Last year November, I managed to get my busy self to go on a vacation to Dubai. I had to read up and get familiar with places to visit in Dubai as it was my first solo trip. I must confess I was anxious and worried at first on how I was going to enjoy such a trip all by myself. Despite having a few friends there, it wasn’t enough consolation as they have their own life and job to attend to as well. So I had to make new friends for each day itinerary to really enjoy the trip. At the end of the day, it wasn’t so bad but I really wished I had a travel buddy especially for picture purpose.
When I first wrote about my Dubai trip on the blog, I said I was going to share my itinerary in a subsequent post but I almost forgot about that. I have flyboku to thank for this amazing collaboration and for making the trip totally worth it for me. Like I said in the previous post, I spent 8 days in Dubai and I had an itinerary for 6 days. The other 2 days was for arrival and departure. If you are planning to travel to the UAE anytime soon, here are some places to visit in Dubai.
Places to Visit in Dubai
#1: Dhow Cruise Dinner – Creek
Dubai Creek is an integral part of the city’s history. It divides the city into two sections, Bur Dubai and Deira. Both the sides of the Dubai Creek boasts of some of the best exquisite buildings of the city. Therefore, a trip to the Creek is a must. However, rather than walking on the coast, you can go on a dhow cruise to turn your sightseeing into a unique experience.The dhow is a traditional Bedouin boat that was used for trade and transportation. Today, these dhows have been converted into restaurants that have a lower (air-conditioned) and upper (open-air) decks.
While on the dhow, I was opportune to watch the Tanura dancing and a live music performance. I also enjoyed a tasty buffet of variety of dishes. We went round the Creek for about an hour and it was such an exciting experience.
#2: Dubai Mall Aquarium
This one is quite interesting for me. I had been to the Mall before the day I went to the Aquarium so I was quite surprise to know there were more places to see in the Mall. There are quite a number of interesting things to see in the Dubai Mall.
The Dubai Aquarium is home to more than 30,000 aquatic animals including the star of the aquarium – 40-year-old giant crocodile weighing 750 kg along with pelagic fish, piranha, penguin, lizards, snakes, rays, and sharks. It was indeed amazing to see the aquatic life in the 10 million liter water tank which is also the largest suspended aquarium in the world. You also get access to the larger than life underwater
zoo by walking through a tunnel and snorkeling cage.
#3: Ski Dubai
This particular place hold a terrible and hilarious experience for me as a tourist in Dubai. I shared this experience on my Instagram when it happened. It was one of such moments when you miscalculate a currency and I ended up paying N15,000 ($41) for just one picture thinking I was paying N1,500 ($4). I was so close to tears when I realized the mistake I had made and it was too late to request for a refund as there was a non-refundable policy.
However, the Ski Dubai is your perfect getaway if you are looking for a break away from the heat of the city. The park is spread across an area of 22,500 square feet, the park includes an awesome snow park, five slopes of different heights and sizes and a really huge skiing area. All needed accessories and clothes
from the winter jacket to gloves, helmets and boots is provided just outside the park. These clothing are inclusive of the gate fee except you want some special accessories.
I almost forgot to share my experience on this cable car while at the Ski Dubai. It wasn’t pleasant at all. I have a real phobia for height but what is the point of wanderlust if you cannot take a few risks. I saw some university students from Abu Dhabi University and one of them encouraged me to join them on this ride. Man, we were so high off the ground level and I had to keep my eyes shut through the ride. The time I tried to open it, I was almost speaking in tongues out of fear. There’s a coffee shop high off the grounds and we stopped in between the ride to catch a breather. This was also for warmth over a cup of coffee as were already frozen.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the pictures and videos during the ride from my new friends as they had to leave in a rush.
#4: Dinner in the Desert
What is a trip to Dubai without a visit to the Safari desert. This was one of my highlights of the trip and I enjoyed it so much. I traveled with two amazing couples and was like the baby on the trip. The journey from the city to the part where we had to change vehicles for the desert ride was quite stretching and fun. There was also the sand bashing ride which we didn’t allow for long because of phobia.
I had a chance to dress in an Arabian costumes, had an henna, and rode on a camel all for free as its inclusive in the gate fee. After these, we were treated to a scrumptious dinner complete with barbecue, salads, main course and mouth-watering desserts while we watch the belly and fire dancers. The desert is indeed one of the places to visit in Dubai should you ever find yourself in the city.
#5: Dubai Burj Khalifa Tour
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa is the tallest of all the buildings in the world and it stands tall and proud amongst the other skyscrapers of the city. During the tour, we were shown a multimedia presentation about the history of Dubai as well as the story of the construction of the building. After which we were taken to the 125th observatory deck (At the Top) on the fastest elevator. The elevator took about 60 seconds to the 125th floor where I got a chance to have a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire city of Dubai.
At the top, we were given room to take pictures, chit chat with other tourists and purchase keepsakes which were quite pricey if you ask me.
#6: Dubai City Tour
This is a plus itinerary for me as it gave me a good glimpse of the Dubai city within the space of 4 hours. We started off at the Dubai museum and went through the charming Jumeirah Mosque. We also passed through the one-of-its-kind Palm Islands, and Jumeirah Beach, and enjoy photo stops at Atlantis Palm Hotel. It was breathtaking, fun and equally exhausting and I dozed off through the ride back to my hotel.
Overall, it was a great experience for me and if I ever have the opportunity to travel to UAE, I would love to go to Abu Dhabi and see the Ferari World and Yas Island. Until then, I am very much open to opportunities to see other parts of the world and what to look out for in these countries.
Have you ever been to Dubai, if yes, which part of it fascinates you the most?
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