Looking for reasons to visit Dubai? You do not have to look too much. The city has so many interesting places to see and exciting things to do that it is possible that you may not be able to cover everything in one trip. This would make you want to visit the place again and again, and with so many things Dubai does for you, it definitely does not bore you. Every time you visit the place, you would find something interesting about the place. Dubai has the capacity to entice and excite you every single time. With this note, let us look at some of the best reasons to visit Dubai at least once in your lifetime.
Get to See the Tallest Building in the World
It does not seem surprising that you would find the tallest building in the world in Dubai. The city has produced the best architectural marvels and the Burj Khalifa is surely a feather on its cap. Standing at the height of 829.8 meters, the tall steely structure has 160 floors and has a unique and classy structure. While you can admire the Burj Khalifa from near and far, it is also possible to enter the building and go on a Burj Khalifa tour. The tour would give you a chance to see the museum on the ground floor that displays the development of the building as well as the city through images and videos. You also get to visit the Observation Deck on 124th or 148th floor where you would be able to a mind blowing 360o view of the entire city.
Experience the Amazing Desert Safari
While Dubai charms you with its glitz and glamour, the desert safari is something you have to experience if you want to know the true nature of the city. The desert safari takes you back to the middle of the desert, the first habitat of the Arabs. Apart from an understanding of the Bedouin lifestyle, the desert safari offers adventures, entertainment and good food. The experience begins with dune bashing in a 4×4 vehicle followed by camel riding, quad biking and sandboarding outside the desert camp. For those not interested in the adventures, there are several interesting activities like henna painting, shisha smoking, etc. awaiting you at the camp. But almost everyone will enjoy the beautiful sunset in the desert. The evening also entertains you with belly dancing and Tanura dancing performances. You get to end your evening on a delicious note with a BBQ dinner with choicest dishes from Arabic and international cuisines.
Go Crazy Shopping In the Dubai Mall
For several years, Dubai and shopping have been synonymous. Reason: here you can shop tax-free. These are definitely golden words for people who love shopping. When it comes to retail therapy, Dubai would not disappoint you. The only problem is you would not know when to stop. When it comes to the best time to visit Dubai in terms of shopping, January would be the answer as this is when the city hosts the Dubai Shopping Festival, which is definitely a shopping extravaganza. The entire city celebrates this festival by offering unbelievable deals and discounts. But shopping in Dubai is fun throughout the year. The Dubai Mall (the largest mall in the world) with its 1200 stores, the numerous souks selling gold, textiles and spices, the traditional markets for budget shopping and the numerous malls filled with all international brands possible, are the places you can go shopping in the city.
Have a Cultural Experience in Dubai
Behind all the glamour and modernity, Dubai is a city deeply rooted in its religion, culture and traditions. Right from the way they dress to the rules they follow, the Emiratis have withhold their beliefs and traditions in spite of all the development that has happened around them. If you want to understand the culture of people of Dubai or UAE, head to Sheikh Muhammad Centre of Cultural Understanding Institution which conducts organized tours to Jumeirah Mosque, the only mosque that is open to non-Muslims in Dubai. Apart from viewing and appreciating the architecture of the mosque, you would also be able to learn about the culture and traditions of the people of Dubai. Through the cultural awareness events, cultural meals and heritage tours, you would get to know everything you need to know about Islam and Emirati culture.
Celebrate Your Love for Food
If you love food, Dubai is your heaven. As Dubai is home to people from around the world, you would get to try a variety of cuisines. Right from food courts and small restaurants to Michelin star fine dining restaurants; there are a whole lot of places to choose from. When it comes to cuisine, do not forget to try the authentic Middle Eastern dishes including shawarma, falafel, hummus, etc. Apart from this, you can try cuisines that include Indian, Pakistani, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican, European, etc. Also, you would find the popular American fast food stores everywhere in the city. In short, you can try a new cuisine for every meal during your stay in the city. You can also choose to go on culinary tours to explore a cuisine in depth.
Feel the Adrenaline Rush
It is true that Dubai has plenty of amazing places. But the city is not limited to sightseeing. If you are adventurous at heart, Dubai would definitely please you. Right from deep sea fishing to scuba diving, you get to enjoy lots of adventurous activities in the city. However, the best adventurous experience that Dubai has to offer is sky diving. This is the best chance to get an aerial view of the city. Moreover, you would get to see the palm shape of the Palm Jumeirah. And with a guide always with you, the sky diving experience is completely safe. You can also get the video and photographs of your sky diving experience. Apart from all these, the adventure and water parks of Dubai have rides and slides that would thrill any adventure lover.
Embark on a Dhow Cruise Dinner
One of the most unique experiences of Dubai is the dhow cruise. The dhow was traditionally used for transportation and trade. Today, they have been replaced by motor vehicles and ships. However, these dhows have been converted into luxury restaurants that sail along the Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina. Apart from enjoying the beautiful skyline of Dubai Creek or Dubai Marina, you can also have a scrumptious meal while on board. Complete with delicious food and amazing entertainment (Tanura dance and sometimes live music), the dhow cruise dinner takes you on a relaxing tour for two hours.
Relax on the Beautiful Beaches
Dubai is a coastal city and is endowed with some of the most beautiful beaches. While several of them are private beaches, owned by top-end hotels, there are many others which you can visit for free. The Jumeirah Beach is the best open beach in the city where you can spend your time strolling, sunbathing and relaxing. If you are looking for adventure, Kite Beach is where you can indulge in stand-up paddling and kite-surfing. JBR Beach is also popular for water sports like parasailing and banana boating. On the other hand, if you just want to have a quiet time, it is best to visit Sunset Beach. Dubai enjoys sun throughout the year. However, the temperature during the summer is really high and not suitable to visiting beaches. If you are in Dubai during summer, it is best to visit the beaches early in the morning (till a few hours after sunrise) or in the evening (during sunset), if you do not want to get fried.
Why to Visit Dubai: Few Important Reasons
Apart from the reasons provided above, here are some more reasons that make Dubai a must-visit place once in your life.
- The place is perfect for a family holiday. While there are plenty of sightseeing and adventurous activities for adults, Dubai also offers parks, theme parks and other exciting places for kids.
- Dubai is a place where you would find an aquarium and underwater zoo (Dubai Mall) and a (indoor) ski park (The Mall of Emirates) inside a mall.
- Although the people of Dubai have a traditional outlook towards life, you would be surprised to find some amazing nightclubs, bars and pubs in the city.
- Dubai has two sides, traditional and modern. Head to Dubai Creek where the past of the city has been preserved. If you want to enjoy the modern Dubai, the Dubai Marina with its huge residential buildings, luxurious hotels, numerous restaurants, etc. is the place to go to.
- No one does luxury better than Dubai. With hotels fit for kings, malls of the size of numerous football grounds, high-end stores and boutiques, etc. there is no better place to experience luxury than this Emirate city.
As there are so many fascinating reasons to visit Dubai, you must be looking for the best time to visit Dubai. The temperatures are the lowest between October and March. This is also when Dubai is at its exciting best. Whatever might be the reason that attracts you to this gorgeous city of UAE, you can be assured to have the time of your life!