Dining Michelin star–courting cuisine can be enjoyed in some of the most amazing venues including the Al Muntaha which translates as The Ultimate' or 'The Top' from the Arabic, at the Burj Al Arab – situated two hundred metres above the sea level access is via one of the express panoramic lifts that travel at six metres per second. Alternatively sample the delights of Asia at The Ritz Carlton Dubai's newest restaurant Blue Jade or enjoy Nobuyuki Matsuhisa's cutting edge, culinary style at Nobu, Atlantis The Palm . Seafood lovers should not miss an opportunity to dine at One&Only Royal Mirage - The Palace's, Beach Bar & Grill. By law, alcohol can only be served only within the confines of a hotel, however, if your stay in Dubai takes in a Friday (the first day of the Arabic weekend) you may find yourself attending a Friday Champagne Brunch, where unlimited amounts of champagne are served alongside gourmet buffets. The Ritz Carlton Dubai's brunch offers a wide variety of international dishes including salads, sushi, oyster station, charcuterie station and delectable main courses. Chefs serve freshly made risotto and Arabic grills from their live cooking stations whilst freshly made crepes can be obtained from the dessert station .
Shopping and Entertainment If shopping’s your thing then Dubai is the place to be head to: The Mall of the Emirates - something of a lifestyle experience, which in addition to a host of international fashion brands, offers a fifteen-screen cinema complex, an indoor ski slope and a bowling alley. The Dubai Mall, the world’s largest mall, is also home to the Burj Khalifa – which just happens to be the tallest building in the world at 830m high. The Khan Murjan souk is a wonderful example of authentic Arabia and connects to the Wafi Mall home to Channel, M&S and Montblanc. The simple circular navigation system, striking design features and superb range of leisure and entertainment facilities at the Mall of Arabia, make it a pleasure to visit.
Desert Safaris Thrill seekers should head to the dunes (these are nothing like the desolate desert kind of the Sahara) for a four-wheel –drive safari. Morning, evening or overnight safaris, very often include twenty or so minutes of dune bashing with perhaps some quad biking, camel riding and /or sand skiing thrown in for good measure.
Traditional Dubai The Bastakia Quarter, between the Dubai Creek and Bur Dubai district, is home to traditional wind-towered buildings, some of which have been transformed into cafés and art galleries showcasing an eclectic mix of contemporary art from around the gulf. Enjoy a water taxi 'abra' ride across the Creek, visit the textile souk to admire the magnificent swathes of fabric and stop off at the Dubai Museum to see how oil and ambition built this contemporary oasis.