You know Dubai is not a bad place after all, especially if you are looking for a holiday! In fact, it is one of the best holiday destinations in the world (oh yes, I am not exaggerating). Its malls and that ridiculously tall thing (Burj Khalifa) may enjoy all the limelight but this city also has great beaches. So, it was a year back when I went to Dubai for a beach holiday. Honestly, I wasn't expecting the beaches to be as great as it turned out to be.
Jumeirah Beach is the most notable one. I spent a couple of days beside the beach stationed at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel. This resort cost me quite a lot (more than my ex-girlfriend would cost me during her shopping days), but I had to relent before my wife's stern gaze. She does not like those budget hotels (that's one of the demerits of marrying a girl from elite class). Plus, I thought my kids deserve something nice from their daddy. Oh yes, there are many places to visit in Dubai for children, apart from the Jumeirah Beach! So you dare not leave them behind.
Before I get to that, let me tell you that at Jumeirah Beach, you can laze around (even in shorts) and enjoy the panoramic beauty of the sea. There are some sports as well though I didn't try them (coz I am a bit of a timid thing). Just at the backyard, there is this wonderful water park known as Wild Wadi. It is really great despite all the claims that it is great :O
My wife is a smart tech geek and had already done her homework well. She had even mugged the address of the malls she had decided to visit (that's more than I could chew)! Our first visit was the Dubai Mall which is hailed as the largest shopping mall in the world. Yup, it is really large. We couldn't explore even half of the building.
At the next stop which happened to be Mall of the Emirates, my wallet suffered a heavy loss. This mall is noted for its indoor skiing (Ski Dubai). It is one of the top places to visit in Dubai for children (of rich dads). Though it is expensive, it is really a wonderful thing. My kids were literally star-struck. And since I am a kind of a super rich dad in their innocent eyes, I couldn't say no to their pleas. Some other top places we checked out are Burj Al Arab, Gold Souk and Ibn Batutah Mall. And by the time we returned home in India, my wallet had become a proud martyr! But I enjoyed.