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THE WHY, WHERE AND HOW OF A DUBAI SUMMER STAYCATION

Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to plan a ‘staycation.’ Save airfare, stay in the country and explore Dubai as a tourist would. There are bound to be leisure activities that you always wanted to explore, but never had the time. Planning a Dubai holiday is easier than planning complex international travel itineraries.

Advice on the best things to do in Dubai and the right places to visit could change your perspective on the city. Revel in the beige desert environs of the UAE, pamper yourself with luxury hospitality at the best Dubai hotels or enjoy adrenaline-charged activities, several of which are exclusive to the UAE. We’ve compiled a list of what our team thinks are the top eight things to do in Dubai this summer, starting with the obvious.

Seawings Flight: Of course Seawings is at the top of the list of things to do in Dubai! Seawings is the Middle East’s only seaplane tour operator, making the Seawings Tour a must-do Dubai activity. Gently take off from water on a seaplane, capture panoramic views of the best of Dubai’s landmarks and create lifetime memories in one flight. Save precious hours lost navigating streets congested with traffic, and head to the skies to see the entire city in a fraction of the time. Seawings welcomes children, even infants onboard their flights. To make it a truly private family experience, why not charter a seaplane?

Iftar: The holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner. Break your fast or simply join in the local culture with a traditional Iftar meal at sunset. Seawings has a ‘Fly and Dine with Seawings’ offer for flights during Ramadan. For a special price of only AED 1095, you could enjoy a 40 minute (dock to dock) Seawings Seaplane Tour, followed by an Iftar meal at one of Dubai’s finest restaurants at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. Bookings open.

Water Taxi Ride at Dubai Creek: The Dubai Creek served as a minor port in Dubai’s early years as a flourishing economy. Take your family along to experience the Arabian old-world charm thriving in this part of Dubai. The Roads and Transport Authority of Dubai has launched special family packages and round trips. Hop on any of the four daily trips on two fixed routes from Marsa Dubai, Khor Dubai, Jumeirah Open Beach and Dubai Marina.Travelers can customize their trips to stopover at Heritage Village, the Burj Al Arab and Dubai Marina. At the end of a day at sea, visit the nearby Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club for a quick round of golf!

Archery at Jebel Ali Golf Resort:  Blow off some steam with the relaxing sport of archery or a round of recreational shooting. Take advantage of the indoor and outdoor shooting academy at JA Jebel Ali Golf Resort, built to international safety standards. The five floodlit clay shooting ranges offer varying degrees of fun for beginners and skilled shooters.

Dancing Fountains: The Dubai fountain show or ‘Dancing Fountains’ as it is fondly called, is a captivating sight that appeals to all ages. The world’s largest choreographed water fountain system sprays water at an astonishing height of up to 500 feet. Every 30 minutes, water jets in the Burj Khalifa Lake shoot out tall sprays of water at varying speeds, intervals and in various directions to create a mesmerizing performance of water antics. The spellbinding display coupled with brilliant lighting effects and popular world music, makes watching the Dubai fountain show a unique Dubai activity. After that, why not indulge yourself with some high-end retail therapy at the nearby Dubai Mall?

Desert Safari with a difference: Dubai serves the Bedouin experience on a silver platter. But, why settle for silver when you can have gold? Tour agents organize desert safaris complete with dune bashing, wildlife exploration, Arabian dinners, star gazing and more. Some even offer the chance to ride the desert sands in style in a Mercedes G Wagon or a Range Rover. Now, that’s the royal Arabian experience! Watch expert belly dancers, sample local cuisine and take it all in amidst the Arabian atmosphere that comes alive in the desert.

Skiing: Snow in the middle of the desert? Beat the summer sun and head to Ski Dubai – the indoor ski resort located at the Mall of the Emirates. With five runs in varying heights and gradients, Ski Dubai is a treat for skiers of all ski levels and ages. Ski Dubai is the largest snow park in the world and provides necessary winter clothing, ski and snowboard equipment. Wind down at one of the themed restaurants at the resort, to round up the icy experience.

View of Dubai from the top: Dubai is home to the World’s Tallest Building ‘The Burj Khalifa,’ towering over the ultra-modern city at 2700 feet. The tower’s observation deck called ‘At The Top’ located at Level 124 offers panoramic views of the city below. Watch the glitzy city and its impressive skyline in amazement from an elevated viewing point with your family by your side. The observation deck is equipped with telescopes and you could have your photograph taken to capture the once-in-a-lifetime moment.

Dubai has a host of leisure activities that still remain uncharted territory to residents. Whether the holiday is over a short weekend or spread over an entire week, staycations could be just what you need to recharge your batteries!

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