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Live a hen weekend of luxury in stunning Dubai for a truly unforgettable experience. With the world’s most futuristic and awe-inspiring skyline, it’s a city of record-breaking and a vibrant blending of cultures. Enter into a shoppers paradise at Dubai Mall - the biggest in the world, wander over to the Palm Jumeirah, a huge artificial island, or enjoy constant sunshine on the beautiful coastline. Foodies will be seriously spoilt for choice with every kind of cuisine possible to explore.
Four key neighbourhoods make up the beautiful desert city of Dubai. Ancient Arab alleyways meld into space-age city skyscrapers as you shift from Old Dubai in the north to New Dubai in the south.
The Burj Khalifa skewers the centre of the city, soaring 828m above the glitzy Dubai Mall and the dazzling Dubai Fountain, with a dizzying observation deck 555m high. Nearby, the City Walk leads Dubai’s new wave of open-air malls brimming with glam licensed restaurants, while the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) is packed with upscale eateries and five-star hotels.
Dubai’s sky-piercing architecture is a wonder to behold. Climb 1,821 feet to the observation deck of theBurj Khalifa(the world’s tallest building) for panoramic views, or experience how the other half live at theBurj al-Arab(the world’s tallest hotel), 1,050 feet of pure opulence that costs $15,000 per night. Dubai’s taste for luxury is channelled in the massiveDubai Mall(home to the world’s largest indoor aquarium. See: cage diving with sharks) and the highly-Instagrammable Dubai Frame. Betwixt this sparkling desert city are the ancient wonders of Bastakia (Old Dubai) and Deira, with plenty of narrow lanes to get lost in. Get your adrenaline fix byDune Bashingacross the sand, or simply chill with a cocktail onJumeirah Beach(not to be confused with Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah: an artificial island shaped like a palm tree).
If you’ve never had Emirati food before, you’re in for a treat. Between Dubai’s skyscrapers, you’ll find local restaurants serving up classics likemachboos(enormous plates of rice and meat) andkhubz(Arabic bread), best eaten fresh with hummus or mutabal (aubergine dip). Even on glitzy Jumeirah Road you’ll find hidden gems offering gaint kebabs and sweet treats likeluqaimat: hot, doughnut-like dumplings drizzled in date sauce. Coffee culture is huge in Dubai, and you can make an experience of visiting anArabian Teahouseand pouring from a traditional coffee pot. If you’ve got the cash to splash, head inside the shopping malls or rooftop restaurants for dinner with a view.
Fridays in Dubai mean it’s time for boozy brunch. The UAE’s equivalent to Saturday means the bubbly is put on ice, as thirsty diners head for hotels for bottomless champagne. These extravagant sittings can easily set you back overDh 585 per person (£150), but in return, you’ll likely get massive buffet-style food offerings and gorgeous views.
Remember that alcohol in Dubai can only be bought in venues with a liquor license (see: hotels and nightclubs), with most bars set inside hotels. To drink here as a tourist, you’ll need to stick to the designated areas and can’t be drinking (or drunk) in public. It is also an offence for tourists to buy alcohol from an off-license. Keep an eye on what you post on social media - pictures of your friends throwing up after too many tequilas on a #dubai post might catch the wrong kind of attention.
One of the first thing to appreciate about Dubai is how much it costs and how currency works. For starters £1 buys just under 5 dirham (Dh).
Flights - £400:Cheaper when Dubai roasts over summer (June to September).
Airport taxi - Dh40 to Downtown:OrDh80 to the Palm Jumeirah.Metro ticketsstart at justDh4.
Cocktail - Dh70. Girls,Tuesday is Ladies Night (but you'll find special offers every night of the week)
Shisha: Dh50:Per pipe.
Five-star hotel room: Dh500:Serves up some serious luxury.
Aquaventure Waterpark: Dh300:Book in advance.
Bottomless brunch: Dh200-700:Depending on whether you want soft drink, house beverages or champagne with your food. Guys pay slightly more than girls, too.
Dubai dodges the unrest that rocks the rest of the Middle East, and strict policing stamps out violent crime. Like all big cities, petty crime can happen — but the biggest threat to your safety is one too many glasses of Moët at brunch, because public drunkenness is a major no-no. Keep your alcoholic beverages inside the bar, though, and you’ll be fine.
Drinking alcohol in licensed bars and restaurants, usually attached to hotels. The drinking age is 21 — bring ID.
Being drunk in public (you could be locked up and cop a big fine), loud music and dancing in public (stick to the nightclub), drugs (zero tolerance), plus cross dressing, swearing, rude gestures, sex outside marriage, same-sex relationships, even eating or drinking on public transport. Sorry to sound like your mum, but be on your best behaviour!
Good news ladies! Foreign women in Dubai don't have to cover themselves up with a scarf, or put on an abaya. You're free to wear tank tops, shorts and pretty much anything that isn't too revealing. That said, keep in mind that certain areas have certain rules:
Dubai's Streets:You'll find women in everything from shawls to hot pants making their way downtown, especially in the city's more cosmopolitan corners. However, should you head for older areas like Deira, it's suggested you dress more conservatively to respect the locals. A nice shawl or maxi dress will do nicely.
Dubai's Malls/Restaurants:There's an official dress code in malls for ladies - no naked shoulders, with knee-length shorts or skirts. This isn't strictly enforced, but you might want to consider it since the AC is often on at full blast and you may get dirty looks from locals.
Dubai's Mosques:When it comes to visiting religious sites like the famous Jumeirah Mosque or Grand Mosque, dress with caution. Wear long sleeves, cover your legs and put on a headscarf. Often they'll hand out free dresses or scarves in case you forgot the memo, with clear signs at the entrance
Dubai's Clubs:(Almost) anything goes in Dubai's clubs, with women in backless dresses and skirts above the knee. If anything, your priority here is to be as glamorous as possible - so get on your best and strut your stuff!
Out of the desert springs a well of world-class watering holes, from the sun-kissed sands of the Palm to the sultry rooftops of Downtown. Dubai’s weekend runs Friday and Saturday, so Thursday and Friday are the big nights. And while the locals head out for a chilled-out shisha and a virgin cocktail, party animals flock to pumping dance floors with big-name DJs on the decks — check outHype MagazineandResident Advisorfor up-to-date club info.
To drink here as a tourist, you’ll need to stick to the designated areas and can’t be drinking (or drunk) in public. It is also an offence for tourists to buy alcohol from an off-license. Keep an eye on what you post on social media - pictures of your friends throwing up after too many tequilas on a #dubai post might catch the wrong kind of attention.
Groups of women will find getting past the door much easier than men in Dubai, with cover charges sometimes completely wavered (Dh 50-200 normally). Remember that Tuesday is Ladies Night, meaning free entry and free drinks for you and your crew. Surprisingly, dress codes for ladies are pretty lax in Dubai. It's perfectly acceptable to wear a miniskirt in the swanky clubs of Jumeirah and large hotels, but keep a little modesty in mind if you plan on venturing further afield. Most clubs don’t open until 10pm, crank up around midnight, then close at 3am.
Boozy brunch buffets are a Dubai tradition as indulgent as the city itself. Almost every hotel sets up a smorgasbord with bottomless bubbly to boot, so you can kick-start your weekend on Friday afternoon with a hedonistic feast. Sizzling beach clubs likeNikkiline the coast as well — nab a sun bed near the pool then sip on mojitos and margaritas as the DJ spins chilled summer tracks until dusk.