Thursday, October 25, 2018

Things to Do on Your Next Trip to Dubai

It’s my 20th year living and working in Dubai and it has been amazing since. The best thing about Dubai is its cosmopolitan lifestyle, cultural harmony, and tolerance. Apart from dwelling; Dubai is extremely welcoming to tourist and is a backpackers dream. It offers a lot of variety and flavors to the tourists. There are dozens of things you can do like hiking, shopping, going to beauty salons, water sports and much more.

If you are planning to visit Dubai, it is wise to make a list of places you want to visit and things you want to do. While there are a lot of articles on the subject; I have tried to bring some of the lesser known places to the limelight. These places are very special and I believe they deserve your visit.

1. Kite Beach

Kite beach is the Middle Eastern version of Miami Beach. The best thing about kite beach is that you can find a lot of water sports, so it is a perfect spot if you take water sports seriously and wish to test your skills on one of the most scenic beaches with a wide stretch of sand and aquamarine water.

It is also a great picnic spot for families and there are a lot of activities for kids as well. We recommend you to go in the afternoon, as this is the time when the wind breeze is on a bit low power and presents some sporting better conditions.

2.  Dubai Miracle Garden

Dubai miracle garden is now becoming increasingly popular among the tourists. Located in Al Barsha South, there is a 72,000sqm garden that contains more than 50 million blooming flowers waiting to welcome you which makes this place a must visit.

The garden enjoys the privilege of being featured in Guinness book of world record for the world's largest flower arrangement. To add more layers to the cake, there is a butterfly garden housing over 35,000 species of butterflies in 9 custom-built domes. I recommend making sure if the garden is open for a visit prior to getting there as it usually gets closed during the peak of summers.

3. Dubai Spice Souk

Dubai's sprawling spice market is without a doubt; one of the most underrated of all the city’s souks. It is always lively and crowded, featuring some intimidating sights and smells. 

Let you blend in the atmosphere of the glorious past and get to know some exotic herbs and spices. Local vendors are very insightful; they can give you a ton of ideas on how to use these spices. 

4. ‘Secret staircase’ - Musandam mountains

A lot of people love Mountaineering - it is an exciting sport. Two hours north of Dubai, in Wadi Ghalilah, Ras Al Khaimah, there is a staircase that leads to heaven. It is immensely popular among the experienced climbers, and there are a lot of folk-stories attached to it, and it is also believed that it was hand built by some Pakistani-Goat herders.

Though, its hike is considered to be moderate-difficult; however, climbing clubs suggest that it should only be taken by those who have a decent level of fitness, accompanied by experienced mountaineers.

5. The Coffee Museum

Well, I am not totally against going on and exploring malls - something Dubai is really popular and proud of, but I believe that when you are in another country, one should try something unique. For instance, there will be malls in your country but do you have a coffee museum there?

So the good news for all coffee lovers who are interested in coffee history - a coffee museum does exist. Located in Al Fahidi Historical district; it a unique coffee shop that lets you look at the antiques, barista equipment, and they also have some books on coffee history. This advanced cafe cum shop cum culture experience of coffee will leave coffee lovers astonished.

6. The Farm Restaurant, Al Barari 

There are hundreds of fine-dining restaurants in Dubai but The Farm restaurant deserves special attention. It is still unknown to many tourists. It is an oasis in the desert and this is what makes it special.

The villa is extremely scenic and features almost 16km of landscape cascades, streams lakes, and houses almost 34 themed gardens and four million plants.