Dubai is a city of a collective of emirates called the United Arab Emirates. There are seven emirates that make up the country of the UAE. One of them is Dubai. It has the largest population among all the emirates. It was established in 1833 and gained independence in 1971.
Since then, Dubai has become a major city in the area. Its port is one of the most important ones in the region. The economy of Dubai was earlier dependent on oil. It later adapted to the western style of economics. It has now become a major hub for tourism. It has many ‘firsts’ to its credit. Here are a few must see and must do items on a travel list to Dubai. If you visit Dubai in your life then you should do these top 10 things there.
10. Dubai Shopping Festival
If you are an avid shopper, the list of malls in Dubai is endless. It is not just malls that are attractive. The open air bazaars too have attractive items for tourists looking for that odd artefact. But the time to visit Dubai is during the Dubai shopping festival. This is the biggest shopping festival where all the retail outlets in Dubai offer discounts. Daily raffles with big prizes are a staple of this festival.
9. The Dubai Mall
This is, by area, the largest shopping mall in the world. It has around 1,200 shops. The interesting fact about this mall is that it is not just about shopping. It also has an aquarium and an underwater zoo. There is a tunnel underwater through which you can walk and watch sharks swim above you. The mall also has an ice skating rink.
8. Palm Jumeirah
This is an artificial island created in the Persian Gulf. It is not just an island but an archipelago. A series of islands were constructed in the Persian Gulf using landfill techniques to create housing as well as commercial properties. From the air this creation is in the form of a palm tree. A monorail, the first in the Middle East, connects the islands to mainland Dubai.
7. Desert Safari
To truly enjoy the essence of the Middle East, this is a must do trip when one is in Dubai. It is especially important to do an overnight trip. It allows one to capture the spirit of the desert. From living in tents, to riding camels over sand dunes this outing will give you all that Dubai has to offer. An evening’s entertainment also includes a bar and belly dancing. It not only includes dinner, but also breakfast. Sleeping bags and blankets are provided to protect you from cold desert nights.
6. A cruise Dinner on the Dhow
The Dhow was traditionally the boat used by the Arabs for long sea voyages. This is the vehicle that enabled trade between Europe and the east. A cruise on the dhow by night is another attraction Dubai has to offer. Though the boat is the same traditional one, it has all the modern conveniences. Add to that a buffet dinner and it is one activity to see Dubai’s attractions by night.
5. Sand Skiing and Dune Riding
For those looking for offbeat adventures there’s plenty more Dubai has to offer. The desert has no snow to offer but plenty of sand. One can try sand skiing here. Sand skiing is safer than skiing on snow. If you fall, the landing is softer. If you want even more adventure you can rent a quad and go riding the dunes in a group.
4. Al Maha Resort
This is a must visit resort in Dubai. Situated in middle of the desert around this is a resort surrounded by sand dunes. The resort is designed to offer privacy to each guest while providing every convenience to each room. Infinity pools are standard for each villa. The rooms too are designed with the local tastes in mind. Each room has artefacts and genuine Arab antiques. This is also a place to spot local wildlife of the desert.
3. Atlantis, The Palm
This is the biggest hotel and theme park on the reclaimed island of Palm Jumeirah. It has attractions for both adults as well as children. The rides in this hotel are one of its biggest attractions. It has a 2.4 km long ride that takes one through a series of cascades and drops. The opening ceremony of this hotel will be something that people will remember it for.
2. The Burj Al Arab
This is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. It is built in the shape of a ship’s sail. There is a private bridge connecting the hotel with the mainland, as it was built on an artificial island. Its biggest attraction is a restaurant that has a massive aquarium with seven inch thick acrylic walls.
1. Burj Al Khalifa
The tallest building in the world is the Burj Al Khalifa. This is definitely the biggest attraction in Dubai. It is in fact the tallest man-made structure in the world. It has broken several records due to its height. It has homes, offices and a hotel. The hotel has eight restaurants and shops for those who want to indulge in a bit of shopping.