Incredible Things to do on Your First Visit to Dubai
Dubai can truly be called the land of magnificent mirage - all brought to life with great grandeur, connecting the first timer corps in the city. Here are 10 activities to remember when to make the desert land in Dubai your vacation!
1. Visit the Buzzing Souks
The marketplace is called Sox in Arabic and some of the most generous in Dubai. From spices, clothes, perfumes to gold - you will find everything you can see in these souks. All you need is to put the bargaining skills to good use to score an amazing deal. Prepare to be amazed by a glimpse of machine-crafted gold chains, exotic spices, intricate silk carpets and other curios that make for exquisite souvenirs.
Location: Bur Dubai
2. Hang out at the Dubai Creek
It is the perfect place to enjoy the various street performances on display and to taste some incredible local cuisine for a fraction of the price on the roadside delis. One can also board an Arabic dhow / boat for a river cruise where one can dine on the boat and enjoy the sights as the ship slowly floats down the drain.
Location: Bur Dubai
3. Go for a Desert Safari
Dubai's desert safari will cherish you, from bashing the adrenaline filled Doon to being photographed in a camel field. Your tour operator will take you to a charming village where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a camel ride, henna painting and a barbecue with tented canopies. Here you can also taste shisha or hookah with flavored tobacco. While not forget to watch the very beautiful belly dance performances by trained dancers.
Location: Dubai Desert at various locations
4. Make Memories at the Wild Waadi Water Park
Located near Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park is a place to fulfill the imaginations of not only children but also adults. From gentle surfing rides to tornado pools to 100-meter-high gravity-free water slides, there is plenty to choose from. Needless to say that this place has many food hubs serving different cuisines and other means of entertainment.
Location: Jumeria Road
5. Visit the legendary Burj Khaleefa and Burj Al Arab
One can buy a ticket to land on one of the observation decks of Burj Khalifa, the world's highest tower. The view from here is breathtaking. Burj Al Arab is a famous beachfront hotel built after the traditional Arabic dho. Taste the food here or stay in one of its luxurious rooms.
Location: Burj Khaleefa is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard while Burj Al Arab is located on Jumeria beach.
6. Say Hello to Dolphins at the Dubai Dolphinarium
The park, designed to educate people about the conservation of dolphins and the preservation of marine life, is one of Dubai's biggest draws. Fantasyly choreographed shows of dolphins, seals and other aquatic animals will leave you spellbound. You can also swim with dolphins here at a price, of course!
Location: Umm Hurrair
7. Live up the Marine Dream at the Dubai Aquarium
In this largest suspended aquarium in the world, you can experience spectacular activities such as shark diving, scuba diving, shark encounters, and more. Of the 140 species of marine animals, the prize for the most spectacular goes to the Sand Tiger Shark. Visit them to believe it!
Location: The Dubai Mall
8. Explore the Dubai Miracle Garden—World’s Largest Natural Garden
One of the most incredible sights to see in the desert city is the Dubai Miracle Garden. This place will leave you in awe-inspiring haze as you explore pyramid models, vehicles, animals and whatnot from animals. Each model can be rotated, lit and moved with special machinery. Really a vista is supposed to be visited!
Location: Barsha, Dubailand Area
9. Get wooed by the Performance of The Dubai Fountain
An enticing music, water and light dissipation, the Dubai Fountain is the world's highest-performing fountain system located on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa Lake in the center of Downtown Dubai. This masterpiece is a terrific choreographed show for human audiences, influenced by the unique harmony of music, lights and aerial shooting of water. There is 22,000 gallons of water in the air at any time during the performance. Imagine it in a desert city!
Location: Burj Lake
10. Meet the Snow Penguins at the Ski Park
Another thing that you cannot easily find in the desert, but Dubai has managed to dazzle here too. You can take action at one of Dubai's Squawley malls in the ski park or watch Snow Penguin. In addition to various ice activities, one can also swim with penguins in a 10 ft deep pool. Talk about an adventure to write about home!
Location: Sheikh Zayed Road