[This is a guest post by Neha Singh.]
Dubai is brash and bold when it comes to creating a giant building, the largest ski slope in desert, gargantuan mall, spotless beaches, and restaurants in the sky. Be it traveling with kids, bae or alone, Dubai keeps you wrapped in its extensive entertaining blanket. With the philosophy of something for everyone, from the glittering skyline to sparkling champagne on a cruise, the city has unusual tactics to invigorate travelers.
Here is round-up of the 11 best places to visit in Dubai for all the first-timers:
The essential of a first-time Dubai travelers’ itinerary is to admire the iconic, cloud-piercing Burj Khalifa standing at 829 m. Its state-of-the-art design and unbelievable record for the tallest building in the world make it a top-notch attraction in the city. Reach the 124th floor on the world’s fastest elevator and then see the child-miniature of the city from 148 floors. Immerse in the sweeping panoramic views, sip tea in the highest lounge and have dinner at The At.Mosphere.
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Sprawling in an immense area of 2.5 million square feet, IMG Worlds of Adventure is for all the Marvel and Cartoon fans. Spider-Man and Hulk to Ben 10 and Powerpuff Girls, the playground is home to several rides based on the characters you love. Stick around after the fun to catch a movie at the 12-screen complex or have food at eateries.
Forget those malls that you have been visiting all these years and take a refreshing turn to the most extravagant malls ever, Dubai Mall. The place holds a stunning array of entertainment zones besides hanging the latest brands in attire, footwear, electronics and more. Stop getting hiccups seeing a waterfall inside a mall or watching the largest aquarium with 140 marine species. Ice Rink, Kidzania, Reel CInems, Downtown Eats, and Hysteria are few other options to discover.
Rooftop Restaurants & Bars
When it comes to eating in Dubai, you will be amused to know that the food is exceptionally good. The city has a reputation for fine-dining excellence and the celebrity chefs have taken over the kitchens. While the food courts are inexpensive, don’t miss out on the rooftop restaurants and bars which offer a terrific view over a glass of red wine and a plate of spaghetti. The Penthouse in Jumeirah is the best bet.
It takes minutes to reach from the mind-boggling skyscrapers to the uneven stretch of sand. Feed your inner adrenaline with dune bashing, sandboarding, and quad biking and then relax and rejuvenate in a beautiful camp. Camels are still present in these deserts and you can take them for a ride. Get closer to the Emirati culture with the Tanoura, belly dance, henna design and a sumptuous buffet including the Arabic dishes.
Heard of the extraordinary Atlantis, the Palm which features grand water parks, exciting functions, private pools, and Michelin-star restaurants? It is placed on the manmade island, Palm Jumeirah. A feather in the engineering cap of Dubai, this island is brimming with attractions you would have never seen before. Enjoy at Dolphin Bay and The Lost Chambers Aquarium, hear your heart thumping during the freefalling, cover all the places on the speedboat tour, and have a beach party.
Dubai Expo 2020
Since you are coming this year, a special recommendation should be mentioned in your itinerary. Dubai Expo 2020 is the 173-day celebration of human brilliance and achievements in the form of functional pavilions by 192 countries. So, pump up to explore the 200+ restaurants, groundbreaking architecture, bird-eye view from the top of the rotating observation tower, myriad of creative workshops, 60 live shows daily from 20th October 2020 in the Dubai South District.
Set on the 30-acre manmade Burj Khalifa Lake, at the center of the Downtown Dubai, one of the world’s largest choreographed fountains is a pleasure to watch. Sprouting water up to 500 meters on the world-class songs, with more than 6,600 lights and 25 color projectors illuminating the performance – it creates a breathtaking display in the evening. Be a part of the vast audience near the Dubai Mall or stand on the boardwalk or see it up close from a boat on the Burj Lake.
Wild Wadi Waterpark Dubai
Ready for the aquatic adventure? Themed on the tale of Juha, a character from the Arabian folklore, the Wild Wadi Waterpark is located in the area of Jumeirah Beach. Overlooking Burj Al Arab, this place owns 30 rides and attractions, making it perfect for a family getaway. From being thrown 15m high up in the air to going down at the speed of 80km/h of the 120m tall slide, this premier water park lets you experience a whirlwind excursion.
One of the many reasons that Dubai is acclaimed is that it still manages to restore and preserve its heritage. Sailing on the Abra by the Creek, which once was a major source of trading in history, gives you a glimpse of the notable landmark of Old Dubai. From Bur Dubai to Deira, you can ride in 1 Dirham. Walk around Al Bastakiya, check out Dubai Museum and have a traditional Arabic lunch.
Either you are looking to purchase the gold at great prices or want to spruce up the place with Persian rugs, the Dubai souks are your one-stop solution. In the maze of walkways, the Gold souk is lit with wide-ranging gold jewelry from the largest ring to bangles. Wander in the spice souks which is filled with the exotic aroma of colorful spices. The small shops here give you the opportunity to haggle and take unlimited goods at jaw-dropping rates.
Dubai is an easy place to have a holiday. And all thanks to its efficient transport system. And the locals are very friendly too. So, plan well, follow the etiquette, slap on the sunscreen and take off for a brilliant trip ahead.
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