Top travel magazine recommends 11 must-dos in Dubai

Posted: 01-Feb-16 14:41

Expert travel title Travel + Leisure has recommended 11 experiences that travellers to Dubai should try, from sky-diving over the Palm to cocktails and jazz on the 27th floor of the famously luxurious Burj Al Arab hotel.

Top travel magazine recommends 11 must-dos in Dubai

Well-known newsstand magazine Travel + Leisure recently featured 11 recommended experiences to enhance holidays in Dubai. The expert travel title has put together an insightful list of things to do for every type of traveller, from thrill-seekers and outdoors enthusiasts to luxury-lovers, foodies and culture vultures.

Those with a head for heights can choose from scaling the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa, and gazing out over the Gulf from 1,821 feet or tandem sky-diving over Dubai's famous man-made island, the Palm. To explore from the ground up, cycling through the desert dunes along the Al Qudre Cycling Track is also among the useful ideas on Travel + Leisure's must-do list.

For fun sports and aquatic activities, the magazine advises travellers to visit the wide open sands of Kite Beach in Umm Suqeim where kite surfing is the most popular water sport, but you can try paddle boarding and kayaking too.

Hotels featured in the list include the Palm Jumeirah Hotel for its Talise Ottoman Spa that contains the biggest hammam in the Middle East, and the Burj Al Arab hotel for its Skyview Bar up on the 27th floor with panoramic views and live jazz every night. There's also a hotel recommendation for fans of arty boutiques – XVA, decorated with artworks throughout with just 14 individually-designed guest rooms arranged around atmospheric atriums.

Among Travel + Leisure's experiences not-to-be-missed is The Walk at JBR, a bustling promenade that encapsulates the luxurious ex-pat lifestyle of Dubai, with designer shops, squares, street entertainers and open-air restaurants.

Perhaps the most unique recommendation is to explore Dubai's airport. Most travellers loathe long lay-overs but according to Travel + Leisure, the emirate's airport has some of best facilities in the world, including the largest duty free shopping centre, zen gardens, ‘snoozecubes', a swimming pool and even a spa.

For an authentic Arabian experience, the magazine says travellers should cross Dubai Creek in a traditional abra boat and visit the gold and spice souks of Deira. To get a real taste of the region, you could also feast on an Emirati meal at Al Barza restaurant. Foodies should schedule a trip to Dubai to coincide with Dubai Restaurant Week from 25 February to 5 March, when more than 30 restaurants feature special menus and host events.

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