Now that you’ve got the mandatory desert safari evenings and endless trips to the malls out of your way, make way for all these fun things you can do in Dubai as a second-timer. Scratch beneath the surface to find a smorgasbord of experiences guaranteed to reinvent Dubai into a different holiday for your next visit.
Dubai can be a full-blown beach holiday complete with plenty of sunshine, white sands, clear water and a dizzying assortment of shoreside cafes and restaurants. The biggest and most popular is Jumeirah Beach, surrounded by a promenade of beachfront hotels and the lively district of Jumeirah Beach Residences (JBR). This is a great place to check-in whether you are looking for some me-time or want to spend time at JBR’s many restaurants, shops, food trucks and cafes. If you are looking for something more private, the Pearl Jumeirah beachfront is home to luxury venues that let you practice social distancing in style with your private spot under the sun. In the mood to get moving? Head to the Kite Beach for kitesurfing, paddle boarding, kayaking or a game of beach volleyball.
Tandem skydive at Palm Jumeirah
Your Instagram feed isn’t complete without an exhilarating skydiving shot above the iconic Palm Jumeirah, one of Dubai’s most recognizable sights. After a year severely short on thrills, plummeting from a height of 13,000 feet at over 120 miles per hour is the kind of adrenaline rush that makes up for everything you’ve missed. This tandem skydive has you securely harnessed to an experienced instructor, so you are always in safe hands
Sightseeing with a twist
When in Dubai, regular modes of transport just won’t do. Dial the extravagance up a few notches with a tour of its best sights sprawled in a stretch limo with a glass of champagne. Think you have the desert safari done and dusted? Imagine soaring above the sand dunes in a hot air balloon to catch the first rays of the sun. If you’re feeling really flamboyant, board a helicopter for unobstructed bird’s eye views of the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.
Dubai Garden Glow
Straight out of a fairytale, this magical garden with hundreds of dazzling displays is a sight to behold! The colorful handmade displays, all made with recyclable material, are also a great way to create awareness about the impact of our carbon footprint and the effects of global warming. The illuminated displays are visual spectacle and invite you to a world of larger than life displays with talking trees, shimmering flower displays, seasonal themes and new displays that change every year. The painstaking efforts of hundreds of engineers, skilled technicians and artists brings to life a wonderland with a replica of Burj Khalifa, Cinderella’s carriage and many different themed displays.
The garden also houses other theme parks like a Dinosaur Park with life sized figures and Art Park with installations made from recycled bottles, CDs and other waste. Together with acrobatic performances, street artists and theme park favorites like hot dogs, ice cream and pizza, Garden Glow has something for all age groups.
Dubai Safari Park
A wildlife reserve and sanctuary with over 2500 animals from around the world, this Safari Park is the latest addition to the long list of family favorite must-dos in Dubai. The park recreates different ecosystems including a Safari Village, African Village, Arabian Village and others which are a habitat for lions, giraffes, elephants, crocodiles, Komodo dragons, camels and the oryx, the national animal of the UAE. Children will especially enjoy the Kids Farm, giraffe feeding sessions, the Bird Show and many interactive programs.
The Palm Fountains
When Dubai sets up fountains, you expect nothing less than the world’s largest and here, The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah, is absolutely on point. Every day from sunset to midnight, two giant floating platforms covering 14,000 sq meters of sea water, towering at 105 meters in height, light up the sky with magical 3,000 LEDs and dances to songs from all around the globe.
To add these to your holiday itinerary or for more recommendations, get in touch with a Travel Tours holiday expert.