Dubai is a marvelous city nestled in a desert with high temperatures that can reach up to 40 degrees celsius. It is one of the five Emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates. The city is well notable for its multiethnic population that come here for different reasons; shopping, working, leisure, sports, etc.
A few decades ago, it was just a small and humble fishing village frequented by dhows and Persian merchants. It is now taking the 21st century by storm with its magnificent skyscrapers, well-organized transport system, superb hotels, the glittering hotels and the pristine clear sand beaches. It has overtaken most of the western cities to become a global center of trade investment, tourism, entertainment, and a lot more!
This mega and the ever-rising city deserves your time to experience its hospitability and the nice warm weather. With world-class facilities, it is descended upon by celebrities, models, sports personalities, politicians and all alike, seeking to escape the busy life in Europe and Americas.
Day 1, Wild Wadi Water Park, the outdoor waterpark with slides and rides
This is just close to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Al Arab, and the Jumeirah hotel that also operates the park. The park boasts of heated and cooled wave pools, numerous water slides and several artificial water surfing machines. One of the most prominent features of the park is the 18 m waterfall that goes off every ten minutes. In addition, there are also gift shops, restaurants, and some snack stands.
Entrance fees to the park are based on someone’s height, except children aged two years and below. General admission fees are $75 for those 1.1 meters and above and $230 for those below the same height.
Day 2, Burj Khalifa, the 160 story skyscraper with an observation deck
Ever imagined how you would feel inside the world’s tallest skyscraper? This is the Dubai’s major landmark that features prominently across the city’s skyline at 829.8 meters. You may want to go up to its picturesque observatory deck, the highest of any skyscraper in the world at 555 meters. Here you can have breathtaking 360 degrees’ view of the whole Dubai city and its environs.
Entry fees to the outdoor observation decks can vary between prime and non-prime hours. During non-prime hours, general admission costs $34 for those aged 12 years and above. Children under 12 years can pay $25 for the same period. During prime hours, 12-year-olds and above pay $54 while children under 12 years can pay $44.
Day 3, Ski Dubai, a mountain-themed attraction with snow
More outdoor fun for you and your family to experience. The Ski Dubai an indoor ski resort and it is part of the Mall of Emirates, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the world. Part of the indoor resort features an 85-metre-high indoor mountain that has 5 slopes of varying steepness and difficulty. The park is suitable for everyone, no matter your level, the facilities can allow you to ski and snowboard with ease.
The fun-filled park also features a quad lift and a tow lift that can carry you up the mountain. Next to the slopes is a 3,000-square-metre Snow Park play area that has sleds and toboggan runs, an icy body slide, climbing towers, giant snowballs and an ice cave. The theme park has several penguins which are let out of their enclosures a few times a day. Depending on your favorite activity, general entrance fees do not exceed $130.
Day 4, Explore the Dubai Museum and Al Fahidi Fort
The main museum of Dubai is housed in the oldest existing building in the city. It was built in 1787 but it was turned into a museum in 1971 to preserve the traditional way of life of the Emiratis. At the museum’s entrance, there’s a fort with some antiquity displays like the Arabian Dhow. From here, there’s a galleria that contains displays of the overall heritage of Dubai most especially in the 1800s. It also has local artifacts from African and Asian communities that have long traded with Dubai, some of which date as far as 3000 BC. Admission costs around $2
Day 5, Jumeirah beach
Spend the fifth day enjoying the cool waters of the Persian Gulf at the Jumeirah beach, one of the best beaches on the Dubai coast. You can sunbathe, surf the waves or simply take a few strolls around the beach. Its white sands waterfront attracts thousands of beach-goers every month who seek to escape the intense heat of the desert city. Access to the beach is via the Sheraton Jumeirah Hotel who manage the beach.
Day 6, The dancing Dubai Fountains
Get entertained by the dancing water fountains at the heart of Dubai. It is the world’s largest choreographed fountain system that is set on the 30-acre man-made Burj Khalifa lake. The fountains are illuminated by 6,600 lights and 25 colored projectors. They are about 275 m long and shoots water up to 500 ft into the air accompanied by a range of classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Performances take place at 1:00 pm and at 1:30 pm as well as every 30 minutes from 6 pm to 10 pm on weekdays, and from 6 pm to 11 pm on weekends.
Day 7, Shopping in The Dubai Mall
Wind up your Dubai adventure with a shopping spree at the world’s largest shopping mall. Buy gifts or souvenirs that you may want to keep in your home or give to friends and relatives. The mall is an expansive shopping and leisure complex with more than 1200 shops selling all sorts of items you would ever think of. It attracts more than 750,000 visitors per week hence making it the most visited building on the planet. It also has a 250-room luxury hotel, 22 cinema screens plus 120 restaurants and cafes.
In case you have more time and would like to visit a few other major points of interest, you may decide to visit the Dubai Creek for some golfing near the waterfront, Saeed al Maktoum Museum, Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai World Trade Center, Safa Park, Dubai Zoo and the Arabian Canal.