Dubai is known to be a popular travel destination and people from all over the world hope to be able to visit one day. It’s lovely beaches, stunning architectural marvels, and endless options for new experiences are just some of the reasons Dubai is such a sought after city. Here’s a glimpse of some offbeat things to do in Dubai.
Gold and Spice Souks
A big part of the offbeat things you can do in Dubai is to get plenty of opportunities to experience some special traditions. Old souks, markets and bazaars fill the streets with cultural gems for you to browse and purchase. Walk around and explore the different gifts that you probably won’t find anywhere else. The Gold Souks are definitely one of a kind and are known to be special all over the world. Almost 20 percent of the world’s gold passes through here, which is an incredible amount! You’ll find necklaces, earrings, bracelets and all types of jewelry to browse through and choose from. Close by is the Spice Souk which, as you can imagine, is filled with delicious aromas and smells along with colorful displays all over. Flavors from all over the world abound and are just waiting to make their way into your kitchen. You’ll find cinnamon, ginger, chili and the very rare saffron spice.
You won’t be able to complete your trip without seeing the biggest mall in the world. With over 1300 total stores inside, you and your family will be sure to find anything you’re looking for. Of course this mall has so much more to offer than just retail therapy. You can go ice-skating on an olympic sized rink, watch movies in VIP theaters, take your kids to various play areas, and visit one of the most impressive aquariums and underwater zoos ever built. Right outside the mall is the Dubai Fountain and you can enjoy the dancing fountain show every evening if you happen to be there are that time. Of course you’ll be presented with multiple dining options depending on what your appetite is in the mood for!
Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to watch the sunset from the top of the tallest sky scraper in the world? Make your way to Burj Khalifa and you’ll make that dream a reality. It’s the tallest structure in existence and stands at 122 floors high. This gives a gorgeous view from the observation deck that you will never be able to forget.
Another one of Dubai’s architectural marvels is Burj Al Arab with views overlooking the Persian Gulf. It was built to resemble the sail of the ships that have traveled across the waters that surround it. Burj Al Arab is a five-star hotel and is also known for being one of the tallest hotels in the world. Dine at the Al Muntaha restaurant which is located 200 meters above the Persian Gulf for the most gorgeous views. Ride up to Al Muntaha using the panoramic elevator to be sure not to miss anything. Or try out Al Mahara restaurant to get a feel of what it’s like to have a delicious meal inside a submarine with an aquarium behind floor to ceiling windows.
It goes without saying that when looking for the best place to cool down in the city, Ski Dubai offers you a perfect winter haven. The first of its kind in the Middle East, Ski Dubai is a massive indoor ski park with mountains, snow, slopes, and everything you would find in an actual outdoor ski facility. They feature five ski runs, a snowboarding zone, a chairlift, toboggan runs, and other areas to play in the snow. Ski Dubai is a great place for you to learn how to ski or to continue practicing your winter sports skills. You can even book lessons with professional instructors and take it the extra mile. If your little ones are done skiing for the day or want to do something else, they’ll be delighted to know they have their very own penguin colony on site. Pass by and say hello to them as they march in the snow!
IMG Worlds of Adventure
Entering the world’s largest temperature-controlled indoor theme park, IMG Worlds of Adventure makes the cut into offbeat things to do in Dubai. It’s filled with characters from Marvel and Cartoon Network that your kids with be sure to fall in love with. Get on the insanely fast roller coaster that will take you in and out of the park and get your adrenaline pumping!
For the ultimate one of a kind experience, how would you like to be free-falling over the artificially created Palm Jumeirah Island? Soak in the magnificent views of the Islands, Atlantis, and Burj Al Arab that can’t be replicated anywhere else. Skydive Dubai promises to offer you this and more when you sign up to jump out of a place and skydive over the city. Their highly-skilled guides will assist you no matter what level of experience you have and they are there to make sure you get the most out of your adventure.