Outdoor Dubai: Beach and Marine Life
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Stepping off the plane at Dubai International Airport can feel like walking into an oven, especially if you arrive in the summer months. As such it’s no surprise the first thing most people want to do is check in to their hotel straight away, and then hit the pool or the beach. Luckily, then, there are plenty of beaches on offer, ranging from private strips of sand joined to hotels, to public spaces that act as a meeting point and melting pot for people from across the world.
The most popular of the public offerings is JBR, or Jumeirah Beach Residence, which sits in close proximity to The Walk, a bustling promenade that allows visitors to combine some seafront action with retail therapy- talk about the best of both worlds. On the sand you’ll find an abundance of burger and juice bars, gelato stalls and restaurants, and heading here over the weekend is something of a staple activity for residents, meaning it can get busy, albeit never over-crowded to the point of discomfort.
The oldest public beach is Jumeirah Open Beach, which still attracts plenty of sun seekers, who can usually find plenty of room given it’s wider and longer than every other public strip. There are also 24-hour shops here, meaning it’s never too late to stock up on refreshments. If sport, rather than sunbathing, tops your agenda then head to Kite Beach, a short walk from the World Project Office. As the name suggests, this is the home of kite surfing in Dubai, so don’t expect it to be all about rest and relaxation.
Your chosen hotel in Dubai may well have its own stretch of private beach offering all manner of water sports, but even if that’s not the case there are several ‘private’ beaches that cater for non-residents. Club Mina, for example, is renowned not just for its exceptional situation and variety of pools, but also the peace and serenity it offers even on the busiest peak season days. This is a big winner with everyone from couples to families with kids. As is the Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, which boasts tennis courts, table tennis, pool and beach bars, along with a distinct village vibe.
Marine culture in Dubai isn’t all about beaches, either. And that’s not just a reference to the two fantastic waterparks located here (Aquaventure and Wild Wadi). Head to Dubai Creek to discover the origins of the city and its role in international trade, with a historic district open for exploration, full of winding lanes and alleys, along with two fantastic art galleries. Here you can catch a traditional abra boat to cross the creek for just 1 AED per person (that’s less than 20 pence!). Meanwhile, pearling tours give visitors the chance to experience one of the oldest traditions in the region, and the possibility of coming away with their own salt water pearls, retrieved by experts from the water depths.
Dubai is also famed for its state-of-the-art marinas and its excellent yachting opportunities, so if you’re a keen sailor and you’ve got the cash to splash you could have the most memorable experiences renting a luxury vessel and sailing across Dubai’s glistening waters.
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People come to Dubai for different reasons. Some want to shop until they drop, others choose to experience the glamorous lifestyle. Some prefer to relax indulgently, whilst some want to embrace the epic adventures Dubai offers- with more unforgettable experiences to be had than we can hope to mention here.
A glistening city in the middle of the desert, defined by some of the world's most modern and opulent buildings, contemporary shopping and high-tech entertainment, the Emirates' most famous destination is also a hotbed of culture; from art galleries and museums to the indigenous Arabian history.
When you're surrounded by warm waters, bathed in high temperatures and sunshine almost every day of the year, it should go without saying that everything from water sports to beach lounging, fishing to pearl diving, should be on the agenda. Welcome to Dubai, where all that and more comes as standard.
There are few places on Earth where you can sunbathe on the beach in the morning, snowboard in the afternoon, and head out to explore sand dunes before sunset. To top it off there are huge entertainment centres and waterparks too. All of which barely scratches the surface when it comes to keeping the family entertained in Dubai, one of the world's safest and most fun cities.
As a centre of international culture, it's no surprise that Dubai is home to an abundance of festivals and events of global repute. This is also a place steeped in a unique history, meaning that whilst visiting soirees appear dominant, you'll also find a host of traditional offerings to contrast the more lavish affairs.
Many cities have a claim to fame, but only the best have several. In Dubai, alongside unforgettable adventures and unparalleled shopping, the hotels represent a unique selling point all of their own. So whether you're spending big or modest, there's no chance you'll be disappointed.
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