Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

If you’ve been dreaming of skiing and suntanning in the same day, drunk on $5k bottles of Cristal, Dubai is your opulent paradise.


Stay in the ‘Lost City of Atlantis’

Ever felt like you were a lost mermaid on land, with languid legs instead of a fabulous tail? Well, now you can reunite with your true self at the famous Lost City of Atlantis. The water rides here will make you feel like you really are a fish and the large aquariums that adorn the walls will make you forget that you live on land.

From the tallest buildings to the deepest of ocean’s treasures, Dubai has every possible luxury available for you to devour.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess


Atlantis is a grand water park in Dubai. In addition to being a water park, it has a beautiful resort, various restaurants offering versatile cuisines, museums and a large, floor-to-ceiling aquarium, making you feel like you are actually inside the submerged city of Atlantis.


Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

The waterpark

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

The Atlantis Waterslide

The waterpark here is the best way to cool off during the summers in Dubai. It has numerous themed rides that are both exciting and enthralling to look at. One of my favorite rides was a water tube that stretched across the entity of the park and finally ended in a lagoon that is designed to resemble the inside of a sea oyster. You can take your swimming experience to a whole new level in Atlantis.

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess


Besides your regular waterpark rides, you can also buy tickets to go diving into the aquarium. It is completely safe, and I promise the sharks and sting rays that roam the beds of the aquarium don’t bite. An experienced diver accompanies you while diving, to ensure your safety. While underwater, you can also feed the fish. And pretend that you’re a mermaid (or maybe that was just me).

This will probably be a good time to do a  rain-check and see if you have packed your waterproof camera. Diving into the world’s largest aquarium isn’t a memory that should be just kept in the dull confines of a human mind. These need to be shared on Facebook for the world to see.

Atlantis the Palm – Resort

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Atlantis suite

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Suite with aquarium view

The Palm is a luxurious resort inside the Atlantis, located at the Palm Beach in Dubai. The beach is called “the Palm” because it literally resembles a palm when you look at it from the sky – which you can, by the way, by renting a helicopter from the Resort facilities. It was artificially made just so that it could accommodate the Atlantis.

There are various rooms and suits available at the Palm resort. I stayed in the Beach Deluxe suit, which is an enormous and beautiful suit that overlooks the Gulf Sea and the waterpark. The best part of this suit is that the bathroom has a floor-to-ceiling window that looks into the sea! That’s right, the bathroom in the suit is underwater. You can take the most relaxing bath in the bathtub while feeling like Ariel, surrounded by other sea creatures.

There are other options available as well, including the Palm Deluxe Suit, which is situated at the very top of the resort and from where you can not only see the Dubai Skyline, but also be the first one to witness the sunset in Dubai.

Kaleidoscope Restaurant

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

Inside the restaurant

Dubai: Your Complete Travel Guide to this Land of Excess

One of the finest restaurants in the Atlantis is Kaleidoscope. Every day is a different theme, and the food is served accordingly. The themes can range from contemporary Mediterranean to traditional Chinese. Isn’t Dubai turning out to be a city full of versatile cuisines? That’s probably because of the diverse groups of people who live here.

The ambience in the dining hall is absolutely beautiful. The interior changes according to the theme of the day. There are both indoors and outdoors dining options available. The outdoor dining option provides a view of the Atlantis waterpark, as well as the Gulf Sea.

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Paakhi lives in the United Arab Emirates and is an avid reader of historical fiction. She is a passionate feminist and blogs about politics and feminist issues. She likes to listen to music and document her life in a series of journals she will probably never show to anyone.

Reader Discussion: 56 Comments

  1. Avatar of Ariel Myers

    Ariel Myers

    Dubai is really awesome. Really rich county. you can tell just by the clean streets and high-end buildings. Such luxurious country.

  2. Avatar of Rubby Hankins

    Rubby Hankins

    Dubai is one of the best and most beautiful places in the world. It has world tallest building” Burj Khalifa” which has 163 Floors and you can look at the entire city, the best time is sunset its called Prime hour.

  3. Avatar of Geraldina Lee

    Geraldina Lee

    Dubai is the place where I enjoyed my best time with my friend last year. Their structural view and saw the sea-beach is just mindblowing. I am a great fan of Dubai.

  4. Avatar of Francis Walton

    Francis Walton

    I know Dubai is one of the best city to Travel, but still, I do not go there. But I hope to travel there with my friend as soon as possible. This article makes me more crazy to visit Dubai.

  5. Avatar of Cody Pierce

    Cody Pierce

    Thanks for the article. Dubai its a place of magic, a place for entertainment and adventure, a lot of activities for children and whole lot of fun to go with family and friends, desert safari is just amazing car ride; bounce is a must go and for food and shopping 🙂

  6. Avatar of Deborah Henry

    Deborah Henry

    It is a very well written blog and a whole lot of information put together in one place. After reading this it has eased many jitters I was having. I am definitely going to refer this to plan my upcoming trip to Dubai! Thanks a lot again!

  7. Avatar of Kimberly Thompson

    Kimberly Thompson

    Great guide! Wish it was published a month ago. Last month on a visit to Dubai, we went out to Babs Al Shams for cocktails, dinner and a beautiful sunset. It was a nice escape from the concrete jungle of Dubai and it was only 45 minutes away by private car. Next trip, we are staying out there for a few weeks. ?

  8. Avatar of Lin Del Rey

    Lin Del Rey

    Love the article! I too am a solo female traveler. I have a question not necessarily about safety or harassment but about regulations. I heard that you have to be a certain age to be able to stay in Dubai if you are alone. I’m 24 years old and would like to go to Dubai but am I allowed to enter and stay in Dubai if I don’t have anyone with me the whole time?

    • Avatar of Paakhi Bhatnagar

      Yes of course you are. There’s really no truth in that. I think Dubai is a very safe place to travel, especially solo. Tourism is one of their main sources of revenue and they take tourist safety really seriously.

  9. Avatar of Jae Medina

    Jae Medina

    Very good read with lots of insider info someone might not be able to find in a typical guidebook. Excellent tips! I will certainly be paying attention to these on my upcoming trip to Dubai ?

  10. Avatar of Kaitlyn Barrett

    Kaitlyn Barrett

    Great advice for having a beautiful trip to Dubai. As on coming month I am going for a trip to Dubai with my friends group. I hope your tips will be helping us to have memorable days out there.

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