Beyond its reputation as a tourist hub and a luxury-shopping destination, Dubai is also the most cosmopolitan and happening megapolis in the Middle East. You'll find that it has a lot to offer in terms of entertainment for all groups and for every occasion. Whether you're out to catch up with friends or just spending some quality time with your family, Dubai will spoil you with choices like no other city can.
Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary
Ras Al Khor is a protected urban reserve located at Dubai Creek. This magnificent wildlife haven is truly a remarkable sight as it attracts tens of thousands of migratory birds. These birds include flamingos, herons, great egrets, reef herons, cormorants, black-winged stilts, sandpipers, and osprey.
Location: Oud Metha Road, Oud Metha, Dubai
Phone: +971 4 606 6822
Timings: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (Monday-Thursday, and Saturday)
It is the world's largest cultural tourism project. The Village comprises of over 30 pavilions from over 65 countries. Each pavilion ushers visitors into a different world, quite literally. You get to experience the joys of different cultures through its food, its customs and its music. It isn’t hard to spend a couple of hours at this place - and for good reason! You enrich yourself culturally and you can pick up souvenirs to remember your time there. The next season of the Global Village (2017-2018) will start on November 1st, 2017.
Location: Exit No.37, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road
Phone: +971 4 362 4114
Timings: 4:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Shopping Malls (Mall of the Emirates)
An uninhibitedly cosmopolitan city, Dubai is home to some of the largest and most luxurious malls in the world. Mall of the Emirates is a premium mall with beautiful elements of Arabic and Mediterranean architecture. It is home to over 700 stores and several entertainment outlets. Mall of the Emirates can offer interesting options for all members of the family - from the little ones to the not-so-little-ones. Magic Planet, Vox Cinemas, Ski Dubai, fashion outlets, toy stores, and, for your weekly grocery needs, Carrefour. The Dubai Metro stops right outside the Mall of the Emirates making it a destination you just can’t miss.
Location: Interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road
Phone: +971 4 409 9000
10:00 AM - 10:00 PM (Sunday-Wednesday)
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Thursday-Saturday)
Entertainment and Dining
Mall of the Emirates is also home to some of the best entertainment and dining destinations in the city. For instance, Vox Cinemas at Mall of the Emirates offers an exclusive and premium cinematic experience. Options range from regular cinema to 3D to 4D to a more premium experience (complete with waiter service and an in-house dining menu). To go along with this incredible movie experience, you have dining options that range from cafes and fast food outlets to premium restaurants, offering a variety of international cuisines.
A Classic Chicken Caesar at the Eat Greek Kouzina at the Mall of the Emirates
Imagine skiing down a snowy white slope and then cuddling with a penguin, right in the middle of a mall. That is what Ski Dubai, the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East, offers you. You can also enjoy other fun activities in the snow like snowboarding, tobogganing, the giant ball roll, spiralling tube slides, chairlift rides and much more. Visit Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates to experience the magic and wonder of playing in the snow without stepping out of Dubai.
Location: Mall of the Emirates, Interchange 4 on Sheikh Zayed Road
Phone: 800 386
10:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Sunday to Wednesday)
10:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Thursday)
9:00 AM - 12:00 AM (Friday)
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM (Saturday)
Dubai's grand attractions don't end with these five. The City of Gold offers many more entertainment options to capture and enthrall any audience. If you are wondering where to start, why not try the souks - both the traditional and modern. There's a lot more to experience too; from adrenaline-pumping water parks to stomach-wrenching desert safaris from captivating gardens to enriching museums, there is so much that the city has to offer. Yalla, let’s begin our adventure!