Dubai boasts of innumerable attractions and activities. It is a splendid city that balances the old and the new perfectly. From opulent structures to lavish malls, from upscale restaurants to cultural institutions, this fantastic city never ceases to amaze you. However, it may be a daunting task to pick and choose things to do in Dubai.
Visit the breathtaking Burj Khalifa
This stunning work of architecture is one of the things that should make it to your Dubai bucket list. The world’s tallest building is an engineering marvel and stands like a beacon in the desert of Dubai. Take one of the fastest elevators to the top of the building. Enjoy jaw-dropping views of the fabulous Dubai skyline from its Observation Deck. Also, enjoy an amazing aerial view of the famous Dubai Fountain from here. You can also spot some of the most iconic landmarks such as Dubai Marina and the Palm Jumeirah with the help of the telescopes placed here. Visiting Burj Khalifa is one experience you will treasure throughout your life.
Book a Dhow Dinner Cruise on Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek is a saltwater creek that has been an important part of Dubai’s trade and daily life. Cruise on the traditional wooden boats called ‘Dhow’ which have been refurbished with all the modern amenities to give the customers a unique experience. Take in the stunning sights of the city around you, as you glide along the water. Relish a delectable buffet dinner and enjoy some fantastic cultural performances such as Tanura Dance show and others on board the boat. This is your chance to experience authentic Arabian hospitality.
Enjoy exciting rides at Aquaventure Waterpark
Aquaventure Waterpark has more than 30 rides and attractions, making it one of the most popular waterparks in Dubai. It houses some thrilling rides such as the leap of Faith and Poseidon’s Retreat. There are plenty of exciting water slides that let you explore your adventurous side. When tired, relax at their private beach. Visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium and see some fascinating marine creatures such as sharks, stingrays, sea lions, and dolphins.
Witness the man-made wonder, Palm Jumeirah
Shaped like a palm-tree when viewed from above, this artificial island is the largest man-made island in the world. Dotted with luxury resorts, swanky restaurants, high-end hotels, and vibrant bars, and pubs, this brilliant feat of engineering is visible even from space. There are a lot of activities such as skydiving for the adrenaline junkies, sailing on a speed boat or yacht, or simply taking a monorail to enjoy the sights of the island. Don’t forget to enjoy striking views of the imposing Hotel Burj Al Arab and the impressive Hotel Atlantis, The Palm while you are here.
Get a sneak-peek into the Museum of the Future
A brand new addition to the diverse attractions of Dubai, the Museum of the Future is a cultural institution that explores technology, innovation, and science. It demonstrates how technology has progressed to enhance your physical and mental attributes. It emphasizes on robotics and artificial intelligence and their impact on family, social and human lives. It strives to achieve a better future for all beings and our planet. It combines theatre, exhibition, and themed attractions to create an interactive experience for all the visitors.
Lose yourself in the souks
Walk down the narrow alleys of the traditional markets of Dubai called Souks. There are four main souks here, the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk, the Perfume Souk, and the Textile Souk. Out of these the Gold Souk and the Spice Souk are the most popular markets among tourists. Admire the dazzling display of ornaments on the shop windows in the Gold Souk. Gold jewelry, precious stones, and diamonds are sold here. You can buy a variety of spices and herbs such as cloves, saffron, dates, nuts, cardamom, vanilla, tea, etc. from the Spice Souk. Apart from perfumes and traditional Arabic Ittars, the Perfume Souk is filled with products such as essential oil and incense. The Textile souk is where you can buy traditional Arabian garments, footwear, and other souvenirs.
One of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world, Ski Dubai is the perfect place to take a break from the hot and humid climate of Dubai. Covering an area of over 22500 square meters, this resort features an 85-meter high mountain, an ice cave for the kids, and five different slopes of varying length and difficulty levels. Enjoy activities such as tobogganing, snowboarding or sledging. Get up, close and personal with the charming penguins during the March of the Penguins.
Shop in Dubai Mall
Dubai is known for its extravagant malls and shopping culture. The Dubai Mall houses more than 1200 luxury stores, plenty of restaurants, and entertainment zones, and is one of the largest malls in the world. An entire day may not be enough to see this sprawling mall. It is home to an ice rink, an indoor theme park, the magnificent Dubai Aquarium, and Underwater Zoo, a huge indoor waterfall, and a beautifully choreographed fountain. Even if you don’t want to shop, there are many activities here that will keep you busy throughout the day.
Experience Hot Air Ballooning
Spend a delightful morning in the spectacular deserts of Dubai by going on a one-hour hot air balloon ride. Enjoy a dazzling view of the sun rising behind the Hajar mountains while you are soaring around 4000 feet high in the sky. Enjoy mesmerizing views of the amazing Dubai landscape. Try to spot camels, Arabian oryx, and gazelles in the dunes below. Enjoy a falcon show in which these agile creatures perform some antics that will leave you spellbound. Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast consisting of some delicious Arabic and international dishes.
Explore Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood
Also known as Al Bastakiya Quarter, this place will transport you back to the bygone days of Dubai. Traditional sand-colored buildings made from materials such as stone, gypsum, coral, palm fronds, sandalwood, teak, etc. dot this beautiful neighborhood. Many houses have wind towers which are a traditional method of air conditioning. Most of the doors here lead to cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Stroll through the narrow alleyways and soak in the culture of old Dubai. Visit the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to get some interesting insight into Islamic customs and culture. Another stop is the famous Dubai Museum which consists of replicas of marine life, deserts, markets, date farms, etc. and gives information about the rapid development of Dubai over the years. For refreshments, don’t forget to visit the Arabian Tea House and the Dubai Coffee Museum.
Conclusion: Dubai is filled with so many amazing attractions and activities that it is an injustice to just list down a few of them. It is an ideal family vacation destination. Try to plan a longer trip so that you can visit some of the other attractions as well. Plan your itinerary based on your interests and likings and come back with delightful memories that you will cherish for a lifetime.
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