City of the Future

23 Jan to 07 Feb
Transcending all the limits of architecture, Dubai has surprisingly risen from the desert, almost defying the laws of nature. Hold your breath in front of the tallest building in the Universe and be amazed by the islands created by man's hand in this extravagant Arab city which is now a symbol of luxury, ostentation and greatness.

Since Dubai was not born in greatness, start by discovering the roots of this city in the historical part. Get lost in the labyrinthine district of Al Bastak, with old houses and charming inner courtyards, many of them transformed into cultural spaces, shops and restaurants. Venture through the fascinating fabric, gold and spice souks and visit the Dubai Museum at Fort Al Fahidi where you can learn a little more about Arab life before the oil age. Make sure to do an abra (small wooden boats) cruise across the Creek, from where you can get an overview of the historic districts of Deira and Bur Dubai, contrasting with more recent buildings.

Then enjoy the richness of the modern side of the city. Start with the magnificent Dubai Downtown complex where you can climb to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and watch the world's largest dancing water's show. Stroll through the Dubai Marina with ostentatious buildings around an artificial canal and do not miss the incredible Medinat Jumeirah, a sumptuous resort inspired by an Arabian citadel in the style of One Thousand and One Nights, where you can shop and dine. Visit the world-famous Palm Jumeirah, a palm-shaped artificial island, and relax at Jumeirah Beach, home to the world's only seven-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab. Enter the great and beautiful Jumeirah Mosque, and shop at Dubai Mall, Dubai's premier shopping mall with one of the largest aquariums in the world. Equally astonishing is the Mall of the Emirates, with its sprawling artificial ski slope. Experience unforgettable activities in the middle of the desert, such as an Arabian dinner, a camel ride or even ice skating!