1. Desert Experiences

The breathtaking scenery will have you believing you’re in a scene from Lawrence of Arabia. The Rub Al Khali, located near Abu Dhabi, is the world’s largest uninterrupted sand mass. Scale the dunes on a four wheel drive desert safari or indulge and spend a night at a luxury desert resort. 

2. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Visit the majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the eighth largest Mosque in the world. The marble mosaic courtyard is unrivalled and the mosque also boasts the world’s largest handmade carpet. Arab, Persian and Moorish are some of the influences evident in the mosque's architecture. 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque courtyard

Above: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

3. Souks

A visit to a traditional souk is an experience not to be missed. The bright, bustling atmosphere and eclectic variety of goods offer a taste of then and now. Find the perfect memento at Dubai’s Deira Gold Souk, or lose yourself in the vibrant alleys of Souk Waqif in Doha. 

4. Theme Parks

The choices are endless! Cool off at the Wild Wadi Waterpark or try snow skiing at the Mall of the Emirates. LEGOLAND® Dubai provides fun for the young ones, while the young at heart can experience the thrill of Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

5. Burj Khalifa

Soaring 882 metres into the desert sky, the Burj Khalifa skyscraper is the tallest building in the world and a stunning feat of modern engineering. Start your Dubai holiday with a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor for a bird’s eye view of the amazing desert landscape.

The Burj Khalifa

Above: Burj Khalifa

6. Atlantis, The Palm

Located at the crescent of Palm Jumeirah, Atlantis, The Palm is a destination in itself. Anyone is welcome to visit, even if you’re not staying at the hotel! Wander through the luxury boutiques, discover the lost city of Atlantis at the Lost Chambers Aquarium or savour the world class cuisine. 

7. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

Delve into Dubai’s culture at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding. Visitors are invited to take part in the scheduled activities including a range of Arabic classes, cultural meals and guided tours, to gain a greater understanding of Emirati traditions.

8. The Dubai Mall

The world’s largest shopping and entertainment destination has something for everyone! Escape the heat at the Dubai Ice Rink or discover marine life at the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Shop until you drop at over 1200 stores or take a break by the Dubai Fountains and watch the breathtaking show of the world's largest performing fountain.

9. Emirati Cuisine

Emirati cuisine is rich in meat, rice, seafood and spices from traditional Bedouin culture. The official sweet of the Emirates is the moreish Luqaimat, dumplings drizzled with date molasses. Savour these delicious treats anytime of the day with an Arabic coffee.

10. Dubai Creek

Flowing through the historic centre of Dubai, this ever developing creek is the very reason for the city’s existence. Observe Dubai’s remarkable buildings on a sunset cruise aboard a traditional Arabian dhow.