You probably won’t want to spend too much time in Dubai – not because you won’t enjoy yourself here, but because you might enjoy yourself too much. Upon your return home, you’ll find yourself wondering why doors don’t glide open as you approach, why floors don’t whisk you along, why waiters and shop clerks don’t treat you as though you are part royalty, part long-lost family member. For all the glitz and excitement, the exquisite beaches and inordinately luxurious hotels, the emirate’s biggest coup is nailing the concept of hospitality. Everything here is calibrated to make you feel as good as you possibly can. And that can be a hard thing to leave behind.
Dubai Parks and Resorts
Some might argue that Dubai represents an immense theme park, but in 2016, Dubai Parks and Resorts raised the bar even further. A miniature city in its own right, this development showed the kinds of fantasies that can be fulfilled if you throw enough money and brainpower at them. The sprawling complex contains a Legoland, a Legoland water park, an Indian themed Bollywood Park and Motiongate Dubai, which takes its cues from Hollywood studios. There’s also an entertainment and dining area, Riverland, and a Polynesian-themed family resort. If your tastes run to simpler, clunkier times, head to Al Nasr Leisureland back in Dubai, whose age-old, fruit-themed rides provide a charming and touching insight into how locals used to get their thrills.