Dubai Destination Guide

Monday, October 17, 2022

Aptly nicknamed the City of Gold, Dubai oozes glitz and glamour. So much so, it’s hard to believe this ever-growing metropolis has transformed from a sleepy Gulf port to an Emirati powerhouse in just over 50 years. Testament to the city’s unrivaled ambition, it’s home to many modern wonders, from the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest skyscraper, to the iconic Dubai Mall, as well as countless major players in the world of fashion, hotels and restaurants. Still, amongst all the city’s glittering ‘newness’, you’ll discover traditional souks, cultural experiences, the beautiful Old Dubai, and the vast and unspoiled desert surrounding the city – it really does have it all.


Here are our top tips on how to spend your sun-filled days in this incredible city break destination.

Take in the view:
In a city full of skyscrapers, it’s little surprise that there are many places where you can take in the sweeping views of the Emirate. Our favourites include Aura Skypool, the world’s highest 360-degree infinity pool perched atop The Palm Tower, Ain Dubai, the world’s largest observation wheel, the Skyview Bar at the exclusive Burj Al Arab, and, of course, from 1,820 feet up thanks to At The Top, Burj Khalifa.

Ain Dubai

Culture vulture:
The UAE is a burgeoning cultural and artistic hub, and Dubai is at the forefront. Explore the Etihad Museum to learn about the forming of the seven Emirates, the fascinating Museum of the Future covering how science and technology could shape the next 50 years, and the vast Alserkal Avenue, an impressive art compound home to contemporary galleries. Or, if it’s traditional Emirati culture you are after, pay a visit to the stunning Jumeirah Mosque, weave your way through the historic quarter and enjoy the buzz of the traditional souks.

Jumeriah Mosque

Shop in style:
In a city famous for luxury shopping, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Formerly the largest mall in the world, the Dubai Mall boasts over 1,200 retail stores, two major department stores, hundreds of food outlets, and draws in almost 100 million visitors every year. It also features the impressive and Instagram-famous dancing fountains and the Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest in the world. Alternatively, visit the trendy d3 district, home to luxury pop-up boutiques and concept stores. The city’s vibrant and bustling Textile Souk, Spice Souk and Gold Souk are also well worth a visit.

Dancing Fountains in Dubai

Party from dawn ‘til dusk:
Dubai is known for its glamorous brunches, yacht parties, beach clubs and exclusive nightlife. With extremely high standards of dining, décor and live entertainment, including regular sets from top international DJs, top haunts include Nammos, Opa, Twiggy by La Cantine, FIVE Jumeirah, W the Palm, and Billionaire Mansion.

Jumeriah Hotel Dubai

Thrill seekers:
Dubai is a city where anything is possible and there are plenty of activities to get your adrenalin fix. The most famous has to be free falling at 120mph above The Palm with Skydive Dubai, an unforgettable way to view the city, desert, and Gulf. Other popular options include the Edge Walk and the Glass Slide at Sky Views Dubai and the XLine Dubai, one of the steepest, longest and fastest zip wires in the world that takes you head first from the Jumeirah Beach Residence to Dubai Marina.

Skydive Dubai

A day in the desert:
No list of Dubai activities can be complete without a desert safari. Luxury trip options include sweeping through sand dunes in a vintage 1950s Land Rover followed by a 6-course fine dining menu under the stars. Or even a private helicopter transfer into the desert to meet your G-Wagon and personal guide. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even take a break from your luxury vehicle to enjoy a camel trek or dune buggy ride.

Desert Safari in Dubai


Dubai’s exclusive hotel scene sets the bar very high. From the embodiment of opulence to modern masterpieces and sleek desert resorts, the options are vast and varied. Top ultra-luxury options include the iconic Burj Al Arab, the regal One&Only, superchic Bulgari Resort, sophisticated Mandarin Oriental and stylish Raffles and Four Seasons offerings. The list could go on and on.


Whether you are traveling solo or as part of a group, reaching Dubai aboard a private charter jet with Air Partner will ensure the perfect start to your trip. There are two major airports, Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central, otherwise known as Al Maktoum International Airport. Both have outstanding executive and VIP facilities and are a short distance from the top hotels via private chauffeur. If you are interested in planning a trip to Dubai and want to learn more about our private charter jet or group charter flight offering, our expert team are available 24/7 and will be happy to help.

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