Editors Note: When Neha asked us to write a guest post on Dubai, we were excited to learn more about a destination we’ve not been to! Read on for her tips and favorite activties!
Dubai is chock full of amazing things to do and see. From the incredible architecture to the scintillating skyline to the pristine desert – there’s so much excitement around and not a single moment of boredom or dullness in Dubai. To make matters more exciting, Dubai is constantly trying to better itself, by building more and more spectacular architectural marvels. We just caught our breath after the Burj Khalifa, and the Dubai Frame is up now drawing oohs and aahs. Very soon, the Dubai Eye will be up and running. Here are 10 amazing things to do in Dubai right now. Don’t miss them!
Pretend To Be A Dolphin At Dolphin Bay
Visit one of the most sophisticated dolphin habitats in the world – Dolphin Bay in Atlantis. You can swim and play with the dolphins and even scuba dive deep into the bay with them. The dolphins are friendly and enjoy playing ball games and hide and seek with their human friends. Book your dolphin bay experience 14 days in advance and save Dhs 100. Enjoy visiting Aquaventure Waterpark as well as Aquaventure Beach along with Dolphin Bay and you’ll see why visiting the Atlantis corner is one of the most amazing things to do in Dubai.
Ooh and Aah at the Dubai Miracle Garden
Dubai Miracle Garden is a lush, verdant landscape full of flowering plants of every description. The difference is that these plants and flowers are shaped to resemble cartoon characters, animals, global landmarks and much more. Every season, the entire display is changed. It’s an organic, growing garden, raised into the shape that they’re raised to fit. Recently, Dubai Miracle Garden unveiled a humungous 18-meter tall Mickey Mouse statue, made entirely of flowering plants and flowers. The floral statue took almost 100,000 flowers to make and weighs close to 35 tonnes. It’s even won the Guinness World Record for the World’s Tallest Supported Topiary Sculpture.
Get Framed by the Dubai Frame
Dubai’s latest picture-perfect architectural marvel is open at Zabee
l Park and is a great success. The Dubai Frame consists of two 152-metre towers, which are connected at the top by a 93-metre glass bridge. When you go up the elevator to the bridge, you’ll at first feel disoriented as the bridge is made of glass. But the panoramic views over old and new Dubai more than make up for it. The ground floor of the Dubai Frame houses a museum where you can observe the city’s transformation from the fishing village it once was to the thriving metropolis it is today.
Stand Tall At The World’s New Tallest Hotel
The mighty Burj Khalifa is also the tallest hotel in the world, at 356 metres high beats the JW Marriott Marquis by one metre. The Gevora Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road has a rooftop viewing deck from which you can enjoy spectacular 360 degree views of the city. Tickets for Burj Khalifa Dubai are priced at Dhs100 for adults and Dhs50 for children. Still, there’s no problem with queues – just eat your meal, and get on to the rooftop. What’s more, your ticket gets you a voucher from the Le Veryon Cafe for a pastry tray and drink!
Check Out Dubai’s New Beachfront Destination
If you’re looking for an exciting beachfront destination in Dubai, here it is – La Mer, a whole new beachfront district in Jumeirah 1. This cool new hip destination has more shops, cafes and restaurants that you can count. It’s a colourful seaside spot, picturesque and Instagram-worthy. In fact, the Dubai Canvas street art festival was recently conducted on La Mer. During the evenings, it’s the perfect place, all lit up with fairy lights. Best place for a romantic proposal.
Check Out The New Urban Maze
Check out the world’s first urban maze, a series of rooms that twist and turn and present mind-numbing challenges. Visit Jumble, the latest in Dubai’s spectacular offerings for the curious mind. The urban maze allows teams of three to six people to progress through the maze, with each room containing a problem to solve or a physical challenge to overcome. It is youthful, it’s exciting and since it’s Dubai, spectacularly designed with 4D elements.
Experience A 24 Carat Gold Facial
Gold, as we’re taught, is rich in antioxidants. But did you know that a gold facial can reduce sun damage and tighten your skin and create a radiant glow on your face? Leave it to Dubai to come up with a 24-carat gold facial. Apparently, gold, when ingested, heals the issues within the body, according to methods practiced by ancient Egyptians. Guess what? Good old Cleopatra used to go to bed with a gold mask on her face, to enhance her already dangerous beauty.
Stay At The Atlantis Underwater Suite
Here’s your chance to spend a night at a real to goodness underwater suite, at the Atlantis – the Palm hotel. There are only two uber-luxurious underwater suites at Atlantis, offering an incredible view via glass windows at the spectacular marine world. Check out over 65,000 marine creatures through the full-length, roof-to-floor glass wall. Hold your own as deadly sharks see you through the glass and rush at you. Watch colourful fish put on a special show outside the glass. It’s the most incredible experience Dubai offers for an entire night for Dhs. 9500.
Enjoy A Fabulous Dubai Safari
The Dubai Safari wildlife park is a great place to take your whole family to.
It is home to more than 2,000 animals from 250 species, gathered from all over the world. More wildlife will be joining the ranks in the coming months. There’s also the world’s first drive-thru crocodile habitat, where you can sit safe in your car as deadly crocs roll around you and threaten you uselessly. The Dubai Safari Park also has the UAE’s only drive-through hippopotamus and tiger exhibit and also the UAE’s largest aviary exhibit.
Check Out Dubai’s Instagram Lakefront
Check out the brand new sophisticated destination in Dubai – The Yard at Al Khawaneej. Here you’ll find a full-fledged rural farm laden with urban accents, complete with a rustic courtyard, a bakery, a farmers’ market, and a manmade lake with shady walking trails. There’s also some excellent street art that you can check out, worthy of several Instagram shots. Check out the famous ‘Promise Bridge’ where lovers can hang love locks.
About the Author
I am Neha Singh, a full-time travel blogger by profession. You can follow my blog at dubaiwikia.com.