Top Ten Things to Do in Dubai
Capturing the gaze of the tourists with its charismatic charm, Dubai has emerged as a prominent hub on the world’s tourism. From the spectacular Dubai Fountain to the glamour of the Downtown, the nightlife of the city never comes to a halt. Dubai has it all, be it the traditional Heritage Village, glittering Gold Souq or top notch designer brands. Shopoholics can plan a perfect vacation during DSF getting a bundle of deals. So if planning a tour itinerary, then these are the ten must visit places which surely you would not like to give a miss.
1. Burj Khalifa - Tallest Tower in the World
Giving a spectacular and a breathtaking view, Burj Khalifa is a perfect example of architectural wonder. Located in the heart of Downtown Dubai, the skyscraper is the tallest in the world with 828m in height. If you want to have a bird eye view of the city, then climb At the Top of the tallest masterpiece of the world and view the city in its miniature design.
Book your tickets for visiting the observation deck and see the sun setting and scattering its crimson colors on the city. You can book your tickets online 30 days well in advance. An on arrival booking may need to take you out extra bucks from your pockets. So plan a visit on a pleasant day and enjoy the glimpse of the city in its most marvelous shape.
Telephone: +971 800 2884 3867 www.atthetop.ae
2. Desert Safari
In a 4×4 wheel drive, feel the thrill and excitement sandboarding and bashing in the golden sands of the desert. Luring many tourists, the desert safari is a popular tourist attraction for the adventure seekers. A number of tour operators organise desert safari with many offering various lucrative deals. The combo deal also comes with many other entertainments like camel rides, henna tattooing, belle dancing( not in the month of Ramadan) while culminating the safari with a delicious barbecue dinner.
The tour operators also arrange for the pick and drop facilities. So don't miss out this wonderful experience.
3. The Dubai Fountain
Dancing to the tunes of mesmerising music, the enchanting Dubai Fountain is a visual treat to experience. Standing by the side of the lake promenade, the fountain leaves you awe struck with wonder. With the water fountains shooting as high as 50 ft., the 6300 LED lights and 50 color projectors present a spectacular show. Not to forget the musical repertoire, from Sama Dubai to Shik Shak Shok, the famous Arab musical number, which makes you to speak nothing but WOW.
There are daily fountain performances at 1:00p.m. and 1:30 p.m. It also performs every 30 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 10p.m.on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. to 11:00p.m on weekends.
With the waves hitting the rocks, you can witness the grandiose of Atlantis standing in its entire aura. Situated at the Palm Islands, a man made wonder, the Atlantis resort epitomizes luxury and class. Spread in the huge area of 110 acres, the hotel houses world class amusements and entertainment catering to the interests of both adults and children. From the huge water park Aquaventure to The Lost Chambers Aquarium nestled with 65000 fishes and vivid sea creatures, Atlantis has it all. Shop to your best in the 20000 sq. ft. retail area with the world's best brands clustered under one roof of the resort. All these things make it one of the most visited tourist destinations in Dubai.
Crescent Road, The Palm, Dubai (04 426 0000)
5. Global Village
Is it possible to take an entourage of the entire world at one go? With the unique concept of Dubai’s Global Village, the dream comes to a reality. At Global Village, you will find pavilions of different countries under one dome. The shopholics can get an international shopping fun at the same place. From Indian Kashmiri Pashmina shawls to African handicrafts, from Yemeni honey and dry fruits to Turkish crafts and carpets, you have it all. All this comes with a beautiful package of live entertainment and cultural shows from different parts of the world.
Open from November to March every year, the Global Village is a place that every visitor of Dubai should experience without a miss.
Location: Sheik Mohammed Bin Zayed Rd, Exit No. 37, Phone 04 362 4114
Opening Hours: Saturday to Wednesday from 4:00pm-12:00am
Thursday, Friday and public holidays from 4:00pm to 1:00am
6. Dubai Museum
Credited as being one of the oldest structures of Dubai, this place is the living witness of the rise of Dubai from a small traditional town to a commercial hub. Dubai museum housed in Fahidi Fort, built in 1799, tells you of its rich cultural heritage. Guarded by two canons at the main gate, the place showcases many archaeological artifacts. To name a few are small fishing boats, traditionally built hut made of sand and big palm leaves used to live in summers, some handcrafted weapons and other instruments.
A video is also played to make the visitors show the transition of Dubai. With a numerous collection of historical art pieces, the place is a must go for any tourist.
Location: Al Fahidi St, Bur Dubai (04 3531862)
Opening Hours: Saturday-Thursday, 8:30am -8:30pm, Friday: 2:30 pm -8:30pm
7. Ski Dubai
Feel the chill of the snow and cool mist of flakes in the desert. This is not a dream but a reality at the Ski Dubai, an artificially created indoor ski resort to make you realize the fun of snow activities in Dubai. Be it a boy of seven or an adult, the place has all the things in store that appeals to all the age groups. Whether throwing the snowballs, skiing or skating, it is an ultimate experience. They also provide winter clothing and various equipments required for the snowboarding and other activities. Get a close encounter with the penguins and if that is not enough, they will perform a show in which they will steal your heart away. For timings, tickets and other details, you can visit the website
8. Dhow Cruise
Enjoy the experience of dining under the star lit sky at Dubai's Dhow Cruise. Complementing the beautiful environment is traditional styled boat decorated with lights and embellishing which perfectly ensembles with the occasion. Be it a romantic dinner or any other special occasion, Dhow Cruise is the perfect place to be with your loved ones. Passing through the waters, visualize the views of the city at its best. Watch the Heritage Village, Dubai Museum and other places at the Creek while enjoying the entertainment shows and delicious cuisines in the boat. The pick up time is 7:00pm and you board the cruise at 8:00pm. You return back to the shore after sailing for two hours in the creek.
Location: Deira Creek (next to Sheraton Creek Hotel)
9. Wild Wadi Water Park
Give the heat a chill and splash into the waters. Wild Wadi comes with a complete family package amusing both the kids and the adults. It is a theme based water park based on the mythical Arabian Nights where you can swirl round and round in the mystical mazes of various rides. There are bundles of rides and adventure activities which will make you and the kids pass the day out in a blink of an eye. You can touch the speed of 80km/hr at the Jumeirah sceirah, a 33m high ride and enjoy the thrill.
Timings of the Wild Wadi are 10am -6pm (November to February), 10am-7pm( March to May), 10am to 8pm (June to August) and again 10am to 7pm(September to October).
Location: Jumeirah Rd., Phone 4 3484444
10.Jumeirah Beach Park
Located on the Jumeirah road, this lovely beach with a bright and vibrant landscape of lush green garden has a great soothing appeal. After a long hours of sun tanning, the cool misty grass and the shady palm trees gives a great comfort. With the lifeguards on duty at the sea shore, the Jumeirah beach park also has barbecues, cabins and shaded areas along with a kids play area. With a fee of 5dirhams, the park is open from 7am- 11pm (Sat-Wed) and 7am to 11:30pm (Thursdays and Fridays).
Location: Jumeirah Beach Road
Tel.: +9714 4 349 2555
Other places to visit in UAE
A visit to the northern emirates of Dubai is also equally interesting, and several tour companies accommodate even the emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah and Umm Al Quwain in their package. Among the main attractions here are the Sharjah souks, Ajman’s palace museum and the dhow building yards, and the fertile agricultural area of Falaj Al Mualla at Umm Al Quwain. As for Ras Al Khaimah, it is an ancient seaport that extends into the Gulf, along the northern most tip of the UAE, opposite Bandar Abbas in Iran. The picturesque museum, and the natural beauty in the emirate, coupled with interesting archaeological sites, makes it a must visit place in UAE.
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