I have dreamed of visiting the opulent, ostentatious and awe-inspiring Dubai for many years and as yet, I have not managed to afford to indulge in such a trip in the way that I would like, guess I’ll have to keep checking my Powerball lottery results!! Until the big one comes in however, I will get busy on making my plan for exactly how I will spend my time in Dubai, when I finally make the trip. I have researched extensively and spoken to many close friends about this magical city and here is my travel wish list so far.
It may sound slightly strange that I would wish to head off to one of the hottest cities in the world just to go skiing, but this is no ordinary skiing. In a perfect display of the fact that you can do everything in Dubai, Ski Dubai is an indoor ski slope inside the gargantuan Mall of the Emirates. Unlike most artificial ski slopes, this one isn’t artificial at all, well at least the snow isn’t, and inside you will find an 80 meter ski slope which is created with real snow. The center has created a micro-climate which produces authentic snow and you can ski and snowboard to your heart’s content.
It would be foolish to create a list such as this without including one of the most breathtaking spectacles of man-made engineering, the Burj Khalifa. Standing at 160 stories high, the Burj is officially the world’s tallest building and the shots which you can see that have been taken from the observation deck up at the top, look simply astonishing.
The Palm For Brunch
Such is the eccentricity of the engineers and construction companies in Dubai, they have even managed to build their own archipelago in the shape of a palm tree. At the head of the archipelago sits the mightily impressive Atlantis Hotel, a 5 star resort where luxury is always the order of the day. I am aware that my funds may not allow me to stay in the hotel but I have heard that the brunch there is absolutely incredible and I most definitely plan to pass a late morning / early afternoon in the lap of lavish luxury.
With its urban paradise, highest buildings in the world, archipelago and ornate shopping centers, it can be very easy to forget that Dubai is indeed in the heart of the desert and surely no trip there would be complete without getting out on the sand. There are many tour companies who offer desert experiences and you can either jump on a camel, a quad bike or on the back of a Jeep to glide over the exotic dunes. It is not just the bumpy sand which offers such an amazing experience, I also hear that sunset over the desert is one of the most breathtaking ways to watch the day come to a close.
Have you been to Dubai? What were your favorite activities?