UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
From art, culture, museums and mosques to deserts, light festivals and fabulous food there’s an array of things to do in Sharjah the cultural Emirate.
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. Here’s my reivew of this Dubai hotel.
Dubai is a diverse city so I’ve put together some must-dos which showcase five different characteristics of the city and its surroundings; nature, gastronomy, history, culture and, of course, shopping. So here’s my top five – what to see and do in Dubai…
The best Dubai food tour. We visited markets and souks and crossed the creek; we met traders and local people who shared with us their stories, their passions and spoke to us the ‘language of food’.
I’d never thought of Dubai as a leading gastronomic destination but with over 200 nationalities living in the city there’s a huge culinary diversity and range of flavours including the city’s own Emirati fare and Arabic traditions.
Skyscrapers don’t come any taller than The Burj Khalifa and as we arrived I craned my neck and looked up, and up, and up. Soaring high into the sky above Dubai at 830 metres to the tip it’s the world’s tallest building.
Dubai is an extraordinary place; home of skyscrapers, deserts and the world’s tallest building. But there’s another side to Dubai and amid the skyscrapers I found a city with an authentic Emirati culture, a rich heritage and a fascinating food scene.