Today Dubai is a city featured on many layovers and connections on numerous long haul flights. But Dubai is not just one large supermarket – with it’s world-famous shopping malls – like many assumed in the past. No, today there is so much to see and do in this megacity in the desert that it is now a popular destination in it’s own right.
An evening Dhow boat cruise is a wonderful way to cool down after a day of activities and to enjoy a gourmet meal on the canals around Dubai. Pretty much everyone who experiences a dhow cruise dinner agrees that it’s one of the best ways to see the city’s illuminated skyscrapers and river banks, while being thoroughly entertained on board. However, for those after a taste of the traditional culture, an ocean trip on a traditional dhow is always an option: These vessels have masts and lateen sails with the hull made of wood and they were once seen absolutely everywhere around the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf, sometimes all the way to Indonesia and South East Asia’s mainland, trading in all sorts of spices and minerals, as well as being good vessels for traditional fishing.
Another go-to activity just outside the city that is drawing more and more visitors every year is the opportunity to take advantage of desert safari Dubai. Packages exist for half-day up to a few days, and the mode of transport can vary between a traditional camel back ride at sunset into the reddish powder sands, or blasting and dancing through the dunes on Land Cruisers and other powerful 4x4s! Whatever transport you decide on, you will be ensured a veritable feast when the sun sets behind the dunes. The meal will be made in the tradition style of the Emirati people who have lived in the desert for centuries. The Emirati will then delight you as you dine on a buffet in the night dunes with their infamous belly dancing and a “Turana” dance show.
Veterans and beginners will delight at the options for deep sea fishing on offer, despite Dubai being overshadowed by classic spots in the Caribbean in the past, though this is no longer true as you can expect to bring back a delicious catch of barracuda or perhaps with some luck a gigantic Bluefin tuna! A wonderful way to take advantage of the great fishing is to go on fishing trips in Dubai aboard a traditional dhow boat and get a taste of what fishing this region used to be like (and still is, to an extent).
So here we have 3 fun activities for you to do in Dubai, which any age group would enjoy. But this is really just the tip of the iceberg as Dubai is evolving all the time. Adventure sports, scuba diving horse riding and indeed horse racing are now all becoming very popular reasons Dubai is drawing more and more tourists every year.