Top 5 things to do in Dubai
September 18, 2018
by Julianna Szabo
Dubai, UAE, is one of the fastest growing cities in the world and while it is home to some, it is the dream destination of others. With its gorgeous beaches and skyscrapers everywhere and the desert only a few miles away, it offers one of the most adventurous vacations for everyone. Covering over 4000 square kilometers, you are sure to find a few important sights worth visiting. In this article, we will visit some and explore the allure they hold when enjoying this amazing city.
Before we get into the sights, just a few basic facts that may be good to know. While the city is officially Muslim, there is freedom of religion and the Muslim laws are not strongly enforced. I still suggest not to wear too short shorts or lowcut tops for the ladies, because they may feel uncomfortable and attracted staring eyes. Also, it is possible to find all types of food, except for pork since the Muslim religion forbids the consumption of pig meat.
To the city itself, it is very safe and easy to move around. The public transport system is very reliable, especially the metro, which you can take using a Metro card or a one time ticket. There can be purchased at all metro stations. The taxis are also very safe and generally fair, although it is best to act more sure about where you’re going to avoid being cheated.
Now that we have that covered let’s get into the fun things you can see and do in this amazing city.
The Dubai Mall is the second biggest mall in the world and you will find anything your heart desires here. If you are more on the affordable side you can find Forever 21, Mango and many of the other high street brands in this mall. If high fashion is your thing, head over to the Chanel and Louis Vuitton stores that can be found here as well. If you get hungry during your shopping, you can find something to eat almost anywhere. Get a burger at 5 Guys, or eat at one of the popular brunch places on the third floor. My suggesting if you do evening shopping is to stop by Dim Tai Fung, one of the best places for Dim Sum in the whole country. There tends to be a line, but if you arrive early you may only need to wait 15 minutes, and the wait is definitely worth it. You can also visit the cinema located on the same floor to get your fix of the newest movies.
Currently the tallest building in the world, it stands along the Dubai Mall offering a beautiful view of the city all the way to the ocean. It gives you a great image of how big the city really is and how far it has spread. You can also see the contrast between the new and the old part of Dubai which shows the developments the city and the country have gone through in the last 20 years. The Burj Khalifa is also an important part of the Dubai Mall Fountain Show where you can see projections of the current theme on the building. You do have to book tickets in advance if you would like to go up to the 125th Floor, but the view is definitely worth it.
This is one of the lesser known attractions in the city mostly visited by locals. Open from October to April, the park turns into a flower paradise at the side of the city in the desert. They build anything from hedges, walls, and full sculptures out of flowers and maintain them throughout the season. It is one of the best places to be when the desert and no green is getting a little too much and you need to feel like spring. It is also a gorgeous place to take pictures and make friends and family back home jealous. This park also holds the world record in the biggest flower sculpture, which is a plane from Emirates made completely out of flowers. Personally, this is one of my favorite places in the city.
Close to Deira, right before crossing the river is the Dubai creek. This is the oldest part of the city and has been restored to look somewhat original. You can walk around the small souq and have breakfast at the adorable little cafe at the side of the creek. My favorite activity is taking the dow across the river. They cost only 1 dhirram and give you a unique view of the city from the water. The line to the station to the gold souq can be quite long so just walk a little further, maybe halfway through the souq, to find the next one which is normally empty. It will make you walk a little more on the other side, but sometimes it is worth it.
This is one of the most famous attractions in Dubai. The city is known for its low gold price since the price is solely based on the amount of gold in the piece and not the work that went into it like in Europe. Also gold is a big part of traditional Arab and Indian weddings, therefore, there is a huge demand for it in the region. If you decide to purchase something make sure to fight for the price since it not set in stone and if you don’t you may overpay.
There you have the most important things you have to do and see in Dubai while you visit. Regardless if you end up spending your time in one of the many shopping malls or the attractions of the Dubai Marina or even in the more historic part close to the Dubai Creek, I am sure you will have a memorable experience in this city that just keep changing and developing.