Forty is believed to be the age of new beginnings. At this age, you are right “in between” — you are experienced enough to know what works and what does not, but at the same time, you are still young enough to experience adventures that can challenge you physically and psychologically, and enrich your life. It’s like being 40 means having the best of different worlds.
If you are now fabulously 40 (or above), it’s best to embrace this time in your life and open your heart and mind up to what the world has to offer. And one thing that should definitely be on your to-do list is to travel to dream destinations. At this point in your life, you can afford to do so in style.
What’s the perfect place for you to visit? Dubai.
Why the City of Gold?
This progressive desert city offers plenty of novel experiences that will delight even those who have already lived life in a grand way.
If you are looking to truly marvel at something, be assured that this is precisely what Dubai specializes in. Worry not that Dubai’s activities and destinations might not be your speed — there is much to experience here (going on day tours, shopping, dining, witnessing all kinds of luxury and splendor) at the pace that is most comfortable and enjoyable for individuals in their glorious 40s.
Attractions and Hotspots for 40-and-Above Set
Here are just a few examples of highly recommended attractions for you to enjoy:
1. World-class hotels
Your best bet for accommodations is a room or suite in an ocean view hotel by a popular international hotel chain like JA Resorts and Hotels. These establishments offer everything — from adventure packages to suit your holiday preferences, to spa retreats.
At this stage in your life, luxury is no longer a treat, but a right. Score this luxurious experience by staying at a world-class hotel that provides all the comforts and conveniences that you deserve.
2. Deira Gold Souk
Gold is always a good investment and the gold you will find at the Deira Gold Souk is of the highest quality. What’s more, when you come to Dubai to purchase gold, you can get great bargains. So, work on sharpening your haggling prowess to get a fantastic deal on gold that you can add to your personal assets.
3. Mall of the Emirates
This extravagant and opulent mall is perfect if you are not into shopping for fast fashion and gravitate more towards high-quality designer items; those are distinctly pricier, but are sure to last you a long time.
Mall of the Emirates is home to the top global luxury brands that are right up your alley as a person of refined taste. When you come here to shop, you may even be treated to the expertise of a personal stylist at some high-end stores; they will make sure that you walk away with the best style investments.
4. Desert Safari Tour
Seeing the beautiful sand dunes of Dubai by land or air (or both) is an absolute must when you visit. Choose to go on a camel ride, take a 4×4 for an adrenaline-pumping “surf” up and down the steep sand dunes, or go on a hot air balloon ride at dawn for an enchanting view of the desert city illuminated by the warm sunrise.
The tour even includes a BBQ dinner with entertainment. It’s the perfect opportunity to get social – to meet other tourists and strike up new friendships.
The Desert Safari tour is quite an adventure, but it offers just the right blend of excitement and indulgence for more mature visitors, so get ready for the experience of a lifetime.
5. Bateaux Dubai
Get on an air-conditioned floating restaurant that will tour you around the famous Dubai Creek. Enjoy the panoramic views of the city’s magnificent skyline while dining on gourmet cuisine paired with fine beverages and getting serenaded by a violinist.
The Bateaux Dubai dinner cruise is a sensational experience that you will certainly find elegant and relaxing.
6. Bastakiya Quarter
Finally, treat yourself to the more traditional side of Dubai and learn about its rich history when you visit the Bastakiya Quarter. You can simply walk around and marvel at the old architecture, which has been around since the late 1700s, and drop by the Dubai Museum.
There’s a charming outdoor teahouse in the area that’s frequented by both locals and tourists where you can comfortably wind down after your explorations.
In your 40s, you may find yourself with greater financial freedom and better opportunities to take a breather from the daily grind and indulge in some fine leisure time. What’s more, yo may now recognize that your years have helped you gain a more global perspective of your relationship with yourself, with other people, and with the world you live in. So go ahead and treat yourself to new and fun experiences in a truly beautiful and breathtaking part of the world — you deserve it.
Thomas Grundner is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for JA Resorts & Hotels. He has more than 20 years of expertise in the hospitality and leisure industry – across international markets including Germany, Egypt and Spain. Grundner oversees all sales, marketing and revenue efforts as the company continues to build on its key growth and development strategies and further cultivates its unique blend of “Heartfelt Hospitality” and “Casual Luxury.”