Dubai's eye-catching spots to see before the summer descends
Atlantis The Palm Visit Dubai’s man-made island beaches and the Atlantis resort, where you’ll find a huge aquarium, two nightclubs, shops, a waterpark and dozens of restaurants, plus visit Dolphin Bay and swim with these adorable mammals. Hotel entry is free; aquarium entry is Dhs25. Open daily 10am-midnight. Palm Jumeirah, www.atlantisthepalm.com (04 426 0000).
Ski Dubai The first ski resort in Dubai, inside Mall of the Emirates, offers skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and new penguin experiences. Dhs180 for two hours; Dhs300 for adult day pass. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 9am-midnight; Sat 9am-11pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4333).
Big Bus Tour Hop on and off this sightseeing tour of Dubai and visit all the famous sights, including the Burj Al Arab, Atlantis hotel, The Palm, Deira City Centre, Wafi and Raffles Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Bur Dubai, The Dubai Mall and Souk Madinat Jumeirah. Dhs220 for a 24-hour adult ticket. Buses depart daily from 9am. Locations across Dubai, www.bigbustours.com (04 340 7709).
Easytour Starting and finishing at BurJuman, the Easytour bus (which is big, bright and orange) takes passengers to the major sights around town, allowing them to hop on and hop off as they please. 24-hour ticket Dhs140 (adults), Dhs70 (children); evening ticket Dhs100 (adults), Dhs60 (children). Daily 9am-1pm, 2pm-5pm, 8pm-10pm. BurJuman, Bur Dubai, www.easytour.ae (no number).
Burj Khalifa Climb the tallest building in the world, which also houses the sleek Armani Hotel, and peer at the city from the viewing deck on the 124th floor. Dhs100 if booked in advance; Dhs400 if not. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.burjkhalifa.ae (04 888 8888).
Dubai Aquarium This 10 million-litre tank is home to more than 33,000 different aquatic animals, including over 400 sharks and rays and the world’s largest collection of sand tiger sharks. At 51 metres wide it pulls a huge crowd in The Dubai Mall and offers experience dives (no certification necessary). Viewing is free; Dhs30 for the underwater tunnel and zoo. Open Sun-Wed 10am-10pm, Thu-Sat 10am-midnight. The Dubai Mall, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.thedubaiaquarium.com (04 448 5200).
Dubai Creek One of Dubai’s more cultural areas, with a large Middle Eastern and Indian population, visit the Gold Souk and Spice Souk and ride on a traditional wooden abra across the creek. Abra ride Dhs1 per person. Open 24 hours. Nearest metro Khalid Bin Al Waleed, Bur Dubai (No number).
Dubai Dolphinarium Live dolphin, seal and acrobatic shows take place every day and evening inside Creek Park. Dolphins flick balls with their tails, splash the audience and play with hoops as part of an atmospheric performance. Adults Dhs100 regular, Dhs120 VIP. Open Mon-Sat 10am-8pm. Creek Park, Gate 1, Umm Hurair 2, near Garhoud Bridge, www.dubai dolphinarium.ae (04 336 9773).
Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort The museum exhibits ancient artefacts from Dubai, including spears, knives and other items recovered from graves dating back to 1000BC. It’s housed inside a fort built in the 1800s as the former ruler’s residence. The area offers an interesting walking tour through Bastakiya. Dhs3. Open Sat-Thu 8.30am-8.30pm; Fri 2.30pm-8.30pm. 62A Street, Bur Dubai (04 353 1862).
Heritage Village Walk through the lanes of this traditional-style village with different shops, galleries, and historic display and exhibitions, such as a typical Arab courtyard or mock Bedouin camp. There’s also a guest house, so you can stay in this traditional environment, plus several restaurant options. Free entry. Open daily 8.30am-10pm. Al Shindagha, near Dubai Creek. www.dubaitourism.ae (04 393 7139).
Jumeirah Mosque Try a daily guided tour of this Islamic building, which boasts quaint corridors and Fatimid-style interiors. Dhs10. Visiting times Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 10am. Jumeirah Beach Road (04 353 6666).
Ski Dubai The first ski resort in Dubai, inside Mall of the Emirates, offers skiing, penguin experiences. Dhs180 for two hours; Dhs300 for adult day pass. Open Sun-Wed 10am-11pm; Thu 10am-midnight; Fri 9am-midnight; Sat 9am-11pm. Mall of the Emirates, Barsha, www.skidxb.com (04 409 4333)
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Debbie Baker Apr 16, 2012 10:41 am
Another insane ploy using animals to make money, guised as educational and many other things, but in essence is cruelty and robbing the bird of it's seasonal environment which is where their 'purpose' for living really is.
Debbie Baker Apr 16, 2012 10:38 am
What absolutely insanity, imprisoning such beautiful mammals for the sake of a few circus tricks which earn money, but guised as other things, one being 'educational'. This is not funny nor entertaining and the dolphins definitely are not 'smiling'. Don't go and see these performances which go against the nature of such beings.
Debbie Baker Apr 16, 2012 10:36 am
Horrific. These should be in the sea and not in a tank - no matter how big it is - it's not big enough.
Debbie Baker Apr 16, 2012 10:34 am
A good example of mammals in captivity in the guise of understanding them, or protecting them, and many other 'excuses' instead of the real money making reason. Do not encourage this by visiting such places.