Dubai is magical – the surreal entertainment and exhilarating nightlife experience it offers is sought by many. Though several tourists think that Dubai is all about flashy malls, ostentatious hotels and designer outlets but the sprawling city has a lot more to offer including exclusive cultural experiences, theme parks, and unrivalled desert adventure activities. Dubai has established itself as a global leader in adopting innovations and blending them with modern technology in the tourism sector. Due to these options and countless other offerings, Dubai has been ascending the popularity rankings for a long.
Dubai – A Land of Wonders
The city has considered a symbol of luxury and prosperity and is known to be at the forefront of progressive growth. Just the name stirs up the feelings of year-round festivities, images of wild nightlife, pristine beaches, picturesque skyscrapers and the world’s best educational institutions and healthcare facilities. Visiting Dubai for a few weeks is exciting but moving there permanently can also be one of the best decisions of your life. However, to overcome the stress of foreign land, you must know the good and the bad of living in Dubai to make a well-informed decision.
According to official sources, the emirate has implemented an aspiring tourism strategy to attract 25 million tourists by 2025. It is almost there to achieve its goals because Premier Inn conducted research to find the most popular tourist destination around the world and it revealed that Dubai is the most popular city break destination around the world. Though there are hundreds of things to do in this city but if you are visiting it for a few days or looking for things to indulge in during the weekend in Dubai – you must read the following post to get some amazing ideas.
Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
Spread over 12 million sq. ft. the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest shopping mall based on area. The mall offers much more than an average shopping experience such as fun and entertainment activities. One of the finest and unique entertainment activities that you can enjoy in Dubai over the weekend is visiting Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo. It is gigantic and holds around a 10 million litre water tank housing over 33,000 diverse aquatic animals. Dubai does everything at a large scale and this is what you will experience here. Not just fish and turtles but you can find one of the world’s most giant crocodiles and sand tiger sharks.
You can find marine creatures of all sizes in the walk-in 11 meters high and 48 meter long tunnel of the aquarium. For visitors’ convenience, Dubai Aquarium is sub-divided into several major sections such as Behind the Scenes Tour, Aquarium Tunnel, Underwater Zoo, Underwater Observatory, Glass Bottom Boat ride, VRZoo 360, Fish Feeding and Penguin Cove – the brand-new section of Dubai Aquarium.
The epic IMG Worlds of Adventure
Dubai is no short of activities offering adrenaline rush such as dune bashing and jet skiing but right now, it’s too hot in Dubai to enjoy any outdoor activity. Therefore, indoor activities are what we are left with. And a place that offers hair-raising thrill rides is IMG Worlds of Adventure. It is one of the largest indoor theme parks in the world and on average, more than 20,000 people visit it every day. The mega park has four major zones with rides centred around Cartoon Network’s famous characters, MARVEL superheroes and dinosaur adventures.
There is a place to test your courage called Haunted Hotel and find the exit from a maze of creepy spaces. IMG Worlds of Adventure is not just about rides but you can engage in an amazing 3D experience at the NOVO Cinemas zone. It also features an inflatable playground for your little ones at IMG Kids Zone that spreads over 17,000 sq. ft.
A gourmet meal at Dinner in the Sky
After thrilling rides, if you want to experience some more fun then head to Dinner in the Sky – where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal while hanging 50 metres in the air. Yes, you have read it right. Like its name, it is one of the most unique dining experiences in the world so it must be on your bucket list – to experience at least once on any weekend. There are several things that you must know before moving to Dubai and we believe that you must have them on your to-do-list before coming here.
It is not necessary to have a 3 course lunch or dinner there, you can also choose to enjoy your afternoon tea with a specialized menu prepared by the Le Meridien and The Westin Mina Seyahi Marina.
At the top – Burj Khalifa
The world’s tallest building and an architectural marvel – Burj Khalifa is almost visible from everywhere in Dubai. It is mesmerizing enough to view the skyscraper from the street nearby but visiting the top of the 160-story behemoth is an exhilarating experience itself. Brace yourself for the thrill of the world’s high-speed elevators – followed by the awe-inspiring views from the observation deck.
Since its inception, the 830 meters high, glass-clad tower has attracted millions of visitors – especially to see the emirate around from the observation decks at levels 124 and 125 and the outdoor terrace on level 148. Walk on the glass floor to enjoy a nerve-wracking virtual reality experience, which is the newest addition to the observation deck on the 125th floor.
Note: The tickets for Burj Khalifa – At the top experience are available for the UAE residents for AED60 only, and all you need is to book a ticket online and present a valid Emirates ID at the counter on your visit. The exclusive discount offer for UAE residents runs till September 30, 2022.
Museum of the Future
Nestled in the heart of Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, in proximity to Burj Khalifa, the museum does not just showcase an upscale exterior but boasts a futuristic approach, too. Museum of the Future is designed to focus on and merge science, technology, and the environment under immersive surroundings that can tap into all five senses. The project aims to transport you to the future and imagine what the world will be like 50 years from now and completely change your perception of the future.
The entire building of the Museum of the Future is divided into seven floors, with each floor representing a different theme and offering distinct experiences to the visitors. Unlike conventional museums, this museum is designed on a futuristic concept and will be offering an immersive and engaging experience. It aims at exhibiting scientific, technological, and innovative advancements – predicted for the year 2035.
Cruise Dubai Creek on a dhow
Looking for a weekend getaway in Dubai? Treat yourself to a luxurious dinner aboard a traditional wooden dhow that passes through old Dubai through Bur Dubai and Deira Creek. Dhow Cruise is an unforgettable experience and the surrounding city presents an amazing sight, while cruising down the creek along Old Boat Fort, Heritage Village and Museum of Dubai. The rigged boat offers live music and entertainment with a continental Buffet in a relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy your dinner with soothing background music and calming water waves.
Moreover, you can also enjoy a traditional Tanoura dance and puppet show during the two-hour cruise. Select from different packages available online both for families and couples and enjoy the perfect scenic beauty of the creek.