Dubai is perhaps the quintessential modern city: it practically didn’t exist before the 21st century. With a population made up of 85 per cent immigrants and some of the world’s craziest art, architecture and technology, Dubai is charging toward the future—on the backs of camels raced by robot jockeys. Your Dubai accommodation can make you feel like you’re in a sci-fi flick or a tropical island paradise; the choice is yours.
Things to Do in Dubai
Dubai holidays are all about world records, and there’s no shortage of “largest” and “tallest” things here. For example, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, and within that, you’ll find the world’s highest observation deck. The skyscraper has even spawned new records like “fastest time to climb the Burj Khalifa Tower” (6 hours, 13 minutes, 55 seconds, if you were wondering). Time it right and you’ll catch a show at the world's largest choreographed fountain system, Dubai Fountain. It’s not all about ritzy records, though. In Dubai, if you can dream it, you can do it, from an indoor ski resort to Russian cabaret shows and 24-carat gold facial treatments.
Once you’ve had your fill of records (and food at the world’s highest restaurant—sorry, had to sneak one more in!), head to Dubai Marina for waterfront relaxation. Accommodation near Marina Mall puts you right in the middle of this glitzy, glamourous neighbourhood. Dubai’s famous man-made, palm-shaped islands are near the Marina as well, so you can give your life some porpoise with a dolphin encounter.
Getting To & Around Dubai
Flights to Dubai land at the city’s international airport (DXB) just 13 km from downtown. The Metro system connects the airport with many destinations in the city centre and beyond, and with only two lines, even the most tired travellers should have no problem. If you really need a rest, though, you can doze off in a Snoozecube before journeying on to your accommodation in Dubai. While the Metro can take you to most popular spots, travelling by car is also a convenient option. Parking garages are plentiful and affordable—just remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road!
Best Time to Travel
The Arabian Peninsula has two seasons: hot and hotter. Not surprisingly, it can get scorching in the summer, so November to April are the most popular months for tourists. While it does rain more in the winter, chances are you’ll still have plenty of beach time, with temps that can reach 30 degrees and nighttime lows of 15 degrees. By May, things are heating up in the desert, and your daily activities will be offset by relaxing in one of the air-conditioned Dubai hotels you booked through Wotif. Off-season, schmoff-season—there’s never a bad time to hit up Dubai!
With Wotif’s deals on hotels in Dubai, you’ll be quite literally living the high life in “The City of Gold.” Blink and you might miss the city’s next world record—so book today, because Dubai slows down for no one.