Apart from being a major commercial hub of Asia, Dubai has turned into a global city over the years and has numerous travellers visiting for both work and leisure. Known for its iconic skyscrapers such as Burj Khalifa and gorgeous man made islands like Palm Jumeirah, Dubai has becomeo one of the popular tourist destinations too. Shopping is what brings most tourists to Dubai, however, the city does offer a lot more than that to its visitors. Though travel guides such as Expedia provides a whole lot of information to people travelling to Dubai, here is a list of things which you cannot miss while visiting this Middle Eastern city.
Go up the Burj Khalifa
Top of the list should be a visit to Burj Khalifa, a world renowned structure which is the tallest building in the world. Classified as a mega tall skyscraper, Burj khalifa also holds many other records as it houses the world’s highest observatory deck, nightclub and restaurant. The elevators take visitors all the way to the observatory desk which offers spectacular panoramic vistas of the city. It is open throughout the week and timings are from 8.30 AM to 10 PM. The ticket prices vary from AED 125 to AED 500.
Splurge at the Shopping Centres
Often termed the shopping capital of Asia, Dubai is known for its extravagant malls spread over massive areas with international brands from world over displaying their best products. Dubai mall is considered one of the largest shopping centres in the world with more than 1200 shops and a host of other entertainments such as cinemas, aquariums and theme parks. Another major one is Mall of Emirates, which apart from more than 600 shops also has an indoor skiing area known as Ski Dubai. The other popular malls are Ibn Battuta mall, Bur Juman and Deira City Centre. If you love gold, Dubai gold souk with 250 gold shops is the place for you. Dubai Shopping Festival held every year is a major retail event when the merchandises are offered at attractive discounts across the shops of Dubai.
Enjoy a Desert Safari
When the charms of the cityscape turns insipid over a period of time, a break to the desert is sure to get you back on the feet. A short drive away from the streets of Dubai takes you to outposts where the desert safari is organized. Manoeuvering through the windswept sand dunes, land cruisers take visitors on a gala ride deep into the desert for some dune bashing. At the man made oasis, there are various activities such as quad biking, camel rides and sand boarding. The program ends with some delicious traditional food and a belly dance.