Dubai is one of the most fascinating cities in the world and is home to numerous world-class attractions. One of the best things about the city is that everything is easily accessible. Thanks to the vast number of taxis plying the roads and the metro service, getting around is remarkably easy. If you are travelling to this beautiful city, there are a number of places you just can’t afford to miss. However, to have the best possible experience, remember to be respectful of all local customs and traditions.
Here is a look at some exciting things to do in Dubai.
The Burj Khalifa
The tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa is hard to miss from the moment you arrive in the city. It is truly a masterpiece and brings together the best of modern design and technology. The 134th floor has an observation deck, and the view is not to be missed. You will be able to book a visit online. Do so a few days in advance to save considerably on ticket charges.
Skiing is not something you would normally associate with the Middle East. Nevertheless, Ski Dubai in the Mall of the Emirates offers a truly remarkable ski experience. The longest run is around 1300 feet, and provides oodles of fun. You will be able to rent all the ski gear you need, and there are numerous lockers to keep all your stuff. Even kids can have fun in the snow using inflated inner tubes.
A Desert Trip
You will be able to find numerous companies who will pick you up from your hotel and take you for a desert tour, complete with a traditional Arabic meal, a camel ride and even a belly dancer. This is a simple way of getting a taste of the traditional Bedouin lifestyle. If you are feeling adventurous, rent a 4×4 to get a better feel of the Emirates. Wadi Wurrayah, home to the only natural waterfall in the UAE, is a short drive away. However, if you are not going on a planned trip, make sure that you’re well prepared. Carry a detailed guidebook and travel in a convoy of at least two vehicles. The desert can be an extremely dangerous place.
If you are willing to haggle, you can get really cheap gold in Dubai. Even if you are not, a visit to the Gold Souk is a must. Be sure to tell the taxi driver that you want to go to the old souk; otherwise you might end up at one of the newer places which don’t have the same charm. The stores here also sell diamonds, platinum and silver, and since there is a strict regulatory mechanism in place, you can rest assured that your purchase is authentic. You could even get custom-designed jewelry for a very reasonable price. Steer clear of hawkers trying to sell fake handbags and watches.