Last week I wrote about things to do in Dubai that will make you feel at home and will help you understand this place better. If you don’t have any idea of what I am talking about, read the first part here . In this article, I would like to continue with the Ultimate Dubai Bucket List. I have crossed out a few items of this list, but there are always things left to do. Here is my Dubai Bucket list you might find helpful as well:
1. Have dinner at the fountains.
Dubai dancing fountains is a must-see even if you are in Dubai for just one night. No Youtube video can render the grandeur of the event (yes, only in Dubai the fountain is more of an event than a place to hang while waiting for your date). You have to see it with your eyes! Ditch the camera and just watch. Anyway, since just sitting and watching is not something people would do for a few hours, watch it from one of a restaurant alongside the fountain. In such a way, you will be able to witness more than two magnificent songs/shows. Go for mall places for a more budget version (Five guys, and Tim Hortons among those) and Souq al Bahar for something more sophisticated (and with cocktails).
2. Take a hot air balloon ride over the desert.
Situated just 30 minutes from downtown Duba, this is something that needs to be not only on your Dubai Bucket List but on your life Bucket List. Fly over infinite sand dunes and take in the wildlife below, as the sun comes up over the Hajjar Mountains – this is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Here is the website to book the experience: http://www.ballooning.ae/
If the price is a bit too much, don’t forget to check groupon and cobone websites, as they often have special deals for this particular experience.
3. Visit the turtle rehabilitation centre.
This is something I learned about only about a year of living in Dubai. (Uncover Dubai does share hidden gems with the readers!). All seven types of turtle found globally are listed as vulnerable to extinction, or endangered, and the Hawksbill, the turtle native to the Middle East, is critically endangered. The project in Jumeirah has been running since 2004 and more than 560 turtles have been released back into their natural habitat since then. Good news is that you can visit for free anytime to look at these lovely creatures. Check Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Facebook page for more info: https://www.facebook.com/turtle.rehabilitation
4. Test your balance on the stand up paddle at the Kite Beach.
Calm and peaceful Gulf waters are just perfect for practicing this interesting activity. It’s not that difficult to stand up and paddle, and it’s a wonderful de-stressing sport. Best do it in the morning, with the beautiful sunrise as your background and serene waters. Ditch the usual yoga and lazy breakfast and greet the sunrise from the calm waters of the Gulf. You will see Dubai in an absolutely new way and you might even fall in love with this new city. Besides, it would be a beautiful setting for your new profile photo!
Rent a SUP from Kite Beach or Surf House Dubai, or buy your own from Amazon. Many vendors do ship to UAE.
5. Take a road trip to Oman.
Oman is an easy drive from Dubai, and whether you’re planning to explore the ancient capital city of Muscat or prefer picturesque Hatta mountains and lakes, visiting this unique country is worth the trek. When else will you have an opportunity to visit Oman if not when you live right next door to it?
6. Explore Sharjah.
You can easily explore Sharjah in the afternoon, when you are stuck at home without any particular plans for the day. This Emirate is home to a number of often overlooked attractions. Sharjah is considered the cultural Emirate of the UAE so it’s a shame not to visit it. Yes, I know some families that’s been living in Dubai for years and still haven’t taken a tour around Sharjah. Sharjah Art Museum holds a number of noteworthy pieces, and the Sharjah Light Festival (which runs through February 13th) lights up the city in a truly remarkable way.
7. Take part in Women’s Heritage Walk.
This item is for women only, well, I hope it’s obvious. This is something I am still to try, but I suspect the whole experience will be unforgettable. This is what they say about it on their website: “The Women’s Heritage Walk from Al Ain to Abu Dhabi honors the women of the United Arab Emirates who made this journey twice a year not so long ago. Forty-four women will retrace this historical trek. Expat women will accompany Emirati women walking in the footsteps of their ancestors who helped sculpt this country. This experience is a celebration of the past and an invitation to shape a vibrant future.” Sounds really interesting and challenging. For adventurous women only! Also hurry up, because last time trying to register two months in advance was definitely too late. Check http://www.womensheritagewalk.com/ for more info.
8. Take a special trip to Barracuda in RAK.
Or is it in Umm al Quwain? I can never tell the borders between the two. An infamous place we all heard of in the moments of sadness. In fact the trip to Barracuda did cure my homesickness. Why not make a whole day trip out of it to make things more interesting? Explore different Emirates and take great pictures of the real desert. The great thing about the trip is that you can always end the day with a glass of wine at home!
9. Have a shawarma at Eat and Drink.
Two words- ridiculously cheap. Who could’ve thought there are still prices like this in somewhere in the city of glitz and glamour? Yes, only 5 dhs for a shawarma wrap! Eat and Drink provides some homey delicious food to try, when you feel you are slightly tired of brunches and are looking for something simple and hmm…not really something you will talk about with your friends. Or maybe you will, who knows?
What else can you think about? What’s on your Ultimate Dubai Bucket List? Share your ideas and thoughts in comments!