Are you planning a vacation with your family this coming holiday or any time next year? If you have not made solid plans about where to visit on your vacation, start thinking and make plans to visit Dubai. Dubai is one of the most prominent cities in the United Arab Emirates and is fast becoming the world’s number one travel destination. Dubai has magnificent sites whose beauty is simply to die for. It will offer you unforgettable experiences regardless of how many times you visit it, and the “outside the box” architecture will challenge the little knowledge you have of what human beings can and can’t achieve.
One thing you will get the opportunity to do in Dubai is to spend money, owing to the numerous attractive things that you will come across. If you do not have a plan as to how you wish to spend your stay in Dubai, you might end up having a single unforgettable experience, as opposed to planning and going for numerous experiences. If on the other hand money is no issue and you are in charge of your schedule, then Dubai is the best place to blow some money in a way you will never regret.
Of the numerous attractive places to visit and things to do in Dubai, here are the top ten that you should by no means forego. Is there a place you feel deserved to be on this list but you are convinced is conspicuously missing?
10. Go On A Luxurious Dubai Desert Safari
The desert is without a doubt one of the harshest environments on earth, and you would hardly expect to have much fun in the scorching sun, hot sand, and almost zero humidity. However, Dubai presents a different experience altogether, and will change your whole perception of what desert-like conditions really are. Look for a reputable tour company and go on a desert safari. You can ride to the beautiful sand dunes adventurously on the back of a camel, cruise to tourist attraction sites in a Bentley, drive to an oasis in a luxurious off-road Jeep or even float over the beautiful desert landscape in a hot air balloon. Most of the tour companies organize unforgettable desert safaris, safaris that will be worth every penny you plan on spending here.
9. Snack at the Bloomsbury Cupcake Shop in the Dubai Mall
If you have a few extra dollars in your pocket and you feel as if you need to spend good money on a snack, then Bloomsbury Cake Shop is the place to go to when in Dubai. Apart from all the delicious pastries you can sink your teeth into, try ordering “The Golden Phoenix,” the most expensive cupcakes in the world. The Golden Phoenix were cupcakes sold for £645 in June 2012 because they were made of the finest chocolate, wrapped in 23 carats of edible gold and made using very expensive ingredients that took a very long time to achieve the perfect taste. Go ahead and try those cupcakes with coffee one of the evenings, and the whole world will know you by name.
8. Feast At The All-You-Can-Eat-And-Drink Brunches Every Friday
One rule of thumb that you should always remember and put to practice, especially when you are in a foreign country, is to watch what you eat while eating it in moderation. However, some rules do not apply in Dubai, especially on a Friday, when most of the restaurants there have an all-you-can-eat-and-drink offer. The next time you are off to Dubai for the weekend or even on a business trip, plan your schedule in a way that you will be ready to taste as many local and exotic cuisines without having to worry about a bill for every dish. Furthermore, the brunches are a great place to interact with new people, to find new dining spots, to taste drinks you have never seen before, or to celebrate any occasion with a group of friends.
7. Buy Gold At The Old Gold Souk
How much gold do you have? No, seriously, how much genuine gold do you have, not the fake gold or gold colored jewellery? You do not have to buy gold so that you can wear it and look good, you can buy it as an investment. Buy gold now and sell it later at a higher price and you will have made some money for yourself. Since there is so much fake gold out there, especially in the streets of Dubai, you can only trust the Old Gold Souk to sell you genuine gold. A great thing about the Old Gold Souk is that the government often gets involved in making sure that the products on display and those being sold are genuine. At the Old Gold Souk, you can even practice your negotiation skills because depending on how good you are at haggling, you can buy the gold you want at half the asking price.
6. Go Shopping At The Dubai Mall
You cannot visit Dubai and fail to go shopping, right? Well, the Dubai Mall is not just a mall, it is the world’s largest mall with regard to total area and it keeps breaking its own record of the highest number of visitors any mall in the world has ever hosted. The mall has 1,200 shops selling affordable and very high-quality items and it has a 440,000 square foot Fashion Avenue; the biggest and largest collection of fashion brands of its kind in the world. This mall is home to the world famous Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, The Dubai Ice Rink, and may other attractions. This Mall is the best place to blow some money in style.
5. Spend A Night At The Burj Al Arab And Play Tennis There During The Day
If you are ever in Dubai, it would be a crime to leave that country without visiting the Burj Al Arab, “The world’s only 7-star Hotel.” Everything about the Burj Al Arab is magnificent, given the fact that the hotel has the unique shape of a ship’s sail from top to bottom. It is built on an artificial island and is among the three tallest hotels in the world today. Although everything about the hotel is outstanding and of world-class standards, you will absolutely love playing tennis on the world’s highest tennis court. There is no doubt that spending a night at the Burj Al Arab is surely one of the best ways to blow money in an unforgettable way.
4. Stroll In And Around Dubai’s Miracle Garden
The Dubai Miracle Garden is the largest flower garden in the world, spreading over 72,000 square meters and featuring well over 45 million planted flowers. This flower garden uses up over 200,000 gallons of water per day, water that is re-used from waste water and applied to the flowers through drip irrigation. This flower garden would tempt you to think that Dubai is not located anywhere near a desert, but it’s actually in the heart of the Arabian Desert. In addition, this miracle garden is home to the world’s largest butterfly garden in the world, which hosts more than 15,000 butterflies of over 26 different species. There is no other indoor butterfly garden of such magnificence in Dubai or in the region, and you will not have a flower garden experience like this one anywhere else in the world.
3. Drive A James Bond-Style High-Speed Amphibious Car
Can you imagine a time in the future when we will be able to explore marine life at sea or even go fishing without having to even get out of our cars? The good news is that in Dubai, you can drive around in some special amphibious high-speed cars on the road, drive around the desert, and even drive on the water without the inconvenience of having to change vehicles. You can enjoy the action just like James Bond! For the right price, you can even get the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamadan bin Mohammed to give you one of his amphibious cars that can hit speeds of over 80 km/h on the water. The amphibious cars were the unique attraction at the Dubai Motor Festival in November 2015, setting the bar for this and other such events very high.
2. Go Skiing At Ski Dubai In The Mall Of The Emirates
Skiing in a desert country might sound crazy, but whether you want to believe it or not, skiing is one of the best ways to spend your money in Dubai. Ski Dubai is a 22,500 square meter indoor ski resort in the Mall of the Emirates that will make you think that you are in a section of some of the best mountain ski resorts in Utah. The fact that you can actually go skiing or snowboarding, play with snowballs, and explore ice caves in a desert country is just an experience worth every penny. Furthermore, Ski Dubai is home to a good number of penguins that interact with the visitors at given hours of the day, another experience that you cannot afford to miss.
1. Visit The Atlantis Hotel And The Sites Associated With It
Atlantis, The Palm is one of the most magnificent hotels, not just in Dubai but in the whole world. The Atlantis hotel was the first hotel resort built along Palm Jumeirah’s apex, an artificial island that is a magnificent testament to human ingenuity, creativity, and technological advancement. As the name suggests, the hotel has a theme that follows after the myth of Atlantis, although it has Arabian elements that make it even more spectacular. At Atlantis, you can swim with the dolphins, explore The Lost Chambers Aquarium, go on boat rides, relax at the spa, hit the gym, play tennis at the courts, and undertake many more activities that will be well worth your money.