In Dubai’s context, seeing is believing. Expect the most radical experiences in a town that’s full of surprises. Here are our top 5 picks.
Visit Burj Khalifa - It’s hard to comprehend the magnitude of Burj Khalifa unless you’re standing right in front of it. The tallest building in the world, it is almost 200 metres taller than its runner-up. Look out at piercing views of the cityscape and beyond, from the monolith’s two observations decks (on the 124th and 148th floors), or enjoy equally impressive views over dinner at the restaurant-bar on the 122nd floor.
Experience Dubai’s Nightlife - Dubai’s nightlife is legendary for its glitzy bars and clubs catering to the super-rich. With international celebrities and world-class DJs gracing the scene, the parties are of another level. However, take note that Dubai is a Muslim country, so you would want to be respectful of their laws - alcohol cannot be consumed outdoors and any public exhibitions of inebriation will not be tolerated.
Spend a Day at Al Fahidi - Take a break from the buzzing metropolis and travel back in time with a visit to the heritage district of Al Fahidi. Wander down labyrinths of clandestine lanes that link more than 50 chunky, taupe buildings. You can find art galleries, museums, craft shops, courtyard cafes and boutique hotels here.
Watch the Camel Races - This unique sport is one of Dubai’s old traditions and an unforgettable experience for any visitor. Watch the rousing action from the stands as 60 frenzied camels fly down the track, and later on, trod over to the paddock where you can meet the four-hoofed sprinters in the flesh.
Shop at a Souk - Dubai has been exalted for its elaborate and expansive shopping malls, but the olden souks (or marketplaces) are where you want to go if you’re looking for a real slice of the city’s culture. Be sure to visit the Gold Souk or the Spice Souk to pick up some souvenirs or simply to bask in the energy of these vibrant markets.