Dubai, where one great experience leads to another, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. It truly is a destination that the whole family can enjoy, offering a wide variety of attractions, beautiful beaches, five-star service, iconic hotels and an abundance of traditional Arabic charm and hospitality.
From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to lively bustle of a Souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors.
Dubai is home to the Middle Eastâ??s oldest zoo housing more than 230 different species. These include wolves, foxes, hyena, buzzard and eagles. Some endangered species like Bengal tigers and Arabian wolves can also be found here. The zoo will shortly undergo relocation and redevelopment. This will allow the animals to live in areas designed to be as similar to their natural environment as possible.
The surrounding desert is the perfect playground for dune bashing or a desert safari. Caravans of 4×4 vehicles take you on a tour across the dunes followed by a traditional Bedouin dinner under the stars. Or you can go wadi-bashing â?? exploring wadis (dry beds or streams), sand skiing or sand boarding down the dunes.
Wild Wadi water Park
Dubai is also home to the Wild Wadi Water Park located at Jumeirah Beach. This beautiful water park features waterfalls, cliffs, swimming holes, a tidal pool and loads of waterslides. Look out for the Jumeirah Sceirah â?? a 33 metre high slide designed to propel riders up to 80km per hour downward or the Breakers Bay â?? a wave machine creating 1.5 metre waves.
And to escape the heat, head for Ski Dubai â?? the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East â?? 6000 tons of snow and open seven days a week, all year round, between 10am and midnight.
Letâ??s not forget the shopping… with a plethora of world-class malls offering a full range of consumer goods to the traditional Souks where bargaining for gold and silk are the order of the day. Excellent souvenirs to remind you of your Dubai dalliance include Arabic coffee pots, soapstone figures, jewellery boxes, Persian carpets, marble goblets and of course the very competitively priced electronic products like watches and cameras.
Theme parks are the pride of Dubai and Wonderland is one of the biggest and best. This 44-acre amusement park has every attraction under the sun and features the world-renowned water mist show and water cinema where films are projected onto a thin film of water.
Even golfers are catered for with a nine-hole course available at the Hatta Fort Hotel. The spectacular architecture of the club houses and the successful greening and landscaping of the desert are a sight to behold.
Flight Centre has a number of packages to Dubai, starting from R6840 for four nights (including flights, approximate taxes and levies).
Get your Dubai Tourist visa from R670 per person, valid for travel from now until end January 2009. Allow at least ten working days to process the Dubai tourist visa
To book contact Flight Centre on 0860 400 747 or visit www.flightcentre.co.za for more information.