Fairly new on the travel and tourism map, Dubai has quickly emerged to become a popular tourist spot.If you’re planning to jet set to the hot sands of Dubai, here are five things you must do.
Shop until you drop
Dubai is synonymous with Shopping, Dubai Shopping festival is one of the main highlights of the Dubai social calendar. Visit malls like Mercato, Town Centre Jumeirah, Mall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta Mall, among others to avail of fantastic discount and sales offers during shopping seasons. Some malls also have discount promotions to attract customers during off-season.
Hot air balloon rides
Take in the aerial splendor of the untamed desert land through a hot air balloon ride. The best time for these is during the early morning hours, or just before dusk.
Dune bashing or Desert safari
If you’re a bit of a wild child with a penchant for dirt roads and bumpy rides, make your way to the desert with specialist desert drivers for some dune bashing or desert safari.You will have to get into an SUV and hold on tight
as the drivers take you along a bouncy rollercoaster ride over the desert dunes. Following this, the drivers will drive you to a strategic point for a view of the resplendent setting sun and scenery and then provide a sumptuous dinner and music to round off your experience.
The Dubai Marina is one of the dazzling sights that the country can offer and the best way to experience Dubai’s seaside views is by taking a cruise along the Dubai Creek. Splurge on a luxurious dinner cruise or spend intimate moments with the seas by renting out a private boat. You can even take an Abra (small ferry) and enjoy the picturesque sea views.
Snowboarding and Skiing
Scuff through the snow even in the heat of the desert sun, Dubai has developed a snow skiing centre situated at the Mall of the Emirates (MOE).
This indoor ski centre, has a large ski slope on which one can ski as well as snowboard.
The centre provides all equipment on hire, including winter jackets. However, you will have to bring along a pair of gloves or a hat. The centre is located on Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
You can avail of a 2-hour pass which costs Dhs 160 and an additional Dhs 10 for key deposit