The city built on sand is at the top of our bucket list.
Dubai can only be explained in superlatives. It’s a luxurious city with the world’s largest shopping centres, the world’s tallest man-made structures, and the most uncommon travel experiences. More than this, it’s known for being one of the most sought-after and mysterious travel destinations.
Whether you enjoy luxury brands and days by the pool, or exploring the untamed desert on camel, Dubai has become a favourite destination for explorers for so many reasons. If you don’t know where to start, we’ve gathered all the reasons you need to add Dubai to your bucket list. If this doesn’t inspire wanderlust, we don’t know what will!
Just a quick note: This post is sponsored, but we only write about things we reckon you’ll love. Thanks Luxe Global for the travel tips and inspiration!
1. Luxury Tours
One of the ultimate ways to enjoy Dubai is on a luxury tour with like-minded travellers. Luxe Global offers unique and exclusive travel tours designed to include the best experiences available. These bespoke tours are designed with the individual’s travel goals in mind, whether you’re after premier shopping locations, unique adventures or genuine cultural experiences. Their next tour, Luxe Dubai, is in late September and includes indulgent day spas, private tours, iconic landmarks and dining in world-class restaurants. Register your interest online.
2. Burj Khalifa
Rising gracefully from the desert, Burj Khalifa is a man-made wonder of incredible engineering. At 828m high, this tower is the largest man-made structure in the world. Experience the best views of Dubai’s skyline from the 124th-floor observation deck, and if you’re brave, step on to the outdoor terrace for incomparable Instagram snaps.
3. Jumeirah Mosque
As one of the few mosques open to non-Muslims, the Jumeirah Mosque is the perfect opportunity to learn about local culture and customs. Showcasing beautiful, medieval Fatimid architecture, strolling through the grounds is a beautiful experience, with guided tours conducted daily (excluding Friday).
4. Bastakiya Quarter
The Bastakiya Quarter is the historic district of the city, tucked away among the towering skyscrapers of downtown Dubai. This former fishing village is a refreshing departure from modern structures and luxurious malls, and a charming respite from the glitz of downtown Dubai. Stroll through the town and explore the rich history of the narrow streets.
5. The Gold Souk
Strolling through the traditional souks (bazaars) of Deira, on Dubai Creek, is enough to put stars in your eyes. Renowned for its thriving gold and jewel trade, the Gold Souk is one of the most famous gold trading centres in the world, with about 20 per cent of the world’s gold passing through these stalls. Even if your bank account isn’t prepared to drop dollars on these fine jewels and stones, it’s still worth exploring.
6. Burj Al Arab
The standout building of the Dubai cityscape, Burj Al Arab soars 321 metres over the Umm Suqeim coastline. Its distinct design and luxurious reputation makes it one of the most photographed structures in the world, and sees it regularly voted the world’s most luxurious hotel. Lounge in the sun at the beachside bar, Dhow and Anchor, opposite Jumeirah Beach hotel, for the ultimate Insta snap.
7. Desert Safari
You can’t go to the city in the desert and not experience a desert safari! For a taste of the Bedouin lifestyle from a time when Dubai was more sandscape than cityscape, authentic desert safaris are a way to experience a culture far removed from day-to-day experience. Start the tour with a 4×4 drive to an authentic Bedouin campsite, experience shisha tobacco, re-energise with barbecued shawarma, and explore the sand dunes by camel. Many tours also offer falcon-handling and belly dancing displays.
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