10 Fun & Unique Things to do in Dubai
You’ve done it, you’ve bought your dream Dubai home! Congratulations! ONE Investments is extremely proud of our Dubai properties and we know anyone who buys from us will be immensely happy with their choice. But what do you do once your done unpacking all your moving boxes and are ready to start exploring? You might head over to the Dubai Mall or you may want to have round of golf at the Tiger Woods International Golf Course. But if you really want to immerse yourself in Dubai, we’ve gathered a list of the must sees and dos.
10 FUN UNIQUE THINGS TO DO IN DUBAI
1. Dubai Spice Souk
Dubai's sprawling spice market is the most entertaining of all the city's souks. It's bustling and crowding, with intoxicating sights and smells. Many of the vendors sell traditional ingredients—Persian dried limes, saffron, barberries, rose hips, and Middle Eastern spice mixes.
2. Abra Ride Across Dubai Creek
Riding an abra, or traditional wooden boat, is one of the quaintest and low-key ways to get a feel for life in Dubai. The boats gather on either side of Dubai Creek—in Deira or Bur Dubai—and can carry about 20 people. Many locals use the boats to get across the creek quickly and to avoid traffic, but you'll also see lots of tourists, especially at dusk.
3. Etihad Museum
This ultra-modern museum offers a comprehensive look at the formation of the seven emirates that comprise the UAE. It draws a diverse crowd of UAE nationals and history-buff tourists. The museum lies on the site where the country's unification was signed in 1971.
4. Jumeirah Mosque
As the only mosque in Dubai that's open to non-Muslim visitors, the Jumeirah Mosque is popular with a range of travelers—it's also the most photographed. The mosque is easily one of the most beautiful in the Emirate, crafted entirely from white stone in the medieval Fatimid style. It's particularly breathtaking at dusk. Visitors are allowed six days a week, and tours are led by knowledgeable guides who make the experience.
5. Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab
Burj Al Arab's swanky top-floor bar transforms into a modern tea parlour come early afternoon. Traditional tea is served alongside clotted cream, scones, pastries, sandwiches, and other delights (champagne, anyone?). The price of admission isn't cheap, but if you want the decadent Burj Al Arab experience without shelling out for a room, this is the perfect amuse bouche.
6. Dubai Miracle Garden
Within Dubailand is the self-proclaimed world's largest flower garden—isn't everything in Dubai the world's largest?—but this flower theme park is no joke. This 18-acre space has more than 60 million blooms and a life-size floral replica of an Emirates Airbus A380.
7. Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood
This quaint neighbourhood offers a glimpse into what Dubai was like before the Emirates were formed in 1971. Traditional buildings crafted from stone, palm wood, gypsum, and teak line the twisted alleys and pathways—history and architecture buffs will love getting lost in aimless wonder.
8. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding
This non-profit produces special events (traditional Emirati meals, heritage tours) aimed at eliminating cultural barriers and increasing awareness of local U.A.E. cultures and customs. Join the group for a traditional Emirati breakfast or lunch, held multiple times a week and based on recipes from founder Abdullah bin Eisa Al Serkal's mother.
9. Dubai Opera House
Dubai's newly opened, state-of-the-art opera house receives rave reviews for its futuristic design and breathtaking location in front of the Burj Khalifa and the city's famous fountains. The multipurpose theatre hosts a variety of programming aside from opera. Throughout the year, you can catch musicals, ballet, comedy, concerts, and family shows.
10. Alserkal Avenue
This once-sparse industrial compound is now a hotbed of arts and culture in Dubai. The three rows of warehouses house more than 15 galleries. Big name galleries like the New York-based Heller has brought exhibitions of contemporary American and European artists, while others, like Gallery Isabelle Van Den Eynde focus on rising stars from the Middle East.