Dubai is one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. Located on the northern coastline, it has everything for everyone from beaches, to grand contemporary shopping malls, to ancient markets, to desert safari, and much more that a tourist can ask for.
1. Look high for Burj Kalifa
Burj Khalifa, also known as Burj Dubai, is the world’s tallest skyscraper, standing at 829.8 meters. With more than 160 floors, the building seems to touch the sky living up to being called a skyscraper. Take a ride on the elevator to the 124th-floor of the skyscraper, which is the observation deck created to witness the breathtaking views of Dubai, enjoy a walk in the Burj Khalifa park through the beautiful gardens and fountains, shop in Dubai mall, which is one of the world’s largest malls or adore the night light show at the tower – the place has something for all sort of travellers. Burj Dubai is a part of the Downtown Dubai complex consisting of offices, hotels, shopping malls, entertainment precincts and apartments and remains open for tourists throughout the day with three different ticket rates including AED 125 (INR 2271), AED 250 (INR 4543) and AED 500 (INR 9084).
2. Take a stroll at Palm Jumeirah
Palm Jumeirah is one of world’s largest man-made islands and consists of 17 petals. It is an artificial enclave in Dubai and is one of three planned islands called Palm Islands that includes Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jebel Ali and Palm Deira. The Palm is perfect for people seeking short distance leisure activities, dining and exploration in and around the neighbourhood. Cafes and restaurants alongside the Jumeirah walk and public beach are worth stopping by. It also comprises of luxury villas and apartments making it a luxury tourist destination.
3. Enjoy the Desert Safari
Desert Safari is one of the most exciting experiences one can have in Dubai. You can book a safari package with the travel agent at your hotel and the total time required for the safari is five hours. They pick you from your hotel at around 3:30 in the afternoon and take you towards the desert and once the deserted area starts; there is a small place where they have bike rides on the sand and other small activities and souvenir shops. The actual safari is in a desert village on a camel and once you enter the village they offer barbeque and welcome drink. In the village, there is a stall where people can get henna applied on their hands, along with enjoying three dance performances including fire dance, tenura dance, where a male dancer dances to Arabic tunes and keeps on revolving and the most popular belly dance. Watching such traditional Arabic dances is a delight amidst the dry desert.
4. Spoil yourself at Shopping malls in Dubai
Dubai Mall is amongst the world’s largest shopping malls and apart from the basic entertainment, eating and shopping, the mall offers a lot of other opportunities. One of them is Kidzania, which targets children between the age of 4 to 15. Another place for kids inside the mall is the Dubai Fun World, which is an adventurous play area for children. Along with it is the Dubai Aquarium that allows you to experience the exotic wonders of aquatic life and a gamut of leisure and dining activities. SEGA Republic, the 76,000 square feet park featuring 15 thrilling attractions and more than 170 games and Reel Cinemas with 22 screens and four luxurious platinum movie suites, are also worth visiting.
5. Shimmer in the Gold Souk Market
Dubai Gold Souk or Gold Souk is a traditional market in Dubai located in Dubai’s business district Deira. Dubai is famous for the availability of cheap gold and even if you do not plan to buy any, a walk through the glittery Gold Souk is a must. Along with gold, the market also displays platinum, diamonds and silver and the government keeps an eye over the quality of the goods to ensure that the people who make purchases return satisfied. It is always recommended to bargain as prices are usually charged high taking into consideration the workmanship on the beautiful pieces of jewels. However, when buying expensive gold be aware of the street vendors as you might end up buying a fake ornament. For the rest, let yourself immerse in the glitters of gold all around.