From skiing in the middle of the desert to partying with circus artists, your shopping vacation in Dubai is incomplete without these experiences!
Dubai is a city heaped with superlatives, be it the tallest tower, the biggest manmade island or most thriving gold market. But beyond the concrete glitz and glamour of the malls and hotels jumping out of tourist guides and brochures, there is a lot more on offer in this city. After you’ve gawked at the malls and had your fill of the desert, here’s what else you can do in enchanting Dubai.
Go beyond shopping in the malls
While Dubai is most famous for its malls, there is a lot more that these extravagant shopping centres have on offer apart from just shopping. Take the Dubai Mall for instance, which houses one of the world’s most popular theme parks, Sega World, an enormous aquarium thriving with marine life from around the world and elaborate cultural shows that can easily match up to its Las Vegas counterparts, among other things. You can also experience the pleasures of skiing bang in the middle of the desert city at the Mall of the Emirates.
Indulge in a spot of champagne brunch
Come Friday and the plush hotels of Dubai regale tourists with free-flowing champagne and other choicest alco-bevs from around the world, paired with heaping buffets offering more than you can fathom. We recommend Spectrum on One at Fairmont Dubai, which offers unlimited champagne with an irresistible spread of juicy steaks and seafood, or the alfresco Mina A Salam for its live cooking sessions.
Explore the Dubai of yesteryear at the Bastakiya Quarter
The spurt of development may have replaced the old-world charm of the city, but there are still parts of Dubai where you can experience what the city would have been like in its quiet fishing-village days. Take a walk down the Bastakiya Quarter, sandwiched between the Dubai Creek and the bustling Bur Dubai district, whose labyrinthine lanes are lined with clutches of towers and merchant houses restored as art galleries and cafés. With elegant buildings, decorative grilles and wooden oil lamps, these streets truly recreate the quaint magic of old Dubai, and the locals are more than happy to give you an insight into its history and culture.
From luxe living to no-frills Dubai
Dubai may be doing what the world has done already bigger and better, be it the ultra-luxe manmade island of Palm Jumeirah, the towering Burj Khalifa or the world’s only seven-star hotel. But if it’s simplicity you seek, an abra ride along the Dubai Creek is sure to be a treat for your senses as you look upon the beautiful sunset peeking out from the towering mosque minarets and soak in air resonating with prayer calls. After that, head to the almost no-frills Ravi Restaurant where you can indulge in scrumptious traditional kababs and fluffy breads at unimaginably reasonable rates.
Experience the quirky nightlife
If you’re looking to party with a slight edge, Dubai will have you spoilt for choice. Russian cabaret at Tchaikovsky, a night of revelry with dwarfs and jugglers at Cirque du Soir or some snake-twiddling entertainment at Mansion—the city will feed your every quirk.