Dubai first visit

Top things to do on your first visit to Dubai

Not-to-miss Experiences in Dubai

Dubai is a city where Arabian heritage and modern luxury got mixed. It looks like a dreamland where everything is the best. The highest building, the biggest mall, the largest indoor ski park, the biggest aquarium, the tallest hotel, where they have ATM machines for gold, police drive luxury cars and you can buy anything you could think of. No matter if you like it or not, you will be impressed by it.

One day I decided to check how expensive it is to visit Dubai and I was shocked to see that it wasn’t as expensive as I thought it would be. I had some money saved up and I couldn’t come up with a better idea on how to spend them. So, this is where my travel journey began. I spent a whole week there filled with so many different activities. I didn’t want it to end. It turned out to be the very first trip where my desire to travel was born.

After that trip, I realized that I want to keep traveling my whole life, to explore new cultures, to educate myself, and see how other people live. It’s so much better to go and experience it for yourself. I realized that I never want to stop traveling and I want to see as much as I can while I’m still here…

So without further ado, take a look at my not-to-miss experiences in Dubai.

1. Burj Khalifa

We’ll start here because it’s the tallest building in the world after all. 828 meters high with its 163 floors it’s definitely not to miss. We went there during the golden hour, and the view was unbelievable. Even the elevator which takes you to the 124th floor is an experience in itself.

2. Dubai Mall

Right below the Burj Khalifa, you will find the largest indoor shopping center. You can find some of the most luxurious stores, restaurants, and cafes there. A place where you can spend hours shopping or at least maybe window shopping.

3. Dubai Aquarium

If shopping is not your favorite activity, you can visit a beautiful aquarium with more than 300 species of marine animals including sharks and rays. You also have an opportunity to swim with the sharks there.

4. Dubai Fountains

Located right outside the Dubai Mall. It’s music, water, and light perfection, something that you definitely have to see for yourself. Keep in mind that the music is always different, so it’s worth staying for more than just one song. The show runs every 30 minutes.
View of the dancing fountains

5. Palace Downtown

We stopped there to make beautiful pictures with Burj Khalifa in the background.

6. Burj Al Arab

The most luxurious and expensive hotel in Dubai. It has been called the only “7-star hotel” in the world. While staying there is very expensive and not for everyone, there is still a way to see it from the inside. You can make a dining reservation or reservation for high tea at the Skyview Bar. It will also give you access to a private beach.

7. Dubai Desert

It’s an adrenaline experience to drive through the dunes, has a break for tea in the desert, and finish it with a delicious sunset dinner, camel rides, belly dancing, and more. You can find a lot of different tours online that suit your needs and budget the most.

8. Dubai Miracle Garden

It’s another place that you have to visit. It features 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. Unfortunately, it was closed when we were there so definitely check the work days in advance.

9. Dubai Marina

Great, relaxing place to just hang out, go for a walk or have dinner.

10. Old District

You can easily spend hours getting lost in the maze of different souks. Textile, gold, spices or just look for some souvenirs to take with you back home. Another thing is to catch a traditional “dhow” to cross the Dubai Creek.

11. Day trip to Abu Dhabi

To get a bigger view of the country you can take a day trip to the capital of the UAE. We went to Abu Dhabi see a very unique Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Heritage Village and Ferrari World.

12. Go Skiing

Yes, you can go skiing in the middle of the desert, it’s Dubai after all. You can find the indoor ski center in the Mall of the Emirates. Oh, and you can also meet with penguins there.

13. Skydive

If you’re looking for something more thrilling, you should go skydiving over The Palm. I’m sure it’s once in a lifetime experience.

14. Driving a Ferrari

If you’re into cars and don’t mind spending the extra money, I think it’s something you should consider doing.

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