Retreat to an oasis in the heart of the city at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club. You will enjoy a breath-taking view of The Creek, the sea-water inlet that is a Dubai hallmark. The 18-hole championship course has been host to the PGA European Tour Desert Classic and houses a golf academy in the country where PGA Professionals provide lessons for all ages and experience levels, utilizing the latest swing analysis technology. The club prides itself on the beautiful fairways it features. Floodlights allow golfing to continue until 10p with a par three water hazard nine-hole course, driving range and practice facilities. The club has undergone a major redesign and added nine new front holes, a luxury hotel and villas. It is plush, luxurious and everything the golf fanatic could ask for. The club is also a full-service yachting center for boats up to 40 meters (131 feet). Featuring a state-of-the-art health club and six restaurants, the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is the perfect place for a jam-packed day trip.
Some of Dubai's prettiest beaches are located along the Jumeirah strip. This long stretch of beach is lined with palm trees and has plenty of lifeguards on duty. Jumeirah Beach is especially appealing to women, as here they have their own days to bask in the hot sun without the unwanted male attention. Next to the beach is the Jumeirah Park, which provides a nice break from the sun and sand to eat lunch or gather with friends. A perfect spot to play some outdoor games, dip into the salty waters and just gaze at the marvel that is, Dubai. At Jumeirah Beach, only one word escapes your lips, Mashallah!
Located next to the Jumeirah Beach Hotel, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is a popular tourist destination. Offering a respite from the scorching heat, this incredible water park has over 30 rides to entertain kids of all ages. The largest rides include White Water Wadi, Jebel Lookout, Wadi Leap, Falaj Fury, Wadi Twister, Wadi Bazher and Flood River Flyer to name a few. Ring rides include Tumble Falls, Falcon Fury, Thunder Rapids, Tunnel of Doom and Rushing Rapids. The tallest and the fastest free-fall water slide outside North America- Jumeirah Sceirah is a popular attraction here. The largest wave pool in the Middle East- Breakers Bay is also located here. Wild Wadi has lifeguards on duty at any given time to ensure its patrons' well being. Admission rates differ according the height of the visitor.
A trip to Dubai is not complete without visiting the Dubai Museum, located in Al Fahidi Fort. Originally built as a defense against foreign invasion, it was later transformed into a museum and allows visitors to delve into the rich and unique heritage of the city. Exhibitions offer visitors an insight into desert life, depicting traditional Arab homes, mosques, fishing, pearl diving and trade. One of the highlights at the museum is an exhibit featuring artifacts from excavated graves in the Emirates from the 3rd millennium BCE.
One of the largest sacred structures in Dubai, the Jumeirah Mosque is a dominant city landmark. Built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, this mosque is open to non-Muslims only on organized tours. While strolling through the mosque at sunset, you will be washed in shadows by this elegant edifice. A favorite destination for tourists, it is the city's most frequently photographed mosque. Tours are available, however, apart from the admission charge, traditional attire is a pre-requisite of the entry at Jumeirah Mosque, these can be borrowed from the visitor center.
One of the city's favorite landmarks, the Safa Park is a great picnic spot. Children have a field day with the maze, ferris wheel, electronic games parlor, bumper cars and other games. Facilities for volleyball, soccer and basketball are also available. Add to it a jogging track, barbecue areas and a lake with a waterfall amidst a vast expanse of greens. A wonderful family experience is guaranteed. Tuesdays are reserved for women and children only.