Jumeirah Beach Residence
 

Places to Visit and Things to Do

Biggest and Best

Burj al Arab*

‘Afternoon Tea’ at the Burj on Jumeirah Beach is a great way to pamper yourself whilst having a look at this 7 star hotel. It’s not cheap, but whether you’re infamous or ostentatious you’ll surely love it! Tel: 301 7777. Also whilst splashing out at the Burj why not visit the Sky View cocktail bar for a great view of the Palm and the Jumeirah area. The best view is just before sundown. The actual design of the hotel mimics the sail of a boat, quite apt considering the building stands on an artificial island. Watch the external colour of the 'sail' change at night. You'll hardly ever see a picture of the Burj from out at sea - try to work out why!

Burj Khalifa*

Visit the world’s tallest building (originally intended to be known as the Burj Dubai) at 828 metres and 160 floors in height (others say 181 floors!), where you can take a speed lift to the world's highest observation deck on the 124th floor! It has the world’s fastest elevator, the world's tallest service lift, the world's highest swimming pool on the 76th floor, the world's highest mosque on the 158th floor and as at January 2011 the world's highest restaurant - At.mosphere - on the 122nd floor.

The Burj Khalifa is clad in 28,000 glass panels, has 500,000 square metres of space for offices and apartments and the highest occupied floor in the world.

Each lift holds about twelve people and a lift operator. I didn't time going up but coming down from the observation deck took only one minute and eight seconds with hardly any feeling of movement. In fact they've put a load of arrow lights on the lift walls which I'm sure are to create the missing feeling of movement. It's not scary at all and the viewing gallery is large and totally enclosed - there's even a souvenir shop up there! Great for photos.

You’ll find the ticket counter and entrance to this ‘At The Top’ experience on the lower ground level of The Dubai Mall. You can book in person, by phone or online. ‘Sessions’ leave every half hour but it’s best to book in advance.

Prices (as at November 2010) were 100Dhs per person if you’re booking a day or more in advance, but 400Dhs if you want immediate admission.

Leave the reception on a trip that transports you through time, from the earliest days of Dubai to the present day. As the doors open on the 124th floor, floor-to-ceiling glass walls provide an unobstructed, breathtaking, 360 degree view of the city, desert and ocean.

Opening times are 10am to 10pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to midnight Thursday to Saturday. Once in the viewing gallery you can pay more to use high powered binoculars.

Having booked and whilst waiting for your allotted time why not have a look around the world’s largest mall, The Dubai Mall (you can park the kids at the Sega Republic indoor theme park, with more than 250 amusement games and nine attractions, or at KidZania, where young children can learn to fly planes, drive buses and live out their adult dreams), then see (in the evening perhaps whilst having a lakeside restaurant meal) The Dubai Fountain – not surprisingly the largest in the world, that dances to differing types of music every thirty minutes. You may also like to enjoy a 30 minute evening trip in an abra on the Burj Lake.  Tel: 800 28 843 867 www.atthetop.ae

Children's City

The first educational city in the UAE devoted to children between 2 and 15 years old where they can investigate, explore, play, discover and learn about the world in which we live. A regular visit takes kids on a trip through the human body, nature, international cultures,science and space. All exhibits are in Arabic and English and are specially designed for children to interact and discover together in family and school groups. Find it at Dubai Creek Park in Bur Dubai. www.childrencity.ae

Dolphin Bay

Wade into crystal clear waters and enjoy a 90 minute Atlantis Dolphin Encounter or Atlantis Dolphin Adventure. Get up close and personal – an adventure of a lifetime which is exciting, entertaining and educational. At Atlantis on The Palm. Open 10am to sunset. Need to pre-book on 426 1030. See www.atlantisthepalm.com.

Ski Dubai*

In Mall of the Emirates – you can hire all you need. An indoor ski resort with five different runs of varying difficulty, 6000 tons of snow and zorbing, sledging, snowboarding, snowballing, teaching and kids areas maintained at one degree Centigrade. Play with Ski Dubai's resident Snow Penguins (ask separately) or try the Snow Bullett. It's equipped not only with chairlifts but - this being Arabia - flying carpets as well. Plus The Avalanche Cafe. Tel : 409 4000. For much more information visit our dedicated page on Ski Dubai.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain – You’ll see this when you “do” The Burj Khalifa or the Dubai Mall. You’ll find the man-made lake and the fountain sits underwater in the lake. Said to be one of the world’s biggest and best “dancing” fountains. It’s best to see at night with its accompanying music and light show. It’s always popular and can be viewed from the lakeside promenade but perhaps it’s best whilst having an evening meal at one of the great lakeside restaurants.

World Sporting Events

Get your timing right and you can visit one of the world's great sporting events such as the PGA Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship (ATP & WTA), the World Offshore Powerboat Championship, the nearby Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Dubai World Cup (thoroughbred racing) or the Dubai Marathon.

* This attraction is at or near a stop on a Big Bus Tour.

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