The thirty-first tourist destination of the world, Dubai pulls in crowds of people, especially during the sale (Diwali) seasons. From the peaceful vibe of the sandy deserts to the modern-day architecture to lots of sightseeing spots, Dubai has lots to do apart from shopping. The city can be a very expensive place to holiday in, but there are lots of things to do in the city that will introduce you to the beauty of the city that stays covered under heavy shopping bags. We have got you a list of 5 things you can do in Dubai, apart from the usual shopping sprees.
Top 5 things to do in Dubai, apart from shopping:
1) Head to Dubai Mall for a fun day out
Dubai Mall is known to be the biggest shopping malls in the world with a total area of 12 million square feet and over 1200 stores. The mall has a gaming zone for kids and adults, the highlight of this gaming arena is the region’s tallest slide for adults! If you want to grab a quick bite, we would suggest you stop over at The Cheesecake Factory or grab some hot chocolate at Angelina’s. Ever fancied chilling with sharks and stingrays? Dubai mall can make this fantasy come true! If you have a PADI license, you can dive directly into the giant fish tank, but in case you don’t, you can go in for cage snorkelling. You can easily spend one whole day at the Dubai Mall, so make sure to keep some time on hand.
2) Watch the fountain show near Burj Khalifa
At the foot of the world’s tallest structure, the Burj Khalifa, lie the Dubai Fountains. Attracting most of the tourists to watch the fountain dance performances, this experience is completely free and a treat for your eyes. The show starts from 6 pm to 11 pm and happens every 30 minutes. There’s absolutely no chance of you missing the show if you are around the area.
3) Pay the Dubai Museum a visit
Located in the Al Fahidi Fort, it would take you about 45 mins. to cover the entire museum. Delving deep into the history of Dubai, the museum depicts old Dubai that is, before their discovery of oil and Dubai’s modernisation. Right from the Creek to the marine life, this museum is not one that will put you off, particularly because it is all about how the Emirate citizens lived before they turned wealthy.
4) Jumeirah Mosque
Designed intricately, the Jumeirah Mosque is the only mosque that grants entry to non-muslims and is definitely worth visiting if you are one for learning about their culture and fond of beautiful architecture. You can also sign up for an authentic breakfast served with local Arabic tea and coffee after which you would have to clean up before you can enter inside to pray. You can visit the mosque from 10 am onwards (except Fridays). However, make sure you are dressed appropriately in a long-sleeved blouse and bottoms that cover your legs. For women, it is mandatory to have a headscarf on.
5) Explore the Souks
Dubai, one of the most developed places also has lots of souks or markets, as we call them. Among the many souks, the Gold Souk, the Spice Souk and the Perfume Souk are very well-known. These are the traditional gold, spice and perfume markets where you can explore local gold designs, fresh spices and aromatic perfumes. Dubai’s Gold Souk is the best place to explore, you will be blinded by the shine and sheen that each piece of jewellery carries! Be careful about fake gold jewellery sellers if you are looking at buying some gold. At the Spice Souk, you will find a mix of spices of the best quality, including organic dates, dried fruits and pure saffron strands. If you are a perfume connoisseur, head to the Perfume Souk that stocks incense candles, pure perfumes, essential oils and even Dubai’s very famous, Oud. Looking to learn more about the local perfumes? Ask the vendors to explain the differences between the different kinds of oud, they will be delighted to share all their knowledge with you!
Hotels in Dubai:
- Renaissance Downtown Hotel
Renaissance is a 5-star property, located in the centre of this splendid city. Laden with luxuriant décor, floor to ceiling windows and state-of-the-art services, this one is definitely one of the best Dubai hotels if you have a bigger budget. Guests also get access to their fitness centre and both, the outdoor and indoor pools.
Where? Marasi Drive Marina, Dubai.
2. Citymax Hotel-
Citymax is just a twenty-minute drive from Dubai airport and has lots of entertainment options, including a sports bar, in-house restaurants offering Indian and Pan-Asian cuisines. If you are in Dubai for a vacation, this is the ideal accommodation option for you as it is located very close to the mighty Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Museum and the Dubai Opera. A 3-star property, this one also has a rooftop pool and a rugged-feeling gymnasium that guests have access to.
Where? Kuwait Street, Mankhool, Dubai.
3. Flora Inn Hotel Dubai Airport
This hotel is a great stay option for tourists looking for a reasonable stay in Dubai. Only about ten minutes away from the Deira City Centre Shopping Mall and the Festival City Shopping Mall, this hotel is also laden with amenities such as a temperature-controlled rooftop swimming pool, a well-furnished seating area and beautifully done up rooms.
Where? Airport Road Po Box 125275, Garhoud, Dubai.
Dubai has very strict rules about Public Display of Affection (PDA), so be very careful about not violating the rules or you might end up in a legal problem. Also, dress appropriately, it is advised that you wear clothes that cover your knees and shoulders when you are in Dubai. Dubai usually comes alive in the evenings, so plan your visits and sightseeing according to the timings of the places. Happy Dubai-ing!
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