Treat yourself to a glorious getaway in the UAE: get your girlfriends together in a dream destination that is just as glamorous as you, for a trip you’ll never forget.
Glitter in the City
Begin your journey into the land of souks and spices, history and mystery in fabulous Dubai. Get your bearings with a tour of this coastal city by seaplane, cruising around the manmade beaches and through Palm Jumeirah, the giant, artificial archipelago of islands shaped like palm trees. Explore this dupli-city where towering skyscrapers stand alongside ancient minarets, starting with a tour of the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort, which offers a look into Emirati life through the centuries. Venture into the Bastakiya quarter, whose labyrinthine pedestrian alleyways are lined with intricate buildings housing shops and galleries, perfect for browsing and bargain hunting. For more artistic offerings, head to the Al Quoz district, where Emirati and international talent is showcased in countless boutique showrooms. Shop ‘til you drop at the Mall of the Emirates, one of the largest malls in the world with over 560 outlets, or for a more authentic bargaining experience, pick up some gems in the Persian markets that line the alleyways.
Stay in the iconic Burj Al Arab hotel, the word’s first 6-star hotel. Standing on its own island, its towering curves overlook the city. Enjoy the view from your suite’s private jacuzzi, as you are waited on hand and foot by your personal butler or wander down to the private beach to soak up some desert sun. For an unforgettable dining experience, have dinner underwater at the Al Mahara Restaurant where you can gaze out at the tropical fish and submarine life that surround you.
Get your just deserts
For a change of scenery, venture out on a day trip to Al Ain, a lush green oasis right in the desert. Here you can soak up the stunning scenery and all the action of desert life as the camel traders haggle over their wares. Alternatively, for a little history and culture, spend the day exploring Sharjah, a collection of countless mosques and museums housing centuries-old islamic artifacts.
Continue your journey into the desert and make your camp at Qasr Al Sarab by Anantara, a breathtaking luxury resort set amid nothing but rolling sand dunes for miles and miles. This gorgeous getaway provides the perfect escape for you and your companions to simply relax and unwind beneath endless desert skies. Indulge in a little pampering in the spa, take a yoga class with an expert instructor or simply lounge by the pool with refreshing tea or cocktails and some aromatic shisha.
A capital idea
Round off your Emirati adventure with a stop in the capital city of Abu Dhabi, with its sky-scraping architecture encompassing glittering malls and intricately-designed mosques. Make sure to visit the stunning, white Sheikh Zayed Mosque: with its curved domes and soaring spires, it is widely considered the most important site of worship in the country. Plunge into the Date Market and choose from hundreds of sweet and delicious varieties grown and harvested locally.
Take a trip out into the desert in a four-wheel drive jeep on a wild ride that will see your vehicle bouncing and careening off sand dunes. Follow it up with a more stately and sedate ride on camel-back through the dunes and finally recline in luxury for a sumptuous Emirati feast in a beautiful camp, entertained by belly dancers. Here in the desert, so near to what is known as the empty quarter, there is no light pollution to obstruct your view of the heavens, so lie back and engage in a little star gazing.
Pick up any last minute souvenirs at Yas Mall, on Yas Island. Here, you can browse over 400 international brands and get some thrills and spills at Ferrari World, the world’s largest indoor theme park. Play a little golf at Yas Links Golf Course or take a scenic ride over and around the city on a seaplane. Stay at the Shangri La Abu Dhabi, standing on its own stretch of beautiful beach: with views across the strait to the mainland, you’ll have peace and tranquility with easy access to all the action.