The United Arab Emirates was the first country I ever traveled to other than the United States!
How do I go about describing Dubai? Glamour, gold, glitz, gaudy? All of those combined into one? I’m sure it’s not to be pretentious, having the tallest building in the world, indoor ski slopes in the mall or a garden of 45 million flowers in the middle of the desert. No, Dubai? Be pretentious? Never. I feel like if Dubai were a person, it would be my attitude to a T 😉 Of course, nothing wrong with that. This city is unlike any other in the entire world. Between its cultural dynamics, iconic sky scrapers and shopping galore, this place is sure to surprise you. Here are some activities in Dubai that DON’T SUCK!
Watch the Dubai Fountain Show
I’m not cheating on Vegas, I promise. It will always have a special place in my heart, but Dubai’s Fountain Show kind of takes the cake. With it being the largest choreographed water system on the entire planet, this performance is sure to make you wet 😉 Not like Magic Mike wet, but you get the idea. Don’t miss out on this spectacular show!
Helpful Hint: A local told us about a restaurant called “Zeta”. An Asian Fusion restaurant with high prices but perfect views of the show. Go there, and you can enjoy a nice dinner, some champagne and sit front row to the largest fountain show in the world! You’re welcome.
Go Tubing at Ski Dubai in Mall of the Emirates
I’m not playing some sick joke on you. Yes, there really is an entire ski place in the mall. Equipped with snow, boards, skiis, tubes, AND hot chocolate! Those Middle Eastern summer months can get pretty brutal, but no need to travel elsewhere to cool down! Head to Ski Dubai! Ha, I feel like an infomercial. It’s pretty amazing to see in person. Instead of busting my ass trying to ski down the slope, my boyfriend and I opted to go tubing AND fuck around in the playground area. Whatever you pick, you’re sure to have a blast.
Get over your fear of heights RIGHT THIS SECOND. Seriously, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity that you shouldn’t pass up. If you read my Skydiving Dubai post, you will understand why this adventure is so awesome! Free falling over a man-made island shaped like a palm tree, then gliding in the air for about 5 minutes while you gaze out over the city. What more could you want? I decided Dubai would be my first experience because DUH. That view is like nothing else in the world! At a mere $1999 Dirhams ($500 USD) it is worth every penny!
Visit the Beach
I got really really lucky when visiting Jumeirah Beach. My boyfriend was working and I was stuck roaming the city alone. I get off the metro and somehow start talking to a girl who invited me to sit with her and her friends at the beach! Soaking up the sun, frolicking in the ocean and just conversing with girls my age made the perfect day! You might not get this lucky, but nonetheless, the beach is something to see. I specifically went to Jumeirah Beach, but any would do just fine!
Go to Top of Burj Khalifa
Tourist trap? Probably. But you can’t go to Dubai and NOT go to the top. 360 degree sight lines to the entire city. Sure, it’s pretty annoying try to get a glance when all you see are selfie sticks and tourists running around like crazy, but those things are irrelevant when you see the view. We ended up getting there at sunset, so it was even more spectacular.
Since my boyfriend was there for work and I was there to tag along, I tried to plan some activities for later in the day when he was free. Most of his meetings ended late or we would end up having to attend dinner’s with clients so the Desert Safari was off the list! BOOOOO 🙁 From what I researched and heard, there is a sunset safari where you can go jeep riding, camel riding, and watch the sunset over the sand dunes while eating a complementary buffet in beautiful tent area. Pricing starts around $73 USD pp so it’s a great deal! Try it and let me know how it is!
Go to the Miracle Garden
Skydiving was #1 on my list but the miracle garden definitely took the #2 spot. Located near DubaiLand, about 20-25 minutes outside the heart of the city, this garden was just breathtaking. 45 million flowers in the middle of the desert…but whose’s counting right? The pictures you see online just does not capture the beauty of this place. Very cheap to get in (roughly $10 USD), and you can walk at your own pace. You can find a railroad with train cars filled with flowers that boast different countries flags, windmills made of flowers replicating Holland and even an Eiffel Tower made completely of…you guessed it..flowers! 360 panoramic views of nothing but color.
Visit and/or Stay At Atlantis, The Palm
I had the absolute pleasure of staying at Atlantis, The Palm here in Dubai. Being from the United States, I have traveled to the Bahamas many times and played at the water park at the Atlantis there, but it was nothing compared to this. Dubai has a way of making everything that much bigger and better. Each side of the hotel gives views of different parts of the city. One looking to the ocean and the other to the downtown area. Luckily, we stayed on the ocean side and was woken up everyday by sun rays over the water. Other than the views, the activities are what sold me. Since my boyfriend was gone most of the day, I had to explore on my own…which was fine to me because Atlantis had everything. Delicious restaurants, luxurious spa and fitness centers, a water park, an aquarium AND a nightclub. I never wanted to leave. This hotel is sure to mesmerize you. If you aren’t staying there, at least go check it out! You can pay to do most of the activities, otherwise if you’re a guest, they’re free!
Again, I did not get to do this, but when I go back this is first on my list! What is better than snowboarding down an indoor ski resort slope?? Surfing down a sand dune! Dubai IS the desert so in the outskirts, that is the perfect place to try your luck at boarding! Just don’t face plant going down, otherwise you’ll hurt yourself and your ego.
We aren’t talking about getting into a pool full of great whites here, its more like some smaller sharks, angel fish and sting rays to be exact. Atlantis offers an array of dives including snorkeling, non certified scuba diving and aquatreks. Whichever you decide to do, DO ONE! Or all! I did the non certified scuba diving where I got to explore the entire aquarium with an instructor. I think it was better than regular ocean snorkeling because everything was in one place! It will only set you back about $150 USD which isn’t bad…remember, IT’S DUBAI!
That’s all folks. Do you agree with these activities?? I wanna hear all about your trip to Dubai and what you did there so I can educate myself for when I return. If you haven’t made it to Dubai yet, I suggest you hop on over to the Middle East and take some adventure advice from the queen herself so that your trip to UAE doesn’t suck!
xo Bonvoyage Bitches