Jumeirah Beach Residence
 

Places to Visit and Things to Do

Action and Adventure

Aquaventure

A great water park with death drops into a shark tank. The largest and possibly the most exciting waterpark in the Middle East - think Disney! Forty two acres of fun with a speedslide, rivers, rapids, lush tropical landscapes, Splashers, children's play areas and access to a private beach. At the famous Atlantis on The Palm and open from 10am to sunset.

Balloon Flights

Get up early for an hour’s trip into the desert for a sunrise balloon flight over the desert, and back in time for breakfast! There's few firms do it so pick up leaflets at your hotel. One to try is www.ballooning.ae that's Balloon Adventures on 04 285 4949.

Balloon in the Desert

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

Camel Riding

Everyone should try it at least once if only to experience the getting up and the sitting down as their front legs bend first, propelling you forward so you almost fall off the hump. Riding on the back of a camel through the desert is a UAE rite of passage and, if you've not been on one of the hairy humpbacks before, then why not take the opportunity to do so on a safari tour. Have a look at www.arabiannightstours.com, www.opdubai.com (Oasis Palm) and www.cyclonetours.com to see what's possible.

Deep Sea Fishing

All the equipment you'll need is provided with bait available on board, on a deap sea fishing trip from, amongst others, Oasis Palm Tourism. More info at www.opdubai.com or by ringing 04 268 6826. Alternatively have a look at Al Wasl's Cruising & Fishing website www.cruiseindubai.com or ring them on 295 0516. Also visit www.deltaadventures.ae.

Desert Driving Training

'Beware - without proper training desert driving can be dangerous, even life-threatening! Desert driving is a tough challenge that asks a lot of both car and driver but, once you've mastered the skill, it opens up the vast UAE deserts and can be amazing fun and it only takes a day of training. The training alone is fun - you can look forward to exhilarating moments as you learn to safely manouvre your way up and down the picture-perfect dunes. Of course, no session is complete without getting stuck deep in sand, but this leads to another valuable lesson - always remember to pack a shovel and make sure you always travel in a convoy of at least two cars (and that's not your ordinary 2-wheel drive road car!). When you get stuck, and everyone does, you'll be glad of an extra pair of hands, or a tow. There are various desert driving schools. Here's one to try for starters - Emirates Driving Institute - visit www.edi-uae.com. Good luck!' - Taken from the April 2011 edition of Explorer's 'UAE live work explore' magazine. For more essential information, and detailed rundowns (including maps and GPS points) on the very best routes to take in the UAE and Oman, pick up copies of 'UAE Off-Road Explorer' and 'Oman Off-Road Explorer'. Alternatively have a look at www.deltaadventures.ae.

Desert Safari

Usually departing mid afternoon for the thrill of dune bashing in a large Toyota Landcruiser with an expert driver. Driving in the sand dunes is a completely different driving skill and you never know what you’ll encounter as you go over the dune tops. The safari could also possibly include sand-skiing and sandboarding, along with sunset in the desert, camel riding, Arabic tea and coffee, BBQ dinner, shisha, henna painting and the obligatory belly dancer. Try visiting www.arabiannightsstours.com, www.opdubai.com (Oasis Palm), www.cyclonetours.comwww.funtoursdubai.com or www.deltaadventures.ae to discover a range of tours, trips, city tours and other exciting possibilities.

Diving

Whether you're a complete beginner or a veteran diver there's no shortage of sub-aqua activities to choose from in and around Dubai. With more than 80 wrecks, scuba divers are well catered for. Have a look at, amongst many others, www.scubauae.com, www.desertsportsdivingclub.net, www.scubatravel.co.ukwww.deltaadventures.ae or www.freestyledivers.com.

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.

Dune Buggies

Join an organised trip into the desert for a 1500cc dune buggy adventure in the sand dunes. Great fun! Check out www.deltaadventures.ae.

Ferrari World

Yes we know it's not in Dubai, but if for any reason you visit Abu Dhabi you must add on a visit here. An amazing theme park that's like no other. Apart from two rides that involve you being outdoors for just a minute, the theme park is indoors, which can be very welcome in the heat, but the vast building feels airy and light with lots of foliage to give an outdoor feel to it. It's at Yas Island, home of the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix. Tel: 02 496 8001 www.ferrariworldabudhabi.com

Hatta Mountain Safari

Leave Dubai going inland and you’ll pass through scrub-like desert before getting to the proper golden sand desert and sand dunes. Look for camels – they look fantastically sleek and natural in this environment and nothing like the ragged, spitting, biting camels you may have ridden in other tourist areas. After an hour and a half you’ll reach the Hatta mountain area. But don't go without a map, your charged mobile/cell phone, lots of water, a full tank of fuel and some form of headgear - they could save your life! And tell someone where you're going.

iFLY Dubai

The UAE's first indoor free-fall skydiving experience. Open daily from 9am 'iFLY is safe for kids, challenging for adults, exciting for teens and realistic for skydivers'. It's a vertical wind tunnel that moves air up in a vertical column. Prices include all equipment (flight suit, goggles,, helmet, ear plugs, socks and shoes) and a flight certificate. Various packages, including training, are available. At 1st Floor, South Side, Playnation, Mirdif City Centre Mall which is in Mirdif near the junction of Emirates Road and Tripoli Street. Tel : 04 231 6292. More info at www.iflyme.com.

Kite Surfing*

You’ll need a licence to try it and you can only do it on Wollongong Beach (Kite Beach), the public beach on Jumeirah Road. Go to watch almost any afternoon except Fridays and public holidays. See www.kitesurf.ae or www.deltaadventures.ae.

Local Flights

Think you've seen enough of Dubai, well why not take a short flight to see what else is in this part of the Gulf - perhaps Oman (1 hour flight or 4 hour drive), Bahrain (Flight time just over half an hour, drivetime over 5 hours), or Qatar (1 hour flight time to Doha).

Polo

Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club is the venue of choice for equestrian activity in Dubai. Regular polo matches take place and riding, show jumping and dressage lessons are available. The beautiful and lush grounds along with a distinctively Spanish 'hacienda' style club house is helping the club gain in popularity as a destination for dining, leisure, business and entertainment. More info at www.poloclubdubai.com or on 4 364 8111.

Sandboarding

'Tell a snowboarder that sandboarding is like snowboarding and you'll get an evil glare. Any wakeboarder will do likewise; sandboarding is a sport of its own and requires balance, strength and plenty of tenacity. Once you climb your way to the top of the dune, it's best to wax the bottom of the board to reduce friction between the board and the sand. Strap your feet onto the board, bending your back knee slightly and slide on down, using your heels and toes to turm. Easy peasy...' (Explorer - UAE live work explore' April 2011). Have a look at www.deltaadventures.aewww.arabiannightstours.com, www.opdubai.com (Oasis Palm) and www.cyclonetours.com to see what's possible.

Sea Plane

The ultimate – take a sea-plane trip around Dubai and the surrounding area with Seawings! Try the early morning Dubai Creek Heritage Tour. Choose from various main flight options around Dubai lasting from 30 minutes to a full day, or trips to Abu Dhabi, Jebel Ali, Fujairah or Ras Al Khaimah (RAK).See Dubai's amazing skyline from a completely different viewpoint, one that not many ever see! If that’s not special enough combine your flight with an exclusive dining or sailing experience. For more details ring 04 807 0708 or visit www.seawings.ae. To book your flight email reservations@seawings.ae

Sega Republic

Sega Republic is an exciting indoor theme park for the whole family. Located on Level 2 at the Dubai Mall, this thrilling park has five themed zones featuring 9 adventurous attractions and more than 250 games, from cutting-edge motion simulators and virtual experiences to one of the region's largets assortment of redemption games - race, bobsled, spin, snowboard, fight and much more.

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.

Skydiving

The most exhilarating, adrenalin-pumping activity for those who dare! See the rich desert colours and the Gulf from 9000 feet up and then jump out strapped to a qualified instructor. Try Umm Al Quwain Aeroclub on 06 7681447, www.deltaadventures.ae or www.uaqaeroclub.com. (Umm Al Quwain is a different Emirate).

Wild Wadi*

A five acre water park complex occupying a prime position at the entrance of the Burj Al Arab island on Jumeirah Beach Road, with 30 adrenaline-pumping rides and slides for adults and children, and superlative landscapes. One of Dubai's foremost tourist attractions the Wild Wadi waterpark is designed around a tale from Arabian Folklore featuring Juha and his seafaring friend, Sinbad. Try the Jumeirah Sceirah with a terrifying 32 meter, 50 mph drop, the biggest waterslide (120 metres) outside North America. Or what about the Whitewater Wadi which connects to 13 water slides or the rough and tumble Flood River Flyer, which has 6 slides and is recommended for strong swimmers only. A hidden gem is Breakers Bay where you can surf in continuous waves, and let's not forget Tantrum Alley and Burj Surj. The park has two entrances, the main one being by the Burj Al Arab Causeway, the other is for Jumeirah resort guests only. Pick up free body boards and rent your towels at a special counter. Lockers can also be rented. See www.wildwadi.com. Tel : 348 4444

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

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