Photographer and writer, Adonis round up a guide to the best Dubai attractions that would keep you entertained in the city.
Dubai Desert Safari
Adventurous activities like dune bashing, camel riding, and sandboarding await you in the desert. You get to spend time at the desert camp decorated in Bedouin-style, where you can watch the traditional belly dance and Tanoura dance performances and enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner. The most common desert safari is the evening one, while the variations include the morning desert safari and the overnight desert safari.
The glamour of the city is something you cannot ignore. However, amidst all the glitz, you should not overlook a hidden gem, which is the Bastakiya Quarter. The oldest neighborhood of Dubai, the Bastakiya Quarter stands out amid the soaring skyscrapers. The Bastakiya Quarter is home to several traditional homes that were built for the Iranian merchants in the 19th century. Walking on the narrow lanes of the neighborhood, you would get to see the old homes with their solid wooden doors and unique wind towers, which provided natural air-conditioning in the earlier times.
The museum is located inside the Al Fahidi Fort, which is considered to be the oldest standing structure of the city. This is your go-to place if you want to know everything about the history and culture of the city. In other words, how Dubai looked and people lived here before modernization hit the place. Spending an hour at the Dubai Museum is surely worth it!
Not too far from the museum is the Gold Souk, a traditional Arab market dedicated to gold jewelry. The Dubai Gold Souk is home to more than 300 stores that sell gold and other precious jewelry. The fact that buying gold in Dubai is tax-free is the reason why most people want to buy the yellow metal from this city.
The Bastakiya Quarter, the Dubai Museum and the Souks are all located along the Dubai Creek, making it the natural conclusion of your trip to the old part of the city. Today, the Creek is a business hub with corporate offices and companies located in Deira and Bur Dubai sides of the city. One thing you must do at Dubai Creek takes an abra ride, the oldest form of transportation. It would not only give you the vibe of yesteryears but also the chance to see the sights of both sides of the Creek.
As we move to the modern side of the city, it is inevitable to start with Burj Khalifa, the tallest tower in the world. Standing tall at a height of 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa can be seen from anywhere in the city. A luxury hotel (Hotel Armani), residential units, spa, several restaurants, fitness centers, corporate offices and two observation decks, one of the 124th floor and 148th floor, occupy the 162 floors of the building. During the Burj Khalifa tour, you would get to ride on one of the fastest elevators on earth and enjoy a 360o view of the city. If you want the best view, visit the Burj Khalifa in the evening, just before sunset.
Offering one of the best views of the Burj Al Arab, Kite Beach is a favorite among both locals and tourists as it allows relaxing and indulging in some adventure. Kite Beach is so-called because it is most popular for kitesurfing. Other than this, you would find several other water sports, beach activities (volleyball) and a track for bikers and skaters at this beach.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Spread around an area that covers 28 football fields (1.5 million square feet), the IMG Worlds of Adventure is the world’s largest indoor theme park. The park is divided into several zones, which include Marvel, Cartoon Network, Lost Valley – Dinosaur Adventure Zones, and IMG Boulevard. Each zone has rides, roller coasters and other attractions based on the theme it represents.
Dubai is known to do the impossible, and hence it is not a surprise to know that it has the largest indoor ski park. Located in the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai and Snow World has been quite a hit amongst locals as well as tourists. Skiing enthusiasts can practice their skiing skills at one of the five ski runs, the longest being at the height of 1300 feet.
The Miracle Garden
Dubai never ceases to surprise the world, and one of the biggest surprises revealed in 2013 was the Dubai Miracle Garden, the largest natural flower garden in the world. Yes, right in the desert city! The Miracle Garden has almost 50 million flowers spread around the area of 72,000 square meters. The highlight of the park is how beautifully these flowers are arranged. You would find some of the most exquisite designs including floral castles, floral models of the Burj Al Arab, floral tunnels, etc.