Burj Al Arab, Dubai
Mountains, beaches, deserts, oases, expansive malls, maze-like traditional gold and spice souks, the glamour and charm of Dubai certainly leave no one indifferent. A growing, young city, a never-ending construction site where the tallest skyscrapers in the world challenge the laws of physics and seven-star hotels offer the most luxurious and extravagant experiences you can imagine. A trip to Dubai is a plunge into modernity, luxury and opulence, where impossible is possible and even unbelievable dreams can come true. A luxury destination par excellence, Dubai proudly flaunts its opulence and grandeur, offering endless possibilities to the luxury traveller.
A brunch in a luxury hotel overlooking Jumeirah Beach or an aperitif "in the clouds" in the brand-new lounge on the 154th floor of the Burj Khalifa in Downtown is the ideal way to relax if you are exhausted after a day of going around the huge Dubai Mall or Mall of Emirates. Or you can head to the ultimate destination to rejuvenate and unwind and book a day spa at the Burj Al Arab, the ultraluxury hotel where you can appreciate an amazing sky view over the manmade wonders of the Palm while being pampered with the most luxurious products in a unique environment. When you leave Dubai and its glittering skyline, you find a wild and alluring landscape, the boundless vastness of the Arabian desert with its humongous sand dunes surrounding the city like a frame. Here, you can venture out for an unforgettable safari to discover the local fauna or spend a night in a luxury Bedouin tent listening to the sound of silence and enjoying a spectacular sight.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, there is Old Dubai, lying on the banks of the creek which overlooks the two historical districts of Deira and Bur Dubai. Here you can experience the authentic Dubai, wandering in the Al Fahidi Historic District or the Textile Souk, a maze of narrow alleyways where you step into the past: ochre-coloured buildings, souks of all kinds, gold, spices and fabrics, the air filled with the flavoury smell of dried fruit, dates and figs. The best way to cross the creek, the water canal that separates Deira from Bur Dubai is by an abra, comfortable, fast and affordable wooden boats that run back and forth as water taxis. But, if you are looking for an astonishing experience and dazzling views of Dubai you can climb aboard a dhow, the traditional Arab sailing boat, and enjoy a romantic dinner surrounded by the lavish beauty of Dubai.