Dubai is a fascinating city offering a blend of old an new. It has taken less than a century for this once small fishing village to become a modern exciting city and popular holiday destination. Whether you are looking for travel deals for a relaxing break in the sun or an exciting shopping trip, Dubai has it all. It is a pleasant place to live or tour because of its cultural charm.
The city may be very attractive during the day but it’s charm and merriment increases by many folds at night. In fact, people love exploring Dubai past evening time. The credit for its amazing nightlife goes to the malls, discotheques, souks and its natural creek-side views that raise the spirits past midnight. The city’s government has been very supportive towards the preservation of the city’s culture and modern visitor attractions in Dubai.
The following are just a few of the many amazing things you can do whilst visiting Dubai
15 things you must do in Dubai
1. Hot Air Balloon Ride
Take an early morning hot-air balloon ride across the desert. the view from the sky is amazing as you glide above camels and gazelles who wander freely below you, beautiful green oases and giant red sand dunes. The breathtaking views offer amazing opportunities to catch the beauty of the desert in pictures.
2. Seaplane Ride
Take a bird’s eye view of Dubai’s landmarks on a seaplane flight of the city. Take photos and marvel at such iconic landmarks as Dubai Creek, Port Rashid, Dubai Marina, the largest man-made islands The World and The Palm, Burj Al Arab Hotel Jumeirah, Burj Dubai and the Jebel Ali.
3. 4×4 Desert Safari
Explore the Arabia desert during the day before relaxing beneath the stars over dinner. Traveling across the desert safari in a 4×4 gives you the opportunity to take amazing photographs of the surroundings and the beautiful desert sunset, maybe stopping off at a camel farm and even experiencing sand-boarding.
4. 4×4 Safari to Hatta
Safari to Hatta allows you to experience a variety of terrain including rocky mountain passes and amazing desert scenery. Dating back to the 16th century, the village of Hatta lies on the banks of the Hatta Wadi (dry river beds). Depending on when you take your last minute holidays to Dubai and the rainfall, you may be able to take a refreshing dip in the beautiful water pools of Hatta.
5. East Coast Coach Trip
Take a coach trip along Dubai’s east coast, through the Al Dhaid oasis which is renowned for its fruit and vegetable plantations to Masafi, the Hajar mountains, the small port at Dibba, numerous fishing villages where you can enjoy a relaxing swim in the Indian ocean, Al Badiyah where you will find the oldest mosque in the Emirates, Fujairah with its’s renovated fort, the old citadel of Bitnah and not forgetting Masa where you can enjoy looking around the market.
6. Sightseeing Tour of Al Ain
Take a trip to the beautiful garden city of Al Ain. It’s located in the Hajar mountains your trip should include a visit to the museum and the recently renovated old palace of H.H Sheikh Zayed who was the late ruler of Abu Dhabi and the late President of the United Arab Emirates. The Hilli gardens which are famous for archaeological excavations from 300BC and the largest camel market in the UAE where you can watch dealers from all over the Gulf buying and be selling racing camels.
7. Snow Ski
Dubai is located in the Mall of the Emirates shopping complex on the Sheikh Zayad Road Dubai. Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East and offers an amazing snow setting to enjoy skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing or just playing in the snow. There are 5 runs that vary in difficulty, height and steepness. The longest run being 400 meters with a fall of over 60 meters. Skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels will enjoy these various slopes and snowboarders can also practice their stunts on the 90 meters long quarter pipe.
8. Dubai Creek & Abra Cruise
Dubai Creek & Abra Cruise is highly recommended for visitors to experience the Dubai creek as it is the foundation from which Dubai grew into a port for trading vessels sailing between India, Africa and the Middle East. Today, some of the old shipping cultures still remain and visitors can view some of the original buildings that have served as customs houses. The dinner cruise option is popular.
9. Dubai Museum
Dubai Museum is situated in Bur Dubai and it is incorporated in the Al Sahidi Fort. The fort was built in the late 18th century and was in the past a seat for the government and the ruler’s main residence. The restored fort now provides a fascinating insight into olden days in Dubai.
10. The Dubai City Tower
Known as the Dubai Vertical City, is a proposed megatall skyscraper announced in 2008. The building is supposed to be 2,400 meters (7,900 ft) tall. the building, created by an architect to display possibly future technologies, it the third tallest building ever fully envisioned after the X-Seed 4000 (4,000 m) and the Ultima Tower (3,218 m). If ever constructed the Dubai City Tower will be much taller than any other current man-made structure, at almost three times the height of the Burj Khalifa. The Dubai City Tower would be almost seven times taller than the Empire State Building.
11. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah mosque is located on Jumeirah Raod opposite Palm Strip Mall and is a dominant landmark of Dubai landscape being built in the medieval Fatimid tradition using modern building materials. It is one of the few Mosques which are open to non-muslims for tours. there is a cultural center designed to foster understanding between regions.
12. Desert Safari
Desert Safari is also known as Dune Bashing to locals, is a popular tour where visitors are taken to the desert in a 4WD and specialist desert drivers take you for a roller-coaster ride over red sand dunes. The tour may include a barbecue dinner with music and belly dancing.
13. Wild Wadi
Wild Wadi is a water amusement park situated between Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach Hotel in Dubai, it’s just a 20 minutes drive from the city centre. Themed around the tale of Juha, a popular character from Arabia folklore, the water park boasts 30 rides and attractions.
14. Diving and Snorkeling
It is one of the many Dubai points of interest. There are many dive operators in Dubai running day scuba diving trips to the wreck sites or take a 90-minute road journey to the East Coast Emirates of Fujairah for excellent diving on coral reefs.
15. Golf has become popular in Dubai
There are some of the world’s most amazing golf courses with luscious green fairways and smooth greens. This truly is a golfer’s paradise. Alternatively, for a more local flavor, try sand golf!
Beautiful beaches with warm, clear water and white sand located on the Arabian Gulf invites visitors to participate in endless water sports opportunities year-round. Ocean temperatures range from 22°C in winter up to 35°C in summer. Dubailand is the biggest and most ambitious building project in the word designed to elevate Dubai to the world’s premier tourist destination. The project includes leisure, hotel, retail, entertainment, theme parks, residential areas, and the world’s largest shopping mall. Much is still under development but when complete this will be an amazing attraction.
As you can see there are a lot of things to do in Dubai so one visit may not be enough!