The neon signs of Vegas have illuminated the dark skies of the dusty Mojave Desert for decades. Glimmering, shimmering and beckoning they seduced weary travellers into hotels, motels, bars and casinos and became iconic symbols of the city.
The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dubai is located in the Dubai Marina district right next to the chic café-lined JBR Walk. Jumeira Beach Residences (or ‘JBR’ to those in the know) provide a backdrop of pale tower-blocks while views stretch across lush landscaped gardens, over a wide beach and out to the blue seas of the Arabian Gulf. The five star hotel is just six storeys high which makes a refreshing change from the Dubai hotels and sky-scrapers which tower over city. It’s Mediterranean style gives the hotel a pleasant resort feel, especially as it’s by a golden sandy beach.
Dubai is a diverse city with a range of things to see and do. Once you’ve had enough lazing by the beach or pool you’ll want to get out, explore the city and do some sightseeing. I’ve put together some Dubai must-dos which showcase five different characteristics of the city and its surroundings; nature, gastronomy, history, culture and, of course, shopping. So here are my top five – what to see and do in Dubai…
Arva Ahmed is passionate about Old Dubai, its people, their stories, traditions and food. We went with her on an authentic Dubai food tour of discovery to the heart of Old Dubai on a Frying Pan Adventure – A Food Lover’s Early Morning March.
We visited markets and souks, we crossed the creek and ambled through alleyways and back-streets on this food lover’s tour. We met traders, store-keepers and local people who shared with us their stories, their passions and spoke to us the ‘language of food‘. We felt the heartbeat of the city and discovered its true spirit in the corners and crevices of Old Dubai .