Updated: Jan 7
I love this city, and for those of you planning a trip here, I wanted to share my favorite places to visit while you’re here!
These are my favourite things to do whenever I have guests visiting Dubai, and they’re ideal for visitors looking to explore the city:
Dubai Miracle Garden
Bursting with beautiful and fragrant blooms, I love Miracle Garden! The world’s largest natural flower garden, it never fails to make me smile. With huge, super-instagrammable floral structures as well as a beautiful butterfly garden, it’s a must-visit destination for me that offers a moment of tranquility in this otherwise bustling city.
Open every year from October to April (this isn’t a destination to take on in the heat!) Global Village is an incredible showcase of Dubai’s multiculturalism. With over 75 countries offering their wares in over 25 pavilions, it’s the perfect place to pick up mementos and souvenirs from your trip. It’s also a great destination to visit and soak up the atmosphere – take in a free show, try a funfair game or simply explore.
Strictly speaking, this covers several great attractions in Dubai but I’m counting it as one destination as everything is within close proximity and perfect for a full day of sightseeing! Visit Dubai Mall - one of the largest shopping malls in the world - and visit the incredible Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, a whopping ten million-litre tank that’s home to over 33,000 aquatic animals (!!), before heading outside to see the stunning Dubai Fountain in action. In Downtown Dubai you can also visit the Burj Khalifa observation deck, At The Top, which provides a unique perspective of the city from the top of the world’s largest building - it’s not for the faint-hearted, but is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!
You’ve not experienced Dubai if you haven't been on a Desert Safari! Take a 4x4 out into Dubai’s wilderness, enjoy high-octane dune-bashing, some traditional Arabic entertainment, try traditional dress or henna painting and watch the sun go down over the dunes. Pack your camera, as you’re guaranteed gorgeous vistas. Then relax and experience life the bedouin way.
Offering another unique view of Dubai is the stunning Dubai Frame. Take in panoramic views from a height of 150 metres up, where you can see the whole city laid out before you! Walking across the glass bridge allows you to look down at Zabeel Park, while both sides of the structure connect the vistas of old Dubai with the city’s new megastructures. A great activity for whatever the weather, this is a wonderful way to see the city in a whole new light.
I hope these recommendations help with planning your next trip to Dubai! To fuel your trip, and all of your exploration, I would (of course) also recommend that you stock up on delicious meals from Elli’s Kosher Kitchen!