My trip to Dubai was a rather short and sweet one. Every time I had been in there in the past, it was with parents and the aim was to shop till they dropped, but this time I wanted to explore the city and delve into the culture and tradition ‘for a week’.
June probably wasn’t the best time to visit because of the heat, but I have to say the heat was overstated, because you’re almost never indoors and cars, buildings even restrooms are air conditioned (rather uncomfortably, it gave me a flu yikes!). So, here’s what to look out for when in Dubai:
Malls’ Fest: Dubai Mall, Mall of Emirates, Wafi Mall
Dubai is known for its malls, and I can see why. The malls are the biggest in the world and they have a whole life inside of them. For example, the Dubai mall has shopping, aquarium, souks, access to the burj Khalifa and the dancing fountains (among other things). A day atleast is enough to just explore this one mall.
Mall of Emirates too is an interesting one, with the ski Dubai access.
Wafi mall on the other hand, stands out because of its architecture but it’s really not the place you want to go for shopping as it is very compact and the retailers are very limited.
There’s souks everywhere. Inside Dubai mall, next to Dubai mall, in old Dubai city, next to Wafi mall, inside Madinat-e-Jumeriah etc. So, you must experience these souks. While, they are ridiculously priced, they’re one of their kinds.
Sightseeing: Madinat e Jumeriah, Palm Islands
Jumeriah Beach Resort (JBR) Walk
JBR Walk is a street right opposite the beach where you ll find some great places to eat and relax.
Fine Dining: Little Bangkok, Minato
Food in Dubai is AMAZING! By that I am not only referring to the local food, which too is great but also the international cuisines. Ones I got a chance to go to are Little Bangkok where the food is on point and the drinks are just exceptional.
Another great restaurant I am recommending is Minato at Radisson Blu in Deira city. It’s Japanese buffet and live station for Tepinyaki was the best Japanese food I have had in a long time.
Waterpark: Wild Wadi
Given the heat, it’s obvious why a visit to the waterpark makes sense. The water is regulated at a cooler temperature and the idea of waterparks is more to have fun and relax and less for the thrill of it. While we ended up going to the Wild Wadi, I hear Aquaventure is quite good too.
This is probably my favourite experience from the trip. We had ‘Arabian Nights’ arrange the day for us. Where we were picked up from our accommodation and driven into a desert. We were then taken for dune bashing (a very thrilling experience, if it’s your first time!) and later at the camp we were welcomed by camels and the option to try sandboarding. At the camp there was also local cuisine, shisha, henna tattoos, drinks, tanoora dance performance and belly dancers. Later in the evening we were driven back to our place on the highway.
Burj Khalifaa – at the top
If you’re in Dubai, this is one thing you must do, for the views. There really is not much else to it, just the views of the city and an exceptionally fast elevator ride.
If you have more time, you can also grab a meal at ‘at.mosphere’. A restaurant built on the 122nd floor of Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Nightlife: Boudoir
Dubai clubs and bars are not only known for their atmosphere and music, but also the grand architecture and service. I ended up going to Boudoir, for a night filled with music and fun, but the indoor permission to smoke was a huge turnoff for me.
Things I wish I had time for: Dubai cruise, sky diving, water sports