Again in 2003, throughout a spherical journey flight from New York to Bali, I had layovers within the Dubai Worldwide Airport in each instructions. Situated within the United Arab Emirates on the Arabian Peninsula, it’s a handy cease between the East Coast of the U.S. (or Europe) and Southeast Asia.
Even then, the airport had a sort of fantasy-land really feel to it, with the newest applied sciences and placing decor. It has since grow to be the world’s busiest airport for worldwide vacationers, having served effectively over a billion passengers on greater than 7 million flights.
Now, although, lots of the passengers are leaving the airport to take pleasure in a trip or lengthy stopover in Dubai itself, which has taken the fantasy-land really feel to new heights (actually). It’s grow to be sort of a cross between Las Vegas (with out the “sin metropolis” ingredient) and Disney World (with out the humidity and necessary excessive costs, although you may drop loads of dirhams there as effectively) — however with its personal distinctive vibe discovered nowhere else on this planet.
Our reporter in Dubai, Neha Singh, brings you this wrap-up of what’s new, previous, and what to do and anticipate on this outstanding metropolis:
By Neha Singh
Whether or not you might be artwork and tradition buffs, science and know-how geeks, adventurists, or simply somebody who likes to have fun life, Dubai — the Center East’s hottest metropolis — provides one thing for each desire.
You’ll discover hovering skyscrapers, prestigious structure, intriguing museums, historic spots, mind-boggling malls, and wonderful meals.
Right here is my record of the highest 12 points of interest in Dubai, comprising every thing from the latest to most iconic. However don’t be shocked if by the point you get right here one thing even newer can have come alongside — and that’s all a part of the expertise.
Step into the Future
Opened in February 2022, the Museum of the Future made it onto the record of the world’s most stunning museums even earlier than its launch — due to its avant-garde structure that stands like an enormous rectangular ring within the coronary heart of town.
As its apt identify says, you may anticipate cutting-edge displays throughout its movie-set-like flooring and galleries. Notice that it’s each extremely popular and really dear — ebook tickets effectively upfront and select an accessible time slot.
Location: Close to Commerce Centre on Sheikh Zayed Highway
Timing: Open each day, 10:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs (10 a.m. to six p.m.)
Admission Payment: AED 145 (about US$40) for guests three years and older; entry is free for chosen guests.
Go Again in Time at Al Bastakiya Quarter
Now that you simply’ve seen the long run, it’s time to discover the previous, going again to Dubai’s roots.
Formally generally known as Al Fahidi Historic Neighborhood, this preserved quarter will carry you again in time, with its unequaled previous world ambiance, slender alleys, and conventional constructions (with barjeels or wood wind towers) that date again to the nineteenth century. This is likely one of the finest spots to find out about Emirati tradition, heritage and historical structure inside the super-modern metropolis.
Location: Al Fahidi Avenue, Bur Dubai, Close to Dubai Creek
Timing: 07:00 hrs to twenty:00 hrs (7 a.m. to eight p.m.)
Admission Payment: Free; nonetheless, a nominal cost of no more than AED 3 (lower than US$1) applies for visiting a few of its museums, monuments and so forth.
Take pleasure in a Rotation on Ain Dubai
After a protracted work in progress, Ain Dubai (“Dubai Eye”) — the most important and tallest statement wheel on this planet at 250 meters (820 toes) — opened on Bluewaters Island in October 2021. A 48-minute revolution in certainly one of its shared or personal cabins treats you to beautiful 360-degree views over a few of Dubai’s most celebrated sights.
Every of its 48 cabins holds as much as 40 folks and is absolutely enclosed and air-conditioned.
Location: Bluewaters Island
Timing: 11:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs (11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; sundown choices can be found)
Admission Payment: AED 130 (US$35) per individual for shared cabin; ages 3-12, AED 100 (US$27); household passes vary from AED 370 (US$100) to AED 450 (US$122).
Strike a Pose with Celebs
You could want to mix a trip on Ain Dubai with a go to to Madame Tussauds Dubai at Bluewaters Island. It’s the first-of-its-kind museum within the Center East, the place the life-like wax figures of celebrities and different personalities from the Arabian, Asian, and Western worlds can have you doing double-takes.
Strike up a dialog with Queen Elizabeth or take a selfie with Jackie Chan or the well-known Emirati singer Balqees.
Location: Bluewaters Island
Timing: 12:00 hrs to twenty:00 hrs (midday to eight p.m., Sunday to Thursday) and 10:00 hrs to twenty:00 hrs (10 a.m. to eight p.m., Friday & Saturday)
Admission Payment: AED 135 (US$36) per individual
Store at Conventional Souks
From genuine Arabic merchandise to intricate jewellery and colourful cuisines, Dubai’s souks or conventional bazaars are an exuberant mix of discount items, delicious meals, and unmatched effervescence.
Whether or not you like to buy or not, you’re virtually positive to take pleasure in shopping (and respiratory within the aromas of) the Spice Souk, and marveling on the Gold Souk, which is full of shops promoting jewellery completed in silver, gold, platinum and different valuable metals.
Location: Throughout Bur Dubai and Deira areas
Timing: Largely from 10:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Admission Payment: Free ( however convey cash for purchases!)
Get the Most Unhindered Views over Palm Jumeirah
The views over the man-made island of Palm Jumeirah are excellent on the “View on the Palm,” positioned on the 52nd flooring of Palm Tower. Earlier than the View opened in 2021, the one technique to catch this vantage level was on an aerial tour or exercise corresponding to sky diving or a helicopter tour.
Timing: 09:00 hrs to 22:00 hrs (9a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday) and 10:00 hrs to 24:00 hrs (10 a.m. to midnight Friday to Sunday)
Admission Payment: AED 100 (US$27) per individual
Watch Palm Fountain Present
Probably the most splendid just lately launched sights in Dubai is the Palm Fountain at Palm Jumeirah’s Pointe.
Positioned towards the imposing backdrop of Atlantis, The Palm, resort, it’s now the world’s largest fountain. The spotlight is its choreographed efficiency during which water jets out in a seamless sync of music, mild and vibrant colours.
Location: Pointe, Palm Jumeirah
Timing: The present takes place each half-hour between sundown and midnight.
Admission Payment: Free
Elevate Your Day at Burj Khalifa
You’ll by no means get bored visiting this mighty, cloud-piercing construction — at a peak of 828 meters (2717 toes), it’s the world’s tallest constructing. To make the most of the views, purchase tickets to its ‘At The Prime’ observatory on the 124th degree or the 148th degree.
Apart from treating you to a wonderful panorama over Dubai, your journey means that you can expertise one of many world’s quickest elevator rides — and even watch an enlightening presentation on Dubai’s journey from a modest fishing village to a metropolis of groundbreaking sights.
Location: 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Blvd – Downtown Dubai
Timing: 10:00 hrs to 23:00 hrs
Admission Payment: from AED 159 (US$43)
There’s greater than procuring on the Dubai Mall
Spend a Day on the Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall is likely one of the world’s largest malls and the area’s final procuring and leisure spot.
Located subsequent to Burj Khalifa, it’s so huge that it has over 1,200 stores and a few 200-plus eating decisions, complemented by a smorgasbord of amusement and leisure decisions.
Motion lovers and thrill seekers can head to VR Park Dubai — the world’s largest Digital Actuality Park — and Ekart Zabeel, an ideal place to trip high-end, environment-friendly go-karts.
If you’re up for some cool refreshing experiences, make your technique to Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo and the Dubai Ice Rink, which options indoor ice skating. There are additionally unique segments for teenagers, corresponding to KidZania Dubai.
Location: Monetary Heart Avenue, Alongside Sheikh Zayed Highway, Subsequent to Burj Khalifa
Timing: 10:00 hrs to 1:00 hrs (10 a.m to 1 a.m.)
Admission Payment: Free (however prices apply for visiting its amusement and leisure points of interest)
Experience a Camel or Dune Buggy on a Desert Safari
A desert safari will take you on a guided tour to the area’s remoted sand dunes, the place you may take pleasure in a mixture of tranquility, heart-racing journey, and intriguing cultural actions on a single journey. There are a lot of firms that prepare all-inclusive desert safaris — simply be certain the one you select is skilled and provides high quality packages.
Your chosen package deal might embody a taking a camel trip or an adventurous journey over the dunes aboard a 4X4 car, dune buggy, or quad bike; eating on native barbecue; watching conventional leisure (corresponding to Tanoura, a whirling people dance); and even tenting in a single day within the dunes.
Location: Al Avir or Al Lahbab space
Timing: Decide from morning, night, or in a single day desert safari
Admission Payment: Depends upon the desert safari package deal you decide
Take a Dhow Cruise
Would you wish to soak in Dubai’s well-known views from a conventional setting on water? Go on a Dhow Cruise Dubai to expertise it for your self.
This conventional Arabian rustic wood vessel sails alongside Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek and contains conventional leisure and buffet eating onboard.
Location: Dubai Marina or Dubai Creek
Timing: After sundown (every cruise lasts for not more than two hours)
Admission Payment: Depends upon the dhow cruise package deal you decide
The Rajmahal Theatre at Bollywood Parks Dubai
Hit a Theme Park
Should you like theme parks, you’ve come to the best place, with loads of decisions.
Get the true really feel of snow and winter at Ski Dubai, or strive the rides and points of interest themed round Marvel superheroes, cartoon characters and dinosaurs at IMG Worlds of Journey, the most important of its form.
For a complete day of theme park enjoyable, nothing can beat Dubai Parks and Resorts, the place you’ll discover 4 parks — Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, LEGOLAND Dubai and LEGOLAND Water Park — together with a number of lodging and eating decisions.
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU TRAVEL TO DUBAI
Whereas Dubai is a pleasant place, it expects its guests to respect its cultural and conventional values which can be influenced by Islamic faith and beliefs.
Maintain what you put on; modest costume is the rule. Males should not go shirtless or put on tank tops, open vests, or the like in public locations, whereas ladies should put on garments that cowl their shoulders and knees, notably in conservative locations of curiosity.
Consumption of alcohol and unlawful medicine in public are strictly prohibited in Dubai. It’s a critical offence which may result in fines and generally even imprisonment.
Keep away from any sort of PDAs, together with holding arms.
Don’t smoke in public locations.
Be cautious whereas taking photos; you’ll want to get prior permission for photographing essential authorities constructions and locals (together with Emirati ladies).
Neha, an expat in Dubai, is a author by ardour and career. She has visited 5 nations and 32 cities throughout numerous cultures and landscapes. She enjoys assembly locals and listening to tales concerning the locations from them. In her free time, she loves singing, portray, and enjoying tennis.
Prime picture caption: Bollywood Parks Dubai takes its inspiration from India’s “Hollywood”