Dubai hosts a long list of sightseeing places but if you are planning a budget tour then 4 days must be enough to cover all the highlights. One of the major sightseeing attraction of Dubai is Burj Al Arab. It is one of the world’s most luxurious hotel. Also the third tallest hotel in the world, Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship. It has a helipad near the roof at a height of 210 m (689 ft) above ground.
I was lucky enough to witness rain in the desert. It was such a pleasant weather when I visited the Jumeirah beach that the view became a treasured memory for me.
Dubai Museum is the main museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is located in the Al Fahidi Fort, built in 1787 and is the oldest existing building in Dubai. When entering, one can see the fort constructed and the various displays that go along with it. From the fort, there is a path to the galleries, which display the general culture of the land, especially in the 1800s. It includes local antiquities as well as artifacts from African and Asian countries that traded with Dubai.
Desert Safari is another experience which is a must do for all those who visit Dubai. I enjoyed the evening desert safari in which we had sand dune bashing followed by the BBQ dinner. Large SUVs, Range rovers drive through the desert. The ride is like a roller coaster. The BBQ dinner might be a delight for non-vegetarians and Hookah (sheesha) lovers but for vegetarians like me it didn’t score well. However watching the live Belly dancing was a nice experience. If one want to capture the sunset then I suggest to reach the place at least 1.5 hours before the sunset. I was late and it was cloudy, so couldn’t capture the sunset through my camera’s lens.
Dubai Creek, Madinat Jumeirah, Jumeirah mosque, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai Marina, JBR, Miracle Garden, Gold souk etc. are among the other popular spots to see in Dubai for the tourists. Meena bazar is good for reasonable shopping outside the malls. We did good bargaining at many shops in Meena bazar. There are a number of shops of Handbags, Perfumes, Dry fruits etc. But beware of the dupes while shopping at this place, there are exact copy of the famous international brands being sold at heavy discounts! Gold souk is another place which is a must visit. The souk is located in the heart of Dubai’s commercial business district in Deira. Gold is cheap in Dubai (read tax free) but you will have to haggle for the labour charges asked for the vivid collection of gold jewellery. My eyes sparkled seeing all that gold spread through the long path in the souk. All that glitters are truly gold! There was even a gold brick weighing 160 kg at Malabar Gold shop and a woman’s dress made up of gold. Seriously! I wonder how much gold reserves do the Arabs have but then I cam to know, None. They import all their Gold and still emerges as the largest marketplace for gold trading. Just wow! Later in the evening, I had on my list Dhow Cruise. It was a fine experience with the fascinating lights of Dubai creek along with Music and Tanura Dance show and BBQ buffet dinner. The cruise lasts for an hour or so but it was not so awesome for me. Again the dinner was pathetic for the vegetarians.
Dubai had been a memorable experience of 5 days 4 nights for me. I explored the city on my own by taxi, metro and tram other than the SIC offered in my package by my travel agency. I will recommend making your own bookings and to not rely on any travel agency to explore the place. The city is so well connected and secure that it will be more fun exploring it spontaneously. Such a rich city with spectacular urban architecture!
Must see – Burj Al Arab, Burj Khalifa, Jumeriah beach, Gold souk, Dubai mall, Dubai museum, evening desert safari, Dubai Marina, JBR
Can also see – Dubai creek, Dhow cruise, Jumeirah mosque, Mall of the Emirates, Miracle Garden