Dubai is known for its luxurious lifestyle and for having the biggest, best, and most futuristic projects. It is home to the tallest building in the world, the largest mall, the only 7-star hotel and much more. Dubai has evolved from a small fishing village to one of the most successful and wealthy cities in the world. So whether you’re there for a stopover or a holiday Dubai is a hotspot for shopping, dining, relaxing, while also having a cultural and historic background.
1. Miracle Garden
The Miracle Garden is a gorgeous place to visit while in Dubai. The bright variation of flowers that cover the park and its creative ornaments took my breath away and look amazing in photos! After exploring the park, you can sit for lunch in an area covered with a canopy of colourful umbrellas. The entry fee is 40 Dirhams (roughly $15) and keep in mind that it is closed from around June to September.
2. The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is the biggest mall in the world and there’s SO much to do. Dining, shopping, and entertainment, it’s all here, whether it’s Sephora or Hershey’s Chocolate. And while you’re there, just outside is The Dubai Fountain, a water dance show that’s on throughout the day and every 30 minutes from 6pm-11pm.
3. Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
Inside The Dubai Mall is the second largest aquarium in the world! If you haven’t noticed yet, Dubai does everything big and better. The Aquarium and Underwater Zoo has a variety of tickets that let you access different parts. There’s an underwater tunnel, a zoo, glass bottom boat, and you can feed some of the fish from the very top! Also, I’m sure you can go scuba diving, though I didn’t do it myself.
4. Ski Dubai
Inside the Mall of the Emirates, you can go skiing, snowboarding, and spend time with penguins. Ski Dubai lets you enjoy the snow in the middle of the desert like nowhere else can and ticket prices vary depending on what you would like to do. Being from Australia, it was an amazing experience to see snow for the first time and I’m definitely going back if I’m ever in Dubai again!
5. Desert Safari Tour
This was one of my favourite things to do while in Dubai, it was sooo much fun. There are many Safari Tours to choose from so have a look at a few websites and decide what best suits you. I went on a Desert Safari that took us dune bashing on the way to the camp where there was live entertainment and a barbecue dinner, which you can find here. You can also pay for other activities like camel rides, driving a quad bike in the dunes, traditional costumes, henna designs, and holding a hawk!
6. Jumeirah Beach Residence
This is a waterfront area with dining, shopping, and entertainment. It’s a lovely walk and the atmosphere here is amazing, it’s a must if you’re looking to have a day just to relax.
7. Global Village
Another one of my favourites, Global Village MUST be on your list! It’s like all the world’s food and culture was smooshed into one place. Each country has its own spot in the park, which you can walk into and buy their traditional clothing, food, and more. And there’s little trucks spread out across the park that sell food from different cultures too! Basically, it’s a foodie’s heaven. Once you’re done eating everything there are rides to enjoy, though it’s probably best to eat afterward and not beforehand.
8. Kite Beach
Kite Beach is one of the best beaches in Dubai, with white sand and clear water, as well as some cafe’s to enjoy! It’s always nice to have a beach day when you’re on holiday and Dubai is known for having two seasons; hot and hotter.
9. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world and has a fantastic view overlooking the city of Dubai. To get to the very top of the skyscraper it’s AED 350-500 depending on the time you want to go. This should definitely be on your itinerary, it’s not often you get to be on top of the tallest building in the world!
10. High Tea
High tea is a meal eaten in the afternoon and is usually sandwiches and pastries served on tier plate stands. It’s cute and fancy and a good excuse to dress up nice. Dubai has some very nice places for High Tea, it can be a bit a pricey, but it’s a good time.