Ah Dubai… What an incredible place it is. One minute you’re surrounded by skyscrapers and busy streets, the next you’re in a wide open desert on a camel’s back! You name it, Dubai has it!
What was the most iconic aspect of Dubai?
It has to be the beautiful buildings. Most of the city has been built up in the past 70 years, the majority of properties have appeared in the last 10 years. It’s any budding architect’s dream! Dubai is home to some of the highest, biggest and most unique buildings and if they don’t have it they’re most likely in the process of building it.
What impressed you the most?
For me, it was the scale of industry! The tourism industry especially is booming combined with huge development plans, who knows how far they will go!
What activities would you recommend to groups travelling to Dubai?
I think wherever you go you should always try and get involved in local experiences and culture. I can honestly say that the local suppliers in Dubai were incredible. I went on an organised city tour which was amazing. There’s nothing like seeing a city from a locals point of view, they know it best after all!
I would suggest heading down to the local souks and markets. You can find some great souvenirs to take back for your friends and family and the atmosphere is brilliant; it will give you a true taste of the Middle East.
Burj Khalifa is obviously up there as a top attraction to visit. There’s a viewing deck, which is a scary 456 meters (that’s almost 1500 feet!) above ground level where you have a 360° view of Dubai and beyond. If you’re planning on going I suggest you get there in time for the sunrise.
If you’re a fan of theme parks you should head out to LEGOLAND or one of the waterparks. There’s also an indoor ski resort called Sky Dubai, located in Mall of the Emirates, a place you can try out loads of different activities all under one roof!
Dubai is a must-see, regardless of the subject! I would particularly recommend visiting if your students are studying: Architecture; Business and Economics; Travel and Tourism; History; Geography or Religious Studies. Why not add-on Abu Dhabi for a few days?