Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Dubai: Journey to the Jewel of the Desert

When in Dubai, do as Arabs do. It is unlike any other city, in the region. Featuring cutting edge architecture and prince-like lifestyle, the United Arab Emirates’ most popular and the largest city is a potpourri of its Bedouin heritage and nomadic culture perfectly amalgamated with the ultra-modern culture it houses. The city doesn’t only live up to its reputation; it entirely goes above and beyond. Brimming with glitz and glam for the young and the ancient traditions for the culturally-rich people, the multifaceted city offers a bit of everything for all ages.

An entertainment and party hub, Dubai has stood the test of time for Pakistani visitors in terms of being the leading destination, as there is no place for affordable luxury to be at.

If you are looking to immerse yourself in luxurious entertainment, then one will get the most out of the trip with the stay at Sonara Camp. You will enjoy an eco-friendly desert dining experience, with a sunset and safari and 10-course meal – truly Arabic and uniquely delicious experience. With an Instagrammer’s dream backdrop, you can relax on the hammock surrounded by serene sands, relishing in the aromas of the beef tacos, chicken shawarma, fusion lamb asador, black truffle and mushrooms risotto, and the mouthwatering dulce de leche pie against a breathtaking sunset. The open-air kitchen also serves carefully-curated options for vegans, vegetarians, kids, and meat and seafood lovers.

A trip to Dubai is incomplete without a visit to Motion Gate Park Dubai, where Hollywood comes to life. The thrilling theme park features amazing rides and attractions, based on some of the most memorable and successful movie franchises of recent years. Deeply rooted in the Hollywood influences, the park is like no other, to spend a perfect day trip. You can meet your favourite characters in real life and snap a photo to take home as a memorable souvenir. It allows you to relive fantastic cinema moments, including those from Ghostbusters, Kung Fu Panda, The Smurfs, Shrek and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

The Green Planet is Dubai’s very own tropical rainforest, with more than 3,000 species of plants, animals and birds, a green oasis, a sanctuary of exotic flora and fauna. Especially appealing for Pakistanis, where these species are dwindling rapidly, it is the perfect spot for a family outing or a picnic brunch. Swimming with piranhas in this fully immersive one-of-its-kind indoor vertical rain forest is an experience in itself.

La Perle is another not-to-missed breathtaking fusion of immersive artistic, aquatic, and acrobatic dance performances, with imagery and technology. Located in the heart of Dubai, Al Habtoor City, you will be thrilled from the moment you step in. Considered to be number one show, it is as good as the big ones in Las Vegas.

Madame Tussauds is another typical tourist-y spot in Dubai to visit. One cannot miss the ultimate interactive wax attraction. You will feel the fame and be the star as you get up close and interact with 60 of your favourite superstars. It will be a star-studded party of a lifetime!

AYA is a vibrant multimedia experience that may not be suitable for those sensitive to flashing lights, loud noises, and dark spaces, but it is best for a thrilling visual experience. You can wander luminous gardens, command galaxies, and dance with light in 12 out-of-this-world experiences.

One of Dubai’s most famous landmarks, Museum of the Future, boasts of being along the city’s superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road. Founded by the Dubai Future Foundation, the museum explores how society could evolve in the near future with the advent of rapidly changing science and technology.

The iconic Atlantis Hotel is an entertainment destination that remains unparalleled. It is beyond anything one has ever imagined with its bucket-list experiences for families and couples, thrill-seekers to foodies, sun lovers to explorers. It is a small wonder that there is something here for everyone. So if you are looking to reconfigure your stance on luxury, where the best service sets a new high in excellence, then The Atlantis Hotel is exactly where you should be. The largest waterpark in the Middle East, this 5-star resort features signature penthouses, with views of the Arabian Sea and Palm Island. With the launch of Atlantis The Royal, it brands itself “the most ultra-luxury experiential resort in the world”.It is needless to say that the mega-resort delivers on all the superlatives you’d expect from the city.

Dubai has been crowned as number one global destination in the Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Awards 2023 for a second successive year. It is a leisurely and safe experience for the entire family, especially if you’re traveling with kids as Dubai Economy & Tourism has announced incredible ‘Kids Go Free’ deals across the destination’s top hotels, hot spots, and must-see attractions.

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