Desert Safari along Al Awir Road
As soon as you arrive in Dubai, I advise you to book a safari tour in the desert. It’s very touristy but you will have a great time for sure ! All tour operators offer the same tour and then they all meet up in the middle of the dunes for a nice buffet dinner with some activities like camels riding, henna tattoos, shishas, dancing shows, etc.
Before that, you will stop on the side on the road where you can buy a “Ghutrah”, in some other Arabic countries, it is also called a “keffiyeh” which is a piece of cloth that you put around
You will then go to the place where you will spend the rest of the day and enjoy the dinner and show sitting on the floor like real Bedouins.
Totally different context. Welcome to Dubai, city of greatness. Dubai mall represents the city itself, huge hub of wealth, you will find there the biggest and most expensive brands in the world as well as the most common ones. Shops, restaurants, cinema, skating-rink, biggest aquarium built in a mall, you won’t get bored.
You should go there in the afternoon so you can then have a nice dinner at Social House, which is a restaurant located outside with a beautiful view of Burj Khalifa and Dubai fountains.
The souks are a little bit more traditional. You will find the gold souk, the spice souk
You will find little shops with
Some people do not dare to
There is also a famous souk called “Madinat souk” which is a perfect place to walk around at the end of the afternoon. However, you will see something completely different from what you can see in the souks
You will find there expensive shops and restaurants with a view
Perfect place to chill, Dubai Marina is the place you should go to enjoy the beach, a nice walk or a nice restaurant.
During the day, you’ll find plenty of activities going on, jet ski rentals, Aquafun Dubai (the largest inflatable waterpark in the world), camel rides on the beach, etc; you can even rent a boat for a day and have a boat party !
In the evening, you can walk there and chill in one of the many (shisha) bars along the beach. You will also find tons of restaurants as well as nightclubs. Don’t forget the rooftops 😉
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
If you go to Dubai you also have to visit the Big Mosque in Abu Dhabi called Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
It is localed only 2h away by bus from Dubai or 1h30 by car. If you take the bus, it will drop you off at the main bus station and you will then need to take a taxi.
Of course, same as for any religious monument you need to cover yourself and, as it is a muslim country, women will need long sleeves, long pants/dress and to cover their head. If you don’t do it they will give you an abaya which is the traditional outfit for women in the Middle East.
The architecture of this monument is impressive, all white and with a marble floor, it shows simplicity and wealth at the same time.
I left Dubai more than a year ago so I might forget some places but if I think about anything else that you shouldn’t miss I’ll let you know.
I hope this article will help you to plan your trip and get some ideas of what you can do or shouldn’t skip. Don’t hesitate to check the other articles about Dubai to get more information and to contact me if you have any question !