The Top 10 Things to do in Dubai
Guest post from Amisha Roy
In recent years, Dubai has become the entertainment capital of the world. It offers incredible architecture, exotic nightlife, outstanding theme parks, and rich heritage that beckons tourists from all over the world every single time. Combine all this with opulence, grandeur, and luxury and you have got an unparalleled destination. To experience the best of this city, here is a list of the top 10 things you must do while on holiday in Dubai.
Dubai holds a world record for the first man-made island Palm Jumeirah. The tree-shaped Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago dotted with world-class restaurants, high-end apartment towers, and glamorous hotels. Believe it or not, this magnificent island is even visible from space.
Book a desert safari to experience the fabulous Arabian hospitality. This is the ideal place to enjoy thrilling desert sports such as quad biking, sandboarding, and dune bashing. Other activities include camel riding, falconry, smoking shisha pipes, and henna tattooing. The evening concludes with cultural performances such as Belly dancing, Tanura dance show, fire show and a lip-smacking BBQ dinner.
At more than 828 meters and more than 160 floors, you can see the tallest building in the world piercing the blue skies. You can go to the observation decks on the 124th and 125th floor for a 360-degree view of this stunning city with desert on one side and ocean on another side. The breathtaking view is enough reason for you to apply for your Dubai tourist visa.
Located on the Dubai Marina, Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque open to non-Muslims. Constructed based on the medieval Fatimid architecture, the mosque has a pristine white marble façade and bright yellow and blue walls. The reflection of the structure on the blue waters of the Persian Gulf looks mesmerizing and it is believed to one of the most photographed mosques in Dubai.
Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Visit the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo where you will enter a wonderland of exotic marine life. Walkthrough the acrylic tunnel where you are surrounded by sharks, manta rays, piranhas, and other marvelous aquatic creatures. Enjoy cage snorkeling, shark diving, and several other exciting activities.
Dhow Dinner Cruise
Sign up for the Dhow Cruise, the traditional vessel of Dubai that has been refurbished with all the modern amenities. Cruise like royalty on the serene waters of Dubai and enjoy splendid performances such as Tanura dance show and Belly dancing. Relish a delicious Emirati buffet dinner and gaze in awe as the glittering Dubai coast passes by.
Al Bastakiya Quarters
The oldest historic district is a charming ancient Arabian village consisting of wind towers, narrow cobbled-lanes, and ochre-colored buildings made of coral, palm fronds, and gypsum. You will stumble upon many courtyards with cafes, art galleries, and boutiques. Be sure to check out the Dubai Museum which is located here.
One of the largest shopping destinations in the world, this mall houses more than 1200 stores including local and international brands. There are innumerable entertainment options such as an ice rink, huge indoor waterfall, Kidzania, and an award-winning aquarium. This mall is so huge that you can spend a whole day here and still not cover the entire place. In the evening, watch the Dubai Fountain, which is a choreographed fountain system displaying a dazzling spectacle of music, lights, and water.
This natural saltwater creek cuts through the center of the city dividing it into Deira and Bur Dubai. Explore the creek on board the traditional wooden boats called the Abra. Wander around the souks on both sides of the creek and buy exotic Arabian products.
Enjoy a thrilling and action-packed day at Aquaventure Waterpark, one of the largest waterparks in UAE. There are plenty of endless fun options such as tropical landscapes, private beaches, children’s play areas, and exciting rides. Battle with the King of the Sea at the Tower of Poseidon, wind down the Aquaconda tunnel, or slide down the Leap of faith which is a 90-degree drop. Explore the ruins of the lost city of Atlantis and visit the Lost Chambers Aquarium for a fascinating glimpse of marine life.
Dubai is a treasure-trove of many delightful attractions, striking the perfect balance between the old and new. You will be spoiled for choice by the plethora of activities that this beautiful city offers. So, without further delay, plan a holiday to this spectacular city now.