4 Unforgettable Experiences in Dubai, UAE

By on October 13, 2015

Dubai, one of the sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates, is the economic hub of the Middle East. Once the largest exporter of freshwater pearls in the world, Dubai has transformed into a thriving commercial city that attracts millionaires by the thousands. Fortunately, you don’t need vast wealth to enjoy the spoils of this stunning cosmopolitan city. If you’re planning an excursion to Dubai through any travel service, you’ll want to enjoy at least a few of these memorable experiences during your trip.

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai

Snow skiing deep in the Arabian desert might seem impossible, but that’s exactly what you’ll do at Ski Dubai. This indoor facility, which is about 60,000 square feet in size, offers the opportunity to ski five separate runs in real snow. Of course, these aren’t the longest runs in the world – the longest is about 1,200 feet – but the surreal experience of indoor skiing in Dubai is well worth the trip. There is a snow park at the bottom of the slopes where children can mingle, play, and build snowmen. Halfway up the slopes, there is a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy watching other skiers test their skills.

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum

Al Fahidi fort, a 200 year old structure that is thought to be Dubai’s oldest standing building, is home to Dubai Museum. Visiting this museum is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the culture and history of the city. Here, you can see a vast collection of artifacts including clay and copper hand-wares, antique pearl diving tools, musical instruments, and khanjars. You’ll also see numerous military artifacts during your visit. The fort, which was constructed to protect the city’s residents against warring tribes, is as impressive as the artifacts it contains. Be sure to take a guided tour of the museum to fully appreciate its significance.

Jumeirah Mosque

Jumeirah Mosque

The towering minarets and gleaming white stone make Jumeirah Mosque one of the most frequently photographed buildings in Dubai. The mosque represents a modern take on traditional Islamic architecture, and is well worth a visit while you’re in Dubai. If you’re a non-Muslim, it also offers one of the few opportunities to see the inside of a mosque. Keep in mind, though, that you must sign up for an organized tour in order to be permitted in Jumeirah Mosque. The tour currently occurs on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings.

SplashLand and WonderLand

SplashLand and WonderLand

If you’re traveling to Dubai with children, you’ll want to spend a day at SplashLand and WonderLand. This sprawling facility encompasses about 600,000 square feet and offers a wide range of water activities and attractions for children and adults alike. Bumper boats log flumes, water slides, and a massive wave pool will keep you and your traveling companions cool on the hottest of desert days. Between water activities, head over to the Caribbean-inspired Main Street area, where there is a cafe and an ice cream shop, or experience the roller coasters and other thrill rides of WonderLand.

Of course, Dubai’s primary draw is the city’s nearly countless shopping options – about nine million people travel to the city each year to shop. Still, these attractions are well worth checking out when you’ve finally hit retail overload.

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