Tourists visiting Dubai for a unique Arabian adventure always remember one particularly startling aspect of the emirate- the stunning sunsets that suffuse the desert city at sundown.
The surrounding desert is one of the main reasons for the brilliant sunsets and the city’s favorite pastime at sundown is to head to open parks or even the outskirts to catch the fading rays of the sun. Even viewed over the skyline of Dubai, you will find the views equally breathtaking.
One of the best ways to experience a summer sunset in the city is on a dhow cruise in Dubai. As the abras (water taxis) wrap up with their day’s errands, the dhows venture out on the waters. Some ferry passengers across the Creek while some take tourists on a Creek tour for sightseeing in Dubai.
A dhow cruise in Dubai can also be booked for a private cruise along the Dubai Creek. Dhows are let for more than two hours for couples and private parties. Since these dhows contain more creature comforts than the average dhows or abras, they are perfect for a romantic sunset dhow cruise on Dubai Creek.
Another great way to experience the brilliant sunsets of Dubai is to step out on acamel safari in Dubai for
These Dubai tour packages for desert safaris usually end at a Bedouin camp. If you are the type to prefer a heightened Arabian adventure, you could try out packages for overnight camping in the desert. It is a very safe activity and is the perfect opportunity to spend a romantic night for two deep in the calm desert. Of course, there will be guides along as well.
Like many countries in this part of the world, the UAE is a big fan of the ‘gentleman’s sport’- cricket. Always ahead of the rest, Dubai is not one to be outdone. The magnificent Dubai Sports City Stadium is counted as a fine display of the city-state’s love for the sport and dedication to breath-taking architecture.
For those attending a MICE in Dubai and interested in catching their favorite teams battle it out on the pitch, the DSC Stadium is the perfect place to indulge. Notwithstanding the vast tracts of land on which the facility is constructed, the highlight of the stadium is undoubtedly its ‘Ring of Fire’.
Tourists and employees looking for anArabian adventureto remember forever will appreciate the 365 floodlights that surround the opening of the stadium and are certain to count it among other interesting sights Dubai has to offer. Illuminated in the night, the DSC Stadium blazes and sparkles.
The DSC cricket stadium is however just one of the four stadiums to be constructed in Dubai Sports City. The three other stadiums are dedicated to hockey, football/rugby and an indoor stadium for sports like ice hockey, volleyball and indoor hockey.
To get around to the DSC, visitors and cricket enthusiasts attending aMICE in Dubai can book a Dubai car rental with One World. No matter where you have made your Dubai hotel booking, we can arrange for transportation to the venue and back.
Check the newssheets for the latest cricket matches to be held in the city. If there are any matches that are post your meetings, you can always head to the stadiums and catch the action.
While the months of June to September are some of the most sultry and arid months to be in Dubai, the months precluding it are no less hot.
Fortunately, there are number of interesting Dubai City activities that visitors and tourists can indulge in during this part of the year. Of course, you would have to set out properly clothed and cocooned in suntan and remember not to stay in the heat for an extended period.
Some of theDubai tour packagesoffered at One World includes trips to water parks like Wild Wadi,Aquaventure and Dreamland. These venues are perfect for a summer cooling down for the entire
family. Sections devoted to different age groups make them fantastic places to beat the heat.
The malls are always an option, no matter what part of the year you are coming sightseeing in Dubai. Some great sales happen during the summer at shopping malls like Mall of the Emirates or Dubai Mallor Ibn Battuta Mall.
Mall of the Emirates even has an indoor skiing slope where artificially created snow can be enjoyed all year long. To get ahead of the summer crowd, you can make bookings with One World.
Dubai Summer Surprises, the summer counterpart to the Dubai Shopping Festival held earlier in the year, is another summerArabian adventure to look for. The shopping festival is usually held in the June-August months and takes place in air-conditioned venues, allowing people a respite from the heat.
It is however, a fact that hot summers of Dubai brings the number of European, Canadian, American, and North Asian tourists down to a significant size. The outdoor fun and activity, which marks the life in Dubai limits itself during the summer time. This does not mean that Dubai would not be fun in summers; in fact, the size of indoor activity doubles its size in summer. I have compiled a list of best things to do in Dubai during summer.
To make your Dubai hotel bookings for the summer months in Dubai, check out the options on offer at One World.
One of the star attractions of Dubai according to me has always been its avid regard for change and progress. Even though the emirate is widely regarded all over the world as one of the most progressive Islamic states, reading all the bad press about Dubai for the past few months is enough to leave a bitter taste in the mouth. Especially for tourists coming for sightseeing in Dubai.
The ruler of Dubai and Vice President of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid did a wonderful job of
clamping down on the vitriol in a recent online one-on-one with journalists. His words give tourists coming in search of an Arabian adventure to the emirate a very powerful reason to visit Dubai or even make a home in the city-state.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid reasons in his interview, “We are not growing in order to be a model for its highest building in the world, best airport, and most luxurious hotel, and the largest seaport and man-made islands. These landmarks and features are unique and famous all over the world. But the Dubai model is beyond that. Dubai is an Arab city with scarce natural resources but with a clear vision of comprehensive development and social needs.”
The many sights and sounds of Dubai are beautiful no doubt, but the ruler’s words are a fantastic reminder of the reason why Dubai is actually famous internationally.
While the Majlis Ghorfat Umm Al Sheif is not that old a construction (it was built in 1955), it certainly holds an important position among some of the main heritage buildings in Dubai.
This building used to be the summer retreat of the royal family and on occasion, an important meetinghouse for the people who used to make Dubai tick. The Late Sheikh Rashid Bin Sayeed Al Maktoum presided over these meetings in the main hall of this simple and traditionally constructed structure.
Named after the Umm Al Sheif pearl fishing bank, the Majlis Ghorfat is an unusual, largely because of its design. The architecture leans more towards the practical than the aesthetic and is especially adapted to provide respite from the summer heat by way of large shutter less windows.
Dubai City tours of the heritage structure are allowed and tourists can even enjoy an opportunity to check the interiors of the two-storied building. Tourists coming for sightseeing in Dubai can visit the Majlis Ghorfat between 8am to 9pm.
The Majlis is located in Jumeirah and is very close to the beach. It is currently unoccupied and serves mainly as a museum of sorts for visitors. The items used by the royal family are preserved intact and are on open display for tourists to admire.
Contact an established Dubai travel company like One World to make your bookings to view this slice of Dubai heritage.
If things continue at the pace they are going, Dubai will have the distinction of possessing the highest per capita shopping space come 2010. In a recent byte, the President of the Middle East Council of Shopping Centers predicted that the emirate would have a shopping space amounting to 25.3 square foot per head, the highest in the world, by next year.
Dubai, it seems is all set to be known as the land of serious shopping.
One of the sightseeing activities included in ourDubai tour packagesincludes trips to the popular malls of
Dubai. Tourists coming in for sightseeing in Dubai quite enjoy these excursions, as the bargains to be had in Dubai are some of the best in the Middle East.
Our Dubai travel companycan ferry you around shopping hotspots like theMall of the Emirates, Ibn Battuta and Deira City Center. Incase you have not booked any tour packages with us you could still take advantage of the Dubai car rental service we offer.
There are varied Dubai car rental options as well. Depending on the duration of your stay, you could opt for a self-driven package or you could book a chauffer service.
This again is an orientation tour on Dubai’s shopping wonders. Begin with a halt at ‘City Centre’ one of the biggest malls in Deira Dubai, after which we proceed to Bur Dubai for a short walk through ‘Bur Juman’ shopping center. After visiting both the malls we proceed to explore the bargains at the Gold Souq and savor the aroma of exotic spices while strolling through the spice souq.
Shopping is fun in Dubai and if your Dubai travel company is good, you need not walk or take public transport to whichever part of Dubai you would like to visit.
The Wild Wadi water park at Jumeirah Beach is as famous as theSki DubaiResort at Mall of the Emirates, and with good reason too.
One of the must-see tourist attractions in the Middle East, the famous water park definitely qualifies as an Arabian adventure. For tourists who are not looking for any specific Dubai tour packages, a day at theWild Wadi is the perfect outing.
The water park is something of an all-in-one tourist destination and even if you do not want to wet yourself in any of the rides, you can simply spread a blanket and have a picnic by the Lazy River. The entire park uses a cashless system of payment (via a wristband) making it very convenient to wander around and enjoy the various rides.
Aside from the gigantic slides that can be enjoyed in Wild Wadi, there are numerous shopping and dining areas as well. Families can relax in the eating and the cabana areas when they are taking a break from all the frolicking.
Wild Wadi combines giant rock formations and tropical vegetation to create a dramatic visual recreation of the mountain peaks and deep wadis of the UAE’s Hajar Mountains. With 30 fun filled rides, the water park provides non-stop waterborne excitement.
One World offers fantastic Dubai tour packages for a day or a few hours at the Wild Wadi water park. Combine it with your Dubai City tours or enjoy a water park trip by itself, there are many affordable options available for tourists.
Some notable rides young adults and older persons can enjoy at the Wild Wadi include an uphill roller coaster- the Master Blaster, where you are propelled upwards via powerful jets of water. The light and sound synchronized Flash Floods generated hourly in the Wadi Wash area are another highlight of the park and a different experience altogether.
I could probably go on, but you could get in touch with our Dubai travel company for more details on this fun place.
Any good Dubai travel company will tell you that the Textile Souk is one of the best places to get a good bargain on cloth, clothes and bespoke clothing.
Located in Bur Dubai, the souk finds many patrons from the city’s masses and tourists visiting forsightseeing in Dubai. The materials found in the souk are usually imported from all over the world, with most of them coming in from the Far East.
Silks, satins, voile, fine cotton, broderie anglaise
and velvets are but a sampling of the beautiful materials to be found in every second stall in the Textile Souk. The Indian Film Industry or Bollywood is it is affectionately termed, influences many of the local fashions. In the Meena Bazaar area, you are bound to find a tailor or seamstress who will create a dress to rival those belonging to any Indian starlet.
There are costumes available on demand in the souk. As abayas are worn by most of the Arab women, tailors and shops compete to create some rather lovely creations, some of them in especially luxurious fabric. Tourists can even take back souvenirs of the traditional Arab clothes as worn by the local residents.
One of the best Dubai City activities to indulge in, especially for women, shopping at the Textile Souk will even get you buying some beautifully embroidered mojris (flat, ballet-style loafers) and cloth bags.
Dubai City tours that take you for a round of the major market areas will take you for a visit to the textile market in Deira as well.
Check out the timings of the souk if you are planning on an excursion of your own or else book a Dubai car rental to get you there.
Being an Islamic city-state, Dubai has an impressive number of mosques, each seemingly grander than the next. Of the 188 mosques constructed in the city, there are two worth mentioning- the Grand Mosque and the Jumeirah Mosque.
Dubai City toursalmost always include a glimpse or a stopover at these mosques and for admirers of Islamic and Arabian art and aesthetics, they are a breath-taking sight.
Hotel. Nearly a century old and possessing the largest minarets (towers) in Dubai, Persian aesthetics dominate in the layout and styling of this mosque. Unfortunately, tours to the interiors of the mosque are off limits to non-Muslims.
The Jumeirah Mosque on the other hand, is open for touring and photography. It is counted among some of the best places to experience on Dubai City tours.
Located near Jumeirah beach, the medieval-modern mosque dominates the coastal skyline and is a favorite among photographers, especially for its sunset and night captures.
Besides these notable edifices, elsewhere in the UAE there are some more awe-inspiring mosques. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is undoubtedly the most famous among these with its exceptional artistry, sculptures and soaring ceilings. You could take a Dubai car rental for a short trip to the neighboring emirate to view this beautiful creation.
For special Dubai tour packages that include heritage architecture and sights like mosques, museums and palaces, make sure you hire an established Dubai travel company. You cannot afford to have a guide who is not well versed with the sights you are visiting.
Wadi bashing on a safari tour in Dubai is one of the more popular tourist activities, but a trek in the wild pockets of Wadi Wurayah is not something you would want to do in haste. The Wadi is well known as the first UAE mountain habitat to be declared as a protected zone, all 129 square kilometers of it.
Tourists coming sightseeing in Dubai can request a leisure trip to the Wadi Wurayah, which technically falls within the precincts of Fujairah, another emirate of the UAE.One World does hold excursions to this wonderful place though.
The Arabian Tahr, an extremely rare species of mountain goat is found in only three places in the world and Wadi Wurayah is counted as one. The Epipactis veratrifolia, an orchid variety unique to the UAE is another rare sight to look out for in the Wadi besides other endangered species of flora and fauna.
Some rare sights you can hope to see on your Arabian adventure in the Wadi Wurayah include the graceful caracal lynx, humpbacked flies, Arabian leopards, spotted eagle owls, blue-tailed lizards and the Garra barreimiae, a type of fish unique to the Wadi.
For tourists interested in Dubai City tours that emphasize on heritage monuments and architectural marvels, there are around 18 heritage sites scattered about the Wadi. You can round off your safari tour in Dubai with the Al Wurayah waterfalls, a lovely scenic spot in the Wadi Wurayah.