Top 10 things to do in Dubai

If you plan to visit Dubai and are looking for a trip that is a delicate balance of old and new, a tour covers a modern city as well as its historic roots, then we have the perfect 10 places for you to visit in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

Standing at the height of 828 meters, Burj Khalifa is not only the tallest building in the world but also an icon of development and modernization that is taking place in United Arab Emirates. Once in Dubai, you simply can’t miss this enormous structure standing taller than any other on its skyline. To get inside the building, you’ll have to purchase a ticket which start from $30. You also have the option of a guide to showing you around. Once inside you can ride in the world’s fastest elevator up to the 125th floor, where an outdoor observatory offers 360-degree views over Dubai and the Arabian Gulf.

2. The Dubai Mall

Located right next to the Burj Khalifa is The Dubai Mall. But to think of it as just any other mall would be a disservice. You can spent an entire day here and still not be able to cover all of it. Along with having more than 1,000 shops and 200 restaurants and food outlets, the venue is home to an indoor theme park, an ice rink, a giant indoor waterfall and the huge Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo.

3. The Dubai Fountain

Located at the bottom of Burj Khalifa and right outside Dubai Mall is Dubai’s awe-inspiring fountain. It offers the world’s biggest choreographed fountain system. Its popular dance shows throw water as high as 150 meters in the air. Its water streams are illuminated with different colors and dance around to various musical tunes from around the globe. Starting at 1pm, its performances are spread out through the day at intervals of 30 minutes until the final show at 11pm.

4. Palm Jumeira

Palm Jumeira is an example of how much humanity has progressed in terms architectural technology. It is a man-made island shaped in the form of a Palm tree. Palm is a symbol of victory, triumph and expansion and the palm tree is found in abundance in the Emirates. Palm Jumeira is the largest artificial island and is a triumph of human inventiveness.

On the island you can go for a Dubai Palm Cruise Tour where a cruise will guide you along a one hour journey showing you the Palm Island and Dubai Marina skyline.

5. Desert Safari

Around 30 minutes drive away from the modern streets of Downtown Dubai; you can experience Dubai’s nature given attraction, the Arabian Desert. In the desert you have the option of taking safari with off-roading, sandboarding and quad biking followed by traditional barbeques, henna, belly dance performances and camel rides.

6. Gold and Spice Souks

Dubai has been a trading city for centuries before it got modernized with tall skyscrapers and high tech shopping malls. If you want a stroll down its history and experience the traditional side of the city you can go to its Gold Souks or Spice Bazaars. Souks are located on Dubai Creek’s south bank in the Deira. More than 200 shops are located there with a glamorous display of necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

If you wish to purchase something from the souks, be sure to bargain. The price vendors set is usually quite high and haggling efforts of tourists often bring the price down by as much as 50 percent.

7. Ski Dubai

Even when the city outside is sweltering with triple digit temperature figures this huge indoor skiing facility is never without its artificial ice. Inside the ski resort you can ride on one of its five ski runs, a freestyle snowboard zone, a chairlift, as there is always room for some friendly snowball fights.

8. Wild Wadi Waterpark

Wild Wadi is located at the base of Burj Al Arab. It has a collection of 30 different water rides and pool which are open for people of all ages. The Waterpark offers you ride as tall as 100 meters but if you are looking for a more tranquil experience then gliding along the lazy river will suit you more.

9. Bastakiya Quarter

Among its tall skyline lies Dubai’s historic district called Bastakiya. It was once a small fishing village. You can go to this quarter and enjoy its quite and calming atmosphere away from the glitz and glam of downtown Dubai.

10. Dubai Museum

Located close to Bastakiya Quarter, Dubai Museum offers you a glimpse into city’s history as well as the direction its rulers are aiming for in the future. The Museum is home to a variety of wings which showcase Dubai’s cultural, historical and geographical landscape.

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