If you fancy living in up in style in the UAE and Dubai, try a stay at the opulent Burj al-Arab hotel which is the only 7 star hotel in the world! Be aware that a strict dress code is in place. If your budget won’t stretch to s stay, then consider stopping by for a cocktail or afternoon tea.Dubai Museum and Culture Learn a little about the city and the United Arab Emirates at the Dubai Museum, which displays life-sized dioramas that showcase the life of Dubai’s residents before the discovery of oil made the city one of the wealthiest in the world. The figures are extremely detailed and life-like, and the whole experience shows how an entire society can change overnight. Each year Dubai hosts its own Halloween extravaganza with the Desert Rhythm Festival with special food, music and competitions. Visit the old merchant quarter of Bastakiya, which is said to be the oldest residential area in Dubai, and is pictured below. Enjoy a local adventure Hire a local adventure and activities tour operator in order to take several exciting excursions through the desert. Here you can mesh technology with nature, something that is very apparent as an overall theme of Dubai. Take a tour through the dunes of the desert in a H2 Hummer or try an extreme machine adventure by trying dune bashing. You also have the option of taking a regular desert safari or even taking a safari on camel back. Take a tour through the city, take a flight on a helicopter tour and soar above the emirate on a hot air balloon adventure. If you have water legs try one of several different boat trips including a Dhow Cruise Dinner or a Palm Cruise. There are also tons of watersports opportunities on the pristine beaches of Dubai and diving amongst the coral is highly recommended. However the water is pretty rough and salty so swimming may be off your to-do list at the beach. There are many serene parks within Dubai including the Al Safa Park, which is one of the oldest. Here visitors can meet with other sports enthusiasts and join a game of tennis, volleyball and soccer. The whole family is catered for as children can play in the video arcade, take flight on the ferris wheel and practice their skills on the bumper cars.