Dubai is one of the most incredible places for architecture where the seemingly impossible becomes possible. Burj Khalifa is one such example, the tallest building in the world and sadly it commands the tallest price i’ve ever seen to climb a building. Expect to pay 125 AED (£27) before 7pm and after the price rockets to 350 AED (£76). For me the best way to see it was from the fountains of the Dubai Mall while taking in their light show which begins at 6pm in the evenings showing every 30 minutes until 11pm on a daily basis.
Atlantis the Palm holds many attractions to both guests and visitors. The Aquaventure waterpark is a must with free entry to hotel guests and regular tickets at 260 AED (£56) this park is home to the leap of faith. A huge waterslide that leads under a shark tank after a vertical drop. I tested my courage by doing this first off at the park, the guy at the top of the slide instructs you to cross your arms over your body and cross your ankles. Then yells ‘go!’ and you see the drop below for the first time, it’s a moment of sheer adrenaline as you fall out of the sky and pass under a tunnel of sharks before landing in a pool of water, it’s a proper thrill. I loved it. Other rides include rapids, flumes and zip-wiring.
Also in the Atlantis complex you can find The Lost Chambers. An aquarium featuring all things fishy. Again it’s free for hotel guests with visitors paying 100 AED (£21) in my opinion though unless you’re a guest it’s not worth paying for entry. The exhibits are few with none more impressive than the giant fish tank which is free to view in the hotel anyway.
If adrenaline is your thing then why not go on a jet ski tour with Searide Dubai. For 800 AED (£173) per jet ski we had a two hour tour which covered the skyline, the Burj-al-arab and Atlantis the Palm. The guys at Searide were laid back and friendly, providing maps and directions which our taxi driver relied on as it’s a little out of the way (30mins taxi from Atlantis). Take your passport along as you won’t be able to take part without it. The valuables we had were kept safe in the office by the staff with our experience paid for in cash only. We were in a group of us two and two other guys, full safety and jet ski handling was covered at the start by Steve, our guide.
I must say it’s an incredible feeling riding the waves and you just don’t realise how powerful these things are, amazing feeling cruising along the skyline with the wind in your hair and the water relatively calm for the most part. Photos are taken by the guide and available to download from Facebook after, a great way to save your memories from the experience.
Other attractions in Dubai include The Mall of the Emirates which contains a snowdome where you can ski, snowboard and toboggan but we didn’t visit this area this time around. Dubai Marina is worth a visit especially at night when beautifully lit up.