Of course the highlight of any visit to Downtown Burj Khalifa is a trip to the tower’s observation deck, but many other attractions await visitors of all ages and interests.
The Dubai Fountain
Enjoy an enchanting performance of light and water set to the music of Arabian, classical and world music. The Dubai Fountain is set in the 30-acre Burj Dubai Lake in the heart of Downtown Burj Khalifa. It is 275 metres (900 feet) long, with five circles of varying sizes, two central arcs, water nozzles that shoot as high as a 50-storey building sending 22,000 gallons of water airborne, and 500,000 lumens of projected light. Designed by California-based WET, creators of the Las Vegas Fountains of Bellagio, The Dubai Fountain features over 6,600 Superlights, and 25 colour projectors that create over 1,000 different water expressions. The beam of light shining from The Dubai Fountain can be seen from more than 20 miles away and may even be visible from space, making it the brightest spot in the Middle East. More info on www.dubaifountain.info
Dubai Ice Rink
The Olympic-sized Dubai Ice Rink, located in The Dubai Mall, provides a variety of offerings such as Public Skating Sessions, Disco Sessions, Learn-to-Skate packages, Birthday Party packages and Exclusive venue hire for corporate functions. With a seating capacity of 350, a giant 20m x 10m LED screen, an in-house café and The Skate Shop for all skating accessories and souvenirs, Dubai Ice Rink has become a social hotspot and a destination for year-round fun for everyone. More info on www.dubaiicerink.com
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Located strategically in the centre of The Dubai Mall, the 10 million litre Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest indoor aquariums of its kind in the world at 51m x 20m x 11m in size and holds the Guinness Record for ‘The World’s Largest Acrylic Panel’ at 32.88m long x 8.3m high. The 270-degree glass walkthrough tunnel also treats visitors to an exceptional underwater experience as they come eye-to-eye with one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life worldwide. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor and showcases over 33,000 aquatic animals, representing more than 220 species including sharks and stingrays. More info on www.thedubaiaquarium.com
The region’s first SEGA Republic is a 76,000-square-foot indoor theme park located inside The Dubai Mall. The park features nine high-adrenaline attractions including SONIC HOPPER, a thrilling family freefall experience, and SPIN GEAR, a heart-pounding spin coaster. In addition, the park has more than 150 amusement games spread over five themed zones – the Adventure Zone, Speed Zone, Cyberpop Zone, Sports Zone and Redemption Zone. With everything from action packed motion-simulators to simulated sports games, classic carnival games and one of the region’s largest selections of prize-winning redemption games, SEGA Republic offers fun and excitement for everyone. More info on www.segarepublic.com
KidZania® is an award-winning “edu-tainment” concept that provides children the ultimate in role-playing experiences. In this 80,000 sq ft interactive mini-city with real streets, building and shops, children can live out their dreams, choosing from over 70 professions, including a pilot, race car driver, surgeon, fireman, policeman and a whole lot more. More info on www.kidzania.com/dubai
With 22 screens, Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall is Dubai’s largest Cineplex, showing a wide variety of movies from the latest international blockbusters to 3D digital titles and critically acclaimed arthouse films. Offering Dubai’s only THX-certified cinemas, four luxurious Platinum Movie Suites, online booking and more, it is the ultimate destination for movie-goers in the UAE.