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Have you ever been in a situation where your feet are in one place, but your mind is in another place?
If that’s the case, Dubai would be the first place to search in. Yes, once you find out how beautiful Dubai is, your mind would be lost there. It is easy to find it, though; go to Dubai.
The city of gold - Dubai is truly an amazing country and one of the seven Emirates in UAE. It is a complete rejuvenating city for tourists, combining the mystique history of the Arabian Desert with the gleaming amenities of a contemporary metropolis. It boasts some of the most spectacular buildings and skyscrapers, A trip to Dubai is all about sand, adventure, shopping, and skyscrapers!
Now that I got your attention, let me tell you about my tribe to Dubai in 2015, and how I fall in love with it.
It all started when I was going to go to the United States after a visit to my country Saudi Arabia. I left from Dammam Airport, and Dubai was my first layover. Thus, I decided to make a stopover for 4 days. My brother and a friend of mine traveled to Dubai the next day by bus. Dubai is about 704 Km from my hometown Al-Hasa, so it only took them about 8 hours to get there.
We stayed in a hotel and visited Wild Wadi Water Park, Khalifa bridge, Ski Dubai, and Ferry world (Kart Academy). Yep, all in four days. I got to say; we didn't sleep well. The whole trip was tiring but worth it. Anyway, I am going through the list of top things to do in Dubai, and I will show you why it is worth it to do there.
- When is the best time to visit Dubai?
The best time to visit Dubai is somewhere between the end of the year and the beginning of the year because the weather is much better. However, during that time, it is crowded and the most expensive time of the year. The Dubai shopping festival is undergoing and many other activities.
Let's begins the list of activities to do in Dubai:
1) Wild Wadi Water Park: (Outdoor adventure park)
The first destination was Wild Wadi Water theme park. For those who are tired of indoor adventure parks. All Wild Wadi theme park activities are outdoor, so you can enjoy the fresh air while splashing in the water. At least for me, you can see why it is not a good idea to go there in the winter, especially with your family and kids.
The average winter temperature is 25 C˚ (75 F˚), so I would not enjoy shivering while sliding through the water. But, summer is the best time to be there because Dubai can be hot. The temperature range around 41 C˚ (105.8 F˚). Therefore, I would recommend going to this one or searching for an indoor adventure park near me in Dubai.
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It is important to prepare before going there. When I went to Wild water Park, I forgot to bring my swimsuit, so I had to buy one from the shop they had. It was very expensive. I did not want to miss all the fun and the ticket that I had already paid for, so I bought a pair of swimming shorts. It was worth the money. I do not want you to make the same mistake as I did, so I prepared this list for you to check before going there:
3- Camera; (Go pro camera) not necessary, but good to have.
4- You should also look at their do and don’t article at this link.
The rate based on height for:
- above 1.1 meters AED 299 ($81.40) per person, and the online rate is AED 283.5 ($77.1)
- Below 1.1 meters AED 249 ($7.79) per person, and the online rate is AED 231 ($62.89)
- Towel rental AED 42 ($11.43)
- Small Locker AED 48 ($13.07)
- Medium Locker AED 69 ($18.78)
- Large AED 90 ($24.50)
(All the prices included with a 5% Value-added tax (VAT).
Note: the operation hours are from 10 am to 6 pm Daily.
Note: keep in mind that if you book at the Jumeirah Hotels, you can get a free pass to Wild Wadi Water Park.
Now let’s get deep into the good stuff. The wild Wadi has 30 water slides and a theme park. It is an inspiration by a character in the Arabian folklore known as Juha (The Tale of Juha). The water park has a heated wave pool, two artificial water slides, and waterfall ring rides. I will leave you with this video to watch so you can learn more about them: (Click on the image to watch the Videos)
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2. Burj Khalifa: (Dubai Bridge) and The Dubai Fountain:
Ever since Burj Khalifa established in 2010, it becomes the tallest building in the world. It has a height of 829.8 m (2,722 ft). No surprise, this amazing skyscraper took around 5 years to build.
3. Dubai Fountain:
We went there during the night. We enjoyed the quietness of the place as we contemplate on Burj Khalifa and listen to Abra music. It came from the performing fountain in the Burj Lake. It was operating based on a choreographed system as if it is dancing to the music. The whole vibe and scenery are breathtaking. I could spend the night there. Here is a video made by that show you what I mean:
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3. Ski Dubai: (Indoor Adventure Park)
Ski Dubai is an indoor man-made snow resort, which makes it a perfect indoor adventure park. It has never snowed in Dubai, except in those artificial environments. There is a chance that it may not for a long time.
That’s why Ski Dubai is a perfect getaway for you and your family, especially if you have never seen the snow. Now, you all can enjoy it at any time of the year. During the summer, the outside weather of Dubai can be 50 C˚, but inside Ski Dubai is a winter feel-like atmosphere.
You would need to wear Jackets and gloves because it is freezing like a snowy city in the wintertime. They offer many activities that you could not find anywhere else in the middle east, such as snowboarding, tobogganing, zip-lining, taking a chairlift ride, having a friendly fight with your family members, and enjoying watching the penguin shows.
When I went there with my friends, I did not expect I would have this much of a fun. I learned to snow ski for the first time. They give us an instructor where he taught us how to ski effectively. Not only that but also they provided us with all the gear needed, which includes the clothes and the skis equipment…etc.
Basically, everything you need you can find in the rental department, and it covered for all the tickets you buy. To learn more about tickets and what they offer. You can click on this link.
4. Ferri World (Abu Dhabi): ( Both outdoor and indoor adventure park)
Ferri World is in Abu Dhabi, which is a city that is about 2 hours driving from Dubai. It is a straight road that might take less than two hours. To be safe, you should spare an extra 30 minutes, so you get there on time. You never know what happens on the road. Sometimes like traffic or many other reasons, so preparation is key for a successful trip.
this place is one of the best places that I have ever been to. It offers around 37 rides for all ages. I listed here my 3 top favorite rides: roller-coasters (Formula Rossa), go-cart racing, and G force. There are many others that you might like, you should check out this article if you want to learn more.
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- Formula Rossa:
The Roller-coaster, Formula Rossa, is the world's fastest roller-coaster in the world. It speeds about 149 mph (240 km/h) in 5 seconds. It is almost about the speed of light. In a few seconds, after you get in, you would be at the finish line. Although the track is 2,195 m long, you finish 1 minute and 32 seconds. It is worth spending 1 minute and 32 seconds, so do not feel discouraged and enjoy the thrill at least once in a lifetime.
This one is not for the weak-hearted, but it could be a story of a lifetime. How you overcame your fear and faced your greatest challenge to take this incredible ride. You will be lifted to 2 meters and dropped down at a speed of 12 meters per second. Although it is a crazy ride, it is also safe. It might look scary at first, but in the end, the thrilling emotion is even greater.
- Go-cart racing: (Kart Academy)
This is also an amazing experience. Riding the carts and racing with other people. If you enjoy playing Mario carts, I bet you would enjoy playing this one, too. The best part is that you are doing it in real life on a track that’s 290 meters long.
It also has a lifetime leader-board where it counts how long each round took. You could know the time you finish the race and compare it with your friends. This gives you the right to brag when you finish first and find out who is the turtle racer in the group.
If you ever like to capture your whole ride, they offer an Activeon camera that you can put on your helmet and video record it. I cannot recall the actual cost nor find it anywhere on the web. If any of you know, please write it down in the comment or contact me.
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Here is a picture of use from the camera. It is not the best equality in the world, but a memory worth capturing.
5. La Mer Beach:
If you visit Dubai anytime soon don't skip La Mer beach, you will definitely enjoy and have fun here, La Mer Dubai is a world-class beachfront developed by Meraas very well-established developers in Dubai, the beach represents the best of Sun, Sea, and exciting outdoor fun. It is located in Jumeirah.
Stretched along the coast, this sandy white strip of sand is among the most visited beach destination for the visitors of Dubai. it has the view of THE FAMOUS Burj Al Arab Hotel against a backdrop of the pristine Persian Gulf. electrifying environment, restaurants and cafés, a trampoline park, a skateboard park, and a cinema. amusement and entertainment along 2.5 kilometers of relaxing white sand.
The beach is lined with beautiful palm trees, arts, and murals and there are lots of shopping stalls, bars, and ice cream parlors that add to the charm of the place. There’s also a water park at the beachfront called ‘Laguna Water park’, ideal for kids as well as adults. The beach has gained a great deal of recognition in recent times.
- Water Sports activities that you can do at the La Mer Beach (Things To Do In La Mer Beach):
Stand up Paddle – 30 mins (65 AED)
Kayaking – 30 mins (65 AED)
Water step Bike – 30 mins (85 AED)
Jet Ski - 30 mins (350 AED)
Waterboard Surf - 30 mins (400 AED)
Fly board - 30 mins (390 AED)
Boat cruise – 60 mins (1265 AED)
HawaHawa Kids playground – 20 mins (30 AED) & 40 mins (45 AED)
- HawaHawa Kids Play Grounds (AKA: Hawa Hawa Park):
Hawa Hawa Park is an exciting inflatable playground for children, The dune-shaped trampoline Park is most loved by children’s and teenagers alike, Ideal for those who can’t sit still to run, jump, climb, tag, roll and slide down.
The concept which originates from Japan, where it has been installed in public parks and other open spaces with high success and popular among parents with children. The imaginative playground was mainly created to encourage a healthy lifestyle through fun and creative way to do a cardiovascular activity.
Apart from this, you can play games with your friends and families on the beach.
Tug of war
6. UBER Chopper:
Uber launched the Uber chopper initially in UAE in 2015, where it offers the pearl tour (12-minute aerial tour). It is where the helicopter ride starts from Atlantis the Palm and heads towards Burj Khalifa. It flies over the most famous landmarks before returning back to Atlantis. The fun ride (15-minute aerial tour) where they take you from Atlantis the Palm to Burj Khalifa, The world Island, Jumeirah Palm before returning back to the Atlantis.
The city circuit tour (25 minutes aerial tour) takes you over the old Dubai Creek via the Burj Al Arab, The World Islands, Burj Khalifa, Union house, Port Rashid, ski Dubai, New Dubai, Dubai Marina, and more before returning back to the base at the Atlantis.
The interesting thing is that you can book Uber Chopper through your app when you are in Dubai, the Aerial Trip costs anywhere between AED 520 to AED 1050
7. Desert Safari:
(200-400 AED per person, depending upon the chosen package)
Dubai Safari is full of thrill, enjoyments. A place which you will relish & enjoy with your family and kids.
It involves a jeep drive through enormous mounds of sand (called "dune-bashing"), The ups and downs of the terrains exert an adrenaline rush inside you making it more adventurous and memorable a stop at a campsite where you will have the chance to ride camels, get henna tattoos and be entertained by an exotic belly dancer during dinner.
The Desert safari has become one of the popular sport in Dubai that originated from the ancient Bedu lifestyle It’s an excellent way to experience the beautiful chromatic, desert and has thrilling fun at the same time A Dubai tour is not complete without the guaranteed fun and adventure experienced during a convivial desert safari.
There are 3 types of Desert Safari:
1) Morning Safari:
Dubai looks completely mesmerizing near to the horizon with everlasting bleak sand dunes staring at the beautiful sunrise, if you have the craving for adventurous activities in the early hours of the day than morning desert safari is perfect for you.
The most enchanting visit is the village tour which is filled with energetic fun of seeing many species of animals from worldwide. You can enjoy the morning desert safari dune bashing which is usually for around 20 minutes cruising in a Toyota Land Cruiser 4X4.
The guide then takes you to the camp where you can do nearly 15 mins of Quad biking if you are looking for a solo adventure. Camel riding is also available. Another activity that is also popular in the morning safari is Sandboarding which is the same as sand skiing.
2) Evening desert safari Dubai:
Evening desert safari Dubai is considered to be the best and often you will see a huge rush of people. it starts around 4 pm so that you can witness a beautiful sunset.
You can enjoy 20-30 minutes of Sand dune bashing in a Toyota Land Cruiser 4X4. Camel rides and Jaw-dropping belly dance, fire show, and then later settle down for an appetizing Buffet Dinner and B.B.Q dinner.
3) Overnight safari:
The overnight desert safari is a riveting and thrilling experience. There are activities like dune bashing, quad-biking, camel ride, live performances, sandboarding, and paintings.
There are also some fun activities that you can do at overnight desert safari, Smoke the flavored sheesha while having a chit-chat with other tourists and create a chilled atmosphere with your friends
Dress yourself up in Dubai’s traditional Arabic dresses and capture the photogenic moments to add to your photo album. There will be many entertainments like Tanura dance, fire dance, free Mehendi, free buffet.
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9. Balloon Adventures Dubai–(Cost AED 1209):
The Balloon ride comes complete with a falcon display and gourmet breakfast. As the balloon rises to 4000 feet (around 1300 meters) you witness some stunning desert scenery, the sun comes up too over the distant mountains of Oman. Gazelle, oryx, camel, and many habitats can be seen grazing.
Soar through the skies, kiss the clouds and have some mid-air fun (selfies), embrace the spectacular vastness of the desert from up top. The cost includes the pickup, drop, breakfast, and the Balloon ride.
The company will pick you up from your accommodation at around 4.00– 4.30 am early in the morning, the 30-40 minutes’ drive takes you to the location of the launch in the middle of the desert. After finishing the Balloon ride the guide will take you for the complimentary breakfast, later the car/bus will drop you at your hotel.
Children below 5 years are not allowed.
Senior citizen above 70 years is not allowed.
They generally carry 10-12 passengers.
10. Sky Dive Dubai:
Now Sky diving is for the daredevils, it gives great adrenaline rush that you can ever experience, it is one of the must check on the bucket list for the people who seek adventure, Dubai skydive offers you this Unique experience at two different locations in Dubai.
A) Skydive at Palm Island
B) Skydive at Desert Campus.
In both the locations the company offers you Tandem Jump, In case if you are wondering what is tandem skydive, it means you will skydive while securely attached to a qualified instructor and your instructor is responsible to deploy the parachute at the required time, navigate to the landing area for a safe and soft landing. The Entire
There are 2 places in Dubai for skydiving:
1.) Skydive at Palm Island:
Amazing View of The Palm, the plane takes you up 13000-14000 feet, it’s 60 seconds of free fall followed with 4-5 minutes of the parachute, Tandem Jump costs 2199 AED per Jump, the cost includes photos and a video of the skydive.
2.) Sky Dive Desert Campus:
Skydive over Sand Dunes: Cost 1699 AED per Jump, it also includes photo and video of the skydive
Book your Jump at least 1 month in advance as the slots are almost full.
On arrival, They will check your Body weight and calculate your BMI. If you are not fit, you cannot fly.
It takes approximately 20 minutes for you to reach up top to 13000 feet during which you will be asked to give a short interview for recorded AVs.
The Entire experience can take at least 3-4 hours from check-in and sometimes it might take a little longer if there is any delay due to the weather, you can collect the Videos and Picture Shot in Mid-air about 45 minutes after you land.
There is so much to take about Dubai and what it can offer. Each place I visited, it could have a blog of its own. There is so much to know and so much to share. I hope this is enough information to get you excited about visiting Dubai. I am open to a request to make a blog that father explains one of those places I visited or any other places. You can suggest here on the comment or in the forum section.
Live well and prosper.
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