• Rene Kukk

24 Photos that Will Inspire You to Explore Dubai

Updated: May 4

Some of our favorite snaps from exploring the Emirate over the past year.

Having spent the last few weeks indoors, just like most people this April, we took the opportunity to go over our favorite photos captured in the Emirate of Dubai over the past year to revive some of our fun experiences. We hope you will enjoy them and maybe also gain some inspiration for your next trip.

Dubai Creek Harbour

In a few years, Dubai Creek Harbour will host the tallest building in the world (currently under construction) and become one of the busiest areas in Dubai. The Creek Harbour is a 10-minute drive from Downtown Dubai and is an astonishing waterfront area located on the banks of the Dubai Creek. When Giulia and I visited it, however, we were almost the only people there, surrounded by brand new buildings and cafés about to open for visitors. It was quite a unique experience to see the Creek Harbour under construction and admire the skyline of the city against the sunset. We are definitely excited to witness how this area will change and become livelier in the future.

Dubai Creek Harbour
Giulia at the Dubai Creek Harbour
Flamingos at the Dubai Creek Harbour

Checking out the Dubai Miracle Garden

Every year from November to May, the Dubai Miracle Garden opens its doors for visitors. Did you know that this is actually the world's largest natural flower garden, with more than 50 million flowers? We especially enjoyed walking down the heart-shaped alley while admiring the various Disney characters covered in multiple species of colorful flowers and living plants.

Dubai Miracle Garden
Us at the Dubai Miracle Garden

Strolling around the Marina - during daytime and at night

The waterfront promenade of Dubai Marina is breathtaking, both in daylight and after dark, when the skyscrapers light up in a million sparkles reflected by the water of the canals.

Strolling around Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina Walk at night

Visiting Hatta

Most people only associate Dubai with skyscrapers and busy highways, however, this is not all Dubai has to offer: take a look at these photos of the Hatta mountainous enclave, also part of the Emirate of Dubai, which is just under a two hour's drive away, located nearby the border with Oman. Most people visit Hatta for a relaxed weekend getaway in nature, and to kayak at the large lake between the mountains.

Hatta Lake
Mountains and the water dam at Hatta

Strolling around Downtown Dubai after a long day at work

Downtown Dubai is one of the busiest and most vibrant neigborhoods of Dubai, well-known to tourists for the Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa, the Fountain Show, and the Dubai Opera.

Dubai Opera at night
Rene and Giulia at the Dubai Fountain Show, in front of Burj Khalifa

Dubai's skyline - from The Frame, Media City, and Design District

These spots are our top three contenders for the best Dubai skyline shot.

Dubai's skyline from the Frame
Dubai Media City
Dubai's skyline from the Design District

The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah

Another highly walkable spot in the city opened just a few months ago which is set to become one of our favorite places to visit: the Pointe on Palm Jumeirah, a bustling promenade facing the Atlantis hotel where you can enjoy many cafés, street art, and the beach.

The Pointe at the Palm Jumeirah
The Pointe at the Palm Jumeirah

...Visiting the Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm

Within the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Jumeirah, you can explore the Lost Chambers Aquarium, which is an underwater wonder of marine life spread across many tunnels and halls.

The Lost Chambers Aquarium at Atlantis the Palm

JBR Walk at sunset and at night

You may know by now that we love to walk facing the waterfront and one of our top spots to do this in Dubai is The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR), a short walk away from the Dubai Marina.

Sunset at Trader Vic's - JBR Walk
JBR Walk at night

Pool day at Caesar's Palace, Blue Waters

You can never have enough beach days when you live in Dubai. One of the best beach clubs in our opinion is the Caesar's Palace on Blue Waters Island, with its many pools and Roman statues, located right across what is set to become the world's largest ferris wheel.

Pool day at the Caesar's Palace at Blue Waters Island

...Another day, another beach. This time Train Beach at La Mer

With a magnificent view on the Burj Khalifa and Dubai's skyline, Train Beach Club also houses a state-of-the-art gym. This Beach Club is part of La Mer, a neighborhood packed with trendy cafés, restaurants, and shops. This shot was taken by Giulia on International Women's Day, when her beach pass was generously offered by the club to her and all other ladies visiting on that day (perks of living in Dubai).

Train Beach Club at La Mer

Enjoying Dubai's famous New Year's Eve fireworks at Burj Al Arab

One of the most incredible experiences you can have when living in Dubai is witnessing the fireworks around the famous 5-star Burj Al Arab Hotel, organised every year at New Year's Eve. Celebrating the holidays in Dubai's top spots can get pricy, however this year we discovered a rather affordable way to watch the fireworks and enjoy New Year's Eve without breaking the bank: we booked well in advance two spots at the Pearl Lounge in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, which is located just opposite the Burj Al Arab and is one of the best spots to watch the show. For more details on how to spend New Year's Eve in style in Dubai and a video of the magnificent fireworks we're talking about, check out our New Year's post here.

New Year's Eve fireworks at Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Giulia's birthday breakfast at the 122nd floor at the Burj Khalifa

How does celebrating your birthday on top of the world's tallest building sound? This year, we celebrated Giulia turning 23 with some pretty incredible views of the world underneath us. While having a full lunch or dinner at At.Mosphere can get unnecessarily pricy, the breakfast is just as lavish and is a memorable way to celebrate special occasions while being conscious of your spending. The breakfast includes a full tray of cold cuts and cheese, orange juice, coffee, a main breakfast course, as well as a plate of dessert. All in all, it's the best way to enjoy the Burj Khalifa, skipping the line and accessing the top floors from the private entrance of the Armani Hotel, while enjoying a delicious brunch that will fill you for a whole day.

Breakfast at At.Mosphere, 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa

...And finally, our favorite way to enjoy the sunset bliss

Dipping into our favorite secret pool to relax and admire the sunset.

Enjoying sunset at the pool

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About Us

The Weekly 24 is a blog where we write about our life as a couple based in Dubai, having lived in the UAE for 6+ years. We also write about travels to our favorite destinations, reflecting on each trip 24 ideas at a time.

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