Things to do in Dubai
Explore every nook and corner of Dubai that reeks of the richness of modern-city life and warmth of traditional Arab heritage. It serves you the best way to know and learn about the city profoundly. Wondering what to do in Dubai? Spend the mornings at the beaches or bargain at the souk market, but the evenings should be reserved for shopping and fine dining at the shopping malls. To enjoy a more traditional perspective of the city, rent an abgra (water taxi) and savor the beauty of the Dubai creek on a ride. Below, the list unfolds a list of special things to do in Dubai:
Burj Khalifa: This should not go a miss! It's the world's tallest tower standing at 828 meters. Take a ride in the elevator to the 124th floor for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, or go higher to the 148th floor that opens to the observation deck for which you will have to pay extra. The deck remains open every day between 9:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Ticket rates are 125 dirhams (approx. $34) during off-peak hours for adults and 95 dirhams (approx. $26) for children between 4 and 12 years. Both adults and children will have to pay 350 dirhams (approx. $95) for traveling to the 148th floor.
The Dubai Mall: Dubai is called a shopper's paradise. Your visit to this beautiful city is incomplete without The Dubai Mall. It is the largest shopping center and houses an ice rink, umpteen kid-friendly attractions, ice rink, an aquarium containing over 33,000 aqua species, a movie theatre, and much more. World-renowned designer Bellagio's Dancing Fountain is a special attraction. It is said that you can find almost all types of products under the single roof of the Dubai Mall. The mall opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 11 p.m., from Sunday to Wednesday, while it stays open from 10 a.m. till midnight Thursday through Saturday.
IMG Worlds of Adventure: Indulge in a string of activities in Dubai at the IMG. It is a gargantuan theme park, almost the size of 28 football pitches. It hosts the most exciting and up-to-date rides for both children and adults. See how your favorite characters from the movies come to life at the IMG World. Young visitors can explore the fun of the Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, LazyTown, Gumball, etc. On the other hand, old visitors can savor the world of Marvel heroes like The Avengers, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Thor. Do not miss the Lost Valley where you will come across life-size animated dinosaurs.
The Desert: The desert is the quintessential beauty that leaves a lasting memory. It takes less than 20 minutes from Downtown Dubai to reach the desert. A desert safari is a must that should be enjoyed in Dubai-style with quad biking, sandboarding and dune bashing. Pamper yourself with hennas and treat your taste buds to lip-smacking barbeques in the evenings. Do not miss the camel-safari if you are visiting the desert. Those who are ready to splurge extra can opt for Heritage Dinner Safari, Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa and Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa. Those looking for a relaxed experience can soak in the spirit of the desert by lying down on the cushions in Bedu tent and enjoy great delicacies.
Dubai Creek: If you are in Dubai you should be at the Dubai Creek that divides the city into two town Bur Dubai and Deira. The Bani Yas settlers were attracted to the site's fishing and pearl diving activities several years before. Tourists often find it amazing to take pictures of dhows which are mostly over 100 years old. Dhow workers take tourists in their boats for ride on the water. You should not miss the Dow Warfage if you are here. Many dhows travel to long distances from here to Africa, Kuwait, Iran, India and Oman. You may also take an abra instead of a Dhow. A ride on abra takes AED 1 per individual.
Palm Jumeriah: A man-made island only in Dubai- the Palm Jumeriah will mesmerize your senses. It is the largest artificial island that embodies human ingenuity. The Palm's lavishness welcomes you to an array of high-end hotels like Atlantic, The Palm, Fairmont, Waldorf Astoria, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and One&Only. Getting to the island is easy as there is a monorail running straight through a huge tube like ‘trunk', connecting to the tram system in the mainland. Get the best views of the surrounding by taking a ride in a boat. Get to the Gulf in speed boats or yachts or motor boats hired from any of the companies including Art Marine or Dusail or Bristol Marine.
Champagne Brunch: Despite being a Muslim city, alcohol flows incessantly in different bars and hotels around the city. If your first day in Dubai happens to be Friday (holiest day of the week), you will find many restaurants throwing champagne parties. With over 450 hotels around the city, there are several bars, clubs and restaurants that will keep you awake all night with free flow of alcohol. Aside from boozing, indulge yourself in the beautiful delicacies served with wine. Le Meridien's Yalumba and Spectrum on One offer unlimited champagne. Free-flowing alcohol will surely leave you thirsting for more!
Jumeirah Mosque: A man-made wonder, the Jumeirah Mosque is perched towards the south of Dubai Marina. Its subtle design and beautiful façade appeal to all. The mosque replicates the architectural style and nuances of Islam's Fatimid period. Anyone of any religion can walk into the mosque, but a certain dress code should be followed. You should wear long pants or skirts and tops with long sleeves. Women have to cover their heads with a scarf. In case, you do not have a traditional attire, borrow it at the entrance. Atheists will love to visit the mosque as well since the place is a seat of cultural and educational significance. The mosque opens at 10 a.m. every Saturday through Thursday. Entrance fee for all is 10 dirhams (approx. $2.75), except for children below 12 years who have to pay no fees.