Well I guess it’s official… The moment has arrived! I’m writing my very first article about Dubai-UAE!
Dubai is one of those cities where there are so much more than that meets the eye. The city that almost seems to have risen out of nowhere in a relatively short amount of time and now stands as a popular tourist destination due to its wide-ranging mix of lavish malls, exciting adventures, modern architecture, exotic beaches, immense skyscrapers and historical sites. Honestly, there are just so many of the best things to do in Dubai that are dotted across the city.
Here’s where you need to head to when you visit Dubai
#1 Desert Adventure:
Visiting Dubai and not even looking at the desert.You can’t visit Dubai without paying a visit to the Arabian Desert. You can experience this incredible landscape in a few different ways whether it’s camel trekking across the sands, dune-surfing, seeing the sand from above in a hot-air balloon or bouncing across the terrain on a 4×4 desert safari. We got the best offer in Klook
#2 To go up the world’s tallest building – Burj Khalifa
Step out onto the world’s highest observation deck with outdoor terrace which provides you with unrivalled views of the city. There are two observation decks to peer out from, found on level 124 and 148, the latter sitting at 1,821 feet and providing incredible panoramic views.
Entrance ticket for 124th floor start from 200 Aed onwards and for 148th floor starts from 350 Aed onwards
#3 To admire one of the world’s most beautiful city skylines
Dubai Marina is an artificial canal city, built along a 3-kilometre (2 mi) stretch of Persian Gulf shoreline. The Marina provides one of the best vantage points for soaking up the cityscape. The marina area is surrounded by tall buildings and contains a beautiful boardwalk. You can see the fancy boats and get some stunning photographs of the harbor and skyline
#4 Malls in Dubai
You can see lots of small, mega and lavish malls in Dubai, but recommended ones are the malls of emirates where you can enjoy indoor ice ski and other is Dubai mall where you could see the aquarium and fountain show (fountain show is free)
#5 To explore the souks
While shopping comes easy in Dubai’s mega malls, arguably the most famous of the city’s retail experiences is found in its souks. These traditional souks (gold and spices) are said to be the cheapest place in the world to pick up authentic gold jewellery, spices respectively in Deira among the most iconic locations.
#6 Food Lovers
If you are food lovers, you are in perfect place. Try different cuisine if you are in Dubai. If you are non veg lover you should try Mandi rice and shawarma. Karak Tea is cheaper in Dubai it will just cost you (1-2 DHS). Try to have shawarma and karak tea in small cafeteria which won’t burn a hole in your pocket at all. Meena bazar is a place where you can hog different cuisine at lower price.
#7 Beautiful Beaches
Unleash those toes, the white sands are calling. Huge and wide beach boasts plenty of room for you, your family, friends, neighbors, neighbors’ friends and more to gather on. It’s teaming with activities including everything from skate parks to mini bungee jumping, high rope courses to a running track. Plus, there’s also the all-new human slingshot from XDubai. Watersports are also popular and include kayaking, paddle boarding and water skiing to turn a lazy day into something much more adventurous. Beaches to visit is La Mer and Kite beaches
#8 Theme Parks in Dubai
Dubai is not just about high-rise structures and shopping and the IMG Worlds of Adventures proves just that. It is an indoor theme and amusement park that offers something for people of all ages and features a surplus of experiences, rides and interactive attractions. Here you can truly unwind and have some fun – from 3d simulators to a haunted house and rollercoasters– you’ll easily be entertained for hours.
Entrance Ticket per person is 299 AED
#9 Jumeirah Mosque
Widely considered to be Dubai’s most prestigious and beautiful Mosque, the Jumeirah Mosque is a beautiful example of traditional Arabesque architecture. Two immense Minarets crown the mosque and the whole building is covered in a fantastic cream stone facade – an absolute stunning place to visit in Dubai.
#10 To spend a few nights in the world’s most luxurious hotels
You may find many options as per your likes from luxury hotels, five-star hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels.
Burj al Arab located on its own island, Burj Al Arab Jumeirah features suites overlooking the sea, 9 signature restaurants and a full-service spa. Its world’s tallest hotel, the Burj Al-Arab or ‘the sail’ is a 321m high hotel that sits on the Dubai coast
#11 Palm islands
Possibly the most well-known man-made creation in the whole of Dubai, Palm islands is a series of islands that stretch out from the coast and form a large palm tree leaf in the water. At the far end is the magnificent Atlantis hotel located at the apex of the Palm Jumeirah that comprised of a Atlantis Aquaventure water park that includes breath taking slide that travels through an aquarium!
To Travel inside Dubai
Public transport proved to take more time, but saves your pocket and your environment.
Dubai has an extensive public transport network so it’s an easy city to navigate. From the metro to the tram, buses, and even a monorail it’s time to hop on board and explore the city.
Jumping on the bus is a cheap and convenient way to travel the city. Dubai’s bus network has expanded considerably over the years and offers a reliable commute to work for many. Inspectors carry out random checks on board, so make sure you are carrying your Nol card with you while travelling on the bus or you will be given a Dhs200 fine. The first three rows are reserved for women and children.
The driverless, fully automated Dubai Metro runs on two lines (red and green), and all trains are air-conditioned, as are the stations and walkways. The cheapest way to travel is in standard class, with a single journey starting from Dhs3 and rising to Dhs7.5. There’s also a separate section for women. For a more comfortable journey, there’s the gold class, with fares between Dhs6 and Dhs15 per journey.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail
The monorial runs down the trunk of Palm Jumeirah over a three-mile long route from the Gateway Station in Al Sufouh to Atlantis The Palm hotel. The journey takes about ten minutes with services operating every 15 minutes.
Dhs20 (one-way), Dhs30 (return), free (children under 90cm). Open daily 9am-10pm. Al Sufouh to Palm Jumeirah.
The Dubai Tram was first put on the tracks in 2014 and runs for 10.6 kilometres from Dubai Marina to Jumeirah Beach Road. There are 11 stations with stops and trams arrive every eight minutes at peak times and every 12 minutes during regular hours. There is a flat rate of Dhs3 for travelling with a Nol card, or Dhs4 if buying a ticket.A journey in the gold class will cost Dhs6. Like the Metro, there is also a women-only carriage.
Abras ferry people across the Creek for Dhs1 between Deira and Bur Dubai. Other options for travelling by water include the water bus, which operates on the Creek between Al Seef and Al Ghubaiba, as well as around Dubai Marina. Fares range from Dhs2 to Dhs5.
What is Nol cards?
The days of scrambling around for loose change or arguing with a bus driver who won’t accept a large note are well and truly over, as now you have to use a travel pass. Cash is not accepted on public transport, and the Nol card takes the hassle out of using the city’s travel network. These easy-to-use smart cards can be loaded with credit, which is deducted when you check in and check out at metro or tram stations, as well as when using buses and water transport. You must have a minimum of Dhs7.50 on your card – the maximum amount that a single trip can cost – to ensure you always have the funds to pay for your journey.
If you do not want to travel by public transport you can even use uber and careem cab services just download the app and use GPS to book a car to pick you up and drop you off. You can pay by card as well as cash.
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