Dubai is a joyful city as there are so many interesting places to see and exciting things to do in the city. This is the very reason that millions of people visit the city, especially during the Dubai Shopping Festival (held in the months of December and January). Be it a family holiday, a solo trip, a get-together with friends or a romantic holiday with your better half, you would not find any dearth of activities to do in the city. Dubai has something interesting for people of all ages. So, if you have booked your tickets and received your 7 days Dubai visa and wondering what would you do in the city, here are the 8 best things in the city that would keep you engaged and entertained.
Go on a Desert Safari
The desert safari is considered to be the ultimate Dubai or UAE experience. You cannot return from Dubai without going for the desert safari. The most popular desert safari is the evening desert safari which begins with the thrilling dune bashing ride followed by a visit to the desert camp where you enjoy activities like camel riding, sandboarding and quad biking. You also get to enjoy dance performances and a delicious dinner. If you want to extend your desert experience a bit longer, you can opt for overnight desert safari. Morning desert safari is for those who want to experience the glorious sunrise in the desert. If you do not want to go on a crowded desert safari, you can also choose a private or luxurious desert safari experience.
Visit the BurjKhalifa
It is a known fact that the tallest building in the world is located in Dubai. The BurjKhalifa is a building that you can see from almost anywhere in the city. However, you do not have to satisfy with admiring the building from far. Rather, you can buy the tickets for the BurjKhalifa tour and head to the observation deck on the 124th floor of the building. Apart from checking out the amazing view of the entire city, you would also be able to know about the story behind the development of BurjKhalifa at the museum located in its ground floor. This is a landmark building and hence something you must definitely visit when in Dubai. To save time and money, buy your tickets online, in advance.
Go on a Shopping Spree
Dubai is known as a shopper’s paradise as the city is home to some great traditional markets as well as malls in the world. When it comes to malls, you have the Dubai Mall (with more than 1200 stores), the Mall of Emirates, etc. where you would find stores of almost all the famous international brands. Dubai is also a great place to buy electronics like the latest phones, tablets and laptops. However, if you want to enjoy a local shopping experience, there are no better places than the souks of the city. The Gold Souk is where you can get gold and diamond jewellery at reasonable prices. The textile souk, perfume souk and spice souk of Dubai are great places to buy souvenirs and gifts to take back home. If you want to enjoy great shopping discounts and deals, you must visit the city during the Dubai Shopping Festival.
Immerse Yourself in the Emirati Culture
A trip to Dubai should not be just about sightseeing, shopping and having fun. On the other hand, it is important to know about the deep-rooted culture and religion of its people. Head to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which is a non-profit centre that would give you an insight into the history and culture of the Emirates. The centre helds regular tours at the Al Fahidi District, the oldest neighbourhood of the city. There are also Creekside tours which would take you to the Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Museum and the famous souks of the city. Those interested in the local culinary can also opt for traditional Bedouin-style meals. The schedule for all the tours and other activities are available on the centre’s website.
Indulge in Water Sports
As Dubai is home to a huge coastline and deep blue waters, it would not be surprising to know that the city has some amazing beaches where you would get to indulge in amazing water sports and activities. Both beginners and experts would be able to find some exciting water sports for you to try. Parasailing, jet skiing, fly-fishing, speed boating, flyboarding, kitesurfing, water skiing and diving are some of the water sports that are available in Dubai.
Enjoy a Dhow Cruise Dinner
After desert safari, the dhow cruise dinner is an exclusive experience available in the UAE, especially Dubai and Abu Dhabi. You can go for a dhow cruise on Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. Both are important locations of the city and offer incredible views. During the two hour cruise, you are onboard a luxurious dhow that is turned into a restaurant. The dhow cruise offers welcome drinks, delicious buffet dinner, live music and an amazing Tanoura dance performance. You may also be able to watch a fire show during the cruise. The dhow cruise is a great way of having a relaxed dinner with friends, family and loved ones.
These are some of the interesting things that you would be able to enjoy in Dubai. However, these are not the only ones. The city is a great place for sky diving, skiing, partying (at the many nightclubs) and having a good time, in general. So, when you are in Dubai, make the most of it.