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  • Nicole Connolly | May 26, 2015 9:00 PM ET

    Top 7 Things to do in Dubai

    Top 7 Things to do in Dubai

    In just a few short years, Dubai has quickly become a traveler’s paradise. It is one of the few man-made destinations able to accomplish such success in a short period of time. How did they do that? We don't have a clue! However, we do have a really good idea of what to do while you were there. Take a look at the bit of what Dubai has to offer and see why it has garnered such international acclaim.

    Dubai Mall

    This has the designation as the largest shopping outlet on Earth. It contains more than 1,000 stores beyond the two anchor stores and 160 food and drink outlets. Even if you don't like shopping, you must visit this retail mecca. There are tons of activities to do from ice-skating to movie watching. Be sure to stop by the massive pool that puts on a fountain show to rival the Bellagio in Las Vegas. Finally, don't forget the aquarium. Here you can see more than 33,000 species of sea life and one of the largest tanks in the world.

    Jumeirah Beach

    One of the great features about this beach; 24/7 lifeguards. That's a plus if you want to take a different night or enjoy a swim just before dawn. It's also one of the best public beaches in Dubai. Be sure to make your camp near the children's play area if you have little ones, and there are plenty of barbecue grills if you bring food. Even though Jumeirah can get a bit crowded, it never really gets overrun. A great way to spend an afternoon.

    Burj Khalifa

    You might remember this building if you are a movie buff. It is the one that found its way into “Mission impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and for good reason. This 2,716.5-foot tower is undisputedly the tallest building in the world. It also holds the title of “world's tallest free standing structure” and as such, is home to one of the highest observation decks in the world. That means you get spectacular views of the city if you are brave enough. All it takes is an elevator ride to the 124th floor. Why not, right?

    Wadi Wadi Waterpark

    The entire purpose here is to get wet and have fun. Water slides, wave pools, and a great lazy river are sure to add to the experience. If you get hungry, snacks and drinks can be found on-site. A great way to beat the heat when you need to do so.

    Ski Dubai

    Even when it is scorching hot outside, you can hit the slopes in Dubai. Ski Dubai features a ski run that drops 197 feet over a 1,300-foot span. Sledding and snowball fights are sure to be found as well. This is one of the most unique attractions in Dubai. You can also rent any ski gear you might need.

    The Walk

    This is a great area to go and people watch for an afternoon. Thirty-six towers full of shopping and dining establishments make this a must-see!


    This is the restaurant to beat all restaurants in Dubai. It is a world-class Japanese eatery.  Heads up — you will need a reservation, but it is worth it in the end. You will want to experience their signature dish featuring black cod as the star!

    The great thing about Dubai is that the construction boom went through a bit of a recession squeeze for a while. This has made top attractions a bit less expensive and also made room for great new attractions on the horizon. Perhaps the most notable thing about Dubai though is that it is super easy to navigate. It is a simple 23-mile strip of land flanked by the sea on both sides. Yet that tiny strip happens to be home to some of the most luxurious attractions on the planet. Enjoy your time there!

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Nicole Connolly Suitcase Stories' Luxe Life Travel Tales and Tips

Nicole Connolly Nicole, along with her husband Michael, left her ordinary life behind for a life of extraordinary travel. The couple left Australia in March 2012 and have been traveling ever since. Nicole has a penchant for all things luxury and this shows in their lifestyle. They may live the life of a gypsy but they certainly know how to do it in style. Their goal is to share their experiences and show others how a life of luxury is possible without the big bank account. Follow their adventures at
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