Destinations that pack a big punch like Dubai are great to visit, especially with affordable flights and warm weather present at any given time of the year. This glitzy and over-the-top Middle Eastern megacity is a mixture of old world Arabic charm and modern technology. If you want to know why tourists keep flocking to this one-of-a-kind city and why it should be on your travel bucket list, take a look at our top five things to do in Dubai.
SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
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If you want to get a better understanding of how people from all over the world have contributed to the tight-knit fabric that is modern Dubai, visit the SMCCU Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding — a non-profit organization established to increase awareness about the different cultures that call Dubai their home. The city is extremely international and boasts an almost 89% expat population, with people 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 UAE.
The Palm Jumeirah
Imagine visiting a place that is not really supposed to be there. Welcome to the Palm Jumeirah — an artificial archipelago that dwells on the Persian Gulf. Developed by the Dubai government, it is shaped like a palm tree with a base trunk and 16 fronds. This spectacular site is home to lots of luxury accommodations like the Atlantis 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 “At The Top” observation decks of the Burj Khalifa — 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 also for being the tallest free-standing structure and having the world’s highest restaurant and nightclub. The view from the observatory decks (on the 148th, 125th, and 124th floors) is simply out of this world!
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Packing ski equipment and warm clothes for a trip to Dubai may seem absolutely ridiculous when this metropolis is one of the hottest cities on the planet. But, those items are just what you will need when you visit 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 the cute and friendly penguins who will gladly pose for pictures with you.
Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
For those who want to experience the natural beauty and wildlife of Dubai, book a trip to the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve. This protected area is full of sand dunes and a desert ecosystem that takes you back in 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 desert adventurer!
Have you traveled to Dubai recently? Tell us about your great experiences in the comments.