Top Places to Explore While Visiting Dubai
Dubai has expanded with an incredible pace over the last decade. From a small Bedouin fishing village to the world entertainment hub, Dubai has come a long way in a very short span of time. One out of the seven emirates of the UAE, Dubai boasts of the largest population in the country. In a bid to surpass its own benchmarks, Dubai has been continuously striving to create something bigger, better and mostly unimaginable.
With Over 94% of its economy running on tourism and real estate, the city boasts of some of the world’s best attractions and is still building more to ensure the tourists never lose interest in the city.
Dubai boasts of the most magnificent attractions of the world that should definitely be explored to capture the essence of the city and soak in its charm.
1. The Dubai Desert
Dubai is blessed with an expansive desert and it sure knows how to cash on to it. It is said that a trip to Dubai is incomplete until you have tried the Dubai Desert safari. The desert excursions in Dubai are one of the best in the world and numerous operators offer exceptional services to ensure your safari experience is memorable. You can enjoy dune bashing, quad biking, overnight camping, BBQ dinner and so much more.
2. Malls of Dubai
Exploring the malls of Dubai is a cherished experience in itself, as most of the malls in Dubai are the biggest in the world. The Dubai mall offers a distinctive shopping experience with over 1200 shops, 200 cafes and restaurants and 22 cinema theatres. The mall also boasts of the world’s largest themed fountain- the Dubai fountain that entertains its audiences every evening at 6pm. This fountain jets water up to a height equivalent to a 45 storey building and is illuminated with the best in the world WET lights.
The Mall of Emirates is another most sought after mall in the world. It also won the award for the world’s most productive mall in the year 2012. It boasts of over 600 shops and 100 cafes and restaurants, but the biggest draw of the mall is Skii Dubai. One of the world’s largest indoor ski center, Skii Dubai is the most sought after attractions of the mall.
Another mall that deserves to be explored by every inquisitive tourist is the Ibn Battuta Mall. It is the world’s largest themed mall and is built on the quests of the legendary Arabian explorer Ibn Battuta. The mall is divided in to six courts based on the places visited by Ibn Battuta. These sections are Egypt Court, India Court, China Court, Andalusia Court, Persia Court, and Tunisia Court. Each court exudes the charm of that country and the architecture offers a sneak peek into the culture of the nation. The mall is a must visit to admire the intricate work and detailed architecture along with some of the best souvenir shopping opportunities.
3. Dubai Miracle Garden
One of the best places to explore in Dubai- the Miracle Garden is the world’s largest themed flower garden with over 45 million natural flowers. Designed in adorable and awe- inspiring shapes, the Miracle Garden takes you to tour of sensory delight. Located in the Dubailand (world’s largest ongoing entertainment project site), the Miracle Garden is spread in an area of over 72000 square meters, the biggest area occupied by any garden in the world. In the year 2015, it was awarded the Moselle Award for New Garden Experiences of the year by the Garden Tourism Award.
4. Global Village
Touted to be the world’s biggest entertainment, leisure and shopping destination, the Global Village is spread in a sprawling area of over 17,200,000 sq. ft. and caters to over 5 million visitors every year. A sort of a world shopping fair, the Global Village is a congregation of over 70 countries putting up their giant kiosks and offering the tourists the best of their art, heritage, culture and cuisine. Starting from the tourist season in November, it goes on till the end of April. Even the parking area of the village can accommodate over 17000 vehicles and shuttles are available to transport the visitors to their designated parking areas. This unity of the diversity of cultures is one of the best things to explore in Dubai.
5. Beaches of Dubai
Dubai is blessed with a magnificent shoreline of the Arabian sea. The vast but calm sea and its amazing white sandy beaches offers a perfect chance to enjoy a leisure day at any of its beaches. One of the most famous and free entry beach of Dubai is the Jumeirah beach. With a backdrop of Burj Al Arab (world’s most luxurious 7- star hotel built on a manmade island), the Jumeirah beach makes a photo- perfect location.
A wide range of wet and wild water sports are also available at the beaches of Dubai. You can enjoy surfing, kayaking, cruises, snorkeling, scuba diving, knee boarding, kitesurfing, frantic rides, water skiing, and even shark safari.
6. The Dubai museum
A museum in any city offers a sneak peek in to the past history of the city, but the Dubai museum is designed in a way that almost transports you to the Bedouin era. There is life like mannequins depicting the village life of that time, the unbelievably beautiful settings of souqs, everyday life of the villagers gives you a realistic feel and helps you better understand the simple life of the old Dubai village. The museum is built inside the oldest fort of the city – Al Fahidi fort. Built in the early century as a defense for the city, it stands proud today as a reminiscent of the bygone era.
7. Souqs of Dubai
The souks of Dubai are world famous and known for their traditional style of selling, the amazing product line and the bustling energy. The most popular of all the souqs is the Gold Souq- that offers a variety of over 10 tons of gold in unimaginable designs at any given day. The Spice Souq that offers the biggest and most exotic varieties of world spices at a single place. Textile Souq gives you the finest embroidery and hand work of the traditional Persian cultural garments including the Pashmina shawls, Persian carpets, finest silk of the world and a variety of vibrant colors you may have never seen before. The Perfume Souq is one place that you just can’t resist. Beckoning you with its aromatic smell from a distance, the souk houses the traditional ittars and scents of almost all the fragrances in the world.
The best part about all these souqs are that you can shamelessly bargain and enjoy shopping without burning a hole in your pocket.
There’s no end to exploring places in Dubai, the more you explore, the more you fall in love with this magnificent city. Offering a perfect amalgamation of cultural diversity blended to form a city as rare and as illustrious as Dubai, the enticements of the city never fail to take you by surprise.