Top 5 things to do in Dubai: Irish rugby captain Rory Best's picks
My Travels: Dubai
After captaining the Irish rugby team to a Grand Slam, Rory Best took to Dubai for some much-deserved downtime. Here's how he got on...
1. The hotel
We stayed at the Royal Mirage (oneandonlyresorts.com) and it was fantastic.
From the moment we arrived we couldn't help but relax. The service was brilliant. We went there to try and catch up on some much needed rest after the mayhem of the previous nine weeks and I don't think I've ever slept better, in fact I couldn't wait each night to get some sleep on the very comfortable bed!
2. The food
It's not just the choice of food that's incredible in Dubai, but the quality of the cuisine on offer. It's fantastic. We treated ourselves to a romantic meal at Asia Asia (asia-asia.com), which was incredible, and another night we had a group meal with some of our friends at Asia de Cuba at the Westin hotel (asiadecuba.com/dubai), which was a bit more of social affair!
3. The golf
It seems surreal to be in the desert, but surrounded by luscious greens.
I heard great things about the Emirates golf club (dubaigolf.com) and it didn't disappoint, it was really enjoyable. If only the scoring was as good as the course!!
4. The shopping
I wouldn't call myself an avid shopper, but even I was shocked by the scale and variety of the Mall of the Emirates (malloftheemirates.com). And for those who don't shop, the sight of people skiing past you as you make your way around is simply out of this world... it's home to an indoor ski slope!
5. The beach
Whether it’s simply relaxing on the pristine sandy beaches, swimming in the lukewarm salt water or hoping on a banana boat, there is no better way to spend your day than on the beach in Dubai.
There is plenty of shade available too if you want to stay protected from the sun.
One of the more obscure things to do down on the beach is jogging in the sea. We were relaxing one of the days enjoying the sun when a group of joggers jogged past about waist deep in the sea, which was very intriguing, although it did make me feel a little guilty for sitting doing nothing...
That quickly passed, mind you!
Rory travelled to Dubai with Emirates (emirates.ie), which operates a twice-daily service from Dublin. Economy class tickets start from €533 return, while Business Class starts from €2,731, inclusive of all taxes and checked bags of at least 35kg.