Dubai Experiences and Inspiration

Dubai is packed with every form of experience and activity, whatever your age. It excels at being the biggest or the best! From the world's tallest building, the largest manmade island, one of the world's most luxurious hotels, a water park with the most flumes in the world, and the biggest indoor snow park, to immense shopping malls. In fact, you'll never stop being amazed on your luxury holiday in Dubai.

Highlights

  • Take a City Tour to see the key Dubai sights and landmarks
  • Feel on top of the world by heading to the top of the Burj Khalifa, floor 148, for amazing views
  • Escape to the desert for a spot of 4x4 dune bashing, nature safaris, desert sunsets... or even a night under the stars
  • Have a fun-filled day at one of Dubai's famous water parks
  • Discover the heritage of 'old' Dubai around the Creek and the atmospheric spice and gold souks
  • Treat yourself to one of Dubai's best experiences - a trip by seaplane and a birds-eye view of this unbelievable city
  • Enjoy thrilling days at Dubai's newest theme park - Dubai Parks & Resorts - which includes Legoland
  • Make the most of the water sports at your hotel, then head to Ski Dubai for an afternoon of skiing!
  • For musicals, music, theatre & live shows, head to the new and iconic Dubai Opera in downtown Dubai
  • Swim with dolphins at the Lost Chambers Aquarium, Atlantis
Action for all the family at Wild Wadi Explore Old Dubai & Dubai Creek Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park, including Legoland

Dubai is also home to two new enormous theme parks - Dubai Parks & Resorts and the IMG World of Adventure, the latter claimed as the largest indoor theme park in the world. Beachside resorts have a vast choice of water sports, while many other hotels, even if not beside a beach, have superb leisure and recreational facilities. As well as shopping opportunities galore, including the gold and spice souks in 'old' Dubai, the city has numerous other attractions such as various golf courses, Skydive Dubai, the heritage around Dubai Creek, plus many desert activities outside the main city.

Talk to the specialist team at Mahlatini and let us use our first-hand knowledge to tailor your Dubai holiday or stopover to include your preferred experiences. This starts by helping you select a hotel in the right area of Dubai; being a vast city it's preferable to have a base near where you want to be! Here's just a few of the many Dubai experiences - all of which we can tailor into your Dubai itinerary, including all transfers.

City Tours

If it's your first visit to this amazing city, a city tour is by far the best way of taking in some of its iconic sights. Several different tours are available, including some with timed entry to the Burj Khalifa and thereby avoid any queuing. Private tours can also be arranged and tailored to your specific requirements.

Seawings Seaplane flights

Perhaps the most unique and memorable of all Dubai experiences - a 40 minute flight of discovery over and around the iconic Dubai skyline in a 9-seater seaplane. Experience the thrill of take-off and landings on water at either Dubai Creek or Jebel Ali Resort, then take in the amazing birds-eye view of all the famous Dubai sights. Read more about Seawings flights, which can also be taken to Abu Dhabi or Ras Al Khaimah and then combined with other experiences and activities.

Desert Safari with Barbecue dinner

This memorable experience takes place in the Al Maha nature reserve where you'll witness a desert sunset and marvel at the awe-inspiring desert landscapes. The experience includes 45 minutes dune bashing in a 4x4 vehicle, welcome drink, camel riding, sand boarding, henna painting and shisha smoking (optional!), barbecue buffet dinner and traditional dancing.

Desert experiences

As well as exhilarating 4x4 dune safaris, we can also arrange horse riding, camel treks, sand-surfing and go-karting. Game drives can also be arranged for the chance to spot rare wildlife including the Arabian Oryx. Guests can also experience a night under a star-filled sky and see spectacular constellations.

Dubai Parks & Resorts

The brand new Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park opened its doors in November 2016. With over 100 rides and attractions, it is in fact really four parks in one. Motiongate Dubai is Hollywood-inspired and brings together Sony Pictures and DreamWorks Animation; Bollywood Parks Dubai - a celebration of Mumbai's legendary film industry; Legoland Dubai with 40 themed rides; and Legoland water park specifically designed for the family market with children from 2 to 12 years.

Burj Khalifa & Dubai Fountain

A Dubai holiday would not be complete without a visit to the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and unforgettable 360° views of Dubai and the surrounding desert. 'At The Top', on the 124th floor is the main observation platform, but ironically is not the top! For that, you have to choose the Sky Experience which gets you to floor 148 and the highest outdoor observatory in the world. Around the base of the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest 'performing' fountain display; dazzling displays take place each evening every half hour from 6pm, a captivating water, music and light spectacle.

Ski Dubai

Visit the world's biggest indoor snow park in a shopping mall - Ski Dubai - and whizz down one of its five slopes! You can also say hello to resident king penguins.

Dubai Water Parks

There are several water parks in and around Dubai, with the most popular being Aquaventure on the Palm Jumeirah and the Wild Wadi water park, in the shadow of the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel. At the recently opened Dubai Parks & Resorts theme park, there's also a Legoland water park which includes a few less challenging rides - perfect for younger children.

Aquariums

The 'Atlantis-themed' Lost Chambers Aquarium features underwater halls filled with marine life from sharks to rays; you can even dive or snorkel with them! The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo at Dubai Mall has one of the biggest suspended aquariums in the world!

Further Children's activities

Kidzania is a unique attraction where children can pretend to be adults for the day with fun educational role play. Green Planet at City Walk, a bio-dome rainforest that's home to over 3,000 plants, animals and birds and explains how ecosystems work.

SkyDive Dubai and I-Fly

For the ultimate daredevils, skydive from 13,000feet over Palm Jumeirah, one of the top 'drop zones' in the world. Alternatively, take to the 'sky' (4 metres high) at the UAE's first indoor sky diving centre.

Culture & Heritage

Dubai was a major Arabian trading port, centred around Dubai Creek and the Bur Dubai and Deira districts. Get a glimpse of Dubai's heritage, visit the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort and also experience the sights, sounds and bustling atmosphere of the gold and spice souks. Half cay or full-day tours are available.

Dubai Creek and Dhow cruises

Discover this natural seawater inlet by taking a seat on a traditional Arabic wooden dhow and see a fascinating mix of old and new. For an unforgettable Arabian night, take a dhow dinner cruise and see some of the amazing city lights as you pass by.

Dubai Opera

If you are into musicals, ballets, the theatre, or indeed any form of live show, be sure to check out the new Dubai Opera. Located in downtown Dubai, it's a stunning, beautifully designed building; resembling an Arabian dhow, it is in fact highly contemporary with glass and dark wood extensively used. This is a highly intimate and state of the art venue, with a wide variety of performances and shows to appeal to all tastes.

Dubai culinary flavours

Dubai has a diverse culinary scene with a huge choice of global flavours. From local dishes in Deira beside Dubai Creek, to Michelin-rated plates from celebrity chef's, you can find it in Dubai.

Golf courses

Several golf courses are available for guests to challenge their golfing skills.

Major Dubai Sports Events

There are many major sporting events that take place annually in Dubai. Key ones include: Dubai World Cup (horse racing - March), Dubai Sevens (rugby - December), Dubai Desert Classic (golf - February), Dubai ATP (tennis - February)

Selected Dubai Experiences Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Dubai Experiences

Benguerra Island Luxury Mozambique Holiday

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $8,580 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Mozambique
Locations
Bazaruto Archipelago

Mountains and Rivers Family Safari Holiday

Days
8
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $15,900 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Amboseli & Chyulu Hills

Lakes and Land Rovers Family Holiday

Days
7
Cost For Family of 4
Cost For Family of 4: from $17,630 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya
Locations
Masai Mara, Rift Valley Lakes

Luangwa Walking Safari

Days
7
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $4,670 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Zambia
Locations
South Luangwa National Park