Things to do
In recent years, Dubai has emerged as a dynamic global trading and cultural hub, owing to its strong international trade links and strategic geographic location. Besides, its cosmopolitan nature and kaleidoscope of attractions has revolutionized Dubai into one of the region’s favorite getaways.
With a multitude of exciting activities and over-the-top extraordinary spectacles, Dubai easily stands out as a top holiday destination. Here are a few things that will keep you coming back for more
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Situated on the Palm Island, Aquaventure is the largest themed water park in Dubai. Besides the spectacular water rides, you have access to the hotel’s private beach and many restaurants and snack kiosks.
Tour operators offer adventure tour of the desert complete with dune bashing in a 4×4, quad biking, camel ride, henna painting, shisha, belly dancing and a traditional barbecue buffet dinner.
For a taste of charming Arabian hospitality, get onboard a Dhow Cruise over the Dubai creek for a buffet dinner with live music.
Dubai Open Top Bus Tour
Also known as the Big Bus Tour, it takes passengers on a sightseeing tour of Dubai in an open top double-decker bus. With both night and day time tours, the bus visits 21 different attractions in the emirate of Dubai.
Situated within Mall of the Emirates, Ski Dubai is an indoor 22,500 square meter snow resort. The skiing equipment and insulated winter clothing is included in the price of the tickets.
Wild Wadi Water Park
Situated next to Jumeirah Beach Hotel with views of the dazzling Burj Al Arab, Wild Wadi Water Park is a leading family destination in Dubai. It is themed around the tale of fictional Arabic folklore character Juha
Dubai Shopping Festival
Every year in January, Dubai organizes one of the biggest and most popular retail festivals in the world. DSF in Dubai is a month of celebration, discounts, fireworks, competitions, draws and prizes.
GITEX Shopper or Gulf Information Technology Exhibition is the biggest annual IT and consumer electronics trade show in Dubai exhibiting world class brands.
The climate of Dubai is mostly warm and sunny. The winter is short with an average daytime temperature of 25 °C. Rainfall is infrequent, falling only during the winter months between December and March.
The official language of the UAE is Arabic. However, English is widely spoken and most shops, hotels and commercial businesses deal with their clients in English.
Car hire companies are aplenty in Dubai. Driving is perhaps the best means of exploring the city if you have your passport and a valid international driving license or a temporary local license for car rental.
Bus The highly structured public bus transport system in Dubai is managed by the RTA (Roads & Transport Authority) and provides a relatively cheap mode of getting around. The payment is made through RTA’s Nol Card.
Taxi The taxi service in Dubai is quite extensive, licensed by the RTA and operated both by the government and privately owned companies. You have the option to choose from standard taxi, airport taxi, ladies taxi and more. For booking and information, contact Dubai Taxi on +971 04 2080808.
Metro Dubai Metro is one of the most advanced public transport systems in the world featuring fully automated trains. It currently operates in two lines – Red line and Green line – and covers all major residential and commercial areas of the city.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail The Palm Jumeirah monorail is an automatic train that connects The Palm to the mainland. It operates from 10am until 10pm, 7 days a week.
Walking Even though the summer temperatures don’t allow for much exploration on foot, walking is the best way to explore the traditional souks and museums in old Dubai as well as several other places in the city.
Abra, Water Bus & Water Taxi Abras are traditional wooden boats that ferry passengers across the Dubai Creek. They run every few minutes and have a nominal fare of AED1 per trip.Water Taxis are luxurious boats for private hiring and operate from all Water Taxi stations across the Dubai waterways.