Dubai is the 2nd. most populated emirate of the 7 emirates that make up the UAE. It is probably the most “secular” and “westernized” emirate. Although it’s still basically an “Islamic” city/state it doesn’t have very strict “sharia” practices like its neighboring emirates that require women to have their heads covered in public.
Dubai prides itself as having some of the most over the top buildings in the world, it is home to the Burj Khalifa currently the world’s tallest building. It has built a world filled with luxury hotels, malls, theme parks, and entertainment venues.
A visit to Dubai is like a pilgrimage to luxury, fun, and entertainment. Of course you must go see the Burj Khalifa and the Mall of Dubai, the world’s tallest building and one of the world’s largest malls filled with high end department stores and designer shops. Indulge in cocktails at the iconic Burj al Arab hotel which bills itself as the world’s only 7 star luxury hotel. And have some fun at Atlantis’s Aquapark. But if you’re looking for something a bit more unique read on!
Here are 5 unique activities you can do for a memorable Dubai experience!
Get out of town and into the desert for some daring dune bashing in the comfort of an air conditioned SUV.
You’ll be picked up at your hotel by a friendly driver who will drive you to the desert in the early morning or late afternoon where you’ll join a caravan of daredevils for a bit of fun on the desert dunes.
Desert Balloon Ride
Get a bird’s eye view of the desert during sunrise or sunset for an unforgettable experience. You’ll see the shadows cast over the gently dunes and the changing colors of the skies. Truly magnificent!
Ride a Camel
I know you can probably ride a camel at a Renaissance fair or zoo (maybe), but there’s something about riding one in the desert. After all they are called ships of the desert!
Sand surfing in the desert is lots of fun, the only down side is you have to drag your board back up the sandy dune.
Best time to do this is late afternoon, just before sunset. When the sand is not burning hot!
Dubai is one of the few places in the world where you can ski indoors. I’m pretty sure it’s the only indoor ski park in the middle of the desert.
You can’t leave Dubai without spending a day at Ski Dubai located in the Mall of the Emirates. Even if you’re not a skier, which I’m not, you can enjoy some wintery rides in the park. My favorite is the bobsled ride!