I have lost count of the number of times I have been to Dubai. Since my twin lives there, I love to go there to spend time with my nephew and his parents. I always make sure that I do at least a couple of days’ stopover whenever I am on my way back from Europe or US. So, I thought it would be best to write about some of the must-visit places to visit during a Dubai itinerary.
Table Of Contents
- 1 Top Reasons to visit Dubai for Indians
- 2 Some of my favourite places to visit in Dubai itinerary
- 2.1 Burj Khalifa
- 2.2 Dubai Mall and the Fountain
- 2.3 Dubai Miracle Garden
- 2.4 Dubai Aquarium
- 2.5 Go Shopping in Dubai gold souks or the malls
- 2.6 Go for a desert safari in Dubai
- 2.7 Visit Jumeirah beach
- 2.8 Dubai Marina
- 2.9 Dubai Boardwalk
- 2.10 Go for a day trip to the Atlantis
- 2.11 Go for a Sunset Dhow cruise
- 2.12 Try some of the amazing food in Dubai
- 2.13 Palm Jumeirah Island
- 2.14 Go for a day trip to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or Ras al Khaimah
- 2.15 Go for an afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab
- 3 Conclusion
Top Reasons to visit Dubai for Indians
- You can find cheap flights from almost every major city in India.
- UAE visa is not very difficult to obtain for Indians. The easiest option is to apply via the airlines you are travelling with or get a visa on arrival option if you hold a valid USA visa.
- It is quite affordable for most Indians who are travelling outside India for the first time
- Many tour companies have Dubai package trips which are easily customizable.
Some of my favourite places to visit in Dubai itinerary
Since I go at least twice every year, I have been to some of these places multiple times. Many people are reluctant to go to Dubai since they consider it to be an artificial city. Yes, it is a largely manmade city but some of the architectural marvels in Dubai are definitely a must-see. Depending on the number of days you have in Dubai, these are some of the places to see in Dubai.
The tallest building in the world has to be on the list of a Dubai city tour. There is no doubt about it. It is definitely recommended to book a ticket in advance to go to the top of the world if you want to see the view from the top of the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai Mall and the Fountain
This is right next to the Burj Khalifa and this should be coupled with your visit there. Also, don’t forget to see the lights light up Burj Khalifa once the fountain show is over.
Dubai Miracle Garden
It is a gorgeous garden and the flower displays in different formats are definitely a thing not to be missed in Dubai. It is not open throughout the year. Hence check the timings before you head out to Dubai.
My nephew loves going here to see the fishes and I love being a kid along with him.
Go Shopping in Dubai gold souks or the malls
Dubai is heaven for the shopping fanatics. If you love buying gold, then head to the old part of Dubai or head to the Spice souk to buy your share of spices. There is also no dearth of finding your favourite luxury brands and I am always scouring one of the many malls in Dubai looking for my favourite travel and personal lifestyle brands.
Go for a desert safari in Dubai
This is one of the most popular activities to do in Dubai. Going dune bashing in the desert is definitely something to look forward to in Dubai.
Visit Jumeirah beach
This was one of the first beaches we took my nephew to when he was still an infant. He cried his eyes out but it is still one beautiful beach to head out to in Dubai.
Go around the Marina to see some gorgeous yachts.
Ever since my sister moved close to the Dubai boardwalk, we go here every time I am in Dubai. There are many activities for kids to do here and that is one of the reasons my nephew loves going here.
Go for a day trip to the Atlantis
The Atlantis hotel has always been a dream hotel for many. But if you are not able to afford a stay here, try spending a day here in the amusement park. This is another popular activity for kids to do in Dubai. You can spend the day jumping out of one of the highest water slides in Asia.
Go for a Sunset Dhow cruise
If you love sunsets, then going for a Dhow cruise is one of the best ways to capture another side of Dubai.
Try some of the amazing food in Dubai
Dubai is home to a lot of expats. Which means that you can choose from a wide range of cuisines. Some of my favorite cuisines to try out in Dubai range from the Mediterranean to the oriental.
Palm Jumeirah Island
Driving through this man-made island on your way to Atlantis is always a delight. Some even rent their homes in this posh locality and if you do get a chance to stay here, don’t miss it.
Go for a day trip to Abu Dhabi, Sharjah or Ras al Khaimah
The nearby Emirates also have plenty to do and if you are in a mood for a day trip, take a cab to one of the nearest Emirates.
Go for an afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab
Even though it can be really expensive to stay at this 7-star hotel, you can always indulge yourself and spend an afternoon here. It will cost approximately $150 and you can have a 7-course meal at the Skyview bar here.
So, these are some of my favourite things to do in Dubai. What did you think about this list? There are many more things to do in Dubai but I have only listed some of my favourites.
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