Thompsons top 10 Dubai experiences.

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Date: August 21, 2015
With the largest airport terminal in the world and more than 80% of residents being foreign, Dubai is fully geared up for tourism. Yes, it is all what they say it is and you’ve got to see and experience it. Expect the unexpected at this ultra-opulent playground of the rich and famous in the UAE desert with easy access to the warm waters of the Persian Gulf. Here is our list of great experiences you shouldn't miss in Dubai.

1. ShoppingShipping
It goes without saying, shopping is a major attraction. For the ultimate shopaholic, the Dubai Mall is home to just about every major fashion brand in the world. It is adorned with a 440,000 square feet Fashion Avenue, with the largest collection of fashion brands under one roof anywhere in the world.
For a different shopping experience, the gigantic Mall of the Emirates has an indoor ski slope with real snow. Inside the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel complex is the Souk Madinat which boasts its own waterway for transferring people to shops, bars and restaurants. The Khan Murjan souk claims to be an example of "Islamic authenticity, unparalleled in the region"; it connects the Wafi Mall, home of Chanel, Marks & Spencer and Montblanc, with the Raffles Hotel.

2. Visit the Burj KhalifaDowntown Dubai
The Burj Khalifa is an architectural wonder and an iconic symbol of the UAE. Most people would think very long before deciding to go to the top, especially those with fear of heights. The tallest man-made structure in the world goes up 829.8 m and has 164 floors. You can have 360 degree views of Dubai from the observation deck on the 124th floor.

3. ..and the Dubai FountainDubai Fountains
At the foot of the Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Fountain is the world’s largest musical fountain and the city’s most popular free tourist attraction. It comes alive every evening with a sound and light show accompanied by an elaborate matery performance involving 83, 200 litres of water shooting up to 150 metres into the air.

4. Dune Safari Journey
The fabled land of Arabia is full of delightful surprises, startling contrasts and memorable experiences. The mysterious desert is the ideal venue for a magical and memorable evening. Leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city, with trained safari guides on 4x4 vehicles on a thrilling journey over the sand dunes and through the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, deep into the heart of the desert. The destination is a Bedouin-style camp where you will enjoy a feast of Middle Eastern delicacies under the stars.

5. Visit Atlantis, The Palm for a dayAtlantis The Palm, Dubai
Since its spectacular opening, Atlantis The Palm has continued to be one of the most talked about hotels in Dubai. With over 1,500 rooms, 20 restaurants & bars, and the most amazing water park in the Middle East and Europe. This is not just a resort, but a destination in its own right. The centre piece is the huge Aquaventure water park with various water adventure activities to entertain you all day.

6. Ski Dubai
Want some snow in the desert? The first indoor ski resort in the Middle East is located inside the Mall of the Emirates and you can easily shop and ski at the same time. With an amazing mountain-themed wintery setting, enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or simply playing in the snow.

7. Palm Island and Dubai MarinaDubai Marina
The Palm Islands are an artificial archipelago in Dubai and a must see for every tourist. The Dubai Marina is an upscale locality with a mix of residential towers and ample shopping opportunities.

8. See the Burj Al ArabBurj Al Arab
One of the most iconic and recognisable buildings in the world, The Burj Al Arab defines the Dubai skyline. It is to Dubai what the Eiffel Tower is to Paris; an unparalleled landmark. Make sure you pay a visit to this seven-star hotel.

9. Dubai CreekDubai Creek
The famous Dubai creek since the historical times cut through the centre of the city. The Dhow cruise is a must for every tourist. The inland end of the Creek has become a haven for migrating shore birds. The most spectacular are the many Greater Flamingos which have made the Creek their permanent home.

10. Wild Wadi Water ParkWild Wadi Water Park in Dubai
Located next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel and in front of the stunning Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi offers 30 rides and attractions for all the family. Wild Wadi is themed around the tale of Juha, a famous character from the Arabian folklore.
Dubai hasn't slowed down on development and new attraction seem to crop up constantly. There are many more attractions being built, including a series of theme parks at DUBAILAND, the city's already-gigantic "entertainment complex." When completed it will encompass 277 square kilometres.