Dubai is one of the most thriving destinations in the Middle East and one of the most loved tourist places across the globe. The city has erected many world record holding architectures including colossal manmade islands visible even from space.
One of the major reasons for the popularity of Dubai lies in the fact that it boasts of some of the best of snow, water and desert attractions in the world. We bring to you the most famous attractions of Dubai loved by all adventure and leisure seekers.
The Best of Water
Who says a desert city cannot have the best of water sports? Dubai defies all the set notions and offers the best of water activities to its tourists.
Wild Wadi Waterpark
One of the world’s best theme water parks- The Wild Wadi Water Park will give your definition of adventure and adrenaline rush a whole new meaning. Located stunningly in front of the mighty Burj Al Arab, the waterpark offers 30 amazing rides spread across 12 acres of wet land. With over 420 eagle eyed lifeguards, these 30 adrenaline pumping rides is sure to make your day full of fun and excitement while keeping you safe. The whole waterpark is built around the theme of Juha and Sindbad the sailor and appeals to crowd of all age groups. The entry fee for adults at Wild Wadi waterpark is approximately AED255 and AED 195 for kids or people under the height range of 1.1 meters.
Aquaventure Water Park
With millions of tourists visiting this amazing themed waterpark in Atlantis every year, the aquaventure Water Park has been named as one of the best waterparks in the world. If you feel you are an adrenaline junkie, the tower of Neptune and tower of Poseidon rides are the best way to test your guts. While it houses some of the fiercest rides in the world, the aquaventure water park also has special Splasher’s play area for kids to keep them busy and entertained for hours. The entry prices at the aquaventure theme park ranges from approximately AED 250 for adults and AED205 for kids.
Adding more excitement to its water fun, Dubai has numerous world class beach water sports at several of its beaches. From simpler sports like wakeboarding, kite surfing, windsurfing to the more exciting ones like the frantic rides, water skiing, fly boarding and parasailing; Dubai has the best of water activities for its tourists.
Dubai also holds annual dragon boating festival to promote dragon boating sport. While tourists can enjoy the donut water rides, banana boating, and speed boat rides in groups, individually they can relish stand-up paddle boarding, jet skiing, and riding aqua bikes too.
Other biggest draw in water adventures and certainly one of the biggest tourist attractions of Dubai is the Shark Safari. Yes, you get to be up close and personal with sharks in their den wearing special helmets. While the sport activity is quite safe, it still requires guts to go inside the Shark tanks. You can also enjoy underwater snorkeling and discover the beauty of coral reefs.
Does water always asks you to get wet to enjoy it? No, not in Dubai. One of the best known Dubai attractions- the Dhow Cruise on the waters of the Dubai creek allows you to spend a relaxed evening with fun, food and entertainment. The cruise allows you to admire the illuminated majestic skyline of Dubai through its open deck and enjoy a sumptuous meal of international cuisine with dance, music and drinks on its air conditioned lower deck. This 2 hour Dhow Cruise in Dubai is a perfect way to relax and unwind after an exciting day of the Dubai tour.
The Best of Desert
One of the most sought after places to visit in Dubai is the city’s vast desert. The rolling sands and the calm and tranquil surroundings makes you fall in love with it instantly.
The Desert Safari in Dubai is an activity almost synonymous to the city’s name. No trip to Dubai is considered complete without enjoying the Desert Safari. That is why most of the reputed tour operators including the very famous ImOnHolidays includes it as a part of the tourist package. Capturing the essence of the dessert, the safari tour takes you in 4×4 SUV for dune bashing, rare sunrise/ sunset photography sessions and of course, camel riding. There are many more excursions such as Quad biking and sand skiing in the Safari that are optional for the tourists.
Desert Overnight Camps
Imagine spending a night under the starlit sky and the serenity of the expansive desert on all sides. As incredible as it sounds, there are many operators offering overnight desert camps along with barbeque dinner, drinks, music, dances, and various other entertainment activities for the tourists. The camps can be great way of spending some quality time with friends and family. They also have souvenir shops to add to your memorable collection from the trip.
Hot Air Balloon Ride
One of the most adventurous and memorable activities to be done is Dubai definitely includes the Hot air balloon ride. Book a trip early in the morning sunrise or for evening sunset and enjoy mesmerizing views of camels, sand dunes, oases, and mountains. Most of the operators offer pick-up and drop service from place of stay. For many tourists who have taken the adventure, the hot air balloon ride is like flying on the magic carpet and witnessing the quietude of Dubai from the skies.
The Best of Snow
Contrary to the beliefs of many, Dubai has brought real snow experience along with actual Penguins to its desert city.
With over 22500 square meters of the world’s best indoor ski area, Ski Dubai is located in the grand Mall of Emirates. It features an indoor 85 meter snow mountain and 5 slopes with different difficulty levels. It has the world’s first indoor black diamond 400 meter long run. The sprawling place includes 3000 square meter of snow play area with toboggan runs and sled, climbing towers, icy body slide, giant snow balls, and an ice cave.
Enjoy playing with real penguins and relish snowboarding. The experience of Ski Dubai will completely make you forget that you are in a desert city. With extremely efficient insulation system, the indoor ski area is maintained at a temperature of -1 to -6 degrees giving the visitors the best of real snow experience.
Dubai has come a long way from being just a small Bedouin village to the world entertainment hub. It has made a place for itself in the bucket list of almost all travelers, and thanks to the world class options, Dubai witnesses more and more tourists coming back to the city for an unforgettable experience.