Destination Dubai: Five Special Activities for Visitors

The Burj Kahlifa in Dubai
The Burj Kahlifa in Dubai

Dubai is a mixture of the old (Bedouin traditions, camel races) and the ultra-modern (the tallest building in the world, The Burj Khalifa at 2,716.5 feet). Eighty percent of those who live in Dubai are expats.

Those who visit Dubai, whether on business trips or vacations, have much to choose from. Here are five special evening activities selected by tour company Day Out Dubai.

1 – Dubai City Tours. The company offers family City tours in a 4X4 Land Cruiser. Tours include museums, mosques, the Dubai Mall, the skyscrapers and more. There is also pick-up and drop-off service from the hotels. If weighed, the total amount of concrete used in the construction of the Burj Khalifa would equal the weight of 10,000 elephants!

View from the top of the Burg Khalifa
View from the top of the Burg Khalifa

Every store you can imagine is in the mall from top designers like Alexander McQueen and Versace to bargains like H&M, which are right near shops selling traditional abayas. There are electronics and eyewear, shoe stores and those selling cosmetics, home furnishings and jewelry, even a separate denim area. There is an indoor-outdoor area under a retractable roof.

Everywhere you go there are men and particularly women in traditional dress, many with just their eyes uncovered. At City Walk, the chic shopping complex with every variety of designer and global brand, women’s black abayas are displayed in kiosks in the courtyard the way jewelry or mobile phones might be in a U.S. mall.

Desert camel ride
Desert camel ride

2 – Desert Safari Dubai. This is one of the traditional activities and one of the most popular with tourists. There are different types of Desert Safari’s available –Evening, Falconry, Morning, Overnight. The most popular though is Evening Desert Safari, when the temperatures are moderate and the lighting is spectacular on the desert sands.

The desert is home to many Bedouins, who historically were nomads and  traditionally divided into tribes and shared the job of herding camels and goats. Today, many live in cities but retain the traditional music, poetry, dances and other cultural practices.  Locals like to camp in the desert much as Americans would in a state or national park.

3 – Yacht Charter. Another popular activity, especially with locals, is to charter a yacht and take a day or evening cruise along the coast. Charters allow visitors to get spectacular shoreline views, enjoy the sunsets and organize parties or events. There are range of yachts available for parties of 4 to 200 guests.

Dhow dinner cruise
Dhow dinner cruise

4 – Dhow Cruise Dinner. A dhow is a traditional passenger cruise boat in the Persian Gulf region. This dinner and show cruise starts on-boarding from 7 p.m. and takes guests out to sea for a sumptuous buffet dinner.

Inside the Dubai Aquarium and Undersea Zoo
Inside the Dubai Aquarium and Undersea Zoo

5 – The Dubai Aquarium and Undersea Zoo, located in the Dubai Mall, is a must-see on any family itinerary. It is one of the world’s largest aquariums with more than 33,000 animals and a very popular walk-through tunnel!

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