It is not just all sand and camels in this charming Middle Eastern desert jewel. Indeed, Dubai has loads of attractions for everybody: couples, families, adventurers, foodies, you name it. Over the years, Dubai has made a name for itself as a world-class tourist destination. Any visitor would be spoilt for choices, but here is a short list of some of the must-do in Dubai.
Enjoy Breathtaking Views from the Burj Khalifa
This iconic building has 124 floors! The highest floor features massive floor-to-ceiling windows and sweeping views of this wealthy city-state. How do visitors get all the way up there? Why, by riding an ultra-fast elevator, of course, which, moving at ten meters per second, is an attraction in itself. Prepare for some ear-popping! The Burj Khalifa, being the tallest building in the world, is extremely popular with visitors, who flock to its open-air terrace, which is also located on the top floor.
Test Your Mettle at the Aquaventure and Lost Chambers
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix at this incredible water park which boasts everything from exciting water slides, inter-connected waterways, a massive aquarium housing 65,000 marine animals, to playgrounds that feature water jets and cannons. This watery wonderland is the perfect entertainment for the whole family.
Fly over the Arabian Desert in a Hot Air Balloon
Start your exotic day at sunrise in the Arabian Desert, where you will climb atop a hot air balloon that will rise to a height of 3,000 feet. From such a high vantage point, you will be able to appreciate the beauty of this natural wonder in its entirety. Expect to see wandering camels, red sand dunes and desert oases. Upon landing back on terra firma, you will be driven to a desert conservation reserve, where a scrumptious breakfast awaits. Finally, learn about falconry from experts who will show you a kind of hunting that many rarely see.
Get Some Cardio-Shopping
Put your wallet and credit card to good use by visiting all the best shopping spots in Dubai – Bur Juman, Deira City Centre, Naif Souk, and Al Fahidi Street. Gold bugs can also indulge their obsession at the Dubai Gold Souk, where the precious yellow metal is coaxed into various styles and designs, all at very competitive prices. Those who lead with their noses and taste buds would find something to sniff and taste at the Perfume Souk, as well as the Spice Souk. End the productive day at the Antique Market for some last-minute purchases of exotic souvenirs and knick-knacks.
The Ancient Meets the Twenty-first Century in Dubai
The city of Dubai has been blessed with unprecedented wealth. This has been reflected on its grand modern buildings and ambitious future plans. However, Dubai also still holds on to its ancient traditions. Visitors might marvel at the juxtaposition of camels and skyscrapers, but its citizens take both the ancient and new in stride. This duality makes the city a charming destination in the Middle East for discerning world travelers.