Middle East Wonder Dubai

Sarah McCarthy on 12 May 2011

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Dubai is a unique destination, one of the few cities in the world that has undergone such a rapid transformation and is one of the fastest growing cities on the Earth.

How would I describe Dubai...Cosmopolitan, exciting, dramatic, fun, amazing and beautiful.

I spent 4 nights in Dubai and explored the beach areas, the city and the desert. I stayed at the stunning 5Star Westin Mina Seyathi Beach Resort located directly on the famous Jumeirah Beach. Our wonderful Deluxe Ocean View Room had breath-taking views of the ocean and the famous Palm beyond. The hotel has an excellent spa, private beach club and you simply must sample the eateries, especially the Bubbalicious Westin Brunch every Friday..WOW..

The 4 days were action packed with a little time each afternoon for a quick dip in the ocean. We toured the city taking in the magnificent Water Fountain display (for those of you who saw the Bellagio Fountains in Vegas, you ain’t seen nothing yet!) We took a sneak peak at the 6Star Armani Hotel. There is a viewing point from the Armani overlooking the fountains; that is amazing. We popped into the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower. We took the lift to the observatory deck (124 floors up) and the views were phenomenal. Definitely one of my highlights. We had a bird’s eye view of all of Dubai, including The Palm and The World.

We also spent one of the days at the Aquadventure Waterpark at The Atlantis. It was such fun and yes I did do The Tower of Neptune (never again!!). My husband is like a child when it comes to water parks so whilst he did a second round on all the water rides I relaxed with a cocktail and a book on the private beach.

One evening we headed into the desert for an evening of authentic Arabian entertainment including dinner. I would highly recommend this and can arrange it for you.

Of course no trip to Dubai is complete without a visit to the local souks. Located in the Deira area of the city, they offer the buyer an array of gold, leather, spices and textiles. The colours, the textures and the local bartering I found fascinating.

On the last day we made our way to The Dubai Mall, one of the world's largest shopping malls with over 1,200 shops. But it’s not just shops; it is home to a luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens and dozens of restaurants and cafes. Here you will also find the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

And wait for it.. Whilst I hit the shops my husband decided to spend a few hours skiing at Dubai's indoor ski centre!

We had a wonderful time in Dubai and I would recommend it to all travellers, couples and families alike.

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