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enjoyable issues to do in Dubai

There’s a entire lot extra to Dubai than seeing miles of sand and watch wealthy sheiks and quick automobiles race down the motorway at 200kph!

I simply visited Dubai for my third (and fourth) time, stopping over twice en route through the Center East to Italy from New Zealand, and residential from Greece. It really is a world village with round 200 nationalities residing and dealing right here.

Consequently, on this metropolis of three.6 million individuals, there actually is so much to do right here: for solo vacationers, households and {couples} and throughout all value factors.

Megan with sunset view of The Palm Dubai
How about this for a view The Palm Dubai

I’ve listed some cool issues to do, however when you’re on the lookout for a spot to go for dinner, I actually like The Seashore, somewhat strip on the seaside dotted with eating places and leisure – and naturally a stunning household seaside, or you may additionally go on some enjoyable day journeys from Dubai.

I’ve additionally listed my prime picks for excursions on the finish of this put up.

Dubai is dear no doubt, and when you don’t need to take taxis in every single place you’ll like this put up on methods to get round in Dubai. One of the simplest ways might be nonetheless by taxi, but additionally the hop on hop off buses are a good way to get your bearings, whereas getting round all the very best sights.

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And whilst you received’t have the ability to purchase alcohol at eating places in areas corresponding to The Seashore, there’s a nightclub scene in Dubai! Most of them are in accommodations, which will get across the alcohol restrictions. Make sure to try the gown codes, value and necessities for entry on this put up overlaying the finest nightclubs in Dubai.

When you solely have a layover in Dubai you’ll be able to take a guided tour for a number of hours, even when you’re in Dubai after midnight and have time to kill, you might be proven round this fascinating metropolis.

Listed below are 10 issues to get your Dubai go to began!

1. See views from the highest of Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest constructing is an instance of wealthy sheikdom at 828m. Additionally it is open to sightseers. Sure, your ears will pop (a number of instances) as you whiz up within the elevator.

There are numerous ranges you should buy tickets for. If you wish to go to the very prime (degree 148) value is completely different to the decrease flooring (which nonetheless with epic views about 20 flooring down on ranges 124 & 125).

From all ranges you’ll gaze down, down, down throughout kilometers of sand and the cluster of buildings at your ft that’s Dubai. It’s finest to go on a transparent day as it might look very hazy from up right here.

Burj Khalifa
The monstrous Burj Khalifa towering over town

That is the tower that Tom Cruise did his personal breathtaking stunts leaping out and in of one of many ridiculously excessive home windows in Mission Inconceivable – Ghost Protocol. (Click on right here to see some behind-the-scenes video >>)

The Burj Khalifa stands nearly 1 kilometre high
The Burj Khalifa stands almost 1 kilometre excessive

It’s additionally linked to Dubai Mall in order that’s one in all my suggestions when you solely have a day, you may fairly spend a number of hours within the mall, then go to the highest of the tower and finish at one of many eating places for fountain views. I used to be stunned to seek out all of the quick meals retailers within the prime areas in entrance of the fountains, so we went to Kata for Japanese meals.

Notice: the fountains solely play for one track on the hour and the half hour.

Get your Skip the Line tickets to Burj Khalifa at Get Your Information >

2. See the Burj fountains each night time – without cost!

Immediately beneath the Burj tower, and in entrance of Dubai Mall, are large fountains in a “lake” which dance to at least one track each half hour from 6pm and you’ll watch free.

It’s designed by the identical individuals who did the well-known Bellagio fountains in Las Vegas, however these ones makes the Bellagio fountains seem like a garden sprinkler!

View in front of Kata restaurant of the Dubai fountains
View in entrance of Kata restaurant of the Dubai fountains

Right here’s a cheeky tip: You’ll additionally get nice free views of the Dubai fountain present from the Apple retailer contained in the Dubai Mall. The second ground views by means of their huge ground to ceiling home windows are value shopping for a brand new iPhone for!

Dubai fountains from Apple Store
The Burj Khalifa fountains from the Apple retailer within the Dubai Mall

3. Go on a desert safari, dune bashing and dinner

While you’re in a desert vacation spot you could get on the market and see some dunes and camels. Actually you’ll be able to even trip them on this night dinner tour.

This is without doubt one of the finest issues you may do in Dubai and I can’t suggest it extremely sufficient. It’s an ideal night time for the entire household and some of the genuine, mass experiences you’ll discover wherever on this planet in terms of showcasing tradition.

Be a part of a bunch tour for sundown within the sand dunes

Arabian Adventures is owned by Emirates had been the corporate we used, however I’ve searched by means of extra excursions and added one that features a photograph cease on the well-known pink dune, as steep as a black diamond run. Your photographs right here might be superb.

They decide up out of your resort in 4WDs and off we went to the spot the place they decrease their tyres and aboutr 150 of us had been handled to some dune bashing for the following quarter-hour, hurtling round sandy corners and over blind dunes, doing rooster tails of sand, following the chief.

Megan in sand dunes
Gotta pose within the sand dunes

We stopped for sundown photographs then off once more to the camp the place dinner was nearly prepared.

Arrange like a beduoin camp, rugs are thrown on the bottom and we sat on cushions round low tables ingesting and consuming. Starters included samosas, falafels and shwarmas then dinner was bbq’d beef kebabs, lamb chops and rooster skewers with salads, houmus and tabouleh. Contemporary dates and Arabian espresso adopted and wine and beer was included.

Megan getting henna tattoo
Getting a henna tattoo at a desert safari dinner

After dinner the stomach dancer got here out and did intelligent tummy strikes, there was hearth dancing and an unbelievable whirling man. Upon arrival you’ll be able to have a henna tattoo, camel trip and smoke the sheesha.

4. Store the Dubai Mall

When you’re on the lookout for the last word retail remedy, Dubai is certainly one of many prime cities for shopaholics. Plus this is without doubt one of the finest locations to hang around away from the desert warmth.

Wanting round Dubai you see no scarcity of money. The Mall of Dubai is largest shopping center on this planet. It has 1200 shops and is positioned on the foot of the Burj Khalifa.

This makes for an ideal afternoon (or day, relying in your proclivity for buying), as you’ll be able to hand around in the mall, dine right here, even go to the Dubai Aquarium right here (see extra beneath), then along with your skip-the-line tickets to go up the Burj, simply head to the doorway (throughout the mall). Tip: don’t simply present up and hope to get in, because the traces might be tremendous lengthy and it’s possible you’ll miss out.

Aquarium at Mall of Dubai
Go to the aquarium within the Mall of Dubai

5. Feed the sharks at Dubai Aquarium

Dubai Aquarium, sure – positioned contained in the Mall of Dubai, consists of a 10-million litre aquarium with 140 species the place bored customers can don SCUBA gear and head underwater to feed the fish, dive with sharks and discover rain forest, set over two flooring.

You don’t really have to get within the water, however the loopy factor is you’ll be able to!

There’s additionally an Olympic sized ice rink right here and a complete theme park video games station known as KidZania.

6. Store the Mall of the Emirates

This different monstrous shopping center is smaller than the Mall of Dubai, with solely 630 shops. This one has the well-known Ski Dubai ski subject in it (see beneath), which is a good place to drop the youngsters if you’d like some buying time! I noticed locals coming with their very own skis, presumably taking classes right here earlier than heading out into the actual world.

The outlets might be virtually the identical on the Mall of Dubai, however at half the scale, you’ll nonetheless get your step rely up, however it will likely be extra manageable.

Glass ceiling on the top floor at the Mall of the Emirates
Prime ground on the Mall of the Emirates

7. Ski within the Dubai desert!

On the Mall of the Emirates – sure a shopping center – is a 3000 sq. metres ski park full with black diamond runs, chair lifts, mini dodgem automobiles, luge and actions for the youngsters too.

Ski Dubai is the craziest instance of a developer with extra {dollars} than sense, however has grow to be a spot the place severe skiers be taught some new strikes and children can play till their arms freeze off.

Being the nana that I’m in terms of shushing gracefully down the slopes, I puttered round on snow biscuits and bob sleds, the primary time I visited.

I may have jumped inside an inflatable ball and rolled down the hill, however to be trustworthy when the staffer spun me at prime velocity down the kiddy slope I screamed like somebody’s embarrassing aunt, in order that was sufficient pleasure for me!

Or, higher nonetheless, simply view it from the encircling eating places and outlets.

The ski subject contained in the Mall of the Emirates

8. Get moist at Atlantis Aquadventure Waterpark

Situated on the well-known Atlantis on the prime of the Palm (see my decide for the place to seek out the very best sundown views of the Palm subsequent), this water park is a complete day journey!

Dubai has the form of local weather you need to get moist in, however this water park is various splashy swimming pools.

The daring can strive Odyssey of Terror, the world’s tallest waterslide, of really feel weightlessness on the Zoomerango’s vertical wall. There’s additionally a tube slide that goes by means of a shark-filled underwater lagoon on Shark Assault. Apply your goofy foot within the surf space, cliff-jump at Immortal Falls, or simply let little ones play within the Splashers Youngsters’ Play Space.

Get your Aquadventure admission tickets from Get Your Information.

Slides pools sun loungers at Atlantis Aquadventure
Slides swimming pools solar loungers at Atlantis Aquadventure

9. See the sundown with views of The Palm

This one is a hidden gem! You received’t discover many individuals suggesting you head for the commentary deck on the Nakheel Mall in Dubai, nevertheless it’s the right place to see views like those beneath straight up the ‘palm tree’.

I want it over the Burj Kahlifa as a result of that tower is so excessive all the things on Earth is sort of a dot!

The palm islands are artifical feats of engineering, formed like a palm tree, with Atlantis Resort in pleasure of place, positioned on the prime of the tree. Tens of hundreds of individuals dwell within the huge homes (not condos) on the fronds of this artifical island. Some have boats in their very own docks.

sun set over Dubai's famous palm tree island
See the solar set over Dubais well known palm tree island

We purchased our tickets on-line and selected the pick-up choice to be delivered to Nakheel Mall, the place we adopted the indicators to Palm Views. Up there they stroll you thru a captivating and interactive account of how this island got here to be, you then head up within the evelator to the 52nd ground for views.

We intentionally happened an hour earlier than sundown to seize these views and killed a while within the small cafe the place a Peroni beer will set you again about NZ$30 and a wine double that. The highest ground is an open viewing platform and friends are solely allowed 10 minutes up there, so time it proper to get your pics. They did ask us to depart, so it’s monitored.

View of the Palm 52nd ground
Walkway through to the viewing deck with digital underwater world
Digital walkway as a substitute of a daily hallway Simply because
view across the Palm to Burj Al Arab shaped like a sail from here
You may see the view throughout the Palm to Burj Al Arab formed like a sail from right here

10. Go to the spice and gold souks

On the Spice Souk in Dubai you’ll discover imported spices from all around the world, in addition to frankincense from Oman, tea from India and that saffron from Iran. (And sure, NZ Customs waved me by means of with my saffron – after declaring it).

I’d describe Deira Gold Souk as Bling Road as it can mesmerize you in case you are a magpie, with its home windows full of gold jewelry studded with valuable stones.

The worldwide gold value is displayed on digital screens at every finish, however you might be free to discount. That is the place to come back for diamonds (you’ll get an authentication certificates) and one-off items of high quality jewelry.

Apparently they tried to maneuver the gold sellers and jewelry designers into the shops, nevertheless it didn’t work. That is the place individuals come to spend their squillions, though there’s a lot of it, I discovered it overwhelming!

11. Go to Outdated Dubai

On the banks of Dubai Creek is Outdated Dubai. Dubai is definitely a really new metropolis. It’s solely been popping with skyscapers because the Nineteen Seventies. If you would like reeeeeally outdated, it’s best to go to close by Oman. That’s most likely probably the most fascinating nation I’ve ever been to.

However round 50 years in the past, Dubai was a fishing village within the desert, surrounded by sand dunes. Within the Outdated City you’ll see the oldest constructing – authentic clock tower in-built 1965, and a few iconic websites of the primary bridges and crossings as Dubai blossomed quickly into the mega metropolis it has grow to be.

We had lunch on the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which was fascinating for me as a beginner to Arabic and Muslim tradition.

Studying in regards to the burka

It was an informative, but laid again and even humorous presentation over lunch.

Open doorways, open minds is their philosophy so sitting on cushions (you want good knees) round a big desk material on the ground, massive platters of conventional meals had been positioned for us to hoe into whereas we listened to the gorgeous Manal inform us all about why ladies put on black abiyas and burka (the face masks) and males put on white dishdashers.

She inspired us to ask questions like what number of wives does her father have and all about organized marriages.

The place to remain in Dubai

I’ve simply had two fast stopovers in Dubai as a part of my Europe journey and stayed at two completely different accommodations in numerous components of town. They had been each nice areas, so it depends upon how a lot time you might have, how sizzling it’s (i.e. when you go at Christmas – winter – you’d most likely stroll across the marina or alongside the seashores), and whether or not you need quick access to the shops!

On the way in which over we stayed at Swissotel Al Marooj inside about 500m stroll of the Mall of Dubai. It was a superb location for a number of hours of buying on this planet’s largest mall (with over 1200 shops), plus stroll to the Burj Khalifa and think about the fountain present every night.

The climate was tremendous sizzling, so some taxxied to the mall, (about 20 dirham/US$5)

The swimming pool was a welcome place for an icy pina colada to kick our superb European vacation off.

View from ninth ground Swissotel Dubai

On the way in which residence I selected Sheraton Jumeirah Seashore for 3 nights. This location is seaside entrance with a pool in entrance of it, and a view of the (non-working) Dubai Wheel, which apparently has a crack in its basis. Yikes. Work is supposed to start out on the finish of 2023. The Dubai Marina is positioned over the opposite aspect, with a number of eating choices together with dinner cruises.

It was too sizzling to stroll there once we visited (October), however in winter you’ll (underneath the cobweb of motorways!) so possibly you’d reasonably taxi.

The bottom ground atrium additionally serves because the breakfast restaurant and beside this, with a veranda main exterior, is Black Goose Buns and Brews, for some indoor respite. But when it’s good sufficient (and even autumnal evenings might be) the out of doors Bliss Lounge for cocktails or Al Hadiqa Restaurant and Tent for alfresco eating.

Sheraton lawn Jumierah Beach Dubai
The seaside is behind me on the Sheraton garden Dubai

When is the very best time to go to Dubai?

The climate within the United Arab Emirates (so that features Abu Dhabi simply up the highway), is brutally sizzling in summer time. They are saying the mercury by no means formally hits 50˚C (122˚F), as that might imply a complete metropolis shut down, however evereyone is aware of it does get that sizzling.

So whereas the very best time to go is winter (November to February), don’t anticipate to want a jacket! Over night time temperatures can get as little as 15˚C in January although and as excessive as about 26/28˚C (80˚F) throughout the day. That is the form of climate the place out of doors, beachside or marina eating is so good.

Some nice Dubai excursions

When you solely have a day to 2, these excursions are a good way to see the very best of Dubai and close by Abu Dhabi.

Dune bashing, camel rides and BBQ dinner – it is a must-do in Dubai. I picked this tour for the photograph cease on the steep sand dune like a black diamond slope. At magic hour you’ll have these photographs as display screen savers for years!

Go to the highest of the Burj Khalifa – get skip the road tickets to the highest of the tallest constructing on this planet

Go to the Palm Jumeirah view from Nakheel Mall – with a skip the road ticket finest views of the palm fronds at solar set

Take a cruise in Dubai Marina – together with breakfast, lunch or BBQ dinner. My decide can be dinner underneath the lights of the encircling skyscrapers and luxurious accommodations

Go to the Museum of the Future – a brand new museum in probably the most spectacular constructing in Dubai

Take a Dubai helicopter tour – fly over this metropolis with probably the most astonishing structure on this planet

Take a velocity boat tour – together with Burj Al Arab, Atlantis, the Palm Jumeirah and Dubai Marina

Go to Dubai World Village – it opens from 4pm and is full of pavilions from about 90 completely different cultures, promoting their wares and meals

A day journey to Abu Dhabi and go to the Grand Mosque, Louvre Museum, and Emirates Palace

Go to Abu Dhabi with tickets to Ferrari World – plus stops at different websites for photographs

Rent a personal driver for the day to be at your disposal. A beautiful solution to tailor the right itinerary for you and also you group, from $185

Camels at the beach Dubai
Camels rides on the seaside in entrance of Sheraton Jumeirah


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