I feel very lucky that I have been able to experience Dubai twice in my life already. It is a destination that is always on our list, and we would love the chance to visit again. A lot of people that haven’t been there, often wonder what there is to do there. We have heard a few of these things in the past:
‘It’s a bit fake, isn’t it’?
‘I bet it’s far too hot for me’
‘I don’t think I’d like the food’
‘Why would you want to go there’?
Well let me tell you why you would want to go there (and no, it’s not fake, nor too hot, and the food is varied and delicious)! There are so many reasons why you should visit Dubai, at least once in your life.
To start with, there is the culture. It is the first place that I have felt properly ‘abroad’, as ridiculous as that sounds. People at the immigration desk at the airport were wearing the traditional thawb and that isn’t something I see very often. We visited just as Ramadan was starting last year, so it was fun to learn about and try some traditional Arabic treats at sundown. Props to anyone that can fast all day in the heat of June!
We have visited a mosque one of the times that we were there, and I think it needs to be on the list for anyone that visits. First of all, the buildings are so ornate and beautiful. Second of all, it was fascinating to hear about Islam and it’s traditions, even as a Christian. Of course it is free of charge to visit and only takes a couple of hours.
If you wanted to experience some traditional Arabic food and some more of the culture, then I can completely recommend a desert safari. It blows my mind when you just see miles and miles of sand dunes all around. Then you stop and have dinner, camel ride, star gaze and even try your hand at belly dancing! A fun and enlightening experience for sure. It can be a little pricey but I think it is totally worth it – Dubai is beautiful!
So other than a trip to a mosque, I would recommend a visit the Dubai Mall. It is humungous and there are all kinds of shops there. if you like to keep things mainstream, you can find all of your favourite shops there. There is nothing quite like trying on some Manolo Blahniks in the designer area, or admiring the gold in the Souk area; perfect place to get a few souvenirs, right? 😉 The also houses one of our favourite restaurants ever; the Cheesecake Factory. We only get to eat there when we are in the US, so it is such a treat for us! The water fountain show is beautiful too, with the perfect setting showcasing the Burj Khalifa (every time I see it, I’m reminded how much of a nutter Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible is).
Another thing that I would recommend to do while there is to visit one of the water parks that Dubai has. They would work well for families and couples alike. You want to cool off and have lots of fun too! The Atlantis resort has it’s own water park and that is one we have visited before. So much fun, a variety of rides and even spotted a few ‘celebrities’ 😉 The Wild Wadi park is older so is often quite, but just as good, so it would depend on when you are staying as to which you visit – in my opinion anyway!
One of the things I love about Dubai is that there are things that don’t exist anywhere else? 7 Star hotel anyone? You can’t not visit, can you? So I would recommend afternoon tea at the Burj al Arab. Eating little cakes and sandwiches in the fanciest hotel in the world? It would be rude not to!
Have you ever been to Dubai before? I’d love to hear the things that you would love to do, if you were to visit.
*This post is an entry in to the Tots100/Dubai Dreams blogger challenge. Dubai Tourism will be selecting the best reader comment on the winning challenge blog post too – the author will win their own family break to Dubai!