We know you’re going to shop till you drop when you enter the golden city of Dubai. We’re also sure you’re going to venture deep into the desert and catch glimpses of the life of the Bedouins. But Dubai is also home to some of the world’s best indoor amusement parks and glittering architectural wonders. And we haven’t even mentioned a dazzling waterfront and sunny beaches. So, let’s introduce you to the top five things to do in Dubai:
Enjoy the best view of Dubai from Burj Khalifa
On a full day tour of Dubai, you will be entranced by Burj Khalifa, the tallest manmade structure in the world, the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab, and Atlantis The Palm. From the 124th floor of Burj Khalifa, you see all of Dubai spread out before you. The view is mesmerising whether you see it in the light of day or in the darkness of the night. The tour ends with delicious high tea at Burj Al Arab. Alternatively, you could also do a half-day tour of Burj Khalifa, and wrap it up with a mouth-watering lunch spread at Armani Hotel.
Discover Dubai on a seaplane tour
The ultimate luxury experience in Dubai is to fly over the city aboard a seaplane. On a 45-minute seaplane tour, you will be treated to jaw-dropping views of Palm Jumeirah island and the turquoise waters of the Marina, as also the soaring Burj Khalifa, Dubai Canal, and the World Islands. The tour takes off from The Dubai Creek or the JA Jebel Ali Beach Hotel. The all-window seat plane ensures that everyone gets to click the best photos. Alternatively, you could also embark on a 20-minute express seaplane tour.
Course the waters on a luxury dinner cruise
A relaxing night-time activity to undertake with your better half or family is a luxury dinner cruise along Dubai Creek. Lasting for three to four hours, the cruise takes place aboard a luxury bateaux or a traditional dhow. In either case, spectacular views of Dubai’s Grand Mosque, clock tower, floating bridge, and other landmarks are yours to cherish. This can be followed by a lavish dinner with live music.
Turn back time at Al Fahidi Historic District
It’s easy to forget where you are when you’re strutting down glitzy malls and luxury hotels but a visit to the by lanes of Old Dubai puts everything in perspective. The historic quarter of Al Fahidi is like a different world, with its sandy environs, quaint buildings, and the impressive Al Fahidi Fort at its centre. Now converted into the Dubai Museum, the 18th century fort houses ancient remains of Dubai’s original inhabitants and other interesting relics. On a heritage tour of Dubai, you can also ride the traditional abras and take a walk around the residential quarter of Al Bastakia.
Have fun at Ski Dubai and Dubai Dolphinarium
Enter a winter wonderland replete with penguins, rides, and ice caves at the 4500 sqm Ski Dubai, and swim with talented dolphins and seals at Dubai Dolphinarium for a trip that will be very hard to forget.