The city of Dubai, which was built in just last 50 years, is an amusement park for the rich and glamorous. From human-made islands to luxurious hotels and glimmering high-rise buildings, everything about Dubai is glitzy and exciting. The first Middle Eastern city to be included in UNESCO’s list of creative cities of design, this city is multi-cultural, ambitious, futuristic, and full of life. To top that all off, it offers tons of thrilling activities to do. Here are five attractions you absolutely must see in Dubai!
Falcons are an integral part of the Emirati’s culture. It is believed that Bedouin hunters used them, hundreds of years ago to hunt. The falcons were distinct because they could be trained to bring back a prey alive— essential to the Islamic religion, as all meat must be halal.
Also considered to be the national emblem of UAE, falcons are considered a symbol of power and wealth. Usually practiced in the deserts, the sport of Falconry is enjoyed by both the middle class and the elite of UAE’s society. While traveling to Dubai, you can either watch a game of falconry or visit the two specialist hospitals set up for these spectacular birds!
A safari in the deserts of Dubai is essential, as you come face to face with a different experience altogether. With just golden sand to last you centuries, no matter what type of safari you do, you will be dumbfounded at how divine the desert is.
A part of the safari is probably one of the most magical experiences you’ll ever encounter, a dinner in the deserts of Dubai— Bedouin-style is something you should not miss. A Bedouin-style dinner means dinner in a camp, under the stars, with food fresh from traditional ovens to your plate.
The Bedouins are a nomadic Arab people group that has been living in the Arabian deserts for centuries. While many have left behind their nomadic lifestyle, for a modern lifestyle, their traditions are still practiced by urbanized members who live close to the desert.
With Dubai’s vast deserts, it’s no surprise that sandboarding has become one of the most sought after sports by both tourists and locals. It’s just like snowboarding, minus the cold and the safety hazards. It’s also perfect for solo travelers, as most desert sports need a team, except sandboarding. And thanks to Dubai’s natural climate, you can go sandboarding all year!
For all thrill-seekers, skydiving will be on their top-five-things-to-experience list, and Dubai is one of the best places to do it. While the city is beautiful from below, it’s even more breathtaking from above— from striking blue waters to magnificent high-rises, skydiving in Dubai will bring out a different perspective of the city.
Though mostly known for its glitz and glamour, Dubai has more to offer, including the Dubai creek, where one can still find a traditional wooden dhow. The dhows are traditional Arabian trade boats used over 2,000 years ago. Today, it’s used mostly to explore the Dubai creek, giving tourists and locals alike, a different perspective of this metropolitan city, while enjoying a meal!
A city that has so much to offer to people from different walks of life and varied interests, Dubai is a treasure chest of experiences.
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