Things to do in Dubai

If you have booked your holiday to Dubai, make sure you build the following must do’s into your itinerary:
One of Dubai’s most recent and beautiful developments, Madinat Jumeirah is a complex of attractive hotels, restaurants, souks and leisure facilities surrounding stunning waterways and gardens and featuring its own private beach.
Souks are the Arabic markets where goods are bought and sold - Dubai’s souks are predominantly in an area called Deira. In the past they would have been the site for boats from neighbouring countries as well as India, Ceylon and China to unload and sell their goods. Over the years, the produce has changed and alongside the spices, textiles and gold, there are now electronic goods and other consumer trends. Although not as impressive as the markets in other Arabic countries, the sights, sounds and atmosphere of Dubai’s souks are still worth a visit.
The Al Fahidi Fort is Dubai’s oldest building dating back to 1799. As home to the Dubai museum, it is worth a visit in itself. The museum traces Dubai’s history and cultural heritage, as well as its rise to the modern, international city it is now.
Get out of the city and explore the desert, which spans from the edge of the city to Abu Dhabi Emirate. There is whole range of tour operators which offer exhilarating and unique experiences, ranging from half day excursions to longer tours. Activities can include driving through the sand dunes in 4x4s, camel riding, or watching the sun set over the desert whilst enjoying traditional belly dancing, barbequing and shisha.

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building standing at over 828 metres (2716.5 feet); it breaks an array of world records, including the elevator with the longest travel distance in the world!

You can view the city’s skyline from the observation deck on the 124th floor or enjoy dinner and a cocktail in the world’s highest restaurant, Atmosphere. When back on ground level, enjoy the beautiful gardens that include the world’s tallest performing water fountains! The building also includes office space, private residences, hotels and a four story fitness and recreation facility. It is truly a site to behold.

We know Dubai likes to break records and they do so again with the world’s largest shopping mall! 1200 stores, restaurants, an ice rink and even an aquarium – if you like shopping, it’s not to be missed.
Dubai’s water parks such as Wild Wadi are a huge draw for children and adults alike and provide a bit of entertainment when you get tired of lying by the hotel pool. They have been built in true Dubai style so expect great things.

Eating out is a major pastime in Dubai and it is home to a huge and ever expanding restaurant scene. It includes an array of cuisine from around the world as well as a huge number of celebrity chef restaurants.

A drink with a view is also a must and Dubai offers many an option, from the top of sky scrapers to waterfront venues.

Make sure a Dubai brunch is on your holiday menu. Friday (the first day of the weekend in Dubai) is the day to do it. Starting at lunch time and taking you through to dinner, it is a feast of unlimited food, drink and indulgence. Pacing yourself is crucial!

Dubai’s beaches are a buzz of activity; many of them belong to hotels and require an entry fee if you are a day guest. It is worth doing your research beforehand as there are vast options with an array of facilities.
The only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslim guests - go for an educational insight into Emirati culture and religion.
Whilst you’re in the region you may consider visiting Dubai’s neighbour, Abu Dhabi. It’s about 150 kilometres and you can travel by bus or hire a car from a variety of hire companies. Whilst Abu Dhabi has grown significantly over the last 50 years, its growth has not been at the same scale as Dubai and it retains its Emirati feel.
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