Authentic Dubai: 4 Must-Try Experiences
From memorable desert day trips to lounge bars and unique dining spots, Dubai is a terrific destination for any and all travelers.
When it comes to once-in-a-lifetime experiences, Dubai does it in spectacular fashion. Where else in the world can you dine in the world’s tallest building? Or ski in one of the world’s largest shopping malls?
Dubai has an almost unmanageable wealth of attractions. Whether it’s the Burj Khalifa, bustling souqs, historic districts, or the world’s only seven-star hotel, Dubai does not disappoint.
This article won’t capture the complete beauty and splendor that is on offer in Dubai, but it will give a glimpse of what to expect in this dream destination.
As tempting as it may be to spend your holiday in Dubai sprawled out on a sun lounger, Dubai has more to offer under the sun. For those seeking adrenaline-charged activities, Dubai has it in spades. There’s adventure in sand, snow, and sky.
Beyond Dubai’s skyline lies a vast desert playground. The vast desert dunes provide visitors the perfect playing field for quad bikes, sandboarding, and camel riding. If the Dubai heat is too hot to handle, cool off in one of the largest man-made ski slopes.
Located in the Mall of Emirates, Ski Dubai features tons of powdery snow and a 400-metre slope. Dash down on ski or snowboard, and it’ll feel like traversing through the Swiss Alps. There’s also an indoor sub-zero zip line if strapping boards to your feet isn’t your forte.
If Dubai is synonymous with anything, it’s shopping.
Dubai takes shopping seriously. The Dubai Mall with its monolithic structure has perfected the art of the mall. Locals and visitors alike gather in this de facto air-conditioned town square. There’s an entertainment stage, indoor ice rink, a central plaza, and souvenir-laden stalls along with world-class retail brands.
For a more authentic shopping experience, head outside and visit one of Dubai’s many souqs, or marketplace. The Gold Souq, overflowing with dazzling gems and stunning precious metals, is the ideal location to perfect your skills in haggling. As the largest gold souq in the Arabian peninsula, the Gold Souq attracts locals, visitors, residents, and buyers alike.
Dubai’s culinary landscape boasts an eclectic mix of ambition and tradition. Dubai has plenty of intriguing cuisines on offer. There are Michelin-starred restaurants that speak of refinement, top notch Pakistani places, and a culinary offering from the ever-elusive North Korea.
Feast your eyes on one-of-a-kind views as you dine in the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. Dine on the deck in one of the world’s seven-star hotel while taking in Dubai’s stunning skyline. Traverse through sand dunes to experience an Arabian Nights-inspired dinner in the heart of the desert.
But when in Rome, visitors should partake in the traditional Emirati cuisine. With rich, hearty meat dishes complemented by flatbread, rice, and a flavorful blend of roasted and ground spices, Emirati cuisine is not to be missed.
Relax with style
When all the fun and food has been had, relax in true Dubai style. There’s nothing quite like settling yourself down in one of Dubai’s chilled-out lounges.
With most the perfect sundowner spots, views, comfy sofas, and intimate settings come as standard. For non-Muslim visitors and residents over the age of 21, many of these places feature some of the world’s best mixologists and offer a stunning array of exotic cocktails.
For those seeking something more authentic, unwind with the Middle East’s not-so-best kept secret, dokha tobacco. Now a favorite pastime for Dubai expats and visitors over the age of 18, dokha tobacco is the perfect way to unwind after a day of shopping, exploring, or adventuring. There is simply no better way to slow down and take it easy than with a cloud of flavor-scented smoke.
Dubai, with its world-class attractions, are on offer is a haven for anyone seeking the sun and all the adventures in better. Visitors are spoiled for choice in the hot-stepping desert city. For every taste, budget, age group, and preference, there’s no shortage of fun to be had in Dubai.
Abdul Razzaq is the business manager of Red Rose Group. He holds a degree in business management and has over two decades of hands-on experience in strategic business management, in-house management problem solving, product/service sourcing, product development and branding & marketing.