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The Ultimate Dubai Bucket List: 10 Must-Do Experiences

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Dubai, the jewel of the Middle East, is a city that never fails to captivate travellers with its unique blend of modernity, luxury and cultural heritage. From soaring skyscrapers to golden deserts, this cosmopolitan wonderland offers an array of experiences that cater to all interests and preferences. Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, a culture enthusiast, a shopaholic, or a foodie, Dubai has something extraordinary in store for you. Here's a curated list of 10 must-do experiences to create unforgettable memories in the dazzling city of Dubai:

1. Burj Khalifa: Standing tall at 828 meters, the Burj Khalifa is an awe-inspiring architectural wonder that dominates Dubai's skyline. Begin your experience by entering the magnificent skyscraper's lobby with opulent décor and artwork. As you ascend to the observation decks, the lift's glass walls provide breathtaking views of the city's rapid transformation below. Arriving at Level 124, the "At the Top" observation deck, you'll be greeted with panoramic vistas of Dubai's iconic landmarks, from the Palm Jumeirah to the Dubai Marina. The floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer an unobstructed view, giving you the sensation of being suspended in the sky. Interactive touchscreens provide fascinating facts about the building and the city's development. For an even more exclusive experience, venture up to Level 148, the "At the Top SKY" deck, offering unparalleled views and luxury service. Relax in plush seating while sipping on refreshing beverages as you take in the sights from the highest outdoor observatory in the world.

2. Desert Safari: Step into the world of Dubai's vast desert landscape, a mesmerising sea of golden sand stretching to the horizon. As you embark on your desert safari, feel the exhilaration of dune bashing in a powerful 4x4 vehicle. The adrenaline rushes as the skilled driver navigates the towering sand dunes with thrilling twists and turns. As the sun begins to set, you'll be taken to a Bedouin-style desert camp, where a traditional Arabian experience awaits. The camp is adorned with colourful rugs, low seating and captivating performances. Enjoy live music, mesmerising belly dance shows, and Tanoura dancers whirling in colourful costumes under the starlit sky. Savour the flavours of Arabian cuisine, with a buffet of delectable dishes such as hummus, grilled meats, freshly baked bread, and sweet Arabic desserts. You can also try smoking traditional shisha (hookah) as you immerse yourself in the Bedouin culture and hospitality.

3. Hummus and Shawarma: Embark on a culinary journey starting with hummus. Picture a smooth and creamy blend of chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil, garnished with a sprinkle of paprika and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil. Dip warm, fluffy pita bread into this delectable dip, savouring the harmonious blend of flavours. Next up, indulge in a feast of shawarma. Imagine succulent slices of marinated meat, rotating on a vertical rotisserie, with tantalising aromas filling the air. The seasoned meat is thinly sliced and wrapped in soft Arabic bread, accompanied by fresh vegetables and tangy tahini or garlic sauce. Each bite offers a burst of flavour, balancing the richness of the meat with the freshness of the vegetables and the creaminess of the sauces.

4. Dubai Mall: Step into the largest shopping mall globally, where luxury and entertainment converge. Imagine strolling through the expansive mall with dazzling displays of haute couture, high-end brands, and renowned designers. Pause to admire the mesmerising indoor waterfall, surrounded by lush foliage, and witness the genuine Dubai Dino fossil. Visit the awe-inspiring Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, where a massive acrylic tunnel takes you on a journey through an underwater wonderland. Marvel at majestic rays, schools of vibrant fish, and graceful sharks swimming just inches away from you.

5. Dubai Fountain Show: Transport yourself to the base of the Burj Khalifa, where the Dubai Fountain mesmerises you with its captivating water, light, and music spectacle. The fountain dances gracefully to an eclectic mix of melodies, creating a symphony of colours and patterns. Viewers are enthralled as the water dances in sync with the music, reaching heights of up to 150 metres, creating a dazzling show that reflects the city's energy and vibrancy.

6. Palm Jumeirah: Envision yourself walking along the crescent-shaped Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island adorned with luxury hotels, upscale residences, and stunning beachfront properties. Feel the soft sand beneath your feet as you explore the pristine beaches, offering panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and the city's skyline. Witness the remarkable monorail, the iconic Atlantis, The Palm, and the open Atlantis, The Royal. For an adrenaline rush, visit the Aquaventure Waterpark, home to thrilling water slides and aquatic adventures.

7. Souks of Dubai: Immerse yourself in the charming world of Dubai's souks. As you step into the Gold Souk, be dazzled by the shimmering displays of gold and jewellery, with artisans showcasing intricate craftsmanship. Continue to the Spice Souk, where the air is filled with the heady aroma of exotic spices. Imagine sifting through colourful mounds of aromatic spices, from saffron to cinnamon, immersing yourself in a sensory journey.

8. Dubai Creek: Travellers can board a traditional wooden Abra, gently gliding across the historic Dubai Creek. As you float along the waterway, take in the sights of conventional dhows and bustling souks lining the banks. Imagine yourself stepping back in time as you explore the Al Bastakiya Quarter (Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood), an enchanting neighbourhood filled with historic wind towers, art galleries, and quaint cafes.

9. Global Village: Transport yourself to the Global Village, a cultural extravaganza that celebrates the world's diversity. As you explore the vibrant pavilions representing different countries, immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of various cultures. Sample delicious street food from around the globe, shop for unique handicrafts, and witness captivating live performances, from traditional dances to modern acts, bringing the world's cultures together in one remarkable space.

10. Museum of the Future: Enter the realm of innovation and imagination at the Museum of the Future. Experience cutting-edge technology, interactive exhibits and visionary concepts that shape tomorrow's world. Explore the frontiers of human achievement and unlock the mysteries of the future in this awe-inspiring museum.

Book now and experience the wonders of Dubai with Cedar Travel and Tours. Early booking is required for an unforgettable journey!
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