The Underrated Attractions of Dubai
Dubai has, beyond doubt, succeeded in becoming one of the most impressive tourist destinations in the Asia - North Africa region. While it can atributed to various factors: central location for flight layovers, breathtaking futuristic infrastructure, range of luxury experiences, it’s the efforts of Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai Government that must be lauded. Dubai Tourism recorded a record 15.8 million people visiting in the first nine months of 2017.
So what do most tourists do in Dubai?
A huge number of these tourists stick to the run-of-the-mill to-do’s in Dubai. If you’re one of them, you’ll probably be spending an evening by the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall to view the the Fountain show, book a Desert Safari (bleh!) or get a Dhow Cruise (bleh! x2). It’s most important to NOT travel Dubai (like any other country) with a planned tour package or you’ll be witnessing...
The List of Top 10 Things To Do in Dubai (as per TripAdvisor)
● Dubai Fountains
● Burj Khalifa
● The Dubai Mall
● Aquaventure Waterpark
● Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo
● Off-road Tours, City Tours, Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
● Gurunanak Darbar Sikh Temple
And the list goes on with overrated destinations. It fails to include Dubai’s latest attractions among the top destinations. such as Dubai Parks & Resorts (#73 as of now), IMG Worlds of Adventure (#89), Box Park (#91). TripAdvisor sure needs a lot of clean-up considering this is the case in other countries too. But then again, it’s community-driven.
What’s wrong with that?
Nothing at all! Other than that you’d be missing out on a lot, especially, in Dubai.
Don’t stick to online resources alone to find the best places to visit in Dubai.
1. Scroll down and browse through the TripAdvisor list and check Google reviews against them.
2. Speak to a resident in Dubai. It’s super-easy to strike a conversation. So don’t hold back. Most of the current residents visited Dubai as tourists and planned to stay back.
Top-secret Things To Do in Dubai that’ll make it truly memorable
1. Travel in Style: Drive Around in a Supercar
Rent an exotic car and drive across the emirates in style. It’s easy, reasonable and a lotta fun!
Easy as you only need your home country driver’s license to be eligible and put down a security deposit via credit card (Your bank offers safety features so it’s really no trouble). The car is delivered to your location across Dubai and even at the airport as you arrive. Note, you need to be above the age of 25 so insurance is covered.
Reasonable as it’s cheaper when compared to other tourist cities across the world:
● Ferrari 458 Spyder (2016 model) costs just AED 2500 ($680) for an entire day
● Lamborghini Huracan Coupe (2018) costs AED 3200 () for 24 hours
● Porsche 718 Boxster convertible (2017) costs AED 1000 ($272) per day
● Rolls Royce Ghost (2016) costs AED 2700 ($735) for a luxurious day
● Mercedes Benz G63 (2016) costs AED AED 1500 ($400) for an amazing
There are a lot many to choose from on OneClickDrive including economy cars, sports cars, SUVs, convertibles and more. Don’t wish to drive, they even offer chauffeured cars and stretch limo service so you can travel in style.
2. Party during the Day: Brunch in Dubai
Best experienced if you’re traveling in a group. Brunching in Dubai is the ideal choice if you’re tired of walking around. It comes in a range of vibrant, picturesque settings. You can choose to brunch at every other luxury hotel, yachts and restaurants across the length and breath of Dubai. We’d never be able to do justice to a list of Best Brunches in Dubai because there’s just so much to choose from. Be it cuisines, alcoholic / non-alcoholic, themes, outdoor / indoor, with views such as:
● Brunch on the 52nd floor The Observatory with a view of the Palm Jumeirah
● Brunch in between the sea on a luxury yacht with views of Dubai Marina
● Brunch by the beach in Jumeirah: A number of high-end hotels to choose from
● Brunch with a view of the Burj Khalifa in Souk Al Bahar next to Dubai Mall
● Brunch in a garden setting: Choose hotels among Citywalk, Emirates Hills and so on
There probably is one with a view of the desert too but it’s unheard of, to our knowledge.
3. Attend a Live Concert in Dubai
Want to live the #DubaiLifestyle like how residents here live it? Several international arts and music events are organized in the emirate of Dubai featuring top artists and celebs. Justin Bieber’s been here so has Mariah Carey, Rihanna and every other A-lister. In recent times, we’ve noticed a rise of international EDM artists and DJs including Dubai as part of their world tour.
Want to find out if any upcoming concert or events fall within your travel dates in Dubai, check out Platinum List, 800 Ticket and Dubai Calendar.
4. Get a Day Pass to access facilities of a luxury hotel
Unwind in style. So maybe you’re AirBnBing or staying over at a friend’s or perhaps just bored of your hotel facilities, consider grabbing a day pass at one of the high-end hotels in the city. Access facilities of 5-star hotels including the swimming pool, gym, jacuzzi, spa and so on. Sunbathe by the pool or take a steam / sauna bath at your pace. Some hotels even offer access to the sunbeds with access to their private beaches.
Sofitel on the Palm Jumeirah, Rixos at JBR, Nassima Royal at Jumeirah, The Address at Dubai Marina and myriad other luxurious hotels currently have offers online. You can have a look at Groupon and Cobone for details.
5. Amazing Discounts for real in Dubai
If you’re looking for out-of-this-world offers and discounts, Dubai Mall is not the right place to shop. We’d recommend Jebel Ali Outlet Mall and Dubai Outlet Mall. The fashion might be a little outdated if you walk into one of brand stores but you’re sure to see unbelievably low rates.
Dragon Mart a.k.a. China Mart is a 11 million sq. ft. sized shopping emporium. There, you’ll find every type of product imported straight from China and that’s exported across the world. It’s split into various sections Furnishings, Clothing & Apparel (not recommended), Electronics and so on. Be sure to study their map before stepping in. Enter through the section based on your requirement or be ready to walk a marathon. You’ve been warned!
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