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- Return economy class air ticket from your selected city in Pakistan
- Visa assistance and fee (we can give you if you tick visa assistance while booking package). For Visa requirements please see UAE Visa Requirements
- Meet and Assist at the airport
- 3 nights 3 star accommodation in Dubai
- Deira Creek 5-Star Buffet Dinner Dhow Cruise
- Half Day City Tour Dubai
- Desert Safari with Dinner
- Round-trip transfers from Hotel to Airport on first and last day
- Standard Check in Time is 12 PM Local Time (This might vary for some destinations.)
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- Entrance fees at tour sites and other optional tours
- Surcharges for other language guides.
- City tax / resort fees if any, needs to be paid locally at the hotel by the guest at the time of check-in
- Personal expenditure such as drinks, souvenirs, laundry, camera fees, communications, postage, gratuities etc.
- Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff etc.
- Early Check-in not included.
- Gala dinner on Christmas eve and New Year’s Eve, which may be mandatory for some Hotels.
YOUR DAY WISE ITINERARY
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Climb aboard the world's largest “dhow” for a 2-hour dinner cruise of Dubai's Deira Creek. Enjoy live entertainment of authentic traditions, including “youwla” and “tanoura” dance demonstrations, as you feast from a 5-star buffet of international fare.
Dive into a Dubai discovery on this comprehensive tour. See soaring skyscrapers and wander through gold market stalls in the famous souks while gazing at the glamour and glitz of this glorious metropolis. This tour highlights the best of this eclectic wonderland, a true land of contrasts. As the fastest-growing city on the planet, Dubai is an ever-changing land with a nearly dizzying blend of ancient landmarks juxtaposed with an ultra-modern skyline. See the Burj Al Arab hotel, a luxurious hotel set on its own artificial island, and get that iconic photo shot for the album before heading to the Dubai Museum. Set in an ancient fort—the oldest building in the city—it is home to an incredible collection of middle-eastern artifacts and artwork. Take to the water as you cross the Dubai Creek by abra (water taxi) and end your tour with a feast for the senses: the exotic smells of the Spice Souk and the glitter of the Gold Souk (the largest gold market in the world).
The desert is the ideal venue for a magical and memorable evening. Watch the sun go down as you drive through the dunes to arrive at our traditional Bedouin style camp where a delicious dinner awaits. A trip to Dubai without a desert experience is not complete. Dubai desert safaris are now known worldwide for their fun nature and bringing out people's wild, adventurous side. This unforgettable tour departs in the afternoon, traveling across the deserts of Dubai in a 4x4 Gray line vehicle. You will enjoy several photo stops during an exhilarating dune drive over the golden desert sands. The drive will then continue across the desert where you will have the opportunity to witness a beautiful Arabian sunset, one of the highlights of a trip to the Arabian deserts. On the menu you will have access to dune bashing, a Henna experience, sand boarding, meeting and bonding with camels, and in the evening, enjoying a delicious BBQ dinner with entertainment. The experience is the same whether you select our standard safari or our superior safari, the difference being in the quality of the camp similarly to a 4 or 5 stars hotel.
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Dubai, as a tourist destination and place to live, is world renowned for many reasons: its high standard of living, an extravagant lifestyle punctuated by incredible architecture, a plethora of entertainment options for individuals and families, it’s wonderful, warm climate year round, as well as pristine stretches of beaches. Not to be left out are the world famous shopping malls, featuring the best boutiques and brands from all across the globe – including Asia, America, and Europe.
Halal food is available almost everywhere in Dubai. You can find food types ranging from Middle Eastern Cuisines to Turkish, Indian, Pakistan, Japanese, Chinese and many more. Below are some of the famous restaurants that you should try while you are on a short trip to Dubai.
1. Al Sarab Rooftop Lounge
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Asian
Address: Al Qudra Rd | Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 809 6100
2. Bahar Persian Restaurant
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegetarian Friendly
Address: Marina | Near Damac Metro Station, Located at La Verda Suites & Villas, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 278 4465
Cuisine: Lebanese, Barbecue, Middle Eastern
Address: The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence | The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai - Jbr, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 318 6150
4. Al Dawaar Revolving Restaurant
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Sushi, Middle Eastern
Address: Hyatt Regency Dubai Hotel | 25th Floor, Hyatt Regency Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 209 6911
Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre | Gate Village, Dubai 482032, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 372 2323
6. The Talk Restaurant
Cuisine: European, Asian, International
Address: Movenpick Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 449 8888
7. Shayan Restaurant
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Persian, Vegan Options
Address: Omar Bin Al Khattab Street | Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 293 3000
8. Fish Hut Seafood Restaurant - Al Barsha
Cuisine: Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Address: Umm Suqeim Road | Al Barsha 2, Dubai 120730, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 58 128 2886
9. The Kitchen
Cuisine: Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Address: Naif Road | Hyatt Regency Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 209 6914
10. Arabian Tea House Cafe
Cuisine: Lebanese, Cafe, Middle Eastern
Address: Al Fahidi Street | Bur Dubai, Bastakiya، Opposite Musalla Post Office, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 353 5071
Cuisine: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern
Address: Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club Shk Rashid Rd, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 295 6000
12. Asha's (by Asha Bhosle)
Cuisine: Indian, Asian, International
Address: Pyramids at Wafi | Sheikh Rashid Road, 4, Dubai 30567, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 324 4100
13. Tribes Carnivore
Cuisine: Steakhouse, African, Barbecue
Address: Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Blvd | Dubai Mall, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Phone Number: +971 4 226 4974
If you are keen on navigating the city without driving your own vehicle, the city does have a reasonable choice of public transport that provides access to every part of the metropolitan area.
The Dubai Metro is a state-of-the-art, driverless, fully automated rail system that is clean, fast, and efficient. Although it is not very extensive, there are planned extensions to the system, and it does connect to the Dubai Airport – and some of the major tourist destinations such as the Mall of the Emirates and the Burj Khalifa.
Dubai’s network of buses is quite extensive and buses are a great connection point from the metro to your destination. They are very affordable, accept Nol cards as a form of payment, and can get you to destinations that the Metro does not reach – such as Jumeirah Beach.Buses can also take you between emirates, which the Metro system is not currently designed to do, and is an affordable way to travel if you are on a budget.
Compared to other similar metropolitan cities, taxis in Dubai are relatively cheap, well maintained, and strictly regulated by the Dubai Road and Transport Authority (RTA). All taxis are metered so there is no ambiguity in paying for your trip. There are many different taxi companies in Dubai, and most of the drivers are courteous and speak basic English.The RTA has also introduced a Smart Taxi App, which is very convenient, allowing a person to book the nearest taxi from their smart phones based on their location.
Dubai’s quaint mix of new and old is nowhere more evident than in its simple, wooden water taxis that cruise along the 10-meter Creek, transporting people across.These quaint aquatic taxis, also known as abras, are a great way to avoid traffic build-up, are amongst the cheapest forms of public transport, and are very quick, taking between 5-10 minutes to get to the other side – whereas other means of crossing the Creek by road (using the Shindagha tunnel, Garhoud, or Maktoum bridge) can take up to an hour.
Whereas the abra is confined to navigating the Creek, Dubai’s relatively new fleet of water taxis, operated by the RTA, are able to navigate the waters of the Arabian Gulf.The taxis are very sleek and modern looking, and are a new concept by the RTA to try and ease the daily congestion on Dubai’s most traveled roads.
In a bid to make public transport more efficient and convenient for the public, the RTA introduced the Nol card, which is a smart card that can be used on the various RTA public transport forms such as buses, trams, water buses, and the metro system.The Nol card has several advantages, the biggest being that there is no need to carry around cash to pay for transport – just top up your card and use it to pay for any of a variety of public transport systems.
The long awaited tram was launched in November of 2014, and is a rail system that is part of a modern integrated public transport system that provides efficient and quick access to the densely populated areas of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, and the business areas along Al Sufouh street.Thetram connects to the Metro Station as well as the Palm Monorail.
Palm Jumeirah Monorail
The Palm Monorail is a privately owned transport system designed to take tourists or residents from one end of the Palm to the other. It connects from the gateway station at the entrance to the Palm to the Atlantis Hotel at the far end.The monorail gives travelers a great view of the Palm and is linked to the Dubai Tram system.
The Dubai Ferry is as much a tourist thing to do as it is a public transport system, allowing visitors and residents to view the city from the sea and get a glimpse of some of Dubai’s iconic buildings, such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah with the majestic Atlantis Hotel.
Discover the world's tallest building, shop 'til you drop in some of the world's largest shopping and entertainment destinations, uncover hidden gems in a traditional souk, or treat the family to fun-filled attractions, water and theme parks, all in a single Dubai sightseeing itinerary.
Explore Dubai's must-see attractions and be inspired by itineraries of the top things to do during your Dubai holiday.
1. Burj Khalifa
Dubai's landmark building is the Burj Khalifa, which at 829.8 meters is the tallest building in the world and the most famous of the city's points of interest. For most visitors, a trip to the observation deck on the 124th floor here is a must-do while in the city. The views across the city skyline from this bird's-eye perspective are simply staggering. The slick observation deck experience includes a multimedia presentation on both Dubai and the building of the Burj Khalifa (completed in 2010) before a high-speed elevator whizzes you up to the observation deck for those 360-degree views out across the skyscrapers to the desert on one side and the ocean on the other.
Nighttime visits are particularly popular with photographers due to Dubai's famous city-lights panoramas. Buy your Burj Khalifa "At the Top" Entrance Ticket in advance to avoid long line-ups, especially if you are planning to visit on a weekend.
Back on the ground, wrapping around the Burj Khalifa, are the building's beautifully designed gardens, with winding walkways. There are plenty of water features including the Dubai Fountain, the world's tallest performing fountain, modeled on the famous Fountains of Bellagio in Las Vegas.
2. Dubai Mall
Dubai Mall is the city's premier mall and provides entry to the Burj Khalifa, as well as the Dubai Aquarium. There is also an ice-skating rink, gaming zone, and cinema complex if you're looking for more entertainment options. The shopping and eating is endless, and there are nearly always special events such as live music and fashion shows within the mall. The most famous of these are the annual Dubai Shopping Festival in January and February and the Dubai Summer Surprises Festival in July and August.
3. Dubai Museum
Dubai's excellent museum is housed in the Al-Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 to defend Dubai Creek. The fort's walls are built out of traditional coral-blocks and held together with lime. The upper floor is supported by wooden poles, and the ceiling is constructed from palm fronds, mud, and plaster.
In its history, the fort has served as a residence for the ruling family, a seat of government, garrison, and prison. Restored in 1971 (and again extensively in 1995), it is now the city's premier museum. The entrance has a fascinating exhibition of old maps of the Emirates and Dubai, showing the mammoth expansion that hit the region after the oil boom.
The courtyard is home to several traditional boats and a palm-leaf house with an Emirati wind-tower. The right-hand hall features weaponry, and the left-hand hall showcases Emirati musical instruments. Below the ground floor are display halls with exhibits and dioramas covering various aspects of traditional Emirati life (including pearl fishing and Bedouin desert life), as well as artifacts from the 3,000- to 4,000-year-old graves at Al Qusais archaeological site.
4. Bastakia (Old Dubai)
The Bastakia Quarter (also known as the Al-Fahidi neighborhood) was built in the late 19th century to be the home of wealthy Persian merchants who dealt mainly in pearls and textiles and were lured to Dubai because of the tax-free trading and access to Dubai Creek.
Bastakia occupies the eastern portion of Bur Dubai along the creek, and the coral and limestone buildings here, many with walls topped with wind-towers, have been excellently preserved. Wind-towers provided the homes here with an early form of air conditioning — the wind trapped in the towers was funneled down into the houses. Persian merchants likely transplanted this architectural element (common in Iranian coastal houses) from their home country to the Gulf.
Lined with distinct Arabian architecture, the narrow lanes are highly evocative of a bygone, and much slower, age in Dubai's history. Inside the district, you'll find the Majlis Gallery, with its collection of traditional Arab ceramics and furniture (housed in a wind-tower) and the Al Serkal Cultural Foundation, with a shop, cafe, and rotating art exhibitions (located in one of the historic buildings).
5. Sheikh Saeed Al-Maktoum House
Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum was the Ruler of Dubai from 1921 to 1958 and grandfather to the current ruler. His former residence has been rebuilt and restored as a museum that is a fine example of Arabian architecture.
The original house was built in 1896 by Sheikh Saeed's father, so he could observe shipping activity from the balconies. It was demolished, but the current house was rebuilt next to the original site, staying true to the original model by incorporating carved teak doors, wooden lattice screens across the windows, and gypsum ventilation screens with floral and geometric designs. Thirty rooms are built around a central courtyard with wind-tower details on top.
Inside are the exhibits of the Dubai Museum of Historical Photographs and Documents, with many wonderful old photographs of Dubai from the period between 1948 and 1953. The marine wing of the museum has photos of fishing, pearling, and boat building. Throughout the building there are many letters, maps, coins, and stamps on display showing the development of the Emirate.
6. Dubai Creek & Al Seef District
Dubai Creek separates the city into two towns, with Deira to the north and Bur Dubai to the south. The creek has been an influential element in the city's growth, first attracting settlers here to fish and pearl dive. Small villages grew up alongside the creek as far back as 4,000 years ago, while the modern era began in the 1830s when the Bani Yas tribe settled in the area.
The Dhow Wharfage is located along Dubai Creek's bank, north of Al-Maktoum Bridge. Still used by small traders from across the Gulf, some of the dhows anchored here are well over 100 years old. You can visit here, watching cargo being loaded and unloaded on and off the dhows. Dhow workers often invite visitors onto the vessels for a tour, where you can gain insight into the life of these traditional sailors. Many of the dhows here travel onward to Kuwait, Iran, Oman, India, and down to Africa's horn. This tiny remnant of Dubai's traditional economy is still a bustling and fascinating place to wander around.
On the Bur Dubai side of the creek, rubbing up against the Bastakia neighborhood, the waterfront has been regenerated as the Al Seef district, with a waterfront promenade backed by traditional coral-block and limestone buildings, a floating market, and shops selling crafts. It's a great place for a stroll with excellent water views.
To travel across the creek, you can either take a trip on one of the many dhows that have been restored as tourist cruise boats or take an abra (small wooden ferry) between the ferry points on the creek's Bur Dubai and Deira banks.
7. Jumeirah Mosque
Jumeirah Mosque is considered by many to be the most beautiful of Dubai's mosques. An exact copy of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque, which is eight times its size, the Jumeirah Mosque is a fine example of Islamic architecture. This stone structure is built in the medieval Fatimid tradition, with two minarets that display the subtle details in the stonework. It is particularly attractive in the evening when lit with floodlights.
The Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding (which also runs a program of tours, lectures, Arabic classes, and cultural meals) organizes guided tours of the mosque designed to try to foster a better understanding of the Muslim faith. Tours begin at 10am daily, except Fridays.
Deira lies on the northern bank of Dubai Creek, and the winding streets here unveil the melting pot of different nationalities that have come to call Dubai home. On the shore, ancient dhows load and unload with modern banks, hotels, and office buildings as a backdrop.
For travelers, Deira is most famous for its traditional souks (markets), which bustle with shoppers at all times of the day. Deira Gold Souk is world-renowned as the largest gold bazaar in the world. The Deira Spice Souk sells every imaginable spice, with stalls overflowing with bags of frankincense, cumin, paprika, saffron, sumac, and thyme, as well as the fragrant oud wood, rose water, and incense. The fish market provides a much less touristy experience.
While in the district, culture lovers shouldn't miss two of Deira's finely restored architectural gems. Heritage House was built in 1890 as the home of a wealthy Iranian merchant and later became the home of Sheik Ahmed bin Dalmouk (a famous pearl merchant in Dubai). Today, it's a great chance to see the interior of a traditional family home. The Al-Ahmadiya School, constructed in 1912, is the oldest school in Dubai and is now a museum of public education.
9. Dubai Frame
Sitting slap-bang between Dubai's older neighborhoods clustered around the creek and the city's modern sprawl, this ginormous 150-meter-high picture frame is one of Dubai's latest sights. Inside, a series of galleries whisk you through the city's history and explore Emirati heritage before you travel up to the Sky Deck, where there are fantastic panoramas of both old and new Dubai to be snapped on the viewing platforms.
Afterwards check out Future Dubai gallery, which imagines what a futuristic vision of the city will look like.
10. Sheikh Zayed Road
Sheikh Zayed Road is the main thoroughfare running through Dubai's modern downtown business district. This wide, eight-lane highway is rimmed with towering glass, chrome, and steel high-rises along its entire length. It's one of the best on-the-ground vantage points for Dubai's famed skyscraper views.
Main attractions are along, or just off, the strip between the roundabout and the first intersection, and most of Dubai's famous malls are located along the road's route. The Dubai World Trade Tower has an observation deck on its top floor, which offers visitors panoramic views (a cheaper option than the Burj Khalifa), and the Gold and Diamond Park (Sheikh Zayed Road) is a one-stop shop for jewelry lovers, with 118 manufacturers and 30 retailers all under one roof.
11. Heritage and Diving Village
Dubai's architectural, cultural, and maritime heritage is showcased at the Heritage and Diving Village, with displays related to pearl diving and dhow building — two of old Dubai's historic economic mainstays. There are also recreations of traditional Bedouin and coastal village life, with Persian homes, a traditional coffeehouse, and a small souk where potters and weavers practice their handicrafts at the stalls. Local music and dance are performed from October to April, and visitors can get advice from practitioners of traditional medicine.
12. Dubai Aquarium
One of the city's top tourist attractions, the Dubai Aquarium houses 140 species of sea life in the huge suspended tank on the ground floor of the Dubai Mall. As well as free viewing from the mall, if you enter the Underwater Zoo, you can walk through the aquarium tunnels.
Different activities help you get a closer look at the sea life. Glass bottom boat tours (on top of the tank) are particularly popular. Cage snorkeling and shark diving activities are also on offer.
13. Burj al-Arab
The Burj Al-Arab is the world's tallest hotel, standing 321 meters high on its own artificial island on the Dubai coastline. Designed to resemble a billowing dhow sail, the exterior of the building is lit up by a choreographed, colored lighting show at night. Decadent in every way possible, the Burj Al-Arab is one of the most expensive hotels in the world, with the most luxurious suites costing more than $15,000 for one night.
For those without unlimited credit, the way to experience the over-the-top opulence is to go for dinner at the underwater Al-Mahara restaurant, where floor-to-ceiling glass panels in the dining room walls allow you to view sea life while you eat, or you can enjoy lunch at California-style fusion restaurant Scape. For the ultimate panoramic views over the city, book afternoon tea at the Skyview Bar (a minimum spend is required) on the 27th floor.
14. Jumeirah Beach
This strip of sandy white bliss is the number one beach destination for Dubai visitors. Hotels are strung out all along its length, with this being one of the most popular places to stay for tourists. The beach has excellent facilities, with plenty of sun loungers, restaurants, and water sports operators offering jet skiing.
While in the area, brush off the sand for an hour and visit the Majlis Ghorfat Um Al-Sheef, just a short hop from the beach. Built in 1955, this was the summer residence of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al-Maktoum. The residence, made out of gypsum and coral-block, has been restored and maintains much of the original beautiful decor, giving you a better understanding of the opulent lifestyle of Dubai's rulers. The Majlis Gardens feature a reproduction of an impressive Arab irrigation system and many shady date palms.
15. Ras Al Khor Qildlife Sanctuary
You don't have to go too far away from the skyscrapers to soak up a more natural vista. The Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary incorporates the mangrove forests and wetlands of Dubai creek. An important stop-off on the migration routes, it's a prime place to spot flamingos in winter when massive flocks of these majestic pink birds wade through the lagoons, backdropped by soaring high-rises. Various hides in prime spots have been set up within the park to allow bird-watchers good views of the bird life.
16. Crossroads of Civilizations Museum
This museum explores the United Arab Emirates' historic role as a trading center between Asia, Africa, and Europe long before oil became this region's most prominent industry. Located inside the old residence of Sheikh Hashr bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, who was a member of Dubai's ruling family, the exhibits trace this coastal area's history as part of the global trade routes, with displays of artifacts and manuscripts. Also on-site is the Rare Books and Manuscripts Museum and the small Armory Museum.
17. IMG Worlds of Adventure
This theme park, near Global Village, is immersive entertainment at its finest and has thrills and spills for both kids and big kids. With one zone devoted entirely to Marvel's iconic characters; another to dinosaur-themed rides; and a zone where the Cartoon Network takes the helm, with gentler rides and activities for younger children, there's something here for every age. Whether you want to help the Avengers battle Ultron, scare yourself silly in a haunted house, or join Spider-Man as he swings through the city, this is heaven for families looking for a fun-filled day out.
18. Dubai Opera
For nighttime attractions, look no further. Opened in mid-2016, Dubai's classy new opera building is the centerpiece of the waterfront Opera District in downtown Dubai and set to become the city's major cultural hub and main entertainment venue. The Dubai Opera hosts a year-round program of famous musical theater productions, concerts by world-class musicians, opera, ballet, and classical music, as well as smaller productions, comedy nights, and concerts.
The 2,000-seat theater building itself is an astonishing piece of architectural mastery and one of Dubai's new landmarks, with its highly-contemporary glass and steel walls jutting out over the waterfront, built to resemble the curves of a traditional dhow.
19. Dubai Parks and Resorts
At Dubai Parks and Resorts, your entertainment needs are all rolled together into one location. The only problem here is choosing what you want to do. This mammoth project incorporates a swag of world-class theme parks providing something for everyone, whatever your age. Motiongate takes its theme from Hollywood productions, with rides based around movie blockbusters; Bollywood Parks brings the world of India's famous movie industry alive on its rides; and Legoland Dubai and Legoland Waterpark provide younger visitors with a fun-packed day out on its interactive rides, water slides, and wave pool.
The district's attached Riverland Dubai dining hub means that there's no need to leave after you've exhausted yourself with theme park pursuits, as there's plenty of evening entertainment here as well.
20. Alserkal Art District
Part of the old Al Quoz industrial district, centered on Alserkal Avenue, has been regenerated to become Dubai's main arts hub and is home to some of the city's most important contemporary art galleries. Established gallery names such as the Green Art Gallery, The Third Line, and the Ayyam Gallery have made their home here, while a host of smaller gallery start-ups have also moved in. The district's program of rotating collections focuses both on the work of major artists, as well as highlighting new Middle Eastern talent.
This emerging district is also the place to come for fashion and accessory boutiques by local designers, pop-up restaurants, and café life, and it showcases the energetic and youthful buzz of a city, which is usually more noted for its corporate face.
21. Aquaventure Waterpark
This waterpark, based at Atlantis, The Palm on the Palm Jumeirah — Dubai's famous man-made island development — is a great place to cool off after a few days of hectic shopping and sightseeing. The waterslide action here is excellent and world-class, with the Aquaconda, the world's longest water slide; a nine-story-tall slide, aptly named the Leap of Faith; and water coaster rides. There's also underwater safaris using Sea TREK helmets; a dedicated water play area for smaller children with slides; and for when all your energy has been used up, a 700-meter sweep of white-sand beach.
22. Dubai Miracle Garden
This is the zaniest garden ever. Not content with constructing the world's largest buildings and malls, Dubai has created the world's largest flower garden, spanning 2,000 square meters and home to a reputed 100 million flowers. Everything that can be covered with flowers has been, from twee English-style cottages to windmills and trucks. There's even a flower version of the Burj Khalifa. Stroll the walkways and enjoy the riot of color and the wacky flower displays.
23. Dubai Butterfly Garden
Escape the city's skyscrapers for an afternoon here. For a slice of nature, this vast butterfly garden, with around 15,000 butterflies flitting under the domed enclosures, can't be beaten. It's a great chance for kids to get close-up views of butterflies as they often land on visitors' shoulders and hands. There's a museum here, too, with plenty of information on butterfly varieties, their habitats, and life cycle.
Dubai has become synonymous with shopping. The word tax-free has made it an instant magnet for both local and foreign shoppers and bargain hunters.
True to its reputation, one can say that Dubai has pulled out all the stops when it comes to shopping places. If you have the money to burn, then head to any of the giant and opulent shopping malls for the ultimate experience in luxury shopping. If you are looking for a good bargain, then explore Dubai’s famous souks and haggle your way to get the best purchase at the lowest price.
Indeed, visitors in Dubai cannot leave the place without buying and taking home something, be it designer items, souvenirs, gadgets, or local delicacies.
The list below includes elegant and high-end venues as well as more affordable options suited for any taste and budget
1. The Dubai Mall
The Dubai Mall’s internal floor area is pegged at 5.9 million sq. ft. with 3.77 million sq. ft. of gross leasable space. It is home to over 1,200 shops, 120 cafes and restaurants, 22 cinema screens, a luxury hotel, and world-class entertainment areas.
Retail shops are conveniently clustered into precincts according to product categories. If you are out to purchase high fashion items, The Fashion Avenue is your best option. For a market-like feel, visit The Souk which features jewelry, accessories and traditional Arab clothing and handicraft. A more casual and outdoorsy ambiance can be enjoyed at The Village.
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo in Dubai Mall is a must-visit landmark. Walk through the 270-degree tunnel and enjoy a closer view of the Earth’s vibrant marine life. Kids can also play and learn at Kidzania, while the entire family can have some fun at the SEGA Republic indoor theme park. For a unique experience, put on a pair of ice skates and glide your way around Dubai Mall’s Olympic-size Ice Rink.
2. Mall of the Emirates (MOE)
The word resort automatically brings to mind images of vacation, relaxation, and fun times. This is exactly what the Mall of the Emirates offers to shoppers – a fun and relaxing shopping experience that is set apart from other malls in Dubai. Once you enter the mall, you might never want to leave!
Ski Dubai in MOE is a snow experience in the desert city. There are a 85-metre-high manmade mountain with 5 ski slopes for snowboarding and a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park with toboggan runs, climbing towers and ice cave for family to have fun together. If you have never ever seen or touched snow in your life, you can start a snowball fight or create your own snow angels there.
3. Wafi Mall
Going inside Wafi Mall is like stepping into a pyramid of artworks that are exquisitely beautiful. At Wafi Mall, you can be awed by the intricate stained glass ceilings, creative sculptures, or even the detailed staircase railings.
Wafi Mall has its own version of a souk or local market located at the basement. It has 150 shops selling various items like handicrafts and décor from the Arab region.
4. Diera Gold Souk
The Deira Gold Souk has over 300 retailers that offer 10 tons of gold at any given time. Even if you’re not out to buy gold, a stroll around the market is a must if only to marvel at the intricacy of some of the gold pieces on display.
There are other shopping places that offer gold but the best bargains can only be found at the Deira Gold Souk. As a useful tip, start bargaining at 50% off and haggle your way around until you get a good price that you are willing to pay for. Some vendors are willing to give as much as a 30% discount! The more you buy, the higher chance you have of getting a good price cut.
There is no better way to enjoy an authentic Arab market experience than a visit to the Deira Gold Souk. Here, one can take in the hustle and bustle of traditional marketplaces with all the dazzling display of gold and precious stones amid a cacophony of music and vendor calls.
5. Bur Dubai Souk
One can weave through the covered walkways and feel the beauty of top grade velvet, silk, satin, cashmere, or wool. Among the most popular items at the textile souk are the Indian saris, Kashmir pashminas, Persian carpets, and the local traditional abayas.
From the textile shops, visitors can bring their purchases to the surrounding tailor shops and have suits or traditional garments made. This personalized service is considered as a luxury in other parts of the world and should be tried out by those who wish to bring home made to order clothes with the perfect fit.
Aside from textiles, we can also buy souvenirs from the Bur Dubai Souk. Popular items include “Aladdin shoes”, Dubai t-shirts, and Burj Khalifa souvenirs.
6. Global Village Dubai
The Global Village is akin to an international expo where exhibitors from all over the world converge in Dubai and showcase the products of their countries. It is the perfect shopping venue for those who wish to buy products and sample international cuisine from Asia, Africa, Europe, the Americas, and the Arab region.
The Global Village also features a 5-month long entertainment festival that suits various interests. Daily performances vary from concerts, stunt shows, street shows, to international cultural presentations.
For family fun and adventure, head to Fantasy Island, and choose among the fun rides like the Ferris wheel and rollercoaster. If you seek a more exciting experience, try out one of the thrill rides like Reverse Bungee and Vortex. For a more leisurely ride, try out the abra along the village canal.
7. Souk Madinah Jumeirah
At Souk Madinat Jumeirah, we can enjoy a traditional marketplace experience minus the heat and noise of common marketplaces. This recreation of an ancient market is recommended for those prefer a friendlier and more peaceful atmosphere while choosing among common market wares like Arab handicrafts, jewelry, souvenir items, and local delicacies.
At dusk, Souk Madinat Jumeirah begins to transform and buzz with entertainment from its restaurants, cafe and bars. It is an ideal venue to savour Dubai nightlife over delicious food and drink as the vibrancy of this place is as equally good as others.
8. Burjuman Centre
The Burjuman Centre is known for its high-end shops with the greatest number of top luxury brands available. Label lovers can find Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Hermes, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, and many more there. The mall also houses Dubai’s only Saks Fifth Avenue outlet.
The Burjuman Centre maintains an outdoor feel through its sunny courtyards and the Pavilion Gardens. Most of the malls’ restaurants can be found here, giving shoppers a dining experience that can equal an afternoon at a French café.
9. Al Fahidi Street
Al Fahidi Street is your best stop if you want to buy a new cellphone, laptop, or camera at lower prices. Home appliances, like ovens, refrigerators, and washing machines are also available here. Always ask for a warranty and check the voltage if it matches your preference.
When the sun sets, Al Fahidi Street transforms into a busy night market complete with neon signs and night shoppers. Linger around until dark to enjoy the dazzling signs that makes you feel like you’re in Las Vegas.
10. Karama Shopping Complex
Souvenirs sold at Karama Shopping Complex are priced lower than in other places. You can also haggle your way to even lower the price of your purchase! Popular items include shisha pipes, shawls, and gold trinkets.
If you love art, then you must visit Karama Shopping Complex. 24 huge murals were recently added on the side of 12 buildings around the complex, which makes it a good reason to shop and enjoy art at the same time. 2 local and 6 international artists were commissioned to create these beautiful artworks that added a major draw to the complex.
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