Dubai the craziest and most enchanting Emirate of the United Arab Emirates. The city is mix of profound traditions and futuristic visions. It somehow feels like “The Thousand and One Nights”. You can find everything in Dubai, from the world’s greatest skyscrapers, to luxurious resorts, fantastic restaurants, entertaining malls and crazy parties.
1. City Views from Burj Khalifa
You can’t go to Dubai and miss on the world’s tallest skyscraper with a total height of 830m. The tower has more 160 storeys, including hotels, restaurants, corporate suites and an observatory deck, which offers incredible views on Dubai.
2. Dune Bashing
For a unique UAE experience, you must get on a 4×4 for a rollercoaster trip through the dunes of Dubai. Be ready to get a real shake from time to time but you will be having a lot of fun. Make sure you book your trip via a private company though so that you don’t fall into tourist traps.
3. Fountain Show at Dubai Mall
The Dubai Fountain offers the world’s largest choreographed water show. Yes Sir! This is one of the most captivating water, music and light spectacle that I have ever seen in my life and it is for free. You don’t believe me? Well, your eyes won’t actually believe what they will see when the water will start dancing like crazy, reaching up to 140m high. So make sure that you do not miss out on this.
4. Enjoy a High-End Dinner
Dubai is a foodie destination. If you have both the palate and the budget, then you can really fly high. The food scene is magical, colourful and international. It offers multiple dining options and restaurants. There is not one type of cuisine which you cannot find in Dubai. However, there is one specific cuisine which you should not miss when visiting, which is Indian. My favourite Indian Restaurant is Armani Amal.
5. Spend a Night at the Atlantis The Palm Resort
Atlantis the Palm is not only a resort but it is a town by itself. Besides offering some of the most elegant and luxurious hotel room in town, Atlantis offers unparalleled luxurious experiences with five star restaurants, shopping areas, beautiful views and beaches, outstanding pools and a rocking aqua-park.
6. Stroll About Souk Madinat Jumeirah
Souk Madinat is a beautiful ancient style market-place with many shops, souvenir, restaurants, cafes and bars. It offers beautiful sights and views on the Burj Al Arab, which is the only 7 seven stars hotel in the world. There are many wonderful areas to have a walk, take a boat ride or just chill.
7. Take the Ferry in Old Dubai
They are super small and can’t even hold more than 20 people, but these ferries are a such a great ride to cross Dubai Creek between Deira and Bur Dubai. You will likely be the only foreigner on it but you will at least have a chance to enjoy the amazing landscape of the old dubai for a few minutes.
8. Spend a Day at the Beach
Beach lovers, I have a good news for you. The nice temperature in Dubai makes it a perfect destination to enjoy a day at the beach all year long. Whether you opt for the public beach in JBR, a resort pool or a beach club, there is no bad option to sunbath and get a nice tan.
9. Shop until You Drop
Dubai is a heaven for shopaholics and totally tax-free. Shopping malls are like cities by themselves as they offer various experiences and things to do. In fact, you could go to an underwater aquarium at Dubai Mall or spend some time skiing at The Mall of Emirates. Whatever mall you decide going to, you will have an unforgettable shopping experience.
10. Party Like an Animal
Dubai is a controversial metropole because on the one side alcohol is not very well accepted but on the other side, people party and drink like crazy. Whether you’re a local, new in town or just visiting, you can be sure that you will find something meeting the highest of your expectations. The only thing you need to worry about is to be ready to splash your cash because what you will get to experience will be unique. Don’t miss out on Bagatelle, a favourite of mine.