors.
Whether you want something fun to do with your family or are looking to have an adrenaline-filled experience all of your own, a holiday in Dubai can be just what a petrol head is after.
Four recommended experiences for petrol heads while in Dubai
Here are some of the top picks for how to make your holiday perfect for car lovers:
Perfect for the whole family, the Dubai Autodrome allows everyone over the age of seven to get behind the wheel and feel the adrenaline rush themselves. There's an indoor and outdoor course (children will need to be 11 years old to take part) and a state-of-the-art SMS-Timing software makes sure you get precise lap times so you can race against your friends and family. Designed by SodiKart, the go-karts deliver a comfortable driving position, top level performance and handling, all while ensuring you are as safe as possible.
All you need to do is arrive as suits, helmets, balaclavas and gloves are all provided, though children may have to bring ID. The Dubai Autodrome also features a stunning 5.39km Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) track, so adults can treat themselves to the ultimate driving experience. Get behind the wheel of some of the best cars in the world. From the McLaren Sprint to the Audi R8 and even a Lotus, anyone over the age of 21 can feel what it's like to be a racing driver for the day.
F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina Circuit
OK, so this one is not technically located in Dubai, but you'll find it a short ride away by car (an hour or less), and since this is a reccomendation for car lovers, you sure won't mind the car riding journey there. If you want to see what some of the best-designed engines in the world can really do, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix is a must. This is where you get to witness the world's best drivers soar around one of the most incredible tracks on the F1 calendar. As the last race of the year approaches, there's arguably more excitement and tension build-up at the Abu Dhabi track than any other in the world, making it the perfect day out for any petrol head, if you can make it there in time to catch a live race.
Held at the end of November, the Grand Prix often sees drivers fighting for the championship, meaning the race is sure to be packed with teams trying to go that extra mile to gain more points.
For those wanting to let a professional behind the wheel, a Desert Safari is the ultimate driving experience. Roam up and down the sand dunes of this beautiful emirate over the course of 90 minutes and feel the adrenaline rush through your veins as you pick up speed on this bumpy ride. These are extremely popular for people visiting Dubai and most hotels will be able to arrange for a driver to pick you up directly from wherever you are staying.
You'll then get to see their skills as you explore the desert and then find somewhere to park so you can enjoy the sunset. For those really wanting to make the most of their time, many operators can also arrange for you to spend the night in the desert, enjoy an evening Arabic feast under stars and sleep on a Bedouin tent.
Another one located outside Dubai, yet easily accessible via a one-hour car ride to neighbouring emirate, Abu Dhabi, the specialist theme park, Ferrari World offers a number of driving-based experiences for car lovers. Rides like Formula Rossa, which takes you up to speeds that exceed any F1 car, allow you to get the feel of what it's really like to be a professional driver.
For younger driving enthusiasts, they can get professional driving guidance at the Junior Pilot's Racing School, while older fans can get into a real Ferrari and have an experienced driver take you around the course.
A holiday in Dubai: Perfect for car lovers
Whether you want to get behind the wheel yourself, watch some of the world's greatest drivers do their thing, or get up-close to beautifully designed, technologically cutting-edge cars, Dubai can be the holiday of a lifetime for a petrol head.