Top 5 Things to do in Dubai, Flickr: michaelfoleyphotography

 The Palm!

Destinations that pack a big punch like Dubai are great to visit, especially with cheap tickets available to make a nice getaway. With a warm climate annually, you can visit Dubai any time you like. This glitzy and over-the-top Middle Eastern city is a mixture of Arabic charm and Western modern influence. If you want to know why tourists keep flocking to Dubai and why your next trip should be here, take a look at our top five things to do in Dubai.

SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding

While the news reminds us that the Middle East is going through a transition, we may not understand other points of views. If you have an open mind, visit the SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding- a peaceful organization established to increase awareness between different cultures living in Dubai. The city is extremely international with 20% being real Emiratis and the rest coming from India, Pakistan and other parts of Asia like The Philippines and Malaysia. The center provides a fantastic exhibit identifying local culture, customs and religions of the United Arab Emirates.

The Palm Jumeirah

Imagine visiting a place that is not really supposed to be there. The Palm Jumeirah is an artificial archipelago created by the Dubai government into the Persian Gulf. It is shaped like a palm tree with a base trunk and 16 fronds. This spectacular site is so incredible that it was self-declared the 8th Wonder of the World. You can find lots of high end results like the Atlantics and the Fairmount Palm Hotel & Resort.

At The Top Burj Khalifa Experience

Did you know that the tallest building in the world is in Dubai? Get over your fear of heights and head to the top of the Burj Khalifa tower– the highlight of Downtown Dubai. The building rises over 160 stories at almost 3,000 feet and holds world records not only as the tallest building in the world, but the tallest free-standing structure and highest outdoor observation deck. The view from the observatory deck is simply out of this world, but not at the top floor.

Ski Dubai

Packing ski equipment and warm clothes for a trip to Dubai may seem absolutely ridiculous when this Middle Eastern city is one of the hottest cities on the planet. But, visitors may be looking forward to a trip to Ski Dubai- the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East. It truly is a winter wonderland in the middle of a desert with an indoor mountain, slopes and a long run. The experience is truly made authentic with real penguin encounters. This is probably the coolest (don't mind the pun) thing you can do in Dubai.

Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve

For those who want to experience traditional Dubai, book a trip to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This protected area is full of sand dunes and true desert ecosystem that takes you back into time; away from the modern marvels of the Dubai city center. You'll enjoy camel or alpaca rides in the middle of an exotic wilderness where you can channel your inner Aladdin and Princess Jasmine.


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