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Top 10 activities to do in Dubai, the city of excess

Written on : 16 April 2019 by

With its futuristic buildings that make you head spin, Dubai is a glamorous destination that attracts both celebrities and families looking for excess. From its artificial islands to its ever larger malls, Dubai is the new Arabic dream. At the crossroads of East and West, this city of the United Arab Emirates combines modernity and tradition. Forward-thinking and hyperbolic, Dubai fascinates with its upscale resorts, its extravagant towers and its city center located between the desert and the warm sea of ​​Arabia. However, behind the glitter, there is a more traditional city that attracts families as well as the most fortunate jet-set in the world. For spending unique holidays in the world, embark for Dubai, the city of excess and discover right now our top 10 activities to do.

1- Marvel at the Burj Khalifa

1- Marvel at the Burj Khalifa

At 828 meters high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest tower in the world. Standing as a world emblem, this masterpiece of engineering is a must that you should not miss during your stay in Dubai. Impressive and picturesque, this futuristic tower will leave you speechless. Inside this magnificent building, find an exhibition about the beginnings of the Burj Khalifa and then, take the fastest elevator in the world that will take you to the top of this tower in a matter of seconds. From above, you can observe the immensity of the city. Do not forget your camera ! We recommend you to take the elevator just before sunset. Thus, indulge in the most enchanting show you've ever seen.

2- Lose yourself in Bastakiya, the former district of the Persian merchants

2- Lose yourself in Bastakiya, the former district of the Persian merchants

Far from glitter and gimmicks, Bastakiya is a traditional neighborhood where it is good to take a break. After strolling through the bustling city center of Dubai, you'll love walking down the narrow streets of the old Persian merchant district. Formerly, Bastakiya was the flagship area of ​​pearls and textiles. Now, it is the traditional heart of Dubai with more modest houses but also more typical ones, made of coral, gypsum or palm wood. We enjoy strolling in these narrow streets where art galleries have taken possession of the premises. If you have the opportunity to visit this beautiful neighborhood, make a stop at the Majlis Gallery or in the gallery of contemporary art XVA. Many bars and restaurants will also invite you to sit down and taste the delicious local specialties.

3- Visit the Jumeirah Mosque

3- Visit the Jumeirah Mosque

This is the only mosque in Dubai open to non-Muslims but the Jumeirah Mosque is also the largest mosque in the city. Built with modern materials while respecting Fatimid traditions, this mosque is ideal for discovering the cultural side of Dubai. Admire the central dome surrounded by two minarets and set off to discover this fascinating civilization. If you want to learn more about Islam, we recommend you a guided tour, which is informative and very interesting. Be careful, to get inside the mosque, you will have to wear proper clothes and the women will have to make sure to cover their head.

4- Relax on Dubai’s beaches

4- Relax on Dubai’s beaches

For a getaway under the sun with family or friends, head to the sublime beaches of Dubai! Enjoy sunny weather all year long to bask in the sun and admire this dream setting. We recommend you to visit the Sunset Beach, the famous beach from which you can admire the most luxurious hotel in the city: the Burj Al Arab. This free beach offers many activities. This is a spot famous for surfers in the city. As its name suggests, Sunset Beach becomes even more sublime at dusk. When the sky is covered with rose, orange and golden tones, the show that is then played in front of you is simply unforgettable.

5- Go antiquing memories in the souks

5- Go antiquing memories in the souks

Find the special atmosphere of Marrakech in Dubai! To get out of the artifice of the city, go to the traditional and typical souks. Perfect for shopping and bringing back travel memories, the souks will transport you to another world. Located in the Deira district, the Gold Souk is the Dubai's most prestigious one. This is a must if you love jewelry! Here, you will find in the stalls prestigious pieces, precious stones and gold rings. Then lose yourself in the Bur Dubai Souk where you can find fabrics but also clothes and all kinds of other memories. This covered waterfront market is brimming with colorful fabrics, cheap clothes and multiple Arab antiques. It's time to do sweat deals! Finally, we recommend you to visit the Dubai Spice Souk. Here, the stalls shine forth in all its beauty thanks to multicolored spices. Let yourself be overwhelmed by the special smell of turmeric, cinnamon and other traditional spices. A real treat!

6- Cross Dubai Creek

6- Cross Dubai Creek

Separating Deira and Bur Dubai, Dubai Creek was  the most important harbor of the region. To reach both banks, we advise you to cross Dubai Creek by boat. The cruise will allow you to admire the sunset or to have dinner on board. Perfect for an activity with family or friends, the cruise on Dubai Creek will leave you with exceptional memories. Do not forget to make beautiful travel photos during this stunning cruise!

7- Plan a safari in the desert

7- Plan a safari in the desert

A stay in Dubai can not be complete without experiencing an expedition in the desert. At the gates of the desert, Dubai is enhanced with the sand dunes that one travels willingly by camel or car. You can also enjoy a safari to discover the orange desert landscapes, sleep under the stars and meet the local people. Indulge in precious moments of relaxation in the middle of the desert with your other half or your family and enjoy the absolute silence of the Arabian desert. A guaranteed escape!

8- Splurge on Dubai Mall

8- Splurge on Dubai Mall

If Dubai is a dream destination for shopping, Dubai Mall is likely the most prestigious shopping center in the city. Here, you will undoubtedly find the dress of your dreams or the tailor-made suit that gives you the eye. With more than 1,000 shops, the Dubai Mall will definitely delight all fashionistas traveling to Dubai! The luxury brands are located on Fashion Avenue, a shopping center area dedicated to high-end shopping with prestigious brands such as Chanel, Lanvin and Elie Saab.

9-Admire the Dubai Fountain

9-Admire the Dubai Fountain

If the Dubai Fountain is the largest of the world, this is also the most impressive one. Located on the artificial lake of the Burj Khalifa, this fountain is a must that you should not miss during your stay in Dubai. Be amazed by this show of sounds and lights that will transcend you for sure! This is the unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a real experience that mixes lights, waters and music. Indeed, each luminous jet is balanced to the rhythm of the music. We recommend you going to the Dubai Fountain at night. With the lights of the city, the show is even more sensational!

10- Go skiing in Dubai

10- Go skiing in Dubai

Yes, Dubai is full of surprises ... After a getaway in the desert and a walk in the colorful streets of traditional neighborhoods, back to the excesses with a ski resort in the city! This indoor ski resort is located in one of the largest shopping centers in the city: the Mall of the Emirates. Here, five ski slopes of all difficulties will be at your disposal to hit the slopes and have fun with family or friends! Ski Dubai also offers a freestyle area, mainly reserved for snowboarders.