Things to do in Dubai

There is something epic about Dubai: it's not just the world's tallest tower or the first seven-star hotel, the reclaimed islands or the indoor ski slope, it's the sheer vision of those Emiratis who had the courage and ambition a decade ago to build something extraordinary out of the desert. Dubai may have taken a knock in the current global recession but nothing will hold this city of the future back for long. Already visitors are streaming through Dubai's new airport terminal, which houses the world's largest single floor space, and flocking to Dubai Mall, the world's largest shopping centre. Dubai has a mission to be the biggest and the best and the Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest tower opened in January 2010, is symbolic of Dubai's 'the-sky-is-the-limit' attitude. Expatriate workers may pine for home or for the 'good old days' before the notorious city traffic, but most visitors find Dubai with its sandy beaches and all-night entertainment an exhilarating experience. Cross the creek on an abra (water taxi), dine underwater at the Atlantis Hotel, or play golf on a desert turned green, and this safe and friendly city of year-round sunny skies will be sure to lure you back.

Deira City Centre Mall

Deira City Centre houses over 300 stores, plenty of restaurants, and a children's entertainment centre. It's a favourite mall in the city which heaves with crowds on the weekends. If you want to visit, try to schedule your time here for a weekday so it's not quite so busy.

Mamzar Park
This large park offers a sheltered beach area, lagoon and children's play areas. There are four beaches with lifeguards, two pools, chalets for rent and barbeque sites as well as picnic areas. It's an excellent alternative to some of Dubai's busier beaches.