Dubai is a city I’ve always wanted to visit, but never got round to visiting. If you’re planning a trip to this vibrant city, or just want to know more about it’s unique attractions and famous sights, then here is a handy little guide put together by the lovely Neha from Dubai Wikia!
Neha is a travel blogger who enjoys traveling, meeting new people and learning about the local culture and food. She is always looking forward to visiting new places and likes to play tennis in her spare time.
The extravagant city of Dubai has been on the dream list of many travellers. You can find everything from
ultramodern high rises, shimmering beaches, dancing fountains to artificial islands and cultural sites. The
city has balanced the ancient and the contemporary, offering a fabulous holiday destination to its
visitors. Here is a Dubai Travel Guide that will come in extremely handy if you plan to visit this
Places to see
Dubai is home to a plethora of unique attractions. It is almost impossible to cover everything in one trip.
However, the following are a few attractions that you must surely visit when in the city!
One of the best things to do in Dubai is a desert safari. You get to experience authentic Emirati culture complete with a Bedouin campsite and an array of activities. You can enjoy quad biking, henna painting, camel riding, dune bashing, and shisha smoking. Conclude your evening with a lavish buffet dinner and fantastic cultural performances.
The Dubai Marina is an 8 km long stretch lined with skyscrapers. This dazzling waterfront development consists of boutiques, nightclubs, malls, bars, and restaurants. It is a great place to enjoy the contemporary vibe and nightlife of the city.
A chance to see the exceptional Burj Khalifa is enough temptation to apply for a visit visa Dubai. Enjoy 360 degrees panoramic view of the entire city with the ocean on one side and the desert on the other side. Also, spot some prominent landmarks such as the Palm Islands and Dubai Marina from here.
Aquaventure waterpark is one of the biggest in the Middle East and offers plenty of exhilarating water slides and attractions. Some of the exciting rides include the Tower of Poseidon, Aquaconda, and the Leap of Faith. There is a splash zone for kids and also a private beach for the entire family to relax. The Lost Chambers Aquarium comprises hundreds of aquatic animals such as sharks, piranhas, dolphins, sea lions, sea horses, and jellyfish.
Dubai Mall is an ideal destination to enjoy shopping, food, adventure, and entertainment. There are several local and branded stores for all the shopaholics out there. It also has many entertainment options catering to various age groups, including cinemas, VR Park, KidZania, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, and an Olympic size ice rink. In the evening, step outside the mall to enjoy the marvellous spectacle of the Dubai Fountain.
Old Dubai is a treasure trove of many culturally rich places. A visit here will transport you to the ancient days of the city before the oil boom.
The Al Fahidi Neighborhood is the oldest residential place in the town, where you can find many art galleries, cafes, and restaurants. Some of the famous attractions here are the Dubai Museum, Arabian Tea House, and Coffee Museum.
Take an abra, a wooden water taxi, and cross the iconic Dubai Creek for just 1 dirham. Explore the beautiful souks or traditional markets on both sides of the creek. This is an excellent place to indulge in street shopping and buy plenty of local products and souvenirs. Remember to bargain with the vendors for better rates!
This brilliant palm-shaped island archipelago is brimming with luxurious resorts, fine-dining restaurants, elegant apartment complexes, and posh villas. Explore the many eateries here or book a helicopter tour to get an aerial view of this magnificent island. Sky diving is another activity that is extremely popular here.
Ski Dubai is a colossal indoor ski park built right in the middle of this desert city. It has an 85-meter-high mountain with five slopes offering varying degrees of steepness. You can find giant snowballs, tube slides, zorbing, an ice cave, and a chair lift. This is a fun place for the entire family to participate in snow activities like tobogganing, skiing, snowboarding, and more. The March of the Penguins show is a crowd puller here.
Places to eat
Dubai has everything from local street food and international food chains to Michelin star restaurants and luxury restaurants.
If you are looking for a truly luxurious experience, you must try At.Mosphere at Burj Khalifa or one of the many restaurants in Burj Al Arb. Other fine dining restaurants which are a must-visit are Salt, Buddha Bar, La Petite Maison, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Thiptara, Nobu, Ossiano, Pierchic, Zuma, Al Hadheerah, Saffron at Atlantis, Eauzone, and Hakkasan.
If you are looking for budget eateries, there are various Indian, Lebanon, Pakistani, and Arabian street food available in Deira, Karama, and Bur Dubai. Many of these eateries serve delicious food that is very light on the pocket. Some famous budget restaurants are Delhi Darbar, Arz Lebanon, Ravi Restaurant, Sangeetha Vegetarian Restaurant, Al Ustad Special Kebab, Punjab Sind Restaurant, Bu Qtair, and Al Mallah.
- The best time to visit Dubai is in the winter months, from November to April, since the weather is pleasant, and you can enjoy the outdoor activities. Do keep in mind that the peak season is from December to February.
- It is highly recommended to process your Dubai visit visa at least one month in advance to avoid last-minute delays.
- Carry your passport, travel insurance, medicine prescriptions, and all other essential documents.
- It is better to book your flights and hotels well in advance to get the best rates. You can even book Air bnbs or service apartments if you want some reasonable alternatives to hotels.
- All major international debit and credit cards are accepted, but it is still good to carry some cash in hand. You get better exchange rates in the city as compared to the exchange counters at the airport.
- If you are staying close to a metro station, you can consider traveling by Metro. It is the fastest and most economical way to travel through the city. Also, they are highly well-maintained and well-connected to all important attractions.
- You can also hire taxis through ridesharing apps like Uber and Careem. They run on meter and are another great way of commuting through the city.
- Dubai is an Islamic city with deeply rooted values. It is better to dress modestly, especially in public and religious places.
- Don’t drink in public as it is prohibited by law. Also, there is zero-tolerance for drunk driving, and the punishments are very severe.
- Refrain from indulging in PDA in public places as it is strictly prohibited.
- If possible, avoid traveling during the holy month of Ramadan as many shops, restaurants, and other attractions are closed during the day. Also, drinking, eating, and smoking during these times in public places is strictly prohibited.
- The laws are stringent in the city so ensure you do your research and follow them to avoid any unpleasant situations.
Dubai has so many attractions in store for you that you will long for more even after your trip is over. It is advisable to plan an extended holiday so that you can cover as much of the city as possible. With the above tips, you are guaranteed to have a blast in this splendid city.
Thank you Neha for providing such an amazing guide on Dubai and the incredible things the city has to offer! Make sure you check out her Facebook page to keep up to date on all her latest posts!