by Neha Singh – Guest Author
When you think about Dubai, you are likely to visualize a glistening modern skyline, towering skyscrapers, or luxury lifestyle. Even so, this popular Middle Eastern emirate has so much to offer its discerning guests. Are you planning a trip to Dubai and wondering what to include? In that case, the points below will shed light on the matter.
1. Palm Fountain
The recently unveiled Palm Fountain marks another record-breaking feat from Dubai. The Palm Fountain located at The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah presently holds the title of the largest water fountain in the world. Experience a breathtaking 105-metre-high waterjet display at the Palm Fountain that glistens in 3000 LED lights and sways to catchy beats. Grab a reservation at Samakjé Restaurant, Bramble, or Kyo Restaurant to enjoy sweeping views of Palm Fountains while relishing delectable culinary feasts.
2. At the Top – Burj Khalifa
There may be no better way to experience Dubai than from the top of Burj Khalifa. This dizzying, tall structure offers its visitors the opportunity to view the cityscape of modern Dubai from a top-floor vantage point. As you take the world’s fastest elevator up to the 124th and 125th floors of the Burj Khalifa, little will you realize you will be able to witness a panoramic view of Dubai city that can’t be matched. A memory of this experience will remain with you long after it has ended.
3. Dubai Creek
Among the things to do in Dubai, Dubai Creek will always pop up due to its significance in Dubai’s history. Dubai Creek still preserves the olden charms of the emirate before it became the mega global city everyone knows about. An abra ride is a budget-friendly way to get a glimpse of Old Dubai. Experience the culture of the past at the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood and the Dubai Souks, both located on the shore of Dubai Creek. The Dhow Cruise Dubai Creek is a wonderful way to explore the contrast between the Old and the New Dubai, accompanied by Arabic food and traditional merriment.
4. Dubai Desert Safari
Enjoy a change of scenery with nothing but golden dunes stretching to the horizon that will take your breath away for a few hours. An Arabian desert excursion is a perfect getaway from Dubai city where you can enjoy dune bashing, ride a quad bike and try your skills at sandboarding on the golden dunes. The ideal way to enjoy a desert safari in Dubai would be to enjoy the adventure sports and later unwind with a sunset in the desert experience followed by a traditional BBQ dinner and Arabian folklore.
5. Ski Dubai
Who knew that it snows in Dubai! Well, just head to the Mall of the Emirates, and a wintry wonderland filled with amazing wintersports and penguins await to welcome you. Chill out away from the sultry city heat and enjoy some time in a man-made snowy mountainous ambiance. Test your skills in skiing and snowboarding, and enjoy activities like chairlifts, zorbing, and other winter activities. Don’t forget to take some time to say hi to the fellow penguins who would march out occasionally to greet you.
6. Aquaventure Waterpark
Another great way to beat the heat in Dubai is by visiting Aquaventure Water Park. As Dubai’s most popular and biggest water park, Aquaventure water park sits within the luxurious Atlantis the Palm resort on Palm Jumeirah. The water thrills and fun that you experience here are one-of-a-kinds! The thrill rides aren’t for the faint-hearted as they plunge you down a vertical tube, and some go through shark-infested pools! There are also several other water activities, splash pads, and pools to choose from if you’re a mild water adventurer.
7. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the perfect place for shopaholics. One of the largest malls in the world, Dubai Mall boasts over 1,200 retail outlets featuring some of the most coveted merchandise from around the world. That’s not all, the experience in Dubai Mall goes beyond just shopping. There is a whole range of dining and entertainment venues to check out while you are visiting Dubai Mall.
8. Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
As mentioned above, Dubai Mall isn’t just for a shopping experience. The Dubai Mall has many attractions, including the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. When you walk through the Aquarium tunnel, you enter a world filled with fishes and coral reefs, including sharks, turtles, and stingrays. At Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, you can also get up-close encounters with diving and feeding sessions.
9. VR Park
Continue to level 2 of Dubai Mall and get ready to leave reality behind at VR Park. This sprawling park offers its guests virtual and augmented reality experiences with themes based on leisure, thrill, suspense, and horror. If there is one place in the world where you can dare to dangle from Burj Khalifa or encounter giant desert spiders, it is at VR Park Dubai. It offers an amazing way to challenge reality and have a blast! A virtual reality theme park is one of the attractions you can’t miss in Dubai.
10. Dubai Frame
Dubai exudes bedouin charms when it comes to certain locations, while others offer ultra-modern architectural marvels that will leave you speechless. Dubai Frame, on the other hand, offers the unique opportunity to witness Old and Modern Dubai from a single vantage point. Dubai Frame, the world’s biggest picture frame, takes you on a journey through Dubai’s past, present, and future. As dusk approaches, it is the perfect time to visit as the sky turns amber and you witness the iconic landmark of Dubai illuminate and dazzle under the starry sky.
11. Global Village
Is it possible to view the world without leaving Dubai? Just visit Dubai from October till April and you get a chance to enjoy a country-hopping experience at Global Village. This seasonal event happens annually in Dubai and showcases over 90 countries in different pavilions. It is a mega carnival where the culture, entertainment, and cuisine of destinations from around the world are celebrated. For a nominal amount of AED 15 per person, it is a great deal to explore the world!
12. Bollywood Parks Dubai
Shake a leg to Bollywood songs at Bollywood Parks Dubai. First-of-its-kind in the world, Bollywood Parks Dubai is inspired by Indian cinema and recreates the mood of songs and blockbuster movies in a sprawling theme park. This theme park, whether you like Indian cinema or not, is definitely one of the musical and festive ones you’ll see in Dubai.
13. Adventure sports and thrills
If you’re an adventure lover, check out Palm Dubai and Dubai Marina – Dubai’s adventure hubs. Xline Dubai Marina is the world’s longest urban zip line and one of the main highlights of Dubai Marina. The Palm Jumeirah offers a variety of water sports and is renowned for being one of the best places to take part in water adventures. Skydiving over Palm Jumeirah will yield one of the most thrilling experiences of your life if you are an extreme daredevil.
14. Rooftop dining experiences
In the ‘Dubai things to do’ list, make a note of the best rooftop restaurants to enjoy an evening of fine dining while enjoying the fantastic view of Dubai city from up above. Before you finalize your planning, do consider pre-booking a reservation at some of the best rooftop Dubai restaurants such as The Penthouse, Atelier M, and Treehouse to name a few.
15. IMG Worlds of Adventure
Visit the largest indoor theme park in the world to meet your favourite toons and superheroes. At IMG Worlds of Adventure in Dubai, guests will enjoy the best of both worlds featuring MARVEL and Cartoon Network themes. Offering the best rides for adults and kids alike, as well as dining and meet-and-greet venues, this is a perfect place to have fun and bond with family.
(About the author: Neha is a postgraduate in Mass Communications and a keen writer. She is passionate about traveling to new places, reading fiction, learning new things, and loves being a nature trekker. You can learn more about Dubai on her incredible and informative website http://www.dubaiwikia.com/ and follow the Dubai Wikia Facebook page.)
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