Dubai, United Arab Emirates:
Dubai is one of the most visited in the United Arab Emirates. It lures visitors from far and wide with with its numerous record-breaking attractions. From shopping, to dining, to events, Dubai has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are the top 10 reasons to visit Dubai:
What is there to do in Dubai?
(Perhaps a better question is, what ISN’T there to do?!)
1.Shop ’til you drop
Dubai has a number of malls, the most recognized being the Dubai Mall. Dubai Mall is the world’s LARGEST mall. You can easily spend the day here, with its 1,200-plus shops and 150 restaurants. If shopping becomes too overwhelming, the mall also has an ice rink, waterfall, indoor theme park, and even an aquarium!
Mall of the Emirates is another retail complex in Dubai. While it is not as large as Dubai Mall, it does offer an indoor ski center, Ski Dubai.
Alternatively, you can also visit Global Village. Global Village is shopping and entertainment complex with a number of pavilions that represent over 75 countries and cultures.
Note: Global Village is open from November to April. It operates seven days a week, and opens its gates to visitors From Saturday to Wednesday from 4:00pm-12:00am, and opens until 1:00am on Thursday, Friday, and public holidays
2. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the world’s TALLEST tower, standing at 828 meters. The Dubai Fountain Show is comparable to Bellagio’s Fountain Show (in Vegas), but of course, the Dubai Fountain Show is better because it’s just outside of the Burj Khalifa.
Note: Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa are in the same complex, so both can be enjoyed on one day.
Tip: If you plan to go to the observation deck, it is best to go during sunset when you can capture the best view.
Tip: Many organizations like groupon.ae will offer discounted rates for “At the Top: Burj Khalifa.” Shop around, online before paying full-price.
3. The Walk at JBR (Jumeirah Beach Residences)
JBR offers a bit for everyone. Spend the day at the beach and enjoy the evening dining al fresco at one of the many restaurants seaside.
If you like a bit of a thrill, check out the world’s longest inflatable waterpark. Yes, you read that right — INFLATABLE WATERPARK. Fun for both kid and adult alike, the waterpark is open at The Beach, just opposite of Jumeriah Beach Residences.
4. Desert Safari
Just outside of the Dubai, you can experience a desert safari in the Arabian Desert. Most itineraries include dune bashing, sand boarding, henna, camel rides, and a traditional dinner with Arabic mezze. Some tour companies even offer overnight stays.
Note: Some tour companies will have alcohol, shisha, and belly-dancing available while others will be more family-oriented. Call in advance so you know what IS (or is NOT) included in the itinerary.
5. Dubai Marina
Dubai Marina is the world’s LARGEST man-made marina. Here, you can marvel at the luxiourous yacht or even enjoy a cruise in one by renting a yacht with a few friends. Dhow cruises are also available if you don’t want to splurge on a yacht.
6. Theme Parks
Dubai has several theme parks. IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s LARGEST indoor theme park. It features rides, entertainment, and dining.
Wild Wadi Waterparks is an outdoor water park with rides and slides, offer 30 attractions for the entire family to enjoy.
Atlantis Aquaventure Park is located on Palm Jumeriah and features a number of “aquaventures,” including swimming with dolphins.
7. Palm Jumeirah (“The Palm”)
The Palm is interesting enough on its own as the world’s largest man-made island. Here, you can enjoy the likes of Wild Wadi Waterpark and/or Atlantis.
For the adventure seekers out there, Skydive Dubai offers a way to enjoy the Palm from a bird’s eye view. You don’t even have to be a pro; Skydive Dubai offers tandem jumps for the inexperienced.
Burj al Arab is the world’s FIRST 7-star (yes, you read that right…SEVEN-STAR) luxury hotel, located on Palm Jumeriah. Here, you can experience extravagance whilst enjoying great views of Dubai. If you can’t afford to splurge on a room, afternoon tea is a more-affordable option.
8. Catch some rays
Kite Beach is a popular destination for tourists and residents alike and is one of the best beaches in Dubai. There are a number of water sport operators available, including kite surfing, if you want to try your luck at conquering the seas of the Arabian Gulf.
9. Dubai Creek
Dubai Creek is a little off the beaten path for some people, but it has just as much to offer as the rest of Dubai. Take a water taxi or enjoy a dinner on a dhow cruise along up the creek. You can even shop for gold and spices.
10. Grub or Sip (Tea)
There is no shortage of places to grub in Dubai. Friday brunch is a popular past-time, as is afternoon tea. Alternatively, you can also tempt your palate with a variety of culinary dishes and delectables that are unique to Dubai. Nutella milkshake topped with a chocolate brownie and marshmallow fluff, anyone?