As promised in one of my previous posts, here’s a list of popular tourist attractions in Dubai that are popular for a reason! These are all the recommended places to see when you’re in DXB! There are SO many places to see and things to do in Dubai that I thought it’s best to split it in two posts. I’ve also lived in Abu Dhabi for a month when I visited my brother there and contrary to popular belief, there’s quite a lot to see there as well. However, I’m only featuring Dubai in this post and I’ll feature Abu Dhabi in the near future. We were in Dubai for 4 nights 5 days from 28th December till 2nd January and we managed to see everything in this list except the fountain show (as we had already seen it on our previous trip), desert safari and Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo (because we were short on time). So without further ado, let’s jump right into it!
The tallest building in the world and definitely the most iconic as well. If you’re in Dubai then you would definitely want to see it at least once. We got to see the record breaking light show on the New Year’s Eve of 2017, which was awesome but was it worth the hassle of getting near Burj Khalifa and what came after the show? Well…let’s just say that calls for another dedicated post. I’ll definitely include tips and tricks and various other spots to see the famous New Year’s Eve fireworks in Dubai in case you plan on going there in December of 2018.
Coming back to Burj Khalifa, although you’re bound to see it from various parts of the city on the go due to the sheer size of it, it’s definitely worth seeing it up close especially since there are a bunch of other things you can see once you’re in that area such as…
♦ Dubai Mall
I’m not a mall kind of person to be honest, I prefer sight seeing and immersing myself in the culture of the country I’m visiting. However, Dubai mall being the biggest mall in the world with the greatest number of brands and shops is worth a visit. I definitely appreciate the architecture and the amount of work that goes into managing such a gigantic facility. A piece of advice, please make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes not just in the mall but pretty much everywhere in Dubai. Trust me, you’ll thank me later.
Another piece of advice is that if you have time do your actual shopping from a smaller mall then do that rather than shopping from Dubai Mall. It’ll tire you less because locating stores and getting from one store to another is a pain. There are devices located on all floors at some distance to find out the locations of each store but the actual distance between the stores is huge. If you only have time to shop from one place, then go ahead, otherwise visit Dubai mall for other activities like checking out the biggest book store in the world Kinokunya, watching marine life live at the underwater aquarium or simply enjoying the dancing fountain.
♦ Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
I absolutely love nature, wild life and marine life, it just makes me appreciate the world around me and life in general. I got to see the beauty of the aquarium at Dubai Mall. Imagine…I’m walking casually in a mall and suddenly saw a shark swim by. I don’t know about you but for me that’s quite fascinating. I tried to quickly take a snap so excuse the quality of the photo:
I just stood there and made a video which you can see below.
This is not even inside the aquarium, it’s just a spot somewhere in the mall where you can see the marine life. I’ll definitely see it from the inside when I visit Dubai next time! If you’re travelling with kids, they would absolutely love it, I promise!
♦ Dancing Fountain
We didn’t see the dancing fountain on this trip because Saad and I have both seen it before and we were short on time but if you’re there then you should definitely see it. The shows keep running throughout the day at various times on different songs. I had heard that the fountain show on Michael Jackson’s thriller is one of the best and after watching it on YouTube, I do agree! It’ll be so cool if you catch it live. Here’s a video of it I found on YouTube:
Dubai Fountain looks so good in the video, imagine how it would be like to see it in person!
Box Park and The Walk
If you have time, I would suggest checking out Box Park, here’s a little description from their website:
Boxpark is inspired by urban renewal projects, combining the finest in contemporary architecture with the aesthetics of warehouse containers. An industrial character dominates the project’s design across all its aspects, including the fixtures and open spaces.
Boxpark seeks to debut local and international concepts in its stores comprising of world-class retail, restaurants, cafes and entertainment brands. The destination currently hosts 44 stores and serves as a go-to space for artists and entertainers.
It’s a very interesting concept and if you’re into art and architecture then you would really enjoy this place.
Saw this interesting Yamaha Cafe:
My favourite store, however, was Typo. I’ve always seen their stationery and home and living accessories online and seeing it in person was so much fun!
That’s my kind of lunch box ^_^
The Walk at the Jumeirah Beach Residence is also in the same vicinity, literally at a walking distance:
If you’re looking for stylish boutiques, al fresco dining or simply a leisurely promenade along the waterfront, head to The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residences.
Along this buzzing boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunity to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home and handicraft shops and boutiques.
It was fun strolling around and enjoying the art and architecture at The Walk.
Ah…sun, sand and sea what more do you need on a holiday? Jumeirah Beach gives you all this and more with stunning views. I loved picking up seashells and taking photos in front of the palm. That was one of the highlights of the trip for me.
I feel like if you’re in Dubai then the best way to experience it is in the desert. Dune bashing and dinner out in the open desert sounds like a fun adventure to me. I wish we had more time to go for desert safari but unfortunately we didn’t. If we ever go again then we would certainly try it out once at least and I would definitely recommend others to do it as well.
This brings to a wrap of the first part of Discover Dubai. I hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful. Which is your favourite part of Dubai? Do share in the comments below! Thanks for reading! ^_^
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