Things to do in Dubai

Burj Khalifa Building

The world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa soars into Dubai's power-blue skies at an astonishing 2,722 feet. Views from its 148th-floor observation deck are dizzyingly beautiful - even stretching as far as Iran - while on floor 124 an incredible augmented-reality telescope takes the landscape to a whole other level. Grab tickets in advance for discounted prices and a guaranteed time slot.

Jumeirah Beach Walk

As one of the main tourist areas of Dubai, the walk stretches out along JBR beach and plays host to a cluster of boutique shops, street entertainers and tasty food options. There's also an open-air cinema and a trendy market offering jewellery and souvenirs.

Global Village

Held in the cooler winter months, this seasonal spectacle features over 30 pavilions showcasing a combo of international cuisines and crafts. Entertainment is omnipresent, with a fireworks display, stage shows and the Fantasy Island Funfair. Restaurants and over 120 kiosks serve various food and drinks, while shopaholics can drop by the retail stores.

City Walk

The super-chic City Walk complex boasts a medley of designer shops and restaurants situated along European-style streets. Take a seat by the numerous water features and gaze up at the towering skyscrapers, including the soaring Burj Khalifa. The centre also hosts events, children's play areas and entertainment.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium

Home to over 65,000 marine animals, this Atlantis-themed aquarium gives you up-close encounters with its residents, whether it's handling starfish in the Touch Tank or feeding a species of your choice. Navigating through the 20 exhibits, you'll come face to face with sharks, piranhas and stingrays swimming amongst shipwrecks and sunken ruins.

The Dubai Mall

The Dubai Mall isn't just big, it's the largest shopping centre in the world. So, even if you're not out kit yourself out with a new wardrobe, you'll be spoiled for choice with the selection of restaurants, cafes and entertainment. Amongst its vast area - equivalent to 50 football pitches - you'll find an aquarium, a 'Kidzania' complex, the Sega Republic theme park and an Olympic-sized ice rink.