Visiting Dubai is like no other city. There’s quite literally a surprise lurking around every corner in the City of Gold. It’s bold, it’s brash, it’s fun, it’s opulent. As a real feast for the senses, it’s little surprise why Dubai’s population is now made up of around four-fifths of expats who come to the UAE to experience the Middle Eastern sunshine and a fast-paced way of life.
There are not many places on this planet of ours where you can dine in a seven, yes seven-star hotel; go skiing on a 45-degree summer’s day, or get in the back of a driverless car to be chauffeured around!
However long you plan to stay in Dubai, it’s never enough. There’s so much to see and do that you can often feel a little bewildered choosing what to see and do. That’s why I’ve gone and done all the hard work for you to create an ultimate bucket list of all the things you must eat, see and do in the City of Gold:
Check out Palm Jumeirah from above with a breath-taking skydive
The Palm Jumeirah, a resort shaped like a palm tree, has to be seen from above to really be believed. What better way than to jump out of a plane! If you’re an adrenaline junkie, this will get the pulses racing and give you a lifetime of memories from thousands of feet in the air.
(Somehow) take a selfie with the world’s tallest building!
“Dubai, UAE” (CC BY 2.0) by Thomas Depenbusch (Depi)
Dubai is home to the world’s tallest building, the one-of-a-kind Burj Khalifa. You haven’t experienced Dubai until you’ve been to ground zero here and tried to take a selfie of yourself with the top of the building in the shot – that’ll impress your pals on social media!
Sample one of Dubai’s much-talked-about food trucks
Dubai is undergoing something of a food revolution. The city is now awash with ‘truck parks’: dedicated areas for street food trucks to park up in and cook up a storm for locals and tourists alike. The trucks are often cool and quirky to look at, whilst offering an authentic taste of the Middle East.
Experience a ride on an abra
What better way to soak up the sights and sounds of Dubai Creek than on the city’s traditional mode of transport. Book a trip on an abra to cruise along the creek from one end to the other.
Marvel at the Dubai Fountains
Check out the Las Vegas’ Bellagio-style Dubai Fountains. These stunning water shows occur every half-hour from 6pm until late. The water and light shows are choreographed to classic Arabic music, as well as Andrea Bocelli’s timeless classic, Time to Say Goodbye. There’s a number of restaurants around the Dubai Fountains that offer fantastic views of the shows late into the evening.
Visit the Dubai Aquarium and swim with sharks
Always wanted to swim with sharks? Dubai is home to the world’s largest indoor aquarium and gives visitors the chance to get up close and personal to these masters of the ocean.
Experience a unique night of luxury entertainment at Dubai Opera
Sample the opulence of the Dubai Opera with tickets to one of the many shows on offer here. There are spectacular views from all corners of the theatre and the interiors are a real work of art, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere in the audience.
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Get under the skin of historic Dubai in Al Bastakiya
“Al Bastakiya @ Bur Dubai” (CC BY 2.0) by *_*
Be sure to spend some time away from the bright lights and the big city vibe. Take a trip to what is now considered ‘old’ Dubai in Al Bastakiya. From here, you can discover the city’s true heritage and the values upon which the new part of the city is founded on.
Everyone seems to like making bucket lists these days, but this really is a distilled list of eight of the most impressive experiences you’ll find in the City of Gold. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.
So there you have it – hopefully we’ve given you enough travel inspiration to inspire your Dubai travels – and given you a great list of Things To Do in Dubai to make sure you get the most from your visit. Don’t forget to let me know you’re own highlights once you’re back!
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Vicki is the Lawyer turned Content Creator, Editor-in-Chief and all round Boss Lady at MakeTimeToSeeTheWorld.
She has lived and worked in 7 different countries and started the site to show everyone that it is possible to travel whilst holding down a full time job (because not everyone can – or wants to – quit and walk away from it all).
Her style of travel has always been to get the best out of a destination as a time poor traveler making the most of limited vacation days and all without breaking the bank; BUT she does know where to save and where to splurge to have the most incredible travel experiences – such as luxury hotels and over-water bungalows, safaris, spas and more(!) – where the situation calls for it.