Rise early to take in the breath-taking sunrise from a hot air balloon as you fly above the Arabian desert. You'll arrive before the balloon is inflated so you can see how these majestic balloons are filled and prepared ready for your flight, Nothing can prepare you for the tranquillity and quiet of the desert after the buzz of the nearby city as you float above giant rolling red sand dunes, emerald green oases, sprinting gazelles and even camels wandering the desert plains.
After returning to earth with a gentle bump, you’ll be hungry and in need of a refuel! Freshen up and grab some breakfast at your hotel or, if you fancy a change of scenery, the Café Arabesque at the Park Hyatt Dubai serves up an amazing breakfast selection in a beautiful setting.
Spend the rest of the morning immersing yourself in old Dubai as you explore the Bastakiya area of Bur Dubai near to the Dubai Creek. Many of the historic buildings and museums have been renovated and there are plenty of shopping streets, souvenir shops and Arabic markets, or souks, to delight the eyes.
Escape the main heat of the day with a trip to one of Dubai’s modern-day Oases…the Dubai Mall! The Dubai Mall is the world’s second largest shopping mall and includes a whopping 1,200 shops, an ice rink and even an aquarium. The aquarium is home to over 33,000 marine animals, which can be viewed through the world’s largest acrylic panel for a crystal clear viewing experience.
As the sun goes down, it’s the perfect time to visit the Burj Khalifa 124th observation deck. Despite being the tallest building in the world, it only takes 70 seconds to zoom up the tower to the observation point! It’s important to book this as early in advance as possible, as sunset is a very popular time and tickets do often sell out. Depending on the time of year, sunset in Dubai is between 5:30pm and 7:30pm and visits tend to last around 90 minutes. From the top of the Burj Khalifa you can enjoy a 360-degree unobstructed view of Dubai, including the beautiful blue ocean, the 21st-century cityscape and the Arabian desert you were flying over just this morning. If you’re feeling extra brave, step outside onto the exterior viewing deck to really make the most of the view.
Whizzing back down to earth, there’s time to catch the illuminated Evening Dhow Dinner Cruise. Choose from a wide range of Arabic, continental and oriental food including a starter of ‘Hummus, Jarjier, Tabouleh, Fattoush, Babaghanouj, mixed pickles’, mains such as ‘braised lamb with garlic and lemon gremolata’ and sumptuous desserts. As you savour all the delicious cuisines from the buffet you can take in the view of Dubai lit up at night as you’re serenaded by traditional Arabic folk music. It’s a very good idea to book this trip in advance as it’s extremely popular and places are limited!
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