Dubai/Travel Tuesday

Dubai is the adult playground of the Middle East. Home to the world’s tallest building, the world’s largest shopping mall and a plethora of nightclubs, activities and sights, it truly is a tourism hotspot and must-see city. However, all this choice seems to come at a price – as of 2012, Dubai is the 22nd most expensive city in the world, and in 2014 the hotel rooms of Dubai were ranked 2nd most expensive in the world! It’s no surprise that it’s a favourite destination of many of the most famous celebrities in the world, but it’s something you could experience too (perhaps with a bit of scrimping and saving).

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Dubai is rife with tourism, and so is understandably famed for its hotels, with the opening of Atlantis, The Palm, drawing in famous faces from all over the world and a light show and fireworks display that the display creator claims broke records. The Atlantis resort also boasts the most expensive hotel room in the world, the Royal Bridge Suite, which played host to Kim Kardashian in 2014, for the modest price of around £22,500 per night. Yet another iconic feature of the city is the hotel Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, a major part of the Dubai skyline housed on its own artificial island, with room prices still pretty steep but, suffice to say, significantly cheaper than the Royal Bridge Suite. The hotel is located in the area of Jumeirah, where tourists will find some of Dubai’s finest beaches, and the Wild Wadi waterpark, but if you’re looking for a serene sea view in the quiet sun, this is the wrong place for you.

The beaches of Dubai are buzzing with activity. Many beaches lining the Jumeirah stretch are owned by hotels and are therefore only accessible to guests or for an expensive fee. However, there are some public beaches which are free or cheap. The hotel One and Only, The Palm has 1km of private beach in Jumeirah, alongside a 850 square metre pool surrounded by daybeds to lounge in the frequently 40˚C or higher heat, an adult-only pool, as well as full spa facilities – if you want to relax like royalty, this is the place for you.

No trip to Dubai would be complete without a trip to the world famous Burj Khalifa, a megatall skyscraper standing at a massive 829.8 m (2,722 ft) tall, making it the tallest building in the world. There are 2 observation decks on the 124th and 148th floors, which you are taken to in a high-speed elevator travelling at 10 metres per second, opening up a 360 degree unobstructed view of Dubai’s breathtaking landscape, and on a clear day it is also possible to see the coast of Iran from the deck.

The Dubai Mall is the only place to find some souvenirs, no matter how expensive and designer those gifts may be.  The mall isn’t just some local shopping centre, it is essentially a small city in itself, covering over 13 million square foot and housing over 1200 stores and services. On top of all this, the mall also has its own aquarium, an Olympic sized ice rink, a four-storey indoor waterfall and the famed Dubai Fountain, featuring water jets as high as 450 ft (140 metres), equivalent to a 45-storey building, that move in time to music. The mall frankly encapsulates the opulence and OTT-ness of Dubai.

The glamorous side of Dubai is definitely one to consider when picking what sunglasses to take. When checking out Men’s Sunglasses to take, make sure they have a nice polished frame and intricate detailing. If it’s Women’s Sunglasses you are after, something with a diamond encrusted or gold detailed frame are definitely going to look at home here. How about these Versace Medusa Temple Aviator sunglasses.

Do you fancy a trip to this Middle Eastern business hub and luxury resort mecca?