Here, in the Netherlands, the winter is starting to kick in slowly… The temperatures are dropping faster and faster while the hours of sunshine a day decrease drastically. Don’t get me wrong, I love the winter season, but this time also makes me want to go back to a beautiful place I visited at the start of this year; Dubai. Since a lot of people book a vacation to this destination to escape the cold, I figured I might as well give you some tips to make sure you don’t miss out on Dubai’s wonderful sights. Let’s get started!
Get to the core
No matter where in the city you are staying, just follow the way towards the Burj Kalifa; the tallest building in the world. The architecture is already an amazing sight on its own, so make sure to take a close look at all of the stunning buildings in the heart of the city. As soon as you get to the actual Burj Kalifa, you will be in awe. I mean, you know that it must be incredibly tall to break the record of the highest building worldwide but for some reason you just can’t wrap your head around how magnificent it actually is. Make sure to check out the luxurious Dubai Mall next to the Burj Kalifa. You will find the most expensive shops, an aquarium and way more in this mall; again, the largest on this planet.
The best beaches, the best views; find them on the Palm
The artificial palm tree shaped island that belongs to the city is home to many fabulous hotels and beaches. Very often, you can visit multiple hotels of the hotel chain you are staying in to enjoy the beach facilities/swimming pool. Definitely make sure to check this with your hotel. I found it amazing to be able to explore different hotels by spending a couple of hours at their swimming pool and private beach; so cool! On the Palm Jumeirah, you have the most stunning views of the city and the other hotels on this island, such as the Atlantis.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah
This part of Dubai is a must see. You will find a lot of shops in the Arabic mall. Along the canal, the cutest restaurants are situated. The little boats take you to the other side of this area. Walking through this Souk is so romantic and really gives you a taste of what the city looked and felt like before the tall buildings took over.
Dubai at night; the Dubai Marina, Burj Kalifa
The city is already incredibly impressive during daytime, but at night it is even more wonderful if you ask me. The whole city just lights up! It is amazing to watch the nightly fountain show in front of the Burj Kalifa; you really can’t miss this experience! It was by far one of my favorite things to do at night. If you want to take a good look at the architecture during the nighttime, then head over to the Dubai Marina. There isn’t that much to do here, but seeing the reflections of the shiny buildings in the water is already fantastic.
Dubai Creek + the Souks
This is the authentic part of Dubai. You will find all sorts of impressive Souks here, selling the most Middle Eastern products ever. You can ride an abra boat to the other side of the canal to see even more local shops, stands and restaurants. I actually bought some amazing things here, drank some coconut water straight from the coconut, had an ice-cream at a very cute café and enjoyed the experience to the fullest.
Dubai Miracle Garden
This next sight is very very touristy. But at the same time it is also very very worth it. In this so called ‘miracle garden’ you will find so many special art pieces made out of flowers/plants. It is fantastic to spend a couple of hours here and walk through the fairytale-like environment while looking at all of the beautiful colors around you.
I didn’t know this actually existed but I found out by driving through the city, that Dubai has a great pair of angel wings that are a perfect prop for the most beautiful vacay Instagram photo. If you position your camera in the right way, you will frame the Burj Kalifa as well. How cool?
During my last day in paradise, I went on a desert safari tour. I highly recommend experiencing something similar to this. It is so nice to see something so different than what you can find, nature-wise, in Western Europe. A great way to end my trip!
I hope you liked reading this blogpost. Have you ever been to Dubai? Or are you planning to do so? Let me know!
Lots of love,