Dubai: All Change!
Our World | On 28, Apr 2011
Every time I visit its almost unrecognisable from the last time! Exciting, iconic buildings, your every need can be catered for. One of the newest attractions, Burj Khalifa, is a must to see, served by its own metro station – take the lightning-fast lift up to the 124th-floor observation deck of the world’s tallest tower for stunning views of the Emirate state.
The jaw – dropping stats of this 828 metre tall structure just make you gasp in awe and it only took 22 million man hours to build the 163 storeys (thank goodness for the world’s tallest service elevator at 504 metres!)
At the foot of the tower is the ultra-exclusive Armani hotel. Very minimalist and a great spot to have a drink and watch the Dubai Fountain dance.
The Dubai Mall, close by, is home to 1,200 shops, an Olympic sized ice rink, one of the world’s largest aquariums, a 22 screen cinema and the Sega Republic theme Park….and so it goes on….
I decided to try something a little different from the Beach and City hotels and was more than a little impressed with the newest property – The Meydan. For one thing it’s off the Sheikh Zayed Road and therefore away from the traffic but still only a ten minute taxi ride, to the new waterfront.
The Meydan (translates as a Meeting Place) is a surprising and welcome green oasis because it’s housed at the Meydan Grandstand and Racecourse – home to the richest horse race in the world. It’s extremely elegant and extravagantly appointed with just 285 rooms and a slightly oriental touch. The idea of watching the best thoroughbreds of the world compete from the comfort of 5-star facilities is, I think, certain to create a ‘wow’ factor for the right audience. And the best thing for me, is the fact that it is frequented by the local population – gives it an authentic appeal which normally eludes the short stay visitor.
The simple fact with Dubai is that it constantly evolves and therefore maintains a level of intrigue and appeal. Service levels are high, the weather is great and flying time is reasonable from the UK. So even if you have been recently, it’s worth another visit as there’s always something new to do!
Susan Sexton, Events Team