If you can tear yourself away from the bespoke surroundings of your Nasma Luxury Stays holiday villa or apartment, the city of Dubai has a wealth of exciting cultural and entertainment experiences on offer. To help you make the most of your vacation home stay with us – and the wonderful winter weather – we’ve put together our January shortlist of top 10 city-wide experiences.
One of two hot ticket tourist destinations to open this month, the gold-clad Dubai Frame, located in Zabeel Park, is expected to attract more than two million visitors in 2018. Be one of the first to travel 150 metres to the glass bridge observation deck for a bespoke bird’s eye view of both old and new Dubai, and also capture the perfectly framed city skyline from ground level.
Swap high-tech architectural innovation for nature with a trip out to the new Dubai Safari wildlife park. Home to more than 2,500 animals, the 119-hectare park is divided into a series of geographically themed villages (African, Arabian, Asian) plus the Open Safari village. We love the thrill of the world’s first drive-through crocodile exhibit and the UAE’s only drive-through hippo and tiger enclosure.
ON THE WATERFRONT
Dubai’s maritime history meets stylish relaxation at a number of landscaped locations across the city, but this month the destination on everyone’s lips is La Mer. A new laidback beachfront development in the Jumeirah neighbourhood, La Mer’s1.24 million square metres of outdoor space is centered around a beachfront promenade and palm tree-fringed timber walkway lined with cabanas, water hammocks, an array of trendy cafés and licensed restaurants, and one-of-a-kind retail opportunities.
SHOP THE CITY
January and shopping go hand in hand with the annual Dubai Shopping Festival already in full swing. Check out the special offers, promotions and sales at top brand stores across the city’s 40+ malls or head to Global Village for a cultural retail experience with more than 30 international pavilions, street entertainers and nightly fireworks. For a VIP shopping experience, we recommend the Dubai Shopping Festival Pass, which gives you special access to the best attractions, tours, experiences and seasonal dining.
Back by popular demand, and also part of the festival, our top shopping tip this January is Market OTB, an al fresco showcase for up-and-coming designers and independent labels. It’s a great outdoor alternative to the bustling mall scene and runs from 11-20 January at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.
LET US ENTERTAIN YOU
After-dark entertainment abounds in Dubai and it’s the sellout La Perle by Dragone show that’s blowing minds this month. A 90-minute Cirque du Soleil-style extravaganza inspired by the emirate’s history, the show is a mastery of music, choreography, daredevil stunts and jaw-dropping moments featuring aerial acrobats, divers, motorcyclists and cast of hundreds. We recommend springing for the Gold or VIP level tickets for the best seats.
The stunning setting of Dubai Opera is another Nasma Luxury Stays team favourite, and the January calendar has something for everyone including performances by Abdullah Bilkhair and Hind Albahraineya (12 January) and an international production of the acclaimed Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Evita (22-27 & 29 January).
ART IN THE CITY
Dubai’s art scene is thriving and there’s a profusion of galleries in the city from the charming setting of Al Fahidi Historical District on the banks of the Dubai Creek to Alserkal Avenue in the industrial Al Quoz area. An urban arts hub, the avenue is home to a collection of galleries and artists and is a great place to while away a few hours. If you’re in town 26-27 January, be sure to pop in to the Quoz Arts Fest, with gallery tours, dance performances and a market.
A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE
Adrenaline thrills and clear blue skies are guaranteed with a tandem skydive over Palm Jumeirah and you may even spot your Nasma Luxury Stays vacation rental from 4,000 metres! Skydive Dubai is the place to go with a team of world-class instructors and a professionally edited video for show and tell back home.
If sky high action isn’t your thing and you’d like to know more about the UAE’s heritage and history, we recommend stepping back in time for a 90-minute walking tour of Al Fahidi Historical District on the Dubai Creek, led by a qualified Emirati guide from the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (cultures.ae).