WHAT TO DO IN DUBAI?
The most populous country in the United Arab Emirates with nearly 1.6 million inhabitants, Dubai is synonymous with excesses, between its artificial islands, immense skyscrapers, high-end hotels, gigantic shopping centres emerging from the desert and its futuristic projects, each one crazier than the next.
A small fishing port in the Persian Gulf for a long time, the discovery of oil in 1950 led to a spectacular development that propelled the city into a race for modernity. Nothing seems impossible in this city in the midst of an economic and real estate boom that attracts many expatriates and entrepreneurs from all over the world.
Dubai being the hub of Emirates, many passengers often find themselves several hours in transit at the international airport so if you have a few hours available in transit hours, it’s possible to leave the airport to visit Dubai’s main attractions.
Dubai travel tips:
Where is Dubai located? Located at the tip of Arabia, between the Rub al-Khali desert and the warm Gulf of Arabia sea, Dubai is bordered to the south by the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and to the northeast by the Emirate of Sharja. There’s also a small enclave belonging to Dubai that borders the Sultanate of Oman to the south-east. The Persian Gulf borders the west coast of Dubai and most of its territory is covered by desert.
When to go to Dubai? Sunny all year round, the best time to go to Dubai is undoubtedly in winter, between November and March. It is during this period that the temperatures are most pleasant and ideal for visiting Dubai, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 18° at night and between 25 and 30° during the day. It is also the high tourist season, and the hotels are more crowded. Summer, from June to September, is the worst season to travel to Dubai, with temperatures often exceeding 40° in the shade and an extremely high humidity level in the air.
How long to stay in Dubai? To explore the city and get to the surrounding area, allow three to five days.
Here are 10 best things to do and see during a trip to Dubai:
1. Go to the top of the Burj Khalifa
Rising to an altitude of 828 metres, this immense tower is currently the highest in the world and is therefore one of the most important places to visit in Dubai. Burj Khalifa is located in the heart of the city centre in the Down Town Burj Khalifa district. The tower was inaugurated in 2000 and has no less than 160 floors, with a luxury hotel, apartments and offices. Its modern and imposing architecture is really incredible to see. If you want to go up to see the view from above, be aware that the building welcomes a large number of visitors in high season. It’s therefore preferable to book the entrance ticket one month in advance.
3. Shopping in huge shopping malls
Since you are in Dubai, you might as well take the opportunity to shop. January is the month of sales and special offers. So if your stay coincides with this period, you should make the most of it. You will also have the opportunity to attend the Dubai Shopping Festival which takes place the same month. There are about 96 shopping centres in the city, but the most important are the Dubai Mall with more than 1000 branded shops, the Mall of the Emirates with its indoor ski resort and the Ibn Battuta Mall.
4. See the Burj Al Arab
Umm Suqeim Beach is the ideal place to admire Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel with a unique modern architecture. The long public beach of Umm Suqeim Beach has seduced many with its turquoise waves. Access is more or less easy, but it’s free. It’s an extremely quiet place, especially during the week, where you can swim. Before leaving or at sunset, don’t forget to take a picture of yourself with the Burj Al Arab as a background.
5. Visit the mosque of Jumeirah
Mosques are rarely accessible to non-Muslims. Such is the case of the Jumeirah Mosque, which you must absolutely visit in Dubai. Under the aegis of the SMCCU (Sheikh Mohammed Center For Cultural Understanding), paid guided tours are organized to visit the sites. This authentic place of worship welcomes tourists from all over the world. Built in the 1970s, it has a modern Islamic architecture of great beauty. For women, he has to cover himself.
6. Admire the spectacle of fountains at the foot of Burj Khalifa
Be in the front row to admire the extraordinary fountain show that takes place every day, every 30 minutes from 6pm. There are several points of view, but the foot of Burj Khalifa remains the most popular with local inhabitants and tourists. You will have a panoramic view of the lake which extends over 24 hectares. Young and old will surely be captivated by the jets of water that reach 140 meters in height. A unique show in the world! Each one is accompanied by a different music. The Dubai Fontain Show is completely free of charge.
2. Explore the desert in a 4×4
Just a few kilometres from the city centre, discover the great Dubai desert. This place plunges you into a whole new world through its dunes and picturesque landscape. It’s the meeting place for 4×4 safari enthusiasts. On the program: excursion, sandboarding, camel ride, barbecue evening… It’s also possible to explore the desert in a hot air balloon. You will find a luxury campsite that offers a top-notch accommodation and catering service. The extreme adventures and moments of relaxation are yours!
7. Walking along the canals of Madinat Jumeirah
Its calm and warm setting makes Madinat Jumeirah the ideal place for a romantic stroll and a family walk. Bordered by long canals, this picturesque heritage is waiting to be explored. It’s best known for its luxury souk. Embark without further delay on board an Abra to discover unusual places. In the evening, the view is simply extraordinary. You can also refresh yourself or eat in one of the restaurants. Shopping moments are also not to be excluded.
8. The marina district
Also known as New Dubai, the Marina district is easily recognizable by its imposing skyscrapers. The entire landscape is enhanced by superb white sandy beaches and luxury yachts. Seen from above, this modern district imitates very well the shape of an 8 very well. Walking enthusiasts will find it beneficial. It’s also full of shops, restaurants and apartments. Something to satisfy all desires! The Marina is served by a tramway. So, on the transport side, you won’t have to worry about anything.
9. Old Dubai and the surrounding area
The old city of Dubai is located around an inlet known as “The Creek“. It’s famous for its magnificent tourist sites combining tradition, culture and history. Among the highlights are the historic Al Fahidi district, the Dubai Museum and the Souks. Feel free to experiment with the taxi boats that will take you across the Creek in five minutes. To end your day in style, a walk along the quays is a must.
10. Go on an excursion to the other emirates
The other emirates near Dubai offer plenty of things to discover. Examples include the Al Ain oasis, the Musandam peninsula in the Sultanate of Oman and the Hatta dam. During an excursion, also admire the sumptuous Sheikh Zahed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Plan a stopover in Fujairah for snorkeling. If time permits, you can also trek in the jabal Bil Ays. Many adventures await you!