Dubai, the one-stop travel destination for everyone, irrespective of your age. May it be the Dubai shopping festival, World’s tallest manmade structure Burj Khalifa, the thrilling Desert safari or the cruise at the Dubai Creek, Dubai will never deceive. This is not the end though, date market and the gold souk, the grandeur is one to look for!
Top 10 Places in Dubai
Take in the views from the Burj Khalifa
You can’t leave your Dubai Holiday trip without getting to the top of the world’s tallest building. Although there’s no off time to visit the top of the Burj Khalifa, it’s a treat for your eyes around twilight when you can watch the city transform into a sparkling jewel.
Our most useful tip here is to get your tickets before you arrive which will mean you save yourself some of that dreaded queuing which is extra long around dusk.
See the historic town fishing of Al-Bastakiya
Before Dubai was not so developed, the area was distributed with small fishing villages that dotted the coast. I’m all for the facade of Dubai but I equally love to see some of the ancient parts of the city.
Take a moment from the sky reaching city buildings and pay a visit to the Bastakiya Quarter, which has stood the test of time (even if this mega-metropolis of a city has grown around it).
Visit some of the momentous structures, visit the smaller bazaars and discover some of the beautiful constructions that make up ‘old-Dubai’.It’s somewhere people loved visiting on their trip to Dubai.
If you really want to break out some of that midday heat, head over to the Dubai Museum to learn more about this region.
Spend a night in Desserts
If you’re not like a monotonous traveler you’ll be itching to explore extras of a city after a few days of city life. One of the things that strike with Dubai is that it’s quite unique, once you leave the brink of the city buildings you realise pretty fast that you’re smack-bang in the lavish desert landscapes of the UAE.
There are quite a few ways to spend a night in the desert, like Bedouin-style tents, or the discerning Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. Whatever you select, it’s got to be one of the favourite ways to see the sunset!
Watch the sunrise over the city
Undoubtedly one of the best ways to experience the sunrise is via the age-old craft of hobby of air ballooning. To be honest, you might feel a bit nervous at the thrill of hot-air ballooning due to the height but it’s one of the best experiences anyone could ever have, especially at dawn. It’s worth getting up early for. And the best part, you’ll be back in the town just in time for brunch and a little dip by the pool!
Indulge on brunch
Talking about brunch, Dubai is quickly acquiring itself a reputation for world-class food, dishes, and restaurants. You would start a pretty epic love affair with brunch, especially when it allows you a little longer in bed… and you will not be judged for eating cake for breakfast! Ha!
Head over to Bubbalicious for an ebullient spot of brunch that will fill the growling tummies! One of the best things about brunch at Bubbalicious is that it blends a typical style of brunch (with a few bubbles, of course) that are mixed with regional dishes from around the Middle East. It’s the best way to fill up on some quite yummy treats.
Explore the souks for spices and gold
Once a robust melting pot of local trade, the souks of Dubai are still a great place to unwind. Popular amongst visitors, they do get a little busy but that shouldn’t stop you staying(just cradle the crowds and enjoy it). On the contrary, if you wish to avoid most of the visitors, reach early in the morning, a time when the souks traditionally bloom (as it kept locals out of the midday heat). Probably you are not a morning person but you would definitely aim to head here as early as possible.
Grab yourself some regional spices, analyze the gold souks and even try your hand at bargaining with local owners, which is a skill in itself!
Try your hand at falconry
An ancient practice which is now open to tourists visiting Dubai, Falcon handling is the art of ‘handling’ the falcon’s that are so very beloved in Dubai (yes, we know that we just used the same words to describe it but you’ll see what we mean when you visit).
Book yourself an expedition, learn more about how these beautiful birds live and try your hand at directing a Falcon in the desert landscape. Falconry, by the way, is an important part of the past here and is even entitled as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Item to protect and help raise the attention of falconry.
Experience the old fishing boats at Bur Dubai Abra Dock
After spending the afternoon in the glamour of the city, head over to Bur Dubai Abra Dock where you can walk the mall and fantasize some of the ancient trades that once sustained the region. It is lovely to spot them on your visit.
Presently, only a few of the boats still operate for fishing but they’re all still round the corner for us to enjoy. For a relieving coast tour of the city, hop on board and enjoy the ocean sights, just don’t forget to take your sunscreen for this one!
Wander through the Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai’s Miracle Garden is an exclusively designed garden that fits pretty within the city itself. Polished and arranged to show some of the most eye-pleasing gardens in the UAE. Make sure you visit early in the day and come upon some of the dazzling gardens that are truly works of art.
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Gorge at Chutney’s
Hands down one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai, Chutney’s has acquired itself the fame as the restaurant that can’t be missed in the city. Escorting clear of nosebleed, high-priced dishes, Chutney’s focuses on mouth-watering food that’ll leave your purse with enough change for a gelato! Don’t forget to try their tasty black lentil dish that’s just too good to miss.
Visit the Third Line Gallery
Dubai is quickly establishing itself as one of the best cities in the world to see all types of art. Galleries, museums, and cultural hubs are flourishing across the city. Make sure to visit the Third Line Gallery that manifest thematic collections that change every few months.
The focus on modern Middle-Eastern artists makes this for a generic mix of cultures, pieces, and statues for us all to enjoy.