Flights to Dubai
Completely unique and impressively modern, Dubai mixes Western comforts with exotic Eastern charm and leaves visitors in awe. The city as a whole is an architectural oasis and is particularly popular for travelers in their twenties.
Worried that it’s too pricey to visit Dubai? Despite Dubai having a very luxurious reputation, which Maseratis and Ferraris a regular sight on the roadways, there’s so much you can experience, even on a student budget.
Want to feel like you’re on top of the world? Take a journey up to the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. With glass-walled 360-degree views of the city, desert and ocean surrounding you, this is a truly a once-in-a-lifetime landscape to take in.
Just a few steps away from the entrance of the Burj Khalifa is the Dubai Mall. I know what you’re thinking: who travels all the way to Dubai to visit a mall? However, this mall is like no other you’ve experienced. Within the mall you’ll find the Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. It contains more than 33,000 aquatic animals and the largest collection of sand tiger sharks anywhere. The mall is also home to the Dubai Ice Rink, particularly fun for an evening of skating to popular tracks mixed by their in-house DJ. Avid gamer? Hit up the SEGA Republic, featuring 14 thrilling attractions and more than 170 games, from cutting-edge motion simulators and virtual experiences to one of the region's largest assortment of skill and redemption games. Lastly, if you do want to get your shop, you’re in luck because this mega-mall boasts 1,200 retail outlets, including Zara and TopShop.
Right outside the Dubai Mall is the perfect location for a travelgram: the Dubai Fountain. This is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system; with each colorful, illuminated jet swaying in perfect timing to music.
History more your thing? The historic Al Fahidi District (formerly known as Bastakiya) was established in the 19th century by local merchants and is proposed UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s full of traditional spice bazaars, art galleries, cafes and quirky souvenir shops. You can even take a 90 minute heritage tour of Al Fahidi with the Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding for only $18.
Crossing the Dubai Creek on an abra (traditional boat) is an experience to be had and an inexpensive way (50 cents roundtrip) to experience the city centre via trade history and see the boats zipping up and down. Using the abra is a great way to take in some of the older parts of the city.
Did you ever imagine you’d come to the desert to go skiing? Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates is an indoor ski resort. With five slopes of varying difficulty, any traveler can get their ski or snowboard on. There’s also a freestyle area for snowboarders and tobogganers and a massive Snow Park complete with snow caves, toboggan slopes and tube rides. The Alpine Café is ideal for sipping hot chocolate, or watching the daily march of a colony of snow penguins.
Adventure traveler? Dubai is full of active sports from sky diving with epic aerial views to dune-boarding. Sky diving too extreme for you? Try the iFly Dubai, the world's first double vertical wind tunnel that allows you to fly even higher. Soar up to 30 meter acrylic glass tunnels and feel the sensation of skydiving without the safety risk. There are also SUV and ATV dune driving available right outside the city for you motorheads.
The nightlife in Dubai is definitely an experience. Try hitting up the 360 Restaurant, which features popular club music and a breathtaking view of the city, desert and ocean. You can also try Societe Dubai, which boasts awesome DJs and is a hotspot for young travelers to dance the night away.
So what are you waiting for? Discover Dubai and experience what all the hype is about.