Happy Thursday Hidden Gem Travel community! Are you reading this newsletter from home or on vacation? The week after President’s Day is often a vacation week (at least in part) for school systems. I’m heading back to Europe in March so this week I’m at home working and preparing to take my business on the road… aka laptop lifestyle.
You might not have Dubai at the top of your travel bucket list, but you may want to give it a second think. I was inspired by a virtual meeting with the Department of Tourism that highlighted the many sights and experiences that run the full range of interests. I’ve also had clients who loved their Dubai vacations – whether for a full week or as a stop on a vacation further afar (i.e. to the Maldives or 240 other countries that have flights that connect through Dubai).
Read on for the scoop about why Dubai is a fantastic vacation destination …
According to the Dubai Department of Tourism, Dubai transformed itself from a small fishing village to what is now one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world. One of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, the city is home to more than 200 nationalities – locals make up 10% of the population and the rest are expats making Dubai incredibly multi-cultural.
Consider flying Emirates to Dubai. It’s a United codeshare airline and offers a top-notch experience while in the air. There are nonstop flights that take just under 13 hours from New York, so comfort is an important consideration.
Dubai is known for its modern architecture, picturesque beaches, desert landscapes, adventure and cultural activities, luxury shopping, vibrant nightlife, and excellent culinary scene. There’s truly something for everyone!
💎Hidden Gem Tip: The best time to vacation in Dubai is October-May so a fantastic wintertime vacation destination option.
When you think of Dubai, you will likely think of its unique landmarks and activities. Here are nine highlights:
- Burj Khalifa: The tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa offers stunning views of the city from its observation deck on the 124th floor.
- The Dubai Mall: This shopping mall is one of the largest in the world and offers a wide range of luxury brands, as well as a large aquarium and indoor ice-skating rink.
- The Dubai Fountain: This stunning water, light, and music show takes place at the base of Burj Khalifa and is a must-see for any visitor to Dubai.
- The Dubai Miracle Garden: The world’s largest flower garden, featuring over 45 million flowers arranged in a variety of shapes and designs.
- Dubai Creek: A historic saltwater creek that runs through the heart of the city, offering a glimpse into Dubai’s traditional past. Visitors can take a traditional dhow boat tour along the creek.
- Palm Jumeirah: An artificial island shaped like a palm tree, this man-made wonder is home to some of Dubai’s most exclusive resorts and private beaches.
- Ski Dubai: An indoor ski resort located in the Mall of the Emirates, offering skiing and snowboarding opportunities year-round.
- Dubai Museum: This museum offers insight into the history and culture of Dubai, including the city’s transformation from a small fishing village to a modern metropolis.
- World Expo Grounds: If you didn’t make it to Dubai for the World Expo in late 2021-early 2022 (rescheduled from 2020), you can visit the grounds and country pavilions now. It’s an educational experience for kids and adults alike.
- The new and immersive Museum of the Future.
These are just a few of the many attractions that Dubai has to offer. Whether you’re interested in shopping, history, adventure, or simply relaxing on a beach, Dubai has something for everyone.
Accessible Tourism & Safety
In addition to the wide range of activities and attractions for all ages, I was very impressed by Dubai’s commitment to being accessible for all people. Ramps, accessible hotel rooms and bathrooms, autism certifications, and more features have been incorporated into Dubai’s tourism infrastructure. “People of Determination” is the term Dubai has coined in their goal to be open to and in support of people with disabilities of all kinds.
In terms of safety, Dubai is considered a very safe destination for tourists. Laws are strictly enforced, and there are security cameras all over making these two factors strong deterrents for crime of all types.
Inspired? Here’s the link to schedule a vacation consultation.