Dubai Tourism invited Bahrain Confidential to experience what the megacity has to offer and here are our recommendations…
Home to a number of accolades and record-breakers from the world’s tallest building to the largest dancing fountain, Dubai has been enthralling its visitors ever since. Bahrain Confidential had the chance to (re)discover Dubai’s luxurious attractions and offerings through the city’s Tourism and Commerce Department.
BC Recommends: flydubai
Launched to support Dubai’s thriving commercial and tourism sectors, flydubai’s ambition and success embody the spirit of the city it represents. flydubai is one of the lowest costing option to get from Bahrain to Dubai that provides:
• Excellent service
• Very punctual and reliable
• Great onboard hospitality & inflight entertainment
• Value for money
We experienced the business class which some people might see as unnecessary for an hour’s flight but if you want that extra bit of luxury, it’s worth it.
BC Recommends: Renaissance Hotel Downtown Dubai
Renaissance Hotel Dubai is one of more than 160 properties globally within the hotel group. The hotel offers a real charm and makes your stay at Dubai extra special. The high level of detail is far beyond than anything we’ve experienced in any other hotel especially in the interior design and architecture. We particularly enjoyed:
• Unique design philosophy
• Easy access to Business Bay station
• Walking distance from Burj Khalifa and Dubai Water Canal
• Incredible restaurants especially BHAR (We recommend the Octopus as a starter)
• Luxurious rooms with stunning views
Bulgari Resort Dubai
The newest five-star hotel to join Dubai’s luxury hotel scene is the world’s fifth Bulgari Hotels and Resorts property, and it’s now open at the exclusive seahorse-shaped Jumeirah Bay Island, just off the coast of Jumeirah Beach Road. Bringing elegant Italian style to the Middle East, this private island retreat is the perfect contrast to the city’s skyscraper hotels, boasting a Mediterranean-style design that welcomes guests through the world’s first Bulgari Marina and Yacht Club.
Where to go?
Dubai Safari Park
Dubai Safari Park is a massive wildlife project that spans over 119 hectares just a short drive from downtown. The park is divided into different sections – Asian Village, African Village and Open Safari Village – and recreates the different habitats suitable for its varied and unique wildlife, including 2,000 animals of 250 different species from around the world. Dubai Safari Park also features:
• World’s first drive-through crocodile park
• UAE’s largest aviary
• 1,000-seat theatre
• Botanical and butterfly garden
• Amateur golf course
• A wide variety of restaurants and food court
BC Recommends: Al Seef
Rediscover the heart of Dubai through the bustling promenade at Al Seef. Al Seef is a new development that brings the original and traditional Emirates architecture to Dubai. Located close to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood on the south bank of Dubai’s much-loved creek, Al Seef is designed to reflect the city’s culture, heritage and status as a modern cosmopolitan city.
With architecture inspired by Dubai’s transformation, visitors will embark on a journey through time, as they explore the pedestrian streets and alleyways that are filled with captivating cafes, restaurants and shops that act as a link between the authentic heritage and stylish contemporary areas. Al Seef features:
• 3 Hotels including a heritage hotel
• 1.8km promenade heritage and contemporary areas
• Traditional souk
• Floating market and restaurants
• Art galleries
• More than 400 shopping and dining concepts
Rising 150 metres high and 93 metres wide, Dubai Frame is an impressive and imposing architectural landmark that unites the city’s past, present and future. Its two vertical towers are connected by a 100-square-metre bridge that features a 25-square-metre glass panel in the centre, offering a great 360-degree view of the city. The bridge serves as an observation deck providing uninterrupted views of Old Dubai to the north and New Dubai to the south.
XLine Dubai Marina
Currently standing as the world’s longest urban zip line, extending a full kilometre from a height of 170 metres to ground level, the XLine Dubai Marina is now open to the public. Building on the original XLine over The Dubai Fountain launched in 2015, this new edition is twice the length of its forerunner and features two zip lines running adjacent to one another. The line features:
• Inline of 16 degrees and top speed of 80 km per hour
• Superman-style harness
What to do?
Visit Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
A visit to Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is a great opportunity to get acquainted with the old way of life in Dubai. The traditional style of life that was prevalent in Dubai from the mid-19th century till the 1970s is reflected at Al-Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood. The buildings of the district are currently used in incubating a number of varied cultural and artistic activities as well as a number of seasonal cultural and artistic events such as Sikka Art Fair, Artists-in-Residence Programme, Heritage Week, National Day Events and religious celebrations.
Latest Highlight: EXO in Dubai
Dubai Fountain, the tallest and largest choreographed fountain in the world in Emaar’s Downtown Dubai, premiered its first K-Pop song recently. The hit song ‘Power’ from Korean supergroup EXO was introduced to audiences as part of a spectacular dancing performance.