Dubai

Dubais Wachstum ist schlicht und ergreifend atemberaubend. Vor 40 Jahren war dieses kleine Emirat kaum mehr als ein kleines Fischerdorf am Dubai Creek. Massive Investitionen haben es mittlerweile in eine der am schnellsten wachsenden Städte der Welt verwandelt. Während der letzten Wirtschaftskrise sagte man Dubai bereits nach, es sei auf Treibsand gebaut – ein voreiliges Urteil, wie sich inzwischen herausgestellt hat. Wenn es um neue Bauwerke und innovative Ideen geht, fliegt selbst ein langsames Dubai dem Rest der Welt voraus.

Die Stadt ist ein Mekka sowohl für Geschäftsleute als auch für Urlauber, mit wirklich unglaublichen Möglichkeiten zum Entspannen und Genießen. Es gibt dutzende Luxushotels, atemberaubende Einkaufszentren und eine große Auswahl an Aktivitäten. Darf es eine Runde Golf sein? Dubai hat einige der besten Plätze der Welt. Lust auf Skifahren bei 45°C? Dann auf zur Indoor-Piste im Einkaufszentrum Dubai Emirates. Oder möchten Sie einen Tag am Strand verbringen? Jumeirah ist der ideale Ort dafür. Für den Geschmack des alten Arabiens inmitten all der Moderne sorgen u.a. das Museum von Dubai sowie eine Vielzahl herrlicher Gold- und Gewürzläden, die hier Souks genannt werden.

www.dubaitourism.ae

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  • Where to stay

    One & Only Royal Mirage
    Part of South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner’s One & Only group, the Royal Mirage resort is easily one of the most stylish properties on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach. Paying tribute to traditional Arabic architecture – low-level buildings, minarets, towers, domes, pillars and intricate gardens – the resort is home to three different hotels. The Palace has a private beach and great leisure facilities, The Arabian Court is aimed more at adults, and the Residence & Spa is perfect for those looking for pampered luxury. Staying at any of the three gives you access to the others.
    Al Soufoh Road,
    Dubai

    www.oneandonlyroyalmirage.com


    Jumeirah Beit al Bahar
    Beit al Bahar (Arabic for ‘house by the sea’) is a selection of stunning private villas at Dubai’s famous landmark, the wave-shaped Jumeirah Beach hotel. The villas are stylishly decorated in a traditional Arabic style with Moorish wall hangings and cool tiled floors. Each also has its own delightfully landscaped garden and private plunge pool.
    Jumeirah Beach Hotel
    Jumeirah Road
    Dubai,

    www.jumeirah.com


    Atlantis The Palm
    Located on the very last frond of the Emirate’s famous man-made island, The Palm, the centrepiece of the hotel is a huge aquarium – the hotel boasts 65,000 marine animals. The two Lost Chambers suites have to be seen to be believed. In these, floor-to-ceiling windows look from the bedrooms into the aquarium, leaving you to nod off as sharks and rays glide gently by.
    Crescent Road
    Dubai

    www.atlantisthepalm.com


  • Where to eat

    Nobu
    Atlantis The Palm is home to 17 different restaurants, including signature eateries by Michelin-starred chefs, which means Nobuyuki Matsuhisa’s famous sushi restaurant is in fabulous company. Celebrated designers and architects The Rockwell Group have produced an exceptional space – vaulted ceilings, hemp walls and low, warm lighting that is almost as grand as the food. The menu features all the usual classics, like the much-imitated black cod with miso and rock shrimp tempura with shichimi ponzu.
    Atlantis The Palm
    Crescent Road
    Dubai,
    +971 4 426 2626

    www.atlantisthepalm.com


    Verre
    Away from the glitzy new properties is Deira, or ‘old Dubai’, where you’ll find one of the Emirate’s most stylish hotels, the Hilton Dubai Creek. The hotel is also home to one of the city’s most stylish restaurants – Verre, part of Gordon Ramsay’s empire. And while the Scottish superchef may not put in too many shifts here, executive chef Scott Price is a more than adequate replacement. If you can, take the chef’s table, where Price himself will be on hand for your every need.
    Hilton Dubai Creek
    Beniyas Road
    Dubai,
    +971 4 227 1111

    www.gordonramsay.com/dubai


    Rhodes Mezzanine
    British chef Gary Rhodes’ offering at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Dubai Marina was recently voted Dubai’s restaurant of the year, largely thanks to head chef Paul Lupton’s innovative take on modern European cuisine. Signature dishes on the recently revamped menu include braised squab pigeon with white asparagus and rich lemon gravy, and pan-fried red mullet with spring onion champ potatoes, tomato, shrimp and herb dressing.
    Grosvenor House Hotel
    Dubai Marina
    Dubai,
    +971 4 317 6000

    www.grosvenorhouse-dubai.com


  • Where to drink

    Boudoir
    In a city that is already over the top, Boudoir goes a step beyond, with crystal chandeliers, velvet sofas and oil paintings creating an atmosphere redolent of the French Court – and almost as decadent. Nights are themed, and there are a multitude of different rooms in which to hang out. Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Road, Dubai +971 4 345 5995 www.myboudoir.com
    Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa
    Jumeirah Road
    Dubai,
    +971 4 345 5995

    www.myboudoir.com


    360° Bar
    Thanks to its location, this superb lounge bar is the perfect place to chill out – quite literally. Located on top of Jumeirah Beach’s Marina restaurant, which juts out into a mini island in the Gulf, drinkers not only get fabulous panoramic views of the ever-changing city, but are also kissed by delightful sea breezes. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Road, Dubai +971 4 406 8399 www.jumeirah.com
    Jumeirah Beach Hotel
    Jumeirah Road
    Dubai,
    +971 4 406 8399

    www.jumeirah.com


    Barasti
    A stone’s throw from the sea, this lively beach bar is one of the city’s best. The atmosphere is one of laid-back luxury, not unlike that seen at the world-famous Nikki Beach bars, and there are three levels to cater for all tastes. There is superb bar food on the first floor, an in-house band on the ground that caters for more mature tastes, and the main dance floor at beach level.
    Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
    Al Sufouh Road
    Dubai,
    +971 4 399 3333

    www.lemeridien-minaseyahi.com


  • What to see and do

    Burj Khallifa
    In a city with an ever-changing skyline, Burj Khallifa dominates the view. The newly constructed building is the tallest in the world at 828m, and is home to the Armani Hotel, private residences, offices and the fabulous At The Top observation deck, which offers vertigo-inducing vistas of the city. Emaar Boulevard, Dubai
    Emaar Boulevard
    Dubai
    +971 4 888 8888

    www.burjkhalifa.ae


    Marine and water park at Atlantis The Palm
    Don’t think this fabulous collection of slides and aquariums is just for kids. Some of the slides will truly take your breath away, including the near-vertical Leap of Faith, which plummets 30m before shooting you through a tunnel that passes through a shark-infested pool. If you prefer something more serene, you can take a dolphin experience that gets you up close and personal with the friendly mammals.
    Crescent road
    Dubai
    +971 4 426 2000

    www.atlantisthepalm.com


    Golf
    For a desert resort, Dubai offers some fabulous courses. The Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club (www.dubaigolf.com) has been voted among the Top 100 Must-Play Golf Courses in the world, while the Emirates Golf Club (www.dubaigolf.com) is home to the Dubai Desert Classic and has a course designed by Nick Faldo. The Al Badia Golf Club (www.albadiagolfclub.ae) has a great academy featuring the region’s only TaylorMade Performance Lab.