An inspirational enchantment of deep-seated traditions and striving innovative vision, Dubai is swaddled into a sparkly desert majesty. One-of-its-kind on this planet, this city is world’s fastest growing and has taken a big leap from a small Gulf trading centre to one of the most dazzling, picturesque and advanced metropolitan destinations. Often, perhaps not surprisingly, the city has been linked stereotypically to a destination that allures those with more cash than culture. Although, this single-eyed cliche does not justify the attractive contrasts and the rich culture that Dubai has to offer.
When you think of Dubai, you might be transported to a land with five-star hotels, starry nights, designer boutiques and so on. But trust us, there is so much more; Sun, sand and shopping perfectly sum up this beautiful place. Read on and know where are we heading (or where you should) with this:
What will attract you..
Dubai Museum: Teleport back in time and treasure Dubai’s history (also escape the heat) at the splendid air-conditioned museum situated beneath Al Fahidi Fort which is the oldest structure built in 1787. Dubai originated way back in the Bronze Age and this museum showcases outstanding alabaster objects from 3000 BC to prove it.
Bur Dubai Textile Souk and Shindagha: A perfect place for evenings, visit Bur Dubai Textile Souk to indulge in some strapping bargain shopping and a power walk along the waterside. You can also enjoy traditional song and dance at Heritage and Diving Village. For an amazing time, take a 10-minute walk to Shindagha and try fragrant sheesha or ruffle into the Arabic mezze.
Etihad Museum: This new-fangled museum will recite the story of UAE’s formation in 1971, which induced the discovery of oil in the 1950s and the termination of British in 1968.
Burj Khalifa: The much in hype, Burj Khalifa soars 828-metres into the sky and is well-known as the world’s tallest building. Deliver yourself up to the top with high-speed elevators at the observation decks (level 125 and level 148) which are 456 metres and 555 metres above the ground. Enjoy the floor-to-ceiling glass structure with 360-degree views.
Dubai’s Beaches: Dubai boasts of some marvellous beaches. Must-visit beaches at this city include Kite-Beach, Sunset Beach, Jumeirah Beach among others.
What you need to indulge in..
Spunky Safari: Dubai is the land of desert safaris and indulging in this activity should definitely be on your list. Get a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle with a 4×4 drive to a legitimate Bedouin campsite and enjoy the ‘hubbly bubbly’ (shisha) and some freshly grilled shawarma.
The Famous Fountains: The sight of Dubai fountains is not just spectacular and exciting but free as well. Leaving Vegas a step behind, Dubai does it louder, bigger and ends it with a impressive light show at night.
Wild Wadi Water Park: Let the child inside you seek some adventure at this spectacular water park. Right next to the sea, the Wild Wadi Water Park has a world of its own which lets you experience magic and magnificence, all at once.
Underwater Zoo: If you do not want to indulge in shopping or safari, head straight to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. Best in class, this place is quite fascinating with its 48-metre aquarium tunnel.
In the past few years, the city has enclasped open-air and boulevard-style shopping at various places. You can visit cool boutiques, eateries, cinemas and entertainment segments like Green Planet Biodome. Some of the best places to shop at include:
Dubai Souks: Souks or markets of Dubai are super fun and quite entertaining as well. Some of the must-visit souks include Spice Souk, Gold Souk, Deira Covered Souk, Perfume Souk and Textile Souk.
Shopping Malls: Dubai is home to hundreds of malls but only a few deserve your visit. If you are a true shopaholic, visit the “Big Five”: Deira City Centre, BurJuman, Dubai Mall, Mall of the Emirates and Ibn Battuta.
What to buy:
Souvenirs: Pick up carpets, kilims, cushion covers, Alladin lamps, intricate trays, silver Bedouin jewellery, copper pots and much more.
Arabian Attars: One of the must-buy things in Dubai include the intoxicating Arabian perfume oils or attars in gem-sealed gold and silver bottles.
Exotic Food Items: Buy Middle Eastern spices like sumac and zaatar. Also, don’t forget to pick the regional speciality- dates, along with its variants like chocolate dates, date preserves and the fizzy date drink.
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Where to Celebrate the Sizzling Nightlife
Dubai will amaze you with its amazing nightlife encompassed with great bars, glamourous chill out places and casual Irish pubs. Indulge in some serious fun and entertainment at the following clubs and bars:
Bahri Bar: a local favourite, Bahri Bar is designed colonial style beautified by a big wooden veranda that overlooks the man-made waterways and the Burj Al Arab.
Bar 44: With 44 types of champagne, crazy cocktails, a pianist and extraordinary panoramas over Jumeirah Beach and Dubai Marina, this place is everyone’s hot favourite.
Treehouse: With the backdrop of Burj Khalifa, this chic bar endows the customers with invincible views from its verdant terrace on the third floor. Pick a high table or a low-set sofa set and treat yourself to a gorgeous evening.
The Irish Village: For an authentic pub experience in Dubai, visit the Irish Village which is incredibly popular with Dubai’s expats.
The Perfect Time to Visit Dubai..
Honestly, Dubai experiences two seasons: hot and hotter. Yet, the best time to visit this destination would be from November to March. During these winter months (peak tourist season), the city experiences gorgeous blue skies and the perfect beach weather. You can escape the crowd and visit Dubai during the summer months but be ready to encounter triple-digit temps and rising humidity levels.
Dubai is a city that perfectly defines the phrase, “See it to believe it!” So, don’t wait, plan a vacation to this magnificent land and let the adventure begin.