Unsure what to gift picky parents? Memories last for a lifetime so Top Spots Dubai has rounded up impressive experiential suggestions that span private tours and visits to Dubai’s most iconic sights.
1. Burj Khalifa Lounge, Downtown Dubai
Treat your mum and dad to a visit to the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in style! The Burj Khalifa Lounge spans levels 152, 153 and 154 of the building and in addition to being a highly luxurious experience, it’s also the world’s highest lounge. Here you can take in the Burj Khalifa’s world-class views while enjoying a selection of hot, cold and house beverages as well as bubbly and gourmet canapes.
2. Inside Burj Al Arab, Umm Suqeim
The Inside Burj Al Arab tour offers your parents the chance to discover the Burj Al Arab’s world of luxury. The specially curated 90-min journey sees groups of up to 12 navigate their way around the sail-shaped hotel, led by one of the hotel’s butlers who offers up the hotel’s ‘untold stories’. After the tour head to the lobby to sip on one of the Burj Al Arab’s famous golden cappuccinos or head outside to the deck and grab a sundowner with impressive views at the elegant Uma bar and lounge.
3. Luxury Yacht Cruise
Let your parents relax at sea by gifting them a session on a luxurious yacht. Yachts of all sizes are available from smaller vessels that fit groups of 12 to those that fit 30 and above meaning that you can bring friends and family with you to celebrate. Yacht cruises last for approximately 3 hours and leave daily from Dubai Marina and Dubai Harbour with sizes and facilities to suit a range of requirements including boats that feature DJ decks.
4. La Perle, Al Habtoor City
An evening at La Perle by Dragone is the ultimate gift for fans of culture and entertainment. The dynamic show offers visitors the chance to discover the UAE’s historic pearl diving culture in the form of a choreographed show. The performance reveals the story of a young girl who enters a dream-like state and journeys across the UAE to recover a lost pearl. La Perle offers guests the opportunity to take in impressive artistic performances uplifted by the latest technology as well as aqua and aerial stunts and special effects.
5. The View at The Palm
The View at The Palm, located on level 52 of The Palm Tower and 240m high features an observation deck that offers guests some of Dubai’s most impressive views. Your parents can take in 360-degree panoramas that span Palm Jumeirah, the sea and the Dubai skyline before grabbing a coffee at The View’s café. Make a day of it and grab a dinner reservation at CouCou Rooftop, a chic setting in the same building that serves up Mediterranean cuisine, signature cocktails, and shisha with 360-degree city views.
6. Personal Guided Tour of Old Dubai
Let your parents learn about Dubai through the eyes of a local during a personal guided tour of the city. A private tour is the best way to encounter the city’s hidden gems. A tour of Dubai’s historic district and the Creek has much to offer. During a walking tour with a local guide, guests can discover the historic district, its museums and souks, stress-free before sampling regional delights including Arabic coffee, tea, dates, and street food.
7. Sonara Camp Sunset and Dinner Experience
Treat your parents to an unforgettable desert dining experience. Sonara Camp is an eco-friendly, sustainable retreat nestled in the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, home to wildlife including oryxes and gazelles. The Sunset and Dinner experience at Sonara includes a chef-prepared dinner consisting of fresh seasonal ingredients as well as beverages, a camel ride, live music, a fire show and falcon show and the chance to experience dynamic desert sports including archery and sandboarding. Sonara camp is approximately 40 minutes from downtown Dubai.
8. Madame Tussauds, Bluewaters Island
Your parents can meet the stars or at least their wax counterparts at Madame Tussauds Dubai. Seven themed rooms include wax works of 60 international stars and 16 regional ones. Here, mum and dad can take a selfie with Kylie Jenner or Nancy Ajram! Madame Tussauds is located next to the Ain Dubai observation wheel and within walking distance of the Bluewaters retail, entertainment, and restaurant offerings.
9. Chauffeur Driven Limousine
Enjoy all that Dubai has to offer from the backseat of a classic chauffeur-driven limousine. Your mum and dad will feel like VIPs as they tour the city before arriving at their destination in style. Operators have fleets to suit all tastes from stretched Hummers to Rolls Royces and there’s enough room so that family and friends can join for the journey.
10. Love Boats
A thrilling speedboat tour your parents won’t forget. Love Boats offer guests the chance to experience the seas of Dubai at speed. Captains steer the Love Boat while you take in key sights including the Dubai Marina, Kite Beach, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, and Palm Jumeirah including the Atlantis Hotel. Love Boats depart during the day as well as at sunset and in the evening from Dubai Marina walk. Private and group tours are both available.