Dubai is a beautiful city. It has so much to do. It is modern, it is stylish but on the same side it respect its culture.
Dubai is a cosmopolitan city with a widely diverse population of people from many different backgrounds. There is much to do here: the city has a vibrant night life, a plethora of restaurants that feature cuisines from different parts of the world, art exhibits from aspiring local artists as well as reputable international artists as well as many entertainment options including concerts and fashion shows. For the avid explorer, there are many places to see; some are popular tourist destinations while others are hidden jewels that are less well known.
Dubai is the city of dreams. It is a potent cocktail of heritage and futuristic endeavour and achievement. It grows with every passing minute and its diversity is profound. There is a little something for everyone, right from food lovers to shopaholics, art connoisseurs to hardcore travellers. Dubai has all the potential to morph into the happiest city in the world and once you’re there, you will never want to leave.
Apart from famous The Burj Khalifa or Gold souk, there are many other adventurous things present, which will make your trip a-never-forget-memorable-trip.
1. HOT AIR BALLOONING
3. BUNGEE JUMPING
4. DESERT SAFARI
Getting Around in Dubai
Getting around the mighty city of Dubai is difficult if in case you love walking. It is therefore imperative for you to take some form of public transport in order to look around and Dubai definitely has a plethora of options. There are metered taxis and then there is the metro, the monorail, public buses, water buses and even traditional wooden boats (Abras) for that matter. You must purchase a rechargeable Nol Card so that you can use the public transport.
1. Yet another exciting feature of a Dubai itinerary, the Dubai Museum is the oldest structure of the city and beautifully documents the history of the emirate. For those interested in architecture and archaeology, this place is a must visit.
2. One of the most popular things to do in Dubai, the Dubai Desert Safari is an adrenaline pumping excursion. You are made to sandboard through the sand dunes of Dubai in a 4WD, ride a camel and then perhaps even treat yourself to a henna tattoo. This is undoubtedly the drawcard of Dubai tourism.
3. The largest shopping mall in the world, the Dubai Mall is home to an elaborate aquarium, an ice-skating rink, a hundred food stalls and even an indoor theme park. Also popular for its gold souk (marketplace), this giant will invariably find a place in every Dubai itinerary.
4. Rise early to make the most of your Dubai itinerary in the form of the Dubai Hot Air Balloon ride and relish the pleasant views of the desert. This is undoubtedly one of the most memorable things to do in Dubai.
5. The dancing Dubai Fountain is an extremely striking element of a massive lake with the Burj Khalifa in the background and is the most visually stunning of all places to visit in Dubai.
6. With perhaps the most remarkable architecture of all the lavish malls in Dubai, visiting the Ibn Battuta Mall is like stepping into a part of Egypt, ancient Persia or maybe even Tunisia. It is easily one of the most beautiful places to visit in Dubai.
7. Visit the extraordinary artificial island of Palm Jumeirah and see one of the most iconic hotels in the world, the Atlantis. This megaproject is audacious and downright outlandish but totally worth witnessing and is now a shining gem of Dubai tourism.
8. Spend time at the iconic Jumeirah Beach and feast your eyes on the third tallest hotel in the world, the luxurious Burj Al Arab. This is perhaps one of the most essential things to do in Dubai.
I found Dubai’s city planning rather meticulous. Most of the multinational companies are grouped together by field in a business district. And for the sake of uniformity, all of the houses and apartments are built using an Arabian-style of architecture, making the residential sector of the city look like a modern take on Aladdin’s hometown. A good illustration of this architecture for me is the Madinat Souk. On the outside it looks like a traditional Arabian desert home, but on the inside it’s actually air-conditioned and decorated very well! It’s a mix of old and new that works so beautifully!
Jebel Hafeet or ‘Mountain’ Hafeet is a ‘must-not-miss’ attraction in Al Ain. Located south of the Al Ain city border shared with Oman, a high way has been constructed in 1986 to reach this place. It is around 1250m high and the drive up the majestic rocky mountain on its winding roads is certainly worth a trip. There are several parking lots along the way which provide ample viewing opportunities and beautiful backdrops for photo shoots. Right at the top are viewing platforms where you can spend time gazing down at Oasis city and also a café where you can have some quick refreshments. The beauty of Al Ain city is enjoyed best from the top. At around 915m height is Mercure Grand Jebel Hafeet Hotel, well known for their views and recreation facilities.
Per official sources, Jebel Hafeet is also a source of fossil finds which provide proof of ancient life-forms. The discovery of calcified corals establishes that the region was once covered by the sea. Jebel Hafit is the home of several species plants, animals and birds, such as Arabian Tahr.
It could get cooler at the top, so it might be a good idea to take your jacket along. During the winter months, afternoons are a better time to visit, when it is neither too cold nor hot, and you can bet on a clearer view than otherwise. During summer, evening will probably be a better choice.
Jebel Hafeet also offers stunning visuals at night, from the city. With the lights switched on along the twisting roads, the mountain comes alive and alight and looks like a shimmering lamp in the distance.
Hatta Mountain (Day Trip)
Located atop the Hajar Mountains in the emirate of Dubai, the rugged beauty of the Hatta Mountains is perfect for those who love adventure. Its freshwater pools belong to a different planet altogether. The quaint heritage village of Hatta Wadi is also worth visiting and will only embellish all of your delightful memories of Dubai. A two hour ride from the city of Dubai, you must ideally book a Hatta Mountain safari tour with a reputed travel agency. You will be provided a 4X4 vehicle, all transfers will be arranged and the entire trip should last around six hours. Make sure you carry your passport with you and also some food if possible. Get ready to be enthralled by the desert scenery and magnificent meandering trails of Hatta.
Amazing Things to Do in Hatta Mountain
Get a taste of adventure by embarking on the amazing Hatta Mountain Safari. It is a surreal experience and Dubai tourism rightly takes a lot of pride in the same.
Khasab, Musandam (Day Trip)
The Musandam Peninsula is the northernmost bit of the Oman Sultanate and Khasab is its proud capital. The Norway of Arabia, Khasab is home to the most stunning fjord-esque craggy inlets. Cruising the vast sea will help you experience its charm and grandeur and the memories will certainly be indelible. A good three hours away from Dubai, taking an organised Dhow tour is probably your best bet in order to reach Khasab. All transfers will be provided and you should ideally go to a reliable travel agency for the same.
Amazing Things to Do in Khasab, Musandam
Explore the impossibly beautiful fjords of Khasab, a part of the Musandam peninsula on a dhow (a traditional Omani boat). This is the most relaxing feature of your Dubai itinerary and the experience is a lot like actually being in Norway.