Do you reckon Dubai is the best city break destination in the world? Without a doubt, it’s a charming destination located at the crossroads of Western and Asian countries and is one of those cities that have a great network of international flights.
It’s loaded with stuff to do, and new extravagant attractions open their doors every year. You might need a comprehensive guide on what you can do on your Dubai vacation, so here are a few classic experiences you shouldn’t miss on your next trip.
Visit the Museum of the Future
See what the future holds for humanity. Dubai’s newest landmark, the Museum of the Future, looks surreal when compared to nearby skyscrapers. Dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of mankind through space technology and bioengineering, the Museum of the Future is a glimpse into how the future of humanity is changing.
The architecture of the structure itself is a modern engineering marvel. The oval-shaped building etched with Arabic calligraphy boasts to be held together without a single interior column. As you gaze at the building, the metallic tiles glisten in the sunlight, creating an eye-catching effect. It is one of the must-visit places for locals and visitors alike.
Go to a La Perle by Dragone show
You may be familiar with Macau’s House of Dancing Water show. Those who know about it are likely familiar with the La Perle by Dragone musical because both are produced and choreographed by Francone Dragone, one of the world’s most acclaimed choreographers.
In Dubai, you can catch acrobatics, grace, and an aquatic show by Francone Dragone in a permanent live show theatre. Since it opened, La Perle by Dragone has gained a solid reputation in Dubai and is now one of the shows you should check out when you’re there. If you get a chance, don’t miss it for the world.
Explore the vast Arabian deserts
Feel free to explore Arabia’s vast golden desert however you like! Prepare for a dune bashing Dubai tour and go on an adventurous desert safari. Alternatively, you can ride a hot air balloon in the morning and enjoy the mellowed sunshine.
Or, let your mind drift away and let yourself disappear into the mesmerizing, hushed world of Arabian nights beneath a starry sky. There is no doubt that you will absolutely enjoy every moment of your time in the Dubai desert no matter what you do!
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Go Flamingo spotting at Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
In the city’s borders, on the edge of Dubai Creek is a marshy area that flamingos have had a soft spot for and its cozy natural habitat has lured flamboyant pink flamingoes and other migratory birds into it. The Ras al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is like a verdant corner of Dubai city.
Here, you can enjoy a refreshing view of nature in the city and also some peace and quiet away from the modernization. If you find the Dubai’s urban sights too overwhelming, the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the best things to do in Dubai to escape the contemporary ambience of the emirate.
Explore Dubai Creek and the Al Fahidi Neighbourhood
You might wonder when you gaze upon Dubai’s glistening cityscape, “what did Dubai look like before all this?” It is sometimes quite hard to believe that Dubai used to be a barren land with a few settlements in the early 1900s. If you want to see how Dubai looked and felt before it became a mega-modern city, head to the Dubai Creek region in the emirate and visit the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood.
Wind towers and winding alleys with courtyard homes and sand-colored houses will showcase the humble beginnings of this emirate. It’s a different scenery that you wouldn’t have expected and will make you think about how simple life used to be in Dubai before it got bitten by the luxury and modernity bug.
Enjoy a day at Downtown Dubai
Dubai’s extravagant trio – the Burj Khalifa, Dubai Fountain, and the Dubai Mall are all within easy reach of each other. You can visit all three on the same day. Enjoy a day of shopping at Dubai Mall, exploring the recreational venues, and sampling delicious cuisine at some of the best restaurants located within the Mall. Later, as dusk approaches, make your way to the facade where Dubai Fountain puts on a mesmerizing light, sound, and music show.
On occasions and holidays, the Burj Khalifa joins the Dubai Fountain and makes for a vibrant, dazzling sight! From ground level, you can stroll along the facade and enjoy the Dubai Fountain show for free. On the other hand, if you want to take the experience a step further, you can book ‘At the Top – Burj Khalifa’ experience or a boat ride on Burj Lake for an extra charge.
Take a stroll in the Dubai souks
Dubai has plenty of sophisticated malls, but one of the most famous shopping spots is not in air-conditioned enclosures, but the narrow alleyways of the Dubai Souks. You’ll find a whole lot of gold jewellery, fragrant spices, traditional perfumes, authentic middle eastern carpets, and much more there to tempt you to loosen your wallets.
You can find everything you need to shop on a budget in these bustling old bazaars of Dubai with over 1000 shops line the winding paths, selling traditional crafts and amazing and affordable souvenirs. There is no doubt that Old Dubai is one of the must-see attractions on your Dubai travel wish list.
Find your favourite sunset spot at Dubai’s coastline
Dubai is often referred to as a desert city, but the emirate’s western side is lined with gorgeous beaches and coastlines. If you are planning on visiting Dubai, make sure you visit a few of its beaches and waterfront boulevards overlooking the pristine Persian Gulf such as Madinat Jumeirah, Park Jumeirah Boardwalk, and Sunset Beach where you can enjoy gorgeous sunsets and take in the view of the fabulous Burj Al Arab Jumeirah.
If you haven’t been to Dubai yet, now is the best time. Dubai things to do may seem overwhelming, but what you decide to include in your trip will depend on your budget and interests. The above experiences are some of the best that Dubai has to offer and they can be easily combined with your interests and choices that you wish to pursue in the city.
Every year this emirate gets better and better – it is a place that offers something exciting to everyone. So, you can bet on it that when you decide to visit, you will find something new and intriguing in this fabulous Dubai city.
WRITTEN BY NEHA SINGH:
Neha loves exploring new places and hiking extensively. She has a post-graduate degree in mass communication, enjoys socializing, and strongly believes in the Gandhian principle, “Simple living, high thinking.” You can follow her adventure here!
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