Dubai offers tourists every luxury they can think of. And the choice keeps getting bigger. But away from the obvious destinations like scaling the now iconic Burj Khalifa or shopping at the Dubai Mall where you’ll find the hugely popular Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, the city has some surprises up its sleeve. Here we’ll check out 5 unexpected things to do in Dubai.
Old and New Dubai at the Dubai Frame
An addition to the city’s skyline is the Dubai Frame, an imposing structure that appears to have been removed from the land of giants and cemented into place in Zabeel Park. Those daring enough to head up to its 150m high viewpoint will enjoy wonderful panoramic views with Dubai’s metropolitan present day on one side and its merchant past on the other.
Ski in Dubai
When it comes to unexpected things to do in Dubai, none come close to matching the surreal sight of snow while temperatures sore. But that’s what you get at Ski Dubai. This indoor ski centre offers five different ski runs, a freestyle zone for snowboarders, and a black-level run (the first of its kind indoor). Supporting the wintry theme, there’s even a penguin colony while Ski Dubai’s longest and most popular run boasts a 197-foot drop. This snow-covered experience provides a little relief from the desert heat.
Head to the Track
While in Dubai you could visit the Meydan racecourse which, when opened in 2010, became the first place in the world to host a five-star trackside hotel. The spectacular grandstand is over a mile long, accommodating 60,000 people. In March, when the Dubai World Cup takes place, the stands are packed, offering visitors an unforgettable experience. Whether you bet in person or go online via Unibet horse race betting, the world’s most lucrative race day, when over $25 million in prize money is handed out, offers an extraordinary day out, especially when you begin to take in the rest of the area’s attractions which include the lavish marina.
Dancing Water at the Dubai Fountain
Most tourists in Dubai will head to the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Mall which is a good thing because it is here that you’ll be wowed by the brilliance of the Dubai Fountain, an extravaganza of choreographed water jets set to music. You’ll find the shows taking place during the day at 1pm and 1.30pm before the evening displays get under way at sundown and carry on throughout the night until 11pm.
Discover the City’s past at Al Fahida
Today’s visitors to Dubai are engulfed by the new: new buildings, new restaurants, new waterparks, museums, stadiums and leisure attractions. In many ways, the city’s history has been lost amidst newly laid cement, steel and glistening glass windows. But you can sample a bit of Persian history with a visit to the Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood which offers appealing respite from the hundred-storey skyscrapers.
After you’ve scaled Dubai’s magnificent skyscrapers, dined at an award-winning restaurant at Atlantis The Palm, sailed across Dubai Creek, and enjoyed exhilarating water slides at Laguna Waterpark, you’ll probably be ready for a well-earned rest. But take a moment to remind yourself of the city’s unexpected delights before you head home.