Known for its extravagant nightlife, ultramodern architecture and luxury shopping malls, Dubai is undoubtedly the most well known city of United Arab Emirates. It’s skyline is dominated by the 830 meter tall, world’s tallest building called the Burj Khalifa. Dubai is also famous for the world’s largest man made islands which have the shape of a Palm Tree.
Dubai has a lot of attractions when it comes to tourism, from seven star hotels to the indoor ski resort in the middle of the desert. With that in mind here are the ten best things to do while your trip to the city of Dubai.
10. Dubai Fountains
When it comes to fountains, Dubai does it louder, taller and bigger and with amazing synchronized light show. The playlist of music range from music from local arabic artists to music from international artists. The playlist includes a top-selling dance track Shik Shak Shok, Baba Yetu which is a very popular Swahili song. Other international songs include Con te partiro by the internationally known Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.
Numerous restaurants surround the area, providing front row view of the fountains which are built outside the Dubai Mall. The fountains are operating from Saturday to Thursday 1 pm and 1:30 pm; than every 30 minutes from 6 to 11 pm and on Friday 1:30 pm and 2 pm.
9. Desert Safari
A trip to the desert is a must do activity for anyone visiting Dubai and there is no better way of doing so than to go on a desert safari. This desert trip will give you a chance to feel the real essence of Dubai as once the skyline of Dubai was more sand than a modern city. Many different companies offer desert safaris, but it is better to ask in advance what service they will provide and if there are any extra charges.
A desert safari typically starts with a 4*4 trip to an original Bedouin campsite where you can get a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle. Other options include a thrilling ride over and around large sand dunes or a camel ride which has a slow and laid back tempo.
8. Dubai Marina
A city within a city, the Dubai Marina is built in recent years and it hosts a multitude of amazing skyscrapers and the beautiful Jumeirah Beach is right next door offering Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk. There are a few great cafe’s, bars for socialising and some of the best restaurants in Dubai.
A place which should not be missed if you are in the Dubai Marina is the Frankie Dettori’s Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill and you should also try the Gary Rhodes Twenty 10. The Dubai Marina offers great atmosphere and view for joggers during the day time.
7. Ski Dubai
One of the strangest experience you can have in a desert is to visit a ski resort and Dubai is the only place in the world which offers such opportunity. Located in the Mall of Emirates close to Burj Al Arab, Ski Dubai is a large indoor ski slope which provides a nice shock when you enter from 50 degree Celsius heat to below zero temperature.
All types of skiing equipment, clothing and ski lesson are available for hire inside Ski Dubai, halfway up the slope there is a nice cafe-bar where you can take a break and enjoy a hot chocolate and watch other people having fun.
6. Burj Al Arab
The only seven star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab is undoubtedly the most iconic and well know building of Dubai. Standing at a height of 321 meters on the coastline of Umm Suqueim, the building is designed resemble the billowing sail of ship.
There are plenty of spots especially on the beach from where you can get the best shot of yourself in Dubai with Burj Al Arab in the background. The Burj Al Arab is also the most photographed structure of the world and is constantly considered as one of the most luxurious hotels of the world.
Situated on the Khamees Building on Al Satwa Road, Ravi is one of the oldest restaurants of Dubai serving Pakistani cuisine to its customers. Ravi is a simple restaurant when it comes to its interior design and luxury but it more than make it up in the taste of its dishes.
Diners from all over the world come to the Ravi restaurants which offers delicious dishes like the mutton tikka, mutton kabab, chicken boti and daal served with hot, fluffy and fresh bread. It is also very affordable as for less than 100dhs a whole family can have a great dinner.
4. Dubai’s Public Parks
When you think of a desert city, parks are the last thing that can come to your mind, but as in many other cases Dubai is different in this matter again. Dubai has lush green, spectacular and peaceful public parks which can compete with parks anywhere around the world. People from all around the world can be seen picnicking in these parks.
The Safa Park on Sheikh Zayed Road covers an area of 150 acres of lawns, hills and track for jogging and numerous waterfalls. Another great option is the Mushrif Park on the Khawaneej Road especially for people with kids as it also offers a zoo.
3. The Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding
The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding offers great insight and understanding towards the religion Islam for anyone wanting to learn more about the religion. This place will give you whole new understanding of the religion and the people who follow it.
Authentic traditional Emirati food is served at the time of lunch and breakfast. One of the best experience you can have is to climb to the rooftop when it is time for prayer and listen to call of prayer while admiring the old Persian District.
2. Dubai Creek
The Dubai Creek offers a contrast to the ultramodern and dizzying heights of Dubai and the best way to visit the creek is by an abra ride. It costs only one dirham to aboard the old fashioned boats from Abra Station at Bur Dubai and take a ride across the creek at sunset.
On the other side you will be welcomed by the amazing smells of Dubai’s Spice souk, from this place you can buy frankincense and incense burners.
1. Burj Khalifa
Completed in 2009 Burj Al Khalifa is the tallest building in the world designed to be the central part of a large multiple-use development including 30,000 homes, nine hotels, 19 residential towers and a 3 hectares parkland. The building has 154 floors, nine maintenance levels,46 spiral levels and 2 below ground parking levels. The conception of the building was based on the diversification of of UAE’s economy, decreasing its dependence of oil which is running out.