What would you say when someone asks what is Dubai really like? Is there an easy answer? What impression you make of Dubai depends on where you have been to and what you have seen in Dubai.
To get a complete picture of everything, you should behold Dubai from all sides of it. When we break it down, there are four main sides to Dubai. There are some popular tourist activities in Dubai which you must try on your visit. Have a look at the three best leisure trips in the city:
A trip to the desert
If you haven’t been to any desert in your life, you would think that there is nothing worth exploring there, and it is nothing more than sand flying hither and thither. But these dunes are full of life. Desert was the dwelling place, and it still is, to some extent, of the Bedouins. They have lived there for hundreds and thousands of years.
The best way to explore the sun-baked sands in Dubai is a desert safari trip. It will let you experience the desert to the fullest. Dune bashing takes you on an adventurous ride over the dunes, exhilarating your mood. Regular bikes don’t work in deserts, but quad bikes do. Dubai safari comes with optional quad biking and falcon photography.
It’s of no doubt that among the first things that come to mind when you think of desert are camels. And likewise, camels have been an inevitable part of the Bedouins’ lives. So when you go for the safari, make sure to ride on the camel.
The safari concludes in the desert camp modeled like a traditional Bedouin settlement. You will get a sneak peek into the Bedouin life in the camp. Dress up like the Arabs, get a henna tattoo, and try the Shisha. After the sunset, another exciting part of the safari begins — the dinner buffet. Enjoy the sumptuous barbecue dinner with Arabic folk dance performances.
Desert safari comes in various flavors too. There are morning safari and evening safari to see the desert in different hues. Options like private safari, premium safari, and self-drive safari provide a range of choices to select depending on the budget.
Dinner in the water
Dubai grew along waterways. Before, it was the creek, which was a natural waterway that permeated all of Dubai’s history. Later there came Marina — a recent (less than two decades ago) gem in the crown. These two sides of Dubai, which are only a few decades apart, have a stark contrast. Marina boasts opulent high rises, and leisure and entertainment centers.
On the other side, the creek and its surroundings reflect more of the everyday life of simple people. Markets mainly populate both sides of the creek. These markets are known as souks, the traditional form of shopping malls.
Which dhow cruise should you choose then? The answer depends on how you want the dining experience to be. If you wish to sail in the midst of glittering skyscrapers, Marina cruise is the way to go. On a marina cruise, you will see the most modern side of Dubai. Marina and the places nearby showcase the height of Dubai’s progress. Also, most of the people you see there will be tourists and the local Arabs who are there to enjoy their leisure hours.
A dinner cruise through Creek is altogether a different story. In the creek, you will see the historical buildings scattered in the middle of the busy streets. The vibe of the cities on both sides of the creek — Deira and Bur Dubai — is about the chores of the people trying to make their daily lives.
If you ask me, I would say you should experience a dhow cruise in both Marina and Creek.
To the deep sea
Dubai has a connection with the sea since the beginning. The inhabitants of the fishing hamlet along the creek made their living from the sea. Pearls and fish from the depths were their livelihoods. But as time changed, they left their ancient trades. But even then, Dubai hasn’t stopped amazing people with its beautiful beaches and sea attractions.
Yacht cruises are a much-coveted leisure option in Dubai. Tourists flock to Dubai to host parties and celebrations on yacht sailing through the quintessential waterways. Furthermore, many attractions in Dubai can only be fully appreciated when you look at it from the sea. The iconic landmarks Burj Al Arab and Atlantis the palm are some among them.
To make things easier, you can rent a yacht in Dubai with zero effort. Considering all the amenities on the yacht, they give huge bang for your buck.
You will need a lot of time to try all the exciting tourist activities in Dubai. However, make sure that you include these three in your bucket list for a memorable trip.