As a city closest to Oman's borders, Dubai has always been a favourite destination for visitors from Oman, offering a harmonious blend of tradition and modernity that caters to families. Recently, we embarked on a family (FAM) trip, invited by the Dubai Economy and Tourism Department, to discover a distinctive winter experience in the vibrant city. The goal was to introduce families to a variety of locations, showcasing must-see attractions and landmarks during the winter season.
On the first day, we stayed at JA Hotels & Resorts’ flagship destination, JA The Resort, which houses three unique five-star properties on one million square metres of fun-filled grounds. Boasting 800 metres of private beachfront, 25 distinct restaurants, and over 40 tailored experiences – including a world-class nine-hole golf course, a fully equipped equestrian centre, a splash park for families, and its shooting club – the resort blends historically heartfelt hospitality with the iconic modern comforts expected in a city like Dubai.
We enjoyed our lunch at Sumosan, located in the heart of Downtown within the Dubai Edition Hotel. Sumosan Dubai provides guests with an unparalleled fine dining experience. As a family-owned establishment with a legacy spanning over two decades, Sumosan has established itself as a benchmark for an exceptional standard of modern Japanese cuisine, showcasing an unwavering commitment to culinary excellence. Sumosan invites diners to immerse themselves in a world where outstanding cuisine, flawless service, and a dedication to hospitality come together to craft unforgettable experiences.
Mercato Shopping Centre, an Italian Renaissance-style retail complex in Dubai with many universally popular stores, is a bustling mall highly recommended for visitors, along with the Outlet Village Mall and the Global Village. You can buy a wide range of products from over 140 retail stores, including Massimo Dutti, Diesel, and Armani Jeans.
We enjoyed a wonderful tour inside Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, providing us with an exceptional experience in one of Dubai's most luxurious landmarks. During the tour, we explored the finest spaces inside the tower, starting from the internal pathways and reaching the adjacent island. Accompanied by a professional tour guide, we rode quad bikes, and the trip included visits to magnificent landmarks, including the famous Royal Suite. We also had the opportunity to explore the Experience Suite and luxuriate in elegantly furnished rooms using luxurious pieces. In the end, we concluded the experience at the Umm Lounge and Terrace, where we savored the sunset and indulged in meals and drinks amidst a breathtaking view of the Arabian Gulf waters.
Dubai Festival City Mall is a dynamic retail, dining, and leisure destination located just five minutes from Dubai International Airport. Positioned along Dubai Creek, it provides a stunning view of sunsets and an evening light show over the water. The precinct features world-class hotels. With over 350 stores. The mall offers diverse shopping experiences. Additionally, a range of dining options, including cafes, bakeries, and a spacious food court.
Mott 32, a globally acclaimed restaurant, has opened its first Middle East location in Dubai. Owned and operated by Sunset Hospitality, the venue brings the culture and cuisine of modern Hong Kong to Dubai, blending traditional Chinese cooking with innovative culinary practices. Situated on the 73rd floor of the Address Beach Resort, JBR, Mott 32 Dubai offers a remarkable indoor space and an open-air terrace, providing breathtaking views of Bluewater Island, JBR, Palm Jumeirah, and the Ain Dubai.
Our stay at The Atlantis the Royal Dubai on Palm Jumeirah showcased architectural grandeur and lavish interiors. With 795 opulent rooms and suites, some featuring private infinity pools, the resort exudes exclusivity and indulgence. A lavish assemblage of over 90 swimming pools, crowned by a rooftop infinity pool offering panoramic Gulf vistas, bestows an irresistible allure upon this epochal destination. Celebrity chef-driven establishments like Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Jaleo by José Andrés add to the resort's culinary allure.
Ariana's Persian Kitchen at Atlantis the Royal Dubai puts a contemporary twist on traditional Persian cuisine, curated by celebrity chef Ariana Bundy. With a menu inspired by generations of family recipes, the restaurant offers stunning sea views and a stylish setting for special occasions.
Atlantis The Palm in Dubai, situated on Palm Island, is a sought-after holiday destination known for its all-encompassing luxury and entertainment. With over 1,500 rooms, including underwater rooms, the resort offers top-rated dining, unique aquarium experiences, and remarkable architectural achievements, providing guests with stunning views of the Dubai skyline.
Seafire Steakhouse at Atlantis, The Palm, sets the bar high for steak enthusiasts, offering the finest cuts cooked to perfection. With attention to detail in marbling, aging, searing, and seasoning, Seafire Steakhouse stands as a must-visit destination in Atlantis, The Palm.