Planning Dubai vacations around activities, sights and cultural events is the best way of getting a complete experience of this unique country. This Middle Eastern country is a destination for business travelers, families and honeymooners. It is filled with people to meet, things to do and places to go. Since the people are so friendly, asking them questions will help you find remote locations as well as learn about their traditions.
The Burj Khalifa
This tallest building in the world is impossible to miss once you arrive in Dubai. Soaring on top of the city like a huge needle-shaped spacecraft, the structure is surely a wonder of modern design and technology. The opportunity to look at the city from the 134th floor of the observation deck is something that you should not miss. Whether night or day, the view is spectacular.
Shopping in Dubai
Dubai has a countless list of shopping malls from which you can shop. They range from the large malls selling branded commodities to the small shops known for souvenirs and trinkets. Whichever mall you choose to visit, you need to go on a tax-free shopping spree in Dubai. Visiting the Batutta Mall for instance is a great experience. You will feel as if you have visited several countries in a single day. The mall will take you through Tunisia, Egypt, China and more with the various wings themed to every featured country. Other malls that you should not miss include Dubai Mall, Souk Madinet Jumeirah, Wafi Mall and Deira City Centre.
Burj Al Arab
This seven-star hotel has been an icon for Dubai since its construction. In spite of the numerous new fancy hotels in Dubai, this hotel still has a lure. It is mostly preferred by most Dubai residents and visitors because of the underwater seafood restaurant, exotic glass elevator and the aquariums located at the sides of the escalator. If you want to explore more of Burj Al Arab, an afternoon tea at Sahn Eddar offers an insight to the magnificence of the hotel’s interiors. The Majlis Al Bahar situated on the beach is also a more attractive alternative from where you can marvel at the true outer beauty of the Burj Al Arab.
Skiing in the desert
Skiing is an exciting thing to do at Ski Dubai. The place has snow all year though it contrasts so much since Dubai is known to be hot and sunny. Ski Dubai is the largest indoor ski resort on the planet located within the huge Mall of the Emirates. It has an amazing setting for intermediaries and beginners to enjoy snow activities such as snowboarding, skiing and tobogganing. Ski equipment is also available for hire. Halfway up there is café-bar where you can take hot chocolate.
A holiday in Dubai is never complete without a desert safari. Desert safari includes driving in a 4-wheel vehicle through the desert slopes and ends up at a campsite offering shisha and dinner. The campsite also offers camel riding, henna tattoos and the chance to dress up in authentic Arab apparel. Through the ride, the driver stops halfway to give tourists time to attempt sand boarding. The safari starts late in the afternoon and goes into the night. It constitutes a traditional Arabic dinner as well as a show that features a live belly dancer.
Dubai Creek Cruise
Cruising down the Dubai creek with the city’s sparkling lights in view is a lifetime experience. The cruise is on a traditional Dhow, which is an Arabic boat, and lasts approximately three hours. Dinner constitutes buffet style with unlimited soft drinks, coffee and water. Alcoholic beverages on the other hand can be bought at an extra charge. The cruise includes a show performed by Arab men and belly dancers. Women wearing vibrant clothes are also seen singing and dancing to a live band playing Arabic music.
Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk
Constructed in the last couple of years, Dubai Marina has many amazing skyscrapers while adjacent to it is Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk (JBR). The JBR and Marina is a city within a city. It has amazing architecture, pretty bars and cafes, some of the top restaurants in the city and high-end hotels. During daytime, the scenes are equally as sensational as in the evening, and several people jog all around Marina for that reason. At the back of the Address Hotel, you can board the Dubai ferry. This is great for locals and visitors since it carries you into the sea as well as past the well-known Atlantis Hotel on the man-made Palm Jumeirah.
Generally, spending your holiday in Dubai is an amazing experience. Whether you want to shop in the exceptional malls, experience indoor skiing at Ski Dubai or experience Middle Eastern hospitality on a desert safari, Dubai has it all.