Things to do in May 2020 in Dubai

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Dubai is among the most popular destinations for tourists with the shimmering beaches, the shopping and the majestic buildings for sightseeing. Weather in May is a bit hot with the temperatures soaring up, yet it is pleasant to go out in the evenings. Dubai has always so much to do that you have to choose between indoor and outdoor activities and May is your time to have a combination of both.

From the Burj Khalifa to the amusement parks and outdoor theatres, Dubai has a lot to offer. Tourists and locals love the older part of the city for its authentic Emirati/ Arabic cuisine, desert safaris and dhow cruises, as well as the new part of the city for shopping malls like Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates and entertainment avenues. A visit to Dubai in May gives you a chance to explore it all with lesser crowds.

Visiting Dubai in May 2020? Here is our guide on the top things to do in May 2020 in Dubai.

  1. Ramadan 2020 and Eid al Fitr

By visiting Dubai during Ramadan, you’ll be able to see how this cosmopolitan city still manages to retain its traditional charm – not to mention the innumerable varieties of amazing food that will be up for grabs (during Iftars).

Ramadan, in Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon and this year will start on Thursday, April 23, 2020 (depends on moon). Celebrating Ramadan is a way to honour Prophet Muhammad and develop more self-control.

This is done through the practice of fasting from drinking or eating dawn through dusk. After a sunset prayer, this introspection can be broken with a meal with friends and family called the “iftar,” and reinforces family and the brotherhood. The end of the Ramadan fast is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr, the “Feast of Fast-Breaking,”

Tips for traveling during Ramadan:

  • Ramadan affects the business hours so you should plan your trip well in advance.
  • Make sure you do not eat or drink water in public during the fasting hours
  • If you plan on attending a Ramadan tent for iftar, make sure you book your table well in advance. A lot of tents have discounts in the first week of Ramadan.
  • It is a good idea to dress a bit conservatively during Ramadan.

Closer to Ramadan, we will let you know of the top 10 Ramadan tents in Dubai.

Eid Al Fitr is a joyful occasion that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, where the entire city comes together to celebrate. The festive finale to the season of spiritual reflection, the holiday is all about spending quality time and sharing special moments with friends and family.

  1. Watch the Iron Maiden perform at the Coca Cola Arena

Iron Maiden first performed in Dubai in 2007 at the Dubai Desert Rock Festival and the English heavy metal group will perform in Dubai again in 2020 on May 27, 2020. The band will bring their Legacy of the Beast tour to Dubai.

The stage show for the tour takes fans through different visual ‘worlds’ to match the biggest hits in their back catalog. The song list includes their top tunes Hallowed Be Thy Name, The Trooper, Fear of the Dark and The Number of the Beast, as well as tracks fans won’t have heard live for years, such as Sign of the Cross and Flight of Icarus.

When: May 27, 2020

Where: Coca Cola Arena

  1. Hatta Day Trip

About a 2-hour drive from Dubai is a perfect day or a weekend getaway- Hatta. The place offers beautiful mountain ranges with a culturally rich history. You can either walk through the heritage street or a bike ride or kayak in the blue water in the Hatta Dam. There is much to do for adventure seekers. A trip to Hatta is an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city life. For the kayak ride, you can rent a kayak or a paddleboat from the kiosk near the lake and experience the birds and the fishes in the vicinity. You can opt for a paddleboat or around the family boat if you wouldn’t like the adventure and want a peaceful ride instead. You can also then watch the old towers, mosques, and forts in the area. The Hatta village was restored in 2011 and has numerous artifacts that will give you an insight into the past.

  1. Spend an evening at Al Seef

Found upon the shores of the Bur Dubai side of Dubai Creek, the Creekfront development is packed with shops and restaurants. But equally, it’s a top spot to just meander around and enjoy the views of the Creek. Al Seef is an area of Dubai steeped in history, with a huge amount of Emirati culture. This latest attraction leans heavily on the contemporary elements of life in Dubai in 2019, but in equal measure reflects and pays homage to the city.

Easily accessible as it is a walking distance from Burjuman Metro station and cab rides are easily available. You can also check our blog on how to get around in Dubai.

You can also visit a museum if you visit Al Seef with the kids. Museum of Illusions in Al Seef houses 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes. The museum promises to tantalize visitors in a unique visual and sensory experience – and provide heaps of fun, of course. Unlike other museums, you are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, and take as many photos as you like.

Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 225 for a family of four people.

If you would like to soak up the neighbourhood more, you can stay at the no-frills hotel- Zabeel House by Jumeirah. The hotel is an explorer’s dream and offers an affordable stay with Jumeirah’s convenient service.

The area also has two classic hotels which are great for art lovers, the Zabeel house hotel. The Zabeel House is a four-star property while the Zabeel House mini is a three-star property. However, being a part of the Jumeirah collection, they are described as ‘maximum attitude, minimum frills.’ To know more, you can also check our blog on the Zabeel House hotels.

  1. Take a Sunrise Desert Safari

‘The desert shines when the sun rises from the east in the Arabian Desert.’

Desert Safari is one of the most enjoyable activities and a must-do for anyone who comes to Dubai. But why opt for a traditional Safari when you can beat the hustle and bustle of the city, beat the heat and enjoy the sun rising behind the Dubai Desert which will mesmerize your mind completely. You will be picked up from your hotel early morning by 4 am so that you can enjoy the sunrise in the desert at the ideal time. Desert Safari is a must-do if you are in Dubai for the dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding, henna, shisha and some hours of unlimited desert fun. There are several safari companies that allow you to camp overnight in the desert as well. Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can opt for a tour with extended riding time. You will also feast on dates and a traditional Emirati breakfast on your tour.

  1. Ski Dubai

A perfect day activity for you and even the children is to visit Ski Dubai. Snow in the desert? Sounds odd, doesn’t it? But Dubai makes sure to give you an experience that you would never imagine. Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort located in Dubai Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai was opened in 2005. Ski Dubai is the world’s third-largest indoor ski slope and the first to open in the Middle East. It has a chair lift and a T-bar, 6,000 tons of snow are at your disposal. Children, as well as families, can have fun at this ski resort. It has activities for all age groups as well as all skilled people. At the resort, you can also meet Snow Penguins in an up close and personal one-of-a-kind intimate encounter that the whole family will love.

Prices depend on the activity you opt for and can be checked here. Alternatively, you can buy the tickets from the counter as well but you need to take into consideration the time for the queue as well. After enjoying the snow and skiing, you can head for a delicious meal at the Cheesecake Factory which is right outside Ski Dubai.

  1. Visit the Burj Khalifa- At the top

Opened in January 2010 to visitors, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest and most marvelous building ever made! Each time you see the building dominating the skyline of Dubai, you go in awe of it. If offers breathtaking views of the city from the top. Visitors are allowed to go on the Top, 124th floor (452m) and 148th floor (555m), and to go to the top, you walk past several multi-media exhibits and the double-decker lift takes you up in not more than 10m per second. As you are back on your way after enjoying the view, there is an open souvenir shop, do not forget to buy a keepsake. The place is a paradise for avid photographers. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online on their website or at the entrance of the Burj Khalifa or inside the Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Aquarium).

Tickets: AED 149 (For 124th/125th floor) and AED 378 for At the Top (148th floor)

A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

Shows start at 6:30 pm onwards every day till 11 pm. There are two shows in the afternoon as well at 1 pm and 1:30 pm. You can also pay for a boat and view the fountain dancing from a very near distance.

Visiting the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain should definitely be in your list of top things to do in May 2020 in Dubai!

  1. Take the monorail to the Palm Jumeirah

With the monorail starting from the Palm Jumeirah tram station, you can head out to explore one of Dubai’s Architectural Triumphs- the Palm Jumeirah! It happens only in Dubai that you can see a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world. The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms.  It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicenter of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

The Pointe is a brand-new promenade for lovely strolls and another spot to watch the gorgeous dancing fountains – the Palm is now transforming from a mainly residential place to one of the top hangouts in the city. The Pointe couldn’t be in a better location, directly across from Atlantis, imagine the views!

And with a monorail running down the ‘trunk’ that connects to the mainland’s tram system, getting to the Palm Jumeirah couldn’t be easier.

  1. Take a walk in the oldest neighborhood of Dubai with Dubai By Foot

The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya is the oldest neighborhood of Dubai, and the Old Dubai Walking tour is our signature and most popular tour.  Dubai is known for its glitz and glamour, but before the tourism boom or the discovery of oil, it was a vastly different place. Dubai was then a land of fishermen, divers and Bedouins. On this tour we will visit the Coffee Museum, Dubai Museum, the Spice and the Gold Souk and cross the creek on the Abra boat. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.  We offer this tour daily as both public and private tours, for those who like to book a luxurious tour for themselves.

Our Old Dubai Walking tour is the best way to visit this part of the city!

For those who would like to delve fully into the Emirati culture as well as get a flavour of the Old city, we would recommend our food tour, Flavours of Arabia: Emirati Food walk. We treat on delicacies like falafel and hummus, Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. We will also visit the Arabian Tea House Restaurant, one of the very famous go-to places in Dubai, a Heritage house in Bastakiya that has been converted to a restaurant.

You can easily reach both the start locations by metro and by taxi. Here is our guide for you on how to get around in Dubai.

Tour Details: Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour

When: Every day (10 am or 4 pm slots)

*Private tours can start at the time of your convenience

Things to do in April 2020 in Dubai

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Weather in April is a perfect blend of a sunny afternoon and a pleasant evening. You can go out to get in the afternoons to enjoy the beach and enjoy a lovely rooftop dinner in the evenings. Dubai has always so much to do that you have to choose between indoor and outdoor activities and April is your time to have a combination of both.

From the Burj Khalifa, to the amusement parks and outdoor theatres, Dubai has a lot to offer. Tourists and locals love the older part of the city for its authentic Emirati/ Arabic cuisine, desert safaris and dhow cruises, as well as the new part of the city for shopping malls like Dubai Mall and the Mall of Emirates and entertainment avenues. A visit to Dubai in April gives you a chance to explore it all!

Visiting Dubai in April 2020? Here is our guide on the top things to do in April 2020 in Dubai.

  1. Al Marmoom Heritage Festival

Thousands of visitors flock every year to Al Marmoom Heritage Village for a pageant that celebrates Emirati background and way of life in all its facets. The annual competition aims to promote and preserve Arabian traditions through celebrations, sports, and camel races.

Held at Al Marmoom Heritage Village some 40km south of Dubai, this four-week festival celebrates traditional Emirati culture with music, crafts, food and carnival rides. The focus, however, is the camel races that see thousands of animals competing for prizes and prestige in a series of races. Robot jockeys are always used, controlled by operators who drive alongside in SUVs.

Food is also a big draw with authentic Emirati cuisine as part of efforts to promote Emirati culture. Sheikhs, tribesmen and some 14,000 race camels will compete in the Marmoom Heritage Festival in Dubai.

The festival is one of the largest events on the Gulf camel racing calendar and marks the end of the season, which runs from September to April.

When: April 17-22, 2020

Where: Al Marmoom Heritage Village

To get here, take exit 37 from the Al Ain Rd (E66).

 

  1. Enjoy a Music Concert or a Musical at Dubai Opera

Louis Tomlinson World Tour 2020

Member of the famous band One Direction, Louis Tomlinson is set to perform at the Coca Cola Arena on April 18 as a part of his world tour 2020 with 48 shows across the globe. It is the upcoming first concert tour by him in support of his upcoming debut album, Walls. The tour will begin on March 9, 2020 in Barcelona and is set to conclude on July 23, 2020 in Vancouver.

Where: Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai

When:  April 18, 2020

Tickets: From AED 295.00

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder is a 1954 American crime mystery film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Both the screenplay and the successful stage play on which it was based were written by English playwright Frederick Knott.

When: April 8-11, 2020

Where: Dubai Opera

Tickets: From AED 150.00

  1. Gear up for the holy month of Ramadan

Ramadan, in Islam, the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. It begins and ends with the appearance of the new moon and this year will start on Thursday, April 23, 2020 (depends on moon). Celebrating Ramadan is a way to honour Prophet Muhammad and develop more self-control.

This is done through the practice of fasting from drinking or eating dawn through dusk. After a sunset prayer, this introspection can be broken with a meal with friends and family called the “iftar,” and reinforces family and the brotherhood. The end of the Ramadan fast is celebrated as Eid al-Fitr, the “Feast of Fast-Breaking,”

Tips for travelling during Ramadan:

  • Ramadan affects the business hours so you should plan your trip well in advance.
  • Make sure you do not eat or drink water in public during the fasting hours
  • If you plan on attending a Ramadan tent for iftar, make sure you book your table well in advance. A lot of tents have discounts in the first week of Ramadan.
  • It is a good idea to dress a bit conservatively during Ramadan.
  1. Enjoy the last few days at Global Village

Global Village Dubai is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) Dubai. It combines cultures of 90 countries across the world at one place. Global Village is a multicultural festival park and the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping and entertainment.

April 4, 2020 marks the last day of global village for the season before it returns in November/ December in 2020 again. With this, you can get some good deals on your shopping there.

There’s something magical about Global Village. Part theme park, part market, Global Village features pavilions with displays from countries near and far where visitors can pick up traditional handicrafts and snacks. This festival park brings cultures together as visitors discover different parts of the world in just a few hours. The pavilions are designed in the image of iconic structures or local architecture, inviting all to meander from London’s Big Ben to the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, take selfies against the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Children and adults alike will delight in the bright lights and lively atmosphere created by parades and all kinds of shows, from fire-breathing street performances to star-studded concerts.

Plus, there’s even more fun to be had with countless games and thrilling rides at the region’s largest funfair. Keep an eye out for Global Village’s mascot, Globo, and his adventures across the globe with Scaredy Bat and more!

  1. Explore Downtown Dubai and Burj Khalifa

Downtown Dubai, also known as “The Centre of Now” is home to the world famous, the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa. But that’s not all, The Dubai Mall, Dubai Opera, Palace Downtown Hotel, Dubai Fountain and the Burj Plaza are all a part of Downtown Dubai. We are sure you will be amazed to see the architecture of the buildings in this area. And want to know more about them? Then, why not take our Downtown Dubai Architecture Tour. The landmarks in the area take you on a trip to understand Dubai’s ambitions as a World City and future prospects of the Region.

Burj Khalifa

Opened in January 2010 to visitors, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest and most marvellous building ever made! Each time you see the building dominating the skyline of Dubai, you go in awe of it. If offers breath taking views of the city from the top. Visitors are allowed to go on the Top, 124th floor (452m) and 148th floor (555m), and to go to the top, you walk past several multi-media exhibits and the double-decker lift takes you up in not more than 10m per second. As you are back on your way after enjoying the view, there is an open souvenir shop, do not forget to buy a keepsake. The place is a paradise for avid photographers. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online on their website or at the entrance of the Burj Khalifa or inside the Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Aquarium).

Tickets: AED 149 (For 124th/125th floor) and AED 378 for At the Top (148th floor)

Dubai Mall and Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Mall is the most-visited retail and entertainment destination in the world. It is the largest mall in the world and is the size of about 50 football fields! There are over 1200 stores in operation at Dubai Mall so don’t think that you are going to be able to see them all!

For lovers of high fashion, over 70 signature outlets will beckon for your attention, including retailers such as Bloomingdale’s and Galleries Lafayette.

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. Ticket are valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater zoo is open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10am to 10pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10am until midnight.

Dubai Walk of Fame

Dubai Stars is a brand-new attraction unveiled in Downtown Dubai in October 2019. It is Dubai’s very own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame, the exciting new attraction is a project by Emaar, and can be found on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai.

400 stars will be unveiled at the launch in October this year, with celebrities voted for by the public in a global social media campaign. When complete, there will be 10,000 Dubai Stars in total, that’s four times that of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard is a 3.5-kilometer encirclement of Downtown Dubai having an impressive array of restaurants, cafés, and retail outlets.

Location: Along the sidewalk of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai

  1. Take a walk in the oldest neighbourhood of Dubai with Dubai By Foot

The Al Fahidi Historic Neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya is the oldest neighbourhood of Dubai, and the Old Dubai Walking tour is our signature and most popular tour.  Dubai is known for its glitz and glamour, but before the tourism boom or the discovery of oil, it was a vastly different place. Dubai was then a land of fishermen, divers and Bedouins. On this tour we will visit the Coffee Museum, Dubai Museum, the Spice and the Gold Souk and cross the creek on the Abra boat. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.  We offer this tour daily as both public and private tours, for those who like to book a luxurious tour for themselves.

Our Old Dubai Walking tour is the best way to visit this part of the city!

For those who would like to delve fully into the Emirati culture as well as get a flavour of the Old city, we would recommend our food tour, Flavours of Arabia: Emirati Food walk. We treat on delicacies like falafel and hummus, Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. We will also visit the Arabian Tea House Restaurant, one of the very famous go-to places in Dubai, a Heritage house in Bastakiya that has been converted to a restaurant.

You can easily reach both the start locations by metro and by taxi. Here is our guide for you on how to get around in Dubai.

Tour Details: Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour

When: Every day (10am or 4pm slots)

*Private tours can start at the time of your convenience

  1. Spend a perfect evening in Dubai Marina

Home to the world-famous Princess Tower and the Cayan Tower, Dubai Marina mesmerizes everyone with its high rise and unique buildings. The neighbourhood is loved by expats and also has more than 100 restaurants on the Marina Walk.

The Dubai Marina Mall in Dubai Marina is packed with fashion and luxury brands amongst some great restaurants with lovely views of the waterfront. You can spend an entire day at Dubai Marina with shopping, some fun filled adventure like Sky Dive or X-Line Marina and then go pub crawling in the beautifully lit Marina.

Pier 7 in Dubai Marina is home to the famous pubs and restaurants in the city- Asia Asia, Atelier, Cargo and so on. The clubs have deals, discounts, and events each day, so make sure you do not miss this out. This is the best way to enjoy Dubai’s nightlife scene. Make sure to reserve your table before you head out here! Ladies too can enjoy ladies night out and enjoy themselves without breaking the bank.

The world’s longest urban zipline, X-Line in Dubai Marina is one of the steepest and fastest zipline of the world, measuring 1 kilometre and is set in Dubai Marina. The average speeds go up to 80km/hr. You can enjoy the glitzy views of the Dubai Marina neighbourhood, yachts and sleek high-rise buildings. You will also get to see the action on the Go-Pro mounted on your helmet. After the zipline, you get the complimentary videos and photographs.

Tickets can be bought online or from the Ground floor of the Dubai Marina mall and cost AED 650 per person or AED 1200 (if you buy two tickets)

  1. Enjoy the Amusement/ Waterparks in Dubai

Ski Dubai

Ski Dubai is an indoor ski resort located in Dubai Mall of the Emirates. Ski Dubai was opened in 2005. Ski Dubai is the world’s third largest indoor ski slope and the first to open in the Middle East. It has a chair lift and a T-bar; 6,000 tons of snow are at your disposal. Children as well as families can have fun at this ski resort. It has activities for all age groups as well as all skilled people. At the resort, you can also meet Snow Penguins in an up close and personal one-of-a-kind intimate encounter that the whole family will love. You can check activity prices on their website.

Aqua venture, Atlantis

Aqua venture is a water park located at Atlantis, Dubai. The water Park is overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline pumping fun. The water park has record breaking slides and rides. It also offers up and close time with sharks and rays. It also has a 700-meter private beach to relax. The park also offers features marine activities and children play areas for all ages.

The ticket for the water park is 289AED.

Wild Wadi Water Park

Wild Wadi Water Park is an outdoor water park neat the Burj Al Arab and Jumeirah Beach hotel. Wild Wadi has a heated as well as a cooled wave pool, multiple water slides and two artificial surfing machines. The park has the largest water slide outside of North America; the park is featured in various game shows like Amazing Race.

The price for a day’s entry is 149AED

  1. Take the Dhow Cruise or a Yacht

Head on to a relaxing evening with fun and entertainment on a traditional Arabic boat, Dhow on the Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina or the Creek. Famous for its Tanura dancers and their colourful costumes, Dhow Cruise cheers up everyone. Dhow Cruise usually includes a three-course dinner buffet. It’s a magical experience drifting along the creek while watching colourful reflections out on the water of the beautifully lit up skyline of Dubai. Make sure you bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. Book now for this unique and relaxing experience. The perfect antidote to busy city life.

If you would like a more private experience, then we would recommend you take a yacht from the Dubai Marina area. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island, and cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, as well as passing the Atlantis on the breakfast and lunch tours. You can also opt for a yacht experience with breakfast. You get lot of opportunities for taking insta worthy photos or take a dip in the sea!

  1. Dine in at Blue Waters Island

Blue Waters Island is the new development project hosting the much-awaited Ain Dubai. Located 300 metres off the JBR coastline, the island is connected to the mainland via a direct link from Sheikh Zayed Road, as well as a 265-metre-long pedestrian bridge from The Beach.

The island’s lifestyle and retail area, The Wharf, is the home to all the shopping and eating action, connected by walkways dotted around low-rise boulevards, with outlets still yet to open.

As well as licensed fine-dining restaurants at the waterfront, there’ll also be a home for the hipsters, with quirky cafés and intimate bistros at every nook and cranny – because nothing goes with a lavender chai latte like an unkempt beard.

For those who want to class it up a bit, there’s always Caesars Palace Bluewater’s Dubai, featuring an outdoor swimming pool, six brand-spanking new restaurants, a fitness centre, and a health spa. It will also house Gordan Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen.

2020 – Towards the next 50

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With 2019 soon coming to an end, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi jointly announced the theme for 2020 on December 14, 2019, as ‘2020: Towards the Next 50’.

The UAE has been setting a yearly theme for the last five years and this year will be the sixth year. The theme makes the federal, local, private and the citizens of UAE work towards achieving the goal for that year.

What is ‘2020: Towards the next 50’?

As announced by the Vice President of UAE on Twitter, the UAE will complete 50 years of its Union in 2021 and hence will start preparing for the next 50 years in the year 2020 itself and make 2020 a turning point in the history of UAE.

What is UAE’s plan for2020: Towards the next 50’?

As a plan for ‘2020: Towards the next 50’ and to chalk out the development plan for the country, two cabinet committees have been formed; one of which will focus on a thorough development plan for the next 50 years while the other committee will focus on the grand celebrations that will take place in 2021 to mark the country’s 50th anniversary. The aim of forming these committees is also to draw out the biggest and largest strategy for the next 50 years for UAE on both federal and local levels.

The committee that will focus on the development strategy for the next 50 years of UAE will be headed by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. The Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi will act as the deputy to the chairman. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan will head the second committee.

What are the responsibilities of the two cabinet committees?

Cabinet 1: Drawing the development plan of the next 50 years

A development plan will be made for the next 50 years- a comprehensive strategy to plan and develop the government administrative system with the idea of making UAE the most flexible as well as an adaptive government to align with the future changes. The responsibilities include:

  • To involve all segments of society to shape life in UAE for the next 50 years
  • Develop and draw a new economic map for the country which will help develop extraordinary projects to make leaps in the economy
  • Establishment of media systems that share the story and growth of UAE with the world, which will, in turn, bring social and economic returns to the country and get further opportunities.
  • Development of all sectors which include but are not limited to health, education, housing and food security across the country.
  • Foster the values of productivity and passion for a progressive nation- to prepare the new generation for challenges and aspirations of the country in the next 50 years.
  • Develop a vision for the UAE society to adapt to the constantly changing world.

Cabinet 2: Celebrations in 50th year in UAE in 2021

The second committee has been formed to organize the golden jubilee of the UAE in 2021, to plan and form teams to organize events and activities. The responsibilities of the Cabinet are:

  • To involve all segments of society to prepare for the 50-year celebrations.
  • Develop plans to reinforce the global outreach and impact of the celebrations
  • Involve the public as well as the private sector to prepare and execute the celebrations
  • Involve the embassies across UAE to prepare and execute the celebrations and promote the global image of UAE
  • Develop a strategy to manage events at the local and federal level

What does 2020 mean for UAE?

The UAE’s 50th year marks a major milestone that calls for renewing the country’s development model.

Institutional efforts across the country will be coordinated and innovative expertise, talents, and capabilities harnessed in designing new systems for the next 50 years. A social vision will be created to ensure the involvement of all society segments in shaping the country to be the most advanced land that embraces the highest quality of life across the world. People of the country would contribute to deploy resources and put all efforts to lay the foundation of new development in the social and economic world race.

What were the themes for the previous years?

The UAE has been setting a yearly theme for the last five years and this year will be the sixth year. The theme makes the federal, local, private and the citizens of UAE work towards achieving the goal for that year.

2015- Year of Innovation

2015 was declared as the Year of Innovation and a new National Innovation Strategy was announced with the aim of becoming one among the most innovative nations in the world within a 7-year period by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, on October 19, 2014.

On November 30, 2014, the UAE Federal Cabinet of Ministers met and declared 2015 as the Year of Innovation- with a plan to make the UAE a world innovative leader.

2016- Year of Reading

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan declared 2016 as the Year of Reading. The aim was to create a generation of book lovers and consolidate the country’s position as a global capital for knowledge and culture.

2017- Year of Giving

The President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, announced in December 2016 that 2017 would be celebrated as the Year of Giving. The inspiration for 2017- Year of Giving was the truly giving nature of the founder of the nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. UAE Nationals and all residents of UAE to date believe in the power of giving and it is preserved in our policies and leadership. There is an assurance to help those less fortunate, to offer help whenever we can. The year 2017 will preserve this legacy and remind us how important is the value of giving.

2018- Year of Zayed

2018 was declared as the Year of Zayed to mark the 100 years of the founding father of UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan.

The year was not only about remembering all that Sheikh Zayed did to form the UAE of today, but it was also, like with the Year of Giving, meant instilling his values across the society and the people.

2019- Year of Tolerance

H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed declared 2019 as the Year of Tolerance on December 15, 2018. The announcement was made one day after the news that Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi in February, a sign that UAE is tolerant of all religions and cultures. The announcement was made to highlight and show UAE as an exemplary example of a tolerant nation, bridging the communication gap between different cultures and build an environment where people accept each other as they are.

As Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed believes, 2020 would be the “turning point” in the UAE’s history.

Things to do in March 2020 in Dubai

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Since summers are yet to begin, March has pleasant weather and makes a great time to visit Dubai. Dubai has numerous attractions that you must hit and even with a week’s time, covering the entire city can be very hectic. The city is a beautiful blend of the old and the new, with high rise buildings adorning the skyline and the stoned colored houses with Barjeels in the older part of the city.

Flying to Dubai in March for a vacation or are there for a layover? Here are our top things to do in March 2020 in Dubai for you!

  1. Sikka Art Festival 2020

Dubai has a thriving art scene which is all because of the passion and support of the city’s residents and the government. Sikka Art Festival is one of the many festivals during the Art Season in Dubai. Sikka Art Festival is an initiative by Dubai Culture and part of the multiple events during the Art Season that goes on from March 1 to April 30. The other festivals are Art Dubai, Emirati Lit Festival, Dubai Canvas, etc. The festival is proud to encourage local emerging talents and focuses on the work of artists based in the UAE and GCC regions. It is a combination of visual arts, performing arts, music, and film.

The word Sikka means alleyways of Bastakiya. The place, Bastakiya is one of the oldest heritage sites in the city. Now known as the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood, this area dates to the early 1900s.

If you plan on visiting by the metro, you can get down on the Al Fahidi metro station on the green line. Take Exit 3 and walk straight for about 10 mins. You will reach Bastakiya, the venue for the Sikka Art Festival. If you are new to Dubai, you can read our post on how to get around in Dubai.

If you plan on visiting the fair by car, there is parking available behind Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.

You can visit the fair on your own or can opt for a private art tour with Dubai By Foot, where we take you around Dubai to show the art displays.

When: March 19-29, 2020

Venue: Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

  1. Watch a musical at the Dubai Opera

Lea Salonga

Date: March 5 & March 6, 2020

Maria Lea Salonga, OL, is a Filipina singer and actress, best known for her roles in musical theatre, for supplying the singing voices of two Disney Princesses, and as a recording artist and television performer.

Gipsy Kings by Andre Reyes

Date: March 8, 2020

Dubai Opera is set to feature The Gipsy Kings with their comeback in Dubai again this year. The Gipsy Kings, led by André Reyes, is a French musical group who are most famous for their catchy songs including “Bamboleo”, “Djobi Djoba” and “A Mi Manera”. You might also be familiar with their Spanish take on “Hotel California”, which you can see them perform on March 8 for AED 195. Tickets can be purchased from the Dubai Opera website.

Know more about Dubai Opera on our Downtown Dubai Architecture tour.

  1. Dubai World Cup 2020

Dubai is famous for many sporting activities held throughout the year. Horse racing is one of the heritage sports of Dubai. The Dubai World Cup is one of the biggest events on the region’s event calendar. With USD 10 million going to the overall winner, there is no wonder that it is the richest horse race in the world. In this post, we will answer some of the common questions you might have about the Dubai World Cup 2020 and why it is one of the “must go to” events in Dubai.

The Dubai World Cup was created through the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. He provided a global platform for the best horses in the world to compete every year. It is the conclusion of the UAE racing season that features nine high-class races. Racing is closed by the US$10m Dubai World Cup.

The event is a star-studded affair. Many international and regional celebrities can be found in the exclusive lounges and private terraces with all eyes on the best-bred horses on the tracks. Dubai World Cup is held at Meydan Racecourse.

If you are coming from Dubai or Abu Dhabi, take the 2nd interchange, Exit 47 from the Sheikh Zayed road. Turn left onto Al Meydan Road and follow the signs to Meydan Racecourse.

If you plan on coming by the metro, you have to get down at Business Bay metro station and take a taxi to Meydan Race Course.

When: March 28, 2020

  1. Spend a day out with the kids

OliOli

Children aged two to 11 are able to have fun while learning at OliOli. They can unlock the power of positive play and let their imagination run free. The experiential play museum in Al Quoz features eight galleries spread across two floors. Kids can have fun while learning at dedicated spaces: Air, Water, Toshi’s Net, Creative Lab, Future Park, Fort Building, Toddler Gallery and Cars & Ramps.

Each gallery offers an immersive sensory experience and has been carefully designed with art and modern equipment, inspired by ideas from leading global educators, development psychologists, artists, and fabricators. In total, the galleries include over 40 interactive things for kids to experience.

Dubai Dolphinarium

Legoland Dubai is a family theme park in Dubai. It opened on 31st October 2016. It is the first Legoland park in the Middle East and was the seventh worldwide. The park is designed for families with children from ages two to 12 years old. The park is divided into six fun zones for kids with unique rides and activities in each zone that the kids can enjoy. Like many other Legoland theme parks, Dubai’s includes a Mini-Land where over 20 million Lego bricks are used to create 15,000 miniature models of different landmarks and structures around the world.

Tickets can be purchased at Legoland entry for 245AED while the residents of UAE enjoy a discounted price of 145AED.

Dubai Garden Glow

Made of recycled luminous fabric materials, Dubai Garden Glow features scale models of UAE landmarks like Burj Khalifa from recycled cups and bottles. Since its opening in 2015, it has drawn millions of visitors each year. With more than 30 glows in the dark installations created by 150 artists, and spread across 40 acres of park, Dubai’s Glow Garden is definitely one of those city spots best appreciated after dark. Some of the highlights include the massive light-up model of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.

As the lights are turned on, the park dazzles at night like something out of a fairy tale leaving you marveling in awe. Get into the festive spirit with a host of performances by international artists. Explore up to 10 different zones which include Dinosaur Park, Art Park, Garden Glow, Happiness Street, just to mention a few. You can include access to the Ice Park at an extra cost. Surely, a delightful and educational treat for the entire family!

Dubai Parks and Resorts

Covering a massive 25 million square feet, Dubai Parks and Resorts is UAE’s largest multi-themed leisure and entertainment park. You can either head to Motion gate, featuring some 27 rides, Bollywood Parks for an Indian themed adventure or Legoland.

Tickets:

Bollywood Parks: AED195 (adults and kids) AED170 (residents) free for children under three. Open daily 3pm-11pm.

Legoland: From AED 235 (adults)

Motion Gate: From AED 235 (adults) and AED 165 (residents)

Dubai Aquarium

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses the world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass-bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. The ticket is valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay if they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am until midnight.

Legoland Park

Legoland Dubai is a family theme park in Dubai. It opened on 31st October 2016. It is the first Legoland park in the Middle East and was the seventh worldwide. The park is designed for families with children from ages two to 12 years old. The park is divided into six fun zones for kids with unique rides and activities in each zone that the kids can enjoy. Like many other Legoland theme parks, Dubai’s includes a Mini-Land where over 20 million Lego bricks are used to create 15,000 miniature models of different landmarks and structures around the world.

Tickets can be purchased at Legoland entry for 245AED while the residents of UAE enjoy a discounted price of 145AED.

  1. High Tea at the Burj Al Arab

Burj Al Arab is one of the top iconic hotels in the world. You can truly experience living like a royal if you book a stay in the Burj Al Arab. The hotel was opened in 1999 and has a distinctive sail-shaped silhouette. The hotel marks Dubai as a luxury tourism destination.

It is built on a man-made island and rises 321 meters above the sea level, offering great views of the sea. Gold interiors, lavish restaurants, great afternoon high teas, and its own helipad- that has hosted Roger Federer and Tiger Woods!

You can also check our blog on High Teas at Burj Al Arab for more details!

  1. Shop at the Gold Souk and Spice Souk in Old Dubai

A trip to Dubai isn’t complete without a trip to the famous Gold Souk, one of the oldest and most fascinating traditional markets in the emirate. Whether you’re just browsing or genuinely on the hunt for even the slightest amount of precious gold, walk through the glittering Gold Souk and you’ll find the biggest selection of gold jewelry and gemstones crafted in a variety of carats. Long lines of market stalls showcase a gleaming myriad of authentic and eye-catching products – you never know when you’ll spot something just for you or a loved one. All merchandise is carefully regulated by the Dubai government to ensure the authenticity of its quality. You can be sure your purchases will be genuine. In addition to gold, careful inspection of the wares on offer may see you uncover diamond-encrusted ornaments, strings of pearls, platinum and silver. Retailers are more than up to the match with haggling. But be fair with your price – there are lots of bargains to find. Savory spices, fresh fragrances, glittering gold, and silken shawls. Old Dubai boasts a cluster of traditional marketplaces (souks) with a variety of wares on offer.

Our Old Dubai and Souk Tour is our signature tour and the best way to visit this part of the city.

  1. Take a Full Day Dubai City Tour

Dubai has emerged as a thriving metropolitan city that has become the most popular tourist destination in the Middle East. The megacity has earned the title of being the land of superlatives because of its affinity to have the best of everything. From infrastructure to lifestyle, every day, the capital city of Emirate of Dubai sets a new example of excellence for the world.

Dubai’s humble beginning as a fishing village keeps the city grounded and stands in sharp contrast with the level of advancement it has achieved. The best way to experience what the city has to offer is to go to a Dubai city tour.

Who doesn’t love skyscrapers, high rise buildings, and culture together? Our city tour is a blend of all, and we make sure to let you have the experience of both sides of Dubai. One moment you could be among the clouds as you zip through Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the next you could be sailing through the bustling waterways of Dubai in a traditional Abra ride. There are the flourishing spice and gold souks that you must visit to get a glimpse of the city’s past.

With so much to see and do, you can make the most of your time in Dubai by booking yourself a place on a Dubai City Tour. Whet-Your-Appetite City Tour lasts for approximately 5-6 hours. The tour starts with an engaging walk through the old historic neighborhood. Old Dubai is the center of local trade in Dubai hence there will be plenty of shopping opportunities in the traditional souks. We then proceed for a fun Abra ride across the Dubai Creek and a lunch break with local Emirati Food.

We then head to the modern developments in Dubai, driving through the coastline, the beaches, the fancy hotels, the Marinas to the Palm Islands. The tour concludes at the Dubai Mall – the hub for many fun-filled evening activities. There is also time planned for shopping or a visit to the Burj Khalifa.

At the end of the day, you will have so much insight into the city that therefore you will feel like you own this town!

When: Every day at 10 am (Timings can be flexible)

  1. Visit the Museums

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Al Seef houses 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes. The museum promises to tantalize visitors in a unique visual and sensory experience – and provide heaps of fun, of course. Unlike other museums, you are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, and take as many photos as you like.

Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 225 for a family of four people.

Perfume Museum

One of the first museums to open in the Al Shindagha neighborhood is the Perfume House, paying homage to the history of all scented things in UAE. Perfume House is built within the former house of an avid Perfumer, Sheikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum. Many of the items inside were part of her personal collection. This includes her perfume application and a 28kg piece of oud she had in her house and which she donated to the museum just a few weeks before she died in 2017, as well as other artifacts from other notable Emiratis, and those sourced from sites such as Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site in Dubai.

Dubai Museum

The Al Fahidi Fort, now known as the Dubai Museum was renovated during the reign of the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum. It was opened in 1971 to be an official museum that displays the history of Dubai and its original heritage. In 1995, another underground museum was established and added to the old fort.

The underground museum displays the pearl diving section and tells the importance of the pearl diving industry in the history and formation of Dubai.  In the center of Fahidi Fort lies a spacious yard that is used for displaying models of local boats and bamboo houses with their traditional furniture.

Museum ticket only costs AED 3 per person and is a must-visit site when you are in Dubai. You can visit the Dubai Museum on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour as well, where our guide will give you detailed information about everything.

Coffee Museum

We all love coffee, don’t we? This is a one of a kind Museum (free of cost!) in Bastakiya, the oldest neighborhood in Dubai. Coffee Museum is open daily from 9 am except on Fridays. You can see the various displays of coffee equipment and learn about the coffee traditions in UAE and the importance of coffee in this region.

You can also taste some authentic coffee in the region for just AED 5. There’s a museum shop too where you can buy a range of products – be it barista equipment or recipe books.

Coffee Museum is loved by all our guests on our Old Dubai & Souk Heritage tour.

Pearl Museum

Before the discovery of oil, pearls were the biggest cash crop in the Gulf, whose warm, shallow waters produced some of the world’s finest. You can see many of these exquisite natural wonders on display at the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum.

In addition to examples of magnificent jewelry, the museum also celebrates the lives of the divers and sailors by displaying the instruments and tools they used to harvest and ship the precious cargo.

Please note, you can only visit the Pearl Museum by prearranging with Emirates NBD beforehand. They prefer 8-10 people to visit at a time, with an upper limit of about 20 people in a larger group.

Women’s Museum

The Women’s Museum is a national archive and documentation center. It is dedicated to exploring the different facets of the lives of Emirati women – professional and personal, past and present. It includes artwork by various female Emirati artists, photographs showing the contributions of Emirati women. Examples of their Emirati jewelry and dresses and an exploration of how past and current rulers have affected the role of women in the UAE.

Dr. Rania Obaid Ghubash founded the Women’s Museum. Ticket costs AED 20 per person and the museum is open Saturday through Thursday from 10 am to 7 pm.

  1. Visit the Burj Khalifa- At the Top and watch the Dubai Fountain

Opened in January 2010 to visitors, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest and most marvelous building ever made! Each time you see the building dominating the skyline of Dubai, you go in awe of it. If offers breathtaking views of the city from the top. Visitors are allowed to go on the Top, 124th floor (452m) and 148th floor (555m), and to go to the top, you walk past several multi-media exhibits and the double-decker lift takes you up in not more than 10m per second. As you are back on your way after enjoying the view, there is an open souvenir shop, do not forget to buy a keepsake. The place is a paradise for avid photographers. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online on their website or at the entrance of the Burj Khalifa or inside the Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Aquarium).

Tickets: AED 149 (For 124th/125th floor) and AED 378 for At the Top (148th floor)

A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

Shows start at 6:30 pm onwards every day till 11 pm. There are two shows in the afternoon as well at 1 pm and 1:30 pm. You can also pay for a boat and view the fountain dancing from a very near distance.

Visiting the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain should definitely be in your list of top things to do in March 2020 in Dubai!

Things to do in February 2020 in Dubai

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The months of January and February might be cold in some parts of the world, but it is the best and the most pleasant time to visit Dubai. The weather conditions in February make it an ideal time for tourists to visit and the locals to go out and explore the glittering city.

The weather obviously calls for a host of outdoor activities and yes, there’s plenty in the city to be seen and experienced. Dubai in February can enthrall you in more ways than you can imagine. Visiting Dubai in February? Here is our guide on top things to do in Dubai in February 2020.

1.Enjoy the Music Performances in Dubai

February is the month of music, with a number of incredible shows and Can’t-miss festivals set to thrill in Dubai in 2020. With the International Jazz Music Festival set to take place between Wednesday, February 26 and Friday 28 in 2020, former Fugee singer Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing live on Wednesday. On Thursday, February 27, legendary soul, pop and R&B singer Lionel Richie will be joining the bill, and he’s going to be bringing some absolutely massive tunes like All Night Long, Hello Dancing on the Ceiling and so, so, so many more. One Republic will perform at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival on Friday, February 28, closing the three-day festival.

Where: Dubai Media Amphitheatre

Next, 35 years after the release of their debut album, Norwegian pop trio a-ha are set to bring their Hunting High And Low tour to the UAE. The pop band, who enjoyed worldwide success during the 1980s, will perform on February 11, 2020, at Dubai Opera. Most famous for their classic hit, Take On Me, a-ha have sold more than 55 million albums worldwide, and remain one of Europe’s best-loved pop bands from the 80s.

Where: Dubai Opera

Tickets: Start at AED 250

2. Celebrate Cuisine at the Dubai Food Festival

Launched in the year 2014, The Dubai Food Festival is arguably the most significant Middle Eastern food celebration. The Dubai Food Festival (DFF) is a gastronomic two and a half week-long gala – a chance for visitors to explore the city through indulgence in food, from street food to fine dining experiences. For 17 days, Dubai turns into a food haven and a hot spot among culinary explorers from around the world.

Swyp Beach Canteen, the flagship of the Dubai Food Festival, takes place at the Jumeirah Beach behind the Sunset Beach. A great place to have some laid-back time with friends and family, the Jumeirah Beach seafront comes alive with food trucks, live music, activities for kids and adults, informative workshops, and cooking demos.

When: Feb 21, 2020, until March 9, 2020

3. Visit the Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai

Opened in January 2010 to visitors, the Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest and most marvelous building ever made! Each time you see the building dominating the skyline of Dubai, you go in awe of it. If offers breathtaking views of the city from the top. Visitors are allowed to go on the Top, 124th floor (452m) and 148th floor (555m), and to go to the top, you walk past several multi-media exhibits and the double-decker lift takes you up in not more than 10m per second. As you are back on your way after enjoying the view, there is an open souvenir shop, do not forget to buy a keepsake. The place is a paradise for avid photographers. Today it is one of the most popular attractions in Dubai.

The Chinese New Year of 2020 falls on January 25th (Saturday), and the festival will last to February 8th, about 15 days in total. 2020 is a Year of the Rat according to Chinese zodiac. The Chinese New Year is also celebrated at the Burj Khalifa with a laser show and at the Dubai Mall, with a lot of activities that take place to celebrate the occasion.

Tickets to the Burj Khalifa can be bought online on their website or at the entrance of the Burj Khalifa or inside the Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Aquarium).

Tickets: AED 149 (For 124th/125th floor) and AED 378 for At the Top (148th floor)

If you would like to explore the entire area of Downtown Dubai, you can also take our private tour of Downtown Dubai to know more about the architecture of the marvelous buildings in this area. The tour starts at the Tiffany’s in Dubai Mall and takes you through the mall, to the Souk and the Dubai Opera, with the tour ending at the Burj Plaza where you can buy your tickets to the Top of Burj Khalifa.

Looking for tickets to the Burj Khalifa, here is our guide on how to get tickets to the Burj Khalifa.

Visiting the Burj Khalifa should definitely be in your list of top things to do in February 2020 in Dubai!

4. Spend a day at the beach

La Mer

La Mer is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk. La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

Kite Beach

For the perfect weekend, you can visit the Kite Beach, famous for the kites in the Dubai sky. Thanks to Dubai Municipality, there are beach libraries across the coast line of Dubai. The libraries are home to great books for avid book readers where most of the books focus on Dubai’s history and formation. The library at Kite Beach, Umm Suqeim is open 24/7 and has bean bags and a perfect setting for you to enjoy the books and the views.

Party at the Barasti

Barasti beach bar is world-famous and the trend has not changed from the last twenty years. Barasti, Dubai Marina hosts some great parties and events in Dubai. This is for sure Dubai’s most happening place! The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provide whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs. It covers all bases, and it covers them well.

The Beach- JBR Walk

Shop dine and stroll by the sea along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Along this buzzing beachside boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunities to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home, and handicraft shops and boutiques. Recently, the board on the walk gives some fascinating views of the Blue waters island and Ain Dubai. You can also check our self-guided tour of JBR on our website.

The Black Beach

If you want to avoid the crowds, try Al Sufouh (or ‘Black Palace’) Beach – this spot is a bit trickier to find, but you’ll be rewarded with peaceful waters and beautiful views.

5. Visit the Palm Jumeirah- The Atlantis and The Pointe Dubai

Explore one of Dubai’s Architectural Triumphs- the Palm Jumeirah! It happens only in Dubai that you can see a man-made island in the shape of a palm tree.

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world. The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms.  It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicenter of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

The Pointe is a brand-new promenade for lovely strolls and another spot to watch the gorgeous dancing fountains – the Palm is now transforming from a mainly residential place to one of the top hangouts in the city. The Pointe couldn’t be in a better location, directly across from Atlantis, imagine the views!

And with a monorail running down the ‘trunk’ that connects to the mainland’s tram system, getting to the Palm Jumeirah couldn’t be easier.

6. Take a walking tour in Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood

The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya is the oldest neighbourhood of Dubai, and the Old Dubai Walking tour is our signature and most popular tour.  Dubai is known for its glitz and glamour, but before the tourism boom or the discovery of oil, it was a vastly different place. Dubai was then a land of fishermen, divers, and Bedouins. On this tour, we will visit the Coffee Museum, Dubai Museum, the Spice and the Gold Souk and cross the creek on the Abra boat. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.  We offer this tour daily as both public and private tours, for those who like to book a luxurious tour for themselves.

Our Old Dubai Walking tour is the best way to visit this part of the city!

For those who would like to delve fully into the Emirati culture as well as get a flavor of the Old city, we would recommend our food tour, Flavours of Arabia: Emirati Food walk. We treat on delicacies like falafel and hummus, Majboos and crunchy Luqaimat. We will also visit the Arabian Tea House Restaurant, one of the very famous go-to places in Dubai, a Heritage House in Bastakiya that has been converted to a restaurant.

You can easily reach both the start locations by metro and by taxi. Here is our guide for you on how to get around in Dubai.

Tour Details: Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour

When: Every day except Friday (10 am or 4 pm slots)

*Private tours can start at the time of your convenience

7. Visit the museums in the newly restored Al Shindagha Neighbourhood

Modern Dubai was born in the early 20th century when the ruling family established itself in the charming neighbourhood of Al Shindagha. Located today on the shores of the Creek, Al Shindagha is prized for its coral-clad houses, traditional wind towers, and attractions such as the Heritage and Diving Museum, and the Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House. On our 1001 Arabian Nights: Old Dubai By Moonlight, we will walk through the lanes of Al Shindagha Neighbourhood at night. This local neighbourhood is amid renewal and renovation.

We will talk about pirates, traders, pearl divers, and adventurers who traveled on the shores of the Creek, leaving a rich legacy of local traditions and walk by life-size replicas of fishing boats where the guide will you the history behind the life on the creek. As the night will progress, we will delve deep into Al Shindagha to share adventure stories and talk about the rich architectural landscape. You can book the tour here.

One of the first museums to open in the Al Shindagha neighbourhood is the Perfume House, paying homage to the history of all scented things in UAE. Perfume House is built within the former house of an avid Perfumer, Sheikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum. Many of the items inside were part of her personal collection. This includes her perfume application and a 28kg piece of oud she had in her house and which she donated to the museum just a few weeks before she died in 2017, as well as other artifacts from other notable Emiratis, and those sourced from sites such as Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site in Dubai.

We also take you with us to explore the history of Dubai in the newly opened Saruq Al-Hadid Archaeology Museum. Featuring artefacts unearthed from the recently discovered archaeological site of Saruq Al-Hadid; rich immersive and interactive displays bring to life the fascinating story of the Iron Age in the Middle East. Every artefact unearthed at the excavation site, along the edge of the Rub Al-Khali desert, reveals more about the Saruq Al Hadid civilization. Analysis of the precious beads reveals that some of them did not naturally exist in the area. This means the Arab tribes traded with others as far away as India. It comes with an interesting story, doesn’t it?

Take our 1001 Arabian Nights: Legends and Lore from the Trucial Coast tour to know more and delve deep into the past!

When: Every day except Thursday at 7 pm

Price: AED 150 per person

8. Get a view of the old and new Dubai from the top of Dubai Frame

The Dubai Frame was one of the much-awaited attractions in Dubai and it was opened for the public in early 2018. Standing at a height of 150 meters, the Dubai Frame, appropriately positioned at Zabeel Park, provides the perfect platform to witness the old, rustic side of the city (Deira and beyond) as well as the modern, swanky side of the city (Satwa, Jumeirah, and beyond). To witness this view, all you have to do is buy a ticket worth 50 dirhams and head to the top.

The Dubai Frame witnessed 1 million visitors in just one year of its inauguration. This new landmark of Dubai allows you to see the past, present and future of the city in one tour. The sky glass bridge is 150 metres high and gives unique views of the “old town” and the “new city”. The Frame connects the two 150 metre towers with a 93-metre-long bridge.

Tickets can be bought online on www.thedubaiframe.com or at the counter for 50 dirhams (adults) and 20 dirhams (kids).

9. Visit the Miracle Garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai Land. The garden was opened on 14 February in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

In 2015 Dubai Miracle Garden opened the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species.  Other attractions in the park include a floral clock, peacocks., flower castle and an aromatic garden. It also has an Airbus A380 which is the biggest flower structure in the world as per Guinness book of world Record. Dubai Miracle Gardens also has a Mickey Mouse flower structure weighing almost 35 tons to attract the kids and families.

The tickets for Dubai Miracle Garden are 50AED for adults and children above the age of 2 is 40AED.

10. Desert Safari

What’s a trip to Dubai without being a part of one of the city’s signature experiences? The weather in the month of February is simply the best for an activity like Desert Safari. Relish authentic Arabic cuisine at the desert camp, bash some sand dunes along the way, ride a camel or hop aboard an ATV/quad for a racy drive, and most of all, enjoy a stunning belly-dance. It would be a mistake to leave this emirate without going on a Dubai Desert Safari. Dubai is generally a desert, but you are not actually experiencing its desert without joining a Dubai desert safari tour.  The tour is engaging and missing the fun would be a lost opportunity.  But, what exactly can you expect in a desert safari tour?

The tour starts in the afternoon from your hotel in a 4×4 Land Cruiser! A typical desert safari does include dune bashing. It is such a thrill to drive through the desert, drifting over the tall sand dunes and feeling your stomach lurch after a steep drop over the top of a dune. At the camp, you can go for quad biking, camel riding and enjoy a great Arabic dinner buffet before you are dropped off at your hotel at night.

You can also opt for an overnight desert safari where you stay in camps or an early morning sunrise safari.

You can check here for more details on Dubai desert safari or book a desert safari.

How to get tickets to the Burj Khalifa?

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The Burj Khalifa passed many important milestones on its goal to become the tallest man-made structure the world has ever seen with 160 storeys and 555m high. In just 1,325 days since excavation work started in January 2004, Burj Khalifa became the tallest free-standing structure in the world.

A visit to Dubai is incomplete without visiting the tallest building in the world. Standing tall at 2716.5 feet, the Burj Khalifa holds world records for being the building with most floors, the highest occupied floor, the elevator with the longest travel distance, the highest observation deck and many more.

In this blog, we have got you all covered on how to get tickets to the Burj Khalifa.

How do I get to the Burj Khalifa?

How much is the ticket for Burj Khalifa?

Can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa on the same day?

How far in advance can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa?

How long does it take to get to the top of Burj Khalifa?

Should you buy skip the line tickets to Burj Khalifa?

What is there to do around Burj Khalifa?

The Lounge- Burj Khalifa

Insider Tips- Burj Khalifa

Facts- Burj Khalifa

How do I get to the Burj Khalifa?

The Burj Khalifa is in Downtown Dubai, right beside Dubai Mall. If you are traveling by the Dubai Metro, take the Red Line to Burj Khalifa Station. From there, you can walk to the mall via an air-conditioned overpass. This walk takes about 15 minutes, and there are moving walkways (like the type found in airports) to ease your journey. Once you get to Dubai Mall, you need to walk through the mall to the Lower Ground Floor (also referred to as LG).

Alternatively, you can also take a taxi to the Burj Khalifa. The taxi will drop you at the entrance of Dubai Mall (near the Dubai Fountain) but you will then need to walk to the ticket collection and entrance which is on the lower ground floor.

You can also check our blog on How to get around in Dubai to know more about the types of taxis and their fares in Dubai.

How much is the ticket for Burj Khalifa?

The Burj Khalifa has two observation decks. The lower deck is called “At the Top” and stands at a height of 452 meters. When it was opened in 2010, it was the highest observation deck in the world. Burj Khalifa opened a new deck called “At the Top Sky”, after “At the Top “ was surpassed by an observation deck in China as the highest observation deck. At 555 meters, it is currently the highest observation deck in the world.

Being the tallest building in Dubai, the Burj Khalifa offers the best views of the Dubai skyline and beyond from its observation deck. The very top of the Burj Khalifa is the 163rd floor, however it is not accessible to the public.

To get to the top of the Burj Khalifa, you need to purchase a ticket. Your ticket price will vary based on the observation deck you choose and what time of day you stop by. When purchasing Burj Khalifa tickets, you can choose between the basic ticket (At the Top) and the premium ticket (At the Top Sky). With “At the Top” tickets you can access the tower’s 124th and 125th floors, while with “At the Top Sky” tickets you can access 124th, 125th, and 148th floors. The table below gives you an overview of the ticket prices.

At the Top (124th and 125th Floor)- Features

Ticket Type At the Top

(Level 124 and 125)

Ticket Price (Non-Prime Hours)

9:00 am – 15:30 pm and 18:30 pm until closing

Adult: AED 149

Child: AED 114

Infant (Below 4 years): Free

Ticket Price- Prime Hours

16:00 pm- 18:00 pm

Adult: AED 224

Child: AED 184

Infant (Below 4 years): Free

  • Hop into the world’s fastest elevators which travel at an astounding speed of 110 meters per second!
  • Get access to the outdoor terrace 452 meters above the ground, where you can feel the cool breeze and take in a birds-eye-view of Dubai.
  • On the 125th floor, look at Dubai through the eyes of a falcon with the help of new technology which shows a microscopic view of the city using an interactive display on the floor.

At The Top- SKY (Level 124, 125 and 148)- Features

Ticket Type At the Top- SKY

(Level 124, 125 and 148)

Ticket Price (Non-Prime Hours)

19:00 pm until closing

Adult: AED 378

Child: AED 378

Infant (Below 4 years): Free

Ticket Price- Prime Hours

9:30 am- 18:00 pm

Adult: AED 533

Child: AED 533

Infant (Below 4 years): Free

If you buy the tickets to the top SKY, you enjoy the features of the 124 and 125 levels along with:

  • Enjoy a personalized tour, guided by a Guest Ambassador.
  • Step out onto the world’s highest observation deck with an outdoor terrace at 555 meters.
  • Refresh yourself with signature refreshments at the SKY lounge.

Can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa on the same day?

Yes, you can buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa on the same day. However, you need to keep in mind that the most popular times (sunrise and sunset) often sell out well in advance. In this case, going to the counter and buying tickets is risky as the tickets for the time slot you require might not be available. You also do not get the discounted tickets if you buy them from the counter.

We would recommend you book your tickets online, even if you decide your visit to the Burj Khalifa one or two days in advance.

How far in advance can you buy tickets to the Burj Khalifa?

Tickets on the website are only available up to 90 days ahead. We would recommend you book your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance to enjoy the time slot and day of your choice.

During the holidays, Christmas and New Year, we would recommend you book your tickets to the Burj Khalifa at least a month in advance.

How long does it take to get to the top of Burj Khalifa?

It takes ONE minute from the ground floor to level 124, which is the observation deck. Burj Khalifa Tower has the longest single running elevator, which is 140 floors. The 22 mph (35 kph) elevators reach the observation deck in about a minute.

Should you buy skip the line tickets to Burj Khalifa?

Standard tickets require you to get the barcode scanned at a redemption point. With skip-the-line tickets, you will be able to skip this process and make your way straight to the elevators. Skip-the-line tickets allow you to zoom past the long lines and arrive directly at the elevator entrance.

What is there to do around Burj Khalifa?

  1. Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo

The Dubai Mall features the world-class Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo featuring thousands of aquatic animals and a 270-degree walkthrough tunnel. The aquarium houses the world’s largest acrylic panel which made it to the Guinness Book of World Records.

There are around 40 displays here housing creatures such as piranha, penguins, crocodiles, lizards, snakes, otters and eels. You can take a ride on a glass-bottom boat to view over 33,000 aquatic animals and you could also go cage diving with sharks!

Tickets to the Dubai Aquarium can be purchased online or at the counter in the mall. A ticket is valid for one entry only. Visitors can stay as long as they want here. Frequent visitors can purchase a membership card and enjoy exclusive privileges. The Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo are open 7 days a week. Opening times are Sunday to Wednesday 10 am to 10 pm, and Thursday to Saturday 10 am until midnight.

The Rainforest café is next to the mall and is a great place to go with kids for a meal. The themed café features life-sized models of animals like giraffe, gorilla, crocodile amongst a recreation of the rainforest. You can also enjoy great views of the aquarium tank.

You can view these attractions on our Downtown Dubai Walking Tour.

  1. MAD gallery

In the very new Fashion Avenue, the precinct dedicated to luxury- you can visit the MAD Gallery. It has some beautiful artworks and art galleries with some 150 global high-end brands. The MAD gallery next to Dior on first floor of fashion avenue is one of its kind.

The MB&F M.A.D. Gallery is a captivating universe of kinetic art where Horological Machines and Mechanical Art Devices reign supreme. They are owned by Maximilian Büsser, who is also the founder of the watch brand MB&F. He selects all the pieces on display, which include those created under his brand.

Inside the galleries, not only will you find the complete range of MB&F Horological Machines and Legacy Machines, but you’ll also have the pleasure of discovering carefully-curated pieces – or, as we like to call them, Mechanical Art Devices – from around the world, each one making your heartbeat that little bit faster.

  1. Dubai Fountain

A captivating water, music and light spectacle in Downtown Dubai, The Dubai Fountain is the world’s tallest performing fountain. At over 900 ft in length – equivalent to over two football pitches – The Dubai Fountain is situated on the 30-acre Burj Lake and performs to a selection of different melodies. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

The unique design features five circles of jets that shoot water to impressive heights that can be seen from over 30km away. With the introduction of thousands of WET super lights and over 20 color projectors, the spectacle is a visual masterpiece. The beam of lights can be seen from 32km away.

If standing to the side of the fountain isn’t close enough, you can experience this wonder up close with the Dubai Fountain Lake Ride, you can also sail on a traditional Abra on the Burj Lake for the best show of the fountains or take the boardwalk for AED 20 to get the closest view of the fountain performances. The closest point puts you only 9m away from the fountains.

The fountain operates at 1.30 pm every day and then 6pm onwards till 11 pm, occurring at every half-hour intervals.

Performances are completely free and can be seen through various locations in Downtown Dubai. The most popular location is the waterfront promenade just outside the Dubai Mall. Just before each performance, thousands of people pour out of the mall and the area gets very busy. The walkaway around the Souk Al Bahar is far less crowded and offers a more pleasant viewing experience. Spectators coming out of the Dubai Mall need to set off around 15 minutes to find a spot at a busy hour.

  1. Souk al Bahar

Blending the classic with the contemporary, Souk Al Bahar, the “sailor’s market”, is a step back in time to the wonder and allure of old Arabia. Situated in Downtown Dubai’s beating heart, it is enchantingly Arabesque – a lively marketplace that offers the city’s residents and tourists alike an enthralling experience of shopping, entertainment and dining in intriguing contrast to The Dubai Mall.

It features over 100 shops, amidst which lie 22 restaurants, cafés, and lounges, most situated on the waterfront promenade, on the fringes of Burj Lake. Souk al Bahar has some of the best restaurants in Dubai with some unique outlets offering a variety of cuisines. Try Thai at Mango Tree, British at Rivington Grill, Cuban at Café Habana and there is also the Time Out Dubai Restaurant Award winner Baker & Spice. The outdoor seating restaurants give the best views of Burj Khalifa and The Dubai Fountain, it is quite likely one of the most photographed locations in the world.

  1. Public Outdoor Art Work

Beautiful public artwork is also present in the heart of Downtown Dubai, next to Souk Al Bahar and alongside the iconic Dubai Fountains. Camels, by Donald Greig, is a series of three life-size sculptures of the humble beasts. Camels are a true symbol of Arabian Gulf. The trio includes a standing camel, a seated one and a camel calf. Greig is an artist known for his sculptures of wildlife and he created Camels after spending hours observing and riding camels. The sculptures were then melded into silicone and cast into the wax. After, they were dipped to add 15 layers of ceramic and finally finished off with molten bronze. The tallest of the camels stand at 3 meters and all three weighs about 800 kilograms.

  1. Dubai Opera building

From the Burj Plaza, you can also view the Dubai Opera House. It is the radiant center of culture and arts in Dubai and the shining pearl of The Opera District.

The building is predominantly glass, with a transparent foyer and a ‘box within a box’ feel to the main structure to let light stream in. The main chandelier in Dubai Opera weighs 5000kg and contains 2900 LEDs and there are 600 lighting fixtures throughout the building.

While the opera house, with its dhow-inspired form, tips its hat to the region’s maritime history, the functional elements inside are very much of the time. Thanks to cutting-edge hydraulic technology, moving floor plates and a series of overhead reflectors, the functional configuration of the internal space ranges from a concert hall setting for 1,901 people to a theatre with 1,875 seats; box seating offers additional room. In the “flat floor” mode, the building is designed to host a wide variety of events including weddings, trade shows, exhibitions and banquets seating up to 1,000 guests. The building can adapt from show to show to ensure you get the best from these world-class performances, but for concerts, the stage will transform beyond recognition with a series of towers appearing to create a hi-tech acoustic shell, with reflectors overhead to enhance the acoustics and reflect sound around the venue.

The Lounge- Burj Khalifa

The Lounge Burj Khalifa is spread over the 152nd to 154th floors of the world’s tallest building and it will be open every day. Set 575m in the air, you’ll have to have a head for heights to make a date here, but if you want a bird’s eye view of the city then you’ll be in the right spot. There’s even an outdoor terrace on the 152nd floor – with glass walls for a prime view.

The Lounge Burj Khalifa will serve afternoon tea between 12.30 pm and 4 pm as well as sunset drinks and canapés from 5.30 pm to 7  pm every day and evening drinks from 7.30 pm to midnight.

Insider Tips- Burj Khalifa

  • For the best photos: the best views and lighting for photos are right before sunset. Stay for the sunset and you’ll get both daytime and evening views of the Dubai skyline. Or, if you want to get a surreal photo of the city in the clouds, from above the clouds, try to visit during a foggy morning.
  • Bring your camera and a selfie stick. As the highest observation deck in the world, the Burj Khalifa has plenty of photo opportunities.
  • To avoid the crowds, visit the Burj Khalifa on a weekday, and preferably as early as you can.
  • Watch The Dubai Fountain show and enjoy the aerial view from At the Top. You can hear the fountain performance soundtrack from At the Top for a fully immersive experience.
  • Giorgio Armani designed the lobby of the Armani Hotel Dubai. Be sure to check it out to experience the luxury of the Burj Khalifa.
  • Explore the ‘Dubai – A Falcon’s Eye View’ exhibit on the 125th-floor observation deck. It’s an exhibit that puts all of Dubai’s major landmarks in perspective compared to the Burj Khalifa. It also provides a birds-eye-view of the city.

Facts- Burj Khalifa

  • Burj Khalifa’s construction was started in Construction started‎: ‎6 January 2004 and the building was inaugurated in 2010.
  • The design of the building was inspired by the Spider Lily, a regional desert flower
  • The building was originally named Burj Dubai but was renamed in honor of the ruler of Abu Dhabi and president of the United Arab Emirates, Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan; Abu Dhabi and the UAE government lent Dubai money to pay its debts.
  • The tower features a Condensate Collection System that collects condensation from the tower’s air-conditioning systems and irrigates the building’s gardens.
  • When you visit you’ll get to ride in the world’s fastest double-deck elevators that take you to the observation deck.

How to get around in Dubai

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Dubai can seem like a shimmering, cosmopolitan maze of glass and metal towers and landmarks plopped down in the middle of the desert. On the first descent into Dubai International Airport, the barren, brown sand dunes give way to a glittery oasis of one of the world’s most vibrant and developed cities.

That said, travel to and in this Arabian city is easy and stress-free. As part of its transition into a tourist-supported economy, Dubai has increasingly built itself up to be a globally accessible hub welcoming to foreign guests and businesses.

With lots of transportation options, getting around Dubai is easy. In this blog, we talk about some of the best ways to get around during your visit.

Trains

With many options to choose from, public transportation in Dubai is the favored choice for many locals and tourists. The city is well connected by buses, metro, and tram.

  1. Metro

The Dubai Metro is a fully automated, driver less metro network. It runs partly underground and partly via elevated viaducts.

So far, two lines have been constructed. The Red Line runs parallel through Sheikh Zayed Road for a majority of its run.  The Green Line runs parallel to Dubai Creek, through Deira and Bur Dubai.

With over 45 stops, The Metro serves the most popular tourist areas within Dubai.  Metro fare will depend on the zone you’re traveling in and the distance you travel. There are two options you can choose from: The Silver or the Gold Class. The Gold Class is only one coach on the train and the cost is twice as the tickets to the silver class. Each train has a coach dedicated to women and children.  Cabs and supplemental buses are available at most stations and can be used to get you to your destination, if needed, but are typically more expensive.

The Red metro line runs the length of Sheikh Zayed Road, while the green line services the old town area of the city. Most points of interest for a tourist are clustered around Sheikh Zayed, so you’ll be able to hit a lot of the popular attractions solely using The Metro.

There are direct metro stops which will make it easier for you to visit Burj Khalifa, Dubai Marina or even the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood.

Before you enter the metro, you would need to purchase a Nol Card for your travel (Nol means ‘Fare’ in Arabic). This can be bought from the customer service counters or from the vending machines. Fare can be purchased and stored on Nol Cards (which can even be used to pay for RTA parking). Cards have to be tapped on the card reader before and after your metro travel. Riders can purchase single or multiple travel tickets for rides. Trains operate within 10-minute intervals during off-peak times and even faster during rush hour. For more details, you can also check our blog on How to use the Dubai Metro!

Two types of tickets are relevant to visitors:

  • Nol Red Ticket: (AED 3, plus credit for at least one trip) Must be pre-loaded with the correct fare each time you travel; can be recharged up to 10 times; may only be used on a single mode of transport at a time.

Fares: AED  4 for one zone, AED 6 for two zones, AED 8.50 for three or more zones, AED20 for the day pass.

  • Nol Silver Card(AED 25, including AED 19 credit) With pre-loaded credit, this works on the pay-as-you-go principle with fares deducted. Get this card if you’re going to make more than 10 trips.

Fares: AED3 for one zone, AED 5 for two zones and AED 7.50 for three or more zones.

  1. Tram

Operating from the end of 2014, the Dubai Tram runs 14.5 kilometers of Al Sufouh Road. The Dubai tram travels on a specially constructed street-level track to connect the highly populated residential and commercial areas of Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai Marina, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai Media City, and Knowledge Village.

The Dubai Tram offers a flat rate of AED 3 per ride per person and AED 6 per ride per person, no matter what your destination is, making it one of the cheapest rides in the city.

The tram connects to two major metro stations- The Jumeirah Lake Towers) now DMCC metro station and the Dubai Marina metro station. Each tram can accommodate 370 passengers at a time in seven coaches, which includes a gold suite and cabin dedicated to women and children.

  1. Monorail

If you’re planning on spending the day on Palm Jumeirah Island (which we highly recommend!) or visiting Atlantis The Palm, hop on the Palm Monorail.

The Palm Monorail connects Dubai’s mainland with the Palm Jumeirah Island station. There are three stations: Palm Gateway Station near the bottom of the ‘trunk’, Al Ittihad Park near the Galleria Mall and Atlantis Aquaventure at the Atlantis hotel. Two additional stations, The Pointe and Nakheel Mall, were expected to be up and running by the end of 2019 at the time of research. It’s the perfect way to travel from the city to Atlantis the Palm for a day of fun at Aquaventure Water Park or the Lost Chambers Aquarium. Check our top things to do in Dubai blog post for more details on the Palm Jumeirah and the Atlantis!

The 5.5km trip takes about 12 minutes and costs AED 20 (AED 30 return trip); cash only. Trains run every 15 minutes from 9 am to 10 pm. The monorail links to the Dubai Tram at Palm Gateway.

Travel Hacks for Using the Train in Dubai

  • Traffic practically grinds to a halt and metro trains are packed during rush hour, which runs roughly from 7 am to 10 am and 4.30 pm to 8 pm or later.
  • Buy a Nol Card before using the metro, local bus, tram or water bus.
  • If you’re in Dubai on a short layover, buy the rechargeable Nol Red Ticket. Longer stays might warrant getting the Nol Silver Pass.
  • On the Dubai Metro, have your Nol Card ready before you go through the gate so as not to hold up people.

Taxis

  1. RTA Taxi

RTA Taxi is the most convenient and easiest mode of transport in Dubai- you will find them in plenty in Dubai. Fares typically start at AED 5 from all locations except from outside malls, five-star hotels and other popular attractions(Mall of Emirates/ Dubai Mall/ Burj Khalifa, etc), where the fares start at AED 12.

All taxis run on a metered service with the fee charged by distance, so be sure to ask your driver to turn on their meter if they have not automatically done so. RTA taxis are licensed and can be found with red, yellow, blue, green roofs. Taxis with a pink roof are women-driven taxis intended for the use of women and families only.

Be aware that you may experience long wait times for a taxi during rush hour, typically between 3:30 pm and 5:30 pm.

How to Hail an RTA Taxi: Look for a stationary or approaching cab with the yellow light on (red means it’s occupied). As the car is approaching, stand in a prominent place on the side of the road and stick out your arm. The driver should pull over when they see you.

Taxi may not always have working credit/ debit card machines and hence having cash can be helpful.

  1. Careem/ Uber

Dubai is a taxi-centric city, and you’re likely to find yourself in need of a cab at some point.As in other metropolises, taxis are facing stiff competition from mobile ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Dubai-based Careem founded here in 2012 and now operating throughout the Middle East. Cost-wise, there’s very little difference, but Uber and Careem tend to have much nicer cars that often come with free water, phone chargers, and more clued-up drivers.

Careem and Uber are convenient yet a bit pricey options as compared to the RTA operated Taxis. But you get a premium service with a luxurious car! At peak times, you can pre-book a cab for yourself and easily travel to your destination. The cabs also operate even in late-night hours.

Travel Hacks for Using the Taxi in Dubai

  • At night, traveling by taxi is the fastest and most convenient way to get around town.
  • For shorter distances, taxis are the fastest way of getting around and not too expensive.

Bus

Dubai’s bus network is an inexpensive way to travel to places that the Metro doesn’t reach. The air-conditioned bus network includes more than 600 bus stops in and around Dubai. Many of the bus stations are also air-conditioned.

Many buses go to the Gold Souk Bus Station. This is close to popular attractions like the fish market, the gold souk, perfume souk, and spice souk.

The buses have pros and cons. The benefits include the low price, and they are air-conditioned. If you get a seat, they are comfortable. The downsides include crowded buses that move very slowly due to the traffic. Some of the stops are also difficult to find.

One thing that you need to remember before hopping onto a local bus or metro is that you need to rechargeable Nol card available from the ticket offices in the metro stations or bus stations. There are four categories of Nol Card. Fares depend on distance and are divided into five zones.

Rental car

You also have the option of renting a car from the airport or at various locations in the city and driving to your destination. Car hire agents with kiosks are available throughout the city like Dollar, Thrift, W&B Rent a Car and Hertz. This is the most expensive option. The prices vary based on the car make, length of rental and the rental company. If you’re thinking about renting a car, you should also remember to include the price of fuel in your estimate (even though fuel in Dubai tends to be cheaper than in other parts of the world) and the price of parking (as there are only a few areas with free parking in Dubai). You should also consider that driving on Dubai’s roads can sometimes get a bit chaotic, so make sure you will be comfortable driving in these conditions.

Landing at the Al Maktoum Airport or the Dubai International Airport, here is our guide on the best ways to commute from the two airports to the city.

Pros: Freedom to travel anytime at your convenience and directly to/from your destination

Cons: This is the most expensive option. You should only consider renting a car if you are planning to make use of the vehicle throughout the length of your trip.

Walk

‘When you walk through a city you are walking through time’

It is said and we believe that the best way to explore a city is to walk. When you walk through a city, you get the real scoop. You see the attractions up-close-and-personal, and really get a feel for the city. Walking through a city also allows you to interact with the locals- the real people of the city. These people make the city what it is – a melting pot of cultures. You can ask questions and engage with the shopkeepers, vendors, cooks, and servers. This will allow you to find out their story and how they fit into the amazing culture of tolerance in Dubai.

Dubai By Foot offers signature walking tours of Dubai. Our tours are designed to explore the different facets of the city. Whatever your interest, be it history, culture, architecture, fashion, art, food or technology, we are sure to have the right tour for you. Our most popular walking tours are the Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour and the Arabian Nights Tour!

You can also walk in the city with the help of our self-guided tours in JBR Marina or Jumeirah!

Water Transportation

  1. Abra Boats

What can you get in AED 1? If you seek adventure, then your 1 dirham can let you take an Abra (wooden boat) ride in Dubai Creek.

The saltwater creek is known as the heart of Dubai. It served as a gateway for traders years ago and now became a tourist spot. It divides the city into two main areas, Deira and Bur Dubai. There are buses and trains that can take people to the other side, but the best and fun way to cross it is to ride the wooden boat.

Abras are motorized traditional wooden boats that link Bur Dubai and Deira across the Creek. The fare is Dh1 and they run from 10 am to 10 pm along two routes. It is a very popular way of crossing the Creek and a favorite of many tourists who visit the Old City.

On our Old Dubai and Souk Walking Tour, we take a private Abra to cross the Creek from the Bur Dubai side to the Deira side. The abra crossing of the Dubai Creek is at its most atmospheric after dark.

  1. Water Taxi and Dubai Ferry

Want to travel the city in style beating the traffic on roads? Water Taxis in Dubai are just for you then. Water taxis are sure pretty—much more enjoyable and relaxing than hailing a cab- to take a more scenic route to any destination.

Water taxis traverse the city’s waterways and are a faster yet a little costly option to travel.

The RTA has an online portal that allows you to now book a Water Taxi online.

Timings: The service runs between 10  am and 9 pm daily. Fares and route Fares and the route will be defined once you have specified your pick-up and destination.

Cost: You can charter a private Water Taxi for Dh200 for 30 minutes, or Dh400 for 60 minutes.

A water ferry is another luxury option but one that is limited to major stop points in Dubai. It also has group events for photography, tea, and visiting the Dubai Marina Mall. Dubai Ferry – The Dubai Ferry is as much a tourist thing to do as it is a public transport system, allowing visitors and residents to view the city from the sea and get a glimpse of some of Dubai’s iconic buildings, such as the Burj Al Arab and the Palm Jumeirah with the majestic Atlantis Hotel. Ferry timings change continually, so click here for a more thorough check. The ferry has comfortable seating, and will only run if there is a minimum of 10 people on board.

 

Although Dubai is not best known for its connectivity, there are many options for public transport, particularly if you have time and want to experience Dubai from a unique vantage point. Keep our guide handy next time you visit Dubai for an easier commute in the city.

Things to do in Dubai in January 2020

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The best time to visit Dubai is during the winter months, from November to April. The city is full of life and light because of the Dubai Shopping Festival which makes the city come alive. Not the one who likes to shop? Then you can enjoy on the beach or go for a lovely outdoor brunch in the pleasant weather!

Whether you are in Dubai for a vacation or just for a short layover, we have a list ready for you. Here are the top ten things you can do in Dubai in January 2020!

  1. Take a City Tour or the Old Dubai Walking Tour

Dubai has emerged as a thriving metropolitan city that has become the most popular tourist destination in the Middle East. The megacity has earned the title of being the land of superlatives because of its affinity to have the best of everything. From infrastructure to lifestyle, every day, the capital city of Emirate of Dubai sets a new example of excellence for the world.

Dubai’s humble beginning as a fishing village keeps the city grounded and stands in sharp contrast with the level of advancement it has achieved. The best way to experience what the city has to offer is to go to a Dubai city tour.

Who doesn’t love skyscrapers, high rise buildings, and culture together? Our city tour is a blend of all, and we make sure to let you have the experience of both sides of Dubai. One moment you could be among the clouds as you zip through Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the next you could be sailing through the bustling waterways of Dubai in a traditional Abra ride. There are the flourishing spice and gold souks that you must visit to get a glimpse of the city’s past.

With so much to see and do, you can make the most of your time in Dubai by booking yourself a place on a Dubai City Tour. Whet-Your-Appetite City Tour lasts for approximately 5-6 hours. The tour starts with an engaging walk through the old historic neighborhood. Old Dubai is the center of local trade in Dubai hence there will be plenty of shopping opportunities in the traditional souks. We then proceed for a fun Abra ride across the Dubai Creek and a lunch break with local Emirati Food.

We then head to the modern developments in Dubai, driving through the coastline, the beaches, the fancy hotels, the Marinas to the Palm Islands. The tour concludes at the Dubai Mall – the hub for many fun-filled evening activities. There is also time planned for shopping or a visit to the Burj Khalifa.

At the end of the day, you will have so much insight into the city that therefore you will feel like you own this town!

When: Every day at 10 am (Timings can be flexible)

The Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood, previously known as Bastakiya is the oldest neighborhood of Dubai, and the Old Dubai Walking tour is our signature and most popular tour.  Dubai is known for its glitz and glamour, but before the tourism boom or the discovery of oil, it was a vastly different place. Dubai was then a land of fishermen, divers, and Bedouins. On this tour we will visit the Coffee Museum, Dubai Museum, the Spice and the Gold Souk and cross the creek on the Abra boat. The Creek is the historic heart of Dubai, which once divided the city into two areas: Deira and Bur Dubai. Until the construction of Al Maktoum Bridge, the first bridge in Dubai in 1963, the only way to get from one side to the other was in a rickety little wooden boat called an abra. It’s still undoubtedly the most fun (and affordable) way across.

We offer this tour daily as both public and private tours, for those who like to book a luxurious tour for themselves.

Our Old Dubai Walking tour is the best way to visit this part of the city!

When: Through January, every day at 10 am and 4 pm

*Private tours can start at the time of your convenience

  1. Enjoy the Fireworks in Dubai

January 1st, New Year’s Day, is a national holiday in the United Arab Emirates. Dubai is a hot spot during New Years’ eve. With insane fireworks and the possibility to enjoy some of the grand New Year’s celebrations for free in Dubai, it is no wonder that tourists start pouring into the emirate from the neighboring countries and the rest of the world around this time.

The fireworks continue in the evening in different parts of the city like Palm Jumeirah, JBR Walk, Al Seef, La Mer for a week after the New Year’s Day.

While museums, government services, and other official establishments will be closed, most shops and restaurants are open. Many eateries offer special New Year’s Day brunches, and with the city relatively quiet on this day, it’s also a good time to enjoy relaxing on the beach.

  1. Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai is hailed as the ‘Ultimate Shopping Destination’. And it is this reputation that Dubai has, that inspires it to offer even more to the millions of tourists that come flocking to the emirate with every passing year. Dubai alone has more than 70 malls in addition to new malls that open every year. However, with the big brands and the high-end stores, this dream often comes with a price. And this is where Dubai Shopping Festival comes to your rescue.

Dubai Shopping Festival is the most-awaited event in Dubai- extravagant and amazing! DSF is an annual month-long event put together by the Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, which is a part of Dubai’s department of tourism. During the festival, shops offer discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles, and prize drawings are held to win items such as gold and cars. During DSF, the malls also tend to have longer working hours which ensures that you have plenty of time to shop till you drop!

DSF is celebrated like any other festival in Dubai: with pomp and show. This means shopping isn’t the only experience to please your soul. There exist a plethora of activities that go on here which you could participate in, apart from shopping- fireworks, film festivals, music shows, and events!

When: December 26, 2019, until January 24, 2020

  1. Run at the Dubai Marathon

More than 30,000 world-class runners are set to descend on Dubai for the 21st edition of the annual Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon – the world’s richest road race with a winner’s prize of USD$20,000. Both seasoned marathon runners and aspiring amateurs can tread in the footsteps of the record-breakers who have run the path before, with 4km and 10km distances on offer for those who aren’t up for the full marathon. Participants can take in some of Dubai’s most iconic sights, including the Burj Al Arab, on their way along the racecourse.

Spectators can cheer the runners on and enjoy the festive ambiance filled with healthy snacks and sports accessories from all the top brands, so head down with family or friends for a fun, sporty day in the sunshine.

Register here!

Marathon Details:

  • 195km Run

Price: 150USD

Start Time: 7:00am

  • 10km Road Race

Price: 85USD

Start Time: 8:30 am

  • 4km Fun Run

Price: 50 USD

Start time: 10:30am

When: January 24, 2020

Venue: Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim Road

  1. Visit the Global Village

Global Village Dubai is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) Dubai. It combines the cultures of 90 countries across the world in one place. Global Village is a multicultural festival park and the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment.

There’s something magical about Global Village. The part theme park, part market, Global Village features pavilions with displays from countries near and far where visitors can pick up traditional handicrafts and snacks. This festival park brings cultures together as visitors discover different parts of the world in just a few hours. The pavilions are designed in the image of iconic structures or local architecture, inviting all to meander from London’s Big Ben to the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, take selfies against the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Children and adults alike will delight in the bright lights and lively atmosphere created by parades and all kinds of shows, from fire-breathing street performances to star-studded concerts.

Plus, there’s even more fun to be had with countless games and thrilling rides at the region’s largest funfair. Keep an eye out for Global Village’s mascot, Globo, and his adventures across the globe with Scaredy Bat and more! Visit Global Village this season to see all the open-air fun you and your family can have.

  1. Dubai Desert Classic

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic is a European Tour golf tournament held on Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 1999 and 2000 it was held at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, all other editions have been held at Emirates Golf Club. When founded in 1989, it was the first European Tour event to be staged in the Arabian Peninsula, but is currently one of six.

The tournament is part of a wider strategy, via a government program called “Dubai Golf”, to develop both professional and casual golf tourism in Dubai.

Golfing legends such as Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, and Rory McIlroy have won this “Major of the Middle East”, which takes place annually at the stunning Emirates Golf Club. It returns this January for its 31st edition, with more action than ever before planned both on and off the course.

Guaranteed to be a showcase of the world’s finest golfing talents, this tournament is a must-attend for every golf fan.

When: January 23- January 26, 2020

Tickets: From AED1,125

  1. Enjoy a Musical night at the Dubai Opera

An autobiographical account of Kahlil Gibran’s first love, Broken Wings is a musical adaptation of the iconic poet’s 1912 masterpiece. This moving new musical is written by Middle Eastern duo Nadim Naaman and Dana Al Fardan, directed by Bronagh Lagan and produced by Ali Matar with orchestrations by Joe Davison.

This autobiographical account takes audiences through Gibran’s tumultuous love story, which starts with the 18-year-old aspiring writer returning to the Middle East after five years in America. Here, he falls in love with Selma Karamy, the daughter of a respected family friend. Selma soon becomes betrothed to Mansour Bey Galib, the nephew of the powerful Bishop Bulos Galib, who has his eyes set on Selma’s family fortune.

Gibran and Selma fight against all odds for their love, forced to confront structures of tradition, expectations, and rules imposed by their communities. While set at the turn of the century, Broken Wings explores potent themes that still resonate deeply.

When: January 17- January 18, 2020

Tickets: AED 295 onwards. Tickets can be bought here.

  1. Visit the Miracle garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai Land. The garden was opened on 14 February 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

In 2015 Dubai Miracle Garden opened the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species.  Other attractions in the park include a floral clock, peacocks., flower castle and an aromatic garden. It also has an Airbus A380 which is the biggest flower structure in the world as per the Guinness book of world Record. Dubai Miracle Gardens also has a Mickey Mouse flower structure weighing almost 35 tons to attract the kids and families.

The tickets for Dubai Miracle Garden are 50AED for adults and children above the age of 2 are 40AED.

 

  1. Enjoy the evenings at the JBR Walk or La Mer

La Mer

La Mer is Hands Down One of Dubai’s Most ‘Grammable Spots. La Mer Dubai is a beach destination that offers fun, shopping and entertainment for residents of Dubai. This property has been developed by Meraas and spans over 1.24 million square meters of space. They have even accommodated an underground parking area. In La Mer, you will appreciate the street art and paintings and the design that makes for a nice walk. La Mer also boasts of a cinema and a water park!

JBR Walk

Shop dine and stroll by the sea along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR).

Along this buzzing beachside boulevard, there’s plenty of opportunities to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of fashion, home, and handicraft shops and boutiques.

Recently, the board on the walk gives some fascinating views of the Blue waters island and Ain Dubai.

You can also check our self-guided tour of JBR on our website.

  1. Visit the Museums with your family and kids

Museum of Illusions

Museum of Illusions in Al Seef houses 80 exhibits of all shapes and sizes. The museum promises to tantalize visitors in a unique visual and sensory experience – and provide heaps of fun, of course. Unlike other museums, you are encouraged to interact with the exhibits, and take as many photos as you like.

Tickets cost AED 80 for adults and AED 225 for a family of four people.

Perfume Museum

One of the first museums to open in the Al Shindagha neighborhood is the Perfume House, paying homage to the history of all scented things in UAE. Perfume House is built within the former house of an avid Perfumer, Sheikha Shaikha bint Saeed bin Maktoum. Many of the items inside were part of her personal collection. This includes her perfume application and a 28kg piece of oud she had in her house and which she donated to the museum just a few weeks before she died in 2017, as well as other artifacts from other notable Emiratis, and those sourced from sites such as Saruq Al Hadid, an archaeological site in Dubai.

Take our 1001 Arabian Nights: Legends and Lore from the Trucial Coast tour to know more and delve deep into the past!

Coins Museum

The Coins Museum Located in Bastakiya and built of coral, stone, plaster, and leaves of palm trees and teak wood, the two-story.  Coins museum displays more than 470 rare coins belonging to different historical eras. Special display cabinets and magnifying screens give visitors a better view of the coins, while electronic drop-down lists provide all the information required.

Admission to the museum is free.

Pearl Museum

Before the discovery of oil, pearls were the biggest cash crop in the Gulf, whose warm, shallow waters produced some of the world’s finest. You can see many of these exquisite natural wonders on display at the Emirates NBD Pearl Museum.

In addition to examples of magnificent jewelry, the museum also celebrates the lives of the divers and sailors by displaying the instruments and tools they used to harvest and ship the precious cargo.

Please note, you can only visit the Pearl Museum by prearranging with Emirates NBD beforehand. They prefer 8-10 people to visit at a time, with an upper limit of about 20 people in a larger group.

Things to do in Dubai in December 2020

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With the temperatures dropping, December to March is the ideal time to visit Dubai! Though it is the peak tourist season, it is the most enjoyable time to be in the city as the weather is pleasant, and apt for sightseeing, and indulging in outdoor activities.

Here are our top ten things to do in Dubai in December!

  1. Take a City Tour

Dubai has emerged as a thriving metropolitan city that has become the most popular tourist destination in the Middle East. The megacity has earned the title of being the land of superlatives because of its affinity to have the best of everything. From infrastructure to lifestyle, every day, the capital city of Emirate of Dubai sets a new example of excellence for the world.

Dubai’s humble beginning as a fishing village keeps the city grounded and stands in sharp contrast with the level of advancement it has achieved. The best way to experience what the city has to offer is to go to a Dubai city tour.

Who doesn’t love skyscrapers, high rise buildings, and culture together? Our city tour is a blend of all, and we make sure to let you have the experience of both sides of Dubai. One moment you could be among the clouds as you zip through Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, and the next you could be sailing through the bustling waterways of Dubai in a traditional Abra ride. There are the flourishing spice and gold souks that you must visit to get a glimpse of the city’s past.

With so much to see and do, you can make the most of your time in Dubai by booking yourself a place on a Dubai City Tour. Whet-Your-Appetite City Tour lasts for approximately 5-6 hours. The tour starts with an engaging walk through the old historic neighborhood. Old Dubai is the center of local trade in Dubai hence there will be plenty of shopping opportunities in the traditional souks. We then proceed for a fun Abra ride across the Dubai Creek and a lunch break with local Emirati Food.

We then head to the modern developments in Dubai, driving through the coastline, the beaches, the fancy hotels, the Marinas to the Palm Islands. The tour concludes at the Dubai Mall – the hub for many fun-filled evening activities. There is also time planned for shopping or a visit to the Burj Khalifa.

At the end of the day, you will have so much insight into the city that therefore you will feel like you own this town!

When: Every day at 10 am (Timings can be flexible)

2. Bring in the new year at the Burj Khalifa

Dubai is a hot spot during New Years’ eve. With insane fireworks and the possibility to enjoy some of the grand New Year’s celebrations for free in Dubai, it is no wonder that tourists start pouring into the emirate from the neighboring countries and the rest of the world around this time.

If ringing in the New Year for you is about being out on the streets and celebrating it with friends and strangers alike, there are plenty of places in Dubai, with the best and the most famous one being the fireworks at the Burj Khalifa.

The place gets extremely crowded and therefore turning up earlier than expected is clearly a good idea. You should aim to make sure you arrive as early as around 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM to take a nice spot otherwise you can book a table at one of the outdoor restaurants of The Dubai Mall. They do prove to be an extremely costly affair, but at least you have a nice view!

While you are waiting for the fireworks, you can enjoy the dancing musical fountains, the Dubai Fountain on the Burj Lake. The fountain performs to a range of different songs from classical to contemporary Arabic and world music. Some popular tracks include Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Andrea Bocelli and Sarah Brightman’s Time to Say Goodbye, and most recently Power by Korean pop band EXO.

Shows start at 6:30 pm onwards every day till 11 pm. There are two shows in the afternoon as well at 1 pm and 1:30 pm. You can also pay for a boat and view the fountain dancing from a very near distance.

To enjoy the new year in Dubai on a budget, here are a few hacks!

  • Take a ferry ride in Dubai Marina: You can watch the night sky and the amazing fireworks of the iconic Burj Khalifa, Atlantis The Palm if you take a ferry ride on New Year’s Eve across Dubai Marina.
  • Bring in the new year on the Beach: If you are a budget traveler, then you can take a place on the Jumeirah Beach which echoes with more than hundreds of people. You can pick a great spot and enjoy the sunset and watch the midnight fireworks of the NYE.

3. Take the Dhow Cruise or a Yacht

Head on to a relaxing evening with fun and entertainment on a traditional Arabic boat, Dhow on the Dhow Cruise in Dubai Marina or the Creek. Famous for its Tanura dancers and their colorful costumes, Dhow Cruise cheers up everyone. Dhow Cruise usually includes a three-course dinner buffet. It’s a magical experience drifting along the creek while watching colorful reflections out on the water of the beautifully lit up skyline of Dubai. Make sure you bring your camera as there are lots of photo opportunities. Book now for this unique and relaxing experience. The perfect antidote to a busy city life.

If you would like a more private experience, then we would recommend you take a yacht from the Dubai Marina area. Sail through the Dubai Marina to Blue Water Island, and cruise over to the Dubai Eye. See the famous Jumeirah Beach and the Palm, as well as passing the Atlantis on the breakfast and lunch tours. You can also opt for a yacht experience with breakfast. You get a lot of opportunities for taking insta worthy photos or take a dip in the sea!

4. Dubai Shopping Festival

Dubai is hailed as the ‘Ultimate Shopping Destination’. And it is this reputation that Dubai has, that inspires it to offer even more to the millions of tourists that come flocking to the emirate with every passing year. Dubai alone has more than 70 malls in addition to new malls that open every year. However, with the big brands and the high-end stores, this dream often comes with a price. And this is where Dubai Shopping Festival comes to your rescue.

Dubai Shopping Festival is the most-awaited event in Dubai- extravagant and amazing! DSF is an annual month-long event put together by the Dubai Festivals & Retail Establishment, which is a part of Dubai’s department of tourism. During the festival, shops offer discounts on their merchandise, daily car raffles, and prize drawings are held to win items such as gold and cars. During DSF, the malls also tend to have longer working hours which ensures that you have plenty of time to shop till you drop!

DSF is celebrated like any other festival in Dubai: with pomp and show. This means shopping isn’t the only experience to please your soul. There exists a plethora of activities that go on here which you could participate in, apart from shopping- fireworks, film festivals, music shows, and events!

When: December 26, 2019, until January 24, 2020

5. Camp at the Al Qudra Lakes

Often, people think they must venture out of the Emirate in order to enjoy a fun-filled camping trip in and among the dunes. Little do they know that just 40 minutes East of the main city, you’ll find the secluded Al Qudra camping spot in the desert near to Al Qudra Lake. Disconnect from the digital world, gather your friends and pack the supplies for a night under the stars.

Al Qudra Lakes is the ideal location if you’re new to camping in the UAE, or just looking for a low-key break from the city that won’t require a huge amount of effort. You won’t need a 4×4 to reach these picturesque lakes, and the area is within half an hour’s drive of the city. Keep in mind that because it’s so easily accessible, it’s popular with weekend warriors.

Al Qudra Lakes might be manmade but it’s still a picturesque slice of greenery, with plenty of trees and wildlife, especially birds, to be spotted in and around the water. If you’re feeling sporty you could also go for a bike around the nearby Al Qudra Cycle Track, where you might also spot wild oryx and gazelle (rent a bike from the Trek store). If the great outdoors gets too much for you, there’s always Bab Al Shams Resort and Spa nearby for a little R&R. It’s unlikely you’ll need it though, as there are plenty of amenities in the area. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, see if you can track down Dubai’s new man-made Love Lakes.

6. Visit the Global Village

Global Village Dubai is located on Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (E311) Dubai. It combines the cultures of 90 countries across the world in one place. Global Village is a multicultural festival park and the region’s first family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment.

There’s something magical about Global Village. A part theme park, part market, Global Village features pavilions with displays from countries near and far where visitors can pick up traditional handicrafts and snacks. This festival park brings cultures together as visitors discover different parts of the world in just a few hours. The pavilions are designed in the image of iconic structures or local architecture, inviting all to meander from London’s Big Ben to the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy, take selfies against the romantic backdrop of the Taj Mahal or travel back in time to Ancient Egypt. Children and adults alike will delight in the bright lights and lively atmosphere created by parades and all kinds of shows, from fire-breathing street performances to star-studded concerts.

Plus, there’s even more fun to be had with countless games and thrilling rides at the region’s largest funfair. Keep an eye out for Global Village’s mascot, Globo, and his adventures across the globe with Scaredy Bat and more! Visit Global Village this season to see all the open-air fun you and your family can have.

7. Party at Barasti

Barasti beach bar is world-famous and the trend has not changed from the last twenty years. Barasti, Dubai Marina hosts some great parties and events in Dubai. This is for sure Dubai’s most happening place!

The reason for its popularity is multi-faceted. The massive, sprawling beach bar and club provide whatever you’re looking for – be it lazing in the sun, watching the game, tucking into some decent bar food or partying to top name DJs.

8. Visit the Miracle garden

Dubai Miracle Garden is a flower garden located in the district of Dubai Land. The garden was opened on 14 February in 2013. The garden occupies over 72,000 square meters making it the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring over 50 million flowers and 250 million plants.

In 2015 Dubai Miracle Garden opened the Dubai Butterfly Garden which is the world’s largest and the region’s first indoor butterfly garden and sanctuary for over 15,000 butterflies from 26 species.  Other attractions in the park include a floral clock, peacocks., flower castle and an aromatic garden. It also has an Airbus A380 which is the biggest flower structure in the world as per the Guinness book of world Record. Dubai Miracle Gardens also has a Mickey Mouse flower structure weighing almost 35 tons to attract the kids and families.

The tickets for Dubai Miracle Garden are 50AED for adults and children above the age of 2 are 40AED.

9. Staycation at the Atlantis

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, the luxury hotel is located on the Palm Jumeirah. This was the first resort to be built on the island and shows distinctive elements of the Arabian world.

The hotel has a nautical theme and consists of 1539 rooms. It has two accommodation wings, consisting of the East and the West Tower, linked together by the Royal Bridge Suite. It is complemented by the Aqua venture water park and the Nasimi Beach, which frequently plays host to concerts and other events.

There are lots of exciting activities that make Atlantis beach resort the epicenter of adventure and the greatest holiday experience ever. You can swim with dolphins at Dolphin Bay or meet the sea lion at the Sea Lion Point or visit the home to 65,000 incredible marine animals in the Lost Chamber Aquarium.

Aqua venture is a water park located at Atlantis, Dubai. The water Park is overflowing with 17 fun-filled hectares of adrenaline-pumping fun. The water park has record-breaking slides and rides. It also offers up and closes time with sharks and rays. It also has a 700-meter private beach to relax. The park also offers features of marine activities and children play areas for all ages.

The ticket for the water park is 289AED.

You can also witness the amazing fireworks from Atlantis on new years eve. Often overshadowed by the Burj Khalifa fireworks, the Atlantis Fireworks truly demonstrates a one-of-a-kind show and is something one must experience when looking for things to do during New Year in Dubai.

10. Go on a Desert Safari

Desert Safari gives you the chance to drive over dunes and participate in a variety of traditional desert activities. Desert Safari is a must-do if you are in Dubai for the dune bashing, camel riding, sandboarding, henna, shisha and some hours of unlimited desert fun. There are several safari companies that allow you to camp overnight in the desert as well. Camel rides make for a great hands-on Dubai Desert Tour. Most desert safaris include a short ride, but you can definitely opt for a tour with extended riding time. Meals are included in most safaris are give you a taste of the traditional local food.

Book you Desert Safari with us on this visit to Dubai!

Hop On Hop Off Dubai Bus Tours

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This post provides a breakdown of the most popular Dubai bus tours, including pricing, discounts, reviews and services such as day trips to Abu Dhabi and desert safaris. 

 

 


HOP-ON-HOP-OFF DUBAI BUS TOURS

These bus tours will allow you to jump on at any point and ride around the city of Dubai at your leisure.

As you coast through the streets of this city, a helpful guide will provide a lot of information about notable landmarks and historic sites along the way.

Each ticket also includes additional activities and attractions for free.

This section will provide information about prices, ticket types and additional activities that are included with both services. Read more »