A modest fishing-village once, today Dubai is the crown jewel of the Persian Gulf gushing in sophistication, black gold and moolah today! The flamboyant architecture and extravagant services that this emirate offers is matched by very few around the globe! There is no shortage of top things to do and see in Dubai. The best thing of Dubai is, it has the tallest hotel in the world- The Burj Al Arab, mam-made islands – The Palm Beach Island, outstanding malls and so much more glamour, that it will surprise you at every corner. In fact, Dubai is a city where everything is just minutes away from Dubai Airport. Here’s a list of top things to do in Dubai that you cannot afford to miss while holidaying in Dubai and each and everything is must-see and do.
Savour the Exotic Dishes of Dubai
Dine like a king as some of the best chefs in the world cook up lavish appetising meals in abundance at high-end restaurants of Dubai. The Michelin-star restaurants serve impeccably garnished dishes of elaborate seafood, lamb and other delicacies prepared in European fine dining style as well as fusion twists on Arabic and Asian cuisine. World-renowned chef’s namely, Gordon Ramsay, Gary Rhodes, Pierre Gagnaire add their expertise to restaurants of Hilton Dubai Creek, Mezzanine, Raffles House and Nobel House. On the other hand, is the mouth-watering street food of Dubai which will satiate your taste buds to the fullest! Al Dhiyafaf Road is the most famous cheap-street food hub where you’ll find authentic Iranian, Arabic, Pakistani and Indian cuisines. The zesty salads, mixed grills, tender lamb and fresh seafood will leave behind strong memories. Sidra, Pars Iranian Kitchen and Ravi Restaurant are some places that are highly recommended.
Because Bargaining is an Art in Dubai
Realistically, the shopping in Dubai is not as great as in the fashion capitals of the world namely, New York, London, Paris or Milan. Yet, it is the grandiose shopping experience in Dubai that sweeps you off your feet. For instance, the Mall of Emirates has a built-in ski slope made of snow, should you wish to a quick refreshment between your shopping; or the unimaginable transport in Souk Madinat inside the Madinat Jumeirah Hotel that has its own waterway to transfer people from its shops, bars and restaurants to the neighbouring clutch of hotels; or Dubai mall’s 10-million litre indoor aquarium which is the largest suspended aquarium in the world! It is all an unimaginable fantasy that lures you and your credit card!
Soaking in the Sun-N-Sand!!
Surely, the lavish architecture and lovely fountains may make you forget that Dubai is actually a desert city. Yet, living up to its grand reputation, Dubai offers great Desert Safaris to tourist giving them a glimpse of the vast desert landscapes. Not only can you ride the sands on a 4x4 or a quad bike, but you can also sand-surf through the dunes and experience that adrenaline rush!
Deira Gold Souks
All that Glitters IS Gold!
No trip to Dubai is complete without walking down the dazzling streets of Gold Souk. With stores lined one after another, this is the main hub of yellow metal in Dubai, and probably the world! You will find the most exquisite designs and a variety that will baffle you – all at a reasonable price you cannot even imagine! This is glittering souk will definitely lure you into buying at least one piece of gold that will you cherish all your life!
An Epitome of Entertainment!
While Dubai is a shopaholic’s fantasy, it is a child’s dreamland! There is a host of activities to keep kids entertained- from amusement parks like Wild Wadi, to ice-skating rings, to aquariums housing sharks and sting rays, to even skiing on real snow! And it’s not only the kids who are in for a treat, adventure stints like sky-diving over the Palm Islands and a hot-air balloon ride over the magnificent aerial view of Dubai is an exposure of a lifetime!
Authentic Souvenirs of Dubai
A Taste of Original Dubai
Take a break from all the extravagance that Dubai offers and take a trip down the authentic lanes of this emirate of UAE. The Bastakia Quarter, the spiritual heart of the city, located in Bur Dubai, firmly holds traditional roots with pride. Walking through narrow alleys, you will have an opportunity to explore the local galleries, the Al Fahidi Fort and the Dubai Museum. This is an ideal place to take back authentic souvenirs of Dubai.
Visit a Mosque
An extremely rare opportunity of entering an Islamic worship place is offered nowhere else, but in the city of Dubai. Open to all, the Jumeriah Mosque has an “open doors, open mind” programme allowing people of all religions to see the inside of a mosque. During Ramadan, iftar tents are put up all over the city offering samples of Emirati food to one and all.
Dhow Cruise Tour
Cruise on the Creek!
Beautiful and vibrant, the Dubai creek is a natural seawater inlet that cuts through the city centre. A water taxi called Abra will take you across Dubai’s historic and modern landmarks while sailing through a picture-postcard sunset. It also makes for a perfect romantic date amidst the fancy lights, cool breezes, charming music and some belly dancing.
Take a Walk on Dubai’s Marina and Jumeirah Beach
A recently developed area, the Jumeirah Beach Residence Walk and Dubai Marina, is the largest man-made marina in the world. It is thronged with spectacular skyscrapers, pretty cafés and bars, high-end hotels and world-famous restaurants, including Frankie Dettori’s Frankie's Italian Bar & Grill and Gary Rhodes’ Twenty10. You will find super yachts docked at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club (DMYC) which has gained a reputation as one of the elite private yacht clubs of the region. It is an ideal place to take a ferry across the famous Palm Islands.
Cities Best Brunches
Toast a Champagne at Brunch!
Come, Friday and alcohol flows copiously in Dubai! Marking the first day of the UAE weekend, Madinat Jumreirah, Burj Al Arab, Le Meridian and their likes open their doors for lavish champagne buffets. Expect the likes of Moet and Laurent Perrier and heaps of oysters, steak and huge prawns at this lavish feast.
A Disneyland of sorts, Dubai surprises you every step of the way! Each piece of structure surpassing the other, making you wonder- what next?