Planning your holiday in one of the most sought destination in the world and still want to unplug?
Are you looking for some lone time with your best pal doing simple things in life and get rid of your phone, tablets, laptops? Here are the list of activities that you can do in Dubai which will definitely bring back your beautiful smile which seemed to be getting lost.
Hot air balloon ride either at sunrise or sunset
Have you ever dreamed about flying without having to worry about moving your wings? Or just let the world pass by below your eyes and still feel embraced by cool breeze. Here is your chance to have all those thoughts turn into reality. Try hot air balloon ride where you’ll have desert landscape all over and you can witness a magical sunrise or sunset.
Hot air balloon ride in desert
Want to feel adrenaline reaching your throat and still feel lighter than air. Go for sky diving. Your drop zone can be either iconic Palm Islands or serene desert panorama. You can go for either tandem(joy) ride where you’re tied with an instructor or solo dive if you’re an experienced diver.
Ice skating at Dubai mall
Dubai mall has Olympic size ice rink. Even if you don’t know how to skate, you can indulge yourself for fun session or have quality time with your loved one or leave your kids there for couple of hours and go for shopping.
Want to sip a cup of hot chocolate or grab one of your favourite pastry or muffin sitting on an ice bench? Yes you read it correctly. Welcome to Middle East’s first sub-zero lounge. With ice sculptures all around and temperature inside touching -5 C whereas the outside weather may be as hot as fresh cookie out from oven.
Still want to continue beating the heat? There are plenty of water parks in Dubai. Topping the charts is Wild Wadi Water Park- Jumeirah and Aquaventure-Atlantis. Both the parks will give you the spectacular view of most luxurious hotels in the world. Wild wadi is in proximity to Burj Al Arab, Aqua-venture is the property of famous Atlantis hotel.
Skiing at Mall of Emirates
If you haven’t played with snow before this could be venue for first snow fight or sliding down the ice. Built inside one of the largest mall in the world Mall of Emirates, this indoor resort is well equipped to keep you occupied for couple of hours.
Carry prescription of medicines for personal use and the quantity should not exceed for a period of 30 days of treatment
Poppy seeds are banned in UAE so avoid accidentally carrying bakery or any product that might contain such seeds.
Each attraction in UAE offers number of things to do on the basis of which entry ticket fee varies. Do your homework before planning the visit else you may end up spending more money and time than you intended.
Do carry a good pair of sunglasses, sunscreen lotion, comfortable walking shoes and either of a hat/cap/stole.
Always carry cash when riding in a taxi. Most of the cab drivers do not accept cards.
Always bargain while opting for quad biking and other add on services during desert safari. The prices are never fixed and there is always scope for reducing the cost.
Once you’ve reached your destination via taxi/cab, open the cab-door only when the driver has given the signal to off board. Not doing so may result in fine charged to the driver for opening the door in moving vehicle.
Abu Dhabi, the oil rich neighbour of Dubai and capital of United Arab Emirates is a classy example of opulence and magnificence. A visit to Dubai will leave you awe-struck by the dazzling structures and unlimited options to shop. The relatively calmer and home to beautifully manicured gardens, Abu Dhabi is no less in dropping an enchanting smile on your face. Below listed are 6 must visit places if you just have 1 day for Abu Dhabi tour
Just to give an idea, United Arab Emirates consists of 8 cities namely Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah and 5 others each of which in itself is called as an emirate.
By air: The richest emirate is a major halt for flights directing to Europe and Americas. It is home to Etihad Airways and is one of the busiest airport in the world.
Places to see
Grand Mosque: No entry fee
Envisioned by the first president of UAE, this is world’s 3rd largest mosque and is open to people of all religions. There are multiple chandeliers inside made up of gold and Swarosky crystals. The hand-made single piece carpet in the main prayer hall is again the world’s largest carpet. It was prepared by craftsman in Iran in the span of 2 years.
Floral designs are made on the pillars and the walls using semi-precious stones. Pure white Greek marble has been used in the construction.
The place is handicapped friendly.
Women need to wear burqa or Abaya if tight clothing or any part of the body except face and palm are to be seen. Burqa and Abaya are available free of cost at each of the gates at mosque entrance.
If possible visit it in the evening hours as well, the blue lights adds on to the beauty of this incredibly gorgeous place.
Heritage Village: No entry fee
The walled complex will give you a quick view of traditional Gulf life in pre-oil era. You can watch the craftsmen at the costume, pottery and glass-blowing workshop. The end products are up for sale.
Finally you have the breathtaking view of Abu Dhabi corniche here. Only thing to take care of is that this place closes at 3.30 PM
Ferrari’s first branded theme park hosting Formula Rossa, world’s fastest roller coaster. You can find different Ferrari models parked here.You can enter the premises free of cost and get the feel by roaming around. Capture the moment by getting clicked with a Ferrari.
Do Not plan for paid entry to Ferrari world and city tour on the same day. The place is huge and needs at least 1 full day to cover the rides. Also it’s at the city outskirts so time is needed to cover other places of interest.
Emirates Palace Hotel
Another 5-star hotel in the sea of luxury that this country has to offer. What makes it stand out from others is that it incorporate traditional Arabian elements lime domes spread throughout the building. It has a kilometre long white sand private beach.
It has a gold dispensing ATM inside the premises
If you’re in just for a day and have time just to have a good luck of the exteriors, politely ask the guard at the main entrance of the hotel. They’ll let you in for few minutes.
Thanks to the above still, we all recognise this exemplary buildings. They are home to penthouses, apartments, designer boutiques, luxury-hotels, conference halls, multi-cuisine restaurants.
Even if you are not able to dine/stay/work/shop at this reflection of Abu Dhabi, still you can have a good look of it from Emirates Palace Hotel.
Dates market: No entry fee
If you’re fond of dates, this place is for you. You get to taste them and then decide whether you want to buy them.Some are really good. Dates chocolate can be souvenirs for your friends and family. Do bargain.
Also you will pass viathe headquarter ofAldar, the most prominent real estate development company of Abu Dhabi. It’s another iconic building shaped like a coin.
I was travelling to UAE for the first time with my family and my parents who are senior citizens. I researched on various travel portals like Trip Advisor, Make My Trip, Yatra, Goibibo, Air B&B for room quality, cuisine offered in-house and nearby restaurant, distance from tourist attractions and airport. Finally I narrowed down to Dunes Hotel Apartments.
I must say I was proud of the choice made. Mere 10 KMs away from the airport, it proved out to be an excellent host. They offer studio, 1 and 2BHK service apartments.
I was looking to rent wheelchair for my parent. As soon as I informed the reception desk, they offered me one free of cost.Coming to hospitality I’ll cite an incidence, I booked a taxi from the hotel travel desk to Dubai mall to accommodate 7 people. An innova came but since my mother was on wheelchair, it couldn’t be adjusted into the taxi. Immediately they called in for a mini van to accommodate the chair without asking for an extra penny. Now if that’s not taking care of your guest, what else it is.
Amenities within the apartment:
Full HD television in all the bedrooms and living room.
Fully equipped kitchen with refrigerator, microwave, oven, 4-burner induction stove, electric kettle, toaster. Cutlery including full and quarter plates, tea-cups, saucer, spoons, folks. Cooking utensils, serving bowls and microwave gloves.
King size bed in master bedroom and queen size bed in child room.
Fully automatic washing machine and iron board.
Living room comprises of sofa set, television, intercom, dining table, balcony with cloth stand.
How they maintain the balance between home-stay and a hotel?
24-hour reception and housekeeping service
health club consisting of swimming pool, gym and steam bath
in-house restaurant serving variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian cuisines.
Travel desk where you can get discount coupons for various attractions. Also you can make bookings for taxi, air, packages if needed.
Offer complimentary shuttle to Dubai mall and Mall of Emirates once a day
I got a pretty good deal from one of the travel sites and as a result I received 25% off on every meal ordered from in-house restaurant.
Nearest metro station: Oud Metha
Walking time to metro station: 15 mins.
Grocery store: 2 stores across the apartment
I would definitely recommend this place to everyone.
Dubai – a heaven for adventure seekers, shopaholic, fun seeking people. Although this tourist friendly city has in numerous attractions or things to do and there is no limit of shelling big bucks. Below listed are the ways using which you can have a budget holiday in Dubai.
1.Avoid buying tickets at gate pricedirectly at almost all the major attractions:
Check with your hotel / service apartment, they always have discount coupons available.
Remember 1 discount coupon booklet is applicable for 1 ticket only. So collect as many booklets as the number of tickets you intend to buy.
2. Get GoCity pass for discount offers on attractions like Burj Khalifa, desert safari, lost chambers, Ski Dubai, Dubai aquarium and underwater zoo, Aqua-venture water park etc. This pass was introduced in year 2017 hence not many people know about it. By using this pass, you can get 20% off on gate price tickets.
3. Always check with your hotel / hotel apartment reception if they have shuttle service to Dubai mall and Mall Of Emirates. These malls are connected to Dubai Park & resorts via metro and complimentary shuttles offered by theme parks.
Your Hotel — shuttle service—-> Dubai Mall / Mall of Emirates — shuttle service—-> Dubai parks & resorts
4. Another great way to have a budget holiday in Dubai is to buy drinking water bottles of local brand from grocery store near your hotel/apartment. Carry those bottles whenever going out. Buying water bottles at cafe, malls, theme parks and other places of interest will leave a big hole in your pocket.
5.Check if your home currency is stronger or weaker than Dirham (AED). If weak then always carry at least 60% of the foreign exchange in form of AED, rest can be carried as US Dollar denominations.