Dubai is one of the craziest places to live in or visit. If you want to be in a desert, they have it. If you want snow, they have it. You want it to rain—guess what, they can make that happen, too! I’ve been here for a month, visiting family, and I’m enjoying every minute.
It is literally a man-made country and it’s only getting bigger in every aspect. The economy is already wealthy but ever since Dubai landed the bid for Expo 2020, which is a global partnership to strengthen the economy, it is preparing to showcase the many unique advantages the country offers. This will identify potential partnerships, which will result in a legacy of innovation. As the host nation, the country is going to expand faster and wider.
Anyway, back to what you would want to see in Dubai. First things first, you need money to visit—no doubt. Hotels are fancy but expensive! If you have a long-lost aunt that could possibly be living there, it’s time that you re-connect with her. It’ll be worth it.
1. The Wild Wadi Water Park
It would be fun to go there with family or friends. The rides are crazy and take you on a whirlwind. The Wild Wadi Water Park has a heated/cooled water park, with multiple water slides, and get this—two artificial surfing machines! It also has some of the world’s scariest water rides so if you’re an adrenaline junkie, definitely check it out.
2. Ski Dubai
I never thought it was possible to be able to ski in the middle of a desert but Dubai made it happen. Ski Dubai is located in the Mall of Emirates and it’s an indoor ski resort. There are ski lifts, snowboarding, igloos, long-slopes, tubing, and sledding. And it really is cold in there so don’t forget your jacket.
3. Jumeriah Zabeel Saray
Jumeriah Zabeel Saray is a beautiful resort located on The Palm in Dubai and is modeled after the palaces of the Ottoman period. It’s insanely beautiful and worth a visit. It’s a luxurious beachside resort that will make you feel like royalty.
4. Burj Khalifa
The Burj Khalifa is the tallest manmade structure in the world. It’s a huge skyscraper where as a tourist you kind of just have to check it out, especially its view of the city below. It has the world’s highest nightclub, second highest pool, and restaurant. Just recently it hosted the craziest and highest New Year’s fireworks show.
5. Jumeriah Beach
This is a white sand beach. Its view makes it extraordinary. It stretches alongside the Burj Al Arab (a must see), Jumeriah Beach Hotel, and the Madinat Jumeriah, a shopping complex. And if you’re lucky, you’ll see a camel strolling along with its owner, tempting tourists for a ride on its curvy hump.
6.Go on a desert Safari
If you go to Dubai, you must go on a safari ride. You can go dune bashing, camel riding, get henna tattoos and watch belly dancing. It all depends on the package you choose but it’s a memorable and fun experience.
7.Souk al Bahar
The Souk al Bahar is all about the fountain and the view. It’s located within Dubai mall. The Souk al Bahar is a strip of traditional crafts and stores. The view is incredible, especially at night.It gives off a Venetian feel because it’s right on the water. You can go on a boat ride and admire the surrounding skyscrapers. The Dubai Fountain is at the end of the strip and is the largest choreographed fountain system set on the manmade Burj Khalifa lake. Make sure to visit the Gold Souk as well, which is in the Diera part of Dubai.
The malls in Dubai are humongous. It’s a shopaholic’s best and worst nightmare. I really can’t think of a better word to describe the malls in Dubai. They are structurally beautiful, inside and out. Dubai has two major malls—Mall of Emirates and Dubai Mall (world’s largest). They literally have everything you can think of—you name it. And located in Dubai Mall an aquarium, underwater zoo, and an ice rink. Definitely check out their Gold Souk while you’re there to feast your eyes.
It’s located right on The Palm. Do anything to stay there, even if only for a night. Half of the rooms serve as an underwater hotel. It’s a five star resort that includes a water park and two underwater suites that are each three stories tall.
10.Falconcity of Wonders
The project was proposed in 2005 and still under construction. It will feature life-size replicas of the Seven Wonders of the World such as the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens, The Eiffel Tower, and Taj Mahal. It should be completed close to 2020 and I can’t wait.
The Mina A’Salam is a place that has an array of boutiques. You can find everything from Arabian handicrafts to a surf shop. It’s within the Medinat Jumeriah, a luxury resort. I highly suggest you visit this place because the waterside view is spectacular.
12.Saeed Al Maktoum House
Saeed Al Maktoum House is a historic building and the former residential quarters of Saeed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the former ruler of Dubai. It’ll be cool to visit this place to learn a little bit about the history of Dubai.
The Jumeirah Mosque is beautiful. You can visit and get tours to learn about its history. An hour and 45 minutes away in Abu Dhabi is the Grand Mosque. If you get the chance, visit that spectacular mosque as well.
There is way more than mentioned to see in Dubai—for instance, Dubai Museum, Safa Park, Jumeriah Beach Residence Walk and Mushrif Park, among other sites. And many of its proposed projects that are underway such as Hydropolis: The under-water Hotel and Universal Studios.
Dubai truly is an amazing wonder of the world and an incredible manmade story. The quality of life it offers is excellent. Hopefully this list has inspired you with that pick-up-and-go-soon feeling. If you do, let me know how it goes, and have fun!