Dubai is an extravaganza of spellbinding tourist spots and attractions. From historical architecture, swanky shopping malls and hotels to man-made islands on the coastline, Dubai tourism prides itself on having something for everyone. If you ’re confused as to where to start, this Dubai travel guide lists all the must-do things in Dubai for a fun-filled Dubai trip. Get a bird’s eye view on top of the Burj Khalifa One of the most iconic structures in the world and the crowning jewel of Dubai tourism, a view from atop the Burj Khalifa is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Considering the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest tower (2717 ft), it has some of the most incredible views on offer. Climb up all the way to level one hundred and twenty-four which has an observation deck for an awe-inspiring view of the city. The Top Sky Lounge on the 148th floor spells luxury with fine food and drinks and truly exceptional views. Dig into mouth-watering food with views of fluffy clouds wafting by at Atmosphere on level 122. Shop till you drop at the Dubai Mall The sprawling shopping complex has 1,200 shops ranging from high-fashion, cosmetics, jewellery to other luxury goods. Shopping is just one of the things you can do here. The Dubai mall has an indoor waterfall, an ice rink, an indoor theme park, an outdoor fountain, an aquarium and an underwater zoo among other things making it a truly exceptional attraction of Dubai tourism. If you get tired of shopping, simple sample some of the food at the 150 restaurants present here. Explore the man-made island of Palm Jumeriah The Palm Jumeriah is a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree . A commendable task, this artificial island happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the world and is another feather in Dubai tourism’s cap. Stroll down the island to indulge your inner foodie at the Palm’s vast number of hotels including the Waldorf Astoria, Fairmont, One & Only, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and Atlantis, The Palm. Dubai tourism has made it easier to reach this wonder thanks to the monorail which connects to the mainlands tram system. Delve deeper into Dubai Creek’s waterways and souks Dubai Creek, a saltwater estuary has quite a history behind it. This is where the Bani Yas tribe had settled originally and its waters were means to income derived from pearl diving and fishing earlier. Dubai is now a vista of glittering towers and skyscrapers but Dubai creek is where it started. Haunt the recesses of the creek to find a network of alleyways with gold, spice and textile souks. Don’t forget to take a boat ride on the abra, a traditional wooden boar which bobs along slowly. A ticket to an abra ride costs just ₹18. Have fun at Dubai’s urban beach district Dubai tourism also caters to beach bums with their urban beaches replete with shopping, dining and entertainment options. The Beach opposite Jumeirah Beach Residence has options for shopping, an open-air cinema to help you catch a movie along with the soothing sea breeze and restaurants to sate all hunger cravings. There are DJs spinning tracks to keep people on their toes as well as a water park for some fun splashing around. Indulge in water sports on Kite Beach The Kite beach with its pristine stretch of white sand is Dubai tourism’s water sports hub. There are activities like kite-surfing, beach tennis, beach volleyball and kayaking. Go for a dip and then wash off in the many shower stalls there. There ’s Wi-Fi for you to post those insta-worthy snaps . Watch skaters perform incredible stunts in the skate park or relax and soak in the views of the Burj Al Arab. There is a seaside market put up here every Friday where you can browse through handicrafts. If all the water sports get your stomach rumbling then get yourself a snack from a food truck or unwind at one of the many cafes there. Take a stroll on Dubai Marina Take a leisurely stroll by the water on the worlds largest man-made marina, Dubai Marina. Look over at the glittering skyline made up of the world’s tallest building buildings or set sail on the Dubai Marina Yacht Club to enjoy the sea breeze as you revel in the beauty of Dubai. Discover Dubai’s desert dunes One of Dubai tourism’s major attractions, the Arabian Desert is a drive away from the streets of Downtown Dubai. Put on your shades and a sun hat before setting off on a desert safari. The more adventurous souls can try off-roading, quad biking and sand boarding. For those looking to kick back and relax, there are barbeques churning out delicious roasted dishes and camel rides to put you at ease. Apart from these activities, there are a host of festivals in this oasis in the Middle eastward which celebrate life, religion and well, shopping. Take a look at these extravagant festivals you can participate in to get a taste of Dubai’s culture and zest for life. Dubai International Jazz FestivalOne of the biggest music festivals in the Middle East and great crowd-puller for Dubai tourism, the festival has a stellar line-up each year with artists like Sting, John Legend and James Blunt belting out tunes to a screaming crowd. Taste of Dubai Those on the prowl for good food will love this festival. There are a lot of cooking events such as a cooking challenge where anyone can sign up and whip up a storm with celebrity chefs. Chow down on the piping hot food available at the many stalls there with live music playing in the background. Eid ul Fitr Dubai tourism encourages everyone to celebrate their cultural diversity and Eid is one such occasion which is celebrated with a lot of pomp and mirth. When the holy month of Ramadan comes to an end after fasting from dusk to dawn, Eid is celebrated with massive feasts and other traditional rituals. During the month of Ramadan, people from the Islamic community fast from dawn to dusk. However, in the evening people congregate at banquets under iftar tents and the event goes on until late at night. Shopping Festival The Dubai Shopping Festival is one of the highlights of Dubai tourism. The whole month of January is devoted to this retail-extravaganza where discounts are handed out and shoppers flock to Dubai to get their annual shopping done. Live concerts, lotteries, fireworks and flash mobs add to the energy of the festival. Cuisine & Best Places to Eat In Dubai One of the best parts of travelling to a different region is its food and Dubai tourism has a lot to offer in that respect. Emirati cuisine has recently been gaining attention with its delicious breads, pastries, coffee and even camel burgers. Get your stretchy pants on and try some of these local dishes for a foodgasm. Camel Camel meat was not popular with Emiratis but with burgeoning Dubai tourism and more exposure, chefs are trying to create delicious variations of camel meat. From camel sliders, to camel biryani, burgers and stews, there is a large variety of dishes on offer for anyone looking for a taste of the ungulate. Camel milk is healthier than cow milk in terms of protein, cholesterol and vitamins. If drinking a glass of milk, which is slightly salty in taste, is not you thing then try camel milk ice cream! Cafes here serve camel milk ice cream in flavours like chocolate, date and pistachio. Turkish cocktails Dubai tourism entices with its spirits as well. We’ve all had our share of margaritas and LITs; try some Turkish cocktails with Turkish flavours infusing the drink with an edge. Ruya serves up Turkish cocktails such as the Anatolian Fizz at Ruya, made with sparkling wine, pomegranate molasses, citrus, rose and raspberry. Knafeh This pastry dish has its origins in Palestine but is a hot favourite of locals here. Sour cheese, crispy sugar syrup and dough are combined to create this sweetmeat. This dessert is very popular during Ramadan and is eaten during iftar. Head to Qwaider Al Nabulsi in Deira who dole out the best and softest knafeh in town. Luqaimat Luqaimat are hot dumplings which taste akin to doughnuts. Cafes bake fresh batches which give off a heavenly aroma and are served with a side of sticky date sauce, studded with sesame seeds. Head to Local Bites Café in Jumeirah for breakfast where you can gorge on this delicacy with piping hot coffee. Arabic coffee and dates Arabic coffee is made of lightly roasted coffee beans and cardamom and served with dates. For a taste of traditional Arabic coffee, head to Café Bateel. Margoogat This dish is a spicy, tomato-based stew with meat, turmeric, cumin and bezar. There are various versions of the dish, some with baby marrow and potato and some with chicken or lamb. The chicken margoogat dish is worth a try at Aseelah in the Radisson Blu Hotel and will leave you licking your fingers.
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