The shopping capital of the middle east, Dubai city captures you with its infectious and glamorous energy. I along with my family recently travelled to Dubai for a brief vacation of 7 days. I have always loved to travel and we always take out time for such mini vacations to rejuvenate, but this year has been exceptionally good in terms of places we travelled and things we explored. Summers were spent like past year in Europe and during Diwali time we decided to take this break to explore a popular tourist destination of Middle East, Dubai. Also we took a day trip to Abu Dhabi, another state of UAE.
Just like all my travels, we did lot of research to plan the Dubai trip on our own. There are so many resources available for this, trip adviser, Dubai timeout, there are so many excellent travel blogs around. I feel that’s the best part of travel you can customise everything according to your own personal preference.
Being an international hub of luxurious travel experiences, the city of Dubai is undoubtedly the dynamic cultural capital of the world. Dubai is home to some of the massively celebrated architectural masterpieces of all times and its cultural diversity and openness for its visitors is highly appreciated.
The best part about holidaying in Dubai is that it offers so much for everyone you would always end up wishing you had little more time.
It is a center for a wide range of adventure activities. I mean, can you imagine yourself experiencing the best desert safari or a hot air balloon safari one day and going scuba diving the next? Well, Dubai makes that possible you.
When speaking of leisure activities, fancy beach clubs and concerts under the stars to sizzling nightlife and shopping your way through the city will surely make sure take back an experience of a lifetime.
If you have started worrying about preparing your itinerary for your vacation, do read the blog some of my experience may help you to plan your Dubai travel. Just read along to know more about my Dubai trip this season.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL TO DUBAI
Winter is said to be the best time to visit this extremely hot city of Dubai. According locals there these are the months when weather is at it’s best and is almost festival time in Dubai. Months between November and March experience temperatures ranging from 24-35ºC with comparatively cooler evenings and nights. Summer should be completely avoided as the heat would cut down your efficiency by half. Although the malls and hotels are all air-conditioned, activities like desert safari, camel riding and other street fun would be more fun in the less hot months. We traveled in the last week of October where days were pleasent and nights slightly cooler but no woolens required.
VISITING DUBAI DURING RAMADAN
Ramadan is the annual muslim festival of fasting, sacrifice and worship which usually begins on the 6th of June and lasts about an entire month. While the city of Dubai never completely shuts down during this time, there are certain rules and regulations one needs to be aware of before visiting the city at this time. The city is nearly empty as this time so some people like to travel here during the Ramadan period.
Just remember the certain things like dress codes have to be kept in mind while moving out in public during Ramadan in Dubai. Women should have their shoulders covered as well as their legs down to their knees. Do not forget the “do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in public between sunrise and sunset rule”- which also applies on tourists. You are expected to eat only in your hotel room although you can buy food from the open restaurants and carry it with you. Bars open only after 8 pm during Ramadan and don’t not play any music that’s what our driver told us.
ATTRACTIONS OF DUBAI YOU CANNOT MISS
This 160 storey tall skyscraper and observation deck is an architectural marvel, an impeccable work of design and engineering, and has delimited the the possibilities of creation of megatall buildings. It stands 2,723 feet tall and proud as the global icon of urban centres and world’s tallest building.
The entry to Burj Khalifa is through the Dubai Mall. From there a super fast elevator ride takes you on the 124th floor from where you can have stunning view of the Dubai. In day time photos come clear but the sunset and night view where whole Dubai looks like cluster of beautiful shining stars is there to behold in your eyes unless you are carrying special gear for night photography. Which I did not because for me travel is time to make memories and spend time with loved ones and my phone works best in such times after all I go and travel to take a break from photography life :D.
This saltwater Dubai creek that flows between Deira and Bur Dubai symbolizes the existence of the city. This waterway is best enjoyed at the sunset or while enjoying a peaceful and scenic dinner in one of the cruise that are available for sightseeing. While on your voyage, you also spot the various famous Mosques, Dubai souk and other popular landmarks. The Creekside is host to a lot of other attractions like street shows, spice shopping, gold shopping and many other crowd pulling stuff.
Well, we have been speaking much about the luxurious locations of Dubai. Here is where you get to experience it in front of you. Said to be one of the most daring and fearless of Dubai’s megaprojects, Palm islands are a man-made stretch of islands that own captivating beaches, million-dollar celebrity homes and some of the most high-end shopping malls. The best way to visit the Palm islands is to take a taxi or metro to the Gateway monorail station and then hop on to the monorail which takes you to the top where most of the attractions lie including the Atlantis hotel and Aqua water park.
BURJ AL ARAB
This seven-star property built on its own island is the paramount of luxurious experiences. The Burj Al Arab speaks of its opulence and is kind of the primary post card images of the city of Dubai. The skyview bar located at the peak of this building offers spectacular views of the Palm islands and the world islands. You can enjoy a cup of delicious tea with some cakes and experience the epitome of luxury.
WILD WADI WATER PARK
This massive water park caters to all the adrenaline freaks around the world. Here you will find some of the best water rides that can be experienced around the globe. Houses 30 rides and attractions that promises you and your family a day full of fun and thrill.
Everyone pictures Dubai as a land with sand dunes stretching for miles and miles. You cannot leave Dubai without experiencing the ancient endless desert sand lying in front of you for as far as your vision can perceive. Here you can experience a plethora of entertaining and adventurous activities like watching belly dance shows by performers, camel riding, sand boarding and campfire dinner.
Shop till you drop in the biggest mall of the world! Here’s something that all the women on the planet would die for. 20 billion dollar downtown complex with 1,200 different stores, and is likely home to every store you can think of and many more, the Dubai mall cannot be missed while you visit the city. A huge contributor towards establishing Dubai’s image as a global hub for shopping, leisure and entertainment.
DUBAI GOLD SOUK
A traditional market in Dubai, housing more than 300 gold outlets, the gold souk in Dubai is always bustling with tourists. Since Dubai is known for its cheaper rates of gold, it wouldn’t be fair to return without spending some bucks on gold shopping here. But remember that you need to be careful while purchasing as you need to make sure that you buy the best quality at the best price and stay away from the fake ones.
An artificial waterfront city built along a two-mile stretch of the Persian gulf, here is where you will find the stylish and the sophisticated crowd of the city. You will find some of the best fine-dining, entertainment and leisure facilities to enjoy. Modern architecture and luxury yachts is what characterizes the Dubai Marina. Visit the Maria to enjoy a dazzling experience.
You can experience the old essence of Dubai here. What it looked like before the skyscrapers and luxurious hotels dominated its streets. Here you can purchase spices, traditional jewellery, and some souvenir for back home and the traditional way of bargaining before you pay still holds here.
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