Dubai is a place synonymous to luxury, style and glamour. However, only a person who has ever visited Dubai would know that there is more to the city than what meets the eye. Dubai is a culmination of old and new, traditional and modern, and it is this diversity that makes the city interesting. If you are planning a holiday in Dubai, here are the 15 best things that you should do.
Admire the Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is on the itinerary of everyone who visits Dubai. After all, who would not want to see the tallest building in the world? While the steely structure of the Burj Khalifa can be seen from anywhere in the city, you can take a close look at the building with a Burj Khalifa tour. The tour would take you to the observation deck either on the 124th or 148th floor, from where you get a 360o aerial view of the entire city.
Abra ride on Dubai Creek
Dubai might be the most glamorous cities that you would have seen, but in the heart of the city lies the remnants of the past. The Dubai Creek plays an integral part in the history of the city. It is here that the ruling family of Dubai first settled when they moved to the city from the desert life. Although both sides of the Dubai have seen significant changes during the past few decades, the place still holds an old world charm that you should not miss. The best way to enjoy the beauty of the creek and also do some sightseeing is by going on an ride on Dubai Creek.
Explore Old Dubai
While an abra ride on Dubai Creek is quite peaceful, do not leave the place with just this experience. On the other hand, this is the best time to explore Old Dubai, where you would get to learn more about the history and culture of the city. The first place to visit is the Dubai Museum, which is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort. The Dubai Museum gives you an idea of how the Emiratis lived in the past. Apart from the museum, there is the Bastakiya Quarter, the historical neighbourhood that is home to winding alleyways and wind towers.
Shop at the Dubai Souks
Dubai has several shopping malls, but if you want to indulge in some local shopping, a visit to the souks of Dubai is a must. Deira side of the Dubai Creek is home to the Gold Souk, the Perfume Souk and the Spice Souk. The Gold Souk has over 300 stores selling gold and precious stones, while the Perfume Souk is the perfect place to buy everything from the Arabic attar to the most popular perfume brands. The Spice Souk is where you would get to buy an amazing array of spices and herbs. There is also a Textile Souk in Bur Dubai, where you would get to buy different types of fabrics and get them custom-stitched as well.
Enjoy Dhow Cruise on Dubai Marina
One of the most popular touristy things to do in Dubai is going on a dhow cruise on Dubai Marina. The dhow is a traditional vessel that was used for transportation during the yesteryears. It has been converted into restaurants that sail on Dubai Creek and Dubai Marina. The advantage of cruising on the Dubai Marina is that you get to see one of the most gorgeous areas of the city while enjoying the food, drinks and the live entertainment that happens on the dhow.
Have Fun at the Dubai Mall
While you may not have the time to explore all the fabulous shopping malls in the city, the Dubai Mall is a place you must not miss. Apart from being a shopper’s delight, the mall also houses the Dubai Ice Rink, the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, VR Park (a gaming zone) and KidZania Dubai. There is also the mesmerizing Dubai Fountain Show, which happens every 30 minutes (6 Pm to 11 PM) outside the mall, right on the Burj Lake.
Indulge in Water Sports at Kite Beach
Being a coastal city, Dubai houses some of the most gorgeous beaches in the world. However, if you want to have enjoy some adventure along with the feel of the sun and the sand, the Kite Beach is the place for you. Right from kite surfing to banana boat riding, there is no dearth of water activities here. Even if you do not want to indulge in any of the water activities, it is a great place to lounge in the sand, grab a bite from the nearby food trucks and people watch.
Be Adventurous at Ski Dubai
Dubai has achieved lot of impossible things, but nothing can beat the Ski Dubai, the largest indoor ski park in the world. It is located inside The Mall of Emirates and has a 1300 ft ski mountain with five ski runs. Apart from skiing, the place is great for snowboarding, snowball fighting, tobogganing and playing in the snow in general. You also get to meet penguins and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate at the indoor cafe.
Tour the Etihad Museum
If you are interested in knowing about the history of the UAE, the Etihad Museum should be on your itinerary. A suave museum, the Etihad Museum has exhibits that tell about the contemporary history of the country. Right from the life of the Emiratis before the treaty was signed to the development of the country, you would get to know everything through the interactive exhibits spread around an area of 25,000 square meters.
Witness the Beauty of Jumeirah Mosque
Dubai’s Jumeirah Mosque is one of the few mosques in the city that is open to people of all faiths. The beautiful mosque built entirely in white marble and its towering minarets are worth visiting, especially during sunset, as the golden light enhances its beauty ten-fold. However, if you are interested to know more about Islam and the architecture of the mosque, opt for a morning visit, as you would get to be a part of a 75-minutes long free tour organized by the SMCCU (Sheikh Mohammed Center of Cultural Understanding).
Enjoy Thrilling Rides and Attractions at Adventure Parks
Sightseeing is not the only exciting thing that you can do in Dubai. On the other hand, the city has some of the most thrilling adventure parks and you should visit at least one. One of the best here is the IMG Worlds of Adventure, which is the largest indoor amusement park in the world. Then there are Wild Wadi Water Park and Atlantis Aquaventure, two of the best water parks in Dubai. Apart from this, there is the Dubai Parks & Resorts, which is home to three world-class adventure parks and a water park.
Fall in Love with the Dubai Miracle Garden
An attraction that you should not miss at any condition when you are visiting Dubai in the winter months is the Dubai Miracle Garden. It is truly a miracle as it is the largest flower garden in the world and has more than 109 million flowers. However, what amazes tourists every year is the way the flowers have been arranged. While there are new and creative exhibits every year, many of them have a permanent status in the garden. Some of the flower exhibits that you should not miss are the floral castle, floral clock, floral Emirates airbus, etc.
Visit the Dubai Frame
Known to be the largest picture frame in the world, the Dubai Frame has become one of the popular attractions amongst locals and tourists alike. Located in Zabeel Park, this 150 meters structure gives you panoramic views of the city, with Old Dubai on one side and the Modern Dubai on the other. The glass-floored walkway on the top is the highlight of the place. Moreover, there is an interactive, augmented-reality museum that gives you a peek into the past and future of the city.
Dine at the Burj Al Arab
Dubai has some of the swankiest hotels and restaurants but nothing can beat the Burj Al Arab. Considered to be the only seven star hotel in the world, the Burj Al Arab is home to some of the best restaurants in the city. If you want to enjoy the beauty, ambience and hospitality of the hotel, reserve a table for yourself for an afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar. Not only is would you get to enjoy the beautiful view of the Persian Gulf but would also get to devour the delicious menu of the restaurant.
Skydive over Palm Jumeirah
Off lately, Dubai is becoming popular as a spot for adventurous holidays. While there are several thrilling activities that you can enjoy here, skydiving is surely the best. Not only is it thrilling but you also get to see the aerial view of the famous Palm Jumeirah, the largest man made island in the world. You can also get a video and photographs of your diving experience and flaunt them on your social media pages.
Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are many other things that you can enjoy in Dubai. To ensure that you make the most of your Dubai holiday, pay a visit to the city during the winter months when the climate is pleasant.