Welcome to Dubai, land of endless sunshine, pristine beaches and sky-soaring architecture. Whether you want to shop for the best bargains, eat like a king or simply have a relaxed stay, Dubai’s offering is spread across from 5-star luxury to street-side paradise. Here’s our pick of the top 10 things to do in Dubai:
The largest choreographed water fountains in the world are definitely a sight to see. Covering an area of 30 acres across a man-made lake, the Dubai Fountains perform daily every 30 minutes in the evening. Famous soundtracks include the tunes of Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston and many more.
Right next to the Dubai Fountains stands the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. Visible from almost every corner of the city, Burj Khalifa stands at 828 metres and has 160 storeys. Guests are allowed to go up to the tallest observation deck in the world and enjoy the breath-taking view of the city.
Escape the bright lights of the city by experiencing some authentic Middle Eastern culture. Desert safaris will take you on a dune bashing excursion and stop at a traditional camp where you can indulge in fresh grilled meat, belly dancing, henna painting and camel riding.
The best way to beat the heat is to dive into the nearest water park. Wild Wadi and Aquaventure are two of the most popular waterparks in the city, offering a range of thrilling rides, pools and games for everyone.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
Fly up into the sky at the crack of dawn on a colourful hot air balloon across the desert. Visitors can arrange a pick-up from their hotel to the balloon, where they can enjoy stunning views of the desert, camels and other animals against the morning sky.
Dubai’s malls are one of a kind and the Mall of the Emirates is one the largest in the world. Ski Dubai is one of the largest indoor ski resorts in the world. Guests can take skiing lessons, view the penguin show or simply enjoy the man-made snow to escape the heat outside.
Dubai is known to have some of the cleanest and most popular beaches in the world. Residents and visitors alike frequently flock to the coastline to enjoy sunbathing and swimming. For more adventurous people, there are plenty of water sports like jetskiing and surfing available.
Dubai is home to the biggest shopping malls in the world. From Dubai Mall to Mall of the Emirates, there is a shopping centre down every corner of the city. Even if you aren’t a shopping buff, malls offer plenty of attractions to keep you occupied. Visit the aquarium or get a massage, malls in Dubai have it all.
Built in the late 1970’s, Jumeirah Mosque is one of the most famous and largest mosques of the city. It is also the only mosque in Dubai that allows non-Muslims to visit, by joining a guided tour.
The best way to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells or Old Dubai is by taking an abra (Arabic boat) across the Deira creek. There are also hour-long rides that let you explore the port area a bit deeper and witness sea traders in action.