Dubai is a city of extremes; the tallest, the fastest and the most ostentatious. There’s a seemingly endless list of things to do in the jewel of the Emirates, with once-in-a-lifetime experiences waiting around every corner.
When you take the plunge and experience some of the city’s top attractions, you’re going to want something to remember them by. Snapping a few photos is all well and good, but times have moved on. When you invest in a GoPro, you can film and document those unforgettable moments using a small camera. It’s equipped to work alongside a wide range of mounts, clamps and harnesses – meaning you can attach it to yourself and simply leave it to record while you enjoy all the fun and thrills Dubai has to offer. So where should you head?
No trip to Dubai is complete without a desert safari. While much of the city’s draws are manmade and thoroughly urban, the towering sand dunes that surround Dubai are nature’s biggest spectacle here. Hop aboard a 4 x 4 and cling on for the ride. The tips and turns will mean clinging to your camera by hand is risky business. Grab your GoPro and secure it using a purpose-made chest harness.
Out at the very tip of one of the city’s iconic palm-shaped islands is Aquaventure Waterpark. Part of the Atlantis The Palm resort complex, it’s home to an abundance of water-based attractions; from pools and lagoons to slides and rides. Why not take the plunge on the ‘Leap of Faith’ slide, where you’ll whizz down the side of a Mayan temple straight underneath a pool of sharks – or while away the hours circling the lazy river? Either way, you’ll want to get plenty of photos and videos without having to worry about water damage. Get your GoPro and secure it in the chest harness – it includes a waterproof case that’ll mean you can swim, splash and snap all day!
Dubai is a true desert city – and it’s not uncommon for daytime temperatures to peak above 40c. What better place, then, for a spot of skiing? That’s right. Dubai is home to a mammoth indoor snow slope, with 5 runs spread along a 400-metre long, 85-metre tall chamber. While the mercury may be rising outside, it stays an icy -4c inside, and is even home to a family of happy little penguins.
Whether you’re a total beginner or a ski whizz, grab your GoPro and film your big moment on the slopes. If you’re going to be on the slopes all day – think about investing in a spare rechargeable battery for the camera, to make sure you don’t miss a thing.
Water skiing and Jet skiing
From one type of skiing to another. Dubai may be located deep in the desert, but it’s also nestled on the crystal waters of the Arabian Gulf, and you’ll be spending plenty of time cooling off in them when you land. In true Dubai fashion, though, a simple swim just won’t do. Both jet skiing and water skiing are hugely popular activities right along the waterfront, and there’s no better spot to take in the city’s skyline from. Book yourself a jet ski, strap on your GoPro with its waterproof casing and feel the wind through your hair as you skim along the water. Those with a penchant for high-octane thrills should go one further and try their hand at water skiing. Whether you pull it off or just keep falling over, make sure your GoPro is ready to catch it all.
As a city of extremes, it’s no surprise Dubai is the home of the world’s tallest building. Standing 830 metres above the Emirates, it’s one heck of a sight in itself, but nothing compares to the sights offered by its two observation decks. Located at the 124th and 148th floors, they promise incredible vistas down over the city, out across the gulf and right around the Arabian Peninsula. You’ll probably be able to spot neighbouring Abu Dhabi, and some guests claim to have seen the shores of Iran on clear days. The high-quality imagery and resilience of a GoPro is the best way to capture the view. For super-great snaps, try using a mount, which is really handy for taking selfies in particular.
You’ve got your GoPro, all you need to do is get there! And this couldn’t be easier with flights to Dubai from Manchester Airport.