What to do in Dubai, UAE

What to do in Dubai, UAE

Dubai is one of the most visited cities in the world. Once a desert outpost, the glitzy city has transformed as only it can, fueled by an ambition that has completely challenged perception. A fiery ambition only rivaled by its equally fiery desert sun whose hot kiss serves as a reminder of what once was. Today, it is especially known for its high-rise buildings and shopping malls, replete with indoor ski slopes that might have you think for a second you’re in Antarctica, what with the sight of penguins and below-zero temperatures.

Then again, if there were to be a replication of Antarctica in the hot desert, we all know the one party that could give it a shot. But I digress. The United Arab Emirates city has evolved into the Middle East’s holiday hotspot, so much so that it is transitioning from oil to a global tourist city. And it is very well on course, aided by a long list of attractions, Made in Dubai. Here is a taste of what to do in Dubai, UAE that should partly explain what the rage is all about with the City of Gold.

Feast your Eyes on the Burj Khalifa


Many people come to Dubai for the sole reason of viewing the tallest building in the world. Standing at 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa pierces through the Dubai skyline, offering uninterrupted glimpses of the city and beyond. It is one of the top attractions in the Middle East, and it features a remarkable work of art, all of which, combined, makes it easy to see why it’s nicknamed the Jewel of Dubai.

There is an observation deck on the 124th floor, the second-highest in the world, which provides spectacular panoramic views of the city, desert and ocean. In the evening, make sure to catch a view of the world’s tallest fountain show designed along the lines of the Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.

View Palm Jumeirah from up Top


Palm Jumeirah, simply known as Palm Island, is a man-made archipelago modeled in the shape of a world map, and christened The World. There is a cornucopia of activities to engage in on the island, including shopping in upmarket malls, dining in award-winning hotels, chilling in luxury beach resorts and indulging in exciting activities in the world-class theme parks.

You will also find the famous Atlantis the Palm, a lavish marine-themed resort which is not only a defining attraction in itself, but also happens to occupy the envious spot at the apex of the island. To truly appreciate the sight of Palm Jumeirah, take a few minutes flight aboard a helicopter and marvel at the genius of it all. The ride should also whisk you across much of the city.

Go to a Theme Park (or two)


Dubai is truly theme parks galore. There are just so many of them you will be torn for choice. The aforementioned Atlantis, the Palm is one of the top picks, with its never-ending underwater mazes and tunnels that provide sightings of sharks, seahorses, eels and piranhas.

There is also Dubai Parks and Resorts which is basically multiple entertainment needs rolled into one place. Water parks found here include Legoland Dubai which should be a treat for younger clientele, Bollywood Parks with an Indian film industry theme, and Motiongate, which is themed on Hollywood productions.

Spend a Day at Dubai Mall


Ever asked yourself how the largest mall in the world might look like? It comes as no surprise that the city of Dubai holds the mantle for being home to the world’s largest mall by total area, the Dubai Mall. It is absolutely colossal, with every imaginable offering found here: the world’s largest indoor aquarium, an ice skating rink, musical fountain, wonderland-like chocolate store, a flight simulator, and of course, stores – over 1,200 of them. You might want to set a specific day specifically to grace this gigantic space. And it’s okay to get lost. Just…ask for help.

Take a Desert Safari


Not until you take a desert safari that it will dawn on you that Dubai really is a desert. It’s nice to escape from the glitz and glam of the city, and matter of fact, a trip to Dubai is not complete without a view of its other side. At least if you are the curious traveler. An SUV will pick you up from the doorstep of your hotel, if you prefer, taking you on a thrilling ride to Dubai’s largest sand dunes. You may choose to spend a night under the starry desert skies. This traditional Arabic evening experience, complete with amazing Middle-Eastern cuisine (and sheesha!) might just turn out to be your best memory of Dubai.

There is no place quite like Dubai to be honest. It’s just one of those destinations you need to visit at least once in your lifetime. If there was one word that would be used to describe it, eye-opening, would probably be it.

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