Dubai is big, flashy, and more than just a layover destination on a long-haul journey.
Dubai is full of experiences that you won’t find anywhere else. Boasting a number of world records and a number of firsts, everything is bigger in Dubai.
You could spend weeks in Dubai and still have an endless number of things to do and destinations to see. However, below are the top 5 things that you need to add to your bucket list, which will give a great taste of all that Dubai has to offer.
1. Burj Khalifa
As the city’s number one attraction, a trip to Dubai is not complete without a visit to Burj Khalifa. At over 828 metres and more than 160 stories, Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world, although holds a number of other “tallest” and “highest” records as well. Take the elevator up to the “At the Top” observation deck and soak in the immense and endless views of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates beyond. The best time to visit is just before sunset, that way you can see the views at day, while the sun sets and at night. This is a view worth lining up for.
2. Dubai Mall
Dubai is one of the world’s best shopping cities, which is why Dubai Mall is a must visit for those who love to shop, and even those who don’t. Dubai Mall is more than just a shopping centre and is almost a destination in itself. Beyond the 1200 stores, Dubai Mall is home to an aquarium and underwater zoo, rainforest café, haunted house and even an indoor theme park! If after that you’re still looking for a unique shopping experience, head to the Mall of the Emirates, which features another 600 stores and Ski Dubai, an indoor ski resort and snow park – in the desert!
3. Palm Jumeirah
Soak up the opulence that Dubai is known for with a visit to Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. The island is home to some of the city’s most luxurious hotels and is packed with dining and shopping options. For a bit more fun, you can sail around Palm Jumeirah on a yacht or speedboat or see it all from above with a skydive. Otherwise, simply just take in the lavishness and chill at one of the many beach clubs on the island.
4. Dubai Creek
Take a step back in time and explore the history of Old Dubai, beginning with the real heart of the city, the Creek. The best way to see Dubai Creek is by taking a boat ride on a traditional abra. While in the area, check out the Dubai Museum and get lost in the alleyways of the gold, spice and textile souks. This is a great way to see the true culture of Dubai, beyond the glitz and glam.
5. Desert Safari
Dubai lies directly within the Arabian Desert, which can be reached from the city within 20 minutes of driving. A desert safari is a great way to experience the fifth largest desert in the world and more of the local culture. Dubai’s desert safaris are a great blend of adventure, with off-roading, quad biking and sandboarding and tradition, with traditional barbeques, henna and camel rides. This is a must-add to your Dubai bucket list.
Getting to Dubai
Dubai has a major international airport, so international flight arrivals are frequent. Saudigulf Airlines services Dubai.
Recommended length of stay in Dubai
5 – 7 days in Dubai is the perfect amount of time to get a taste for all the country has to offer.