FamilyJumeirah’s A to Z of Dubai

Everything you need to know about the world's favourite Emirate

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From Al Fahidi to Zabeel Park, we’ve scoured Dubai to bring you the best places to visit, eat, explore and experience, in alphabetical order.

 

A is for Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood 

A snapshot of old Arabian life, the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood is all honey-coloured buildings, narrow alleyways, galleries and cafés.

 

B is for Burj Khalifa 

Get a knee-trembling bird’s-eye view of Dubai from the top of Burj Khalifa, one of the world’s tallest buildings at 830m high. The stunning views must be seen to be believed.

 

C is for Creek 

Dubai Creek is a stretch of water that snakes through the city, originally the only port for trading ships. Jump on a traditional abra boat and witness the city’s sights from the water.

 

D is for Downtown

Go Downtown to be part of the action. In this dynamic and commercial hub you’ll find Dubai Mall, the Aquarium, Burj Park and Dubai Opera.

 

E is for Emirates

Dubai is part of the United Arab Emirates, the Middle Eastern state on the Arabian Gulf that includes Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Quwain.

 

F is for Fountain

For the ultimate evening spectacle, Dubai Fountain – the world’s largest – dazzles spectators with a watery display choreographed to music and lights.

 

G is for Gold Souk 

Go on a treasure hunt at Dubai Gold Souk, an Aladdin’s Cave of shimmering gold, silver and diamond jewellery.

 

H is for Hajar Mountains

A few hours outside Dubai, the scenic Hajar Mountains make a fantastic day trip destination. Hike, bike or paddle out in a kayak on Hatta Lake.

 

I is for IMG Worlds of Adventure

The IMG Worlds of Adventure indoor theme park is, like so many things in Dubai, the world’s largest. Enjoy the daredevil Marvel rides and dinosaur-themed attractions.

 

J is for Jumeirah

No A–Z of Dubai would be complete without a mention of the beautiful coastal suburb of Jumeirah, home to stunning hotels such as Jumeirah Beach Hotel and the iconic, sail-shaped Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.

 

K is for Kite Beach

Locals and tourists alike head for some pulse-raising activities by the sea. Kite Beach is one of the best spots for watersports, volleyball, beach tennis and kayaking.

 

L is for Legoland

A pleasure paradise with rides and a water park dedicated to the colourful little bricks; Legoland is a great Dubai day out for little kids (and big ones).

 

M is for Manousheh 

If you eat one local dish while in Dubai, make it a manousheh – a Middle Eastern pizza-style flatbread, generously topped with cheese, thyme and minced meat.

 

N is for Nightlife

After dark, Dubai buzzes to the beat of world-class international DJs. There’s so much to explore at night, from sky-high panoramic lounges to the city’s many souks.

 

O is for Outlet Mall

Dubai isn’t short of places to shop, and the Outlet Mall is its number one spot to shop designer brands like Burberry and DKNY at a discount.

 

P is for Palm Jumeirah

From above, this palm-shaped archipelago is instantly recognisable as one of Dubai’s signature landmarks. Those feeling especially brave  can skydive over the Palm.

 

Q is for Quran

The Quran is the holy book of Islam, which is the official religion of the UAE.

 

R is for Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary

A wetland reserve on the curve of Dubai Creek, Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is a great place for nature lovers to witness flocks of pink flamingos, herons and osprey.

 

S is for Spice Souk

Wander through the maze of Dubai’s spice souk and inhale the aromas of fragrant cinnamon, saffron and incense. The piles of perfumed colour are a delight to see and smell.

 

T is for The World Islands 

A 300-strong islet chain in the shape of the Earth’s continents, The World Islands appear to float just offshore from Jumeirah. Luxury residences and hotels are currently being developed on them.

 

U is for Underwater Zoo

Go eye to eye with nature’s aquatic wonders at Dubai Underwater Zoo. There’s the legendary King Croc, sharks galore and some less terrifying clownfish, too.

 

V is for Virtual Reality

Gamers and tech-heads will love VR Park, a two-storey virtual and augmented reality wonderland, where you can experience Dubai life in 4D or man your own spaceship.

 

W is for Wild Wadi Waterpark™

Wild Wadi Waterpark™ has thrills and spills galore with its exhilarating rides. Slip and slide your way down the lightning-fast Jumeirah Sceirah and ride the tides of Flood River.

 

X is for X-treme sports

Sandboarding in the desert, bungee jumping, flyboarding on the Gulf; Dubai is home to many an hair-raising extreme sport.

 

Y is for Yacht life

Stroll along Dubai Marina and you’ll spot row upon row of super yachts at their moorings. Hire your own for a cruise around the Gulf.

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Z is for Jumeirah Zabeel Saray

Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, a beautiful destination nestled on the pristine West Crescent of Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah, is an ode to the excellence of the Ottoman era. Inspired by the historic Turkish empire, the exquisite interiors of our 379 elegant guest rooms, 26 lavish suites, and 38 Royal Residences are a testimony to the magnificence of the Tulip era. From carefully hand-painted halls and stunning, unrivalled views of the Arabian Gulf, guests can indulge their senses within the resort, and beyond. Flanked by stunning views of the Arabian Gulf and Dubai’s skyline, you’ll be in for a visual treat.