Dubai Travel Tips: Where To Eat and What To Do
Dubai is a perfect winter holiday destination (best time to visit is November through April), with pleasant summer temperatures whilst it is freezing at home. There are amazing beaches and beach clubs, great restaurants and endless shopping possibilities. Dubai has of course many over the top venues, but there’s also culture and low-cost options. Last month founder Loes Daniels visited Dubai and she shares her Dubai travel tips.
Activity must do’s
Desert safari – spend an afternoon in the desert. It is impressive to see nothing around you but sand and watch the beautiful sunset. We joined a trip with Platinum Heritage. They have vintage old range rovers and are the only company allowed to visit Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve, where you might see animals like gazelles, impressive!
Dubai creek – this is the ‘Old Dubai’. Here you have the gold souk and the spice souk. We bought saffron and the best herbal tea! Definitely hop on a boat for only 1 dirham (€0.23 ct) to cross the creek with the locals.
Burj Kalifa – the highest building in the world and it’s bizarre to look down on other skyscrapers from way higher. Make sure to buy your ticket in advance online to have the best price. We purchased a ticket for the highest floor for visitors (148). I’d recommend this because you can skip the lines. Try and book the 17.00 timeslot, so you can see the view by day and night.
Fountain show – touristic, but impressive! The show starts every 30 minutes and each time I loved the music in combination with the fountain ‘dance’. You can either watch it from the Dubai Mall side, but if you book a table in one of the many restaurants in the Souk al Bahar (opposite of the mall) you have great views from the terrace and you can enjoy the show with a wine or cocktail.
Boat tour – take a boat from the Dubai marina and have the best view of the Marina skyline, the Palm and the Burj al Arab from the sea.
Arabian Coffee House – this place close to the ‘Old Dubai’ has the best hummus in town and a lovely garden (see pic).
Bice Mare – visit this Italian place for the best fountain show views. Make sure to make a reservation for an outside table in advance. Unfortunately alcohol is expensive in Dubai, but if you want to have a good glass of red wine go here.
Souk Jumeirah Madinat – this location has many good restaurants and nice stores. It offers good views of the Burj Al Arab and is nice to walk around. Visit the Lebanese Restaurant ‘Times of Arabia’ for the best Mezze and Chicken Shawarma. No need to make a reservation.
Burj al Arab – This is the only seven star restaurant in the world and for most people (like me) it is too expensive to dine. Book the high tea in advance to experience the luxury restaurant in the top of the hotel.
Zuma – the place to see and be seen. The best sushi and an impressive interior.
Pier 7 – this place has seven floors with seven restaurants. A table outside shows great views of the marina. We had dinner at Lebanese restaurant Abd El Wahab and shisha afterwards. Order cotton candy as dessert.
Level 43 – this rooftop bar has nice cocktails and offers good views of the skyline and the Burj Khalifa.
El Chiringuito – I loved this beach club. Super relax beach beds, nice beach and a pool to cool down. The amount you pay in the beginning for the sunbeds can be used for food and drinks you order during the day.
Jumeirah Beach – a very long public beach with many options for relaxing and beach activities.
Zero Gravity – this place has nice beach beds, a pool and is next to the skydiving area which shows some entertainment while sunbathing.
Nikki beach – the famous beach club similar to places as Marbella and Ibiza. Luxury, but good!
Dubai mall – the largest shopping mall in the world. With over 5000 shops you can spend days here. Check out the impressive aquarium within the mall.
Mall of the Emirates – the mall with the indoor ski slope. Fun to watch the people enjoying the snow whilst it is so hot outside.