Dubai Travel Tips: Best Things To Do and Places to Stay

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Dubai Travel Tips: Best Things To Do and Places to Stay

As a city full of superlatives – from the world’s tallest tower to the world’s largest underground aquarium – Dubai is the place to be if you’re looking for unrivalled adventure, world-class shopping experiences, record-breaking tourist attractions, and contemporary accommodation options. Visiting this multicultural metropolis will however mean that you need as much time as possible to fully experience the rich, vibrant culture, and a plethora of things to see and do. Thankfully, there are plenty of hassle-free accommodation options to suit your needs and your pocket!

What to Do in Dubai

There are literally hundreds of things to do in Dubai and it can be hard to choose! Here are 10 things that you absolutely have to do once you’ve moved here:

  1. Scale the World’s Tallest Tower, the Burj Khalifa

Famous for its high-rising architectural wonders, it’s no surprise that Dubai is home to the world’s tallest tower. At a staggering 456 meters above sea level, Burj Khalifa is the most popular tourist attraction and adventurous way to see the city, spiderman style!

burj khalifa on the cheap uae

Doing the Burj Khalifa as a cheapskate backpacker – in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The high-speed elevator takes you all the way to the top where you can chill on the observation deck and outdoor terrace for a daring thrill unlike any other.

  1. Take a Desert Safari Tour

When in the Dubai desert, do as the Bedouins do – ride camels, get a henna tattoo, traverse the sand dunes, play with falcons, camp under the stars, and appreciate the rich traditional culture and wildlife. There are many popular tours and safaris available, so be sure to book online in advance.

Desert Safari tour in Dubai

  1. Shop and Shop Some More

Another Dubai superlative is the Dubai Mall – famed for being the world’s largest! Offering luxury fashion, dining and entertainment in mammoth proportions, there’s no shortage of retail therapy. There are also loads of smaller malls and concept stores all over Dubai to satiate the tastes of over 200 foreign internationals that call Dubai home.

  1. Dubai Brunch is Not What You Think It Is!

Dubai is also renowned for its epic nightlife and party culture. So much so that they have even turned the traditional “brunch” into a Friday evening affair with champagne and dancing! Even more appealing is that women will find they can drink for free at many of these events.

  1. Eat and Eat Some More

Food, glorious food! Besides all the exquisite hotel restaurants and upmarket eateries, you can enjoy a multicultural street food journey on your way to any Dubai tourist attraction. One such exciting street food experience can be found at Global Village, a multicultural family destination offering a smorgasbord of local and international cuisine to try.

  1. Beach Days!

Thanks to virtually endless summer days, Dubai has loads of beaches and beach clubs to visit where you can chill all day with drinks in a private cabana, or go kitesurfing and take a boat ride adventure. When you’re in Dubai, you’ll be missing out if you don’t take regular strolls along the beach with dips in the Arabian ocean.

dubai airport

United Arab Emirates

  1. “Souk” Up Some Gold and Spice

Dubai is also home to world-famous markets or souks, where you can find a vast variety of gold, spices and fragrances. Be sure to practice your bartering skills to get the best deals!

Checking out the markets down by Dubai Creek, UAE.

  1. Family Fun and Adventure

Whether you have children or you simply enjoy the thrill of embracing your inner child, Dubai will not disappoint! Visit the world’s largest underground aquarium (Yes, ANOTHER global record) or Atlantis Aquaventure waterpark on the Palm Jumeirah for a full day of water park fun for kids and the young at heart.

Another famous attraction in Dubai for families is the Miracle Garden – a real treat for fantasy fundis and garden fanatics alike. Breaking yet more world records, the Miracle Garden boasts the tallest topiary sculpture and largest flower garden in the world, featuring around 50 million flowers and 150 million plants to see. The Miracle Garden is a truly unique experience for its awe-inspiring creativity, an infinite variety of colourful flowers, floral passages, and fun activities.

  1. Take a Helicopter Tour

If you don’t feel like going to the top of Burj Khalifa for a view of the city, why not take a helicopter or seaplane tour instead? Skip the queues and long walks and get a bird’s eye view of the city in style. There are a few options so book in advance.

  1. Art, Culture and History

For artists and culture connoisseurs, one of the best places to visit is the Alserkal Art District. You will find several contemporary art galleries, some smaller start-ups, and a few well-established galleries like the Ayyam Gallery, Green Art Gallery and The Third Line. Alserkal Art District also has a mishmash of restaurants and fashion boutiques featuring local designers.

dubai creek views

Down by Dubai Creek

For a taste of traditional entertainment, other cultural hubspots include the Dubai Opera, Dubai Museum and the Bur Dubai Grand Mosque.

Where to Stay in Dubai

Dubai is unique in that it is home to over 200 nationalities with different cultural backgrounds. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to anything in Dubai, making it an eclectic and all-embracing city in which to live, work and travel.

Whether you’re on a short vacation, travelling for business, or staying long term, and need easy access to major attractions and prominent places in Dubai, Rove Hotels has a choice of contemporary and convenient accommodation options to suit your needs

Rove Hotels are known for their fun and funky vibe, as well as their commitment to sustainability, and of course their love affair with the city of Dubai. Rove goes above and beyond to make you feel at home and ensure that you get the most out of your stay and extend it if you’d like!

You can expect the same fun, homey, friendly experience at all of the Rove Hotels:

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