Dubai is home to opulent malls, record-breaking structures, pristine beaches, state-of-the-art theme parks, and expanses of golden sands. It also boasts of a plethora of catering and entertainment options… But did you know that there are also a lot of unique things to do in Dubai?
Let's go a little off the beaten track and taste seven of the most surprising things Dubai has to offer its visitors.
1. Helicopter tour
While there are several options for getting a bird's eye view of the Dubai skyline, nothing comes close to taking a helicopter ride around the city. Venture on a scenic helicopter ride that takes around 30 minutes.
Fly over the stunning Palm Islands, admire the breathtaking Burj Khalifa and click on the photos of the majestic Burj Al Arab. You can also witness the spectacular Le Monde, man-made islands shaped like a world map from above. You will be dumb with the beauty and magnificence all around you.
2. Afternoon tea at Burj Al Arab
The sailboat-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel is spelled deluxe with a capital "L". So, why not visit this place for a relaxed afternoon tea in one of its many amazing restaurants or cafes?
The Skyview Bar on the 27th floor and Sahn Eddar located in the hotel's basement are two extremely popular places for their afternoon tea. Enjoy a range of mouthwatering pastries, sandwiches, cakes, coffee and tea, while taking in the splendid views of Palm Jumeirah.
3. Balloon ride
Dubai's exotic deserts attract every traveler, but how about trying the dubai desert safari with a twist? Sign up for a hot air balloon ride and experience the allure of the desert 4,000 feet above the ground.
You will be mesmerized by an incredible sunrise with the towering Hajjar Mountains in the background. Spot desert animals such as camels, gazelles, and Arabian oryxes. Enjoy a sumptuous English breakfast once you arrive on the ground.
4. Pearl Show
the La Perle show in Dubai is a magnum opus created by legendary Creative Director Franco Dragone. He is famous for his classics such as The House of Dancing Water in Macau and La Rêve in Las Vegas.
The show is a brilliant fusion of live artistic performance, imagery and technology. The story is inspired by the hectic life of Dubai and is said to last at least 10 years. Thrilling acrobatics, thrilling water feats and breathtaking aerial stunts will leave you in awe.
5. Visit the spas
Tired after a long day of sightseeing in Dubai? Head to one of the hugely famous exotic spas. Let the skillful hands of the masseuse pamper you and drive away all the stress.
You can choose from an incredible range of massages, nourishing body wraps, traditional Arab baths, and facials using 24k gold leaf. Essential oils and bath salts will surely rejuvenate your body and mind. the luxurious Armani spa hotel is also a great destination.
6. Dubai Opera
Located in downtown Dubai, a visit to the Dubai Opera is a must when you are here. The Dubai Opera hosts a myriad of shows and events such as ballets, concerts, theaters, conferences and more. The performances not only pay homage to the rich and glorious culture of Dubai, but also to splendid experiences around the world.
The structure of the building resembles a 'dhow' or wooden boat which is synonymous with Dubai's history as a sleepy fishing village. The place is also used for weddings, exhibitions, art galleries and fashion shows. There is a rooftop restaurant which offers fantastic views of the colossal Burj Khalifa and the sparkling Dubai Fountain.
seven. Yacht ride
Explore the dazzling waters of Dubai Marina in style. Book a private yacht and cruise along the water taking in spectacular views of iconic sites, including the Palm Jumeirah, all around you.
The yacht package is typically 1 to 5 to 3 hours long and you can opt for breakfast, lunch or dinner on board depending on the time and package selected. Experience the luxury and bespoke grandeur of the yacht and enjoy a red carpet welcome and five star hospitality. This is reason enough for you to apply for your Dubai Visa.
While there is no dearth of entertainment options in Dubai, the places listed above offer a very different and luxurious experience. Why not splurge a bit and indulge in some of these surprises Dubai has to offer?
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Fall ( September – November ) : temperatures cool down gradually, although September is usually still very pleasant. Expect crisp fall leaves and some sunnier days, but plan for wet weather too. Fall carries many of the same benefits as spring, but with slightly less predictable weather.
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Travelers wishing to visit Italy can use a bus, train, plane, or boat to get there. Most tourists arrive by plane though, often landing in Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport, the country’s busiest airport. This is the preferred point of entry in Italy when you want to visit Rome, or tour the entire country. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Rome.
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Milan Malpenza Airport ( north ) is the largest international airport in the Milan metropolitan area in northern Italy ( and also the main getaway to the Italian Lakes ). Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Milan.
Venice Marco Polo airport ( north ) is the international airport of Venice. It offers flights to many European metropolitan areas as well as some partly seasonal long-haul routes to the United States, Canada, South Korea and the Middle East. Click here for a continuously updated list of airlines that offer direct flights to Venice.